In 2015, the Criminal Investigations Division was composed of:
- (1) Lieutenant
- (2) Sergeants
- (12) Detectives
- (1) Part time Detective
- (1) Domestic Violence Officer
- (1) Domestic Violence Advocate from Community Works
- (1) Officer position assigned to FIS (vacant due to staffing)
- (1) CSO assigned to FIS
- (2) Administrative Assistants
Eight Detectives and one part-time Detective are assigned to Criminal Investigations Section (CIS). Four Detectives are assigned to the Financial Investigations Section (FIS).
- Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU)
- Community Works
- Children’s Advocacy Center
- Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team
- Sexual Assault Response Team
- Domestic Violence Council
- Department of Justice Organized Crime Unit
- OHIA (Oregon Homicide Investigators Association)
- SOFFAST (Southern Oregon Financial Fraud and Securities Team)
- United States Secret Service
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- United States Marshal Service
- Adult Protective Services
- Disability Services
Local Training Provided:
- Citizen’s Academy
- Department Training
- FIS Presentations (Retirement Homes, Senior Fair, Banks, 19 total)
- OHIA (Oregon Homicide Investigators Association) Conference - Bend, OR
- Department Training (Range, Active Shooter, Building Search, CID/FIS Updates)
- Child Interview Training - Oregon Guideline Training
- Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium
- Interview / Interrogation - Reserve Officer Academy
- SOU “Lock-in”
- Chamber of Commerce Leadership
- Child Abuse Investigation Training - Briefing Training
- OHIA (Oregon Homicide Investigators Association) Annual Major Crimes Conference - Bend, OR
- WHIA (Washington Homicide Investigators Association) Annual Major Crimes Conference - Shelton, WA
- San Diego Child Abuse Conference
- Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium
- Investigative Strategies for Missing and Abducted Children
- National Crimes Against Children Conference - Dallas, TX
- Darkness to Light Facilitators Training
- Oregon Child Forensic Interview Training
Statistics for 2015:
The Detective Division handled a total of 916 cases for 2015. Of those, 138 cases remain open, 180 were closed with an arrest or citation, 48 were closed from an outside agency arrest, 457 were closed exceptionally and 82 were suspended. The clearance rate for this division in 2015 was 76%.
The Criminal Investigations Division wrote 71 search warrants in 2015.
- “You Are In Control” – This slogan summarizes our response to sexual assault victims.The program was developed and implemented by Sgt. Josh Reimer and Detective Justin Ivens.The program allows victims of sexual assault to not only have different reporting options, but to have a say in how the investigations progress.By tending more to the victim’s needs, the emotional trauma of the ordeal will hopefully be reduced.
- Lethality Assessment Program – This was a program which was implemented by Officer McCurley and the Domestic Violence Council, based on best practices in response to domestic violence.The program requires an officer to ask some specific questions to victims of domestic violence.The purpose is to better be able to detect when a domestic violence situation can turn deadly by identifying key risk factors.Additionally, the program connects the victim to services much quicker than in the past.
- Social Media – In July of 2013, MPD launched Facebook and Twitter Accounts.This has been quite a success, and MPD now has over 22,000 followers on Facebook alone.The information shared on social media includes press releases, wanted subjects, unsolved crimes, and other information involving the Medford Police Department.This real time information sharing has proven to be a big success in not only solving crime, but making Medford PD more transparent.
- SCRAM Program – In October of 2015, MPD kicked off the SCRAM Program (Security Camera Registration and Mapping). This was done in an attempt to identify locations of surveillance cameras to help with criminal investigations.Additionally, the registrant is provided with a sticker to post on their residence or business as a deterrent.By the end of 2015, 75 residents and businesses have signed up for the program.
Polygraph examiner Brian Strickland, from Advanced Polygraph Solutions, conducted a total of 9 polygraph exams for our department in 2015.
Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Advocate:
For the last several years, MPD had a full time Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Advocate, Vanessa Espino. Vanessa had a family emergency which required her to be gone for most of the year. Officer McCurley was able to work with Community Works to use temporary staff to fill in on the advocate roll. Late in 2015, a new, full-time advocate was hired, and is currently going through the background phase. We anticipate services to be back in full force for 2016. Officer McCurley was able to conduct 311 domestic violence follow-ups for 2015.
Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force:
Detective Brandon Bloomfield is assigned to the SOHTCTF which is currently housed at the Medford Police Department. During 2015, other members included a Sergeant from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, as well as an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
During 2015, the SOHTCTF assisted with the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.
This past year, the SOHTCTF investigated 136 cases, with a total of 344 items of evidence forensically examined. The majority of the cases involved Child Sex Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. Other cases included murder / death investigations, as well as drug trafficking cases.
Part-time Community Service Officer Tom Haynie had another stellar year in locating stolen property in LeadsOnLine. 554 items were identified as stolen with 396 of those items being recovered. Not only were a large number of stolen items returned to their owners, but countless suspects were identified and held accountable.
- Murder Case. For the first time since 2013, we investigated a homicide. Victim Isaac Deleon, 27 years old, was shot and killed in downtown Medford, in the early morning hours of December 13th, 2015. The suspect was not immediately known, but detectives were able to obtain vital video surveillance in the area that ultimately helped solve the case. The suspects, Shane Zornes, 25 years old, and Ruben Marmolejo, 30 years old, have both been arrested and are awaiting trial.
- Gang Related Drive-By Shootings. During the summer and fall of 2015, MPD investigated six gang related shootings, with a person being struck by a bullet in one case (non-life threatening). MADGE assisted CID in all the cases and we were able to clear four of the six cases with arrests. These arrests significantly disrupted the gang sect in our area and quelled further incidents.
- Officer Involved Shootings. Two officer involved shootings occurred in 2015. On May 31st, 2015, an MPD officer exchanged fire with an armed suicidal subject in the 900 block of La Loma Drive, fatally wounding the suspect. On March 16th, 2015, SWAT officers exchanged fire with an armed suicidal subject in the 300 block of Argyle Court, fatally wounding the suspect.
- Bank Robbery. On April 1st, 2015, MPD responded to a bank robbery at American West Bank, 3369 Crater Lake Hwy. High quality surveillance photos were shared on social media and local media, which identified a suspect. A search warrant was executed at Jeffrey Ownby’s address in the 2300 block of Spring Street. Detectives were able to tie him to two other unsolved bank robberies in Medford in 2014, and also located home-made bombs at the residence. The suspect is now being prosecuted federally, and is awaiting trial.
- Armed Robbery. Golden Wok, 718 S. Riverside. On January 18th, 2015, an unknown suspect robbed the business at knifepoint. Forensic evidence left at the scene identified Rhett Howerton, 44, as the suspect. Howerton was arrested and is awaiting trial.
- Armed Robbery. Purple Parrot, 2000 Biddle Road. On January 5th, 2015, an unknown suspect robbed the business at gun point. Clothing was found near the scene which identified Mark Aguirre, 31 years old, as the suspect. He was located in White City and arrested. He is awaiting trial.
- Armed Robbery. Purple Parrot, 1913 Delta Waters Road. On June 30th, 2015, the business was robbed at gunpoint. Video surveillance was shared on Facebook and the suspect was identified. He was tracked to Josephine County where he was arrested and the handgun used in the robbery was recovered. Justin Jones, 39, is awaiting trial.
Unsolved Major Cases:
- Strong Armed Robbery – Creasions La Muneca, 1712 W. Main Street. On February 10th, 2015, an unknown male entered the business and covered the victim employee in a flammable liquid before stealing cash from the register.
- Armed Robbery – Flamingo’s, 2049 Roberts Road. On May 15th, 2015, and unknown, masked, suspect robbed the business at gunpoint. The case remains unsolved.