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Three Arrested in Rural Patrol Detail (Photo) - 08/12/19

PROSPECT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested three people with warrants during a special detail on Thursday.  Deputies assigned to a rural problem solving team located the suspects while checking an area near Prospect in an effort to prevent wildfires started in transient camps. 

Citizens had reported problems with camps, excess trash, and illegal campfires in the wooded area near Pearsony Falls.  Deputies responded to the location on the morning of August 8, 2019, and located two camps.

Lawrence Carl Hunsley, 58, was found in the first camp.  He had a felony warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of coercion.  He was arrested without incident and transported to jail. 

Two people, Brycen Dennis Scofield, 18, and Erin Robin Abbey, 26, were found in the second camp.  Scofield had misdemeanor warrants for probation violation.  Abbey had a felony warrant for probation violation for a prior weapons offense. 

Scofield resisted arrest and deputies used a Taser to help take him into custody.  Abbey was taken into custody without incident.

Both Scofield and Abbey were lodged in jail.  Scofield received an added charge of interfering with a peace officer stemming from an incident that occurred earlier in the week.  

The camps were located in privately owned timber land.  All three were issued trespass notices and ordered to not return to the property. 

The problem solving team meets with residents of rural communities in Jackson County to identify ongoing issues and works with them to find solutions.  The two deputies’ positions are currently funded by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program grants. 

Anyone with a concern about problems in rural areas of Jackson County can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206 to speak to a JCSO deputy.  Information will be passed along to the problem solving team to address.

Case #19-16585

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