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Marijuana Search Warrant (Photo) - 05/24/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

                  2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana  

DETAILS:

On May 20, 2022, Medford Police Department (MPD) executed a search warrant regarding stolen property in the 3000 block of Quartz Creek Road. During the execution of their warrant approximately 4,800 marijuana plants were located in multiple greenhouses and approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana was located in the residence. MPD contacted the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) and informed JMET of their discovery.

Prior to arrival multiple individuals had fled the scene before they could be detained. 

JMET responded, seizing and destroying the 4,800 marijuana plants and 500 pounds of processed marijuana. Additionally, while on scene, JMET located two small deer that had been caged. JMET was able to dismantle the cage to a point that the deer could be released. No harm was done to the deer. At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released. 

Forest Glen Rd 3
Forest Glen Rd 3
Marijuana Search Warrants (Photo) - 05/23/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 19, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana                                      

DETAILS:

On May 19, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with Oregon State Police, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) executed a search warrant in the 3000 block of Southside Road regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 4,400 marijuana plants were located inside multiple greenhouses on the property.  The marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

23 year-old, Vincent R. Lopez, was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana.

The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) executed a second search warrant on May 19, 2022 in the 200 block of Forest Glen Road regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 1,200 marijuana plants were located inside multiple greenhouses on the property.  The marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. 

Two individuals were detained for officer safety however, the primary suspect is still outstanding.

At the time of this press release the` investigations are ongoing and no further details are being released.

Boatnik Races
Boatnik Races
Rogue River Closure: Boatnik Races (Photo) - 05/20/22

2022 Boatnik Races

To: Waterway Users 
From: Josephine County Sheriff Marine Patrol 
Date: May 20, 2022 
Re: Water use regulations and race event schedule 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
During the Boatnik Races, the Rogue River will be closed in designated areas and during designated times (Refer to the race schedule listed below). All spectators will remain off the water until the races are over. All spectators will remain 50 feet from the waterway at all times. 
Movement on the water is Restricted to Law Enforcement, Rescue personnel and Authorized Race Officials during the closures. Private boats are not allowed to assist with crash/rescue operations for safety reasons.

Boats can be anchored on the shoreline if it is deemed safe by Race Officials and Law Enforcement. All users shall be OFF the water and in an approved area 1 hour prior to the start of the race. Any unauthorized boat on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless or Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305 / $421.00). Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during the race events. 

RIVER CLOSURES: 

Closed Friday May 27th, 2022 Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge during events scheduled from 7:00pm to 10:15pm. 

Closed Saturday May 28th, 2022 Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge during events scheduled from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. 

Closed Sunday May 29th, Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge during events scheduled 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

Closed Monday May 30th, 2022 Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge during race events scheduled from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Monday May 30th, 2022 the Rogue River from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge including all boat ramps will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

Attached Media Files: Boatnik Races
Kia Soul
Kia Soul
Hit and Run Investigation (Photo) - 05/18/22

INCIDENT NUMBER: 22001160

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 17, 2022 at 9:00 PM

REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich

DETAILS:

On 05/17/2022 at approximately 9:00 PM law enforcement responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash near the intersection of Fruitdale Drive and Alexander Lane. The pedestrian victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. 

The suspect vehicle left the scene heading outbound towards Rogue River. It is believed to be a 2008-2011 Kia Soul, silver in color with significant damage to the left/driver’s side. The vehicle should be missing a driver’s side mirror with additional damage to the front bumper and left fender. 

Included is a stock photo similar to the suspect vehicle however not the actual vehicle.  Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123 with any information. 

Attached Media Files: Kia Soul
2022 Police Week
2022 Police Week
2022 Police Memorial (Photo) - 05/16/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  May 15th thru May 21st, 2022

REPORTING DEPUTY:        Sheriff Dave Daniel

DETAILS: 

This year National Police Week is May 15th thru May 21st, 2022.  Every year during this time, ceremonies are held to honor fallen Officers. 

Historically we have hosted a ceremony at the Josephine County Courthouse however the event will not take place this year.  It is however, very important that we remember and honor those members of our law enforcement family who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. 

Law Enforcement Officers Killed While Serving Josephine County

Oregon State Police

Trooper Burrell Baucom died July 1, 1933 when he was shot and killed on N. Pacific Hwy. by two suspects operating a stolen motor vehicle. Subsequent to Trooper Baucom's death, a monument was placed at that location in his memory and the highway was named Monument Drive. The monument has since been moved to the northbound Manzanita rest area.

Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Emmett J. Blackmun, Captain of Search and Rescue, was killed coming home from a search on Deer Creek Road on September 24, 1968. His pickup truck went over an embankment. He was killed in the crash.

Alice Moran, a Corrections Deputy, died in an airplane crash on November 17, 1971. As a recently hired matron for the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, she was transporting witnesses from Salem to testify in a local criminal case. The airplane crashed on the western slope of Walker Mountain, which is located three miles northeast of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Glenn Allen, a Corrections Deputy, died in an airplane crash on November 17, 1971. Deputy Glenn Allen, a corrections deputy for 3 years, was transporting witnesses from Salem to testify in a local criminal case. The airplane crashed on the western slope of Walker Mountain which is located three miles northeast of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Marvin R. Brewster, Sergeant, died early on the evening of April 21, 1972. Sergeant Brewster's vehicle collided with a log truck near Murphy, Oregon. Sergeant Brewster died at the scene of the accident. He was serving as a resident deputy in the Williams area. He was a six year veteran with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Tom Rice, Deputy, Marine Patrol, died in a helicopter crash on May 23, 2002. Deputy Rice was a passenger in a helicopter that was searching the Rogue River for a missing woman. The helicopter hit a cable that crossed the river, causing the death of Deputy Rice and the pilot. Deputy Rice was a nine year veteran of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

I ask you to stop and take a moment to recognize the ultimate sacrifice that these individuals have made. Each and every day men and women in law enforcement leave their homes knowing full well this day could be the last time they see their families, yet they continue with this seemingly ordinary act of bravery.  Please recognize this bravery and the level of sacrifice placed upon the families or our fallen brothers and sisters.     

Attached Media Files: 2022 Police Week
Marathon Race
Marathon Race
Rogue River Closure: Marathon Boat Race (Photo) - 05/15/22

2022 USA Marathon World Championship Jetboat Race

To: Waterway Users 
From: Josephine County Sheriff Marine Patrol 
Date: May 15, 2022 
Re: Water use regulations and race event schedule 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
During the Marathon Jetboat Races, the Rogue River will be closed in designated areas and during designated times (Refer to the race schedule listed below). All spectators will remain off the water until the races are over. All spectators will remain 50 feet from the waterway at all times. 
Movement on the water is Restricted to Law Enforcement, Rescue personnel and Authorized Race Officials during the closures. Private boats are not allowed to assist with crash/rescue operations for safety reasons.

Boats can be anchored on the shoreline if it is deemed safe by Race Officials and Law Enforcement. All users shall be OFF the water and in an approved area 1 hour prior to the start of the race. Any unauthorized boat on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless or Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305 / $421.00). Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during the race events. 

RIVER CLOSURES: Closed Thursday May 26, 2022, the Rogue River from Baker Park to Almeda Park including all boat ramps will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 7:30am to 3:00pm.

Attached Media Files: Marathon Race
Processed Marijuana
Processed Marijuana
Marijuana Search Warrant (Photo) - 05/12/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 12, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana                                    

DETAILS:

On May 12, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) executed a search warrant in the 3000 block of Woodland Park Road regarding a residence known to possess a large quantity of processed marijuana.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 1500 pounds of processed marijuana was located, seized and destroyed. 

At the time of this press release, the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Attached Media Files: Processed Marijuana
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - 05/05/22

CASE NUMBER: 22001035

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  May 4, 2022, at 8:39 AM

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Corporal Aaron Porter

DETAILS: 

On May 4, 2022, at 8:39 AM, Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office along with personnel from Illinois Valley Fire, Oregon State Police and AMR, were dispatched to Laurel Road and Walters Drive in Cave Junction for a two-vehicle head on collision crash. 

Upon arrival, Deputies found two vehicles in the roadway.  Terry Lawson, 67 of Grants Pass was driving northbound on Laurel Road when the vehicle driven by Michael Gilles St-Onge, 52 of Cave Junction crossed into Lawson’s lane.  The two vehicles collided head-on, blocking both lanes.

Lawson was not seriously injured in the crash.  St-Onge was pronounced deceased at the scene.    

Next of kin has been notified.

Homicide - 05/04/22

INCIDENT NUMBER: 22000966  

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  04/26/2022 10:27 PM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Corporal Schreiber 

DETAILS:      

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 10:27 PM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Troopers from Oregon State Police along with AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department personnel responded to the 100 block of Ward Road in Merlin, Oregon for a report of a shooting. Once on scene deputies found a male in the driveway with an apparent gunshot wound. CPR was administered first by deputies then by medical personnel. The male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Sheriff’s Office Detectives were assisted by Detectives from the Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department and personnel from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.  Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and at no time was there a perceived threat to the community in relation to this incident.  This case is still under investigation and further details are not currently available.   

 

Homicide - 05/04/22

INCIDENT NUMBER: 22000966  

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  04/26/2022 10:27 PM 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Corporal Schreiber 

DETAILS:      

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 10:27 PM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Troopers from Oregon State Police along with AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department personnel responded to the 100 block of Ward Road in Merlin, Oregon for a report of a shooting. Once on scene deputies found a male in the driveway with an apparent gunshot wound. CPR was administered first by deputies then by medical personnel. The male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Sheriff’s Office Detectives were assisted by Detectives from the Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department and personnel from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.  Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and at no time was there a perceived threat to the community in relation to this incident.  This case is still under investigation and further details are not currently available.   

 

Firearms
Firearms
Marijuana Search Warrant (Photo) - 04/29/22

INCIDENT DATE: April 28, 2022

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: Paula Powell, 64 year-old female

CHARGE: Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana 

DETAILS:

On April 28, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with the Oregon State Police Southwest Regional Marijuana Team, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) consisting of Grants Pass Police Department, Josephine County Parole and Probation, and Josephine County Code Enforcement conducted a search warrant in the 2200 block of Azalea Drive regarding an illegal outdoor marijuana growing operation.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 7600 marijuana plants were located in greenhouses on the property.  The marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. Additionally, multiple firearms and equipment used for the unlawful manufacturing of marijuana were seized.  

Paula Powell, 64, was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana.   

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Attached Media Files: Firearms , Inside Greenhouses , Greenhouses
Telephonic Scams - 04/27/22

INCIDENT: Telephonic Scams

REPORTING DEPUTY: Undersheriff Snyder

DETAILS: Over the last few weeks the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports regarding attempted telephonic scams.  In the reoccurring attempts, persons identify themselves as members of the Sheriff’s Office and demand payment over the phone to avoid being arrested.  Payment demands have been in the form of apps, gift cards or money orders.       

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you that law enforcement does not operate in this fashion.  Funds are NOT solicited by law enforcement from citizens to avoid arrest, especially over the telephone.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to remain vigilant and report any potential scams that come their way.  Persons should never provide financial or personal information to anyone until they are certain who they are speaking to.  It appears many of these types of thieves try to target members of our senior citizen community.  Please be aware of these scams and call the Sheriff’s Office if you have questions or concerns.