Josephine County Sheriff warns against bird calls
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MERLIN, Ore.-Sheriff Gil Gilbertson of Josephine County sent out a Public Awareness Alert this morning warning against bird calls.
The Sheriff's Office received a report of three males walking around Merlin between 2:00 and 3:30AM, communicating with bird calls.
Gilbertson suspects the men are "casing properties" and he asks residents to protect themselves from criminals "given the weakness that law enforcement is at this point in [Josephine County]."
The Sheriff suggests residents call his office or City Police for help in creating neighborhood watch programs, the right way.
He points out some communities in Josephine County have gone too far in neighborhood protection by breaking the law themselves. Gilbertson has tried to explain to these residents that actions impersonating a law enforcement officer, such as pulling over cars, are a class C felony and may lead to a dangerous confrontation, but they allegedly refuse to listen.
Gilbertson applauds Merlin's Neighborhood Watch Program and suggests Josephine County Residents visit jocosheriff.us, click on Flash Alert and subscribe for alerts warning against crime in their community.