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Jeffery Alan Vance
Jeffery Alan Vance
SAR Searching for Missing Mt Angel Man (Photo) - 02/12/19

***UPDATE 02/12/2019***

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. – Douglas County Search and Rescue has suspended the search for Jeffery Vance, a 30 year-old missing Mt. Angel man.

Deputies began searching for Vance on Monday, February 4, 2019, when he was reported lost by his friend, 29-year old Anthony Fennimore of Salem. 

Fennimore relayed to deputies that he and Vance had been in the area of Clear Water when they experienced mechanical trouble and walked away from the vehicle they were operating. Initially, Fennimore reported they had been lost since Friday, February 1, 2019. Deputies have since been able to determine the two became lost and separated on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue along with assistance from several agencies has searched for Vance over several days with no sign of Vance. The 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup the two men had walked away from was found in the vicinity of Clearwater on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Heavy snowfall in the area has hindered search efforts in the area, ultimately leading to the suspension of efforts on Saturday February 9th, until conditions improve.

Vance is described as 6’00’’ tall, 300 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing dark blue or black Helly Hansen rain gear, a brown or gray stocking cap, a camouflage backpack and Georgia boots.

The Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by Jackson and Josephine County Search and Rescue, Oregon Department of Emergency Management, Oregon Military Department, Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police.

***ORIGINAL RELEASE 02/05/2019***

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. - Douglas County Search and Rescue is searching for a missing Mt. Angel man near Toketee.  

At 6:00 pm on Monday, February 4, 2019, deputies were dispatched to the Glide Store to contact a man reporting he and his friend had been lost in the woods for two days. The caller, 29 year-old Anthony Fennimore of Silverton, OR, told dispatchers he and his friend had experienced vehicle problems after becoming lost and eventually walked away from the vehicle together on Friday (February 1, 2019) night.

The two became separated either Saturday night or Sunday morning.  

On Monday, Fennimore came into contact with some citizens who gave him a ride to Glide where he made a call to dispatch.  

Fennimore's friend, 30 year-old Jeffery A. Vance, is still missing. Douglas County Search and Rescue has been searching and continues to try to locate Vance or the vehicle they walked away from. The vehicle is a maroon in color 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup with Oregon license plate 436KSW. 

Vance is described as 6 ft tall, 300 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing dark blue or black Helly Hansen rain gear, a brown or gray stocking cap, a camouflage framed backpack and Georgia boots. 

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forest Service and Oregon State Police. 

Attached Media Files: Jeffery Alan Vance
Super Bowl Weekend: Enhanced DUII and Seatbelt Patrols - 01/31/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a high visibility enforcement campaign focusing on DUII and seatbelt enforcement over the next two weeks, with a special emphasis on enhanced DUII enforcement during Super Bowl weekend.   

The enforcement campaign will begin February 2nd and will continue through February 17th.

The agency’s goal in this effort is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII and unrestrained drivers.

Funding for the campaign is made possible using grant dollars from Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA).

If you suspect DUII driver please call 911; your actions very well could save a life.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to buckle up, drive safe and drive sober.

Nicole Rene Hall
Nicole Rene Hall
Misuse of Text to 9-1-1 Ends in Arrest (Photo) - 01/31/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 34 year-old Roseburg woman is in custody after misusing Douglas County's Text to 9-1-1 capabilities. 

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 2:50 pm, 9-1-1 Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 text message from an individual stating there was a possible hostage situation in the 500-block of Orchard Lane in Roseburg. Additional messages were received by the dispatcher stating a mass murder had occurred.

Deputies were able to determine the location of the person sending the messages and made contact with her. It was determined the incident being reported was false and the use of the 9-1-1 system was being misused. The person making the false report was identified as 34 year-old Nicole Rene Hall of Roseburg. 

"This false incident tied up multiple resources from citizens who legitimately required services and is completely unacceptable”, said Sgt. Brad O’Dell. “The Sheriff's Office will always hold accountable those who misuse our 9-1-1 system, whether that is by voice call or text messaging services". 

Hall was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Improper Use of 9-1-1 and Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree. 

Attached Media Files: Nicole Rene Hall
South Umpqua High School Threat Investigation - 01/29/19

TRI CITY, Ore. - Deputies responded to South Umpqua High School on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, for a report of vandalism which made reference to a threat against the school. 

Deputies responded and are currently conducting a criminal investigation in cooperation with the school district. At this time the Sheriff's Office does not feel there is a credible threat; although an increased law enforcement presence will be observed on campus. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

Citizens Police Academy
Citizens Police Academy
Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Citizens Police Academy (Photo) *Link to application corrected* - 01/29/19

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department are pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2019 Citizens Police Academy class.

The Citizens 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 interact with local law enforcement officers, gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, learn 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 4 through June 13, 2019 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 and jail, 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 check 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 Citizens Police Academy may do so by visiting http://www.dcso.com/citizen_academy_N.asp or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy can be directed to:  Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6760.

Attached Media Files: Citizens Police Academy
UPDATE: Statement Concerning Video of Individual Released from Douglas County Jail - 01/25/19

UPDATE 01/25/2019

The Sheriff’s Office has reviewed the facts surrounding the incident involving the individual depicted in the video outside of the Douglas County Jail which had been posted to social media. While initially, the video appears to be disturbing, there are additional facts we feel are critically important for the community to know.

  • Max Randol Stafford was booked into the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Criminal Trespass II on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:09 am.
  • At approximately 9:15 am, Mr. Stafford was ordered to be released from the Douglas County Jail by the Winston Municipal Court.
  • A Registered Nurse with the contracted jail medical provider attempted to speak with Mr. Stafford prior to his release. Mr. Stafford would not speak to the nurse.
  • While attempting to prepare him for release, Mr. Stafford refused to get dressed or cooperate with deputies
  • Mr. Stafford was given several opportunities to get dressed, but refused to do so and continued to lie on the ground.
  • Deputies attempted to help Mr. Stafford to his feet, but Mr. Stafford became actively resistive.
  • His clothing had been placed in a plastic bag and was placed outside of the jail facility door.
  • No longer having any lawful authority to keep Mr. Stafford in jail, he was escorted from the facility, while he physically resisted by refusing to walk, trying to plant his feet and bracing himself against the facility exit door.
  • He was officially outside of the jail facility at 9:43:30 am.
  • Mr. Stafford chose to lie down on the ground outside of the facility. He apparently dumped his clothing out of the plastic bag and used the plastic bag to cover himself.
  • At 9:45:00 am, 1 minute and 30 seconds later, two citizens walk up, apparently recording their interaction with Mr. Stafford.
  • Mr. Stafford has previously been booked into the Douglas County Jail 43 times since 2003. He has been written up several times for refusing to move cells and obey orders from jail staff. The general behavior in all previous write-ups is similar to that shown throughout this instance. Laying stagnant, refusing to speak and pretending to be asleep.
  • Mr. Stafford has displayed similar behaviors to law enforcement in the field when he is being arrested.
  • In this instance, as well as historically, Mr. Stafford refuses assistance and resources when offered to him.

We believe these facts are important details that must be taken into consideration when viewing the video. We appreciate those who have waited for these facts to come out before making critical comments or forming opinions about the matter. The Sheriff’s Office prides itself in its working relationship with civic organizations and community partners and routinely offers resources to those in need, whether incarcerated or not. However, it is difficult to help someone who refuses assistance and does not meet the criteria of a police intervention.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 01/24/2019

We are aware of a video that was posted to social media by a member of the community which shows a man lying on the ground outside of the jail facility.

The individual in the video had been ordered to be released from custody by the Winston Municipal Court. The individual would not cooperate with deputies in his release process and refused to leave. As we no longer had any lawful authority to keep the individual in custody, deputies had to escort the individual outside of the jail facility.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently reviewing the facts surrounding this incident before additional statements are released.

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Text to 911 Image
Text to 911 Image
911: Call if You Can, Text if You Can't (Photo) - 01/25/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Division has begun accepting Text-to-911 messages in response to emergencies.

Text-to-911 is a newer, important service. It is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency such as a home invasion or abusive partner. Additionally, individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may benefit from the new technology.

A few things you should know about how Text-to-911 works:

  • Texting to 911 is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak in an emergency. The key thing to remember is “Call if you Can, Text if you Can’t”.
  • When texting to 911 for an emergency the first message should be the location of the emergency (including city) and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical).
  • Keep text messages brief and concise; using full words.
  • Stay with your phone, be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 dispatcher.
  • Photos and videos should not be sent to 911 because not all wireless carriers are able to support this feature and it can delay dispatchers in sending help to you.
  • You cannot include 911 in a group text or while roaming.

Text-to-911 service is not yet available state-wide in Oregon or Washington. If you send a text to 911 from a wireless carrier or a city/county without Text-to-911 service, you should receive a message saying that there is no text service to 911 available at this time.

For more details and updates about Text-to-911 go to www.nwtext911.info.

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Attached Media Files: Text to 911 Image