Fatal Structure Fire in Yoncalla

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:52:10 PDT

YONCALLA, Ore. - A house fire in the 3700-block of Hayhurst Road in Yoncalla claimed the life of a 14 year-old.

On Monday, June 1, 2020, at 10:21 am, 911 dispatchers received a report of a structure fire in the 3700-block of Hayhurst Road. North Douglas Fire & EMS was dispatched to the scene along with the Sheriff's Office. It was later reported a 14 year-old female was unaccounted for and could possibly be inside the structure.

Firefighters located the victim, Gracey Weinhold, inside the home and were able to get her out of the home to a waiting ambulance. She was unresponsive and transported to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend where she was later declared deceased.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation alongside the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon State Police Arson Unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Assistance was also provided by the Oakland and Sutherlin Fire Departments and Douglas Electric.

Next of kin has been notified.

A Joint Message From Douglas County Law Enforcement Agency Leaders

Sat, 30 May 2020 12:14:39 PDT

The local law enforcement leaders in Douglas County have issued the following joint statement: 

We stand together, as a unified body of local law enforcement leaders in Douglas County, to denounce the actions and improper tactics utilized in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As criminal justice officers we, and those in our employ, are charged to serve humankind and to provide for the security of our communities. We take seriously the oaths we swore and the ethics that guide our profession. The incident in Minneapolis is not reflective of the values we regard and seek to uphold in our respective jurisdictions. It is our resolve to continue serving our communities with a strong ethical and moral compass while earning your trust and respect on a daily basis.

Yours in service,

Sheriff John Hanlin - Douglas County Sheriff

Chief Gary Klopfenstein - Roseburg Police Department

Chief Brandon Sarti - Winston Police Department

Chief Jonathan Brewster - Myrtle Creek Police Department

Chief Troy Mills - Sutherlin Police Department

Chief Matt Smart - Reedsport Police Department

You can view the signed statement in the attachment. 

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UPDATE - SUBJECT LOCATED: Searchers Looking for Overdue Bicyclist (Photo)

Sat, 30 May 2020 09:56:30 PDT

*** UPDATE 05/30/2020 10:00 AM ***

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - On Friday, May 29, 2020, at approximately 10:30 PM, Search and Rescue crews were still trying to locate Johnson when he called into the 911 center and reported he was at Diamond Lake. Deputies spoke with him on the phone and learned he was not in need of any assistance. He stated there was a misunderstanding of when he would be in communication with his family. Johnson spoke to his family and they were on their way to to pick him up. He is no longer considered missing. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for the information they provided to aid in the search.  

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*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/29/2020 4:00 PM ***

 

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - Search and Rescue crews are actively searching for an overdue bicyclist who was traveling from Lake in the Woods to Diamond Lake. 

On Monday, May 25, 2020, 65 year-old Jared Leroy Johnson was dropped off at Lake in the Woods intending to ride his bicycle approximately 50 miles to Diamond Lake on forest roads. Johnson was due to arrive at his destination Thursday evening, but never arrived. 

Shortly before 2:00 pm on Friday, the Sheriff's Office was notified and Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to search the area. 

Johnson is described as 5'10'', 170 lbs with gray hair and blue eyes. He is associated with a bicycle equipped with a bike trailer. He left with survival gear and food/water.

Anyone who has seen Johnson or a bicycle equipped with a trailer in the Umpqua National Forest area is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #20-2364.
 

**Update** Fatal Helicopter Crash (Photo)

Fri, 29 May 2020 17:32:30 PDT

*** UPDATED RELEASE 05/29/2020 5:30 PM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has presumptively identified the pilot from Thursday's aircraft accident as 77-year-old Lee Pauling of Olympia, Washington. Pauling was operating a maroon Cavalon gyroplane when the aircraft crashed around 2:13 pm on private property Thursday in the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road in Roseburg. Pauling was declared deceased at the scene. He was the only occupant on board at the time of the incident.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the investigation. No further information is expected to be released. 

Next of kin has been notified.

*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/28/2020 5:05 PM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon. 

Around 2:13 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road. 

Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed burning helicopter on private property. It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and are working with the Sheriff's Office. 

No additional details are available at this time.  

Update: Search and Rescue Mission Underway (Photo)

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:46:00 PDT

*** UPDATED RELEASE 05/29/2020 - 4:45 PM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Search and Rescue resumed their search this morning of the Thunder Mountain area southeast of Glide. A thorough search of the area has been conducted and has not revealed any signs of a vehicle crash. The search included a search by airplane by the Douglas Forest Protective Association in addition to the efforts on the ground. 

With the very limited information available, searchers have exhausted their efforts and are suspending the search at this time. The Sheriff's Office has not been notified of any missing or overdue subjects related to this incident. 

If additional information becomes available, it will be investigated. As we enter the weekend, the Sheriff's Office asks those recreating in the area to keep their eyes open and report any information to the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #20-2353.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police, BLM Law Enforcement and Douglas Forest Protective Association.

*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/28/2020 - 4:05 PM ***

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies and Search & Rescue crews are searching for a reported vehicle crash which was relayed via CB radio this morning. 

At 9:14 am, the 911 center received a report from an individual who overheard a distress call on CB radio channel 17 from a male who stated he and his wife had been involved in a vehicle crash on Thunder Mountain and were in need of medical help. The caller told dispatchers he was near Tyee when he received the call. There was no further information to assist responders. 

Deputies and Search & Rescue Crews are searching Thunder Mountain area southeast of Glide for signs of a vehicle crash and have yet to locate anything. There are no other known locations within Douglas County referred to as Thunder Mountain. 

Anyone who overheard the radio traffic or has concerns about missing or overdue individuals is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police, BLM Law Enforcement and Douglas Forest Protective Association. 

Roseburg Woman Arrested for Arson

Tue, 26 May 2020 12:27:30 PDT

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A Roseburg woman was arrested for arson on Monday and lodged in the Douglas County Jail. 

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 400-block of North Side Road around 12:40pm on May 25, 2020 for a report of a fire. When deputies arrived, a female was observed running from the residence with a lighter in her hand. Deputies chased her down on foot where a struggle ensued near the burning residence. During the struggle, the female, 37-year-old Diane Elaine Morey, struck a deputy. She was eventually taken into custody and transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation before being lodged in the jail. 

Morey was lodged on charges of Arson I, Resisting Arrest and Harassment. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oregon State Police Arson Investigators, Sutherlin Police Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. Sutherlin Fire Department, Oakland Fire Department and Fair Oaks Fire Departments also responded. 

Fatal Motorhome Fire

Tue, 26 May 2020 08:43:18 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The man who died in a motorhome fire in Green on Friday has been identified. 

Deputies and firefighters were dispatched to a motorhome on fire in the 5400-block of Grange Road on Friday at approximately 12:26 pm. When firefighters arrived, the front half of the motorhome was found to be on fire. Once extinguished, the body of 75 year-old Roseburg resident Gerald Eugene Mabry was located inside. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office later determined the fire to be accidental in nature. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office conducted a death investigation and Mabry's next of kin was notified. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Winston-Dillard Fire District, Winston Police Department and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. 

Updated: Body Located in South Umpqua River Identified

Tue, 19 May 2020 20:03:04 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the body found in the South Umpqua River on Saturday, May 9th.

Through the use of dental records a forensic odontologist identified the remains as those of Samuel Elijah Davison who went missing at the age of 36 in September of 2019. An autopsy and scene investigation have been conducted and foul play is not suspected at this time. 

Investigators are still seeking information and anyone with information regarding Davison’s disappearance is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (541) 440-4458.

Case #19-4637

Body Located on Tiller Trail Highway, Detectives Seek Information

Mon, 18 May 2020 13:28:11 PDT

MILO, Ore. - Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a deceased body which was located in the 15000-block of Tiller Trail Highway this morning. 

At 6:25 am on Monday, May 18, 2020, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report that an individual had located a deceased body in the 15000-block of Tiller Trail Highway. 

Deputies along with Milo Fire Department responded to the scene. Detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office were also dispatched. The incident is currently under investigation and the Major Crimes Team is being activated. The death is being investigated as suspicious.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Division at 541-440-4458.

No further details are expected to be released at this time. 

Case #20-2162

Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation

Fri, 15 May 2020 11:35:56 PDT

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - A Reedsport man was declared deceased at the scene of a single vehicle crash in Winchester Bay on Thursday afternoon. 

9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a single vehicle crash on Salmon Harbor Drive near Lighthouse Rad at 12:39 pm on May 14, 2020. Deputies and emergency responders located the vehicle over the embankment, partially in the surf. The driver, 76 year-old Donald Earl Withrow was declared deceased at the scene. 

Deputies determined Withrow's vehicle, a 2011 Kia Sport, left the roadway for an unknown reason and rolled once before coming to rest. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death. Next of kin has been notified. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Winchester Bay Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard - Umpqua Station. 

Unidentified Body Located in South Umpqua River

Thu, 14 May 2020 08:52:48 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - An unidentified deceased male was found in the South Umpqua River near Templin Beach on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Dispatchers were notified regarding the body on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at approximately 5:00 pm. The caller reported he located the body while fishing. 

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Marine Division responded along with the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office. The remains are that of an adult male, and are pending positive identification from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. 

No further details will be released at this time.