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*UPDATE* Trailer Fire Death Deemed a Homicide (Photo) - 07/17/18

Update 7/17/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has completed its investigation into the death of Tammy Rae Hicks.  Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson, MD, has ruled Hicks' death as a homicide.  The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.  Evidence at autopsy showed Hicks died before her body was burned in a trailer fire on June 30, 2018.  

Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr. remains lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges related to this case.  Any further updates will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Update 7/1/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives say the death at the scene of Saturday’s trailer fire was a homicide. The suspect is in jail, accused of murdering his estranged wife and burning her body.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m, deputies responded with Fire District #3 personnel to a trailer fire in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller indicated a woman was in the trailer, which was fully engulfed before first responders arrived.

Deputies arrested Kevin Dean Hicks, Sr., 52, shortly after arriving at the scene, which was also Kevin Hicks’s residence. Hicks is lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of murder and second degree abuse of a corpse.

Detectives have presumptively identified the victim as Tammy Raye Hicks, 49, of the 12200-block of Table Rock Road. Investigators with the Jackson County medical examiner’s office say the official identity of the deceased is tentative; they will likely need to rely on dental records or DNA comparisons to make a conclusive identification. An autopsy will take place later this week.

The couple separated after deputies arrested Kevin Hicks on October 15, 2017, for assaulting Tammy Hicks in the presence of their four minor children. Kevin Hicks was arrested again the following day when he contacted Tammy Hicks, in violation of the jail release agreement. The children were not present during Saturday’s incident.

Detectives with the multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU), as well as fire investigators, are assisting with the case. The District Attorney’s Office will review the evidence and refer the case to a grand jury.  Additional details regarding the incident will not be released at this time.

Case #18-13354


Original release 6/30/18:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating an apparent death at the scene of a trailer fire. Few details are available for release at this early stage in the investigation.

On June 30, 2018, at 3:17 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a fire in a trailer in the 3100-block of McMartin Lane. The caller reported a woman was inside the trailer.

Fire District #3 personnel responded to fight the fire, which was fully engulfed. Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives and an investigator from the medical examiner's office responded to assist with the investigation.

Further information, including the identity of the deceased, will be released at a later time.

Case #18-13354


Shepard booking photo 071418
Shepard booking photo 071418
Man Assaults 7-11 Employee, Steals Candy (Photo) - 07/16/18

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A White City man was jailed this weekend on several charges including robbery. Deputies say Mark Eugene Shepard, 44, assaulted a 7-Eleven employee who confronted him about shoplifting candy, and then fled the scene with the merchandise.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 5:08 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a shoplifting and assault at the 7-Eleven store located at 2410 Antelope Road.  Employees reported a customer tried to “haggle” over the price of a package of gummy bears.  When he wasn’t satisfied with the employee's refusal to lower the price, the customer opened the package and began eating the candy. 

The employee told the customer to either pay for the candy or leave the store without it.  The customer began shouting profanities at the employee.  He “head-butted” the employee in the face and left the store on foot.  

Store managers provided surveillance video of the incident.  Deputies were able to identify the suspect in the video as Shepard, a White City-area transient. 

On Saturday, July 14, at 12:49 a.m., deputies contacted Shepard at a residence in the 2600-block of Falcon Street.  Shepard admitted to being involved in the incident at 7-Eleven.  When deputies took Shephard into custody, they located a pipe with methamphetamine residue on his person. 

Shepard was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:  third degree robbery, fourth degree assault, harassment, third degree theft, second degree disorderly conduct, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.  Shepard was released from jail on July 15 due to capacity restrictions.

Shepard is due to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on August 15, 2018.  The case will be referred to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

Case #18-14326 


18-14567 Peninger Rd crash
18-14567 Peninger Rd crash
Deputies Make Nine Weekend DUII Arrests (Photo) - 07/16/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies made nine arrests for impaired driving over the weekend.  Nearly half of the cases involved intoxicated drivers leaving the Jackson County Fair. 

On the night of Friday, July 13, 2018, deputies arrested two men for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).  In one case, 23-year-old man was reported by a citizen as a possible impaired driver leaving the area of the fairgrounds.  Deputies caught up to him in Eagle Point, where he was arrested for DUII.  He was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24%. 

JCSO deputies arrested seven people for DUII on Saturday.  Those arrested included five men and two women, ranging in age from 21 to 58 years.  

Of the seven drivers arrested Saturday, three were leaving the fair at night.  Deputies arrested a 21-year-old man after a crash on Peninger Road.  He rear-ended another vehicle carrying two women, one of whom was pregnant.  Both women were transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.  No one else was injured.

In a case unrelated to the fair, a 31-year-old woman rolled her car in the 6000-block of Griffin Lane at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.  Her two-year-old child was also in the vehicle.  Both were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.  The driver was cited and released at the hospital for DUII, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering another person. 

Notably, deputies were alerted to two of this weekend’s cases by citizens who called 911 after suspecting an impaired driver.  In each case, the caller provided identifying information and remained on the line with dispatch to help a deputy locate the suspect vehicle.

Deputies remind people to make transportation plans before they begin drinking, whether at home or attending an event. Designate a sober driver, call a cab or ride share service, or call a friend.  If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.


Attached Media Files: 18-14567 Peninger Rd crash
Mitchell booking photo - January 18
Mitchell booking photo - January 18
Man Arrested for Elude, Drugs (Photo) - 07/10/18

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A Jackson County man who eluded deputies through the Eagle Point area early Tuesday morning is in jail.  Following the vehicle pursuit and foot chase, deputies arrested Allen Dale Mitchell, 54, on several charges. 

On July 10, 2018, at 12:30 a.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a white Infinity G35 for a traffic violation on Highway 62 at Shasta Avenue.  The driver, later identified as Mitchell, continued northbound, through the city of Eagle Point, without stopping. The vehicle turned onto Butte Falls Highway and came to a stop in the middle of the roadway. 

Mitchell fled on foot and was stopped by a deputy a short distance away.  Mitchell actively resisted arrest.  A second deputy arrived and Mitchell was eventually taken into custody. 

Deputies deployed a drug detection K9 around the vehicle.  K9 Jack alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle.  A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded methamphetamine, heroin, and equipment commonly used for drug sales.  Deputies also found fifteen pounds of processed marijuana in the trunk. 

Both of the vehicle’s passengers were arrested.  Lydia Mae Davis, 27, of Medford, was lodged in jail for violating probation on a conviction for unlawful possession of heroin.  Taylor Nicole Shull, 22, of Eagle Point, was cited and released for unlawful possession of heroin.

Deputies lodged Mitchell in jail on the following charges:  attempting to elude an officer in a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, reckless driving, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Total bail at the time of booking was $75,000.

Case #18-14139


Update: Red Cross Shelter in Ashland Closing - 07/06/18

Update 7/6/18 at 11:10 am: 

The American Red Cross Ashland will be closing its emergency shelter in Ashland at noon today.  Red Cross staff will be on stand-by in the event further assistance is needed. 

Original release 7/5/18:

Ashland, Ore. -  The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in Ashland for people displaced by the Klamathon Fire burning in Northern California.  

Those who are in need of assistance should report to Ashland High School, located at 201 S. Mountain Avenue, Ashland.   

The shelter was requested by California Highway Patrol after some residents near Hilt, Calif. were forced to evacuate to the north.  The closure of Interstate 5 at the Oregon-California border has prevented some evacuees from accessing a Red Cross shelter in Yreka, Calif.  

Additional information:

American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org

  Ashland shelter information: 1 (888) 680-1455

Klamathon Fire info - http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2108 

CalFire public fire information: (530) 842-2266

Oregon Department of Transportation - http://www.tripcheck.com

CalTrans - http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/


File photo - Pilot Rock
File photo - Pilot Rock
SAR Advises Hikers to Avoid Border Area (Photo) - 07/06/18

ASHLAND, Ore. – While the Klamathon Fire has not reached Oregon, Jackson County Search and Rescue officials are preemptively urging hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts to avoid forested areas near the Oregon-California border.   

The areas of concern include the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland, and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  Officials are concerned that people in remote areas may have difficulty receiving notices and evacuating quickly in the event it becomes necessary.  Prevention is key; search and rescue crews may be prohibited from engaging in search missions due to fire danger.

Detour routes have not been established.  The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will coordinate further advisories and closures. 


Attached Media Files: File photo - Pilot Rock
Stillwagon DMV photo
Stillwagon DMV photo
SAR Locates Man with Autism (Update) (Photo) - 07/05/18

Update 7:15 p.m. - SAR located Johnathan this afternoon in the Prospect area. He has been reunited with family. Thank you for keeping an eye out. 

Original release: 

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams are looking for a man missing since early Thursday morning.  Johnathan Stillwagon, 19, was last seen on July 5, 2018, at approximately 3:00 a.m. near Howard Avenue (location corrected from initial release). 

Johnathan has autism and is traveling with his service dog, a six-month-old tan and white pit bull terrier.  He likes to be in the mountains and may be trying to get to the Prospect area. 

Johnathan is five feet, ten inches tall with a thin build.  He has shaved black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved button-up shirt and jeans. 

Anyone with information about Johnathan’s whereabouts is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  Refer to case #18-13758.


Attached Media Files: Stillwagon DMV photo
JCSO marine patrol - file photo
JCSO marine patrol - file photo
Deputies Watching for Impaired Boaters UPDATE (Photo) - 07/03/18

Update, 7/3/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol deputies made eight arrests for boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII) over the weekend.  The focused patrols from June 29 to July 1, 2018, were part of Operation Dry Water, a nation-wide education and enforcement effort regarding impaired boating laws.

Deputies say the arrests involved boaters impaired by alcohol, marijuana, or a combination of the two.  The highest blood alcohol content (BAC) reported was 0.26%. 

Deputies say two of the boaters impaired by marijuana remarked that they came to Oregon because of the availability of recreational marijuana.  They were apparently unaware that Oregon law prohibits public use of marijuana, as well as activities such as boating or driving while impaired.  Deputies remind visitors and residents alike to be aware of the laws regarding marijuana use.


More information:

Oregon recreational marijuana FAQ’s: https://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Pages/FAQs-Personal-Use.aspx

Operation Dry Water: http://www.operationdrywater.org/


Original release, 6/27/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies are taking part in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide push to help keep waterways safe from alcohol-related fatalities.  This weekend, from June 29 to July 1, 2018, deputies will focus on education and enforcement of Oregon’s boating under the influence laws.  

Operation Dry Water is a year-long awareness campaign sponsored by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  According to NASBLA, alcohol is responsible for 15% of boating fatalities, making it the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths.  This weekend’s summer kick-off enforcement event is designed to spread awareness of the danger of boating under the influence, and set the stage for safety for the summer boating season.

Oregon’s laws for driving and boating under the influence of intoxicants (DUII and BUII) are generally similar.  Unlike driving laws, however, Oregon boating laws allow open containers of alcohol in boats, and boat operators are allowed to consume alcohol.  Like vehicle drivers, though, boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  BUII laws are enforceable on any public waterway and pertain to any kind of boat, including motor boats, rafts, and other paddle craft.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/boaters.  Information about statewide boating laws and regulations can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board website: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Statewide-and-Local-Regulations.aspx.


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Crash scene photo
Driver Dies in Overnight Crash (Update) (Photo) - 07/02/18

Update, 7/2/18:

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - Deputies are releasing the name of the driver in a fatal crash on Table Rock Road early Saturday morning.  Robin Christopher Murphy, 54, of the 300-block of Robleda Drive, Central Point, was ejected from the vehicle when it left the roadway and rolled over.  Murphy died at the scene. 

Murphy's family has been notified of his death.  No further updates are available at this time. 


Original release, 7/1/18:

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies say one man died in a single-vehicle motor vehicle crash overnight. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

On July 1, 2018, at 2:04 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a rollover crash in the 9500-block of Table Rock Road, just west of Modoc Road. Deputies arrived to find the driver of a white 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup had been ejected and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire District #3 medics.

Deputies say the vehicle was headed northwest on Table Rock Road. The vehicle went off the road in a curve, rolled, and came to rest in an orchard. Nobody else was in the vehicle.

Deputies identified the driver as a 54-year-old Central Point man. The driver’s next of kin were notified of his death; however, his name will be released at a later time to allow for additional family notification.

An investigator from the medical examiner’s office responded to the scene. Routine toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. Lab results are typically not available for several weeks.

Case #18-13400


Attached Media Files: Crash scene photo
Expo/Peninger Rd. photo
Expo/Peninger Rd. photo
Plan for Traffic Delays After Fireworks Event (Photo) - 07/02/18

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Crowds will fill the Jackson County Expo for the annual “Red, White & Boom” event on July 4.  Drivers in the area can anticipate congestion and delays as vehicles leave at the conclusion of the fireworks display.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies urge drivers to plan ahead and to be patient during the end-of-show egress.

The Jackson County Expo is located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point – near Interstate 5, exit 33.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the fireworks display set to begin at approximately 10 p.m.  The family-friendly event includes activities and entertainment. Parking is available in lots only; vehicles are not allowed to park or stop along Peninger Road.

Following the fireworks display, Peninger Road will be closed to incoming traffic for over an hour to allow vehicles to exit the Expo parking lots.  This is an important planning note for parents – due to the one-way traffic, vehicles will not be able to drive toward the Expo to pick up children or others after the fireworks.

Traffic will be directed one-way in both lanes on Peninger Road for vehicles leaving the Expo.  Vehicles leaving the north parking lots will be routed north toward Upton Road.  Vehicles leaving the south parking lots will be directed south toward Pine Street.  Traffic signals at nearby intersections will be adjusted to allow vehicles to leave the event more efficiently. 

In addition to assisting with traffic control, JCSO deputies will be focused on spotting impaired drivers.  Deputies suggest carpooling and designating a sober driver for those who plan to consume alcohol at the event.  They also remind everyone that smoking marijuana in public is prohibited by state law.

“Red, White & Boom” is sponsored by the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, the City of Central Point, and local organizations and businesses.  Click on the following link for more information:  http://www.medfordchamber.com/red-white--boom.html.



Attached Media Files: Expo/Peninger Rd. photo
Crash scene photo
Crash scene photo
Passenger Injured in DUII Crash (Photo) - 06/28/18

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the driver of a car that crashed and rolled early Thursday morning north of Rogue River.  Two bystanders were able to pull the driver and the injured passenger from the vehicle before it caught fire.   

On June 28, 2018, at 1:20 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a rollover crash in the 7500-block of East Evans Creek Road.  Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle, a white 2017 Ford Focus with Ohio plates, traveling north at a high rate of speed through the curve.  The driver lost control, causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch and roll over. 

Two bystanders helped the driver, Eric James Bruner, 36, and a female passenger, 32, from the vehicle before it caught fire.  Both vehicle occupants live in the 13500-block of East Evans Creek Road. 

Deputies say Bruner displayed visible signs of impairment.  They arrested Bruner for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII-alcohol). 

Evans Valley Fire and Rogue River Fire personnel extinguished the blaze.  Rogue River Fire medics transported the 32-year-old female passenger to Three Rivers Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

Bruner was examined at Providence Medford Medical Center before lodging at the William H. Moore Center.  Deputies cited Bruner for assault in the third degree, DUII, refusing a breath test, and reckless driving.  The case will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

Case #18-13136


File photo - jail interior
File photo - jail interior
Data: Fewer Inmates Released in 2018 (Photo) - 06/26/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – A review of lodging statistics for 2018 shows fewer inmates are being released from the Jackson County jail to prevent overcrowding, compared to the previous year.  Officials say the trend is attributed to an addition of jail beds and innovative programs aimed at reducing repeat lodgings.  Sheriff Nathan Sickler believes the numbers suggest the trend would continue in a positive direction if the county were able to add additional jail beds.

           Jackson County Jail Release Statistics (January 1 – May 31)

























A “forced release” is a term used to describe the release of an inmate due to capacity restrictions.  Jail officials also use a formula to identify inmates who qualify for “risk release” to reduce the jail population in anticipation of imminent lodgings – a preemptive forced release.  Inmates qualify for a risk release because they are charged with lower level crimes, have fewer prior lodgings, and/or have a demonstrated history of appearing in court as scheduled.

Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the biggest contributor to the decline in forced releases was the April 2017 reopening of the jail’s basement level, which raised the total capacity from 230 to 292 inmates.  With the inability to add additional beds in the current facility, officials are continually looking for ways to be more efficient within the space restrictions.

“The Chronic FTA program is another example of how we are finding ways to get the best use of the resources we have,” said Sickler.  The program targets those who have been released due to capacity restrictions, and who repeatedly fail to appear in court as scheduled.  The sheriff has set aside jail beds to hold inmates who have been identified as chronic FTA offenders.  They are held until they can make their court appearance, lessening the strain created on the local justice system as a whole.

Sheriff Sickler is pleased to learn of this trend toward fewer releases, but he says there is still significant room for improvement to fix the “revolving door” problem.

“Thousands of inmates are still being released back into the community before going to court, only to commit more crimes. We are working on finding a sustainable solution to this problem to reduce the crime rate and increase liveability in Jackson County,” Sickler said.

Information on the jail capacity problem and the work toward a solution can be found on the JCSO website - https://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/Jail/New-Jail-Project.



Attached Media Files: File photo - jail interior
Crash scene photo
Crash scene photo
Man Dies in Gold Hill Motorcycle Crash (Photo) - 06/25/18

GOLD HILL – A motorcycle crash claimed the life of a 58-year-old man in Gold Hill on Saturday night.  No other vehicles or persons were involved in the crash. 

On June 23, 2018, at 9:08 p.m., bystanders called 911 to report a crash involving a single motorcycle.  Callers reported the motorcycle operator was injured and unresponsive. 

The motorcycle operator, later identified as Gary Patrick Hansen, of the 85000-block of Lorane Highway, was pronounced dead at the scene by Rogue River Fire District medics.  Hansen also reportedly had ties to the Jackson County area.

Witnesses told deputies they saw the motorcycle, a red 2017 Harley Davidson FLH, headed north on Second Avenue.  For an unknown reason, the motorcycle veered off the pavement and hit the gravel shoulder.  Deputies say the motorcycle and rider crashed in the gravel and came to rest approximately 50 yards from where they left the roadway.  Hansen was wearing a helmet, but it came off during the crash.

An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to investigate the cause and manner of death.  It is unknown whether intoxicants played a role in the crash.  Per standard procedure following fatal motor vehicle crashes, the medical examiner investigation will include a toxicology analysis.

Case #18-12787

Attached Media Files: Crash scene photo
Exterior photo
Exterior photo
Burglar Caught in Concessions Stand (Photo) - 06/25/18

GOLD HILL, Ore. – A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a report of noise at the Gold Hill Little League fields Saturday night caught a suspect in the act of burglarizing the concessions stand.  On June 23, 2018, at 9:37 p.m., a neighbor called to report a banging sound coming from the concessions stand area.

Chase Alan Martin, 18, was inside the building when the deputy arrived.  Deputies found that Martin had caused extensive damage to the concessions stand and another small building.  The air conditioning until had been removed to gain entrance and the inside of the concessions stand was ransacked.  Damages total at least $2000. 

Martin was apparently under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.  Martin was initially uncooperative with deputies, but they were able to take him into custody. 

The incident occurred two days after Martin’s 18th birthday, however he was lodged at the juvenile detention center in Medford due to an outstanding warrant for a juvenile probation violation.  Deputies cited Martin for new charges of second degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief, and second degree trespassing.  The case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 

Case #18-12795


Attached Media Files: Exterior photo , Martin booking photo
Crash scene photo
Crash scene photo
Crash Injures Two Motorcyclists (Photo) - 06/19/18

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A crash involving two motorcycles and a pickup injured two White City men Monday evening.  Deputies are investigating whether impairment contributed to the crash. 

On June 18, 2018, at 7:31 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a crash on Dodge Road near the intersection with Wedgewood Drive.  Deputies learned that a westbound motorcycle collided with the eastbound pickup in the eastbound lane.  The force from the collision caused the motorcycle to collide with another westbound motorcycle. 

The motorcycles and their operators slid on the ground and came to rest off the roadway.  The pickup crashed through a fence and came to a stop in a field. 

Both motorcycle operators were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment; one was transported by Mercy Flights helicopter with critical injuries. The driver and passenger in the pickup were not injured.

Witnesses reported seeing a third motorcycle rider, a woman who had been riding with the two men.  After the crash, she reportedly yelled for neighbors to call 911, and then left the scene.  Deputies would like to identify her in order to obtain a witness statement.

Deputies were assisted by JCSO detectives and a crash reconstruction team from the Oregon State Police.  Fire District #3 and Mercy Flights provided medical assistance. 

The incident remains under investigation.  Additional details are not available for release at this time. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sergeant Scott Waldon at (541) 774-6800.  Refer to case #18-12375.


Attached Media Files: Crash scene photo