Felon arrested after furnishing gun to euthanize dog
Justin Smith, 35, of Otis, was arrested July 28 after a man hit a dog with his car and Smith allegedly provided a firearm, which as a felon he cannot legally possess, to humanely kill it.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed July 29, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Drift Creek Road in Lincoln City on a report that a man hit a dog with his vehicle.
Deputies arrived to find a man they recognized from prior contacts as a felon give a handgun to another man who used it kill what appeared to be the injured dog before placing the gun on the ground, the affidavit states. Both men were named in the affidavit, but court records do not show charges in connection with this incident.
The deputy secured the handgun in his vehicle and went to speak with the felon. The deputy asked where he obtained the firearm, and the felon told the officer he received it from Smith, who left when the deputy arrived, according to the affidavit.
Dispatch informed the deputy that Smith had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and is a convicted felon. The deputy soon located Smith, who agreed to speak with him, the affidavit states.
Smith reportedly admitted he gave the firearm to the other man and said he discovered it inside a nearby house he was squatting in. He said he was aware he should not have a firearm as a felon, but decided to clean up the weapon after he found it and obtained ammo for it.
Smith was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, as well as a probation violation after being convicted of theft in 2021.
Judge Sheryl Bachart denied him release during a hearing Aug. 11, ordering that he can request release to residential treatment.
Woman arrested after refusing to leave illegal campsite
Tammy Michelle Childs, 45, of Newport, was arrested July 30 after allegedly refusing to leave private property she was found camping on without permission and violently resisting an officer attempting to arrest her for an outstanding warrant.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Aug. 1, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy went to investigate a report of an illegal camper on private property near Waldport around 10:20 a.m. July 30. When he arrived, the deputy found two RVs, a Toyota pickup, a small red SUV and what appeared to be a partially built log cabin.
After knocking on the door of the RV and announcing he was a law enforcement officer, the deputy heard a dog bark, and eventually Childs came to the door. When asked her name, Childs reportedly told the deputy her name was Tammy Learn. When asked who owned the vehicles and who was building the log cabin, Childs allegedly changed the subject and said she had permission to be at the property, according to the affidavit.
When the officer told Childs she may be trespassing and should “clean up” the camp, she reportedly told him again that she had permission from a member of the property owner’s family to camp there, which the officer doubted based on prior contacts with the owner, the affidavit states.
The deputy contacted who he believed was the property owner, but that person was unsure if the location was on their property or the adjacent property owned by the family member Childs named. The person said they did not believe anyone had given permission for Childs to camp there in either circumstance, according to the affidavit.
The name Childs gave to the deputy came back with an arrest warrant for failure to appear, so the deputy went back to the RV and told her she was under arrest. Childs asked if she could make arrangements for someone to come pick up her dog first, to which the deputy agreed, but Childs reportedly became angry, yelled at the deputy and refused to exit the RV while speaking with an unknown person on the phone, the affidavit states.
Eventually, Childs allegedly charged out of the trailer and ran into the deputy, who responded by performing a leg sweep and knocking Childs to the ground. The deputy requested backup and began wrestling with Childs, noting that during the struggle there was a hatchet and knives within reach of her, though the deputy did not report any attempt by her to grab them, according to the affidavit.
Childs continued to struggle despite the deputy’s threats to deploy pepper spray against her, and it wasn’t until he threatened to deploy his K-9 partner to bite her that he was able to place handcuffs on her from behind, according to the affidavit.
The deputy then attempted to walk Childs to his patrol car, but she continued to resist and pull away. It was at the point the officer realized his body camera was not on, so he switched it on, the affidavit states.
Childs allegedly continued to resist, verbally insult the deputy, scream that the he was choking her and at one point grab him by the crotch. The deputy was eventually able to secure her in his vehicle and transported her to the Lincoln County Jail.
Childs was charged with harassment, resisting arrest, assaulting a public safety officer and giving false information to a police officer, though the latter two charges were later dropped. Childs’ failure to appear warrant was issued after failing to attend a 2021 court date for a traffic violation. She was initially held on $100,000 bond, but that amount was later lowered to $15,000 when the two charges were dropped.
Childs pleaded not guilty to all charges during her arraignment Aug. 8, and an early resolution conference for the case is scheduled for Aug. 29.