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"SWATTING" Incident In Junction City Jeopardizes Lives And Safety - 06/22/18

On Friday June 22, 2018 at approximately 2:00 PM the Junction City Police Department received a call from an unknown male stating there were approximately 5 subjects in his home with guns and he had barricaded himself in his bathroom.

The Junction City Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and Coburg Police department responded to the scene prepared to deal with a very violent situation.  Upon arrival police observed a vehicle in the driveway that was registered at that address.

Junction City Police dispatch was able to make phone contact with the owners of the vehicle, and residence, and determined they were in their home, were safe, and that no such incident had occurred.  With the owner’s permission officers searched and cleared the residence, confirming that incident was in fact false.

The Junction City Police department has determined this to be an incident of “SWATTING”, which is defined as an action of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.

This type of activity is incredibly dangerous for the public and police officers alike, and could ultimately result in the serious injury and/or death of innocent people.  The investigation into this incident is continuing.  Anyone with information on this event is requested to call the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

Second Annual Human Trafficking Symposium To Be Held In Junction City This Weekend - 06/19/18

The Junction City Police Department in conjunction with Junction City Soroptimist’s, and the National Women’s Collation Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) are hosting the second annual Human Trafficking Symposium Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm. This free event will be held at the First Baptist Church of Junction City, located at 28957 W 18th Ave, Junction City, OR 97448.

Human trafficking is real; it affects you; and yes, it does happen everywhere including Junction City, Monroe, Harrisburg, and the surrounding areas!

This crime occurs when a person uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Unfortunately, Oregon is one of the nation’s leading states in the commission of this horrific crime; and, it begins to occur to children in the homes of everyday citizens at an alarming rate. Awareness and proactive communication between all adults in the community and children is the only way this issue can be addressed.

Please join our master of ceremonies, and local news celebrity, Jackie Garrity of KVAL, for this information-packed session that will empower you to learn information and ways to protect the children in your lives and around our communities. Primary organizer and Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris, will be joined by representatives of the NWCAVE, the FBI, and State Senator James Manning. Together these individuals will impart a diverse cadre of information that will help clarify, and put perspective, the problem that faces each and every citizen.

Also, Jerry Kearney, a former 20-year police officer will explain how the unthinkable combination of meth, human trafficking, and childhood prostitution would invade his family and life. Because of the impact these travesties had on him and his loved ones, he will share his painful experiences in the hope he can prevent these crimes from impacting other families. The symposium will wrap-up with closing remarks from Soroptimist’s International of the America’s President, Dawn Marie Lemonds.

In addition to the formal presentations, a number of local and regional resource organizations will be present and available to provide information about their services and to answer questions about how you can make a difference.

Questions regarding this event can be directed to Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris via email at: bmorris@ci.junction-city.or.us

Junction City High School student taken into custody after posting menacing message on Snapchat - 06/08/18

Late this afternoon the Junction City Police was notified by Junction City High School staff that, after school, a student had posted an image on Snapchat of himself with a gun.  The image had a scripted statement reading "Don't Come to School Tomorrow".  The photo was NOT taken on school premises.

Officers immediately responded to the student’s home and secured the weapon.  The student was cooperative, very passive, and was taken into custody without incident.  Investigation revealed the weapon displayed was not a firearm, but rather and air-powered BB gun.  The student stated he was not serious, never intended to threaten or hurt anyone, and that he posted the photo thinking it as a joke.  The student was lodged at the Lane County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Disorderly Conduct I and Harassment.

Co-Principal Brian Young stated “We take any potential threat to the safety of our students very seriously.  Keeping our students safe is our top priority; please help us by encouraging all students to be talking to adults if they know about something that could be a danger to our schools.”

The Junction City Police and the Junction City School District want to thank those individuals who provided us with the information necessary to investigate and bring closure to this incident.  Only by working as a school community in partnership with parents, students, and police can we create and maintain the level of safety that we want for our children and that they certainly deserve.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is requested to contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.