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County Weekly Business Session, August 21, 2013
Mark Seligman: "Cave Junction has a contract deputy
they pay the County over a hundred thousand dollars
a year for 40 hours a week of law enforcement."
"I will read an article in the IV News that shows the lack
of concern in the Josephine County Sheriff's Depart-
ment and OSP [Oregon State Police] for busting meth
"I remind you: The Sheriff gets a hundred thousand
dollars a year, and Cave Junction shouldn't renegoti-
ate his contract when the, when this information is
"I'm gonna read an editorial from the Illinois Valley
News written by Dan Mancuso."
"Over the past few months, I have noticed a vehicle
parked around town with plates that expired several
years ago. As I watch the vehicle, I notice that the man
and women who inhabit it have many visitors through-
out the day. It doesn't take much to figure out what the
lady and gentlemen are up to."
"I have contacted the Josephine County Sheriff's De,
Office, Oregon State Police, and RADE [Rogue Area
Drug Enforcement]. I have sent numerous photos of
people who drive the truck, along with other informa-
tion about activity associated with the truck."
"Two weeks ago while on the phone with OSP, I was
told they couldn't do anything if the truck was on private
property [the Shop Smart Foods parking lot]."
"When I explained what I do for a living [Dan Mancuso
is the Editor of Illinois Valley News] and mentioned
that I was going to write about it, the lack of concern
on the part of OSP, the dispatcher said, 'Good, do that.
Maybe you guys will pass the levy the next time.' "
"Yes, the dispatcher said that."
"I called back to get her full name and was told by her
supervisor, who would only give me her first name, that
she, the supervisor, was on the line and that the dis-
patcher didn't say that."
"The supervisor went on to say that I would get into
trouble if I repeated my claim. Apparently she doesn't
"I suggested I request the audio tape of the conversa-
tion and was told I couldn't get a copy. Apparently the
OSP employee does not know the statutes [that cover
public record laws]."
"My point is all this: Harvest time is coming up and I
bet RADE, the RADE team, will be all over the Valley,
busting medical marijuana growers, while it seems
taking medicine away from people is more important
than busting meth and heroin dealers in the Valley."
"I say this because not one person from any of the three
agencies has contacted me to ask or follow up with any
Seligman: "Now, I ask the Commissioners to take the
Josephine County Sheriff's Department and OSP to
task. This is a done deed. These, this dealer has done
what he's done."
"The Sheriff can come up here and say anything he
wants, but they pay a hundred thousand dollars a year
for service. They're not getting it. And it's five blocks
away in the Shop Smart parking lot and other places
"I really hope the Commissioners look into this and ask
questions, because this item is egregious. It should not
be going on in this County."
"And, if you wonder why people vote 'No,' this is why.
Simon Hare's investigation began with the messenger:
"I don't believe you're a RESIDENT of Cave Junction."