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MADGE Bust Nets Meth, Heroin, Cash (Photo) - 05/15/20

On May 12th, 2020, Detectives from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team served a search warrant at a residence in the 3000 block of Griffin Creek Road. This was after a two month long investigation into drug sales occurring out the home, as well as information the residents were selling drugs throughout the valley.

Detectives arrested four subjects at the residence. Jeffery Cole, 26, and Justice Austin, 21, were the targets of the search warrant. Joel Dixon, 54, was determined to be involved in drug possession and sales in the home. The fourth subject, Pedro Villagrana, 44, was arrested on warrants and his involvement remains under investigation.

Detectives located over 5 pounds of meth, two ounces of heroin and over $5,000 in cash.

Cole and Austin were lodged for Possession, Manufacturing, and Distribution of both Meth and Heroin. Dixon was arrested for Possession, Manufacturing and Distribution of Meth.

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SMHS Physical Education Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes (Photo) - 05/15/20

On Saturday, April 25, 2020 the Medford Police Department received an anonymous report by the organization "SafeOregon." The anonymous report indicated that Noah Berman, a Physical Education teacher at South Medford High School, was involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile female student who attends South Medford High. This tip was sent to both law enforcement and the School District. On April 27th, the school district placed Berman on administrative leave.

A Medford Police Detective was assigned the investigation and determined the relationship between Berman and the underage student had been ongoing since November of 2019, which ultimately became sexual in nature.

Detectives also learned that much of the communication between Berman and the student occurred through the social media app “Snapchat.”

The “Tampering with a Witness” charge stems from the detectives learning the suspect told the victim not to disclose the relationship to investigators, as law enforcement began looking into the case.

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Medford Police Detectives served a search warrant at Berman’s residence on Kaufmann Way in Medford. Detectives seized possible evidence and Berman was arrested without incident. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the listed charges.

Suspect: Berman, Noah Scott, 30 yrs old

Charges:

                Sex Abuse 2 – 2 counts

                Sex Abuse 3 – 3 counts

                Tampering with a Witness

                Luring a Minor

 

Bail: $45,000

Attached Media Files: BermanNoah.jpg
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Keylor mug shot
Suspect Arrested after Stabbing (Photo) - 05/06/20

On May 5th, 2020 at about 9:12 p.m., officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the Minute Market, 2521 Table Rock Road, for a report of a stabbing. Central Point Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist.

Two Medford Police Officers were first to arrive on scene, and began treating the 57 year old male victim for numerous stab wounds to the torso. The victim was ultimately transported to Asante Regional Medical Center.

The victim indicated he was taking a smoke break behind the market when he was approached by an unknown suspect who began stabbing him for no apparent reason.

Numerous officers surrounded the area and began a search with a Sheriff’s Office K9. While the search was underway, a subject was seen in a field behind Howard School. A Medford Police officer attempted to contact him, but he fled on foot. The officer was ultimately able to chase him down and get him into custody.

The subject was determined to be the stabbing suspect, and identified as Eli Keylor, 20 years old. There is no known connection between the victim and the suspect and the motive is unknown at this time.

At time of this press release, the victim’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

The suspect was lodged on the following charges:

Assault 1st Degree

Assault 2nd Degree

Bail $200,000

Attached Media Files: Keylor mug shot
Busnardo Mug Shot
Busnardo Mug Shot
Woman Arrested for Large Scale Embezzlement (Photo) - 05/05/20

In October of 2019, Medford Police received a report of a large scale embezzlement victimizing a local business, Western Auto Sales and RV, at 1492 Burlcrest Drive. The suspect was the bookkeeper, Notja Busnardo, aka Brower, who had recently been fired.

The case was turned over to a Medford Police Detective, who investigated financial records involving the business and suspect.

The investigation revealed that the suspect embezzled money from the business from July 2018 until October, 2019.  A total of $161,434 was stolen during that time, which contributed to the business having to close its doors shortly thereafter.

On May 5, 2020, at about 9:00 a.m, Busnardo was arrested without incident at her place of employment, near 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

None of the stolen money was able to be recovered.

She was charged with the following:

Aggravated Theft X5

Aggravated ID Theft X2

Forgery 1

Bail: $77,500

Attached Media Files: Busnardo Mug Shot