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OSP Nabbed GP Man for Extreme DUII after Weekend Stop in Downtown GP
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass motorist for extremely impaired driving during a weekend traffic stop in the downtown area. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by a 48-year-old man near the corner of SE 8th and M streets on Saturday at 4:55 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the pickup after observing multiple traffic violations and the driver displayed multiple signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was more than three times the legal driving limit. The suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving before being lodged at the Sobering Center. His pickup was towed to a local impound yard.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:49AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Sound Equipment from Downtown Eatery
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing some sound equipment from a downtown restaurant over the weekend. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the incident at The Twisted Cork on SW 6th Street on Saturday at 3:44 p.m.. Police said a 33-year-old male subject stole an XM radio module from the restaurant that was valued at approximately $110. They said the restaurant owner confronted the man about the theft and the man made some verbal threats before fleeing on foot. The suspect was located near US Bank several minutes later as the owner followed him while on the phone with 9-1-1. The XM radio was not located as it was likely thrown by the suspect while he was running away. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:48AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Chronic Shoplifter for Trying to Steal WinCo Merchandise
Grants Pass Police arrested a chronic shoplifter after she attempted to steal items from an east-side supermarket over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Saturday at about 3:40 p.m.. Police said a 50-year-old female subject was detained by WinCo loss prevention after she attempted to steal more than $88 in goods. They said she brought an old receipt into the store, filled her cart with items and exited the business by passing all points of sale without paying. According to the report, the woman had committed additional thefts at WinCo and had signed a trespass letter that was photographed into evidence. A consent search of the suspect found her to be in possession of 3.79 grams of methamphetamine that was factory-sealed in a Scooby Doo baggie. It was seized for destruction. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Meth, 3rd-Degree Theft and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:47AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Jailed IV Man for Alleged Incident of Domestic Violence in Rural Selma
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed an Illinois Valley man for an alleged weekend incident of domestic violence near Selma. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a 27-year-old male subject for the domestic disturbance in the 7900-block of Deer Creek Road on Friday night. Deputies said a male juvenile called 9-1-1 from that address and told dispatchers that his father was really drunk and his stepfather was really freaked out after his father hit his mother in the face. The boy advised his stepfather and other family members kept the involved parties separated while trying to diffuse the situation. According to the report, a female victim had blood on her face and was bleeding heavily from her head. She was evaluated by medics at the scene, but declined transport to the hospital. The woman reportedly claimed that she fell and hit her head and denied that it was a result of being attacked by her ex-husband. The suspect was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of Physical Harassment. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/13/24 7:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared Man on Warrants and Probable Cause of Crimes in Traffic Stop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on two outstanding warrants and probable cause of other crimes during a Wilderville area traffic stop late last week. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a blue Toyota Celica driven by a 56-year-old man on Redwood Highway near Little Cheyenne Trail around midday Friday. Deputies said they spotted the driver whom they knew was wanted on two Josephine County felony warrants for charges including two counts of Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Reckless Driving and Methamphetamine Possession. Further investigation revealed that the man was suspected for another criminal incident that was under investigation. The suspect was placed into custody and transported to Grants Pass where he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrants plus felony charges of 1st-Degree Theft and 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief. His car was parked and secured at his request.
Posted on 5/13/24 7:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Shoplifter for Felony Robbery after He Fought with Worker
Grants Pass Police arrested a shoplifter for felony robbery late last week after he fought with a supermarket employee who tried to detain him for petty theft. The Police Department reports officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Friday afternoon. Police said the 31-year-old male subject stole just over $28 worth of items from WinCo by putting them in a shopping cart and pushing it past all points of sale without paying. They said he was confronted outside the store by loss prevention and he used physical force against an employee in an attempt to retain the items. The suspect then ran to his truck in the WinCo parking lot where he was arrested by responding officers. Surveillance footage was reviewed, which confirmed the man had scuffled with the worker. The stolen items were recovered. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a felony charges of 3rd-Degree Robbery and a misdemeanor charge of 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/13/24 7:02AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF and Rural Metro Crews Extinguished Sunday Fire at Hog Creek near Merlin
The Oregon Department of Forestry extinguished a wildfire that erupted yesterday in the Hog Creek area west of Merlin. ODF Southwest and Rural Metro Fire Department were dispatched to the reported blaze northeast of Hog Creek Boat Landing on Sunday afternoon. ODF officials said arriving units estimated the fire to be five acres in size. Crews quickly lined 75% of the fire, slowing most of the growth in 90-degree heat. There were no evacuations ordered and no structures were threatened. At 7:40 p.m., officials said the fire was stopped at 5.71 acres, with 100% of the blaze lined and 20% of it mopped up. Firefighters remained engaged with the fire overnight to ensure it was completely extinguished. According to ODF, the cause of the fire remains under investigation. As temperatures continue to heat up this spring, the risk of wildfires starting and spreading will naturally increase as well. Please be aware of these heightened chances and help ODF keep Southern Oregon wildfire-free.
Posted on 5/13/24 7:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Motorist Escaped Injury When Vehicle Struck Bear on Highway 199 South of CJ
A motorist escaped injury when their vehicle struck a bear on Redwood Highway south of Cave Junction.. The Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash near milepost 32 of US Highway 199 on Friday at 10:39 p.m.. IVFD officials said arriving units found a vehicle into a guardrail and a bear that was hit by the truck was declared deceased. The single occupant of the vehicle was not injured. Jerry's Towing hauled the damaged vehicle to Cave Junction. OSP conducted the interview of the driver and removed the deceased bear from the highway. Troopers were assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 5/13/24 6:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Emergency Crews Viewed Rare Spectacle after Responding to Small Vehicle Fire
Emergency first responders were treated to a rare spectacle when they responded to a weekend vehicle fire on Redwood Highway at Hayes Hill. The Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Department and Oregon State Police responded to a small vehicle fire near milepost 16 of US Highway 199 on Friday at about 10:40 p.m.. IVFD officials said the occupants noticed smoke coming from the engine, pulled over and discovered the fire. A passing tow truck driver stopped and extinguished the flames prior to the arrival of first responders. No one was hurt and the vehicle was towed away. Rural Metro officials said the vehicle fire gave firefighters and state troopers a rare glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, which was made possible by a strong geomagnetic storm due to solar flares from the sun.
Posted on 5/13/24 6:56AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council to Interview Urban Area Planning Commission Candidates Today
The Grants Pass City Council will open its bi-weekly workshop session today with interviews of candidates for the Urban Area Planning Commission (UAPC). The UAPC consists of eight members appointed by the City Council. It is the advisory agency for the Council on land use procedures. Next up on the agenda is "Private Streets and Home Builders Association Timing" followed by the First Quarter Work Plan Update and a review of the agenda for Wednesday night's regular meeting. Following the workshop, Mayor Sara Bristol will convene a Special Meeting in Executive Session. The closed-door meeting will be led by the City Attorney on current and/or likely litigation. Today's workshop begins at 11:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 5/13/24 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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CJ City Council to Consider Ordinances, Park Use & OLCC Recommendation
The Cave Junction City Council meets tonight to consider two new ordinances, a park use request and an Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission recommendation. Following the regular Council Update from Public Works Director Alex Ponder, the panel will hear planning updates and consider a request regarding a Skatepark Memorial event on June 21st. The Council will also decide whether to provide an OLCC recommendation for Li'l Pantry Market & Deli. Two ordinances will be under consideration. One would amend the Zoning Map and Comprehensive Plan while the other would make rate changes for city water and sewer services. Tonight's meeting starts at 7 in the City Council Chambers at 222 Lister Street in Cave Junction.
Posted on 5/13/24 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police & Firefighters Logged Busy Week of Activity Protecting Community
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged a busy week of activity while protecting citizens and structures. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 592 calls for service along with 253 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 41 arrests, 30 citations, 35 warnings and five highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 55 traffic stops in the city and made 24 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The GPPD Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 182 potential trouble-makers while arresting six people, citing 12 more and warning 38 others. The CRT unit also trespassed six individuals, posted 110 transient camps and removed trash from five campsites. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 113 calls last week including 67 for emergency medical service, one report of fire or smoke, 15 lift assists, 10 rescue situations, five assists to other agencies and seven false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,120 emergency calls in addition to 739 non-emergency calls for service.
Posted on 5/13/24 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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