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Medford Police Scour Greenway, Make 11 Arrests

Officers posted signs this week warning that camping was prohibited, then began checking camps along Bear Creek.

Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 2:08 PM
Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 2:09 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers with the Medford Police Department (MPD) made 11 arrests Wednesday night after performing a sweep of campsites along the Bear Creek Greenway.

The operation began when MPD posted "prohibited camping" signs in the area earlier this week. Then, overnight on Wednesday, officers checked on campsites in the Greenway.

According to MPD, most of the people contacted in those camps had outstanding warrants for their arrest.

"People may read this and think that the bike path is inherently unsafe," MPD said in a Facebook post. "That is not true. We have very few issues with bicyclists and pedestrians being harassed. Many people use the bike path every day with no issues. With that being said, we always suggest practicing personal safety."

MPD says that they have partnered with Jackson County Community Justice who brought in work crews to clean up the area—a project which is still ongoing.

The list of arrests and charges is as follows:

Chapman, Adam - Warrant for Possession of Meth, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Howard, Amy - Warrant for Possession of Meth

Scott, Jason Allen - Warrant for Possession of Meth

Forsythe,Tommy Lee - Warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Possession of Heroin

Hargreaves, Keli Lynn - Warrant for Assaulting a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest

Capetillo,Victor Chavez - Warrant for Possession of Meth, Contempt, Possession of Heroin

Parks, Manuel - Warrant for Possession of Meth, Probation Violation

Carney, Ira Dean - Warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree

Jackson, Nathan Ray - Warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Brashears, Ryan - Warrant for Fugitive out of State

Knutson, Davik Sven - Warrant for Possession of Meth and Dangerous Drugs

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