SAR Searching for Missing Mt Angel Man (Photo)

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:46:01 PST

***UPDATE 02/12/2019***

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. – Douglas County Search and Rescue has suspended the search for Jeffery Vance, a 30 year-old missing Mt. Angel man.

Deputies began searching for Vance on Monday, February 4, 2019, when he was reported lost by his friend, 29-year old Anthony Fennimore of Salem. 

Fennimore relayed to deputies that he and Vance had been in the area of Clear Water when they experienced mechanical trouble and walked away from the vehicle they were operating. Initially, Fennimore reported they had been lost since Friday, February 1, 2019. Deputies have since been able to determine the two became lost and separated on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue along with assistance from several agencies has searched for Vance over several days with no sign of Vance. The 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup the two men had walked away from was found in the vicinity of Clearwater on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Heavy snowfall in the area has hindered search efforts in the area, ultimately leading to the suspension of efforts on Saturday February 9th, until conditions improve.

Vance is described as 6’00’’ tall, 300 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing dark blue or black Helly Hansen rain gear, a brown or gray stocking cap, a camouflage backpack and Georgia boots.

The Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by Jackson and Josephine County Search and Rescue, Oregon Department of Emergency Management, Oregon Military Department, Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police.

***ORIGINAL RELEASE 02/05/2019***

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. - Douglas County Search and Rescue is searching for a missing Mt. Angel man near Toketee.  

At 6:00 pm on Monday, February 4, 2019, deputies were dispatched to the Glide Store to contact a man reporting he and his friend had been lost in the woods for two days. The caller, 29 year-old Anthony Fennimore of Silverton, OR, told dispatchers he and his friend had experienced vehicle problems after becoming lost and eventually walked away from the vehicle together on Friday (February 1, 2019) night.

The two became separated either Saturday night or Sunday morning.  

On Monday, Fennimore came into contact with some citizens who gave him a ride to Glide where he made a call to dispatch.  

Fennimore's friend, 30 year-old Jeffery A. Vance, is still missing. Douglas County Search and Rescue has been searching and continues to try to locate Vance or the vehicle they walked away from. The vehicle is a maroon in color 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup with Oregon license plate 436KSW. 

Vance is described as 6 ft tall, 300 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing dark blue or black Helly Hansen rain gear, a brown or gray stocking cap, a camouflage framed backpack and Georgia boots. 

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forest Service and Oregon State Police. 

Super Bowl Weekend: Enhanced DUII and Seatbelt Patrols

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:22:18 PST

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a high visibility enforcement campaign focusing on DUII and seatbelt enforcement over the next two weeks, with a special emphasis on enhanced DUII enforcement during Super Bowl weekend.   

The enforcement campaign will begin February 2nd and will continue through February 17th.

The agency’s goal in this effort is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII and unrestrained drivers.

Funding for the campaign is made possible using grant dollars from Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA).

If you suspect DUII driver please call 911; your actions very well could save a life.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to buckle up, drive safe and drive sober.

Misuse of Text to 9-1-1 Ends in Arrest (Photo)

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:30:39 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 34 year-old Roseburg woman is in custody after misusing Douglas County's Text to 9-1-1 capabilities. 

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 2:50 pm, 9-1-1 Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 text message from an individual stating there was a possible hostage situation in the 500-block of Orchard Lane in Roseburg. Additional messages were received by the dispatcher stating a mass murder had occurred.

Deputies were able to determine the location of the person sending the messages and made contact with her. It was determined the incident being reported was false and the use of the 9-1-1 system was being misused. The person making the false report was identified as 34 year-old Nicole Rene Hall of Roseburg. 

"This false incident tied up multiple resources from citizens who legitimately required services and is completely unacceptable”, said Sgt. Brad O’Dell. “The Sheriff's Office will always hold accountable those who misuse our 9-1-1 system, whether that is by voice call or text messaging services". 

Hall was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Improper Use of 9-1-1 and Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree. 

South Umpqua High School Threat Investigation

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:36:20 PST

TRI CITY, Ore. - Deputies responded to South Umpqua High School on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, for a report of vandalism which made reference to a threat against the school. 

Deputies responded and are currently conducting a criminal investigation in cooperation with the school district. At this time the Sheriff's Office does not feel there is a credible threat; although an increased law enforcement presence will be observed on campus. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Citizens Police Academy (Photo) *Link to application corrected*

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:38:46 PST

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg Police Department are pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2019 Citizens Police Academy class.

The Citizens Police Academy is for Douglas County residents who want to learn more about the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Roseburg Police Department. This hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is offered FREE of charge and allows citizens the opportunity to interact with local law enforcement officers, gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, learn what their mandated functions consist of, as well as improving the understanding of the challenges law enforcement face serving and protecting our community.

The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings starting on April 4 through June 13, 2019 from 6 – 9 PM. This is an 11-week commitment from the participants. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.

The goal of the program is to provide information to Douglas County residents so they can make informed judgments about the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Open discussion and better understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.

The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, investigations, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, canine program, tactical operations, and much more. Participants will be involved in activities such as touring the communications center and jail, using police equipment, and participating in a simulated shoot/don’t shoot scenario.

Each applicant must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background check prior to approval and admission. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony convictions, have no pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and have no outstanding warrants for arrest.

The instructional courses will be held at the Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone wishing to apply for the Citizens Police Academy may do so by visiting or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy can be directed to:  Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6760.

UPDATE: Statement Concerning Video of Individual Released from Douglas County Jail

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:25:25 PST

UPDATE 01/25/2019

The Sheriff’s Office has reviewed the facts surrounding the incident involving the individual depicted in the video outside of the Douglas County Jail which had been posted to social media. While initially, the video appears to be disturbing, there are additional facts we feel are critically important for the community to know.

We believe these facts are important details that must be taken into consideration when viewing the video. We appreciate those who have waited for these facts to come out before making critical comments or forming opinions about the matter. The Sheriff’s Office prides itself in its working relationship with civic organizations and community partners and routinely offers resources to those in need, whether incarcerated or not. However, it is difficult to help someone who refuses assistance and does not meet the criteria of a police intervention.



We are aware of a video that was posted to social media by a member of the community which shows a man lying on the ground outside of the jail facility.

The individual in the video had been ordered to be released from custody by the Winston Municipal Court. The individual would not cooperate with deputies in his release process and refused to leave. As we no longer had any lawful authority to keep the individual in custody, deputies had to escort the individual outside of the jail facility.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently reviewing the facts surrounding this incident before additional statements are released.


911: Call if You Can, Text if You Can't (Photo)

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 08:11:16 PST

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Division has begun accepting Text-to-911 messages in response to emergencies.

Text-to-911 is a newer, 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 the new technology.

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

Text-to-911 service is not yet available state-wide in Oregon or Washington. 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.

For more details and updates about Text-to-911 go to

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