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On Thursday, January 12, 2017, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy assigned to the Cow Creek contract noticed a 2003 Ford Focus parked in the Seven Feathers Casino parking lot which was occupied by two individuals.
The deputy made contact with the male and female in the vehicle and discovered the license plates on the car did not match DMV records. After further investigation the deputy learned the male and female both had active warrants for their arrest. Both were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as 29 year old Tyler J. Svendsen and 23 year old Kehkashan S. Ijaz, both of Salem, OR.
During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered approximately 6 grams of heroin.
Ijaz and Svendsen were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on their respective warrants and cited for Unlawful Possession of Heroin.
The vehicle was not stolen and arrangements were made for the registered owner to retrieve the vehicle.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2017 Citizen Police Academy class.
The Citizen Police Academy is for Douglas County residents who want to learn more about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department. This hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is offered FREE of charge and allows citizens the opportunity to gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, what their mandated functions consist of, as well as improving the understanding of the challenges law enforcement face serving and protecting our community.
The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings starting on April 6 through June 15, 2017 from 6 -- 9 PM. This is an 11-week commitment from the participants. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.
The goal of the program is to provide information to Douglas County residents so they can make informed judgments about the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Open discussion and better understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.
The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, investigations, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, canine program, tactical operations, and much more. Participants will be involved in activities such as touring the communications center, jail and police department, using police equipment, and participating in a simulated shoot/don't shoot scenario.
Each applicant must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to approval and admission. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony convictions, have no pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and have no outstanding warrants for arrest.
The instructional courses will be held at the Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Anyone wishing to apply for the Citizen's Police Academy may do so by visiting www.dcso.com or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.
Questions regarding the Citizen's Police Academy can be directed to: Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Gary Klopfenstein at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6788.
On Friday, January 6th, 2017, at about 5:30 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle call in the 5400 block of Buckhorn Road, Roseburg. The homeowner reported a white Ford Explorer was stuck in his yard with no one around.
At about 5:50 p.m., a resident in the 5200 block of Buckhorn Road called to report a male subject had just been at her residence and forced his way into the house after demanding the keys to her vehicle. The male subject left on foot.
At about 6:15 p.m., another resident in the 5200 block of Buckhorn Road called to report her 1998 Ford Explorer had just been stolen from her driveway.
At about 7:00 p.m., officers spotted the stolen Explorer traveling eastbound on Hwy 138 near Colliding Rivers. A Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit began. The vehicle reached speeds of 90 mph before turning onto Rock Creek Road and then onto Kelly Creek. The vehicle could not continue in the snowy conditions and became stuck. The driver, Nathan Baker, age 29 of Glide, was taken into custody.
Baker was lodged in the county jail on First Degree Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Recklessly Endangering and other charges.
On Thursday, December 29, 2016, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received information of an online ad which appeared to be a solicitation for prostitution.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office, posing as a potential customer, replied to the ad and made arrangements to meet the suspect under the guise of meeting for the purposes of sex in exchange for money.
That evening, detectives met with the subject from the ad and arrested 22 year old Ariel Renee Smith of Roseburg for Prostitution. Detectives are continuing the investigation and it is anticipated additional arrests could be made.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory for Douglas County effective 10:00 PM December 31, 2016 through 10 AM on Monday, January 2, 2017. Low elevation snow is expected with low temperatures.
The Sheriff's Office would like to ask residents to be aware of the situation and plan ahead for the forecasted weather. Have extra food, water, flashlight with batteries and warming methods. Prepare for possible power outages should they occur. Take steps to winterize your homes before the weather event occurs. Those with medical conditions or that require specialized equipment should plan accordingly.
There are many resources available for pre-planning, but once an event occurs emergency response resources in the County are stretched and can not provide for every need. Some valuable information can be found on the following sites:
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management -- http://www.dcso.com
Federal Government - http://www.ready.gov
American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org
If you intend on travelling, look ahead to www.tripcheck.com for current road conditions and required equipment along your route.
On Friday, December 30, 2016, at 4:55 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified by Jean Glassford that her 80 year old husband, Rollyn Glassford, was missing. Mr. Glassford left his home in the 17000-block of North Umpqua Highway on foot around 2:15 pm and had not returned, which is unlike him.
Deputies gathered information and responded to the area with Search and Rescue personnel. As part of the effort to locate Mr. Glassford, the Sheriff's Office activated an AlertSense message, an emergency notification system, to alert residents in the area of the circumstances and provided a description of Mr. Glassford.
At approximately 9:50 pm, a citizen called to report that he had located Mr. Glassford in the 300-block of Trask Court. Deputies responded to the area and confirmed that Mr. Glassford had been located. He was found to be approximately 1 mile from his residence. Mr. Glassford was evaluated by EMS at the scene, but was not transported.
The citizen who found Mr. Glassford told deputies he became aware of the search from neighbors who had learned about the incident. Residents who would like to register their cellular telephones or VOIP phones to receive AlertSense messages may do so at www.dcso.com/alerts.
On December 21, 2016, at around 2:00 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a disturbance with gunshots in the 700-block of Quines Creek Road in Azalea.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that the homeowner had just come back to his residence when he was confronted by four subjects who had followed him into his driveway. The confrontation was over a disagreement from a previous sale of a motor vehicle. During the confrontation one of the subjects shot at the homeowner with a handgun. The homeowner was not struck by the gunfire and was able to escape to safety.
One of the suspects is 27 year old Robert Gordon Bates, date of birth 02/25/1989, of Grants Pass. At this time, Bates has not been located and is wanted for questioning.
The other suspects are currently unidentified, but are described as two males and a female. Surveillance footage of the suspects was recovered at the scene. The suspects were last seen driving a white late 1990's model Ford Expedition.
The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to review the attached images and video. The video can be found at https://youtu.be/7hV8OXIJlHA
Anyone that may have information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 541-957-2099 or contact us by email at email@example.com
Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been assisted by the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety during this investigation.
On December 24, 2016, at approximately 0920 hours, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a report from a homeowner in the 15000 Block of North Bank Road in Glide that he had confronted a burglar inside his residence.
Deputies learned from the homeowner that he was upstairs when his dogs alerted to something wrong. The homeowner armed himself with a firearm and then went downstairs to investigate. The homeowner found a male inside his home. The male was described to be in his thirties, wearing blue jeans and a flannel shirt.
The homeowner fired his weapon, but the suspect is not believed to have been struck. The suspect was last seen getting into a white four door sedan, which left traveling westbound on North Bank Road.
Deputies and Detectives conducted an area search, but did not locate the suspect. Area hospitals were notified of the incident, and no reports of a subject seeking treatment for a gunshot wound were reported.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is requested to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives Tip Line at 541-957-2099 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies are currently conducting a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the holiday season. The campaign started December 15, 2016 and runs through January 1, 2017. As part of the campaign, the Sheriff's Office has increased traffic patrols directly focusing on DUII related investigations in Douglas County. The funds for this campaign have been provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
As we approach New Years Eve, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to celebrate the holidays safely, and follow these tips:
* Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving impaired--or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving impaired.
* If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
* If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
* Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking or is impaired, do not let that person get behind the wheel of a vehicle. If they do, report the immediately.
* Remember, alcohol is not the only substance that can impair driving!
* If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.
It is never safe to drive impaired: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating 43 year old Brian David Clark of Myrtle Creek.
On December 24, 2016, the Sheriff's Office was notified by a friend of Clark that he had not been seen in several days. Deputies took a missing person report and entered Clark into a national law enforcement database as missing.
It is believed that Clark was last known to be in the 2000-block of Cow Creek Road where his motor home was parked on December 13th. Clark left the area on foot without his cell phone.
Clark is described as 5'6'' 190 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a camo jacket and "army" boots.
If you believe you have information about Clark's whereabouts, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or email@example.com
The 911 lines have been restored. Residents should now be able to dial 911 from their landline telephone.
The Douglas County 911 center has been notified by Frontier of a telephone service outage affecting 911 service in the community of Myrtle Creek. Approximately 2,800 customers are out of telephone service. At this time it is unknown how long the outage will persist. The affected telephone prefixes are 860 and 863.
People in the affected area are likely not able to dial 911 from their landline telephone. They should be able to reach 911 on a cellular telephone if they have cell service, otherwise they may go to the Myrtle Creek Fire Station for assistance.
On December 23, 2016, at about 3:30 am, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit was requested to respond to a reported missing person. Amanda Cagle, age 32 of Reedsport, used a cell phone to make several calls to 911 centers in Lane and Douglas County advising she was lost in the woods.
Cagle was last seen by her brother, James Thornton, at a logging site on Five Mile Rd. Thornton stated Amanda had gone for a walk around 8:00 pm and was going to walk to a "blinking red light." In the area where Cagle had departed several towers with red blinking lights could be seen in the distance.
Attempts to locate Cagle using her cell phone were determined to be unreliable. Deputies assigned to Search and Rescue responded to the area and eventually located Cagle on Five Mile Road at about 8:00 am.
Cagle was very wet and cold. She stated she got lost in the dark and it began to rain hard. Cagle was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital by ambulance for treatment of suspected hypothermia.
Deputies have arrested 34 year old Adam Childers and 24 year old Brittany Roady, both of Drain, for Burglary and other related charges.
The investigation began on November 29, 2016, when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 500-block of Westlog Street in Yoncalla. The vehicle was being driven by Childers. Roady was a passenger in the vehicle. During the traffic stop, the deputy noticed a large amount of property in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine was located. The vehicle was towed for no insurance.
The deputy later learned of a residential burglary which had occurred in the 100-block of Deer Hollow Lane in Oakland. The deputy determined the property which had been described as stolen was the property located in the vehicle that Childers had been driving.
Deputies continued their investigation and eventually arrested both Adam Childers and Roady for the burglary.
Both were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged.
Childers was charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree.
Roady was charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Childers was additionally arrested related to a burglary of the Assembly of God Church in Drain from October 2016. He was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft 1st Degree, and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree related to that incident. Devon Sisk was previously arrested related to that incident as well.
On Friday, December 9, 2016, The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit had their annual awards banquet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The purpose of the banquet is to recognize the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who put in hundreds of hours throughout the year. The following individuals were recognized for their accomplishments.
SAR Volunteer of the Year:
SAR Volunteer of the Year is giving to individuals in SAR who have shown special abilities and achievements throughout the year. Two adult volunteers were recognized as well as two youth volunteers.
Rick Fugate: Rick Fugate comes to SAR with over 20 years of fire department training. Rick is one of the key team leaders in Mountain Rescue. Ricky has been on most of all SAR missions in the county and several outside of the county. Rick is described as "a big asset to the Douglas County SAR program."
Brenda Bryant: Brenda Bryant is in both Mountain Rescue and the Mounted unit of SAR. Brenda assists the SAR program by instructing in field training and works well as a one-on-one instructor. Brenda played a key role in a rescue mission on the Pacific Crest Trail this year with her horse, Thunder.
Zachary Riesen: Zachary (Zax) Riesen belongs to the Explorer group. Zax has shown outstanding abilities while training and working missions this year. Zax has also joined the Douglas County SAR K-9 group; he spends much of his time training with the SAR K9 team in addition to the Explorer group. Zax has attended training out of the state with the other K9 SAR volunteers.
Christopher Willis: Christopher (Chris) Willis is a part of the Explorer group and is currently president of the Explorer Post. Chris is one of the key leaders and he helps the advisors with their instruction and training. Chris also belongs to the Douglas County Mountain Rescue unit and is one of their key persons in rescues and training.
Instructor of the Year:
Instructor of the Year is awarded to an individual who shows outstanding abilities in helping and guiding others in the SAR program.
Angela Hooker received this award because of her willingness and enthusiasm to undertake a teaching position as both a Mountain Rescue instructor and a General SAR instructor.
Basic State Certification:
Suzanne Porter received her Basic State Certification. This certification and its standards are set by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) as a minimum requirement for SAR certification. It takes approximately 1 year to complete all the classes and requirements to become certified. Suzanne is on the Douglas County K-9 Team.
The Douglas County Search and Rescue Unit would like to thank all of the men and women of our community who volunteer their time and efforts throughout the year with our team. Without them, we would not be able to provide such a high quality service to our community.
We would like to thank the individuals and businesses who contributed to our awards banquet. Your contributions to our volunteers and program are very much appreciated.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, two Douglas County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies were honored at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) annual awards banquet in Bend.
Deputies John Siemens and Brent Everett were awarded OSSA's Distinguished Action award. The honor was given to the deputies for their actions and efforts in responding to a homicide scene in late 2016. Their quick actions resulted in the apprehension of the suspect and aided in the investigation.
Sheriff John Hanlin said, "These deputies exemplify the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. I am extremely proud of these two deputies and their service to Douglas County."
Both Deputy Siemens and Everett began their law enforcement careers with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 2014. Both have been assigned to the Patrol Division since that time.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind county residents to beware of scams.
Recently, a resident received a call from a male subject representing himself as a Sergeant with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. This person tells the victims that they have a warrant for their arrest because they missed jury duty.
The male instructs the victim he will call them back with bail payment information. THIS IS A SCAM. The Sheriff's Office will not call you about a warrant and they will never request that you make any form of payment related to bail on a warrant.
If area residents get a call like this they should hang up. Always use caution when being asked for money or personal information. If anyone believes they have been the victim of fraud because of this or any other scam they should contact their local law enforcement agency to file a report.
On Thursday, December 15, 2016, at about 1:55 p.m., Douglas County Communications received a 911 call from Leta Allen, age 53 of Days Creek. Allen was calling to report that her son, Dustin Lowe, age 34, had stabbed himself at her residence, in the 8000 Block of Tiller Trailer Highway in Days Creek.
Deputies and EMS responded to the scene. Dustin Lowe was found to have injuries to his face and neck area which were consistent with having been caused by a knife. Lowe was taken to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, due to the severity of the injuries.
Both Lowe and Allen were intoxicated.
Allen reported she had gone to prepare food for Lowe, and heard a strange sound. She checked on Lowe and saw him stabbing himself. She called 911.
Lowe, prior to being taken by ambulance, made statements that Allen had stabbed him.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office have been conducting the investigation. At this point no arrest has been made, and the case is ongoing.
Lowe's current condition is unknown, but it is believed he will survive the injuries.