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Meth Watch: Suspect ditches his court date

EDITOR'S NOTE: Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon, in cooperation with the Mail Tribune and KTVL Channel 10, is participating in Meth Watch, a program intended to combat the manufacture and sales of methamphetamine in Southern Oregon. Each week, Meth Watch will focus on a person wanted by Jackson or Josephine county law-enforcement agencies for delivery and/or manufacture of methamphetamine.

Steven Edward Grimm is wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department for failure to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of possessing meth and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was indicted in November 2001 on the case. The warrant carries a bail of &

36;10,000.

Grimm is described as a white man, 35 years old, 6 feet — inch tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and is missing several teeth. Grimm has multiple tattoos, including a rose, skull, flames, a city and smoke collage on his right arm; a dragon's skeleton and the grim reaper on his left arm; and a picture of stone and torn flesh on his back.

He may be using the alias of Eric Daniel Grimm. The picture shown in today's newspaper was taken in February 2004.

The Linn County Sheriff's Department also holds an outstanding felony warrant for Grimm's arrest, alleging failure to appear on charges of manufacturing and delivering meth. That warrant also carries a bail of &

36;10,000.

— If you have seen Grimm, or have information on his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328) and refer to case MT/MW-142.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to &

36;1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any other unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Sonitrol of Southern Oregon.

Meth statistics

In conjunction with Meth Watch, the Mail Tribune is compiling weekly statistics to demonstrate the effects of methamphetamine on our community.

Arrests

' Fourteen people were arrested last week and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on meth-related charges. Nine were arrested for possessing meth. Three were arrested for possessing, delivering and manufacturing meth. One was arrested for possessing, delivering and manufacturing meth and delivering the drug within 1,000 feet of a school. One was arrested for possessing, delivering and manufacturing meth and delivering and manufacturing the drug within 1,000 feet of a school. Seven arrests were in conjunction with other criminal charges.

Court appearances

' Two people appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court last week on indictments charging them with possession of meth.

Child welfare

' The local child welfare office of the state's Department of Human Services removed 11 children from six homes last week and placed them into protective custody because of methamphetamine use in the family.

Addiction recovery

' Nineteen methamphetamine addicts entered outpatient treatment last week at OnTrack Inc. One meth addict completed inpatient treatment last week at Addictions Recovery Center (ARC). Five people were admitted last week to ARC's sobering center while under the influence of meth.