Update: Roseburg Man Dies Following Hit & Run Wednesday Night

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:42:56 PST

UPDATE 01/17/2020 6:45 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The male struck in a hit and run incident on Wednesday has died.

On the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified that 46 year-old Stephen Bruce Galindo of Roseburg succumbed to injuries he sustained after being struck by a car near the Buckaroo Barn in the 5000-block of NE Stephens Street. Galindo's family has been notified. 

The vehicle and driver were identified on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. 


UPDATE 01/16/2020 5:45 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Thursday, January 16, 2020, deputies and detectives identified the vehicle involved in the hit and run incident from Wednesday evening. 

The victim remains in critical condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. 

The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released tonight. 



ROSEBURG, Ore. – Deputies are investigating a hit and run incident which occurred Wednesday which has left a man in grave condition.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 8:54 PM, dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call of a man in a wheelchair who had been struck by a car in the 5000-block of NE Stephens Street near the Buckeroo Barn. When deputies arrived, they located a 46 year-old Roseburg man, whose name is being withheld at this time, lying in the roadway suffering from critical injuries. The man had been in a motorized scooter at the time he was struck. The vehicle that had struck the man left prior to the arrival of emergency crews.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend where he is in grave condition suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Deputies located evidence at the scene to indicate the vehicle involved was a white 2014-2016 Mazda 3. The vehicle will have right front-end damage. Anyone with information as to the vehicle or driver of the car is urged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Two Rescued from Cultus Lake Tuesday (Photo)

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:30:15 PST

GLIDE, Ore. - On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Douglas County Dispatch received a call from 33 year-old Brad Barron of Canyonville. Barron told dispatchers he and his wife were stranded in the snow near Cultus Lake and were in need of rescue. Cultus Lake is in Douglas County is located at 43.1188 -122.9505.

Deputies learned that Barron and his wife had left their residence and drove to Cultus Lake on Monday, January 13th. While at the lake, they began to experience vehicle problems and ended up staying the night. Over night, a large amount of snow fell which added to the complications of their trip.

Barron had walked several miles in the snow until he was able to obtain cell service and summon assistance. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue dispatched its snowcat and a tracked side-by-side. It took Search and Rescue crews approximately 9 hours to reach the stranded subjects due to the significant amount of snow and several downed trees blocking the roadway. When rescue crews arrived, both Barron and his wife were cold, but in otherwise good condition. No medical assistance was required. Search and Rescue were able to rescue the Barrons from the snow and delivered them safely to waiting family members. 

The equipment utilized in this rescue was made possible by the diligent efforts and support of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Sgt. Brad O'Dell said, "The equipment proved to be invaluable in this rescue. We would like to extend our thanks to the Board of Commissioners for their support of SAR and their mission."

O'Dell said this incident is a good reminder to be prepared when venturing outdoors."It is always important to prepare and plan ahead for hazardous conditions or unexpected emergencies." For additional information, please visit www.ready.gov.

Idleyld Park Man Arrested in Death of 1 Year-Old (Photo)

Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:58:15 PST

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - On Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 11:01 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a child who was reportedly not breathing at 7 Cedarwood Lane in Idleyld Park. 

Dispatchers initiated telephone CPR until deputies arrived, who attempted lifesaving efforts. The child, identified as 1 year-old Ember Alice McBride, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased upon arrival. Detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner began an investigation into the death.

On Friday, January 10, 2020, a forensic pathologist determined Ember's death was the result of blunt force trauma and ruled it a homicide. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated at that time. 

On Friday, January 10, 2020, Detectives arrested 21 year-old Aaron J. Toole in conjunction with Ember's death. Toole was known to the child and her mother. He was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges: 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing its investigation and no further details will be released. The Major Crimes Team consists of Detectives from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police as well as representatives of the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.


Fatal Crash Investigation

Thu, 26 Dec 2019 15:53:24 PST

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 8:11 PM, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received information from Jackson County dispatch of an injury crash in the Diamond Lake area near the Jackson/Douglas county line. Resources from Jackson County were dispatched as well as resources from Douglas County. The initial report was that a single vehicle had went over an embankment and the occupants were injured. 

The crash was determined to have occurred on Forest Service Road 6530 on the 100 spur. Emergency crews located a 2017 Toyota 4-Runner approximately 150 feet over the embankment into a ravine. Following the crash, a large boulder struck the vehicle. 

The driver, 23 year-old Cody Ray Bean of Redmond, was declared deceased at the scene. Passengers 22 year-old Lauren Elizabeth Bean and 24 year-old Kody Dale Gray, both of Central Point and 48 year-old Lisa Ann Preston of Medford, all sustained injuries and were transported to Medford hospitals for treatment. 

The crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

UPDATE: Man in Custody Following Stand-Off (Photo)

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 18:20:59 PST

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TILLER, Ore. - On December 23, 2019, at 11:14 AM, Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to make contact with 39 year-old Rodger Vince Royle at a residence in the 34000-block of Tiller Trail Highway regarding an arrest warrant. The deputies later made a radio transmission that a male subject had retrieved a rifle with a scope.

Deputies requested additional resources to the scene. Assistance was received from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Eagle Point Police Department, Myrtle Creek Police Department and Oregon State Police. Additionally, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team and Jackson County SWAT Teams were dispatched.

Deputies attempted to negotiate with Royle, but received no response. Shortly before 3:00 pm, the Tactical Response Team deployed gas into the shed where Royle was located and still did not receive a response. Additional gas was deployed at which time Royle exited the building.

K9 Zoro was deployed and captured Royle until deputies took him into custody at approximately 3:16 pm. He was transported to the Douglas County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

Deputies located a firearm as well as ammunition after Royle was taken into custody.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 12/23/2019 14:12

TILLER, Ore. - On December 23, 2019, at approximately 11:14 AM, Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to make contact with an individual at a residence in the 34000-block of Tiller Trail Highway regarding an arrest warrant. The deputies later made a radio transmission that a male subject had retrieved a rifle with a scope. 

At this time, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Creek Police Department and Oregon State Police. 

This is an active incident and nearby residents are asked to remain inside their homes or a safe location and to avoid the area.

All media inquiries should be directed to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. An update will be sent at a later time.  


Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) Stops Vehicle Pursuit on Friday (Photo)

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:57:48 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Friday, December 20, 2019, at approximately 12:15 pm, an observant deputy saw a white 1995 Honda that was previously reported as stolen pass by his location on Roberts Creek Road. The deputy turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time the driver accelerated and led deputies on a pursuit. 

A police officer from Roseburg Police Department was able to successfully deploy spike strip on the vehicle near Dixonville. Despite the spike strips, the suspect continued to attempt to elude deputies toward Glide on Highway 138 East. As the pursuit continued, a deputy in the Glide area successfully deployed a second set of spike strips on the vehicle. 

The driver continued east on Highway 138 on only the rims of the vehicle. In order to end the pursuit, a deputy performed a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver. The PIT is a low-speed maneuver designed to cause the suspect vehicle to spin out, stall and come to a stop. The PIT was successful and the individual was taken into custody without further incident. 

The suspect was identified as 32 year-old Eric Lee Lorenz of Winston. Lorenz was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking any motorists who witnessed Lorenz driving in the wrong lane of travel, to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Department and the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement assisted the Sheriff's Office. 

Telephone Service Outage Affecting 911

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:56:53 PST

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been notified by CenturyLink of a service disruption which may impact residents in the Drain and Yoncalla areas. The service disruption may affect the ability for residents in the area to reach 9-1-1 on the CentryLink landline. 

Residents may be able to get through to emergency services on a cellular telephone, if they have service. 

At this time, there is no estimated time of repair. Additional details will be released as they become available.