A few nights before the holidays, images of hate, intolerance and intimidation were sprayed on walls and vehicles at three local businesses.
Whether an intentional hate crime or misguided youthful mischief, such acts of malice cannot and should not be ignored. We are a community that respects each other, supports each other, and celebrates our diversity. This is a teachable moment, and the lesson is that we stand with the victims.
A swastika painted on one house, car, or business is a violation of every house and every business.**[SEE Police Log below for specific information]
Our nation and our state have sadly seen a recent increase in political, religious and ethnic incivility. Lincoln County is not immune. But it should be clear we do not agree, ignore, nor accept such cowardly and criminal acts in our communities.
Our police agencies are aware, are investigating, and are sensitive to these issues. Anyone with information should contact the Lincoln City Police Department, 541-994-3636.
Newport News Times, January 4, 2017, A6
The police blotter relates the public record of incidents as reported by the Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff, and Oregon State Police. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
10:13 a.m. Criminal mischief, 2701 NW Highway 101. The caller reported that vehicles had swastikas spray painted on them. (Dorchester House)
10:41 a.m. Criminal mischief, Puerto Vallarta, 3001 NW Highway 101. The caller reported a swastika and a face was spray painted on a box truck at the business.
11:02 a.m. Criminal mischief, Little Antique Mall, 3128 NE Highway 101. The caller reported that someone spray painted a swastika on the front of the building.