Young Man Gets Break In Arson Case

By Jim McCoy Fri 1st November NewsarsonDevon Anthony McDonald
Jackson County prosecutors gave a 20-year-old man a break that allows him to go on probation instead of prison for setting fire to a Medford home. The owner of the home did not want Devon Anthony McDonald to go to prison and prosecutor Nick Geil says the Medford man can still get his life on track. The Mail Tribune reports ( McDonald pleaded no contest ThurRead More »

Attemped Arson Stopped By Medford Fire Crews

By Jim McCoy Wed 16th October Newsarsonfire
The Medford Fire Department quickly put out a fire in the 2000 block of Barnett Road last night around 9:30 p.m. Witnesses say they saw someone start a fire in an area along a chain link fence surrounding an apartment complex swimming pool. No structures were threatened, though the fire burned through the plastic lattice.Read More »

Grants Pass Arson Suspect Arrested

By Jim McCoy Fri 12th July NewsarsonBrian Leach
A Grants Pass man is facing arson charges in relation to a Friday morning house fire. At 2:37 a.m., firefighters were called out to at 1621 Allen Creek Road. During the investigation, detectives determined that the fire was set intentionally and that 33-year old Brian Leach was the suspect. Leach is now lodged in Josephine County Jail on first degree arson.Read More »

Medford Church Fire May Have Been Intentionally Set

By Jim McCoy Fri 5th July NewsarsonfireZion Lutheran Church
Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at the Zion Lutheran Church in Medford they were called out to after 2 a.m.Read More »

Arson The Cause of Barney's Burgers Fire

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th June NewsarsonBarney's Burgers
Police say an early morning blaze at a Medford restaurant was intentionally started. Police say a suspect broke into Barney’s Burgers at 417 N. Riverside Ave., took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and set the establishment on fire. Firefighters had it under control seven minutes after they arrived in response to the 12:20 a.m. report.Read More »

Fire At Stewart Avenue Believed To Be Another Case of Arson

By Jim McCoy Wed 12th June Newsarsonvacant homes
Police and fire authorities in Medford are investigating a dozen arson or suspicious fires since April of last year at vacant homes in Medford. The latest fire Tuesday caused substantial damage to a vacant home that did not have power.Read More »

Another Suspicious Fire Burns A Vacant Home

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd May Newsarsonfire
Just days after Medford Police announced that there were a number of suspicious fires occurring in vacant homes, another empty home burned last night. At 5:45 p.m., firefighters were called out to an empty home at 1914 Prune Street that had been set on fire. The bank-owned home was heavily damaged in the garage, and there was smoke damage throughout the residence.Read More »

Medford Police Investigating Arsons of Vacant Homes

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th April Newsarson
Medford Police and the Medford fire department are investigating a string of arsons occuring in vacant homes over the course of the last year. This morning, fire crews put out a fire in a vacant home today at 6:23 a.m. at 1947 Stewart Avenue. The fire caused significant damage to the residence.Read More »

Man Arrested for Arson, Making A False Report, & Violating A Restraining Order

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th March NewsarsonLouis Darnell Walls
A man who accused his ex-wife of assaulting him Sunday is now in jail for initiating a false report, violating a restraining order, and arson. The trouble all started at 8:02 a.m., when 47-year old Louis Darnell Walls called police and said his former spouse assaulted him with help from a male accomplice.Read More »

Ashland Plaza Fire Setter Sentenced To State Hospital

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th December NewsarsonAshland newsRaymond Wilson
A homeless man who said his medication for schizophrenia had been stolen from his backpack has been sentenced to the State Hospital for setting a fire that damaged businesses in the Ashland Plaza. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that 37-year-old Raymond Lee Wilson was found guilty except for insanity on a charge of arson. Investigators said Wilson set fire to a trash can next to one busiRead More »


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