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Detectives Arrest Mom After 19-Month-Old Child Overdoses on Fentanyl - 12/06/22

JCSO Case 22-5434


BUTTE FALLS, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives assisted by Medford Police Department Livability Team arrested a suspect Friday after her 19-month-old child overdosed on fentanyl under her care. The suspect, Desiree Maria Brown, 30, of Butte Falls, was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, four counts of recklessly endangering, and two counts of second-degree child neglect.


The incident occurred September 15 at a residence in the 800 block of Derby Road in Butte Falls. The child was given multiple doses of Narcan on scene and later life flighted to a Portland area hospital. After spending multiple days on a Narcan drip, the child remained stable and has since recovered. JCSO Special Victims Unit detectives investigated the incident which led to the arrest of the child’s mother. Jackson County District Attorney’s office will prosecute the case.

White City Armed Robbery, Suspects On-The-Run (Photo) - 12/05/22

JCSO 22-7060


WHITE CITY, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is attempting to locate two suspects from a reported armed robbery at the Purple Parrot in White City this evening. At 5:54 p.m. JCSO deputies responded to a panic alarm on the 7300 block of Highway 62 in White City. Upon arrival, deputies learned an adult man and woman came in to the store, pointed a gun at the cashier and stole money.


The first suspect is described as a Hispanic female adult in her 20’s with brown/red curly hair, wearing a skull mask and a black zip up sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a dark baseball cap and a black bandana. There is no suspect vehicle description at this time and they left in an unknown direction.


If you have any information about the armed robbery or suspects involved, please call ECSO dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

UPDATE: Murder Suspect in Custody After Public Tip (Photo) - 12/03/22

JCSO Case 22-6947

RUCH, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested the Ruch murder suspect this evening at 8:35 after receiving a tip on his potential location from the public. JCSO deputies located the suspect on a property in the 2900 block of Eastside Road in rural Jacksonville and he was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was apprehended approximately four miles from the scene of Monday’s crime. The suspect, Jose “Alfredo” Sotelo-Palma, will be lodged at the Jackson County Jail without bail. Thank you to our community for the information that helped bring him into custody. There is no further information at this time.

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Murder Suspect Identified, Detectives Seeking Public's Help (Photo) - 12/02/22

CORRECTION: At this time, it is unclear if the victim and witnesses are involved with Mexican drug Cartels.


JCSO Case 22-6947


RUCH, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives are asking the public for their assistance in locating a suspect wanted for murder in the shooting homicide that occurred last Monday in Ruch, Ore. The suspect, Jose “Alfredo” Sotelo-Palma, 38, from Sinaloa, Mexico is wanted on charges of second-degree murder, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of menacing. He is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5’11” tall, with a slender build, brown eyes, and black hair. Anyone with information on his current whereabouts is asked to call ECSO dispatch at (541) 776-7206. If you have additional information on the suspect or homicide, call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case 22-6947.


The homicide occurred Monday, Nov. 28 at a marijuana growing and processing facility in the 2300 block of Little Applegate Road outside Jacksonville, Ore. The suspect, victim, and multiple witnesses are alleged to have Mexican drug Cartel association. Next of kin has been notified. The victim is Luis Ayala-Zavala, 31, of Jacksonville, Ore. 


This case is active and ongoing with CID detectives following additional leads. United States Marshals Service and Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) are assisting JCSO CID detectives. MADIU consists of Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives, OSP Forensics Laboratory, Jackson County District Attorney’s office, Medford Police Department, and Central Point Police Department. There is no further information available for release.

Detectives Investigating Rural Jacksonville Homicide - 11/29/22

JCSO Case 22-6947

RUCH, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a report of a shooting last night at 7:24 p.m. in the 2300 block of Little Applegate Road outside Jacksonville. When deputies arrived the male victim was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Witnesses named a possible suspect but the case remains under investigation. Victim identification is pending next of kin notification.


Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) detectives from JCSO, Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, and Central Point Police Department along with the Jackson County District Attorney’s office responded to assist with the investigation. There is no further information available for release at this time.

Joint Task Force Arrests Grants Pass Man for Child Porn Possession (Photo) - 11/28/22

JCSO Case 21-5063


GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force along with the Grants Pass Police Department (GPPD) arrested a man Friday in Grants Pass after investigators discovered he possessed child exploitation images. The suspect, Raymond Andrew Reynolds, 36, of Grants Pass, is charged with 14 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse, and 14 counts of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. He is lodged in the Josephine County Jail with bail set at $250,000. Reynolds was arrested in the company of a 17-year-old juvenile, investigations are ongoing into the nature of their relationship. 


SOCET began investigating when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provided a tip that an unknown individual uploaded child pornography from unsecured public Wi-Fi at a business on the 10 block of South Central Avenue in downtown Medford. The business has since secured their public Wi-Fi.


SOCET investigators began tracking down the owner of the suspected device. After ruling out several suspects, investigations determined Reynolds to be the individual responsible. SOCET seized several electronic devices from Reynolds while he was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on separate charges. The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF) conducted a forensic examination of the devices and found numerous images of child exploitation. 


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, GPPD, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.


Apparent Medical Emergency Results in Adult-In-Custody Death at Jackson County Jail - 11/14/22

JCSO Case 22-6635


MEDFORD, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Corrections Deputies recognized an Adult-In-Custody (AIC) in medical need last night in the Jackson County Jail around 10:14 p.m. Deputies helped the AIC out of her cell, at which time she was alert and responsive to deputy questions. Jail Staff requested an ambulance, but before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) could arrive the AIC became unresponsive. Deputies began life-saving efforts, and were joined by first responders from Medford Fire and Mercy Flights. The efforts were unsuccessful and the AIC was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:45 p.m.


The decedent, Sabrina Renee Decker, of Central Point, was 34-years-old at the time of her death. She was being held in the Jackson County Jail awaiting trial. Next of kin notifications have been made. Medford and Central Point Police Departments are assisting JCSO detectives in this open and on-going investigation. Cause and manner of death are pending results of an autopsy and toxicology tests. There is no further information for release at this time.