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OSP Nabbed Motorist for DUII after Parking Car Illegally in South Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving after he parked his vehicle illegally in south Grants Pass. According to OSP, troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota Corolla driven by 41-year-old Cameron Lee Frey at the corner of Ringuette Street and Union Avenue at 1:43 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said Frey had parked his car illegally and he showed signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and they transported him to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a positive breath sample. Cameron Frey was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving before he was cited and released. His car was impounded.
Posted on 2/5/24 10:28AM by Sam Marsh

California Man Jailed for Stealing Guns from GP Dealer Now Faces 30 Charges
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A California man jailed last month for stealing firearms from a gun dealer in Grants Pass is now facing a total of 30 charges. A Grants Pass Police Department SWAT team arrested 27-year-old Antone Wayne Bayard when he tried to run from a rental house on Willow Lane on January 26th. A GPPD investigation revealed that Bayard had broken into a firearms store on Redwood Highway on January 24th. Video surveillance showed the suspect used a pickup to break through the doors and the suspect gathered guns before fleeing. After Bayard's arrest, detectives from GPPD, the Medford Police Department, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), US Marshal's Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) served a search warrant at the Willow Lane rental and seized a total 20 firearms and three silencers stolen from the Grants Pass store. Bayard was charged with 10 counts each of Felon in Possession of a Weapon and 1st-Degree Theft plus single counts of Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Supplying Contraband to a Corrections Facility. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and remains in custody today. On Friday, jail deputies served him with a warrant issued by the Oregon District ATF for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Theft of a Firearm from a Licensee.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:42AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Apprehended Man Wanted on Georgia Fugitive Warrant near Galice
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended a man wanted on an out-of-state fugitive warrant near Galice late last week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 27-year-old Carlos Andres Figueroa at gunpoint near milepost 2 of Taylor Creek Road on Friday. Deputies said they received a tip that Figueroa was hiding out in the remote area because he was wanted on a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office warrant for failing to appear in court for Felony Contempt of Court. Authorities in Georgia confirmed the warrant was extraditable and that he was also wanted on two other warrants for drug and traffic violations. Figueroa was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he awaits extradition proceedings that will send him back to Georgia. A woman with the fugitive -- identified as Angel Neeser -- was detained and then released, but she was warned for Possession of Marijuana on Federal Land and Expired Registration on her vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Frontier with California plates.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:40AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared Man on Statewide Warrant after Reporting Vehicle Break-In
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on a statewide felony warrant following a weekend incident in the north part of the city. The Police Department reports officers arrested 48-year-old Bret Leon Court in the Denny's parking lot off NE Morgan Lane on Saturday at 1:20 a.m.. Police said Court had entered the Pinnacle 365 store on NE 6th Street and told the worker he was upset because someone broke into his truck and stole several items. They learned he was living in the pickup that was parked behind Koi Sushi on NE Hillcrest Drive. There was no further information about what was taken. Court reportedly told the store employee that he wanted the police to come "so they can help me murder someone." The worker called 9-1-1 due to the man's suspicious behavior and intoxicated state. Officers located Court near Denny's and placed him into custody after discovering that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. After being provided with options for recovering his stolen property, he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:32AM by Sam Marsh
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Food Delivery Vehicle Passenger Snared for Punching GP Taco Bell Employee
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for punching an employee of a southwest-city fast food eatery while riding in a delivery vehicle. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a reported assault at the Taco Bell in the 1600-block of Allen Creek Road on Saturday around 1:18 a.m.. Police said a Taco Bell employee called 9-1-1 to report being punched by 24-year-old Trebor Samuel Robert Oden after a dispute over an order. The caller advised the suspect was a passenger in a Door Dash vehicle. The worker sustained an abrasion to his face, but he refused medical treatment. The Oregon State Police located the suspect vehicle near Redwood Park on Dowell Road a short time later and called in Grants Pass Police who took him into custody. Oden admitted to punching the Taco Bell employee, so he was charged with Physical Harassment and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail. Both he and the Door Dash driver were trespassed from Taco Bell.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Pair for Trespassing after Harassing Neighbor in GP Area
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two people for trespassing after they allegedly harassed a neighbor in south Grants Pass over the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the incident in the 200-block of Grandview Lane late Friday night. Deputies said a resident called 9-1-1 to report his neighbors were harassing him and trying to break through windows in his house. The caller advised dispatchers that he was armed and prepared to shoot two people identified as 42-year-old Jeffery Robert Sandgren and 37-year-old Ashley Nicole Harris. The resident was told to put away his gun, lock his doors and windows, and stay inside the house until deputies arrived on scene. Jeffery Sandgren and Ashley Harris were placed into custody at Taser point. Both were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Criminal Trespass while Harris was also charged with Interfering with a Police Officer.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass City Council Workshop Features Interviews & Staff Presentations
The Grants Pass City Council will interview candidates for local advisory panels and receive a couple of staff presentations during its bi-weekly workshop session today. The City Council will begin the workshop with interviews of candidates who wish to serve on the Historical Buildings & Sites Commission and Budget Committee. Also on the agenda today are staff presentations on the Double-Erosion Control Permit as well as Water and Sewer Easements. The Council will conclude the session with an agenda review in preparation for Wednesday night's regular meeting, which is the first one in 2024. Today's workshop starts at 11:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Caltrans Reports Repairs to Resume Tuesday on US Highway 199 Due to Wildfire Damage
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Motorists heading to the coast from Southern Oregon should expect delays starting this week as construction resumes on US Highway 199 to repair damage done by the Smith River Complex. CalTrans District 1 has announced that Redwood Highway construction between the Collier Tunnel and Gasquet will begin tomorrow. Starting Tuesday, travelers should anticipate up to one-hour delays weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Crews have removed hazardous trees, replaced damaged guardrail and signage, and addressed impacted slopes in the Smith River Corridor with the installation of net drapery and rockfall catchment systems. Work to repair the highway from wildfire damage continues, with Caltrans not providing a date for completion of the project. The Smith River Complex temporarily shut down Redwood Highway between the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon and Gasquet in Northern California last summer while burning a total of 95,107 acres in Josephine, Curry and Del Norte counties. Before heading to the coast, motorists are encouraged to check on the latest road conditions by visiting "quickmap.dot.ca.gov."
Posted on 2/5/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police & Firefighters Logged Busy Week of Activity to Close Out January
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged a busy week of activity as the calendar changed from January to February. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 687 calls for service along with 226 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 53 arrests, 26 citations, 34 warnings and five highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 115 potential trouble-makers while arresting one person, citing 22 more and warning nine others. The CRT unit also trespassed 14 individuals, posted 89 transient camps and removed trash from one campsite in a city park. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 82 calls last week including 41 for emergency medical service, 21 for reports of fire or smoke, nine lift assists, 11 rescue situations, four assists to other agencies and seven false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 984 emergency calls.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Parks Workers Stayed Busy Last Week with Winter Maintenance Projects
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Grants Pass parks workers stayed busy last week with winter maintenance projects. Riverside, Westholm, Lawnridge and Croxton parks received detailed landscape bed pruning and the addition of fresh wood chips around trees to ensure a vibrant and well-cared-for landscape. Two trees were removed from Ogle Park last week due to root system failures, but staff planted a new tree at Reinhart Volunteer Park that was purchased through the Memorial Tree Program. At Baker Park, the contractor has poured the foundation base that the Portland Loo restroom will be anchored to near the boat ramp. The Grants Pass Parks Department is thanking volunteers from the Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) for their effort in installing a pollinator garden at Reinhart Volunteer Park. A pollinator garden is designed to grow specific plants to provide food and shelter to bees, butterflies and birds that pollinate plants.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Police Arrested Two of Three People Involved in Thursday Gunfight
The Medford Police Department has arrested two out of three people who were involved in a gunfight at a local apartment complex this week. MPD said officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Poplar Drive and Progress Drive on Thursday at 8:43 p.m.. One person stated that an unknown person was shooting at him as he fled the area. MPD patrol units arrived on scene within minutes and -- based on evidence at the scene and eyewitness statements -- it was quickly determined that gunshots were exchanged between three men associated with a nearby apartment. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hit in the exchange of gunfire. The investigation continued until early Friday morning and resulted in the arrests of 38-year-old Matthew Ryan Pierpoint and 30-year-old Devon James Wright, both of Medford. Both had recently been released from prison and both were charged with parole violations -- Pierpoint for Felony Domestic Strangulation and Wright for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Additional charges against the men are likely. An additional suspect who has not yet been identified remains outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Local Felon on State Warrant after New Hope Disturbance
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a local felon on a statewide felony warrant after responding a domestic violence incident in the New Hope area this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 35-year-old Jonathan Lee Messer for the incident at a home in the 4,000-block of New Hope Road late Thursday night. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she came home from visiting a neighbor and a male subject later identified as Messer started "attacking her." The caller said she was deaf in one ear from the attack and requested an ambulance. Responding deputies contacted the victim and located Messer in a house at the back of the property. They discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction for a weapons offense. Messer briefly struggled with deputies before being placed into custody. Jonathan Messer was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the warrant along with new charges of Domestic Harassment and Resisting Arrest. He was still being held without bail on Friday.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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