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Update: Cape Meares Lighthouse Vandalism Investigation Reward Increases
01/12/2010
Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl
Oregon State Police - Tillamook
Office: (503) 842-2899
 

Chris Havel
Associate Director
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
Office: (503) 986-0722

The reward to help Oregon State Police in the investigation into this weekend's vandalism to the historic Cape Meares Lighthouse has now increased to $5,000, according to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials. Additionally, The Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge is accepting donations to help pay for costs to repair the damage previously estimated at over $50,000.
 
According to Chris Havel, Associate Director for Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, the reward fund jumped overnight after their department put in $1,000 to go with donations given to The Friends of Cape Meares increasing their organization's amount to $4,000. The reward is for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this case.
 
The investigation indicates on the afternoon of January 9 and noon on January 10, 2010 an unknown vehicle reportedly drove down a blocked maintenance road to the Cape Meares Lighthouse viewing area ten miles west of Tillamook. Several rounds were fired breaking 15 windows of the lighthouse and several pieces of a historic Fresnel lens. Additional rounds were fired into an active Coast Guard light and surrounding equipment. While driving off the maintenance road the suspect vehicle caused significant damage to a grassy area.

 
Cape Lookout State Park Manager Pete Marvin reported the lighthouse lenses were very old with much historical value and are irreplaceable.

 
Cape Meares Lighthouse went into service January 1890. The lighthouse lens was manufactured in Paris, France and shipped around Cape Horn up to Oregon, arriving for installation prior to the date the lighthouse went into service.
 
Havel confirmed the park remains closed and that The Friends of Cape Meares are accepting donations for repairs through their website:
http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/html/news_events.html
 
Representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office are heading to the site today to inspect the damage.
 
Information about the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewing area, which is currently closed in response to this incident, is available at:
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_181.php
 
Anyone with information to help in the OSP investigation is asked to call the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
 
Link to the first news release with photographs is available on our website news release section.