Pilot Staff Report

A Medford man is being held in Curry County Jail after law enforcement deemed him a danger to himself and others after he pointed a loaded shotgun at a Brookings Bi-Mart clerk and did the same the next day at Chetco Trader pawn shop.

John Wesley Nieman, 68, has lived off and on in the Brookings area and recently returned to the area. He is being held in the Curry County Jail on a $75,000 bail.

According to Brookings Police Department reports, Nieman allegedly entered Bi-Mart on Railroad Street Nov. 3, asked to see a shotgun, loaded it with a shell he’d brought with him and pointed the gun at a store clerk.

Employees kicked him out of the store and called police, but they were unable to locate him.

The following day, the reports read, Nieman went into the pawn shop on Chetco Avenue, asked to see a gun and started to load a shell into the weapon when employees stopped him and detained him for police.

Police recognized him as the alleged perpetrator of the Bi-Mart incident and arrested him for both crimes Saturday, Nov. 4.

Nieman was booked and “force released” from the jail later that day. A person charged with a crime is “forced released” based on a matrix of their criminal history and the status of the jail capacity at that time.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Nieman allegedly returned to Bi-Mart. Employees recognized him and detained him before calling police.

Nieman was arraigned on one charge of menacing, two of endangering another person and pointing a firearm at another in association with the Bi-Mart incident.

Charges are pending regarding his arrest in the Chetco Trader event, said Police Lt. Donny Dotson. Police are recommending the district attorney charge him with felon in possession of a firearm. It is not yet known where the original felony conviction took place, Dotson said.

District Attorney Everett Dial was reviewing the reports Thursday.

According to state criminal records, Nieman completed a three-year probationary period in August in a Jackson County case in which he was convicted on two of four felony charges of felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to probation, 30 days in jail and ordered to forfeit his weapon.

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