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GP Police Jailed Man for Several Crimes after Weekend Theft Call at Walmart
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for several crimes after a weekend shoplifting incident at Walmart. The Police Department reports officers ultimately arrested a 29-year-old male subject on the railroad tracks off NE Agness Avenue on Saturday at about 4:35 p.m.. Police said the subject stole approximately $1,100 worth of merchandise from the store on NE Terry Lane by taking the items past all points of sale and attempting to exit the store without paying. They said he was confronted by loss prevention near the exit and he dropped most of the stolen items as he fled on foot. The suspect jumped on a bicycle and fled onto the railroad tracks at Agness, but the bike sustained a mechanical malfunction on the tracks and was no longer a viable means of escape. While attempting to take the man into custody, he physically resisted which caused officers to lose their footing in the loose rocks and fall to the ground. He continued to resist until being placed into custody. According to the report, a set of brass knuckles were located in the man's pocket. The suspect was first examined by American Medical Response and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Theft, Resisting Arrest, Escape and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He was being held without bail. The man was also trespassed from Walmart and the railroad property.
Posted on 7/22/24 11:39AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man at Shopping Center for Stealing Auto & Meth Possession
Police arrested a man for stealing a vehicle and felony drug possession after a weekend encounter at the Grants Pass Shopping Center. Grants Pass Police contacted the 41-year-old male subject and a female friend at the shopping center off NE D Street on Saturday at 6:42 p.m.. Police said they had probable cause to arrest the subject for stealing a vehicle after he was misidentified as a different person. During questioning, the man admitted to the crime and was placed into custody. During a consent search, the man was found to be in possession of approximately 22 grams of methamphetamine which was seized as evidence and for destruction. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/22/24 11:38AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Arrested GP Woman for Starting Weekend Grass Fire near Cave Junction
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass woman for intentionally starting a weekend grass fire near Cave Junction. OSP reports troopers and fire personnel responded to multiple reports of a fire off Redwood Highway near West Side Road on Saturday at 6:53 p.m.. The Illinois Valley Fire District reported the small vegetation fire was extinguished and mopped up with assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry. According to OSP, a witness stated that he saw a female subject start a fire on the side of the highway. She was located and placed into custody. The suspect -- identified by OSP as 44-year-old Stephani Kaye Fuentes -- was transported to Grants Pass and lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Reckless Burning.
Posted on 7/22/24 11:36AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Romanian Woman for Trying to Steal WinCo Groceries
Grants Pass Police arrested a foreign national for trying to steal groceries from a local supermarket. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Saturday around 2:45 p.m.. Police said a 31-year-old female subject from Romania passed all points of sale with about $300 worth of grocery items without paying for them before she was stopped by loss prevention. They said the woman and her husband were evasive and uncooperative during the investigation. Witnesses reported the woman and her husband were standing in the parking lot near Panda Express and begging for money for most of the day. The female suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. Her husband was detained, but not arrested.
Posted on 7/22/24 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Man for Extreme DUII during US Highway 199 Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for extremely impaired driving during a weekend traffic stop on Redwood Highway. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 36-year-old male subject on US Highway 199 near Hubbard Lane on Friday around 8:55 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the vehicle for traffic violations and the driver showed very strong signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was more than four times the legal driving limit. The suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving before being lodged at the Sobering Center. The vehicle was released to its registered owner.
Posted on 7/22/24 11:33AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Officers & Firefighters Logged Busy Week of Community Protection
Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged another busy week of protecting residents, visitors and structures in the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 675 calls for service and 256 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 58 arrests, 24 citations, 28 warnings and one highly intoxicated person being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 41 traffic stops and made a total of 12 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The GPPD Community Response Team (CRT) made a total of 161 contacts with potential troublemakers while arresting one person, citing 18 more and warning 43 others. The CRT unit also trespassed nine individuals, posted 73 transient camps and removed trash from three campsites in city parks. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 123 calls last week including 40 for emergency medical service, 13 reports of fire or smoke, 14 lift assists, seven rescue situations, 13 assists to other agencies and one false alarm. Firefighters also performed 16 business inspections, assisted the public 11 times and installed two child car seats. The Grants Pass 9-1-1 Communications Center received 1,372 emergency calls last week along with 786 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:54AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Cave Junction Man on Warrant for Four Sex Crimes Last Week
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Cave Junction man for multiple sex crime allegations last week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a 33-year-old male subject in the 200-block of South Caves Avenue on Thursday afternoon. No information was disclosed about the specifics of the case, but the man was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant containing a secret indictment for sex offenses including three counts of 1st-Degree Sex Abuse and one count of another felony-level sex crime. The suspect -- identified in court records as 33-year-old Kenneth Andrew Nelson -- was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he was being held in lieu of posting $250,000 bail.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:53AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed GP Man for Attacking His Wife at Allen Creek Road Residence
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Grants Pass man over the weekend for attacking his wife at a residence in the southwest part of the city. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested the 46-year-old male subject for the incident in the 2,000-block of Allen Creek Road on Friday at 8:05 p.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her husband choked her. They said dispatchers could hear the victim gasping for air as she told them she was not sure if she needed an ambulance. Personnel from American Medical Response were staged near the home awaiting the arrival of law enforcement. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed both parties, documented the woman's injuries and then placed the husband into custody. The victim refused medical transport to the hospital. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Strangulation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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New Lightning-Caused Fires on ODF Southwest District are Completely Lined
Firefighters worked all day Sunday on four new lightning-sparked fires across the Oregon Department of Forestry's Southwest District. As of 6 p.m. yesterday, all fires were 100% lined and in various stages of mop-up. ODF reports the Sugarpine Gulch Fire located northwest of Rogue River was the most challenging incident and the last one to be fully-lined due to steep terrain and windy conditions. It was caught at just over seven acres. The Eastside Road Fire located along Upper Applegate Road and west of Buncom was holding at an estimated two acres. It was 100% lined and 20% mopped up last night. Operations were ongoing on the blaze overnight. The Canyon Creek Fire located west of Highway 227 and northwest of Trail was caught at just over six acres. It was 30% mopped up and operations continued overnight. The Old Baldy Fire located in the hills between Grants Pass and Wimer was caught at 1.5 acres. It was 30% mopped up and operations were ongoing. The Sexton Fire reported on the east side of Interstate 5 between Hugo and Sunny Valley was not found by firefighters after a thorough search. A second reconnaissance flight was conducted Sunday and no new fires were found. ODF detection camera operators will continue to search lightning strike areas for any smoke or fires. Crews remain ready to respond to any new fire starts across the district.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Firefighters Extinguished Sunday Night Grass & Brush Fire near Parkway
Grants Pass firefighters knocked down a grass fire near the Parkway late last night. On Sunday at 11:34 p.m., Grants Pass Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported fire burning in grass and brush in the 1,000-block of NW F Street. Battalion Chief 4 arrived on scene to find the fire to be around 1/10th of an acre. Engine 7307 and Brush Truck BC4 from the Parkway Station were able to quickly pull a hose line to knock down the flames. Forward progress was stopped, with assistance from Engine 7308 and Brush Truck 7369 from the Redwood Station. There was no damage to structures or nearby infrastructure. GP Fire & Rescue was assisted by the Grants Pass Police Department. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF Reports Statewide Draft Wildfire Hazard Maps Now Posted & Ready for Public Comment
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Draft versions of the statewide wildfire hazard and wildland-urban interface maps are now available for public review and comment on Oregon State University's Wildfire Risk Explorer website. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the wildfire hazard maps' purposes are to educate Oregon residents and property owners about the level of hazard where they live, assist in prioritizing fire adaptation and mitigation resources for the most vulnerable locations, and identify where defensible space standards and home hardening codes will apply. A series of open houses about the state's new community wildfire risk reduction programs were held from June 3rd to July 1st throughout Oregon. It was a chance to learn about wildfire hazard assessments, new defensible space and home hardening programs and standards, insurance concerns and state wildfire policy. At those meetings, early maps depicting wildfire hazards were available, but property tax-level maps were not yet available. Draft maps are now ready for Oregonians to see the hazard designation of their specific address and whether they're in the wildland-urban interface. The draft maps reflect recent revisions. Comments can be sent to "hazardmap@odf.oregon.gov."
Posted on 7/22/24 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council to Hold Evening Workshop to Discuss Recent US Supreme Court Ruling
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The Grants Pass City Council will hold a special workshop this evening to discuss next steps after the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of criminalizing the camping of homeless people in public spaces. On June 28th, the nation's highest court reversed lower court rulings, finding that public camping restrictions issued by the City of Grants Pass do not constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The landmark case arose when several homeless people filed suit in federal court against Grants Pass in 2018, alleging the city's aggressive enforcement of its public camping and sleeping ordinances were intended to banish them from town. Grants Pass officials said the Supreme Court ruling will help guide their next steps regarding unhoused members of the community. Tonight's workshop will focus on time, place and manner discussions aimed at dealing with homelessness in parks. The public is invited to attend or view the workshop discussion, which begins at 6 in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 7/22/24 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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