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 »

WEB EXTRA: Police Speak on Arson Arrest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have arrested Debra Irene Johns, who they believe is responsible for the multiple suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th. Medford Police believe Johns to be connected to 23 fires in downtown Medford in the past month, most recently in the Jackson County Jail bathroom on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

Three Intentional Fires in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Three more intentional fires were set downtown Medford early Saturday morning. Around 8 a.m. two fires were ignited in an alleyway near the intersection of Franquette and 12th Street. Around that same time smoke was seen coming from another fire about a block away near a warehouse. The alley fires were put … Continue reading »

Crews Busy With Suspicious Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police and firefighters have been busy chasing suspicious fires for the better part of three weeks, but no suspects have been arrested in any of those cases. The latest was a string of five small fires set in alleys in west Medford Wednesday. All of those fires were small and only damaged … Continue reading »

Arson Fire Damages Church in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Police investigate two separate arson fires that occurred overnight. One appears to be the work of a suspected serial arsonist and the other fire destroyed part of a church. Police say the first call happened just before 2 a.m. for a fire at the Zion Lutheran Church in Medford. Witnesses told police … Continue reading »

Medford Arson Investigation Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Fire Department is working with Medford Police on an investigation of a string of arsons at vacant homes. The most recent arson under investigation occurred last night off Prune Street in west Medford. Fire officials say the fire started in the garage and caused $30,000 in damage. Medford Fire officials … Continue reading »