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Medford police combed the Bear Creek Greenway on Thursday, issuing 25 citations for illegal camping.

Five officers searched the Greenway after previously posting signs noting that camping is illegal within city limits.

"We give them word that camping is prohibited before we conduct the sweeps," Medford police Sgt. Don Lane said.

Officers wrote 25 citations for campers found living along the Greenway. One woman was arrested on a theft warrant, Lane said.

"We do these sweeps periodically throughout the year," Lane said.

Lane said illegal camping increases as the warmer months approach. A prohibited camping citation runs between $1,000 and $3,000, Lane said.

A Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair with obstacle course, crafts, prizes and free helmets is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, May 21, at Don Jones Park in Central Point.

Kids who bring their bikes will receive a free bicycle helmet while supplies last. There will be instruction on bicycle safety and proper helmet fitting, bicycle safety inspections and tune-ups.

Kids can ride an obstacle course, take a tour around the park path (about a mile), participate in free craft stations, use the water spray park and spin a prize wheel for free items.

Vendors will sell hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and other snacks. All proceeds will benefit Central Point Police Explorer Post 2600.

The fair is run by the Central Point Police Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Fire District No. 3.

Butler Ford and Phoenix High School are partnering to help raise up to $6,000 as part of Ford Motor Co.'s Drive One 4 UR School program.

Community members will have the opportunity to raise money by test driving a Ford vehicle. For every person who test drives a Ford, $20 will be donated to Phoenix High School's Activities Department, up to a maximum of $6,000.

Test drives will take place at Butler Ford, 1977 Highway 99, Ashland, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. Limit is one test drive per household.

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