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Kelly Clancy, Tabatha Clancy-Wood
Kelly Clancy, Tabatha Clancy-Wood
Missing Girl and Mom Found in Arizona (Photo) - 11/16/18

Update, November 16, 2018: 

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Tabatha Clancy-Wood has been located safe in Arizona. Tabatha was found with her mother, Kelly Clancy, in a shelter in Phoenix. 

Local police arrested Kelly on a warrant for custodial interference. Details regarding extradition are not yet available.

Tabatha’s father, Adrian Wood, has traveled to Phoenix. He will meet with child welfare authorities Friday morning to reunite with Tabatha.

No further information is available at this time. 

 

Original release:

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a missing eight-year-old girl.  Detectives say Tabatha Clancy-Wood is likely with her mother, Kelly Marie Clancy, 46, who reportedly left the area for California in August during a custody dispute.

Detectives say Tabatha’s father, Adrian Wood, first contacted Eagle Point Police and JCSO over the summer to report issues related to custody and visitation.  Wood obtained sole custody of Tabatha in October. On October 26, 2018, a judge signed an order that Tabatha be returned to her father.  But by then, Tabatha and Kelly were still nowhere to be found.  Tabatha was entered as a missing/endangered person.

Family members told deputies they haven’t heard from Kelly and Tabatha since mid- to late August when the two vacated their apartment in the 100-block of Onyx Street, Eagle Point, reportedly to travel to an amusement park in Southern California.  Kelly also left her cell phone behind.  Kelly was last seen driving a white 2008 Saturn sedan with Oregon license plate 911HQQ.

Detectives say the most pressing need is to ensure the welfare of the child.  Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Tips can also be sent by email to CID@jacksoncounty.org.

Case #18-22699

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Attached Media Files: Kelly Clancy, Tabatha Clancy-Wood
Brennan - booking photo 11/06/18
Brennan - booking photo 11/06/18
Deputies Arrest Felon with Weapons, Drugs (Photo) - 11/06/18

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A wanted White City man is now in jail on drugs and weapons charges.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested David Eugene Brennan, 31, during a Monday night traffic stop.

On November 5, 2018, at 7:34 p.m., a JCSO deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at on Falcon Street at 24th Street.  The passenger, identified as Brennan, was found to have a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a felony charge.  Brennan was also found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and a restricted weapon (collapsible baton).  Brennan is a convicted felon.  

During the stop, deputies deployed K9 Jack around the vehicle.  K9 Jack alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  A subsequent search led to the discovery of a usable quantity of methamphetamine. 

Deputies lodged Brennan in the Jackson County jail on the warrant and the following charges:  felon in possession of a weapon (firearm); felon in possession of a restricted weapon; unlawful possession of methamphetamine.  Bail at lodging was set at $30,000. 

Case #18-23430

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Attached Media Files: Brennan - booking photo 11/06/18
Batres-Escobar booking photo - 11/04/18
Batres-Escobar booking photo - 11/04/18
UPDATE: Deputies Arrest Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 11/05/18

Update, November 5, 2018:

WHITE CITY, Ore. -  On Sunday, November 4, 2018, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Ricardo Batres-Escobar after a brief standoff at a mobile home park in White City.  At approximately 4 p.m., deputies attempted to contact Batres-Escobar at a residence in the 2700-block of Falcon Street. 

Batres-Escobar initially refused to exit the home.  After approximately 45 minutes of negotiations, he came outside on his own.  Deputies arrested him without further incident. 

Deputies had been searching for Batres-Escobar since October 11 when he reportedly robbed a White City man while armed with a weapon described as a "cattle prod."  Batres-Escobar was lodged in jail on charges related to the robbery and on a no-bail probation violation warrant.

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Update, October 13, 2018:

White City, Ore - Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to be on the look out for the suspect in connection with a robbery earlier this week. 

Ricardo Escobar, born in 1993, is suspected of commiting a burglary and robbery at the Thunderbird Estates on Falcon Street on October 11.  

The public should avoid contact with Escobar as he has a violent past.  

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ricardo Escobar is asked to contact the White City Community Action Team of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 541-776-7208

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Original release, October 11, 2018:

White City, Ore – Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a robbery in White City.  On October 11, 2018, at about 2:15 p.m., a robbery was reported at Thunderbird Estates on Falcon Street.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken after a man was threatened with a cattle prod.  There were no injuries as a result of the incident. 

The suspect has been identified, and is outstanding in this active investigation.  There is no threat to the public at this time.

Further details will be released as soon as they are available.

Case #18-21542

Rowden, Vestal - Facebook, July 2018
Rowden, Vestal - Facebook, July 2018
Update: Missing Central Point Couple Located (Photo) - 11/02/18

Update, 11/2/18:  Deputies have located Christopher Vestal and Katherine Rowden. They’ve been living in an area without cell phone coverage and were not aware they had caused worry. A friend saw coverage of the search and helped them get in touch with deputies Thursday night. Detectives wish to thank everyone who called in with a tip. 

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are looking for a Central Point man and woman who have not been seen in nearly four weeks.  Family members reported them missing on October 24, 2018. 

Detectives say Christopher Dean Vestal, 30, and Katherine Mary Lou Rowden (AKA Mitchell), 29, of the 500-block of Judge Lane, were last seen on October 6 in Medford.  Family members believe the two were picked up by an unknown male with plans to buy a new vehicle and to go on a three-day camping trip.

Family members have not been able to reach them and they have not updated their social media profiles.  Rowden did not return to work after October 6.  Family members reported the two are known to travel, but they are always good about staying in contact. 

Vestal is described as a white male with blue eyes and blond hair.  He is five-feet, two-inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Rowden is a white female with brown eyes and blond hair.  She is five-feet, five-inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  Both Vestal and Rowden have several tattoos.  

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Tips can also be sent by email to CID@jacksoncounty.org .

Patrol file photo
Patrol file photo
Update: Halloween Patrols Net DUII Arrests (Photo) - 11/01/18

Update 11/1/18 at 9:00 a.m.:

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people – four men and one woman – for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) on Halloween night.  Two of the arrests came after separate rollover crashes in the White City area – on Avenue G and Agate Road, and on Kershaw Road at Thunder Road.  Nobody was injured.

The remaining three drivers were arrested after deputies found them to be impaired during traffic stops.  Four of the five drivers were found to be impaired by alcohol (0.08% BAC or higher); one was suspected to be impaired by a combination of alcohol and prescription medication.

As the holiday season approaches, JCSO deputies urge drivers to consider the potentially deadly consequences of impaired driving.  People are urged to plan ahead and make safe driving decisions if their holiday celebrations include alcohol.  

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Original release, 10/30/18:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this Halloween – in an effort to increase safety on one of the busiest nights of the year for pedestrians.  According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, pedestrian deaths in general have risen steadily since 2009; 5,987 pedestrians died in the United States in 2016. 

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, deputies will help with saturation patrols in the Ashland area, where partygoers tend to gather on Halloween.  Deputies will also patrol throughout Jackson County, focusing on rural roadways and back roads.  Grant funding allows JCSO to increase staffing during holidays and events without taking away from regular patrol duties.

Deputies urge those who choose to drink alcohol to make plans ahead of time to get home safely.  Alternatives to driving while impaired include designating a sober driver, calling a friend or family member, or calling a taxi or rideshare.

Impairment aside, all drivers are reminded to be vigilant on Halloween night.  Children will likely be out walking in neighborhoods later than usual.  Drivers should put away distractions such as cell phones and drive cautiously through neighborhoods frequented by trick-or-treaters.

Pedestrians can also take steps to stay safe.  Be visible - wear brightly colored costumes and use light sticks and flashlights.  Parents are encouraged to supervise children closely, especially when walking near vehicles. 

For more information on Halloween safety, visit the NHTSA website.  Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Boyd booking photo - 10/31/18
Boyd booking photo - 10/31/18
Wanted Man Arrested after Pursuit (Photo) - 10/31/18

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – A fugitive is in jail after leading law enforcement officers on a four-mile chase Wednesday morning.  Tyler Anthony Boyd, 40, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for parole violation, as well as a new charge of attempting to elude police.

On the morning of October 31, 2018, regional members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, a multi-agency team funded by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, received information that Boyd was living in a camp near the 25-mile marker of Highway 140.  At 7:00 a.m., while task force members were in the area looking for Boyd, he drove by in a Jeep Wrangler. 

A traffic stop was attempted, but Boyd fled west on Highway 140.  Near the 21-mile marker, Boyd attempted to turn onto a logging road.  He lost control and drove onto an embankment, where his vehicle became disabled.  Task force personnel took Boyd into custody without further incident.  Nobody was injured. 

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force operates throughout the northwest states.  The regional task force for Southern Oregon is made up of personnel from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), and the Central Point Police Department.  

Since its inception in June 2018, the regional multi-agency task force has made more than 200 arrests in Southern Oregon.  The task force focuses on tracking down fugitives with felony warrants, including those identified locally as “Chronic FTA Offenders.”  They also assist local agencies with locating suspects in active felony investigations.

Federal funding is provided to pay for overtime costs and equipment for local law enforcement personnel taking part in the task force.  The task force also offers funding to local agencies for periodic fugitive apprehension operations.  Per contract, the task force pays for space to lodge local fugitives in the Jackson County jail.  Currently, 18 inmates are in the jail on a federal fugitive hold.

In addition to task force members, the Oregon State Police assisted in the Wednesday incident.  Troopers are investigating a separate case involving Boyd.  

JCSO Case #18-23016

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File - Klamathon fire 7/9/18
File - Klamathon fire 7/9/18
Sheriffs: Fire Evacuation Zones Eliminated (Photo) - 10/29/18

** The following is a joint release from the sheriffs of Jackson and Josephine counties. **

Following Monday's declaration of the end of fire season in southwest Oregon, the Jackson and Josephine County Sheriff's Offices announce the elimination of any remaining wildfire evacuation zones within their respective jurisdictions.

All remaining Level One "Be Ready" evacuation levels were lifted as of 9:00 a.m. on October 29, 2018.  This includes Level One zones that may have remained for safety and security related to, but not limited to, the following wildfires in the two counties: Klamathon Fire, Wagner Creek Complex, Garner Complex, Taylor Creek Fire, Klondike Fire, Miles Fire, Ramsey Canyon Fire, and the Hugo Road Fire.

While many of the wildfires in our area are now completely extinguished, there are still mop-up and rehabilitation operations underway well within the perimeter of some of the fires. Therefore, interior smoke may be visible on occasion.  If you see something that appears unusual, or is not in the location of a current fire footprint, please notify your local fire agency.

Although we are seeing the temperatures cool and the seasons change, this is not the time to become complacent. If you have not yet signed up for our dual county emergency notification system – Citizen Alert – be sure to do so now.  As we found during the summer wildfire season, Citizen Alert was invaluable in getting important evacuation information to people quickly.  

But, Citizen Alert is not just for wildfire evacuation notices – it can be used for a variety of emergency situations. You can opt-in by signing up for emergency notifications by cell phone, email address, and more at www.rvem.org.  While you are there, take a minute to learn more about how you can prepare to keep you and your family safe in any type of emergency.

We wish to thank our local first responders as well as the interagency teams from across the country who came to our area to help keep us safe.  Most of all, thank you to the citizens for the unwavering support and assistance.  Everyone’s hard work and collaboration shone through during this lengthy and challenging fire season.

 

Sheriff Nathan Sickler

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

 

Sheriff Dave Daniel

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office

 

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Attached Media Files: File - Klamathon fire 7/9/18
JCSO Hosts "Coffee with a Cop" Tuesday - 10/29/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) invites citizens to chat over a cup of coffee this Tuesday.  The “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on October 30, 2018, at Debby’s Diner, 3808 S. Pacific Highway. 

The informal atmosphere allows residents to interact with deputies when they aren’t busy with emergencies, investigations, and other duties.  “Coffee with a Cop” originated in 2011 in Hawthorne, Calif., as a way for local law enforcement officers to engage with community members.  Since then, the idea has spread across the United States and beyond. 

JCSO is planning quarterly “Coffee with a Cop” events around the county in order to reach citizens in a variety of neighborhoods.  For more information – or to offer to host a future event – please contact Sgt. Julie Denney by phone at (541) 770-8927 or by email at denneyja@jacksoncounty.org.

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Attached Media Files: CWC Flyer
Rescue
Rescue
Couple Survives After Canoe Capsizes (Photo) - 10/25/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - Life jackets and a Good Samaritan saved the lives of a local couple whose canoe capsized on Fish Lake Thursday. JCSO marine patrol deputies and volunteers from Rocky Point Fire responded just after noon. 

On October 25, 2018, at 12:34 p.m., a man called 911 to report he and his wife, both in their 60’s, were fishing when their boat capsized. Wearing life jackets, they swam toward shore. He made it out and summoned help for his wife who was struggling to move in the cold water about 30 feet from shore. 

A bystander swam out to the woman and pulled her to shore. Fire rescuers met them on land and provided aid. The men were able to walk back to the boat ramp.

Low water levels meant marine patrol deputies couldn’t launch a jet boat. They rowed across the lake in a raft to pick up the woman, and then rowed her back to a waiting Mercy Flights ambulance. 

The woman was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment for hypothermia. Her husband and the citizen rescuer were well enough to drive away from the scene. 

Marine patrol deputies laud the couple for wearing life jackets. At the same time, they remind boaters on mountain lakes to consider weather conditions, water temperature, and the proximity to rescue personnel before launching. They also thank the citizen who braved the cold water to help the couple. 

Case #18-22605

 

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Attached Media Files: Rescue , JCSO truck and raft , Boat ramp , Canoe
SAR: Mt. McLoughlin Hikers Should Plan Ahead - 10/25/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Following two rescue missions on Mt. McLoughlin in the last week, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) officials are offering safety reminders to hikers.  The change of seasons means unpredictable weather, colder nights, and an earlier sunset.  Hikers who have planned ahead and have adequate supplies are more likely to have a safe outcome.  

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 8:30 p.m., a hiker called 911 to report a man in her party had become separated during their descent.  The lost hiker only had 5% battery remaining on his cell phone, so he was only able to call 911 once.  SAR volunteers hiked for five hours in the night to reach the man, who had become dehydrated.  They provided aid and then hiked out together. 

Because of better preparation and planning, the second mission had a better outcome.  On Tuesday, October 23, at 5:02 p.m., a woman called 911 to ask for assistance after becoming lost in the trees on her descent.  She had a full cell phone battery so SAR officials were able to speak with her and help her find her way to Highway 140 where SAR was waiting for her – essentially allowing for a self-rescue.  The hiker was also equipped with necessary food, water, and gear.

SAR officials say most people who become lost while hiking Mt. McLoughlin run into trouble during the descent from the summit; the trail can be difficult to see in the scree.  

SAR officials offer the following tips to stay safe on the mountain:

  • Tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • Be aware of the weather forecast and prepare for unexpected changes.
  • Carry adequate supplies (“The 10 Essentials”) for an overnight stay, even if you’re planning a day hike. 
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged; carry an external power source.  But, remember that even with a way to summon help, it can take hours for help to reach you.
  • If you are lost, call for help as soon as possible.  Don't call a friend or family member - call 911.
  • When hiking with others, be sure to stay together.
  • Avoid “shortcuts” off the main trail.
  • If you become lost, stay in one place.

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Crash scene - 10/23/18
Crash scene - 10/23/18
Man Arrested for DUII Twice in Same Spot (Photo) - 10/24/18

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A man arrested in September for hit and run and driving under the influence was arrested again on Tuesday – for the same crimes, at nearly the same location. 

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 10:19 a.m., citizens called dispatch to report a northbound pickup crashed into a fence at a property in the 15300-block of Antioch Road.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded, but the suspect drove away in his white Ford F-150 before deputies arrived.  

Witnesses followed the vehicle and provided updates to dispatch.  Deputies caught up to the driver a mile away in the 5800-block of Sweet Lane.  He was identified as Jesse Alan Rosenzweig, 35, of the 21600-block of Antioch Road.

Deputies arrested Rosenzweig for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged (“hit and run”), and driving while suspended - misdemeanor.  A breath test showed Rosenzweig’s blood alcohol content was 0.19%.

Investigating deputies later learned Rosenzweig had been arrested on September 15, 2018, on charges of DUII and hit and run after an early morning crash on Antioch Road.  His red GMC pickup struck a fence and rolled over, coming to rest in a property about 500 feet from the spot of the Tuesday crash. 

Rosenzweig left the crash scene on foot; deputies located him walking down the road and took him into custody.  A breath test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.08%.  He was also cited for driving while suspended – violation.  

Both cases have been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney for prosecution.  Rosenzweig was arraigned in circuit court on October 17 on charges related to the September case. 

Case #18-22473 and #18-19500

Rich booking photo - 10/24/18
Rich booking photo - 10/24/18
Standoff Ends with Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 10/24/18

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies resolved an eight-hour standoff Tuesday night with an arrest.  At one point, deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspect; however, nobody was injured.

On October 23, 2018, at 4:16 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a woman in the 1500-block of Worthington Road.  The woman reported her son, Warren Alexander Rich, 33, had arrived at her home and threatened her with a rifle.  She said Rich was exhibiting suicidal and homicidal behavior.  She was able to leave the property to call 911.

JCSO deputies, including the SWAT team and negotiators, responded to the scene.  Worthington Road was closed to traffic for the duration of the incident for the safety of the public and law enforcement.

At multiple points in the incident, Rich fired rounds from the residence.  During the final instance, two JCSO deputies returned fire when Rich shot a rifle toward a deputy.  Rich was not struck by gunfire and retreated into the residence.

Negotiations continued and less-lethal options including CS gas were deployed in an attempt to encourage Rich to exit the residence. Those efforts were unsuccessful.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., SWAT members entered the residence and took Rich into custody.  Rich was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center by Mercy Flights ambulance for treatment for minor lacerations that occurred prior to deputies entering the home. 

Rich was lodged in jail on charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, and a no-bail hold for parole violation.  Additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses.  

Personnel from Medford Police, Ashland Police, Eagle Point Police, Jackson County Mental Health, and Fire District 3 provided assistance during the incident.

Per protocol related to the use of deadly physical force, the Oregon State Police has assumed the investigation, with guidance from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.  The involved deputies were placed on administrative leave. 

Further information regarding the investigation will be provided by the Oregon State Police. 

Case #18-22496

Attached Media Files: Rich booking photo - 10/24/18
Hefner booking photo 10/20/18
Hefner booking photo 10/20/18
Driver Crashes Minivan, Fights with Deputies (Photo) - 10/22/18

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Deputies arrested a Prospect man who crashed his vehicle Saturday afternoon, and then retrieved a stolen handgun and fought with deputies.  Jacob Benjamin Hefner, 35, a convicted felon, is lodged in the Jackson County jail on numerous charges stemming from the incident.

“This case just goes to show that there are no ‘routine’ calls in law enforcement,” said Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler.  “The deputies handled this stressful situation with courage and prevented anyone from being injured.”

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 4:36 p.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies were dispatched to a rollover vehicle crash in the 9600-block of Blackwell Road.  A blue Kia Sedona minivan drove off the roadway and into a ditch before crashing through a fence and into a residential property.   Another witness reported to dispatch that the operator of the minivan was driving recklessly just prior to the crash. 

Fire District 3 medics arrived on scene first.  A JCSO deputy arrived minutes later and spoke with the driver, identified as Hefner.  Hefner ducked into his vehicle and retrieved a handgun.  He initially refused the deputy’s commands to drop the weapon, but then agreed to place the gun on the ground. 

When the second deputy arrived on scene, Hefner fought deputies’ attempt to place him in handcuffs.  After a brief struggle, deputies were able to take Hefner into custody.

Deputies learned the handgun, a revolver, was reported stolen to Medford Police in September.  Hefner was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 

Hefner was assesed for injuries at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and then lodged in jail on the following charges:  felon in possession of a firearm; resisting arrest; unlawful possession of methamphetamine; driving while suspended/revoked; reckless driving.  Bail at lodging was $45,000. 

Hefner is also held on a no-bail detention warrant for a probation violation.  The case has been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney for prosecution.  

Case #18-22267

Attached Media Files: Hefner booking photo 10/20/18