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Detectives Seek Tips on Weekend Robbery - 03/25/19

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating an early-morning robbery that occurred over the weekend.  Detectives say it happened at a property where cannabis production is taking place.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 2:12 a.m., JCSO deputies responded to a 911 report of a strong-arm robbery in the 3200-block of Dodge Road.  The occupants were restrained by at least two armed men.  The suspects reportedly stole property from the residence and fled in a vehicle before JCSO deputies arrived.  The suspects were described as white (possibly Hispanic) men, approximately six feet tall, wearing dark clothing and tactical gear.

Detectives say the location was specifically targeted for the robbery; there is no apparent threat to the general public.  No further information is currently available for release due to the ongoing investigation.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area before or after the incident, as well as anyone who may have information relevant to the case.  Tips can be directed to Sergeant Jesse Ainsworth at (541) 774-6816.  Refer to case # 19-5730.

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File - DUII crash 8/22/17
File - DUII crash 8/22/17
Deputies Begin Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo) - 03/25/19

JACKSON COUNTY – While many families are heading out on road trips for Spring Break 2019, Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies are working to keep those roads safe.  From Monday, March 25, to Sunday, March 31, extra deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.

Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads leading to destinations such as lakes, campgrounds, and winter recreation areas.  Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to look for impaired drivers without taking away from normal calls for service.  It is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Deputies say prevention is the key – follow these tips to help ensure you have a safe spring break:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving – choose only one and stick to it.
  • WEED WARNING: Even though the recreational use of marijuana is legal for adults in Oregon, it is not legal (or safe) to drive while impaired by the drug.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you head out, know how you’re getting home. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired and your ride falls through, use a taxi or rideshare service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other transportation arrangements or offer them a place to stay.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.

Deputies also remind drivers to buckle up and put their cell phones away. Have a safe and fun spring break!

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Attached Media Files: File - DUII crash 8/22/17
CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19
CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19
Coffee with a Cop at Rainey's Corner (Photo) - 03/22/19

**Corrected to clarify location at Rainey’s Corner.**

WHITE CITY – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) invites local residents to chat over a cup of coffee this Saturday.  The “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 23, 2019, at Rainey’s Corner, 4865 Highway 234.

JCSO plans "Coffee with a Cop" events quarterly, hosted by local businesses around the county.  The informal, family-friendly setting allows locals to interact with deputies when they aren’t busy with emergencies, investigations, and other duties.  There is no charge to attend and partake in coffee; attendees have the option to purchase food or other items on their own.

“Coffee with a Cop” originated in 2011 in Hawthorne, Calif., as a way for local law enforcement officers to engage with community members.  Since then, the idea has spread across the United States and beyond.

Those who are interested can learn more about “Coffee with a Cop” at https://coffeewithacop.com .  For more information on local efforts, contact Sgt. Julie Denney at (541) 770-8927

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Attached Media Files: CWC Flyer , CWC Shady Cove 1/22/19
March 2019 traffic stop
March 2019 traffic stop
Deputies Plan St. Paddy's Day DUII Patrols *Update* (Photo) - 03/19/19

Update, 3/19/19:

During the four-day St. Patrick's Day saturation patrol period (March 15-18), JCSO deputies arrested six people for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII).  

The next impaired driving enforcement event will take place during Spring Break - March 25 to 31, 2019. 

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Original release, 3/14/19:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – If your St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes alcohol, don’t rely on luck – make a plan now to help keep the roads safe for everyone.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies will be adding patrols over the weekend to look for impaired drivers.

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day patrols will run from March 15 to 18.  Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to enforce impaired driving laws without taking away from response to normal calls for service.  It is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

According to NHTSA, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2013 – 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 234 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes.

Deputies say prevention is the key -- plan ahead to avoid driving while impaired:

  • DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving – choose only one and stick to it.
  • WEED WARNING: Even though the recreational use of marijuana is legal for adults in Oregon, it is not legal (or safe) to drive while impaired by the drug.
  • GETTING AROUND: Before you head out, know how you’re getting home. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired and your ride falls through, use a taxi or rideshare service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
  • HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other transportation arrangements or offer them a place to stay.
  • SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.

For more information on the NHTSA Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, go to the NHTSA website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving#view-campaign .

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Attached Media Files: March 2019 traffic stop
Johnson booking 031219
Johnson booking 031219
Task Force Arrests Attempted Murder Suspect (Photo) - 03/13/19

MEDFORD – A man wanted for attempted murder in Fortuna, California, is now lodged in the Jackson County jail.  Local members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force (PNVOTF) arrested Derek Ray Johnson, 24, on Tuesday. 

Just after noon on March 12, 2019, PNVOTF officers attempted to contact Johnson at a residence in the 3000-block of Sheraton Court.  Johnson initially attempted to flee the through a back door, but was met by waiting task force officers.  He was taken into custody without further incident. 

Johnson was lodged in the Jackson County jail on a no-bail fugitive warrant for attempted murder.  Officers from the Medford Police Department assisted at the scene.

The local division of the PNVOTF is made up of personnel from the United States Marshals Service, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Central Point Police Department.  The task force specializes in locating and arresting fugitives wanted for offenses including, but not limited to, murder, assault, sex crimes, failure to register as a sex offender, firearm violations, and probation violations.

JCSO Case #19-4952

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Attached Media Files: Johnson booking 031219
Ernst booking - 2018
Ernst booking - 2018
Man Accused of Luring, Abusing Teen (Photo) - 03/11/19

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives believe a man investigated on child luring and abuse charges in Texas and in Jackson County may have more victims.  Robert Bernard Ernst, 38, formerly of Medford, has been in federal custody in Texas since the spring of 2018 after an arrest for enticement of a minor for indecent purposes.  

Meanwhile in 2018, JCSO detectives received a report that Ernst contacted a 14-year-old Jackson County girl on social media in 2017, and then met her in person to sexually abuse her.  On March 7, 2019, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Ernst on charges of third degree rape, third degree sodomy, second degree sexual abuse, and first and second degree online sexual corruption of a child (two counts of each).

Detectives say Ernst used the handle “funinthesun80” on Snapchat to contact the girl.  They are concerned Ernst may have additional victims who have yet to come forward.  Anyone with relevant information is asked to call Detective Steve Bohn at (541) 774-6168.

Case #18-5067

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Attached Media Files: Ernst booking - 2018