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Josephine County Man Died in Motor Vehicle Crash on Lower Grave Creek Road
A Josephine County man was killed in a motor vehicle accident in the Sunny Valley-Wolf Creek area late yesterday. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies and emergency personnel responded to the single-vehicle crash in the 4,000-block of Lower Grave Creek Road on Tuesday at 4:07 p.m.. Prior to law enforcement arrival, the driver -- 60-year-old Joseph John Tracey -- was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. Next of kin have been notified. Sergeant Craig Ricker said evidence at the scene indicated that Tracey was driving a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Lower Grave Creek when he failed to negotiate a curve. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the fatal crash scene by Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response, Oregon State Police and 3 Boys Towing.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:32PM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared California Fugitive while Investigating Bi-Mart Theft Case
Grants Pass Police apprehended an out-of-state fugitive while investigating a shoplifting case yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested a 44-year-old male subject for the incident at Bi-Mart on Redwood Highway on Tuesday at 10:58 a.m.. Police said they responded to Bi-Mart after loss prevention reported the subject passed all points of sale while pushing a shopping cart of stolen merchandise. They searched the area and located the man in the parking lot of Duo Gym on West Park Street. A stolen Styrofoam cooler and clothing valued at $83.49 were recovered. Further investigation revealed that the man was wanted on a California Department of Corrections fugitive warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past assault conviction. It took three officers to handcuff the suspect and he was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for evaluation. After being cleared by hospital staff, the suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant plus a charge of 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings to send him back to California.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:31PM by Sam Marsh

OSP Arrested Cave Junction Man on Felony Warrant after NE GP Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police captured a local fugitive during a traffic stop in Grants Pass last night. OSP reports state troopers pulled over a Dodge Dart driven by a 44-year-old Cave Junction man at NE 7th and Savage streets on Tuesday at 9:51 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and quickly learned that the driver was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for Felon in Possession of a Weapon. The suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. He was being held without bail. His car was towed to impound.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:29PM by Sam Marsh

Police Arrested Man for Lewd & Lascivious Behavior at GP Shopping Center
Police arrested a man for lewd and lascivious behavior at the Grants Pass Shopping Center last night. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident at the shopping center located off NE D Street on Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m.. Police said the 46-year-old male subject refused to leave Rite Aid when asked by employees and he remained in the store for several minutes until some customers helped escort him out. They said he became angry, exposed his buttocks and genitals and walked with his pants down while yelling provocative statements with the intent to alarm and harass people in the shopping center. Officers said the man was the subject of at least three citizen calls to dispatch for his unruly and sexually-charged behavior. He was immediately taken into custody. The suspect was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass. He was also trespassed from Rite Aid and other businesses in the shopping center.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:28PM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII & More after He Hit Several Mailboxes
Grants Pass Police arrested for impaired driving and more after he crashed his vehicle into some mailboxes in the north part of the city and fled last night. The Police Department reports officers located the 63-year-old man involved in the incident on NW Morgan Lane and placed him into custody at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the man was driving a black Ford pickup when he struck several mailboxes at businesses on Morgan Lane and kept going. They said he was pulled over, showed several signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was deemed to be too inebriated to be driving a motor vehicle. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage and Criminal Mischief. He was being held without bail and his pickup was impounded.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:27PM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested Motorist for Impaired Driving after Highway 199 Crash in CJ
The Oregon State Police arrested a Cave Junction man for impaired driving last night after responding to a wreck on Redwood Highway in the Illinois Valley. According to OSP, troopers were alerted to the single-vehicle crash on US Highway 199 near Frontage Street in Cave Junction on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.. Upon contact with the 33-year-old driver of a GMC Sierra pickup, troopers said he showed several signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Cave Junction Substation where he provided a breath sample that was well over three times the legal driving limit. The suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court before being transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. His wrecked pickup was parked and secured.
Posted on 7/10/24 12:25PM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Motorist for Felony Assault and DUII after Selma Area Crash
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for felony assault and impaired driving after he caused a crash in the Selma area this week. On Monday evening, the Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the two-vehicle head-on collision in the 1500-block of Lakeshore Drive. IVFD officials said one person had to be extricated from a Toyota Tundra due to major damage. They said the patient was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with serious leg and ankle injuries. They did not identify the patient. Deputies said the other driver -- a 38-year-old man -- was not hurt. They said he displayed signs of impairment at the scene, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was placed into custody. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage in the wreck and were towed to Cave Junction. The suspect's vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested GP Man Who Tried to Flee from Traffic Stop in North Valley Area
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man after he fled from a traffic stop in the North Valley area early yesterday. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Ford F-250 pickup driven by the 44-year-old male subject in the 5,000-block of Monument Drive just after midnight Tuesday. Troopers said they stopped the vehicle for traffic violations, the driver attempted to flee and a short foot pursuit ensued. After a successful Taser deployment, the driver -- identified by OSP as "Robert Lee Guthrie" -- was placed into custody. According to OSP, Guthrie was first taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for an evaluation before he was cleared by hospital staff. Guthrie was then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Attempt to Elude Police, Felony Driving While Suspended and three separate arrest warrants. His pickup was turned over to a 61-year-old male passenger.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Investigated Assault Case at Oregon Youth Authority Prison Facility in GP
The Oregon State Police investigated an assault that allegedly occurred at the youth prison in Grants Pass late last month. According to OSP, the incident at the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) prison facility on NE F Street happened on June 27th. Troopers said the assault occurred between two youth inmates. A 17-year-old boy from Woodburn was determined to be the aggressor. The 17-year-old victim was not identified and it's unclear how badly he was injured. The teenage suspect was charged with 4th-Degree Assault and he remains lodged at the OYA facility.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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US Forest Service Reports New Wildfire Start along Oregon-California Border
The US Forest Service reported a new wildfire start along the Oregon-California border early yesterday. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest reports the Sulphur Fire started at about 7 p.m. Monday on the ridge just south of Beaver Sulphur Campground on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District. A Forest Service fire engine first identified the fire and air tankers were diverted from the Upper Applegate Fire to drop water on the new incident. Ground crews quickly responded, getting hand-line and hose around the fire, which was two acres in size. After bedding down for the night, crews resumed their work on Tuesday. Resources currently assigned to the fire include one 20-person hand crew, one engine and one water tender. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The Forest was planning a reconnaissance flight to locate any additional starts. USFS officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activities and report anything of this nature to the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District at (541)-899-3800.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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City of GP Holding Listening Session on US Supreme Court Ruling Tonight
The City of Grants Pass will convene a listening session this evening related to the recent Supreme Court ruling that affirms restrictions on homeless people camping in city parks and other public spaces. The session on time, place and manner regulations pertaining to people "resting" in public spaces is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street. City staff will present an overview of the issue while addressing the current legal landscape and potential future actions. People in attendance will have an opportunity to provide brief verbal comments to the Grants Pass City Council that may help them determine a solution to the issue. There will be 90 seconds of public comment allowed per person. The City Council will not be responding to public comment at this meeting nor will the panel be making any policy decisions tonight. The listening session will be streamed "live" via RVTV and on the City of Grants Pass YouTube channel.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Hold Hearing on Library Annexations and Consider Pipe Fork Sale
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on library annexations and may finally sell the Pipe Fork property during its weekly business session this morning. The Board is scheduled to open the meeting with a hearing on three annexations to the Josephine Community Library District. The annexations are by petition of the landowners. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will again consider approval of a purchase and sale agreement with The Conservation Fund for the Pipe Fork property near Williams. They will also consider a contribution agreement with the Williams Community Forest Project for the 320-acre forested parcel. After months of delays, the Board is faced with a deadline for the $2.32 million sale. After July 15th, funding for the sale will no longer be available. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 7/10/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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