Medford resident will face charges after eviction fracas

A 49-year-old Medford man, who was angered that his attempt to evict someone from his property Saturday turned into a drunken fight, allegedly tried to burn his own house down before he was arrested, authorities said.

Brian Phillip Hanscom, 49, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree arson and fourth-degree assault stemming from the 8 p.m. altercation at his residence on the first block of West Glenwood Road.

First-degree arson is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 71/2 years under Oregon's Measure 11 sentencing law.

Hanscom lives at a residence on the property, and a woman had lived in a trailer on the property, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Hamscom, who was "visibly intoxicated," was apparently attempting to evict the woman when an argument ensued and he hit her, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

He then became angry, went inside his residence and put a stack of papers on his lit stove before going to bed, Carlson said.

Witnesses said the flames reached 6 to 8 inches high before they were able to extinguish the fire before the arrival of police and firefighters, Carlson said.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour set Hanscom's bail at $15,000 Monday and ordered him back to the Jackson County Jail, where he had been held since his arrest Saturday.

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