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17-24291 Scene
17-24291 Scene
Deputies Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver (Photo) - 11/20/17

WHITE CITY - A driver who fled from a crash that left two children injured is now in custody. On Monday, deputies arrested Rowdy Winterhawk Decker, 37, of Klamath Falls, on multiple charges including the felony crimes of second degree assault, third degree assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured ("hit and run").

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5:33 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Antelope Road and Lakeview Drive in White City. Deputies determined Decker was driving a red 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Lakeview Drive from Highway 140. Decker did not stop at the intersection with Antelope Road and collided with an eastbound 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Toyota rolled over and came to rest on its side.

Two young children in the Toyota were transported to the hospital with injuries, including a broken arm. An adult female passenger went by private vehicle to the hospital for observation. Three additional passengers in the Toyota, including one child, were not injured.

Decker fled the scene on foot and was not located despite an extensive search. A 30-year-old female passenger in Decker's vehicle initially fled with him, but returned to the scene. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of eluding police in a vehicle and reckless driving.

On Monday morning, deputies located Decker at a relative's home in White City. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in jail. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for prosecution.

Attached Media Files: 17-24291 Scene , Rowdy Decker
Malina Nickel
Malina Nickel
Woman Missing One Year; Detectives Seek Answers (Photo) - 11/20/17

SHADY COVE - This week marks one year since the 2016 disappearance of a Shady Cove woman. Malina Nickel, 30, was last seen just before Thanksgiving. Detectives are hoping someone will come forward with information that will lead them to her.

Family members told deputies they found Malina's car, a white 2002 Ford Escape, abandoned near the Trail post office on November 25, 2016. A witness reported seeing a male walking away from Malina's vehicle and getting a ride to a gas station in Shady Cove on the night of November 23. The male has not yet been positively identified. Malina was reported missing by her mother on November 28. Malina's personal belongings were found in her residence and she had made no mention of leaving the area.

Detectives say Malina was known to use drugs and had a warrant for her arrest at the time she went missing, but their focus is on solving her disappearance. They have followed up on numerous tips, interviewed potential witnesses, and searched specific locations. At this time, all leads received have been investigated. The process has proved challenging as most tips have turned out to be based on speculation or rumors.

Malina is a mother to two children. Her friends and family have organized rallies and utilized social media to help spread the word about Malina's case. They have also spoken about the case for an article in Dateline NBC's "Missing in America" series.

Detectives are confident someone holds the facts that will help them close the case. Those with information are asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 774-8333. Refer to case 16-24006.

** Media Opportunity - Tuesday, 11/21/17**
Detective Sergeant Scott Waldon will be available for interviews between 10:00 am and noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2016, at the JCSO main office (5179 Crater Lake Hw.). Contact Sergeant Julie Denney (PIO) for scheduling requests or additional information.

Attached Media Files: Malina Nickel , Malina Nickel
Update: Lost Woman Identified (Photo) - 11/11/17

Update 11/11/17 at 12:20pm: The woman has been identified and deputies are working to reunite her with family. The person who contacted us recognized her from this information. Thanks to those who shared our social media posts.

Original post:
SHADY COVE - Deputies need to identify an elderly woman who was found wandering in Shady Cove today. At 7:42am, dispatch received the first call of concern for the woman who was walking north along Highway 62 from Brophy Way. She has been unable to provide deputies with her name or information about her home. Deputies have transported her to a safe location. If you have information, please call dispatch at 541-776-7206.

Case 17-12747

Attached Media Files: 17-12747
Christopher Knapp
Christopher Knapp
UPDATE: Missing Mushroom Picker Located (Photo) - 11/09/17

Update 11/9/17 at 6:15pm -- Christopher Knapp has been located safe on the Oregon coast. Thank you to those who shared this information and kept an eye out.
Original release 11/8/17 -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are looking for a missing man. Christopher Knapp reportedly went mushroom picking on the evening of Sunday, November 5. He is believed to be in the areas of Prospect, Highway 227, or Tiller in Douglas County. He was reported missing on November 8.

Knapp is 45 years old and 6'4" tall with a thin build and dark "salt & pepper" hair. He usually is clean shaven and wears bib overalls or black ski pants, a ball cap, or beanie.

Knapp drives a green 2-door Honda Civic with a missing front bumper. He usually stays on the coast in the Florence area, but has been in the Prospect area for a few months to pick mushrooms and huckleberries.

If you have information about Knapp's whereabouts, please contact SAR Sergeant Shawn Richards at 541-774-6800.

Attached Media Files: Christopher Knapp
Jason Allen Jule
Jason Allen Jule
Robbery Suspects Lodged in Jail (Photo) - 11/08/17

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 9:10pm, deputies responded to the Fast and Easy Mart at 13325 Antioch Road (at the intersection with Highway 234) for a report of an armed robbery. A masked suspect indicated he was armed and demanded money from the clerk. He fled in a waiting vehicle driven by another person. Nobody was injured.

Detectives identified the robbery suspect as Jason Allen Jule, 39. They say Jule pretended to have a gun when he stole money from the clerk. He dropped some of the money on the ground before he fled in a vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Angela Christina Estrada, 40.

On November 7, detectives lodged Jule in jail on charges of robbery in the second degree, theft in the second degree, coercion, menacing, and disorderly conduct in the second degree. On November 8, detectives lodged Estrada in jail on charges of robbery in the second degree and conspiracy to commit robbery in the second degree.

Case 17-23107

Attached Media Files: Jason Allen Jule , Angela Estrada
Meadow Grace Boyd
Meadow Grace Boyd
Investigation Update: Death of Meadow Boyd (Photo) - 11/07/17

Detectives continue to follow up on leads in the death of 13-year-old Meadow Grace Boyd. They are asking for additional assistance from the public.

Meadow died on Monday, October 30, after being struck by a vehicle part or other object extending from the side of a vehicle. Meadow had been waiting for the school bus at the end of her driveway in the 5100-block of East Evans Creek Road, north of Rogue River.

On Thursday, November 2, a man came forward to report he may have been the person whose vehicle struck and killed Meadow. Detectives are examining evidence to determine whether his vehicle was involved. The man has not been named as a suspect in a crime.

Detectives need to identify two additional vehicles seen driving north on East Evans Creek Road near Minthorne Road between 6:55 and 7:15 am on Monday, October 30. One of the vehicles is described as a white or silver full size pickup. The other is a dark-colored full size pickup. Detectives urge the drivers to come forward. They say it is important to identify all vehicles seen in the area so they can rule out those that were not involved.

Detectives are also expanding their earlier request for surveillance video. They would like to hear from people who have surveillance cameras that capture traffic on East Evans Creek Road between Minthorne Road and Queensbranch Road. Anyone with information or video can call Detective Steve Bohn or Detective Gabe Burchfiel at 541-774-6800.

Case 17-22901

Attached Media Files: Meadow Grace Boyd
Robert Phillip Tallman
Robert Phillip Tallman
Man Jailed for Elude, Weapons, and Drugs (Photo) - 11/03/17

SHADY COVE - A Trail man who eluded a deputy Thursday night is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on numerous charges. On November 2, 2017, at approximately 10:22 pm, a deputy attempted to stop a blue 1995 Pontiac Firebird with no license plates on Meadow Lane near Highway 62, just north of the city of Shady Cove.

The driver, later identified as Robert Phillip Tallman, 30, eluded the deputy for a short distance, and then crashed into a bank of mailboxes. He got out of the vehicle and ran away, dropping a loaded handgun on the ground. Deputies caught up to him near a residence and took him into custody. A female passenger fled the vehicle and was not identified.

Tallman was found to be carrying an improvised explosive device in the vehicle. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad responded to recover the device.

Deputies lodged Tallman in jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges: attempting to elude police in a vehicle; attempting to elude police on foot; reckless driving; failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged ("hit and run"); driving while suspended or revoked; interfering with a peace officer; felon in possession of a weapon; possession of a destructive device; unlawful possession of methamphetamine; and, driving under the influence of intoxicants (drugs). He was also lodged on a warrant for parole violation for a previous conviction of assault in the third degree.

During the investigation, Tallman was identified as a suspect in an incident that occurred on September 27 in the same area. Charges of eluding police in a vehicle and on foot were added in relation to that case (17-20576).

Case #17-23177

Attached Media Files: Robert Phillip Tallman
Boat Safety Checks Move to Winter Schedule (Photo) - 11/03/17

The summer boating season is over, but you're not out of luck if you need a hull identification number (HIN) inspection or safety equipment check. Jackson County Sheriff's Office marine patrol deputies will continue to offer this free service through the winter months on a reduced schedule.

On the first Saturday of the month from 9 to 10 am, boaters can bring their boats and required equipment to the marine patrol office at 620 Antelope Road, White City. In April, the hours will expand again as we enter the summer boating season.

Anyone with questions can call the Marine Patrol office at 541-864-8830.

For more information about required boating equipment, follow this link to the Oregon State Marine Board website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/boater-info/Pages/Required-Equipment.aspx

Attached Media Files: boat_equipment.jpeg
One Injured in N. Foothill Rd. Crash (Photo) - 11/02/17

MEDFORD - North Foothill Road was closed for one hour today while deputies investigated a two-vehicle crash at the intersection with Coker Butte Road. The crash was first reported to dispatch at 10:59 am.

The involved vehicles were a dark blue 1998 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Ricky Wayne Fielder, Jr., 48, of Central Point, and a white 2003 Ford Econoline van driven by Michael Joseph O'Shea, 46, of White City. Deputies determined Fielder was driving northbound on N. Foothill Road and turned left in front of the southbound van, causing a head-on crash at the intersection.

Fielder was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment for a broken leg. O'Shea was not injured. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. Fielder was cited for careless driving.

Case #17-23140

Attached Media Files: 17-23140
Meadow Grace Boyd
Meadow Grace Boyd
Detectives Narrow Focus; Family Appeals for Answers (Photo) - 11/01/17

Detectives are narrowing the focus of the investigation into the death of Meadow Grace Boyd, 13, in the 5100-block of East Evans Creek Road, north of Rogue River. Meadow was found on the ground with fatal injuries by a passerby at 7:29am on Monday, October 30.

Based on evidence found at the scene and information gained from the autopsy, investigators believe Meadow was standing at the end of her driveway waiting for the school bus when she was struck by a vehicle part or other object extending from the side of a vehicle. Possible examples include, but are NOT limited to, a side mirror, top or side mounted racks, trailer parts, or cargo items.

Investigators believe it is likely a driver would be aware he or she struck something on the side of the road. The driver may not, however, have realized the object was a person. Several trash cans lined the edge of the roadway in the same area where Meadow had been standing. The incident occurred before sunrise; conditions were dark and foggy.

Detectives have been in touch with Meadow's close-knit family throughout the investigation. Meadow was the youngest of four siblings. She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, rock climbing, and reading. Meadow had a dog named Wicket and she loved horses. While Meadow was small in stature, her family described her as a "protector" -- someone who helped and supported people who were bullied. Meadow's family members are hoping someone will come forward with information to help them understand what happened to her.

Detectives thank everyone who has already called in or provided surveillance video for review. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Bohn or Detective Burchfiel at 541-774-6800.

Case 17-22901 (Refer to previous releases for additional information.)

Attached Media Files: Meadow Grace Boyd
Stolen Vehicle Crashes on Highway 62 (Photo) - 10/31/17

At 9:02 am, an employee of World Famous Autos in Medford reported the theft of a dark blue 1999 Chevy Tahoe from the sales lot. An employee later located the stolen vehicle and provided information to dispatch as he followed it toward White City.

At 9:21 am, a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of Corey Road and McLoughlin Drive, where the male driver appeared to be involved in a "road rage" incident with another driver. When the deputy tried to contact the driver of the stolen vehicle, he drove away at a high rate of speed toward Crater Lake Avenue. The driver continued south on Crater Lake Avenue with the deputy in pursuit.

Another deputy attempted to stop the stolen vehicle just before Vilas Road, but he was unable to deploy spike strips before the stolen vehicle passed. The driver of the stolen vehicle drove onto the unpaved median separating Crater Lake Avenue and Crater Lake Highway, and then southbound on the northbound side of the highway. Deputies terminated the pursuit due to the driver's reckless behavior. They lost sight of the stolen vehicle as it continued on Crater Lake Highway toward Medford.

A short time later, a crash was reported approximately one mile away at the intersection of Highway 62 and Coker Butte Road. The stolen vehicle struck a white Ford pickup with a single male occupant. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. Deputies and officers provided aid until medics arrived on scene. The suspect was taken into custody. He and the victim were both transported to the hospital with visible injuries. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Medford Police, Oregon State Police, and ODOT responded to the scene. OSP will be the lead agency in the investigation. Highway closure updates can be found at www.tripcheck.com.
Further information will be released from OSP.

Case 17-22994

Attached Media Files: 17-22994_MVC.jpg
UPDATE: Victim Identified, Detectives Ask for Public's Help - 10/31/17

The victim of the October 30 incident on East Evans Creek Road has been identified as Meadow Boyd, 13, of the 5100-block of East Evans Creek Road. Detectives learned Meadow had been waiting for the school bus at the end of her driveway when the incident occurred. She was found on the ground with an injury by a passerby at 7:29 am. The passerby called 911 and performed CPR until medics arrived.

Meadow was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for later today at the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

Detectives believe Meadow was possibly struck by a vehicle part or by an item attached to or carried upon a vehicle. Investigators believe it is possible the driver was not aware he or she caused injury to Meadow. They ask anyone who drove through the 5100-block of East Evans Creek Road between 6:45 and 7:29 am to check their vehicles for damage and report any issues immediately.

Since the initial report of this incident, we have received several tips. Detectives want to thank those who have called and those who have provided surveillance video from locations between Rogue River and Wimer. They are working to follow up on leads and review video. Detectives still ask anyone who has not yet come forward with information to do so. Calls can be made to dispatch at 541-776-7206.

Jackson County Mental Health staff are working with the Rogue River Junior/Senior High School to provide grief assistance. We would like to thank the investigators, road crews, school officials, chaplains, and citizens who have assisted with this incident.

Case 17-22901

Deputies investigating roadside fatality (Photo) - 10/30/17

Update 12:43pm - East Evans Creek Road has been reopened to traffic between Minthorne Rd. and Forest Hills Drive.


Update 10:20am - The victim in this case, a 13 year old girl, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators have identified the victim but are still working to locate and notify her next of kin.

The MADIU and STAR teams are on scene. Investigators are not yet confirming the type of injuries sustained by the victim; however, they are considering the high likelihood that she was struck by a passing vehicle or an item attached to a vehicle. Anyone who drove through the area this morning and has information is asked to call dispatch at 541-776-7206. Also, anyone who has a surveillance camera system that records traffic on East Evans Creek Road between the city of Rogue River and Wimer is asked to call.


Original release 9:12am: On October 30, 2017, at 7:30am, deputies were dispatched to the 5100-block of East Evans Creek Road. A passerby had located a minor female with injuries on the ground next to the roadway. The victim was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center. Investigators are on scene. They urge anyone with information to call dispatch immediately at 541-776-7206.

Traffic note: East Evans Creek Road is closed between Minthorne Rd. and Forest Hills Drive. Drivers will need to find an alternate route until further notice.

Case 17-22901

Deputies to "Haunt" DUII Drivers - 10/26/17

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be conducting DUII saturation patrols for Halloween. Enforcement will be conducted from October 27 through October 31, 2017. The night of October 31st (Tuesday) will be spent partnering with Ashland PD for their annual Halloween celebration.

Deputies will focus patrols on the other nights on rural roadways and back roads throughout Jackson County. We expect the weekend to be a popular time for Halloween parties. Deputies urge party-goers to make plans ahead of time to get home safely.

All drivers are reminded to be vigilant during the weekend and on Halloween night. Children will likely be out walking in neighborhoods later than usual.

Impaired driving can have fatal consequences. If you suspect an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately. You could save a life.

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Mori, Richard Stephan
Mori, Richard Stephan
man arrested after highway work zone crash (Photo) - 10/25/17

SHADY COVE - A Trail man was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on several charges after an incident in a highway work zone. On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 3:32 p.m., dispatch received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 62 near Old Ferry Road in Shady Cove. The highway is currently the site of an ODOT enhancement project; flaggers direct traffic in one lane while construction crews work in the other.

Deputies learned that a white 1998 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Richard Stephan Mori, 64, of the 9000-block of Elk Creek Road, rear-ended a logging truck and a passenger vehicle that were stopped in traffic due to the work zone. Witnesses reported that Mori got out of his vehicle and became confrontational, physically pushing and threatening to shoot one of the other drivers. No weapon was seen. Mori then got back in his vehicle and drove away, nearly striking a flagger in the highway work zone. A deputy located Mori driving on Rogue River Drive at Orchard Lane and made a traffic stop.

Deputies arrested Mori for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, endangering a highway worker, and harassment. A charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver ("hit and run") was not appropriate in this case because there was no visible damage to the involved vehicles. At the jail, deputies also issued citations for refusing a breath test, careless driving, and driving with an open container of alcohol. The case has been referred to the district attorney's office for prosecution.

Case 17-22494

More info:
ODOT - Oregon 62 -- Shady Cove Improvements: http://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=17887

ODOT - Work zone safety fact sheet: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Documents/WorkZoneFactSheet.pdf

Attached Media Files: Mori, Richard Stephan