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Safety Belt
Safety Belt
Deputies Continue Click It or Ticket Campaign (Photo) - 02/13/18

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's participation in the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

The enforcement campaign began on February 5th and continues through February 18th. Deputies are specifically working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during this course of the campaign. In addition, deputies are watching for violations of using a cell phone while driving and speed.

Funding for this event is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation - Traffic Safety Administration.

In 2015, the use of safety belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The purpose of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to to increase safety, education, strong laws and law enforcement officers saving lives.

The base fine for a safety belt or child car seat violation in Oregon is $115.00.

Attached Media Files: Safety Belt
Telephone Service Affect in Milo/Tiller Due to Power Outage - 02/11/18

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified of a power outage in the communities of Milo and Tiller. As a result of the power outage, some residents are also experiencing a telephone service outage. Affected residents may not be able to summon emergency services by telephone, but may go to the Milo Fire Department which is manned with personnel.

According to Pacific Power's website, the current estimate for restoration of service is approximately 2:00 am. The cause of the outage is unknown to the Sheriff's Office.

Residents wishing to check the status of the outage, may visit Pacific Power's website at https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/oom.html

SAR
SAR
Personal Locator Beacon Activation Leads SAR to Missing Person (Photo) - 02/06/18

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. -- On Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 7:49 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified by an emergency response coordination center that an individual with a personal locator beacon had activated their distress signal in the area of Steamboat Creek Road in the Umpqua National Forest. Exact coordinates were relayed to the Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 10:00 pm, Search and Rescue personnel were responding to the GPS location of the distress signal when they came across the missing person approximately 5 miles from the original location provided.

The subject, 58 year-old John Webber of Eugene, told deputies he had been on a hike which started around mid-morning. He had been hiking on a game trail and became disoriented. He began trying to hike out at about 1:00 pm. He was unable to locate his way back to his vehicle and pressed the distress signal on his locator beacon. He continued to walk after pressing the beacon because he wasn't sure the signal had been sent.

Deputies were able to determine that Webber had walked approximately 20 miles from his vehicle. He was well prepared for the hike and was found in good condition.

"Mr. Webber's level of preparedness and availability of a personal locator beacon were significant factors in his safe return." Sgt. Brad O'Dell said.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens with a personal locator beacon who find themselves in distress and activate the SOS button, to stay put until help arrives.

Attached Media Files: SAR
Barker, Jack - Mug
Barker, Jack - Mug
After Brief Struggle Klamath Falls Man Arrested (Photo) - 02/06/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- On Monday, February 5, 2018, deputies were called to the Loves Travel Stop in the Green District for a report of a man who had been asked to leave the premise and refused. The caller stated the male had been aggressive with employees and tried to hit them.

Deputies contacted the male in the parking lot of the business. As the deputies were speaking to the male, he attempted to assault one of the deputies.

The male resisted being taken into custody. One deputy attempted to deploy his TASER device, which was unsuccessful.

After a brief struggle, the male was taken into custody with the assistance of bystanders.

The suspect was identified as 36 year-old Klamath Falls resident Jack Arvin Barker. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of:

- Criminal Trespass II
- Resisting Arrest
- Assault on a Public Safety Officer
- Disorderly Conduct II
- Harassment

Attached Media Files: Barker, Jack - Mug
*Update* Glendale Death Investigation - 02/03/18

**UPDATE #1 02/03/2018 12:00 PM**

The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the death of a Glendale man.

The decedent has been identified by investigators as 43 year-old Bobby Wayne Davis. Next of kin has been notified.

The cause and manner of the death continue to be the current focus of the investigation. Anyone who has had contact with Mr. Davis over the last 48 hours or has information which may be helpful to the investigation is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 and reference case 18-0498.

**END UPDATE #1**

**ORIGNIAL RELEASE 02/02/2018**

GLENDALE, Ore. -- On Friday afternoon at 2:17 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible death at a residence in the 4600-block of Windy Creek Road.

Deputies arrived on scene and determined a male adult to be deceased within the residence. Detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office have been dispatched to the scene.

The cause and manner of the death are the current focus of the investigation.

The name of the decedent is being withheld.

No further details are available at this time.

SeatBeltSocialNorming_rgb.jpg
SeatBeltSocialNorming_rgb.jpg
Click It or Ticket Campaign (Photo) - 02/02/18

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

Deputies will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from February 5 through February 18. The main emphasis during this blitz will be safety belts, child restraints, texting and speed. Funding for this enforcement is paid for by the Oregon Department of Transportation - Traffic Safety Administration.

In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives.

The base fine for seat belt or child seat violations in Oregon is $115.00

Attached Media Files: SeatBeltSocialNorming_rgb.jpg
Eubank
Eubank
LOCATED: Search and Rescue Looking for Missing Glide Man (Photo) - 01/30/18

***UPDATE 01/30/2018***

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, a group of hikers at the Susan Creek Falls trailhead located Eubank. Eubank was reportedly cold, wet and hungry.

He was transported by ambulance to the Roseburg VA Medical Center for evaluation.

Eubank was reported missing on Sunday evening. Douglas County Search and Rescue has actively been searching for him since that time.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their support in efforts to locate Eubank.

***END UPDATE***

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore - On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 4:32 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was contacted regarding a missing person.

32 year-old Gene Girard Eubank of Glide was hiking with a group in the Susan Creek Falls area. He became separated from his group and was later reported as missing.

Eubank is described as 5'9'' 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He wears eye glasses and has a full beard. He was last known to be wearing a camo hat, black down-filled jacket and blue jeans.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Division has been actively searching for Eubank. Anyone who has information, is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 and refer to case 18-0430.

Attached Media Files: Missing Person Flyer , Eubank
Accepting Applications for the 2018 Citizen Police Academy - 01/26/18

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2018 Citizen Police Academy class.

The Citizen Police Academy is for Douglas County residents who want to learn more about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department. This hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is offered FREE of charge and allows citizens the opportunity to gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, what their mandated functions consist of, as well as improving the understanding of the challenges law enforcement face serving and protecting our community.

The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings starting on April 5 through June 14, 2018 from 6 -- 9 PM. This is an 11-week commitment from the participants. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.

The goal of the program is to provide information to Douglas County residents so they can make informed judgments about the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Open discussion and better understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.

The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, investigations, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, canine program, tactical operations, and much more. Participants will be involved in activities such as touring the communications center, jail and police department, using police equipment, and participating in a simulated shoot/don't shoot scenario.

Each applicant must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to approval and admission. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony convictions, have no pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and have no outstanding warrants for arrest.

The instructional courses will be held at the Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Anyone wishing to apply for the Citizen's Police Academy may do so by visiting www.dcso.com or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Questions regarding the Citizen's Police Academy can be directed to: Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6760.

Shawn Obrein
Shawn Obrein
Pleasant Hill Man Arrested after Assaulting Deputy (Photo) - 01/22/18

CURTIN, Ore. - On Sunday, January 21, 2018, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1999 Toyota Camry. The driver failed to stop and continued driving. The driver eventually stopped at the intersection of Highway 38 and Curtain Road.

The deputy contacted the driver, who did not present a driver's license. The driver, later identified as 29 year-old Pleasant Hill resident Shawn Michael Obrein, was being detained when he began to physically fight the deputy. A second deputy arrived and was able to assist taking Obrein into custody.

Obrein was found to be in possession of 1 gram of heroin, methamphetamine residue and evidence of delivery of a controlled substance. Obrein's driving privileges were suspended at the felony level.

The deputy sustained a minor injury to his eye. He was treated and released.

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

Assault on a Public Safety Officer
Assault 4th Degree
Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
Attempted Escape 3rd Degree
Driving While Suspended - Felony
Resisting Arrest
Unlawful Possession of Heroin
Unlawful Delivery of Heroin
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Attached Media Files: Shawn Obrein
Joseph Daniel Coccia
Joseph Daniel Coccia
Missing Winston Man Located, Deceased (Photo) - 01/22/18

***UPDATE 01/22/18***

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:08 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified by a husband and wife that they had located a green Subaru with a deceased male in the Lost Creek area off of Coos Bay Wagon Road. This location is approximately a mile and a half into Coos County.

Deputies responded to the location and determined the deceased male to be 70 year-old Joseph Daniel Coccia of Winston.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is in charge of the death investigation. No foul play is suspected. Next of kin has been notified.

***END UPDATE***

**ORIGINAL RELEASE**

WINSTON, Ore. -- Deputies are seeking information from members of the community who may have information as to the whereabouts of 70 year-old Winston resident, Joseph Daniel Coccia.

The Sheriff's Office was notified Coccia was missing and took a report on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Coccia, who has dementia according to the caller, is reported to be associated with a green 1997 Subaru Legacy with Oregon license plate VRP113. Coccia's vehicle was involved in a hit and run on Friday, January 12th at approximately 6:30 pm in the 8800-block of Lookingglass Road in Roseburg.

He is described as a white male adult who is approximately 5'6'' weighing 135 lbs with brown eyes and is balding.

Anyone with information as to Coccia's whereabouts or that of his vehicle are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and refer to case number 18-0215.

Attached Media Files: Joseph Daniel Coccia