Animal Abuse & Neglect, Douglas Co.
ROSEBURG, Ore. – A Winston woman has been arrested on charges of animal abuse and neglect. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control deputies began an investigation early this week after receiving a tip of a horse that was reported to be mistreated at a property in the 600-block of Longhorn Lane. During the investigation, deputies learned the horse and property owner had no connection. Deputies discovered a 3-year-old mixed breed horse, named Ace, who was found to be severely malnourished and in neglectful conditions. Ace’s owner, 24-year-old Morgan Faith Fowler of Winston, surrendered the horse to deputies on Wednesday who took it to a veterinary hospital for examination and later to Strawberry Mountain Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Overnight, Ace’s condition declined to the point that euthanasia was necessary for humane care. Deputies contacted Fowler Thursday afternoon and took her into custody for Animal Neglect I and Animal Abuse II. She was transported to the Douglas County Jail where she was booked on those charges. “This is a very severe case of neglect and abuse,” Sheriff John Hanlin said. “The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation and will provide all relevant facts to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.” Anyone who may have information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #24-1522. Sheriff Hanlin expressed his thanks to Bailey Veterinary Clinic, Strawberry Mountain Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and to the deputies and volunteers who worked to save Ace and are now working on holding Fowler accountable. “These cases are never easy and I cannot thank those who have been involved enough,” the Sheriff remarked.

Fentanyl & Meth Bust, Douglas Co.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. 5 April 2024 – A recent traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Roseburg led to the seizure of large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl headed for the streets of Portland. On April 1, 2024, just after 9 a.m. an Oregon State Trooper stopped a black Chevrolet sedan near milepost 149 on I-5 north for a traffic violation. The trooper suspected criminal activity and received consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the trooper located 62 pounds of methamphetamine and 22,000 suspected fentanyl laced pills inside the vehicle. The suspect acknowledged the illegal substances were headed to Portland. Due to the large quantify of substances seized, the suspect, Oliver Raul Alvarez Beltran (21) of Phoenix (AZ), was arrested and federally charged with attempted delivery of a controlled substance. The investigation is on-going and no additional information is available for release at this time.

Roseburg Stabbing Suspect Arrested
The suspect in this case, Zane Everett Johnston, dob 09-30-03, was contacted by Roseburg CID Detectives in the parking lot at 156 Sunshine Rd at 1:51 PM, and arrested without incident for: Assault 1; Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony); Menacing; Parole Violation Warrant; No further details are being released at this time. On April 3, 2024 at approximately 6:00 AM, the Roseburg Police Department responded to the 900 block of NE Willow Street regarding a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, they found a 50 year old Roseburg man was injured due to a stab wound and immediately began life-saving efforts. The injured male was transported to Mercy Medical Center, then later transferred out of the area for additional treatment. A suspect in this case, a 20 year old Roseburg man, fled the scene and has not been located despite efforts from multiple assisting agencies and a DCSO K9 track; investigators found the victim and suspect are known to each other. Roseburg Police detectives, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office detectives, DCSO deputies and Oregon State Police responded to assist and will continue to investigate the matter with assistance from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. At this time, there is no known ongoing threat to the general public.

I-5 Fatal, Douglas Co.
Douglas County, Ore. 4 Apr. 2024- On Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 3:00 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 5, near milepost 99, in Douglas County. The preliminary investigation indicated a pedestrian, Sally Kaye Bidlake (82) of Canyonville, was kneeling in the slow lane when she was struck by a northbound Toyota Sienna, operated by Miguel Santos (54) of San Mateo (CA). The pedestrian (Bidlake) was declared deceased at the scene. The operator (Santos) and passengers in the Toyota were not injured. The highway was not impacted during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation. OSP was assisted by the Canyonville Fire Department and ODOT.