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Suspect In Drug Case Attempts to Elude and Crashes (Photo) - 01/25/20

JCSO Case 20-1563

January 25, 2020

On January 24th, 2020 at approximately 1730 hours members of the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement Team with the assistance of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were following a suspect driving a blue Subaru Impreza travelling on Highway 140 at Brownsboro Highway. The suspect was involved in an on-going drug investigation. The suspect vehicle was pre-emptively spiked at Highway 140 and Brownsboro. It immediately drove off at high speeds despite the successful spiking of the tire. A second successful spike occurred shortly thereafter. Another system called Star Chase was attempted to be deployed to be able to track the suspect with GPS but was unsuccessful.

The suspect drove with tires deflated on rims at high speeds westbound on Brownsboro Highway. As he entered Eagle Point city the pursuit was terminated by JCSO for safety but the suspect continued through Eagle Point. Later the suspect was seen on Highway 62 heading toward White City. A deputy then tried to stop the car again. The suspect drove southbound on Highway 62 in the northbound lanes with lights off. The deputy terminated the pursuit again as the suspect continued toward White City.

At Highway 62 near Antelope the suspect crashed head on into a vehicle travelling in the northbound lane. The crash involved three vehicles plus the suspect vehicle. Multiple persons were given medical aid. Further details will be available later on those injured.

The suspect was arrested as he tried to exit his vehicle and flee.

SUSPECT: Joseph Brandon Guyette, dob 07-02-1982, 2500 block of Agate Meadows Rd White City, OR.

Guyette was lodged at Jackson County Jail on a State Parole Violation Warrant for an original charge of Assault 3, No Bail. He also was lodged for Attempting to Elude a Police Officer-Vehicle, $7500 bail. It is expected that additional charges will be added by JCSO for the crash and related actions. MADGE investigators will possibly have additional charges also.

Attached Media Files: Guyette_Joseph_Brandon.jpg
Cody Joseph Baize
Cody Joseph Baize
MADIU Investigating Suspicious Death (Photo) - 01/24/20


UPDATE -01-24-20 JCSO Case #20-612

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has announced updated information regarding an investigation that began on 011020 of a deceased person along the roadside on Cobleigh Road near Butte Falls. The victim was later identified as Cody Joseph Baize, 28 years old, of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Today, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office verified that this case is being investigated as a homicide.

Investigators have been working on multiple leads and the case remains an on-going active investigation by the Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit.

There is no danger to the public regarding potential suspects in the case.

A briefing on the case for the public will be held when circumstances of the case allow release of further information that will not harm the integrity of the investigation.


UPDATE -01-11-20 JCSO Case #20-612

BUTTE FALLS, Ore.  On 011020 at 0747 hours the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a deceased person near the roadside on Cobleigh Road about two miles west of Butte Falls Highway.

The deceased has been identified as:

Cody Joseph Baize, 28 years old, of Grants Pass, Oregon. He previously was a resident of Kentucky. 

Further details are not being released at this time as the investigation is an on-going active investigation by the Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit.



BUTTE FALLS, Ore.  On 011020 at 0747 hours the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a deceased person near the roadside on Cobleigh Road about two miles west of Butte Falls Highway.

The deceased is a male adult. The circumstances of the death are being treated as suspicious.

JCSO initiated a Major Assault Death Investigation Unit call out.  MADIU members investigating this case are from JCSO, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Ashland PD, Central Point PD, Medford PD and Oregon State Police. Jackson County Search and Rescue and Jackson County Roads Department also assisted  at the scene.

Further information is pending identification of the deceased and notification of next of kin.


Attached Media Files: Cody Joseph Baize
Update Alleged Hostage Report - 01/23/20

UPDATE Case 20-1327

UPDATED 012320

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigation into the alleged hostage situation reported via social media on 012120. Deputies investigating the incident in the 2500 block of Carr St. White City, Oregon, have found no probable cause to believe a crime occurred regarding the aspect of the case involving the caller being held hostage.

The case also lead to a search warrant that resulted in a stolen firearm being recovered at the scene. That element of the case will remain under investigation.

JCSO Case #20-1327

On 012120 at 0114 Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon was notified about a post on the Jackson County Scanner Page.  A 49-year-old male, posted on the scanner page that he was being held hostage at his residence and he needed help. The victim gave his address in the 2500 block of Carr St. White City, Oregon.  Units arrived and surrounded the house.  The homeowner opened the door and yelled for help.  Deputies made entry into the residence and detained four people. 

Those four were: Hector Orozco dob 08/24/1996; Martin Rodriquez Banuelos dob 01/05/1991; James Powers dob 12/25/1997; and a 59-year-old female.

Orozco was lodged on a State Parole Board Warrant for a weapons offense.  Banuelos was lodged for a Parole Violation for Possession of Dangerous Drugs.  Powers was lodged on a Detainer issued by his Probation Officer for PCS Meth.  The female subject was released at the conclusion of the investigation. 

A search warrant for the residence was obtained and served. A stolen firearm was recovered during the search.  The case remains under investigation and possible additional charges will be reviewed. 


Search Warrant Served in White City - 01/22/20

WHITE CITY,Ore. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant in the 8000 block of Gladstone in White City on 012120 at 10:50PM.

During the service of the warrant a total of 15 people were detained at the scene.  Three subjects were cited and released for drug law violations and one was arrested for warrants. 

Arrested was Elizabeth Ann Hibberd, 052680. She was lodged on two warrants. The warrants were Failure to Appear PCS Meth, $7500 bail and Failure to Appear-Violation of No Contact Order Bail $7500.

Subjects cited for Possession of Controlled Substance


Adam James Hackworth, 040379, for PCS Meth.

Justin Dwayne Eidem, 101779, for PCS Meth.

Tara Marie Holland, 062584 for PCS Meth.

JCSO is continuing to investigate this incident.


Tyson Chad Lee Sledge
Tyson Chad Lee Sledge
Theft Suspect Charged (Photo) - 01/16/20

Case 19-25342

On December 7, 2019 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Theft case involving an elderly victim under the care of an in-home care provider. The victim suffers from dementia and lives alone in the Shady Cove, Oregon area.

The investigation lead to the discovery of the care provider making multiple unauthorized cash withdrawals from the victim’s account using her ATM card at an ATM machine. The thefts occurred in October and November, 2019.

The suspect was arrested on January 10, 2020 at his home in Central Point.

The suspect is Tyson Chad Lee Sledge, DOB 04-23-88 of the 400 block of N. 1st St. Central Point, OR.

Sledge was lodged at Jackson County Jail and has been indicted by the Jackson County Grand Jury on four counts of Criminal Mistreatment First Degree, four counts of Identity Theft and one Count of Theft First Degree.

The suspect was employed by Interim Health Care. The company fully assisted in the investigation of this matter. They also notified all of their clients that the suspect worked for. It is believed Sledge may have had other clients he contracted with privately on his own. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have been the victim of similar crimes involving this suspect, please contact Deputy Duke, Jackson County S.O. at 541-973-4126.

Attached Media Files: Tyson Chad Lee Sledge
Greenway Sweep (Photo) - 01/09/20

Greenway Sweep 

CENTRAL POINT, Ore  On 010920 multiple agencies conducted a Greenway Sweep to clean up along the Greenway from an area near Biddle Rd to the Square Dance Hall on Table Rock Rd. The area is approximately 25 acres in size.

The following agencies and businesses assisted with this project.

Medford PD, Central Point PD, Oregon State Police, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, Jackson County Animal Services, Jackson County Mental Health,  Jackson County Parks Department,  Jackson County Community Justice, Jackson County Roads Department, City of Medford Parks Department and ODOT.

Additionally, the project was supported with assistance from Knife River, Art of Plumbing, Central Pipeline, and the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center.

The sweep began about 0730 Thursday morning. It was preceded by weeks of in-person notices to persons camped on the Greenway. This included handing out information about support services available. Today’s sweep included help from the MPD Livability Team. Most of the camps had been vacated and a small number of individuals left on request today. One arrest for a warrant was made and there were no other incidents.

Removing this amount of refuse along the greenway can be challenging due to terrain and access.  As such, the Jackson County Parks Department worked closely in the planning of the event to protect the riparian zone in the area to prevent damage to natural resources.

Crews initially ordered four 40-yard dumpsters to remove the large amount of trash. Crews had to take precautions due to the proliferation of used needles and a great deal of waste.  It is estimated that a total of over 200 yards of garbage and waste will be removed over the two day operation.  In addition to removing waste, the operation will improve access to the area for fire and emergency services.

The cleanup will continue Friday.

Buzzed Driving Campaign Results Announced - 01/08/20

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of the “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving Campaign” conducted between December 2, 2019 and January 2, 2020. During the campaign deputies working on ODOT grant-funded overtime focused on DUII enforcement.

During the campaign there were 26 DUII arrests made by JCSO.


DNA Confirms Identity of Victim - 01/08/20

JCSO case number 16-24006

On Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, skeletal human remains were recovered in a wooded area just over the Douglas County border off Highway 227. The remains were believed to be those of Malina Lynn Nickel, reported missing 11/23/16.

This discovery was made during a separate homicide investigation in which Destiny Finch was the victim. The remains were transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and turned over to Dr. Nici Vance, State Forensic Anthropologist for further evaluation.

The suspect in that case, Shane Ryan Michael Wayman, DOB 08/15/98, was indicted on charges of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree and Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree, based on circumstantial evidence found at the scene which tentatively identified the remains as Malina’s.

On 01/06/2020 Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives received the lab report back from Oregon State Police on the skeletal remains submitted for DNA analysis.  DNA testing confirms the remains are those of Malina Nickel.

Deputies Investigate Eagle Point Crash - 01/06/20

Case 20-303
On January 5, 2020 at 7:42pm Jackson Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a serious traffic collision at Bigham Brown Road and Alta Vista Dr. in Eagle Point.

Vehicle #1 was found to be a recently stolen vehicle out of Medford PD. The vehicle was reported traveling at extremely high speeds and driving recklessly prior to the collision. When the suspect vehicle ran through the stop sign at the intersection it collided with a second vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle that was struck by the suspect vehicle is David Glen Cain, 59 years old of Eagle Point, Oregon. He was driving a 2000 Ford one-ton pickup. 

The driver of the suspect vehicle is, Alfred Lee Walker Jr., dob 05-20-1965, Medford, Oregon.

Passengers in the suspect vehicle were:
Cheyenne Eagle Cortez, dob 06/26/1995, Medford, Oregon.
Tiffani Cortez, dob 06/15/1996, Medford, Oregon.

All three subjects in the suspect vehicle were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Preliminary information indicates the suspect driver, Alfred Walker, had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. 

The case will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review of charges including: DUII-alcohol, Assault II, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Suspect Walker was cited as he was not released from the hospital for lodging.

MPD is investigating the robbery case involving the stolen car.

Update to Central Point Shooting 01-02-20 3pm - 01/02/20

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – On Wednesday, January 1st, 2020, about 8:15 pm, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (E.C.S.O.) received a 911 call reporting a possible assault involving a weapon and shots being fired in the 8000 Block of Blackwell Rd. The caller reported the suspect was threatening her boyfriend and then heard gunshots coming from a shop on the property.

Deputies arrived on scene around 8:23 pm, and began efforts to secure the scene. They were able to contact a male individual, who was cooperative, and exited the structure. Deputies learned another male, who was later identified as Teddy James Maverick Varner, DOB 1/23/90, was inside the location, likely armed and hostile.

As they continued to speak with the witness/victim, Varner exited the building with a handgun and approached the deputies in an aggressive manner, pointing the gun at them. One deputy fired his patrol rifle multiple times, striking Varner.

Medical Personnel were requested to the scene at 8:26 pm and transported Varner, who was later pronounced deceased. Next of kin have been notified.

The Major Assault and Death Investigations Unit has assumed the investigation, which is under the direction of the District Attorney’s Office. The lead investigative agency is the Oregon State Police and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

An autopsy was conducted on January 2nd, 2020, by Dr. James Olson and he determined Varner was struck twice by the deputy’s gunfire.

Once the investigation is completed all of the information will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review, which is standard practice for Officer/Deputy Involved Shootings.

The deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol in these incidents. The name of the deputy will not be released at this time, again standard practice.

These incidents are difficult for all involved and we ask for all to be respectful of the decedent, the family, and your law enforcement.

Further inquiries should be made to the District Attorney’s Office.

Case # 20-59

Sex Abuse Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 01/02/20

Case 19-26128

Suspect Arrested in Child Sex Abuse Case

On January 1, 2020, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a suspect on sex abuse charges related to a victim who was babysat by his wife at their home in White City, Oregon.

The suspect is Marcial Palomares-Aguilar, 78 years old, of the 2700 block of Falcon St. White City, Oregon. He was lodged at Jackson County Jail on charges of Sex Abuse First Degree and Sex Abuse Third Degree. He was arrested at his home. Palomares-Aguilar is being held on $255,000 bail.

Anyone who may have further information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Steve Bohn at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line 541-774-8333.

Attached Media Files: Palomares-Aguilar
Detectives Investigate Shooting in Central Point - 01/02/20


JCSO will hold a news conference to update information on this case.at JCSO 5179 Crater Lake Hy. at 3:15pm today. 


On January 1, 2020, at 8:15 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an assault with a weapon with shots fired in the 8000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point.

Upon arrival, deputies were attempting to secure the scene when they were confronted by a man armed with a gun. A deputy discharged his firearm, striking the suspect. The man was transported via ambulance and was later pronounced deceased.

The Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit (MADIU) responded to the scene; Oregon State Police is the lead agency. Personnel from the following agencies are assisting: Medford Police Department, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators have identified the decedent. His name, as well as the names of the involved deputies will not be released at this time. The case remains under investigation and a portion of Blackwell Road near the scene is limited to one lane.

No further information will be provided this evening. We will provide an update as soon as possible.

Eluding Case Leads to Search Warrant (Photo) - 12/30/19

Case 19-26648

On 122719, at 1537 hours, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to pull over an unlicensed silver Mercedes Benz sedan in the 20,000 block of Hwy. 62 near Shady Cove, OR. The vehicle attempted to elude and drove onto a private driveway where it was stopped. The driver and a passenger were both arrested. The Mercedes was seized and towed.

The driver, Michael Bradley Herlikofer, 30 years old, Shady Cove, Oregon was lodged on three warrants for Failure to Appear; Attempting to Elude a Police Officer-Vehicle; Giving False Information to Police Officer; Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substance; Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance.

The passenger, Tiffany Anderson Burke, 27 years old, Eagle Point, Oregon, was lodged for a probation violation detainer initially. While being booked at County Jail additional charges for Possession of Controlled Substance Heroin and Meth were added when drugs were found on her during lodging.

As a result of evidence found during the search of the eluding Mercedes Benz vehicle, the investigation continued into this case. That lead to the service of a search warrant on 123019 at 0615 hours in the 3800 block of Antelope Rd in White City, Oregon . Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies with assistance from the JCSO SWAT Team served the warrant at 0615 hours. Specifically, the warrant was for firearms.

Several people were at the location at the time of the warrant being served. One resident did not submit to arrest initially and hid in an outbuilding, a detached garage. The suspect did not come out of hiding despite tear gas and Flash Bang devices being used to attempt to get him to come out. Ultimately, deputies entered the building and took him into custody. A K9 was on scene but did not deploy on the suspect.

The suspect is Jaime Castro, 28 years old, of the 3800 block of Antelope Rd. White City, OR. He was lodged on an Oregon State Parole Board Parole Violation; Failure to Appear on Dangerous Drugs charges from Josephine County, Resisting Arrest and Interfering With a Police Officer.

A second occupant of the house was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-Meth. Robin Kutala, 59 years old of the 3800 block of Antelope Rd. White City, Oregon was cited and released.

Another person was visiting the house and was arrested on a warrant for his arrest. He is Kevin Lee Hughes, 32 years, of Eagle Point, Oregon. He was lodged on a warrant for Contempt of Court.

The case remains under investigation.

Attached Media Files: castro_jaime_mug.jpg