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Call if you Can, Text if you Can't
Call if you Can, Text if you Can't
Call if you Can, Text if you Can't (Photo) - 07/13/24

𝐃𝐎𝐔𝐆𝐋𝐀𝐒 𝐂𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐘, 𝐎𝐫𝐞. - Since 2019, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office - 911 Communications Division has had the ability to receive Text-to-911.

Text-to-911 is an important service. It is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak due to an emergency, such as a home invasion or abusive partner. Additionally, individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may benefit from this technology.

A few things you should know about how Text-to-911 works:

• Texting to 911 is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak in an emergency. The key thing to remember is “𝑪𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑪𝒂𝒏, 𝑻𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑪𝒂𝒏’𝒕”.

• When texting to 911 for an emergency the first message should be the location of the emergency (including city) and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical).

• Keep text messages brief and concise; using full words.

• Stay with your phone, be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 dispatcher.

• Photos and videos should not be sent to 911 because not all wireless carriers are able to support this feature and it can delay dispatchers in sending help to you.

• You cannot include 911 in a group text or while roaming.

Some jurisdictions are unable to accept Text-to-911. If you send a text to 911 from a wireless carrier or a city/county without Text-to-911 service, you should receive a message saying that there is no text service to 911 available at this time.

Please remember, “𝑪𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑪𝒂𝒏, 𝑻𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒊𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝑪𝒂𝒏’𝒕”.

Last seen wearing these clothes
Last seen wearing these clothes
LOCATED Missing At Risk Juvenile (Photo) - 07/09/24

FINAL UPDATE: On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at approximately 3:40 pm, a Detective located the Ford F250 pickup that Halo was driving between the Walmart and Auto Zone in Cottage Grove. A short time later, Halo was dropped off at his residence by a Seattle area couple where he was re-united with his family. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their assistance in ensuring that Halo was returned home safely. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Cottage Grove Police Department, Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

UPDATE: 

Halo is believed to be driving a blue 1989 Ford F250 flatbed pickup with Oregon license plate OR/604PLY.

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OAKLAND, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing, at risk juvenile. 

Halo Bean left his residence this morning on foot. He was last seen on video at the Flying J / Pilot Truck stop in Rice Hill at approximately 12:00 on July 9, 2024. 

Halo is 16 years old, 5'10" / 145lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. He has an autism diagnosis and is high functioning. He indicated he was going to start his truck driving career and may possibly be trying to hitch hike with a truck driver.

Halo was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, a hickory style shirt, black suspenders, Carhart blue jeans, and brown cowboy boots. He was also carrying a blue backpack.

If you see him or have any information, please contact the Douglas County Dispatch Center at 541-440-4471 referencing case #24-2743

A Neighborhood Dispute Results in a Fatal Shooting - Detectives Investigating - 06/26/24

GLIDE, Ore. - Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting in Glide.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, shortly before 10:30 p.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male had been shot in the 400-block of Goodreau Lane during a neighborhood dispute. Bystanders were performing lifesaving efforts on the individual who had been shot. Deputies responded to the scene and initially detained the male shooter. The male who had been shot, 53-year-old Stephen Lynn Foster of Glide, was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident along with the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office. The other party involved, whose name is being withheld at this time, is cooperating with law enforcement.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, Glide Rural Fire Protection District, Umpqua Valley Ambulance and REACH Air Medical Services. 

No further information is being released at this time. 

The Scam is Back, Just Hang Up - 06/24/24

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Scammers are posing as officials from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) in an effort to scam community members out of money. Deputies have once again begun receiving reports from people contacted by phone by individuals posing as DCSO employees such as Lt. Jerry Tilley and others. 

The scammer will tell the intended victim they have missed some court appearance, failed to appear for jury duty, they owe fines or have a warrant for their arrest and eventually demands payment. The victim is often directed to immediately make payment or they face consequences including arrest. These are tactics that are never utilized by legitimate law enforcement agencies. 

It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. However, we also wish to remind the community not to focus too much on specific scam tactics; scammers often change their methods over time:

  • Scammers can easily obtain new phone numbers and will change them often.
  • Scammers may use “spoof” programs to make the Caller ID show an agency’s actual phone number.  
  • Scammers may use the names of actual DCSO employees to make the call seem legitimate.  
  • Scammers may obtain personal information about a victim online including their name, address, phone number, and the names of others in the home. 
  • Scammers may initially contact victims by mail, email, or through social media.

Due to the technology used in the scam – and the fact that scammers can be located anywhere in the world – it is virtually impossible to track the scammers or to get money back.

“If anyone has any question about a possible scam call, they should call dispatch at (541) 440-4471 and ask to speak to a deputy,” said Lieutenant Brad O'Dell.  “The most important thing is to not send any money or agree to meet someone to make payment.”

Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park A
Damaged Disc Golf Basket at Whistlers Bend Park A
Reward Offered for Tip Leading to Arrest of Individual(s) Responsible for Damage of Whistlers Bend Disc Golf Course Baskets (Photo) - 06/19/24

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding damage to the disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend County Park. 

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the Sheriff's Office was advised of criminal damage to three new disc golf baskets at Whistlers Bend Park. The damages are estimated to be just under $1,500.00. 

A group within the community is offering and administering a $1,000 reward for the person who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have knowledge about the damage to contact deputies at (541) 440-4471 referencing Case #24-2418.

Public Meeting Notice: Dog Control Advisory Board - 06/19/24

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Dog Control Advisory Board will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 216, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470.

The agenda meeting agenda can be located at: www.dcso.com/dogboard 

To view the live stream or post-meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon.

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to submit public comment related to specific agenda items. Members of the public who wish to comment can do so: (1) In person, (2) by submitting via email at kaylee.tucker@douglascountyor.gov or (3) by virtual format via www.zoom.com Meeting 850 9182 7983 (Passcode – 6hV4Wa).

As part of public policy, Douglas County will attempt to provide public accessibility to services, programs, and activities. If accommodation is needed to participate at this meeting, please contact Kaylee Tucker (541) 440-4449 kaylee.tucker@douglascountyor.gov at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

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DCSO Hosting FREE Boat Safety Inspection Clinics (Photo) - 06/17/24

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be hosting three separate boat safety inspection clinics.   

This is a free opportunity to have a boat of any kind inspected to ensure it meets all legal requirements for the upcoming boating season. This is a great way to ensure boaters have all of the required safety equipment, learn about lifejacket safety or boating laws and ask any boating related questions of marine deputies.

The motorized inspection process will include checking for:

• Approved life jackets
• Working fire extinguishers
• Approved Type IV floatation devices
• Approved sound producing devices
• Working engine blower fans (if required)
• Assist with proper placement of Oregon registration numbers and registration stickers

Deputies can also answer questions about non-motorized boats and the requirements pertaining to them. Any non-motorized boat, including paddlecraft, 10' or longer are required to have a waterway access permit. 

The clinics will be at the following locations: 

  • SUTHERLIN BI-MART - Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • ROSEBURG BI-MART - Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12pm - 4pm
  • SALMON HARBOR MARINA (Winchester Bay) - Saturday, July 6, 2024, 1pm - 5pm

If the boat passes inspection, a 2024 inspection sticker will be issued.

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