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DUII focused patrols (Photo)
2023-08-16 12:23:06

Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during August and September. There will be additional Officers working shifts to specifically target DUII drivers. This enforcement campaign was made possible through a grant received from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The Roseburg Police Department, along with the Oregon Department of Transportation, encourages all drivers to plan ahead, and follow these tips:

* Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk--or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
* If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
* If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
* Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
* If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Pursuit and Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas County - UPDATE
2023-07-24 13:28:21


The two suspects from this investigation are:

Jessica Fesella-Yanez (43)

David McKinsey-Pace (30) 

Jessica was taken into custody at 8:49 am on Friday, and was lodged at Douglas County Corrections after she was cleared from Mercy Medical Center. David is still hospitalized, but is in stable condition. 

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office formally charged Jessica with: 

Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle – (3 counts) 

Possession of a Stolen Vehicle – (2 counts)

Robbery in the Second Degree

Robbery in the Third Degree

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Criminal Mischief in the First Degree – (2 counts)

Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

Reckless Driving – (2 counts)

Recklessly Endangering Another Person – (4 counts)

Burglary in the First Degree

Burglary in the Second Degree


The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office formally charged David with:

Attempted Murder in the Second Degree

Assault in the Second Degree

Robbery in the Second Degree

Robbery in the Third Degree

Unlawful Use of a Weapon – (3 counts)

Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle – (3 counts)

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle – (2 counts)

Criminal Mischief in the First Degree – (2 counts)

Recklessly Endangering Another Person – (3 counts)

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer 


No further information will be released at this time, as this is an active investigation.


Pursuit and Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas County

On July 21, 2023 at approximately 7:38 am, Oregon State Police (OSP) initiated a pursuit with a Ford F250 that had been stolen during a violent robbery and burglary in Everett, Washington.  The F250 entered the Roseburg area where it went the wrong way on Interstate 5 and then into the City of Roseburg. The male and female occupants of the F250 stopped in the area of Fulton St. in Roseburg, where they forcefully stole a Toyota Rav4 from an elderly female who was driving by.

OSP located the stolen Rav4 fleeing south through Roseburg. The vehicle fled out of the City, and eventually to the area of the Melrose Store.  The Rav4 struck an OSP vehicle at this location, and then fled southbound. 

The male occupant forcefully carjacked a Subaru car just south of the Melrose Store. During this carjacking, the male suspect ran over the owner of the Subaru, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.  After running over the Subaru owner, the male suspect rammed a Douglas County Sheriff (DCSO) Deputy’s patrol vehicle.  The male suspect sustained two gunshot wounds from DCSO Deputies at this time.  The male suspect was taken into custody, provided with immediate first aid, and transported to Mercy Medical Center. 

The female suspect continued fleeing southbound in the stolen Rav4; she was apprehended in the 8400 block of Lookingglass Road without incident after attempting to enter an occupied residence, and was transported to Mercy as a precaution for a report of Fentanyl use.

It was later learned that both male and female suspects had active warrants for Escape out of Washington. No Law Enforcement were injured during this incident. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated, and Roseburg Police will lead the investigation of the Officer Involved Shooting.

No further information will be released at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

Roseburg Police Department Conducts Training
2023-06-16 11:25:12

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Roseburg Police Department will be holding an in-service training for police officers during Roseburg School District's Summer Break. The training will take place Monday, June 19th. 

The training will be held at the Roseburg High School and officers will participate in scenario based training. Continuing education hours keep officers current with their certification requirements mandated by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and to maintain a professional level of service. 

In the interest of public notification and awareness, community members should be aware that the scenario based training will look like an active shooter/active threat response. Simulated gunfire, yelling and a general police presence may be observed by community members in the area. Signage will be present indicating a training exercise is in session. 

"The Roseburg Police Department provides multiple scenario based trainings throughout the year for our officers. As such, we believe it is important to train our officers in the response of active threats. The use of scenario based training provides our officers with the most realistic training possible and helps to develop them professionally in order to better serve our community," said Sgt Daniel Allen. “We are thankful to the Roseburg School District for their support and hospitality in hosting this important training session.”

For the safety of the community and officers, the school campus will be closed to the public during the training session, which starts at 8:00 am and will end at 6:00 pm. 

Any public questions should be directed to the Roseburg Police Department at 541-492-6760 or

Officer Involved Shooting Investigation
2023-03-01 14:24:37

UPDATE- The stabbing victims in this case have all been identified and are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.  


ROSEBURG, Ore. – A disturbance at the Roseburg Senior Center, which was being utilized as a temporary warming center for the night, resulted in an officer involved shooting early Tuesday morning. 

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 12:45 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received multiple reports of a disturbance at the Roseburg Senior Center where several individuals had been stabbed by a male who was utilizing the warming center. Officers from the Roseburg Police Department responded to the scene. A male suspect, whose identity is being withheld at this time, refused to comply with officer’s directives and attempts to de-escalate the situation and the use of non-lethal levels of force. Ultimately, an officer utilized lethal force against the subject who died at the scene despite lifesaving efforts. 

The involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave in keeping with the involved agency’s policy.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and is investigating the incident, with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assigned as the lead investigating agency for the officer involved shooting. The Roseburg Police Department is investigating the assaults against those utilizing the warming center. 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police working in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

Shooting Investigation
2023-01-19 10:04:19


The suspect in this case has been identified as 53 year old William Elliott Saffery of Roseburg.  Saffery is currently lodged at the Douglas County Jail and charged with Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x2, Pointing a Firearm at Another x2, and Felon in Possession of a Weapon.  

The victim was treated at Mercy Medical Center and released later the same day. 

On January 18, 2023 at about 8:40 AM, officers with the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Cow Creek Tribal Police responded to a reported shooting in the 500 block of SE Rose Street. The investigation revealed the incident stemmed from a conflict between two individuals who appear to be unknown to each other; there is no known ongoing threat to the public. The involved victim sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries and the suspect has been taken into custody. The investigation is still active and more information will be released when available.

Stand-off with armed subject
2022-09-18 12:34:26

On September 17th, at about 9:00 pm, Roseburg police officers attempted to stop on a white, 2018 Nissan Sentra that was being operated by Jeff Reece (40), of Roseburg,  after observing him commit several traffic violations and almost striking two pedestrians as he sped through a stop sign.  Reece failed to stop for officers and a vehicle pursuit was initiated but due to Reece's speeds through a neighborhood, the pursuit was terminated. A short time later, officers located Reece stopped in his vehicle in the middle of the Stewart Parkway Bridge.  

Officers had prior information Reece was in possession of multiple firearms and Reece refused to exit his vehicle and made threats to shoot himself.  Members of the Roseburg Police Department Emergency Response Team, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team and a S.W.A.T. member with the Oregon State Police responded, along with the Roseburg Police Department Hostage Negotiation Team. 

After about an hour of negotiation, a less-lethal impact weapon was deployed and DCSO K9 Eros was used to take Reece into custody.  While taking Reece into custody, officers located a 9mm handgun concealed in Reece’s pocket.  A search warrant was later served on Reece’s vehicle and an additional rifle was recovered.

Reece was evaluated on scene by medics and transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked on multiple charges.

The Stewart Parkway Bridge was closed for about two hours and the several civilians who had been initially evacuated from their vehicles were allowed to return.  One lane of the bridge was re-opened to allow traffic to flow until officers were able to clear the scene. The bridge was fully opened about four hours after the incident started.  

OSP, DCSO, Roseburg FD and Bay Cities Ambulance assisted with this incident.

Traffic Enforcement Patrols
2022-08-08 12:23:54

During July through September 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.

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2022 U drive. u text. u pay. campaign (Photo)
2022-03-31 15:47:46

Roseburg, OR — The Roseburg Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement effort. From April 7-11, 2022, law enforcement officers from across the country will work together to enforce texting and distracted driving laws to make our roads safer for all road users.

According to NHTSA, between 2012 and 2019, 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver. While fatalities from motor vehicle crashes decreased slightly from 2018, distraction-related fatalities increased by 10%. NHTSA also reported that the number of deaths linked to driver distraction was 3,142 nationwide, or almost 9% of all fatalities, in 2019. This represents a 10% increase over the year 2018, or 284 more fatalities. The distraction figure was the largest increase in causes of traffic deaths reported for 2019.

Millennials and Generation Z are the most distracted drivers, often using their cell phones to talk, text, and scroll through social media while behind the wheel. According to NHTSA research from 2017, young drivers 16 to 24 years old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007. In 2019, 9% of people killed in teen (15-19) driving crashes died when the teen drivers were distracted at the time of the crash.

Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads, and much of this distraction is attributed to texting while driving. People know texting and driving is dangerous and often illegal, but they selfishly give themselves a personal exemption to do it anyway, and this behavior unfairly puts others at risk. Beginning April 7, if you text and drive, you will pay.

Violating Oregon’s distracted-driving laws can be costly. In Oregon, your first conviction for operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device (ORS 811.507) is a Class B traffic violation.  The second conviction within a 10-year period is a Class A traffic violation and the person’s third conviction within 10-years preceding the date of the current conviction is a Class B Misdemeanor. 

Many drivers are guilty of a “double standard” when it comes to distracted driving. In its 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index, the AAA Foundation reported that while nearly 96% of drivers believed it was very or extremely dangerous to read a text or email while driving, 4 out of 10 drivers admitted to doing so within the previous 30 days.

Drive Safe Every Trip

The Roseburg Police Department and NHTSA urge drivers to put their phones away when behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and do not drive while doing so. If you are the driver, follow these steps for a safe driving experience:

• If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text. 

• Ask your passenger to be your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

 • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. 

• Cell phone use is habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal. Break the cycle. Remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. For more information, visit

Fatal crash on Diamond Lake Boulevard, Roseburg
2022-03-15 10:47:58

On March 10, 2022 at approximately 1:20 PM, the Roseburg Police Department and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in the 2000 block of Diamond Lake Boulevard.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black Maserati Grand Sport, operated by Jack Corson (74) of Roseburg, was traveling eastbound on Diamond Lake Boulevard and struck pedestrian Jonathan Kurtz (75) of Glide, who was walking within the lanes of travel.

Kurtz was transported to Sacred Heart at Riverbend with fatal injuries and later pronounced deceased by the Lane County M.E.  Corson was not injured and remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement.

The Roseburg Police Department was assisted by the Roseburg Fire Department and Umpqua Valley Ambulance

Shooting Investigation
2022-03-06 18:04:52

On March 6th, 2022 at about 2:40 PM, officers with the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Cow Creek Tribal Police responded to the 1500 block of SE Booth Avenue after it was reported that Savannah Gilkey was outside her residence, unclothed, screaming and shooting a firearm.

Officers on scene attempted to make contact with Gilkey when she pointed a pistol at them, then shot the pistol several times into the air.

Gilkey was able to get to her vehicle and leave when she was stopped at a roadblock.  Gilkey complied with commands and was taken into custody without further incident.  There is no known ongoing threat to the public.

Shooting investigation
2022-01-07 09:19:44
On January 6, 2022 at about 7:30 PM, officers with the Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting in the 2000 block of NW Stewart Parkway. The investigation revealed the incident stemmed from a conflict with two individuals who appear to be known to each other and there is no known ongoing threat to the public. The involved victim sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries and the suspect has been taken into custody. The investigation is still active and more information will be released when available.
Shooting Investigation
2021-12-29 12:49:28

On December 28, 2021 at approximately 6:30 PM, Roseburg Police Detectives were called to assist in an officer involved shooting investigation in Drain, Oregon.  During an initial investigation by another law enforcement agency, a male suspect was shot and fled the area with a female associate.  A subsequent search of the area conducted by numerous agencies resulted in the capture of both suspects.  The male was transported to a local medical facility where he received medical treatment.  The Douglas County Major Crimes Team continues to investigate and there is no known ongoing threat to the public.  

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Give the gift of holiday safety: Driver sober or get pulled over (Photo)
2021-12-15 10:40:24
Roseburg, Ore. — This holiday season, the Roseburg Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving. The Roseburg Police Department and NHTSA want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. In support of the law enforcement community’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you will see local law enforcement officers working together December 15, 2021, through January 1, 2022, to take drunk drivers off the roads. These expanded efforts to protect against impaired driving will be conducted in a fair and equitable way.

According to NHTSA, 10,142 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of traffic crash fatalities. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2015 to 2019 — one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in 2019. This is why the Roseburg Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to the holiday festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

It’s important that drivers act responsibly, and that includes refraining from impaired driving. The holidays are a special time of year for most, and the Roseburg Police Department wants our community members to enjoy this season. We need commitment from our drivers that they’ll keep the roads free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior.

During the month of December 2019, 837 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver. During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2019 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (210) than during any other holiday period that year. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance — alcohol or other drugs — is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior.
The Roseburg Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior, so it is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. There are too many resources to get you home safely. There are just no excuses for drunk driving.

If you’re the designated driver, make sure you keep that promise of safety to yourself and your passengers. Stay hydrated with water and other non-alcoholic beverages. Support other designated drivers, too. It can be a long night, but people are counting on you, not to mention the other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the streets. Take the role of designated driver seriously — people are relying on you.

The Roseburg Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 9-1-1

Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

For more information about the 2021 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit
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roseburg optimist club honors police department's efforts (Photo)
2021-10-14 16:45:14
ROSEBURG, OR – The Roseburg Optimist Club on Thursday, Oct. 14, recognized the Roseburg Police Department’s efforts to protect and safeguard lives and property.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, Roseburg Optimist Club President Peter Sudduth visited the Roseburg Public Safety Center and presented a plaque to the Roseburg Police Department that reads:

“In recognition and appreciation for the actions, activities and service by the entirety of your department in an unprecedented and uncertain time in Douglas County. We honor your efforts in safeguarding lives and property while providing a safe and healthy community for all to visit, live and thrive in.”

For the past 45 years, the Roseburg Optimist Club has honored local law enforcement with an annual Respect for Law banquet held every February. Normally, local agencies choose a law enforcement employee of the year for special recognition at this banquet.

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 banquet was cancelled.

Roseburg Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein thanked the club for the plaque and recognition.

“The Roseburg Optimist Club unwaveringly supports local Law Enforcement, and we look forward to being able to attend their banquet again, hopefully next February,” Chief Klopfenstein said.
roseburg police officers rescue drowning woman
2021-09-29 13:59:09
ROSEBURG, OR – Roseburg Police officers rescued a drowning woman from the South Umpqua River early Wednesday morning.

Police were called to the bank of the river near Stewart Parkway bridge by a Roseburg man, identified as James Smith, who alerted Douglas County Emergency Communications at 3:56 a.m. Wednesday that his female friend got in trouble as the pair tried to swim in the river. The man got out of the water and called 9-1-1 to help Brittany Rose Shepherd, 24, of Roseburg.

The man told emergency dispatchers Shepherd was struggling to tread water and unable to make it back to shore, and he was unable to help her.

Roseburg Police officers, along with Roseburg Fire Department fire personnel, responded to the report of a female in distress in the South Umpqua River near Stewart Park.

Roseburg Police Sgergeant Jeff Eichenbusch, Officer Dawson Batsch and Officer Brandon Halter arrived on scene and found the woman was out near the middle of the river treading water -- gasping, exhausted and unable to get back to shore.

Without hesitation, Officers Batsch and Halter quickly removed their duty gear – guns, radios, badges, belts, vests, etc. -- and jumped into the river to rescue her.

As they got into the river, Shepherd was going under water. Without their quick actions, she likely would have drowned, according to Sergeant Eichenbusch.

Officer Batsch, who served previously as a lifeguard, swam quickly out to Shepherd and used his lifeguard training and experience to grab her and swim her back to shore.

Shepherd was treated at the scene by medical personnel and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for further treatment. She was expected to be treated and released.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.