Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Tomorrow (Photo)

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:37:59 PDT

TRI-CITY, Ore. - Douglas Public Health Network and Douglas County Emergency Management have teamed up once again to provide a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Tri-City Fire Department (140 S. Old Pacific Highway, Myrtle Creek). 

The clinic is an exercise for Public Health Officials and County Emergency Management to simulate mass inoculation in the event of a public health emergency such as an epidemic. If a widespread disease or other emergency were to occur, it may be necessary for the local health department to activate point of dispensing (PODs) to dispense large amounts of vaccine, antibiotics, or other medicines to the community. This POD exercise allows county officials to practice emergency plans and is a great opportunity for community members to get vaccinated against the flu and be involved in emergency preparedness in Douglas County.

“Influenza comes around every year and can be very dangerous for some seniors, those with weak immune systems and the occasional otherwise healthy child or young adult who gets a severe case of the flu." said Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. "The very best thing you can do to protect yourself and others in the community is to get a flu shot."

The flu vaccines are completely free of charge and the process takes very little time. Those who intend to take advantage of the event are encouraged to download the dispense assist app to pre-fill out the check-in form. Insurance is not required for this event. 

For additional information, please contact the Douglas Public Health Network at 541-440-3571.

Participating agencies include: Douglas County Emergency Management, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Oregon Health Authority, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Health, Umpqua Community College, SERV-OR, Red Cross and Amedisys Home Health.

Facebook Post Solves Abandoned Boat Case (Photo)

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:35:58 PDT

DRAIN, Ore. - Within hours of posting about an abandoned boat found dumped on public lands managed by the BLM, deputies received a tip which lead to solving the case. 

Deputies initially learned about the boat, a 1979 24' Reinell cabin cruiser named Red Rover II, on October 5th and began an investigation. The boat had not been registered with the Oregon State Marine Board since 2008. 

On Tuesday, October 15th, a photograph of the boat and a request for assistance from the public was posted the Sheriff's Office Facebook and Instagram pages. The Sheriff's Office later received information which led them to contact 38 year-old Ryan W. Powers of Reedsport and 46 year-old Michael L. Saben of Winston. Powers and Saben admitted to finding the boat abandoned on Paradise Creek and moving the boat to the location where it was found. Additionally, they admitted to taking the trailer the boat had been on. 

Powers and Saben were ultimately booked and released at the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Depositing Trash Within 1000' of a Waterway (Class B Misdemeanor). 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. Deputies are still interested in determining who was last in possession of the boat and left it abandoned on Paradise Creek. Anyone who recognizes the vessel or has information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #19-4776.

Detectives Arrest Glendale Man for Possession of Sexually Explicit Images of a Child (Photo)

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:40:43 PDT

GLENDALE, Ore. - On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives contacted 39 year-old Glendale resident, Paul Allan Wertz regarding a sex crime investigation. 

Detectives had been investigating a report that Wertz was in possession of pornographic images of a minor child on his cell phone. During the course of their investigation, Detectives confirmed that Wertz had taken nude photos of a five year-old female who was known to him. 

Wertz was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the First Degree.    

Tuesday Morning Sutherlin Incident Not as Reported

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:58:58 PDT

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 7:45 am, Douglas County 9-1-1 Dispatchers received a report of a vehicle that was in the ditch in the 200-block of Fort McKay Road in Sutherlin. Dispatchers were told by the reporting party that the female associated with the car was shooting out of the window of the car.

Law enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office, Sutherlin Police Department and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the scene.

When Officers from Sutherlin Police Department arrived, the female driver was briefly detained. It was quickly determined the female had not fired any shots and the sound the caller was hearing were vineyard cannons intended to keep birds away from the vineyard. No actual shots had been fired.

The female driver had turned too soon and accidentally missed the driveway and was not injured. No citations or arrests were made.

UPDATE: Roseburg Man Wanted by Law Enforcement Arrested (Photo)

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 21:20:02 PDT

UPDATE 10/01/2019 9:20 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The man who was the subject of the earlier search on Roberts Creek Road is now in custody. 

Shortly before 9 pm, Cordz unsuspectingly flagged down an Oregon State Police Trooper. The Trooper recognized the man as Cordz and took him into custody without further incident. 

Cordz will be lodged at the Douglas County Jail on several charges brought forward by the Winston Police Department. 

Additional media inquiry should be directed to the Winston Police Department. 



ROSEBURG, Ore. - A Roseburg man who ran from law enforcement officers this afternoon is wanted by Winston Police Department. 

32 year-old Michael Andrew Cordz is wanted in connection to the burglary of his ex-girlfriend's residence. Cordz has been making threats toward the female and is believed to be armed. 

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 10:55 am, deputies were called to a suspicious vehicle in the 5500-block of Roberts Creek Road. Deputies, along with officers from Winston Police Department, responded to the area and determined the vehicle belonged to Cordz. Cordz was in the vehicle and fled on foot from officers. 

Deputies activated the reverse 9-1-1 system to notify area residents, who were asked to shelter in place and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. 

Despite an extensive search of the area by multiple law enforcement officers, Cordz was unable to be found. Deputies did locate several firearms near Cordz vehicle which were loaded. 

"We want the public to be aware of this situation and report any suspicious activity immediately. If Mr. Cordz is seen, do not approach him, but call 9-1-1. Cordz is considered armed and dangerous," said Winston Police Department Chief Brandon Sarti. 

Cordz is described as a white male adult who is 6'00'' 255 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He has several tattoos which include a rose and microphones on his chest, a spiderweb on his elbow. 

Law enforcement agencies involved in the search for Cordz today included Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Busy Thursday Night for K9 Grim (Photo)

Sun, 29 Sep 2019 08:41:32 PDT

K9 Grim assisted deputies twice in one night with the apprehension of two suspects. 

Shortly before 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019, deputies received a tip that 23 year-old Christopher Binder of Glide had been spotted in the 200-block of Brown Street in Glide and had multiple active warrants for his arrest. Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers arrived on scene along with K9 Grim. Grim began to track Binder from where he was last seen and eventually located him along the riverbank. Binder surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Binder was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants. 

Around 8:30 pm that same evening, deputies were called to a residence in the 8000-block of Highway 42 in Tenmile for a report of a male hiding in a residence who was violating a restraining order. K9 Grim located the individual hiding under a bed in the home. The suspect, 42 year-old Kenny Allen Edwards of Tenmile, came out from under the bed after being located, but then began resisting deputies attempts to arrest him. K9 Grim was deployed and assisted deputies in taking him into custody, despite Edwards attempt to harm the dog. Grim did not sustain any injuries. 

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

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. 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 Grim while Coastal Farm and Home Supply provides Grim's food. 

A second patrol dog, K9 Zoro, was recently obtained to supplement the Sheriff's K9 program. K9 Zoro and his handler will begin training in mid-October to become a certified patrol team. Zoro, a German Shepherd, will be two years old in January.