Chief Deputy Humbled by Appointment
The incoming Lane County Sheriff, Chief Deputy Cliff Harold says his experience has not only helped him to be a better deputy, but the practice of training all new deputies in corrections makes for a better patrol officer.
“We’re convinced that we get a deputy sheriff on patrol that has some particular skill set because of their experience in the jail and so we really like what that does for us as an organization.”
Harrold began his career with the sheriff’s department as part of the Explorer program that he participated in high school. 28 years later some of his classmates are still his co workers.
“Today I have the privilege of working with a bunch of folks that I was an explorer with at this office.”
When asked whether he had aspirations to head the department he quickly answered.
“No! (laugh) I never really did. My dream was to be a deputy sheriff. Ultimately, as Sheriff Trapp discussed the future of the organization with me, I really felt that I’d providentially been provided a path that was leading me to this position.”
Harrold says it is humbling and a privilege to lead the department as sheriff. Chief Deputy Harold will be sworn in at noon on Tuesday.
Liquid Meth Seized from Sailboat
A man was arrested off the coast of Oregon after he failed to communicate with a Coast Guard Cutter about 225 miles from Newport. Coast Guard officials attempted to communicate with the boat that was sporting u.s. registration numbers. According to KDRV tv 65 year old John Phillip Sterling from Canada went below deck and would only communicate via radio. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert pulled along side and boarded the sail boat discovering 196 gallons of liquid Methamphetamine. They also observed Sterling showing signs of a drug overdose and admitted aid. Sterling was transported to Astoria by helicopter and taken to Adventist Hospital. He is currently being held pending a trial.
Electric Car Event
Central Lincoln PUD is hosting an Electric Car Event on Sunday at Toyota of Newport. The event will feature vehicles from 11 different auto manufacturers and test drives will be available. Currently up to $10,000 dollars in tax incentives are available for purchasers or leasers of electric vehicles. From 11-3 people can see the latest models from Tesla, Toyota, mini-cooper and others. A free lunch will also be served to the first 200 people. Toyota of Newport is located at 3234 Highway 101.
Hazardous Waste Roundup
Today and tomorrow is the hazardous waste roundup at the Florence Transfer Station. Chemicals and paints along with yard pesticides are permitted at this free event. residents are limited to 35 gallons of products per household. The collections run from noon to 5 pm today and 8-2 pm on Saturday.
Military Museum Gift Shop Expands
If you like military related items, the Oregon Coast Military Museum has announced that it has upgraded its gift shop to now include such things as branch-specific coffee mugs, decals, patches and flags. The museum also features a select line of t-shirts from the recent visit of the wall that heals. The Museum and gift shop are open Wednesday’s through Sunday from noon to 4 pm.