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, April 16
*A motorist crashed his vehicle into a power pole, went through a ditch, and parked in a field near Thompson Creek Road and Lakeshore Drive at 2:02 a.m. When help arrived, he would not open the car door, said he didn’t want to be bothered, grabbed his blanket and went to sleep.

Monday, April 17
*At 12:07 p.m. an alert citizen noticed that vagrants made themselves at home after a tree fell onto a bank-owned building in the 200 block of Stevenson Street.
*A fellow saw a Facebook post of a burnt-out vehicle near Hays Cutoff and Holland Loop, and he realized it was his vehicle that had been stolen. At 5:19 p.m. he was advised of the insurance process and provided with an incident number.

Tuesday, April 18
*A gal complained that a young blonde in a sport uniform revved the engine of a silver-colored Dodge Neon and tried to hit her in a parking lot in the 200 block of W. Watkins Street at 7:33 a.m. The tattler claimed the incident was unprovoked, but eventually admitted that she ‘flipped off’ the student.
*At 2:47 p.m. a resident in the 200 block of W. River Street was upset that someone was hacking into her phone and computers and ruining her pictures of items she posted for sale. She was advised to contact her phone service and Facebook to lift parental controls.

Wednesday, April 19
*One guy was armed with a pellet gun during a dispute over ownership of an autoclave at 12:47 p.m. in the 4300 block of Dick George Road.
*Logan Wargin was charged with possession of controlled substance (PCS) meth when he was contacted near Happy Camp Road at 3:12 p.m. Wargin was released and cited to appear at Federal Court in Medford July 28.

Thursday, April 20
*David Ingram was charged with harassment and fourth-degree felony assault following an incident in the 100 block of N. Old Stage Road at 7:44 a.m. Ingram was detained in Josephine County Jail (JCJ).
*A driver crashed through one side and out another of a fence in the 600 block of Daisy Hill Road. The property owner reported the damage at 9:05 a.m.
*On April 6, a green 2018 Toyota Highlander was damaged while parked in the 8000 block of Holland Loop, according to a report at 10:01 a.m. An incident number was provided for insurance purposes.

Friday, April 21
*Non-paying guests treated the defunct Junction Inn as a ready-made homeless shelter, but they were evicted at 7:31 a.m.
*An orange Yamaha dirt bike with a blue Honda gas tank was taken from the 200 block of Kerby Mainline at 10:06 a.m.
*A white jeep crushed a Reddi-Ice machine and damaged the brick wall at Dollar General in the 25600 block of Redwood Hwy. at 1:13 p.m. The driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes.
*Angela Marie Yost was taken into custody near the 23200 block of Redwood Hwy. at 3:18 p.m. Yost was detained in JCJ for first-degree burglary, three counts of unauthorized use of vehicle (UUV), four charges of first-degree theft, and first-degree criminal mischief.
*The character from Queen of Bronze Road phoned 911 from the 33100 block of Redwood Hwy. at 11:45 p.m. He announced that he was singing in a concert, and a dancer in a pink tutu threatened to kill him if he didn’t take her drugs. (Sure, buddy.)

Saturday, April 22
*Tall tale of the week award goes to folks who were camped/living in their black Toyota Scion near Redwood Hwy. They were trespassed by Josephine County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). They then contacted Oregon State Police and said they were out of gas near the 6400 block of Williams Hwy. They claimed they were chased from Hwy. 199 to Hwy. 238 by drug dealers, but they were adamant that their debt was from the purchase of a washer, not drugs. (So, do they plug the washing machine into the cigarette lighter of their Scion? Store it in the trunk next to the dryer?)
*A credit card company blocked more than $15,000 in fraudulent charges after a resident in the 100 block of Smith Sawyer Road said her computer was hacked at 8:07 a.m.
*At 12:36 p.m., a woman reported that a blue 1991 Jeep Cherokee and a dark red Camaro were taken from her deceased brother’s property in the 200 block of Finch Road April 21 after 5 p.m.
*A stolen vehicle with Arizona plates was recovered and towed from the 100 block of Krauss Lane at 1:03 p.m.