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***** UPDATE 02/16/2017 *****
Today the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim of the fatal structure fire in Glide, Oregon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
The victim has been identified as 51 year old Glide resident Kimberly Marie Down.
The cause and origin of the fire will be determined by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. There are no indications of foul play.
Next of kin has been notified.
***** END UPDATE *****
***** ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE *****
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at approximately 2:32 am, the Douglas County 9-1-1 center received a report of a structure fire in the 100-block of Estella Street in Glide.
The structure was fully engulfed upon arrival of the fire department. After the fire was knocked down, the remains of a victim were located in the home.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is working with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office to determine cause and origin of the fire.
Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The identity of the victim will be determined by the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary which had occurred at the Roseburg Transfer Station (County Dump) located at 384 McClain West in Roseburg.
An investigation revealed that sometime between the evening of Saturday, February 11th and the morning of Tuesday February 14th, a suspect had entered a building located on the transfer station property and stole a cash register and an undisclosed amount of cash. Additionally, it was learned there were approximately 10 personal checks which were made payable to Douglas County from various residents, which were also stolen.
The Sheriff's Office urges residents who visited the Roseburg Transfer Station and paid with a personal check between Thursday February 09, 2017 and Saturday, February 11, 2017 to contact their financial institution to determine if there has been any fraudulent activity. Additionally, it is encouraged that you continue to monitor your bank account and credit report for any fraudulent activity. If you believe you have become a victim of fraud related to this incident, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and reference case #17-0652.
*** UPDATE ***
Next of kin has been notified. The victim has been identified as 38 year old Scott James Jarrell of Central Point, OR
Jarrell's rafting partner is Paul Eckel of Roseburg, OR
*** END UPDATE ***
*** ORIGINAL RELEASE ***
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, at approximately 2:43 pm, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call of two rafters in distress in the North Umpqua River around mile post 32 on Highway 138 East in Idleyld Park.
The Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol along with Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to the area.
The investigation revealed that two adult males were floating the North Umpqua River when their raft overturned. One of the rafters was able to get back in the raft but the other could not. The two then entered a second set of rapids, which again overturned the raft. The same male was able to get back into the raft, but could not locate his rafting partner.
A passing motorist saw the event take place and summoned 9-1-1. They were able to follow the male in the water and direct the male in the raft to his partner. The rafter was eventually able to get to his partner and remove him to the riverbank. Lifesaving efforts were initiated until EMS arrived and took over. The male was declared deceased after lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.
Both rafters were equipped with helmets, life jackets and other safety equipment.
Names are being withheld pending next of kin notification by the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the United States Forest Service, Glide Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance and Douglas County Fire District #2.
On February 09, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Roseburg Police Department, arrested 30 year old Marvin Thomas Shoemaker II of Sutherlin, after he had been soliciting with what he believed to be a child for sexual contact via the Internet.
Shoemaker II had made arrangements to meet with the assumed child, but was contacted by law enforcement when he arrived at the location. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail.
Shoemaker II is charged with Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1 and Luring a Minor.
On Tuesday, February 07, 2017, at approximately 1:08 p.m., Douglas County Emergency Communications received a 9-1-1 call reporting a female not breathing who was found in the pool at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort in Canyonville.
Casino staff retrieved the female from the pool and began lifesaving efforts while emergency personnel were dispatched.
EMS and Fire Department personnel continued lifesaving efforts upon their arrival. The female was eventually declared deceased.
The victim was identified as 73 year old Joanne Saito of Portland. Saito died as a result of an apparent drowning.
The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a drowning investigation and will work with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.
Next of kin has been notified.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at approximately 2:50 pm, Douglas County Communications received a 9-1-1 call from an employee at Banner Bank, 315 Main Street in Riddle, reporting a robbery that had just occurred.
The male suspect entered the bank and made a demand for money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 30's, approximately 6'00'', 200 lbs wearing a blue baseball hat, black leather jacket, red/blue plaid shirt and jeans. He is possibly associated with a blue newer sedan.
Deputies and Detectives responded to the area and conducted a search for the suspect. At this time the suspect has not been located. Detectives are following up on tips at this time.
Anyone with information is requested to call the Detectives Tip Line at 541-957-2099 or email email@example.com
No further information will be released at this time. An updated press release will be issued when appropriate.
On January 24, 2017, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue K-9 team Linda Coffel and her K-9 partner, "Riddle", became state certified in Urban trailing and tracking. The certifying standards are established by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
Riddle is a two year old female English Springer Spaniel owned and trained by Coffel. The team began training together when Riddle was 9 weeks old. Coffel, a volunteer for Douglas County Search and Rescue since 1999 has had many K9 partners over the years. Riddle is her fourth Springer Spaniel that she has trained for Search and Rescue missions.
To become certified by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, the team completed a test. This required Riddle to track a person's scent over seven city blocks, the equivalent of 3/4 of a mile, with at least 4 turns. The track is also required to be a minimum 3 hours old with the subject and one other person at the end. Riddle was then required to identify the correct person she had been tracking.
Sheriff Hanlin said, "I am extremely proud of Linda and K-9 Riddle. This is a very big accomplishment for our Search and Rescue unit as well as the K-9 team. I am thankful for Linda's dedication and commitment to the citizens of this county."
Coffel's other K-9's have been trained in wilderness air scent, human remains detection and wilderness trailing and tracking. Coffel also remains active with another K9 partner, "Quincy".
Coffel says she trains at least twice a week in different locations around Douglas County. The team also travels to neighboring counties to train with other Search and Rescue dog handlers.
On February 02, 2017, at about 09:20 am, Douglas County Communications received a 911 call of a robbery that had just occurred at the Market Plus, in Camas Valley.
It was reported a male subject had come into the store and made a demand for money from the clerk. The subject ran from the store, towards Camas Valley School, which placed the school into a lock-in for about a half hour.
Law Enforcement Officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and Winston Police Department responded. The male suspect had left the area in a white passenger car, driven by another subject. A description of the vehicle was disseminated.
At about 10:00 am, the vehicle was located at the Kelly's Korner Chevron, in the Green District.
Shaune Earl Meilike, age 32 of Camas Valley, was taken into custody without incident. Meilike, the driver, was found to be intoxicated.
The other subject, Jason Daniel Ryan, age 25 a transient from Arizona, was subdued by deputies after refusing to comply with their commands. Ryan suffered no injuries while being taken into custody.
Both subjects were lodged at the Douglas County Jail.
Meilike was charged with Robbery III, Hindering Prosecution, DUII and Recklessly Endangering.
Ryan was charged with Robbery III, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and Menacing.
The 911 lines have been restored. Affected residents should now be able to dial 911 from their landline telephone.
The Douglas County 911 center has been notified of a telephone service outage affecting 911 service in the Reedsport area and surrounding coastal communities of Douglas County. At this time it is unknown how widespread the outage is or how long it will persist.
People in the affected area may not be able to dial 911 from their landline telephone and cannot dial long distance. They should be able to reach 911 on a cellular telephone if they have cell service, otherwise they may call the Reedsport Police Department for assistance. The telephone number for Reedsport Police Department is (541) 271-2100.
A press release will be issued when service has been restored.
Mugshots have been attached.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has recently been conducting investigations into minors being lured by adults via the internet for purposes of sexual contact. While this issue has been a well-known problem nationally for some time, it has become a growing concern in Douglas County. Sheriff's Office Detectives have since November of 2016 been investigating several persons for these crimes and have made several arrests, as well as having forwarded information to other law enforcement agencies regarding persons residing in their jurisdictions.
The following Douglas County residents have been arrested for crimes related to luring children using the internet:
Gerald "David" Sanders, age 41, of Idleyld Park. Sanders was arrested on 11-08-16 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1.
David Campbell, age 61, of Roseburg. Campbell was arrested on 12-14-16 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1.
Richard Tuell, age 39, of Winston. Tuell was arrested on 12-23-16 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1.
Jesse Kelley, age 22, of Roseburg. Kelley was arrested on 01-24-17 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 2.
Michael Geisler, age 23, of Myrtle Creek. Geisler was arrested on 01-25-17 and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child 1.
None of the arrestees were acting in concert with each other.
During the course of the investigation, Sheriff's Office Detectives forwarded information regarding similar acts to authorities in several other states where persons were soliciting children online for sexual purposes.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to provide the following tips to parents.
* Talk to your kids about the dangers online.
* Educate yourself by trying their social media apps and pages. Search online for anything you don't understand.
* Use parenting controls and monitor your kids' use and screen time. Remember that internet technology is possible on cell phones and gaming devices. Monitor those devices in addition to traditional computers.
* Set ground rules and apply consequences.
* Friend and follow your children on social media, but find a reasonable balance between monitoring and providing some personal "online space".
* Be a good role model by curbing your own digital bad habits.
For additional internet safety information visit www.netsmartz.org/InternetSafety
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at about 9:15 pm, Douglas County Emergency Communications was advised that agencies from Coos County were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Highway 42, which was entering Douglas County.
Agencies from Roseburg Police Department, Winston Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to assist. The vehicle was successfully stopped after an officer flattened the tires of the suspect vehicle using spike strips.
The vehicle came to a stop on Highway 42 near Towhee Lane in Tenmile. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and were not immediately located. An AlertSense (emergency mass notificiation service) message was sent to residents in the area to alert them of the circumstances. Several tips were called in from residents in the area. At approximately 2:00 am, a resident in the area called the Sheriff's Office reporting a female believed to be associated with the pursuit sitting on her front porch. The female was located and taken into custody. She was identified as 25 year old Latiesha Metcalfe of Medford, OR.
Metcalf was cited for local charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Coquille Police took custody of Metcalfe and transported her to Coos County Jail on their charges.
At approximately 7:15 am, a resident in the Tenmile area called in reporting a suspicious male. Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the area, but were unable to locate the male.
At approximately 8:30 am, a Sheriff's Office Detective located the male suspect standing in a driveway in the 8000-block of Highway 42. With the assistance of Winston Police Department and the Oregon State Police, the male was taken into custody. After providing false information as to his identity, the suspect was identified as Kaleb Herzog, age 25 of Coos Bay.
Herzog was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on local charges of False Information to Police, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Carry Concealed Weapon x2, Felon in Possession of Restricted Weapon x2.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other State Law Enforcement agencies across the state, from February 6-19, 2017 for the national "click it or ticket" campaign.
Deputies will be working special overtime, federally funded, and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deputies will be focusing on enforcing various traffic violations that will include, but are not limited to: seat belt use in motor vehicles, violating the "hands-free" cellphone law, texting, and speed.
"As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens, from the East to the West Coast," said Sergeant Mark Norris. "Time after time we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.
Oregon law requires belts be used and maintained in working order. A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds, but under age eight, or less that 4'9" tall must be restrained in a booster seat that elevates them so the lap/shoulder belts fit correctly. For help with child safety seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 1-800-772-1315
You can find out more about the Click It or Ticket campaign at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot
Failure to properly use safety belts is a Class D traffic infraction.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, at approximately 7:00 pm, deputies went to a residence in the 100-block of Stella Court to follow up on complaints of possible drug activity. When deputies arrived at the home, a male identified as 31 year old Ryan Weber of Roseburg, fled into the residence. Weber had four valid warrants for his arrest.
Inside of the residence, deputies located several individuals, but did not immediately locate Weber. Fresh footprints in the mud were located outside of the home which led to the crawl space. K9 Grim was deployed and located a female hiding under the home. The female was identified as 26 year old Catey Parr of Roseburg. She surrendered and was taken into custody on two outstanding arrest warrants. K9 Grim continued searching under the residence and eventually located Weber. After refusing to comply with orders from deputies, K9 Grim made a biting capture. Weber was taken into custody without further incident. He later received treatment for minor injuries.
Another male at the residence, 30 year old Dillon Johnson of Dillard, was taken into custody on a Parole Violation.
All three were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged.