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Roseburg Male goes on Crime Spree!!! - 05/12/17

On 05-11-17 at approximately 1:30 AM, Roseburg Police Officers responded to the area of Winter Street for a suspicious male observed entering vehicles and opening mailboxes in the area. Responding units were unable to locate the male.

At approximately 2:40 AM, Police were dispatched to a reported stolen vehicle from Four Seasons Drive, a few blocks away from Winter Street. Investigation revealed an unlocked white 1994 Mazda B300 pickup had been stolen; the victim's other car had been entered and gone through as well.

At approximately 9:15 AM, Police responded to Emerald Street for a male suspect who was running through back yards and going though outbuildings and garages. The suspect additionally forced a door open to a residence in the 1900 block of NE Stephens and rummaged through the house. At the same time a vehicle fire was reported at NE Stephens and Emerald. The reporting person followed the suspect on foot; the suspect allegedly tried to attack the reporting person wearing a pair of brass knuckles. The reporting person advised they last saw the suspect walking in the Lithia Dodge lot.

Roseburg Police responded to Lithia and detained the suspect, 33 year old John Brouk. Police learned the burning vehicle at NE Stephens and Emerald was the aforementioned stolen Mazda. Investigation revealed Brouk allegedly stole the Mazda and set in on fire, and allegedly entered multiple vehicles, outbuildings, garages, and the aforementioned residence.

Brouk was charged with the following crimes and lodged at the Douglas County Jail:
-Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
-Arson 2
-Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (two counts)
-Criminal Trespass 2 (two counts)
-Attempted Assault 2
-Attempted Unauthorized Use of a vehicle
-Burglary 1

Support for Roseburg K9 program remains strong!!! - 05/12/17

Umpqua Valley Mounted Posse presented Roseburg Police Chief Jim Burge with a $2000 check for the Roseburg Police K9 program.

Chief Burge commented, "I'm always amazed and grateful for the support citizens show for our K9 program. The K9 program has become an important tool in our fight against crime."

The Roseburg Police Department's K9 program originated in 2011. Since the inception of the Patrol K9 program, the K9 team has had 249 successful deployments which led to 250 felony arrests and 185 misdemeanor arrests, and the location of missing/endangered people and evidence that linked suspects to crimes. Successful deployments from the Roseburg Narcotics K9 have led to the seizure of multiple pounds of illegal drugs.

Umpqua Valley Mounted Posse
Captain Sherri Williams
541 459-2609

Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event (update) - 05/11/17

On May 8th, the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk enforcement event. During that day there were Officers working specifically to enforce laws related to pedestrian crosswalks. This campaign was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:

Seatbelt violations - 19 cites

Cellphone violations - 3 cites

Insurance violations - 21 cites

Crosswalk violations - 26 cites

Driving While Suspended - 4 cites

Registration violations - 1 cite

Other violations - 3 cites

Arrests - 3 (1 Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor and 2 Felony Warrants)

DUII Enforcement Patrols!!! - 05/02/17

Roseburg Police Officers participated in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the month of April. During the month of April, the Roseburg Police Department arrested 13 people for DUII.

Additionally, Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the month of May.

The Roseburg Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to plan ahead, and follow these tips:

* Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk--or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
* 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, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
* 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.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Traffic Safety Enforcement!!! - 05/01/17

The Roseburg Police Department will be conducting a traffic safety enforcement blitz from May 11th to May 28th. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During designated periods throughout the year, the Roseburg Police Department will have additional Officers on duty who will specifically be enforcing traffic laws, with the focus being on Seat Belts / Child Restraints, Texting and Speed.

* Officers will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during the statewide traffic enforcement "blitz." Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the "hands-free" cellphone law.
* Statewide observation surveys in 2015 found 97% of Oregon travelers use safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes --- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports.
* Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1 year old and by up to 59% for toddlers age 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce chance of nonfatal injury among 4 to 8 year olds by 45% compared to safety belt use alone.
* Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45-65%.
* Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the vehicle to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or crash. Without a belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle, greatly increasing chances of serious injury or death.
* Oregon law requires children less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under 1 year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.
* For help with child car seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or visit your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: or at http://oregon