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.)

April 12
*A caller reported a possible intoxicated driver in a white Dodge Challenger in Merlin. Christian Wilkerson was taken to the sobering center in GP.

April 13
*Samantha Oncher was cited on charges stemming from a warrant for criminal trespass II after she and a man were found to be squatting with children at a residence without permission. The owner did not want to press charges and gave them 24 hours to vacate the premises.
*Austin Moore was cited for going 85 in 55 mph zone and driving while suspended.
*Leonel Herrera Zarco was also cited for driving 94 in a 65 mph zone. Slow down, hot rod!
*After a call reporting a busted-up lip, Charles Swan and Legeinia Milburn (aka Stewart) were arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Cheney Creek Road. It was unclear who the lip injury belonged to, or what that had to do with the charges.

April 15
*A driver in a Subaru made the unwise decision of pulling out in front of an officer going over 65 mph in a 35 mph zone near Rogue River Highway. He was unable to provide proof of vehicle ownership or insurance, and also driving while suspended. His vehicle was towed from the location. It is unknown how he was able to get home. Maybe he used his Chevrolegs.

April 16
*Forster Cooke was given a citation for a warrant for failure to appear and theft out of Curry County after a female requested that they be removed from the property between H&R Block and Benchmark Physical Therapy on Watkins in CJ. It sounds like it could have been a taxing and painful situation.
*Jared Anderson was arrested without bail on charges of felony strangulation, possession of dangerous drugs, and felony bail jumping per the Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office.
*A driver of a silver BMW was cited for going 90 mph in a 55 mph zone near Butcherknife Creek on 199. No reason for the excessive speed was given. Perhaps they needed to use the restroom. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
*An unnamed woman reported that her daughter hit her in the face, possibly breaking her nose, but denied medical treatment, Upon arrival, the suspect attempted to kick the officer and refused to leave. She was taken into custody for menacing and harassment.

April 17
*Alejandro Soto was arrested on domestic violence and menacing charges after a female hiding in the woods called in the assault by Soto. Apparently, he had insomnia and hadn’t slept in several days. No alcohol or drugs were involved, supposedly. He had thrown a chair at her, followed her, harassed and threatened her, punched a door, and threatened to “hit her that way.” She still had visible bruising from an incident that occurred a few days before.

April 20
A man was warned after a complaint of his dogs attacking a cat. After seeing video provided by police, the man stated, “That’s f**ed up!” He claimed that a visitor left his door open, and the dogs usually don’t get out. He was advised on his options to avoid public nuisance and potentially dangerous dog charges.
*Near Eight Dollar Mountain Road, David Williams tried to outrun the police, but apparently failed. His vehicle was towed, and he was charged with driving while suspended, no proof of insurance, and no identification.

April 21
*On Lone Mountain Road, a person called to say they were threatened with a gun by the same person who chased him and got him arrested by OSP. Though no weapon was found, Nate Wheeler was taken in on charges of failure to appear for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

  • Solana Costello was cited for failure to appear for criminal mischief.

April 22
*A report of a possibly intoxicated man fighting with two females led to the arrest of Dylan Real on charges of DUII and reckless driving. According to the caller he was kicking a woman on the ground and said she was “getting beaten pretty bad,” punching a PT Cruiser, throwing objects, and had a history of being aggressive toward law enforcement. Watch out ladies, he’s taken…into custody!
*A concerned citizen called about three dogs left in a vehicle with the windows barely cracked on Ringuette. The owner was quickly located and said they were just visiting a friend and would not be there for long.

April 24
*Tevin Inge was arrested on charges of reckless driving, eluding a police officer, speeding, and failure to maintain a lane. The subject was armed with a Glock.