House Fire on Trout Place, south of Taft

House Fire on Trout Place
Between Lincoln City and Depoe Bay

Home appears severely damaged.

12noon – House fire on Trout Place just west of Highway 101 south of Taft has been extinguished. Firefighters put the fire out and are now checking for hot spots.

Call for citizen photos:

Mother of Skipper of the doomed Mary B II paints a different picture of her son than others gave

Wreckage of the Mary B II
Just north of the north jetty
Greg Henton photo

As the Coast Guard tries to get to the bottom of why the ill-fated fishing vessel Mary B II was obliterated by high seas just outside the Newport Jaws recently, there are differing opinions as to the command philosophy of the captain who was among the dead that washed ashore that fateful night.

Central Coast news reporter Lori Tobias has the story as published in The Oregonian. Click here, and here.

Avoid Nightmares: Take a tip from an Australian doctor….

Guns turned in last year to Newport Police. And there is still plenty more out there…
NPD photo

America’s tortured love affair with guns was put into an interesting perspective this week in an article in the Washington Post that deserves serious consideration by leaders and citizens of the so-called “Free World.” We seem to have a long list of these “freedoms,” but where we do NOT have “freedom-from” is gun violence.  The article is well worth reading.  Click here.

South Beach Accused Arsonist arrested – Attempted Murder

Derrick Jasper, accused arsonist, Attempted Murder
Bail: $500,000

Earlier this month Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address in South Beach to investigate a suspicious fire at a residence. When Deputies arrived, they observed what appeared to be an incendiary device placed against the residence. Deputies requested resources from the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. Investigators developed a suspect based on evidence identified at the crime scene.

Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. Items found were consistent with the device used to start the fire.

Derrick Jasper of South Beach was arrested on the following charges:

Attempted Aggravated Murder, two counts Attempted Murder, Arson in the first degree, Arson in the second degree, Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device, and Possession of Destructive Device. No motive for the alleged arson was immediately released.

Jasper was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland playing Texas blues – and BBQ aplenty…in Lincoln City!

LINCOLN CITY – Y’all are invited to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sunday, May 26, for the third (almost) annual all-ages Blues Benefit & BBQ. This LCCC fundraiser will feature Randy McAllister & the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland, playing East Texas style blues, and a homestyle barbecue dinner made by Phill’s Smok/N Grill. There will be room to dance, a no-host bar and a prize raffle. Dinner will be served at 5:30, with the blues to start at 7 pm, all at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.

Texas blues are a breed apart. That state has its own blues parameters as exemplified as much by Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan — who built upon the foundation of Lightnin’ Hopkins and T-Bone Walker — as it is by Delbert McClinton and Albert King.

Randy McAllister
Featured Artist

Enter the Grammy nominated Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland. Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, McAllister is a fifth generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. Randy began as a drummer, but found the harmonica in his early 20s while stationed in Massachusetts as a member of the US Air Force. Taking cues from blues legend “Earring George” Mayweather, a Boston resident and harmonica master, McAllister moved back to Texas in 1992, a strong, skillful harp player who was establishing his vocal and songwriting skills.

He’s been an East Texas mainstay for 30 years with 15 albums. His triple-threat skills are on display in his latest recording, Triggers Be Trippin (Reaction Records). His compositions are raw and unyielding like “Math Ain’t Workin,” “Makeshift Molly” and, especially, “Beauty and Ugly Upside Down (Ode to Lizzie Velasquez).” There are highlights like “In A Flick of a Bic,” “Batter Up” and “Vacation In My Mind.”. He ends it with the all-too-true “We Can’t Be Friends (If You Don’t Like Jimmy Reed).”

The May 26 Blues Benefit & BBQ will also include a barbecue dinner, made on site by Phill and Celia Bowles, and LCCC kitchen manager Judy Hardy. Dinner, which includes slow-cooked beef brisket, potato salad, beans, white bread and dessert, will be served at 5:30 pm. Show-only ticket holders will be admitted at 6:30, with the music to start at 7, in the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 inside the historic Delake School.

Dinner & Show Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. Show-only tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for youth. There will be a no-host bar, with Northwest beers by the bottle and wines by the glass.
All proceeds from the 2019 Blues Benefit & BBQ will go to the operations of the nonprofit Lincoln City Cultural Center, a nonprofit center for creativity and community in the heart of Lincoln City. Tickets are sold online via the center’s website, (click “buy tickets”), by calling the center at 541-994-9994. Or, buy them in person at the Info Center, inside the LCCC at 540 NE Hwy. 101. It’s open six days a week (every day except Tuesday) from 9 am to 5 pm.

Awards to Lincoln County’s Finest during Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet

Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet – Awards Presented

The 23rd Annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet (LERB) was held on Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Salishan Resort. This annual event pays tribute to local law enforcement for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving the citizens of Lincoln County.

Agency Awards: The following agency awards were presented:

Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office

Deputy District Attorney of the Year: Deputy District Attorney Lanee Danforth
Support Staff of the Year: Investigator Martin Bennett

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office:

Volunteer of the Year: Peter Benjamin
Outstanding Service Award: Lieutenant Adam Shanks
Patrol Deputy of the Year: Deputy Cody Tadlock
Corrections Deputy of the Year: Deputy Zach Fierro

Newport Police Department:
Officer of the Year: Officer Aaron Bales

Lincoln City Police Department:

Non-Sworn Officer of the Year: Code Enforcement Officer Craig Grabenhorst
Officer of the Year: Senior Officer Logan Smith
30 Years of Service Award: Detective Bud Lane
35 Years of Service Recognition: 911 Dispatcher Mark Hopkins
DRE Recognition Award: DRE Oscar Escalante

Oregon State Police:

Employee of the Year: Trooper David Wertz

Toledo Police Department:

Officer of the Year: Detective Aaron Pitcher
Volunteer of the Year: Kate Enyeart
Chief Award: Chief David Enyeart

Lincoln County Community Justice:

Outstanding Service Award: Work Crew Foreman Steve Britt
Excellence & Teamwork Award: Parole & Probation Officer Ken Krause
Making a Difference Award: Parole & Probation Officer Krista Lauer

Call Taker / Dispatcher of the Year: Seth Dunham
Employee of the Year: Kathy Bavaro
DUII and MIP Enforcement Awards:

The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) presented this year’s DUII Enforcers of the Year awards to Officer Hayden Tolzman (Lincoln City Police Department), Deputy Cody Tadlock (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Calvin Davis (Newport Police Department), Trooper David Wertz (Oregon State Police), and Officer Michael Henderson (Toledo Police Department).

Denis Bosque, Patrol Deputy, Hall of Honor
D.A. Michelle Branam obviously very proud of his years of dedicated service…

2019 Inductee into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Honor:

The evening closed with this year’s induction into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Lincoln County law enforcement community.

Each year a selection is made by the LERB Committee, which consists of members from each agency, and represents a broad spectrum of law enforcement professions. The award is symbolized with a permanent plaque placed in the hallway of the first floor of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Past recipients of the award have included Mike Hart, Trish Miller, Dennis Dotson, Rob Bovett, Mark Fandry, Larry Ballinger, Ernie Hansen, Ralph Turre, Maria Waldrip, John Meister, Christy Meister, Mike Menzies, Vangie Eisenbarth, Dave Bavarro, John O’Brien, Mark Huber, Jim Rivers, Maureen “Mo” Kelly, Mike Holden, Dan Glode, Bill Shawver, Pete Peregrin, Jim Hatch, Jim Hawley, Steve Tolliver, Larry Spencer.

Denis Bosque has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He started his law enforcement career at the Maryland County Sheriff’s Office in 1973, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in 1984, became the Chief of Siletz in 2003, and finished his paid career in 2008 with the Toledo Police Department.  To this day he volunteers his time, his vast knowledge, and expertise to the young officers of the Toledo Police Department. Today we are here to honor Denis Bosque as this year’s Hall of Honor recipient.

Denis Bosque started his law enforcement career in 1973 at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland. He spent 5 years there before he decided to go West!  In 1984, he joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as a Property/Records Clerk. Within a year he was promoted to Civil Deputy. This was not a very prestigious job but Denis was eager to come to work every day and do his job. He was very thorough and he did it with so much energy that he was soon promoted to Patrol Deputy in 1987.

He received awards from the public, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, and a special award from Governor Barbara Roberts for his contribution on behalf of crime victims. He was a member of Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Major Crime Team. He developed a great rapport with the family of the victims in the Christian Longo case which helped them as they navigated this difficult time. Denis Bosque was instrumental in developing solid connections with the Toledo Police Department to maintain police presence in the Siletz area. As we all know this helped the citizens of Lincoln County stay a little bit safer.

This is why Denis Bosque is our recipient of the Hall of Honor award for 2019.