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Detectives Investigating Shots Fired Call in Green - 05/22/19

UPDATE 05/22/2019 5:45 PM

On May 19th, 2019, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shots fired in the area of Highway 99 and Grant Smith Road, in the Green District.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives were activated and determined that an employee of a business in the area was leaving work, when she was shot at by a person who had been in the area.  The employee was being picked up in a vehicle when the attack occurred.  Neither the employee or the person providing the ride were injured in the attack, despite being fired at around 15 times.

The investigators were able to determine that the suspect in the case was 36 year-old Roseburg area resident, Joshua Preston.  The victim and suspect were known to each other.

On 05-21-19, at around 1750 hours, Joshua Preston was contacted by members of the Sheriff’s Office and taken into custody without incident.  He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges including;

  • Attempted Assault I
  • Felon in Possession of Firearm
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Pointing a Firearm at another
  • Recklessly Endangering
  • Criminal Mischief II
  • Menacing

Investigators have learned there were other persons were in the area of the shooting when it occurred, but have yet to make contact with them.  Those persons may not be aware of what they were witness to, therefore are asked to please call into the Sheriff’s Office and speak with an investigator.  The case is continuing and the Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone else with information about the incident to call the Douglas County Detectives Division at 541 440 4458. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/20/2019

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Detectives are following up on leads after a vehicle was struck by gunfire in Green Sunday night. 

At about 10:22 pm, deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of shots fired in the area of Ladd Lane, but were unable to locate any witnesses or the source of the gunfire. 

At approximately 11:00 pm, dispatchers received a report from an individual who stated their vehicle had been struck by gunfire earlier in the evening near Taco Bell. No one was injured in the incident. 

Detectives were notified and are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Division at 541-440-4458 or the non-emergency dispatch center at 541-440-4471.

Marine Deputies conduct a safety inspection at the Roseburg Bi-Mart on May 5th. Two additional inspection clinics will be held this weekend.
Marine Deputies conduct a safety inspection at the Roseburg Bi-Mart on May 5th. Two additional inspection clinics will be held this weekend.
FREE Boat Safety Inspections This Weekend (Photo) - 05/15/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Marine Deputies will hold two Boat Safety Inspection Clinics this weekend. A previous inspection clinic was held on Sunday, May 5th at the Roseburg Bi-Mart.

Inspections will begin at 9:00 am and end at 2:00 pm each day. The dates and locations are as follows: 

  • Saturday, May 18 - Winston Bi-Mart (391 NW Douglas Blvd., Winston)
  • Sunday, May 19 - Sutherlin Bi-Mart (388 E. Central Ave., Sutherlin)

The purpose of the event is to provide boaters the opportunity to have their pre-season safety inspections completed. The inspection process will include checking for: 

  • Approved Life Jackets
  • Working fire extinguishers 
  • Approved type IV floatation devices
  • Approved sound producing equipment 
  • Working engine blower fan
  • Assistance with the proper placement of registration numbers and stickers. 

Upon passing the inspection, boaters will be provided with a 2019 inspection sticker. 

Deputies will also be available to answer questions and provide boater and water safety information. 

Douglas County Fire District #2 personnel recovering the victim from Toketee Falls
Douglas County Fire District #2 personnel recovering the victim from Toketee Falls
Man Dies After Falling At Toketee Falls (Photo) - 05/14/19

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. – On Sunday, May 12, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm, dispatchers received a report of a male subject who had fallen into the water at Toketee Falls.

Search and Rescue personnel as well as emergency crews from Douglas County Fire District #2 responded on Sunday night and resumed efforts Monday morning. The subject’s body was successfully recovered on Monday at approximately 11:30 hours by Douglas County Fire District #2 Technical Rescue Team.  

The male victim was identified as 59 year-old Brian Paul Nelson, formerly of Bandon, Oregon.

Next of kin has been notified.

Edward Owen Spalione
Edward Owen Spalione
Arrest Made in Coastal Sexual Assault Cases (Photo) - 05/04/19

REEDSPORT, Ore. - A Reedsport man has been arrested in connection with two sexual assaults which took place on the coast in Douglas County.  

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, detectives contacted 63 year-old Reedsport resident Edward Owen Spalione at his residence. The investigation indicated Spalione as a person of interest. Evidence was collected at Spalione’s residence and he was ultimately arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

  • Sexual Penetration 1st Degree x2
  • Kidnapping 1st Degree x2
  • Assault 2nd Degree x2
  • Sexual Abuse 1st Degree x2
  • Menacing x2

Spalione was arrested in connection to the assault which took place last Sunday at Carter Lake while a woman was walking her dog. The other incident occurred on August 16, 2018 when an adult female who had been sleeping in her vehicle along Sparrow Park Road awoke to an adult male adult sexually assaulting her.

Detectives are currently working to determine if Spalione has any connection to similar assaults. Additional details or comments will not be released at this time as to not jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.

Attached Media Files: Edward Owen Spalione
We've Got Proof
We've Got Proof
Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 20th (Photo) - 05/02/19

Roseburg Oregon — As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from May 20 to June 2, 2019. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with the busy travel season.

“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the message gets out to drivers and passengers,” said Sergeant Mark Norris.  “We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”

For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, NHTSA is asking all states to participate in the kickoff event, Border to Border (B2B), a one-day national seat belt awareness event on May 20 that is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints.  

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Oregon, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $115.00.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up. 

“If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success,” said Sergeant Mark Norris. “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.” 

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.    
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Attached Media Files: We've Got Proof
Woman Assaulted at Carter Lake, Detectives Seek Information - 04/29/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating an assault which occurred on Sunday afternoon at the Carter Lake Campground Day Use Area, near the Douglas / Lane County Line, along Highway 101.  The campground is currently still closed for the season.

At approximately 1:20 PM, deputies were notified a female, who had been walking her dogs in the day use area of the campground was assaulted by a male who was armed. The male was last seen leaving on Highway 101.  The male was unknown to the victim, but was described as a large person in dark clothing.

Detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have  been in the area around the time of the assault and noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 541- 440- 4458 or the anonymous tip line at 541- 957- 2099.

The Sheriff’s Office provides the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid stopping in secluded areas, if possible.
  • Whenever possible, travel with others.
  • Report suspicious persons and activity to law enforcement.

Sheriff Norm Neal
Sheriff Norm Neal
Public Memorial Service For Ret. Sheriff Norm Neal (Photo) - 04/26/19

ROSEBURG, Ore. - In coordination with the family of Ret. Sheriff Norm Neal, Sheriff Hanlin announces that a public memorial service will be held for the late Sheriff on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in the Community Conference Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds beginning at 1:00 pm. Law enforcement honors will be part of the service and Sheriff Hanlin will deliver remarks. Sheriff Neal passed away on February 27, 2019, at the age of 83. 

Previously released information: 

Sheriff Neal dedicated his professional life to public service. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. At 21, he served both with the Roseburg Police Department and as rural fire department volunteer. As such, he was a first responder in the 1959 Roseburg Blast where a truck carrying a two-ton load of dynamite and four and one-half tons of ammonium nitrate blew up and leveled 8 city blocks.

A few years later, in 1963, Neal was sworn in as a Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Neal, along with (retired) Sheriff John Pardon, established the local SAR program. Neal was also a founding member of the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. He was promoted through the ranks during his long career, holding positions as both Sergeant and Lieutenant. In 1981, Norm was elected to his first four-year term as Douglas County Sheriff and served a second term until his retirement.

While serving as Sheriff, he was instrumental in establishing the first SAR State Standards, and was also one of the Sheriffs that pushed the man tracking program in Oregon.

After his retirement in 1989, Neal remained active as a volunteer with the Search and Rescue Program that meant so much to him. As a volunteer, his desire for betterment of the SAR program did not slow down. He was instrumental in re-establishing the 4x4 SAR Program and was one of the snowcat operators. He championed the effort to replace the aging snowcat with a new Tucker. He formally retired in 2015 from his volunteer work with the Sheriff’s Office.

His service to the County, both in law enforcement and through Search and Rescue, span a total of 52 years.

Attached Media Files: Sheriff Norm Neal
3 Days, 3 Locations - FREE Boat Safety Inspections
3 Days, 3 Locations - FREE Boat Safety Inspections
THREE Days, THREE locations - FREE Boat Safety Inspections (Photo) - 04/26/19

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Marine Deputies have partnered with Bi-Mart to hold FREE boat safety inspection events in THREE locations on THREE separate days.

The purpose of the event is to provide boaters the opportunity to have their pre-season safety inspections completed. The inspection process will include checking for: 

  • Approved Life Jackets
  • Working fire extinguishers 
  • Approved type IV floatation devices
  • Approved sound producing equipment 
  • Working engine blower fan
  • Assistance with the proper placement of registration numbers and stickers. 

Upon passing the inspection, boaters will be provided with a 2019 inspection sticker. 

Inspections will begin at 9:00 am and end at 2:00 pm each day. The dates and locations are as follows: 

  • Sunday, May 5 - Roseburg Bi-Mart (1381 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg)
  • Saturday, May 18 - Winston Bi-Mart (391 NW Douglas Blvd., Winston)
  • Sunday, May 19 - Sutherlin Bi-Mart (388 E. Central Ave., Sutherlin)

Deputies will also be available to answer questions and provide boater and water safety information. 

Public_Meeting_--_Dog_Board.JPG
Public_Meeting_--_Dog_Board.JPG
Public Notice: Dog Control Board Public Meeting (Photo) - 04/26/19

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: 

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 1, 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 http://www.dcso.com/advisory_dog.asp 

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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Attached Media Files: Public_Meeting_--_Dog_Board.JPG
SAR K9 Team
SAR K9 Team
Statewide K-9 Search and Rescue Training (Photo) - 04/25/19

OAKLAND, Ore. – Search and Rescue K9 teams from around Oregon will converge on Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park this weekend to participate in a training event which begins Friday and ends Sunday.

The training is sponsored by the Douglas County Search and Rescue K9 program and is supported by Douglas County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office.

The intention of the event is to provide interaction between teams in a training and exercise environment. Teams will learn new skills, share best practices, network and conduct certification testing.

On Friday, teams will begin to arrive and some testing will be held. A night training session will be conducted into the evening.

Saturday, the primary training day, will provide training sessions in air scent, trailing and cadaver searching. Several scenarios and sessions will be held throughout the day.

It is expected that approximately 40-50 K9 teams will participate in the opportunity.

Attached Media Files: SAR K9 Team