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Citizen Alert Test Scheduled for Wednesday (Photo) - 05/20/19

The following release is sent on behalf of Jackson County Emergency Management:

Rogue Valley Citizen Alert Test Scheduled For Wednesday, May 22

If you get a phone call, text message or email from Citizen Alert on May 22, don’t be concerned – it’s an annual test of our Emergency Notification System. The test is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Jackson and Josephine County Emergency Management conduct annual tests of the Citizen Alert Emergency Notification System. Citizen Alert is used to notify residents of important public safety information, such as wildfire evacuations, hazardous materials incidents, or even a fugitive or missing person in your area. Testing the system allows emergency management staff and citizens to practice using the system, as if a real emergency has occurred.

All landline telephones in both Jackson and Josephine Counties will be alerted during this test. Other forms of communication (such as cell phones and email) will be sent to those who have signed up in Citizen Alert.  Landline phone numbers (both published and non-published) are automatically provided to the emergency notification system by the phone company; however, many people don’t have a landline phone anymore. Cellular companies do not provide telephone numbers to the system. If you do not have a landline telephone at your home or business, we do not have your information and therefore, we cannot alert you about potentially dangerous situations.

Signing up for Citizen Alert enables you to receive timely notifications wherever you are.  Jackson and Josephine County Emergency Management will not share your information with anyone. Your information is only used to send you emergency information, and (if you choose) important community alerts.

To sign up for Citizen Alert, visit Rogue Valley Emergency Management at www.RVEM.org.


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Deputies Begin "Click It or Ticket" Patrols (Photo) - 05/20/19

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are kicking off two weeks of focused enforcement aimed at saving lives on the road.  JCSO joins law enforcement agencies across the nation for the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign. 

Deputies will be adding patrols from May 20 to June 2, 2019, to ensure that drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts.  Grant funding allows JCSO to add the enforcement patrols without reducing the number of deputies available for regular calls for service.

“Oregon has a relatively high usage rate for seat belts,” said Sgt. Julie Denney. “But we still see deaths and injuries that could have been prevented if people had buckled up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,000 unbuckled vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2017.  Fifty-one percent of men killed in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 39 percent of women.  Many crash fatalities involving unrestrained passengers also involve impairment or distractions.

The bottom line, according to NHTSA:  wear your seat belt every time—no matter how uncomfortable it feels or how far you're going.  It could save your life.


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Two People Survive Small Plane Crash (Photo) - 05/14/19

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Two people were injured in a small plane crash in the Sams Valley area Tuesday evening.  The plane went down while approaching Beagle Sky Ranch Airport. 

On May 14, 2019, at 7:23 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a resident in the 4900-block of Dodge Road reporting a small plane had crash landed in their yard.  The caller reported at least one person was injured.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and personnel from Fire District #3 responded to the scene to render aid.  A Mercy Flights helicopter transported the plane’s passenger to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.  The pilot went to the hospital by private vehicle.  A dog riding in the plane was uninjured.

The aircraft was identified as a 1976 Cessna T210L. The circumstances of the crash will be investigated by federal authorities.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been advised of the incident.

Further information may be released at a later time by federal authorities. 

Case #19-9472


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Update on Missing Alzheimer's Patient in White City. (Photo) - 05/01/19


WHITE CITY, Ore. - Mr. Valles has been found and is safe.  The Jackson County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Search and Rescue personnel, as well as the local citizens who worked to bring Mr. Valles home. 


WHITE CITY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Search and Rescue personnel are attempting to locate a missing White City man.  Miguel Valles, 64, was last seen on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at around 1 p.m.. He was last seen at his home on White Mountain Dr., in White City.

Valles was wearing a white shirt and shorts. He has a shaved head with dark brown and gray hair. He suffers from Alzheimer's and is a diabetic.  Valles may have a small white and brown poodle with him.

If you have contact with this missing person please call Sergeant Shawn Richards through Dispatch at 541-776-7206, and reference Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Case Number 19-8494.


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Wilkins booking photo, 4/22/19
Wilkins booking photo, 4/22/19
Homicide Investigation in Shady Cove *Update* (Photo) - 04/24/19

Update 4/24/19 at 2:15 p.m.:

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies in the deaths of Shirley Kay Gann and Judy Mae Gann.  For both women, the manner of death was determined to be homicide.  Both women suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

Kit Warren Wilkins remains lodged without bail in the Jackson County jail.  He is charged with murder (two counts) and aggravated murder (two counts) in connection with the deaths of Shirley and Judy Gann. 

No further information is available for release at this time.  

Update, 4/22/19 at 1:15 p.m.:

SHADY COVE – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are releasing the names of the persons involved in a homicide in Shady Cove over Easter weekend.  Two women were found dead at a residence in the 500-block of Sarma Drive on the morning of Sunday, April 21, 2019.  One man was taken into custody at the scene and lodged in jail.

Deputies responded to the home following a 911 call from the residence on April 21 at 10:13 a.m.  The victims, Shirley Kay Gann, 62, and her daughter, Judy Mae Gann, 43, both had apparent gunshot wounds.  The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to complete the identification process and to determine the official cause and manner of death. 

Responding deputies arrested Kit Warren Wilkins, 59, at the scene.  Wilkins is currently lodged in the Jackson County jail, charged with two counts of aggravated murder.  Detectives served a search warrant at the residence on Sunday. 

Investigators say Wilkins and Shirley Gann were reportedly involved in a long-term relationship and living together at the residence.  Judy Gann, the daughter of Shirley Gann, was temporarily staying at the home at the time of the incident. 

The investigation by the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) is ongoing.  JCSO detectives are leading the investigation, assisted by personnel from Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, and the Ashland Police Department.  Further details are not yet available for release. 

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who had contact with the victims or Wilkins on Saturday, April 20, as well as anyone who has information that may be relevant to the case.  Call Detective David Seese at (541) 774-6800.  Refer to case #19-7804.


Update, 4/22/19 at 10:10 a.m.:

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will host a press conference at 1 p.m. today to provide an update regarding this case.  Media representatives are asked to arrive at JCSO (5179 Crater Lake Highway) at 12:45 p.m. to set up.

Original release: 4/21/19 at 3:15 p.m.:

SHADY COVE, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating a homicide in Shady Cove.  Detectives say one person of interest is currently in custody; there is no known threat to the public regarding this incident. 

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 10:13 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a residence in the 500-block of Sarma Drive.  Deputies arrived on scene at 10:39 a.m.  

An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.  Detectives believe they have identified the deceased; however, the next-of-kin have not yet been notified. 

JCSO officials activated the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU).  JCSO investigators are assisted by personnel from the following agencies:  Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department.  

Additional information regarding the incident will be released at a later time.  Anyone who has relevant information about the case is asked to call detectives at (541) 774-6800.  Refer to case #19-7804.


Attached Media Files: Wilkins booking photo, 4/22/19