Newport Police Department

  • Agency: Newport Police Department
  • Address: 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, 97365 OR
  • Chief: Mark Miranda (Chief of Police)
Phone: (541) 574-3348
Fax:

Newport Police Department is located at 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, 97365 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Mark Miranda. The Newport Police Department phone number is (541) 574-3348.

Newport Police Department News

Special thanks to Dustin Dawson for thinking of us and dropping off a few spunoW candy bars! (In case you missed it, scroll down to our post on January 9th.)

Beware of sneaker waves!

No, Detective Mike Leake does not moonlight for Farmers Insurance. Nevertheless, he 'knows a thing or two because he's seen a thing or two'. "Social media is a great resource for connecting with old friends, catching up with distant relatives, sharing your favorite recipes and a slew of other “greats”. However, it is also a way for unscrupulous people to glean information about you, which could potentially be used for criminal gain. If I were to just walk up and ask you for your mother’s maiden name, your social security number or your PIN number for your debit card, I’m confident you wouldn’t tell me. But, did you know that most people are unknowingly providing clues to that information on social media? For example, I’m sure you have either seen or have played along on Facebook where someone will ask such innocuous questions as what was your first job? What was the name of your first pet? What was the name of the street you grew up on? What was the first car you ever drove? These seem innocent enough, right? But, have you figured out that these are also password recovery questions? These are the same types of questions your bank will ask when you sign up for online banking, in case you forget your password. This is your way of “verifying” your identity. You’ve now just given away one (or more) of your security questions. All it takes is a little bit more cyber stalking and an identity thief can get all he/she needs to request a password reset and get total access to your online account(s). Be careful of the information you are sharing on social media. While it may be fun, hopefully you know see that it can also be costly."

Our business office will be closed on Monday, January 15th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you have an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergencies, please call our dispatch at 541-265-4231.

Burglary and Theft Arrest (Photo)

** UPDATE ** This person has been identified and captured. ______________________ If you know who this person is, please call us at 541-574-3348 or our dispatch at 541-265-4231.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Hazzard County… We were curious about the attention to details of the evidence in this Deputy’s report of a theft that occurred. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. ------------------ On 01/04/2018, I was dispatched to Buford’s Market on a reported theft from the store. When I arrived, I met store manager, Bubba Duke, and activated my body cam. Duke showed me a video of a male who came into the store, walked down the candy aisle and grabbed several different items. The male then left the store without paying for the items or walking through a checkout aisle. I immediately recognized the male in the video as John Lawless, as I have had numerous prior contacts with him. Duke tried to catch up to the male, but was unsuccessful as Lawless ran to the east section of the parking lot, then took a trail leading into the wooded public park. Duke is unsure of the exact dollar amount of the items that were stolen, but showed me the surveillance footage of Lawless entering the store carrying no merchandise, then exiting the store with multiple items in his hands. I drove through the neighborhoods surrounding the wooded public park for several minutes attempting to locate Lawless. I observed a male exiting the east side of the park on foot. I activated my overhead lights and pulled up next to the male. As I exited my patrol vehicle, I told the male to stop. When the male turned around to face me, I recognized him as Lawless. I advised him why I was stopping him and asked him why he left the store without paying for the items he took. He shrugged his shoulders and told me he was hungry for some candy bars. I placed Lawless in handcuffs for my safety while I patted him down for weapons. I felt rectangular objects in the front pouch pocket of his hoodie sweatshirt and asked Lawless what they were. He told me they were candy bars. I removed them from his pocket and placed them on the hood of my patrol vehicle. There was one Milky Way candy bar still in the wrapper, and one Spunow candy bar still in the wrapper. Neither candy bar had been opened. I advised Lawless he was being detained and advised him of his rights. I advised Lawless he was not under arrest at that time. I asked Lawless what he did with the other candy bars he took from the store. He told me he ate them as he walked through the park. I asked him what he did with the wrappers for those candy bars. He told me he threw them on the ground in the park. I asked him how many candy bars he ate while walking through the park. He told me he ate one Spunow candy bar and one Kit Kat candy bar. I advised Lawless I was placing him under arrest. I transported him to the jail. I placed the uneaten Milky Way and the Spunow candy bars into evidence. Lawless was cited for Theft III.

If you stay on Facebook long enough, you're bound to fall for one or more scams. Here is one of the latest. Despite what you read, Costco is not giving everyone $41. When this image appears on your screen, save yourself some time and aggravation. It's just another scam. Tell your friends.

We posted this back in September, but with the change that now allows people to pump their own gas in several counties in Oregon, it's a good time to remind people what to look for on the pump if you're going to use a credit or debit card.

Armed Robbery Arrest (Photo)

While the rest of the country is getting a good laugh out of the new bill that allows people to pump their own gas in Oregon, it only affects a few counties. Lincoln County is not one of them. So relax. You can still count on the attendant to fill the tank for you until you end up in one of the affected counties. House Bill 2482 allows people to pump their own gas at all hours in Malheur, Union, Wasco, Hood River, Jefferson, Crook, Baker, Morrow, Lake, Grant, Harney, Wallowa, Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler counties. Drivers in Tillamook, Curry and Clatsop counties are allowed self-service fueling between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Gas stations with convenience stores still have to offer full-service fueling during business hours. If you find yourself having to pump your own gas and don’t know how, now might be the time to watch a few YouTube videos. Some of them are hysterical.

Lance Cummings was officially sworn in as Sergeant by City Recorder Peggy Hawker at tonight's city council meeting. Congratulations again, Sgt. Cummings! (Photo by Barb Dudley)

Detective Mike Leake has some words of coply wisdom for you. Okay, so coply isn’t really a word. We borrowed it from a few of Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone movies when he and Luther refer to “coply intuition”. Detective Leake has coply wisdom. “Now that the Christmas holiday is over, it’s time to clean up the mess of wrapping paper, boxes and even old items that have been replaced with newer models. But what you do with this “mess” could be the difference between having your house broken into or not. Did you get a new 65-inch plasma TV, that hot new gaming system or maybe a new top of the line laptop? Make sure you get to keep those items longer than a few days by not advertising what you received, in the front yard. Thieves love driving around looking for their next big score, and if they drive by your house and see the empty box to your new TV or gaming system, outside next to the trash can, you’ve just given them a shopping list of what they can find at your house. If you can, break down the boxes and only put them out on the day your trash is being picked up. Better yet, take them to the recycling center yourself and recycle them. That way you’re helping the environment and not advertising to thieves.”

Pioneer Telephone is experiencing a telephone/internet outage for most of their service area in Lincoln County. Your landline and internet service may be disrupted. Pioneer Telephone will update as more information is available. Local public radio will also be informed for updates.

We are pleased to report that our New Year's Eve was relatively quiet. There were only two arrests. One person was arrested for DUI, and the other was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. It's nice when people behave themselves.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our law enforcement partners at Douglas County Colorado Sheriff's Office, and all those impacted by this morning's tragic response to a domestic disturbance.

If you have any information regarding the armed robbery at Columbia Bank in Waldport, please contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 541-265-0669.

** ROBBERY SUSPECT UPDATE ** - We have developed a suspect in the Robbery investigation at the US Market and no longer require help identifying the person in the image. We thank everyone who contributed to sending us information via Facebook private messaging from our initial post, and also those of you who contacted us on our tip line/tip text number. The tips received from the public helped identify the suspect. A press release will be issued in the near future detailing more information. Thank you all again for your assistance! You made a difference in our community!

Last week Officer Dusty Watson and Sgt. Keith Garrett presented two families in need of assistance with gift baskets of food, clothing, Christmas gifts and other items that were donated by a few businesses in town, and the contributions of NPD personnel. In our haste to post the photo, we regretfully overlooked Safeway as one of the donors. We sincerely apologize for our failure to include them in the original post. We take this opportunity now to thank Safeway for their generous donations to both families!

We've seen a lot of things in this line of work. We're only surprised the driver's t-shirt in his booking photo wasn't a 'Keep Oregon Weird' shirt. Click on the Details link below for the full story.

** UPDATE ** - We have developed a suspect in the Robbery investigation at the US Market and no longer require help identifying the person in the image. We thank everyone who contributed to sending us information via Facebook private messaging from our initial post, and also those of you who contacted us on our tip line/tip text number. The tips received from the public helped identify the suspect. A press release will be issued in the near future detailing more information. Thank you all again for your assistance! You made a difference in our community! _____________________________________________ Armed Robbery (Photo)