Mailbox Thief Arrested, DCSO Provides Prevention Tips (Photo)

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:44:39 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Over the weekend, deputies took several reports of mail theft from residential mailboxes, including packages.

On Sunday, December 9, 2019, around 9:30 am, while investigating the thefts, a deputy received a report of a female who was looking through mailboxes in the area of Doerner Road near Buffalo Lane. The deputy contacted 21 year-old Kayla Lee Alamprese of Roseburg and found her to be in possession of stolen mail and items.

Alamprese was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail where she was lodged on 13 counts of Mail Theft.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public of some crime prevention tips so their holidays aren’t spoiled.

Following these simple tips can substantially reduce the risk that you will become a victim this holiday season.

Riddle Woman Arrested for Sex Crimes (Photo)

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:16:11 PST

RIDDLE, Ore. - A Riddle woman was arrested on Thursday, December 5, 2019, on multiple sex crimes against a juvenile male.

Deputies served a search warrant at the home of 36 year-old Rheta Leanne Melvin of Riddle last Thursday. Deputies had started an investigation after learning that Melvin had sexual contact with a teenage male. Melvin initially began messaging the juvenile and exchanging photographs of a sexual nature through a social media platform. Melvin and the juvenile made arrangements to meet and had sexual contact.

Melvin was arrested following the search warrant and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Deputies believe there could be additional witnesses or juveniles who have had contact with Melvin. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471, referencing case #19-5559.

Deputies Seek Information on Transmitted Radio Communications

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:02:48 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Monday, December 2, 2019, at 5:09 PM, the Douglas County 9-1-1 Center received a call from a male who reported hearing a female on his walkie talkie radio who reported she had been shot by a male and was in need of medical attention. 

Multiple emergency services were dispatched to the generalized area and searched for the reported victim. The caller told dispatchers the female was hysterical and could not provide an accurate description of where she was located. 

During the investigation, deputies sent a reverse 9-1-1 to residents in the area asking them to call if they heard or witnessed any type of a disturbance. No additional information was received. Ultimately, law enforcement was unable to locate any victim.

"If this incident was fabricated, those involved can be held criminally liable," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. Those responsible could face arrest for Disorderly Conduct (ORS 162.025) and/or Initiating a False Report (ORS 162.375)

Anyone with information as to the identity of the female or who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing incident 1912020287.

Sammy Davison is Still Missing, Have Info? (Photo)

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 15:32:49 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are still seeking information as to the whereabouts of Samuel "Sammy" Elijah Davison. Davison was reported as missing person in September and hasn't been heard or seen since. 

36 year-old Davison was last known to be in the Winchester area north of Roseburg on September 19th. It is believed he was possibly traveling to Wolf Creek area in Josephine County where he is known to frequent. The Sheriff's Office previously asked for assistance from the public, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

Davison is described as 5'10'' tall weighing 190lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has several tattoos, which include "Davison" on his back and "Faith" on his chest.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or email dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us, referencing case #19-4637. 

Tips for Package Theft Prevention from DCSO (Photo)

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:10:05 PST

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just days away and shoppers are eager for the great deals they may find online. With this increase in deliveries to residential addresses, the potential for theft also increases. As the holiday shopping season kicks off, we want to provide members of the public with some crime prevention tips so their holidays aren’t spoiled.

Following these simple tips can substantially reduce the risk that you will become a victim this holiday season.

Injury Vehicle Crash (Photo)

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 04:00:55 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 4:47 PM, 911 dispatchers received a report of a two vehicle roll-over crash on Garden Valley Road near Melrose Road in Roseburg. 

When deputies arrived they learned a 2002 Chevy Malibu, driven by 59 year-old Roseburg resident Mary Frances O'Connell, attempted to make a left hand turn from Garden Valley Road onto Melrose Road. O'Connell had pulled into the path of an oncoming 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by 20 year-old Luis Sanchez of Roseburg. The Jeep rolled several times before coming to rest in a dirt median. Sanchez and his passenger, 19 year-old Avry Kimmerle Hansen of Roseburg, were both critically injured in the crash and were transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment before being transferred to an out of the area hospital. O'Connell was also transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation. 

The crash is still under investigation and deputies are seeking witnesses to the crash. Anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case number 19-5453.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor. 

Douglas County Fire District #2, Bay Cities Ambulance and Roseburg Police Department also responded. 

Fatal Traffic Crash Investigation

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 03:14:30 PST

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A single vehicle crash in the 9300-block of Nonpareil Road east of Sutherlin Monday night claimed the life of a Sutherlin man. 

 Dispatchers were alerted to the crash at 9:05 pm. When deputies arrived, they located a 2001 Dodge pickup approximately 20 feet down an embankment which had hit a large cedar tree head-on. The vehicle had been operated by 54 year-old Raymond Dennis Funk of Sutherlin who died at the scene. 

An initial investigation indicates Funk had been traveling eastbound when his vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason, striking the tree. He was unrestrained at the time of the crash.

Nonpareil Road was closed for approximately 2 hours. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Fair Oaks Fire Department, Douglas County Public Works and Marshals Towing. 

Next of kin has been notified. 

Crash Claims the Life of a Winston Man

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:08:34 PST

WINSTON, Ore. - On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 12:37 PM, 911 dispatchers received a report of a two vehicle crash in the 1300-block of Willis Creek Road near Winston. 

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a 1994 Chevrolet pickup and a 2012 Dodge 3500 pickup which were involved in a head-on collision. An investigation indicates the Chevrolet pickup, operated by 58 year-old Richard Dean Chastain of Winston, was traveling southbound when the vehicle drifted into the oncoming path of the Dodge for an unknown reason. The Dodge was operated by 28 year-old Steven Snawder of Roseburg. 

Snawder was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment and was later released. Chastain and his two dogs were pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

The crash is still under investigation, however intoxicants do not appear to be a contributing factor. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call 541-440-4471 referencing case number 19-5249.

Vehicle Recovered From River (Photo)

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:38:07 PST

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at approximately 11:30 AM, a deputy searching for Sean and Madison Moss located vehicle debris indicative of a vehicle crash along the riverbank of the main Umpqua River in the 11500-block of Garden Valley Road. This area is commonly referred to as Crow Rapids. 

Additional resources were dispatched, including the Sheriff's Office dive team. At approximately 2:00 PM, divers located a vehicle approximately 12 feet under the water in a narrow canal. 

Despite efforts, attempts to recover the vehicle proved difficult due to the terrain of the riverbed and surrounding landscape and had  to be canceled as the sun set. 

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 7:30 AM, efforts resumed and at approximately 10:00, the vehicle was recovered to the shore. The vehicle was confirmed to be the 2002 Chevy Trailblazer registered to Sean Moss. The bodies of both 29 year-old Sean Moss and 2 year-old Madison Moss were located in the vehicle. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a death investigation at this time. The cause of the crash is also under investigation. Next of kin has been notified. 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Search and Rescue, Oregon State Police, Douglas County Fire District #2, Kokua Towing and Puddle Jumper Towing. 

Sean and Madison were reported missing to the Sheriff's Office on Monday, August 12 at 10:18 am. They had been last seen by Moss' co-worker on the evening of Friday, August 9th. Family members were expecting Sean and Madison to attend the Douglas County Fair on August 10th, but they did not arrive.