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Douglas County Sheriff's Office hiring positions

ROSEBURG — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has openings for several positions. They are accepting applications for a Patrol Deputy, Communications Officer/9-1-1 Dispatcher, Accounting Technician, Corrections Deputy, and Police Records Clerk. They encourage people to apply or share the openings with others. Applications can be filled out at www.dcso.com/jobs.

Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meeting cancelled

SALEM — The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's meeting scheduled for February 21 has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts during the legislative short session. The next meeting will still be in Salem, April 10.

Construction completed on restrooms at Ben Irving County Park

DOUGLAS COUNTY — The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Parks Department announced that construction was completed on the new boat ramp vault restrooms, as well as the remodeling of the day use restroom, and they are now open to the public. The new restrooms will feature two handicap, unisex accessible, units with the remodel improving accessibility of the 37-year-old facility. The project was funded using a Marine Board Grant.

Project Blessing looking for volunteers

REEDSPORT — Project Blessing Food Pantry is looking for intake volunteers to join their team. The volunteer will greet and register clients on the computer on a Wednesday shift from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Basic computer skills are required and the system used is point and click. Project Blessing asks interested parties to contact them through Facebook private message.

Second trimester taxes due Feb. 18

ROSEBURG — The Douglas County Tax Collection Office issued a reminder to residents last week that the deadline for the second trimester payment for the 2019/20 Property Tax year is approaching. The payment must be received or postmarked no later than Feb. 18 to avoid interest and penalties. Payments can be made in person at the DCTC office at the Douglas County Courthouse room 205, either at the counter or put in a drop box in the hall. Payments can also be submitted through the mail, addressed to the DCTC office at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, or online at www.co.douglas.or.us. The Reedsport branch of Umpqua Bank is no longer accepting property tax payments, due to corporate guideline changes.

Finger printing services available at Roseburg PD

ROSEBURG — The Roseburg Police Department is once again offering fingerprinting services. If community members need a record of their fingerprints for employment, school, or any other reason they can make an appointment at the Roseburg Public Safety Center to have them taken. Time is limited, so calling in advance for an appointment is required. Services cost $25 for the first card and $5 for each additional card. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call 541-492-6760.

Winston Police respond to school threat

WINSTON — In the early morning of Feb. 6, Winston Police Department received a report that a specific person made a threat directed at Winston Middle School and Douglas High School. Law enforcement contacted the person, but could not substantiate that a threat had been made and advised the subject to stay away from all school campuses until the investigation was complete. The district administration implemented a response consistent with the Crisis Management Plan and the Winston Police has had an increased presence at the schools. Anyone with information concerning the alleged threat is asked to contact the Winston-Dillard School District Office at 541-679-3405 ext. 3405 or the Winston Police Department at 541-679-8706.

DINT investigation leads to arrest in Sutherlin

SUTHERLIN — The investigation was looking into suspected drug-related activities at a mobile home park in Sutherlin. Based on the investigation developed probable cause to arrest Georgina Watson for suspected drug crimes, including possession and delivery of methamphetamine. On Feb. 6, DINT and the Sutherlin Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence, locating a "substantial quantity" of methamphetamine as well as heroin and other drug related items.

Since the residence is next door to Sutherlin's West Intermediate School, there is an additional crime for drug sales occurring within 1000 feet of a school, per Oregon Revised Statutes. Watson was lodged at Douglas County Jail on suspicion of charges of two counts each Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a School, as well as one count of Unlawful Possession of Heroin.

K9 Zoro tracks stolen vehicle suspect

ROSEBURG — A Roseburg man is in jail after Douglas County Sheriff's Office K9 Zoro tracked him following a vehicle pursuit, Sunday. Near midnight a deputy observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation near Meadow Avenue and Kerr Street. The vehicle had previously been reported stolen to Springfield Police and the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver south in the northbound lanes, leading the deputy to stop pursuit out of safety concerns. The suspect nearly struck a responding deputy before hitting a van near milepost 124 and fleeing on foot. K9 Zoro tracked the suspect and located him along the riverbank. Matthew Kelm was taken into custody without further incident and taken to Douglas County Jail on charges of attempt to elude police, reckless driving, reckless endangering, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving while suspended – felony, and five arrest warrants.

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