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  • Medford police note rise in holiday crime

  • Medford — Christmas this year was busier than any Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau has seen in his 19 years on the force.
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  • Medford — Christmas this year was busier than any Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau has seen in his 19 years on the force.
    "I've worked numerous Christmas Eves and Christmas nights, and they are really slow for calls for service, but this year was different for whatever reason," Budreau said.
    Officers responded to reports of five home burglaries, two car thefts and two stabbings — one that put a woman in the hospital with multiple knife wounds and her husband in the Jackson County Jail without bail.
    Investigators said the typically slow day usually contains a few domestic violence calls, usually fueled by alcohol or other substances.
    "That's not uncommon," Budreau said.
    This year was different.
    Police responded to the 300 block of North Peach Street at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 25. They arrested 45-year-old Antoine Ramone Coleman on suspicion of stabbing his wife, 36-year-old Annette Coleman, multiple times. She was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center but has since been released.
    Antoine Coleman was booked into the Jackson County Jail, where he remains held without bail on charges of attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault.
    Another stabbing was reported Christmas Eve in the 2500 block of Merriman Road, where two white men in their early 20s assaulted a 27-year-old man, stabbed him in the leg and made off with his belongings. The man was treated at RRMC and released.
    The five burglaries were spread across Medford, leading police to believe it was the work of multiple thieves. They were reported in the 2500 block of Fontaine Circle, the 400 block of Midway Road, the 2700 block of East McAndrews Road, the 1200 block of Covina Avenue and the 500 block of Plum Street. A gun, ammunition, gun safe and tools were among the items reported stolen from the homes, police said. No suspects have been arrested in any of the incidents, and none of the property has been recovered.
    "Usually we average about one burglary a day, so for us to have five in that period is way outside the norm," Budreau said.
    The Midway Road burglary included a stolen silver 2005 BMW 32i, one of two car thefts reported during the 24-hour period. The other was a gray 2000 Chevy Silverado in the 600 block of East Main Street. Both vehicles are still missing.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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