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Drowning Victim Located on Lost Creek Lake (Photo) - 08/22/19

TRAIL, Ore. – On June 9, 2019, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and other agencies responded to Lost Creek Lake for a reported drowning of two individuals. Deputies located the first victim, Irving Fuentes, 25, unresponsive in the water. He was transported to Providence Hospital where we was pronounced deceased.

The search for the second drowning victim, Juan Carlos Fuentes, 29, has been ongoing since the incident took place in June. Police, Fire, and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel have worked diligently to recover Fuentes for his family.

Gene and Cindy Ralston, a retired couple from Idaho, were called upon for the search. The Ralston’s are experts in Side Scan Sonar and spend their retirement working to help families and searchers in situations like the one at Lost Creek Lake.

On August 20, the Ralstons arrived and quickly located an object believed to be a body approximately 135 feet below the surface.

On August 22, JCSO Marine Patrol and a JCSO Search and Rescue Dive Team began recovery efforts and were successful. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the subject as Juan Carlos Fuentes.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Search and Rescue personnel as well as Gene and Cindy Ralston for their help in allowing the Fuentes family to move forward in their grieving process.

Case #19-11565

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Search for missing dementia patient in the Wimer area. *Update* - 08/19/19

Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers have located Mr. Brand alive and well.  He is being returned home.  Thanks to all who assisted. 

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ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Deputies and Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers are searching for a missing Dementia patient in the Wimer area.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for 86 year old Billy Brand. Brand lives off of Redthorne Rd., and is thought to have walked off sometime before noon on Monday the 19th.

Anyone with information about the location of Mr. Brand is asked to contact Sergeant Shawn Richards at 541-774-6800.

Attached Media Files: Brand.pdf
Larsen booking photo, 8/15/19
Larsen booking photo, 8/15/19
UPDATE: Man Arrested in Toddler's Death (Photo) - 08/16/19

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – One person is in custody following an investigation into the death of an Eagle Point toddler.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives arrested Russel Brian Darrell Larsen, 25, Thursday on charges related to the death of two-year-old Alivia Rose Allen. 

Detectives lodged Larsen in the Jackson County jail on the evening of August 15, 2019.  Charges include first degree manslaughter, first degree assault, and first degree criminal mistreatment.  Bail at lodging was $207,500. 

On August 5, 2019, at 3:24 p.m., an Eagle Point Police Department officer was dispatched to a call of CPR in progress at a mobile home park in the 200-block of South Shasta Avenue.  The mother of 2-year-old Alivia had called 911 to report that her daughter was not breathing.

Dispatchers relayed CPR instructions by phone until personnel from Fire District 3 arrived to assume life saving measures.  Alivia was transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where she died later that evening.  Eagle Point PD requested assistance with the investigation from JCSO detectives. 

An autopsy performed on August 8 by Dr. James Olson, Deputy State Medical Examiner, confirmed Alivia’s death was a homicide.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

Detectives learned Larsen had been babysitting Alivia on the day of August 5.  Larsen was in a relationship with Alivia’s mother and had recently moved into the home. 

JCSO detectives have been assisted in the investigation by personnel from the Eagle Point Police Department and agencies that make up the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU):  Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.  Anyone with additional information about the case can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

No further information is available for release at this time.  Subsequent media inquiries can be directed to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Case #19-16348

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Original release, 8/7/19:

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Detectives are investigating the death of an Eagle Point toddler.  The girl was found unresponsive in her home on Monday afternoon.  

On August 5, 2019, at 3:24 p.m., an Eagle Point Police Department officer was dispatched to a call of CPR in progress at 233 S. Shasta Avenue #63, Eagle Point.  The 911 caller reported a child in the home was not breathing.

Alivia Rose Allen, 2, was unresponsive when police and Fire District 3 personnel arrived on scene.  She was transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.  Alivia died at the hospital later that evening.  

Eagle Point PD requested assistance with the investigation from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives.  If anyone has information about the incident, they can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  

The cause and manner of Alivia’s death has not yet been determined.  According to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy is planned for Thursday.  

No further information is available for release at this time.

Case #19-16348

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Attached Media Files: Larsen booking photo, 8/15/19
FILE - May 2017 DUII crash
FILE - May 2017 DUII crash
Deputies Focus on End-of-Summer Traffic Safety (Photo) - 08/15/19

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are focusing on traffic safety as summer comes to a close and kids head back to school.  Grant funding will allow JCSO to add enforcement patrols for both impaired driving and occupant safety without diverting deputies from regular calls for service. 

From this Friday through Labor Day (August 16 – September 2, 2019), JCSO is participating in an end-of-summer enforcement effort to find drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The added patrols can occur anywhere in the county, but deputies will give added attention to recreation areas and rural roadways that have previously seen crashes involving impairment.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 10,874 people in the United States died in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol limit of 0.08% or higher – an average of one death every 48 minutes.

Oregon law prohibits drivers from having a blood alcohol level of 0.08%, or from being impaired to a perceptible degree.  Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) – alcohol, drugs, or a combination – is a crime in Oregon.  Penalties vary depending on prior DUII convictions, the level of impairment, and other factors.

During an overlapping period between August 19 and September 1, JCSO is taking part in a nationwide “Click it or Ticket” enforcement period, with a special focus on occupant safety for children.  The added patrols will occur primarily during the daytime hours when children are most likely to be traveling on area roadways.  

NHTSA statistics show that 662 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicle crashes in the US in 2015.  Of those killed, more than one in three were unrestrained. 

Oregon’s current laws require children under 40 pounds to be properly restrained in a child safety seat; infants must ride rear-facing until age two.  Children over 40 pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit of their car seat's harness system, must use a booster seat until they are 4-feet, 9-inches tall AND age 8. 

Children who have exceeded the height and age requirements must be buckled properly in a regular seat belt.  Proper seat belt use means making sure the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the collarbone, not across the neck.  Failing to properly use safety belts or child restraints is a Class D traffic violation with a $115 base fine.

Traffic safety experts recommend to keep kids buckled in safety seats and booster seats even longer than the legal requirements for optimal safety.  Learn more about selecting and installing car seats at the SafeKids website:  https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/ .

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East Evans Fire Sparked by BHO Lab (Photo) - 08/13/19

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Investigators say a wildfire that burned 155 acres was started by an explosion in an illegal marijuana extraction laboratory.  One man is in jail on charges related to drug manufacturing and arson, while detectives continue their investigation.  

On Friday, August 2, 2019, at 2:38 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a wildfire in the 18700-block of East Evans Creek Road.  The fire, later dubbed the East Evans Fire, quickly spread, leading to the evacuation of nearby residences and the closure of a section of East Evans Creek Road. 

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arriving at the scene learned the fire began in a makeshift structure that housed a post extraction operation, commonly known as a "butane honey oil" (BHO) laboratory.  The process generally involves the use of flammable solvents to extract oils from marijuana plants, creating a concentrated form of the drug.  Detectives with the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) arrived to assume the investigation while JCSO deputies assisted with evacuating nearby homes and traffic control. 

That afternoon, deputies arrested Michael A. Cashmareck, 24, of Pennsylvania, and lodged him in jail.  Cashmareck was later indicted by a grand jury on one count of unlawful manufacture of cannabis and two counts of arson incident to manufacture of cannabinoid extract in the first degree. 

IMET detectives learned the property is not legally permitted as a grow site.  Detectives continue to investigate the case, including the possible involvement of additional suspects.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the IMET tip line at (541) 618-1847.

IMET is a task force consisting of personnel from JCSO, the Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.  Detectives were further assisted by investigators from the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal.  

Case #19-16098

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Three Arrested in Rural Patrol Detail (Photo) - 08/12/19

PROSPECT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested three people with warrants during a special detail on Thursday.  Deputies assigned to a rural problem solving team located the suspects while checking an area near Prospect in an effort to prevent wildfires started in transient camps. 

Citizens had reported problems with camps, excess trash, and illegal campfires in the wooded area near Pearsony Falls.  Deputies responded to the location on the morning of August 8, 2019, and located two camps.

Lawrence Carl Hunsley, 58, was found in the first camp.  He had a felony warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of coercion.  He was arrested without incident and transported to jail. 

Two people, Brycen Dennis Scofield, 18, and Erin Robin Abbey, 26, were found in the second camp.  Scofield had misdemeanor warrants for probation violation.  Abbey had a felony warrant for probation violation for a prior weapons offense. 

Scofield resisted arrest and deputies used a Taser to help take him into custody.  Abbey was taken into custody without incident.

Both Scofield and Abbey were lodged in jail.  Scofield received an added charge of interfering with a peace officer stemming from an incident that occurred earlier in the week.  

The camps were located in privately owned timber land.  All three were issued trespass notices and ordered to not return to the property. 

The problem solving team meets with residents of rural communities in Jackson County to identify ongoing issues and works with them to find solutions.  The two deputies’ positions are currently funded by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program grants. 

Anyone with a concern about problems in rural areas of Jackson County can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206 to speak to a JCSO deputy.  Information will be passed along to the problem solving team to address.

Case #19-16585

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Tanker Spill Injures Driver, Closes Road (Photo) - 08/06/19

WHITE CITY, Ore. – A Monday night double-tanker truck crash sent one man to the hospital and spilled fuel on a rural roadway.  Antioch Road reopened Tuesday morning after a 12-hour closure that allowed personnel to remove wreckage and to assess environmental impacts and fire danger.

On August 5, 2019, at 8:44 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a crash in the 11000-block of Antioch Road.  The caller reported a tanker truck had overturned in the roadway, blocking both lanes and spilling fuel. 

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to the scene, along with personnel from Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights.  The truck driver, Juan Jose Dominguez, 63, of Lacey, Wash., was transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center.  His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.  

The truck was registered to Croman Corporation of White City.  The tank trailers were reportedly carrying aviation fuel to be used to support air operations for nearby wildfires.   

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  Deputies say Dominguez was not impaired by alcohol or drugs. 

Staff from the Jackson County Roads Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with the overnight road closure.  Personnel from the local HazMat response team and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) were also requested to respond to the scene.  

The wreckage was cleared early Tuesday morning and the road was reopened at approximately 9:15 a.m.  Roads officials say some crews will still be working in the area Tuesday; motorists can expect intermittent closures throughout the day.  Deputies suggest using an alternate route to help keep roadside personnel safe.

On Wednesday, Antioch Road will be closed again to through traffic between Highway 234 and Modoc Road as the clean-up effort continues.  Residents on the closed portion of Antioch Road will be allowed access.  Through motorists can easily get around the closure by detouring to the intersection of Highway 234 and Modoc Road. 

Case #19-16368

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Attached Media Files: Crash scene photo , Crash scene photo
Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash - 08/03/19

TALENT, Ore. - An Ashland man died in a motorcycle crash Friday evening.  Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies are investigating alcohol impairment as a possible contributing factor to the crash. 

On August 2, 2019, at 7:31 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the crash on Colver Road at the intersection with Hartley Road.  Deputies responded to the scene along with personnel from the Phoenix and Talent police departments.  Fire District #5 and Mercy Flights crews also responded. 

Deputies say a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Timothy Jay Self, 55, of Ashland, left the roadway and struck a ditch.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash.  Self sustained serious injuries and was unconscious when medical personnel arrived.  

Self was transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.  He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital. 

Deputies believe alcohol impairment may have been a factor in the crash.  The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office is continuing the investigation, which will include a routine toxicology analysis.  Results are typically not available for several weeks. 

Case #19-16122

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JC-ARES vehicle
Radio Volunteers Train for Emergencies (Photo) - 08/01/19

MEDFORD, Ore. - A simulation exercise planned for this weekend will give specially trained volunteers the opportunity to prepare for an emergency in the community.  Local amateur radio operators will hold a training event in Medford on Saturday. 

On the morning of August 3, 2019, Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (JC-ARES) volunteers will be seen training in Bear Creek Park in Medford.  Their field exercise will simulate maintaining communications to road check points and shelters during a wildfire event.  In an actual event, such as a wildfire, JC-ARES would be able to support communications for local and state emergency management, ARES, search and rescue (SAR), and incident command.

Field exercises such as this provide an opportunity to test skills under conditions of emergency power, while using portable equipment.  Recent fires in the area emphasize the need for preparedness and training in the field that simulates an actual communications disruption. 

JC-ARES is a subgroup of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SAR.  The group consists of volunteer amateur radio operators dedicated to emergency communications in times of disaster or when normal modes of communications are disrupted.  For more information about JC-ARES, visit www.jcares.net .

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Attached Media Files: JC-ARES vehicle , JC-ARES exercise
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Man Injured in Boat Ramp Accident (Photo) - 07/31/19

TRAIL, Ore. – A Butte Falls man remains hospitalized after being injured while launching a boat on Tuesday.  The accident occurred at the Takelma boat ramp at Lost Creek Lake.

On July 30, 2019, at 10:45 a.m., Leonard Howe, Sr., 92, and his son were attempting to launch a boat.  The parking brake on their Jeep gave way, sending the vehicle and boat trailer into the water.  Howe was standing next to the vehicle and fell to the ground.  It is unclear whether Howe was struck by the vehicle or simply fell when the vehicle began rolling. 

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol deputy was at the boat ramp when the accident occurred.  He was able to render aid for an apparent head injury and summon additional help immediately.

Personnel from Fire District #4 responded to assist.  A Mercy Flights ambulance transported Howe from the boat ramp to the parking area.  He was then flown to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights helicopter. 

The deputy assisted with removing the vehicle and boat from the water.  Nobody else was injured in the incident.

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Attached Media Files: Scene photo , Jeep in water
BHO lab
BHO lab
Two Arrested at Illegal Marijuana Grow (Photo) - 07/30/19

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Two men are in custody following a raid on an illegal marijuana grow near Gold Hill.  Detectives with the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants at two rural properties. 

On the morning of Tuesday, July 30, 2019, IMET detectives served a search warrant at a property in the 900-block of Upper River Road.  A second search warrant was served at a neighboring property in the 600-block of Upper River Road.  Detectives located indoor and outdoor grow operations. 

Detectives characterize the collective grow as a “black market” operation; the suspects did not have any permits to grow or process marijuana for recreational, commercial, or medical purposes.  In addition to the plants, detectives found a laboratory that produced butane honey oil (BHO), a concentrated form of cannabis. 

Detectives arrested two suspects who were present at the time the warrants were served:  Michael Glen Newmann, 66, of the 900-block of Upper River Road; and, Joshua Carey, of Homedale, Idaho.  Newmann was lodged in jail on charges related to the unlawful possession, manufacture, and delivery of marijuana and butane honey oil (BHO).  Carey was lodged in jail for unlawful manufacture of marijuana.

IMET detectives were assisted Tuesday by detectives with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team, and deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.  A team from the Oregon State Police will assist in safely dismantling the BHO lab.

While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley.  IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.  The task force includes personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.  

The investigation is ongoing.  No further information is currently available for release.

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