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GP Police Snared 2 Men on Outstanding Warrants in City Park Patrol Checks
Grants Pass Police arrested two men on outstanding warrants during city park patrol checks on Monday morning. At Tussing Park, officers contacted a 57-year-old man for an observed violation of a city ordinance and discovered that he was wanted on two warrants. The man was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation and a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving While Suspended. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. At Morrison Centennial Park, officers contacted another 57-year-old man for an observed violation of a city ordinance and found him to be wanted on a Coos County warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. After the warrant was confirmed, the man was cited to appear in Coos County Circuit Court and then released. He was also trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 5/14/24 11:05AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Evicted Total of 17 Campers for Ordinance Violations in City Parks
Grants Pass Police evicted a total of 17 campers from city parks due to repeat ordinance violations on Monday. At Fruitdale Park, two women were cited for Illegal Camping after they failed to remove their previously posted campsites. One of them was trespassed for 30 days. At Morrison Centennial Park, two men were cited for Illegal Camping and Scattering Rubbish, a man and two women were cited for Illegal Camping, and a woman was cited for Buffer Zone Violation. All six were issued park exclusions. At Tussing Park, three men and two women were cited for Buffer Zone Violation while two of them were also cited for Staking a Tent. Another woman was cited for Illegal Camping and Misuse of Park Open Space. Five of them were trespassed from the park for 30 days. At Riverside Park, two men and a woman were cited for Possession of Fentanyl. The three campers were issued 30-day park exclusions and the drugs were seized for destruction. Two others were cited for Illegal Camping and Scattering Rubbish. At Lawnridge Park, a man was cited for Possession of Methamphetamine and given a 30-day park exclusion. At Kesterson Park, a man was cited for Misuse of Open Space and trespassed for 30 days.
Posted on 5/14/24 11:04AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Cited GP Man Who Stopped by Office to Ask about Cottage Grove Case
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man on an outstanding warrant when he stopped by the OSP office yesterday. According to OSP, the 35-year-old man arrived at the office on NE 7th Street on Monday at 11:51 a.m. to inquire if he was needed for questioning for an unknown reason. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the man was wanted on a Cottage Grove misdemeanor warrant for an unspecified offense. He was detained. The suspect was cited to appear in court and released. It was later determined that the incident he was inquiring about had occurred in Cottage Grove.
Posted on 5/14/24 11:03AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Arrested Motorist for Impaired Driving after Weekend Stop in CJ
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving last weekend during a traffic stop in Cave Junction. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by the 52-year-old man in the 27,900-block of Redwood Highway late Saturday night. Deputies said they stopped the motorist for observed traffic violations and he displayed signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to the Cave Junction Substation for processing. The suspect was cited to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. He was given a courtesy ride to his residence, but his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 5/14/24 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Vehicle Passenger Died in Friday Afternoon Rollover Accident on Winona Road
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has released information about a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in a mountainous area north of Grants Pass late last week. The Oregon State Police first reported the incident that occurred on Friday at 3:52 p.m. near milepost 2.5 of Winona Road. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies, state troopers and American Medical Response were dispatched to a report of a single-vehicle crash with an occupant trapped inside the vehicle. Arriving units determined the female passenger -- 39-year-old Justine Nord -- was deceased inside the overturned vehicle. Sheriff's Lieutenant Jim Geiger said the driver told deputies they stopped to help a disabled vehicle and were outside their own vehicle when it began rolling north on Winona Road down the hill. The vehicle subsequently left the roadway, rolled over and trapped Nord inside where she later succumbed to her injuries. Lieutenant Geiger said next of kin has been notified.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Violating Court Order by Going to Mother's Residence
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for violating a court order by going to his mother's residence and yelling at her. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a 41-year-old male subject for the domestic disturbance at a home in the 12,400-block of Redwood Highway on Saturday afternoon. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she has a valid restraining order protecting her from her son who lives in another dwelling on the same property. The caller said her son came into her house and yelled at her before returning to his own home. There were no injuries reported. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed both parties, confirmed the court order and then placed the son into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Cell Phone Out of Backpack at Skate Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing another man's cell phone out his backpack at the Skate Park last weekend. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to the phone theft at the Grants Pass Skate Park on Sunday around 4:45 p.m.. Police said an investigation determined that a 47-year-old man intentionally stole the victim's Samsung phone valued at $1,200 from the victim's backpack. Using a cell phone tracking system, officers were able to locate the suspect at Southern Oregon Goodwill at the Grants Pass Shopping Center. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of Felony 1st-Degree Theft. The cell phone was recovered and returned to the victim. At an employee's request, the suspect was trespassed from the Goodwill store.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Two for Unruly Behavior in Downtown Area Last Weekend
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for their unruly behavior in two separate incidents on the same day in the downtown area last weekend. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Saturday at 3:38 p.m. when officers were alerted to a male transient sleeping in the doorway of a downtown business in the 300-block of SW 6th Street. Police said they awakened the 38-year-old man who immediately jumped to his feet and squared up to fight an officer. He had threatened officers with violence on a previous call earlier in the day, so he was taken to the ground before any punches were thrown. He was lodged in jail for Disorderly Conduct and Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer. The second incident happened on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. when officers responded to reports of a female subject throwing objects, crawling on the sidewalk and yelling at people in the 100-block of SW G Street. Responding officers observed the 64-year-old woman's bad behavior, which was causing public alarm. She was lodged in jail for Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Rural Metro Assisted Applegate Valley District with House Fire near Murphy
Rural Metro Fire Department assisted the Applegate Valley Fire District in battling a weekend structure fire in the Murphy area. On Sunday at 7:35 p.m., Rural Metro and Applegate Valley firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 9800-block of North Applegate Road. Multiple units converged on the scene near the border of both agencies, finding a fire in the second floor of an occupied residence. All occupants were able to flee the dwelling and no injuries were reported. After full containment of the blaze, Rural Metro units were released. The Applegate Valley Fire District was leading the investigation into the cause of the fire.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County EM Management Plans to Test Citizen Alert System Today
Jackson County residents should be prepared for a test of the Citizen Alert Notification System today. Jackson County Emergency Management said it will conduct today's test between 10 a.m. and noon. Jackson County encourages all residents to sign up for Citizen Alert or update their information before the test. For more information, visit "jacksoncountyor.gov/alerts."
Posted on 5/14/24 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service Seeks Nominations for Pacific NW Regional Recreation Resource Panel
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The Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service is still actively seeking nominations for the regional Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). This committee will play a crucial role in shaping the future of recreation fee programs on federal lands in Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Northwest Region RRAC's role will be to provide recommendations on various aspects of the recreation fee program including day-use fees, overnight use fees and special recreation permit fees. The committee will work to develop inclusive and impactful recommendations that reflect varied community interests. The 11-member committee will include representatives from a variety of interest areas including winter and summer recreation, hunting and fishing, motorized and non-motorized outfitters and guides, local environmental groups, state tourism officials, affected Indian tribes and affected local government interests. The Forest Service is seeking members to serve on this important committee and encourages self-nominations as well as nominations of qualified candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Each member serves a two- or three-year term. The nomination period will close this Friday, May 17th.
Posted on 5/14/24 5:55AM by Sam Marsh
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Eagle Point Police Department Recognized for Excellence in Policy Management & Training
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The Eagle Point Police Department is proud to announce it has been recognized for excellence in policy management and training in 2023 by Lexipol -- it's the third consecutive year EPPD has received the award. Lexipol is the nation's leading provider of policy, training and wellness support for first responders and public servants. Eagle Point Police Chief Jim Hamilton said the Lexipol Connect program tracks performance on five metrics proven to measure success in policy management. He said EPPD achieved Gold -- the highest level of recognition offered -- for effective and consistent policy dissemination to personnel, timely policy updates as laws change and officer training on policies. Chief Hamilton said policy management is critical to ensure compliance with changes to law and procedures, and to ensure staff regularly trains on those changes. Hamilton said they are honored to be recognized as an agency and they continue to strive to provide the highest level of service in the Eagle Point community. Their commitment to policy and policy training helps to provide trained staff through nationally-recognized best practices.
Posted on 5/14/24 5:53AM by Sam Marsh
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