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Brian Edward Smith
Brian Edward Smith
Texas Fugitive Arrested in Reedsport (Photo) - 01/16/19

REEDSPORT, Ore. - A man wanted by authorities in the state of Texas for Indecency with a Child was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. 

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, a deputy assigned to the Reedsport Patrol Office observed a green 1996 Toyota Camry traveling northbound in the 2000-block of Highway 101 commit a minor traffic violation. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and contacted the operator of the vehicle who did not provide a drivers license or any form of identification. The male driver, later identified as 40 year-old Brian Edward Smith of Deadwood, Oregon, initially gave the deputy a false name and date of birth. The deputy detained Smith and located a wallet on his person which provided his true identity. 

A records check revealed Smith had a warrant out for his arrest from the State of Texas for crimes of Child Abuse-Indecency with a Child. He was lodged temporarily at the Reedsport Municipal Jail and later transferred to the Douglas County Jail. He is being held on the no bail warrant awaiting extradition to Texas.

Attached Media Files: Brian Edward Smith
DMV Photograph of Galer
DMV Photograph of Galer
Have You Seen Geraldine Galer? (Photo) - 01/07/19

WINSTON, Ore. - It has been 1 month since 77 year-old Geraldine Donna Galer of Winston was last seen. Deputies are still seeking information as to her whereabouts. 

Galer was last seen driving a gray 2002 GMC Safari Van with Oregon license plate YRC203. She is described as 5'04'' tall, 130 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes. She may be suffering from a medical condition which has caused confusion and an altered state of mind. She was last seen on December 8, 2018, at approximately 10:13 am in the 800-block of Summit View Avenue in Sutherlin. 

"Mrs. Galer could be anywhere inside or outside of Douglas County because she was mobile in a vehicle. We really need the help of the community to be aware of this case and report any information to our office. We want to provide her loved ones with some answers," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

Ms. Galer's van had a spare tire on the rear passenger side. She was last known to be wearing a tan knit hat, black jacket, red gloves, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. 

Any information may be referred to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Missing Oakland Man's Vehicle Located - 01/07/19


The Douglas County Medical Examiner has notified the family of Nicholas Blum that the decedent from the fatal car crash has been positively identified as Nicholas Blum. 

The exact date of Blum's death is unknown, however evidence indicates that the crash occurred around the time he was reported missing. 

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TYEE, Ore. -- The vehicle of a missing Oakland man was recovered on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

At 9:45 am, the Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen who had been fishing in the area of the 18000-block of Tyee Road when he located a vehicle in the river. 

Deputies responded and located the vehicle on its top completely submerged in the river. Marine Deputies were able to navigate to the vehicle in a boat and secure it. At aproximately 3:15 pm, the vehicle was extricated from the water and pulled to shore with the assistance of Roseburg Towing. The vehicle, a 1995 Toyota Tercel with Oregon license plate UNQ902, is registered to 28 year-old Nicholas Zachary Julian Blum of Oakland. Blum was previously reported missing to the Sutherlin Police Department. 

The body of an adult male was also located inside the wrecked car. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working to make positive identification, but believes the body is that of Blum given evidence at the scene. 

Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle was traveling east on Tyee Road when it left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle rolled down the embankment and into the river where the vehicle traveled approximately 300 feet down stream.

Blum's family has been notified. 

**LOCATED** Missing Roseburg Woman (Photo) - 01/04/19

UPDATE - 01/04/2019

Linda Rene Smith has been located by Sheriff's Detectives in the State of Washington. She left the area on her own accord and is safe. 

Smith was previously reported missing on December 11, 2018.



ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of 60 year-old Linda Rene Smith of Roseburg. 

Smith was reported as a missing person to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office by her roommate on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. At that time, a deputy took a report and entered Smith into a national law enforcement database as missing. Efforts to locate her have been unsuccessful.  

It is reported Smith left her home in the Green District in a white panel van with an unknown license plate on Saturday, December 8th around 3:00 pm with a male companion. Smith had informed her roommate that she would be gone for a few days, but has not yet returned and has not been heard from.

Smith is described as 5'01'' tall, 110 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes.  Her clothing description is unknown at this time. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ms. Smith are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case number 18-5499.

Attached Media Files: Smith_Linda.jpg
New DCSO Fallen Deputy Memorial
New DCSO Fallen Deputy Memorial
New Fallen Deputy Memorial Dedicated (Photo) - 12/28/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - "Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo" or "No day shall erase you from the memory of time". That is the fitting inscription on the newly installed fallen deputy memorial which was officially dedicated and unveiled to the public on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

The memorial hangs on the wall in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in Roseburg. It depicts four members of the agency who lost their lives while in service to the community and agency. The memorial was made possible by donations from the Douglas County Law Enforcement Association, Roseburg Optimist Club and the volunteers of Douglas County Search and Rescue. 

The memorial features photographs and a brief story of the fallen deputy's service and sacrifice. Those remembered in the memorial include: 

  • Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick
  • Corporal Virgle D. Knight Jr.
  • Special Deputy Ronald H. Terwilliger
  • Posse Deputy Carol S. Wright
  • Deputy Morris L. Taylor

Since 1985 the Sheriff’s Office has dedicated a space for a memorial wall within the secure and non-public are of the office. As a way to pay better tribute to their sacrifice and in an attempt to better memorialize and honor our fallen, it was decided the memorial would be moved to a more public location.

In a private ceremony, Sheriff John Hanlin dedicated the memorial and thanked those who helped to make it a reality.

“It is important for us all to remember and honor our fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”, said Sheriff Hanlin.

Those invited to attend were family members of the fallen, Douglas County Commissioners, members of the Douglas County Law Enforcement Association, Search and Rescue, and the Roseburg Optimist Club. Approximately 20 people attended, including Commissioners Chris Boice and Tim Freeman. 

The memorial was designed, constructed and installed by the Eugene based Presentation Design Group.

Attached Media Files: New DCSO Fallen Deputy Memorial