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Investigators Seek Indecent Exposure Suspect (Photo) - 05/23/18

PROSPECT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to identify the suspect in a case of indecent exposure at a Prospect convenience store.  The incident was caught on surveillance video.

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at approximately 5:15 p.m., the man entered the Cascade Gorge Store.  While purchasing items, he repeatedly exposed his genitals to the female clerk. 

The suspect left the store as a passenger in an older red SUV.  He is described as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s with a beard.  He was last seen wearing a grey or brown t-shirt and some type of garment on his head.

The driver of the SUV was also captured on video inside the store.  He is considered a witness in the investigation, not a suspect.  He is described as a male in his 20’s.  He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt under a button-down shirt. 

Anyone with information that can help identify these subjects is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #18-10185. 

Rural DUII patrols - photo
Rural DUII patrols - photo
Memorial Day Weekend Brings DUII Patrols (Photo) - 05/23/18

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. For many people it is a time for road trips and outdoor recreation.  To help keep roadways safe for everyone, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be adding patrols to find and stop impaired drivers.

From Friday, May 25, through Sunday, May 27, 2018, deputies will focus their attention on rural roadways, especially those near popular recreation areas.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add deputies to the road without taking away from regular calls for service.

Deputies offer the following tips to help prevent impaired driving:

  * 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. Get a ride from 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.

  * CAMP OUT: Rural areas may not have cell phone service. Take an overnight bag with you so you can spend the night if you’re too intoxicated to drive.

  * 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.

For more information and statistics regarding impaired driving, follow this link: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812450.


Attached Media Files: Rural DUII patrols - photo
Rickman mug
Rickman mug
Two Arrested After Reported Marijuana Robbery (Photo) - 05/18/18

ASHLAND, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Washington, D.C., men Thursday after a report of an armed robbery at a residence near Ashland.  Jelani Amaan Johnson and Orlando Hugh Rickman, both 27, were lodged in the Jackson County jail on charges of first degree robbery.

On May 17, 2018, at 5:14 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery in the 1200-block of North Mountain Avenue.  The victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by three suspects who stole marijuana and fled in two vehicles.  Nobody was injured.

Police spotted one of the vehicles driving north on Interstate 5.  An Oregon State Police trooper stopped the vehicle at the Chevron station near exit 33 in Central Point.  JCSO deputies and personnel from other law enforcement agencies responded.  Johnson and Rickman were taken into custody without incident. 

The suspect vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, was seized and later searched with a warrant.  Detectives found 37 pounds of marijuana and additional evidence.

The case remains under investigation.  Detectives are working to identify and locate the third suspect, as well as the second suspect vehicle.  Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Detective Jason Penn at (541) 774-6800. 

Case #18-9829



Attached Media Files: Rickman mug , Johnson mug
Jail photo
Jail photo
Deputies Save Suicidal Inmate (Photo) - 05/17/18

MEDFORD, Ore. – Two Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies saved the life of an inmate who attempted suicide at the jail.  Nobody was injured in the incident.

Sheriff Nathan Sickler says he is proud of deputies Cody Fuhrman and Steven Sagert, who acted quickly and calmly to help the inmate in crisis.  “Deputies Fuhrman and Sagert used their training and instincts to respond immediately and to get help for the inmate,” he said.

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 8:26 p.m., the 25-year-old male inmate was being escorted to a new cell when he dove head-first through a safety railing on the upper level.  Deputy Fuhrman caught the inmate’s leg as he dangled over the edge.  Deputy Sagert ran upstairs to help.  The deputies were able to pull the inmate back to safety, despite the inmate’s active resistance. 

A medical staff member witnessed the inmate dangling from the railing and attempted to assist from the level below.  Following the incident, the inmate received medical and mental health treatment at the jail. 

Deputies urge anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to seek help.  If someone you know is a risk to themselves or others due to a mental illness, call the Jackson County Mental Health Crisis Line at (541) 774-8201.


Attached Media Files: Jail photo
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Photo 4
SAR Uses Special Training to Rescue Horse (Photo) - 05/08/18

TRAIL, Ore. – Over the weekend, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) personnel were called upon to rescue a horse that had become stuck in mud.  The successful rescue was made possible by recent animal rescue training and new specialized equipment.

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 8:07 p.m., dispatch received a call from a homeowner in the 7500-block of Crowfoot Road, Trail.  The caller’s 22-year-old Mustang mare had become stuck in knee-deep mud near the barn.  The owner tried for hours to free the horse, but he was unable to do so.

JCSO deputies and a team of 13 SAR personnel responded immediately.  SAR members included those with specialized skills in rope-assisted recovery and large animal rescue techniques.  SAR worked in the dark to carefully stabilize the horse and pull her from the mud.  The mare was tired after the hours-long ordeal, but apparently uninjured. 

This rescue gave SAR a chance to use some newly obtained skills.  During the past year, some SAR members attended Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue training (www.tlaer.org) hosted by Mustangs to the Rescue in Bend.  Members learned how to rescue animals such as horses or other livestock in emergency situations.  SAR also obtained specialized equipment designed for such rescues, which can occur in everyday scenarios and disasters alike.  


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Dogs Kill Sheep; Deputies Seek Owner - 04/26/18

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies are trying to identify the owners of two aggressive dogs in Sams Valley.  The dogs reportedly killed a sheep and then charged at its owner. 

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, at about 1:00 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from the 11000-block of Duggan Road reporting dogs were killing livestock.  Deputies arrived to find a deceased sheep on the complainant’s property. 

The livestock owner reported the dogs charged her when confronted, then fled.  Deputies were unable to locate the dogs in the area.  The case remains under investigation. 

The dogs are described as a large tan Shepherd-type dog, and a large black Labrador-type dog.  Both dogs had light-colored bandana collars. 

Anyone with information about the dogs or their owners is asked to call Deputy Trevor Waldeyer at (541) 774-6800.  Refer to case  #18-8189.