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Sheriff's Office and Bi-Mart to Hold Boat Safety Inspection Event (Photo) - 05/18/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Marine deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office have partnered with the Roseburg Bi-Mart to hold a free boat safety inspection event. 

Deputies will hold the FREE clinic in the parking lot of the Roseburg Bi-Mart (1381 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg) on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. 

The inspection process will include checking for: 

  • Approved Life Jackets
  • Working Fire Extinguishers
  • Approved Type IV Flotation Devices
  • Approved Sound Producing Devices
  • Working Engine Blower Fans
  • Assist on Proper Placement of Oregon Registration Numbers and Stickers

If your boat passes inspection, a 2018 inspection sticker will be issued, which can be displayed on your boat for the approaching 2018 boating season.

This will be the first year the Sheriff's Office has hosted this event. "This is a great opportunity for boaters to speak with Marine Deputies to ask questions, have their boat formally inspected and receive the 2018 inspection sticker," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell, public information officer.

"We are excited about this community outreach event and the partnership with Bi-Mart to make this event possible. This is a great way to kick off the boating season," O'Dell said. 

Attached Media Files: PDF Event Flyer , Event Flyer Image
Sheriff's Office Investigates Suspicious Item - 05/18/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. -  Deputies investigated a suspicious item found at the Green Meadow Mobile Home Park in the 5000-block of Grange Road Thursday morning. 

At 11:17 a.m.., on May 17, 2018, a citizen reported finding the item in a vehicle before calling the Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded and consulted with the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit. Out of precaution, residents in a 100 foot radius were asked to evacuate. The item was safely removed from the scene by OSP, and is undergoing analysis. The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or 

Emile Crash
Emile Crash
Fatal Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 05/14/18

GLIDE, Ore. - Deputies located the vehicle of two missing Douglas County men on Sunday evening around 4:00 pm. 

At 10:26 am on Sunday, the Sheriff's Office was contacted by family members of the two men reporting them as missing. The men, 60 year-old Derwin Young of Roseburg and 66 year-old Charles Powell of Myrtle Creek, had been camping at White Creek campground and gone for a drive to the area of Emile Park off of Little River Road. When the pair did not return, family became concerned and contacted the Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers were dispatched and combed the area looking for the two men. At about 4:00 pm, the 1997 Toyota Rav 4 the men were driving was located over an embankment along the river, within the footprint of Emile Park. 

Crews from Glide Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Powell was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. Young was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Powell was flown from the scene by Lifeflight to Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend where he remains in critical condition. 

The crash is still under investigation, although alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor. 

Attached Media Files: Emile Crash
UPDATED - Deputies Investigate Shooting in Tenmile - 05/11/18

UPDATE #2  05/11/18

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a shooting which occurred on 05-08-18, in the 500 Block of Degnath Gateway Lane, Tenmile, Oregon.  The Detective’s Division is looking into a claim that the shooting was done in self-defense.  

The investigation is on-going and no further details will be released at this time.



UPDATE: 05/08/2018 2:30 PM

Detectives are continuing their investigation from the shooting this morning in Tenmile. 

57 year-old Kevin Eugene Welker was shot in the leg by his neighbor 56 year-old Kevin Dewayne Duckworth at about 6:38 a.m. Both Welker and Duckworth have been involved in an ongoing neighborhood dispute. 

Welker was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to an undisclosed hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

No arrests have been made in this investigation. 


ORIGINAL RELEASE: 05/08/2018 7:59 AM

TENMILE, Ore. - s://0">At 6:38 am, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call of a reported shooting which took place in the 500-block of Degnath Gateway Lane. Multiple deputies responded and were assisted by the Winston Police Department. 

Deputies are currently on scene conducting an investigation. There is no threat to the public related to this incident. No additional details are available for release at this time. 

The media and members of the public are asked to avoid the area, due to the narrow roadway and limited parking for responders. 


MEDIA - The PIO is on scene and can be reached at the email address in the media section.

Peace Officer Memorial Flyer
Peace Officer Memorial Flyer
Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony (Photo) - 05/10/18



National Police Week is May 13 - 19, 2018.

National Police Officer Memorial Day is May 15, 2018

Douglas County Law Enforcement Officers will participate locally in a memorial ceremony, held in honor of those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. We will pay special tribute to the five Douglas County Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

  • Officer  Donald Desues—Roseburg Police Dept.
  • Sergeant Gerald Chirrick—Douglas Co. S.O.
  • Corporal Virgle Knight, Jr—Douglas Co. S.O.
  • Special Deputy Ronald Terwilliger—Douglas Co. S.O.
  • Deputy Morris Taylor—Douglas Co. S.O.

Scheduled speakers include: Sheriff John Hanlin and Commissioner Chris Boice

The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The media and public are encouraged to attend.


Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 0900 hours
Location: Douglas County Courthouse, front steps, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon


In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation declaring May 15th as Peace Officer's Memorial Day and the week in which that falls National Police Week. 

Officer Desues lost his life on Friday, August 7, 1959 as a result of the Roseburg Blast. He was 32 years old. 

Sergeant Chirrick (44), Corporal Knight (35) and Spc. Deputy Terwilliger (36) all passed on July 23, 1985 as a result of a helicopter crash while on a law enforcement operation. 

Deputy Taylor (38) was fatally wounded from a gunshot wound on September 14, 2002 after responding to a report involving a man performing lewd acts at a motel in Curtin. 

Attached Media Files: Peace Officer Memorial Flyer
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - NHTSA
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - NHTSA
Sheriff to Have Enhanced DUII Patrols During Memorial Day Weekend (Photo) - 05/07/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in enhanced DUII patrols over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Additional funding for this High Visibility Enforcement (HVE), is provided by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, in cooperation with ODOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Committee (NHTSA)

During this high visibility enforcement, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing the number of officers on the streets to aggressively seek out drunk/impaired drivers.

“Our goal is simple, to save lives,” said Sergeant Mark Norris.  “Whatever you drive, if you’re impaired, you will be arrested.”  “Impaired driving is simply not worth the risk.  When the public understands the consequences and costs of an arrest, we believe they will choose not to drive impaired. Remember that driving under the influence of any controlled substance, ie., marijuana, is still considered DUII and you will be arrested for it.”

A Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy holds a Naloxone kit received through partnership with the HIV Alliance and Douglas Public Health Network
A Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy holds a Naloxone kit received through partnership with the HIV Alliance and Douglas Public Health Network
Sheriff's Office Carrying Naloxone, Thanks to Local Partnerships (Photo) - 05/04/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Thanks local partnerships, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies are prepared to intervene in the event of a medical emergency caused from an opioid overdose.

The deputies have recently been trained in the use of Naloxone, more commonly referred to as Narcan, a drug which can reverse the life threatening symptoms caused by an overdose of an opioid, such as heroin.

"When a person overdoses on an opioid, their breathing can begin to slow down or even stop.", said Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "Naloxone blocks the effects of the drug and can reverse the symptoms until medical personnel can evaluate the individual," he said.

O’Dell believes the accessibility of the Naloxone is a significant benefit to the community. “At times our deputies are in a position to respond to an opioid overdose emergency before medical personnel may be able to arrive. If the deputy can intervene in the emergency until EMS can arrive, the potential for that person to survive is increased.”

Douglas County Sheriff's Office partnered with the HIV Alliance and Douglas Public Health Network to receive 50 doses of Naloxone. The doses of Naloxone have been placed in every Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle and some unmarked vehicles.

Renee Yandel, Executive Director of the HIV Alliance said of the partnership, "Law enforcement is an important partner in tackling the opioid issues we are seeing in Oregon.  Despite the multitude of issues these deputies face on a daily basis to keep us safe, they were willing to do even more.   It is a real testament to their commitment to public safety for everyone in the community.  Their deputies will now be able to reverse overdose, save lives and give community members the opportunity to get the services they need.  When people access drug treatment they reduce their HIV risk, which is something we all want.”

Christin Rutledge, Prescription Drug Overdose Coordinator for Douglas County at the Douglas Public Health Network, said that “funding for the Naloxone program comes from a legal settlement between the Oregon Attorney General and the pharmaceutical company, Insys, over unlawful promotion of the powerful opioid Subsys. The current funding is a SAMSHA-State Target Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (Opioid STR). Douglas County is part of one of the 6 regions in the state that was awarded Opioid STR funding based on a number of factors, including the number of opioid related overdoses and deaths and the opioid prescribing rate. We are very thankful for the partnership between law enforcement, the HIV Alliance, DPHN, and many other agencies in our community who are dedicated to reducing opioid related harms for our citizens”.

Night Seat Belts
Night Seat Belts
Deputies to Crackdown on Seatbelt Use (Photo) - 05/02/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -  If you're not wearing a safety belt between May 14-27, 2018, there is a high likelihood you are going to be pulled over and receive a citation from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies have teamed up with the Oregon Department of Transportation and will be increasing seatbelt enforcement during the nearly two week crackdown. Funding for the increased patrols come from grant money distributed by the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

The focus of the campaign will be seatbelt enforcement during daytime and nighttime hours as well as minors riding in beds of pickups.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2015, more than half of occupants involved in a traffic collision at night were not wearing safety belts. 

Attached Media Files: Night Seat Belts , Buckle Up
K9 Handler Linda Nichols of Jackson County Search and Rescue with K9 Angus
K9 Handler Linda Nichols of Jackson County Search and Rescue with K9 Angus
Search and Rescue K9 Teams Train in Douglas County (Photo) - 05/01/18

OAKLAND, Ore. - When called upon, these dedicated Search and Rescue K9 Teams are dispatched to find lost or missing people. The search they are called to can be a matter of life or death, which is why they train so hard to prepare for those moments.

Over the course of three days Search and Rescue K9's from across the Pacific Northwest converged on Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park to participate in training organized by Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers. The sessions began on Friday, April 27th and concluded on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

The focus of the training was night searches, air scent, trailing, the location of human remains scent and networking.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson said, "Many times these teams never get the opportunity to work together until they are called to a large scale search." He went on to say "It was determined it is best to have some degree of each team's strengths and weaknesses prior to an actual search environment."

There were approximately 65 K9 search teams and support personnel representing sixteen different counties and three states that participated.

Jackson County K9 team leader Eric Ronemus said, "I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of problems designed to challenge both ends of the lead."

Five K9 teams received their state certification at the event.

*UPDATE* CenturyLink Telephone Outage (Photo) - 04/26/18

***UPDATE 04/26/2018***

CenturyLink notified the Sheriff's Office that telephone service to the affected area was restored at approximately 3:00 am.




IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - The Sheriff’s Office Communications Division has been notified of a telephone service outage which is affecting approximately 78 residents in the North Umpqua area with a 498 prefix. This means residents in the Steamboat, Toketee and Diamond Lake areas may not be able to summon emergency services via 9-1-1. 

Residents may be able dial 9-1-1 from a cellular telephone if they have service or from a non-CenturyLink telephone.

At this time CenturyLink is unable to provide an estimated time of repair.

Attached Media Files: DCSO
Student Arrested For Making School Threat - 04/24/18

TRI CITY, Ore. - A 16 year old male student has been arrested for writing a school threat in a bathroom at South Umpqua High School. This is the second written threat discovered at the school in the last week. 

On Monday, April 23, 2018, school officials learned of a threat written on a wall in a boy’s bathroom. Deputies were contacted and conducted an investigation. That investigation lead to the arrest of the male juvenile who has been charged with First Degree Disorderly Conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to have discussions with their children regarding the seriousness of these offenses and the consequences for committing these crimes. A misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.