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ROSEBURG, Ore. — An adult male who had been in custody at the Douglas County Jail died at Mercy Medical Center on Monday. On Monday, April 15, 2024, deputies in the jail found 33-year-old Derek Michael Ruh unconscious and unresponsive in his bunk. Deputies initiated resuscitative efforts and dialed 9-1-1 for an ambulance. Once EMS arrived […]

Idleyld Park Or., – Search and Rescue efforts continue in the search for Rachel Merchant-Ly, a Glide Elementary kindergarten teacher whose vehicle was found crashed in the North Umpqua River. Merchant-Ly was reported missing on Thursday, February 29th when she didn’t arrive at school. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy located signs of a motor vehicle […]

ROSEBURG, Ore. — On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by Umpqua Community College staff of a security threat to the campus. In an effort to prioritize the safety of students, staff and faculty, the College elected to cancel all classes, events, and activities until further notice.  The Sheriff’s Office is working in […]

RIDDLE, Ore. — Three Roseburg men were arrested Friday afternoon for Burglary, Kidnapping and a number of other crimes.  On Friday, February 16, 2024, around 10:00 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a disturbance in the 200-block of Maple Street in Riddle. Callers were reporting a physical disturbance where three men were assaulting another. […]

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. — A Eugene man who went scuba diving in the Umpqua River near the mouth of the Pacific Ocean is considered missing after he did not surface.  On Sunday, January 29, 2024, shortly before 3:00 p.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting her friend, 47-year-old Jeffery Scott Harris of Eugene, […]

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Level III Sex Offender has been taken into custody after writing a letter to a minor child.  On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report that 44-year-old Uriah Shawn Strauss of Roseburg sent a letter to a minor child at a local high school. The letter outlined Strauss’ […]

Roseburg, Ore., — A former Douglas County Sheriff Corrections Officer was arrested for embezzlement. At the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police conducted an investigation into allegations that a former Douglas County Sheriff Corrections Deputy had embezzled money. During the investigation, former Deputy Peter Collins, a 44 year old Roseburg resident, admitted to […]

UPDATED RELEASE NOVEMBER 29, 2023 11:45 AM REDDING, CA. — A week after fleeing the scene of a homicide, a Riddle, Oregon man has been located and taken into custody in Redding, California.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon was notified that on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 10:15 a.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office […]

RIDDLE, Ore. – Detectives are renewing their request for information as to the whereabouts of a homicide suspect who killed A Grants Pass man last Monday. Gauge Douglas James Main of Riddle is wanted in connection to the homicide of 20-year-old Devonte Lovell Clark of Grant Pass. A felony warrant has been issued for his arrest. […]

ROSEBURG, Ore. — One man is dead and a second victim is presumed drowned after an incident in the South Umpqua River on Monday.  On Monday, November 13, 2023, shortly after 1:00 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of two men who were trying to cross the South Umpqua river on foot when they lost […]