Arrest Made in Serial Arson Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police arrested a homeless woman in connection to two arsons this week, and said she is a suspect in 21 other suspicious fires in Medford over the past month. 57-year-old Debra Irene Johns was arrested Thursday morning near Hawthorne Park, shortly after officers arrived on the scene of a tree on fire. … Continue reading »

Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police suspect that four more arson fires were set between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in areas around south Medford, including a large fire that burned through empty fruit crates. The most serious of the four fires began at about 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Fir Street. That fire … Continue reading »

Arson Cases Provide Challenge for Police

MEDFORD, Ore. – As the investigation into a string of arson fires continues, police said catching an arsonist provides different challenges than other crimes. Medford has seen 14 suspicious fires since June 25th, including 10 confirmed arson fires in the past week. Most of the fires have been in neighborhoods near downtown Medford, and police … Continue reading »

Community Reacts to Serial Arsonist

MEDFORD, Ore. – Some people living and working in west Medford are taking steps to protect themselves and their property after a series of arson fires. Staff at the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center, located at 228 N. Holly Street, had a newspaper recycle bin hauled away from its parking lot Wednesday morning, … Continue reading »