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 26
*A Yamaha Grizzly quad was not the best choice for a getaway vehicle near S. Junction Avenue and Caves Hwy. at 12:29 a.m. Gregory Johnson was tased and taken into custody for misdemeanor felony elude and reckless driving, then detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ).
*Patrick Weldonsmith was arrested near Lakeshore Drive and McMullen Creek Road at 1:39 a.m. for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) and reckless driving. Weldonsmith was detained in JCJ.
*At 9:27 p.m. a numbskull shattered his ex-girlfriend’s windshield in the 33000 block of Redwood Hwy. then wondered why she called law enforcement.

Monday, March 27
*At 2:05 p.m. a report was filed for third-degree theft and first-degree forgery after a fraudster passed a counterfeit C-note at Oregon Caves Chevron Gas Station.

Tuesday, March 28
*At 2:36 p.m. a concerned citizen requested a welfare check on a resident in the 100 block of Norman Road. She was informed that her friend, 70, was deceased.
*A character in the 24300 block of Redwood Hwy. admitted he didn’t have an emergency at 10 p.m., then said ‘Do you want to come arrest me or should I just hang?’ He claimed folks threatened to beat him up and burn his house down, then stated that the only way he would talk to law enforcement was if they brought a Bible.

Wednesday, March 29
*A U-Haul vehicle was rented Dec. 16, 2021, but was never hauled back to the 200 block of N. Redwood Hwy., according to a report at 8:38 a.m.
*At 8:44 a.m. a resident in the 200 block of Kerby Mainline wanted Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) to remove unwanted guests from his property. He was advised to not make false claims to circumvent the eviction process.
*A gal had a rude awakening when she was released from jail and returned to her home near Kerby Mainline at 1:56 p.m. A 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol were missing, along with batteries, supplies, paperwork, and miscellaneous rocks/gold nuggets. Her service dog was struggling after it was beaten with a metal pipe, and her other two canines were missing. A report was filed for first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
*At 4:40 p.m. a resident in the 200 block of Raymond Street believed she was a victim of a scam. An individual sent her $216, then told her to send $203 in bitcoin to another country. When the wise woman refused, the scammer became hostile and threatened to send an ‘assassin’ to her house. She was advised to break contact with the rip-off artist and report anything suspicious to JCSO.
*A Samsung TV, Galaxy phone, MacBook Pro laptop and a drone were stolen from the 7800 block of Deer Creek Road, according to a report at 4:50 p.m.
*A tall, thin, scruffy older guy was driving a U-Haul with Arizona plates when he side-swiped an orange/red 1983 Toyota pickup truck in a parking lot in the 200 block of W. Watkins Street at 5:41 p.m.
*A motorist in a silver-colored Jeep was warned for possession of meth and cited for misdemeanor driving while suspended (DWS) near N. Redwood Hwy. and W. Palmer Street at 10:52 p.m.

Thursday, March 30
*On March 29 at 12:50 p.m., a shoplifter snagged a yellow dress, brown leather purse and two pairs of sandals from a thrift store in the 200 block of S. Redwood Hwy. When the thief with no conscience returned for a wardrobe change at 1:55 p.m. March 30, she was refused entry. A report was filed for third-degree theft.
*April Renae Stevens was detained in JCJ following her arrest in the 4300 block of Caves Hwy. at 4:04 p.m. Stevens had misdemeanor warrants from JCSO for failure to appear (FTA) for larceny and criminal trespass, and there was probable cause to charge her with third-degree theft.

Friday, March 31
*A radio, leg brace, shelving, ammo cans, tools, wrenches, and other items were pilfered from a 5th wheel in the 1200 block of Shepard Hills Road at 10:47 a.m. A helpful neighbor assisted in retrieving the stolen items, so law enforcement intervention was not necessary.
*Gregory Fujitacrombie was detained in JCJ following his arrest in the 100 block of Deer Creek Road at 2:35 p.m. Fujitacrombie was charged with DUII and reckless driving.

Saturday, April 1
*At 1:52 p.m. a fellow in the 1200 block of Lakeshore Drive found a stray bullet that entered his wood shed and struck his chain saw. Good news – the saw still works.
*A guy in the 100 block of S. Redwood Hwy. recovered his stolen 2000 Ford Expedition near Happy Camp Road at 3:21 p.m.
*A stolen 2014 Honda motorcycle was towed from S. Redwood Hwy. and W. Lister Street at 10:10 p.m. The biker was cited to appear in Josephine County Circuit Court (JCCC) May 24 for unauthorized use of motor vehicle (UUMV).