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Crash Claims the Life of Winston Man - 10/15/18

RIDDLE, Ore. - A crash Sunday evening claimed the life of a Winston man. Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call of a single vehicle crash in the 2000-block of Cow Creek Road near Riddle at about 8:16 PM.

The Sheriff's Office determined the vehicle had been operated by 32 year-old Thomas W. Rynearson of Winston. The preliminary investigation indicates Rynearson was driving a 2004 Ford F350 toward Riddle when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. Rynearson was pronounced deceased at the scene. Speed appears to be a contributing factor.  The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene. 

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to speak with deputies by calling 541-440-4471 and reference case #18-4592.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Riddle Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance and Bill's Towing. 

Nicholas Mark McElmurry
Nicholas Mark McElmurry
Shooting Investigation and Arrest (Photo) - 10/09/18

On Tuesday, October 09, 2018, at about 0100 hours, the 911 center received a call reporting a shooting had just occurred at the Valley View Mobile Home Park, located at 200 Emil’s Way, Roseburg, Oregon.  Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Roseburg and Winston Police Departments responded to the scene.

Initial reports indicated that an argument was occurring in one of the trailers that involved 30 year old Ricky Gibbons, of Roseburg.  While this was going on, 34 year old Nicholas McElmurry, also of Roseburg, arrived at the trailer and became involved in the argument.  Nicholas McElmurry then shot  Ricky Gibbons, and fled the scene.

Ricky Gibbons was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where he was initially treated before being transported to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield.  His current condition is unknown, but his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Two K-9 Units from the Roseburg Police Department responded to the scene and assisted other responders with a search for McElmurry.  At about 0200 hours, a K-9 Officer announced the dog would be sent under a trailer and the dog began barking. McElmurry, who was hiding in a nearby shed, yelled out and surrendered.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was initially charged with Assault I.  More charges are expected.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing the investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

Attached Media Files: Nicholas Mark McElmurry
SAR Training
SAR Training
Search and Rescue Recruiting Volunteers (Photo) - 10/04/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Want to help your community and help save lives? The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking dedicated members of the community who are willing to volunteer their time to the Search and Rescue Division.

Under Oregon Law, the Sheriff of each county is tasked with the responsibility of Search and Rescue efforts. In Douglas County that means the Sheriff is responsible for the searching for lost and missing subjects within the 5,000 square miles of the county.

The kind of people the Sheriff is looking for are motivated individuals willing to give their precious time to help their community. Search and Rescue is not exclusive to any particular type of person or skill set. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals capable of physical tasks ranging from wilderness searching to technical rope rescues, to individuals willing to help prepare meals for search crews, or people who want to help maintain equipment for searchers in the field. If you have the desire, the Sheriff's Office will provide the training, at no cost.

Currently the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit is comprised of members of the community from age 14 to members who are retired.

Here is a list of some of the Search and Rescue disciplines:

  • Mountain Rescue = Rope technical and terrain difficulty
  • Mounted Searchers = Searchers on horseback
  • Dive Team = SCUBA
  • Ground SAR = Searchers who search land of all types not technical
  • 4x4 = Individuals with 4x4 drive capability
  • Logistics = Individuals willing to support SAR's missions and operations
  • K9 Search Team = Individuals willing to train a dog in various SAR disciplines

More information can be found at  

An "Introduction to Search and Rescue" meeting/training will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Douglas County Search and Rescue Building, 2586 NE Diamond Lake Blvd – Building #3, Roseburg OR 97470.

Interested in joining? Contact our Search and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator at 541-440-4498 or email

Attached Media Files: SAR Training , SAR Volunteers , SAR
Dole Road Investigation (Photo) - 10/04/18

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - A Myrtle Creek Police Officer had responded to a report of a person throwing rocks into the road from the railroad tracks in the 2800-block of Dole Road at about 6:15 Thursday morning. At approximately 6:30 am, the officer made a radio call advising dispatchers that a shot had been fired. This gunshot was not made by the officer. 

Multiple law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions responded to the scene. The shot was identified as coming from the area of 2865 Dole Road. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. Dole Road was shut down temporarily until the situation was under control. Three people were detained at the residence and questioned by investigators. No arrests have been made and detectives are currently focusing on the investigation. The incident is being investigated by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team. 

No injuries were reported during the incident. 

The following agencies responded: Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Roseburg Police Department, Winston Police Department and Myrtle Creek Police Department. 

No further information is being released at this time. 

Attached Media Files: TRT10042018.jpg
Ryan Justin Wagner
Ryan Justin Wagner
Wolf Creek Man Arrested for Weapon Possession (Photo) - 09/28/18

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A morning traffic stop in Canyonville on Thursday lead to a Wolf Creek man's arrest for weapon crimes. 

34 year-old Ryan Justin Wagner was taken into custody shortly after a traffic stop in the 100-block of Gazley Bridge Road around 1030 am. Wagner was initially pulled over for traffic violations when a deputy observed a shotgun with a cut barrel. The deputy observed the firearm's serial number had been destroyed. Wagner, who has felony convictions, is prohibited from possessing firearms and was taken into custody without incident. 

He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Short Barreled Firearm
  • Obliteration of ID Number on a Firearm
  • Unlawful Delivery of Imitation Controlled Substances

Attached Media Files: Ryan Justin Wagner
Jamie Todd Adams
Jamie Todd Adams
Glide Man Arrested on Sex Crimes (Photo) - 09/24/18

GLIDE, Ore. - A Glide man was arrested on Friday following a sex crimes investigation. 

The Sheriff's Office received a report that 42 year-old Jamie Todd Adams had sexually molested a child known to him. Through the course of the investigation, deputies developed probable cause for Adams' arrest. Deputies met with Adams and he was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Rape 1st Degree (A Felony)
  • Sodomy 1st Degree (A Felony)
  • Sex Abuse 1st Degree (B Felony)

Attached Media Files: Jamie Todd Adams
Telephone Service Outage Affecting 911 - 09/19/18

RIDDLE, Ore. - A telephone service outage in the Riddle area is affecting approximately 293 Frontier customers. The outage may prevent those affected from dialing 9-1-1. Those customers can still reach emergency dispatchers by dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone, if they have service. Otherwise, the Riddle Fire Department has been staffed with personnel until further notice.