Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe: I am not the Medford, Ore. bank robber

Celebrity Mike Rowe finds himself in an awkward spot.

He’s a dead ringer for a bank robbery suspect in Medford, Oregon and that prompted the ‘Dirty Jobs‘ host to post a tongue-in-cheek denial on his Facebook page.

To the People of Medford Oregon:

Those of you up to speed with the Medford Police Facebook Page, (one of the finest pages of it’s kind, incidentally,) are no doubt aware that a white male wearing a ball cap and sweatshirt walked into the Chase Bank over on Stewart Street two days ago and robbed the joint. This had led many to wonder where I was on the day in question. True, I am often attired in a sweatshirt and ball cap, and yes, I do share a certain resemblance with the culprit. I’ve also been spotted in Medford on more than once occasion, (a lovely town by any standard.) However, I am not “5’6″ – 5’8″ tall with a small to medium build.” The last time I was 5’6″ – 5’8″ I was in the 6th grade. And the “small to medium” ship sailed some time ago.”

The responses to the Facebook post had hundreds of comments shortly after it went up Wednesday morning.

“Come to Medford and turn yourself in Mike,” wrote Don Richie. “After a great laugh with the Medford Police Department, tour Southern Oregon and see the beauty of this part of the world and the many fine vineyards! Oh, cannot forget Crater Lake too.”

The cops also had a bit of fun with the coincidence, putting this on their Facebook page.

“Good morning folks. First off, we appreciate all the tips on the bank robbery from yesterday. In fact, thanks to you guys, we issued an arrest warrant for Mike Rowe from the TV show, ‘Dirty Jobs.’ But in case it’s not him, keep your eye out and keep the tips coming.”

Rowe’s post also questions the wisdom of even robbing a bank, calling the suspect “an idiot” or perhaps “a clever person of below average height wearing a Mike Rowe mask?”

He pointed out that he was an alibi.

“PS. For what it’s worth,” he wrote. “I was in Kansas Monday, and can prove it, if need be.”

We need to double check his alibi…….

Dipshidiot of the day: Yuba County Deputy arrested in Pennsylvania pot bust

A California deputy on vacation in Pennsylvania has been arrested, accused of attempting to make a marijuana deliverywith his friends, authorities said.

Deputy Christopher Mark Heath, 37, of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office was in a vehicle pulled over Dec. 29 in West Manheim Township, Pa., about 40 miles northwest of Baltimore. With him were Tyler Neil Long, 31, and Ryan Jay Falsone, 27, all of Bangor, Calif.; nearly 250 pounds of pot in 122 sealed bags; and $11,000 cash, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said in a Monday press conference.

The street value of the marijuana is more than $2 million.

​”One has to be both saddened and angry when you hear of something like this,” Kearney said. “The work that is done by the (drug) task force and police officers in general is very dangerous work, and it is made more dangerous by the fact that occasionally there is a bad apple in the barrel.”

The men were charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and a single count of criminal conspiracy, according to York County District Court records. On the same day, they posted $1 million bail each through a bail bondsman, likely paying $50,000 to $100,000 from their own pockets.

They are scheduled to appear Feb. 11 in York County District Court for a preliminary hearing.)

Both Long and Heath admitted to driving the marijuana about 2,700 miles cross country to try to make their delivery in Hanover, Pa., according to charging documents. Neither medical or recreational marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania.

“This is obviously a big operation,” Kearney said.

Heath, who was part of a drug and gang task force that spans Yuba and Sutter counties in California, was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. Last year, his pay and benefits exceeded $122,000, the(Marysville, Calif.) Appeal-Democrat reported.

Also after Heath’s arrest, deputies in Butte County received warrants to search his home in Bangor, Calif., a town of fewer than 650 people about 25 miles northwest of Marysville, according to the Appeal-Democrat. Investigations in which he has participated are now under scrutiny.

Personal use for medicinal purposes I am sure