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, Feb. 12
*On Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. an opportunist took two bags of cans from the 600 block of S. Junction Avenue. Since this was the second occurrence, a report was filed for third-degree theft.

Monday, Feb. 13
*A fellow in the 24300 block of Redwood Hwy. needed assistance rehoming two geese and six ducks at 11:50 a.m.
*At 1:36 p.m. a guy in the 6800 block of West Side Road was warned after several 911 calls. He explained that his phone malfunctioned after he dropped it in water. He was instructed to contact Verizon and turn off the phone.
*A woman claimed that her white 1998 Pontiac Bonneville was stolen from a parking lot in the 200 block of W. Watkins Street at 2:42 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., her daughter found the vehicle. The confused customer parked at Grocery Outlet, then walked over to Shop Smart.
*At 5:50 p.m. a resident in the 600 block of Forest Creek Road suffered head injuries from a ‘mutual fight’ in Selma.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
*The fence was cut, and one unit was burglarized at A-1 Storage in the 25600 block of Redwood Hwy. at 9:44 a.m. A villain ran off with Star Wars and Lord of the Rings toys.
*Tracy Shawn Jones had six misdemeanor warrants from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for second-degree trespass, third-degree theft, failure to appear (FTA) for false information to a police officer (PO) in connection with a cite, second-degree criminal trespass, resisting, interfering with PO, and disorderly conduct (DOC). Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) held two misdemeanor warrants for FTA for third-degree theft, interfering with a PO, and second-degree criminal trespass. Jones was apprehended at 11:17 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Redwood Hwy. and detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ).

Wednesday, Feb. 15
*A Medford business rented a generator to a customer in the 3700 block of Holland Loop. The account was not paid, and the generator was not returned, so a report was filed for first-degree theft at 9:27 a.m.
*Two dogs killed 25 chickens and three roosters in the 100 block of Queen of Bronze Road at 11:39 a.m.
*A citizen in the 100 block of Patton Bar Road also experienced canine issues at 11:55 a.m. His approach of ‘shoot, shovel and shut up’ could have civil repercussions, so a dog trap was the preferred option.
*The driver of a white or silver-colored van broke the support pole in front of Papa’s Dispensary at 8:59 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16
*A guy agreed to pay for the chickens that his dogs slaughtered in the 100 block of Queen of Bronze Road. He said he was rehoming the canines to a farm in Jackson County, but he did not provide address or contact information at 12:07 p.m.
*At 3:29 p.m. a paranoid individual in the 2000 block of Lone Mountain Road thought people were out to hurt him, but he couldn’t see or hear anyone. He admitted that he smoked some meth, then decided he didn’t need a deputy after all.
*Video surveillance captured a scrounge as he stole three items worth $48.47 from Illinois Valley Building Supply at 11:29 a.m. A report was filed for third-degree theft.
*A gal in the 200 block of S. Caves Avenue received two checks in the mail. One was from a car logo company and the other was for COVID relief for $87,000. She tried to purchase a vehicle with the money, but the bank informed her the check was fraudulent.

Friday, Feb. 17
*Thirty beers were dumped and parents were contacted after several teenagers were busted at 12:06 a.m. near the 400 block of S. Redwood Hwy.
*At 8:41 a.m. a gal in the 300 block of S. Kerby Avenue complained of harassment for the past year. When JCSO contacted her tormenter, they learned that he simply requested that she return a firearm that he let her borrow. The gun was never transferred through a dealer, so she relinquished the firearm.
*Trisha Vincent was arrested in the 24000 block of Redwood Hwy. at 11:24 a.m. for FTA for second-degree criminal mischief. Vincent was cited and released to appear in Josephine County Circuit Court (JCCC) March 9.

*Things got down and dirty in the 100 block of S. Hussey Avenue at 1:28 p.m. A vigilante thought a guy didn’t belong at Brown Barn Laundry, so he clobbered him on the back and head with a stick.
*Kaleb Bartee was taken into custody at 3:19 p.m. in the 300 block of S. Redwood Hwy. Bartee was detained in JCJ for FTA for first-degree criminal mischief.
*At 3:56 p.m. a fellow in the 200 block of Fir Drive requested law enforcement because his ex-wife was ‘assaulting him all over the place’. He said he was freezing to death while his house sat empty, so he wanted to press charges on her to get his house back. When contacted by JCSO, the ex-wife was at work and had received twenty texts from him. At 5:56 p.m. his need for shelter was fulfilled; he was detained in JCJ for restraining order violation.
*An individual yelled insults at his neighbor, who responded by pointing a gun at him in the 100 block of S. Sawyer Avenue at 4:07 p.m.
*A welfare check found a woman deceased in the 500 block of S. Schumacher Street at 5:46 p.m.
*Morgan Hansen was arrested at 6:31 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Sawyer Avenue on a warrant from JCSO for FTA for second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft. Hansen was cited and released to appear in JCCC on March 9.
*An older guy in a Ford Explorer and flat-bed trailer yelled “Call the cops, he is shooting at me’ at 7:43 p.m. near Davis Creek and Deer Creek Road.
Saturday, Feb. 18
*At 10:45 a.m. a fellow in the 400 block of Naue Way claimed that his girlfriend stole his phone and changed his eBay account information. She then ordered $300-400 in items. What’s worse is the credit card she used belonged to a customer and wasn’t even his.
*A screaming guy barricaded himself in an outdoor bathroom at O’Brien General Store at 11:34 a.m. Edward Fletcher was arrested at 12:58 p.m., charged with second-degree criminal trespass, and detained in JCJ.
*At 11:50 a.m. a chap said he lost his wallet after drinking and playing machines at Sportsman Tavern. He was sure he won $1000, but the wallet was empty when it was found. Camera footage was deleted.