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Arrest Made In Arson Case (Photo) - 09/11/20

Case 20-17292

Arrest Made in Arson

(Central Point, OR)  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office announces a suspect has been arrested on Arson and other charges regarding a fire that was set during the Almeda Fire in the area of the railroad tracks in Phoenix, Oregon. This case is separate from the Almeda Fire investigation but the investigations have been a joint effort by the Major Assault Death Investigation Unit members including JCSO, Oregon State Police, Medford PD and Ashland PD and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

The suspect MICHAEL JARROD BAKKELA;  DOB 12/9/78, local transient, is lodged on the following charges:

Two counts of Arson I; fifteen counts of Criminal Mischief I and fourteen counts of Reckless Endangering.

The case began at 1709 hours on 090820 on the 1100 block of Quail Lane off of Barnum Drive between Highway 99 and the tracks. 911 received a call reporting that residents witnessed Bakkela lighting a fire behind their house on Quail Lane. Due to the impending fire, the witnesses had to flee their home and could not be interviewed immediately.

On arrival of OSP Troopers and JCSO Deputies, Bakkela was standing close to a very large fire threatening several homes.

Pending completion of the Arson investigation, Bakkela initially was lodged on a Probation Violation detainer on an original charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, more than 2 ounces.

Bakkela remains lodged at the Jackson County Jail. The case has been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

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Emergency Information Link - 09/08/20

This is the link to the Jackson County Emergency Management site. It will have the latest information on evacuations and news regarding the emergency fire situaion in JacksonCounty. Here is the link


Evacuation Levels Issued - 09/08/20

Evacuation Levels are in place for the fire area south of Medford.

LEVEL 3: If you are south of Glenwood Ave. on Hwy 99 and south of Campbell Road in the Norht Phoenix area you are at Level 3. This area is from Hwy 99 to the area of Norht Phoenix.

LEVEL 2: All areas south of Barnett Road to Campbell Rd and Glenwood.

LEVEL 1 All of Jackson County is considered at Level 1.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is issuing an immediate evacuation notice for all businesses and residents in the Phoenix area due to wildfire. The evacuation includes including all properties between I-5, north to Voorhees Road, west to Coleman and south to Pioneer and Culver Road. There is a temporary evacuation site located at the Expo, sheltering is not available.

Further details on the Worthington Fire Evacuations will be coming shortly.

Arrest Made in Fatal Pedestrian Hit & Run (Photo updated) (Photo) - 08/27/20

Arrest Made in Fatal Hit & Run

Case 20-16785

At 1707 hours on 082620 Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 1800 block of Houston Road near Phoenix, Oregon. The victim pedestrian had been walking in the area of Houston Rd. and Calhoun Rd when she was struck by the pickup.

While law enforcement was enroute, several citizens assisted with helping the pedestrian. At the same time other citizens  followed the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup, fled at a high speed westbound towards Carpenter Hill Road and entered an orchard in the 1300 block. Deputies contacted a female driver  in her vehicle. The female suspect was uncooperative during the initial contact with her and throughout her arrest. She was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw and then lodged at Jackson County Jail.

The suspect is Regina Gwen Hayes, DOB 06/02/77 (43 years), of Salem, Oregon.

Hayes was lodged was lodged on charges of  Manslaughter 1, DUII, Reckless driving, Hit and Run-Felony. Total bail $117,500.

The deceased has been identified as Dorothy Ann Vickland, 95 years old, of Thornton Colorado. She was visiting relatives who live near the crash scene.

The case will be sent to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for further action.

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Detectives Investigate Homicide in Trail - 08/26/20

Detectives Investigate Homicide in Trail

On Monday, August 24th , 2020, about 4:46 PM, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon received a 911 call, in which the caller advised they could hear yelling and then gunshots. This occurred in the 3300 block of Hwy 227. 

ECSO received a second phone call advising there had been a shooting. The 911 call taker provided CPR instructions for those on scene and they began rendering aid to the individual who was shot.

A JCSO Deputy arrived about 4:59 PM and assisted with life saving measures until medical personnel arrived. Despite all efforts, the individual, who was identified as Steven G. Sutton DOB 1/27/95, passed away at the location.

M.A.D.I.U. (Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit) was requested to assume the investigation. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency and is being assisted by detectives from the Ashland Police Department, the Medford Police Department, the Central Point Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

The case is still under investigation and evidence will need to be processed to help determine all of the factors that led to this tragic event. We are asking if anyone has information regarding this incident to please contact JCSO Detective Lewis at 541-774-6812 and reference case # 20-16641. We are also interested in knowing if anyone has audio/video cameras from the area where this occurred.