Search for Missing Man with Dementia Wednesday Evening

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:14:53 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 6:21 PM, deputies were notified that 82-year-old Byung Su Song of Hillsboro was missing from a home in the 4000-block of Del Rio Road. The 9-1-1 caller reported that Song suffered from dementia. 

Multiple law enforcement officers along with search and rescue personnel converged on the area and began searching for Song. A REACH Air Medical helicopter, stationed at the Roseburg Airport, also assisted with the search. A citizen notification was sent using the "reverse 9-1-1" system utilized by the Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 8:29 PM, Song's body was located in the North Umpqua River downstream from Hestness Landing (3700-block Del Rio). He was declared deceased at the scene. Foul play is not suspected at this time and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a death investigation. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the members of the public, the volunteers of the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit, along with our public safety partners at the Oregon State Police and REACH Air Medical for their assistance in locating Mr. Song. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

Media Advisory - First Responders to Show Support for Lower Umpqua Hospital

Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:37:15 PDT

MEDIA ADVISORY 

REEDSPORT, Ore. - Local first responders will have a vehicle processional around Lower Umpqua Hospital at 5:30 pm tonight, Saturday, April 4, 2020. The purpose of the event is to show the healthcare professionals in the coastal area of Douglas County that local law enforcement, fire department personnel, and other first responders recognize the incredible work they are doing through these trying times.

Although the event is being held at Lower Umpqua Hospital, the intent is to publicly show support all healthcare workers in the community, not just those who work at LUH. 

Participating agencies include: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Reedsport Police Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Winchester Bay Fire Department, Gardiner Fire Department and Mast Bros Towing. *Please note this list may not be all inclusive. 

Fatal Structure Fire

Sat, 04 Apr 2020 13:37:39 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A residential structure fire has claimed the life of a Roseburg woman. 

On Friday, April 3, 2020, at 11:17 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving reports of a structure fire in the 900-block of Oak Hill Road. 

Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and began fighting the fire. Firefighters discovered an individual inside the home who had died at the scene. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 83-year-old Darlene Louise Shaffer. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. 

Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Avista Gas, Pacific Power and Central Pacific Railroad provided assistance. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

Man Arrested for Menacing Father with Firearm (Photo)

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:53:52 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 30-year-old Roseburg man was arrested Sunday after he pointed a firearm at his father during a disagreement. 

911 dispatchers were notified around 4:15 pm, that Aaron Michael Hernandez had arrived at a residence in the 3700-block of Hooker Road in Roseburg. Hernandez became upset with his father, 58-year-old Reuben Frausto Hernandez, when he wasn't allowed to come into the home at which point Aaron pulled a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at his Reuben.

Aaron left the residence on Hooker Road and went to a home in the 3700-block of Joseph Street. Multiple law enforcement officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police went to the Joseph Street address. After 2.5 hours of searching the property, multiple buildings and vehicles and contacting several individuals, Aaron was taken into custody without incident. Deputies also located the firearm which was used. 

Aaron was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged for Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at Another and an active arrest warrant. 

Saturday Morning Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Arrested for DUII

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:01:52 PDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A crash just after midnight on Saturday has claimed the life of a 22 year-old Roseburg woman. 

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12:09 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers were notified of an injury roll-over crash on public lands managed by the BLM off of road 26-7-33.0. This is an area generally referred to as Long's Ranch. 

Deputies learned a 1986 Honda Civic, operated by 22-year-old Andrew Joseph Clements of Roseburg, was traveling approximately 20 miles per hour on a gravel road when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled approximately 150 feet down an embankment. Clements and his passenger, 22-year-old Savannah Jean Nardli of Roseburg, were ejected from the car. 

EMS attempted lifesaving efforts on Nardli, which were ultimately unsuccessful. Clements suffered minor injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation. He was later released from the hospital and taken into custody for DUII. 

The crash remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance Service, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police and the Winston Police Department. 

Next of kin has been notified.

Case #20-1422 

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Announces Additional Temporary Operational Changes (Photo)

Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:00:00 PDT

UPDATE 03/19/2020 9:00 AM

Douglas County, OR - Additional temporary changes are being made to Sheriff's Office operations in response to recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Effective immediately, all in person inmate visitation is being suspended until further notice. While the Sheriff's Office recognizes this is a hardship on inmates and their loved ones, this is a necessary precaution to ensure the welfare of the inmate population as well as the staff working inside of the facility. The Sheriff's Office has worked with our telephone vendor and arranged for inmates to have two phone calls per week free of charge. The two calls will reset every Sunday. Additional calls or video chat is also available for a fee by visiting www.icssolutions.com. Video visitation can be done from any electronic device equipped with a webcam. 

The Records Division is suspending all public fingerprinting services until further notice; this includes pre-employment and background fingerprinting. 

Our citizen ride-along program is also being suspended until further notice. 

Residents are highly encouraged to visit our website www.dcso.com before coming to the lobby as many answers to questions and forms may be available online. Additional inquires may be made by telephone by calling (541) 440-4450 or by e-mail to dcsoinfo@co.douglas.or.us.

Sheriff Hanlin's commitment is to provide for the peace and security of the citizens and visitors to our county. Sheriff Hanlin said, "Our community has endured extremely difficult circumstances in the past. Residents of this county are some of the most giving and caring individuals in the country. I encourage everyone to remain calm, to follow the recommendations of health officials and to look out for one another. Together we will prevail, just as we have in the past."

The Sheriff's Office will continue to provide law enforcement services 24/7, even during this emergency. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 03/13/2020 11:00 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, OR - Effective immediately the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is implementing some temporary changes in an effort to reduce some of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is being done in an effort to protect those we serve as well as our dedicated staff.

These are the precautionary measures we are taking:

Corrections Division: 

We have a heightened intake screening process and are taking additional sanitary precautions. We encourage inmate visitors to utilize video visitation from any computer equipped with a webcam by visiting www.icsolutions.com in lieu of in-person visitation.


Patrol Division: Our deputies are still here to serve you and will still be available 24/7. We are however encouraging them to take additional precautions to reduce the risk potential. This may include taking reports by telephone when circumstances allow.


Concealed Handgun Licensing: We are placing a temporary hold on the processing of new concealed handgun license applications which require fingerprints and photographs. Those who have appointments scheduled during this timeframe will be re-scheduled when we resume normal operation and given priority. Renewal applications which do not require new fingerprints and photographs will still be processed.


Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.dcso.com as many answers to questions and forms may be available online. Telephone inquiries may also be made to (541) 440-4450.

We continue to be engaged and work with county and state stakeholders regarding this issue. This situation is very fluid and the temporary changes may be modified. We will always strive to work in the best interest of our community.

We encourage the community to remain calm and to follow the advice of official sources such as Douglas Public Health www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org  the Oregon Health Authority www.oregon.gov/oha and the Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov on what preventative measures you can take.

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UPDATE: Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Worksheets

Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:30:36 PDT

UPDATE 03/17/2020 7:30 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Douglas County has received a handful of Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) assessment forms from small businesses. These forms have been forwarded to the Office of Oregon Emergency Management. 

OEM has notified Douglas County that no additional assessment forms are necessary at this time. It is important that businesses understand the forms are not loan applications. 

The state will work with the Small Business Administration on next steps. When and if loans are available, that information will be communicated to the public. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE 03/16/2020 1:00 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Douglas County Emergency Management is collecting information from small businesses in Douglas County who may be financially suffering due to the impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. 

The information is being compiled and will be provided to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in the event that Governor Brown requests assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).

The EIDL can provide low-interest working capital loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations. The loans cannot be made to governmental entities, including tribes. Further information may be found at https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19.

Those eligible for the program in Douglas County are asked to fill out the form found at www.dcso.com/covid19_sba.pdf and return it by email to dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us or by US Mail to:

Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Wayne Stinson
1036 SE Douglas Ave. 
Roseburg, OR 97470 

Those completing the form should be aware there is no guarantee of funding at this time. 

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UPDATE: Homicide Investigation in Winston (Photo)

Sun, 15 Mar 2020 18:30:04 PDT

UPDATE - SUNDAY 03/15/2020 6:30 PM

WINSTON, Ore. - The victims from the shooting Sunday morning have been identified and their next of kin have been notified. 

Detectives say that 24-year-old Nicholas David Lehman-Helmke of Winston and 31-year-old Benny Alexander Stallings of Roseburg died at the scene after being shot by 34-year-old Savino David DeSantiago of Winston. The victims were known to DeSantiago. 

Following the shooting, DeSantiago reportedly drove past another residence on Peach Street honked his horn then began firing into the home through a window before fleeing. 

DeSantiago is currently lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Murder. Additional charges are pending. 

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458 or by email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us. 

No additional information will be released at this time. 

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ORIGINAL RELEASE - SUNDAY 03/15/2020 11:03 AM

WINSTON, Ore. - The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating a shooting which has left two men dead and another in custody. 

At 1:58 am on Sunday March 15, 2020, Douglas County 9-1-1 dispatchers received multiple reports of gunfire heard in the area of Ford Street. Another caller reported finding two men on the ground bleeding at 280 Ford Street. 

Law enforcement from Winston Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to the scene. The two victims, whose names are being withheld at this time, were found to be suffering from gunshot wounds and died at the scene. 

At 2:36 am, dispatchers received a call that a male wished to turn himself in regarding the shooting. Officers contacted the male, 34 year-old Winston resident Savino David DeSantiago, who was ultimately arrested and charged with Murder. He is currently lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and is leading the investigation. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us.

The Major Crimes Team is comprised of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police as well as representatives from the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The Winston Police Department is also assisting in the investigation. 

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Telephone Service Outage Affecting 911

Sat, 14 Mar 2020 07:39:30 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - A CenturyLink telephone service outage is affecting approximately 674 customers in the Drain and Yoncalla areas. The outage may prevent residents in those areas from dialing 9-1-1 from their landline telephones. CenturyLink is currently investigating the cause of the outage. There is no estimated time of repair at this time. 

Residents who are affected may be able to dial 9-1-1 from a cellular device in the event of an emergency if they are unable to reach 9-1-1 on their landline. Both North Douglas Fire & EMS fire stations in Drain and Yoncalla 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 as the 9-1-1 dispatch center is unable to provide further information regarding the outage. 

DCSO Implements Temporary Changes to Operations

Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:13:17 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Effective immediately the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is implementing some temporary changes in an effort to reduce some of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is being done in an effort to protect those we serve as well as our dedicated staff.

These are the precautionary measures we are taking:

Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.dcso.com as many answers to questions and forms may be available online. Telephone inquiries may also be made to (541) 440-4450.

We continue to be engaged and work with county and state stakeholders regarding this issue. This situation is very fluid and the temporary changes may be modified. We will always strive to work in the best interest of our community.

We encourage the community to remain calm and to follow the advice of official sources such as Douglas Public Health www.douglaspublichealthnetwork.org  the Oregon Health Authority www.oregon.gov/oha and the Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov on what preventative measures you can take.