Another Telephone Service Outage Impacting 9-1-1 Service (Photo)

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:43:07 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Another telephone service outage is this time affecting customers in the Yoncalla, Drain, Elkton, Scottsburg and Ash Valley areas. The outage may prevent residents in those areas from dialing 9-1-1 from their landline telephones. The telephone service providers affected by the outage, CenturyLink and Cascade Utilities, are currently investigating the cause of the outage. There is no estimated time of repair. 

Residents who are affected may be able to dial 9-1-1 from a cellular device in the event of an emergency. The Drain, Elkton and Scottsburg fire departments are also staffed with personnel while the issue is being resolved. 

Residents wishing to check on the status of the telephone service should contact their telephone service provider. 

Telephone Service Outage Affecting 911

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:29:51 PDT

UPDATE 08/16/2019 8:30 AM

At 5:17 am, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified by CenturyLink that service to the affected areas had been restored. Those who were previously impacted by the outage should be able to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency and reach the dispatch center.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/15/2019 7:08 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - A CenturyLink telephone service outage is affecting approximately 1,700 customers in the Sutherlin and Oakland areas. The outage may prevent residents in those areas from dialing 9-1-1 from their landline telephones. The telephone service provider is currently investigating the cause of the outage, and there is no estimated time of repair. 

Residents who are affected may be able to dial 9-1-1 from a cellular device in the event of an emergency. Both Sutherlin and Oakland Fire Departments are also staffed with personnel while the issue is being resolved. 

Residents wishing to check on the status of the telephone service should contact CenturyLink. 

Grant Funding Provides Increased Traffic Safety Enforcement (Photo)

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:33:09 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Grant funding will provide overlapping traffic safety enforcement campaigns through Labor Day weekend.

Beginning Friday, August 16 through September 2nd, deputies will be patrolling roadways in the county with a specific focus of identifying and stopping impaired drivers. The funding for the campaign is provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sgt. Mark Norris said the Sheriff's Office encourages members of the community to report suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement immediately. "Our goal is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage by removing them from our roadways," Norris said. 

On Monday, August 19 through September 1, deputies will also take part in the annual Click It or Ticket high visibility campaign, enforcing seatbelt and child safety restraint laws to help keep families safe. 

“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt,” Norris said.

Norris added the agency's mission is to ensure the safety of those who live in or visit Douglas County. "We want people to understand the dangers of unrestrained driving as well as driving while impaired and to comply with the law."  

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Oregon, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $115.00.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up.

The focused patrols are in addition to regular staffing levels, thus allowing the Sheriff's Office to participate in the increased safety enforcement without removing other resources.

UPDATED - Missing: Missing Father and 2 year-old Daughter (Photo)

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:34:11 PDT

UPDATE 08/15/2019 7:30 PM

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating the missing persons case involving a father and his 2 year old daughter.  

"We have contacted and spoken to a number of friends and family and still have almost no information as to the whereabouts of Sean and Madison," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "At this point we need the public’s help in locating this father and daughter. Please be vigilant and report any information you believe to be important to this case," O'Dell urged.

Sean Moss and his 2 year-old daughter, Madison Moss, were last seen in northeast Roseburg about 11:30 PM on Friday August 9, 2019. Sean drives a dark green Chevy Trailblazer with front end damage on the right side of the bumper with Oregon license plate 549DBU. 

The Sheriff’s Office is very concerned about the welfare of Sean and his daughter. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-440-4458.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/13/2019 12:08 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking information into the whereabouts of a missing Roseburg man and his 2 year-old daughter. 

29 year-old Sean Michael Moss and his daughter, Madison Moss were reported missing on Monday, August 12 at 10:18 am. They were last seen by Moss' co-worker on the evening of Friday, August 9th.

Family members were expecting Sean and Madison to attend the Douglas County Fair on August 10th, but they did not arrive. 

Sean drives a dark green Chevy Trailblazer with front end damage on the right side of the bumper with Oregon license plate 549DBU.

Sean is described as 5'9'' tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has scars from his chin to his waistline. He also has a full back tattoo and a tattoo that reads "Lilly" on his left arm. 

Madison is described as 3'0'' tall and 25 lbs with curly brown hair with one green and one hazel eye. 

If you have any information which may help locate both individuals, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or contact your local law enforcement. 

Case #19-3736

Second K9 Team Joining the Sheriff's Office (Photo)

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:51:16 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office announced today that it will be adding a second K-9 team to the patrol division. 

A generous donation from a couple in the community and the financial support of the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K-9 Programs has made the addition possible. 

Sergeants Brad O'Dell and Jon Dorland will be traveling next month to Riverside, California to select the new dog, which will be partnered with Deputy Brandon Black. The dog will then live with Deputy Black and the two will begin bonding as a team. This fall, they will undergo a training and certification process in partnership with the Springfield Police Department and Oregon Police Canine Association. 

"We are very excited about this opportunity. This isn't just great news for the Sheriff's Office, this is something that the entire community will benefit from. We sincerely thank everyone involved," said, Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

Over the next few months, the Sheriff's Office will continue to preparations for the team. "We will work closely with our partners to identify any needs to ensure they are fully equipped and properly trained." O'Dell said.  

The new team will be joining Deputy Oscar Rosas and K9 Grim to enhance the services the Sheriff's Office is able to provide. 

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, was purchased for the agency in 2013 and has proven to be a successful tool.

The Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K-9 Programs is able to support the police programs in the county through donations from the community. To learn more about the non-profit organization, please contact them at 541-492-6838 or visit their Facebook Page @UVPoliceK9  

Dunefest DUII Patrol Statistics

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 12:50:19 PDT

During the course of the Dunefest event, deputies worked a total of 83 hours of DUII Enforcement grants with funds provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The event started on July 23 and ended on July 28, 2019. During the course of the event, deputies made the following enforcement contacts: 

Deputies also responded to three injury crashes during the course of the weekend. 

Deputies Investigate Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash (Photo)

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:31:19 PDT

UPDATE 08/07/2019 9:30 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Medical Examiner has released the name of the pedestrian who died on Sunday, August 4th, after being stuck by a vehicle. 

37 year-old Shane David Dishner of Coquille was walking in the highway on 138E around 9:39 pm when the incident took place. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/05/2019 10:00 AM 

ROSEBURG, Ore. - At 9:39 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a vehicle which had struck a pedestrian on Highway 138E near Hatfield Drive. 

Immediately prior to the crash, dispatchers had been receiving reports of a male pedestrian walking in the highway.

Deputies arrived and learned a 2008 Honda Civic, operated by 19 year-old Curtis James Weaver of Roseburg, was traveling east on Highway 138 when he struck a the male pedestrian who was in Weaver's lane of travel and wearing dark clothing. The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, died at the scene.  

Weaver is cooperating with deputies and assisting them in the investigation. 

Crash Reconstructionists are continuing their investigation and are seeking witnesses prior to the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case number 19-3595.

Update: Riddle Death Investigation

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 22:45:01 PDT

UPDATE 08/06/2019 10:45 PM

RIDDLE, Ore. - Detectives have concluded their preliminary investigation into the death of a man reported on Tuesday August 6, 2019, in the 3000-block of Glenbrook Loop Road in Riddle. Detectives have determined the deceased male, 43 year-old Anthony Martin Malatino of Glendale, died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

No additional information is expected to be released. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 08/06/2019 11:08 AM

RIDDLE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation in the 3000-block of Glenbrook Loop Road. 

At 7:41 am, dispatchers received a report of a possible medical aid. Deputies responded along with officers from Myrtle Creek Police Department at Oregon State Police and found a male subject deceased outside of the home. Detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office are currently on scene conducting an investigation into the nature of the death.

"It is too early in the investigation to determine if the death is the result of violence or suicide," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. "We do not believe there is an ongoing risk to public safety," O'Dell added. 

Anyone with information which may assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458.

Case #19-3616 

Remaining Milepost 97 Fire Evacuation Notices Lifted (Photo)

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 10:00:00 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The risk posed to residential structures from the Milepost 97 Fire has been significantly reduced, due to firefighting progress, resulting in the Sheriff's Office lifting all remaining evacuation notices. 

The change takes effect at 10:00 am on Monday, August 5, 2019 and includes: 

This reduction eliminates all evacuation notices on the Milepost 97 Fire. 

"There are no evacuation notices remaining in Douglas County at this time. However, we encourage everyone, no matter where they reside, to take time to think and plan for evacuations should the time come when a deputy is knocking on your door and telling you there is an imminent threat," Sergeant Brad O'Dell said. "Having a plan and knowing what you are going to do, what you are going to take and how you are going to execute your plan is critical in emergency situations."

Kyle Reed, spokesman for DFPA says, "Fire season in southern Oregon typically runs until early to mid October, depending on when the fall rains return to the area. This means that we still have a lot of fire season ahead of us and we are asking for the public's help by knowing and following current fire restrictions to prevent human caused wildfires." 

For tips about preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov or www.dcso.com/preparedness_N.asp

Days Creek Man Arrested on Sex Crimes Involving a Minor (Photo)

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 17:21:39 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On July 29, 2019, Deputies received a report of potential sex crimes. The investigation indicated 30 year-old Kyle Andrew Humphrey of Days Creek had been soliciting nude photographs from an underage female and having sexual contact with her in exchange for gifts. 

On August 2, 2019, Detectives with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department contacted Humphrey at his place of employment regarding the allegations during which Humphrey admitted to having contact with two minor females. 

At the conclusion of the interview, Humphrey was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

Anyone with knowledge of Humphrey's conduct or who has had contact of this nature with Humphrey is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458.

Evacuation Levels Reduced on Milepost 97 Fire (Photo)

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 10:00:00 PDT

AZALEA, Ore. - Significant progress has been made by wildland firefighters assigned to the Milepost 97 Fire which has allowed the Sheriff's Office and Fire Managers to reduce some evacuation levels. 

Effective 10:00 am on Friday, August 2 all residences under a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation are being reduced to a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice. This includes these areas:

A current evacuation map can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y696vqhq

Level 1 "Ready" means:

"It is important that residents continue to monitor the situation through official outlets should the situation change. Although the risk has reduced in recent days and we are happy with that, we cannot discount the fact that there is still an active fire in the area," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. 

Information about the fire can be found on the official Facebook page for the Milepost 97 Fire or through local media outlets. 

Ritchie Road Level 3 "GO!" Reduced to Level 2 "Be Set" (Photo)

Tue, 30 Jul 2019 10:00:00 PDT

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office and Milepost 97 Fire managers have reduced the evacuation notice for residents living in the 100-300 block of Ritchie Road from a Level 3 "GO!" to a Level 2 "Be Set" effective Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:00 am. 

The reduction is largely due to firefighting progress in the area of the homes which have reduced the imminent risk. However, homeowners should still be ready to leave at a moment's notice should conditions deteriorate. Additionally, residents are asked to drive with caution in the area as firefighting activity continues. 

Level 2 "Be Set" means:

All other evacuation levels remain in place. Residents may visit the interactive evacuation map to determine what level they may be in. The map can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y696vqhq

For more information about the MP 97 Fire, please visit the Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page or stay tuned to official sources. 

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Interactive Map Created to Show Evacuation Zones (Photo)

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 17:20:10 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Through a partnership with Douglas County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management, Milepost 97 Fire Managers and Josephine County Emergency Management, residents affected by the Milepost 97 Fire can now visit an interactive map to see exactly what evacuation zone they are in. 

The website https://tinyurl.com/y696vqhq, is now operational. Douglas County Emergency Management and Milepost 97 Fire managers provided information to Josephine County about the evacuation zones and the fire. Using specialized software, Josephine County was able to produce the map for our community to use.

Douglas County Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson said, "Over the years Jackson, Josephine and Douglas Counties have come to see the value in working cooperatively on disaster planning. Most events are not limited to County lines and we see the value, not only in our staff workload, but in also how it provides coordinated and less confusing information to the public. The true benefit is to our communities."

Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring official sources for additional information about the incident. 

Elevated Evacuation Notices Issued for Milepost 97 Fire (Photo)

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 13:53:15 PDT

UPDATE 07/27/2019 13:50

In conjunction with Milepost 97 Fire managers, the Sheriff's Office is issuing Level 2 "GET SET" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83. This includes: 

Additionally, all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam are being elevated to a Level 2. 

Level 2 or "Get Set" means:

• This level indicates significant danger to your area and are encouraged to leave. If you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice

A Level 1 " Be Ready" notice is also being issued for all residents living on

Level 1 "Ready" means:

Residents are encouraged to monitor the situation through official outlets. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 07/26/2019 20:07 

AZALEA, Ore. - In conjunction with Milepost 97 Fire managers, the Sheriff's Office is issuing Level 1 "Ready" evacuation notices for all residences on the west side of the freeway between Interstate mileposts 88-83. This includes: 

Additionally, a Level 1 "Ready" notice is also being issued for all residences off of Upper Cow Creek Road starting at Interstate 5 milepost 88, east to the base of Galesville Dam. 

Level 1 "Ready" means:

Residents in the area of the fire are urged to monitor official sources for the latest fire information. Information can be found at: 

Are you going to be informed in an emergency? (Photo)

Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:15:28 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - If an emergency situation arises in your area will you be informed of critical information?

Emergencies happen with little or no notice at any time of the day or night. The Douglas County Citizen Emergency Notification System (CENS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency. With CENS, we can relay critical information to you about natural disasters or other emergencies that require your immediate attention.

DCSO currently receives all landline phone numbers from the local phone companies. These phone numbers are all automatically enrolled and will receive alerts based on their home address. For people who only have cellular phones, VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phones, or for those people who want to register additional phones, you need to opt-in to register your phones.

In the event of an emergency, Douglas County officials can identify the affected area and send a message that describes the situation and recommends the protective actions residents should take. The CENS will automatically call out to all land-line and opt-in telephone numbers within that geographic area and deliver the recorded message once a voice is heard. If your phone line is busy, the system will attempt to redial the number three times to make contact. If an answering machine picks up the call, the emergency message will be left on the machine.

Some of the many uses of the system include:

Opting in is easy and FREE – just visit www.dcso.com/alerts/default.asp 

Stay informed, be prepared and stay safe!

UPDATE: LEVEL 3 or "Go!" Evacuation Notice Issued for MP 97 Fire (Photo)

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:17:11 PDT

UPDATE 07/25/2019 7:15 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A Level 3 or "GO!" Evacuation Notice for residents living in the 100-300 block of Ritchie Road has now been issued. This affects three homes in the area. 

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

"We strongly urge residents to leave their homes in the affected area as fire officials have determined there is a significant public safety risk," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to working with the fire management team to ensure public safety. We ask that residents look to official sources to the most current information." 

For more information about the MP 97 Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets. 

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UPDATE 07/25/2019 6:30 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office and Fire Managers have elevated the evacuation notice to a Level 2 or "Set" for residents living in the 100-300 block of Ritchie Road. This affects three homes in the area. 

Level 2 or "Set" means:

• This level indicates significant danger, if you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice

• This may be the only notice your receive if conditions worsen

• Supply your "go kit" with all the essentials to last 2 weeks

• Stay connected with emergency information and evacuation routes

For more information about the MP 97 Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 07/25/2019 3:07 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - In conjunction with the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice for the MP 97 Fire outside of Canyonville for residents living in the 100-300 block of Ritchie Road.

Level 1 or "Be Ready" means:

• Be ready for the potential to evacuate
• Have a "go kit" ready
• Have an evacuation plan for your family and pets
• Be Firewise and create a defensible space

The Sheriff's Office encourages all county residents to be in a level of preparedness at all times. Have discussions with your family, plan for emergencies and have a kit of emergency supplies. For more ideas about emergency preparedness, please visit our website www.dcso.com or the Department of Homeland Security's website www.ready.gov.

For more information about the MP 97 Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page.