- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A homeless shelter in Medford that rushed to open before winter hit has been plagued with problems in recent weeks.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/BTJzYa ) that over a one-month period, Medford police have received 33 calls for service at the Kelly Shelter, located in the basement of First United Methodist Church. Medford police Chief Randy Sparacino says calls include disorderly conduct, theft, warrants and reports of a sex offender.

Building and fire officials have also taken issue with the shelter. A staircase leads down to the basement, posing a problem with those with disabilities who might need to flee in an emergency.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has been trying to work with Rogue Retreat to resolve some of the fire safety problems. In all, organizers have spent more than $25,000 on fire and safety equipment trying to get the shelter up to code.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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