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Two Arrested After Reported Marijuana Robbery (Photo) - 05/18/18

ASHLAND, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Washington, D.C., men Thursday after a report of an armed robbery at a residence near Ashland.  Jelani Amaan Johnson and Orlando Hugh Rickman, both 27, were lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of first degree robbery.

On May 17, 2018, at 5:14 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in the 1200-block of North Mountain Avenue.  The victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by three suspects who stole marijuana and fled in two vehicles.  Nobody was injured.

Police spotted one of the vehicles driving north on Interstate 5.  An Oregon State Police trooper stopped the vehicle at the Chevron station near exit 33 in Central Point.  JCSO deputies and personnel from other law enforcement agencies responded.  Johnson and Rickman were taken into custody without incident. 

The suspect vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, was seized and later searched with a warrant.  Detectives found 37 pounds of marijuana and additional evidence.

The case remains under investigation.  Detectives are working to identify and locate the third suspect, as well as the second suspect vehicle.  Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Detective Jason Penn at (541) 774-6800. 

Case #18-9829



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Deputies Save Suicidal Inmate (Photo) - 05/17/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – Two Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies saved the life of an inmate who attempted suicide at the jail.  Nobody was injured in the incident.

Sheriff Nathan Sickler says he is proud of deputies Cody Fuhrman and Steven Sagert, who acted quickly and calmly to help the inmate in crisis.  “Deputies Fuhrman and Sagert used their training and instincts to respond immediately and to get help for the inmate,” he said.

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 8:26 p.m., the 25-year-old male inmate was being escorted to a new cell when he dove head-first through a safety railing on the upper level.  Deputy Fuhrman caught the inmate’s leg as he dangled over the edge.  Deputy Sagert ran upstairs to help.  The deputies were able to pull the inmate back to safety, despite the inmate’s active resistance. 

A medical staff member witnessed the inmate dangling from the railing and attempted to assist from the level below.  Following the incident, the inmate received medical and mental health treatment at the jail. 

Deputies urge anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to seek help.  If someone you know is a risk to themselves or others due to a mental illness, call the Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Line at (541) 774-8201.


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SAR Uses Special Training to Rescue Horse (Photo) - 05/08/18

TRAIL, Ore. – Over the weekend, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) personnel were called upon to rescue a horse that had become stuck in mud.  The successful rescue was made possible by recent animal rescue training and new specialized equipment.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 8:07 p.m., dispatch received a call from a homeowner in the 7500-block of Crowfoot Road, Trail.  The caller’s 22-year-old Mustang mare had become stuck in knee-deep mud near the barn.  The owner tried for hours to free the horse, but he was unable to do so.

JCSO deputies and a team of 13 SAR personnel responded immediately.  SAR members included those with specialized skills in rope-assisted recovery and large animal rescue techniques.  SAR worked in the dark to carefully stabilize the horse and pull her from the mud.  The mare was tired after the hours-long ordeal, but apparently uninjured. 

This rescue gave SAR a chance to use some newly obtained skills.  During the past year, some SAR members attended Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training (www.tlaer.org) hosted by Mustangs to the Rescue in Bend.  Members learned how to rescue animals such as horses or other livestock in emergency situations.  SAR also obtained specialized equipment designed for such rescues, which can occur in everyday scenarios and disasters alike.  


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Dogs Kill Sheep; Deputies Seek Owner - 04/26/18

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are trying to identify the owners of two aggressive dogs in Sams Valley.  The dogs reportedly killed a sheep and then charged at its owner. 

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, at about 1:00 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from the 11000-block of Duggan Road reporting dogs were killing livestock.  Deputies arrived to find a deceased sheep on the complainant’s property. 

The livestock owner reported the dogs charged her when confronted, then fled.  Deputies were unable to locate the dogs in the area.  The case remains under investigation. 

The dogs are described as a large tan Shepherd-type dog, and a large black Labrador-type dog.  Both dogs had light-colored bandana collars. 

Anyone with information about the dogs or their owners is asked to call Deputy Trevor Waldeyer at (541) 774-6800.  Refer to case  #18-8189.