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JCSO Investigating Homicide Outside Ashland, Suspect in Custody UPDATE (Photo) - 09/16/21

UPDATE 9-16-2021 

An autopsy has been completed on the victim. According to the Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist, the cause of death is Homicide. Next of Kin has been notified. The victim was Meghan Nicole Rodriguez, 38, of Portland, Ore. Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Case #21-4880

ASHLAND, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is investigating a homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning on the 300 block of Eagle Mill Rd. outside of Ashland. The suspect, Auriel Zipher Scattergood, 30, of Ashland, is in the Jackson County jail charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and aggravated animal abuse.

ECSO dispatch received a call at 2:14 a.m. of a reported stabbing. JCSO responded with officers from Ashland, Phoenix and Talent Police Departments and quickly apprehended the suspect. JCSO was also assisted on scene by detectives from Oregon State Police. Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit (MADIU) has been called out to investigate. The victim’s name will be released pending notification of next of kin. The victim’s dog was injured in the altercation and received emergency care at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center.

Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Joint Task Force Sweep Arrests Six Local Suspects for 61 Felony Counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, Investigations Uncover Nearly 7000 Explicit Images (Photo) - 09/09/21

Rogue Valley, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force arrested six separate suspects Thursday on 61 Encouraging Child Sex Abuse felony charges. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and the US Marshals’ Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) along with Central Point Police Department (CPPD), and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) assisted with the operation that included warrants served throughout Jackson and Josephine County. Although the cases are not connected, in total investigations uncovered nearly 7000 images of child exploitation among the six suspects. Felony charges include 44 first-degree, and 17 second-degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse. Out of those arrested, one-third had local child victims.

Investigations led the task force throughout the Rogue Valley including addresses in Ashland, Central Point, Grants Pass, Medford, Talent, and White City. These locations included where suspects uploaded child exploitation images, as well as their residences and places of employment. 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tips started each investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by search warrants at the respective residences. Digital devices were seized, additional warrants were obtained, and the digital devices were forensically examined at the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF) where evidence was located.

Anthony Paul Craker, 33, of Ashland, was arrested on 15 felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 500 block of Tulipan Way in Talent where child exploitation images were uploaded. During the course of the investigation it was discovered Craker was communicating sexually with underage minors and was found to be in possession of more than 700 child exploitation images. Craker was arrested Thursday in the 200 block of Lowe Rd. in Ashland. He is now lodged at the Jackson County jail on $250,000 bail.

Jon Paul Bouchard, 31, of White City, was arrested on two felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 500 block of Benson St. in Medford where the images were uploaded to social media. Bouchard was arrested in the 3700 block of Falcon St. in White City. He is now lodged at the Jackson County jail on $50,000 bail.

Omar De Jesus Galvan, 19, of White City, was arrested on 10 felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 3400 block of Avenue C in White City where child exploitation images were uploaded to social media. During the course of investigations, De Jesus Galvan was found to be in possession of more than 3600 images of child exploitation. He was arrested at his place of employment in the 7500 block of Crater Lake Highway in White City, and is now lodged at the Jackson County jail on $250,000 bail.

Stephen Bernard Habermann, 60, of Grants Pass, was arrested on 11 felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 3000 block of Old Military Rd. in Central Point where child exploitation images were uploaded to social media. Images were also uploaded at his place of employment in the 800 block of O’Hare Pkwy. in Medford. Investigations discovered images of local children downloaded from social media and altered so the victims looked nude. The images were then traded online for child pornography. Habermann was found to be in possession of more than 500 child exploitation images. He was arrested in the 400 block of “I” St. in Grants Pass, and is now lodged at the Josephine County jail on $250,000 bail.

Christopher Randall Savage, 39, of Medford, was arrested on two felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and 12 felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 700 block of Crater Lake Ave. in Medford where child exploitation images were uploaded to social media. Savage was found to be in possession of more than 2000 images of child exploitation. He was arrested at his place of employment in the 1200 block of East McAndrews Rd. in Medford, and is now lodged at the Jackson County jail on $250,000 bail.

Matthew Alan Desmet, 38, of Central Point, was arrested on four felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and five felony counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. A NCMEC cyber tip led investigators to the 4000 block of Old Upton Rd. in Central Point where child exploitation images were uploaded to social media. Desmet was found to be in possession of 19 child exploitation images. He was arrested in the 4000 block of Old Upton Rd. in Central Point and is now lodged at the Jackson County jail on $250,000 bail.

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, Medford Police Department (MPD), GPDPS, Oregon State Police (OSP), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

JCSO Case #’s 21-1870, 20-17946, 21-0038, 21-0840, 20-7217, 20-17750

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Attached Media Files: Savage , Galvan , Bouchard , Desmet , Craker , Habermann
Body of Missing Texas Man Recovered - 09/02/21

Case 21-3055

PROSPECT, Ore. – The body of a missing Texas man was found by bow hunters Saturday, deep in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area. A positive scientific identification today confirmed the body was that of Kirk Jones, 35 missing from San Antonio since June 3rd

Due to the remote location and rough terrain, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) short-hauled in a JCSO deputy Medical Examiner detective via helicopter to recover Jones’ remains. Along with Jones’ body, a motorcycle helmet, jacket, and backpack were also recovered. The location was on a ridgeline approximately 1.5 miles east/northeast of where Jones’ motorcycle was found June 13.

According to the Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist, the cause and manner of death is undetermined, however foul play is not suspected.

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Task Force Raids Black-Market Marijuana Grows Back-to-Back; Finds $643k, 20k plants, 15k lbs. Processed Illegal Marijuana (Photo) - 09/02/21

JCSO Case #21-4568 & #21-4617

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) detectives served multiple search warrants on two black-market marijuana grow sites in as many days. Combined, the raids uncovered 15-thousand lbs. of processed illegal marijuana, more than 20-thousand plants yet to be cultivated, five firearms, and nearly $650,000 in cash. Overall, three warrants were served, and one suspect has been arrested. During the raids on both properties, 111 workers were taken into custody, interviewed, and released. 

IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The task force includes personnel from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Jackson County Code Enforcement, and the Jackson County Fire District #3 (JCFD3) Fire Marshal assisted and will be enforcing more penalties and fines on both properties. 

The first raid was Tuesday at 7:11 a.m., where investigations led IMET to a property in the 10000 block of Old Stage Rd. in Gold Hill. At this location, detectives found bags of cash totaling $643,524, five firearms, and forged identification. In a nearby storage room, investigations uncovered 10-thousand lbs. of processed marijuana which was previously weighed, separated, and individually packaged for distribution. A total of 58 workers were taken into custody and one man was arrested. The suspect, Hernan Sanchez Villalobos, 33, a Mexican citizen and the Gold Hill property owner, was arrested for felony charges of prohibited import or export, unlawful possession, unlawful manufacture, and conspiracy for unlawful distribution of a marijuana item, as well as second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (fake ID), and laundering a monetary instrument. The property had no permits to grow or process marijuana for recreational, commercial, or medical purposes.

The very next day on Wednesday at 7:49 a.m., IMET served a search warrant at an additional black-market marijuana grow site on the 1000 block of Meridian Rd. in Eagle Point. At this site, detectives discovered 20,199 plants in 102 greenhouses, and five-thousand lbs. of processed illegal marijuana. On the property, 53 workers were taken into custody, interviewed, and released. The property had an Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) license to grow hemp, but was not permitted to grow or process marijuana for recreational or medical purposes.

While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley. Oregon State Police (OSP), Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) detectives, and JCSO deputies assisted with both operations.

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

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Suspects' Vehicle Eludes, Crashes, Small Grass Fire Extinguished, 1 in Custody - 08/26/21

JCSO Case #21-4518

ASHLAND, Ore. - Early this morning Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle for speeding on Hwy. 62 in White City, Ore. At 4:22 a.m. the vehicle eluded towards the Interstate-5 expressway southbound. Medford Police Department (MPD) joined but the pursuit was quickly terminated with regards to public safety. The unsafe nature of the pursuit included the suspect passing vehicles on the right shoulder, and driving recklessly at speeds upwards of 110 mph. 

The suspect vehicle’s location was relayed south to JCSO, MPD and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) units. JCSO and PPD successfully deployed spike strips at 4:29 a.m. near I-5 exit 21. The vehicle was disabled but continued to elude at slower speeds so the pursuit was reengaged with Ashland Police Department (APD) assisting. 

The suspect vehicle crashed just after I-5 exit 19 in Ashland and two suspects fled on foot. The crash ignited a small grass fire that was quickly extinguished by law enforcement. A JCSO K9 unit tracked and detained the female suspect, and the other is at large. 

A backpack was found with suspicious items, so in an abundance of caution, Oregon State Police (OSP) Bomb Squad was called to the scene. OSP Bomb Squad determined the suspicious items to be inert. Law enforcement is attempting to locate the male suspect. The case is under investigation, more information will be released as it becomes available.

 

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