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Roseburg Woman Dies in House Fire - 07/16/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - An early morning house fire has claimed the life of a Roseburg woman.

9-1-1 dispatchers received a call of a house fire in the 700-block of Happy Valley Road. It was reported that that there may have been a subject still in the structure at the time of the call. 

Firefighters from Douglas County Fire District #2 and Winston Dillard Fire Department responded along with a deputy. 

It was later confirmed by firefighters that one person, 66 year-old Georgia Fullerton, was located deceased in the residence. Her husband, 79 year-old Jerry Fullerton, was able to exit the residence safely.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working in conjunction with firefighters and fire investigators. At this time, nothing appears to be suspicious.  

Molatore's Dog Aldean is lead out by Umpqua National Forest Firefighters
Molatore's Dog Aldean is lead out by Umpqua National Forest Firefighters
Woman Located Safe After Extensive SAR Mission (Photo) - 07/10/18

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore.  – A Roseburg woman and her dog have been found alive after an extensive search and rescue mission.

At approximately 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA) helicopter crew working with the Umpqua National Forest located a female and a yellow dog, believed to be Brandy Molatore, near the small forest fire in the Boulder Creek Wilderness. This information was relayed to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel. 

The Umpqua National Forest deployed personnel consisting of three firefighters, two of whom are EMTs, into the wilderness to make contact with the female, who was positively identified as Molatore.

The Sheriff’s Office made a request to the Oregon Army National Guard for patient extraction from the wilderness due to the terrain of the landscape. EMS personnel from Bay Cities Ambulance were dispatched to for patient transport.

At approximately 1:10 pm, the Army National Guard successfully extracted Ms. Molatore from the wilderness and transported her to the Illahee Airstrip where she was transferred to the waiting ambulance crew. She was then transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for evaluation and was later discharged.

The Umpqua National Forest firefighters hiked back out with Ms. Molatore’s dog and delivered it to Search and Rescue personnel.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for Ms. Molatore since Friday, July 6, 2018. Volunteers from Douglas County K-9 SAR, 4x4 SAR, Ground Crews and Mountain Rescue spent days on the search. During the course of the mission and subsequent rescue the following agencies provided support and assisted:

  • United States Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest (Ground, Fire Personnel and Management)
  • Douglas Forest Protective Association (Aircraft and Spotter)
  • Northwest Rafters Association (Rafters)
  • Oregon State Police – Aircraft and Family Liaison
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue
  • Oregon Army National Guard (H-60 Blackhawk with Crew)
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue
  • Oregon Office of Emergency Management (State Search and Rescue Coordinator / National Guard Aircraft Coordination)
  • Bay Cities Ambulance

Brandy Molatore 1
Brandy Molatore 1
*UPDATE* Douglas County SAR Looking for Missing Woman (Photo) - 07/10/18

***UPDATE 07/10/18 10:00 am***

Brandy Rose Molatore has been located alive. A rescue operation is currently in progress. No additional resources are needed at this time. A more detailed update will be sent at a later time. 

***END UPDATE***

***ORIGINAL RELAESE

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers are actively searching for a Roseburg woman who was walking the North Umpqua Trail. 

43 year-old Brandy Rose Molatore (AKA Nelson) was last heard from on Sunday, July 1, 2018. She was reportedly 38 miles from her destination of Swift Water Park, but never arrived.She was reported missing to the Sheriff's Office on Thursday evening. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to share that with searchers by calling 541-440-4471.

"Someone out there who may have been traveling through the same area could have information which would lead searchers to find Ms. Molatore. We would ask they reach out, even if they are unsure if it was her," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell

Attached Media Files: Brandy Molatore 1 , Brandy Molatore 2
LE_Torch_Run_SOOR.jpg
LE_Torch_Run_SOOR.jpg
Douglas County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (Photo) - 07/09/18

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is scheduled to run through Douglas County on Thursday, July 12 to recognize, support and honor our local Special Olympic Athletes. 

The Douglas County leg of the Torch Run begins with the Myrtle Creek Police Department at 7 AM at the intersection of Cherry/Old North Pacific HWY in Myrtle Creek. The torch will be relayed along Old HWY 99 carried by and then handed off to Winston Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police, Oregon State Police and Sutherlin Police. The relay route will end in Oakland, Oregon. The entire route is approximately 39 miles. 

Please note there may be occasional impacts to traffic along the route during this time.

This year there will be a special all day event in honor of our local athletes. The Festival of Achievement - Day of Celebration will take place at Riverbend Park in Winston from 9 AM - 9 PM. 

Local law enforcement personnel from throughout Douglas County, will have a meet and greet with the local athletes at Riverbend Park at approximately 9:15 AM as everyone cheers on Winston Police Department Torch runners who will be running with the torch at this time. 

Media and the public is invited to support law enforcement and athletes throughout the entire event. 

The Timeline is as follows:

LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RELAY TIMELINE (estimated times)

  • 7 AM Start - Myrtle Creek Police Department begins at Cherry/North Pacific Hwy
  • 8:20 AM – Myrtle Creek PD hands off to Winston PD at Quick Stop Market - 6453 NE Dole Rd
  • 9:15 AM – Special Olympic Athletes/LE Officers Meet and Greet  - Riverbend Park, Winston
  • 9:30 AM – Winston PD Continues on Route with athletes and any other officers who wish to join in.
  • 9:45 AM – Winston PD hands off to Douglas County Sheriff's Office at Pepsi Road
  • 10:45 AM – Douglas County SO hands off to Roseburg PD at Southgate area of Roseburg
  • 11:55 AM – Roseburg PD hands off to Oregon State Police at Roseburg OSP Office
  • 12:45 PM – Oregon State Police hands off to Sutherlin PD at Crown Homes - 1710 S Calapooia St, Sutherlin
  • 1:30 PM – Douglas County Torch Run is completed in Oakland, Oregon.

Torch Run Relay Map - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XSer1lDhSBzCR0bpgFQ3wxpZRpLpWLiY&usp=sharing

Attached Media Files: LE_Torch_Run_SOOR.jpg
SCAM ALERT
SCAM ALERT
Scam Alert (Photo) - 07/05/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - A well known scam is circulating through Douglas County yet again. 

A scammer is calling residents claiming to be Sgt. Brad O'Dell with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and telling them they must post a bond in order to avoid further penalties. THIS IS A SCAM.

Whether the person calling claims to be Sgt. O'Dell or any other law enforcement officer, don't fall for the scam. The Sheriff's Office will not call residents to ask for money or talk to them about warrants. If you receive these calls, HANG UP! 

Don't fall victim to this scam. Please share this information with your friends and family - including those who may be most vulnerable.   

Attached Media Files: SCAM ALERT
Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Oakland Man Arrested following Disturbance, Pursuit (Photo) - 07/05/18

OAKLAND, OR – At 9:00 pm, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, deputies were called to a residence in the 100-block of Goodrich Highway for a reported domestic disturbance. Deputies learned an involved male, 45 year-old Michael Ray Powell of Oakland, was armed with a firearm.

At approximately 10:24 pm, Powell left the property in a vehicle. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however Powell attempted to flee. At one point, Powell drove back toward pursuing deputies. One deputy discharged his firearm, which did not strike Powell. Powell then drove back to the property where the incident continued. Powell was eventually taken into custody by deputies and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Attempt to Elude Police Officer – Vehicle
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Reckless Driving
  • Attempt to Commit Assault

During the course of the incident, Powell’s wife, 41 year-old Shakota Ann Powell, was taken into custody for Interfering With a Police Officer.  

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the Oregon State Police to investigate the officer involved shooting.  The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave as a procedural matter. No one was injured during the course of the incident.

Attached Media Files: Michael Powell , Shakota Powell
Ronnie Theodore Meyer III
Ronnie Theodore Meyer III
K9 Grim Sniffs Out Another Wanted Man (Photo) - 06/29/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Another wanted man is in custody after K9 Grim successfully tracked him down.

At about 1:30 am, Roseburg Police Officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in the 800-block of Garden Valley Road. When contacting the subjects near the vehicle, one subject ran from officers on foot.

Several officers and deputies responded to assist in locating the man, including K9 Grim. After a brief search, Grim located the suspect in a dumpster at a nearby business. The suspect, 25 year-old Ronnie Theodore Meyer III of Crescent City, California was taken into custody without incident.

Meyer was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on Roseburg Police Department charges.

K9 Grim is a 6 1/2 year-old German Shepherd who has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since June 2013. The K9 was purchased for the department by an anonymous benefactor. The K9 team is also generously supported by the non-profit organization Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, Bailey's Veterinary Clinic, Coastal Farm Supply and other local businesses. 

Attached Media Files: Ronnie Theodore Meyer III , K9 Grim
Douglas County Fire District #2 Rescue Personnel
Douglas County Fire District #2 Rescue Personnel
Medford woman rescued after falling 100 feet at Toketee Falls (Photo) - 06/28/18

TOKETEE, Ore. - A 40 year-old Medford woman was flown by air ambulance to a hospital for treatment after falling approximately 100 feet Thursday afternoon. 

9-1-1 dispatchers received a call at 3:20 pm, reporting a woman who had fallen near Toketee Falls while hiking. Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene. 

Deputies learned that Laura Greenley, had went outside of the safety fencing along the trail and tried to hike down to the falls when she fell. At about 7:00 pm, rescue crews from Douglas County Fire District #2 were able to bring the woman back to the trail where she was transferred to EMS crews from Bay Cities Ambulance who transported her to a waiting Lifeflight helicopter. She was transported to a Medford hospital. 

The US Forest Service also assisted at the scene.

William L Johnson
William L Johnson
Roseburg Man Arrested for DUII Crash, Daughter Uninjured (Photo) - 06/28/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm, Douglas County 9-1-1 received a report of a single vehicle rollover crash in the 2800-block of Old Garden Valley Road. 

The Sheriff's Office responded along with Douglas County Fire District #2 personnel. The occupants of the vehicle were uninjured. 

The driver, 30 year-old William L. Johnson of Roseburg, had been driving north on Old Garden Valley Road in a 1994 Honda Civic when he failed to negotiate a corner and crashed. The vehicle landed on its top in the ditch. Johnson's 3 year-old daughter was restrained in a child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle. Johnson and his daughter were freed from the vehicle with the assistance of witnesses. 

Further investigation revealed Johnson was impaired at the time of the crash. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - Alcohol
  • Reckless Endangering 

Additionally, deputies learned Johnson's driving privileges were suspended. 

Johnson's daughter was placed into the care of family members. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Department of Human Services Child Welfare and Walt's Towing.

Attached Media Files: William L Johnson
K9 Grim
K9 Grim
K9 Grim Locates Wanted Sutherlin Man (Photo) - 06/28/18

OAKLAND, Ore. – A man with outstanding felony arrest warrants is behind bars thanks to an alert citizen and K9 Grim.

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, a Sutherlin Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver failed to yield and eventually ran from the vehicle in the area of Driver Valley Road and Old Pioneer Road. Several officers from Sutherlin Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office searched the area without success.

At 7:18 pm, a citizen called into the 9-1-1 center reporting a suspicious male who had come to his front door asking for water and a phone in the 1100-block of Driver Valley Road. The citizen believed the male may have been the suspect from the earlier incident.

Sutherlin Police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area. Sheriff’s K9 Grim was deployed and began to track the individual. After approximately 30 minutes, K9 Grim located the suspect in a nearby hillside. The suspect, 21 year-old Johnny Lee Wells of Sutherlin, was taken into custody without incident.

Wells was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on two outstanding felony arrest warrants.

Sutherlin Police are continuing their investigation of the earlier incident.

K9 Grim is a 6 1/2 year-old German Shepherd who has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since June 2013. The K9 was purchased for the department by an anonymous benefactor. The K9 team is also generously supported by the non-profit organization Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, Bailey's Veterinary Clinic, Coastal Farm Supply and other local businesses. 

Attached Media Files: K9 Grim , Johnny Lee Wells
Oshley, Kayin
Oshley, Kayin
Scottsburg Man Arrested for Arson (Photo) - 06/26/18

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. – At 7:11 am, June 26, 2018, Douglas County 9-1-1 received a call of a structure fire with suspicious circumstances in the 200-block of Burchard Drive.

Firefighters from Scottsburg, Reedsport, North Douglas and Elkton Fire Departments were dispatched to the blaze along with the deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies contacted 27 year-old Scottsburg resident Kayin Oshley and eventually took him into custody. Oshley was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

  • Arson I
  • Criminal Mischief I

Detectives are continuing their investigation at this time.

Personnel from Douglas Electric, the American Red Cross, Oregon State Police and Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office assisted at the scene.

*Mugshot attached and please note the corrected spelling of the first name. 

Attached Media Files: Oshley, Kayin
Man With Dementia Found Thanks to Alert Citizen - 06/26/18

ROSEBURG, Ore. - An elderly Roseburg man was found early Monday morning after being reported missing by family. 

At 6:22 am, Deputies were notified that 80 year-old Merle Cummings had walked away from a residence in the 3300-block of Broad Street sometime between midnight and 6:00 am. It was relayed that Mr. Cummings suffered from dementia. 

Deputies and Search and Rescue were deployed to the area and began looking for Mr. Cummings. As part of the search, the Sheriff's Office activated the Douglas County Citizen Emergency Notification System (DCENS). This system calls residents within a designated area to inform them of emergencies and alerts. 

At 7:26 am, a citizen called to report observing an elderly male with a walker in her back field in the 200-block of W. Kristen Court. Deputies responded and identified the subject as Mr. Cummings. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation.

The citizen who found Mr. Cummings reported she had not received the DCENS notification because she had not subscribed her cell phone. For more information about DCENS, or to sign up to receive these alerts on your cell phone, please visit http://www.dcso.com/dccens/dccens_main.asp. 

Operation Dry Water Logo
Operation Dry Water Logo
DCSO participating in Operation Dry Water to enhance enforcement of boating under the influence (Photo) - 06/25/18

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. As part of a nationally coordinated effort to educate boaters about the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in Operation Dry Water. Operation Dry Water is a year-round national campaign focused on raising awareness about boating under the influence. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents.*

“Our goal is to educate boaters, not only about the laws regarding boating under the influence, but to help boaters understand the danger of boating impaired. Certain factors on the water such as wind, sun, noise and the rocking of the boat all impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time on the water,” says Sgt. Brad O’Dell. “At any given moment there are individuals in the water, on inner tubes, rafts or in other boats that depend on boat operators to be alert and in control of their vessel. People’s lives depend on it.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to enjoy this boating season and help keep everyone safe by not drinking alcohol while on the water, or operating a boat after you have consumed alcohol. Use of both legal and illegal drugs also impairs judgment and reaction time and makes it dangerous to operate a boat.

In addition to the year-round campaign, the annual Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend will take place June 29-July 1. This three-day weekend is a national weekend of increased enforcement of boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach. In 2017, 518 impaired operators were removed by law enforcement across the country during Operation Dry Water Weekend.

As part of Operation Dry Water, law enforcement be out on the water informing boaters about safe boating practices and removing impaired operators from the water.

*2017 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. 

Attached Media Files: ODW Flyer , Operation Dry Water Logo
James Bigelow
James Bigelow
Cottage Grove Man Wanted After Vehicle Pursuit (Photo) - 06/21/18

DRAIN, Ore. - A Cottage Grove man led deputies on a vehicle chase Wednesday afternoon. 

At 3:40 P.M., a deputy observed a 2000 Black Hyundai Tiburon operated by 39 year-old Cottage Grove resident James Francis Bigelow on Umpqua Highway 99 near Curtain Road. Bigelow took off at a high rate of speed and failed to stop when the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for traffic violations. Bigelow turned onto Upper Smith River Road and eventually onto South Fork. After taking several spur roads, Bigelow fled from the vehicle on foot and ran into the brush. He was not located after an extensive search. 

Bigelow is wanted in connection to the incident. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or their local law enforcement. 

Attached Media Files: James Bigelow
Lee William Gee Mugshot
Lee William Gee Mugshot
Homicide Investigation in Tenmile (Photo) - 06/18/18

**UPDATE 06/18/2018 8:15 AM**

DETECTIVES RELEASE NAME OF VICTIM IN FRIDAY'S STABBING

Detectives have released the name of the victim from Friday's stabbing. 52 year-old Raymond E. Vallejo of Tenmile died following the incident. Next of kin has been notified.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

No further releases are expected. 

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***ORIGNIAL RELEASE***

TENMILE, Ore. - On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 8:50 p.m. deputies were called to a residence in the 1000-block of Byron Creek Road for a male who had reportedly been stabbed. When deputies arrived, the victim whose name is being withheld, was pronounced deceased. 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been activated and is investigating this case as a homicide. A suspect, 22 year-old Lee William Gee of Winston has been arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Criminal Homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us 

The Major Crimes Team is comprised of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Winston Police Department.  

Attached Media Files: Lee William Gee Mugshot