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Public Notice: Dog Control Board Public Meeting - 07/17/19


ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 310 of the Douglas County Courthouse, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

The agenda meeting packet can be found at 

Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

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, at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time if you need an accommodation.

TDD users please call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


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Blaze Causes 911 Service Outage for Landline and Verizon Customers in Some Parts of Southern Douglas County (Photo) - 07/11/19

*UPDATE* 07/11/2019 9:56 AM

The Sheriff's Office has been notified that the communications company has restored service to the affected areas and 9-1-1 can now be reached. Residents should be able to use their telephone and cellular service as normal. Residents should report any service outages directly to their service provider. 


ORIGINAL RELEASE 07/11/2019 6:07 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - A large fire that broke out on Highway 99 in the Green District Wednesday evening caused damage to a fiber optic communications box which has resulted in the loss of landline telephone service to some parts of Myrtle Creek, Tri-City, and Riddle. The damage is also affecting Verizon Wireless customers south of Green. 

As crews from the affected communications company work to repair the damage, some people may be unable to dial 9-1-1. In the event of an emergency, people should attempt 9-1-1 from any telephone or cellular service available. If still unable to summon assistance, quickly find the nearest location with service or go to a fire or police department. 

Crews expect to have the repairs completed by 10:00 am this morning. 

The fire, which was found to be a stack of railroad ties, was reported on Wednesday at 11:37 PM to 9-1-1 dispatchers. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Winston-Dillard Fire Department responded to the blaze.

Attached Media Files: DCSO Badge
Stabbing Investigation - 07/11/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Detectives are investigating a stabbing which took place on Wednesday night at a transient camp known as "Freedom Camp" in the 1800-block of Mill Street.

Dispatchers received a call reporting the incident at 11:29 PM. Deputies and Officers from Roseburg Police Department responded to the location and found 28 year-old Nathaniel Wayne Creveston suffering from a stab wound. Deputies and Officers provided medical care to Creveston until an ambulance arrived and transported him to Mercy Medical Center. He was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital for further care. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458. 


Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation - 07/09/19

DILLARD, Ore. – Deputies are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Monday night in the 12000-block of Old Highway 99 South.

At 11:03 PM, dispatchers received a report of a two vehicle crash with one vehicle on fire. When deputies arrived, they learned a 2004 BMW 32I, operated by 19 year-old Owen A. Sinsaeng of Myrtle Creek, had collided with a 2002 Honda Accord driven by 28 year-old Brianna L. Yates of Winston.

The BMW had caught fire and one passenger, 18 year-old Blake M. Smith of Myrtle Creek died at the scene.

Yates, Sinsaeng and his two additional passengers, 20 year-old Riddle resident Andrew R. Armenta and 19 year-old Edward A Tellez of Myrtle Creek were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. Tellez was later tranferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for additional care.

The crash is still under investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses and anyone who may have information about the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-440-4471 referencing case number 19-3107.

Next of kin has been notified.

The same photograph is outlined to show one of the many obstructions in the North Umpqua River
The same photograph is outlined to show one of the many obstructions in the North Umpqua River
Officials Warn of Obstructions in Popular Recreation Area of the North Umpqua River (Photo) - 07/03/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office Marine Division and Douglas County Fire District #2 officials want people to be aware of several obstructions in areas of the North Umpqua River between the end of Sunburn Alley and River Forks Park. 

Between last summer and this summer, debris and logs have accumulated in the rapids between these two points which may pose a significant risk to boaters and individuals floating the river. 

Local public safety officials are working with the Oregon State Marine Board to address the concern, but in the interest of safety want to make the public aware of the obstructions. Persons who choose to navigate this area should scout ahead and use extreme caution.

"It is important for those recreating to understand what it looks like downstream and plan accordingly. Often, these obstructions are not visible until it is too late to change course," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "As always, we encourage everyone to safely enjoy the water sober and to wear their life jacket."

Lt. Ryan Felker of Douglas County Fire District #2 says the District has posted signs warning those arriving at boat ramps of the hazards which will be displayed in time for the 4th of July. 

"We understand that life jackets can be cumbersome and sometimes an annoyance. That’s why it so important to find one that’s fits correctly, is comfortable and is used. They truly save lives.", Lt. Felker said. "We have had multiple incidents that have taken the lives of individuals, but had they been wearing a life jacket the outcome may have been different," he said. 

Both agencies encourage the public to use the river systems and to enjoy them but stress the importance of knowing what lies ahead of you and doing it safely.

Operation Dry Water
Operation Dry Water
Deputies to Participate in Operation Dry Water (Photo) - 07/03/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, ORE. - As boaters begin to prepare for the 4th of July holiday, thousands of law enforcement officers across the United States will be on heightened alert looking for those violating boating under the influence laws. Law enforcement agencies will be focused on educating boaters about safe boating practices, which includes keeping alcohol off the boat for both operators and passengers. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be participating in the national Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend (July 5 – 7, 2019). 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is working to increase boater awareness of the dangers and risks associated with boating under the influence and will be on the lookout for impaired boaters. Boaters will notice an overall increase in marine patrols on the water and land. The priority during this holiday weekend is to provide boaters with a safe and enjoyable experience by removing dangerous and impaired boaters from the waterways. 

“Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgement, balance, vision and reaction time. That is why the Sheriff’s Office is joining all 56 states and U.S. territories to do our part in keeping boaters safe and preventing accidents related to boating under the influence.”, said Sergeant Brad O’Dell.

Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries and consequences. Oregon’s laws for driving and boating under the influence of intoxicants (DUII and BUII) are generally similar.  Unlike driving laws, however, Oregon boating laws allow open containers of alcohol in boats, and boat operators are allowed to consume alcohol.  Like vehicle drivers, though, the “legal limit” is 0.08% blood alcohol content and boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  BUII laws are enforceable on any public waterway and pertain to any kind of boat, including motor boats, rafts, kayaks, and other paddle craft.

Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

Attached Media Files: Operation Dry Water
K9 Grim
K9 Grim
K9 Grim Helps Roseburg Police Capture Burglar (Photo) - 07/01/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A man who burglarized the ADAPT Building on Madrone Street on Saturday was located and taken into custody by K9 Grim. 

At approximately 3:00 pm, Roseburg Police Officers were dispatched to a reported burglary at the ADAPT Building located at 621 Madrone Street in Roseburg. An employee had arrived at the business and observed signs of the break-in prior to calling police.
K9 Grim was requested and assisted officers in searching the building. Several announcements were made that the business would be searched with a law enforcement K9, but the suspect did not surrender. 

K9 Grim tracked the suspect to an area of the business where he was hiding under a desk. The male was taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail.

Roseburg Police charged the suspect, 43 year-old Gabriel Baker of Myrtle Creek, with Burglary II, Criminal Mischief II and a Parole Violation.  

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Grim was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and the Sheriff’s K9 program is supported by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization.

Attached Media Files: K9 Grim , Baker, Gabriel R
Search and Rescue volunteers work on a rescue plan to extricate two hikers from Mt. Thielsen
Search and Rescue volunteers work on a rescue plan to extricate two hikers from Mt. Thielsen
Hikers Rescued from Mt. Thielsen (Photo) - 06/23/19

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - Two hikers were successfully rescued from Mt. Thielsen due to their level of preparedness.

On Friday, June 21, 2019, around 9:00 PM, dispatchers were notified that two SOS signals were being sent from Garmin inReach personal locator devices. Dispatchers were provided information regarding the two individuals who were registered with the devices. 

Two St. Louis Park, Minnesota residents, 28 year-old Kaia Fink and her 67 year-old father, David Fink, were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail when they encountered heavy snow. Due to the snow, they lost track of the trail and subsequently hiked nearly to the peak of Mt. Thielsen. The two hikers were in an extremely treacherous area of the mountain and realized they were in need of rescue, activating their SOS devices.

Douglas County Search and Rescue was activated and began hiking in. SAR was able to get within 1,500 feet of the hikers, but due to the terrain were unable to safely hike further. Searchers spent the night at the location while a rescue plan was developed. 

In coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, arrangements were made for a Black Hawk helicopter to be deployed from Salem. The National Guard was able to hoist the two hikers into the Black Hawk and fly them to safety. Neither hiker required medical attention. 

The hikers began their journey on the trail in April leaving from Mexico.

Cow Creek Road Fatal Crash (Photo) - 06/23/19

RIDDLE, Ore. - A single vehicle crash outside of Riddle Saturday afternoon resulted in a fatality. 

Dispatchers received a report shortly after 2:00 p.m. of a single vehicle crash in the 700-block of Cow Creek Road. Deputies arrived on scene and determined the only occupant of the vehicle was deceased. 

The investigation reveals the driver, 19 year-old Canyonville resident Jacob Collins, was traveling toward Riddle in his 1996 Ford Ranger pickup when he lost control and left the roadway, rolling the pickup. The crash is believed to have occurred sometime in the night or during the morning hours. Speed appears to be a contributing factor. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bay Cities Ambulance and Riddle Fire Department. 

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Drowning in North Umpqua River - 06/23/19

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Shortly after 3:30 pm, a 911 call was placed to Douglas County Emergency Communications regarding a possible drowning. 

It was reported that 34 year-old Roberto Guadarrama-Cruz of Eugene was swimming in the North Umpqua River near Susan Creek Campground. A witness on the shore saw Guadarrama-Cruz swim out of view behind a large rock shelf. After a few minutes, the witness went to investigate when Guadarrama-Cruz was not seen again. 

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene including the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, BLM Law Enforcement, USFS Law Enforcement and Oregon State Police, Glide Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and Douglas County Fire District #2.

At approximately 5:45 pm, Douglas County Fire District #2 was able to recover Guadarrama-Cruz's body from the water approximately 300 yards from his last known location.

Next of kin has been notified. 

Fatal Crash Saturday Evening, Investigation Continuing - 06/23/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg woman died in a vehicle crash Saturday evening and her husband is in the hospital.

On Saturday, June 23, 2019, at 4:20 pm, Douglas County 911 received a call of a single vehicle crash in the area of Melqua Road/Youngs Lane. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Tacoma which had left the roadway and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. 

Douglas County Fire District #2 worked to extricate the occupants from the vehicle. The passenger, 48 year-old Roseburg resident Cynthia Lynn Hallen was declared deceased at the scene. The driver, 57 year-old Dana Todd Hallen was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. He was later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend where he remains in stable condition. 

Deputies are continuing their investigation. Alcohol does appear to be a contributing factor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #19-2822.     

Next of kin has been notified. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Bay Cities Ambulance.