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Detectives Seek Information About Assault Suspect - 08/17/18

GARDINER, Ore. – Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call at about 1:15 pm on Thursday reporting an assault on Sparrow Park Road.

Deputies arrived and contacted an adult female who had been sleeping in her vehicle along the roadway. The female told deputies she awoke to find an unknown male adult sexually molesting her. The male left after the forcible incident. 

The female was transported to an undisclosed hospital and later released.

Detectives responded and began an investigation, which is still ongoing. The male suspect has not yet been identified or located.

Detectives are asking for anyone who was on Sparrow Park Road on Thursday to contact them at (541) 440-4471. Those individuals may have observed something that would help investigators solve this case. Tips and information may also be emailed to

Case #18-3616

Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over
Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over
This Labor Day, Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over (Photo) - 08/15/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - As the Labor Day holiday marks the official end of summer, people around the country will celebrate one more pool party, backyard barbecue, or community get-together. For the sake of your safety—and everyone else’s—it’s essential that motorcyclists (and all motorists) practice safe riding habits. Perhaps the most important safety habit is sober riding. This Labor Day, and every day, remember: Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over. Operating a motorcycle requires an enhanced level of focus, coordination, and balance. Compromising your skills by drinking alcohol and riding can be a deadly decision—one that puts not only yourself at risk, but the lives of other road users as well. If you plan on drinking at all, leave your motorcycle out of your plans. Designate a sober rider, or make arrangements for a safe ride home and a place to store your motorcycle before you have any alcohol. Keep these drunk-driving statistics in mind as you ride through the last of summer’s parties:

  • This Labor Day weekend, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the national Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign to help keep impaired motorcyclists off the road. The campaign runs August 17 through September 3, 2018.
  • According to NHTSA, in 2016, there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—a 5.1-percent increase from the 5,029 motorcyclists killed in 2015.
  • In 2016, two-wheeled motorcycles accounted for 93 percent of all motorcycles in fatal crashes.
  • Even though motorcycles account for only about 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcycle riders are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes, especially those involving alcohol.
  • In 2016, motorcycle riders involved (killed and survived) in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (25% for motorcycle riders, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for drivers of large trucks).
  • In 2016, the highest percentage of fatally injured, alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders were in the 35-to-39 age group (38%), followed by the 45-to-49 age group (37%), and the 40-to-44 age group (32%).
  • In 2016, there were 4,950 motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • In 2016, the reported helmet use rate for alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders killed in traffic crashes was 50 percent, as compared to 65 percent for those with no alcohol consumed (BAC=.00 g/dL).
  • Always practice general motorcycle safety: Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and protective clothing, never ride while distracted, be properly licensed, and don’t speed.

Ride with a Plan

Don’t let plans get away from you—it’s imperative to your safety, and the safety of others, to plan a responsible ride home from the party. If you leave your house unprepared to get home safely, you may not be in the right frame of mind to make the best choices by the end of the night. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a safe night of fun:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and ride. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (, and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: ( SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and ride? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Drunk Driving Comes at a Cost

Drunk driving can cost you your life, but it can also cost you financially. Here’s how:

  • If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment if you’re unable to report to the office. The cost of a DUI can reach $10,000. Don’t risk it.

More information about motorcycle safety can be found at:

Attached Media Files: Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over
Toketee Rescue 08.12.18A
Toketee Rescue 08.12.18A
*UPDATE* Search and Rescue Mission at Toketee Falls (Photo) - 08/15/18

UPDATE 08/15/2018 10:00 AM

The search for 23 year-old Brian Lewinstein of Berkeley California is continuing today. Lewinstein is presumed dead after falling from a cliff above Toketee Falls on Sunday. 

Search and Rescue personnel have been searching the area ever since. It is believed that Lewinstein fell into the top pool of the falls. 

"There are several factors at play that make this search problematic, such as the steepness of the terrain, the length of the fall and the fact that Mr. Lewinstein possibly landed in the first pool beneath the falls. If he landed in the falls there is a possibility he was washed down to the second pool or even into the North Umpqua River, said Wayne Stinson Emergency Management Coordinator. 

Divers are unable to search the pools due to dangerous water conditions.

The search is expected to ramp down after today as searchers are comfortable they have searched all possible ground beneath the falls. 

"A deputy will continue to check the bodies of water where Mr. Lewinstein may be located. We are working closely with the Lewinstein family and will keep them aprised of our progress. Our hearts go out to them, said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

UPDATE 08/13/2018 10:00 AM

Searchers are back at Toketee Falls today looking for a California man who fell from above the falls Sunday afternoon. Some incorrect information is circulating that the man had been located. As of the time of this release, he has not been located and the search continues.

The man has been identified as 23 year-old Brian Lewinstein of Berkeley, California. Next of kin has been notified. 

Lewinstein had crossed a safety fence to take a photograph from above the falls when he slipped and fell down the steep embankment. 


IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - On Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2:48 PM, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call reporting an adult male who fell down a cliff at Toketee Falls. 

Emergency personnel responded to the scene along with members of Pacific Corp and have been trying to locate the man. A search and rescue mission is in progress. Deputies have identified the man, but will not be releasing his name at this time pending next of kin notification. 

"Given the terrain and factors involved this mission is very complex. Our search volunteers are searching with an utmost sense of urgency, while carefully balancing the needs for responder safety," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

There is no time frame for an additional press release. 

Ready, Set, Go
Ready, Set, Go
Fire Season Preparedness (Photo) - 08/14/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - We are well into summer as well as fire season. What if a deputy came to your home and told you that your home was under a fire evacuation notice - would you know what to do? The Sheriff's Office works closely with fire agencies throughout fire season and makes decisions about public safety based upon information and recommendations from those officials. Evacuation notices are not taken lightly and are carefully planned and executed. 

We want to take a moment to encourage everyone, not just those affected by wildfires, to be informed, aware and prepared. Here are the three levels of evacuation and some associated tips. 

o    READYBe Prepared. Residents should be aware of the danger potential that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation! All residents should be at this level of readiness at all times.

  • Make an evacuation plan and be sure everyone in your family understands it. 
  • Assign tasks to each family member for what to do during an evacuation level. 
  • Have a plan for pets and livestock. 
  • Designate a meeting place. This could be the home of a friend or family member or an evacuation shelter. 
  • Designate an out-of-the-area contact person to relay information about your welfare to family/friends. 
  • Make sure your home address is visible from the street. 
  • Make sure your driveways are wide enough for emergency vehicles to enter (10-12 feet wide).
  • Create a defensible space around your home using Firewise concepts. 
  • Create emergency kits which include supplies for you and everyone who lives in your home or visits regularly. Think about your pets too!
  • Keep your vehicles filled with fuel. 

o    SET – You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. If choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  You may have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at your own risk. It is important to know that this may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

  • Keep pets and livestock ready to go in case you need to evacuate in a hurry. 
  • Be sure to have your photo ID or something showing your current address in case you need access to evacuated areas.
  • Monitor local television and radio stations for updates. 
  • Move propane BBQ appliances and other flammables away from structures. 

o    GO – Leave immediately! Danger to the area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you chose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive. 

  • Leave house lights on and windows closed. 
  • Let your emergency contact and/or family members know where you are going. 

Residents who have landline telephones may receive emergency notifications via an automated emergency notification system utilized by the Sheriff’s Office. However, residents who do not have a landline and rely only on a cell phone will not receive notification unless they register their cell phone number. To register your cell phone, please visit: 

It is our sincere hope that you never have to experience an evacuation, but that if you do you will know how to respond by preparing today for what could be your tomorrow.

Attached Media Files: Ready, Set, Go , 2017 Horse Prairie Fire
Level 1
Level 1
Fire Evacuation Levels Reduced - South Umpqua Complex (Douglas County) (Photo) - 08/14/18

UPDATE 08/14/2018 3:15 PM

DREW, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with South Umpqua Complex Fire officials, have reduced the evacuation notice for residents living in and between the following addresses:

  • 1642 through 3200 (Flats Ranch) Tison Road.

Residents in this area have been reduced to a Level 1 or "Be Ready" notice. They were previously under a Level 2 evacuation notice issued on July 19, 2018. 



DREW, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with South Umpqua Complex Fire officials, have reduced the evacuation level evacuation notice to residents living in and between the following addresses:

1642 through 3200 (Flats Ranch) Tison Road.

A Level 2, or "SET" evacuation indicates there is a significant danger to the area and residents should either voluntarily relocate outside of the affected area with family or friends. If choosing to remain, be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

It is strongly encouraged that residents in proximity of the fire, even if not in the listed evacuation notice, stay informed via media outlets and information from fire officials.

Fire Information:

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Facebook: Umpqua National Forest

Attached Media Files: Level 1
Soren Sorensen
Soren Sorensen
Major General Carl War Ribbons Stolen; Men Wanted (Photo) - 08/14/18

GLIDE, Ore. - Detectives are asking the public for information in locating two men responsible for burglarizing the home of a deceased war hero.

On July 22, 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a burglary of a residence in the Glide area. 

The responding Deputies learned the residence had been the home of Retired Major General Marion Carl of the United States Marine Corps.  Major General Carl was a highly decorated veteran who saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  He was the recipient of numerous medals including the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Air Medal amongst others, and had 18.5 enemy kills to his credit while flying combat missions.   He was later a test pilot, who flew with other notable veterans such as General Chuck Yeagar.  In 1998, Major General Carl was murdered inside of his residence during a home invasion robbery.  The airport in Roseburg is named after him.

The home remained in possession of the Carl family, and still housed personal items belonging to the Major General, as well a war memorabilia and medals awarded to Major General Carl.

Deputies learned that taken in the burglary were knives, ammunition, fishing gear, and Major General Carl’s campaign ribbons.  One of the stolen knives was described as having Major General Carl’s name inscribed on it.

The Sheriff’s Office developed information on persons who were connected to the burglary and on Augst 02, 2018, Deputies went to two separate residences in the Glide area to contact persons of interest.  At the residences Deputies were able to recover evidence related to the burglary, as well as being led to the location of the stolen fishing gear.   Three persons who were determined to be connected to the burglary were arrested.

Arrested were:

#1.          Gilkey-Sorensen, Kalianna / 19 Years Old Female / Glide / Theft by Receiving

#2.          Anderson-Vierra, Brady / 20 Years Old Male / Glide / Theft by Receiving

#3.          Crawford, Kelly / 56 Years Old / Glide / Theft by Receiving

The Major General’s campaign ribbons and knives were not recovered.

As the investigation progressed, Sheriff’s Deputies learned that the persons responsible for the burglary were 41 year old Soren Sorensen, of Glide and a male named “Matt”.

Soren Sorensen and “Matt” have not yet been located, and the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on the location of the campaign ribbons, knives, Soren Sorensen or “Matt” to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 or by email  Anonymous information can also be left on the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 541-957-2099.

Case #18-3141

Roseburg Man Drowns at South Umpqua Falls - 07/31/18

TILLER, Ore. - A Roseburg man drowned Sunday afternoon at South Umpqua Falls. 

A 9-1-1 call was received by the Douglas County 9-1-1 center at approximately 3:30 on Sunday, July 29, 2018 reporting a man had possibly drowned while visiting the South Umpqua Falls. Emergency crews responded to the scene along with Forest Service personnel. 

Lifesaving measures were attempted by bystanders and responders.Depsite the efforts, 18 year-old Samuel R. Alford of Roseburg died at the scene. 

Witnesses reported seeing Alford at the top of the falls alone and then later finding him in the water. 

The Sheriff's Office responded along with Bay Cities Ambulance, United States Forest Service, Riddle, Milo, Tiller and South Umpqua Fire Departments.

Fatal Vehicle Crash - 07/23/18

TILLER, Ore. - A single vehicle crash claimed the life of a 23 year-old Grants Pass man Sunday. 

At about 3:30 P.M., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was contacted regarding Cameron Scott Reese being overdue to his residence after returning from a camping trip. Reese of Grants Pass had been camping near the South Umpqua Falls and had left his campsite around 9:00 A.M. Sunday morning. 

At approximately 7:30 PM, Reese's vehicle was located by family members near milepost 8 on South Umpqua Road in Tiller.

Deputies arrived to find the vehicle approximately 100 yards over the embankment near the river. Reese was trapped in the vehicle and life saving measures were attempted, but were unsuccessful. Reese was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Tiller Fire Department, Milo Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, REACH Air Ambulance and South Umpqua Steep Angle Rescue.