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MPD K9 Bruno 1
MPD K9 Bruno 1
MPD Welcomes Newest Member to K9 Unit (Photo) - 01/27/23

The Medford Police Department is pleased to introduce K-9 Bruno as the newest police service dog to join the department’s K9 team.

18-month-old Belgian Malinois, Bruno, is trained in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, as well as building and area searches. 

Bruno started training with his handler, MPD Officer Zach Mailand in September 2022 for six weeks at a police canine academy before graduating and becoming certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association. He now works in the field and continues to train weekly with Officer Mailand.

“We’re excited to add Bruno to our team,” said Lieutenant Rebecca Pietila. “He will be a great asset in helping promote safety throughout our community.”

Police K9’s serve a variety of functions that help to protect the public, and our officers, from dangerous individuals and situations.

MPD's K9 program was formed in May 1992. There are currently four K9's in the program -- two specializing in apprehension and two specializing in drug detection. All MPD K9 Officers are members of the Oregon Police Canine Association and undergo a certification process annually.

Attached Media Files: MPD K9 Bruno 2 , MPD K9 Bruno 1
vandalism 2
vandalism 2
Vandalism at Vogel Plaza (Photo) - 01/05/23

Update (January 5, 2023):

Through the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest Isaiah Cleveland for the vandalism incident reported on 12/27/22. Upon review of available video footage, officers were able to determine it was the same male from the previous vandalism. 

 

On December 30, 2022, Cleveland was located and once again arrested, this time being charged with Criminal Mischief 1. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail. 

 

Original Release:

On December 23, 2022, at about 8:00 p.m. Medford Police Officers were dispatched to Vogel Plaza (200 E. Main St.) for a vandalism report. It was described that a male subject pushed over a light display in the plaza. Medford Officers arrived on scene and confirmed the suspect had pushed over a Hanukkah menorah light fixture, shattering the bulbs.  

 

Officers located 24-year-old Isaiah Cleveland on scene, who admitted to the vandalism. Cleveland was arrested without incident and lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Disorderly Conduct II and Criminal Mischief II. At the time of arrest, the suspect gave no indication that his actions were antisemitic. This case is now in the hands of the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  

 

On December 27th, 2022, it was reported the same light fixture was vandalized for a second time, this time requiring it to be fully replaced. The Medford Police Department is actively investigating the second case. If anyone has information regarding this case, it is requested they contact the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783 (MPD case 22-21404). 

 

Attached Media Files: vandalism 2 , vandalism 1
crash scene
crash scene
Fatal Traffic Accident on 01/01/2023 (Photo) - 01/03/23

On January 1, 2023 at approximately 3:34 p.m. Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon received information regarding a reckless vehicle in the 4600 block of Highway 238. A Jacksonville Police Officer in the area located the involved vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. 

The vehicle failed to yield and continued onto S. Stage Rd. towards Medford. As the vehicle eluded, it was reported to be driving all over the roadway with excessive speed. A short time later the driver failed to negotiate a turn on Sunset Dr. The vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees. The driver had to be extricated by emergency personnel and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation. The Medford Police Department is now the lead investigating agency. It is possible alcohol was a contributing factor based on officers’ initial observations; however, the toxicology report is pending. 

The driver was identified as 26-year-old Jared Nathanial Combs. Next of kin have been notified. 

The investigation is ongoing and once complete, will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review.  

Attached Media Files: crash scene