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Telephone Scam
Telephone Scam
Don't Fall For the Scam (Photo) - 12/13/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - It seems to make its rounds every few months. The phone rings, it is answered and the person on the other end of the telephone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and tells the person that they have missed jury duty, failed to pay some fines, or they have a warrant for their arrest. Eventually, the caller states it can be cleared up by paying fees or fines in the form of Western Union, pre-loaded debit cards or gift cards.  HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM! 

The Sheriff's Office has been receiving several calls from members of the community reporting they have received such calls from people claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office. Some names they are providing are actual names of Sheriff's Office staff members. 

It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. 

"It is important for retailers to inform their staff members about the scam and to ask them to be watchful for people who may be making the transactions in relation to the scam", said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

Law Enforcement will not call people to let them know they have a warrant, rather they will make personal contact. 

If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Attached Media Files: Telephone Scam
Galer
Galer
Deputies Seek Tips on Missing Persons (Photo) - 12/11/18

REQUEST FOR RE-BROADCAST

12/11/18 - As of this date, no additional information has been obtained. The public is urged to report any possible sightings of either individual or vehicle. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public regarding two missing person cases, which came in over the weekend. The two cases are not related. 

79 year-old Terry Leland Dodds left his residence on Azalea Glen Road in Glendale on December 8th at approximately 8:00 pm in a maroon 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup with a canopy/camper bearing Oregon license plate D65290. Dodds suffers from a medical issue which may leave him in a confused state of mind. He is traveling with a small tan dog as pictured in the attached photograph and may be traveling to an unknown destination in California. Dodds is described as 6'02'' tall, 180 lbs with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket.  

77 year-old Geraldine Donna Galer of Oakland was last seen driving a gray 2002 GMC Safari Van bearing Oregon license plate YRC203. She has a medical condition which may leave her in a confused state of mind. She is described as 5'04'' tall, 130 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes. She was known to have been in Sutherlin on December 8th at approximately 10:13 am in the 800-block of Summit View Ave. Her clothing description is unknown at this time. 

Both persons have been entered into a national law enforcement missing persons database. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of either of these individuals, they are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Attached Media Files: Galer , Dodds
Matthew Bay
Matthew Bay
Vehicle and Foot Chase Ends with Sutherlin Man in Custody (Photo) - 12/11/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 27 year-old Sutherlin man was lodged in the Douglas County Jail yesterday after trying to elude deputies in a stolen vehicle. 

Around 1:00 PM, on Monday, December 10th, DINT investigators observed a white Acura on Interstate 5 near milepost 121, which had previously been reported stolen. A Sheriff's Deputy was in the area and was able to catch up to the stolen car near milepost 125 on the freeway. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Mulholland and Cecil in Roseburg, at which point the suspect attempted to elude the deputy. The pursuit ended near the overpass on Stewart Parkway Road near the airport, where the suspect attempted to flee on foot. The deputy and DINT investigators chased the suspect near the freeway and eventually took him into custody. 

The suspect, 27 year-old Matthew Allen Bay of Sutherlin, was lodged at the Douglas County Jail for: 

  • Attempt to Elude Police in a Vehicle
  • Attempt to Elude Police on Foot
  • Probation Violation

Additional charges may be issued by the Roseburg Police Department related to the stolen vehicle. 

Attached Media Files: Matthew Bay
Animal Rescue Entity Licensing Requirement - 12/07/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division would like to remind those organizations that take in animals and solicit or accept donations from the public to register as an Animal Rescue Entity per Douglas County Code 6.18 “Animal Rescue Entities”.

The purpose of the ordinance, which became effective April 16, 2018, is to facilitate operation of Oregon law which provides for the regulation of animal rescue entities.

The license fee is $100 annually to register an Animal Rescue Entity under the ordinance. Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office or online at http://www.dcso.com/documents/ARE_app.pdf.

The full text of the Animal Rescue Entity Ordinance can be found online at http://www.co.douglas.or.us/legal/ani_rescue.pdf

Additional questions may be directed to Douglas County Animal Control 541-440-4450 or by email dcso.info@co.douglas.or.us.

Michelle Reyes
Michelle Reyes
***UPDATE*** Missing Roseburg Woman ***LOCATED*** (Photo) - 12/06/18

UPDATE
Michelle Reyes, the 57 year old woman reported missing yesterday has been located safe and sound.  Reyes was located at the Samaritan Inn.  She apparently checked into the shelter last night, and was recognized by one of the employees this morning, who then called authorities.  
END UPDATE

ORIGINAL RELEASE 
ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a Roseburg woman who left the Green area on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 

57 year-old Michelle Reyes of Roseburg was last seen leaving a residence in the Green District on Wednesday around 12:30. She is approximately 5'01'', 110 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light brown jacket with fur trim, blue jeans and carrying a large Marshall's shopping bag. Ms. Reyes suffers from a medical condition which may leave her in a confused state and has difficulty walking. She may be hitchhiking to an unknown destination. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue Coordinators are working to attempt to locate Ms. Reyes. Anyone who has information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case number 18-5392.

Attached Media Files: Michelle Reyes
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ShopWithaCop2_2018_(2).png
2018 Shop with a Cop event to be held on Saturday (Photo) - 12/05/18

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, uniformed officers and support staff from local law enforcement agencies will be volunteering their time at the Roseburg Walmart store to help provide a brighter Christmas for foster children in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department, Winston Police Department, Myrtle Creek Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Douglas County Parole and Probation will be participating in the annual "Shop with a Cop" holiday event. The event will be held at the Roseburg Walmart from 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Thirty-one children have been selected and will be paired up with a police officer and given money to buy Christmas gifts for their families. The officers help the children pick out gifts for their family members and then help wrap them. Before leaving, each child is given their own gift and a stocking filled with goodies from Santa.

The purpose of this event is to help make the holiday season brighter for these children and to give them the opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive setting.

Shop with a Cop is fully funded through donations. We would like to thank Christmas for Kids of Douglas County for their generous donation of $2,100 to make this event possible. We would also like to thank the Roseburg Walmart store for hosting and to our many volunteer elves.   

All members of the media are invited to attend.

Attached Media Files: ShopWithaCop2_2018_(2).png
2018 Shop with a Cop - 12/05/18

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, uniformed officers and support staff from local law enforcement agencies will be volunteering their time at the Roseburg Walmart store to help provide a brighter Christmas for foster children in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department, Winston Police Department, Myrtle Creek Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Douglas County Parole and Probation will be participating in the annual "Shop with a Cop" holiday event. The event will be held at the Roseburg Walmart from 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Thirty-one children have been selected and will be paired up with a police officer and given money to buy Christmas gifts for their families. The officers help the children pick out gifts for their family members and then help wrap them. Before leaving, each child is given their own gift and a stocking filled with goodies from Santa.

The purpose of this event is to help make the holiday season brighter for these children and to give them the opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive setting.

Shop with a Cop is fully funded through donations. We would like to thank Christmas for Kids of Douglas County for their generous donation of $2,100 to make this event possible. We would also like to thank the Roseburg Walmart store for hosting and to our many volunteer elves.   

All members of the media are invited to attend.

Fatal Industrial Accident - 12/04/18

WINSTON, Ore. - An industrial accident on Tuesday morning resulted in the death of a 57 year-old Tenmile man. 

A 9-1-1 call was placed to Douglas County Emergency Communications at 9:27 am requesting medical assistance at a logging site off of Kent Creek Road for the male who was injured while working on a piece of equipment. 

The victim, 57 year-old Richard Allen Smith of Tenmile, was declared deceased at the scene. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death.

Next of kin has been notified. 

DCSO 2018 No-Shave Group
DCSO 2018 No-Shave Group
No-Shave November Funds to Be Presented to Local Cancer Center (Photo) - 12/03/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Sheriff Hanlin, DCSO deputies and staff retired their razors for the month of November in order to bring awareness to men's health issues and to raise funds for the local Community Cancer Center.

Normally, Douglas County deputies adhere to strict grooming standards, which include limitations on facial hair. Sheriff Hanlin temporarily relaxed the facial hair standard in the name of community service and we received astonishing support from our staff, members of the community and the Winston Police Department. 

The Douglas County Law Enforcement Association, a non-profit organization, collected the funds and along with Sheriff Hanlin and staff, will present a check to the Community Cancer Center at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 9:00 am. The amount raised is not being disclosed at this time, but we are excited about the results. 

Although the No-Shave Campaign is over and deputies have returned to their usual clean-shaven look, we thought you might enjoy these pictures. 

DC SAR Team
DC SAR Team
Douglas County Search and Rescue Deployed to Paradise, California (Photo) - 11/19/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Twelve members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue have been deployed to Paradise, California to assist in the recovery efforts. 

The Sheriff's Office received a request through CORSAR (California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Task Force) to provide assistance for duration of Monday through Wednesday. Douglas County's team, supervised by Search and Rescue Deputy Brian Melvin, left Sunday afternoon. The team is comprised of four vehicles, 11 volunteers and one paid deputy. The assets include three recovery K9 teams, ground search team members and management team members. 

"The communities near the Camp fire have been devastated, so when the request for assistance came in we felt it was important to send whatever resources we could provide," said Sheriff John Hanlin. "I have complete confidence that our search and rescue will work hard during their deployment and bring their hallmark level of service and dedication to that community."

Douglas County Search and Rescue is also joined by Search and Rescue units from Lake, Jackson, Klamath and Josephine Counties. 

Attached Media Files: DC SAR Team
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Happy Valley Road - 11/18/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Saturday, November 17, 2018, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a motorcycle crash in the 4700-block of Happy Valley Road. 

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene. The operator of the 1980 Harley Davidson, 40 year-old Roseburg resident Matthew Ryan Cordell, was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics. 

The investigation indicates that Cordell was traveling west on Happy Valley Road when he failed to negotiate a corner. The motorcycle left the roadway and struck a culvert and mailbox. Cordell was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 and reference case number 18-5106.

Douglas County Fire District #2, Winston Police Department, Winston Dillard-Fire Department and Lookingglass Fire Departments were also dispatched to the scene. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

Carnes Road Standoff
Carnes Road Standoff
Peaceful Ending to Armed Standoff Following Pursuit (Photo) - 11/18/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A man is in custody in the Douglas County Jail following a vehicle pursuit which resulted in an armed stand-off in the Green District Saturday. 

At 11:07, dispatchers were notified that a Ford pickup had left Heartwood Resources at a high rate of speed followed by a citizen who recognized the vehicle as stolen.

Deputies later located the vehicle on Glengary Loop Road and a pursuit ensued. A Winston police officer was able to successfully deflate the tires on the pickup using spike strips. The driver continued to drive with deflated tires through the intersection of Roberts Creek Road and Highway 99, running a red light. The pursuit ended at the north end of Carnes Road near the bike path when the driver crashed into the concrete barriers at the dead end. 

The driver, identified as 54 year-old Timothy John Rourke of Roseburg, was observed to have a shotgun in his hands. Rourke refused to comply with deputies orders and continued to place the firearm to his head. 

The Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) and Tactical Response Team (TRT) were dispatched to the scene. Negotiators were able to talk Rourke into peacefully surrendering at 4:00 pm. 

Rourke was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
  • Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Attempt to Elude Police - Vehicle
  • Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer
  • Assault II
  • Warrants (Josephine County)
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver

Winston Police Department, Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Departments provided assistance. 

No additional details are available at this time. 

Attached Media Files: Carnes Road Standoff