Weekly Features

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, March 12
*A scoundrel ripped the vent covers from CJ Shop Smart at 8:47 a.m.
*A gal with her clothes on backwards appeared to be intoxicated at 10:49 a.m. near the 300 block of E. Hanby Lane. She wandered through yards and walked out of the woods near Mountain Valley Way.
*Jack Lee Duke had a felony warrant from Coos County Sheriff’s Office when he was apprehended near Dollar General at 4:12 p.m. Duke was detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ) for probation violation (PV) for possession of controlled substance (PCS) meth.
*A house sitter arrived in the 3700 block of Holland Loop at 4:56 p.m. and found blood on the walls and windows that had been smashed with a shovel. The refrigerator was emptied onto the kitchen floor. Windows were also shattered in a 2001 Dodge Ram 3500, and there was a smoldering ball of paper on the seat.

Monday, March 13
*The back window was broken out of a vehicle parked near Ray’s Food Place Selma at 3 a.m. A few dollars were taken from a change tray by two weasels in a dark-colored Ford Explorer.
*A white/silver-colored 2016 Salem Cruise Lite travel trailer was removed from Good Earth Organics in the 30000 block of Redwood Hwy. between March 9-13, according to a report at 1:27 p.m.
*A citizen was concerned about a very red-faced woman and man who pushed a vehicle near the 4600 block of Reeves Creek Road at 3:28 p.m. The white Mercedes was stolen from Brookings, and the license plate was pilfered from Yreka, California.
*Christopher Joseph Montana, III, was arrested near Holland Loop and Hays Cutoff at 3:44 p.m. Montana was detained in JCJ on a warrant from Arkansas Board of Parole for PV for robbery.

Tuesday, March 14
*A resident in the 400 block of Airport Drive ordered but never received checks from First Community Credit Union. On March 13, a gal cashed one check for $500 at the Williams Highway branch, and an unsuccessful attempt was made for $1,000 near the 6th Street location.

Wednesday, March 15
*Neighbors in the 400 block of Tycer Crossing did not appreciate ‘bumping music’ at 2:25 a.m. The garage parties happen three times a week.
*Magnetic signs were filched from Jerry’s tow trucks in the 29000 block of Redwood Hwy. A report was filed for second-degree theft at 9:48 a.m.
*At 9:59 a.m. a guy noticed a husky/Malamute inside a brand-new white Ford SUV with dealer tags parked near the defunct Junction Inn. He figured the Ford was stolen because if someone could afford a new vehicle, they shouldn’t be sleeping in it.
*At 10:39 a.m. a gal in the 700 block of Garner Road complained of harassment after she received nude text messages on Feb. 16 and other occasions. (Try block and delete.)
*An empty, teal-colored kayak was upside down in bushes north of the bridge in the 700 block of Waldo Road at 12:52 p.m. It likely broke loose due to high water levels in Illinois River.
*A prowler did not take the hint after citizens in the 300 block of White Oak Drive fired warning shots at him at 10:50 p.m. Residents requested assistance from Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), but they were advised that deputies patrolling on foot would not be safe if neighbors were shooting at random people walking in the area.

Thursday, March 16
*At 2:27 a.m. a driver crashed into a ditch and landed near a fence in the 7000 block of Takilma Road. The unhappy property owner threatened to shoot the driver if she trespassed again.
*Land owners were accused of destroying a gals’ belongings when they cleared their newly acquired property in the 33000 block of Redwood Hwy. She claimed she did not see the notice to vacate on her door until after the damages were done.
*At 6:53 p.m. a fellow wondered if sirens were for him after he crashed his vehicle into a motorhome in the 900 block of Lakeshore Drive. He then tried to destroy a tractor by driving it into a pickup truck. Since he is a tenant and damaged shared property, there was no probable cause for menacing or criminal mischief. Justin Lee Brighman was arrested at 8:10 p.m. on a felony warrant from Josephine County Sheriff’s Office for PCS marijuana and detained in JCJ.
*Residents on White Oak Drive are troubled by a prowler near Mesa Verde Drive, but it probably is not the elderly man who was accused of jumping over fences at 9:23 p.m. One woman claimed she ducked down in her kitchen while doing dishes because gunfire sounded so close.

Friday, March 17
*A dumpster somehow disappeared from Patton Bar Road and Krauss Lane at 9:31 a.m.
*Nearly two dozen feral cats greeted new occupants in the 100 block of W. O’Brien Street at 9:45 a.m. Contact information for Josephine County Spay and Neuter was provided.

*Fences and a power line were knocked down when a tractor was repossessed from a contractor who worked in the 2300 block of Laurel Road. The property owner was unable to contact the repo company, but he did have the license plate that popped off their vehicle. He was advised this was a civil matter at 11:20 a.m.

Saturday, March 18
*Ryan David Bond was arrested near Green Valley Drive at 2:29 a.m. on a misdemeanor warrant from JCSO for failure to appear (FTA) for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). Another individual refused to provide information, so he was detained in JCJ for DUII and reckless driving.
*Morgan Morrison was charged with domestic violence strangulation and detained in JCJ following an incident in the 1000 block of Deer Creek Road at 6:35 a.m.
*The interior was stripped from a truck with Mock’s Ford paper plates when it was recovered from the 22000 block of Redwood Hwy. at 8:05 a.m.
*A fellow with blond/gray hair ran from law enforcement near Pine Cone Drive and Rockydale Road at 3:49 p.m. A stolen motorcycle was recovered, and a report was filed for felony and misdemeanor elude.
*A sneaky squatter was trespassed after she moved a trailer with a tow sticker to the 300 block of Myrtlewood Drive at 5:27 p.m.