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Public Meeting Notice: Dog Advisory Control Board - 01/17/23

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Advisory Control Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 216, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

The agenda meeting agenda can be located at:

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting. To view the live stream or post meeting recording, please visit:

Please contact the Sheriff's Office located in Room 210 of the Justice Building at the
Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470 541- 440-4449, if you need an accommodation.

Richard Doffing Found Safe in California (Photo) - 01/12/23

UPDATE 01/12/2023 10:00 AM - Mr. Doffing has been located and is safe. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was contacted this morning by the California Highway Patrol and learned that Mr. Doffing had been located with his pickup on the side of the road near Stockton, California. Mr. Doffing was taken to an area hospital for evaluation as a precaution. 

As part of the efforts to locate Mr. Doffing, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office activated a Missing Endagered Person Alert (MEPA). Working in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police, information about Mr. Doffing and his vehicle were displayed on highway reader boards throughout Oregon informing drivers to be on the lookout for him and to call police if located. The purpose of a MEPA is to help locate individuals who may be vulnerable due to a cognitive ability, age or health related concern. 

“This incident qualified for one of these alerts and we believe it was highly effective in bringing awareness to Mr. Doffing's case," Lt. Brad O'Dell said. “We are thankful to our State partners for this technology and the ability to employ this tool in the appropriate circumstances.”

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in looking for Mr. Doffing and helping to reunite him with his family. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Search & Rescue, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation and numerous community members. 


ORIGINAL POST 01/11/2023 8:00 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Late in the morning of January 11, 2023, 73-year-old Richard Doffing drove away from his home in Glendale, Oregon. Richard is driving a white 1992 Ford F350 bearing Oregon license plate SXD561. The pickup has the “Tri-R” logo on both back doors. Richard has advanced dementia and is considered an endangered missing person. It is believed he may be trying to travel to Texas.

Richard is 5'10'', 160 lbs with Hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans. 

Deputies along with Search and Rescue crews are actively searching for Richard or his vehicle. There is no current indication as to his direction of travel or possible route. Additionally, Richard does not have a cellular telephone with him. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this individual, please contact 9-1-1 and reference Douglas County Sheriff's Office Case #23-0144.

Attached Media Files: Doffing , Updated Flyer
Results of Enhanced DUII Enforcement During Holidays - 01/07/23

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted enhanced DUII patrols during the holiday season which ran December 15, 2022, through January 1, 2023.

Utilizing grant dollars administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation, 3 deputies utilized a total of 25 hours of enhanced DUII patrol time on the roadways at various times during the enforcement period. During the course of the efforts, deputies made 2 DUII arrests; one for DUII-Alcohol and the other DUII-Drugs.

Deputies also took the following enforcement actions:

• 5 citations for Driving While Suspended
• 3 citations for other moving violations. 
• 13 warnings for speeding
• 2 warnings for seat belt violations
• 34 warnings for equipment violations
• 10 warnings for other moving violations
• 1 non-DUII related felony arrest

According to NHTSA, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 that involved an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, and one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 45 minutes in 2020.

Fatal Trailer Fire - 01/05/23

RIDDLE, Ore. - A trailer fire early Wednesday morning has claimed the life of a Riddle man. 

On Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at shortly before 5:15 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving reports of a structure fire in the 600-block of Council Creek Road near Riddle. The Sheriff's Office, along with fire departments from Riddle, Tri-City and Canyonville were dispatched to the blaze. When fire personnel arrived on scene, they found a travel trailer to be fully engulfed in flames. 

The fire was knocked down at approximately 5:50 am. Firefighters learned the occupant of the trailer, 88-year-old Gwyn Ray Fish of Riddle, had died in the fire. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office were notified and responded to the scene. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.