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Suspect wanted on meth charges

Meth Watch


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.

Stephen Peter Carkhuff is wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department on charges of possessing and delivering methamphetamine. He was indicted in April 2003 but never appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court to hear the charges. Bail on the warrant is &


Carkhuff is described as a 22-year-old white male, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and may be wearing glasses. He has scars on his back, left shoulder and abdomen. He may be using the alias of Pete Carkhuff. The picture shown in today's newspaper was taken in September 2002.

There are additional warrants for Carkhuff's arrest held by other law enforcement agencies alleging possession of meth, driving under the influence of intoxicants and contempt of court.

— If you have seen Carkhuff, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328) and refer to case MT/MW-182.

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 ' Thirteen people were arrested last week and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on meth-related charges. Twelve were arrested for possessing meth, and one was arrested for possessing and delivering meth. Eight arrests were in conjunction with other criminal charges.

Child welfare ' The local child welfare office of the state's Department of Human Services removed nine children from four homes last week and placed them into protective custody due to meth use in the family.

Addiction recovery ' Eleven meth addicts entered outpatient treatment last week at OnTrack Inc.