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**UPDATE** Water Rescue on North Umpqua River (Photo) - 05/23/17

***UPDATE #1 - 05/23/2017***

Today, Marine Deputies and Douglas County Fire District #2 swift water rescue teams continued the search for the missing man.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received support and assistance from the Oregon State Police and North River Boats. Additionally, air support was provided by Bill Woods and the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The search concluded for today at 1600 hours. Crews will resume the search Wednesday morning.

***END UPDATE #1***

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

On Monday, May 22, 2017, at 7:28 pm, Douglas County 9-1-1 received an emergency call of a subject who had jumped off of the bridge into the North Umpqua River near North Bank Road and Single Tree Lane in Roseburg. The caller reported the male was being swept downstream after entering the water.

The Sheriff's Office Marine Division along with Douglas County Fire District #2 Swift Water Rescue Team and Glide Fire Department responded to the area. Emergency crews attempted to locate the man without success. The search has been suspended for the evening due to nightfall and hazardous conditions, but will resume the search tomorrow morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

No further updates or information will be released tonight.

**UPDATED** Major Crimes Investigation - 05/22/17

***FINAL UPDATE - 05/22/2017***

Today, the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office, working in conjunction with the State Medical Examiner's Office, determined that foul play is not suspected in the death of Brian David Clark.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has concluded their investigation. There will be no further updates.

***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE #2 - 05/19/2017***

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has notified the family of Brian David Clark that his remains were found on Monday. Clark, a resident of Myrtle Creek, was 43 years old when he was reported missing to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in December 2016.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office continues to work in conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause and manner of death.

***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE #1 - 05/17/2017***

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has tentatively identified the human remains found on Monday evening. The Medical Examiner's Office has determined they are that of an adult male who has been deceased for less than six months.

The identity will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

The investigation into the death is ongoing.

***END UPDATE***

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

On Monday, May 15, 2017, a citizen reported to 9-1-1 that he was walking in the area of the riverbank of the South Umpqua River, near Interstate 5 milepost 108 in Myrtle Creek, when he observed what appeared to be human remains.

Officers from the Myrtle Creek Police Department and Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded and confirmed the remains were human in origin.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been activated and assumed the investigation. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office will work with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause and manner of death as well as identification.

There currently is no additional information to be released.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Five Drivers Arrested for DUII Over The Weekend (Photo) - 05/22/17

Deputies arrested five individuals over the weekend for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The Sheriff's Office is committed to finding those drivers who are impaired and should not be on the roadway. In addition to our commitment, there are currently increased DUII Patrols to combat impaired driving, thanks to a grant provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The safety of our community and the other motorists on the road are of the utmost importance.

Arrested for DUII 5/19/2017 at 5pm through 05/21/2017 at 11:59 pm.

Donn Leonard Spellman; 54 years old of Yoncalla, OR

Joseph Paul Vick; 35 years old of Roseburg, OR

Timo Jussi Hirvonen; 42 years old of Myrtle Creek, OR

Scott Lee Fergason; 44 years old of McMinnville, OR

Noah Christopher Banks; 36 years old of Roseburg, OR

As the warmer weather increases, so do recreational and outdoor activities. The Sheriff's Office encourages people to act responsibly. Help us to decrease the fatality and DUII rate in Douglas County this year. Avoid going to jail by calling a cab, a friend or family member to drive if you have been drinking or are otherwise under the influence of intoxicants.

Remember: "Drive sober or get pulled over"

Attached Media Files: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Christopher Bonner Allen
Christopher Bonner Allen
K9 Grim Locates Suspect Following Shooting (Photo) - 05/13/17

On Friday, May 12, 2017, at 7:05 pm, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male had been shot by another subject in the 300-Block of Redfearn Lane in Riddle. Deputies responded to the area and located the 55 year-old victim who had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Deputies learned the suspect, 35 year-old Riddle resident Christopher Bonner Allen, had fled the scene after the shooting. K9 Grim was deployed and was able to track Allen, leading deputies to him to make the arrest. Allen was taken into custody without further incident.

Allen was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Assault I (Class A Felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class C Felony), Menacing (Class A Misdemeanor) and Pointing a Firearm at Another (Misdemeanor)

The victim was treated at the scene by EMS, but was not transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police and Myrtle Creek Police Department.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: Christopher Bonner Allen , K9 Grim
Peace Officer Memorial Day - 05/10/17

National Police Week is May 14 - 20, 2017.

Douglas County Law Enforcement Officers will participate locally in a memorial ceremony, held in honor of those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2016
Time: 0900 hours
Location: Douglas County Courthouse, front steps, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon

Scheduled speakers include: Sheriff John Hanlin, Commissioner Chris Boice and Oregon State Police Lieutenant, Steve Mitchell.

The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The media and public are invited to attend.

Deputies to Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign - 05/07/17

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will once again participate in a nationwide traffic safety campaign to emphasize the importance of proper safety belt use. Additionally, the campaign focuses on the perils of distracted driving and unlawful speeding. The program is set to begin on May 15th and continue until May 28th. The two-week long campaign is a multi-jurisdictional approach to help ensure motorists respect, obey and understand the importance of driving safely and the associated responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies will be focusing on enforcement at various times and days during the campaign. This effort is made possible through dedicated grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deputies will be watching overall safety belt compliance along with unlawful cell phone use such as talking or texting while driving as well as speed enforcement.

Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon motorists in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.

Safety belts, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.

Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year-olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm

For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

Additional information regarding these safety efforts as well as other information helping to promote safe roads in Oregon can be found at: www.odot.gov or www.nhtsa.gov

Angela Ann Hill
Angela Ann Hill
Active Missing Person Investigation (Photo) - 05/05/17

***Update***
More current photographs of Angela Hill have been attached. There are no further updates at this time.

***END UPDATE***

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 48 year old Yoncalla resident Angela Ann Hill. Hill was reported as a missing person to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, after she was last seen walking away from her residence in Yoncalla. Since that time, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been attempting to locate her.

Hill is described as 5'05'', 200 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black jeans or pajama bottoms and boots.

Anyone with information which may assist deputies in locating Hill is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Attached Media Files: Angela Ann Hill , Angela Hill , Angela Hill
Alexander, Kevin Raymond
Alexander, Kevin Raymond
Washington Man Arrested Following Pursuit (Photo) - 04/26/17

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 2:42 am, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 near mile marker 132 northbound. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator failed to stop and attempted to flee reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The deputy pursued the vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 where the driver eventually stopped near mile marker 175 after spike strips successfully deflated the tires.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended by the deputy and assisting officers.

The driver was identified as 57 year old Kevin Raymond Alexander of Spokane Valley, Washington.

Alexander was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

-Attempt to Elude Police-Vehicle
-Attempt to Elude Police-Foot
-Unlawful Possession Methamphetamine
-Reckless Driving
-DUII-Controlled Substance

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin and Cottage Grove Police Departments.

Attached Media Files: Alexander, Kevin Raymond