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Fraudulent prescription suspects elude police (Photo) - 01/18/18

On January 17th of 2018, a local physician called the Medford Police Department to advise that he had become aware that unknown suspects were attempting to fraudulently fill prescriptions for pain medications at local pharmacies, using his name. Medford Police Officers began investigating these cases. On January 18th, starting at about 10:00 AM, Medford Police began receiving reports that the suspects in this case were being seen at pharmacies, by employees that were aware of the case. Officers began responding to these pharmacies, but the suspects had left prior to our arrival. At about 11:42AM, MPD received a report that the suspects were at the North Fred Meyer Pharmacy, attempting to pick up a fraudulent prescription. Officers responded and attempted to contact the two suspects in the parking lot.

Upon seeing the officers, the suspects fled in a red 2017 Hyundai passenger car with California plates, recklessly onto Hwy 62, northbound. Officers did not pursue the vehicle. The vehicle was spotted multiple times as it traveled out of the city and then eastbound onto Vilas Rd, where it was again spotted turning south onto N. Phoenix Rd. There were multiple attempts to utilize tire deflation devices on the vehicle, which were unsuccessful. Eventually, the suspect vehicle entered onto Interstate 5 in Phoenix and headed north on Interstate 5. A Jackson County Sheriff's deputy observed the vehicle exit I-5 at exit 30 onto Hwy 62, where it collided with a red 2010 Toyota Prius.

The two suspects fled from their vehicle and ran into the Rogue Regency Inn. A perimeter was set around the hotel and the suspects fled out the back of the hotel and were captured by officers after a short foot pursuit.

A portion of Hwy 62 was shut down briefly while the damaged vehicles were removed and the accident was investigated by the Medford Police Traffic Team. There were no injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash.

The two suspects in this case are currently in custody and are being lodged at the Jackson County Jail.

Suspects:
#1- Perkins, Kenneth Anthony (18 years old)
Richmond, California
Charges: Tampering with Drug Records x3, Identity Theft x3, Elude (Vehicle), Reckless Driving, Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run)

#2- Luna, Samuel Barreras Jr (21 years old)
Vacaville, California
Charges: Tampering with Drug Records x3, Identity Theft x3

Refer to Medford Police Case number 18-1137.

Attached Media Files: Scene photo
Cooper - DMV Photo
Cooper - DMV Photo
Medford Chiropractor Arrested for Sex Crimes (Photo) - 01/17/18

The Medford Police Department received complaints from three female patients of Chiropractor Scott Cooper, owner of Cooper Chiropractic in the 700 block of East Main St. Investigators found the three victim females had consistent reports of unwanted sexual touching during chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy sessions with Scott Cooper.

An extensive investigation into the allegations revealed the first incident occurred in October 2017 and the two additional incidents would have occurred in January of 2018. All three cases included detailed statements about Scott Cooper touching the intimate parts of the female victims. The investigation also revealed the touching was sexual in nature and outside standard chiropractic care.

Scott Cooper was arrested at about 9:30 am on January 17th, 2018 at Cooper Chiropractic. Once he was taken into custody, an additional female victim was identified. She disclosed inappropriate touching consistent with the other three females.

The Medford Police Department will not be releasing the victim's names. However, the victims include a 20 year old female, a 32 year old female, a 17 year old female, and a 24 year old female.

This investigation is ongoing. Scott Cooper has been lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the below listed charges:

Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree - 1 count
Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree - 10 counts
Sexual Harassment - 4 counts

Total Bail: $77,500

Scott B. Cooper
53 years of age

Business: 700 block East Main St.
Residence: 400 block of North Barneburg Rd.

Related Cases: 17-23879
18-409
18-1112

Attached Media Files: Cooper - DMV Photo
Soliz Mugshot
Soliz Mugshot
Business Burglary Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 01/17/18

On 10-26-17, Medford Police responded to a reported burglary at the Golden Wok restaurant, located at 718 S. Riverside Avenue. A female suspect was observed on surveillance video committing the burglary. The suspect had thrown a piece of concrete through a window to gain entry inside the business. The suspect is observed on surveillance video stealing a safe, which contained cash and valuables.

On 10-30-17, an officer from the Phoenix Police Department contacted Cassie Soliz in a vehicle. Soliz was in possession of heroin and other controlled substances as well as cash, money orders and personal property. At the time the Phoenix Officer was not familiar with the burglary at Golden Wok. Soliz was lodged on drug related charges and the additional items were seized. It was later determined the cash, money orders, and other personal items had been stolen from the Golden Wok restaurant.

Soliz was believed to have been assisted by a male suspect during this burglary. Detectives also believe Solis and her male accomplice are responsible for multiple other burglaries based on the similarities of the crimes. Detectives believe Solis is responsible for burglaries in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.

On 01-16-18 at approximately 4:00 PM Detectives received information Cassie Soliz, 32 years old, was in the Grants Pass area. With the assistance of Grants Pass Public Safety, Soliz was located in the Wal-Mart parking lot and taken into custody without incident. Soliz was contacted with a male suspect whose involvement at this time is still being looked into. Soliz was lodged in the Jackson County Jail for charges of Aggravated Theft 1, Burglary 2 and Criminal Mischief 2 related to Medford Police case 17-25269.

Detectives from the Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are continuing their investigations.

Attached Media Files: Soliz Mugshot
South Central Avenue
South Central Avenue
Pedestrian Dies in Early Morning Crash (Photo) - 01/02/18

On January 2, 2018 at 7:26am, Medford Police officers responded to an auto vs. pedestrian motor vehicle crash in the 500 Block of South Central Avenue. Officers arrived within minutes of the accident and determined Richard Bengston, 63 years old, had died at the scene.

Investigators determined Bengston was crossing South Central Avenue when he was struck by a white, 2011 Honda CRV, that was traveling southbound in the left lane of South Central Avenue.

The driver of the Honda CRV, a 25 year old Central Point man, remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Several witnesses have also been interviewed. The driver has not been charged and investigators do not believe driver impairment contributed to the crash. This case will be reviewed by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

The Medford Police Department was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MPD Case #: 18-73

Attached Media Files: South Central Avenue
Detectives Investigate Apparent Murder Suicide - 01/02/18

On January 2nd, 2018 at 10:05 AM Medford Police responded to the 1200 block of Covina Avenue for a welfare check after 50 year old Charmaine Crunk did not arrive at work. Upon arrival officers could see one subject inside the residence that was unresponsive. Officers had to force entry inside the residence. Once inside officers located two deceased subjects who have been identified as 50 year old Charmaine Crunk, and 51 year old Eric Hilsenberg.

Both subjects appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. Detectives believe Hilsenberg killed Crunk before taking his own life. The official cause and manner of death will be pending autopsy results.

It is believed Crunk and Hilsenberg both lived at the residence. Detectives believe Crunk and Hilsenberg had been involved in a twelve year relationship that ended last March.

The Medford Police Department was assisted by Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MPD Case #18-88

Thayer Mugshot
Thayer Mugshot
Two Arrested After Madge Investigation (Photo) - 12/26/17

MADGE investigators executed two search warrants after a three month long investigation into methamphetamine sales in the valley.

On December 21st, 2017 MADGE investigators served a search warrant in the 2700 block of Connell Avenue and arrested Tommy James Loftis, 39 years old. Loftis was found in possession of over 26 grams of methamphetamine and over $8,000 in cash that investigators believe are drug proceeds. This location is also within 1,000 feet of Howard Elementary School.

The lengthy investigation revealed that Loftis was also associated with a residence in the 100 block of Amy Street, Central Point. After the search warrant on Connell Avenue, investigators executed a second search warrant at the Amy Street home, resulting in the arrest of Verne Eugene Thayer, 57 years old.

Thayer was found in possession of over 12 grams of methamphetamine as well as a stolen Kimber 1911 handgun. This address is also within 1,000 feet of a school (May Richardson).

Both suspects were lodged in jail. The stolen gun remains under investigation.

Suspects:

Loftis, Tommy James
39 years old

Charges:
* PCS, MCS, DCS Methamphetamine
* PCS, MCS, DCS Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school
Bail: $500,000

Thayer, Verne Eugene
57 years old

Charges:
* PCS, MCS, DCS Methamphetamine
* PCS, MCS, DCS Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school
Bail: $500,000

Attached Media Files: Thayer Mugshot , Loftis Mugshot