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Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park A
Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park A
Reward Offered for Tip Leading to Arrest of Individual(s) Responsible for Damage of Whistlers Bend Disc Golf Course Baskets (Photo) - 06/19/24

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding damage to the disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend County Park. 

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the Sheriff's Office was advised of criminal damage to three new disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend Park. The damages are estimated to be just under $1,500.00. 

A group within the community is offering and administering a $1,000 reward for the person who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have knowledge about the damage to contact deputies at (541) 440-4471 referencing Case #24-2418.

Public Meeting Notice: Dog Control Advisory Board - 06/19/24

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Advisory Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 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: 

To view the live stream or post-meeting recording, please visit:

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to submit public comment related to specific agenda items. Members of the public who wish to comment can do so: (1) In person, (2) by submitting via email at or (3) by virtual format via Meeting 850 9182 7983 (Passcode – 6hV4Wa).

As part of public policy, Douglas County will attempt to provide public accessibility to services, programs, and activities. If accommodation is needed to participate at this meeting, please contact Kaylee Tucker (541) 440-4449 at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

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DCSO Hosting FREE Boat Safety Inspection Clinics (Photo) - 06/17/24

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be hosting three separate boat safety inspection clinics.   

This is a free opportunity to have a boat of any kind inspected to ensure it meets all legal requirements for the upcoming boating season. This is a great way to ensure boaters have all of the required safety equipment, learn about lifejacket safety or boating laws and ask any boating related questions of marine deputies.

The motorized inspection process will include checking for:

• Approved life jackets
• Working fire extinguishers
• Approved Type IV floatation devices
• Approved sound producing devices
• Working engine blower fans (if required)
• Assist with proper placement of Oregon registration numbers and registration stickers

Deputies can also answer questions about non-motorized boats and the requirements pertaining to them. Any non-motorized boat, including paddlecraft, 10' or longer are required to have a waterway access permit. 

The clinics will be at the following locations: 

  • SUTHERLIN BI-MART - Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • ROSEBURG BI-MART - Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • SALMON HARBOR MARINA (Winchester Bay) - Saturday, July 6, 2024, 1pm - 5pm

If the boat passes inspection, a 2024 inspection sticker will be issued.

Attached Media Files: Flyer PDF , Flyer JPG
Simmons, Lynn
Simmons, Lynn
Lynn Simmons Located Safe (Photo) - 06/12/24

UPDATE 06/12/2024 3:30 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - Lynn Simmons, the subject of a multi-day search in Sutherlin has been safely reunited with his family.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Douglas County Dispatch received a report from a citizen that they observed Mr. Simmons walking along Plat K Road in Sutherlin. Searchers were in the area receiving assignments for a continued search effort at the time. Deputies responded and confirmed the male was in fact Mr. Simmons. 

Mr. Simmons spoke with deputies and indicated he had become lost. He was found to be wet and thirsty, but uninjured. He was transported to his residence where he was reunited with his family. EMS personnel evaluated Mr. Simmons who did not require transport. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community and residents who assisted in the search and were understanding of the efforts being conducted to locate him. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue was assisted by the following entities during the search: 

  • Oregon State Police - Aviation
  • REACH Air Medical Services
  • Douglas County SAR Fixed Wing Air Support 
  • Jackson County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Josephine County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Coos County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Lane County Sheriff's Office - Search and Rescue
  • Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator
  • Sutherlin Police Department
  • Fair Oaks Fire Department
  • Sutherlin Water Control District 

ORIGINAL RELEASE 06/10/2024 11:00 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Division is currently searching for a 68-year-old Sutherlin man. 

On June 9, 2024, at approximately 9:00 pm, 68-year-old Lynn Simmons left his residence on foot in the 300-block of Justa Lane in Sutherlin. Simmons is legally blind and has mental health diagnoses. Simmons was last seen walking toward Nonpareil Road. He was known to be wearing a dark shirt and jeans. Simmons is 5'11"., 170 lbs with shoulder length graying brown hair and blue eyes. 

Deputies and volunteers are searching the area on foot and by air. Residents in the area are encouraged to review their surveillance footage for any signs of Mr. Simmons and report their findings to the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case #24-2351.

The Sheriff's Office is currently being assisted by the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator. Requests for assistance have also been made to Josephine and Jackson County Search and Rescue programs. 

Attached Media Files: Simmons, Lynn
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Free Medication Take-Back Event in Canyonville (Photo) - 05/25/24

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free medication take-back Friday, June 14, 2024, at the South Umpqua Fire Department. 

The event allows residents who have unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications to turn them over to law enforcement for safe disposal. The event will be held in the parking lot of the South Umpqua Fire Department and will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. 

“Safe disposal of medications is important to mitigate accidental poisonings, addiction and abuse," Lt. Brad O'Dell said. “Additionally, it can prevent environmental risks from improper disposal; such as ending up in wastewater treatment plants due to flushing them down toilets or sinks or throwing them into the garbage which ends up in landfills.”

There is no fee to participate in the take-back event and there is no need to show identification or fill out paperwork. Here is a recap of the event details: 

WHEN: FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024 | 9am-1pm

Attached Media Files: Event Graphic