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UPDATE: Victim from January White City Shooting Dies in Hospital, Suspect Charged with Murder (Photo) - 02/27/24

UPDATE:

 

JCSO Case 24-0520

 

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The victim from the January 28 shooting in White City died Wednesday, February 21 in an out-of-area hospital. Next of kin has been notified. The victim is Casey Ryan Helmka, 36, of Medford. Our condolences go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.

 

The suspect, Hector Cruz Orozco, 27, of White City, was originally charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. A Jackson County Grand Jury upgraded the attempted murder and assault charges to second-degree murder during a Friday, February 22 hearing.

 

On January 28 at 6:51 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a call for gunshots and someone calling for help in the area of 29th Street and Falcon Street, and the suspect was no longer on scene. Through the initial investigation, JCSO detectives discovered Orozco and the victim were at a mobile home in the 3700 block of Falcon Street on the evening of Sunday, January 28. The two exited the residence and Orozco shot the victim at close range and fled on a bicycle. 

 

The next day, investigations led JCSO detectives to a house in the 7800 block of Laura Lane in White City. JCSO detectives served a search warrant with assistance from SWAT, K9, and the Crisis Negotiator Team. JCSO deputies took Orozco into custody Monday, January 29 at 5:54 p.m. 

 

This case is under further investigation. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. There is no more information available for release at this time. Further information will come from the DA’s Office.

 

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UPDATE: White City Shooting Suspect Identified, Charged with Attempted Murder, Other Serious Crimes

 

JCSO Case 24-0520


 

WHITE CITY, Ore. - The suspect arrested last night for a shooting in White City on Sunday is in the Jackson County Jail charged with attempted murder and other serious crimes. The suspect, Hector Cruz Orozco, 27, of White City, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. The victim has been flown to an out-of-area hospital for further treatment and remains in critical condition.


 

Through the initial investigation, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives discovered Orozco and the victim were at a mobile home in the 3700 block of Falcon Street on Sunday evening. They exited the residence and Orozco shot the suspect at close range and fled on a bicycle. JCSO deputies responded to the call for gunshots and someone calling for help at 6:51 p.m in the area of 29th Streetand Falcon Street, and Orozco was no longer on scene.


 

The next day, investigations led JCSO detectives to a house in the 7800 block of Laura Lane in White City. JCSO detectives served a search warrant with assistance from SWAT, K9, and the Crisis Negotiator Team. JCSO deputies took Orozco into custody Monday at 5:54 p.m.


 

This case is under further investigation. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. There is no more information available for release at this time. Further information will come from the DA’s Office.

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Missing and Endangered 75-year-old Man Located by California Highway Patrol (Photo) - 02/25/24

UPDATE 2:40 pm: Mike was found by California Highway Patrol on Highway 139 north of Canby, Calif. Thank you to all who called in sightings and helped search.

A special thanks to the SAR volunteers who answered the call and joined the search.
 

original release: CENTRAL POINT, Ore- Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and Search and Rescue (SAR) are searching for a 75-year-old man missing from rural Central Point. The man, Robert Michael Lewis, went missing early this morning from his residence in the 6900 block of Old Stage Road. The man goes by the name “Mike” and may be suffering from confusion due to medical issues. He is described as a white male, aged 75, 5’8” tall, weighing 165 lbs.

Mike has no cell phone with him and was last seen driving a newer model silver Nissan Rogue with temporary plates. If seen call ECSO Dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

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BODYCAM VIDEO: Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Infant and Toddler Abandoned in Woods by Suspect On-the-Run; Grand Jury Indicts Today on All Charges - 02/22/24

BODYCAM Available for Download Here: https://vimeo.com/915796109?share=copy
 

JCSO Case 24-0935

 

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Jackson County Grand Jury indicted a man today wanted on charges stemming from multiple incidents involving domestic violence and child endangerment. The suspect, Justin Ryan Trompeter, 24, of Trail is wanted for two counts of second-degree child neglect, felony fourth-degree domestic violence assault, third-degree robbery, first-degree theft, harassment, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

 

The suspect remains on-the-run with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies continuing their investigation. If you know of the suspect’s whereabouts, call ECSO Dispatch at (541) 776-7206. Trompeter is known to frequent Jacksonville, Shady Cove, Eagle Point, and Trail. 

 

JCSO deputies were originally searching for Trompeter in connection with a February 7 domestic violence assault call where he fled the scene at a high rate of speed with the children. On Friday, February 16, JCSO deputies received information that Trompeter was hiding with the children, ages 6 months and 1.5 years, deep in the surrounding Jacksonville woods.

 

Deputies quickly located a vehicle at the top of Wagon Trail Drive around 1:30 p.m on Friday, February 16. JCSO deputies approached the car with caution, but Trompeter had fled the scene before deputies’ arrival. Deputies found the two young children abandoned and alone in the car. Deputies believe the children may have been left alone in the vehicle for up to two hours. Further investigations revealed suspected fentanyl and meth in the car with the children.

 

Mercy Flights medics checked the children on scene then turned them over to Department of Human Services (DHS) personnel. After the incident, the children were treated at a local hospital and remain in DHS care. This case is open and ongoing with deputies following additional leads. If you know of the suspect’s whereabouts, call ECSO Dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

 

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JOIN THE FUN: Soak-A-Sheriff Event Benefits Local Special Olympics Athletes This Saturday (Photo) - 02/22/24

Link to video from 2023 Event: https://vimeo.com/915724415

Notify PIO Aaron Lewis lewisaj@jacksoncountyOR.gov if you are going to attend and would like interviews with participants.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) hosts the third annual “Soak-A-Sheriff” event fundraiser from 10 am to noon this Saturday, February 24 in the JCSO parking lot (5179 Crater Lake Hwy. Central Point). This family-friendly event will raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athletes. 

 

Join Sheriff Nate Sickler and deputies as they get drenched by Jackson County Fire District 3 firefighters for a great cause. Donations are welcome and all proceeds go to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes! To help our team go to https://support.soor.org/event/2024-southern-oregon-polar-plunge/e505675 – click donate and type “Team JCSO.”

 

This will be a fun community and family event. We will have a kiddie jail, stickers, swag, polar bear for selfies, Team Grilled Cheese and Boba Tea food trucks, and more!

 

Plus, this year actor and Jackson County resident, Daniel Zacapa, who played Chief Palledorous from the movie, ‘The Sandlot’ will be there signing autograph pictures and posters and other fun things from the film along with lots of other baseball memorabilia - with all the proceeds going to Special Olympics. Come by and say hello have a picture with Squint’s grandfather ‘For-ever’!

 

Soak-A-Sheriff is one of several local micro fundraising events leading up to the annual Southern Oregon Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. This year the Plunge is on March 2nd at the Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, and benefits more than 12,000 athlete-participants with disabilities across the state. 

 

In 2023, Soak-A-Sheriff raised around $1,500 and we are looking to top that this year. All money raised provides uniforms, sports equipment, and health and wellness programs in addition to year-round sports training for athletes with disabilities. 

 

For more information, contact Kim Andresen at soplunge@soor.org or call 541-841-6875. To register for the Southern Oregon Polar Plunge go to https://support.soor.org/event/2024-southern-oregon-polar-plunge/e505675 or for more about SOOR go to www.soor.org.

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Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Infant and Toddler Abandoned in Woods by Suspect On-the-Run (Photo) - 02/16/24

JCSO Case 24-0935

 

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies rescued an infant and toddler after they were abandoned by a wanted suspect on-the-run this afternoon. The suspect, Justin Ryan Trompeter, 24, of Trail is wanted for fourth-degree domestic violence assault, third-degree robbery, first-degree theft, and reckless endangerment for an incident that occurred February 7 in Shady Cove. If you know of the suspect’s whereabouts, call ECSO Dispatch at (541) 776-7206. He is known to frequent the Shady Cove and Trail area. 

 

While searching for the suspect, JCSO deputies discovered Trompeter was hiding with the children, ages 6 months and 1.5 years, deep in the surrounding Jacksonville woods. Deputies quickly located a vehicle at the top of Wagon Trail Drive with the two young children abandoned and alone in the car around 1:30 this afternoon. Trompeter had fled the scene before deputies’ arrival. The children were checked by Mercy Flights medics then turned over to Department of Human Services (DHS) personnel for safe keeping. New charges of first and second-degree child neglect are being added by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

 

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