First 'Greenway Sweep' of the Year Yields Arrest

On top of hauling out an estimated two tons of trash, authorities arrested the suspect in a burglary at the Crown Market.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 2:22 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 4:23 PM

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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