Tales from the rural patrol

Tales of 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, Nov. 27
*A leadfooted driver in a red 2011 Dodge dually pickup truck was rocketing down Rockydale Road and Redwood Hwy. at 90 miles per hour at 1:47 a.m. He was apprehended by Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and cited for reckless driving.
*A citizen heard banging noises and thought someone was trying to break into a building in the 300 block of Cottage Park Drive at 2:13 a.m. It was just a tenant cleaning and painting before she moved out of the premises.
*At 10:49 a.m. a fellow claimed that $3,300 was missing after he left a residence in the 200 block of S. Caves Avenue to avoid an altercation with family members.
*A central boiler house heater, submersible pumps, and pump house items were taken from the 100 block of Turnagain Drive on Nov. 23. The homeowners said there had been multiple looters on the property after a recent search warrant.

Monday, Nov. 28
*Vandals damaged several pieces of equipment at Murphy Company Timber Land in the 2000 block of Reeves Creek Road at 8:06 a.m. They cut battery cables on a grader machine and stole ten Delkor batteries and 400 gallons of diesel fuel.
*In Jan. 2021, a gal paid for a tattoo from an artist in the 300 block of Iron Way, but she moved to San Francisco before the tattoo was completed. When she requested a refund, she received a threatening letter from the needler on Nov. 25. When she forwarded the note to JCSO, she was informed that his actions were covered under the First Amendment, and she was advised of stalking order procedures.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
*Judith Lee Flaherty was arrested in the 400 block of S. Redwood Hwy. at 12:27 p.m. due to a felony warrant from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS). Flaherty was charged with probation violation (PV) for first-degree criminal mistreatment and possession of controlled substance (PCS) meth. She was detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ).
*At 1:41 p.m. a parking issue in the 300 block of N. Hussey Avenue escalated to opponents insulting the other guy’s mom. One fellow phoned 911 and wondered if he would get a quicker response from law enforcement if shots were fired. He was reminded that his threats were on a recorded line.
*A stolen vehicle was recovered near the 6000 block of Rockydale Road at 1:42 p.m. A guy claimed that he was picked up by a friend, they ran out of gas, his buddy went to get more fuel, and of course he had no idea that it was stolen. His story didn’t fly though, as no one was seen walking nearby, the ignition was punched, and the vehicle was hot-wired. His probation officer was notified of the incident, and that the fellow was in possession of meth, so the joyrider was detained in JCJ for unauthorized use of vehicle (UUV).
*A gate was gouged, trees were cut, and a part to a gray Toyota Sienna was dumped in the 6600 block of Rockydale Road at 6:21 p.m. The resident claimed there have been more problems after a nearby property was busted by the Feds.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
*A couple fought the notorious battle over blankets at 9:58 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Redwood Hwy. They were warned for disorderly conduct, and a kind soul gave the woman an extra blanket.
*Tayah Lynn Delicino had a misdemeanor warrant from JCSO for failure to appear (FTA) for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Delicino was arrested in the 200 block of Caves Hwy. at 11:19 a.m., then cited and released to appear in Josephine County Circuit Court (JCCC) on December 16.
*GPDPS held a misdemeanor warrant for Jennifer Rose Hanshaw for FTA for third-degree theft. Hanshaw was detained near E. Watkins Street and S. Redwood Hwy. at 2:09 p.m., then cited and released to appear in JCCC on December 14. She was also warned for expired temporary tag, no license plate, and failure to carry proof of insurance.
*A thief was documented on security cameras when she took a sticker machine from the front porch of O’Brien Country Store at 10:42 p.m. The damaged machine was broken into and dumped a few miles away.
*An intoxicated tormentor was detained in JCJ for felony strangulation, second-degree criminal mischief, and harassment after a domestic violence incident in the 600 block of S. Junction Avenue at 4:46 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1
*A school bus was damaged but drivable after it was hit by a dunce in a white sedan that left O’Brien General Store and headed towards Cave Junction at 6:14 a.m. (How can a driver not notice a large yellow bus?)
*A motorist was involved in an accident near the 500 block of Lakeshore Drive and provided the other driver with his contact information. At 12:21 p.m. he reported that five iPhones had been purchased under a fraudulent account – his name and address.

*Several windows were shattered at Immanuel United Methodist Church by a show-off spinning out in a vehicle and throwing up rocks at 3:39 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3
*A guy asked a friend to hold on to his tan 1996 Acura LS. At 8:08 a.m. he saw his car posted for sale on Facebook Marketplace. When he contacted the seller, he was told he could retrieve his Acura for $5000. A report was filed for stolen and recovered vehicle after it was located near Williams Highway.
*A black Ford F350 pickup truck was stolen from the 33000 block of Redwood Hwy. at 8:15 a.m. A tagged and stripped black truck was located near Waldo Road, but it was a 1994 Ford Ranger.
*At 4:59 p.m. a chick in the 400 block of Squaw Mountain Road had her feathers ruffled when a guy flipped her the bird. She likely egged him on with her political signs.

Friday, Dec. 2
*There was probable cause to charge a troglodyte with strangulation, menacing and fourth-degree assault after a domestic violence incident in the 4400 block of Caves Hwy. at 1:39 a.m. He was detained in JCJ.
*A thirsty chap stole a case of Keystone Ice from a grocery store in the 200 block of W. Watkins Street at 9:56 a.m. A report was filed for third-degree theft and first-degree trespass.
*Thieves helped themselves to Bose headphones that were delivered to the 5400 block of Takilma Road on November 28 or 29. A report was filed for third-degree theft.