Reward offered after shooter targets MT delivery driver
The publisher of the Mail Tribune and the Ashland Tidings is offering a $1,000 reward after a newspaper carrier reported she was shot at by a motorist while she was in the middle of making deliveries in the Sams Valley area.
Candy Greb of Medford, who was on her route with her 2-year-old in the backseat, reported she was followed and harassed by a motorist driving a compact pickup truck, which escalated to the truck honking and a gunshot being fired shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Rogue River Drive.
“It could have ended a lot worse,” said Greb, who added that no one was hurt.
Greb said she was in the early stages of her shift when she noticed a pickup following her with its bright lights on near the intersection of Ironwood and Rogue River drives. She described the vehicle as “driving around all weird” — at one point stopping in the middle of the road before turning onto a side road.
Greb said she initially thought the driver might have been under the influence, or at least acting suspicious, so she pulled over on Rogue River Drive and called the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office because something didn’t look right.
In the middle of her report to dispatch, the truck reappeared near the 1600 block of Rogue River Drive. Despite giving the truck ample room to pull around her while she called-in her report, the truck stayed behind her vehicle and honked its horn.
“I heard a gunshot and she (the dispatcher) told me to drive,” Greb said.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Mike Moran confirmed that the dispatcher heard the apparent gunshot; however, sheriff’s deputies have yet to find a casing or other evidence of a shooting.
“She’s pretty sure it was a gunshot,” Moran said, adding that Greb told sheriff’s deputies she has some familiarity with firearms.
The dispatcher stayed with Greb on the line until she could meet with a sheriff’s deputy about 1:40 a.m. Friday morning near the area of Highway 62 and Hammel Road.
Greb had minimal information about the vehicle involved, other than that it was a truck.
Greb said she’s been run off the road while working the Sams Valley route for the past year, but she’s never been shot at before.
“I’m sure for someone who doesn’t know what I’m doing, it looks odd,” Greb said.
Gail Whiting, associate publisher of Mail Tribune parent company Rosebud Media, said the company “takes this very seriously.”
“The safety of our carriers is critical,” Whiting said.
Greb said she was about six papers into her route in the Sams Valley area. After Greb contacted police, a male carrier went out and assisted her with the remainder of her roughly 80-paper route.
Rosebud Media CEO and Publisher Steven Saslow said the Mail Tribune will offer a $1,000 reward for any tips that lead to an arrest and the filing of charges in the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 541-776-7206, ask for Deputy Brent Hegdahl and reference JCSO Case No. 20-3773.