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Deputies Snared Man for Trespassing on Ex-Girlfriend's Property in Williams
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office incarcerated a man for trespassing on his ex-girlfriend's property in the Williams area late last week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 41-year-old Benjamin David Kwiatkowski for the incident in the 100-block of Sagamore Road on Friday at about 5:45 a.m.. Deputies said a friend of Kwiatkowki's ex-girlfriend called 9-1-1 at 3:30 a.m. to report that he drove his vehicle onto the property while screaming, honking his horn and blaring his music. The caller stated that the suspect drove his vehicle toward her to try to intimidate her, he entered the garage and turned the lights on. Responding deputies said Kwiatkowski refused to open the doors or windows to his vehicle, but they eventually talked him into exiting and he was placed into custody with some resistance. Benjamin Kwiatkowski was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:44AM by Sam Marsh

Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII after Highway 238 Crash at GP Golf Course
Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving late last week after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch off Williams Highway near the Grants Pass Golf Course. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck on Highway 238 near Twisted Pine Drive on Friday at 11:17 a.m.. Police said arriving units found a car driven by 51-year-old Erika Dyan Marling nose-first in a ditch. They said she displayed numerous signs of impairment and admitted to being impaired to a degree that made it unsafe to be driving. She agreed to perform field sobriety tests, but was unable to complete them due to her high level of impairment. According to the report, one unidentified person was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. It was unclear if it was Marling. Erika Marling was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. She was cited and released. Her wrecked vehicle was towed to the impound yard.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:42AM by Sam Marsh

Local Companies Show Up in "Top 100 Best Places to Work" OR Awards
When the "Top 100 Best Companies in Oregon" awards were announced last week by Oregon Business, the south part of the state made quite a showing. In the "Top 100 Best Places to Work," 15 local companies made the list and nearly all of them are members of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc, (SOREDI). Adroit Construction, Rogue Credit Union and Purelight Power were listed among the state's large companies. Star Body Works, KDP, Avista, Work Sharp, Metal Masters and S & B James Construction were listed among the state's medium companies. RHT Energy, Jackson County Physical Therapy, ZCS Engineering, WBCP, Rentec Direct and Tekmanagement were listed among the state's small companies. The list is drawn from survey results that measure employee opinion on 20 workplace practices. Employees rate their satisfaction with their company, which makes up 71% of the scoring. Employers answer a questionnaire and companies are given points for employee participation.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:30AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Officers & Firefighters Very Active during First Full Week of March
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters were active during the first full week of March. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 310 calls for service in addition to 131 calls initiated by officers last week, resulting in 17 arrests, 29 citations, 20 warnings and two highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 29 traffic stops in the city and made eight referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The GPPD Community Response Team made a total of 137 contacts with potential troublemakers while arresting one person, citing 29 people and warning 20 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 15 individuals, posted 67 new transient camps and removed trash from seven campsites. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 111 calls last week including 48 for emergency medical service, four for fire or smoke, eight lift assists, eight rescue situations, eight assists to other agencies and eight false alarms. Firefighters also conducted 20 business inspections, led one education/prevention program, assisted the public six times and properly installed one child car seat. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,125 emergency calls.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Looking for Innovative Person to Lead City Fire & Rescue Department
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The City of Grants Pass is looking for a thoughtful, energetic and innovative leader to join the team as the next Fire Chief. The Fire Chief leads Grants Pass Fire & Rescue including its personnel, budget and resources. The Chief serves as the city's Emergency Management Coordinator and is responsible for guiding staff in emergency preparedness and response. Responsibilities include making recommendations to the Grants Pass City Council and City Manager, developing and implementing policy initiatives, and setting the tone, climate, vision and strategic plan for the agency and emergency management while ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives, and developing multi-jurisdictional approaches as necessary or appropriate. Incumbents provide general direction of daily operations, establish relationships and liaison with community groups, boards and commissions, and provide the highest level of analysis and recommendation. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted electronically at "grantspassoregon.gov." For more details, call (541)-450-6050.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Pacific Aviation NW Receives $500K Grant from FAA to Expand Flight & Drone Instruction
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Pacific Aviation Northwest, Inc., has been awarded a $500,000 grant to expand its flight/drone instruction in both the Grants Pass and Medford locations. The Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development grant will allow Pacific Aviation Northwest to support the education of future pilots and the development of the pilot workforce by preparing high school students to fill the industry's demand for pilots and unmanned aircraft systems operators. With this grant, PANW will be able to provide students with the most up-to-date technology while they obtain their private pilot license and up to their commercial multi-engine license. Students' learning will be improved with the addition of flight simulators to provide practical, real-world experience beyond the confines of an actual aircraft. New electronic devices will allow students to incorporate state-of-the-art technology into their learning. Cutting-edge avionic equipment upgrades in trainer aircraft will give students hands-on experience.
Posted on 3/11/24 5:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Eagle Point Police Arrested Boy for Graffiti-Tagging City Parks & Covered Bridge
The Eagle Point Police Department has arrested a 12-year-old boy for felony vandalism after he graffiti-tagged two city parks and an historic covered bridge. Last Saturday, an EPD officer responded to a report of graffiti at Mattie Brown Park. The officers investigated and located numerous locations of recent graffiti on trash cans, benches, walls and restrooms. On Monday, more locations were discovered involving the same type of graffiti on tables and the clock at Centennial Park. Further investigation determined there was also graffiti on signs and inside the historic Antelope Creek Covered Bridge. EPD Chief Jim Hamilton said officers began investigating the graffiti incidents while Eagle Point Public Works started removing the tags. Due to the amount of damage, he said some tables had to be removed from Centennial Park and the park was temporarily closed to public use. Hamilton said officers reviewed video surveillance around the area and the suspect was identified as a 12-year-old boy. He said the juvenile was located and charged with 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief. The young suspect was cited and released, and the case was referred to the Jackson County Juvenile Department.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Woman for Multiple Crimes after Downtown DUII Crash
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman for multiple crimes this week after she crashed into another vehicle in the downtown area and fled the scene on foot. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Theresa Lakota Collins on Thursday night about 30 minutes after she caused a collision at the intersection of SW 6th and M streets. Police said Collins was driving a Toyota Camry when she rear-ended a Volvo driven by another female motorist that was stopped at a red light. They said the woman initially stopped and provided her name, her fiance's name and address before she fled on foot down M Street. No one was injured. Following an investigation, police located Collins at a residence in the 1400-block of Florence Lane. She was determined to be driving with a suspended license and she displayed signs of impairment by alcohol. A search warrant was obtained and she was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw. Theresa Collins was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Felony Driving While Suspended, Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. She was being held without bail and her fiance was advised of the location of his car.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Theft Suspect after Responding to Assist Employees at Bar
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for his alleged role in a theft investigation early yesterday after responding to assist workers at a Williams Highway watering hole. The Police Department reports officers were summoned to the 238 Bar in the 1600-block of Williams Highway on Friday at about 3:25 a.m.. Police said two female employees of the bar called for help after they were scared to leave the business with three suspicious males loitering outside. The callers said the men appeared to be under the influence of drugs and at least one of them tried to enter the bar after it closed. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the men including 39-year-old Dustin Cody Linn. They discovered that Linn was wanted for probable cause for theft related to a recent investigation, so they placed him into custody. He was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:25AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Trying to Steal Suspenders from Grange Co-op Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for trying to steal a clothing item from Grange Co-op this week. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting call at the store on West Schutzwohl Lane near Redwood Highway on Thursday morning. Police said 42-year-old Robert Steven Clair selected some suspenders valued at $30 and concealed them in the pocket of the hoodie he was wearing. They said he selected other items he paid for, but went past all points of sale without paying for the suspenders and was detained by loss prevention. Store workers said Clair was combative and they were on the floor fighting with him, but the charges did not reflect a struggle. Clair was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft. He was also trespassed from Grange Co-op.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:23AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass 9-1-1 Communications Center Fielded 1,125 Calls Over Past Week
Grants Pass emergency dispatchers received more than 1,100 calls over the past week. According to the Grants Pass 9-1-1 Communications "Week in Review" post on Facebook, the local dispatch center fielded a total of 1,125 calls between February 29th and March 6th. As usual, the Grants Pass Police Department received the bulk of the calls with 820. The local law enforcement agency was followed by American Medical Response with 294 calls and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue with 108 calls. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has its own emergency dispatch center. Rural Metro Fire Department received 53 calls in the past week while the Illinois Valley Fire District received 44, the Williams Rural Fire Protection District got 10, the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District received six and Oregon Department of Forestry got four. Meanwhile, dispatchers at the Grants Pass center also received more than 440 non-emergency calls and they made 599 outbound calls.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Remember to Change Clocks & Check Smoke Alarms for Daylight Saving Time
Authorities are reminding residents that it's nearly time to "spring" forward to Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will want to move their clocks ahead one hour before they go to bed tonight. Fire officials say this is a good time to test your smoke alarms and change their replaceable batteries, if necessary. Properly functioning smoke alarms save lives. Remember to change your clocks and check your smoke alarms tonight so you can "spring" forward safely.
Posted on 3/9/24 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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