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A man and a teenage boy were arrested Friday after a witness reported they slashed vehicle tires at the Oregon Department of Human Services office in Medford.

A DHS employee working at about 3 a.m. Friday observed two people in the office parking lot at 909 Royal Ave. and called police to report suspicious activity, said Medford police.

Four DHS vehicles and one privately owned vehicle were vandalized. A total of 14 tires were slashed, causing $1,400 worth of damage, said Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen.

The two suspects ran when the DHS employee spotted them, but Medford police caught up with the pair on the corner of Poplar Drive and McAndrews Road shortly thereafter, said Hansen.

Patrick Doty, 26, of Medford, was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and lodged at the Jackson County Jail. He has since been released. A 15-year-old boy was cited on the same charge and released to his parents.

Greyhound bus passengers helped police recover a stolen guitar Saturday at the bus station on Medford's Front Street, police said.

Two men were causing a disturbance at the station at about 3:26 p.m., when one of the men — whom police believe were intoxicated — grabbed a guitar from the cargo storage of a Greyhound bus and ran off with it. Passengers from the bus ran after the man but were unable to catch up to him, said Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen.

When police arrived, bus passengers pointed officers in the direction the men had last been seen. Dakota Haight, 18, of Medford, was located in an alley not far from the bus station and was arrested on charges of second-degree theft and disorderly conduct, Hansen said. With him was Eric Jenkins, 39, of Medford, who was arrested on charges of second-degree theft, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest.

The guitar owner, a Greyhound passenger from Cobb., Calif., reclaimed the instrument before resuming the bus trip, said police.

Marj Jameson, executive director of the Southern Oregon chapter of American Red Cross, retired July 31 after 30 years of service, the organization announced in a news release.

During her tenure, Jameson served as a disaster services caseworker, emergency services director and health director for the local chapter.

Jameson has served as executive director since July 1996. During her tenure, she has overseen the response to several significant local disasters, including an August 1996 apartment complex fire on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford, in which 69 families received emergency assistance; floods in January 1997 that forced 200 families to seek emergency assistance; and the March 2011 Pacific tsunami that affected Curry County.

Highway crews will be working on Highway 99 between Talent (south of Creel) and Ashland (north of the CORP trestle) through this week.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is advising drivers to watch for flaggers and single-lane traffic in both directions between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. each day through Friday.

Preserving vegetables, meats, dairy and herbs is the focus of a harvest festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Hanley Farm.

Draft horses will be used to harvest the wheat crop — weather permitting — and wheat berries will be sold directly from the field.

Oregon State University Extension Service experts will share ways to make herbal vinegars, mustards, cheeses, herbal extracts and tinctures; how to can jellies, smoke meats, dry fruits, vegetables and herbs; as well as how to make cheese. Kirsten Shockey of Mellonia Farm will teach production of krauts and pickles.

Hanley Farm is at 1053 Hanley Road, between Central Point and Jacksonville. For a schedule of events, see www.sohs.org/hanley_farm.html.

For information, see www.sohs.org or call 541-773-6536.

HOWARD PRAIRIE — Recording artists Craig Chaquico, former guitarist of Jefferson Starship, and acoustic performer Gentle Thunder will offer a benefit concert Saturday, Aug. 6, at Howard Prairie Lake Resort.

Chaquico will showcase music from his four-decade, multiplatinum career, including several of his Jefferson Starship/Starship classic-rock hits and smooth-jazz favorites. Proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley.

Multi-instrumentalist Gentle Thunder will begin the event at 7 p.m., playing her hammered dulcimer and hand-crafted native flutes. The benefit concert began last year in memory of Andrew LeGrande, the late son of resort owner Joel LeGrande.

The event has open-lawn seating, so bring chairs and blankets. Gates open at 5 p.m. at the resort, 3249 Hyatt-Prairie Road, east of Ashland. Tickets cost $20, $15 per person for resort campers.

Parking is free.

Tickets are available at Towne & Country Cleaners in Ashland, Mobile Madness in Medford and the Talent Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley. Call 541-482-1979 or see www.hplake.com.