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Update - Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on N Phoenix Rd - 04/22/18

On April 21, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., Medford Police and medical personnel were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on N. Phoenix Rd. at South Village Dr. It was determined the involved vehicles were a small size SUV and a motorcycle.

Once on scene, the Medford Fire Department and Mercy Flights attempted life-savings efforts on the motorcyclist who had apparent life threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital and was pronounced deceased. The driver of the other involved vehicle was not injured.

The Medford Police Department STAR (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction) Team responded to investigate the crash.

The identity of the decedent is not being released at this time due to next of kin notifications.

This case is being forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review.

MPD Case 18-7949

UPDATE- 

The decedent's family has been notified. He has been identified as -

Rollins, Justin Dan 44 years old (motorcyclist)

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on N. Phoenix Rd. - 04/21/18

On April 21, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m., Medford Police and medical personnel were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on N. Phoenix Rd. at South Village Dr. It was determined the involved vehicles were a small size SUV and a motorcycle.

Once on scene, the Medford Fire Department and Mercy Flights attempted life-savings efforts on the motorcyclist who had apparent life threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital and was pronounced deceased. The driver of the other involved vehicle was not injured.

The Medford Police Department STAR (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction) Team responded to investigate the crash.

The identity of the decedent is not being released at this time due to next of kin notifications.

This case is being forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review.

MPD Case 18-7949

Anthony Blank Mug Shot
Anthony Blank Mug Shot
Male Arrested for Robbing Convenience Store (Photo) - 04/09/18

On April 4th, 2018 at about 4:30 p.m., Medford Police investigated a report of a knife point robbery at the Crown Market, 1112 Progress Drive. The suspect menaced the clerk with a folding knife before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money.

Video surveillance captured the robbery, and a photo of the robber was shared with the public on social media. Shortly thereafter, a witness came forward who helped identify the suspect as Anthony James Blank, 36 years old. Additional video surveillance in the area at the time of the robbery played a role in positively identifying the suspect. Blank was believed to lead a transient lifestyle, staying at various motels in Medford.

On April 9, 2018, at about 1:00 p.m., detectives spotted Blank walking in the Winco parking lot and arrested him without incident.

Blank was interviewed and lodged on the following charges:

  • Robbery 1st Degree
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Bail: $250,000

(Photo from 2017 arrest)

Attached Media Files: Anthony Blank Mug Shot
Suspicious Package Deemed Safe at Medford Credit Union - 04/09/18

On April 9th at 8:06AM Medford Police responded to the report of a suspicious package outside of Rogue Credit Union, 1370 Center Drive.  Employees discovered the partially concealed package in the landscaping of the credit union. 

The majority of the south side parking lot was closed off to the public and certain areas of the credit union were evacuated.  At the request of the Medford Police Department the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded to the scene.   Utilizing a robot the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit was able to determine the package was empty and posed no threat.

The parking lot and all services at the credit union were opened back up at 10:30AM.  The Medford Police Department wants to remind everyone to always use caution when dealing with suspicious packages or devices.

MPD Case 18-7034   

Knifong Mugshot
Knifong Mugshot
Local bookkeeper arrested for embezzling over $500,000 from local company. (Photo) - 04/06/18

 

On November 8th, 2017, California Oregon Broadcasting Company (COBI), located in the 100 block of S. Fir Street, Medford, reported that a former bookkeeper, Annie Knifong, 48, was suspected of embezzling over $400,000 over a period of approximately seven years. Knifong had resigned from the company in September, 2017.

The investigation revealed that Knifong had embezzled a total of $513,819 from 2011 to 2017. The money was being deposited into her personal bank account.  Detectives determined that Knifong used her position, as well as corporate information from another employee to complete the theft.

During an examination of Knifong’s bank account, it was discovered approximately $25,000 was deposited into her account after she had resigned from COBI. It was discovered that Knifong used a power of attorney for her 88 year old mother to deposit the money.  The victim suffers from Alzheimer’s and the money was determined to have been used for Knifong’s own benefit.

On April 4th, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Knifong, along with her attorney, met with detectives. Knifong was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

  • Aggravated Theft 1st Degree (2 counts)
  • Identity Theft
  • Laundering a Monetary Instrument
  • Computer Crime
  • Criminal Mistreatment 1st Degree.

Bail: $52,500

 

 

Attached Media Files: Knifong Mugshot
Photo Side by Side ATV
Photo Side by Side ATV
The Medford Police Department's Joint Health and Safety Enforcement Operations will get an added tool. (Photo) - 04/03/18

The Medford Police Department is increasing its patrols along the Greenway and Parks this Summer and Fall as part of an ongoing program that was implemented several years ago. The Greenway Health and Safety Enforcement Operations has many components that keep growing to better serve the needs of the community. You will see Officers on Bikes patrolling the Greenway and Parks like in past years, but we are adding something new. The department will be conducting joint patrols with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and some Officers from other agencies.  These patrols will be in a side by side 4 wheel vehicle purchased by the Jackson County Parks Department.

This unique vehicle will allow for more interpersonal interactions and allow the Officers and Deputies to patrol more of the Greenway in a reasonable amount of time. The Medford Police Department will continue to conduct joint monthly safety enforcement and cleanup operations with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Central Point Police Department, Oregon State Police, Ashland Police Department, Jackson County Community Justice, and Jackson County Parks Department.  We hope people get the opportunity to enjoy some of the great parks in Jackson County.

Our next operation is April 4th starting at 11:00 PM.  We will be conducting a cleanup operation starting at 7:30 AM on April 5th.

Attached Media Files: Photo Side by Side ATV
Armed Robbery - 04/01/18

On April 1st, 2018 at approximatley 0810 hours Medford Police Officers responded to a reported Armed Robbery at the Woodland Heights Market located at 1501 Prune St. The suspect jumped over the counter and robbed the cashier at knifepoint. The suspect fled the area on foot and was not located by responding Officers. 

The suspect is described as being a WMA, 5'08" - 5'09", very skinny, 124-145 lbs. The suspect possibly had dark brown or light black hair, and was wearing a black hood or hoodie, grey and black bandana, and black shirt, pants and shoes. 

If you have any information on this case, please contact the Medford Police Department. 

MPD Case 18-6430

Shelton Jr., William Allen 41 years of age
Shelton Jr., William Allen 41 years of age
Officer Involved Shooting (Photo) - 03/29/18

Type of Incident:            Officer Involved Shooting

 

When:                             March 29, 2018 at approximately 1:13 P.M.

 

Location of incident:      Assault Occurred at residence in 1000 block of Garfield Street, Medford

 

Suspect:                          Shelton Jr., William Allen 41 years of age

                                               

On Thursday March 29, 2018 at 1:13 P.M., Medford Police Officers responded to a report of a menacing with a firearm at the listed residence. The complainant reported being menaced by the suspect, later identified as Shelton Jr., with a firearm at the residence. The complainant reported there were multiple children at the residence.

Multiple officers responded and began attempts to contact the suspect who was hostile and non-compliant. Contact was made with the suspect and an attempt to negotiate with Shelton Jr. began. Several Medford Police Officers, Detectives, SWAT members, and hostage negotiators were on scene.

Officers reported the first shot fired from the suspect at 2:09 P.M. The suspect then exited the residence at 2:09 P.M. armed with a rifle. The suspect fired additional shots. A Medford Police Officer fired at the suspect. The suspect was hit in the upper chest area. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect is being held overnight at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The children in the residence as well as the officers on scene were uninjured. 

The District Attorney has been notified and responded to the scene. The case will be investigated by the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit. The Oregon State Police will lead the investigation.

As per usual officer involved shooting investigations, the Officer will be placed on administrative leave while the case is reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office which will be followed by an administrative review.

Anyone having information on this case should contact the Oregon State Police at 541-664-8767. Future updates on this case will only be released by the Oregon State Police or Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.