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GP Police Jailed Woman for Trying to Light Room on Fire at Sobering Center
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman for attempting to start her room on fire at the Sobering Center early today. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 47-year-old woman at the facility on SW Foundry Street at 1:26 this morning. Police said Sobering Center workers called 9-1-1 to report the female subject had a lighter and was using it to try to start her holding room on fire. They said she was also stripping down naked, thrashing around and trying to destroy the room. They were able to take the lighter away from the woman. The suspect identified as "Serenity Shayne Bailey" was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempted 1st-Degree Arson and Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was being held this morning without bail. Bailey had been brought in to the Sobering Center by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office because she was highly intoxicated while allegedly trying to start fires on Spencer Creek Road in the Murphy area on Thursday night. She admitted to using methamphetamine, alcohol and marijuana. According to the Sheriff's Office, a witness reported the woman lit some small fires because she was "trying to find out what it would look like if she lit the forest on fire." There was evidence that a few fires were started, but all of them were out.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:10AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing from Fred Meyer and Fleeing on BMX Bike
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing merchandise from Fred Meyer and fleeing the scene on a bicycle late yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the shoplifting call at the store on the Grants Pass Parkway on Thursday shortly after 5 p.m.. Police said a 37-year-old male subject stole about $109 worth of merchandise from Fred Meyer and fled on a BMX bike. They said he exited the store with the stolen items, but dropped them when he was confronted by loss prevention. Officers tracked down the suspect on NE Mill Street near the railroad tracks. He was transported back to Fred Meyer where he was identified by store security and then placed into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail. He was also trespassed from Fred Meyer and the railroad property. His bicycle was logged into evidence for safekeeping.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:08AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Collared Medford Man for Failing to Comply with Sex Offender Registration
The Oregon State Police arrested a Medford man for failing to comply with his state-mandated sex offender registration requirements yesterday during a traffic stop near Merlin. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by the 32-year-old man for speeding at Interstate 5 milepost 60 on Thursday shortly after 11 a.m.. The motorist took the Merlin Exit and eventually stopped his vehicle on Merlin Road. Troopers said a routine records check showed the subject was out of compliance for failing to register annually as a sex offender. They said he also had a suspended driver's license and no insurance. According to OSP, the suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Failure to Report as a Convicted Sex Offender. He was being held without bail and his vehicle was impounded. He was also cited for Speeding and Driving While Suspended while being warned for No Insurance.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:07AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Snared Jacksonville Man on Local Warrant after Redwood Highway Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Jacksonville man on an outstanding warrant this week during a traffic stop on Redwood Highway near the Applegate River Bridge. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by the 39-year-old man on US Highway 199 at Riverbanks Road late Wednesday afternoon. Troopers said they stopped the Jeep for observed traffic violations and discovered that the driver was wanted on a local warrant for Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Driving While Suspended. He was placed into custody without incident. The suspect motorist was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. He was being held on a no-bail detainer. His vehicle was parked and secured at the scene of the traffic stop, per his request.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested GP Man for DUII after Traffic Complaints on Riverbanks Road
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for impaired driving last night following multiple traffic complaints on Riverbanks Road. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Toyota Corolla driven by the 26-year-old man on State Route 260 near Marcy Loop Road on Thursday at 10:20 p.m.. Troopers said they responded to reports of a reckless vehicle in the area that had been called in by multiple people. Upon contacting the driver, multiple signs of impairment were observed and he proceeded to perform poorly in field sobriety tests. The motorist was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was well over twice the legal driving limit. The suspect was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. His car was impounded and towed into town.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Trespassing at Downtown Retirement Center
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for trespassing at a downtown retirement and assisted living center last night. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the incident involving the 64-year-old woman at The Bridge on SW Bridge Street at 8:41 p.m. Thursday. Police said an employee called 9-1-1 to report that the female subject was yelling and being belligerent near the front doors before she entered the facility. They said she refused to leave the building when requested to do so. Officers arrived on scene and placed the female suspect into custody. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass and she was being held without bail. She was also trespassed from the facility.
Posted on 7/5/24 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Evicted Camper from City Park for Alleged Ordinance Violations
Grants Pass Police evicted a camper from a city park on Independence Day after she committed two ordinance violations. Officers said they cited the woman for Misuse of Open Space and Scattering Rubbish at Fruitdale Park after receiving a citizen complaint on Thursday. The woman was also trespassed from the park for 30 days. Officers also cited several people at Baker Park for illegally parking in the boat launch area. A small dog wearing a black harness was located at the park with no one around it. It was taken to the Josephine County Animal Shelter. Also at Baker Park, officers located several shopping carts that belonged to local retailers. The carts were returned to Walmart, Safeway, Big Lots and Home Depot.
Posted on 7/5/24 10:59AM by Sam Marsh
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JCSO Increasing Marine Patrols This Weekend to Combat Impaired Boating
The holiday weekend combined with a heatwave means more boaters will be on the water in Jackson County, which often leads to an increase in boating incidents and fatalities. To keep Jackson County waterways safe, the Sheriff's Office -- in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the US Coast Guard -- is participating in "Operation Dry Water" through Saturday, July 6th. Jackson County Marine Patrol will increase its presence on local lakes and rivers to prioritize educating boaters about safe practices including the importance of sober boating and the wearing of life jackets, with the goal of enhancing boating safety. Alcohol is the leading contributor in recreational boating deaths. This mission of Operation Dry Water is to increase public awareness of the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is against state law. Alcohol use is dangerous for passengers, too. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening incidents. Marine units will be patrolling for any impaired boater posing a danger to others and remove them from the water. The increased presence is a reminder to always boat sober and to wear a life jacket when on or around the water.
Posted on 7/5/24 9:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Battling Blaze on Dead Indian Memorial Road East of Ashland
The Oregon Department of Forestry is battling a wildfire in the hills east of Ashland this morning. ODF first responded to the 100+-acre fire in the 5400-block of Dead Indian Memorial Road on Thursday evening when it was estimated to be 40 to 50 acres. Crews from ODF and Jackson County Fire District #5 engaged in an aggressive initial attack while additional resources were being ordered. Rogue Valley Strike Team #1 was dispatched to the blaze. The strike team is made up of engines and crews from Grants Pass Fire & Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, Illinois Valley Fire District, Applegate Valley Fire District and Jackson County Fire District #1. The unnamed wildfire was estimated to be over 100 acres at midnight, but crews had it 30% lined. Windy conditions were creating a challenge, but resources were making progress. Three 20-person hand crews and one 10-person hand crew were expected to arrive early this morning. Orders for three additional 20-person hand crews, three bulldozers and two tree fallers were being placed for today. Dead Indian Memorial Road is closed to public access at this time. There were no structures threatened and the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 7/5/24 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Local Excessive Heat Warning Contributed to Six Independence Day Fires
It was a toasty Independence Day throughout the Rogue Valley, with both Medford and Grants Pass reaching 105 degrees. Medford set a new high temperature record for July 4th, while Grants Pass missed it by one degree. It was 106 degrees here on July 4, 2015. Both cities are expected to break high temperature records over the next few days as the Excessive Heat Warning continues through Monday night. The predicted high temperature in Grants Pass is 110 today, 112 on Saturday, 109 on Sunday and 108 on Monday. The thermometer is expected to remain above 100 degrees until at least next Thursday and overnight lows in the 60s will provide little relief. Firefighters were busy extinguishing vegetation fires throughout Josephine County late yesterday and last night. The Oregon Department of Forestry reported a total of six grass fires including 1420 Lakeshore Drive in Selma, 1835 Drury Lane in Grants Pass, SW 5th Street and Rogue River Avenue in Grants Pass, 1451 Fairgrounds Road in Grants Pass, 295 Haylees Way in Hugo, 3133 Canal Avenue in Grants Pass and 1288 Willow Lane in Grants Pass. ODF officials said at least some of the fires were caused by fireworks.
Posted on 7/5/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Multnomah County Fugitive after Downtown Traffic Stop
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted for crimes committed in the Portland area following a traffic stop in the downtown area early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 54-year-old male subject near the corner of NE 6th and F streets on Thursday at 1:07 a.m.. Police said they stopped the subject for driving the wrong way on F Street toward 6th Street. A routine records check showed the man was wanted on a Multnomah County felony warrant for six counts of Aggravated 1st-Degree Theft. After the warrant was confirmed with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the suspect was placed into custody and lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail. He was being held pending transfer to the jail facility in Portland.
Posted on 7/5/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Discharged Man at Hospital after He Refused to Leave
Grants Pass Police arrested a discharged patient at Three Rivers Medical Center early yesterday after he refused to leave the hospital. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the hospital facility in the 500-block of SW Ramsey Avenue on Thursday around 12:45 a.m.. Police said the 71-year-old man had been released from Three Rivers, but he refused to leave after he was requested to do so by staff members and security. They said he reportedly began swinging at hospital workers, but no one was hurt. The verbally uncooperative suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/5/24 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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