Man arrested after drug sting

Victor Isaiah Pahl, 34, of Newport, was arrested May 25 after Newport Police Department officers said he messaged them on one of their fake Facebook profiles attempting to set up the sale or exchange of illegal drugs.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed May 26, Pahl messaged a fake Facebook account operated by Newport Police Department officers on May 24 to offer a fictitious woman gas money and a variety of drugs if she agreed to meet him at the Econolodge hotel in Newport.

Under the guise of the fake woman, officers made plans to meet Pahl at the room, which Pahl said he rented until 11 a.m. May 25. Prior to the meeting, Pahl went to a correctional group home in Newport to check in with his probation officer, who detained him and searched his person when he arrived, finding what they suspected was black tar heroin and fentanyl pills, according to the affidavit.

Pahl reportedly gave officers permission to search his hotel room and phone after he was detained. Officers found nothing suspicious in the room, but checking Pahl’s phone they found he contacted several people attempting to either buy or sell illegal drugs. Several of the people he contacted were women, whom Pahl reportedly offered money or drugs to come to his hotel room and have sex with him. One proposition offered a woman $700 to do so, according to the affidavit.

Pahl was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution and unlawful delivery of heroin and fentanyl. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on $250,000 bond. An early resolution conference for the case was scheduled for June 26.

Man trespassed from community center

Steven J Dempsey, 55, of Lincoln City, was arrested May 25 after staff at the Lincoln City Community Center told police he was threatening people and causing a disturbance.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed May 26, a staff member at the Lincoln City Community Center contacted Lincoln City Police Department officers around 7 a.m. to report Dempsey was screaming and yelling in the building’s locker room and threatened to punch employees who approached him and asked him to stop.

Man charged with threatening people with knife

Howard Abraham Lightner, 42, of Lincoln City, was arrested June 4 after police say he threatened multiple people with a pair of knives.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed June 6, Lincoln City Police Department officers were called to the Safeway parking lot on Logan Road at around 3:17 p.m. after someone reported Lightner was threatening them.

Lincoln City police officers soon arrived and made contact with two people who said they were waiting at a nearby bus stop when they saw Lightner leave a wine bottle on the ground, and they told him to pick it up. One of the people began arguing with Lightner, who he said eventually unsheathed a large knife and brandished it, then pulled out a silver folding knife and held it near the other person’s neck, saying, “I could slit your throat right now,” the affidavit states.

Officers detained Lightner and found two knives on his person, a large black knife with a green handle and a small silver folding knife. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct before being housed at the Lincoln County Jail. He remains housed at the jail on $50,000 bond. An early resolution conference for the case is scheduled for June 22.

Woman charged with criminal mistreatment, assault of child

Krystal Ann O’Donnell, 32, of Toledo, was arrested June 8 on child abuse charges after allegedly striking a child in the face with an umbrella.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed June 8, Toledo Police Department officers received a 24-hour response referral from the Department of Human Services on May 19 regarding the possible physical abuse of a child by O’Donnell. Officers made contact with a Child Welfare Service specialist and met with them around 12:30 p.m. that day to discuss the matter. The specialist and an officer interviewed the child, who staff said came to school with bruises on their face.

The child reportedly said they were cleaning out a car and resting an umbrella on their shoulder when O’Donnell came up from behind, took the umbrella and hit them in the face twice, causing the bruises. The child said O’Donnell told them they were not following instructions and needed to “listen better,” the affidavit states.

The child told interviewers the pain was a 4 out of 10, that they cried after being hit and that the pain persisted and would reach a 5 at times, at one point causing them to begin crying during class. The officer observed a purple and yellow bruise near the child’s eye about half an inch across, a similarly sized bruise near the temple and an inch-long bruise going from the child’s eye to cheek, according to the affidavit states.

During a forensic interview later conducted at the children’s advocacy center in Newport, the child reportedly said they received bruises from O’Donnell at least 11 times, the affidavit states.

The child’s testimony is reportedly substantiated by multiple past referrals received by the Department of Human Services alleging similar abuse by O’Donnell. The child has reportedly gone to a doctor multiple times for “suspicious” injuries.

O’Donnell was charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment and third-degree assault. She was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and housed there until June 9 when she signed a conditional release agreement requiring she have no unsupervised contact with the victim and reside at an approved residence. An early resolution hearing for the case is scheduled for July 18.

Inmate charged with spitting on deputies

Elizabeth Weible, 39, of Portland, received additional charges June 7 after sheriff’s deputies at the county jail say she spit on them as they attempted to stop her from harming herself.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed June 7, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies stationed at the Lincoln County Jail confronted Weible as she was tying a blanket around herself in a way that could cause harm. As deputies tried to intervene, they say Weible began spitting on them and spewed some of her saliva into one of their mouths. An investigating deputy later reviewed body cam footage that reportedly showed Weible spitting on the deputy during the incident.

When the investigating deputy attempted to interview Weible about the incident, she reportedly tried to spit on them through the pass-through of her cell and said “Open the door, I’ll spit on your face too,” the affidavit states.

Weible was initially booked and held at the jail after she allegedly tried to push her ex-boyfriend off of a cliff near Nye Beach on May 25.

For the spitting incident, Weible received two counts of aggravated harassment in addition to her prior charges of harassment and fourth-degree assault. A probable cause hearing for the latest charges was scheduled for June 21.

Lincoln City man charged with rape

Anthony A Bruce, 28, of Lincoln City was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse June 6. Court documents for the case remain are under a court order to protect the identity of the victim. Bruce is currently housed at the Lincoln County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Compiled by Mathew Brock Of the News-Times

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