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Deputies Jailed Felon for Numerous Crimes after Violent Disturbance near RCC
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for numerous crimes early yesterday following a violent incident near Rogue Community College. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a 30-year-old male subject for the incident in the area of Campus View and Demaray drives on Wednesday shortly before 10 a.m.. They were assisted by the Oregon State Police. Deputies said an investigation determined that the suspect went to a house and asked for a ride. After being turned down, he left on foot and stole the victim's weedeater. The victim located the suspect walking on Demaray and confronted him with a baton. The suspect raised a metal water bottle and told the victim they could fight or he could take him to where the weedeater was. The two men left together in a car when the suspect began punching the victim and forced him to stop in the opposite travel lane. The suspect then grabbed the victim's baton and struck him several times in the head, causing significant injuries. A man stopped to render aid to the victim as the suspect attempted to steal the victim's car. The suspect used the baton to strike the man in the head several times before the man managed to get the baton and strike the suspect as deputies arrived on scene. Deputies identified the suspect as 30-year-old Brandon William Measel who is a convicted felon wanted on a Josephine County warrant for Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Domestic Strangulation. He was placed into custody and taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment. The two other men refused treatment. After being medically cleared at the hospital, Measel was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant plus new charges of 2nd-Degree Assault, Robbery, Menacing, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:29AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Man and Wife for Felony Drug Trafficking after Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police jailed a man and his wife for felony drug trafficking after performing a welfare check on the east side of the city early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a welfare check request in the 2200-block of NE Industry Drive on Wednesday around 7:45 a.m.. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report a man and woman slumped over in a green Ford station wagon. Officers arrived on scene and observed a tackle box in the man's lap. The 41-year-old man and 40-year-old woman identified themselves before handing over the tackle box which contained a white powdery substance that was later confirmed to be fentanyl. The male suspect was handcuffed after a brief scuffle with police. He suffered a medical episode and was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center. The female suspect admitted the car and narcotics belonged to them. A consent search of the vehicle uncovered a green container containing more fentanyl plus a large quantity of small blue baggies and two scales. According to the report, a total of 60 grams of fentanyl and packaging materials were seized as evidence. They were sent to the Oregon State Police crime lab for additional testing. Both the husband and wife were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Manufacture, Possession and Delivery of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance. Both were being held without bail.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:27AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man for Bad Behavior at Store & Assaulting Arresting Officer
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for bad behavior at a local convenience store last night followed by an assault on a responding officer. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance at A-1 Market & Deli on SW G Street on Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m.. Police said a 40-year-old male subject was causing public alarm due to his behavior at the store. He was informed that he was under arrest and during the custody process, he physically resisted and kicked an officer. There was no word on how badly the officer was hurt. The suspect was eventually subdued, arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. He was also trespassed from A-1 Market & Deli.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:25AM by Sam Marsh

Two Hurt after Vehicles Collided Head-On on Redwood Highway at Hayes Hill
Two people were hurt yesterday after two vehicles collided head-on on Redwood Highway at Hayes Hill. The Oregon State Police, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash on US Highway 199 near milepost 16 on Wednesday at about 12:20 p.m.. State troopers said an investigation indicates a 34-year-old Cave Junction man was driving a Toyota Corolla north when he lost control, hitting the highway barrier and going into the oncoming lane where he struck a southbound Honda Odyssey driven by a 68-year-old Grants Pass woman. Arriving units found the Toyota had gone 15 feet over an embankment, but the single occupant had self-extricated and was not hurt. The Grants Pass woman and her passenger -- a 66-year-old woman from Susanville, California -- were taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of non-critical injuries. Both vehicles were heavily damaged and towed to Grants Pass. Following the investigation, the Cave Junction man was cited for Failure to Drive Within Lane and warned for Careless Driving.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:24AM by Sam Marsh
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Two People Injured in Selma Area Crash When Driver Swerved to Avoid a Deer
Two people were injured in a motor vehicle accident that happened yesterday near Selma. On Wednesday at 2:49 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District was dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover crash in the 500-block of Thompson Creek Road. IVFD officials said the driver stated that he swerved to miss a deer, went into the ditch, hit a culvert and flipped the vehicle. The vehicle landed on its wheels. Two occupants of the heavily damaged vehicle were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center by a friend who arrived on scene prior to emergency personnel. The vehicle was removed by Jerry's Towing and hauled to Cave Junction. No law enforcement responded to the incident, so there was no investigation.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Busy with Incidents and Ordinance Violations in City Parks
Grants Pass police officers had their hands full while patrolling city parks on Wednesday. The Police Department reports officers responded to an animal complaint at Lawnridge Park on NW Hawthorne Avenue at about 12:35 p.m. yesterday. Police said a male camper's female dog broke off its anchored leash and bit an 11-year-old child who was on the swing set at the park playground. The child's mother took them to the hospital for medical care while the father got into an argument and then physical fight with the camper. No one was hurt. Officers cited the camper for Nuisance Dog and No Dog License. He was issued a 30-day exclusion from the park while the female dog and four puppies were taken to the Josephine County Animal Shelter for quarantine. Meanwhile at Tussing Park, a total of 40 campsites were posted for Illegal Camping and a man was cited for Misuse of Park Open Spaces. An e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network (UCAN). At Morrison Centennial Park, a total of 14 campsites were posted for Illegal Camping and a man was cited for Buffer Zone Violation. An e-mail was sent to UCAN. At Fruitdale Park, eight campsites were posted for Illegal Camping, a man was cited for Scattering Rubbish and a woman was cited for Misuse of Open Spaces. The man was trespassed from the park for 30 days. An e-mail was sent to UCAN.
Posted on 5/30/24 11:21AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Attacking Stepfather at West Harbeck Road Residence
Grants Pass Police jailed a man this week for attacking his stepfather at a home in the south part of the city. The Police Department reports officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 400-block of West Harbeck Road on Tuesday evening. Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report that his 22-year-old stepson shoved him multiple times with force and struck him with closed fists, causing substantial pain. They said the caller did not require medical attention, but he wanted to press charges. Upon arrival, officers interviewed both parties and the stepson admitted to making physical contact with his stepfather. The cause of the family altercation was not disclosed, but a woman at the home stated she would testify against the suspect in court, if necessary. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and Physical Harassment. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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State Troopers Arrested Man for Throwing Wood on Interstate 5 near Hugo Exit
The Oregon State Police arrested a man this week for causing a hazard for drivers on Interstate 5 near the Hugo exit. OSP reports troopers responded to the incident in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 65 on Tuesday night. Troopers said they encountered a 67-year-old man who was throwing pieces of wood onto the freeway, creating a hazard and endangering passing motorists. After contacting the subject and speaking with a witness, the subject was placed into custody and found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. According to OSP, there were no injuries and no damage to any vehicles reported. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Endangering and Possession of Meth. He was being held without bail. His vehicle -- a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup -- was towed.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Multiple Agencies Stopped Vegetation Fire from Spreading to Homes near CJ
Crews from multiple agencies stopped a vegetation fire near Cave Junction from moving into a residential area late yesterday. On Wednesday at 5:08 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the two-alarm blaze in the 27,000-block of Redwood Highway just south of Cave Junction. IVFD officials said arriving units found the fire rapidly moving toward adjacent properties occupied by a few homes. The fire was extinguished, with a quarter of an acre burned. There were no injuries reported. In a final update issued by ODF at 7 p.m., officials said the fire was fully-lined and 85% mopped up. They said firefighters were remaining on scene to conduct an investigation.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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ODFW Says Fish, Crab or Clam for Free in Oregon This Saturday and Sunday
Everyone can fish, crab or clam for free in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday of this coming weekend. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, no fishing or shellfish licenses or tags are required on those two days. Both Oregon residents and non-residents can fish for free. Oregon State Parks also offers free parking and camping on Saturday, June 1st. All other state fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. See the Oregon Sport Fishing Guide for regulations. Remember to check "MyODFW.com" for any in-season regulation changes, especially for salmon and steelhead fishing. Free Fishing Weekend is also a great time to try crabbing or clamming --"MyODFW.com" has all the information you need to get started.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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US Forest Service Sending $24 Million to Oregon to Defend Against Wildfire Threats
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The US Forest Service is investing more than $24 million in 13 projects across Oregon to make at-risk communities' homes, businesses and infrastructure more resilient to wildfires. Four of those projects are located in Southern Oregon. This funding allocation is part of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program, funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to protect communities and tribal lands across the United States that are at risk for wildfires. The biggest winner locally is a project called the "Firebrand Resiliency Collective, Community Building, Education and Implementation for the Rogue Valley" which is receiving more than $1.465 million to implement a cost-share program to harden structure-adjacent landscaping, augment existing defensible space efforts and reduce structural ignition risk. Josephine County Emergency Management will receive $250,000 for collaborative planning efforts intended for providing the community a way for reducing their wildfire risk and building resiliency to the impacts of wildfires. The Applegate Partnership & Watershed Council is receiving nearly $250,000 to update the 2002 Applegate Fire Plan, which spans two counties and three fire protection districts. The City of Grants Pass will receive $191,700 to create a Grants Pass Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Total Payroll Employment in Jackson County Increased by 470 Jobs in April
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Total payroll employment in Jackson County rose by 470 jobs in April, with job gains estimated in most published industries. According to the Oregon Employment Department, there were 102,415 people working in Jackson County last month for a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.8% -- which was down slightly from 4.9% in March. Employment rose in construction, health care & social assistance, leisure & hospitality, manufacturing, and professional & business services. Government employment also edged up by 50 jobs. Gains were posted in federal, state and local government. The only published industry losing jobs was retail trade, down by 30. Over the past year, payroll employment in Jackson County fell by 550 jobs, a decline of 0.6%. Since April 2023, industries adding jobs included private education and health services (+790), and construction (+190). Government employment climbed by 410 jobs in Jackson County over the past year.
Posted on 5/30/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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