Model plane brouhaha awaits court appearance

How about an update on the radio-controlled airplane fight late last month? Have their been additional charges lodged against the homeless man who seemingly instigated the fight with the plane's owner? Was the plane ever recovered and is it being held by the police as evidence? Where is this case going?

Jack S., Medford

For those who don't remember, on April 30 Gregory Dean Hunt, of Medford, was flying his high-end model plane in a field on McAndrews Street when a homeless man on a bicycle, Jeffrey Michael Hobson, 33, approached him to argue about the little plane.

A fight ensued, wherein Hunt, 48, lost several of his front teeth and suffered broken ribs. After beating down Hunt, Hobson pedaled away on his bike, heading south along Central Avenue. Witnesses told police Hunt then pursued him in his 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Hunt then hit Hobson's bicycle and pinned his legs against a chain-link fence. Hobson suffered a broken leg that required a hospital stay, police said.

Police originally charged Hunt with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. A Jackson County Grand Jury then increased the charges against Hunt. He now faces additional charges of first-degree assault and third-degree assault, as well as another second-degree assault charge, court records show.

Hunt declined to comment when contacted by phone. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges, according to court records.

First-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory 7 years, 6 months prison sentence. Second-degree assault carries a mandatory 5 years, 10 months sentence under Oregon law. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 23.

Meanwhile, Hobson, who was charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief — both misdemeanors — failed to show for his court date and currently has a warrant out for his arrest, court records show.

Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said he does not know if the plane has been recovered.

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