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    2A • December 24, 2015 • Seaside Signal •
Man sentenced for Astoria home invasion
‘The Collector’ had a
lengthy criminal history
By Kyle Spurr
EO Media Group
Anthony Victor Lane,
the convicted felon who
orchestrated an armed
home invasion at an Asto-
ria residence in April, was
sentenced to more than six
years in prison.
Lane, 31, of St. Helens,
pleaded no contest Friday,
Dec. 11, in Clatsop Coun-
ty Circuit Court to three
counts of second-degree
robbery as part of a nego-
tiated plea agreement. He
also pleaded no contest to
felon in possession of a
cident in March.
“I have the impression
that you were the ringlead-
er,” Judge Paula Brown-
hill told Lane. “That you
planned this whole thing.
That you
carried it
t e n c e d
Lane to 70
months for
bery and VICTOR LANE
another 12
session. He will get credit
for time already served in
Lane and Joseph Ver-
non Armstrong, 31, of
Tillamook, entered a resi-
dence on the 300 block of
Alameda Avenue wearing
masks and demanded mon-
ey and cellphones. Arm-
strong was armed with a .40
caliber pistol and Lane had
a baton he used to beat two
men in the house.
The assaulted men had
injuries. Two women were
pepper sprayed.
Armstrong was sen-
tenced in September to 70
months in prison.
the scene in an Oldsmobile
Bravada, which a Seaside
detective found unoccupied
hours later at Arnie’s Cafe
in Warrenton.
Call to Tillamook
County Jail
Lane became a suspect,
in part, after he made a
phone call to an inmate
in Tillamook County Jail
the day of the assault and
robbery and said he was
“in trouble and that he
was hiding in a swamp,”
according to court docu-
ments. Lane went on to tell
the inmate he “had gone
to do a hit on a guy and
that both his name and the
inmate’s name had been
given out over the radio to
A Tillamook County de-
tective overheard the phone
call and informed the Asto-
ria Police.
Oregon State Police
found Lane about three
weeks later in Seaside.
Astoria Police Deputy
Chief Eric Halverson said
his department collected
multiple pieces of evi-
dence connecting Lane to
the crime, including DNA,
cellphone records and state-
ments from the co-defen-
dants and witnesses.
“All of them expressed
that they were afraid of
Lane,” Halverson said.
Known as the
‘The Collector’
Police were familiar with
session case in March. Lane
was stopped by police in
Seaside while driving with
a woman in the passenger
seat. The case was initially
investigated as a kidnapping,
but Lane was only charged
for possessing a handgun.
The woman in the vehi-
cle referred to Lane as “The
Collector,” a nickname that
hints at Lane’s alleged his-
tory of collecting drug debts
for himself and others.
A victim in the home
invasion case called 911
saying “Tony Yeaho” had
just attacked them. “Tony
Yeaho” is another alias for
Lane has a lengthy crim-
inal history that extends
into Columbia County,
where at one time he was
arrested for a warrant out of
After the sentencing Fri-
day, the prosecution and
police expressed frustra-
Chief Deputy District
Attorney Ron Brown said
he had pursued a longer
sentence, but the case had
too many unreliable wit-
nesses and co-defendants.
At least three of the co-de-
fendants are at large right
now on warrants, he said.
Had the case gone to
trial, it would have been
the witnesses and co-defen-
dants in the same courtroom
on the same day. And many
“We wanted to get some-
thing out of this case that
was concrete,” Brown said.
as he was approaching his car.
Officer made contact, subject
was elderly and had had a knee
Dec. 18
Others involved
have been convicted
The four other people
involved in the home inva-
sion have all been convict-
Two lookouts — Tasha
H. Van Dolah and Kevin
John Morse — and get-
away car driver Amanda
Maye Preston were each
sentenced to three years
Leticia Vivian Westfall,
another lookout, pleaded no
contest to hindering prose-
cution and was sentenced to
18 months probation.
between the two vehicles.
Dec. 7
9:33 a.m., 1200 block of
Avenue A: 911 caller reported
down power line that turned
out to be a cable line. Fire
department was contacted to
assist with removing the hazard
from the road.
1:35 p.m., 100 block of Broad-
way: Citizen came to Seaside
Police Department to report
someone hit his vehicle and
left without leaving contact
Dec. 8
4:21 p.m., South Holladay
Drive and Avenue A: FedEx
driver came in to report subject
“directing traffic” at Holladay
and Avenue A. Officers located
subject nearby, who was en
route to grocery store.
Dec. 9
10:58 a.m., Wahanna Road:
Report of a child in a vehicle
with no safety seat. Officer
searching the area. Vehicle
located. Subject warned.
12:04 p.m., U.S. Highway 101:
Report of a subject that was
tailgating in the high water.
Subject was warned. It appears
to be a road rage incident
4:53 p.m., 400 block of South
Franklin Street: Caller reported
trespassed subject continuous-
ly ringing her doorbell. Subject
was gone upon officer’s arrival.
Dec. 10
12:16 a.m., U.S. Highway 101:
Caller reported traffic com-
plaint. Officers advised. Oregon
State Police made the stop.
8:07 a.m., 400 block of South
Roosevelt Drive: Safeway want-
ed a male trespassed. Officer
made contact, subject was
3:19 p.m., U.S. Highway
101: Caller reported possibly
impaired driver, having driven
over fog line and center line a
few times. Officer conducted
traffic stop; driver not impaired.
Dec. 11
10:30 a.m., 1500 block of Lea
Way: Citizen came in the lobby
to report a cold hit-and-run
that occurred to his new vehi-
cle the day before. Officer took
his information.
6:40 p.m., 400 block of South
Columbia: Caller reported and
unwanted person on premises,
subject left prior to Officer be-
ing dispatched. Caller will call
back if subject returns.
Dec. 12
9:24 a.m., 1200 block of Broad-
way: Caller requested officers
patrol the area for speeding
drivers. Officer advised.
9:41 p.m., 1800 block of South
Franklin Street: Report of a
transformer blowing; Pacific
Power notified.
10:36 p.m., Avenue U: Officer
assisted on fire call.
Dec. 13
12:49 p.m., Beach Drive: Caller
reported two vehicles speeding
on Beach, very limited descrip-
tion. Officer advised, no other
7:48 p.m., 400 block of South
Roosevelt Drive: 911 caller
reported someone harassing
them at Safeway. The manager
at Safeway had made contact
asking the subject to move
on since they had been there
for more than an hour. Officer
responded and made contact
with subject who decided to
move on for the evening.
Dec. 14
5:11 p.m., Second Avenue:
Caller reported intoxicated driv-
er with children in the vehicle.
Officer made contact with the
subject, who showed no sign of
impairment. This is an ongoing
issue between the parties.
10:30 p.m., 1900 block of
North Holladay Drive: Officers
responded to report of sus-
picious person climbing tree.
Upon officer arrival, subject
was cooperated and trespassed
from premise.
Dec. 15
4:41 a.m., 100 block of Broad-
way: While on patrol, officer
made contact with subject.
Warned person against theft of
power. Subject agreed to move
11:05 a.m., 1100 block of
North Roosevelt Drive: Report
of a female that could barely
walk. Officers had previous
contact with the same subjects,
female was under the influ-
ence. Officer searched the area
and was unable to locate them.
4:29 p.m., Broadway: Caller
reported possibly intoxicated
older male, nearly fall down
Dec. 16
2:03 p.m., 1100 block of North
Roosevelt Drive: Report of a
male and female involved in
a verbal disturbance. Officer
located the subjects, they
are now trespassed from the
3:45 p.m., First Avenue: Offi-
cers assisted Medix on scene
of intoxicated female who fell
in the street and hit her head.
Subject was transported to the
Dec. 17
10:37 a.m., 2500 block of
North Roosevelt Drive: Report
of an RV parked in an unsafe
location and blocked the view
of traffic. Officer made contact,
subject was advised and will be
moving it.
12:44 p.m., 1300 block of
North Holladay Drive: Subject
was transported to Providence
Seaside Hospital via Medix after
she was self harming.
10:39 a.m., 12th Avenue
Bridge: City employee advised
of a loose, aggressive dog on
the bridge. Officer located
the dog and returned it to his
2:01 p.m., 800 block of Avenue
G: An unwanted person was es-
corted off premises and given a
courtesy ride home.
10:07 p.m., 500 block of
Avenue A: 911 caller reported a
large group of kids acting out.
Officer delayed on priority call.
No teens observed; gone upon
Dec. 19
1:13 p.m., 800 block of South
Holladay Drive: Caller asked
for officer assistance for an
unwanted subject who had
locked herself in her hotel room
upon checkout.
6:29 p.m., 800 block of South
Holladay Drive: Unwanted
subject was given a courtesy
ride to another location.
11:54 p.m., 700 block of 11th
Avenue: Officers assisted on
fire call. Contacted subject and
warned against fire danger.
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