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  • Crowbar attack leads to multiple charges

  • A man living on rural Savage Creek Road outside Rogue River faces attempted murder and assault charges after beating a 74-year-old neighbor with a crowbar, police said.
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  • A man living on rural Savage Creek Road outside Rogue River faces attempted murder and assault charges after beating a 74-year-old neighbor with a crowbar, police said.
    Jack Porter, 36, of the 900 block of Savage Creek Road, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $2 million bail for charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault stemming from the Thursday attack.
    "We don't know what provoked that attack at this point," Jackson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Snaith said.
    Snaith said Porter hit victim Ronald Franchi, 74, multiple times with the crowbar Thursday afternoon. The assault was reported at 1 p.m.
    Franchi lives next door to Porter and has known him for many years, Snaith said.
    Drugs and alcohol are believed to be involved, said Snaith, who declined to reveal what role they may have played.
    "At this point we don't want to release any more information," he said.
    Franchi was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with life-threatening injuries, according to a sheriff's department press release.
    He was in good condition Friday, a hospital spokesman said.
    According to the Daily Courier in Grants Pass, the incident was initially reported to the Rogue River Police Department as a stabbing.
    Rogue River police Chief Ken Lewis told the Courier that his officers located and arrested Porter while he was walking on Savage Creek Road covered in blood.
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