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Joint Task Force Arrests Suspect for Possessing, Distributing Child Porn; Investigators Discover Images of Local Oregon Child, Concerned There Are More Victims (Photo) - 06/29/22

JCSO Case 22-3671

 

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force arrested a local Medford man yesterday after investigators discovered he possessed child exploitation images of a local 14-year-old Oregon girl. The suspect, Nicholas James Shaw, 35, of Medford, has been federally charged with two felony counts of possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography. SOCET, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Medford, HSI Task Force Officers, Federal Protective Service (FPS), and the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF) served a search warrant yesterday afternoon at the suspect’s residence on the 100 block of South Orange Street in Medford.  

 

During the search warrant, investigators learned that in addition to possessing and distributing child pornography, the suspect had been in contact with at least one 14-year-old girl in Oregon and obtained self-produced images of the child. Investigators are concerned there may be more victims. If anyone has additional information on the suspect, please call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case number.

 

While executing the search warrant, digital devices were seized and will be forensically examined by the SOHTCTF for further evidence of child exploitation and other possible victims. A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence.  This investigation is being federally prosecuted in the District of Oregon. 

 

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 Jackson County Sheriff’s OfficeOregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and HSI; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

 

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Jackson County Jail Reports Oregon's Highest Overcrowding Releases Last Six Years; Providing Social Media Updates (Photo) - 06/28/22

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Jail consistently reported the highest amount of releases due to overcrowding in the state of Oregon over the last six years. From 2016 through 2021, our community’s jail has averaged more than 5,300 overcrowding releases per year. These 30,900 forced releases are the most overcrowding related releases reported from any jail in Oregon during this time period.

 

Beginning this Wednesday, June 29th the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) will provide updates on social media showing a snapshot of the people recently released from the Jackson County Jail due to overcrowding. This information can be accessed on Facebook and Instagram Story @JCSheriffOR. These “Stories” will include the total number of Adults-In-Custody (AIC) released that day as well as their individual charges.

 

The Jackson County Jail has an operational capacity of 300, although that number has been much lower the last couple years because of precautions put in place due to the Coronavirus. When the jail population exceeds that capacity, Jail Staff must release an individual with orders to appear in court at a later date. When releases are required, JCSO leadership utilizes a proven standardized assessment tool with the intention of releasing individuals who are at the lowest risk to re-offend while awaiting trial.

 

More than half of the jail’s population is ineligible for pre-trial release due to the nature of their charges. This population includes Measure 11 offenders awaiting trial for murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, and other serious crimes. 

 

To see the Jackson County Jail overcrowding releases social media updates go to the JCSO Facebook or Instagram account and click on our “Story” @JCSheriffOR

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Two-Week Non-Compliant Sex Offender Sweep Concludes with 32 Arrests (Photo) - 06/28/22

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Operation Copperhead, a non-compliant sex offender registration sweep concluded last week with a total of 32 arrests in the Jackson County area. The suspects arrested were charged with failure to report as a sex offender (ORS 163A.040). The operation ran for two weeks and also resulted in the registration of 34 out-of-compliance sex offenders. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives conducted the sweep using United States Marshal Service funded overtime. During the sweep JCSO detectives documented approximately 75 compliance checks with non-compliant sex offenders and cleared six additional active warrants. 

A major goal of these operations is to lower the risk non-compliant sex offenders pose to public safety. Sex offenders are required to report their current address, place of employment or school status, any change in name or residence, and any intended travel outside of the US. They must also participate in a sex offender risk assessment and submit to fingerprinting and photos of their face, and identifying scars, marks or tattoos. Compliance checks involve law enforcement contacting sex offenders or conducting research to confirm addresses.

Oregon State Police keeps an updated map of registered sex offenders at https://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/ 

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Marine Law Enforcement Annual Drift Boat Training Media Availability - 06/21/22

Jackson County Sheriff's Office is providing media availability to capture interviews and footage of this week's Marine Law Enforcement Annual Drift Boat Training. For interested media outlets we will provide a boat shuttle to the training location. For the Water Rescue training, meet on Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rogue River Dodge Bridge Boat Launch. For the Drift Boat training meet on Friday, June 24 at 9 a.m. at the Cole Rivers Hatchery Boat Launch. 

If you have any questions, call PIO Aaron Lewis at (541) 531-8203 or Sgt. Shawn Richards at (541) 591-1843

Training Information from Oregon State Marine Board:

During the week of June 21 through 25, Marine Law Enforcement officers from around the state will be learning and perfecting their drift boating skills on the Rogue River. Students will learn to swim in whitewater, study hydrodynamics, practice rescue techniques, navigate Class III whitewater, and operate in remote environments from drift boats, rafts, and catarafts.

Running whitewater is a perishable skill and requires constant training and practice so law enforcement can respond to emergencies quickly and confidently. 

“There’s no training like it anywhere else in the country, says Eddie Persichetti, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. “Experienced instructors from around the state help guide the way for the less experienced students.” Each day the students drift various river sections. Persichetti adds, “Day one we begin with classroom instruction, self-rescue techniques in the water, rope rescue techniques, and dewatering drills. On days two through five, we focus students’ attention on reading white water. It’s incredibly important to see the whole run vs. the next ten feet in front of the boat. As the week progresses, instructors build on the skills from the day before and then move on to more advanced skills with more difficult rapids throughout the week. The key is to develop the skillsets and confidence in officers so they can safely patrol Oregon’s waterways and assist boaters in distress. The safety of everyone recreating on the water is our top priority,” Persichetti explains.   

The training and experience the officers gain during this event provide a strong foundation for when they return to their waterways to patrol. “We also practice scenarios where students encounter boaters and guides who are not in compliance with existing laws,” Persichetti adds. “Oregon’s waterways seem to become more crowded every year and it’s imperative that law enforcement focuses on those boaters who are not in compliance and more so, boaters who are not being safe on the water.” Persichetti adds, “When the law enforcement students leave this training, they have a new respect and understanding for safety on the river, the people who run it, and who play by the rules.”

Recreational boaters can expect to see law enforcement officers drifting on the Upper Rogue from Lost Creek Reservoir to Touvelle Park from June 21st through June 24th and the Middle Rogue from Ennis Riffle to Argo Canyon on June 25th

For more information about boating laws and regulations, visit Boat.Oregon.gov.

Edward Persichetti 
Marine Law Enforcement Training Coordinator 
Oregon State Marine Board 
503-877-8304 
edward.persichetti@boat.oregon.gov

Multiple In-Custody Apparent Overdoses in Jail, Local Agencies Respond Quickly - 06/20/22

MEDFORD, Ore. - Two Jackson County Jail Adults-In-Custody (AIC) are in a local hospital today after an apparent overdose. At 11:25 this morning, a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Corrections deputy was nearby when an AIC began suffering from an apparent medical emergency. The deputy responded with Jail medical to begin treatment and a second AIC also began exhibiting signs of an apparent overdose.

 

Multiple agencies responded to assist including Medford Police Department (MPD), Medford Fire, JCSO Corrections and Patrol deputies, and Mercy Flights ambulances. In total, five doses of Narcan was administered between the two patients and they were both responsive as they were transported to a local hospital. At this time, the patients’ condition is unknown.

 

JCSO and MPD are conducting a joint-agency investigation to determine the source of the contraband. No further information is available at this time.

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Task Force Busts Black-Market Marijuana Grow; Seizes 12k Plants, 3k Lbs. Processed Cannabis; Code Enforcement Fines Total $67k (Photo) - 06/16/22

MPD Case #22-9872

 

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) detectives along with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies served a search warrant on a marijuana grow site in rural Eagle Point at 6:45 this morning. The property, located on the 1500 block of Old Dry Creek Road in Eagle Point, contained approximately 12,287 illegal cannabis plants in 32 greenhouses, and 3,000 lbs. of processed black-market marijuana. On the property seven workers were detained, interviewed, and released. 

 

This case was the result of a month-long investigation of an illegal/black market marijuana grow site. There was no licensing for any type of cannabis growing, handling, or processing at this location. The primary suspect has been identified. Investigators from the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section team, Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) from Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) assisted with the operation.

 

In addition to the criminal investigation, Jackson County Code Enforcement and Oregon Water Resources Department District 13 Watermasters responded to the scene to conduct independent investigations. Each agency identified multiple violations that will be addressed by enforcing penalties and fines. Code Enforcement issued citations totaling $67,000 for unapproved greenhouse structures, unapproved marijuana production, and unpermitted electrical installations. Watermasters observed a complex array of water infrastructure. While the property does have water rights conveyed through the Medford Irrigation District canal, well water use for the irrigation of a commercial crop was observed. The well use is not part of the water right. The unauthorized use of water from the well is subject to both civil and criminal penalties.

 

While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley. IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The task force includes personnel from JCSO, Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

Investigations are open and ongoing with detectives working additional leads. No further information is currently available for release.

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UPDATE: Missing and Endangered Ashland Man Located (Photo) - 06/16/22

UPDATE: 6/16/22 2:20 p.m. Harold has been located and is now with family members. Thank you to all who assisted in the search.

 

JCSO Case 22-3074

 

ASHLAND, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is searching for a missing and endangered man last seen on South Valley View Road in Ashland. Harold Marcrum, 26, from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania is described as a white male, 6’ tall weighing between 180-200 lbs. with blue eyes and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with black shoes.

 

Harold has been missing since Monday when he told his brother he was going for a walk on the Greenway from South Valley View Rd. to downtown Ashland. Harold left his wallet and cell phone behind but took his laptop
 

JCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) is actively searching in the area. If you have seen Harold or know anything of his whereabouts, call SAR Sergeant Shawn Richards at (541) 591-1843.

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Joint Task Force Serves Search Warrant After Child Porn Uploaded From Local Sams Valley Residence (Photo) - 06/15/22

JCSO Case 22-0731

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force alongside Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) patrol deputies, served a search warrant this morning at a residence on the 5800 block of Beagle Road in White City. Investigators from JCSO, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Oregon State Police (OSP), and the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force served the warrant this morning after discovering numerous images of child exploitation were uploaded from the residence. Detectives are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.

During the warrant, investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by the High-Tech Crimes Task Force for further evidence of child exploitation. A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. 

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 JCSOOSP, Grants Pass Police Department, FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

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Local School Bus Monitor Indicted for Sex Abuse of Preteen Child (Photo) - 06/08/22

JCSO Case 22-2263

SHADY COVE, Ore. – A Jackson County grand jury indicted a local school bus monitor yesterday on charges of sexual abuse of a preteen child. The suspect, Jimmy Dean Gairson, 46, of Shady Cove, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual penetration, and is lodged at the Jackson County Jail. The charges are unrelated to his position as a school bus monitor. The abuse occurred while the victim lived in Gairson’s home in Shady Cove.

At the time of his arrest, Gairson was employed by the bus contracting company First Student as a school bus monitor for the Central Point School District. Gairson was not employed directly by the school district, and at this time there is no information to suggest he victimized children as a result of his employment with First Student. 

Based on information gathered in the investigations, detectives believe Gairson had access to numerous other unidentified children in his home. If anyone has additional information on the suspect, please call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case number 22-2263.

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JCSO Continues Search for Missing and Endangered Ashland Man, Last Seen on Valley View Headed Towards Greenway (Photo) - 06/07/22

JCSO Case 22-3074

 

ASHLAND, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) continues to search for a missing and endangered man last seen on South Valley View Road in Ashland. JCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) is actively searching the greenway around Ashland for Harold Marcrum, 26, missing since May 30.

 

SAR is conducting area searches of his last known location using multiple teams. The SAR teams are searching via horseback, K-9, mountain bike, drone, ground, and fixed wing aircraft. SAR personnel have searched both sides of Bear Creek along the greenway from Ashland into Talent, Phoenix, and Medford, and will broaden the search area as needed.

 

Harold has lived in Ashland since 2017 and is originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is described as a white male, 6’ tall weighing between 180-200 lbs. with blue eyes and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with black shoes. 

 

Harold has been missing since May 30 when he told his brother he was going for a walk on the Greenway from South Valley View Rd. to downtown Ashland. Harold left his wallet and cell phone behind but took his laptop. 

 

If you have seen Harold or know anything of his whereabouts, call SAR Sergeant Shawn Richards at (541) 591-1843.