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CANCELLED - Dog Advisory Board Meeting - 01/17/18

***MEETING CANCELLED***

The Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for tonight at 6pm has been canceled and will be re-scheduled.

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***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

This is to inform the public that there will be a Dog Control Advisory Board Meeting held at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Justice Addition to the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Room 210, Roseburg, OR on Wednesday January 17th, 2018 at 1800 hours (6pm). The agenda will include:

1. Old Business
2. Rescue Registry
2. License Fee
3. Tactical Communication Training for AC volunteers and Saving Grace employees
4. Livestock Rescues
5. Introduction of new Animal Control Supervisor

The Advisory Board is appointed by the Douglas County Commissioners as established by County Ordinances.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing-impaired or for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made in advance of the meeting to Kathy Cross, Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4449 or kacross@co.douglas.or.us

George Ray - Mugshot
George Ray - Mugshot
Glendale Man Arrested for Child Sex Crimes (Photo) - 01/17/18

GLENDALE, Ore. -- Detectives have made an arrest in a child sex abuse case.

On December 19, 2017, deputies took a report of a possible sex abuse involving a minor child. On Tuesday, December 26th, detectives from the Sheriff's Office took over the investigation and learned the child had been assaulted by a male known to the child. The investigation continued.

On January 12, 2018, detectives, with assistance from the Oregon State Police, arrested 48 year-old George Ervin Ray of Glendale on child sex crimes. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on two charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two charges Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

Attached Media Files: George Ray - Mugshot
Pursuit Leads to Arrest - 01/16/18

RIDDLE, Ore. -- At 9:55 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a green 2002 Ford Explorer towing a flat bed utility trailer on Interstate 5 near milepost 103. Instead of stopping, the driver accelarated. The driver then led law enforcement on a pursuit southbound on the interstate to milepost 76 where he turned around and began driving north.

The driver attempted to avoid spike strips from an assisting Oregon State Police Trooper at milepost 80 when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into trees in the median.

The driver was identified as 43 year-old Azalea resident, Jacob Waylon Drusky.

Drusky was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation and was later released into the custody of deputies. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Attempt to Elude Police - Vehicle, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Interfering with Police Officer and Obstructing Governmental Administration. Drusky was also arrested on two warrants issued out of Coos County.

Home Invasion - 01/15/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Deputies were dispatched to the 100-block of Santiam Lane in Roseburg early Sunday morning to a report of a home invasion.

At approximately 4:30 am, the call was placed to the 9-1-1 center. The caller stated his juvenile daughter woke up to a male hovering over her with his hands covering her mouth. The unknown male fled the house through a window.

The suspect was described as a young male, possibly a teenager. The male had short hair.

Deputies searched the area and conducted an investigation, which is ongoing. Residents are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons to local law enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and reference case number 18-0210.

Joseph Daniel Coccia
Joseph Daniel Coccia
Sheriff's Office Seeks Information on Missing Winston Man (Photo) - 01/15/18

WINSTON, Ore. -- Deputies are seeking information from members of the community who may have information as to the whereabouts of 70 year-old Winston resident, Joseph Daniel Coccia.

The Sheriff's Office was notified Coccia was missing and took a report on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Coccia, who has dementia according to the caller, is reported to be associated with a green 1997 Subaru Legacy with Oregon license plate VRP113. Coccia's vehicle was involved in a hit and run on Friday, January 12th at approximately 6:30 pm in the 8800-block of Lookingglass Road in Roseburg.

He is described as a white male adult who is approximately 5'6'' weighing 135 lbs with brown eyes and is balding.

Anyone with information as to Coccia's whereabouts or that of his vehicle are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us and refer to case number 18-0215.

Attached Media Files: Joseph Daniel Coccia
DCSO Scam
DCSO Scam
It Is a Scam and It is Back (Photo) - 01/05/18

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be with the Sheriff's Office stating you have a warrant and asking for money from you, HANG UP! IT IS A SCAM!

The Sheriff's Office has received several complaints today from citizens stating were contacted by phone from a deputy and told they had a warrant. Most of citizens reporting this incident are local school employees, but everyone should be aware.

This scam plays on your fears. These con artists tell potential victims that there is an outstanding warrant, missed jury duty or some minor infraction and that a fine is due. The caller will then demand payment via debit/credit card, Western Union, or instructs victims to obtain a prepaid card to cover the payment.

To sound credible, these scammers are providing legitimate names and information of law enforcement employees and may even reference a local area judge by name. They also use Caller ID "spoofing," which makes it appear as though the call is coming from a local law enforcement agency or court offices.

If you truly have a warrant for your arrest you are not going to be notified through a phone call. If you have a warrant for your arrest, a law enforcement officer will make efforts to contact you in person. Legitimate warrants can only be cleared through the court system.

No employee of the Sheriff's Office will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get this type of call, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY.
If you are worried you owe money on a fine, call the number of the court offices that you believe the warrant was issued from. Find the number in the local directory do not assume any number that the caller gave you is valid.

If you do give the caller any personal information or money, call to report it to law enforcement immediately.

Attached Media Files: DCSO Scam
John Walker Adams
John Walker Adams
Roseburg Man Arrested For Manslaughter I (Photo) - 01/05/18

ROSEBURG, OR -- On November 17, 2017, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of subject who was shot at a residence, in the 300 block of Temple Brown Road. The subject, 23 year-old Josman Cereceres, of Portland, was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. The other subject at the residence, 23 year-old John Walker Adams of Roseburg, reported to Sheriff's Office Detectives that Cereceres had been playing with a handgun when he accidentally shot himself.

The shooting was investigated and the investigators believed the cause of the shooting was from an accidental, self-inflicted act.

In early December, the Sheriff's Office met with an attorney representing Adams, who reported that Adams wished to come forward to report that it was he who had accidentally shot Cereceres.

The investigation resumed, which in part, included an account from Adams on what occurred, and obtaining information from social media.

The social media information revealed that Adams and Cereceres were both playing with a handgun. At one point, Adams loaded the handgun and then shot Cereceres, causing his death.

On January 4th, at about 2210 hours, Adams was contacted by members of the Sheriff's Office Patrol and Detectives Division in the 4000 Block of Carnes Road, and taken into custody without incident.

Adams was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Manslaughter I and Tampering with Evidence.

Attached Media Files: John Walker Adams
Crash Claims the Life of Lookingglass Man - 01/05/18

TENMILE, ORE. - On Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 6:34 pm, Douglas County 9-1-1 was notified of an injury vehicle crash in the area of Coos Bay Wagon Road and Reston Road in Tenmile. The caller reported he was transporting one victim from the scene to the Tenmile Store to meet responders and that a second was unresponsive at the scene.

Deputies arrived and discovered a 1992 Plymouth Voyager van approximately fifty feet down an embankment. The driver of the vehicle, 54 year-old Charles Cranford of Lookingglass, was determined to be deceased.

The passenger, 56 year-old Nanette Shaffer also of Lookingglass, was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg where she was treated and later transferred to Sacred Heart at Riverbend Hospital in Eugene.

Next of kin has been notified and the crash is still under investigation.

Charles Wilson Jr.
Charles Wilson Jr.
Heroin Seizure and Arrest (Photo) - 01/05/18

On Thursday afternoon, January 4th, 2018, DINT detectives conducted a traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 129 southbound. This was a targeted stop made on a specific vehicle that was suspected of being in the area for the purpose of trafficking heroin.

A search of the vehicle and persons revealed a substantial quantity of heroin, as well as other paraphernalia designed for the use and sale of the drug. A small amount of Methamphetamine was also seized.

59 year old Charles Lee Wilson Jr, of Portland, Oregon was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. A passenger in the vehicle was released with no charges.

Attached Media Files: Charles Wilson Jr. , DINT
911 Outage affecting Glendale and Azalea areas of Southern Douglas County - 01/03/18

***UPDATE 01/03/2018***

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified that service to the affected area has been restored.

***END UPDATE***

***ORIGINAL RELEASE***

The Douglas County 911 center has been notified of a telephone service outage affecting 911 service in the Glendale and Azalea areas.

People in the affected areas may not able to dial 911 from their land line telephone. They will be able to reach 911 on a cellular phone if necessary.

Residents needing to report an emergency may also go to the Azalea Fire Station located at 495 Azalea-Glen Rd, Glendale Fire Station located at 218 Windy Creek Rd, or the Glendale Ambulance Station located at 416 Tunnel Road to report an emergency.

It is unknown at this time how long the outage is expected to last.

End of release.

Undersheriff Jeff Frieze
Undersheriff Jeff Frieze
Sheriff Hanlin Appoints New Undersheriff (Photo) - 01/03/18

ROSEBURG, OR -- Sheriff John Hanlin is pleased to announce the appointment of Lieutenant Jeff Frieze to the position of Undersheriff. The appointment was effective Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

The previous Undersheriff, Brian Sanders, retired in July of 2017.

Undersheriff Frieze, age 42, has been in law enforcement since 1997. He joined the Sheriff's Office in 2002. He has held the positions of Deputy, Narcotics Investigator, K-9 Handler, Corporal, Sergeant and most recently, Patrol Lieutenant.

Sheriff Hanlin said, "I am confident Undersheriff Frieze will bring new energy and ideas, as well as an elevated level of dedication and support to the entire Sheriff's Office."

Leta Allen
Leta Allen
Tiller Woman Arrested for Assault II (Photo) - 12/26/17

On Friday, December 22, 2017, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting an elderly female who had been assaulted at her home in the 10000-block of South Umpqua Road in Tiller.

Deputies and EMS personnel responded to the scene and learned the 94 year-old victim, Agness Campbell, was suffering from a head injury. She was transported to an undisclosed hospital by air ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

Deputies learned that Campbell's granddaughter had received a call from 54 year-old Leta Allen of Tiller. Allen told the granddaughter that Campbell had been assaulted by an unknown male.

After conducting an investigation, deputies determined Allen to be responsible for the assault. She was ultimately arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Assault II.

Attached Media Files: Leta Allen