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OSP Nabbed Wolf Creek Man for Possessing Car Stolen in Central Point
A Wolf Creek man was arrested early yesterday after he was found to be in possession of a vehicle that had been stolen in Jackson County. The Oregon State Police reports troopers located a stolen Toyota Camry in the 200-block of Old Highway 99 on Friday at 12:37 a.m.. Troopers said 38-year-old Joshua Gary Young was found next to the stolen car, he had belongings inside the vehicle and the vehicle's keys were on his person. The man admitted to driving and being in possession of the stolen vehicle on Thursday. The Camry had been reported stolen from a 39-year-old Central Point man. Joshua Young was transported to Grants Pass and booked into the Josephine County Jail on a felony charge of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. According to OSP, attempts were made to contact the registered owner of the car and they were unsuccessful, so they had it towed to Grants Pass.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Assisted RADE with Arrest of Trio Wanted on Active Warrants
Grants Pass Police assisted Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) this week with the arrests of three people wanted on state and local warrants. The Police Department reports officers were requested by RADE to make a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Tahoe containing 66-year-old Donald Ray Gregg, 52-year-old William Leon Bradley and 35-year-old Alicia Louise West in the 1900-block of NW 6th Street on Thursday afternoon. Police said they were informed that Gregg was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation while Bradley was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Theft and Negotiating a Bad Check, and West was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for Criminal Contempt of Court. Donald Gregg was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. William Bradley and Alicia West were lodged in jail on their outstanding warrants. The Tahoe pickup and a trailer behind it were towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:24AM by Sam Marsh

Commercial Truck Driver Lost Some Logs after US Highway 199 Accident
No one was hurt when a log truck lost some of its cargo in a Friday morning crash on Redwood Highway in Selma. The Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation were dispatched to the crash on US Highway 199 at 7:26 a.m. yesterday. IVFD officials said the truck driver was not hurt in the wreck, but some of the logs he was transporting fell off the trailer and temporarily blocked the highway. ODOT handled traffic control while the scene was active. The Sheriff's Office was investigating the cause of the accident.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:04AM by Sam Marsh

New GP Officer Recently Graduated from Basic Police Academy in Salem
The Grants Pass Police Department is congratulating Officer Michael Potts, who graduated from the Oregon Public Safety Standards Training (DPSST) Academy late last month. Officer Potts has now entered into the GPPD Patrol Training Program that started this week. GPPD officials said Officer Potts is one of those people who always has a smile on his face and somehow makes your day better just by being around him. They look forward to the great things he will accomplish in his career as a police officer. Congratulations Officer Potts and best of luck as you continue your training here in Grants Pass!
Posted on 2/3/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Caltrans Says Repairs to Resume Tuesday on Wildfire-Damaged Redwood Highway
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Motorists heading to the coast from Southern Oregon should expect delays starting next 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 on February 6th. 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, motorist are encouraged to check on the latest road conditions by visiting "quickmap.dot.ca.gov."
Posted on 2/3/24 5:56AM by Sam Marsh
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Ashland Awarded $10 Million USDA Program Loan for Energy Efficiency Improvements
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US Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the City of Ashland has received a $10 million loan from the US Department of Agriculture to help finance a re-lending program for the implementation of energy efficiency measures. The USDA's Rural Energy Savings Program will help finance a re-lending program in that city for qualified consumers to implement energy efficiency measures that will help combat "climate chaos" and save consumers money. The USDA lending announcement heading to Ashland Municipal Electric Utility comes from a bipartisan program Merkley authored that has helped thousands of families and businesses in rural communities across America make critical energy efficiency improvements to their homes and workplaces. Low-cost loans from the program are provided to rural electric cooperatives and utilities, which helps provide homeowners and businesses the opportunity to make energy improvements with favorable financing options. This lending is expected to benefit 21,600 Ashland area residents over the course of the next 20 years.
Posted on 2/3/24 5:54AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Department Received Bulk of Calls in "9-1-1 Dispatch Week in Review"
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The Grants Pass Police Department received the vast majority of calls in the latest 9-1-1 Dispatch Week in Review. Grants Pass 9-1-1 Communications reports GPPD received 913 calls for service out of a total 984 calls fielded by dispatchers between January 25th and 31st. American Medical Response received the next highest number of calls during that time period with 273 while Grants Pass Fire & Rescue got 82. Rural Metro Fire Department was next with 48 followed by the Illinois Valley Fire District with 27. The Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District and Oregon Department of Forestry each received three emergency calls while the Williams Rural Fire Protection District got just one. Local 9-1-1 dispatchers thanked their "Partners in Protection" for all they have done and continue to do in order to protect our community.
Posted on 2/3/24 5:51AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Collared GP Man for Assaulting Family Member at Azalea Drive Home
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Grants Pass man for assaulting a family member and threatening him with a firearm at a local residence last night. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 37-year-old Kelly Griffith for the incident at a home in the 2600-block of Azalea Drive on Thursday at 9:33 p.m.. Deputies said a man they identified as "Calvin Griffith" called 9-1-1 and the call-taker could hear an altercation taking place between two men. The dispatcher said they could hear one man complaining of pain and stating that the other man pulled a pistol on him. The other man -- later identified as Kelly Griffith -- dismissively said "I barely touched you." The Oregon State Police was called in to assist. Responding deputies and troopers interviewed both men while noting the victim's injuries. American Medical Response was placed on standby, but the ambulance was canceled when the victim refused transport to the hospital. No other details were available in the Sheriff's Log except that a 40-caliber pistol was seized. Kelly Griffith was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Assault and Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/2/24 11:45AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Woman on Warrant after Domestic Violence Incident at MH Park
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman on a local warrant and added a domestic violence charge to her criminal bill after an altercation at a local mobile home park last night. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a residence in the 300-block of Beechwood Drive at Country Village Mobile Home Park on Thursday at about 8:30 p.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her father had been assaulted by their female roommate whom she identified as 51-year-old Angelique Morrison. The caller said Morrison hit her father in the face and likely injured his jaw. She told dispatchers she did not understand why her father did not make the 9-1-1 call. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed the involved parties and photographed the victim's injuries -- but he denied medical treatment. During the investigation, they discovered that Morrison was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Angelique Morrison was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where she was lodged on the warrant and for probable cause of Physical Harassment. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/2/24 11:44AM by Sam Marsh
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IV Felon Apprehended on State Fugitive Warrant after Redwood Highway Stop
An Illinois Valley felon was apprehended on a statewide felony warrant yesterday after a traffic stop on Redwood Highway. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Sebastion Cree Solomon Glenn in the 30,500-block of US Highway 199 on Thursday at 11:51 a.m.. Deputies said they spotted Glenn and knew that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for Intimidation and Coercion. They said the suspect initially failed to yield, but eventually pulled over in a dirt parking lot next to the highway. He remained uncooperative, refusing to obey commands including orders to put his hands up and get out of the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office exercised universal precautions because Glenn had told others that he wasn't going back to prison and law enforcement would have to shoot him. However, the suspect finally turned off the ignition and stepped out of the vehicle. Sebastion Glenn was subsequently placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/2/24 11:42AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Assaulting Another and Taking His Property at Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for multiple crimes after he allegedly beat up another man at a city park and stole some of the victim's belongings yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a reported assault at Baker Park on Thursday shortly before 9 a.m.. Police said a man they identified as "Daniel Wise" contacted them and reported that 48-year-old Demetrius Elward Hughes had attacked him and stole his bike as well as his puppy, a cell phone, backpack and prescription medication. Officers tracked down Hughes on the nearby Texas property and he admitted to punching Wise during a property dispute as well as stealing the victim's property, which he said were comic books of unknown value. He denied stealing any of the other items reported by the victim and there was no evidence of additional thefts. According to the report, the theft of the GT Slipstream bike with Harley handle bars and yellow accents along with the Pitbull-mix puppy and other items was entered into a police report. However, there was no suspect information. Demetrius Hughes was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Assault, 3rd-Degree Theft and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. He was also trespassed from Baker Park for 30 days.
Posted on 2/2/24 11:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Returning Twice to Protected Grandfather's Home
Grants Pass Police arrested a man yesterday for violating a court order by returning twice to his grandfather's residence in the southeast part of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 200-block of SE Linden Lane on Thursday shortly after 5 p.m.. Police said 40-year-old Andrew Graham Nathaniel Logan went to his grandfather's home the first time to retrieve some of property after his grandfather had obtained a court order prohibiting him from being there. The suspect reportedly had been sleeping underneath the house and left his wallet there. When his grandfather locked him out of the house and told him to wait for police, the suspect yelled at his family member before walking away. The victim called back later to report his grandson returned and was hanging out at the park. Andrew Logan was located by police at Eckstein Park and -- after the court order was confirmed by the Sheriff's Office -- he was placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation and was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/2/24 11:40AM by Sam Marsh
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