On March 22nd at about 4:00 PM Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Panther Creek in Otis on a report of a disturbance with shot fired. Lincoln City Police Department officers and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to assist and Pacific West Ambulance staged in the area. Upon arrival deputies learned that a woman was looking for a friend’s address in the area and encountered a vehicle parked in the roadway. She stepped out of her vehicle when she was contacted by Richard Stephen Slebioda, age 68, of Otis. Slebioda was armed with a shotgun and was agitated about her wanting to use the roadway and would not let her pass.
Slebioda discharged a shotgun into the ground near her resulting in debris from the ground hitting her. The woman retreated back into her vehicle where Slebioda menaced the woman with a handgun. The woman left the area on foot. She was not injured in the event and did not require medical attention. Slebioda was later located by deputies and was taken into custody without incident and the firemarms were seized. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Recklessly Endangering with a total bail of $80,000.00
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