Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  03/04/2013 - 10:40
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Drain Man Arrested for Arson  
Date/Time of Incident:  03/03/2013 - 22:50
Incident Location:  424 Krewson Drive, Drain, Oregon  
Case Number:  13-878  
Arrested:  Colburn, John David / 45 yoa / Drain, OR

On Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, at about 2250 hours, a deputy observed flames coming from a residence on Krewson Drive in Drain. The deputy stopped to investigate and contacted the homeowner, John Colburn, walking down the driveway.

Colburn told the deputy that he (Colburn) had started the fire because he wanted a fresh start, and that there wasn't anyone inside the residence.

During the investigation deputies learned that Colburn's mother was inside another residence, approximately 150 feet away from the residence that was set on fire.

North Douglas Fire and EMS responded to extinguish the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Colburn was arrested and charged with First Degree Arson and several counts of Restraining Order Violation for sending several text messages to his ex-wife earlier in the day.

The investigation is continuing. The State Fire Marshall's Office is assisting with the investigation.

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