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NHTSA Image - Holiday Portrait
NHTSA Image - Holiday Portrait
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season, and Every Day (Photo) - 12/08/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - This holiday season, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. The Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drivers will see officers working together December 15, 2022, through January 1, 2023, to take drunk drivers off the roads. Deputies will specifically work overtime during the enforcement period with a focus of identifying and stopping impared drivers. Funding for the enforcement is made possible through DUII enforcement grant dollars.  

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. This is why the Sheriff’s Office is working together with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“It’s so important that drivers act responsibly, and that includes refraining from impaired driving,” said Lt. Brad O’Dell. “The holidays are a special time of year for many, and we want our community members to enjoy this season. We need commitment from drivers that they’ll keep the roads free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This enforcement period allows us to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior,” he said. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Lt. O’Dell “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. There are too many options to get you home safely. There are just no excuses for drunk driving,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Office recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use a ride service, or call a taxi or a sober friend to get home safely. 
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, report them to law enforcement.
  • Take the keys away from friends and family who are about to drive under the influence, and make a plan to get them home safely.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, visit

Attached Media Files: NHTSA Image - Holiday Portrait
2022 DCSO Christmas Card Drawing Contest
2022 DCSO Christmas Card Drawing Contest
3rd Annual DCSO Christmas Card Drawing Contest (Photo) - 11/27/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 3rd Annual Christmas Card Drawing Contest for Douglas County children. The specifics for the contest are listed below: 


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Card Contest is a drawing competition for children in Douglas County.  One winner from each of the eligibility groups will be selected as the artist for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Official 2022 Christmas Card. 


Entry Period: November 27, 2022 – December 11, 2022

Group 1: Grades Pre-K – 2nd    

Group 2: Grades 3rd – 5th    

Group 3: Grades 6th – 8th

Theme: A Sheriff’s Office Community Christmas


Participants may create an original hand drawn entry on a contest drawing page or an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of unlined, white paper.  

Mailed submissions must be postmarked by December 11th, 2022. Drawings may be dropped off in person at the Sheriff’s Office (1036 SE Douglas Ave. Ste #210, Roseburg, OR 97470) or emailed to by December 11th at 5:00 pm. No late submissions will be considered.


Artwork will be judged on originality, creativity and concept related to the theme. The winners will be selected by Sheriff’s Office staff.


  1. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form which must be signed by the entrant’s parent/guardian.
  2. Entrant must live in Douglas County and meet the eligibility requirement of the group for which they are submitting their artwork for consideration as stated above.
  3. Submitted artwork must be hand drawn, without the use of computerized equipment. The Sheriff’s Office must receive the drawing by the submission deadline as stated above. 
  4. By participating in the contest, each entrant grants the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office the right to use such entrant’s name, age, city of residence, and publication of artwork in all media for advertising and promotional purposes, as well as on the website for future contests.
  5. One entry per person. No substitutions or new versions of submissions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original entry is submitted for consideration. Any submission that is considered by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at its sole and absolute discretion to be objectionable, in whole or in part, will be disqualified and will not be eligible for entry.
  6. Submissions will not be returned or acknowledged. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office shall have no liability for any submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received for any reason.

Entry forms can be downloaded at: 

Stabbing Investigation - 11/22/22

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg man was stabbed during a disturbance Tuesday morning. 

911 Dispatchers received a call on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, shortly after midnight of a male who had been stabbed while engaged in a physical altercation at a residence in the 3000-block of Joseph Street in Roseburg. The caller reported the suspect had left on foot. 

Deputies and officers from Roseburg Police Department responded along with fire and EMS personnel. The victim, 51-year-old Raymond Latre of Roseburg, was found to have sustained a stab wound to the lower abdomen by an individual known to him. Latre was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. Latre is currently in stable condition. 

There is no ongoing threat to public safety and the investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471, referencing case #22-4870.

Male Arrested for Pointing a Firearm at Another - 11/17/22

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Wednesday, November 17, 2022, at 11:00 am., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from a local business in the 3000-block of Old Highway 99 South stating that a male, 77-year-old Don Wesley Hartline of Roseburg, had pointed a firearm at the site manager after a disagreement about non-payment for services. The caller told dispatchers that Hartline had left in a vehicle. 

As deputies were investigating the incident and searching the area for Hartline, a second 9-1-1 was received from a business in the 600-block of SE Jackson Street at 11:15 a.m. That caller reported that Hartline was at that location and had a gun in his pocket. Hartline had reportedly told the caller that he had pointed a gun at someone and the police were looking for him. The caller stated that Hartline was cooperative with them and agreed to place the gun on the counter and allow the employees to leave. All occupants of the business exited safely leaving Hartline alone inside. 

Law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department responded and contained the area. Crisis Negotiators from the Sheriff's Office began communicating with Hartline with the goal of de-escalating the situation. At 11:45 a.m., Hartline exited the building and was taken into custody without incident. 

Hartline was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following crimes: 

  • Menacing
  • Pointing a Firearm at Another
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Disorderly Conduct II
  • Unlawful Possession or Carrying of Concealed Weapons

The Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency. 

Douglas County SAR Logo
Douglas County SAR Logo
Search and Rescue Volunteer Recruitment Informational Meeting (Photo) - 11/15/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Want to be part of something bigger than yourself and serve your community? Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) is recruiting volunteers ages 17 and up.

Potential volunteers are invited to learn more about SAR on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 6 pm at the OSU Extension Office (1134 SE Douglas Ave, Roseburg). The Sheriff's Office will be holding an informational meeting covering topics such as the mission of SAR, the various units you can volunteer with and what it takes to become a certified volunteer. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, speak with active volunteers and even complete an application if you are ready.

The Sheriff's Office can always use volunteers who want to search for lost and missing people on foot, but there are other ways to serve. There is a specific need for experienced horse riders who can provide their own horses and equipment, radio operators and logistics personnel.

Attached Media Files: Douglas County SAR Logo