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Deputies See Increase in Vehicle Break-ins - 07/11/19

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be careful when leaving vehicles unattended, especially in remote areas.  Deputies have seen a recent spike in reports of vehicle break-ins, with many occurring near Applegate Lake.

In the period from May 11 to July 11, 2019, deputies responded to 54 calls for thefts from vehicles throughout Jackson County, a 13% increase from the same time period last year.  Of note is a high concentration of thefts in recreation areas.   

“In the last two months, we’ve received three reports of thefts from vehicles at the Table Rock trailheads,” said Sergeant Julie Denney.  “But in the more remote area of Applegate Lake, we’ve had nine theft reports in just the last five weeks.”

Two such thefts were reported on Wednesday, July 10.  In one incident, the victim saw the suspects who broke into his vehicle. 

At 6:40 p.m., the victim was reportedly fishing near a bridge at the south end of Applegate Lake.  He said he saw two suspects smash the window of his pickup and steal his cell phone.  He described the suspects as white male adults in their late 20’s or early 30’s with long, dark hair.  The suspects sped away to the south, toward Seattle Bar, in a blue Audi hatchback.  Anyone with information about the suspects’ identities can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #19-14193.

Deputies remind people to keep prevention in mind when leaving vehicles unattended.  The following are tips to help keep your property safe:

  • Park in a well-lit, visible area. Busy parking lots are less likely to attract thieves.
  • Roll up your windows and lock your doors.  Most thieves are looking for an easy target and don’t want to break a window because the noise attracts attention.
  • Use a car alarm with a visible signal like a blinking light.
  • Don’t leave anything of value in your car. Thieves will break a window to gain entry if they see something they want inside, even if it’s just loose change. 
  • If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, hide them before you arrive.  Thieves often stake out parking areas; they’ll see you putting valuables in your trunk.
  • Never keep a spare key inside your car.
  • If your ID or credit cards are stolen, your identity will likely be next.  Call your financial institutions right away to cancel your accounts.
  • Be vigilant for a home burglary if your house keys or items with your address were stolen.  

Deputies say it’s not uncommon for thefts to go unreported, but they urge people to report them all, no matter how minor they may seem.  The non-emergency dispatch number is (541) 776-7206.

“Even if we are unable to solve a particular case, it helps us to know where crimes are occurring,” said Sergeant Denney.  “Then we can focus our proactive patrols in problem areas.”

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Marine Patrol file
Marine Patrol file
Deputies Watching for Impaired Boaters *UPDATE* (Photo) - 07/08/19

Update – July 8, 2019:

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies made four arrests during the Operation Dry Water enforcement period.  The education and enforcement event, aimed at reducing fatalities due to impaired boating, ran from July 5 through 7. 

Two men were arrested for boating under the influence of intoxicants on Saturday evening; two women were arrested on Sunday evening.  No arrests were made on Friday.

In addition to the arrests made during the Operation Dry Water event, deputies arrested five people for boating under the influence on July 4.  Over the weekend, marine patrol deputies were also tasked with water rescues and searches, as well as a vehicle recovery in the Rogue River. 

Deputies wish to thank everyone who shared the message about the dangers of impaired boating, and those who made the decision to boat sober and help keep our waterways safe.

 

Original release – July 3, 2019:

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies will be watching for impaired boaters on the 4th of July holiday, but they won’t stop there.  Deputies are taking part in an enforcement event that lasts through the weekend.  It is designed to increase awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol, and to set the stage for safety for the summer boating season.

This weekend, from July 5 through 7, 2019, JCSO is taking part in Operation Dry Water (ODW), a nationwide push to help keep waterways safe from alcohol-related fatalities. Deputies will focus on education and enforcement of Oregon’s boating under the influence laws.  During the 2018 ODW event, JCSO deputies made eight arrests for boating under the influence of intoxicants.  Deputies won a nationwide award for their efforts. 

Operation Dry Water is a year-long awareness campaign sponsored by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  According to NASBLA, alcohol is responsible for 15% of boating fatalities, making it the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. 

Oregon’s laws for driving and boating under the influence of intoxicants (DUII and BUII) are generally similar.  Unlike driving laws, however, Oregon boating laws allow open containers of alcohol in boats, and boat operators are allowed to consume alcohol.  Like vehicle drivers, though, the “legal limit” is 0.08% blood alcohol content and boat operators must not be impaired to a perceptible degree.  BUII laws are enforceable on any public waterway and pertain to any kind of boat, including motor boats, rafts, kayaks, and other paddle craft.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit http://www.operationdrywater.org/ .  Information about statewide boating laws and safety information can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board website: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/pages/index.aspx .

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Nuno - booking photo, 10/12/18
Nuno - booking photo, 10/12/18
Detectives Investigate Shooting, Crash (Photo) - 07/05/19

WHITE CITY, Ore. – One man is in jail and another is recovering after a shooting at a White City mobile home park early Friday morning.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say the incident, which may be gang-related, also involved a hit-and-run crash several blocks away.

Detectives believe the incident began around midnight on July 5, 2019, with a verbal altercation at a playground at the corner of 25th Street and Avenue C, at the rear of the mobile home park at 3265 Antelope Road.  Detectives say a 34-year-old woman left the area in a red Honda Civic, chased by a black Ford Fusion.  The black car crashed into the back of the red car near the intersection of Division Road and Falcon Street. 

At 12:37 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the crash.  The black car left the scene and was later found parked a short distance away on Ajax Street.  The occupants of the black car left the scene before deputies arrived.  Detectives believe they walked back to the playground where the incident originated.

At 1:00 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 3200-block of Antelope Road.  Deputies at the scene of the crash on Division Road heard the gunshots and responded to the location.  Deputies located a 33-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the foot.  He was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives arrested Andres Zavala Nuno, 23, a resident of the mobile home park, on charges related to the shooting.  He is lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges:  assault in the first degree; unlawful use of a weapon; recklessly endangering another person; and, felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives say the firearm used in the shooting has not yet been recovered.  They believe Nuno hid or discarded the handgun prior to his arrest.  Deputies and search and rescue (SAR) personnel were searching the area Friday morning.  In the meantime, detectives ask nearby residents to check their yards thoroughly and use caution when allowing children to play outside.  If a firearm is located, detectives say do not touch it and call dispatch at (541) 776-7206 immediately.

The case remains under investigation.  Detectives have already spoken to several people, but would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or the crash.  Those with information can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #19-13691.

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Attached Media Files: Nuno - booking photo, 10/12/18
Crash scene photo
Crash scene photo
Car Crashes into Restaurant (Photo) - 07/02/19

GOLD HILL, Ore. – A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after crashing her car into a Gold Hill restaurant.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are investigating the incident, which happened during lunch hour. 

On July 2, 2019, at 12:06 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a car had crashed into the Figaro’s Pizza store located at 175 Second Ave., Gold Hill.  The driver was initially trapped inside the vehicle, which came to rest almost entirely inside the restaurant.  Deputies and personnel from Fire District 3 responded to the scene and helped the driver from the vehicle.

Deputies say the vehicle was west bound on Second Avenue when it left the roadway and continued through the parking lot and into the restaurant.  The driver, a 68-year-old woman, was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights ambulance with unknown injuries.  Two dogs in the vehicle were not injured.

Employees and patrons were inside the restaurant when the crash occurred.  Two people received abrasions after being struck by debris but did not require medical transport.  Vehicles parked outside the restaurant received minor damage from debris.  

The crash remains under investigation.  No further information is available for release at this time.

Case #19-13414

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Attached Media Files: Crash scene photo
Expo Gate 3 photo
Expo Gate 3 photo
Expect Traffic Delays After BoomFest (Photo) - 07/02/19

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Crowds will fill the Jackson County Expo this Thursday for “BoomFest” - the annual July 4 fireworks event.  Drivers in the area can anticipate delays as vehicles leave after the fireworks display.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies urge drivers to plan ahead and to be patient during the end-of-show egress.

The Jackson County Expo is located at 1 Peninger Road, Central Point – near Interstate 5, exit 33.  Gates for “BoomFest” open at 3:00 p.m. with the fireworks display set to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.  The family-friendly event includes activities and entertainment.  

Parking is available in Expo lots only; vehicles are not allowed to park or stop along Peninger Road or Interstate 5.  The area will be patrolled and vehicles found in violation will be towed.

Following the fireworks display, Peninger Road will be closed to incoming traffic for over an hour to allow vehicles to exit the Expo parking lots.  This is an important planning note for parents – due to the one-way traffic, vehicles will not be able to drive toward the Expo to pick up children or others after the fireworks.

Traffic will be directed one-way in both lanes on Peninger Road for vehicles leaving the Expo.  Vehicles leaving the north parking lots will be routed north toward Upton Road.  Vehicles leaving the south parking lots will be directed south toward Pine Street.  Traffic signals at nearby intersections will be adjusted to allow vehicles to leave the event more efficiently.

In addition to assisting with traffic control, JCSO deputies will be focused on spotting impaired drivers.  Deputies suggest carpooling and designating a sober driver for those who plan to consume alcohol at the event.  They also remind everyone that smoking marijuana in public is prohibited by state law. 

“BoomFest” is sponsored by the City of Central Point, Cow Creek Tribe of Indians, and several other local organizations and businesses.  Click on the following link for more information:  https://www.attheexpo.com/Page.asp?NavID=492 .

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Korner booking 06/26/19
Korner booking 06/26/19
Man Arrested Following Grass Fire (Photo) - 06/27/19

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested a man in connection with a grass fire in Sams Valley on Wednesday.  Deputies say after fire officials contacted the man at the scene, he fled through neighboring properties and tried to hide from deputies.

On June 26, 2019, at 2:31 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a grass fire in the 11600-block of Duggan Road.  Crews from Fire District 3 and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the area.  Deputies assisted with traffic control.  The fire was contained quickly at approximately one-half acre.  

At 2:51 p.m., a resident in the 9100-block of Highway 234 called 911 to report a man was trespassing on his property.  The caller said the man was hiding in the bushes and claimed to have a warrant for his arrest.  Deputies arrived minutes later and saw the man running on Highway 234.  They took him into custody without further incident.  

Deputies identified the man as Dusty Brian Korner, 35, who resides at the property on Duggan Road where the fire had just occurred.  Korner was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. 

Deputies learned that fire officials had contacted Korner earlier at the scene on Duggan Road, and then he left unexpectedly.  Deputies determined Korner set fire to debris items on the property, which spread to nearby grass but avoided structures.  A family member called 911 to report the fire. 

In addition to the warrant, deputies lodged Korner in the Jackson County jail on charges of reckless burning, second degree criminal trespass (two counts), and failure to register as a sex offender.  Bail at lodging was $22,500.

Case #19-12895

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Attached Media Files: Korner booking 06/26/19 , Scene 3 , Scene 2 , Scene 1
Boating Rules posted
Boating Rules posted
Planned River Float Concerns Deputies (Photo) - 06/21/19

GOLD HILL, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies are concerned about the potential for problems with an impromptu gathering on the Rogue River this weekend. According to a Facebook event, “The Big D Float” could bring hundreds of people to the river.

The event is planned for the afternoon of Saturday, June 22, 2019, between Gold Hill and Rogue River. The organizers encourage people to float down the river as a large group. 

Because no mass gathering permit has been granted, the event could inundate the area with people, but no added safety or security resources have been allocated. JCSO will only have normal staffing to cover all waterways in the county.

“We have concerns about so many people being on the river at once, especially with the water being so cold,” said Sergeant Shawn Richards. “Life jackets are a must and folks need to remember that it’s illegal - and unsafe - to boat while impaired.”

Off the water, deputies are concerned about traffic and parking. Neither city has ample parking or added security for unattended vehicles. 

“We want people to have fun on the water,” said Sgt. Richards, “But safety should be the first priority.”

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Burns booking photo 6/19/19
Burns booking photo 6/19/19
Sex Offender Arrested for Luring Teen (Photo) - 06/20/19

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives arrested a registered sex offender for crimes associated with attempts to lure a teen girl for sex.  The investigation was a collaborative effort with the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

On June 19, 2019, JCSO detectives arrested Jed Randall Burns, 35, during the service of a search warrant at his residence in the 300-block of Leafwood Drive.  Burns was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges:  first degree encouraging child sexual abuse (two counts); using a child in a display of sexual conduct (two counts); second degree online sexual corruption of a child; luring a minor.  Burns is required to register as a sex offender in Oregon due to a previous conviction.

The investigation began in February 2019 with a cyber tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding sexual images of a child shared online.  The information was passed to ICAC and to JCSO to continue the investigation. 

Detectives identified Burns as the suspect in the case.  Detectives say Burns contacted the 17-year-old victim using social media and texting, and then made attempts to meet her in person for sexual purposes. 

Investigators are concerned Burns may have additional victims in the Jackson County area who have not yet come forward.  Anyone with information can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.  Refer to case #19-5151.

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Attached Media Files: Burns booking photo 6/19/19
Matthew Palomino, DMV photo
Matthew Palomino, DMV photo
Detectives Arrest Fourth Suspect in Home Invasion *UPDATE* (Photo) - 06/20/19

Update 6/20/19:

On the evening of June 19, 2019, the US Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) located Matthew Palomino in Medford. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives lodged Palomino in jail on the following charges related to the Dodge Road incident: first degree robbery, second degree robbery, aggravated first degree theft, first degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, and third degree assault. He was also lodged on a warrant from an unrelated case.  

Original release, 6/18/19:

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives have made three arrests in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in March. One suspect is still outstanding and detectives are asking for the public’s help to track him down.

On March 23, 2019, at approximately 2:12 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a robbery at a home in the 3200-block of Dodge Road. The site was previously the location of a marijuana growing operation. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the 911 call, but did not locate the suspects in the area.

Detectives were later able to identify four suspects involved in the robbery – two adults and two juveniles. Christian Ray Miller, 22, was arrested on June 5, 2019, when deputies served a search warrant at his home in the 9600-block of East Evans Creek Road.

Miller is currently held in the Jackson County jail on the following charges: first degree robbery (five counts); second degree robbery (two counts), aggravated first degree theft; first degree theft; first degree burglary; criminal impersonation of a peace officer (two counts); unlawful use of a weapon (two counts); menacing (two counts); conspiracy to commit first degree robbery (two counts); second degree assault (two counts); failure to report as a sex offender. Some of the charges against Miller are related to separate incidents that remain under investigation.

One juvenile male, 16, was referred to the Jackson County juvenile detention facility for charges of first degree robbery, second degree robbery, aggravated first degree theft, unlawful use of pepper spray, and third degree assault.

A second juvenile male, 17, was referred to the Jackson County juvenile detention facility for charges of second degree robbery and aggravated first degree theft.

Detectives identified the remaining adult suspect as Matthew Jay Palomino, 22, of Shady Cove. Palomino is described as a white male adult standing six feet, one inch tall, and weighing 300 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Palomino has an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with information about Palomino’s immediate whereabouts is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  Any other information can be left for detectives on the tip line: (541) 774-8333.

Case #19-5730

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Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19
Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19
Man Dies While Swimming in Quarry *UPDATE* (Photo) - 06/18/19

Update, 6/18/19 at 2:30 p.m.:

The decedent in this incident was identified as Steven Roy Reynolds, 18, of North Bend, Ore.  Reynolds would have turned 19 years old next week. 

Dr. James Olson of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death to be an accident caused by freshwater drowning.  Reynolds’ family has been notified of his death. 

A chaplain from Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains provided assistance for persons involved in the response.  JCSO wishes to thank everyone who helped at the scene and in the following hours. 

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Original release, 6/17/19:

ASHLAND, Ore. - A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.    

On June 17, 2019, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and personnel from Greensprings Fire and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male. 

According to witnesses, the man had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface. Bystanders pulled him from the water and began CPR. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died at the scene. 

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause and manner of death.  The man’s identity will be released at a later time to allow time for family to be notified. No further information is currently available for release.

Case #19-12215

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Attached Media Files: Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19
Emerson booking 6/17/19
Emerson booking 6/17/19
Trespassers Arrested in Stolen Pickup (Photo) - 06/17/19

TALENT, Ore. – Two men reported to be trespassing near Talent on Monday morning were found in a pickup reported stolen near Central Point four days earlier.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested both men and found additional stolen property in the vehicle. 

On June 17, 2019, at 5:42 a.m., a resident in the 6800-block of Wagner Creek Road reported a suspicious vehicle parked on her property with two men inside.  Deputies responded to the scene, with assistance from Talent Police.  They found Jacob Steven Emerson, 37, and Dane Michael Burke, 24, inside the vehicle.  Both were taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle, a brown 1977 Chevrolet pickup, had been reported stolen on June 13 during a burglary at a vacant home in the 4000-block of Old Stage Road.  Items taken in the burglary, as well as other stolen property, were recovered from the vehicle.  The owners of the stolen property were contacted.

Emerson was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges related to this incident:  unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; first degree burglary; first degree theft; first degree criminal trespass; second degree criminal trespass.  Emerson also had warrants for probation violation on prior convictions for unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, attempting to elude police, and reckless endangerment.

Burke was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges related to this incident:  first degree burglary; first degree theft; first degree criminal trespass; second degree criminal trespass.

Deputies say this case is an example of why it’s important to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood, even if it doesn’t seem like a major case at the time. 

“You never know how it will turn out,” said JCSO Sgt. Julie Denney.  “This case started with a vehicle parked without permission on someone’s driveway, but deputies were able to clear a burglary case and return stolen property to the rightful owners.”

Suspicious activity can be reported to the non-emergency dispatch line at (541) 776-7206.  For emergencies, call 911.

Case #19-12167

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