In July of 2012, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy David Hawley was dispatched to a burglary complaint which occurred on N. Panther Creek Road of Otis. The deputy responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. During the months following, suspect and lead information was developed.
On October 19th deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants at separate residences in the Otis area. During the searches deputies recovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen property, methamphetamine and over two pounds of marijuana packaged for sale. Some of the recovered property was linked to several thefts and burglaries that occurred in Tillamook County.
At one of the residences, deputies arrested John W. Heyne, 51 years of age, and Peggy Anne Heyne, 63 years of age, both from Otis. They were charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. John and Peggy Heyne were lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. They are currently out on bail.
On October 23 Deputy Hawley contacted Keith V. Pratt, 18 years of age of Otis at a residence on N. Bear Creek Rd. From information developed during the investigation, Pratt was taken into custody and charged with Burglary II and Theft I. Pratt was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $50,000.00.
On November 27th the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office brought the case before a Grand Jury and received indictments for Earl A. Marsh, 31 years of age from Otis, for the following charges: three counts of Theft in the first degree, Theft in the second degree and two counts of Obliteration/Change of identification number on firearm. At the time, Marsh was already in custody at the Lincoln County Jail on unrelated charges and held without bail.
The investigation of this case is continuing with additional arrests and criminal charges expected.
Highway 18, 1/2 mile east of Otis
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Traffic is expected to be a headache getting to the valley from Lincoln City on Highway 18 starting Monday during the day. A section of shoulder and roadway support has fallen away, downslope to the Salmon River a half mile east of Otis. Flaggers will be directing one lane of travel through the road reconstruction area from Monday through Wednesday or Thursday according to crews on scene Sunday. Twenty minute delays are possible. The situation is similar to what happened to Highway 101 near Newport, just north of the airport several weeks ago.
It appears the flood-swollen Salmon River undercut the base of the riverbank which weakened a portion of the Highway 18 roadbed. Over time it just sloughed down and into the river. Crews will remove all the slumping material, then rebuild the hillside/riverbank with large river boulders at the base of the slide, slightly smaller boulders up from there, fill in with gravel and dirt and re-landscape. Crews say it should be done by Thursday, possibly sooner.
Again,watch for flaggers and backed up traffic. Allow an extra twenty minutes to complete your journey along Highway 18. However, if you don’t mind taking a gamble by taking a windy detour, here’s how to do it. If you’re heading west on Highway 18, you can turn north at the Rose Lodge Store and follow North Bank Road down along the river until it dumps out just north of the Otis Cafe. Likewise, if you’re headed east out of Lincoln City, you can turn north at the Otis Cafe, then just a quarter mile up the road turn right on North Bank Road and follow it east until it dumps you back out onto Highway 18 at the Rose Lodge Store.
Otis resident Sheri Martin, convicted of trying to murder her current husband with a pair of scissors, is facing up to 7 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder, assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Court testimony revealed that Martin, who earlier served 15 years in prison for stabbing her first husband to death, got into an argument with husband number three at their Otis residence back in March of last year. Court testimony indicated that Martin became infuriated at him, picked up a pair of scissors and stabbed him multiple times.
When Martin is sentenced on January 23rd, she faces up to 90 months in prison.