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Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested, Detectives Seeking Additional Victims (Photo) - 06/19/24

JCSO Case 24-2631


MEDFORD, Ore. – After a month-long investigation, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives arrested a 20-year-old Medford man today for multiple counts of sex abuse of an underage victim. Detectives believe there are additional local victims who have yet to come forward.


Detectives arrested the suspect, Brayden Cyrus Edelman, 20, today at 11:30 a.m. in Medford. He is charged with one count of first-degree sex abuse, and two counts of second-degree sex abuse. Detectives booked and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail.


The JCSO investigation into Edelman started mid-May of this year. Although Edelman lives in Medford, the crimes occurred in White City. JCSO SVU detectives believe Edelman may have other victims. Anyone with information about the pictured suspect is asked to call SVU Detective Jill Wenzel at (541) 770-8928.


This case is under investigation with SVU detectives working additional leads. Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.



Suspect Tracked Down, Arrested After Striking Central Point Police Officer During Elude (Photo) - 06/13/24

UPDATE 6-13-24: JCSO deputies executed a search warrant on McLaughlin's vehicle on Wednesday, June 12 and located a 9mm pistol and body armor. Additional charges were added to include felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of body armor. Currently, McLaughlin is being held in the Jail on 32 criminal charges and is not eligible for pre-trial release.


JCSO Case 24-3074


MEDFORD, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested a wanted fugitive yesterday around 3:15 p.m at the OK Market in Medford. The suspect, Joshua Edward McLaughlin, 34, of Butte Falls, was wanted on eight warrants, including first-degree burglary, and multiple counts of felony elude. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


Earlier yesterday around 4:30 a.m., McLaughlin eluded law enforcement by intentionally crashing into a Central Point Police Department (CPPD) patrol car. While ramming the police car he also struck a CPPD officer with his side view mirror. The officer is ok, and expected to make a full recovery. CPPD has probable cause to add charges of elude, felony hit and run, reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangering, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering, third-degree assault, attempted third-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and assault on a Peace Officer.


Later that day, JCSO undercover detectives tracked down and tailed the suspect to the OK Market on N. Riverside Avenue in Medford. JCSO Patrol deputies followed McLaughlin into the market and advised he was under arrest. McLaughlin attempted to flee out of the back of the store on foot but was quickly outperformed. McLaughlin resisted arrest but was eventually placed in handcuffs and lodged in the Jail on the eight warrants. McLaughlin is facing new charges from the JCSO arrest.


This case is open and ongoing with deputies and officers continuing their investigation. There is no further information available for release.

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Joint Task Force Serves Two Local Child Porn Search Warrants Yesterday (Photo) - 06/12/24

JCSO Cases 24-1658, 24-2249


ROGUE VALLEY, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force served two search warrants yesterday, June 11 in separate residences in Eagle Point and rural Grants Pass. According to the initial investigation, the cases do not appear to be connected. Detectives are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.


SOCET served the first search warrant yesterday just after 7 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of Keystone Way in Eagle Point. SOCET began the investigation after a suspect sent child exploitation imagery to undercover law enforcement. Eagle Point Police Department assisted with the warrant service.


Investigators served the second search warrant at 1:30 p.m. in a converted school bus on a property in the 6500 block of Rogue River Highway in rural Grants Pass near the town of Rogue River. The investigation began after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. Josephine County Parole & Probation assisted with the warrant service.


SOCET was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and detectives, Oregon State Police (OSP), and Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF) investigators. During the warrants, investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by SOHTCTF for further evidence of child exploitation. 


SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation. The task force consists of investigators from JCSO and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County. SOHTCTF is a joint inter-agency task force that consists of investigators from JCSO, HSI, OSP, and Medford Police Department. There is no further information available for release.



Sheriff's Deputies Respond to Rural Shady Cove Homicide, Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 06/05/24

UPDATE 6-5-24:


Next of kin has been notified. The victim in the June 1st homicide in rural Shady Cove is Lowell Driver III, 64, of Trail, Ore. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.


A Jackson County Grand Jury returned an indictment today on charges of second-degree murder for the suspect, Travis Driver, who is the son of the victim.


An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy on Tuesday revealing the cause of death as blunt force trauma. There is no further information available for release at this time.

Original Release: 

JCSO Case 24-2964


SHADY COVE, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a potential homicide call today, June 1st at 11:03 a.m. in rural Shady Cove. ECSO Dispatch received the 911 call for a possible homicide with an armed suspect on scene at a property in the 23000 block of Highway 62 north of Shady Cove. JCSO Deputies arrived with the SWAT Bearcat to locate the armed suspect.


ECSO Dispatch received another 911 call for the potential suspect at the Trail market in Trail, Ore. JCSO deputies responded to the market and took the suspect into custody without incident. The victim’s name will be released pending next-of-kin notification.


JCSO Medical Examiners arrived to the scene of the crime to begin the death investigation. Cause of death is pending the autopsy by an Oregon State Police forensic pathologist. Detectives from JCSO and Central Point Police Department responded to the scene to assume the homicide investigation.


The suspect, Travis Clayton Driver, 34, of Shady Cove, is in custody charged with second-degree murder. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


This case is open and ongoing with detectives continuing their investigation. Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. There is no further information available for release at this time.

Man Arrested After Taking Children Hostage in Ashland Apartment Leading to Multi-Hour Standoff (Photo) - 05/31/24

UPDATE: Video Available for Download: https://vimeo.com/952497820?share=copy  


APD Case 24-1153

JCSO Case 24-2941


ASHLAND, Ore. - Two children are safe, and a Central Point man is in jail today after Ashland Police Department (APD) responded to a call for a suicidal, potentially armed man taking children hostage in an Ashland apartment last night. The call came into ECSO Dispatch at 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 with information the man was holding two children, ages 4 and 7, hostage in an apartment in the 300 block of Engle Street in Ashland. After a nearly 7-hour standoff with police, the man is in the Jackson County Jail, and the children are safe. 


APD lodged the suspect, Erik Macias, 36, of Central Point, on charges of felony fourth-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence menacing, coercion, and driving while suspended. Macias also had two outstanding felony warrants including fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and driving under the influence of intoxications (DUII). 


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) SWAT and Crisis Negotiators Team (CNT) responded to assist APD just before 9 p.m. The SWAT team and APD surrounded the apartment while detectives applied for a search warrant. CNT made phone contact with the suspect and attempted to negotiate for approximately three hours. When negotiations failed, the SWAT team used a diversionary device (flash bang) outside the apartment along with JCSO K9 announcements, and made entry into the apartment. SWAT arrested the suspect without incidence, and rescued the children at 12:42 a.m. The children are safe and were returned to their mother.


This case is open and ongoing, with APD following additional leads. There is no further information available for release at this time.

Medication Take-Back Event (Photo) - 05/28/24

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and medtakebackoregon.org are facilitating a drive-through drop-off prescription medication take-back event this week in three locations throughout the County. The event will offer the community a safe, free, and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted household medication.


Dispose Safely

Check your medicine cabinet and remove all expired and unwanted medication. If you do not know if a drug is still safe, check with your pharmacist. Count medication to keep track of amounts. Drop off expired or unwanted medications for safe disposal.


Please separate and remove any items and medication that are not accepted before disposing.


Do not place medicine in the trash or recycling and never flush them down the sink or toilet.


To protect your privacy, remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before disposing of unwanted medicine.


ACCEPTED: Medications in any dosage form, except for those identified as Not Accepted, in their original container or sealed bag.


NOT ACCEPTED: Herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, other personal care products, emptied medical devices, batteries, mercury-containing thermometers, sharps, illicit drugs, pet pesticide products, animal medicines, and biologics.


All three events are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Wednesday, May 29 

Butte Falls Community Center 

555 Main Street

Butte Falls, OR 97522


Thursday, May 30

Trail Christian Fellowship

18881 Highway 62

Eagle Point, OR 97524


Friday, May 31

County Roads Office

5650 S. Pacific Highway 

Phoenix, OR 97535


For more information about the drug take-back program and any future events go to medtakebackoregon.org or call (844) 482-5322.