A man sent to state prison last year for delivering ecstasy near a school, manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of firearms walked away from a work-release center in Talent last week and is now being sought by police.
Scott Bradley Wold, 37, checked out of the Jackson County Community Justice Transition Center at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 20 and did not report back by his 10 p.m. curfew. Officials deemed him a walkaway and have issued a warrant for his arrest.
"We're hoping to locate this individual soon," Department of Corrections spokeswoman Liz Craig said. "We're working really closely with the county."
Wold completed a six-month alternative incarceration program and was released from the Columbia River Correctional Institute in October, corrections officials said.
The alternative program includes classroom time, group work and jobs around the prison for inmates deemed eligible by judges. Such programs only are offered in minimum security institutions, Craig said. Those convicted of Measure 11 sentences do not qualify, nor do those who have charges from other cases awaiting them upon release. "There is some component of job preparation," Craig said.
After completing that program, inmates are assigned to a 90-day transitional leave program in the county where they were convicted.
"If you violate your transitional leave for whatever reason, you will be sent back to prison to carry out your sentence," Craig said.
In February 2010, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team arrested Wold, who at the time lived in the 900 block of Olympic Avenue. He and Jaymie Rachelle Unger, 40, of the same address, were charged with possession and manufacture of ecstasy, delivery and possession of ecstasy within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of marijuana. Olympic Avenue is near St. Mary's School and Orchard Hill Elementary School in east Medford.
Wold and Unger also were charged with first-degree child neglect.
In March of that year, Wold — who was still in jail — was again charged when police found additional drugs and a handgun in a Medford storage unit.
Wold is white, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.
Community Justice Transition Center officials could not be reached for comment.
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