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Felony arrests

  • Burglary — Javier Castillo-Solano, 25, of the 100 block of West Fourth Street, Medford. Phoenix police Friday arrested Castillo-Solano on charges of menacing, harassment, first-degree theft and second-degree theft. In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents charged him with suspicion of being in the country illegally. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.
  • Drugs — David Wayne Lewis, 48, of the 200 block of North Ivy Street, Medford. Lewis appeared Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on an indictment charging him with possession of methamphetamine. He was booked into jail and released on his own recognizance.
  • Sex offender — James Robert Bennett, 28, of the 400 block of Fairmount Street, Medford. Medford police Friday arrested Bennett on charges of failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation. He was lodged in jail without bail.
  • Drugs — Roger Phillip Vait, 63, no known address. Medford police Friday arrested Vait on charges of possession of methamphetamine and delivery of methamphetamine. He was lodged in jail on $30,000 bail.

Emergency landing

A small helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing along Interstate 5 on Friday afternoon.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said high winds and low clouds above the Siskiyou Summit forced the pilot to ground the helicopter near milepost 6 near Callahan's Siskiyou Lodge. The helicopter could remain parked by the interstate throughout the night.

"It doesn't happen often, but sometimes the weather deteriorates at the summit and forces aircraft to land for a while until things clear up," Winters said.