Lincoln County law enforcement has successfully completed its 8th annual countywide sweep to arrest offenders on outstanding warrants for family violence related charges, as well as compliance checks of registered sex offenders residing in Lincoln County. The local enforcement campaign was part of the National Family Violence Apprehension Detail which involves dozens of police agencies and hundreds of law enforcement officers nationwide.
The District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police Department, and Lincoln County Community Corrections conducted the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team sweep in all areas of Lincoln County on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. The fifteen officer team made 182 registered sex offender contacts to verify compliance with registered sex offender requirements, and made 88 warrant arrest attempts. The effort of the participating officers resulted in the identification of 20 registered sex offenders who were out of compliance.
Arrest warrants will be requested for these subjects for Fail to register as a sex offender.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson stated, “The coordination and cooperation between the law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County was the principal reason for the success of this campaign. The officers involved in the sweep worked as a team and made contacts in and out of their respective jurisdictions. This effort is but one more example of our officers’, troopers’ and deputies’ commitment to making Lincoln County a safer place to live.”
(Authorized by Committee to Elect Patricia Patrick-Joling)
OREGON POET LAUREATE VISITS NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will present a poetry reading at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. “Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon’s poet laureate,” said Governor Kulongoski. “Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind person that is ideal to serve in this position.” Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit.
While a number of countries around the world have begun to pull out of “The Great Recession,” America continues to hold the world back by not solving philosophical disagreements that are typically American. An interesting perspective from one economic writer who thinks the U.S. needs to stop squabbling and start doing something to put its economic house in order.
Clarification: Traffic tickets are only part (but THE major part) of total court receipts, and they are rising.
A performance report on the Lincoln City Municipal Court raised a few eyebrows during Monday night’s city council meeting. It seems that the last couple of years have seen a healthy increase in the amount of money the city has collected from traffic tickets. Several years ago, total court receipts from all categories totaled around $100,000. But with the city building up the police department to something closer to full strength, total court fines added up to $160,000 in 2009 and are closing in on the $200,000 mark this year.
Other data shows that of all traffic tickets written, nearly 40% are on Lincoln City drivers. City Manager Dave Hawker commented that “When we get complaints about somebody’s driving habits or other traffic related problems, it’s our own people nearly half the time. It’s not always about tourists from out of town.”
The report also showed that most traffic offenses are committed by drivers between the ages of 20 and 39.
The data also reveals that the court continues to handle very few criminal cases since most of them have been channeled south to the Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport. The report also showed that it’s now easier to pay court-ordered fines because they’re payable at the city finance office where the lines are shorter. The clerk also reported that they have added credit cards as a method of payment which they expect will improve collections.
Lincoln City Planning Director Richard Townsend received what many say was a much deserved unanimous vote from his city council Monday night. After many months of long public hearings and at times strident testimony from unhappy neighbors, the city council adopted Townsend’s fix for what ailed many residents in Lincoln City. Namely, new homes going in that looked more like high rises, which spoiled their views and privacy.
The new rules stop “slope averaging” which allowed new homeowners to take the average of two elevation extremes and call it within prescribed limits. Except that the top floors had more in common with the clouds than the ground.
The other fix took aim at another loop-hole new homeowners were using to raise their homes up and over their neighbors. A contractor would substantially built up the grade of a lot, and then add to that, high retaining walls, which then became the home’s highly elevated ground floor. They were basically using fill and retaining walls like a child’s booster seat, except they were putting three and four story houses on them.
Planning Director Richard Townsend outlined new design regulations and tighter inspection requirements which he said will put an end to an era of playing fast and loose with city codes on maximum building heights. He said it’s basic common sense that tells you where the starting point is for building a house. But he added that the tighter rules are not meant to prevent a contractor from filling in a lot if there’s a big depression in the middle of it. “That we’ll appove,” he said.
Sharon Cannon bid her fellow Lincoln City City Councilors adieu Monday evening as she formally submitted her resignation in view of the fact that she no longer lives in the City Ward from which she was elected, and in which she must reside if she is to be on the council. Cannon moved out of Ward One due to personal circumstances.
Her fellow councilors praised her good work and her commitment to the city and to its residents. They said they will miss her. (more…)