Meth Lab Found in Medford Neighborhood

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police are investigating a meth lab found in the 1100 block of S. Holly Street that found two men facing charges. On Wednesday November 19th, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team, along with the Medford Police Department, served a search warrant that stemmed from information received from the public … Continue reading »

Man Accused of Bringing Drugs to Court

MEDFORD, Ore. – A man is facing additional charges after allegedly bringing drugs to a Jackson County Circuit Court appearance. Christopher Alvarez, 29, appeared in Circuit Court on Monday November 17th. According to police, Alvarez asked a clerk to hold his jacket while he attended his hearing. The clerk says he found a baggy of marijuana … Continue reading »

Fugitive of 20 Years Found in Lane Co.

DEADWOOD, Ore. — After hiding in Lane County for more than 20 years, a fugitive from New York has been caught. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Franklin Forbis, 72, Thursday at his home in Deadwood. There was a warrant out for his arrest after being caught with more than 800 pounds of drugs. Investigators … Continue reading »

Sheriff Meets with DHS About Fraud

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Last month the Klamath County Sheriff’s office made a handful of unrelated arrests in which each of the suspects had things in common, including large amounts of drugs and Oregon Trail Cards. It was those arrests that prompted a meeting Monday morning with the Department of Human Services. “56 convictions, toting … Continue reading »

“Speedballing” on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford police arrested three people Saturday night on charges related to possession of meth. Drug abuse is nothing new to southern Oregon, but what is new is an increase in meth being combined with heroin. The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called speedballing, and while not a new abuse … Continue reading »

MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement Team, or “MADGE” says there are 346 known gang members in Jackson County. While this number is up from last year, officials say it does not mean gang activity is increasing. MADGE deals with all drug and gang related crime in the county, and is … Continue reading »

Transient Presence in Downtown Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Many gather in the Ashland Plaza at all times of the day. Some transients say they try to be respectful of the people who work downtown and those passing-by on their way to different destinations in the city. It’s at night though, when the commotion in the plaza starts getting loud. One … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

Drug Arrests in Siskiyou County

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies arrested several individuals over the weekend for possession of controlled substances and other crimes. On Friday, May 9, at about 4:00 p.m. Sheriff deputies conducted a probation search of a home in McCloud that resulted in two arrests. Tessa Brooks, 49 of McCloud, was arrested for … Continue reading »

“El Chapo” Arrest Impacts in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hundreds of demonstrators in Mexico are demanding freedom for the drug lord “El Chapo.” Joaquin Guzman is one of the worlds most wanted men for drug trafficking, and his arrest could mean a hitch for local operations. Medford area drug and gang enforcement officers say they’ve been hearing his name since the … Continue reading »

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