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Beware of Scams
Beware of Scams
Hang Up! It's a Scam! (Photo) - 10/14/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - It seems to make its rounds every few months. The phone rings, it is answered and the person on the other end of the telephone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer and tells the person that they have missed jury duty, failed to pay some fines, or they have a warrant for their arrest. Eventually, the caller states it can be cleared up by paying fees or fines in the form of Western Union, pre-loaded debit cards or gift cards.  

HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM! 

The Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls from members of the community reporting they have received such calls from people claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office. Some names they are providing are actual names of Sheriff's Office staff members. 

It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. 

"It is important for retailers to inform their staff members about the scam and to ask them to be watchful for people who may be making the transactions in relation to the scam", said Lt. Brad O'Dell. Posting information about these scam tactics at cash registers or check-out points may also be helpful.

Law Enforcement will not call people to let them know they have a warrant, rather they will make personal contact. 

If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Attached Media Files: Beware of Scams
DCSO
DCSO
DCSO Releases Traffic Grant Statistics (Photo) - 10/06/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has completed its tabulation of grant related enforcement related to DUII, speed and seatbelt enhanced patrols which were conducted last month. 

From Labor Day weekend through September 30, 2021, deputies utilized funding provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation to create enhanced patrols in order to keep the roadways in Douglas County safer. During the grant period, deputies conducted 92 traffic stops; five of which resulted in arrests. 

Citations for Speed Violations: 5
Warnings for Speed Violations: 33

Citations for Driving While Suspended: 6

Citations for Seatbelt Violations: 3
Warnings for Seatbelt Violations: 7

Citations for Distracted Driving: 3
Warnings for Distracted Driving: 6 

Warnings for Equipment Violations: 17

Other Violation Citations: 8
Other Violation Warnings: 60 

Recover Stolen Vehicle: 1

Attached Media Files: DCSO
Body of Branda Hoyle Has Been Found - 10/06/21

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Searchers have recovered the body of Branda Hoyle who went missing on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

43-year-old Branda Hoyle was on an outing with family members when she walked away from the group. When she didn't return, family became concerned and began looking for her. They later called 9-1-1 when they hadn't located her.

On Monday, October 4, 2021, at approximately 1:00 pm, a 9-1-1 caller reported finding a deceased body along the North Umpqua River approximately 2.5 miles north east of the Umpqua Hot Springs on the North Umpqua Trail. Deputies and searchers responded and determined the body was that of Branda Hoyle.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death. At this time there are no indications of foul play and prolonged exposure to the elements are considered to be the highest concerning factors. 

A large scale search operation had been underway since her disappearance, but revealed no clues as to her whereabouts. Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue crews requested and received assistance from the Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator and the United States Coast Guard. Efforts included ground searchers, mountain rescue searchers, K9 teams, 4x4 teams and air resources to include aircraft and drones. Pacific Corp and the US Forest Service also provided support.

Sheriff Hanlin and Search and Rescue Crews review search efforts on Wednesday afternoon where Branda Hoyle went missing last weekend.
Sheriff Hanlin and Search and Rescue Crews review search efforts on Wednesday afternoon where Branda Hoyle went missing last weekend.
Search Continues for Branda Hoyle (Photo) - 09/30/21

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Search crews continue their efforts looking for the missing Roseburg woman who disappeared on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from Lemolo Forebay #2 near Toketee.

43-year-old Branda Hoyle was on an outing with family members when she walked away from the group. When she didn't return, family became concerned and began looking for her. They later called 9-1-1 when they hadn't located her.

Search efforts have been underway since Saturday without any new information. 

“As hunters and outdoor enthusiasts are in the area this weekend, be aware that Branda is still missing and report any information that may be helpful to searchers," remarked Lt. Brad O'Dell. “Something as simple as a piece of clothing or a cellphone can help solve this case.”

Branda is described as 5'7'' 200 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans and brown “Ugg style" boots. Branda is believed to be suffering from a mental health crisis and may be disoriented. 

”With the rains we've recently experienced and the colder conditions at night coupled with her lack of preparedness for being out for this period of time make us extremely concerned for her welfare." 

The Sheriff's Office has been assisted by the following organizations:

Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
Oregon State Police
Pacific Corp

Evacuation Update
Evacuation Update
All Fire Evacuation Notices Removed in Douglas County (Photo) - 09/28/21

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The last remaining fire evacuation notice has been lifted in Douglas County. 

Based on current weather conditions and fire activity, the Sheriff's Office in consultation with the Devil's Knob Complex Fire Managers have removed all remaining evacuation notices. There are no evacuation notices in Douglas County at this time.

"The lifting of the evacuation notices, does not indicate that the fires have been extinguished or that fire season has been declared over, rather the threat to homes in the area has been eliminated to a degree that evacuation orders are no longer necessary," Lt. Brad O'Dell said. “This information comes as a relief to several of our neighbors. It's been a long summer of fire activity.”

Residents who are interested in monitoring fire activity or need information may find the following resources helpful:

Devils Knob Complex Fires:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/2021-Devils-Knob-Complex-112079071131008 
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7771 
Fire Information: (541) 900-6133 (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Email: 2021.DevilsKnob@firenet.gov

O’Dell noted that as Douglas County enters into the fall and winter seasons, the Sheriff's Office encourages residents to ensure they are prepared for winter events and related emergencies by having an emergency plan and kit. You can learn more at www.ready.gov

Attached Media Files: Evacuation Update
K9 Grim - 2021
K9 Grim - 2021
Sheriff's Office Announces Passing of K9 Grim (Photo) - 09/21/21

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of K9 Grim.

Grim, a German Shepherd born in the Czech Republic on October 3, 2011, was acquired by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in June 2013 after receiving a generous donation from an anonymous community member. Grim actively served the community faithfully until the day of his passing.

Initially, Grim was partnered with then Deputy Jon Dorland. Following Dorland’s promotion, Grim was partnered with Deputy Oscar Rosas. Grim was successful with both handlers and paved the way for the Sheriff’s Office to expand its K9 program.

During the course of his career, Grim had 111 finds and captures and assisted in 114 other incidents and arrests. Grim earned the title of “Top Dog” two years in a row at the Springfield K9 Competition. 
Last Friday, Grim was taken to Bailey’s Veterinary Clinic in Roseburg when he began to display some lethargy. Doctors determined that Grim had developed cancer and one of the masses had ruptured causing internal bleeding, sparking the need for emergency surgery. Following surgery, the difficult decision was made that it was in Grim’s best interest to be put to sleep.

“We’ve all experienced the loyalty of our canine family members.  That same loyalty and bond between a well-trained police K9 and its handler is immeasurable,” remarked Sheriff John Hanlin. “K9 Grim was a beloved officer of the Sheriff’s Office and will be greatly missed”.  

The Sheriff’s Office would like to express its deep gratitude and thanks to all who have supported Grim over the years. The support the community provides is invaluable to the success of our K9 program. A special note of gratitude goes to the anonymous community donor, Bailey’s Veterinary Clinic, Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, Coastal Farm and Feed and Roseburg Pet Crematorium for their unwavering support.

Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation in Grim’s memory may do so by mailing it to:

Friends of UV K9 Programs
PO Box 213 
Roseburg, OR 97470

Checks should be made payable to Friends of UV K9 Programs with “K9 Grim” in the memo line. 
 

Level 3 Dropped to Level 2 for Some Tiller Residents - 09/19/21

TILLER, Ore. - After consultation with the Devils Knob Fire Managers, the Sheriff's Office is announcing changes to evacuation orders previously issued for some homeowners in Tiller.

Based on current weather conditions and fire activity, the following homes are now under a Level 2 “BE SET” evacuation advisory: 

  • All homes on Ash Valley Road
  • All homes on South Umpqua Road starting at Dumont Creek Campground to the 28000 block of South Umpqua Road.

These homes are no longer under the previously issued Level 3 “GO!” order. 

Level 2 “BE SET” means: You must prepare to leave at a moments 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, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moments notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

Residents can opt in to receive emergency alerts based on their address by registering at www.dcso.com/alerts.

An interactive evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations

Fire activity information can be found at the following locations:

Devils Knob Complex Fires:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/2021-Devils-Knob-Complex-112079071131008 
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7771 
Fire Information: (541) 900-6133 (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Email: 2021.DevilsKnob@firenet.gov