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Man Dies in Eagle Point Officer Involved Shooting - 09/20/18

Eagle Point, Oregon – Matthew Thayer Graves – DOB 5/23/85, of Eagle Point died after a physical confrontation with Eagle Point Police Officers. On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:42 p.m., an Eagle Point Police Officer contacted Graves near the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant in Eagle Point. The contact continued into the restroom of the restaurant where a struggle ensued. 

A second Officer arrived to assist with taking Graves into custody.  The Officers continued to struggle with Graves and shots were fired.  Graves was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the officers involved sustained minor injuries.

Detectives with the Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit, which was comprised of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police, the Medford Police Department, the Ashland Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2018.

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation and a review by the Grand Jury. The names of the officers will not be released until that time.

A press conference will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 2:45 p.m. at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. 

Anyone with information about the case can call Detective David Seese at (541) 774-8304 and refer to JCSO Case 18-19902 or EPPD Case 18-6861.

Sims - 2014 DMV photo
Sims - 2014 DMV photo
Woman Arrested for Mail Theft, Forgery (Photo) - 09/18/18

WHITE CITY, Ore. – An arrest in White City caps off a three-month investigation into theft and fraud.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say a woman stole mail from at least 100 people and used personal and financial information to steal identities and make fake checks.  

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 9:59 a.m., Amanda Marie Sims, 36, was arrested in White City.  She was lodged in jail on 100 counts of mail theft, six counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery, and one count of criminal possession of a forgery device.  Bail at lodging was $847,500.

The case began on June 22 when a woman attempted to cash a forged check at a White City convenience store.  Deputies traced the check back to Sims.  On July 1, deputies served a search warrant at Sims’ residence.  They found stolen mail and equipment used to make or alter checks. 

JCSO detectives continued the investigation, which included obtaining bank records and other documents, and interviewing witnesses.  They learned Sims received at least $10,000 by cashing or depositing fraudulent checks.  She also used stolen bank information to pay bills, and gave forged checks to other people.  Detectives are still working to determine the total amount of losses to victims in the case.

On Tuesday, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force, a local multi-agency team funded by the U. S. Marshal’s Office, found Sims hiding in a mobile home park in the 3200-block of Antelope Road.  Sims was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges related to this case. 

Two men at the residence were found to have warrants for their arrest.  Moises Rodriguez-Regalado, 29, and Edgar Limon Sigala, 23, were lodged in jail.  Detectives do not believe they are involved in the fraud case.  

Detectives say the mail stolen by Sims in relation to this case came from mailboxes in the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue areas.  They would like to hear from anyone who believes they may have been a victim.  Callers can contact Detective Gabe Burchfiel at (541) 770-8939. Refer to case #18-12702.

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Attached Media Files: Sims - 2014 DMV photo
ODW Award
ODW Award
JCSO Marine Patrol Wins National Award (Photo) - 09/14/18

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies have been recognized for their work in enforcing impaired boating laws.  This week, JCSO received the “Top Agency” award for “Operation Dry Water,” a nationwide effort to keep waterways safe from alcohol-related fatalities.    

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, JCSO representatives were presented with the award during the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) conference in Indianapolis.  The Oregon State Marine Board nominated JCSO for the honor.  JCSO was one of three agencies nationwide to receive the Top Agency award.

Deputies Jason Denton and Ian Lance combined to arrest nine boaters for boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII) during the “Operation Dry Water” enforcement weekend, June 29 to July 1.  The nationwide event is part of a year-long awareness campaign sponsored by NASBLA.  According to NASBLA, alcohol is responsible for 15 percent of boating fatalities, making it the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. 

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, however, boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  The “legal limit” for both is .08% blood alcohol content.  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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Attached Media Files: ODW Award , Dep Denton and Dep Lance
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Classroom "Grandpa" Sentenced for Sex Abuse (Photo) - 09/13/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – A former classroom volunteer arrested for sexually abusing two kindergarten students is headed to prison.  Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree sexual abuse in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

As part of a negotiated settlement, Lodge received a sentence of 75 months in prison, without the possibility of early release due to Measure 11 sentencing guidelines.  He has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since his arrest on December 9, 2017.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lodge after investigating a report that Lodge sexually abused a 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School in White City.  Detectives later learned of a second victim in the class.  A grand jury indicted Lodge on charges related to the abuse of both girls. 

During an interview with detectives, Lodge confirmed both girls’ claims that he touched their genitals on the inside of the their underwear.  Lodge told detectives he found opportunities to touch the girls when others weren’t looking.  He said he even did so in the middle of the classroom, using his body to shield the act from the teacher.  The girls reported that Lodge told them to keep the abuse a secret.

Lodge was known as “Grandpa Jerry” to the children in the class.  He was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS).  The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley.  Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say as soon as the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with the Eagle Point School District and PRS cooperated fully with the criminal investigation; they prevented Lodge from having any further contact with students. School officials and JCSO detectives held a meeting with parents in the classroom following Lodge's arrest to answer questions about the incidents.

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Attached Media Files: Jerry Lodge mug - Dec 2017
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
Marijuana grow - Sept 4 2018
Grants Allow Deputies to Focus on Marijuana (Photo) - 09/13/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) will receive a grant award of more than $573,000 from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to help with enforcement of marijuana laws.  Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1544, creating the Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement grant program.  The grant is designed to help law enforcement agencies address the local impact of the illegal marijuana market.

The funds will allow the creation of a multi-agency team consisting of investigators from JCSO and the Medford Police Department, as well as a crime analyst and a prosecutor.  The state grant requires that the positions be dedicated specifically to the enforcement of marijuana laws. 

Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the grant is a step in the right direction, and he looks forward to getting the team up and running.

“With the new grant, we will be able to begin recruiting for new deputies soon, but it will take time to get them hired and trained,” Sickler said.  The positions on the multi-agency team will be filled by current deputies as job openings are filled by new employees.

In the meantime, JCSO is taking advantage of a federal grant to focus on problems that affect livability for Jackson County residents. Among the greatest needs is addressing complaints involving marijuana, which have increased since recreational and commercial production was legalized. 

Two deputy positions are funded by a grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Deputies Michael Hermant and David Bartlett were selected to fill the two COPS grant-funded positions, which went into service on July 1, 2018.  Their ability to focus on ongoing problems frees patrol deputies to respond to everyday calls for service. 

“Our deputies get a lot of complaints related to marijuana grows such as extra traffic, odors, and neighbor disputes,” said Deputy Hermant.  “We are able to take the time to look into each case, and then work with other agencies to find the best solution.”

The deputies work to determine whether a marijuana grow is operating legally.  Rules vary depending on whether the grow is recreational, commercial, or medical.  The deputies contact authorities such as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to check the legal status of the grow. 

Ongoing problems with permitting and compliance are referred to agencies such as Jackson County Code Enforcement or the Watermaster’s Office.  Large overproduction cases may be forwarded to local drug enforcement units such as the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement unit, or to the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Marijuana Team for further investigation. 

So far, the majority of the growers the deputies have contacted based on complaints have initially been out of compliance in some aspect.  In minor cases, deputies provide education to growers and give them an opportunity to bring their grows into compliance prior to enforcement action being taken. 

Some growers are operating completely outside of legal parameters, however.  An example is a recent case at a rural property near Gold Hill.  After investigating the initial complaint, deputies found a large grow with no permits or OMMP association.  They served a search warrant on September 4 and removed nearly 90 plants, which were destroyed. 

Nobody was present at the property during the warrant service, so no arrests were made at that time. The case remains under investigation.

The COPS deputies expect to have more time to devote to other problems in the community once marijuana harvest season has completed.  They already have plans to attend neighborhood meetings this fall to help address citizen concerns.  They are also spending time in rural schools, assisting with the JCSO School Safety Deputy program. 

Anyone with a complaint regarding a marijuana-related issue, or any other problem, can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  After contact with a patrol deputy, applicable cases will be forwarded to the COPS deputies.

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Football DUII collage
Football DUII collage
Football Season Brings DUII, Seat Belt Patrols (Photo) - 09/10/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are on the lookout for impaired drivers as the 2018 National Football League (NFL) regular season kicks off.  A week-long enforcement effort will also include an emphasis on occupant safety.

September 10, 2018, marks the first Monday Night Football games of the NFL regular season.  Deputies will patrol roadways throughout the county looking for impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who aren’t properly restrained.  

The focused enforcement will continue through the weekend, with an emphasis during and after NFL games on Thursday evening and all day Sunday.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add the patrols without reducing the number of deputies available for regular calls for service.

For many fans, football season and alcohol go hand-in-hand.  If your game day celebrations include drinking, please consider the following tips:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.
  • BUCKLE UP: Whether you’re a driver or passenger, your odds of surviving a crash increase greatly when you are properly restrained.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a crime, punishable by incarceration and/or fines.  Additional or enhanced consequences may apply for some drivers, including those who drive impaired with children in the car, those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15%, those with prior DUII convictions, and those who cause injury or property damage.

Oregon law requires adults and children to be properly restrained with a seat belt or child safety seat.  For more information on occupant safety, go to https://www.oregon.gov/odot/safety/pages/belts-seats.aspx .

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Attached Media Files: Football DUII collage
Banks booking photo 090718
Banks booking photo 090718
Man Jailed After Assault, Standoff (Photo) - 09/07/18

GOLD HILL, Ore. – A Gold Hill man is in jail Friday after reportedly assaulting a woman and then barricading himself in his home with two children.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested the man after a three-hour standoff. 

On September 6, 2018, at 10:10 p.m., JCSO deputies responded to a home in the 1100-block of Fourth Avenue, Gold Hill, for a report of a domestic violence incident.  The female victim came outside to meet deputies.  She had injuries consistent with an assault.

The suspect, Cody Everett Banks, 25, refused to speak with deputies and barricaded himself inside the home with the couple’s two children.  Banks made statements regarding having a firearm.   

The JCSO SWAT team responded to assist.  Deputies and SWAT members attempted to negotiate with Banks to exit the residence .  Banks refused to comply.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence.  The SWAT team entered the home at 1:15 a.m. and took Banks into custody without further incident.  The children were found to be unharmed. 

A deputy transported Banks to Providence Medford Medical Center for a medical assessment.  He was lodged in jail Friday morning on the following charges: fourth degree assault (felony), harassment, and interfering with a peace officer.  Bail at lodging was $15,000.

Case #18-18832

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Attached Media Files: Banks booking photo 090718
Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Sheriff Adds Jail Beds, Raises Nighttime Capacity (Photo) - 09/05/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – Some creative reorganization at the jail is allowing Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) officials to keep more inmates locked up.  The change increases overall capacity and lowers the number of inmates released due to overcrowding, especially during the crucial nighttime hours. 

By adding eight beds and moving female inmates to the basement level, officials have been able to raise the daytime capacity to 300 inmates – an increase from the previous capacity of 292.  At night, the jail can hold up to 315 inmates.

The changes mean that jail officials are less likely to be forced to release inmates in the middle of the night.  This keeps released inmates from wandering nearby neighborhoods, and gives them an opportunity to proceed directly to local services during operating hours. 

“We are always looking for ways to make the best use of the space we have, while being mindful of how the jail affects the greater community,” said Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler.

Sheriff Sickler says JCSO is actively integrating more mental health services into the jail.  They are also working with Jackson County Community Justice and other partners on a concept to connect inmates with resources upon their release from jail.

“The program will be a great opportunity for inmates who are ready to accept help for needs such as housing, employment, or treatment,” Sickler said. 

Sheriff Sickler says the added capacity and partnerships help, but he stresses that it is a partial fix to a bigger problem.  Current jail space is limited to the current structure; a larger, more modern jail facility is needed for the local criminal justice system to be effective. 

JCSO officials are working on plans to secure a site and identify the most efficient jail design.  Meanwhile, they continue to work with county officials to find ways to secure funding for the project in a way that would have the least impact on taxpayers. 

“A larger jail would allow us to hold criminals accountable and keep them longer to give them a chance to take advantage of the services they need,” said Sickler. 

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Attached Media Files: Photo - Jail exterior 090418
Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Labor Day Weekend DUII Patrols - UPDATE (Photo) - 09/04/18

Update 9/4/18 at 4:00 p.m. - 

Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested three impaired drivers over the 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend (Friday through Monday).  All cases involved alcohol as the primary intoxicant.  

During the entire designated grant period, which ran from August 17 to September 3, deputies made 15 arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).  The majority involved alcohol as the primary intoxicant; one involved a controlled substance (methamphetamine). 

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Original release, 8/30/18 at 10:08 a.m.-

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies advise drivers to plan ahead if alcohol is included in their end-of-summer celebrations.  JCSO will have extra patrols on the road through Labor Day weekend, keeping an eye out for impaired drivers. 

Deputies on grant-funded overtime patrols may be found anywhere in the county through Monday, August 3; however, the focus will be on rural roadways and popular summer recreation areas.  The grant funding is part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. 

According to NHTSA, about one-third of all roadway fatalities in the United States involve intoxicated drivers. In 2015, 10,265 people were killed in drunk driving crashes—that’s one person every 51 minutes, every day of the year.

Deputies offer the following tips to help prevent impaired driving fatalities:

 * DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.

  * GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Get a ride from a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

  * HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.

  * CAMP OUT: Rural areas may not have cell phone service. Take an overnight bag with the clothing and gear needed to spend the night if you’re too intoxicated to drive.

  * PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.

  * HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

  * SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is a crime, punishable by incarceration and/or fines.  Additional or enhanced consequences may apply for some drivers, including those who drive impaired with children in the car, those with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15%, those with prior DUII convictions, and those who cause injury or property damage. 

For more information on preventing fatalities caused by risky driving, go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving .

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Attached Media Files: Rural DUII patrols - file photo
Deputies Investigate Shady Cove Fires - 09/01/18

SHADY COVE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking help to identify the suspect in a string of grass fires. Deputies believe the same suspect is likely responsible for setting three suspicious fires in the Shady Cove area Thursday night.

On August 30, 2018, at 9:10 p.m., the first fire was reported to dispatch in the area of Train Lane and Highway 62. A second fire, at Brophy Way and Highway 62, was reported four hours later at 1:11 a.m. The third fire, in the 2500-block of Indian Creek Road, was reported at 1:19 a.m.

Fire crews from Jackson County Fire District #4 (Shady Cove Fire) and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to fight the fires. No structures were lost; nobody was injured. A resident was able to extinguish one of the fires with a shovel before fire crews arrived. The fires remain under investigation.

Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored, possibly tan, Pontiac Sunfire sedan leaving the area immediately prior to the fire being spotted. Deputies hope someone can provide information about the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Corporal Steven Scow at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-18294.

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Ramsey Canyon map - image 082918
Ramsey Canyon map - image 082918
Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Reduced - Update (Photo) - 08/29/18

Update - August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.:

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Based on the recommendation of fire officials managing the Ramsey Canyon Fire, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing all remaining Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation zones to Level 1 “Be Ready.”  In the meantime, residents are advised to remain vigilant to changes in weather and fire behavior, and to monitor fire information resources.

The following is comprehensive list of all current evacuation levels related to the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 1 “Be Ready”:

East Evans Creek Road, 15500 through Meadows Road; West Fork Evans Creek Road, addresses of 18504 and 18508;  Ramsey Rd., from the 11600-block through the intersection with Meadows Road; Meadows Road, from East Evans Creek Road, south to the address of 14765.

Roadblocks will be removed and National Guard troops will be demobilized soon.  Residents and motorists in the area are advised to anticipate fire traffic to continue and to drive carefully.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Follow the Ramsey Canyon Fire Information page on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/RamseyCanyonFireInfo/ .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Update - 08/26/2018 4:00 p.m.

White City, Ore – Thanks to the work of fire crews, and favorable weather conditions the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the evacuation levels of the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Areas previously under a Level 3 “Go” evacuation notice will reduce to Level 2 “Be Set.” Areas previously under a Level 2 “Be Set” notice will reduce to a Level 1 “Be Ready.”

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 3 “Go”

There are no Level 3 notices currently associated with the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 1 “Be Ready”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

Roadblocks will remain in place to restrict traffic to residents and fire personnel.  

A Level 1 evacuation means “Be Ready.”  Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means “Go,” and you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/24/2018 3:15 p.m.

White City, Ore – As the Ramsey Canyon Fire progresses, new evacuation orders have been issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the safety of residents and fire crews.  Changes in level 2 “Be Set” to Level 3 “Go,” notices have been made.

The following is a list of today's changes.

Level 3 “Go”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire:

Level 3 “Go”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to include 13001 and 14738 (accessed off of BLM 35-2-20) and continuing to the Meadows Rd. intersection; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address 15513 and ending at 16995, and beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is currently open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541) 226-1124, or Expo staff at (541) 821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status: https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/23/2018 8:30 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire has grown and further evacuation warnings have become necessary.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is upgrading some locations which were previously level 2 “Be Set” to Level 3 “Go.”  

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18505, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), then continuing to include the address of 19373 at the intersection of Meadows Rd; West Fork Evans Creek Rd., the addresses 18504 and 18508; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16880.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 19395 and continuing to include the address of 21043 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541)226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/23/2018 4:00 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire continues to grow and further evacuation warnings have become necessary.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is adding to the list of Level 2 “Be Set,” and Level 3 “Go” evacuations.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection. Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans to include the address of 16840 and 16880, this includes 4 new addresses who were contacted last night.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., beginning at the address of 17935, and continuing east including addresses 18504, 18505, 18508, 18509 (all accessed off of West Fork Evans Creek Rd.), and continuing to include the address of 20001 East Evans Creek Rd.; Meadows Rd, beginning at the address 16800 and 16821, then proceeding south to include the address 14765; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13465 and proceeding south to include the address of 11655.

A shelter for families and companion animals is being organized at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill (806 6th Ave N, Gold Hill, OR 97525).

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at (541)226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go to www.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/RamseyCanyonFireInfo

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations Update - (Photo) - 08/22/2018 10:00 p.m.

White City, Ore - The Ramsey Canyon Fire in the area of Sam’s Valley has progressed.  Level 3 evacuations are now necessary.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

Level 3 “Go.”

Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd., intersection; Crane Lane, all of Crane Lane; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans Creek Rd. to include the address of 17000.

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, the addresses 16840, 16880, 16901, and 16933.  

A shelter for families and companion animals is open at Hanby Middle School in Gold Hill.

A temporary shelter for livestock is being organized at the Jackson County Expo. Please contact Linda Bacon at 541-226-1124, or Expo staff at (541)821-8406, if you need to make use of this resource.

A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

A Level 3 "Go" evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Access to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe for citizens to return. DO NOT plan to return to check on your house or animals. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them!

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Ramsey Canyon Fire Evacuations - (Photo) - 08/22/2018

White City, Ore - A new fire started this afternoon in the Ramsey Canyon area of Sam’s Valley.  Multiple fire resources are in the area and working in the unforgiving terrain.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 2 “Be Set” evacuation notice for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.

The following is a complete list of evacuations for the Ramsey Canyon Fire.0

Level 2 “Be Set.”

East Evans Creek Rd., from West Fork Evans Creek Rd beginning with the address 16840 to Antioch Rd ending at the address 22185; Meadows Rd, proceeding south from East Evans until the address 16840 Meadows Rd.; Ramsey Rd., beginning at the address 13469 and proceeding north to the Meadows Rd. intersection.  

A LEVEL 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Refer to the interactive fire map to check a specific address for evacuation status:https://bit.ly/2uUku2C .  

For preparedness information and to sign up for Citizen Alert, go towww.rvem.org .

Public fire information is available by phone at (541) 474-5305 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Booking photo - Melissa Peck - 082618
Booking photo - Melissa Peck - 082618
Suspect Jailed in Prospect Stabbing (Photo) - 08/27/18

PROSPECT, Ore. – One woman is in jail and another is recovering from a stab wound after a fight in Prospect on Sunday afternoon.  Detectives say the altercation started outside the library, which was closed at the time.

On August 26, 2018, at 1:02 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the Prospect branch of the Jackson County Library, 150 Mill Creek Drive.  A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy patrolling in the area arrived on scene within three minutes of the 911 call, but both the victim and suspect had already fled.

Detectives later learned that Melissa Renea Peck, 21, and Haylee Nicole Brewer, 19, both of the Prospect area, arrived at the library and began arguing about their romantic involvement with the same man.  The fight turned physical, and then Peck obtained a knife and stabbed Brewer in the chest. 

Brewer fled to a nearby residence to get help.  Deputies noted that cell phone coverage is inconsistent in the area; nobody was able to call for help from the scene.  

Medics from the Prospect Rural Fire Protection District responded to assist Brewer.  She was transported to the Prospect airport and then flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights helicopter.

Deputies found Peck hiding nearby and took her into custody without further incident.  She was uninjured.

Deputies transported Peck to the Jackson County jail for lodging on a charge of assault in the first degree.  Peck was also lodged for outstanding warrants for failing to appear on charges of menacing, harassment, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, giving false information to police, and resisting arrest.  Peck’s total bail at lodging was $112,500.  

Lehman Louis Adams III, 24, of Prospect, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and a contempt charge for violation of a no-contact release agreement.  His bail at lodging was $12,500.

The case has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The case will be reviewed to determine whether additional charges are warranted.

Deputies and detectives spoke with several people during the investigation, but they believe there may be others who have not yet provided statements.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-17958.

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