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News Releases
Missing: Leahy, Berna - 06/08/23


CASE: 23-14241

NAME: Berna Leahy

SEX: Female

AGE: 80

HEIGHT: 5'8"


HAIR: White

EYES: Hazel

INFORMATION: Berna was last seen on June 6, 2023 around 3:30pm in the 800 block of Shan Creek, Josephine County.  She was wearing blue pants, blue striped shirt, grey sneakers and black socks.  She was on foot and her direction of travel is unknow.  

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with any information.  Please reference case 23-14241.

OFFICE #: 541-474-5123



Attached Media Files: Missing Flier
Press Release
Press Release
Marijuana Search Warrant 06/06/23 (Photo) - 06/06/23

INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2023

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CITED: Lalani Allan, 53 years-old

             Tina Young, 56 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

                   3- Unlawful Appropriation of Water

                   4- Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine                   


On June 6, 2023, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety, executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of Laurel Road, Cave Junction regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, more than 760 marijuana plants and 50 pounds of processed marijuana were seized and destroyed.

The property also had multiple electrical, water, and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. 

Lalani Allen was cited for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Tina Young was cited for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

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

Attached Media Files: Press Release , Laurel Rd SW , Processed MJ , MJ Plants
UPDATE: Drowning Incident (Photo) - 06/05/23

INCIDENT: Drowning Incident 

LOCATION: Indian Mary Park

CASE NUMBER: 2023-11725

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: May 12th, 2023, 4:53 PM

REPORTING DEPUTY: Lieutenant Jim Geiger 

UPDATE: On Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 12:41 PM, a deceased subject was located in the Rogue River near the Argo Recreation Site.  The decedent was positively identified as Lynn Boyum. Boyum was reported missing after being swept down river from Indian Mary Park on May 12th, 2023.    


On Friday, May 12th, 2023 at approximately 4:53 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office was notified of two adult subjects in distress near the boat ramp at Indian Mary Park. 

Information provided to 911 indicated bystanders pulled an adult male from the Rogue River and CPR was in progress.  The second subject, an adult female, was last seen floating down river from the boat ramp. 

The Sheriff’s Office, as well as Rural Metro Fire Department, responded and began searching the area for the female subject.  Searchers walked the riverbanks and additional personnel searched the water with the Sheriff’s Office marine boat.   

Witnesses at the scene stated the male and female were down at the river with their dog which swam to the other side of the river and would not swim back.  The female entered the water to retrieve the dog and became overwhelmed by the swift current.  The male threw a rope to the female without success. He then entered the water himself to rescue the female and also became overwhelmed by the current and went under the water.  Bystanders at the scene were able to pull the male from the river and start CPR. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. 

Search efforts were called off around 8:30 PM and resumed the next day at 8:00 AM with assistance from the Josephine County Search and Rescue Team, AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department.  Again, the search effort was called off after multiple hours of searching.

The female is still missing at the time of this release and next of kin have been notified. Further details will be provided as they become available. 

Attached Media Files: Press_Release.jpg
Luring a Minor -- Arrest (Photo) - 05/31/23

INCIDENT: Luring a Minor/Online Sexual Corruption  


REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich

ARRESTED: Layzon V. Tello, 25 years old 

CHARGES: Luring a Minor

                Online Sexual Corruption I

                Online Sexual Corruption II                                   


On May 25, 2023, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding an adult male attempting to communicate with a minor female via an online source. Based on the content of the messages that included explicit images and video of the male subject, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the male who was identified as Layzon Tello.   

On May 30, 2023, after Tello described what his intentions were, he wanted to meet the female at Riverside Park.  

When Tello arrived at the park and exited his vehicle, members of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were in place to make contact with him.  Layzon Tello was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption.     

At the time of this press release, no further details are being released.

Attached Media Files: Luring_a_Minor.pdf , Press_Release.jpg
UPDATE: LOCATED Missing Person - ATL Hoover, Hope - 05/28/23



Case #: 23-12169

Name: Hope Hoover

Age:  31 

Sex:  F                     

Race:  Caucasian

Height: 5’07”       

Weight:   130          

Hair: Blonde     

Eyes: Blue



Hope Hoover was last seen by her family on 4/08/23 on Jerome Prairie Rd. She has not checked in with her family since.

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office with any information.

Please reference case #23-12169

Office: 541-474-5123

Attached Media Files: Hope_Hoover_Located.pdf
Boatnik Rogue River Closure (Photo) - 05/24/23

TO: Waterway Users

FROM: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol

DATES:  May 26 – 29, 2023

RE: Water use regulations and race event schedule during Boatnik               


During the Boatnik Races, the Rogue River will be closed in designated areas and during designated times (refer to the schedule 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 crashes or rescue operations for safety purposes.

Boats can be anchored on the shoreline if it is deemed safe by Race Official 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 boats on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless and Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305) and are subject to a $440 fine.  Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during race events. 


CLOSED Friday, May 26, 2023 6:30pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge AND  1:00pm – 5:00pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Sunday, May 28th, 2023 7:00am – 1:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge AND 1:00pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge. 

CLOSED Monday, May 29, 2023 12:00pm – 3:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge. 

Attached Media Files: 23_BOATNIK_.png