MEDFORD, Ore. — With a new year sometimes comes new beginnings, but for the City of Medford, 2019 looks to provide more of the same — in the form of periodic sweeps of the Bear Creek Greenway.
Although law enforcement colloquially refers to the operation as a "sweep," the official name from the City of Medford is a Health and Safety Operation.
"The goal of these operations are to improve the safety, security, and cleanliness of the area. Local agencies are on hand to offer assistance and connect homeless individuals with social services," the City said in a Facebook post.
The biggest takeaway? Garbage.
"On average, two tons of trash are removed from the targeted area and illegal camps are eradicated," the City said.
Beginning the Greenway operation last night, Medford Police arrested 20-year-old Joseph Niebergall, suspected of burglarizing the Crown Market on Stevens Street. Niebergall has been charged with Burglary 2, Theft 2, and Criminal Mischief 2.
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- Crews Mopping Up Greenway Fire
- Small Grass Fire Along Greenway Under Investigation
- Update: Bear Creek Greenway Fire Started At Transient Camp
- Police: Transients Started Greenway Fire While 'Smoking Meth'
- Forestry Crews Clear Greenway Brush in Preparation for Fire Season
- Volunteers Clean Up Bear Creek Greenway in Honor of Earth Day