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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rogue Valley Pinpoint Weather

Today Rain likely in the afternoon, high near 52.  Overnight,  possible rain, low around 44. South southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday A chance of showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Overnight rain expected, low of 44.

Saturday Rain likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 53.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday A chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday A chance of rain. Snow level 4200 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 50.


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigation today, into the alleged hostage situation reported via social media on Tuesday.

A 49-year-old male, posted on the scanner page that he was being held hostage at his residence and he needed help. The victim gave his address in the 2500 block of Carr St. White City, Oregon.  Units arrived and surrounded the house.  The homeowner opened the door and yelled for help.  Deputies made entry into the residence and detained four people. 

Those four were: Hector Orozco dob 08/24/1996; Martin Rodriquez Banuelos dob 01/05/1991; James Powers dob 12/25/1997; and a 59-year-old female.

Orozco was lodged on a State Parole Board Warrant for a weapons offense.  Banuelos was lodged for a Parole Violation for Possession of Dangerous Drugs.  Powers was lodged on a Detainer issued by his Probation Officer for PCS Meth.  The female subject was released at the conclusion of the investigation. 

The case remains under investigation and possible additional charges will be reviewed. 

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 8000 block of Gladstone in White City earlier this week.   During the service of the warrant a total of 15 people were detained at the scene.  Three subjects were cited and released for drug law violations and one was arrested for warrants. 

Arrested was Elizabeth Ann Hibberd, 052680. She was lodged on two warrants. The warrants were Failure to Appear PCS Meth, $7500 bail and Failure to Appear-Violation of No Contact Order Bail $7500.

Subjects cited for Possession of Controlled Substance were:

Adam James Hackworth, 040379, for PCS Meth.

Justin Dwayne Eidem, 101779, for PCS Meth.

Tara Marie Holland, 062584 for PCS Meth.

….JCSO is continuing to investigate this incident.

 Jo Rae Perkins

Conservative leader Jo Rae Perkins filed this week to run for U.S. Senate against career politician Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley.

Perkins had originally filed for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 4 but after watching Senator Merkley spend months more focused on the sham impeachment trials Perkins says she knew it was time for a change and time for Oregon to have a senator that cared about the state, not political games, and knew she would be the strongest candidate to take him on and win. She reached her final decision after receiving tremendous support and encouragement from Republican activists and Oregonians in her community, and around the state.

Perkins has spent almost 45 years serving her local community. She has a diverse background in financial services, real estate, banking, education, and small business.

The Rogue Valley American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.
With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.   
Type O Blood Needed Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.  

Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,600 platelet donations for patients who rely on blood to survive. Shortfalls in donations can cause delays in essential medical care for patients like 12-year-old Dagan Hawkins. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November, Dagan has required platelet and blood transfusions during his cancer treatments.
“There was a time when they needed to have blood products delivered from another hospital because they were unavailable there,” said Dustin Hawkins, Dagan’s father.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Ashland 1/22/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elks Lodge #944, 255 East Main 2/5/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., YMCA Ashland, 540 YMCA Way 2/13/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave, Siskiyou Blvd and Walker Ave

Butte Falls 1/22/2020: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Butte Falls Community Hall, 431 Broad Street
Central Point 2/12/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, 89 Alder Street  
Eagle Point 2/5/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashpole Community Center, 17 Buchanan  
Jacksonville 2/13/2020: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Ruch Elementary, 156 Upper Applegate Rd  
Medford 1/24/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 1/27/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., RRMC-Smullin Center, 2825 East Barnett Road 1/27/2020: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 1/28/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., City Hall Annex, 411 W 8th St 1/31/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 1/31/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive 2/3/2020: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 2/7/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 2/10/2020: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 2/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102 2/14/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102  
Talent 2/3/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Talent Community Center, 104 E Main Street

When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown returns to the Rogue Theatre on Wednesday, February 19, the Ashland High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion.

The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. The string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands.

Here’s a little info about the show:   The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off in Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the nation’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They engage in a “showdown” of the hits with Stones tribute band Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments. It has toured for years, with a critic for the Los Angeles Times at one point declaring: “this is the most unique tribute show in decades.” The Grants Pass show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The string quartet:  Ashland High School juniors Kaitlyn Kim, Milan Hague, and Adelle Robison and sophomore Eva Mitchell will join the bands for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “As Tears Go By,” and “Ruby Tuesday.”

Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, the All-State Orchestra and Siskiyou Violins.

Oregon Highway 230 is again open after being closed since Sunday, January 12, when a winter storm brought heavy snow and downed trees to the High Cascades area.

Crews experienced warmer weather over the weekend and yesterday which allowed safer conditions to remove the downed trees and groom the highway. Ten inches of snow fell in the area yesterday but crews have been able to keep the road plowed and ready for traffic. Oregon 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway) connects the Rogue Valley and Bend areas.

Since January 13, 2020, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) has received multiple reports of burglaries to local businesses, with one business burglarized twice. GPDPS Police and Detective units began working with leads and evidence obtained to try to identify a suspect. The listed burglaries were similar in nature and believed to be tied to the same suspect:

  • 1/13/20 – 429 SE 6th Street (Second Chance Thrift Store)
  • 1/16/20 – 114 SW Booth Street (Booth Street Thrift Store)
  • 1/19/20 – 429 SE 6th Street (Second Chance Thrift Store)
  • 1/20/20 – 1607 Williams Hwy (Subway Sandwich)

On Monday January 20, 2020, GPDPS identified the suspect from their continued investigation as 55 year-old Steven Ray Borden of Grants Pass. 

Patrol Officers and Detectives immediately conducted a search of the city for Borden and located him within a few hours.  

Upon completion of the investigation, Borden was linked to the four listed business burglaries and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

  • Burglary 2 (x4) 
  • Theft 2 (x2)
  • Theft 3 (x2)
  • Criminal Mischief 1
  • Criminal Mischief 2 (x3)   

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