K9 Axel Tracks Down Wanted Man (Photo)

Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:25:17 PST

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - Two wanted Douglas County men are in custody after they ran from law enforcement. 

Shortly before 10:30 am, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, deputies and officers from the Sutherlin Police Department went to a residence in the 100-block of South Avenue looking for 25-year old Billy James Wells and 23 year-old Johnny Lee Wells, both of Sutherlin. When deputies arrived, Johnny fled from the home on foot. A perimeter was set up to contain the area as deputies lost sight of Johnny. 

Billy Wells was located hiding inside the house and was taken into custody by Sutherlin Police without incident. 

Roseburg Police Department K9 Axel was dispatched to assist deputies. K9 Axel began tracking and quickly lead officers to Johnny who failed to comply with commands and was apprehended by K9 Axel until he could be taken into custody. He was taken into custody on a property in the 12000-block of Driver Valley

Both Johnny and Billy Wells were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on the following: 

Johnny Wells: 
 - Arrest Warrant
 - Escape III
 - Criminal Trespass

Billy Wells: 
 - Arrest Warrants x2

DCSO Employees Recognized at Optimist Club 44th Annual Respect for Law Banquet (Photo)

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 08:13:11 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Three Sheriff's Office employees were recognized Friday evening at the Roseburg Optimist Club Annual Respect for Law Banquet.

The local group hosted their 44th annual banquet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday evening, recognizing local offices from various law enforcement agencies throughout the county. 

Renee Damas was recognized as the Douglas County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatcher of the Year. Damas was recognized for her dedication to the citizens of the county. She was described as always having an "upbeat and positive attitude". She has worked at the Sheriff's Office since 2012. 

Corporal Kelly Dwight was honored as the Corrections Deputy of the Year. Cpl. Dwight. Dwight has spent 5.5 years with the agency serving in the jail. He is known for his can-do attitude and leadership abilities. Sheriff Hanlin said Dwight is an asset to the agency and the community. 

Patrol Deputy of the Year was awarded to Deputy Michael Siemens. Siemens was recognized for his determination and investigative skills. He was applauded for his self-motivated policing and his ability to solve crime. Siemens, a 5.5 year employee, humbly accepted the award stating he was proud to work for the Sheriff's Office alongside his co-workers. 

The club also awarded the honors to members of the Oregon State Police, Sutherlin, Roseburg and Winston Police Departments. 

Missing Mushroom Hunter Located Friday (Photo)

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:19:23 PST

REEDSPORT, Ore. - On Thursday, February 20, 2020, at approximately 11:00 am, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was contacted regarding an individual who had gone mushroom picking in the Elliot State Forest off of Elk Ridge Road near Loon Lake on Wednesday, February 21st and had become lost. The lost male was identified as 65 year-old Juan Pitcher of Reedsport. 

Deputies were dispatched to the area along with Search and Rescue. The terrain was very steep and rocky with thick brush and heavy timber. Search Crews searched until nightfall on Thursday without finding signs of Pitcher. 

The search resumed on Friday morning. Around noon, crews began hearing a voice response from a male which came from deep within a canyon. Shortly after 1:00 pm, searchers located Pitcher who was in poor condition. He was located at 43.5656, -123.8672

At the request of the Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator arranged for the U.S. Coast Guard to fly into the area and extract Pitcher out of the difficult terrain. He was then transported to Bay Area Hospital for treatment. 

The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by Search and Rescue crews from Josephine, Coos, Curry and Del Norte (California) counties and Lower Umpqua Hospital Ambulance Service. 

Winchester Bay Teen Arrested After Discharging Weapon Inside Home

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 11:15:02 PST

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at approximately 9:17 pm, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 73000-block of Highway 101 in Winchester Bay for a report of a 17 year-old male who was shooting a gun inside a home following a disturbance.

Deputies, along with multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the residence. The teen was taken into custody at 9:56 pm, without further incident. 

Deputies learned that the teen became upset with his mother over his cell phone and then proceeded to assault her, before being stopped by his father. 

Following the assault, the teen retrieved an AR-15 rifle and began to fire it multiple times inside the home causing a significant amount of damage. At one point, he pointed the firearm at his father, but did not fire it. 

No one was injured during the incident.

The teen was transported to and lodged at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility on the following charges: 

Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Pointing a Firearm at Another
1st Degree Criminal Mischief
Menacing x2
4th Degree Assault

Connect to Disconnect (Photo)

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 08:36:40 PST

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Connect to Disconnect event from April 6-13, 2020. April 9th will be the main day for this event. Funding for this event is provided by ODOT. 

“Distracted Driving” is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead (per NHTSA). 

From 2013-2017 There were 12,031 fatal and injury crashes resulting in 95 fatalities and 11,946 injuries caused by crashes involving a distracted driver in Oregon (all ages).

2013-2017 There were 1,089 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver (all ages) reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 20 fatalities and 1,557 people injured.

2013-2017 There were 112 fatal and injury crashes involving a driver age 16-18 reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash: 0 fatalities and 158 people injured.

2013-2017 There were 72,032 convictions for this offense. 

Convictions for using a mobile electronic device 2013-2017
2013 -   21,520
2014 -   17,723
2015 -   15,264
2016 -   10,317
2017 -     7,208
Total –  72,032

2013-2017 There were 32 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedestrian, using a cell phone: 2 fatalities and 30 injuries.

2013-2017 There were 10 crashes involving, but not limited to a Pedal-cyclist, using a cell phone: 0 fatalities and 10 people injured.

2013-2017 There were 224 work zone distracted driving crashes: 4 fatalities and 381 people injured. 


Distraction occurs when a driver voluntarily diverts attention to something not related to driving that uses the driver's eyes, ears, or hands. There are four types of driver distraction:

Visual -- looking at something other than the road
Auditory -- hearing something not related to driving
Manual -- manipulating something other than the wheel
Cognitive -- thinking about something other than driving

Most distractions involve more than one of these types, with both a sensory -- eyes, ears, or touch -- and a mental component.

Rescue at Toketee Falls Sunday (Photo)

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 08:58:27 PST

TOKETEE, Ore. - On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 2:30 pm, 911 dispatchers received a report of a 17 year-old male who had fallen 100' from Toketee Falls. 

Emergency crews were dispatched to the area and determined a 17 year-old Redmond, Oregon man had crossed over the safety railing and had fallen approximately 10 feet, then sliding approximately 20 feet before stopping. The male suffered only minor injuries. Rescue crews were able to safely assist him back to the trail where he walked back to the parking lot on his own. 

The male was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District #2, REACH Air Ambulance, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon State Police. 

The Sheriff's Office urges individuals to stay within the safety railings when hiking into the falls. Crossing the railings has previously resulted in serious injuries and deaths.

Glendale Woman Arrested After Menacing Child (Photo)

Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:47:41 PST

GLENDALE, Ore. - On Saturday, February 8, 2020, at approximately 11:41 am, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 800-block of Willis Avenue in Glendale for a subject who had barricaded herself in a room with a five-year-old child with a sledge hammer. 

Deputies arrived to learn that 34 year-old Glendale resident Naomi Hope Ellis was in her bedroom with the child. The child could be heard screaming for help, so deputies forced their way through a barricaded door into the bedroom. 

Ellis was holding the child with one hand and had the hammer above the child's head with the other hand. Ellis failed to comply with deputies’ orders to drop the hammer, at which point they were able to physically overtake her. Ellis continued to fight with deputies at which point a TASER device was deployed. The deputies were then able safely remove the child and take Ellis into custody.  

Ellis was transported to the Douglas County Jail where she was lodged on the following charges:

The child was unharmed in the incident.

K9 Zoro Tracks Down Stolen Vehicle / Elude Suspect (Photo)

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:04:50 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg man is in jail after Douglas County Sheriff's Office K9 Zoro tracked him down following a vehicle pursuit. 

On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 11:55 pm, a deputy observed a tan 1992 Honda Accord commit a traffic violation on Meadow Avenue near Kerr Street. The deputy learned the vehicle had previously been reported stolen to the Springfield Police Department. 

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, at which point the driver failed to stop. The driver began driving south in the northbound lanes of travel. The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns.

As the suspect drove in the wrong direction, he nearly struck a responding deputy. Shortly thereafter, the suspect hit a van and the suspect driver crashed between mileposts 124 and 123 and fled from the vehicle on foot. 

K9 Zoro tracked the suspect and located him along the riverbank. The suspect, 40 year-old Matthew Kelm of Roseburg, was taken into custody without further incident. 

Kelm was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

The subjects in the van were uninjured. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Roseburg Police Department. 

K9 Zoro, a 2 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since September 2019 and was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community. The Sheriff’s K9 program is supported financially by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization which holds fundraisers and receives donations from the community. Bailey's Veterinary Clinic provides medical care for K9 Zoro while Coastal Farm and Home Supply provides his food.

Deputies Investigate Shots Fired Call (Photo)

Thu, 30 Jan 2020 23:29:57 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On January 30, 2020, at 7:38 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a shooting incident in the parking lot of the Buy 2 Market (4446 Old Highway 99 South). The caller reported someone had shot at his car following an attempted robbery.

Multiple law enforcement officers from various agencies responded and conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. Evidence supporting the report was located at the scene. 

The suspects are described as caucasian teenaged males. One was wearing a black t-shirt and had dark shaggy hair, another was wearing dark clothing and a third male who was wearing a blue bandanna. 

Deputies are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us 

Case #20-0518