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***Apparent Suicide At Rogue River Police Station***
A Gold Hill man is deceased after apparently shooting himself in front of the Rogue River Police Department Building Wednesday afternoon. Chief Ken Lewis said that at 1:50 p.m., the man, who looked to be in his 60s or 70s, drove into a parking spot in front of the police building, located at 133 Broadway Street, parked and tried to enter the front door. The door, the chief said, sticks and takes a little effort to pull open, and the man hesitated. An administrative assistant, the only person in the building at the time, at 1:50 p.m., then heard heard a loud pop. The assistant found the man fallen in a parking spot, with a revolver at his feet, with a fatal head wound.
Lewis said he was in Medford returning to Rogue River after a meeting with at the County District Attorney's office. "In 35 years in law enforcement, I've never had someone come to the police station and shoot himself," the chief said. Lewis would not identify the man until his family is notified. An detective from the Jackson COunty Sheriff Department was investigating the scene
UPDATE***Apparent Suicide At Rogue River Police Station***
Family has been contacted. The man was 82. Family has asked not to have name released at this time.
RRPD Investigating Night Explosion
The Rogue River Police Dept. (RRPD) is investigating an explosion that happened in the area of Third St. on Nov. 25. According to Chief Ken Lewis, there were reports of a loud explosion at around 11:30 p.m. Officers responded and reported seeing in the distance a vehicle leaving the scene, but nothing else. Lewis said that there have been similar explosions. “We believe that someone is making and messing around with dry ice bombs,”he said. A dry ice bomb is a very simple improvised explosive device using frozen solidcarbon dioxide or cardice –better known as dry ice, according to Wikipedia. Dry ice bombs are commonly made from a container such as a plastic bottle, water and dry (Subscribe for full story)
RRES Students Show Appreciation
Last Thursday, Rogue River Elementary School students decided to show their thanks to the school's staff. According to Principal Jennifer Bakker, students made their own thank-you cards and gave them to bus drivers and other personnel. Here, Susan Bowden displays her cards she had just received.
Auto Recount for GMO Labeling Measure
Secretary of State Kate Brown today announced that the certified results of Measure 92 (GMO Labeling) require an automatic hand recount. Secretary Brown issued a directive to Oregon’s county clerks to conduct a hand recount of the votes for and against Measure 92 sometime between Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and Friday, December 12, 2014. A full recount of ballots caston any measure is required if the difference between votes cast for and against the measure is not more than than one-fifth of one percent of the total votes cast for the measure. According to the certified results of Measure 92, “No”votes out numbered "Yes" votes by 812 out of 1,506,144 votescast and falls within the margin. In order to conduct the recount, county clerks will appoint counting boards of four people (Subscribe for full story)