Unclaimed remains of 28 veterans to be buried in Oregon
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The unclaimed cremated remains of 28 veterans have been removed from a mortuary in Roseburg, Oregon to be stored at the Douglas County Courthouse until May, when they will be...
Woman who stoned man to death dies at women’s prison
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Keizer woman convicted of stoning a man to death and sentenced to life in prison has died at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.
Feds investigate Oregon company’s African wood products
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Roseburg Forest Products, one of the country's leading manufacturers of particleboard and plywood, has ended production and sales of certain lumber products in the midst of a...
Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A move to improve the care of foster children relegated to living in hotels has resulted in 25 percent more children removed from their families being housed in institutions...
Suspects in Colorado slaying, other crimes held in Oregon
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Two men suspected in crimes across three states, including a deadly Colorado carjacking, have been arrested, authorities said Monday.
APNewsBreak: Settlement brings reforms to Oregon county jail
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials in an Oregon county agreed Thursday to lower the number of inmates crammed into a single cell and take other actions after a woman filed a lawsuit saying she was jailed under inhumane conditions.
Under the settlement in U.S. District Court, staff at the Douglas County jail in Roseburg — once known as the timber capital of America — must document the procedures so advocates can ensure they're being followed.
Douglas County officials calls off search for Mt. Angel man
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Douglas County authorities are calling off a days-long search for a Mt. Angel man who went missing after his car broke down in the Umpqua National Forest, in rural southwestern Oregon.
Thirty-year-old Jeffery Vance was reported missing on Feb. 4 by his friend, who last saw him after they abandoned the car near Clearwater to start walking and became separated.
Heavy snow in the area has hampered the search effort.
New director named for Roseburg Veterans Affairs center
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An interim director for the Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington has been named as the new permanent director for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oregon.
The News-Review reports Keith Allen will take over from interim director Kevin Forrest on March 17.
Oregon State Police seek killer of adult bald eagle
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife officers are seeking information on the person or people who shot and killed an adult bald eagle in Douglas County.
Tips that lead to an arrest could lead to an award.
OSP said Thursday the eagle was found shot in the neck with a small caliber rifle from Lower Cow Creek Road approximately 2 miles south of Doe Creek Road. The shooting happened sometime in November.
Officials: 360,000 spring chinook die at aging fish hatchery
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials say 360,000 young salmon and eggs have died at a western Oregon fish hatchery.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a news release Friday says the spring chinook died at the aging Cole Rivers Hatchery due to not getting enough oxygen.
Officials say a buildup of algae and failing equipment allowed silt and debris into the hatchery's water supply.
Near record-low returns of spring chinook to South Umpqua
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Historically, spring chinook have returned to the South Umpqua River by the thousands, spending time in deep, cool pools in the summer before spawning in the fall.
Greg Huchko with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said his department has been doing snorkel counts of the species for the past 40 years.
This year they counted 28 fish that had returned to their natal pools — the second lowest since the department started recording the numbers.
Douglas County hosts largest Labrador retriever event in US
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of Labrador retrievers from all over the nation are descending on Douglas County this week for the largest retriever competition in the U.S.
The News-Review reports Wednesday that the only state not represented among the 658 dogs attending this year's Master National AKC competition is Hawaii.
Umpqua National Forest campground closes due to vandalism
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has closed Lake in the Woods campground in western Oregon more than a month early because someone damaged the tube used to collect camping fees.
The News-Review reports in a story on Friday that people can still walk to the campground in the Umpqua National Forest to fish.
The Forest Service says it's also investigating additional vandalism in other recreation sites along Highway 138 and Little River Road.
Oregon county gets new morgue years after mass shooting
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A rural southern Oregon county has a new morgue facility, three years after its two-body capacity became an issue following a mass shooting at the local community college.
The News-Review reports that Douglas County's new morgue in Roseburg has expanded its capacity for investigating deaths by 10-fold.
Roseburg City Council approves ride-sharing services
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Roseburg City Council has unanimously voted to approve ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft within city limits, with some conditions.
Search on for California man who fell off Oregon waterfall
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Search teams are trying to locate a California man who fell while taking a picture above a waterfall in southern Oregon.
Authorities say 23-year-old Brian Lewinstein, of Berkeley, California, had crossed a safety fence to snap the photo when he plummeted down an embankment Sunday afternoon.
The accident happened at Toketee Falls in Douglas County, Oregon, about 60 miles east of Roseburg.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman and her son have dropped a lawsuit that sought to mandate that students use bathrooms matching their gender at birth.
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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Land at a Roseburg cemetery will be dedicated in a public ceremony this month, in preparation for its future as a resting place for abandoned children who have died or been stillborn.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a cigarette caused a house fire that killed a person in southwestern Oregon.
Douglas County Fire District No. 2 says crews responding to Monday's fire in Green found heavy black smoke coming from the back of the home. A neighbor helped one person and a pet escape, but another person died in the blaze.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for a woman who left her toddler daughter in the car while she went to her job as a pediatric nurse practitioner said Thursday she didn't realize she had left girl behind and was suicidal when she realized her child was dead.
Defense attorney David Terry said in a letter to other defense attorneys that Nicole Engler first begged to be allowed to kill herself, and tore out clumps of her hair when she realized the little girl named Remington was dead.
Oregon car dealer: ‘Who doesn’t like free guns’
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Roseburg car dealer has come up with a unique sales gimmick — 'Buy a car, get a gun."
The sign went up in front of Earnest Auto Sales last week, the same day 200 people rallied at the Douglas County Courthouse in support of the Second Amendment.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A toddler in Oregon died after being left alone in a hot car while her mother went to work as a family nurse practitioner, authorities said Friday.
Nicole Engler, 38, of Roseburg told investigators she thought she had taken her 21-month-old daughter Remington to daycare before heading to work, court documents say.
Instead, she completed her shift at 4 p.m. and found the toddler in the back seat — unconscious and blue, authorities said.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Oregon toddler left in hot vehicle (all times local):
The mother of an Oregon girl who died after being left in a hot car told officers she thought he had dropped her daughter off at daycare.
Roseburg police say in an affidavit that 38-year-old Nicole Engler found her 21-month-old daughter unconscious and blue after finishing her shift as a nurse practitioner at Evergreen Family Medicine.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon child died after being left unattended in a vehicle for several hours, and the child's mother has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The Roseburg Police Department says the vehicle was parked Thursday in a lot near Evergreen Family Medicine. The child was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center.
The department has not released the child's name, age or gender, and has not responded to a request for more information.
No ordinary 98-year-old
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Pauline Phillips leads a busy life. She still drives, does water aerobics every morning at the YMCA, leads Rosary at the Catholic Church and serves dinner at the Elks lodge, defying the fact that she is 98 years old. She was born on April 21, 1920 and has outlived two husbands.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A motorcyclist from Florida who was last seen May 28 in Oregon has been found injured on a dirt road in the Oregon wilderness.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that a search effort for Matthew Chapin, of Lake City, Florida, began Friday.
He was found Sunday near Clearwater Falls in the Umpqua National Forest, north of Crater Lake.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County Landfill and transfer stations, along with its recycling partner, will be suspending all recycling efforts in the county.
The News-Review reports that the operations will be suspended June 1. The Douglas County Public Works Department in a statement Thursday cited a Chinese ban on some recyclables as the reason for the change.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — This summer, the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management is working to stop the flow of heavy metal contaminants from the Formosa Mine southwest of Riddle into nearby creeks.
BLM Project Manager Susan Lee said copper, zinc, mercury and gold had been mined from the site off and on from the early 20th century until the mid-1990s.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — One of the men who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train is running for a county commissioner seat in western Oregon.
Alek Skarlatos, 25, announced his candidacy Tuesday to become a Douglas County commissioner, The News-Review reported .
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — It's the one place at Eastwood Elementary School where kids are actually encouraged to clown around.
As members of the Eastwood Clown College, seven students experience a program that's more than fun and games.
With the help of clown makeup, colorful outfits and crazy hair, miracles happen. When Luralea Wheeler teaches kids to find the funny, many gain confidence and overcome stage fright.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of shooting his friend while live-streaming has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
The News-Review reports 23-year-old John Walker Adams also pleaded not guilty to tampering with physical evidence in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a fatal stabbing in southwestern Oregon.
Roseburg police say Billy Dale Conner-Ferguson was arrested Monday, the same day officers found an unconscious man in the parking lot of a Rodeway Inn hotel. The victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
Police say the suspect and the victim knew each other.
Since the trees have matured in downtown Roseburg, green herons have begun nesting. Umpqua Valley Audubon Society plans to conduct its second annual survey identifying nesting trees on Thursday.
Mark Hamm, an audubon member, said he lives above downtown and he often sees the green herons.
Conservationists have expressed outrage over a proposed access road to be constructed on public land in the forested Susan Creek area west of Roseburg.
But according to Roseburg-based Lone Rock Timber Management Company, the road is a legal way to allow the company to access 40 acres of its own timberland.
For Francis Eatherington, Umpqua regional advisor for conservation group Cascadia Wildlands, the prospect of cutting down old-growth trees on the proposed road makes her upset.
A 5-year-old boy from Winston has been busy riding his brand new black-and-green bicycle, thanks to a stranger who noticed how much he wanted a bike.
During City Center Cars and Trucks’ grand opening event April 14 in Roseburg, the owners raffled off two bikes, one meant for a little boy and the other for a little girl.
Ashton O’Keefe’s mother and stepfather, Kelsea and Joshua Adkins, put in a couple raffle tickets to win the bike for a boy, while Ashton kept going up to the bike in anticipation.
BEND — Roseburg's boys lacrosse team fell, 13-12, to Summit in Friday's nonleague game.
Summit is third in the High Desert League with a 2-8 overall and 1-1 league record.
Roseburg (6-3, 4-1) is second in the Southwest Conference, behind Sheldon (6-2, 5-0).
The Roseburg girls tennis team is getting an opportunity to play some competition outside the Southwest Conference this weekend.
The Indians are hosting the Roseburg Tennis Invitational, which began Friday and concludes today at the Umpqua Valley Tennis Center.
Teams include Barlow, Bend, Churchill, Grants Pass, Junction City, Mountain View, Sheldon, South Eugene, South Medford, Sprague and Summit.
Roseburg defeated Churchill, 8-0, and downed Mountain View, 8-0, during Friday’s duals.
Roseburg’s Grace Backen gets high jump win at Central Coast Invitational
FLORENCE — Roseburg junior Grace Backen's won the girls high jump at 4-8 the Central Coast Invitational on Friday at Siuslaw High School.
Douglas County was represented by Yoncalla, Reedsport, Roseburg and Sutherlin at the meet.
In the girls' competition, Reedsport's Ashley Schuttpelz finished third in the 3,000 (12:39.27) and Sutherlin's Heidi Christianson finished third in the 400 (1:05.2).
Cobb School students are holding a poetry jam next Tuesday, to raise money for several Douglas County nonprofits.
The the student at the school decided they'd like to help change their little corner of the world and raise money for some non-profit organizations, so students wrote poems that they will read at the event.
The poetry jam will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 24, at Cascadia Coffee, 732 SE Cass St. in downtown Roseburg.
CCA, Roseburg athletes compete at Bob Newland freshman/sophomore track and field classic
MEDFORD — Athletes from Canyonville Christian Academy and Roseburg competed Friday in the annual Bob Newland Frosh/Soph Classic at South Medford High School.
"This is always a great meet for us to attend, especially for the younger athletes on the team because they have the chance to compete against kids their own age," RHS coach Gwen Bartlett said. "This really gives them an opportunity to feel success."
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Jennifer Myers of Roseburg can breathe easier now that a double lung transplant has given her a new lease on life.
Cystic fibrosis was taking away her ability to breathe, and she got to the point where she was going to need the life-saving procedure to survive.
The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses April 9 to April 13, 2018.
Shane Michael Holmes, 32, and Andrea Michelle Nicholson, 27, both of Myrtle Creek, April 9.
Roger Lee Monger, 38, and Michelle Lynn Fiorese, 38, both of Sutherlin, April 9.
The temporary director of the Roseburg VA is asking the veterans to once again drink the Kool-Aid and not ask what is in it. He said he wanted to close the Emergency Room at the VA and use the funds to open urgent care facilities in Eugene and North Bend. He gave a lot of reasons to do so, all of which sounded very good and made one think this is a very good idea. He also said he would get an agreement with CHI Mercy to allow vets to come in, with the billing sent to the VA. Again everything sounded wonderful, and the ER closure would only be at night.
Roseburg Forest Products announced Thursday that Pete Hancock was named Roanoke Timberlands Manager, in charge of overseeing day-to-day harvest and land management activities on the company's 158,000-acre fee land base in North Carolina and Virginia.
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team arrested a Roseburg man Wednesday who had warrants for his arrest on strangulation and assault charges.
Theodore Green, 34, was arrested in the 200 block of Parkhurst Avenue. In 2017, he was arrested for allegedly strangling and assaulting a woman.
During his arrest Wednesday, officers found methamphetamine on him.
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.
Douglas County sheriff
4:51 a.m. — Someone has been revving their engine for two hours in the 80 block of Barton Road, Azalea.
5:23 a.m. — A man is swinging nunchucks around after he was refused alcohol in the 200 block of Grant Smith Road, Roseburg.
Raising Highly Capable Kids (Spanish version) — Runs until June 11. 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Head Start/Rose Elementary, 948 SE Roberts Ave., Roseburg. On-site childcare, free, light refreshments. Douglas ESD, 541-492-6604.
Douglas County youth use creative artistic expression to raise awareness of issues
Students in Douglas County elementary through high school grades have produced art that has a prevention message, and organizers of the Prevention and Education Program at Adapt in Roseburg were amazed at some of the creations that the kids came up with.