Medford Police Department

  • Agency: Medford Police Department
  • Address: 219 S Ivy St, Medford, 97501 OR
  • Chief: Eric Mellgren (Chief of Police)
Phone: 541-774-2250
Fax: (541) 774-2570

Medford Police Department is located at 219 S Ivy St, Medford, 97501 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Eric Mellgren. The Medford Police Department phone number is 541-774-2250.

Medford Police Department News

How cool is this? Students from NMHS and SMHS volunteering their day to clean up our city. These particular students are with the “Senior Project Academy,” who engage in weekly classes with our School Resource Officers, in hopes of going into law enforcement after graduation. Awesome!

Could not be more proud of the mosaic sculpture honoring Constable J. George Prescott in front of our building. Simply amazing.

2018 Citizen's Academy Accepting Applications! We are now accepting applications for our 2018 Citizen's Academy beginning January 10th. For those that are not aware what this is, we take you through an in depth tour of our department, answering every question you could ever have about what we do or why we do it. The group meets every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., January 10th to March 21st, 2018. Last year the applications filled up fast, so for those that missed out, this is your chance. You can apply online by clicking the link, or you can get an application down here at MPD. Minimum Qualifications: - Must be 18 years of age - Must live or work in the City of Medford - Must pass a background check (no felony convictions) Class size limited to the first 30 approved / qualified applicants. Thanks for reading.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Stephen Louis Plante, 36 years old. He is transient and not from the area, we believe he was just passing through. He was charged on a Federal complaints of Bank Robbery. Bank Robbery Just Occurred. Washington Federal , 600 Biddle Road. Officers flooded the area and arrested the suspect in the Bear Creek Shopping Center. The quick arrest is credited to the high quality surveillance cameras inside the bank. His name will be released later today.

Uniform, check. Six pack abs, check. Bodhi reporting for duty!

Please stay safe tonight friends. Yesterday's heart breaking fatal accident involving a child is a sobering reminder of how quickly things can go bad when you mix cars and pedestrians. There are going to be a lot of kiddos running around tonight so please take it extra slow if you are out and about. And some "boos" here and there are okay, but stay away from the "booze" if you are going to be driving. Enjoy your Halloween!

REMINDER! Drug take back and shred event going on tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to noon. City Hall parking lot. Get rid of your unwanted medications and sensitive documents all for free. Thank you Rogue Disposal and Recycling for offering this service to our community. See you all there!

LOCAL MARIJUANA GROW TIED TO ILLEGAL SALES Recently, MADGE investigators became aware of a local OMMP marijuana grow which was possibly operating outside the legal guidelines. The location of the grow was 13003 Hwy 62, which is the old Willamette Egg Farm. During the investigation, detectives confirmed that marijuana was being shipped out of state in exchange for money. On October 24th, 2017, MADGE Investigators, assisted by JCSO SWAT and MPD SWAT executed search warrants on the 80 acre parcel on Hwy 62 (4 tax lots), as well as a residence in the 200 block of Reanna Way, Medford. Investigators detained five people at the two locations, in addition to the main suspect, Clifton Dwight Crump, 51, who was arrested after meeting undercover officers at a local motel. Benjamin McFarland, 32, was arrested at the marijuana grow site on Hwy 62 and found to have a warrant for his arrest, was in possession of methamphetamine, as well as a handgun. McFarland is a convicted felon. The marijuana grow was a legal medical marijuana grow site, however, not only was the premises involved in illegal marijuana sales, but the property was well over the allowed plant and product limit. At the conclusion of the search warrant on Hwy 62, 239 marijuana plants were removed and destroyed. Several hundred pounds of processed marijuana was located at both the Hwy 62 property and the Reanna Way home. It is estimated that the total weight of all the marijuana seized will be around 3 tons, which includes both processed and unprocessed marijuana. In addition to the marijuana, investigators located: - Over 1000 grams of butane honey oil (BHO), - Over 14 grams of psilocybin mushrooms - Over a pound of methamphetamine - Over $7,600 in cash - Packaging materials and other evidence to support illegal sales This investigation is continuing and it is anticipated that additional arrests will occur.

Thief targets wedding rings on Craigslist. We are trying to identify this suspect who targeted two separate victims in the Rogue Valley on October 16th. Here is how he pulled it off. The suspect would contact ladies selling wedding rings on Craigslist and agree to meet at a local jewelry store to confirm the quality of the diamond. The store does not allow transactions to occur inside the store so the suspect casually walks out with the victim, while still holding the ring. Once outside, the suspect flees on foot. In the case we investigated, the victim lost a $5,700 ring at the Fred Meyer North. About an hour after this, we believe he also targeted a female in Ashland, again fleeing with a wedding ring. When we see scams like this just hours apart, we consider the fact that the suspect was passing through town. If nothing else, we hope this serves as an educational piece so you do not become a victim. MPD Case 17-24472

Suspect Robs KFC on Barnett Road, Gets Caught. Last night around 7:15 p.m., a suspect entered the business with his face covered and purported to be armed with a gun. The suspect ransacked the business before stealing two large cash registers and fleeing on foot. Officers swarmed the area and saw a suspect running on E. Barnett road, carrying a cash register. In police work, that is what we call a clue. We were able to arrest Sean Reed, 27 years old, in the parking lot of the Royal Crest Motel. We also found the other cash register nearby. Glad to have a quick arrest in this case.

Come on down to Red Robin for Tip-A-Cop supporting local Special Olympic Athletes!

Tip-A-Cop is going down today! Please come join us as we partner with other law enforcement agencies and Red Robin to support the Special Olympics with the Tip-A-Cop program. We are here to protect and SERVE...food and drinks. Officers will be at the local Red Robin in Medford from 11-2 and 5-9. We hope to see you there. All of the tips go to help fund the Special Olympics. https://www.redrobin.com/special-olympics/tip-a-cop.html

We haven't seen much rain in a while so with the rainy weather expected the next couple days, the roads may be wet, dry, or at times...moist. So please be careful on the moist roads.

Just a friendly reminder that 7-11s are not a drive-thru. In all seriousness everyone is okay after this car drove into the store at Crater Lake and Delta Waters Road. No criminal charges on this particular case.

Update: This has been confirmed as fatal. We are on scene of a single vehicle, serious injury motorcycle crash on N. Phoenix Road, south of Hillcrest. The northbound lanes are currently closed.

Residential surveillance cameras nab another burglar. On Thursday, we investigated a daytime burglary of a residence in the 1200 block of E. Main. The suspect broke a window and stole jewelry and other property. That same day, a nearby residence had a security camera which caught someone roaming around their house, wearing a safety vest, and wig while carrying a sledge hammer and tool kit. This particular surveillance system alerted the home owners right away, who were not at home. They ended up coming home and ultimately confronting the suspect, who left behind his costume and other evidence, as he fled. Some of the evidence left behind led us to another home in the first block of S. Modoc where we found a vacant home which had not only been burglarized, but the suspect was posing as the home owner to get services going in the home. (A Charter cable van showed up while we were there). We also found meth paraphernalia throughout the house. We installed a surveillance camera in hopes the suspect would return. This morning at about 2:30 a.m., the suspect came back. The camera alerted us right away and we swooped in and arrested Andrew Pierce, 41 years old, inside the home. He also had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. We share this to show the importance of video surveillance, which is a relatively low cost security option. The popular systems we are seeing are "The Ring," "Arlo," and there are many other wired / DVR systems which work very well. Please consider getting something for your home. You'll sleep better at night, and keep your neighborhood safer. Thanks for reading.

Training for the Trader Joe's parking lot :)

Thank you NMHS and SMHS students who went out and made our city a better place this morning!

Two arrested for shoplifting, drugs and counterfeit currency. Elicia Nephew-Traynor (left) and Erica Martinez (right) were arrested yesterday at the Rogue Valley mall after they were caught shoplifting from multiple stores. They were in possession of counterfeit $100 bills and Nephew-Traynor was in possession of heroin. We mention this because this is a scenario that happens almost daily in Medford. Being the retail hub of Southern Oregon, shoplifting is a big problem for us. Its situations like this that cause our property crime numbers to be unusually high for our population. As we've mentioned before, drugs are the driving force behind almost all of the thievery we have going on. Thanks for reading and hope this gives you a better understanding of crime going on in our city. Have a great Saturday.

This is a very exciting first step in solving the jail overcrowding, which effects everyone of us. If you can't make the meeting, we will be sure to post the results of the findings on October 19th.

Another green way sweep was conducted last night and the clean up is still going on. We teamed up with not only JCSO, but Jackson County Mental Health, Veteran's Affairs, and Parole and Probation. We are trying our best to offer services to these individuals, but they simply cannot live like this. As you can see, the toll it takes on the environment, and the safety issue it causes to folks using the bike path is something we cannot ignore.

Arrest made in bizarre stabbing of 79 year old female. On Monday, October 2nd, at about 9:15 p.m., we responded to a report of a stabbing inside of a residence in the 300 block of West Jackson Street. Upon arrival, the 79 year old female victim was the only person in the residence, and she had been stabbed multiple times. She was transported to the hospital where she underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition. We determined that she did not live at the address, and was visiting a male who resided there, Ryan Lynn Clark. The investigation determined that Clark was having some type of an emotional break down when he suddenly stabbed the victim and fled. The victim and suspect are not related. Clark was located yesterday and arrested for possession of methamphetamine while investigators continued to investigate the case. A search warrant was executed at Clark's residence, and today Clark was arraigned for Assault 1st Degree. Suspect: Clark, Ryan Lynn 32 years old.

Update October 10th: She has been located in another state and is safe. Thanks for all the help! Missing Juvenile We could use some help in finding this missing 15 year old girl, who has been missing since July 19th. Saleah Elliot, aka "Sammy," ran away and we believe she has been active on social media. However, we are growing more concerned each day she is not found. She should still be in the Medford / Eagle Point area. Thanks for the help.

Here are the rather disturbing facts of yesterday's homicide. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. Detectives with the Medford Police Department continued their investigation into the homicide throughout last night. The victim has subsequently been identified as 50 year old Aaron Friar, who lived at the residence where this incident took place (500 block of Benson Street). Friar’s body was recovered yesterday afternoon after it was located dumped over a dirt embankment in the 9100 block of East Antelope Road. Detectives believe Gavin MacFarlane (19), Russell Jones (22), and Ellen Friar (15), conspired to kill Mr. Friar and dispose of his body. Detectives believe Mr. Friar was assaulted and killed with a weapon while he was sleeping. Detectives believe the three suspects then stole the victim’s vehicle, along with additional property from the residence. The suspect’s used the victim’s vehicle to transport the victim’s body to the location on East Antelope Road. The victim’s vehicle has been located and is in the custody of the Medford Police Department. The investigation showed that Gavin McFarlane (19 years old) was involved in a sexual relationship with Ellen Friar (15 years old.) Detectives believe this relationship caused tension between victim and his daughter, Ellen, and her boyfriend Gavin. This investigation is still ongoing. Medford Police Detectives executed a search warrant last night at a residence on Almond Street in Medford. An autopsy is pending to assist in determining the cause and manner of death. The Medford Police Department has been assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police Crime Lab, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. Gavin McFarlane was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for one count of Murder, one count of First Degree Robbery, one count of Tampering with Evidence, and one count of Third Degree Rape. Russell Jones was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for one count of Murder, one count of First Degree Robbery, and one count of Tampering with Evidence. Ellen Friar was lodged at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility for one count of Murder, one count of First Degree Robbery, and one count of Tampering with Evidence. VICTIM: Aaron Neil Friar (50yrs Old) 500 Block Benson Street, Medford SUSPECTS: SUSPECTS Gavin Curtis MacFarlane (19yrs Old) First block of Almond Street, Medford Charges: Murder, Robbery First Degree, Tampering with Evidence, Rape Third Degree. Russell Pierce Jones II (22yrs old) Transient Charges: Murder, Robbery First Degree, Tampering with Evidence. Ellen Rose Friar (15yrs old) No Photo Available. Charges: Murder, Robbery First Degree, Tampering with Evidence.

Homicide Investigation. On 10/2/17 at 6:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Benson Street for a welfare check. When officers arrived there was evidence that a disturbance had taken place. The involved parties were not located at the residence and the resident’s vehicle was missing. At 9:52 a.m., a Medford officer located the missing vehicle parked abandoned in the 100 block of Mariposa Terrace, Medford. At 10:51 a.m. three people believed to be involved with this incident were detained walking on Barnett Road near Black Oak Drive. The investigation led detectives to the 9100 block of East Antelope Road where they have recovered a body of an adult male. The manner and cause of death is pending, however detectives believe this is a homicide. The Medford Police Department is being assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police Crime Lab, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. This investigation is ongoing at this time; additional information will be released as it becomes available.