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James Bigelow
James Bigelow
Cottage Grove Man Wanted After Vehicle Pursuit (Photo) - 06/21/18

DRAIN, Ore. - A Cottage Grove man led deputies on a vehicle chase Wednesday afternoon. 

At 3:40 P.M., a deputy observed a 2000 Black Hyundai Tiburon operated by 39 year-old Cottage Grove resident James Francis Bigelow on Umpqua Highway 99 near Curtain Road. Bigelow took off at a high rate of speed and failed to stop when the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for traffic violations. Bigelow turned onto Upper Smith River Road and eventually onto South Fork. After taking several spur roads, Bigelow fled from the vehicle on foot and ran into the brush. He was not located after an extensive search. 

Bigelow is wanted in connection to the incident. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or their local law enforcement. 

Attached Media Files: James Bigelow
Lee William Gee Mugshot
Lee William Gee Mugshot
Homicide Investigation in Tenmile (Photo) - 06/18/18

**UPDATE 06/18/2018 8:15 AM**


Detectives have released the name of the victim from Friday's stabbing. 52 year-old Raymond E. Vallejo of Tenmile died following the incident. Next of kin has been notified.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email

No further releases are expected. 



TENMILE, Ore. - On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 8:50 p.m. deputies were called to a residence in the 1000-block of Byron Creek Road for a male who had reportedly been stabbed. When deputies arrived, the victim whose name is being withheld, was pronounced deceased. 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been activated and is investigating this case as a homicide. A suspect, 22 year-old Lee William Gee of Winston has been arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Criminal Homicide.

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

The Major Crimes Team is comprised of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Winston Police Department.  

Attached Media Files: Lee William Gee Mugshot
Thomas Morin
Thomas Morin
Yoncalla Man Jailed for Child Sex Crimes (Photo) - 06/07/18

YONCALLA, Ore. - In May 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of child sexual abuse. 52 year-old Yoncalla resident Thomas E. Morin named the suspect in the case.  The victim was known to Morin.

Detectives began their investigation and learned information that Morin had also possessed sexually explicit images of children.

On Wednesday, June 6, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detective and Patrol Divisions served a search warrant at Morin’s residence. Morin was located at his home and ultimately arrested. He was transported to and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges relating to child sexual abuse and child pornography.

Attached Media Files: Thomas Morin
Memorial Day Weekend DUII Patrol Statistics - 06/07/18

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - Over the course of the Memorial Day Weekend, Douglas County Deputies increased DUII Patrols in the Reedsport and Winchester Bay areas. 

A total of 20 hours of dedicated DUII patrols were made possible thanks to a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. During the course of the patrols the following enforcement took place: 

  • (2) DUII Arrests
  • (11) Traffic Citations
  • (10) Traffic Warnings

"Although the focused enforcement has ended, our deputies consistently look for impaired drivers and will take enforcement action when necessary", said Sgt. Brad O'Dell.

The Sheriff's Office strongly encourages the community to report suspected impaired drivers by dialing 9-1-1. 

REACH 8 Air Ambulance lifts off with Chapin
REACH 8 Air Ambulance lifts off with Chapin
Missing Florida Man Found Alive (Photo) - 06/03/18

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - A missing 31 year-old Lake City, Florida man has been found alive by Douglas County Search and Rescue and an Oregon State Police Sergeant.  

Matthew Kyle Chapin was located shortly after 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon on a dirt road near the Clearwater Falls day use area, approximately 69 miles, east of Roseburg.

Chapin was suffering from a medical emergency and was transported by REACH Air Ambulance to Riverbend Hospital. The motorcylce was not crashed.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office as well as volunteers from Douglas County Search and Rescue have been assisting the Oregon State Police since Friday to locate Chapin. 

Other assisting agencies included the Salem Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance and Chemult Fire Department.




News Release from Oregon State Police 
Posted on FlashAlert: June 1st, 2018 3:42 PM

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating an overdue motorcyclist/missing person. 

On June 1, 2018, OSP Troopers became aware of an overdue motorcyclist/missing person from authorities in Florida.  OSP Troopers learned that since mid-April 2018, Matthew Kyle CHAPIN, age 31, from Lake City, Florida, had been touring on his black and green 2016 Kawasaki dual sport motorcycle.  The motorcycle has a Florida License plate of MCPB29.  CHAPIN is a white male adult and is described as 6’0” tall, about 170lbs with brown hair.    CHAPIN is reported to be wearing a black helmet, black jacket and blue jeans. 

CHAPIN’S last contact with friends and family was May 27th, 2018 and his last known location was near Toketee Falls on State Highway 138E in Douglas County, Oregon on May 28th, 2018 at about 430 PM. 

CHAPIN’S stated itinerary was to travel from the area of Crater Lake and meet with family in Portland on June 2nd, 2018.

OSP Troopers along with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue are actively searching the area around Toketee Falls for CHAPIN. 

Anyone that has seen or has information to the whereabouts of CHAPIN is encouraged to contact the OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) at 541-440-3333 and reference Case Number SP18-200098. 

Attached are photos of Chapin on his motorcycle that were provided to OSP by CHAPIN’S friends and family. 

No further infomation for release. 

Night Seat Belts
Night Seat Belts
UPDATE: Deputies to Crackdown on Seatbelt Use (Photo) - 05/31/18


Deputies have concluded the seatbelt enforcement campaign. During the course of the 20.5 hours spent on the campaign the following contacts were made: 

  • (14) Seatbelt Contacts
  • (1) DUII
  • (14) Speeding Contacts
  • (2) Driving While Suspended Contacts
  • (1) Felony Warrant Arrest
  • (40) Other traffic infractions

Although the focused enforcement has ended, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to Click-It or Ticket.



DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -  If you're not wearing a safety belt between May 14-27, 2018, there is a high likelihood you are going to be pulled over and receive a citation from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies have teamed up with the Oregon Department of Transportation and will be increasing seatbelt enforcement during the nearly two week crackdown. Funding for the increased patrols come from grant money distributed by the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

The focus of the campaign will be seatbelt enforcement during daytime and nighttime hours as well as minors riding in beds of pickups.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2015, more than half of occupants involved in a traffic collision at night were not wearing safety belts. 

Attached Media Files: Night Seat Belts , Buckle Up
Fatal Vehicle Crash Investigation - 05/30/18

DIXONVILLE, Ore. – A Roseburg teen has died following a single vehicle crash in Dixonville.

At 11:40 pm, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, a 9-1-1 call was placed reporting an injury crash in the 200-block of South Deer Creek Road. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene.

Deputies located a 2008 Toyota Yaris that left the roadway, which had been occupied by five persons at the time of the crash. Fire department personnel with Douglas County Fire District #2 extricated three of the passengers.

Deputies determined the vehicle was being driven by 22 year-old Shannon Carrie Ann Mello of Myrtle Creek.

18 year-old Elizabeth Williams of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Passengers 16 year-old Christopher Smith and 21 year-old Kevin Lounsbury, both of Roseburg, were transported to Mercy Medical Center for initial treatment. Lounsbury was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center and Smith was transported to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital for further treatment. The fourth passenger, Antonio Donte Denino, 21 year-old of Roseburg, was uninjured.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 or by email

Bay Cities Ambulance and Douglas County Fire District #2 assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.