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Coffee w/ a Cop - October 2018
Coffee w/ a Cop - October 2018
Coffee with a Cop in Shady Cove Tuesday (Photo) - 01/21/19

SHADY COVE, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) invites local residents to chat over a cup of coffee this Tuesday in Shady Cove.  The “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on January 22, 2019, at Mac’s Diner, 21900 Highway 62.

JCSO plans "Coffee with a Cop" events quarterly, hosted by local businesses around the county.  The informal setting allows citizens 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 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: Coffee w/ a Cop - October 2018
File photo - horse rescue
File photo - horse rescue
JCSO SAR to Host Large Animal Rescue Class (Photo) - 01/10/19

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) will host a two-day class to teach people how to rescue large animals in emergency situations.  SAR staff and volunteers will attend, but the course is also offered to the public, free of charge. 

The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) course will be held February 2 and 3, 2019, at the Jackson County Expo, Olsrud Arena, in Central Point.  The course, taught by Rebecca M. Gimenez, Ph.D., teaches responders how to rescue livestock and other large animals in a variety of scenarios and conditions.

Those who wish to attend MUST RSVP by January 30, 2019.  Contact Staci Thornton at JCSO SAR by email (ntsr@jacksoncounty.org">thorntsr@jacksoncounty.org) or by phone (541-864-8830).  An informational flyer is attached to this release.   

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Note:  Attached photos are from a JCSO SAR horse rescue on May 5, 2018, in Trail (Case #18-8923).

Scene photo
Scene photo
DUII Crash Causes Power Outage (Photo) - 01/10/19

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies believe both impairment and distracted driving contributed to a Wednesday morning crash that caused a power outage north of Rogue River.  The 3000-block of East Evans Creek Road was partially closed while Pacific Power workers repaired power lines damaged in the crash.

On January 9, 2019, at 12:35 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a neighbor who heard the crash and noticed a power outage.  JCSO deputies, along with personnel from the Rogue River Police Department and the Rogue River Fire District, responded to the scene.

Deputies determined the vehicle, a white 2014 Jeep Compass, was northbound on East Evans Creek Road when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway.  The vehicle struck a power pole and came to rest in a ditch.  The power pole was heavily fractured with power lines hanging near the ground.

The driver, Allison Leigh Coulter, 24, of Rogue River, was not injured.  Deputies believe both alcohol impairment and cell phone use contributed to the crash.  Deputies arrested Coulter for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and reckless driving.  A breath test showed Coulter’s blood alcohol content was 0.14%.  She was cited and released.

Case #19-00560

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Attached Media Files: Scene photo , Power pole photo , Vehicle photo
Stanford booking photo 010719
Stanford booking photo 010719
Woman Arrested for Eluding, Menacing Deputy (Photo) - 01/07/19

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – A 19-year-old woman is lodged in jail on several charges Monday morning after leading a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a pursuit to her home, and then brandishing an SKS-style rifle.  After a short standoff, the woman was taken into custody.  The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

On Monday, January 7, 2019, at 3:35 a.m., a deputy attempted to stop a 2000 Cadillac Escalade for traffic violations on Highway 238 near Humbug Creek Road.  The vehicle accelerated and continued to a residence in the 100-block of Humbug Creek Road. 

The female driver, later identified as Shayna Joy Stanford, 19, parked the vehicle in the driveway and ran into the residence.  She reappeared at the doorway moments later pointing a rifle outside. 

Stanford refused to come out of the home.  Deputies negotiated with Stanford for approximately 15 minutes and, with the assistance of her parents, convinced her to step outside.  Stanford physically resisted arrest as deputies took her into custody.  Nobody was injured.

Stanford was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges:  driving under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol); reckless driving; attempting to elude police in a vehicle; attempting to elude police on foot; menacing; resisting arrest.  Bail at lodging was $32,500.

Case 19-00422

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Attached Media Files: Stanford booking photo 010719
Sheriff Sickler to be Sworn In Friday - 01/03/19

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler will be formally sworn into office on Friday, January 4, 2019. 

Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia will administer the oath of office to Sheriff Sickler in Courtroom 202 at 8:00 a.m. 

Members of the local media are invited to attend the ceremony. 

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19-00011 Photo
19-00011 Photo
Holiday DUII Patrols Net 14 Drivers (Photo) - 01/02/19

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested 14 people for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) during a 19-day holiday saturation patrol period.  Of the 14 people arrested, four were involved in motor vehicle crashes and ten were contacted during traffic stops.

From December 13 to 31, 2018, deputies focused their patrols on rural roadways in an effort to spot drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The saturation patrols are part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  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. 

Because the designated saturation period ended on December 31, the above statistics do not include arrests made after midnight on New Year’s Day.  Deputies did respond to three crashes on the morning of January 1, 2019, that each resulted in a DUII arrest.  

In one case, deputies driving through Central Point at 3:30 a.m. came across a vehicle that had crashed into a bank of mailboxes and came to a stop partially in Rock Way (case #19-00012).  The driver, Sean Lee Lansing, 26, of Medford, was unconscious and behind the wheel with the vehicle still in gear.  He was found to be uninjured but heavily impaired. 

Following arrest, Lansing provided a breath sample that showed a blood alcohol level of 0.19%.  Lansing was charged with felony DUII and misdemeanor driving while suspended (DWS).  He was also cited for driving with an open container of alcohol.

The next grant-funded DUII saturation patrols are planned for the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday – February 1 to 4, 2019.  Deputies say it’s never too soon to plan ahead to avoid impaired driving.  

For more information on the NHTSA Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, go to the NHTSA website at https://www.nhtsa.gov/es/drunk-driving/holiday-season-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over .

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Attached Media Files: 19-00011 Photo
Road 37 not plowed
Road 37 not plowed
SAR: Use Common Sense with Technology (Photo) - 12/29/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – With the seasonal closure of many mountain roads comes a reminder to travelers:  don’t forget to use common sense when using driving directions from GPS or cell phone map apps!  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) deputies have already responded to calls involving people who followed directions provided by their phone’s mapping system – and ended up stranded on closed or unmaintained roads.

Many forest roads are closed to cars during the winter months.  An example is National Forest Road 37 – a popular route during the summer that connects drivers from Highway 140 near Fish Lake to the Ashland area via Dead Indian Memorial Road.  The road is not maintained or patrolled and is closed to motor vehicle traffic, as indicated by several signs posted on either end.

“It may look like a shortcut on a map, but in the winter, Forest Road 37 is essentially a snowmobile trail.  It is not to be used by regular vehicles,” said JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards.

Sergeant Richards says much of the road closure area is also outside of cell phone range, making it difficult or impossible to call for help.  And because the road is closed, someone who becomes stranded there likely won’t encounter a passerby. 

The same is the case for many forest roads in Jackson County.  They are not plowed or otherwise maintained through the winter months.  Sergeant Richards says it’s best to stick to highways and heavily traveled roads.

Drivers are reminded to be prepared for an emergency any time they are driving in the winter.  Keep food, water, blankets, and other gear in your vehicle.  Start your trip with a full tank of gas.  Before you start driving, check the weather forecast as well as road conditions on your planned route (tripcheck.com).   

Prevention is the key to staying safe on winter roads.  But even if you find yourself experiencing a bout of bad luck, it does not necessarily warrant a call to SAR.  For example, if your vehicle gets stuck in snow or mud, it may not be a true emergency.  

“If you know where you are, you’re uninjured, and you’re able to use your cell phone, it’s more appropriate to call for a tow truck than to call 911,” said Sergeant Richards.

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