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2024 Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony - 05/13/24

Media Availability: Please let me know if you would like to cover this event.

 

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Medford Police Department cordially invite you to attend the Jackson County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony


Tuesday, May 14, 2024
10:00 A.M.
August D. Singler Plaza
787 W 8th Street Medford OR 97501
Medford, OR 97501
Remembering the Fallen, Honoring those who Serve

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White City Sheriff's Deputies Capture Shooting Suspect Attempting to Flee, Victim in Local Hospital (Photo) - 05/06/24

JCSO Case 24-2445

 

WHITE CITY, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a report of a gun shot victim in White City with a suspect running from the scene. JCSO White City deputies were on scene within minutes to provide life-saving measures to the victim and capture the suspect attempting to flee.

 

Last night at 11:15 p.m. ECSO Dispatch received a call for shots fired and someone running from the scene. At 11:23 p.m. JCSO White City deputies located the victim near the intersection of 29th Street and Falcon and began life-saving measures. Nearby on Falcon Street, another White City deputy located the suspect attempting to flee and detained him without incident.

 

The victim was transported via Mercy Flights to a local hospital and is in serious but stable condition. The suspect, Romualdo Balero, 33, of White City, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm, menacing, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Balero is also known as Romualdo Angulo Llanes. He was booked and lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

 

JCSO detectives arrived on scene and took over the investigation. This case is open and ongoing with detectives following additional leads. There is no more information available at this time.

 

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Search & Rescue Assisting Klamath County Sheriff in Search for Missing Jackson County Mushroom Hunter (Photo) - 05/04/24

LAKE OF THE WOODS, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is assisting the Klamath County Sheriffs Office on a missing mushroom hunter case. We are searching for Gerald Severson of Ruch, Ore. He was last seen Thursday evening near Lake of the Woods in Klamath County.


 

Severson is described as a 56-year-old white male, 5’4” tall, weighing 140 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Severson was staying at a cabin on the east side of Lake of the Woods and left to search for mushrooms at about 7PM on Thursday, May 2nd. SAR teams have been searching since Friday, May 3rd at 1PM when Severson was reported missing.


 

If you have any information regarding Severson’s location please call 911 and report it. The area he was last seen is populated and has multiple busy roads. It’s very possible Severson could have been picked up. Authorities are very concerned for the safety of Severson and the searchers as the weather in the area is very poor at this time.

EVENT DATE CHANGED: Jackson County Sheriff Search and Rescue at Touvelle State Park May 11 for Citizens' Academy - 05/02/24

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the TouVelle State Park 8601 Table Rock Rd, Central Point, OR 97503

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

 

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) and Marine deputies will be at the Touvelle State Park on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 2024 Citizens’ Academy. Parking lots E & F will be closed to the public during that time while the Citizens’ Academy class participates in a demonstration of SAR and Marine boats capabilities. 

 

Note for News Reporters: If you would like to cover the event, please notify PIO Aaron Lewis at lewisaj@jacksoncountyor.gov or 541-531-8203 to gain access. 

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Child Exploitation Task Force Arrests Local Man for Victimizing Children Online Nationwide, Investigators Looking for Additional Victims (Photo) - 05/01/24

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JCSO Case 22-4129

 

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force arrested a Medford man on multiple child sex crime charges at 2:28 p.m. today in Eagle Point. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Eagle Point Police Department assisted with the arrest at a business near the intersection of Hwy 62 and West Linn Road.

 

During their investigation, SOCET discovered the suspect was communicating nationwide with at least five underage victims through several social media sites. SOCET investigators identified a 13-year-old victim from Kansas City, Missouri, and are attempting to identify the additional underage victims.

 

The suspect, Zachary Elijah Bowen, 22, of Medford, Ore., was arrested on 12 felony charges including using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, 10 counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, and luring a minor. He was booked and lodged in the Jackson County Jail. 

 

SOCET started investigating Bowen after more than a dozen National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) cyber tips led to multiple residences where he lived in Portland and at a licensed marijuana farm in Trail, Ore. SOCET served a search warrant on February 7, 2023, at the marijuana farm in the 4700 block of Highway 227 in Trail. Investigators seized digital devices for forensic examination by Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF). 


Investigators found evidence of Bowen communicating nationwide with at least five underage victims through social media sites such as SnapChat, Instagram, Kik, and Google under the username “zach_grant2152.” If you have any information on Bowen, contact investigators through the Sheriff’s App “Submit a Tip” feature. Download the App here: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a72997501. You can also call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case number 22-4129. 

 

SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from JCSO and Homeland Security Investigations with some collaboration from Oregon State Police and Medford Police Department; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

 

This case is under further investigation with detectives following additional leads and attempting to identify other victims. Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. There is no further information available for release. 

 

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Early-Morning Burglary Investigation Leads to Arrests in Rural Central Point, Deputies Seize Guns, Drugs, Cash (Photo) - 04/24/24

JCSO Case 24-2209

 

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested two suspects yesterday after an early-morning burglary in rural Central Point. Yesterday morning, a JCSO Community Service Deputy took a report from ECSO Dispatch just after 8 a.m. of a burglary in the 5700 block of Upton Road. Through the investigation, JCSO deputies identified several suspects and tracked them to an address in the 100 block of Laurelhurst Street, also in rural Central Point. 

 

JCSO deputies obtained a search warrant for the property and identified a female suspect on scene. During the initial search of the property, deputies located an additional suspect hiding under a shed. The man did not respond to commands to come out and barricaded in the crawl space. After a lengthy standoff, deputies persuaded the man to give up through the use of pepper spray and a K9. 

 

JCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) detectives responded to assist in the arrest and search of the property. During the search, investigators discovered 10 firearms including a stolen pistol, and an AR-style rifle with no serial number. Deputies also found body armor, an illegally-manufactured silencer, methamphetamine, heroin, Butane Honey Oil (BHO), 35 lbs. of processed cannabis, and 58.3 grams of fentanyl. Deputies also uncovered nearly $19,000 in cash. 

 

The first suspect was Kelli Margaret Hernandez, 44, of Medford. She was arrested for conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, and hindering prosecution. She was booked and lodged at the Jackson County Jail.

 

The second suspect was Mickey Ray Galatz, 28, of Central Point. He was arrested on 15 charges related to the incident, in addition to five outstanding warrants. The new charges include second-degree burglary, first and second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree trespass, interfering with a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of body armor, possession of a prohibited firearm, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of heroin, and unlawful distribution of heroin. For the fentanyl Galatz was charged with unlawful possession of a schedule II-controlled substance – substantial quantity, and unlawful distribution of a schedule II-controlled substance. The outstanding warrants include probation violations for felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of felony unlawful possession of heroin, attempting to elude police by vehicle, and a Klamath County warrant for first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft. Galatz is lodged in the Jackson County Jail. 

 

This case is under further investigation with deputies following additional leads. There is no more information for release at this time. 

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