Four more arrests made in cockfighting investigation

A continuing investigation into cockfighting matches discovered at a White City home on Dec. 11 has led to four arrests and the seizure of roughly 100 chickens, including fighting roosters, as well as drugs and cash.

On Christmas Eve, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department served search warrants at two homes with ties to a cockfighting match that authorities interrupted earlier this month in the 12000 block of Meadow Road, White City. The searched homes were in that block and in the 3400 block of Randall Avenue, Central Point, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

At the Randall Avenue home, about 100 chickens — many of them described as cockfighting roosters — and a small amount of cockfighting paraphernalia was found, she said. A court order requires the people on the premises to care for the animals until they can be properly euthanized.

At the Meadows Road home, one man, later identified as Johnny Raymond Kezer, 53, ran away as deputies arrived, Carlson said. He hid in one of the buildings on the property, but officers found him and arrested him on a warrant charging him with violating his probation in a drug conviction.

Raymond David Hinthorne, 40, was arrested on a charge of hindering prosecution for allegedly helping hide Kezer and lying about where he had gone, Carlson said.

Investigators also found 53 pounds of marijuana, a half ounce of methamphetamine and $1,500, all of which was seized, she said.

Christopher Ivan Davis, 52, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth and manufacture and delivery of marijuana.

Another man at the property was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant charging him with failure to appear on a traffic charge.

— Anita Burke

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