On July 9th, 2020 around 0200 hours, emergency personnel from the Roseburg Police and Roseburg Fire Departments responded to a single vehicle rollover accident in the 1600 block of SE Pine Street in Roseburg.
The accident involved a 1999 Honda CRV that was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed, southbound on Pine Street. The vehicle left the roadway in the 1600 block, striking the guardrail and sending the vehicle airborne. The vehicle landed upside down on a lower access road, trapping both occupants inside. The passenger in the vehicle, 25 year old Jacob Bickell of Myrtle Creek, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver, 21 year old Michael McCollum also of Myrtle Creek, was transported to Mercy via ambulance for severe injuries he sustained in the accident. McCollum was later life-flighted to Sacred Heart Riverbend in Springfield for further treatment. Next of kin for Bickell have been notified.
The Oregon State Police assisted in the investigation by conducting an accident reconstruction, which is standard for all accidents involving a fatality. Driver impairment is suspected in this case, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The deceased female has been positively identified as Tazia May, 32 years old, of Roseburg. Her next of kin have been notified.
On Monday, June 29th, 2020 just after 0815 hours a citizen reported seeing a human body floating face down in the South Umpqua river, just west of Micelli Park in Roseburg. Emergency personnel from the Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, Douglas County District #2 Fire Department, and DCSO responded to the area. They found an adult female, deceased, in the water about 25-30 feet from the shore. Personnel from District #2 Fire were able to recover the body with their boat.
The adult female has been positively identified, but her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The Douglas County Medical Examiner took possession of the body. The female was fully clothed and there were no obvious signs of external physical injury. The investigation is ongoing, but at this time there is nothing to indicate foul play was involved.
During June through August the Roseburg Police Department will have some extra patrols out working traffic enforcement, with a specific focus on safety belt use, distracted driving and speeding. These focused patrols are made available due to grants received from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.
Seat belts have been proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash. Yet many still don’t buckle up. Worse still, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that will pass on to impressionable youth, who in turn will think it’s safe to not buckle up.
Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today. Distracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves: they’re a danger to everyone else on the road. The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education.
The Roseburg Police Department is hosting a two-hour presentation on our practices surrounding use of force and how we handle use of force incidents at the Roseburg Police Department. Due to social distancing requirements, we are limiting the number of people who can attend. If we receive a lot of interest and can’t accommodate everyone, we’ll likely schedule further sessions. You must pre-register in order to attend the class, as we have a limited number of spaces available. To register for attendance or inquire further, please contact Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- Your full name
- City of residence
- Contact information (phone and e-mail are preferred)
- Any questions you’d like to have answered at the session
This session will take place on Wednesday, July 1st at the Roseburg Public Safety center from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
If you have questions, please contact Sgt. Eichenbusch via e-mail or at 541-492-6781.
The local law enforcement leaders in Douglas County have issued the following joint statement:
We stand together, as a unified body of local law enforcement leaders in Douglas County, to denounce the actions and improper tactics utilized in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As criminal justice officers we, and those in our employ, are charged to serve humankind and to provide for the security of our communities. We take seriously the oaths we swore and the ethics that guide our profession. The incident in Minneapolis is not reflective of the values we regard and seek to uphold in our respective jurisdictions. It is our resolve to continue serving our communities with a strong ethical and moral compass while earning your trust and respect on a daily basis.
Yours in service,
Sheriff John Hanlin - Douglas County Sheriff
Chief Gary Klopfenstein - Roseburg Police Department
Chief Brandon Sarti - Winston Police Department
Chief Jonathan Brewster - Myrtle Creek Police Department
Chief Troy Mills - Sutherlin Police Department
Chief Matt Smart - Reedsport Police Department
You can view the signed statement in the attachment.
At approximately 1241 hours on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 the Roseburg Police and Fire Departments responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 138 East at Pomona Drive. It was reported that a Buick Century facing northbound on Pomona, pulled in front of a Chevrolet El Camino that was driving eastbound on Highway 138. The El Camino struck the Buick on the driver side, causing the El Camino to spin and the Buick to careen into a nearby embankment by Les Schwab, on the south side of Highway 138 adjacent to Pomona.
The driver of the Buick, 76 year old Carol Mohr of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin for Mohr have been contacted. The driver of the El Camino, 86 year old Lowell Fisher of Roseburg, was transported to Mercy Hospital via ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. There were no other people involved in the collision.
The Oregon State Police are assisting the Roseburg Police Department with a reconstruction of the collision. These reonstructions are common for vehicle collisions that result in a human fatality. At this time there are no signs that impairment was a factor in this collision. The highway in that area has been narrowed to one lane in each direction until the investigation is complete.
We appreciate the assistance of the Roseburg Fire Department, ODOT, Oregon State Police, and EMS with their assistance in this incident.
At approximately 0357 hours on February 13th, 2020 Roseburg Police Officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the vicinity of the Roseburg Municipal Airport. Officers contacted a male, Maurice Pierre Hurth, 41 years old of Suisun City, CA and 3 minor females, in the rental vehicle. During the contact it was discovered that Hurth had multiple warrants for his arrest out of San Francisco, Fairfield, and Solano, California. After a brief resistance, Hurth was arrested on those warrants.
During further investigation it was discovered the three minor females were recently reported missing from a youth group home in the Seattle, Washington area. They were all taken into protective custody and were later transferred to the Douglas County Juvenile Shelter.
Evidence learned from this investigation led to Hurth being charged with the following crimes:
- Trafficking in Persons (ORS 163.266) X 3
- Compelling Prostitution (ORS 167.017) X 3
- Custodial Interference in the First Degree X 3
- Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree
Hurth remains lodged at Douglas County Corrections as the investigation continues.
At approximately 0547 hours on February 13th, 2020 a citizen called to report a black angus steer got out of their trailer while they were near milepost #124 on Interstate 5 in Roseburg. The owner of the steer said he was trying to locate it and keep it from getting on the freeway, and he believed it would need to be put down.
The steer made its way to the Roseburg High School parking lot where it was put down.
The owner of the steer was able to remove it and load it back in the trailer afterward. There were no students on the campus at the time of this incident.
The Roseburg Police Department later received calls of a large pool of blood on the ground near the visitor's center on SE Spruce in Roseburg. It was determined this also was from the steer, as the owner pulled to the side of the road in that area after leaving Roseburg High School.
The Roseburg Police Department is again offering fingerprinting services to the community. If you need fingerprints completed for employment, schooling, or any other reason, you can call and make an appointment to have them taken at the Roseburg Public Safety Center.
Times each week are limited, and you must call in advance to make an appointment. Fees for the service are $25 for the first card and $5 for each additional card.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact us at 541-492-6760.
We are still accepting applications for the 2020 Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy, but space may fill quickly. The 2020 Academy will take place during 14 sessions starting on April 2nd and ending on June 11th, 2020.
The course is designed to provide citizens of our community with an inside look at the world of law enforcement. During the course we try and cover everything related to the Douglas County law enforcement community. Classes are normally from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Thursdays, with a few classes also happening on Saturday, and one event on a Sunday. The classes are usually taught by Roseburg Officers or Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputies. There is no fee to attend the academy, but based on high demand and limited space (approximately 25-30 people), we ask that you please be able to commit to attending most of the classes.
Here is a breakdown of our current class topics:
- Overview of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Roseburg Police
- Hiring process and training
- Patrol procedures
- Police equipment and Taser
- Use of force / patrol situations
- Crisis intervention / 911 center tour
- Police K9 demonstration
- Medical examiner presentation
- Criminal law and court procedures
- Psychological impact of officer involved shootings
- Firearms range day
- Officer safety and defensive tactics
- Narcotics investigations
- Jail programs and jail tour
- Criminal investigations
- Crime scene processing and mock crime scene
- Emergency management
If you are interested in attending please complete an application and turn it in. If you have more questions about the academy, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
The application can be downloaded through the following link: http://bit.ly/36P478V
On January 30th, 2020, a 32 year old Roseburg resident, Tristan Stanton, was arrested by Roseburg Police Department Detectives on the following charges.
Rape in the First Degree x 2, Sodomy in the First Degree x 2, Unlawful Sexual Penetration, Sex Abuse in the First Degree x 2, and Harassment x 3. His bail was set at 1.5 million dollars.
Detectives began investigating this case when a victim reported it on January 27th, 2020. During the investigation there were at least three separate victims identified who alleged abuse by Stanton. All three of these victims are under the age of 14 and are known to Stanton. The investigation is still ongoing, but Stanton has been lodged at Douglas County Corrections.
During the period between February 3rd and February 16th, 2020, the Roseburg Police Department will have additional officers working a traffic safety blitz with a focus on safety belt and child restraint use. These shifts are made possible through grant funding from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
?,? ODOT crash data for 2017 shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 22% or 64 of a total 285 motor vehicle occupant fatalities.
?,? Beginning Monday, February 3 and extending through Sunday, February 16, law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will use federally funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws including a recently passed law increasing safety for children under age two.
?,? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2017, 1,906 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 9 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
?,? Safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty- five percent.
?,? In 2017 an Oregon law was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.
?,? The recent law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child’s head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. This is because a rear-facing seat spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child’s body while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.
?,? For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#inspection-inspection or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm.
On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, in the afternoon hours, Roseburg Police Department School Resource Officers learned of a potential threat of violence that was targeted at JoLane Middle School in Roseburg. Officers learned the threat was made over social media, specifically Snapchat. They immediately started investigating the incident and worked in cooperation with the Roseburg School District. During the early stages of the investigation it appeared the threat was not credible, but they continued with the investigation.
On Wednesday, January 29th Officers learned the original threat was made by a 13 year old JoLane student over his Snapchat account. The post by the student indicated a "new student" at the school was going to "shoot up" the school on January 29th. The 13 year old suspect admitted the report was false, and after posting it they tried to delete it, but it had already been sent and copied by other students/people.
The 13 year old male was detained and lodged at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center on the charge of Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree.
Recently there was an article published in several Oregon media outlets that indicated the City of Roseburg is the, "Most Dangerous," city in Oregon. As with any report that involves numbers and percentages, oftentimes those numbers can be presented to support something, or make it appear unfavorable. In this instance those numbers and percentages were taken at face value, without clear explanation. The article is referring to crime statistics that were reported to the FBI by Oregon law enforcement agencies. Those crime statistics are broken down into several different crime categories, and they are also totaled. Based on the numbers reported by an agency there is a determined, "crime index" and a "crime rate", for that jurisdiction.
The Roseburg Police Department takes pride in the fact that we respond to every call for service - thus, taking reports for crimes that many other agencies do not. For example, there are many agencies around the State that do not respond to calls for minor thefts, car break-ins, or vandalism. Additionally, some agencies will refer victims to an online reporting system, potentially making victims feel, "why bother" making a report if an Officer isn't going to investigate it. Ultimately, not responding to, or not taking reports on minor crimes can lead to an inaccurate picture of crime for a particular jurisdiction, especially if it is based on crime data. We at the Roseburg Police Department knew that accurate record keeping could potentially lead to something like this, but we feel responding to all of our communities’ requests for service, and accurately documenting crimes that have occurred in our jurisdiction is the appropriate way to conduct our business. We will continue to operate in this manner, despite the possibility of this making it appear our crime statistics are higher.
The chart in the published article is what produced the rankings that were released. If you look at that article and the attached chart(s) you will see our "Larceny (theft)", "Property Crime (vandalism, etc.)" and "Burglary" rates are higher than the State and U.S. averages. Those categories are the ones that contain petty thefts, theft from motor vehicles, criminal mischiefs, theft from unoccupied buildings, etc. that many agencies don't investigate, thus giving the appearance that their crime rates are lower. Conversely, our rates for most major person crimes are all lower than the U.S. average and only one is higher than the State average. Significantly, our violent crime rate is almost a full point lower than the State of Oregon average and almost 2 points lower than the U.S. average.
We felt it was necessary to send this out to educate the community and media as to how these rates and numbers are created, and what it really means. If anyone has any questions about this, please feel free to contact us.
If you would like to see the article and charts you can go to the following link: https://www.koin.com/news/oregon/report-oregon-16th-most-dangerous-state-in-u-s/
During the period of December 13th, 2019 through January 2nd, 2020 the Roseburg Police department participated in a DUII enforcement blitz. During this period there were additional Officers working shifts that were focused on detection and apprehension of DUII drivers. These additional shifts are made possible through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact.
During that time period the Roseburg Police Department arrested 7 people for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and/or drugs.