Tales from the Rural Patrol

(Editor’s note: Factual information for ‘Tales’ is provided by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.)

Sunday, June 26
*A silver-colored Honda was smoking as the driver tried to outrun Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) near Holland Loop and Hays Cutoff at 12:23 a.m. Spikes blew out two tires, but the motorist kept going on two rims. John Johann was taken into custody at 12:59 a.m. and charged with felony and misdemeanor elude, reckless driving, and possession of meth. Johann also had a warrant from JCSO for failure to appear (FTA) for contempt of court, so he was detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ).
*At 1:37 a.m. an unhappy camper at Lake Selmac said that a man claimed he was a police officer and punched him in the face.
*American Medical Response transported a patient to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center at 1:56 a.m. The injured individual remembered two vehicles turning off Dick George Road and cannot recall anything after that.
*A rider fled on foot after his motorcycle caught fire in the 36900 block of Redwood Hwy. at 11 a.m.
*Aaron Lionel Jensen was arrested in the 200 block of W. Watkins Street at 1:12 p.m. due to a felony warrant from JCSO. Jensen was detained in JCJ for probation violation (PV) for unauthorized use of vehicle (UUV) and possession of controlled substance (PCS) heroin.
*At 4:16 p.m. a grouchy gal in pink sweatpants threatened a guy, then locked herself in a bathroom in a store in the 100 block of S. Redwood Hwy. A report was filed for second-degree criminal trespass.
*A nice fellow tried to help a gal by giving her bottles and cans for money, but she returned the favor by harassing and threatening him. At 4:38 p.m. he requested that the driver of a white Crown Victoria be trespassed from his property in the 300 block of Fir Drive.
*The driver of a blue, older Ford F150 pickup truck accelerated and dumped a couch and recliner from the truck bed into the middle of the roadway in the 5200 block of Holland Loop at 3:30 p.m. When he drove back by, he showed no signs of recognizing his missing furniture. (Hey, look, that’s just like ours.)
*No one was around a tan Toyota Corolla that was rolled onto its side in a ditch in the 4600 block of Reeves Creek Road at 7:44 p.m. (Another case of a driverless car.)
*At 8:53 p.m. a fifth wheel was ablaze in the 2200 block of West Side Road.

Monday, June 27
*Michael Allen Carothers was arrested at 10:36 a.m. after a disturbance in the 600 block of Glendon Road. Carothers had a felony warrant from JCSO for FTA for manufacture of controlled substance (MCS) marijuana item, so he was detained in JCJ.
*Joseph David Ainsworth had two misdemeanor warrants from JCSO for PV for PCS meth and FTA for false information to peace officer in connection with a citation or warrant. Ainsworth was detained in JCJ following his arrest in the 200 block of W. Palmer Street at 3:42 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28
*A barefoot child, 3, in a sundress was walking in the road near Schumacher Street and S. Sawyer Avenue at 11:18 a.m. The little girl escaped through a window while Nicholas Mauri was gone, and Raeanne Brown was asleep. Drug paraphernalia was scattered throughout their van. Brown and Mauri were detained in JCJ on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree child neglect. Department of Human Services removed the child from that situation.
*At 1:51 p.m. a gal in Kansas was upset about texts and vulgar phone messages from a guy she knew 12 years ago. She wanted JCSO to stop him from contacting her, but she didn’t know his address. Her helpful hint was he lived in a camper in Josephine County. (Oh, OK, that really narrows it down.)
*A shoplifter with bleached/pink hair refused to leave a store in the 100 block of Deer Creek Road at 3:16 p.m. A second complaint was received on this trespasser at 3:35 p.m. Carly Jensen was arrested at 3:46 p.m. and detained in JCJ for third-degree theft and first and second-degree trespass.

Wednesday, June 29
*The driver of a dark blue Rav4 damaged a fence after she swerved to miss a deer at 2:42 a.m.
*Bears raided a freezer in the 32200 block of Redwood Hwy., and the resident feared that the mother and cub would go after her pigs next. At 10:57 a.m. she was advised to contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as JCSO only takes care of domestic animals.

Thursday, June 30
*A late 90s Ford F250 pickup truck was pushing a gold-colored 2000 Toyota Camry near the 22300 block of Redwood Hwy. at 6:12 a.m. When the patrol car lights were activated, the pickup truck sped south, and a guy fled from the stolen Camry. An unlocked cell phone on the passenger seat was open to Facebook messenger and conveniently provided JCSO with pertinent information. Charges of possession of stolen vehicle were referred to Josephine County District Attorney.
*There was a report of a quad stolen from the 600 block of Eight Dollar Mountain Road at 6:51 a.m. Witnesses identified the culprit, and the quad was recovered. There was no damage to the ATV, so the victim elected not to pursue criminal charges for UUV.
*Bored youngsters sprayed whipped cream on the lock, windows, and porch in the 24300 block of Redwood Hwy. At 11:52 a.m. the business owner requested that the youths clean their mess and apologize instead of criminal charges.