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GP City Council Made Quick Work of Special Meeting that Followed Monday Workshop
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The Grants Pass City Council made quick work of a special meeting that followed Monday's workshop. Wednesday night's regular meeting was canceled due to a light agenda. The City Council voted 6-2 to approve the second reading of an ordinance that annexes a property at 2000 SW Bridge Street into the city limits. Voting against the ordinance were Councilors Brian DeLaGrange and Rob Pell. The Council voted unanimously to appoint Larry Sussman to the Bikeways & Walkways Committee and Tressa Jumps to the Urban Tree Advisory Committee. Both candidates had been recommended by their respective committees. The Consent Agenda was also approved unanimously. It contained a resolution renaming the Josephine County City/County Solid Waste Agency to the Josephine County Solid Waste Agency. Following the regular meeting, Mayor Sara Bristol convened a Special Meeting in Executive Session regarding sensitive labor negotiations.
Posted on 4/2/24 5:56AM by Sam Marsh

Josephine County Sheriff's Deputies Graduated from Oregon Police Academy in Salem
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The ranks of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office were bolstered last week by two new deputies who graduated from the Oregon Police Academy. The Sheriff's Office congratulates Deputy Sierra Bitterling and Deputy Brandon Lehn on their successful completion of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Both Bitterling and Lehn graduated last Friday after starting the 16-week Basic Police Certification training in November. Bitterling joined the Sheriff's Office in April 2021 as an Animal Control Officer and moved to an open patrol deputy post last October. Lehn joined the Sheriff's Office in December 2019 as a corrections deputy and he moved to the patrol division last November. Starting this week, both deputies will be assigned to a field training officer to complete their training. Sheriff Dave Daniel said he is proud of their accomplishments and dedication to Josephine County.
Posted on 4/2/24 5:55AM by Sam Marsh

GPPD Captured Man Wanted by Coos Bay Police for Three Felony-Level Crimes
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted by the Coos Bay Police Department for multiple felony-level crimes over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 32-year-old male suspect in the 1500-block of Cloverlawn Drive on Saturday at 1:12 p.m.. Police said they were contacted by Coos Bay PD with information that the suspect was in the Grants Pass area and he was wanted for crimes including Aggravated Identity Theft, 1st-Degree Theft, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Escape. The suspect was believed to be in possession of a firearm and he had previously barricaded himself inside a house when contacted by law enforcement. Officers carefully approached the Cloverlawn Drive residence and they were able to place the wanted man into custody without incident. No firearm was located. The suspect was transported to Roseburg to meet with Coos Bay police officers who transported him to their jurisdiction. The Josephine County Jail refused to lodge the suspect, so GPPD made the arrangement to keep this dangerous man off local streets.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:59AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Snared Arizona Fugitive during Williams Highway Traffic Stop near Murphy
The Oregon State Police apprehended an Arizona man wanted by authorities in his home state after a weekend traffic stop on Williams Highway near Murphy. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Honda driven by a 25-year-old Bullhead City, Arizona, man near milepost 7 of Highway 238 on Saturday at 12:07 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for traffic violations and quickly learned that he was wanted on an extraditable felony warrant out of Arizona. He was placed into custody without incident. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant which included a corrections violation. He was awaiting extradition proceedings that will send him back to Arizona. According to OSP, the man's vehicle was left with his passengers.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:58AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed Two Jackson County Men after Weekend Pursuit in North Valley Area
The Oregon State Police jailed two Jackson County men for multiple crimes after they led troopers on a weekend pursuit in the North Valley area. OSP reports troopers attempted a traffic stop on a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 32-year-old Central Point man near the intersection of Merlin Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road on Friday at 5:53 p.m.. Troopers said the motorist refused to yield and fled, but a pursuit was not initiated. During an investigation, they said the driver and passenger were identified which led to their apprehension later in the day. The arrest location was not disclosed. The driver was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended and a Felony Parole Violation. The 21-year-old male passenger from Medford who shared the same last name as the driver was lodged in jail for Hindering Prosecution. Both men were being held without bail while a 54-year-old male passenger was not arrested. The Volkswagen was impounded.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:57AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Motorist for Reckless Driving after Weekend Traffic Stop
Grants Pass Police arrested a female motorist after she nearly struck a patrol vehicle while driving recklessly in the north part of the city this past weekend. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by the 32-year-old woman in the parking lot of Motel 6 off NE 6th Street on Saturday at 4:35 p.m.. Police said they stopped the woman after she "burned out" of the driveway at the Lucky Duck tavern and nearly hit a patrol vehicle along with another vehicle. They said she made two dangerous lane changes and did not have a driver's license, proof of insurance or license plates. The woman was described as "irate." The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Reckless Driving and she was cited for the traffic violations. She was also warned for Failure to Yield Prior to Entering a Roadway. A verbal disturbance occurred when the woman's husband arrived on scene. The vehicle was left at Motel 6.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:56AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested Three Motorists for DUII Over Weekend in the Grants Pass Area
The Oregon State Police arrested three motorists for impaired driving over the weekend in the Grants Pass area. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Saturday at 12:09 a.m. when state troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 32-year-old Grants Pass man on Medart Lane between Kellenbeck Avenue and Willow Lane. Troopers said they stopped the man for multiple traffic violations and he displayed multiple signs of impairment. After performing poorly in field sobriety tests, the man was taken to the Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was exactly twice the legal driving limit. The second incident happened on Saturday at 4:36 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram pickup driven by another 32-year-old Grants Pass man near milepost 4 of Williams Highway. Upon contact with the driver, signs of impairment were observed and the man was taken to the Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was just over the legal driving limit. The third incident took place on Sunday at 7:13 p.m. when troopers responded to a driving complaint near milepost 55 of Interstate 5. Troopers located the Landrover Ranger, stopped it and said the 31-year-old Vacaville, California, man showed signs of impairment. He performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to the Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit. All three men were charged with DUII and Reckless Driving.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:54AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD Cited Property Owner for Illegal Open Burn on White Schoolhouse Road
The Illinois Valley Fire District cited a property owner for an illegal open burn over the weekend. On Saturday at 8:07 p.m., IVFD crews were dispatched to the reported open burn on White Schoolhouse Road. The illegal blaze was quickly extinguished. IVFD officials said open burning is never allowed at night and the property owner was cited for that as well as illegal items in the fire. Officials said Illinois Valley residents should go online to "ivfire.com" to obtain a burn permit during the daytime hours or stop by the IVFD station at 681 Caves Highway in Cave Junction to fill out a form for a burn permit. They are free.
Posted on 4/1/24 10:51AM by Sam Marsh
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Wolf Creek Man Jailed for Several Crimes after Kidnapping Incident in Glendale
A Wolf Creek man has been arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on a number of charges including kidnapping after an incident in the Glendale area. Last Thursday shortly after 1 p.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers in Douglas County received a call from a man who said his mother had been taken against her will. The victim was able to send information to her son, which he relayed to law enforcement. Deputies learned the male suspect -- 35-year-old Richard Goodin of Wolf Creek -- was in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup which had been reported stolen earlier in the day. During the investigation, the victim was able to get away and called 9-1-1 which allowed deputies to get an approximate location of the suspect. Deputies converged on the area, located Goodin and placed him into custody without further incident. Douglas County Sheriff's Lieutenant Brad O'Dell said the unidentified victim was located and taken to safety. Richard Goodin was lodged at the jail in Roseburg for suspicion of 2nd-Degree Kidnapping, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Posted on 4/1/24 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Domestic Violence Incident at Local Trailer Park
Grants Pass Police incarcerated a man for domestic violence following a weekend incident at a local trailer park. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 34-year-old man at Royal Trailer Park on SW Lewis Avenue on Friday shortly before midnight. Police said the incident started as a verbal altercation between the suspect and his wife. The man told officers his wife struck him and he attempted to pin her down. The man advised his wife then bit him and stabbed him with a pen near his eye. However, the wife stated that her husband hit her and strangled her to the point where she could not breathe. She said she used the first object she could reach to get her husband off her as she feared she was going to lose consciousness. Upon arrival, officers documented redness and bruising around the woman's neck. The suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and Domestic Strangulation. He was being held without bail. GPPD contacted the Women's Crisis Support Team and the organization planned to perform a domestic violence assessment.
Posted on 4/1/24 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared 2 Men Involved in Attempted Theft of Walmart Merchandise
Grants Pass Police arrested two men allegedly involved in the attempted weekend theft of hundreds of dollars' worth of merchandise from Walmart. The Police Department reports officers responded to the theft complaint at the big box retailer on NE Terry Lane on Friday around 6:30 p.m.. Police said a 57-year-old man filled a tote with nearly $1,200 worth of items and walked past all points of sale at Walmart. They said the man fled when confronted by loss prevention and left the stolen items behind. He was last seen climbing into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by another man. The license plate was seen. Following an investigation, officers tracked down the suspects at a home in the 900-block of SE Grandview Avenue. The 47-year-old driver was detained after he exited the back door of the home and the theft suspect was found inside the house. After both suspects admitted to being at Walmart, the older man was charged with Felony 1st-Degree Theft and the younger man was charged with Driving While Suspended. Both suspects were also trespassed from Walmart. Officers said the license plate on the Silverado belonged to a GMC Sierra. It was seized and the investigation was continuing.
Posted on 4/1/24 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Man Who Tried to Flee from Felony Warrant at Traffic Stop
Grants Pass Police arrested a man who tried to run away from a traffic stop after it was determined that he was wanted on a local felony warrant. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by a 39-year-old man near the Duck Parking Lot at SE 7th and G streets on Friday. Police said they stopped the man for a traffic violation and he refused to identify himself. After stepping into traffic to get away, he was advised that he was not free to leave. The man continued to walk away and would not stop, but he surrendered after additional officers arrived to assist. Now they know why he attempted to flee. The male subject was found to be wanted on a Medford felony warrant for Unlawful Manufacture and Delivery of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance. The suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrant. Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Escape were referred to the District Attorney's Office for consideration. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/1/24 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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