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Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo) - 03/22/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- While many families are planning road trips for Spring Break 2018, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are making plans to keep those roads safe. From Friday, March 23, to Sunday, April 1, deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.

Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads near recreation destinations such as lakes, campgrounds, and the Rogue River. Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to look for impaired drivers without taking away from normal calls for service.

Here are a few tips to help ensure you have a safe spring break:

* DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
* GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're impaired and need to go somewhere, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
* HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you are always ready. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.
* 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 arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
* SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

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


Attached Media Files: Rural patrols
18-5518 Scene
18-5518 Scene
UPDATE: Deputies Investigate Shooting in White City (Photo) - 03/21/18

*CORRECTION -- 3/21/19 at 1:45 p.m.*
Bennett is not currently in JCSO custody. He will be lodged in jail upon his release from the hospital (corrected below).

*UPDATE -- 3/21/18 at 1:20 p.m.*

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives say the Tuesday night shooting in White City occurred during a home invasion robbery. Detectives have identified the shooter, a resident of an apartment in the 7600-block of Division Road. He is cooperating with the investigation. His name will not be released at this time.

Detectives say on March 20, 2018, James Steven Bennett, 30, and at least one other accomplice went to the apartment with the intent to commit a crime. At about 8:19 p.m., Bennett called 911 to request medical attention. Deputies found him in the area of Division Road and Carr Street. Bennett was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He remains in the hospital at the time of this report.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting. They would like to hear from anyone who has information about the incident and those involved. Calls can be made to dispatch at (541) 776-7206 or to the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released at a later time.

*Original post -- 3/20/18 at 10:14 p.m.*

WHITE CITY, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a shooting in White City, in the area of Division Road and Carr Street. On March 20, 2018, at 8:19 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the incident. A man was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with a single gunshot wound. His condition is not currently available.

At this time, the investigation is underway. Further information will be released at a later time. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-5518

UPDATE: Missing Teen Located Safe - 03/20/18

Update 3/20/18 at 9:40 p.m.: Nouara Yahiaoui has been located safe in Depoe Bay. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies found her in a residence and took her into protective custody.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives, with assistance from investigators from several local law enforcement agencies, traced Yahiauoi's whereabouts to Northern California, Medford, Klamath Falls, and Depoe Bay after she was last seen by family in Shady Cove on March 9. Detectives thank those who kept an eye out and provided information.

Original release 3/19/18:
SHADY COVE, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a 15-year-old girl. Nouara "Lili" Rose Yahiaoui was reported as a runaway on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She was last seen on Friday, March 9, at her grandmother's house in Shady Cove.

Yahiaoui's family last had contact with her on Sunday, March 11, by text message. Detectives believe Yahiaoui may have traveled to Josephine County or the Redding, California, area with an adult male that weekend. Her current whereabouts are not known.

Yahiaoui is described as a white female, standing five feet, five inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. She has long brown hair bleached blond on the ends, and brown eyes. She wears 2-centimeter gauge earrings. Yahiaoui was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve t-shirt with pink roses, green khaki pants, and a tan backpack with white stripes. Yahiaoui was also carrying a green duffle bag. In the past, she has been known by the names Lili Rose Cheever, Lili Rose Yahiaoui, and Nouara Rose Cheever.

Anyone with information about Yahiaoui's whereabouts is asked to call dispatch right away at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-5067

UPDATE 3/20/18 with name pronouncer for media: new-ARE-uh yeah-he-owie. Also, her nickname is spelled "Lili" (corrected above).

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Snowboarder Rescued on Mt. Ashland (Photo) - 03/18/18

ASHLAND, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, with assistance from Mt. Ashland ski patrol, rescued a lost snowboarder Saturday night. On March 17, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m., SAR managers were notified of a missing snowboarder on the south side of the mountain, beyond the ski resort boundary.

Eric Hostetler, 40, of Bend, did not return as expected after snowboarding from the Mt. Ashland ski area parking lot. His wife contacted ski patrol members at the lodge, who contacted SAR.

SAR deployed teams to the ski resort and to the area below. Ski patrol members followed Hostetler's tracks in the snow more than two miles south through the Cottonwood Creek drainage. They located him at about 9:00 p.m. A SAR Sno-Cat team intercepted the search party and Hostetler on Forest Service road 40S06 and returned them all to safety.

Hostelter is an experienced snowboarder who was dressed for the conditions. Nobody was injured in the incident.

SAR officials urge skiers and snowboarders to refrain from going outside the boundaries of the ski area. Out-of-bounds activity is additionally dangerous at the end of the day when darkness and cold can affect both survival and search efforts.

SAR managers wish to thank the ski patrol members who stayed after hours and immediately set out to find Hostetler. Their coordination with SAR teams helped the operation end quickly and safely.

Case #18-5325


Attached Media Files: Search map , End of search , Beginning of search
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Scene photo
Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 03/17/18

GOLD HILL, Ore. - A Klamath Falls man died Friday night in a single-vehicle crash south of the city of Rogue River. Bruce Edward Brink, 85, was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

On March 16, 2018, at 11:14 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the crash in the 4000-block of North River Road. Deputies determined Brink was driving east in his maroon 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse when he lost control on the right shoulder. The vehicle over-corrected, driving across the oncoming lane and striking an embankment before rolling and striking a power pole.

Brink was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Brink's family was notified of his death. Personnel from Rogue River Fire District #1 and the Rogue River Police Department responded to the scene.

Case #18-5268


Attached Media Files: Scene photo
18-5134 Scene
18-5134 Scene
UPDATE: Body of Man Found in Rogue River (Photo) - 03/16/18

UPDATE 3/16/18 at 9:10 am:

The man whose body was found in the Rogue River on Thursday has been identified as Gary Richard Schultz, 64, of Marysville, Washington. Investigators with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office identified Schultz by fingerprints. They then learned that Schultz was reported missing and possibly suicidal to Marysville Police on March 13, 2018.

A vehicle belonging to Schultz was located in the parking lot at Valley of the Rogue State Park. Deputies estimate Schultz was in the water for only a short time before his body was spotted by a citizen.

Schultz's family has been notified of his death. An autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Original release - March 15, 2018, at 4:03 p.m.:

GOLD HILL, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found floating in the Rogue River on Thursday. On March 15, 2018, at 11:58 a.m., dispatch received a call from a citizen who reported seeing a human body floating near Valley of the Rogue State Park, between Foots Creek and Birdseye Creek.

JCSO marine patrol personnel launched a boat to complete the recovery, with assistance from JCSO search and rescue (SAR) divers. Additional SAR teams and Rogue River Fire District #1 personnel assisted from the ground.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office will complete an investigation to determine the cause and manner of death. The investigators will also work to confirm the decedent's identity and to ensure next-of-kin notification. Further information will be released at a later time.

Case 18-5134


Attached Media Files: 18-5134 Scene
UPDATE: Teen Arrested in Butte Falls School Incident - 03/14/18

UPDATE: Date of occurrence corrected to March 14, 2018.


BUTTE FALLS, Ore. - A teenager is in custody after threatening employees at Butte Falls Charter School. Nobody was injured in the Wednesday incident, which prompted a school lockdown.

On March 14, 2018, at 11:46 a.m., school officials called 911 for assistance with an out-of-control student. They reported they had gone into lockdown and a 13-year-old boy armed with bricks and various tools was threatening staff members. Most of the incident occurred outside of the school after the lockdown.

A short time after the 911 call, the teen's parents arrived and were able to gain control of the teen. Deputies arrived and took the suspect into custody without further incident.

During the response, dispatch received an additional call reporting second-hand information from inside the school. The caller indicated a student was relaying information that shots had been fired. However, deputies confirmed that no shots were fired during the incident.

The teen was transported to the Jackson County juvenile detention facility for lodging on charges of menacing and second degree disorderly conduct.


Claybourne mug
Claybourne mug
Man Arrested for Sexual, Physical Assault (Photo) - 03/12/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Central Point man early Monday following a sexual assault investigation. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 9, 2018, at Agate Lake.

The investigation revealed Jamal William Claybourne, 26, of the 400-block of West Pine Street, and the female victim went to the location together in a vehicle. Claybourne then held the female victim against her will and physically and sexually assaulted her. The victim suffered burns and other injuries.

Deputies located Claybourne at his Medford workplace Monday morning. They lodged Claybourne in jail on the following charges: second degree assault, fourth degree assault, menacing, first degree kidnapping, first degree sexual abuse, attempted first degree rape, coercion, and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail at lodging totaled $487,500.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 774-8333. Refer to case #18-4775.


Attached Media Files: Claybourne mug
Romano-Baez booking
Romano-Baez booking
Armed Man Arrested After "Road Rage" Incident (Photo) - 03/09/18

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- A Medford man was jailed Thursday afternoon after a reported "road rage" incident that ended in White City. On March 8, 2018, at 3:52 p.m., multiple citizens called 911 to report a physical altercation between two men in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree store, located at the corner of Highway 62 and Highway 140. One man, later identified as Julio Aneudis Romano-Baez, 37, was reportedly armed with a handgun.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on scene within two minutes of the first call. They took Romano-Baez into custody and located a handgun on his person.

Deputies learned Romano-Baez and a 70-year-old man had been involved in a "road rage" incident while driving on Highway 62. The two vehicles stopped in the parking lot and a confrontation ensued. Witnesses reported seeing Romano-Baez punch the victim in the face and then point a handgun at him.

Deputies lodged Romano-Baez in jail on charges of fourth degree assault, menacing, carrying a concealed weapon, and second degree disorderly conduct. Romano-Baez was not injured. The victim was treated at the scene for minor facial injuries.

This incident was witnessed by several people at nearby businesses and in the parking lot. Deputies urge bystanders to consider their own safety when they find themselves in similar situations. While JCSO respects the rights of citizens to observe and to record law enforcement encounters, deputies remind everyone that remaining near a volatile scene is inherently dangerous and should be avoided when possible.

Case #18-4656

Attached Media Files: Romano-Baez booking
Cruse mug
Cruse mug
Butte Falls Man Jailed on Weapons Charges (Photo) - 03/07/18

EAGLE POINT -- An investigation into disorderly conduct Tuesday night ended with a Butte Falls man in jail on weapons charges. Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Cody Ross Cruse, 37, on three counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

On March 6, 2018, at 6:39 p.m., a citizen in the 1400-block of Obenchain Road, a rural area west of Butte Falls, called to report a disorderly male confronting residents. Deputies arrived to find Cruse still in the area. They learned that Cruse is currently the respondent on a restraining order and a stalking order, and is prohibited from possessing certain weapons due to a prior felony conviction.

Deputies developed information that Cruse had a firearm in his vehicle. They located a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition, and a blackjack. Cruse was arrested and lodged in jail on the above listed charges. The district attorney's office will review the case to determine whether additional charges are warranted.

Case #18-4544


Attached Media Files: Cruse mug
Scam Alert graphic
Scam Alert graphic
Scammers Pose as JCSO Employees, Use "Spoof" Phone Number (Photo) - 03/06/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- Phone scammers are at it again, posing as Jackson County Sheriff's Office employees in an effort to trick citizens into sending them money. JCSO received several reports of scam attempts on Monday, March 5, 2018.

The scammers were reportedly men with Southern accents who identified themselves with the names of actual JCSO employees. The callers were aggressive, telling citizens they missed a court date and have a warrant for their arrest. The scammers offer to clear the warrant if the citizen provides payment over the phone.

The scammers were using a "spoof" program to change the caller ID to the same phone number as the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. If a person returns a call to the number on their caller ID, it goes to JCSO. On Monday, JCSO personnel fielded calls from several people who received scam calls. In one case, a man reportedly lost $3000 when he purchased prepaid cards at a grocery store and provided the numbers over the phone to a scammer -- before calling JCSO to check it out.

As a reminder, JCSO employees will never call people to demand payment for any reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a deputy will not call the person to tell them. A warrant cannot be cleared over the phone. To clear a valid warrant, a person must go to court or turn him/herself in at the jail.

Deputies are providing the following tips to help people avoid scams:
* Don't answer the phone if you don't recognize the number
* Be wary of people claiming to be police officers or other government officials
* Be wary of callers who claim you have a warrant or owe money
* If you have questions about the identity of a JCSO employee calling you, call our main office at (541) 774-6800 to verify
* Share scam prevention information with your friends and family

Remember --
* It is easy for scammers to find your name, address, and phone number on the internet
* It is easy for scammers to learn the names of government officials by searching websites and news stories
* It is a red flag if someone asks to be paid with prepaid cards (Green Dot or MoneyGram, for example), gift cards, or money transfer
* If you work at a retail outlet, be helpful - ask questions if a customer is buying large quantities of prepaid cards
* Scammers frequently target seniors, but will take money from anybody

When it comes to scams, prevention is the key. Once you provide payment to a scammer, it is virtually impossible to get it back. The scammers are often located in other states or countries. They use technology and other tactics to avoid detection and apprehension.

For up-to-date information on common scams, check out the Federal Trade Commission website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts. If you have fallen victim to an internet scammer, file a complaint with the FBI at www.ic3.gov.

Follow this link for more information and to download JCSO senior scam prevention materials: http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/News/ArtMID/4325/ArticleID/251199


Attached Media Files: Scam Alert graphic
18-4443 Crash Scene
18-4443 Crash Scene
Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 03/06/18

ROGUE RIVER -- A Rogue River man died Monday in a single-vehicle crash south of Wimer. Frederick Fernow Dale, 22, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

On March 5, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the crash. Jackson County Sheriff's Office crash investigators say the black 2000 Jeep Wrangler was traveling northbound on East Evans Creek Road north of Minthorne Road. The Jeep continued straight instead of following the right curve of the roadway. The Jeep continued up an embankment and struck a tree, before going airborne and coming to rest on its top on the back side of a steep hill.

Investigators learned that Dale left his residence in the 6900-block of East Evans Creek Road just prior to the crash. Excessive speed was found to be a factor. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. A toxicology examination will be requested by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office, standard practice in fatal crashes. Dale's family members have been notified of his death.

JCSO deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Rogue River Police Department, Evans Valley Fire District #6, and Rogue River Fire District #1.

Case #18-04443

Attached Media Files: 18-4443 Crash Scene
18-4187 Mail Thefts
18-4187 Mail Thefts
Deputies Investigate Overnight Mail Theft (Photo) - 03/01/18

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a string of mail thefts that occurred overnight. On Thursday, March 1, 2018, residents along the length of Rogue River Drive, between Highway 234 and Highway 62, reported finding open mailboxes and missing mail.

Deputies searching the area found piles of discarded mail. The found items will be turned over to the US Postal Service. Deputies and postal officials will work together to return mail that has been found and to complete the investigation. Residents who believe they are missing a particular piece of mail should contact the local post office.

Deputies would like to hear from anyone in the area with surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident, as well as anyone who may have knowledge of the thefts. Those with information can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-4187

Attached Media Files: 18-4187 Mail Thefts