Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 2

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Detective Mike Vanderlip pours through maps of Southern Oregon from his small corner above central point’s police department. The interactive map on his computer is crowded with pins, each one corresponding to a report of a child victim of online sexual abuse. “People believe that somehow these events, the abuse, are … Continue reading »

Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 1

ASHLAND, Ore. – An otherwise quiet morning at an Ashland apartment complex is interrupted by the unusual sight of a search warrant being carried out. Seven officers wait outside, representing local law enforcement, FBI, the Department of Justice, and Homeland Security. “We go out and we search for those who are trading child pornography, those … Continue reading »

Robbery Reported at Holiday Inn Express

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are investigated a reported armed robbery that occurred early Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 285 Peninger Road in Central Point. A hotel employee told police that a young male entered the lobby, displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money. He then … Continue reading »

Crater High School on Brief Lockdown

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Police responded to a trespasser at Crater High School on Thursday afternoon, and a short foot chase through a nearby neighborhood ensued. Crater High School students noticed a man trying to get onto the school’s football field and reported it to school administrators. Police say the man seemed out of place, … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Teacher’s Assistant

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are looking into allegations of inappropriate or illegal conduct between one employee and a student at Crater High School. The Central Point School District has removed that employee from its high school campus. Students resumed class today, including one student involved in an alleged illegal incident with an … Continue reading »

Alleged Misconduct at Crater High School

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are investigating the “possibility of inappropriate or illegal conduct” between a student and a member of staff at Crater High School. Central Point Police say they were contacted by Crater High School Administration last Friday after they learned of the possible alleged misconduct. Police say the School District … Continue reading »

Residents Evacuate Safely from Fire

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Southern Oregon firefighters battled a structure fire Monday morning in Central Point. Around 9 a.m. Fire District 3 and Medford Fire responded to the fire on the 500 block of village drive in central point. Crews arrived and found the second story of the home fully engulfed in flames. They were … Continue reading »

Central Point School Locked Down

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jewett Elementary School was placed on lockdown on Monday morning after police say a handgun was found at the school entrance on the school’s property. Police say there were no threats of violence made toward students or school employees. Officers did a thorough search of the school and determined the school … Continue reading »

Central Point Man Jailed After Chase

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Central Point man is behind bars after leading police on a midnight chase. An OSP trooper attempted to stop a 1994 Honda Accord on Highway 99 at Highway 62 after it eluded Central Point police. The driver was later identified as 24-year-old Cody Rea Ledezma. Ledezma continued to attempt to elude … Continue reading »

Central Point Police Search For Suspect

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Police are searching for a man who they say entered a 7-11 in Central Point just after midnight and brandished a weapon, demanding money from the store clerk. Police say the suspect was handed an unknown amount of money, and then left the store in an unknown direction. The suspect is … Continue reading »

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