Local News

GP Woman Seriously Hurt after Being Struck by 2 Vehicles on RR Highway
A Grants Pass woman was seriously injured last night when she was struck by two vehicles on Rogue River Highway near Morrison Centennial Park. Grants Pass Police and emergency personnel were dispatched to the vehicle versus pedestrian accident in the 1,000-block of Highway 99 on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.. Police said the female victim unlawfully entered the south side of the highway and ran across the travel lanes where she was struck by one vehicle and then grazed by a second vehicle while she was down. They said she was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center where the trauma system was activated. An investigation determined the woman was at fault and she was issued a citation for Pedestrian with Improper Position on a State Highway at the hospital. No word on her medical condition today. One of the drivers who struck the woman was cited for Driving While Suspended.
Posted on 7/3/24 11:15AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Arrested Wilderville Man for DUII after He Crashed Jeep near Wonder
The Oregon State Police arrested a Wilderville man for impaired driving last night after he crashed his vehicle on Redwood Highway near Wonder. According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck on US Highway 199 at Elliott Creek Road on Tuesday at 6:24 p.m.. Troopers said the 69-year-old man was not hurt when he lost control of the Jeep Wrangler he was driving. They said he displayed signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit. The suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court and lodged at the Sobering Center while his damaged vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 7/3/24 11:14AM by Sam Marsh

Large Vehicle Fire near CJ Prompted Response of IVFD, ODF & Deputies
A large vehicle fire in the Illinois Valley last night prompted the response of three local agencies. On Tuesday at 10:31 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, Oregon Department of Forestry and Josephine County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the fire at the Mine Trail Campfire Lookout which is located at a dead end off Oregon and West 6th streets in Cave Junction. IVFD officials said the vehicle fire jumped the road and spread into blackberries and nearby brush. They said the blaze was quickly extinguished and mopped up. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Due to the Wildland Up-Staffing Grant from the Oregon State Fire Marshal, officials said they are able to have more personnel on scene during fire season.
Posted on 7/3/24 11:12AM by Sam Marsh

JMET Detectives Raided Illegal Cannabis Growing Operation in Illinois Valley
News Image
The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided an illegal cannabis growing operation near Selma yesterday. On Tuesday morning, JMET -- with assistance from Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety -- served a search warrant in the 1,000-block of Crooks Creek Road. During execution of the warrant, approximately 800 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations that could result in criminal forfeiture of the property. According to JMET, the primary suspect was not at the property during the search. If located, he or she will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

Authorities Seeking Public Assistance in Finding Missing Medford Teenage Girl
News Image
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is seeking public assistance in locating a missing teenage girl from Medford. According to a Tuesday afternoon press release, 15-year-old Maysa Kennedy has been missing since June 17th from her home in Medford. She is described as 5-feet-3-inches tall and 125 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Authorities believe Maysa may stay in the local area or travel to surrounding cities. In an effort to bring more attention to Maysa's case, her poster is being featured on the Ring's Neighbors app as part of a partnership between NCMEC and Ring. This feature reaches millions of users, providing real-time assistance in locating missing children. If you have any information about Maysa Kennedy or her disappearance, please contact NCMEC at 1-(800)-THE-LOST or the Medford Police Department at (541)-770-4783.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

Josephine County SO Seeks Public Help in Locating Missing Illinois Valley Man
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in finding a missing Illinois Valley man. The Sheriff's Office reports 57-year-old Christopher Lloyd Simas was last seen on June 29th near the intersection of Redwood and Caves highways. He was reported missing on July 1st. Simas was on foot and is believed to be still in the Cave Junction area. Simas is described as a white male adult, 5-feet-8-inches tall and 236 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Christopher Simas is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please reference Case #24-14391.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

GP Police Arrested Felon for Unlawfully Entering Vehicle on Highland Avenue
Grants Pass Police arrested a felon for unlawfully entering a parked vehicle in the northwest part of the city this week. The Police Department reports officers responded to the car-clouting incident in the 1800-block of NW Highland Avenue early Monday morning. Police said the 44-year-old male subject opened the passenger door to an unlocked Dodge Caravan, looking for a cigarette lighter and other valuables. The auto alarm sounded and he attempted to flee, but was observed by the homeowner. Officers located the subject at the Highland Market and he eventually admitted his involvement in the criminal offense. He was placed into custody without incident. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and the resulting Parole Violation stemming from past convictions for Burglary and Criminal Trespass. He was being held without bail. Jail records show the man has been arrested 10 times for Parole and Probation violations since July 15th of last year.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

GP Police Incarcerated Man Who Climbed Up Downtown Redwood Tree
Grants Pass Police arrested a man who climbed to the top of a Redwood tree in the downtown area this week. The Police Department reports officers, firefighters and an ambulance crew were dispatched to the incident in the 300-block of SE I Street on Monday morning. Police said a 40-year-old male subject climbed the Redwood tree and was at least 50 feet off the ground, causing significant public alarm. The law enforcement and fire response blocked traffic while several citizens and business owners gathered in the area. A ladder truck was used to remove the man from the tree. He admitted to drinking alcohol and showed other signs of impairment consistent with the use of a narcotic stimulant. The tree-climbing suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and he was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

Board of Commissioners May Finally Sell Pipe Fork Property Today
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners may finally sell the Pipe Fork property near Williams during its weekly business session this morning. Under Administrative Actions, the Board will consider a purchase and sale agreement with The Conservation Fund for the 320-acre forested property. The Commissioners will also consider a contribution agreement covering funds from the Williams Community Forest Project for the former Josephine County timber property. Total purchase price for Pipe Fork is just over $2.3 million. The Board will open the session with the monthly recognition of employees and an Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District presentation on its agricultural water quality monitoring program. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 7/3/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

National Weather Service Posts "Extreme Heat Warning" for SW Oregon & NW California
News Image
A major heat wave predicted to hit southwest Oregon and northern California on Independence Day has become a certainty and it will last longer than expected. The National Weather Service has upgraded an Excessive Heat Watch to an Excessive Heat Warning that runs from 8 a.m. Thursday through 9 p.m. Monday. The Weather Service reports dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 110 to 115 degrees are expected. The warning is for Josephine, Jackson and eastern Curry counties in Oregon as well as Siskiyou County, California. This includes the entire Rogue Valley and the cities of Medford, Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Merlin and Butte Falls. Heat-related illnesses increase significantly during extreme heat events. Area rivers will be cold and can cause shock to swimmers. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Do not leave young children and pets in unattended vehicles for any reason. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Posted on 7/3/24 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

Grants Pass Fire Officials Urge Residents to Use Extreme Caution on Independence Day
News Image
Grants Pass fire officials are urging residents to use an abundance of caution in their outdoor activities with the upcoming heatwave. The National Weather Service has issued an Extreme Heat Warning, indicating temperatures are expected to reach extreme levels in Grants Pass and surrounding valleys. Low humidity and afternoon breezes are expected through the weekend, increasing the potential for fire growth. As we approach Independence Day, Grants Pass Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt said it is crucial to exercise extreme caution when using fireworks. Legal fireworks are only allowed in the city limits from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4th, and they are not permitted in designated wildfire hazard zones, city parks and schools. Local hazard zones are located generally north of Interstate 5 and west of Highland Avenue. Hyatt said all fireworks are prohibited if the National Weather Service posts a Red Flag Warning. This would include the fireworks show at Reinhart Volunteer Park.
Posted on 7/3/24 5:55AM by Sam Marsh
Read more

City of GP Declares Severe Weather Event and MINT will Operate Public Cooling Center
News Image
Forecasted temperatures well above 100 degrees have triggered a City of Grants Pass Severe Weather Event Declaration, which will open a public cooling shelter. The Mobile Integrative Navigation Team (MINT) plans to provide cooling services starting tomorrow at the organization's Parker Place location at 218 Redwood Highway. The Grants Pass Cooling Center will be open between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on July 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th -- Thursday through Sunday. The City of Grants Pass does not operate severe weather event shelters, but assists groups that can operate such shelters. In December 2023, the City of Grants Pass issued a standing Severe Weather Event Declaration that is automatically triggered when certain weather conditions are forecast. In this case, the declaration occurred due to forecasted high temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
Posted on 7/3/24 5:53AM by Sam Marsh
Read more