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.)

May 22
*Lyssa Rogers was arrested by a “major case squad” regarding a marijuana item in the 19000 block of Williams Highway.
*Three persons were arrested on Colonial Drive after a sketchy tale. One female told an officer she heard a property was vacant and went to find the owner to see about renting it. She would not tell the names of the two other involved individuals, and basically said she was done talking. They denied entering the residence, but said the front door was open and was just leaving a note for the owner. There was consensual search of a vehicle for comic books and jewelry which the victim stated were missing. Several items were found including ammunition, mail belonging to the victim’s deceased parents, voided checks, DVD players, a bike pump, and photo albums with the victim’s father’s name in them. The suspect denied knowing how the items got into her vehicle. A personal search at the jail yielded even more stolen goods, a blue velvet pouch containing the stolen jewelry. (I wonder how THAT got there!) She claimed another person had given it to her. A male subject admitted to hearing that the residence had been “hit the night before, and there were tons of firearms and “cool stuff” that were taken and/or left behind, so they went to check it out to see what was left. All three entered the house and saw a box of ammo, but weren’t interested, then saw a man driving up to the residence. He went out to tell him their story of looking for a rental. One person ran off, and 2 people were seen leaving the property with boxes of ammo, a blue bag, and a backpack. He then admitted to taking the jewelry. James Patrick Swearingen, Ashley McAlmond, and Amanda Gerken were all taken into custody.

That’s all folks!