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Roseburg Police Press Release (update) - 06/22/18

On 06-21-18 at approximately 4:12 PM, Roseburg Police Officers were dispatched to Evergreen Urgent Care (2570 NW Edenbower Blvd, Roseburg, Oregon) to investigate a possible death.  Investigation revealed a child had been left unattended in a vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to Evergreen Urgent Care for several hours.  Ambulance personnel responded and transported the child to Mercy Medical Center where the child was pronounced deceased.  The Douglas County Major Crimes Team responded to investigate.  The mother of the child, Nicole Engler (38 year old Roseburg resident), was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail, charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree.  The investigation is on-going and no further details will be released at this time. 

UPDATE (06-22-18):

The child was a 21 month old female.  

Umpqua Bank Robbery - 06/16/18


There was an error in the last release regarding the suspect's name.  The correct name of the arresstee is Brett Cole Thompson. 

Just after 5:00 PM on Friday, June 15th Roseburg Police responded to the report of a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Umpqua Bank located on Main Street in downtown Roseburg.  The suspect presented a demand note and then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.  There were no weapons displayed during this incident.  The male suspect was last seen running northbound on Main Street.  The suspect was described as being a caucasian male in his 30's and having a shaved head.  He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and shorts.  Numerous police officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. 


Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event - 06/13/18

The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a pedestrian safety enforcement blitz on Monday, June 18th. The ability to take part in this event was made possible by a grant that was obtained through Oregon Impact.

The Roseburg Police Department will have Officers on duty who will be conducting pedestrian safety events around crosswalk areas in the City of Roseburg to enforce laws regarding pedestrian safety.

The goal of this event is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and to remind drivers to be cautious when approaching crosswalks, and to yield to pedestrians who are utilizing those crossing areas. According to statistics provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, pedestrians accounted for an average of 14% of traffic fatalities from 2008 through 2010 in Oregon. For 2008-2010, an average of 660 pedestrians were injured and 51 killed in motor vehicle crashes. Oregon's streets and highways are busy -- roadways that must be shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle / pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to the pedestrian. And half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety. However, under Oregon law, drivers have specific responsibilities.

When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:
* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the next lane.

At any other crosswalks - whether marked with paint or unmarked - drivers must:
* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
* Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.
* Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

Safety Tips

* Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.
* Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
* When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
* Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
* Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.
* Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.
* Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.

Roseburg Police Department Continues Crackdown on Drunk Drivers to Save Lives - 06/06/18

High visibility enforcement, and increasing the number of officers on the streets aggressively seeking out drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they’ve been drinking.   “Our goal at RPD is to save lives by focusing on impaired driving in order to make our roads safer for our community in Roseburg during 2018,” said Sgt. Chrisenbery.  “That’s why we’re continuing our efforts in working with Oregon Impact to crack down on impaired drivers.” 

The Roseburg Police Department will continue participating in a high visibility enforcement campaign beginning in June of 2018 and will continue through the summer months.