Hikers Rescued from Mt. Thielsen (Photo)

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 16:24:00 PDT

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - Two hikers were successfully rescued from Mt. Thielsen due to their level of preparedness.

On Friday, June 21, 2019, around 9:00 PM, dispatchers were notified that two SOS signals were being sent from Garmin inReach personal locator devices. Dispatchers were provided information regarding the two individuals who were registered with the devices. 

Two St. Louis Park, Minnesota residents, 28 year-old Kaia Fink and her 67 year-old father, David Fink, were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail when they encountered heavy snow. Due to the snow, they lost track of the trail and subsequently hiked nearly to the peak of Mt. Thielsen. The two hikers were in an extremely treacherous area of the mountain and realized they were in need of rescue, activating their SOS devices.

Douglas County Search and Rescue was activated and began hiking in. SAR was able to get within 1,500 feet of the hikers, but due to the terrain were unable to safely hike further. Searchers spent the night at the location while a rescue plan was developed. 

In coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, arrangements were made for a Black Hawk helicopter to be deployed from Salem. The National Guard was able to hoist the two hikers into the Black Hawk and fly them to safety. Neither hiker required medical attention. 

The hikers began their journey on the trail in April leaving from Mexico.

Cow Creek Road Fatal Crash (Photo)

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:38:37 PDT

RIDDLE, Ore. - A single vehicle crash outside of Riddle Saturday afternoon resulted in a fatality. 

Dispatchers received a report shortly after 2:00 p.m. of a single vehicle crash in the 700-block of Cow Creek Road. Deputies arrived on scene and determined the only occupant of the vehicle was deceased. 

The investigation reveals the driver, 19 year-old Canyonville resident Jacob Collins, was traveling toward Riddle in his 1996 Ford Ranger pickup when he lost control and left the roadway, rolling the pickup. The crash is believed to have occurred sometime in the night or during the morning hours. Speed appears to be a contributing factor. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bay Cities Ambulance and Riddle Fire Department. 
 

Drowning in North Umpqua River

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:12:11 PDT

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Shortly after 3:30 pm, a 911 call was placed to Douglas County Emergency Communications regarding a possible drowning. 

It was reported that 34 year-old Roberto Guadarrama-Cruz of Eugene was swimming in the North Umpqua River near Susan Creek Campground. A witness on the shore saw Guadarrama-Cruz swim out of view behind a large rock shelf. After a few minutes, the witness went to investigate when Guadarrama-Cruz was not seen again. 

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene including the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, BLM Law Enforcement, USFS Law Enforcement and Oregon State Police, Glide Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and Douglas County Fire District #2.

At approximately 5:45 pm, Douglas County Fire District #2 was able to recover Guadarrama-Cruz's body from the water approximately 300 yards from his last known location.

Next of kin has been notified. 

Fatal Crash Saturday Evening, Investigation Continuing

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 08:45:21 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg woman died in a vehicle crash Saturday evening and her husband is in the hospital.

On Saturday, June 23, 2019, at 4:20 pm, Douglas County 911 received a call of a single vehicle crash in the area of Melqua Road/Youngs Lane. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Tacoma which had left the roadway and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. 

Douglas County Fire District #2 worked to extricate the occupants from the vehicle. The passenger, 48 year-old Roseburg resident Cynthia Lynn Hallen was declared deceased at the scene. The driver, 57 year-old Dana Todd Hallen was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance. He was later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend where he remains in stable condition. 

Deputies are continuing their investigation. Alcohol does appear to be a contributing factor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #19-2822.     

Next of kin has been notified. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Bay Cities Ambulance.

K9 Grim Locates Wanted Man For OSP (Photo)

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:51:43 PDT

UMPQUA, Ore. - A Sutherlin man with a felony warrant who ran from Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers is in the Douglas County Jail after being tracked down by Sheriff's Office K9 Grim. 

At approximately 7:25 pm, the Sheriff's Office received information that the OSP Troopers were investigating a fish and game violation at Umpqua Landing Park, when a subject identified as 30 year-old Dillan Paul Prudhomme fled from them. Sheriff's Office K9 Grim responded to assist Troopers in locating Prudhomme. K9 Grim tracked the suspect and located him hiding in tall grass. Prudhomme complied with commands and was taken into custody without incident. 

Prudhomme was arrested by the Oregon State Police on the warrant and lodged in the Douglas County Jail. 

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Grim was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and the Sheriff’s K9 program is supported by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization.

83 Year-Old Woman Assaulted, Son Arrested

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:42:48 PDT

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. - An 83 year-old woman is hospitalized after being assaulted by her son. 

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 12:10 PM, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 200-block of Old County Lane for a report of a female who was in need of medical attention. Upon their arrival, deputies found Twila Dunsmore inside of the residence suffering from significant injuries. Dunsmore was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. 

Detectives began an investigation and determined that Twila Dunsmore was held against her will and assaulted throughout the night by her live-in son, 58 year-old Clay Dunsmore. 

Clay Dunsmore was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

Detectives are continuing their investigation at this time. 

Hiker Rescued After Activating SPOT Distress Signal on Pacific Crest Trail (Photo)

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:15:51 PDT

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - On Monday, June 17, 2019, at about 12:30 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a distress signal from a SPOT locator device. The location of the distress beacon was indicating an area of the Pacific Crest Trail on Mt.Thielsen. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue was deployed to look for the subject from which the signal was coming from and assess what type of assistance was required. The Oregon State Police and Diamond Lake Horse Corrals assisted the Sheriff’s Office with rescue efforts by providing riders on horseback.

The individual was located at approximately 5:30 pm. The male, 23 year-old Colton Cosby of Roseburg, had been hiking the past three days and became lost in the deep snow still covering the Pacific Crest Trail. The Cosby was brought down to the trailhead where he was transported to Dry Creek and met by medical personnel from Glide Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance. Cosby was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation.

Deputies Investigate Fatal Car Crash in Umpqua

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:22:23 PDT

UMPQUA, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal vehicle crash which occurred Monday night shortly after 4:30 pm. 

911 dispatchers received a call at 4:34 pm of a head-on collision in the 3800-block of Tyee Road. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Camry which had crashed into a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. The investigation reveals the Camry was traveling westbound when it crossed into the oncoming path of the eastbound Ford pickup for an unknown reason. 

The Camry was operated by 83 year-old Thomas Brian Parkinson of Umpqua. His wife, 83 year-old Margaret Parkinson, was a passenger in the vehicle. Margaret was transported by Air Ambulance and was later pronounced deceased. Thomas Parkinson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance and later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Medical Center at RiverBend by air ambulance where he remains in critical condition.

The operator of the Ford pickup, 26 year-old Kristopher Scott Knowlton of Oakland, was uninjured. 

Deputies are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact 541-440-4471 referencing Case #19-2724.

Next of kin has been notified.

Deputies Investigate Fatal Car Crash in Umpqua

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:22:23 PDT

UMPQUA, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal vehicle crash which occurred Monday night shortly after 4:30 pm. 

911 dispatchers received a call at 4:34 pm of a head-on collision in the 3800-block of Tyee Road. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Camry which had crashed into a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. The investigation reveals the Camry was traveling westbound when it crossed into the oncoming path of the eastbound Ford pickup for an unknown reason. 

The Camry was operated by 83 year-old Thomas Brian Parkinson of Umpqua. His wife, 83 year-old Margaret Parkinson, was a passenger in the vehicle. Margaret was transported by Air Ambulance and was later pronounced deceased. Thomas Parkinson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance and later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Medical Center at RiverBend by air ambulance where he remains in critical condition.

The operator of the Ford pickup, 26 year-old Kristopher Scott Knowlton of Oakland, was uninjured. 

Deputies are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact 541-440-4471 referencing Case #19-2724.

Next of kin has been notified.

K9 Grim Located Wanted Washington County Man (Photo)

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:32:05 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Another wanted person is in custody thanks to the help of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K9 Grim.

On Friday, June 14, 2019, at 8:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 100-block of Kestrel Ln. When deputies arrived, they located items in the yard of the residence and indications that a crawlspace cover had been removed. Deputies requested the assistance of K9 Grim. The K9 team arrived on scene and began a track which took them to a field on the property. K9 Grim located a man hiding in the nearby brush.

The man was identified as 30 year-old Washington County (OR) resident, Kaleb Ray Abraham. Abraham was wanted on two felony warrants for his arrest. He told deputies he ran when he saw the police car pulling up. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the warrants and a charge of trespass.

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Grim was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and the Sheriff’s K9 program is supported by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization.

Traffic Stop Yields 2.6 pounds of Methamphetamine and Arrest (Photo)

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:35:00 PDT

REEDSPORT, Ore. - A California man is in custody in the Douglas County Jail on drug charges following a traffic stop Tuesday night. 

Shortly after 9:00 pm, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Audi on Highway 38 near milepost 2 after observing a traffic violation. Deputies observed evidence of delivery of controlled substances. Deputies requested the assistance of Reedsport Police Department's drug detection K-9, JD. K-9 JD indicated to the presence of controlled substances. Subsequently 2.6 pounds of methamphetamine was located within the vehicle.

The driver, 58 year-old Robert Paul Muniain of Oakdale, California, was taken into custody and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Seatbelt Enforcement Blitz Statistics

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:22:42 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Between May 20 and June 2, 2019, Douglas County Sheriff Deputies worked 30 hours of overtime for a high visibility seatbelt blitz with funding provided by ODOT. The emphasis area for this blitz is night time/daytime belts, and minors in open pickup beds.

We also participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kickoff event, Border to Border (B2B), which is a one day national seat-belt awareness event coordinated by participating State highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B event took place on May 20th and served as a kickoff to the Click it or ticket mobilization.

58 total citations and 48 warnings

During this blitz, Deputies issued the following citations:

Local Law Enforcement Agencies participating in Torch Run for Special Olympics on Tuesday (Photo)

Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:58:27 PDT

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is scheduled to run through Douglas County tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4th to recognize, support and honor our local Special Olympic Athletes. 

The Douglas County leg of the Torch Run begins with the Myrtle Creek Police Department at 7 AM at the intersection of Cherry/Old North Pacific HWY in Myrtle Creek. The torch will be relayed along Old HWY 99 carried by and then handed off to Winston Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police, and Sutherlin Police Department. The relay route will end in Oakland, Oregon. The entire route is approximately 39 miles. 

Please note there may be occasional impacts to traffic along the route during this time.

Law enforcement personnel participating in the torch run will have a meet and greet with the local athletes on the courthouse lawn at approximately 10:30 AM as everyone cheers on the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Torch runners who will be running with the torch at this time. 

After the meet and greet the torch will be passed on to the torch runners from Roseburg Police Department who will continue the route north to meet up with Sutherlin Police Department.

Media and the public is invited to support law enforcement and athletes throughout the entire event. 

The Timeline is as follows:

LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RELAY TIMELINE (estimated times)

A link to a Google Map can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XSer1lDhSBzCR0bpgFQ3wxpZRpLpWLiY&usp=sharing

 

Elkton Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)

Thu, 30 May 2019 12:07:16 PDT

After an on-going investigation, an Elkton man has been arrested in connection with numerous sexual assaults and incidents of harassment, which took place in Elkton, Oregon. 

The investigation began after two women came forward to report that they had been inappropriately touched numerous times over the course of their high school years by 49 year-old Elkton resident James Bryce Carnes. The allegations took place from 2013 - 2016 at his residence.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, deputies contacted Carnes at his residence. Carnes was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on the charges of Sex Abuse 3 (multiple counts) and Harassment (multiple counts).