Driver Arrested in High Speed Chase

WINCHESTER, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says one man was arrested following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash Monday. Around 2:30 p.m. a deputy attempted to stop a 1993 Lincoln on Page Road near the Winchester Elementary School. The vehicle did not stop and a pursuit began. The vehicle speed down … Continue reading »

Fugitive Wanted to Start Cult

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The FBI says that Daniel Clement Chafe, the Douglas County fugitive who was caught last week after 15 years, wanted to start a cult. The FBI says Chafe was allegedly recruiting females between the ages of 14 and 16 in order to form what he called the ‘Cobalt Clan.’ His reported goal … Continue reading »

Deadly Sheep Disease Hits Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Around 300 sheep in Douglas County are being euthanized after the Department of Agriculture found they were at a high risk for a deadly sheep disease.  It’s a disease known to be deadly to sheep called Scrapie that’s back in Oregon for the first time in five years. “Scrapie is not … Continue reading »

Deputies Work to Remove Motor Home

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office attempted to rescue a California couple after their motor home got stuck on a Bureau of Land Management road. Deputies say around 8:30 p.m. Saturday they received a call from Charles Garton, 73, of Ridgecrest, Cali., saying he and his wife were stuck on a logging road … Continue reading »

Public Wildfire Restrictions Eased

ROSEBURG, Ore. – The Douglas Forest Protective Association lowered the fire danger level to low Monday. Recent rain showers have reduced the threat level, but officials say the fire season remains in effect. Officials say open fires, including campfires, warming fires, cooking fires and charcoal fires are still prohibited except in designated campgrounds. They say … Continue reading »

Both Sides React to Timber Bill

ROSEBURG, Ore. –Douglas County is home to four different O&C land districts. “That’s why this is so important, not only to counties, but to our communities, our economy, our job base,” said Doug Robertson, President of the O&C County Association. The association of O&C counties says because of protests and environmental lawsuits, forestry services have … Continue reading »

Animal Control Needs Help Locating Dog

SUTHERLIN, Ore. – Douglas County Environmental Health says it needs help finding a dog involved in a biting incident Sunday. Douglas County Animal Control is looking for a dog described as a small, brown and white pit bull. It says around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the dog bit a child near east 2nd Avenue. Animal control … Continue reading »

Wildfire Sparks at Cooper Creek

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Fire crews responded to a natural-cover fire near Cooper Creek Reservoir Saturday. Crews say the fire was reported around 3 p.m. when smoke was seen rising from one of the coves on the south shore of the reservoir. Firefighters say 1.5 acres of grass, brush and tress before they were able stopped … Continue reading »

Missing Man’s Body Found

RIDDLE, Ore. — The body of a missing Arizona man was found in a wooded area on Monday night after a search that lasted several days. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Jonathan Croom was found about a thousand feet from his car, which was found last week after he had been missing for … Continue reading »

Nine Arrested in Marijuana Raids

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Nine people face criminal charges after the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team conducted several pot busts throughout the county. Four growing sites were raided and 43 marijuana plants were seized as evidence along with 243 grams of processed weed. Wayne Gordon, Jeffrey Star, Stephen Turner, Danielle Leiby, Darrel Denney, Jason Hubbard, Denise Bettencourt, … Continue reading »

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