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Truck nearly sheers power pole at the intersection of 7th and Manzanita
A black 1999 Toyota Tundra nearly sheered a power pole at the intersection of 7th Street and Manzanita at approximately 10:40 a.m. today.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Thursday incidents
A semi-truck and trailer struck several posts and took out a five feet section of guardrail on I-5 at milepost 72 northbound. The driver was cited for failure to maintain his lane.
Two Washington Men Jailed When I-5 Traffic Stop Yields 45lbs. of Pot
Two Washington residents are in the Jackson County Jail after a State Trooper discovered 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash during an I-5 traffic stop near Central Point last night.
OSP Detectives Investigate Jackson Co. Deputy Side-swipping Armed Suspect with Cruiser.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has requested the OSP Criminal Investigation Division look into an incident that occurred early Thursday afternoon in which a Deputy’s marked cruiser sideswiped a man armed with a gun.
Judge sentences Huddleston to life imprisonment for killing his wife
Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced 45-year-old Bourne Huddleston to 25 years to life in prison Thursday for the murder of his wife, 34-year-old Kristy Huddleston.
Local egg hunts abound for Easter Holiday
Egg hunts abound both in Josephine County and nearby Rogue River for the Easter Holiday.
Judge Wolke Sentences Several to Hard time in Dept. of Corrections
Thursday sentencing in Josephine County Circuit Court saw Judge Pat Wolke sentence several convicted felons to hard time in the Department of Corrections.
Possible Attempted Child Abduction
If you were in the area of the 2400 block of Leonard Road Thursday morning around 7:15, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like you to contact them about a possible attempted abduction of an elementary girl.
Commissioners move forward with Open Roads Ordinance
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday administrative meeting requested legal council to look at the implementation of an Open Roads Ordinance.
Ashland Fire Wants Entire City Classified Wildfire Hazard Zone
Ashland Fire and Rescue is proposing the entire city be classified as a wildfire hazard zone. The Department used Oregon Department of Forestry criteria to rank the areas based on vegetation, topography and weather.
Jury finds Huddleston guilty of killing his wife
A Jackson County jury Wednesday found Bourne Huddleston guilty of killing his wife Kristy.
Red Rock Lounge Closed; Reservoir #3 Online; Pot Moratorium Enacted & Evergreen Sign Code Appeal Approved
Near the close of the Wednesday night Grants Pass City Council meeting, during the agenda for matters from Mayor, Council & Staff, Department of Public Safety Chief Bill Landis announced his office has been working with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, supplying them documentation concerning the Red Rock Lounge on Morgan Avenue, and that at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon an O.L.C.C. official walked into his office with the liquor license from the Lounge.
County Confirms Receipt of O & C Funds
Commissioner Simon Hare this morning confirmed the county has received the secure rural schools funding from BLM to be distributed to Oregon and California counties.
Tuesday Morning Crash Sends Jacksonville Man to OHSU in Portland
An early Tuesday morning head on collision on Highway 238 resulted in a Jacksonville man, Paul Sage, 47, being flown to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland with critical injuries
Troopers Arrest G.P. Man on Multiple Sex Charges
State Trooper Detectives arrested Joseph A. Calderon, 37, at his Grants Pass home at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon and lodged him in the Josephine County Jail on 7 counts of sex crimes including 1st degree rape.
Commissioners approve moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Roseburg Takes Cavemen Home Opener
Roseburg jumped out to an early lead Tuesday afternoon at Grants Pass high and spoiled the Cavemen’s home baseball opener, winning 9 to 3. Cameron Matthews went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Grants Pass travels to Roseburg for a double header this Saturday.
Suspected Car Thief Arrested; Stolen Mustang Recovered
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, with assistance from the Oregon State Troopers arrested Codey James Shaffer, 19, of 911 Southwest “I” Street for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle last night.
Britt Adds American Idol Tour To August Lineup
The Britt Festival has announced the addition of the American Idol Live Tour to its 2014 lineup. The top ten finalists from season 13 will be on the Britt stage August 20th.
Free Earthquake Preparedness Seminar Offered
Josephine County is hosting a free forum on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect in the event of an earthquake Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Fairgrounds Floral Building
Ashland Bans Plastic Bags
The Ashland City Council last night approved a ban on the distribution of plastic bags and instituted a 10 cent fee on each paper bag requested by customers who forget to bring reusable bags. The new law will take effect in six months, allowing businesses to use their supplies of bags and develop new systems to supply paper bags.
Huddleston Testifies on Wife’s Suicide; Jury Deliberates
Bourne Huddleston, accused of murdering his wife, Kristy, testified in his own defense Tuesday before closing arguments and the case being given to the jury to decide.
Bed and breakfast suffers damage from sleeping driver
A sleeping driver struck a porch, a fence and two trees at a Bed and Breakfast on E. Main Street in Ashland at 9:18 p.m. Monday.
BLM delivers Secure Rural Schools payments to Josephine County
The Bureau of Land Management distributed payments Tuesday to 18 Oregon counties, including Josephine, under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension.
Monday Public Safety incidents
A woman reported finding a backpack and other items on her porch in the 500 block of N.W. C Street. She told dispatch she believed a transient slept on her porch and requested extra patrol.
Gold Hill May Pump Waste Water to Central Point
Gold Hill’s water treatment plant has undergone a $300,000 upgrade that has alleviated the problem of releasing poorly treated wastewater into the Rogue River. However the city is only able to squeeze another five years from the plant before investing $5 million to $10 million into a new facility.
RCC Foundation Names Basker New Executive Director
The Rogue Community College Foundation has named Judith E. Basker as its new executive director. Ms. Basker will join the college May 19th. She is currently senior major gifts officer for Willamette University, a position she has held since 2000
Council Poised to Enact Medical Marijuana Moratorium
The Grants Pass City Council is slated to vote on an ordinance enacting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries at their Wednesday night meeting in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street starting at 6:00 p.m.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A home was burgled in the 1000 block of Ollis Road.
Today is the state and federal tax deadline
Today is the deadline to file state and federal tax returns.
Commissioners hold second reading of marijuana moratorium ordinance
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to hold the second reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in the county.
G.P. Council reviews Public Safety Fleet
Interim Public Safety Chief Bill Landis delivered a presentation to the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop regarding the Public Safety Fleet.
Weekend OSP incidents
34-year-old Merle Southard, who had a warrant for his arrest, was located by deputies in a teepee in the 400 block of S. Old Stage Road. A taser was deployed but Southard was only struck with one prong. He began to run and was caught in barbed wire he had placed on the property. He was jailed on the warrant and faces additional charges of resisting arrest and possession of meth. A female located in the teepee, 52-year-old Carrie Sanders, was charged with possession of meth.
Registered Sex Offender Surrenders Himself after Sexual Harassment
David Neal Reynolds, a registered sex offender, turned himself into the Medford Police Department Friday saying he heard he was wanted. He was arrested and jailed for 3rd degree sex abuse, harassment and failure to register as a sex offender. His bail is set at $12,000.
Ashland Council Considers Emergency Water Line Costs & Banning Plastic Bags
The Ashland City council will consider banning plastic shopping bags and hear the estimated costs for an emergency water line. Its reported those costs to engineer and construct the line have escalated to $4.3 million, almost twice the initial estimate.
Woman Hospitalized After being Extricated from Rollover on Biddle
A female passenger had to be extricated from a Ford Explorer late Sunday morning after a Honda Minivan allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Biddle and Jackson and collided with the Explorer flipping it over.
Arsonist strikes residence on Rogue River Highway
An arsonist struck a residence at 3250 Rogue River Highway at approximately 10:44 p.m. Saturday.
Fatal crash near Scottsburg injures Cave Junction man
A Cave Junction man was injured in a fatal crash that occurred near Scottsburg on Highway 38 Saturday morning.
Lakeview girl who went missing from Grants Pass found safe and sound
A 17-year-old Lakeview girl who went missing Friday from Grants Pass was found safe and sound Sunday afternoon in Lakeview.
Former Lake County Deputy Turns Himself In; 17-yr Old Lakeview Girl Still Missing
Former Lake County deputy, Kenneth D. Turkle, age 42, turned himself in Sunday morning at the Lake County Jail. Warrants had been issued Saturday for his arrest on charges related to an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Lakeview girl reported missing Friday.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street
4th Street Between “H” and “I” Closed Monday and Tuesday
Timber Mountain Construction will be performing sewer main installation work Monday and Tuesday on 4th Street between H and I Streets. Streets will be closed to thru traffic both days from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
Public’s Help Requested to find 17-yr Old Lakeview Girl Last Seen in G.P.; Former Deputy Sought on Related Charges
Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing, endangered 17-year-old Lakeview girl who may be with a former Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy wanted on charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with her.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
The Sheriff’s Office assisted in a search and rescue operation to locate two missing 15-year-old girls in the Ashland area.
Bus service between Grants Pass and Medford likely to begin in September
Thanks to a grant from the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality fund the Rogue Valley Council of Governments has secured a three-year pilot program that will provide bus travel from Grants Pass to Medford.
A look at the City of Grants Pass in the second week of April
The Nuisance Intervention Team patrolled the downtown area and made 19 contacts, gave eight warnings and issued three citations. Officers report nuisance offenders and offenses have been significantly reduced in the downtown, parks and other areas patrolled by NIT.
Local SBDC Among the Tops in Oregon
Of the 19 Small Business Development Centers in the state, RCC’s Small Business Development Center consistently performs in the top tier according to metrics released by the state.
City Posts RFP for Travel, Tourism, Marketing & P.R. Services
The City of Grants Pass posted a request for proposal in early March seeking assistance from an experienced Marketing and Public Relations partner to direct future marketing and public relations efforts in an aggressive and comprehensive manner.
Missing Teen Girls Found
Two 15-year-old girls, reported missing from their Ashland homes Thursday night were located this morning at 7:30 and transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center where their status remains unknown at this time.
Thursday OSP and Sheriff’s Office incidents
A driver who was experiencing a diabetic emergency struck the median and various other objects traveling from Glendale to Grants Pass on I-5. Paramedics treated the driver at the scene.
Students see corpse on the way to school; investigators say it was suicide
Students from Kennedy Elementary School and North Medford High School saw a corpse hanging from a tree Thursday morning.
Firefighters rescue dogs from burning home
Firefighters rescued four dogs and six newborn puppies from a house fire Thursday at roughly 10:17 a.m. at 2561 Leonard Rd.
Single Vehicle Accident Claims the Life of Ashland Resident
A single vehicle accident at 10:32 Wednesday night in Ashland left one man dead and a woman in serious condition in Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Fatal Crash Victim was in Roseburg to Avoid Abuse
The woman killed in that fatal car crash in Roseburg, Laura Beth Cortez, whose home was listed as Grants Pass, had in fact moved to Roseburg several months ago to avoid an abusive husband who is still wanted for his attack on Cortez and a volunteer at the Gospel Rescue Mission last November.
Kidnapper sent to prison
A man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend and then kidnapped her was sentenced today by Judge Thomas Hull to 75 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Flashing Headlights is Free Speech
A Medford judge has ruled that flashing your headlights to warn other drivers that a sheriff's deputy is approaching is protected as free speech under the Oregon Constitution.
Medford P.D. Seeks Information on Sex Abuse Investigation
The Medford Police Department is seeking additional information concerning an ongoing investigation into sex abuse charges against James Eldon Mobley, 77, of Medford.
Judge Hull Sends Two to the Department of Corrections
Robert James Oduane, 31, was sentenced to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections this morning by Judge Thomas Hull
Community Shares Opinions with Eagle Point Weapons Safety Committee
The Eagle Point School Board’s Weapons Safety Committee hosted a community forum last night to explore security options for the schools.
Huddleston Trial Underway; Jury Hears 911 Call
The murder trial of Bourne Huddleston began yesterday with the jury hearing the 911 call of Huddleston’s 10-year-old son trying to save his mother’s life. Huddleston is accused of killing his wife Kristy in the pre-dawn hours of March 23rd, 2012 with a single gunshot to
Spring Showers Bring Flowers & Road Construction
City drivers should be aware Manzanita Avenue between Conklin and Washington Boulevard will be closed to through traffic Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. A pedestrian bridge is being installed.
2014 Britt Fest line-up announced
The 2014 Britt Fest line-up was announced Wednesday evening in Jacksonville.
Commissioner Walker holds state of the county address
Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker held a state of the county address during the commissioners Wednesday business session.
Sheriff’s Office Tuesday incidents
An assault that allegedly occurred on the Caves Highway on Feb. 22 was reported to police. A man had his foot cut while in a motel room by another man with a knife. The victim has since had half the foot amputated.
Ashland Spruces Up for Tourist Season
Ashland is getting ready for the summer tourist season. The City Council has approved several improvements recommended by a downtown beautification committee.
Public Forum Scheduled tonight in Eagle Point on School District’s Weapons Safety Committee
A forum is scheduled tonight at 5 p.m. at Eagle Point’s Hillside School Gym on East Main for the District’s Weapons Safety Committee to hear parents and community members voice their opinions on the arming of teachers.
Medford Sisters Busted for Drug Sales near School
According to a Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement news release, authorities raided a home at 1524 Corona Avenue and arrested Kayci Nichole Miller, 30, Haley Rianne Miller, 31 on April 3rd and recovered a half pound of methamphetamine, a pound of marijuana, packaging materials and scales.
Grants Pass woman dies in Roseburg car crash-UDATE- Names Released
A 53-year-old Grants Pass woman died at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in a three-vehicle accident in Roseburg at the I-5 milepost 125 exit ramp at Harvard Avenue in front of Roseburg High School.
District 7 Board Appoints Susan Zottola Directory of Elementary Education
The District 7 School Board has reinstituted the position of Director of Elementary Education and during the regular Board meeting Tuesday afternoon appointed long time staff member and current Principal of Riverside Elementary School Susan Zottola as the new director.
White City Helicopter Company may Face Penalties for Herbicide Overspray
A state investigation has determined that a helicopter hired to spray herbicides on some commercial timberlands in southwestern Oregon more than likely allowed some to fall over people's homes as it flew by.
Employee Theft Costs Contractor $60K
The Medford Police Department has arrested Dustin William Jackson, 24, of Trail, on aggravated theft and theft by receiving charges.
Jackson County Fire Agency Consolidation in Jeopardy
A draft report on the possible consolidation of Jackson County Fire District number three and Medford Fire Rescue contains numerous errors that is raising concerns throughout the
Monday OSP and Sheriff’s Office incidents
The Merlin Community Baptist Church reported a hit and run where a car destroyed the handicap steps. Several pieces of the vehicle were left at the scene.
Commissioner Walker holds presentation on the state of the county
Josephine County Commissioner Cherryl Walker will hold a presentation regarding the state of the county during the commissioner’s Wednesday business session at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Trial for man accused of killing wife begins
The trial for a man accused of killing his wife began with jury selection on Monday.
Need for Housing Services Spiking in Josephine County
The number of people requiring housing services in Josephine County has spiked, particularly among youth and single-father populations.
RVCOG holds status update with G.P. City Council
The Rogue Valley Council of Governments held a year-end review with the Grants Pass City Council during the council’s Monday workshop.
Weekend OSP incidents
A firearm was stolen from a residence in the 2400 block of Deer Creek Road.
Intermittent Closures on 4th & 5th Streets Tuesday
The city’s engineering division has announced 4th and 5th Streets will be closed intermittently to thru traffic tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. while road restoration work is being performed.
School Board to Consider Revised Policies, Travel Requests & Inter-District Transfers
The District 7 School Board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 in the district offices on Dean Drive.
Burned residence on Redwood Avenue under arson investigation
A residence that burned Sunday at 8:15 p.m. at 4709 Redwood Ave. is currently under an arson investigation.
Jacksonville historical society holds tours of Beekman Bank
A new Jacksonville based historical society is scheduled to begin holding tours of Oregon’s second oldest bank, the Beekman Bank.
Grants Pass Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Child Abuse Charges
44-year-old Katherine Parker of Grants Pass pleaded not guilty to multiple child-abuse charges at her arraignment Friday in Multnomah County Court.
Grants Pass to Celebrate 26th Year as a Tree City USA Community
Grants Pass will honor the 140 year tradition of Arbor Day and celebrate its 26th national designation as a Tree City USA community with the planting of a Tulip Tree at Tussing Park Monday at 1:00pm.
Dept. of Public Safety Receives Re-Accreditation
Interim Chief of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Bill Landis, announced the Department was awarded their 7th accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, known by the acronym of CALEA.
SOU’s Self Governing Plan Endorsed by Oregon Board
The Oregon Board of Higher Education has endorsed, with conditions, the formation of a self-governing board at Southern Oregon University.
Secure Rural Schools Payments to Timber Counties to Be Dispersed Soon
The U.S. Forest Service says payments to timber counties under the last year of the Secure Rural Schools Act will be going out soon, and Oregon's share totals more than $60 million.
The agency announced the payments Friday.
.Public Safety Department had a Busy Week
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety had a busy week with the City Police keeping the Jail beds almost full. 29 city jail beds were used Monday and Tuesday with 28 filled Wednesday and 27 on Thursday. Friday’s count is still being confirmed but a city councilor said the count was 36.
D.O.J. Investigating Jackson County Sheriff Candidate
The Oregon Department of Justice is in the midst of a criminal investigation of Jackson County Sheriff’s candidate Bob Sergi. The investigation was begun at the request of the Sheriff’s Department.
SOU Students Allege Housing Discrimination; City to Research Fair Housing Ordinance
Ashland’s College students say they are often denied rental opportunities because they’re students. Some rental advertisements state students need not apply. The Ashland City Council voted to have the housing and human services commission examine the issue.
Snowpack in Rogue Basin at 36%
The latest report from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service on Friday shows snowpacks, the natural water storage system across the West, were at 36 percent for the Rogue and Umpqua Basins, 33 percent for the Klamath Basin and 46 percent in Lake County.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A caller told dispatch drug dealers are frequenting the area of the 400 block of S.E. M Street.
Medford Council Rejects Appeal from Medical Marijuana Club
The Medford City Council has rejected an appeal from a medical marijuana club that wants a business license.
Defect Caused Glass Panel Failure in RCC’s Medford Ed Center
A manufacturing defect led to the sudden fracture of a glass panel that crashed to the floor of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford last month
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Fraudulent transactions made at the Sterling Bank in Cave Junction withdrew money from a deceased person’s bank account. The case is being investigated.
Memorial Scheduled for Victim of Wrong Way Driver
A celebration of the life of Karen Greenstein will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ashland High School. Karen was killed by a wrong way driver in the early morning hours of March 27th on Interstate-5 as she was returning home following her working shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
GOP candidates hold meet and greet during First Friday
GOP candidates who are running in this upcoming election are holding a meet and greet today from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk at the Republican Headquarters located at 513 N.E. 6th St.
City Police Arrest 21-Year-Old on Suspicion of Multiple Thefts
Wednesday morning City Police arrested and lodged James D. Card for multiple thefts and thefts from vehicles throughout Grants Pass.
Dimmick Tower Property Mediation Options Presented at Town Hall
An estimated two dozen neighbors and concerned citizens attended a town hall meeting in City Council Chambers Thursday night to hear options and share their concerns and suggestions for the County’s properties at the corner of Dimmick and “A” Streets
Local Rescue Dogs & Handlers Sent to Oso, Washington
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has sent two of its Search and Rescue Human Remain Detection dogs to Oso, Washington. These longtime members of the Jackson County Search and Rescue team are working to help locate remains in the mudslide area.
Drugs & Car Theft Nets 40 Months Hard Time
Judge Hull sentenced Tanner Baine Sayre, 22, to 40 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections Thurday. Sayre pled guilty to a number of drug charges and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Bi-polar man sent to state mental hospital for assaulting and sexually abusing girlfriend
A mentally ill man was sentenced today by Judge Thomas Hull to the state mental hospital for assaulting his girlfriend and sexually abusing her.
Son in father-son duo sentenced for chainsaw attack
The son in a father-son duo who broke into a man’s home and attacked him with a chainsaw was sentenced today to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Rapist sentenced to 33 years prison time
A rapist who sexually abused a non-blood relative over an eight year period was sentenced today by Judge Thomas Hull to 33 years in prison.
Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Dimmick Tower Property
The future of the County’s Dimmick Tower properties is being discussed at a town hall meeting tonight beginning at 6:00 in the City Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street
Grants Pass Woman May Face Charges in Connection with Wednesday’s Fatal Crash that Claimed 2 Lives
The fatal crash in the 3600 block of North River Road Wednesday afternoon has claimed a second life. Jerry Barrett, 80, of Medford died last night at 10:00 in Providence Medical Center.
Grants Pass Woman Sentenced to 22 Months & to Repay $79,000+
Stephanie Lee Moore was sentenced to 22 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections, Coffee Creek facility by Judge Pat Wolke this morning.
Getaway driver in 6th Street Coffee and Deli robbery sent to prison
The getaway driver in the robbery of the 6th Street Coffee and Deli on Jan. 28 was sentenced by Judge Lindi Baker today to 90 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Applegate home burns as fire truck requires rescue from wooden bridge
An Applegate home at 11255 Williams Highway burned to the ground Tuesday at approximately 10:30 p.m. when a fire truck from Applegate Fire District No. 9 got stuck on a bridge on the property.
Gold Hill Multiple Vehicle Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Hospitalized
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred at about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon in the 3600 block of North River Road, Gold Hill.
Council Enacts Moratorium and Prohibition on Marijuana Facilities within City Limits
The state permitted moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries was enacted by the Grants Pass City Council Wednesday night by ordinance. The council immediately passed a second ordinance prohibiting the operation of any medical marijuana facility within city boundaries in perpetuity.
Dual Car Crash Near Gold Hill Kills One, Two Hospitalized
KDRV is reporting a fatal accident near Gold Hill. Officials have confirmed at 2745 North River Road, an accident involving two cars has killed one person and sent two others to the hospital
Fourth Street Closure Thursday & Friday
4th Street between “H” and “I” Streets will be closed to thru traffic beginning Thursday morning through Friday evening, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days for sewer replacement work.
Medford Man Jailed after SWAT Callout for Assault
A Medford man was arrested and jailed on assault and menacing charges early Tuesday morning by the Medford SWAT team. Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Providence Hospital after James Allen Smithee, 29, collapsed attempting to get to the hospital after an assault by his roommate.
Identity thief sent to prison
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced 32-year-old Matthew Nathan Waltenburg today to 30 months prison time after he pled guilty to charges of racketeering, identity theft, theft and possession of meth.
Southern Oregon Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fraud and Tax Charges
Monday U.S. District Judge Owen Panner sentenced Kenneth Johnson, 62, to 33 months in federal prison and Diana Arredondo, 56, to 10 months in prison.
Commissioners Pass 1st Reading of Dispensary Moratorium
The Josephine County Commissioners passed unanimously the first reading of an ordinance declaring a one year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities at the Weekly Business Session this morning. The state set the moratorium option up to allow local jurisdictions time and the authority to regulate reasonable hours of operation, location and the manner in which the marijuana is dispensed.
Judge Wolke doubles bail for alleged kidnapper
Judge Pat Wolke doubled the bail today for an alleged kidnapper who has been conspiring in jail to post bail and flee the country.
Ashland resident enters race for District 2
Ashland resident 83-year-old Barney Spera has decided to enter the District 2 primary election for the congressional seat currently held by Republican Congressman Greg Walden.
City Council to Consider Growler Sales and Marijuana Moratorium Wednesday Night
Expect a busy City Council meeting Wednesday night starting at 6:00 in council chambers on Northwest A Street. The agenda contains two public hearings, one amending the Adult Use language in the development code that would allow Griess Family Brews to conduct beer tasting and Growler take-outs. The council will also vote on two ordinances on medical marijuana facilities.
Medford Police Bust Serial Burglar
Jonathan Paul McDonald, 25, was arrested about 6:00 last night when Medford detectives stopped the vehicle he was driving in the 700 block of Crater Lake Avenue.
Medford Drug Bust Lands Suspect in Jail facing $1 Million Bail
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team served a search warrant Monday afternoon in the 900 block of Alba Drive and arrested Samuel Johnson, 59, for unlawful manufacture, possession and distribution of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
No Hard Time For Medford Arsonist
Paul Lister Newcombe, 41, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay almost $61,000 in restitution after pleading no-contest to a charge of first degree arson.
Shootout Suspects Arraigned in Jackson County Court
Two Idaho fugitives were arraigned in Jackson County Court Monday on charges stemming from the shootout with law enforcement authorities after allegedly trying to ram an occupied Medford Police cruiser with a stolen truck.
Commissioners hold first reading of the medical marijuana dispensary moratorium ordinance
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to read the first reading of the medical marijuana dispensary moratorium ordinance.
High water and animals reported on I-5
An accident reported on I-5 southbound four miles south of Grants Pass at 7:00 a.m. today has been cleared but motorists still need to take caution due to high water and animals on the interstate.
Car accident causes delays on I-5 southbound
A car accident occurred just after 7:00 a.m. today on I-5 southbound at milepost 54 about four miles south of Grants Pass.
Six-story Medford apartment building evacuated
The New Medford Apartments, a six-story apartment building located in the 400 block of W. Main Street, was evacuated Monday around 7:30 p.m. due to smoke being seen in the building.
I-5 Head-On Crash Snarls Noon Traffic; No Fatality!
Just before 1:00 this afternoon a 10-wheel delivery truck was northbound on Interstate Five when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the center median and collided head-on with a newer Kia sedan. The collision occurred at milepost 46, just north of Valley of the Rogue State Park.
Community Development delivers practices and processes presentation to G.P. City Council
Community Development Director Michael Black delivered a presentation to the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop regarding his department’s practices and processes.
Multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 5
There has been a multiple vehicle crash at Milepost 46, 2 Miles South of Rogue River.

As reported by ODOT, Sound bound Traffic is at a stand-still and there could be up to a 2-hour delay (This reported at 1:20PM)
Weekend OSP incidents
A single-vehicle accident occurred on I-5 southbound at milepost 79. The vehicle’s driver, 39-year-old Carlos Hernandez was transported to the hospital with injuries.
Girl Scout Camp to be Restored
Camp Low Echo, a Lake of the Woods Retreat for generations of Girl Scouts, has been purchased by the Sid and Karen DeBoer Foundation. The family intends to restore the camp and make it available for a wide range of groups and events including the scouts.
Ashland Council Contemplates Yea or Nay on Marijuana Dispensaries
The Ashland City Council will consider establishing a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries while developing guidelines and restrictions on their operation at their Tuesday evening meeting at 7:00 in the Ashland Civic Center.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A male in his 30’s was allegedly seen selling meth at the intersection of Redwood Highway and W. Park Street.
Kidnapper holds victim at knife point at 7-11
An alleged kidnapper was waiting for a 20-year-old woman inside her Volkswagon Jetta in the 6th Street 7-11 Convenience Store parking lot Saturday at approximately 6:00 a.m. and when she entered the vehicle he held her at knifepoint.
KAIROS to Hold Open House at New Facility Tuesday
The public is invited to an Open House event Tuesday, April 1st from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the new KAIROS Community Service Building located at 1750 Nebraska Avenue.
Grants Pass Man Faces Multiple Assault Charges in Domestic Case
Shortly after midnight, Sunday, Grants Pass Police Officers responded to the report of a domestic assault incident at 1402 SE Cherry Lane.

32-year-old Jennifer Moore had sought refuge at a neighbor’s residence after being assaulted by her fiancé, 40-year-old Cosmo L. Seal. Seal had fled the scene. Moore sustained a stab wound to her leg, bite marks and multiple bruises to her head.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
46-year-old Elizabeth Mary Higdon-Stewart was jailed on charges of second-degree assault and on a failure to appear warrant after allegedly stabbing a man in the eye in the 2800 block of Foothill Boulevard.
Josephine County attends forestland meeting in Salem
Josephine County is attending a meeting of the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee and the Council of Forestry Trust Land Counties this coming Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Salem at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters.
A look at the City of Grants Pass in the week of March 23 through 29
Here is a look at the City of Grants Pass in the last week:

The Nuisance Intervention Team patrolled the central business district for two hours on Tuesday and they made 19 contacts and issued eight warnings and three citations.
One Jailed on Meth Possession Charge while Evidence is being Evaluated
Grants Pass City Police arrested and jailed Arturo Franco “Chewy” Belez, 37, for possession of Methamphetamine Thursday morning.
Getaway Driver Found Guilty
Karrie Butcher, 31, who was accused of driving the getaway car in the 6th Street Coffee and Deli armed robbery the morning of January 28th was found guilty of first degree robbery by a Josephine County jury Thursday afternoon
Studded Tires Must be Off by Monday
Studded tire season is coming to an end. The Oregon Department of Transportation says motorists must remove them by Monday. Metal studs that come in handy on icy roads are legal in Oregon from November 1st through March 31st.
Landslide Potential in Josephine County
The Oregon Department of Geology has issued a press release stating the heavy rainfall today in southwest Oregon is bringing increased potential for landslides in the mountains. The National Weather Service has issued a flood potential outlook for Josephine, Coos and Curry counties
Medford Council Tours Greenway
Thursday the Medford City Council toured the riparian corridor along the Bear Creek Greenway from Hawthorne Park to just north of the Fourth Street Bridge where volunteers have been cleaning both sides of the creek.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A couple called police to tell them a mechanic they had hired to work on three of their cars stole parts from the vehicles.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A car was reported stolen from the 100 block of E. Watkins Street.
Wrong-way driver in fatal accident transported to OHSU
The wrong-way driver in the fatal traffic accident that occurred on I-5 around milepost 24 in the southbound lanes early Thursday morning has been transported to the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Alleged Stop & Shop robber captured in California
One of the two alleged gunmen who robbed the Stop & Shop Market on N. Pacific Highway in Medford on March 16 has been captured.
Assault, DUII, & Driving Suspended Gets Grants Pass One Year in Jail
Richard Charles Gullings, 51, drew a sentence of 365 days in the Josephine county jail from Judge Pat Wolke Thursday.
Chainsaw attacker sent to prison
A chainsaw wielding man who broke into a home in the 1200 block of Dowell Road in mid-February was sentenced today but Judge Pat Wolke to 70 months prison time.
Cabinet Shop Burglar Sentenced to 60 Days
Robert William Wendover, 36, was sentenced by Judge Pat Wolke to 60 days in the Josephine County Jail and two years probation after he pleaded guilty to 2nd degree burglary, 1st degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle today.
Police swarm Sunset Way to capture armed suspect
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety swarmed to 575 Sunset Way at approximately 9:43 a.m. today to reports of an armed suspect in the area.
Prolific North Valley criminal sent to prison
A prolific burglar and thief who terrorized the North Valley area was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 106 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Grants Pass Driver Involved in Wrong Way Fatal Traffic Crash
A Grants Pass man, Richard Webster Scott, 32, is in the Rogue Valley Medical Center in serious condition after being involved in a two vehicle wrong way driver fatal crash this morning in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost
Arrest Made for March 16th Armed Robbery of Stop & Shop Market in Medford.
Medford Police identified one of two men suspected of perpetrating the armed robbery of the Stop & Shop Market on March 16th. He has been arrested in Oakland, California and is being held in the Santa Rita Jail.
Judge Says Medford’s MaryJane’s Can Reopen; No Pot!
The owners of MaryJane’s Attic appealed the City of Medford’s revocation of their business license to Jackson County Circuit Court and received a favorable ruling from Judge Timothy Gerking, as long and the business does not dispense medical marijuana.
OR-7’s Tracking Collar will Fade Soon
OR-7, the wandering wolf, whose trek across Oregon and Northern California attracted worldwide attention could soon fade from the public spotlight.
I-5 blocked due to fatal crash
I-5 is still blocked this morning in the southbound lanes at milepost 24 approximately five miles south of Medford due to a two-vehicle wrong way fatal traffic crash that occurred at approximately 3:17 a.m. today.
Forest Hills Neighborhood Wins Nationwide Award as “Firewise”
Grants Pass’s neighborhood community of Forest Hills has received a $500 reward from the National Fire Protection Association to help fund a wildfire protection project in their area in conjunction with National Wildfire Preparedness Day May 3rd. Forest Hills is one of twenty neighborhoods nationwide to win the award
Commissioners designate 158 acres of forestland as residential lots
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session voted unanimously to designate 158 acres of forestland in the N. Applegate Road area as rural residential.
Pacific Coast Trail May be Re-Routed through Crater Lake Park
The National Park Service is in the early stages of drafting it’s first-ever Trail Management Plan for Crater Lake, outlining ways to integrate the nearly 100 miles of trails within the park, including re-routing the Pacific Coast Trail
Three Controlled Burns Torched Today in this Area
The Oregon Department of Forestry has three controlled burns underway today in Josephine and Western Jackson County.
Eagle Point Town Hall Scheduled to Share Info on Cover Oregon-UPDATED
ACCESS, the Community Action Agency for Jackson County, is teaming with Cover Oregon to share information about insurance opportunities before applications that are now due April 30th.
State Announced Safe Deposit Box Auction
The State Department of Lands has announced an auction consisting of about 1,400 lots that range from diamond rings to baseball cards, all recovered from abandoned safe deposit boxes will be held at 885 Industrial Circle in White City, Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The preview is available April 3rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rogue River Woman to Appear on “Jeopardy” Tonight
A Rogue River Woman, 63-year-old Deborah Ellis, will be one of the contestants shown on the popular T.V. game show, “Jeopardy” tonight.
Kitchen fire sparks up home on Campus Drive
A kitchen fire lit up a home located at 932 Campus Drive at approximately 11:31 a.m. Tuesday.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle stolen from a recent home-invasion robbery was located partially stripped at the end of Takilma Road.
Candidates hold discussion on property taxes, the economy and marijuana
Commissioner candidate Mark Seligman and county legal council candidate Wally Hicks are holding a discussion about property taxes, the economy and marijuana at the Fruitdale Grange at 6:30 p.m. today.
Commissioners vote on bridge project extension
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on a bridge project extension.
Oregon Caves Delay Tours in Cost Saving Move
The Oregon Caves National Monument in Southern Oregon is delaying the start of tours for a month to save money. The ranger-led tours of the limestone caves located outside Cave Junction will begin April 26
Medford Revokes Dispensary Business License
A medical marijuana dispensary in Medford was forced to close after the city council revoked its business license. The owners of MaryJane's Basement will ask a Jackson County judge on Wednesday for a stay of the revocation.
Musical line-up for Concerts in the Park released
The Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce has released this summer’s musical line-up for the Concerts in the Park series.
Loan may help Mt. Ashland survive
The Mt. Ashland Ski Area is in financial dire straits but a $750,000 loan from the Small Business Administration will hopefully keep the ski resort on track to open next season.
Victim Succumbs to Stab Wounds; Britt Bones Now Faces Attempted Murder Charge with a Murder Charge Pending
Michael McCoy, 25, died this morning at 11:30 at the Oregon Health Sciences hospital in Portland where he was transferred after suffering a stab wound to the head Saturday night in the Red Rock Lounge
Canyonville Man Accused of Murder to Get New Court-Appointed Attorney
One of five men accused in the robbery and killing of a Douglas County man is getting a new court-appointed defense attorney
County Gains 110 Jobs in February
Josephine County total payroll employment rose by 110 jobs in February. Nursing and residential care facilities had the largest private sector monthly gain, up by 30 jobs. Construction and wood products manufacturing grew by 20 jobs each. Private sector industries losing jobs were food and beverage stores and wholesale trade which accounted for 30 fewer jobs. Government employment rose by 40 jobs. The federal government gained 10 positions and local government increased by 30, twenty of those in education
City Council Hears Review of Emergency Plan & Options for Pot Dispensaries
A review of the proposed emergency operations plan was presented to the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop. The plan outlines the procedures to be followed in the event of a citywide emergency with specific steps to be taken for 11 different events that included floods, major fires, earthquakes, and terrorists’ events
Controlled Burn in Marcy Loop Area Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting a controlled burn in Josephine County today. Five acres is being torched in the Marcy Loop/Bonnie Lane area.
One Jailed, One Critical After Saturday Stabbing
A Selma man is in the Josephine County Jail following a stabbing that occurred Saturday night in the Red Rock Lounge at 112 Northeast Morgan Lane.
Leonard Road Residential Fire Displaces Family of Four
Rural/Metro Fire Department responded to a late Sunday afternoon fire that broke out at 5240 Leonard Rd. The fire consumed the living room of a two story home owned by Gina McConnell.
Gold Hill Bank to Close in April
The City of Gold Hill will lose its only banking institution in April when the Chase Bank branch closes. The location will be combined with the Chase branch on East Pine Street in Central Point.
Facing Increasing Opposition, Ashland Considers Dispensary Moratorium
The Ashland City Council is considering a moratorium on Medical marijuana dispensaries as the town is facing mounting opposition and already has six dispensary applications so far.
Jacksonville City Hall to Move into Historic Courthouse
The Jacksonville City Council voted last week to relocate city hall into the 1883 Jackson County Courthouse unless renovation costs do not go over $1 million. Seismic engineering studies done found that reinforcement costs on the building should be about $300,000.
Saturday Bar Fight Lands One in Hospital, One on the Run
Saturday night at 11:36, Grants Pass Police officers were dispatched to the Red Rock Lounge at 112 Northeast Morgan Lane to respond to a bar fight. Upon arrival officers learned one man had been stabbed and had been taken to Three Rivers Medical Center by ambulance and other man had fled the scene.
G.P. Police Seek Rogue River Man for Saturday Fight in Fred Meyer
The Grants Pass City Police are looking for Roy Jones, 44, of Queens Branch Road in Rogue River. Jones is the primary suspect in a fight with a woman Saturday morning at about 11:30 in the Fred Meyer store near the store’s electronics department at the front doors.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Phoenix Judge Dismisses Dispensary Citations
City of Phoenix Municipal Judge James A. Wickre this week dismissed 33 citations that were issued against a medical marijuana dispensary, The Greenery, for operating without a business license.
Medford’s Century Link Call Center Set to Close
Century Link, a nationwide provider of internet, television and phone service will close its Medford customer contact center in June, merging it with one in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Cavemen Drop Game to Thurston
The Grants Pass Cavemen lost to the Thurston Colts Friday afternoon at the All Sports Park 6 to 3. Hayden Chandler had three hits and an RBI for Grants Pass in the losing effort. The 1 and 2 Cavemen committed six errors while Thurston played error free baseball.
Firefighters Annual Stair Climb Successful
The Grants Pass Firefighters participated in the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb to benefit the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma in Seattle earlier this month and finished 16th overall against 188 teams from across the country.
The Week in Grants Pass
Representative Wally Hicks, Commissioner Simon Hare, Mayor Darren Fowler, City Manager Aaron Cubic and Stan Wolfe all attended the Oregon Transportation Commission this week with a request to form a Josephine County Advisory Committee on Transportation. The OTC Commissioners denied the request and encouraged the contingent to work with ODOT and RVACT.
Medford Council Enacts Permanent Ban on Pot Shops
After the Oregon Legislature voted last month to allow cities and counties to put one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, many local jurisdictions started working on ordinances to do just that.
Britt & Shakespeare Festival to Receive Grants from Oregon Arts Commission
The Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts Festival in Jacksonville and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland will receive 2014 Cultural Tourism Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission to help draw out of town audiences to their events.
Applegate River Bridge Work Scheduled for Monday; Delays Expected on Redwood Highway
Motorists on Redwood Highway 199 should expect daytime lane closures and delays seven miles west of Grants Pass Monday, due to construction on the Applegate River Bridge.
Boaters Notice; Dry Dock Inspections Available this Weekend
Boaters should be aware the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol is hold their annual “Dry Dock” inspections at the search and rescue building at 620 Antelope Road in White City for the next two weekends
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A 9mm Ruger handgun was reported stolen from the 5700 block of Cloverlawn Drive.
Work party assembles to pull invasive ivy in Jacksonville
The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy is asking for volunteers to help extract an invasive ivy species in the Jacksonville area this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Identity of construction worker killed at White City veteran’s hospital released
The identity of a construction worker who died while working at the White City veteran’s hospital has been released.
School District No. 7 cancels last March board meeting
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board has canceled their last meeting for the month of March.
Cavemen win against Sheldon
The Caveman baseball team beat Sheldon Thursday afternoon at the All Sports Park 8-7 in eight innings.
Kairos Awarded Major Grants; Seeks Matching Funding
Kairos, formerly SOASTC, has been awarded $525,000 in grants from the Ford Family Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support the development of the Children’s Mental Health Campus on Nebraska Avenue.
Medford Police Search for Knife Wielding Assailant
The Medford Police are searching for Angel Jacob Mallory, 22. Mallory is the primary suspect in a stabbing that occurred Wednesday afternoon.
OSP Wednesday incidents
The Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Holland Loop Road.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A stolen vehicle was located in rural Josephine County.
Burglary/Stolen Vehicle Investigation Yields Three Arrests
Two men and a woman have been arrested in conjunction with an investigation involving a burglary, theft, and a stolen vehicle.
Drought Disaster Declared by Jackson County
The snowpack in the Rogue Basin is at 31 percent of normal prompting the Jackson County Commissioners yesterday to declare a local drought disaster and ask the state for an emergency declaration to help free up resources for industries suffering from the effects of a dry winter.
Free Earthquake Preparedness Seminar Offered
Josephine County is hosting a free forum on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect in the event of an earthquake Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Fairgrounds Floral Building.
Jackson County approves moratorium on pot dispensaries
The Jackson County Commissioners approved a 120 day moratorium Wednesday on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Divided Council Leaves Griess Family Brews Downtown Location in Limbo
A divided City Council failed to re-consider a previous ordinance on adult business uses in downtown but the ordinance remains in limbo.
Wildfire Planning and Informational Meeting Slated for Wolf Creek Thursday Night
The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Wolf Creek Fire Protection District is hosting a community wildfire planning and informational meeting Thursday night in the Wolf Creek Community Center at 6:00 p.m
Murdered Victims found on Monica’s Ranch Shot in the Head
Prosecutors say the owner of a ranch in rural Rogue River on West Evans Creek Road where the remains of two people were found, had shot both victims in the head.

The revelation came Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford, where 65-year-old Susan Monica was asking a judge to grant bail. Judge Tim Barnack denied the request.
Young Cavemen Drop 1st Baseball Contest
The Young Grants Pass Cavemen baseball team dropped their opening game of the season on the road to Lakeridge 15 to 2 yesterday.

Jake Stoffel had a good game for the Cavemen, going three for four at the plate, stealing a base and scoring a run.
Purse Snatched from Medford Woman
Medford Police are searching for a robbery suspect who robbed a 62-year-old woman of her purse Tuesday night just before 10 as she was walking to her apartment on Morrow Road
Commissioners Hear Community Libraries are Good Investment
Josephine Community Libraries Executive Director Kate Lasky reported to the County Commissioners during the Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning. The County annually designates 10 percent of Economic Development Funds from the state to the libraries, about $35,000. Ms. Lasky told Commissioners the Library had been able to leverage those dollars to gain grants to make the return on investment 2 to 1.
City Traffic Stop Results in Fugitive Arrest
A local fugitive is in jail after fleeing from a traffic stop near the intersection of Delsie Drive and Leonard Road Tuesday night.
Accused Multiple Killer To Appear at Bail Hearing
Susan Monica, the 65-year-old woman accused of a double murder on her rural Rogue River farm is due in court today for a bail hearing.

Defense attorney Christine Herbert says she is prepared to make the arguments Monica wants in hopes that her no-bail status will change.
Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in Gold Hill
The Gold Hill City Council last night voted to implement up to a one year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries as allowed by state law.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A stolen vehicle was located in the 200 block of N.E. Agness Avenue.
Ashland drafts plans to ban carrying loaded firearms in public
The Ashland City Council Tuesday night voted in a four to two vote to draft an ordinance that would ban carrying loaded firearms in public places.
Fire ravages Beatty Street home
Firefighters worked diligently Tuesday around noon to extinguish a fire that ravaged a home in the 200 block of Beatty Street in Medford.
Talent woman plummets off cliff near Ashland
A 71-year-old Talent woman was rescued Tuesday at approximately 8:46 a.m. after her 2000 Mazda Protégé plummeted off a 100-foot cliff on Old Highway 99 near the Mt. Ashland Ski area.
Myrtle Creek Man’s Body Discovered in Hubbard Creek
The body of a 78-year-old Myrtle Creek Man was discovered Monday evening in Hubbard Creek. He had been reported missing since 3:30 that morning from his home on Irving Drive in Myrtle Creek.
City Council votes on Tyler Technologies contract
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers at 101 N.W. A St. are set to vote on a contract with Tyler Technologies to provide a new Enterprise Resource Planning system including business and financial software, e-permitting and document management.
Public Safety officers arrest hatchet-wielding suspect at Napa Auto Parts
Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested a hatchet-wielding suspect this morning at Napa Auto Parts located at 605 S.E. 7th St.
Monday OSP incidents
19-year-old Karl Robertson Delara lost control of his vehicle on I-5 southbound near milepost 56 and his Honda struck the center concrete barrier. No injuries were reported.
37-Year Sentence for Sex Abuser/Pornographer
An Eagle Point man was sentenced to 37 years in prison yesterday by Judge Owen Panner in U.S. District Court in Medford. Christopher Keith Hammer, 43, avoided life imprisonment by accepting the mandatory minimum sentence for child pornography in a plea deal.
Commissioners hear presentation from Josephine County Libraries
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to hear a presentation from Josephine Community Libraries Executive Director Kate Lasky.
Myrtle Creek man may be lost in our area
A 78-year-old Myrtle Creek man may be lost in our area.
Councilors Hear Draft of Recommended Upgrades for Water Restoration Plant
A draft of the capital improvement plan for upgrading the water restoration plant was presented to the city council during the Monday Workshop by consultants from Carollo Engineers. The plan outlines the improvements needed to maintain, operate and expand the plant to meet the needs of the community, accommodate growth and meet regulatory requirements
Gold Hill & Phoenix Wrestle Pot Dispensary Regulations
The Gold Hill City Council is slated to discuss how to handle the requests for medical marijuana dispensary licenses inside the city limits today
Grants Pass Man Jailed on Attempted Murder Charge
Grants Pass City Police arrested James Michael Lairson, 29, early Sunday morning and jailed him on charges of attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence
Lobbying boosts funding for SOU
Students lobbying efforts have paid off and the Oregon State Legislature has allocated $500,000 in emergency funding to Southern Oregon University.
Identity of motorcycle crash victim released
The identity of the victim in a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred just afternoon Saturday at the intersection of N. Phoenix Road and S. Hillcrest Road has been released.
Weekend OSP incidents
Troopers say 18-year-old Colton Jerome Schults led them on a chase from Wolf Creek to lower Grave Creek in his Jeep Cherokee. He was arrested on charges of attempting to elude and reckless driving.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Two suspects who allegedly stole merchandise from the G Street Safeway were trespassed from the property.
Ashland City Council holds gun regulation hearing
The Ashland City Council is holding a gun regulation hearing Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers at 1175 E. Main St.
Armed robbers strike Stop and Shop Market on N. Pacific Highway-UPDATED
Medford Police are searching for armed robbers who struck the Stop and Shop Market on N. Pacific Highway at approximately 3:08 p.m. Sunday.
Medford Man Looks at “Silver Lining” After Home Burns
73-year-old Bob Day’s rental mobile home on Griffin Creek Road burned to the ground Saturday along with a small 2-story barn.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash Saturday in Medford
Medford Police responded to the scene of a reported single vehicle accident Saturday around 12:30pm.

The report revealed that a motorcycle had crashed and the operator was injured near the intersection of N Phoenix Rd and Hillcrest Rd.
Grants Pass Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash near Selma
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into a Saturday afternoon motorcycle crash near Selma that claimed the life of a Grants Pass man.
5th Street Construction May Modify the Monday Commute
Your Monday commute may be modified if your travel 5th Street. 5th will be closed between “H” and “I” Streets Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. while sewer replacement work is conducted.
80 Positions to be Eliminated from SOU by 2018
The equivalent of more than 80 positions will be eliminated at Southern Oregon University through layoffs and retirement by 2018 according to the final retrenchment plan released yesterday.

The University will save $6.1 million per year once the retrenchment is complete
Mt. Ashland Wraps Disastrous Season
With less than a foot of snow at the base, Mt. Ashland has given up any hope of opening this season. Officials made the announcement Friday after suffering the worst snowfall season since snow surveys began in 1963.
Suspect in Medford’s Officer Involved Shooting Released from Hospital
Shavon Williard, 31, who was involved in the shootout with Medford law enforcement officials March 6th was released from the hospital and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for an arrest warrant out of Idaho. She is being held on $75,000 bail.
City Week in Review
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety answered 999 emergency calls and 578 non-emergent calls last week that proved to be busy for all departments. Fire and rescue responded to 69 service calls, 15 fire calls plus 45 emergency calls and six traffic crashes.
Two Highway Crashes Involve Horses on Roadway
The Oregon State Police report that early Thursday morning, a 43-year-ol Grants Pass man was driving his 2006 Dodge pickup east on Highway 58 near milepost two when he encountered several horses in the eastbound lane. Unable to avoid the horses, he collided into at least two of them before the pickup came to rest on the side of the road. The two horses were then struck by a Peterbilt log truck driven by a Eugene man.
Medford Revokes Business License Prematurely
The city of Medford says it has moved too quickly against a medical marijuana dispensary. The City Council last week voted to revoke the business license of a pot operation called Mary Jane's Attic and Mary Jane's Basement.
St. Patrick’s Day Run for the Law
The St. Patrick’s Day Run for the Law, sponsored by Securing Our Safety, starts Saturday morning at 8:30 at Club Northwest at 2160 Northwest Vine Street.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Three individuals were charged with possession of meth in the 1200 block of Dowell Road.
Knights Beat Hornets; Play for 4th Saturday
The fourth time was a charm for the North Valley Knights playing their conference nemesis Henley Hornets in the Boys 4A state tournament. The Hornets had defeated the Knights 3 times so far this year but this morning it was the Knights turn and they posted a 61 to 55 victory.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A male subject in his 30’s who assaulted a woman and committed other property damage was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree robbery in the 18,000 block of Redwood Highway.
Lumber Company Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Embezzling
Amanda Ann Shannon, 34, of Central Point, pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of 1st degree aggravated theft and one count of 1st degree theft after being caught embezzling more than $175,000 from Western Lumber Company.
Medford resident receives prison sentence for promoting prostitution
A Medford resident was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday to over a year in prison for promoting prostitution.
Symposium on Cannabis Dispensaries in Josephine County Draws SRO Audience
There was standing room only when Commissioner Simon Hare began an informational town hall meeting in the Anne Basker Auditorium Thursday night focusing on the ramifications of situating and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.
Car Thief Sentenced to 40 Months
Judge Thomas Hull Thursday sentenced Michael Cory Pullin, 29, to 40 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections following his guilty plea to two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Philomath Edges Knights in State Tourney Opener
The North Valley Knights outscored Philomath in the fourth period in a valiant comeback attempt but fell one point short, losing to the 4A tourney’s top seed, 44 to 43.
Bail reduction denied for alleged Coffee Shop robber
Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hull denied a bail reduction today for Karrie Louise Butcher who is accused of robbing the 6th Street Coffee and Deli on Jan. 28.
Camaro stealing suspect sentenced to drug court
The man who stole a white 2013 Camaro from Airport Chevrolet in Medford and then raced it around the Grants Pass area was sentenced today to 30 days jail time and drug court.
Suspects dressed as law enforcement perform home invasion in Cave Junction
Six suspects dressed in camouflage and imitating law enforcement executed a home invasion at a residence in the 400 block of Piller Place near Cave Junction at roughly 3:30 a.m. today.
Two Arraigned on for Drug Deal & Running Over 19-Year-Old Woman
Two 19-year-old defendants have been arraigned in Jackson County Court on charges stemming from a drug deal gone bad in Medford’s north Fred Meyer parking lot that left a 19-year-old woman in critical condition at Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Sheriff’s Office releases details on fatal car crash
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released information Wednesday on a fatal two-vehicle accident that occurred Sunday at the intersection of N. Foothill and Coker Butte Roads.
Over One Quarter Million Dollars’ Worth of Drugs found on Commercial Bus Stopped in Central Point.
The Medford Area Drug enforcement team also known as MADGE, Wednesday afternoon, released the details of a significant drug bust conducted last Friday.
Commissioners Approve O & C Logging Road Right of Way
Josephine County Commissioners approved an amendment to the O&C Logging Road right of way permit M-1538 during the Weekly business session at the Anne Basker Auditorium Wednesday night.
Armed Car Thief Sentenced to 70 Months
Guillermo Rodriguez was sentenced to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections today after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of a vehicle in the 1500 block of Southeast “N” Street last October 16th.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Tuesday incidents
Phone landline wires to a residence were cut in the 500 block of Brimstone Road.
Grants Available for Visual Artists & Art Teachers
Southern Oregon visual artists and art teachers may apply for $50,000 in grants announced this week by Ashland lawyer and philanthropist Lloyd Haines, who is supplying half of the amount. A second Ashland philanthropist, who is remaining anonymous, is matching Haines’ $25,000.
Medford Charter School Enrollment Surging
Enrollment in Medford’s three public charter schools is surging with each school holding waiting lists.
Governor candidate Mae Rafferty holds meeting in Selma
Oregon Governor candidate and Selma resident Mae Rafferty is holding a public meeting today at 7:00 p.m. in the Kerby Belt Building in Kerby.
JoCo Commissioners hold town hall regarding regulation of cannabis dispensary facilities
The Josephine County Commissioners are holding a town hall meeting Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium to discuss the regulation of cannabis dispensary facilities in southern Oregon.
Josephine County releases final tally on local candidates and issues
Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey has released the final tally on the candidates and issues that will be on the May 20 Primary Election Ballot.
District 7 Approves Previously Tabled Issues.
The Grants Pass School Board voted to approve two measures previously sidelined due to differences in opinion among board members.
RCC Students Injured on Medford Campus
Two students were injured Monday when a tempered-glass panel broke and fell in pieces from the third-floor atrium into the first-floor lounge of the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford.
Police catch suspects in Fred Meyer parking lot hit-and-run
Medford Police have captured two suspects who were allegedly ran a woman over in the north Fred Meyer parking lot Monday evening.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Monday incidents
46-year-old Paul Cleveland Cooper was arrested on Redwood Highway in Cave Junction on a felony warrant.
Commissioners vote to allow BLM to remove burned timber on county roads
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on a permit that will allow the Bureau of Land Management to transport burned timber from the Brimstone, Stratton and Dad’s Creek fires on county-owned roads.
Grants Pass Kayaker Drowns in Smith River
A Grants Pass kayaker has died after being pinned underwater while paddling a rain-swollen river in far Northern California.
Sex abuse case wraps up 12 years later
A sex abuse incident that occurred 12 years ago finally came to a close today in the Josephine County courtroom of Judge Pat Wolke.
Family Safe after Neighbor Discovers Fire
An early morning fire was extinguished quickly by the Grants Pass Department of Public safety at 1100 Fruitdale Drive, apartment D16. The quick response and an alert neighbor resulted in minimal damage and no injuries.
Medford Teacher’s Contract Approved by Board
The Medford School Board unanimously approved a new labor contract with the teacher’s union, ending a yearlong negotiation process.
Medford Police seek a suspect who ran over a 19-year-old woman
The Medford Police Department is seeking a suspect who ran over a 19-year-old woman in the north Fred Meyer parking lot at 2424 Crater Lake Highway at approximately 7:50 p.m. Monday.
G.P. City Council hears report on industry prospects from SOREDI
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop heard a presentation from SOREDI regarding projects and figures representing the organization’s last six years promoting economic development in Grants Pass and Josephine County.
I-5 Traffic Stop North of Medford Yields Almost 4 Pounds of Meth
A State Trooper made a traffic stop between Medford and Grants Pass Sunday morning at 1:23 on a 2014 Acura for speeding and found 3.8 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s truck.
Medford Shoot-Out Suspect Jailed after Hospital Release
Wayne Pearson, 29, the suspect who suffered gunshot wounds in a police shoot out Thursday afternoon in Medford, was released from the Hospital on Friday and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the arrest warrants out of Idaho.
JoCo Unemployment Rate Improves Slowly
Total Payroll employment in Josephine County dropped by 440 jobs in January but for the year, January to January, employment improved by two points.
Medford Man Located Safe and Healthy
A Medford man, 43-year-old Michael Skaggs, was located safe and healthy at around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning in the 700 block of East Main Street and was returned to his residence.
OSP weekend incidents
A stolen vehicle was located abandoned at the intersection of Redwood Highway and Rockydale Road.
Dangerous Dog Discussion Continues Tuesday at Medford PAC Study Session.
The Medford Police Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday evening at 5:00 at City Hall in room 330 to continue to discuss the ordinance options for dangerous dogs. The meeting is open to the public but is not open for public comment. The meeting is slated as a study session.
Mt. Ashland Contemplates Season Ticket Options
The Board and staff of Mt. Ashland are considering options for season ticket holders that have had no skiing this winter. The Ski Area, suffering through a winter with the least amount of snow since 1963, still has not been able to open.
Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expands by 900 Acres
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is 900 acres larger following the transfer of property from the Conservation Fund to BLM.
School District No. 7 takes a third look at two proposed courses
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to take a third look a two proposed courses for Grants Pass High School.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office seeks missing person
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing Medford resident.
Medford City Council Approves Cedar Links Park Plan
The Medford City Council approved a $1 million proposal Thursday for a 5.5 acre park on the former Cedar Links Golf Course site.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street
The Medford Education Association Announces A Ratification
Medford Education Association, the teachers union, Friday night sent out a brief email to Medford teachers that read, “The tentative agreement has been ratified!”
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A Jeep crashed in the 5000 block of Thompson Creek Road when the driver swerved to miss a deer. No injuries were reported.
A look at Grants Pass in the first week of March
In a look at the City of Grants Pass in the first week of March:

Public Safety has continued to utilize officers in the downtown central business district and the Chamber of Commerce told authorities the increased police presence is creating a noticeable difference.
SWAT Team Called In To Subdue Grants Pass Assailant
Grants Pass police responded to a 911 call just before 2 pm yesterday from a young citizen reporting that a strange man had forcibly entered his home, located at 792 NE 11th st, and assaulted his mother.
Southwest Oregon Basins Snow Pack Just 30% of Normal
One pineapple express after another brought warm rain across Oregon in recent weeks, helping boost reservoirs west of the Cascades and snowpacks in the northern mountains.

But federal hydrologist Julie Koeberle (KAY'-bur-lee) says much of Oregon can still expect water shortages this summer, particularly in the south.
Rough & Ready will Re-Open Thanks to $5 Million Funding Package Consisting of Tax Credits & a State Loan
Link and Jennifer Phillipi were joined by Governor John Kitzhaber in White City Friday morning to announce Rough and Ready Lumber will re-open their doors this summer thanks to a $5 million funding package made up of tax credits and a state loan.
Grants Pass Man Jailed for Assault with a Crowbar
Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Jack Porter, 36, of Grants Pass Thursday afternoon for an assault that occurred in the 900 block of Savage Creek Road.
Rough & Ready Lumber opens their doors this summer
Rough & Ready Lumber announced today that they will be opening their doors again this summer and they will be creating 65 plus jobs in the Illinois Valley.
Idaho Fugitives Hospitalized after Medford Shootout with Law Enforcement Officers-UPDATED
A man and woman from Idaho are in the Rogue Regional Medical Center in stable condition following surgery after a shootout with law enforcement personnel Thursday afternoon around three o’clock.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Thursday incidents
A single-vehicle accident occurred on I-5 southbound at milepost 67. The driver, 68-year-old Ronald David Hall, was traveling too fast according to troopers and his vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier, traveled across both lanes and then collided with the guardrail destroying a portion of it. Hall was cited for speeding.
Medford Approves Moratorium on Pot Dispensaries
Thursday night the Medford City Council gave approval to a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. The ordinance must have a second reading before it goes into effect.

The ordinance is an attempt to strengthen the city’s legal standing to resist issuing business licenses to dispensaries, now allowed under state law.
JCLI hosts Oregon poet laureate
Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., are hosting Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson who is holding a writer’s workshop titled “Trying the Stafford Way” Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grants Pass Library.
Family’s pets die in Central Point fire
Two family dogs died Wednesday afternoon in a structure fire in the 700 block of Third Street near Crater High School.
Suspects wounded in police shoot-out
A squad built of multiple law enforcement agencies fired on two suspects who rammed an occupied patrol car in Medford Thursday.
Three Arrested in Stolen Car
Three men were arrested Wednesday morning near the Centennial Golf Course in Jackson County in a car stolen out of Bend, Oregon
$1 Million+ Bail for Woman Accused of Stabbing Assault
Medford Police arrested Lori McQuaid, 41, after investigating a stabbing incident in the 2500 block of Siskiyou Boulevard Wednesday night just before seven.
Serial Burglar Sentenced to Five Years
A prolific twenty-year-old burglar will be busy for five years after Judge Lindi Baker sentenced him to spend that time in the Oregon department of corrections.

Jacob Tyler Cottrell pled guilty to two counts of first degree burglary and second degree criminal mischief.
Arrest Made in Medford’s String of Arson Fires
Ashland resident, Manoah Martin Hall, 38, was arrested Wednesday evening and faces charges of arson for five fires started in Medford in unoccupied homes. He is being held in the Jackson
County Jail with bail set at over $1.6 million.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A two-vehicle non-injury accident occurred at the intersection of 6th and J streets.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A complainant reported their Ford Taurus was stolen in the 100 block of Junction Avenue.
Corliss Sentenced to 18 Months for Vehicle Theft & Felon in Possession of Firearm
Brent Allen Corliss was sentenced to 18 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections today for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
White City Vet’s Center Suffering Norovirus Outbreak
The Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinic is limiting access to its campus because of a norovirus outbreak. Various media outlets are reporting the facility is limiting access to pharmacy pickups, blood draws, and emergency situations.
Local company raises over 233,000 pounds of food for food banks
Locally owned and operated Dutch Bros. Coffee raised over 233,000 pounds of food during their Dutch Luv Day campaign on Valentine’s Day and they have donated the food to food banks in seven states including to the Josephine County Food Bank.
Jeep strikes Ashland fire station
A 65-year-old woman driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee plowed into the side of Ashland Fire & Rescue’s Station No. 1 at approximately 5:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Reynolds beats Cavemen in state playoff opener
The Reynolds Raiders beat the Grants Pass Cavemen in the first round of the 6A state playoffs last night in Grants Pass 49-34.
City Council Approves Retrofit Grants For Local Buildings.
Wednesday afternoon, City Council members approved grants for two downtown retrofit projects, among hearing other topics.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Tuesday incidents
Someone broke into a shed at Forks State Park and stole $1,400 worth of equipment.
Commissioners reappoint advisory committee member and authorize changes to Hugo and Three Pines intersection
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session reappointed a member to the Advisory Committee of Forestry Affairs.
Lady Cavers Eliminated By Clackamas
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers season ended last night to the number four seed in the state, Clackamas. The first round playoff game ended 55 to 35 in the Cavaliers favor. Jacque Luaders led Grants Pass with 14 points.
SOU Hold Salary Hikes & Cuts Funding for Student Newspaper
The Associated Professors of Southern Oregon University, the faculty’s union, has settled for a new two year contract with the institution that includes little or no salary increase and no cost of living increases.

Eligible professors will receive step increases of 1 or 2 percent on their base pay.
Phoenix Installs 4-Month Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries
Monday night the Phoenix City Council approved a four-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Several cities in southern Oregon that are banning or severely restricting the dispensaries within their city limits.
Medical marijuana dispensary applications flow in from throughout the state
The new medical marijuana dispensary program created by House Bill 3460 opened its doors statewide Monday and Jackson County turned in the third highest amount of applications.
Lady Cavers lose to Clackamas; Reynolds comes to G.P. to face Cavemen
The Lady Cavers lost to Clackamas last night at Clackamas 55-35 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Smoke Management Rulemaking Hearing Tomorrow in White City
Public hearings on proposed rulemaking for the Oregon Smoke Management Plan will be held Wednesday evening at six in the Jackson County Roads and Parks at 200 Antelope Road in White City.
OSP responds to two accidents Monday
The Oregon State Police responded to two major accidents.
City Council offers fire suppression grants to two local businesses
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 101 N.W. A St. are set to approve two grants for fire suppression activities to two businesses in historic buildings in downtown Grants Pass.
Suspicious Fire Damages Out Reach Food Store
On Monday, March 3rd, at approximately 10:41 P.M. the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety
received a 911 call reference a structure fire at the Outreach Food Store, located at 1312 Redwood
Avenue.
Sheriff’s Office Monday incidents
April Stevens was jailed for driving a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of S. Redwood Highway.
Rogue Valley Manor Cancels Merkley Visit to Protect Non-Profit Status; Some Residents Upset
The Rogue Valley Manor, a retirement complex in Medford with about 1,000 residents, has cancelled a campaign stop by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, fearing it could jeopardize the organizations 501(c)(3) status.
Josephine County Commissioners continue road modifications for Hugo and Three Pines roads
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to approve during the consent calendar modifications to the intersection of Hugo and Three Pines roads to make the intersection safer.
Oregon Medical Board seeks to pull Medford doctor’s license
The Oregon Medical Board is seeking to pull a Medford doctor’s license and fine him $10,000 for over prescribing patients that resulted in one patient fatally overdosing.
81 Year-Old Alzheimer’s Patient Located in California
George Watters, 81, an Alzheimer’s patient was located safe this morning just before 11:40 by the California Highway Patrol.
City pursues placement of annexation on November ballot
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop urged city staff to draft annexation plans that will be placed on the November ballot.
Eight Car Collision on 6th Snarls Noon Traffic; No Injuries
One man was cited after T-boning a second vehicle that spun out of control striking other vehicles just prior to noon at the intersection of 6th and Manzanita today.
Public Safety Sunday incidents
The Grants Pass Best Western is pursuing a criminal mischief report because a patron threw a coffee cup through a television in a guest room.
Ashland May Tap into Medford Water
The Ashland City Council votes Tuesday night on a plan that would bring Medford water to town to help deal with a possible summer drought.
Multiple Commercial Truck Crash Claims Two Lives
Two are dead and one hospitalized following a crash of two commercial trucks and a roadside assistance vehicle late Sunday night near milepost 90 in the northbound lanes of Interstate-5.
Central Point Firm, F.D. Thomas, Wins Contract for Restoration of the Nation’s Capitol Dome
The F.D. Thomas firm, with Dan Thomas, President, began in southern Oregon in 1979 as a residential painting contractor and evolved into performing large-scale restoration work, including bridges and airports in major metropolitan areas. The firm has just been awarded a contract to help with the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.
Weekend OSP incidents
Troopers responded to 2880 Leonard Road to reports of 24-year-old Raymond Dimmick Jr. who had a felony warrant for his arrest residing at the residence. Arrested at the scene included Dimmick, 34-year-old Jason Shepard on a failure to appear warrant and 31-year-old Joseph Miller who was cited for possession of meth.
Medford Police search for missing elderly man with Alzheimer’s
The Medford Police are currently searching for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing Sunday morning.
Fatal crash blocks I-5 northbound near Canyonville
A fatal crash on I-5 northbound near milepost 90 eight miles south of Canyonville entirely blocked the interstate just before midnight.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
5-Year-Old Boy in Stable Condition after Accidental Shooting
A 5-year-old Medford boy was shot in the abdomen Saturday morning after he found and handled his father’s unsecured and loaded black powder pistol.
Knights Win Play-In; 6A & 4A Brackets Set
Chris Morsa’s 18 points led five North Valley Knights in double figures in a 77 to 66 play-in victory over Klamath Union last night in Merlin. The Knights advance to the first round of the 4A playoffs next Saturday when they visit Marshfield to play the Pirates.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A smoke bomb being used to chase out skunks caught a home on fire in the 10,800 block of Redwood Highway.
Fireplace spark causes extensive damage to Medford home
A spark from a fireplace set a home ablaze in the 2000 block of Saint Thomas Way in Medford at approximately 7:24 p.m. Friday.
The City of Grants Pass in the last week of February
In a look at the City of Grants Pass in the last week of February:
Lady Cavers beat Newberg
The Lady Cavers beat Newberg last night in Grants Pass 63-50.
E-Cigarettes May Constitute a Fire Danger
Electronic cigarette consumers are being cautioned of the potential fire dangers associated with some brands when the lithium batteries overheat while charging. Two fire incidents in Medford have caused damage inside homes
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A 2003 Toyota Tacoma double-cab pickup was stolen from the 1700 block of Softwood Way. The vehicle is valued at approximately $18,000 to $20,000.
Medford Police Arrest Two for Luring a Child
Thursday night Medford Police contacted two men in a van in the Lowes parking lot and following interviews arrested both for luring a minor, unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor and other charges
Lady Cavers Host Newberg Tonight
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers host Newberg tonight in a play-in game to determine which team will advance to the Championship play-off bracket. The Cavers have a 6 and 16 record while Newberg is 7 and 16 on the year. The game gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
Sheriff’s Office Thursday incidents
42-year-old Cristie Lynn Peckham was jailed on a failure to appear warrant.
Ashland apartment saved by fire sprinkler system
An Ashland apartment was saved Tuesday afternoon when a fire sprinkler system managed to douse a kitchen fire before it burned out of control.
G.P. Transient Arrested for Car Theft after Multi-Agency Investigation
A Grants Pass transient, 38-year-old Leroy Raymond Brabec, was arrested by the Grants Pass Police Wednesday night about 9:30 after a Medford Detective received a tip the suspect was at the Travel Lodge in Grants Pass. Brabec did attempt to run but was apprehended by a K-9.
Contractors Voice Complaints, Suggestions, and Praise at City Forum
A vocal group of individual contractors attended a city sponsored forum on the planning, building and inspection processes currently being experienced by the contractors.
New Take on Old Scam
Banks in southern Oregon have reported as many as eight victims of a scam originating on Craigslist. The victims respond to ads regarding employment, typically a housekeeper or nanny/child care position.
Indians and Chiefs May Remain Indians and Chiefs
The State Board of Education instituted a rule in 2012 that would require Oregon schools to retire their Native American symbols or nicknames by July of 2017 or risk losing state funding; but now Governor Kitzhaber is expected to soon sign legislation that would allow schools to keep their symbols if agreements can be worked out with local tribes.
6th Street Deli and Radio Shack robber sent to prison
A California resident, 35-year-old Edward Lee Adams, who robbed both the 6th Street Coffee and Deli and Radio Shack was sentenced to 70 months in prison today by Judge Thomas Hull.
Attempted murder suspect sent to state mental hospital
Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hull today sentenced an attempted murderer to a period of up to 20 years in the state mental hospital.
Vineyard Owner Opposes Rogue Aggregate Expansion in Gold Hill
The owner of Del Rio Vineyards, Rob Wallace, is alleging dust and odors from a Gold Hill gravel operation will destroy his wine grapes.

He is attempting to stop the Jackson County Planning Commission’s approval of an expansion of a gravel operation into 183 acres zoned woodland resource.
Dutch Bros. Robber Sentenced to 13 Months
24-year-old Scott Alan Cook pled guilty to third degree robbery on February 14th and today Judge Thomas Hull sentenced him to 13 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections and two years post-prison supervision.
Troopers Arrest Grants Pass Man on Sex Abuse Charge
State Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives arrested 64-year-old Frans A. Gebhard at his residence Monday on sex abuse charges after a week long investigation.
Glendale High Students Aid ODF in Re-Forestation of Douglas Burn
Glendale High School students are joining with Oregon Department of Forestry personnel this afternoon to plant seedlings on lands burned during last year’s Douglas complex of fires.

The National Arbor Day Foundation donated $23,000 which bought 50,000 seedlings and students expect to plant 500 seedlings today..
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
$635 in cash and checks were burgled from a doctor’s office in the 500 block of N.E. E Street.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A transient was moved along from sleeping in an alley in the 300 block of S. Redwood Highway.
Suspect who crashed his car through ex-girlfriend’s home sentenced to probation
A Jackson County Circuit Court judge sentenced a Medford man who drove his car through the wall of his ex-girlfriend’s home to probation Tuesday.
Manslaughter Charges Filed for Deadly Crash in October 2012
A single vehicle crash on Monday morning, October 12th of 2012 resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Cave Junction man and the driver of that vehicle was arraigned in Josephine County Circuit Court last week after being indicted two months ago.
OR-7 Continues Wandering between Jackson County and Northern California
Oregon’s 2013 Wolf Report states OR-7, the wandering wolf, continues wander between Jackson County in southern Oregon and Northern California.
County authorizes $3,000 for Business Retention and Expansion Survey
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session voted unanimously to give the Grants Pass Chamber $3,000 to administer a Business Retention and Expansion Survey.
Medford P.D. Issues R.F.P. for New Evidence Locker, Again
The City of Medford has issued a request for proposals to construct a 2,223 square foot building to house the police evidence locker.
Cavemen Drop Season Finale
The Grants Pass Cavemen fell behind early and despite a fourth quarter surge could not overcome the Conference Champion South Medford Panthers last night. The final score was Panthers 69, Cavemen 55.
Medford Teachers to Vote on Tentative Contract Next Week
The Medford Education Association will not vote on the tentative contract agreement reached Friday with the Medford School District until next week.
T-Shirt drive seeks to raise money for family of deceased logger
A t-shirt drive is being held to raise money for the family of a logger who died while on the job.
G.P. holds forum on development permitting and process
The City of Grants Pass is holding a community forum Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 101 N.W. A St. to discuss development permitting and process.
MADGE arrests work release deserter on drug dealing charges
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team have arrested a suspect who allegedly walked away from the Jackson County Community Corrections Talent Work Release Center and began dealing heroin.
Panthers pounce Cavemen
The South Medford Panthers in South Medford last night pounced on the Grants Pass Cavemen and took the win 69-55.
School District No. 7 approves withdrawal from SOESD
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting voted unanimously to withdraw from the Southern Oregon Education Service District.
Surveillance Video Aids in Arrest of Burglary Suspects
Two 19-year-old transients were lodged in the Jackson County Jail after their image and the image of their vehicle, including the license plate, was captured on surveillance video.
New Report Shines Light on Job Vacancies
In 2013 Southwest Oregon’s private employers were looking to fill about 2,853 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey.
Argument turns into gunfire on Rogue River Highway
An argument led to gunfire in the 4600 block of Rogue River Highway at approximately 8:31 p.m. Monday.
Commissioners Consider Traffic Change & Economic Development Request.
The County Commissioners Weekly Business session, Wednesday morning at 9:00, will deal with a proposed traffic change and an economic development request from the Chamber of Commerce.
Monday Public Safety incidents
Two transients were trespassed from private property in the 1400 block of S.W. Silver Maple Lane.
Rural Metro Aids Community in Horse Rescue
It took a community effort but a full size horse was rescued from a six foot deep mud hole last night in the 5,000 block of Hugo Road in the Merlin area.
Police locate missing Medford girl
Medford Police have located a 15-year-old girl who went missing from South Medford High School Monday afternoon.
Medford Police search for missing teenage girl
The Medford Police Department is currently searching for a missing 15-year-old girl.
Choices for the May Election Expand
Voter’s choices on the May primary ballot have expanded with two additional citizens filing to run for the County Sheriff’s position.
G.P. City Council discusses purchase of business software upgrade
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the potential purchase of a software upgrade that would replace the city’s HTE System, allow e-permitting and would make the majority of city files paperless.
Woman severely injured in Redwood Highway accident
A woman was severely injured when she crashed her Subaru Legacy on Redwood Highway at milepost 11 southbound at approximately 7:25 a.m. Saturday.
Weekend OSP incidents
34-year-old Mark Edmond Hopkins Jr. was arrested at the entrance of Forks Park during a traffic stop on multiple warrants and for possession of meth.
Oregon Association of County Clerks appoints Art Harvey as Secretary of the Executive Committee
The Oregon Association of County Clerks appointed Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey to the position of Secretary of the Executive Committee at their annual mid-winter conference.
Three Arrested for Drugs in Medford Motel
A California man and two Medford women, listed as transients, were arrested Sunday morning after Police were summoned to the Red Carpet Inn on Medford’s Riverside Avenue
State and Federal Officials to Hear Whitewater Park Proposal
State and Federal Officials will gather Tuesday morning in the Gold Hill City Hall to hear a proposal to turn the Rogue River rapids near the former powerhouse location into a world class whitewater course and training center.
School District No. 7 votes on withdrawal from SOESD
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting at noon in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on withdrawing from the Southern Oregon Educational Service District.
Medford students return to class
Students in the Medford School District are returning to class today after the teacher’s union, the Medford Education Association, and the school district have come to a tentative contractual agreement.
Medford Teachers Readying for Monday’s Return to Classrooms
Medford teachers are at work today from 1 to 5pm, organizing their classrooms and putting together lesson plans in advance of welcoming students and resuming their duties Monday morning.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Former Trooper files for Sheriff’s Position
A second person has announced his candidacy for the Josephine County Sheriff’s position. Friday Dave Daniel announced intention to run for County Sheriff. The current Sheriff, Gil Gilbertson, has filed for re-election.
Local Police Run Traffic Stops
Yesterday Grants Pass Police conducted a series of stops in the downtown area with a focus on proper cell phone use and the wearing of seatbelts, the results are as follows.
Alturas Tribal Community Shaken By Shooting
Thursday afternoon ended unlike any other for the small California town of Alturas when a blood splattered woman ran screaming into City Hall moments after being a witness to a multiple slaying.
Phoenix Medical Marijuana Patients Attempt To Block Ban
A number of Phoenix patients have filed complaints with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in an attempt to stop the City of Phoenix’s efforts to ban dispensaries and limit grow sites.
Oregon Senate Gets Ball Rolling On Internet Voting
On Thursday the Oregon State Senate set in motion the study of the possibility and viability of internet voting.
Teachers Strike A Deal
The Rogue Regency Inn was filled with smiling teachers and union officials as a long-awaited agreement has been reached between the two sides of the educational coin.
Medford District and Teachers Still Talking
Bargaining resumed Friday between the school district and striking Medford teachers amid reports of progress in talks that have been lasting until midnight.
Sex Offender Sentenced to Nine Years
Jesus Zayas, 21, who was listed as a transient on a media release upon his arrest in August, was sentenced to nine years in the Oregon Department of Corrections by Judge Lindi Baker.
Wolf Creek Man Arrested for Vandalism and Thefts from Remote Sites
A multi-agency effort resulted in the arrest of a Wolf Creek man recently indicted for vandalism and thefts at remote towers and buildings in Josephine, Jackson and Douglas Counties.
Ashland Club Owner Gets Prison for Guilty Plea to Sex Abuse Charge
Christopher Ian Iverson, 45, was sentenced to the maximum prison term of 20 months after pleading guilty to unlawful delivery of marijuana to a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
Valley Schools Post Round-ball Wins
The Hidden Valley Mustangs, led by Mike Hults 16 points, finished the regular season with an impressive 51 to 46 win last night in Murphy.
Pedestrian Dies after Parkway Collision
A pedestrian died after attempting to cross the Grants Pass Parkway in a non-designated crossing area when he was struck by a truck Thursday night.

Alan Dale Taylor, 67, was traveling west in his truck about 7:14 and collided with Danny Gerald Berg, 50, listed as a transient.
Teacher’s Deny Calling for Occupying Medford School District Offices
Medford Education Association officials say a parent or community group is behind a Facebook post calling for union supporters to occupy the offices of the Medford School District this morning. The post called supporters to gather at 7 a.m. and enter the building to demand a fair contract.
RADE Serves Warrant, Arrests Grants Pass Man & Recovers Meth and Pounds of Pot
The Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team served a narcotics search warrant Thursday morning at 149 Kadee Lane and arrested Frederick Eugene Gilbert, 48, as he was leaving his house.
Cell Phone & Safety Belt Enforcement Operation Friday
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will be conducting a traffic safety operation in downtown Grants Pass and along Highway 199 on Friday. They will be focusing on cell phone use while driving and the proper use of seat belts and safety restraints.
Talent Police Clear 3 Cases with One Arrest
The Talent Police cleared three cases with the arrest of Travis Evan Thompson of West Valley View Road on February 12th.
Judge Baker Sends Burglar Up for 26 Months
Judge Lindi Baker sentenced Terry Lee Sellers Jr. to 26 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections following his guilty plea to second degree burglary and assessed him $640 in fines, fees and restitution.
Home Owner Catches Prolific Medford Burglar
Nineteen year-old Anthony Paul Mathis is in the Jackson County Jail facing several burglary, theft, and associated charges with his bail set at $31,000.
Missing Medford Boy Found Safe
The 15-year-old missing autistic boy reported missing last night has been found safe. He was reported missing about midnight Thursday morning from 18 Scholarship Way.
Ashland Council Sets Public Hearing on Gun Regulations
The Ashland City Council has set a public hearing on gun regulations for March 18th to specifically hear comments about a proposed regulation their attorney has identified as the most legally defensible.
Medford Advisory Committee Hears 2 Hours of Testimony on Dangerous Dogs
The Medford Police Advisory Committee listened to two hours of testimony concerning dangerous dogs and was cautioned by pit bull owners to not blame the breed.
City Council Votes to Rebuild Water Treatment Plant
The Grants Pass City Council voted unanimously in favor of an amendment to the definitions of an adult use business as was previously written. The applicant for this amendment is a prospective brewery owner seeking to locate downtown, under OLCC statutes the establishment must maintain an adult only status as long as beer is brewed on site, if beer is imported, the stipulation does not apply.
Autistic Boy Missing in Medford
A fifteen year old autistic boy has been reported missing from 18 Scholarship Way in Medford. Nicholas Cain was last seen at 10 p.m. Wednesday night and was missing when his father checked on him about midnight.
No Contract in Teacher’s Strike in Spite of Marathon Negotiating
With both sides apparently intent on reaching an agreement the Medford School district and the teacher’s union negotiated until 10 p.m. Tuesday night and continued beginning at 9:30 Wednesday morning and again went into the night time hours
City Council Meeting Hears Public Matters
The Grants Pass City Council held a meeting to discuss matters both of public and private interest Wednesday night.
Portland Woman Gets 75 Months Hard Time In JoCo Court
Melanie Jean Gould, 26, of Portland was sentenced by Judge Thomas Hull to 6 years and three months in the Oregon department of corrections.
Animal Control/Shelter Levy Petition Confirmed for May Ballot
County Clerk Art Harvey confirmed this afternoon that his office has completed the signature verification process for initiative petition P-2013-010, the animal control and shelter levy and it has received the required number of valid signatures needed to be placed on the May ballot.
Three Public Hearings on Council’s Wednesday Night Agenda
The Grants Pass City council will hold three public hearings tonight at the regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6:00 in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest “A” Street.

The public hearings will be on two ordinances amending the Grants Pass Development Code and one amending the Master Transportation Plan Element of the Comprehensive Plan.
Commissioners Approve Ballot Question & Adding GIS Developer
Josephine County will be hiring a Geographic Information System developer and adding new soft wear to adequately address needs throughout the county beginning in the Assessor’s office. County Commissioners approved the personnel requisition at their Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Reservoir Water Levels Improving
The recent surge of wet weather is helping fill local reservoirs although concerns of a summer drought remain.

Strong in-flows helped Lost Creek Lake surge from 10 feet below normal two weeks ago to more than five feet above normal as of yesterday according to the Corps of Engineers.
Magic Mushroom Operation Taken Down in Jackson County
The largest known psilocybin mushroom operation in southern Oregon was busted Tuesday in Jackson County when Ernest Luther Taylor, 37, of Central Point was arrested for allegedly growing the illegal fungus in a warehouse.
Unscheduled Bargaining Session Nets Progress in Teacher’s Strike
An unexpected bargaining session yesterday between the Medford School District and its striking teachers ended with both sides saying progress was made
Third Man Arrested in Shooting Death of Grants Pass Man
Canby Police Chief Bret Smith says an investigation shows that 43-year-old Edward Spangler of Grants Pass visited a Canby apartment complex on Sunday to complete a drug deal. During the deal, three men tried to rob Spangler and he was shot multiple times. Police say Spangler was later found next to his SUV, which had crashed into a tree in a nearby park.
Cavemen Notch 3rd in a Row with Win over Tornado
The Grants Pass Cavemen notched their third win in row with a four guard offense and a stingy defense, defeating North Medford last night 54 to 50.
Commissioners to Vote on Non-Binding Ballot Question
The Josephine County Commissioners will consider a non-binding question be put to the voters in this May’s election during the Weekly Business Session this morning in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
So. Oregon Career Felon Sentenced to 15 Years
Tuesday, Allen Donn Richins, 53, of Trail was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, plus possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Grants Pass Man Killed During Suspected Drug Transaction
Police have arrested two suspects in the shooting death of a Grants Pass man in Canby.
Two Initiative Petitions Qualify for May Ballot
The Josephine County Clerk’s office has completed the signature verification process for two countywide initiative petitions and has determined that the requisite number of valid signatures, 1,997, needed to place these measures on the May ballot have been submitted.
$90,000 Worth of Stolen Property Recovered: One Jailed
On February 6th State Trooper detectives executed search warrants at two properties near Rogue River, at 1495 West Evans Creek Road and 12715 East Evans Creek Road. The search warrants were authorized after information was confirmed that several thousand dollars in stolen property and vehicles were at both properties. A suspect identified during the investigation named Frank Morgan Wheeler, 43, a resident at the E. Evans Creek Road property.
Re-Design of Allen Creek Road/Redwood Avenue is Council Workshop Topic
The re-design of the Allen Creek Road/Redwood Avenue intersection plus continuing west on the Avenue to Redwood Circle was the topic of the City Council’s weekly work session today.
Cavemen Host Tornado
The Grants Pass Cavemen host the North Medford Black Tornado tonight at Heater Neuman gym for a game at 7:00. The Tornado, second in conference, leads Grants Pass by three games and have three to play. However because of the tie breaker it appears Grants Pass cannot improve from third place. Third automatically places the Cavemen into the state championship bracket without a play-in game.
Homeless Medford Man Arrested for 1981 Murder
A homeless Medford man, 73-year-old Robert Rodriquez Resendez is being held in the Jackson County Jail awaiting extradition to Arizona on charges he robbed and killed a motorist there in 1981.
Medford District Hires More Subs; School Board’s Homes Picketed
The Medford School District hired 24 more substitute teachers over the Holiday weekend and shifted some classified support staff to balance the adult to student ratio as the teachers strike enters its second week.

Last week enrollment dropped from 68 percent Tuesday to 44 percent Friday.
Mt. Ashland Passes “Latest Opening Ever” Date
Four inches of new snow last weekend at Mt. Ashland only doubled the snow base for the ski area which passed its latest opening ever date yesterday.
YMCA Receives $400 Proceeds from August Donkey Basketball Game
Members of the Hillah Shrine presented a $400 check to the Grants Pass Family Y.M.C.A. Monday morning. The check represents the proceeds from a Donkey Basketball game hosted by the Shriners at the Josephine County Fairgrounds August 23rd of last year.
Medford Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
Curtis Lee Wiles, 32, is being held in the Jackson County Jail facing charges of attempted murder, 3 counts of recklessly endangering, first degree assault, and possession of methamphetamine.
Construction Uncovers Peter Britt’s Barn
Construction work being done to revise First Street and the Britt Festivals entrance in Jacksonville uncovered the remains of Peter Britt’s barn earlier this month
Incidents from Public Safety Log
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety log reported a male transient sleeping in the stairwell on the “D” Street side of River Valley Church Sunday morning. He was persuaded to move along
Ashland Council to Debate Modified Proposed Gun Law
The Ashland City Council will explore the draft of a gun control ordinance significantly modified from the initial proposal submitted by a group called Citizens for a Safe Ashland. The discussion will take place in a study session following the regular Council meeting Tuesday evening
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available for Local Businesses
Small, nonfarm businesses and private nonprofit organizations suffering economic and revenue losses from the ongoing California drought may be eligible for special low interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Oregon counties considered impacted by the drought include Jackson, Josephine Klamath and Lake.
Public Meeting in Medford to Address Dangerous Dog Issue
The Medford Police Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss the issue of dangerous dogs in Medford. The meeting begins at 4:30pm in City Council Chambers at 411 W. 8th Street on the 3rd floor of Medford City Hall.
President's Holiday Closures Monday
In observance of President's Day, all state and federal offices including the DMV, U.S. Post Office facilities and banks will be closed Monday. City and County government offices, Rogue Community College, District 7 and Three Rivers Schools will also close for the holiday.
Grants Pass Will Not License Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Monday, March 3rd is the day Oregon Law will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate for the first time. Grants Pass will not be following the state’s lead.
Grants Pass City Council Tuesday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their weekly workshop Tuesday from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Central Point to Restrict Pot Dispensaries in City Limits
The Central Point City Council have approved an ordinance restricting marijuana dispensaries within its city limits. The ordinance would restrict the dispensaries and their facilities beyond the planned state rules.
City Utilizes 132 Jail Beds & Transfers Jo-Gro to Republic Services
The city of Grants Pass Utilized 132 Josephine County Jail beds this week while answering 987 911 emergency calls and answered 517 non-emergency calls for service.
Cavemen Lock-Up 3rd Place
The Grants Pass Cavemen locked up third place in the Southern Oregon Conference with a win over the Crater Comets last night, while in Medford South defeated Roseburg, giving the Cavemen a three game advantage over both the Comets and Roseburg with two games to play.
High Wind Advisory Issued for this Area
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a High Wind Warning which is in effect from 10 AM to 10 PM PST Saturday. A Wind Advisory has also been issued.
Assault suspects in custody
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested two suspects Thursday at 9:53 a.m. at 757 S.E. 7th St. on suspicion of being responsible for an assault and possibly a robbery.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
47-year-old William Daniel Stroh was arrested and jailed on multiple failure to appear warrants.
Medford District Re-Opens School Gyms
The Medford School District is re-opening its gyms to community activities that were scheduled prior to the teacher’s strike. The facilities will be open in a limited capacity from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
ODF holds multiple controlled burns in the county
The Oregon Department of Forestry is holding multiple controlled burns throughout Josephine County today.
Talks fail between Medford School District and teacher’s union
Talks failed Thursday evening between the Medford School District and the teacher’s union, the Medford Education Association.
Landslide and flood watch extended till Sunday afternoon
Josephine County and surrounding counties are currently in a landslide and flood watch and the National Weather Service has now extended that watch until Sunday afternoon.
Live Fire Training Scheduled for Friday, Sunday & Tuesday
The Fire/Rescue Division of the Grants Pass Department of Public safety will be conducting live fire training Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday at the Hillcrest Public Safety station.

This is a multi-agency drill with crews from Rural Metro also participating.
Judge Baker Sends Two to Prison for 70 Months
It was a busy day in Judge Lindi Baker’s court room Thursday where two more Grants Pass men were sentenced to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Grants Pass resident receives over six years prison time for encouraging child sexual abuse
A Grants Pass resident was sentenced today to 75 months prison time by Judge Lindi Baker for committing 10 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.
Commissioners continue work on reforestation ballot question
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday administrative meeting continued work on a ballot question about reforestation that will likely be on the May ballot.
Poacher Gets 60 Days in Jail and Fines Totaling Over $15,000
Circuit Judge Patricia Crain yesterday sentenced Charles Douglas Cochran to 60 days in jail and to pay the state $15,500 for illegally killing more than two dozen deer and elk
Walden Calls on Feds to Investigate “Cover Oregon”
U.S. Representative Greg Walden announced today at his Medford office that he and other top leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee have written to the General Accounting Office requesting a federal investigation into Cover Oregon, the website for enrollment into the state’s health exchange.
Marathon Negotiating Session Yields Progress in Medford Teacher’s Strike
The Medford School District and its striking teacher’s union met for almost 14 hours yesterday at the Inn at the Commons and sources close to the negotiations reported there were signs of progress. Negotiations were to resume this morning at 9:00.
Gold Medal Winner Son of GPHS Alum
Joss Christensen, son of Jimmy Dale Christensen, Grants Pass High class of 1964, soared to gold in the men’s slopestyle skiing event in the Sochi Olympics, posting a score of 95.80 beating his teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper in a U.S. medal sweep in the new event.
Flood advisory extended through Saturday
The National Weather Service based in Medford has extended a flood advisory through Saturday afternoon.
Controlled burns continue today in Josephine County
Several controlled burns that were ignited Wednesday by the Oregon Department of Forestry will continue today.
Commissioners Approve Real Property Acquisitions for Bridge Replacements
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners held two public hearings during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday night at the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Chainsaw Attack Lands Father and Son in Jail
Grants Pass Police officers arrested Craig Hindle Junior and his father and lodged them in the Josephine County Jail this morning at 10:49 on charges of second degree assault and first degree burglary
Walden & Richardson Host Joint Press Conference in Medford Thursday
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden and state Representative Dennis Richardson are hosting a joint news conference Thursday to make a major announcement about Cover Oregon, the state’s health care exchange.
Wrong Way Driver Arrested 4 Miles South of Canyonville
Daniel A. Paull, 42, of Eugene was arrested for reckless driving early this morning at about 6:00 when State Troopers located his 1992 Toyota Paseo stopped on the northbound side of I-5 with no lights on.
National Weather Service warns of potential flooding
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Josephine and Curry counties.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
A transient was moved along from sleeping in front of a business in the 100 block of S.W. Booth Street.
OSP and Sheriff’s Office Tuesday incidents
28-year-old Keith Raymond Wilson was cited and released for causing a disturbance and yelling profanities at a woman and her children at the intersection of Cheslock Road and E. Rosewood Street.
Grants Pass Man Jailed after Shot Fired near Romar’s Hideaway
Troopers arrested a Grants Pass man early Wednesday morning after he fled from a vehicle seen leaving an area where gun shots were heard in Merlin.
Two Significant Controlled Burns Today in Josephine County
The Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting several small controlled burns in two different areas of Josephine County today.
Almost Five Years of Hard Time for Medford Burglary Spree
Circuit Court Judge Kelly W. Ravassipour yesterday sentenced Jerry Newton McDonald, 47, of Medford, to 56 months in the Oregon prison system for a string of burglaries in Medford from November 21st through December 6th of last year.
May Date Set for Medford Bomber’s Trial
Alan Leroy McVay’s trial for allegedly detonating a homemade bomb outside the Medford District Attorney’s office November 13th has been delayed until May 6th in U.S. District
Olympic competitor has Grants Pass roots
Joss Christensen, a freestyle skier competing in the Sochi Olympics, has roots in the Grants Pass area.
Man suspected of shooting two brothers arrested
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Trail man who allegedly shot two brothers Tuesday morning.
Cavemen take third win over Indians
The Grants Pass Cavemen took their third win over the Roseburg Indians last night in Roseburg winning 47-30.
Sparse turnout marks first day of class in Medford
Students sparsely attended the first day of class in the Medford School District Tuesday.
Grants Pass School Board Puts 3 Hot Issues On The Table
The Grants Pass School board was unable to come to a decision on three hot topics Tuesday night.
Commissioners Host Two Public Hearings at Wednesday Night Business Session
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings Wednesday night during the Weekly Business Session beginning at 5:30 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Police K-9 Collars Burglar Exiting Flower Shop
Grants Pass Police arrested a California man, Donald Emil Morin, 67, after he was observed exiting Judy’s Grants Pass Florist and Gifts at 135 Northeast Steiger Street this morning.
Commissioner’s race heats up
The race is heating up with several individuals vying for County Commissioner Position #1.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A stolen vehicle was located in the 100 block of Kerby Street.
Fugitive Arrested by G.P. Police Early Tuesday
Grants Pass Police, acting on a tip, arrested Matthew James Gordon in apartment G-31 at 1100 Fruitdale Drive shortly after midnight this morning on outstanding warrants for probation violation for burglary, Unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief plus interfering with a police officer.
Ashland P.D. Still Searching for Armed Robber
The Ashland Police Department are continuing to search for an unidentified armed robber who held up the Astro Gas Station on East Main Street Saturday night.
Mt. Ashland Needs Snow & Revenue
Mt. Ashland’s snow depth in the ski area was 11 inches following last weekend’s snowfall, not near enough to open. Storms this week could bring more snow or disastrous rain
G.P. woman fighting flu succumbs to illness
A Grants Pass woman who has been fighting the flu has succumbed to the illness.
Medford students return to school
Students in the Medford School District return to school today in spite of the tumultuous strike being orchestrated by the teacher’s union, the Medford Education Association.
Cavemen Travel North to Face Indians
The Grants Pass Cavemen take to the road Tuesday night in search of a win against the Roseburg Indians. The Cavemen have beaten the Indians twice, once at Heater Neuman Gym and once in Roseburg, but only by a point. At stake is third place in conference, the last playoff spot to go into the tournament without a play-in game. Grants Pass leads the Indians by one game in the lost column.
Grants Pass Man gets 12+ Years for Two Bank Robberies
John Edward Perdue, 54, of Grants Pass, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison for robbing Umpqua Bank in February of 2013, and the Bank of the Cascades in April of last year.

Perdue escaped with a total of $19,192 combined from both robberies.
Councilors begin strategic plan review
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop began reviewing the city’s new strategic plan that was drafted during goal setting.
Efforts to Recall Medford School Board Members has Begun
Recall paperwork has been filed against Medford School Board Members Sally Killen, Jeff Thomas, Marlene Yesquen, and Kim Wallen. The chief petitioner is Curtis Blake Weller of Medford. Petitioners may not start gathering signatures until the paperwork has been approved by the Jackson County Clerk’s office later this week.
Terminated Jacksonville Fire Fighter Sues City
Alan DeVries, a fire fighter who was terminated from the Jacksonville Department in February of last year, has sued that city alleging he was fired because he brought attention to deficiencies and other problems within the Department.
Windy and wet storms hit Southern Oregon
The National Weather Service predicts windy and wet storms will hit Southern Oregon Tuesday night and continue through the weekend.
Oregon State Police weekend incidents
Troopers chased a vehicle that failed to yield on Bridge Lane. The vehicle eventually crashed into an embankment and the driver and a passenger fled on foot. Neither suspect was located.
School District No. 7 votes on making Career Academy course mandatory
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on the approval of making the course Career Academy mandatory for all high school students.
Substitute teachers arrive in Medford
Negotiations between the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association, the teacher’s union, were unfruitful during the weekend.
Senator Wyden Held A Town Hall Meeting For Public Comment
Oregon State Senator Ron Wyden held another town hall meeting Sunday afternoon, as designed the floor was open to public questions and comments.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in Grants Pass for Town Hall Today
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in Grants Pass for Town Hall Today

U.S. Senator from Oregon Ron Wyden continues his Town Hall tour today in Grants Pass at 12:30pm in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium at 604 NW 6th Avenue. All County residents are invited to attend.
No Agreement Reached in Medford Teachers and District Bargaining
A day-long bargaining session Saturday between the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association ended without an agreement and little progress. A brief negotiation session is scheduled for Tuesday as school begins amid the district’s first teacher strike.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop and Executive Session
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop at 11:45am in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Power out for over 4,500 Pacific Power customers
Power is currently out for 4,544 Pacific Power customers in the 97527 and 97538 zip codes incorporating parts of Grants Pass and Selma.
Senator Bates proposes changes to mining regulations
Oregon State Senator Alan Bates of Medford presented a bill Friday that will make changes to current suction dredge mining laws while the state senate tries to determine how to permanently enforce regulations.
Medford School District is saving money on teacher strike
Officials with the Medford School District say they are saving money on the teacher’s union strike.
A look at Grants Pass in the first week of February
In a rundown of events in the City of Grants Pass in the first week of February:
South Medford wins against Cavemen despite loss of their head coach
The South Medford Panthers took a win last night at Heater Neuman Gym 55-46 against the Cavemen despite Panthers’ Head Coach Dennis Murphy being absent from the game due to the strike in the Medford School District.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Two bikes were stolen from the 1100 block of Fruitdale Drive.
Four burns scheduled today in Josephine County
Four controlled burns are scheduled today in Josephine County.
Youth Tree Plant Un-Phased By Weather
The 25th Annual Youth Tree Plant had a successful beginning yesterday with over 550 youngsters showing up from schools all over Josephine and Jackson counties.
Medford Council Approves $3.3 Million for U.S. Cellular Park Expansion
Thursday the Medford City Council approved hiring Batzer Construction under a $3.3 million contract that is part of a $6 million project to build three new fields and provide another 205 parking spaces.
Medford School District & Teachers to Negotiate Saturday
The Medford School District and the Medford Education Association, the teacher’s union, have agreed to resume negotiations with a state mediator Saturday at a neutral location that has yet to be announced
S.O.U. Faces Major Cuts
The Physics Department, art history, international studies and fine arts majors may be scrapped by Southern Oregon University according to President Mary Cullinan.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
40 bales of orchard grass hay valued at $400 were stolen from Fort Vannoy Farms.
Snow flurries hinder travelers
Snow flurries are reported on all area highways in Southern Oregon as well as packed snow and spots of ice this morning.
Teachers show up in droves to picket Medford School District
Teachers in the Medford School District showed in the hundreds Thursday to surround Central Medford High School in a picket line.
Basketball Games Are On! G.P. Boys & Girls Play South Medford
There is a teacher’s strike in the Medford School District but Varsity athletics are still be played so expect a great basketball game Friday night when the South Medford Panther, now #1 in conference, enter Heater Neuman Gym to take on the 3rd place Cavemen. There is a possibility that Panthers head coach Dennis Murphy may not be on the sidelines because of the strike.
Commissioners seek to place question on May ballot
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday Administrative Meeting are moving closer towards placing a question to the citizens on the May ballot.
Medford Teachers Strike; Schools Closed; Athletic Schedule Okayed.
The Medford Education Association officially went on strike this morning at 6:00 a.m. The Medford School district cancelled school today and Friday and possibly Monday. Its expected school with be back in session Tuesday with either fill in teachers, all Oregon Certified, or with the regular teachers should an agreement be reached.
Wanted Felon Captured After Pursuit of Stolen Camaro
Early this morning police captured a felon wanted on drug and weapons charges while recovering a stolen Camaro. Police received a tip that the felon was parked in the 1900 block of Regina Way and observed the stolen vehicle parked in the street.
Wilson seeks House seat
Carl Wilson, owner and general manager of KAJO/KLDR Radio in Grants Pass announced his candidacy today for the position of State Representative in House District 3.
Snow finally returns to Southern Oregon
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Southern Oregon that runs from this evening through Friday evening.
City Council Denies Building Of 50 Unit Apartment Complex
The Grants Pass City Council ruled to deny the proposed construction of a 50 unit 1-3 bedroom apartment building near Fruitdale and Park Plaza.
25th Annual Tree Plant Begins Thursday
Starting Thursday morning, hundreds of school age children will be gathering at the turnaround on the south end of Elk Lane starting at 8:30 a.m. for the 25th Annual Tree Plant.
O & C Legislation Hearing Streamed Live from D.C.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s O & C legislation will be streamed Thursday morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. local time.
Commissioners Approve $133,000 Timber Sale
The Josephine County Commissioners approved a timber salvage sale during the Wednesday Business Session under “Other” matters on the agenda.
Medford Council to Vote on Expansion to U.S. Cellular Fields
A $6 million expansion of the U.S. Cellular Community Park could begin by April if the Medford City Council awards a contract to Batzer Construction at its Thursday meeting.
Panthers Peaking! Tornado Lose by 10
The South Medford Panthers boy’s basketball team is peaking at mid-season. The Black Cats beat the Black Tornado by ten last night, 57 to 47, and took over first place alone in the Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference, leaving North Medford in second place, two games ahead of Grants Pass who is alone in third place. The Cavemen were idle last night and will host South Medford this Friday night.
Teachers & Medford School District Exchange Proposals; Negotiations Continue Today
The teachers union and the Medford School District exchanged proposals twice yesterday in a nine hour negotiating session refereed by a state mediator. The two sides were in separate rooms with the mediator shuttling agreements back and forth. Both sides agreed to keep proposals confidential.
City Council Faces Six Different Public Hearings on Wednesday Night Agenda
The Grants Pass City Council will conduct six different public hearings according to their agenda for the Wednesday night meeting.

Four ordinances will be heard including two for development code amendments, an amendment for the Master Transportation Plan, and an ordinance vacating common property lines.
Farm Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
The 2014 Farm Bill was passed by the U.S. Senate today and forwarded to the President’s Desk where a signature is expected.
Commissioners Deal with Personnel Actions in Business Session
The Weekly Business Session will see County Commissioners dealing with several personnel changes Wednesday morning when they convene at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Rogue River Burglary Draws Crime Stoppers Reward Offer
A burglary that left a Rogue River home gutted in the 2100 block of West Evans Creek Road reported to the Sheriff’s office on January 18th has drawn the offer of a Crime Stoppers reward.
Ashland Council Holds Off on Gun Regulations
The Ashland City Council is holding off on enacting any gun regulations until further research is done by the city’s legal department.

A group of city residents are asking the council to ban the carrying of loaded guns in public, and that people store guns in ways that prevent unauthorized access by minors.
Car Thief Apprehended by Grants Pass K-9 Officer; Car Returned to Victim
Arturo Franco Belez, 37, of Redding, California is in the Josephine County jail for allegedly stealing a vehicle from 1100 Fruitdale Drive this morning at about 2:00.
Local Authorities Re-Capture Wendover; the Suspected Cabinet Shop Burglar.
Robert W. Wendover was captured Saturday by Grants Pass Police shortly after being spotted near 6th and “M” Streets.
Strike Deadline Looms in Medford Teachers Strike
A marathon negotiating session is set to get underway this morning at eight between the Medford School District and the Teachers union. The session will be refereed by a state mediator. Depending on the outcome of the session another could be held tomorrow in an effort to avoid Thursday’s strike deadline.
Rodents Discovered Under RCC Cafeteria
Rodents have been discovered beneath the cafeteria at R.C.C.’s Redwood campus. Staff is soliciting quotes to have them removed.
Cavemen Idle; North/South Play for Conference Lead
The Grants Pass Cavemen have a day off from the South Oregon Hybrid basketball conference Tuesday so most eyes will be in South Medford where the Panthers hosting the Black Tornado for sole possession of first place.
High Visibility Patrols Net DUII Drivers
Oregon State Troopers report 6 DUII arrests out of the Grants Pass work site and the Central Point command during the high visibility DUII patrols undertaken by most law enforcement agencies statewide
City Council Appears to Make Progress on U.G.B.
The expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary to include enough
job-producing industrial land has been an area of disagreement between the City Council and the County Board of Commissioners but during the Monday workshop the City Council took steps to come to some agreement
Registered Sex Offender Jailed after Medford Assault
Friday Medford police detectives arrested Juan Holman-Ramirez, 33, at the Budget Inn and jailed him on several charges stemming from a sexual assault Thursday afternoon.
Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Business & Individual Achievements at Annual Awards Dinner
The Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce recognized local business achievements and Individual accomplishments at their Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night in the Taprock Events Center.
Medford woman charged with attempted murder
Police have arrested a Medford woman on charges of attempted murder and assault for allegedly stabbing her ex-husband and another woman early Saturday in the 800 block of Olympic Avenue.
Rogue River Highway crash
A crash has occurred on Rogue River Highway at milepost six about three miles west of Rogue River.
Colder weather is on its way
Colder weather is predicted to come to the Rogue Valley later this week.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Walden Outlined Farm Bill Benefits in Central Point News Conference
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, speaking at a press conference Friday at the Heffner Cattle Company in Central Point, stated that if the farm bill now awaiting Senate approval is passed into law it would mean significant dollars for Oregon, plus Josephine and Jackson Counties.
High Visibility DUII Enforcement
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will have additional officers working an focusing their attention on impaired drivers this weekend through Sunday night.

The Department is joining will all other law enforcement agencies in the state to make the Super Bowl weekend as safe as possible.
David Stern Steps Down After 30 Year Run As NBA Commissioner.
David Stern is stepping down today as the NBA’s commissioner after a memorable 30 year career.
Ashland Set To Discuss Gun Action
The Ashland City Council is set to discuss the controversial topic of gun restrictions during a study session, on Monday 5:30 pm.
Varsity Sports Can Survive Strike
High School sports would continue as normal even with the possibility of a Feb 6th strike looming in the not too distant future.
The Medford School District Will Hold A “Mediation Marathon”
The Medford School District is set to offer a new proposal to members of the Teachers Union, as well as a state appointed mediator for a, “Mediation Marathon.” To try to avoid a Feb 6th strike.
Black Tornado Slips Past Grants Pass Boys.
The Medford Black Tornado and Grants Pass Cavemen were in a neck and neck battle last night with North Medford pulling a 54-44 victory in the last three minuets.
Deputies locate pounds of pot in I-5 traffic stop
Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects who were transporting approximately three pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop south of Ashland on I-5 Tuesday morning.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A woman reported her adult transient son, 31-year-old Scott Daniel Smith, as missing and he was last seen in the 1400 block of W. Evans Creek Road on Jan. 24.
Legislators Urge Negotiations to Avoid Teachers Strike
Three Jackson County state legislators prepared a letter to the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association urging the two sides to return to the bargaining table in an effort to avoid a strike.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle was stolen from the 600 block of Sherwood Avenue and it was later found crashed in a ditch near Illinois Valley High School.
Friday’s Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting a controlled burn six miles Northwest of Grants Pass in the Ewe Creek Road area where three acres are being torched. An additional five acres is being burned Southwest of Cave Junction.
Search of Monica’s Rogue River Farm Concluded; No Evidence of Additional Victims
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office Thursday concluded its search of Susan Monica’s West Evans Creek Road Farm and found no evidence of additional victims. Investigators had been at the farm around the clock since they entered with their first search warrant January 10th to investigate an identity theft charge and discovered evidence of a homicide.
Suspected bomb detonated in Rogue River; turns out to be makeshift exercise equipment
The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad detonated what was suspected to be pipe bomb just before noon Thursday in Rogue River but investigators now believe the item was a piece of makeshift exercise equipment.
Cavemen Challenge #1 North Medford
The Grants Pass Cavemen travel to North Medford Friday night to challenge the number one team in the conference. The Cavemen and the Black Tornado met earlier this month with the Tornado winning in Heater Neuman gym by ten points.
Town Hall Outlines Options for Development of Dimmick Campus
Josephine County officials hosted a town hall meeting in city council chambers last night to address the planning for the Dimmmick Tower land once the demolition is complete, slated to be the end of the next summer.
Grants Pass Woman in Guarded Condition after 2-Car Crash
Debra Williams, 58, of Grants Pass, is reported to be in guarded condition in the Three Rivers intensive care unit after a two vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities responded shortly after two p.m. to 2488 Leonard Road and discovered two vehicles blocking the westbound lane.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A stabbing was reported in the 500 block of Sunset Way. No victim or crime scene was located.
Potential bomb located in Rogue River
A potential bomb has been located in the City of Rogue River.
Authorities search for suspect in Canyonville attempted murder
Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an attempted murder suspect.
City of Phoenix Will Await State Rules on Pot Dispensaries
The Phoenix City Council has decided to wait for state legislators to release the rules that authorize medical marijuana facilities in Oregon before making any decisions on pot cultivation or dispensaries within the city limits.
Jackson County Sends Extension Service Levy to May Ballot
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved referring the Jackson County 4-H, Master Gardener and Agricultural Extension Service District to the May Ballot.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A golf cart was reported stolen from the 400 block of Galice Road.
Mustard Press employee charged with embezzling
An employee of the Medford based business Mustard Press, Inc., has been charged with stealing approximately $140,000 from the company.
6th Street Coffee & Deli Robber Linked to Radio Shack Holdup
Detectives investigating the robbery of the 6th Street Coffee and Deli Tuesday morning learned their primary suspect, Edward Lee Adams, 34, was also responsible for the robbery of Radio Shack on January 6th and added a charge of second degree robbery.
School’s Stolen iPads Recovered
Three iPads, stolen from the Mountain View Elementary School in White City January 13th have been recovered and four juveniles were cited for second degree burglary, first degree theft, criminal mischief and reckless endangering.
Medford School Board Declares “Emergency” to Prep for Strike; All Sports & After School Activities to be Cancelled if Strike Goes Forward.
The Medford School Board met today and declared a state of emergency to prepare for a possible teachers strike February 6th.
Walden Due in Central Point for Press Conference on Farm Bill
Congressman Greg Walden, Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal, Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue, and Jackson County Farm Bureau President Ron Bjork will hold a press conference in Central Point Friday to discuss House passage of a five year farm bill and what it means for southern Oregon
County Host Town Hall in City Council Chambers to Discuss Dimmick Tower
Impact of the razing of the Dimmick Tower, formerly the Josephine Memorial Hospital, and what to do with the land when its cleared is the topic of a Town Hall meeting being hosted by county officials in the City Council Chambers Thursday night at six.
Commissioners approve purchase of seeds for reforestation
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the purchase of $126,000 worth of Douglas fir seeds for use in reforestation of county land.
Medford Man Cleared of All Sex Abuse Charges
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office, in the interest of justice, has dropped all charges against Kenneth Daniel Reynolds, 38. He had been accused of raping a developmentally delayed neighbor.
Wednesday Controlled Burns
Four controlled burns by the Oregon Department of Forestry are scheduled today in our region.

Three acres are being burned in the Westside Road area, two miles northwest of Cave Junction; five acres, four miles southwest of Cave Junction are being torched, while an additional acre is being targeted seven miles west of Grants Pass off of Riverbanks Road.
Medford School District & Teachers Prepare for Strike
The Medford School District and the teacher’s union conducted an eight plus hour state mediated negotiating session Tuesday with no new agreements announced nor was there a date set to meet again.
ODOT & Jackson County Agree Over Highway 99 Redesign
Jackson County officials said yesterday they have no problem with the ODOT plan that will eliminate two traffic lanes on Highway 99 between Phoenix and Talent to better accommodate bicyclists and improve safety.
School board bans use of e-cigarettes
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board has voted unanimously to ban the use of e-cigarettes and any other possible tobacco delivery device on their campuses and during school sponsored events.
Comets outscore Cavemen in close game
The Crater Comets played hard and fast in Central Point Tuesday evening and they managed to take the win in a close game with the Grants Pass Cavemen 74-62.
Suspect arrested in burglary that occurred on Harbeck Road
A suspect has been arrested in a burglary case where a suspect died that occurred on Jan. 21 at 2245 Harbeck Road at the business Innovative Woodworx LLC.
School board denies charter school application
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting voted to deny a charter school proposal from Josephine County Charter School.
Mediators Endeavor to Avoid Strike Between Medford School District and Teachers.
State mediators are meeting separately with bargaining teams from the Medford school district and its teachers union in hopes of settling their disputes before a February 6th strike.

The teachers notified the District Monday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union walked away from negotiations Friday saying the District was unwilling to budge from their last offer.
Two Jailed Following Armed Robbery of Coffee Shop
A California man and Medford woman are in the Josephine County Jail after allegedly robbing the 6th Street Coffee and Deli Tuesday morning and trying to escape through Reinhart Volunteer Park.
Controlled Burns
Two controlled burns are planned for Josephine County today by the Oregon Department of Forestry. One acre is being burned seven miles west of Grants Pass off of Riverbanks Road. Five acres are under the torch four miles southwest of Cave Junction
Commissioners seek to purchase seedlings
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the approval of the purchase of seedlings to reforest county land burned by last summer’s wildfires.
Alder Creek fire subdued by firefighters
The Alder Creek fire has been subdued by firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Washington Man Falls to Death Working Gold Claim on Silver Creek
A miner who fell to his death from a southern Oregon cliff has been identified as a Vancouver, Washington man.

59-year-old Charles Hindenburg and a friend had been working a gold claim on Silver Creek, about 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass.
City councilors form Parking Task Force
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop decided to move forward with the formation of a Parking Task Force to analyze reported parking and traffic problems in the downtown area.
Judge sentences serial rapist to 17 years
Judge Lindi Baker today in Josephine County Circuit Court sentenced a serial rapist to 17 years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Unemployment Up a Tenth in December from November
Josephine County total payroll employment fell by 100 jobs in December. Construction employment fell by 60 and shows little change from the year-ago total. Food and beverage stores lost 20 jobs while overall retail trade employment was unchanged over the month. Health care and social assistance had the largest gain among published industries in December, gaining 30 jobs.
Cavemen Travel to Crater Tuesday
The Grants Pass Cavemen travel to Central Point to face the Crater Comets Tuesday night. Grants Pass at 3 and 2 is a game behind both North and South Medford and two games in front of both Roseburg and Crater in the conference standings.
U of O Students to Present Fire Station Designs to Medford
University of Oregon architecture students participating in the Sustainable City Year Program will present potential fire station designs to the city of Medford this Friday at the Carnegie Library beginning at 12:30 p.m.
District No. 7 votes on approval of proposed charter school
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at noon in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on a charter school proposal from the Inn Sight Alternative High School.
Representative Walden invites Rough and Ready co-owner to Washington
U.S. Representative Greg Walden has announced that Rough and Ready Lumber co-owner Jennifer Phillippi will be his guest during President Barrack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington D.C.
Grants Pass Man Arrested After Stand-off and SWAT Intervention
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Police Officers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance around 9:00pm Friday at 601 NE 8th Street Apartment #A.
Jo Co Commissioners Host Town Hall Meeting in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will host a Town Hall Community meeting Monday evening beginning at 6:30 in the Cave Junction County Building, located at 102 South Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Accused Rogue River Killings Of A Serial Nature?
Investigators have dug over fifty holes and drained the pond at the Rogue River farm belonging to Susan Monica in an attempt to determine if the double murder previously discovered is the beginning of what might be a serial uncovering.
Teachers Walk Out Of Talks
A negotiation session between bargaining teams from the Medford School District and education association ended abruptly Friday morning when union representatives left the meeting saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.
Fire Service Appreciation Day Monday January 27th
State and local officials want to say thank you to your neighborhood firefighters next week.
Grants Pass Cavemen Take Out Roseburg
The gym was loud and the pace was set early and fast last night as the Cavemen boys swept past Roseburg in a 52-44 win.
Composite Sketch of Minute Market Robber Released by Medford P.D
January 20th the Minute Market on West Jackson in Medford was robbed by a man alleging he was carrying gun. Investigators discovered witnesses in the parking lot prior to the robbery saw the suspect without the mask he wore during the holdup and today the Medford P.D. released an artist’s composite sketch.
Alder Creek Fire North of Shady Cove
A fire broke out yesterday around 2:00pm up Elk Creek Road outside of Shady Cove. The fire is located 16 miles northeast of Shady Cove, about 15 miles up Elk Creek Road. Currently the fire is estimated at 125 acres in size.
Small quake hits northwest of Grants Pass
The United States Geological Survey reports a small 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit 35 miles northwest of Grants Pass in the area of Agness at roughly 5:53 a.m. today.
Walden Back in Southern Oregon Saturday
Congressman Greg Walden will be back in Southern Oregon Saturday to meet with Fire chiefs in a roundtable meeting at 10 a.m. at the Jackson County Fire District 3, on Agate Road in White City.
Graduation Day for 10 Trooper Recruits; One Headed to Grants Pass Work Site-UPDATED
Ten Oregon State Police Recruit Troopers are graduating today, along with 14 recruit officers from other law enforcement agencies.
Medford Council Considers Adding Force of Law behind Smoking Ban in Parks
The Medford City Council is considering a local law that would allow police officers to cite individuals smoking in the city’s parks.
Pacific Power warns customers to be wary of imposters
Pacific Power is warning customers to be wary of a group of scammers who imitate Pacific Power employees and demand money in order to keep power flowing to residences.
Teacher’s union in Medford votes to strike
The Medford Education Association, a Medford based teacher’s union, had roughly 95 percent of its members vote Thursday to hold a strike on the Medford School District.
Cavemen at Home Friday Versus Roseburg
The Grants Pass Cavemen return to the friendly confines of Heater-Neuman gym Friday night endeavoring to end a two game losing slide when they entertain the Roseburg Indians.
Second Suspect Believed Involved with Deceased Burglar
Oregon State Police believe at least a second person was involved in the burglary at 2245 Harbeck Road Tuesday morning in which suspected burglar Jasen Robert Lewis died after scuffling with an employee and his father about 7:00 a.m. as the son was arriving for work.
Heroin, Meth, Pot & Firearms Seized; 4 Arrested in Local Bust
Four local residents have been arrested and jailed plus over two pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, eight firearms, stolen property and other evidence was seized when the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team served search warrants at adjacent Grants Pass properties including a residence at 2955 Cloverlawn Drive and a 5th wheel travel trailer at 2989 Cloverlawn.
Investigators seize two pounds of heroin on commercial bus
Investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team stopped a commercial bus in Medford in a parking lot off of Highway 62 near Highway 238 and they seized two pounds of heroin.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office and Public Safety incidents
An old camper located on Humingbird Road is being investigated because it is possibly an abandoned meth lab.
Motorcyclist Crashes During Elude Attempt
Richard Meyers, 31, of Eagle Point, was cited for attempt to elude in a vehicle, and on foot, and reckless driving, then released at the Rogue Regional Medical Center due to the injuries he received after undergoing apprehension by a Jackson County K-9 Officer.
Jackson County Commissioner’s Hear Testimony on Library Tax District
Wednesday the Jackson County Commissioners heard from eleven different people speaking on the issue of a Jackson County Library tax district, before a packed crowd in their County Courthouse.
Medford Teachers Vote on Proposed Contract Tonight
The Medford Education Association will meet tonight to vote to accept the school district’s latest proposal or to take a job action.
Grants Pass woman in medically induced coma due to swine flu
A Grants Pass woman is in a medically induced coma at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland after falling ill with the H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.
Police ready to revoke Mary Jane’s license
Medford Police are prepped to revoke the business license of Mary Jane’s Attic and Mary Jane’s Basement located at 259 E. Barnett Road according to a release by the department.
County Veteran’s Service Office to Receive $68,000 State Grant
The Josephine County Veterans Service office is slated to receive a $68,000 state grant. The grants, first announced today, come from the 2013 Oregon Legislature providing the state’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs with $600,000 in funding for the Veteran’s Extended Outreach Program.
Deceased Burglar Identified
The Oregon State Police have released the name of the burglar who died in a scuffle with employees who discovered him Tuesday morning in Innovative Woodworx L.L.C. at 2245 Harbeck Road.
Commissioners approve audio and video recording policy
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session approved a new audio and video recording policy during Board of County Commissioner meetings.
Cavemen Lose; Indians Win; SOH Standings Close
The Grants Pass Cavemen were dropped into third place last night after losing to the South Panthers 61 to 48 in Medford. The Cavemen’s poor shooting continued, hitting only 32 percent from the field 14 of 28 free throw attempts, while the Panthers had the hot hand hitting 50 percent of their shots from the field.
Medford School District & Teachers Met in a Public Forum to Field Questions
A panel consisting of representatives from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association met to field questions from the public about a possible teachers strike in the near future.
Britt’s New Music Director Announces 2014 Classical Festival
Britt’s incoming Music Director and Conductor Teddy Abrams has announced the 2014 Classical Festival, coming to Jacksonville for three weeks this August. This will be Abrams’ first season as Music Director.
Accused Rogue River murderer pleads not guilty
Accused Rogue River murderer 65-year-old Susan Monica pled not guilty to two charges of murder and abuse of a corpse Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Fire weather watch goes into effect for Southern Oregon
The Medford branch of the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Southern Oregon extending from the Illinois Valley and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest eastward to the Klamath Basin.
Panthers pounce Cavemen
The Grants Pass Cavemen put up a fight Tuesday against the South Medford Panthers but they lost their steam in the second half and the Panthers took the win 61-48.
Further details released on death of a burglary suspect
The Oregon State Police have released further details about the death of a burglary suspect.
One Out of Ten Stores Sold Alcohol to Minor During Decoy Operation
The Medford Police Department and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission conducted a third operation in a series of minor decoy compliance checks to combat the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors on Monday.
Medford Minute Market Robbed Monday Night
A white male adult entered the Minute Market on Jackson Street Monday night about 7:18, demanded money and said he had a gun. Officers responded to the scene quickly but the suspect has left the area
Burglar Dies in Confrontation with Employees
A burglar, interrupted during the burglarizing of a cabinet shop at 2245 Harbeck Road, died in a struggle with arriving employees.
City Council reviews Water Treatment Plant Facility Plan
The Grants Pass City Council during their weekly workshop Tuesday received an update on the Water Treatment Plant Facility Plan.
Death Investigation In Progress on Harbeck Road
The Oregon State Police, with their criminal investigation Division detectives are investigating the death this morning of a man during a reported burglary in progress at a business at 2245 Harbeck Road
Commissioners vote on audio and video recording policy
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday Business Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on a change of policy for the use of audio and video recording equipment during Board of County Commissioners public meetings.
Medford resident hit hard by swine flu
A Medford resident is one of hundreds of Oregonians feeling the dire effects of the H1N1 flu, otherwise known as swine flu.
Series of Talent car burglaries prompts investigation
A series of nearly two dozen car burglaries in Talent Sunday evening has prompted an investigation by the Talent Police Department.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A vehicle was broken into and an I-Pad was stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of Delsie Drive.
Ashland to Open Resource Center for Homeless
The city of Ashland will open its Community Resource Center in early February. The Center, funded by a city council grant of $100,000, will offer a variety of resources to homeless people and other in need
Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday to celebrate one of the United State’s greatest civil rights leaders.
Respite care program may have to close its doors
The Arc’s Life Respite, an Ashland based respite program for Alzheimer’s patients, may have to close its doors unless more participants become involved or some other form of funding is found.
OSP Traffic Stop on I-5 near Medford Nets 44 Lbs. of Marijuana
An Oregon State Police traffic stop Friday night on Interstate 5 north of Medford resulted in the discovery and seizure of 44 pounds of high-grade marijuana and the arrest of two Washington state residents.
Rep. Greg Walden to Meet with Local Home Health Care Providers
U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will be in southern Oregon Tuesday for meetings with home health care providers in Grants Pass and Medford.
Four Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash South of Grants Pass
At around 8:30 Saturday morning, an OSP trooper was flagged down by a motorist reporting a traffic accident involving injuries at the intersection of Highway 199 and Redwood Vista Lane
Grants Pass City Council Tuesday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their weekly workshop Tuesday from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Senator Merkley focuses on creating jobs
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley during his town hall meeting today held at the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus focused on the creation of jobs and improvements of the living conditions for the middle class.
Ashland Considers Change to Business License Regs for Pot Dispensaries
Next Tuesday the Ashland City Council will consider a change to the city’s business license regulations to avoid conflicts between state and federal laws that are at odds over the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Central Point House Fire Closes Hwy 99; Deputies Bust Pot Pickup
A structure fire reported at 10:03 p.m. Thursday night at 2489 Scenic Avenue in Central Point closed a section of Highway 99 for about an hour.

According to fire officials, the crews were unsure about water access in the area and laid hoses across the Highway to the railroad tracks closing the road temporarily. No train traffic was affected.
North beats South; Leads SOH
The North Medford Black Tornado beat the South Panthers by 8 last night, 57 to 49, to take sole possession of top spot in the Southern Oregon Hybrid Conference. The loss drops South into a tie for second with the Cavemen. The Panthers host Grants Pass next Tuesday in a game that will be heard live on KAJO. The Cavemen were idle last night.
Mercury Levels Elevated in Rogue River
The Rogue and about a dozen other Oregon rivers are about to join the state’s list of mercury impaired waters. The Department of Environmental Quality has proposed adding the 216 miles of the Rogue, including the main stem upstream of Lost Creek Lake, as well as Emigrant Creek, on the list of water bodies with high levels of mercury in resident fish.
Stoned Driver Crashes into Medford Center Business
Brandon L. Highstone, 34, of Medford, was lodged in the Sobering Unit after driving into a business in the Medford Center shortly after 9:00 Friday morning.
Jackson County Offers Sheriff’s Informational Class
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is offering a new informational series for the public one night a month, dealing with law enforcement issues surrounding our region.

The first class is Tuesday, January 21st, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Smullen Center in Medford.
Commissioners accept participation in Brownfield Coalition
The Josephine County Commissioners during their general discussion Thursday approved their participation in the Brownfield Coalition.
Medford School District Labor Dispute with Teachers Turning Ugly
Negative e-mails and letters are being sent to members of the Medford School District’s board. Most have been characterized as passionate expressions of frustration.
Medford Council Tasks Advisory Committee to find Ways to Deal with Dangerous Dogs.
The Medford Council voted unanimously Thursday to task the Police Advisory Committee with finding ways to deal with dangerous dogs in Medford.
Holiday Inn robbed in Central Point
The Holiday Inn in Central Point at 285 Peninger Road was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
Senator Merkley holds town hall in Grants Pass
Senator Jeff Merkley is holding a town hall meeting in Grants Pass this weekend.
One Monica Victim Positively Identified
The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office Thursday announced that positive identification had been made of one of the murder victim’s in the Susan Monica case. Robert Haney, 56, has been positively identified as the victim of the murder alleged to have occurred on or about September 9, 2013.
Elks Hoop Shoot This Saturday
The annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw competition is this Saturday at the Heater-Neuman gym at Grants Pass High School. The competition is open to all boys and girls, ages eight through 13. All public and private schools within the jurisdiction of the Grants Pass Elks Lodge are invited to participate.
Cascade Christian Coach Arrested for Abuse of a Minor Female
Mark Winstead, 43, of Medford, was arrested on a sex abuse three charge Wednesday and lodged in the Jackson County Jail with bail set at $4,000.
Commissioners seek to augment recording device policy
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Thursday Administrative Meeting have placed an item on next week’s administrative calendar that deals with the use of recording devices during public meetings.
Medford Pit Bull Owners Begin Petition Against Banning the Breed
A group of Medford Pit Bull Owners have started an online petition to thwart any efforts on the part of the City Council to ban pit bulls in the city.
Thursday Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has three controlled burns today in our area.

The Department is burning one acre seven miles west of Grants Pass off of Riverbanks Road. Sixty-three acres are being torched eleven miles north of Rogue River and one acre is being burned six miles south of Rogue River.
Online Petition Calls for Gun Restrictions in Ashland
A group called “Citizens for a Safe Ashland” has launched an online petition calling for city regulations banning people from openly carrying loaded firearms in public places, including in vehicles in public areas. Who is involved in the group is unclear
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
James Laurie and Frederick Thompson were both arrested and lodged on multiple warrants at 410 S.E. J Street. Barbara Church was also lodged in jail at the scene on charges of interfering and hindering prosecution.
Car crash knocks out power on Dead Indian Memorial Road
A car crash Wednesday at roughly 9:12 a.m. on Dead Indian Memorial Road knocked out power for residents on Dead Indian and nearby Emigrant Creek Road for over five hours.
Structure Fire Tragedy Averted by Alert Neighbor
A man’s life was saved and likely his home too Wednesday afternoon when an alert neighbor saw heavy smoke coming from a home, called 911 and removed the single resident, John Baker, 53, from the home
DeYoung New Council President; Sign Ordinance Passes; SDC’s Unchanged from Year End Increase
The Wednesday night City Council meeting began with a proclamation declaring January as Child Trafficking awareness month. The Council then opened the nominations for Council President for 2014 and closed the nominations as soon as Dan DeYoung, who was absent, was nominated. The vote was unanimous.
Eight Overnight Burglaries Reported in Medford
The Medford Police department reports they have responded to 8 business burglaries overnight. They believe several of the cases are the work of the same suspect, although no suspect information has been released.
Police respond to BCC Weekly Business Session
Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to the Anne Basker Auditorium today during the Josephine County Commissioners Weekly Business Session after County Commission Chair Cherryl Walker called authorities to report two individuals were creating a safety hazard.
Medford Council to Consider Rezoning 856 Acres
The City of Medford Planning Commission is looking at 50 parcels, a total of 856 acres, to be rezoned to meet residential, commercial and industrial development needs during the next 20
Wednesday Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns scheduled today in Josephine County. Ten acres are being burned eight miles east of Cave Junction and five acres are being ignited seventeen miles east of Grants Pass.
Medford School District Asks Teachers for Ratification Vote
Following a marathon negotiating session Tuesday the Medford School District asked the Education Association to present the District’s most recent proposal to its members for a ratification vote
Commissioners seek applicants for the Josephine County Board of Health
The Josephine County Commissioners are seeking to fill three positions on the Josephine County Board of Health.
Alleged Rogue River murderer lured handyman to his death
The Rogue River woman accused of murdering and dismembering two people lured one of her victim’s to her property with the promise of handyman work.
Cave Junction winery helps fairgrounds
A Cave Junction based winery will offer a portion of their profits to benefit the Josephine County Fairgrounds.
Tornado sweeps away Cavemen
The North Medford Black Tornado swept away the Grants Pass Cavemen last night in Grants Pass 54-44.
School Board Meeting And Charter School Proposal
The District 7 School Board meeting was preceded Tuesday afternoon by a proposal from a group representing the prospective founding of Josephine counties’ first charter school.
White City Cited for 17 Violations by OSHA
Federal inspectors have found 17 violations of worker safety codes at a Veterans Affairs medical facility in White City. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that 10 of the violations at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics are serious.
Grand Jury Indicts Monica on Five Counts
The Jackson County Grand Jury today indicted Susan Monica on five different counts. Monica is the primary suspect in an identity theft for which she was originally arrested Friday afternoon. During that arrest and service of a search warrant for her ranch in the 9100 block of West Evans Creek Road evidence of more heinous crimes was discovered.
Man Rams Girlfriends House; Draws $2 Million Bail
Tuesday morning at 4:14, Medford police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Stevens Street where 20-year-old Matthew Olivares had just rammed his 2006 Acura into the home of his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children.
Vehicle bursts into flames on I-5
A vehicle burst into flames on I-5 southbound around milepost 68 north of Grants Pass at approximately 7:29 a.m. Monday.
Teens Arrested for Assault in All Sports Park
Two Juveniles, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old female have been arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Juvenile facility. They are facing charges of assault two, unlawful use of a weapon and conspiracy to commit assault.
Teens Arrested for Assault in All Sports Park
Two Juveniles, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old female have been arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Juvenile facility. They are facing charges of assault two, unlawful use of a weapon and conspiracy to commit assault.
Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns underway in the area. 40 Acres are being burned in the Reeves Creek Road area, two miles north of Kerby. 62 acres are being torched thirteen miles east of Glendale.
City Councilor’s To Choose New Council President
The Grants Pass City Council will begin their Wednesday night meeting at six in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street, by selecting a new president to serve for 2014.

The Council has a public hearing scheduled on an Ordinance amending the city’s sign standards
2nd Murder Charge Levied Against Rogue River Woman
A second murder charge was filed against 65-year-old Susan Monica when she was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. She faces two counts of murder and first degree abuse of a corpse plus one count of identity theft.
Commissioners vote on approval of transport van upfit for the Sheriff’s Office
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the approval of an upfit for a prisoner transport van for the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
Mt. Ashland Ski Area still needs snow to open
The Mt. Ashland Ski Area still needs snow in order to open its lifts for skiers and snowboarders.
Public Safety non-emergency line down-UPDATE
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety's non-emergency lines are functional again.
Caveman Battle the Tornado in Heater-Newman
The Grants Pass Cavemen hot the North Medford Black Tornado Tuesday night in Heater-Neuman gym. The Cavemen are 2 and 0 in Conference with an 11 and 1 record overall. The Tornado are 1 and 0 in conference with an 8 and three overall record. The two teams have both beaten Crater with similar scores.
Rogue River Woman Charged with Murder-UPDATED
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office has charged Susan Monica, 65, of Rogue River with murder.
G.P. joins county and Cave Junction in withdrawing from RVACT
The Grants Pass City Council during a special meeting today voted unanimously to withdraw from their membership in the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation.
Community Donates over 5,000 Toys for Tots
The 2013 Toys for Tots campaign was an unqualified success. According to figures released today the community donated 5,148 toys in 92 collection boxes throughout the area.
Alleged Rapist Held on $3 Million Bail
James Calvin Patterson, 28,is in the Jackson County Jail with bail set at over $3 million for charges of first degree kidnap, sodomy, rape, fourth degree assault and contempt of court.
Online Traffic School Soon to be Available in Phoenix
Phoenix city officials have approved an online traffic school for drivers ticketed within the city limits. Drivers opting to attend the school can prevent citations from being reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles so it won’t affect insurance rates.
SOU’s Honors College Attracting Top Students
Southern Oregon University instituted an Honors College in September in an effort to attract the best and brightest students with free tuition and intellectual discourse.
School board holds public hearing on proposed charter school
The Grants Pass School District #7 Board is holding a public hearing on granting charter school status to the Inn Sight Alternative High School at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Rape victim manages to escape Medford garage
The victim of an alleged rape and kidnapping managed to escape the garage she was being held in.
Medical Marijuana Business Conference to Address Banking Dilemma
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference is scheduled for January 30th and 31st at the Ashland Springs Hotel.
Burglary and Kidnapping Suspect Held on $250,000 Bail
A request for a preliminary hearing has been granted and a January 17th, 1:00pm date set in the Burglary and Kidnapping case involving 31-year-old suspect Craig Allen Cruz
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop/ Special Meeting
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop and conduct a special Council Action session beginning at 11:45am in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
New Proposal Offered By Medford School District. 1/11/13 0700
A meeting between the Medford School District and it’s Teachers Union produced a new district proposal that includes the agreements made at last Tuesday’s meeting as well as a better definition of teacher preparation time.
Former Crater Teacher Gets “Bench Probation” For Sexual Misconduct
Sara Louise Swanson-Suhrstedt, a former Crater High teacher, has been charged with a misdemeanor offense for an inappropriate relationship with a male student.
Twitter Named “Ultimate Crime Fighter” 1/11/13
A travel trailer was taken from a Medford resident and it was the connectivity of Twitter, not hounds or drones, that led to a public swell of help along with the partial identification and apprehension of the suspected thieves
Suspect Charged With Abduction Of Elderly GP Woman. 1/11/14 0500
Craig Allen Cruz, a 31 year old Merlin man is suspected of breaking into a 90 year old woman’s house, assaulting her and forcing her to drive him around in her car Thursday.
Grants Pass Boys Dodge A Comet Sat 1/11/14 0500
Senior guard Brian Luther scored 17 points along with the Cavemen’s tight defensive game bringing a 2nd straight win over Crater yesterday
Kidnapping Suspect Held on $250,000 Bail
A public defender waived a formal arraignment for Craig Allen Cruz, 31, Friday afternoon and requested a preliminary hearing which was granted for January 17th at 1:00 p.m.
Sheriff’s Office and OSP Thursday incidents
An individual was seen burglarizing mailboxes in the 6400 block of Westside Road.
Travel Trailer Thieves Arrested at Crater Lake
The travel trailer reported stolen from Biddle Road Thursday morning has been recovered and three California residents have been arrested and jailed.
Medford Council Considers Pit Bull Restrictions
Medford police urged the City Council yesterday to strengthen local laws to combat the threats posed by dogs such as pit bulls.
Medford Councilors try to stop pawning of stolen goods
The Medford City Council is trying to make it far more difficult for thieves to pawn stolen jewelry to feed their drug habits.
Mt. Ashland supporters pray for snow
Supporters of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area are praying for snow so the slopes can finally open.
G.P. Man Arrested in a Home Invasion/Kidnapping Case from Thursday Morning
A Grants Pass man has been arrested and jailed, facing serious charges in the burglary, home invasion, kidnapping that occurred around 8:00 a.m. Thursday.
Travel Trailer Stolen in Medford
On January 9th, 2014, Medford Police responded to a report of a stolen trailer from a business in the 3000 block of Biddle Road. Surveillance video caught the theft as well as images of the suspect.
Cavemen Host Comets & Friday’s High School Matchups
The Grants Pass Cavemen return to Heater Neuman Gym Friday night for a conference game against the Crater Comets. The Comets are 4 and 7 on the year but 2 of those wins have come on the road against McNary and Sprague. They lost their season opener at North Tuesday night by eleven points.
Bar fighter overdosed in JoCo Jail
A man who was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for attacking another man in an area bar managed to overdose while he was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
Drug dealer sent to prison
A drug dealer was sentenced to three years prison time today by Judge Lindi Baker in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Beware Phone Scams
The Grants Pass Wells Fargo Bank branch has confirmed at least 15 people have received text messages and e-mails that allegedly come from the bank asking for account information.

A representative of Wells Fargo told this newsroom the bank already has your account information and these are crooks trying to steal your money
Victim Safe Following Home Invasion & Kidnapping
An elderly woman is safe following a home invasion and kidnapping this morning.

According to authorities the woman was taken from her home and driven to Wal-Mart in her own vehicle and forced to go inside to cash some checks at which point she notified authorities.
Jackson County Jail escapist sent to prison
The escapist who managed to get out of the Jackson County Jail in November of 2012 was sentenced to two a half years in the Oregon Department of Corrections Wednesday.
Storm predicted for southern Oregon
The National Weather Service is predicting a significant storm to hit the Rogue Valley and southern Oregon this weekend.
Walker Now B.C.C. Chair; SORA Petitions Commission for Open Roads Ordinance
Cherry Walker was appointed Chair of the Josephine County Board of Commissioners at the Weekly Business Session Wednesday night in the Anne Basker Auditorium. Keith Heck was appointed Vice Chair with the same motion.
Ringleader Sentenced to Federal Prison in Mail Theft & Bank Fraud Scheme
Robert Lee Powelson, 30, of Medford, Oregon was sentenced Tuesday to 161 months in federal prison by Judge Owen M. Panner after his convictions for, and his leadership in, conspiracy to commit mail theft, conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft
City Council Goal Setting Meetings set for Friday & Saturday.
The Grants Pass City Council will hold its goal setting meetings this Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Parkway Public Safety Station at 800 East Park Street.
Jackson County Deputies Arrest Hit & Run Driver after PIT Maneuver
Medford resident Philip D. Sipress, 22, is in the Jackson County Jail facing charges of hit and run-property damage, reckless driving and attempt to elude.
SOS plans run to support criminal justice
Securing Our Safety, a citizen’s group focused on improving the criminal justice system in Josephine County, is planning to hold a run to raise awareness and funds for their cause.
Wednesday Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry is continuing several controlled burns in Josephine and Jackson County.
Bar fighter sentenced to 12 years in prison
The man involved in a bloody and brutal bar fight in the former Home Stretch Tavern on Fruitdale Drive was sentenced today by Judge Pat Wolke to 12 years in prison.
Third Suspect Arrested in “Bill Clinton” Robbery of Stewart Market.
A third suspect in the robbery of the Stewart Market on Lozier Lane in Medford Saturday night was indicted by a Medford Grand Jury Tuesday afternoon and arrested shortly before 6:00 p.m.
Commissioners to Appoint New B.C.C. Chair at Weekly Business Session-CORRECTION
The Josephine County Commissioners are expected to appoint Cherryl Walker to Chair the Board at the weekly business session Wednesday night at 5:30 in the Anne Basker Auditorium at 500 Northwest 6th Street.
Cavemen Win in Roseburg
The Grants Pass Cavemen edged the Roseburg Indians 38 to 37 in Roseburg last night in their conference opener and pushed their overall record to 10 and 1.

After falling behind 6 to nothing in the first period the Cavemen took control of the first half and led by six at the mid-break 19 to 13.
Grants Pass beats Roseburg by one
The Grants Pass Cavemen beat the Roseburg Indians last night in Roseburg in a close game 38-37.
Cave Junction man arrested in Idaho with duffel bag full of pot
A Cave Junction resident has been jailed in Boise, Idaho, after officers located a duffel bag containing roughly 3.5 pounds of marijuana on a Greyhound Bus.
Flu spreads to the Rogue Valley
Hospitals throughout the Rogue Valley are reporting an increased incidence of flu.
Commissioners to Appoint New B.C.C. Chair at Weekly Business Session
The Josephine County Commissioners are expected to appoint Cherryl Walker to Chair the Board at the weekly business session Wednesday night at 5:30 in the Anne Basker Auditorium at 500 Northwest 6th Street.
Tuesday’s Controlled Burns in Josephine County
Three more controlled burns are scheduled for Josephine County today. Two more acres are being targeted at 1882 Stewart Road six miles west of Grants Pass while seven miles west of the city an additional five acres are being burned at 2123 Riverbanks Road
Grants Pass Radio Shack robbed at gunpoint
The Grants Pass Radio Shack located at 1893 N.E. 7th St. was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 6:52 p.m. Monday.
Fatal crash occurs near Jacksonville-UPDATED
A fatal crash occurred on Highway 238 three miles west of Jacksonville near milepost 30 at roughly 11:17 p.m. Monday.
Cavemen Begin Conference Play on the Road
The Grants Pass Cavemen open conference play on the road Tuesday night when they travel to Roseburg to take on the 4-5 Indians. RPI rankings have the Cavemen 7th in the state with Roseburg 31st.
Library District proposed to the Grants Pass City Council
Josephine Community Libraries Executive Director Kate Lasky addressed the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop about the formation of a library district.
Controlled Burns Resume after Holiday Break
Three controlled burns are scheduled today in Josephine County by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Henry Stenger was arrested at the intersection of F and Mill streets on warrants for possession of meth and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. He is lodged in jail on $10,000 bail.
Ashland Restaurateur Jailed on Sex & Drug Charges
Christopher Ian Iverson, 45, was arrested by the Ashland Police Department Friday following the execution of search warrants. He is facing multiple sex charges along with the delivery of controlled substances to minors, contributing to the delinquency and endangering the welfare of a minor. His bail is set at $197,000.
Two Medford Teens Arrested for Attempted Robbery
Two Medford teenagers are in the Jackson County Jail facing over a million dollars bail after allegedly attempting an armed robbery at the Stewart Market on Lozier Lane Saturday night.
Klamath Bird Observatory seeks to bring tourism to Ashland
The Klamath Bird Observatory says they can bring more tourists to the City of Ashland by promoting bird-watching tourism in the area.
Medford Police seek third suspect in robbery case
Medford Police are seeking the third suspect in a robbery case that occurred at roughly 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Stewart Market at the intersection of Lozier Lane and Stewart Avenue.
Robber strikes D Street Rite-Aid
An unknown suspect attempted a robbery at the Rite-Aid at 915 N.E. D St. in Grants Pass just after 3:00 p.m. today.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Mountain Bike Accident Claims Central Point Man’s Life
54-year-old Craig Steven Lyle of Central Point was found dead Saturday after an apparent mountain bike accident on the Old Military Road near John’s Peak.
OSP Troopers Arrest Reckless Motorcyclist Saturday, Near Gold Hill
Oregon State Police troopers arrested 21-year-old Patrick Whalen Parks of El Sobrante, California Saturday afternoon after he was observed weaving in and out of traffic on his silver Suzuki motorcycle at speeds over 100 mph.
Medford burger joint opens for business again in spite of arsonist attack
A Medford restaurant that was burgled and set on fire by an arsonist last June is finally about to reopen.
Trucker loses rig on I-5
A trucker lost his rig on I-5 near the Merlin Exit Friday morning after his truck slid down an embankment.
Applegate building decimated by fire
Fire crews from Applegate Fire District No. 9 responded to a burning storage building in the 700 block of Yale Creek Road south of Jacksonville at roughly 5:19 a.m. Thursday.
Man lucky to be alive after his truck flips on Caves Highway
A man is alive after his truck flipped in the 4500 block of Caves Highway just after 6:00 p.m. Thursday.
Library Amnesty Days January 7th through the 31st
The Josephine Community Libraries have announced Amnesty Days, when the libraries will accept nonperishable food items and pet items in lieu of cash payments for book fines.
ODOT Funds Talent Traffic Studies
The Oregon Department of Transportation is funding and managing three traffic studies for the Talent area; an overall transportation-needs update, a look at how Interstate 5’s exit 21 works and conceptual plans to accommodate traffic in future growth areas.
Jackson County Couple Jailed in Clackamas on Warrants after Wrecking Stolen BMW
A Jackson County man is in the Clackamas County Jail after being arrested when he allegedly crashed a stolen 2005 BMW on Highway 212 at 11:20 New Year’s Eve
Car thefts almost double in Medford
Car thefts have almost doubled in the Medford area this last December in comparison to December of 2012.
Medford mail nabber sentenced
One of four men in a suspected mail theft ring in Medford was sentenced in Jackson County District Court.
Drugs & Guns Land Two Men Prison Time
Drug charges and felon in possession of a firearm landed two men significant prison time in sentences handed down by Judge Lindi Baker Thursday morning.
Oregon State Police New Year’s Day incidents
68-year-old Richard Arthur Kratochvil became unresponsive while in the custody of the Oregon State Police for suspicion of DUII at the Cave Junction Substation. He was life-flighted to Rogue Regional Medical Center.
New Year’s Day Sheriff’s Office incidents
Three stop signs were broken at the base in the area of Leonard Road and Willow Lane.
Halloween Bank Robber Gets 144 Months
The man accused of robbing the Chase Bank branch in the Grants Pass Fred Meyer store on Halloween was sentenced to 12 years in the Oregon Department of Corrections this morning by Judge Lindi Baker.
The county’s first baby of 2014 is born
The first baby born in Josephine County in 2014 arrived at Three Rivers Medical Center at approximately 9:42 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Talent Art Group Gets Non-Profit Status; Plans Agricultural Mural
The Friends of Talent Public Art has received 501(c)3 status and is proposing a mural featuring local agriculture for the Talent Liquor Store at the corner of Highway 99 and West Valley View Road.
Endangered Tortoises to be Sheltered in Applegate Valley
Up to two dozen desert tortoises will be transferred to the Kerulos Center in the Applegate Valley in April or May of this year. The center has operated for five years providing sanctuary for various animals that are in need
Trailer burns in the Illinois Valley on New Year’s Day
A travel trailer was demolished by a fire in the Illinois Valley on New Year’s Day.
Medford playground construction almost finished
Construction on Liberty Park in Medford is nearing completion.
Salvage of Burned Timber in Full Swing on Private Lands
Salvage logging on lands burned by last summer's Douglas Complex wildfire in southwestern Oregon is in full swing on privately owned forests, but not on public lands.
Heavy Fog Hampering Medford Airport Operations
It's been foggier than usual this December in the Rogue Valley. That means it's tougher than usual for commercial airline flights to land at the Medford airport. According to the airport's director, Bern Case, there have been some cancellations each day.
New Year’s Eve Sheriff’s Office incidents
66-year-old Tommy Edward Dodson was jailed on two counts of second-degree assault and criminal trespass when he stabbed two people in the leg in the 100 block of Forest Creek Road.
Driest year recorded in multiple southern Oregon cities
The driest year for many southern Oregon cities was recorded in 2013.
Medford Truck Driver Parks in Upper Klamath Lake.
A commercial truck driver and his dog escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after his truck and trailer traveled off Highway 140 about six miles west of Klamath Falls and went into the ice covered Upper Klamath Lake.
Armed Robber Strikes Medford Radio Shack
The Center Drive Radio Shack in Medford was robbed at gunpoint last night and the gunman remains at large.
Monday OSP and Sheriff’s Office incidents
21-year-old Rose Flower Glenn was charged with DUII, reckless driving, criminal mischief and driving without a license after she was involved in an accident on Holland Loop Road.
Commissioners Approve Fair Operations through 100th Anniversary
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the continuing operation of the Fairgrounds through the end of fiscal year 2013-14, which ends the last day of June and the operation of the 100th annual fair in August.
Three Men Escape Vehicle Fire on I-5
Three men escaped unharmed late Monday afternoon when their 1993 Toyota Camry caught fire and burned at milepost 73 on Interstate-5.
Lost Creek Lake algae bloom finally recedes
After 108 days the Oregon Health Authority has finally been able to lift a persistent algae advisory for Lost Creek Lake.
Phoenix bank hit by robber
The Umpqua Bank in the 4000 block of S. Pacific Highway in Phoenix was the target of a bank robber at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Saturation DUII Patrols Throughout Southern Oregon
Police Agencies from Douglas County all the way to the California border and beyond will be rigorously looking for impaired drivers through the New Year’s holiday, including the Oregon State Troopers, the Grants Pass City Police and all agencies in Jackson County
Sunday Public Safety incidents
Two suspects were lodged after trying to elude troopers on M Street. Ruben Patino was arrested for possession of meth and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon and Sami Duriex was jailed on a charge of attempting to elude in a vehicle.
Police talk domestic dispute suspect out of Gold Hill home
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office managed to apprehend a domestic dispute suspect at approximately 6:36 a.m. today in the 800 block of N. 2nd Avenue in Gold Hill after a brief standoff.
Medford Police apprehend Grants Pass woman accused of robbing bank
Medford Police have arrested a Grants Pass woman who is suspected of robbing a bank.
Missing woman found safe
A woman who went missing in the Rogue River Highway area Friday morning has been found safe and sound.
“Multi-modal” and “Road Diet” Buzz-words in Highway 99 Plan
A “road diet” may be in the works for State Highway 99 from Valley View Road in Ashland to Garfield Street in Medford. The Ashland City Council coined that term for the North Main Street project which transformed a four lane corridor into two lanes of travel with a center turn lane, bicycle lanes and improved pedestrian crossings.
Bad News and Good News from Medford Manufactured Home Fire
Shortly before 5:00 Saturday Morning, firefighters from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No.5 responded to a structure fire in the 1000 block of Shafer Lane in south Medford.
Jo Co Board of Commissioners Weekly Business Session Monday
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners Wednesday weekly business session has been moved up to Monday at 1:30pm in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium at 604 NW 6th Street.
Grants Pass Captures Barlow Trail
The Grants Pass Cavemen won the Barlow Trail basketball tournament last night defeating the host Barlow Bruins 49 to 44 to run their record to 9 and 1 going into conference play on January 7th.
Grants Pass Police Execute Warrant Arrest
Grants Pass Police have arrested Robert Eugene Synder, 31, of Brookings was arrested Saturday morning at 9:20 a.m. on warrants out of California.
43-Year-Old Woman Missing in Rogue River Highway Area
Grants Pass Police are looking for 43-year-old Camala Ruth Cobbs, also known as Camala Ruth Giancola, who was reported missing in the area of Herb’s Restaurant since 11 a.m. Friday morning.
Cavemen Play for Championship of Barlow Trail Tourney
Micah Johnson returned to his familiar point total of 19 last night in Gresham while leading the Grants Pass Cavemen to a 45 to 36 win over Aloha and a trip to the Championship game of the Barlow Trail Basketball tournament against the host team.
Start of Fern Valley Interchange Slated for January
Work on the Fern Valley Road interchange will kick into higher gear by late January with a newly selected contractor on board for a $72 million rebuild of the failing freeway intersection.
Break-In At Eagle Point High; $10k of Property Missing
Burglars broke into Eagle Point High School and stole more than $10,000 worth of property Thursday night, including laptop computers, iPads, big screen TV’s and a white, extra-cab Chevrolet truck and livestock trailer.
Armed Robber Holds Up “News and Smokes"
Grants Pass Police Officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at 1330 Northwest 6th Street at 9:44 Friday morning. Two employees of News and Smokes reported a masked man, armed with a firearm, entered the business and demanded money.
Missing person found safe
33-year-old Charles Miller has been located safe and sound.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
A two-vehicle accident occurred on 6th Street at Morgan Lane. No injuries were reported.
Take A Walk Through the Park on New Year’s Day
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to start the new year by participating in one of 30 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year’s Day.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle broken down on Granite Hill Road is being stripped by unknown suspects.
Cavemen Advance in Barlow Trail Tourney
The Grants Pass Cavemen won their first game in the Barlow Trail tournament 43 to 32 over St. Helens. J.C. McKinley led the Caveman scorers with 10 and Micah Johnson tossed in 8 in the Cavemen’s lowest offensive output this year. The win elevates the Cavemen’s record to 7 and
Trust Funds allow Jackson County Library to Offer Computer Courses
The Kenneth A. and Lucille D. Hulburt Family Trust left $2.5 million to the Jackson County Library Services and the interest from the trust this year amounts to $124,617 which will provide materials and programs for computer courses this year.
Medford Man Faces 24 Additional Sex Abuse Charges
Michael Dean Murray, 59, of Medford, already jailed on sex charges was arraigned Thursday on 24 additional sex charges and pornography. He pleaded not guilty to all charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Dry Winter Keeps Skiers & Snowboarders on Hold
The Mt. Ashland Ski Area, normally open by the beginning of Christmas break, remains closed with the park’s web cam showing a lot of bare ground. The lack of snow is putting a financial hit on the ski park. The slopes opening coinciding with school’s winter break can account for 20 percent of the park’s annual revenue.
D.A. won’t file charges for fatal accident
The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday they will not file charges against a pickup driver who struck and killed a bicyclist.
Mother seeks her missing son
A mother is seeking her son who went missing earlier this week in the Grants Pass area.
Medford Man Stabbed Christmas Eve
A Medford man was treated and released for a stab wound to his leg Christmas Eve after being assaulted and robbed while walking along Merriman Road.
Negotiations for Medford’s Proposed Elevated Housing Project Stymied
The agreement between the City of Medford and local developers to build ‘SkyBox” has come undone. ‘Skybox’ is the code name for a proposed 25-unit apartment complex to be built above a parking lot on Central avenue that received an enthusiastic response from the Medford Urban Renewal Agency last summer.
Local Round Ball Teams in Post-Christmas Tournaments
The Grants Pass Cavemen face St. Helens this afternoon at 3:30 in the first round of the Barlow Trail Basketball Tournament. The Cavemen are 6 and 1 so far this season.
Public Health warns of extremely virulent flu
The Josephine County Public Health Department released information today from the Centers for Disease Control that warns residents about a particularly virulent strain of flu that is spreading across the country.
Police arrest man for attempted murder on Christmas
Medford Police arrested a man for allegedly trying to stab his wife to death on Christmas Day.
Wheelchair Bound Man Robbed; Suspect Arrested
Medford police arrested 26-year-old Jesse Allen Lane of Medford for second degree robbery and first degree theft and burglary at the Medford Motel 6 Tuesday morning at about 9:38.
Train Derailment Litters Right of Way with Lumber
A Central Oregon and Pacific train derailed Saturday morning a half mile from the center of Glendale, about 25 miles north of Grants Pass. A conductor walking alongside the train, which was only traveling about 10 miles per hour, injured his knee avoiding the rail cars.
Monday Public Safety incidents
John Bailey was arrested at the 6th Street 7-11 Store after disturbing customers. He is charged with trespass, disorderly conduct and possession of meth.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A woman reported she was sexually assaulted and beaten over a period of eight days earlier in the month. The case has been referred to the Oregon State Police.
Fund Raising Efforts Elevate Ashland Museum’s Profile
Ashland’s Science Works Museum has nearly met its goal of $1.5 million during its first campaign in eleven years.
Three Former Red Lion Buildings Demolished to Make Room for 100 Parking Spaces
Demolition of an older portion of the former Red Lion Inn has reduced three buildings and a swimming pool to make way for a parking lot. The demolition will continue into January.
Cavemen Lose to Axemen
The Grants Pass Cavemen go into the Christmas break with the best record in the conference at 6 and 1 after losing to the South Eugene Axemen 61 to 45 Monday night.
Union workers reach agreement with Jackson County
The Service Employees International Union Local 503 and Jackson County Employees Association Local 497 have come to a collective bargaining agreement with Jackson County for a three year deal.
“Hugs” Visits Asante’s Neonatal Unit
“Hugs From Heaven” visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center today to deliver 25 bags of clothes and goodies for the region’s littlest babies. The holiday bags were made possible by donations from the community and they were organized by Hannah Joseph.
State Says County’s Unemployment Rate Improved Slightly
According to the Oregon Employment Department, Josephine County’s total payroll employment fell by 220 in November. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to slowly improve to reach 10.2 percent. Most of the month’s jobs losses were in leisure and hospitality, down 150 jobs. Construction, and health care and social assistance each lost 30 jobs over the month. Other services and state government also saw slight declines. Ramping up for the holiday season, retail trade added 50 positions in November. Local education rose by 20 from October.
Sequestration has No Effect on Secure Rural Schools Funding
Rural communities are in line to receive millions in additional Secure Rural Schools funding, after the White House determined that mandatory budget cuts known as “sequestration” will not apply to the program for payments going out early next year.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A subject laying on the ground and talking to himself in the 200 block of Beacon Drive was moved along by authorities.
Marie Callender Holiday Pies Available
The fire that destroyed the Marie Callender’s on Biddle Road last week has not deterred its employees from baking a fresh set of pies for the holidays.
Second Minor Decoy Operation Finds Three Stores Out of Compliance
The second minor decoy operation conducted by the Medford Police Department and the OLCC in a month found three out of ten stores sold an alcoholic beverage to a minor decoy.
Unattended candle scorches Medford bathroom
A bathroom in a Medford residence at 3308 Wheat Ridge was torched at roughly 2:24 p.m. Sunday by an unattended candle.
YCF Youths Making Their Time-Served Count for Local Child
Youth and Staff at Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility are spending quality time raising hope and funds for a local child with a rare medical challenge.
Cavemen 6 & 0 after Sprague Win
Micah Johnson scored 17 points and Brian Luther added 14 as the Cavemen picked up a road win, defeating the Sprague Olympians 52 to 41 Saturday night in Salem.
Medford councilors deny changes to proposed subdivision
The Medford City Council Thursday denied a multitude of changes proposed by Premier West Bank and the Holt Group for the Vista Pointe area.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
An 18-foot-long flatbed trailer stolen in Josephine County was located in the Talent Wal-Mart parking lot.
Family of hit-and-run victim asks for public’s help
The family of 21-year-old Jarred Quinn Houston are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect who struck and killed Houston and 41-year-old Robert Rob Calvin on Redwood Highway on Oct. 30 of this year.
District 7 Board Adjusts School Calendar
The District Seven School Board held a special session Friday afternoon and adjusted the 2013-14 school calendar to make up for three days of closures and the three late start days caused by inclement weather conditions.
High Visibility DUII Enforcement
This Holiday Season the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety will once again join forces with other Oregon Law Enforcement agencies participating in High Visibility Enforcement Operations. Increased patrols will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers throughout our community.
Samurai Suspect Arrested Near Beaverton
The suspect in the assault involving a samurai sword at a Grants Pass residence on November 15th was arrested Thursday by the Beaverton Police Department.
Cavemen Post Win #5
The Grants Pass Cavemen posted their fifth win of the season last night, outscoring the Willamette Wolverines 69 to 57.
Marie Calendar’s Fire Caused by Electrical Failure
The origin and cause of the Marie Calendar's restaurant fire has been determined. Fire Investigators discovered the fire began in the attic space above the office area. The fire was caused by an electrical failure.
Ashland City Council bans children from homeless shelters
The Ashland City Council this week voted to ban children from city run homeless shelters.
Cabin and barn burn to the ground in Jackson County
Two fires in Jackson County Thursday burnt a cabin and a barn to the ground.
Police and fire projects divided by Medford City Council
The Medford City Council made a contentious decision Thursday to divide the bidding for two projected projects that will build a new police station and parking garage and three fire stations.
Ashland P.D.’s Smart Bike Nabs 3 More Thieves
The Ashland Police Department’s smart bicycle, with the GPS tracking system installed was stolen again last night, resulting in an immediate police response and charges of 1st degree theft and conspiracy to commit 1st degree theft brought against three Medford residents.
Special District 7 School Board Session Tomorrow
The Grants Pass District 7 School Board will hold a special session Friday at 3:45 p.m. in the District office at 725 Northeast Dean Drive.
Medford P.D. Charge Serial Burglar
The Medford Police Department has charged Jerry Newton McDonald, 47, of Cottage Street in Medford, with eleven different burglaries committed from November 21st through December 6th.
Two Grants Pass Men Sentenced to Hard Time
Judge Thomas Hull sentenced two Grants Pass men to hard time in the Oregon Department of Corrections this morning for separate crimes.
Freezing Rain Coats County Roads; Power Outages & Accidents Galore-UPDATED
Freezing rain coated county roads in the early morning hours resulting in a plethora of accidents and power outages.
Halloween Bank Robber Found Guilty
Jonathan Stau, the man suspected in the Halloween bank robbery at the Chase Bank located inside Fred Meyers, has been found guilty of first degree robbery, a felony which usually carries a 7-8 year sentence.
Medford P.D. Recovers Cars & Merchandise Stolen from Older Couple
Medford Police have made an arrest and recovered much of the merchandise stolen from a couple in their 60’s who returned from a 10 day vacation to find their home burglarized and ransacked.
Grants Pass Police Collar Dangerous Fugitive
Early Wednesday morning Grants Pass Police captured Kurt Dewayne Trujillo, 25, considered a dangerous felony fugitive by the department.
Jackson Commissioners vote to extend Rogue River Greenway
The Jackson County Commissioners voted Wednesday to extend the Rogue River Greenway nearly three quarters of a mile from Rock Point Bridge and Sardine Creek in the Gold Hill area.
Freezing weather eradicates Lost Creek Lake algae
Freezing weather that has inundated the Rogue Valley over the past several weeks is near eradicating toxic blue-green algae that has persistently held its ground in Lost Creek Lake.
Josephine Community Libraries have large budget gap to fill by year’s end
Josephine Community Libraries are in need of $47,000 to meet the organization’s budgetary goals by the end of December.
Council Split on PERS Vote; Mayor Casts Deciding Vote to Join Pool
The Grants Pass City Council, with the deciding vote being cast by Mayor Darin Fowler, voted to join the Oregon PERS tier one/tier two state and local government rate pool.
MADGE Investigation Results in One Arrest
Wednesday MADGE, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, served a narcotics search warrant in the 3300 block of Table Rock Road and arrested Zeus Apolo Guzman-Aguilar.
Britt Receives $28,500 Grant from OAC
Britt Festivals is pleased to announce the receipt of a $28,500 Connecting Students to the World of Work Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. The grant is one of the largest in the history of Britt’s education program. It will be used to fund a year-long internship program for underserved juniors and seniors from Medford School District high schools, culminating in a student-curated performance in the Britt Performance Garden in June 2015.
Congressman Walden focuses on health care and forest management
Congressman Greg Walden addressed the Grants Pass Rotary today as part of a multi-destination trip through southern Oregon and while in Grants Pass he focused his attention on the Affordable Care Act and forest management.
Reforestation in county underway; Horseracing returns to fairgrounds
Josephine County Forestry Program Manager Vic Harris addressed the board of commissioners during the Wednesday business session about the 10 percent of county owned forestlands that burned during three major fires this last summer.
Reward Offered for Office Crooks.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office is looking for a stolen mobile office and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Smoke Detector Alerted Medford Woman to House Fire
A smoke detector alerted a Medford woman in time for her to escape her burning home without injury early Tuesday morning.
Cavemen Get 4th Win
The Grants Pass Boys defeated the Marshfield Pirates last night at Marshfield 50 to 46. Micah Johnson again led the Cavemen with 12 points. J. C. McKinley added ten to a balanced Grants Pass scoring attack.
Developers Appeal Denial of Subdivision by Medford Planning Commission
Developers have appealed the Medford Planning Commission’s denial of a 104 lot housing development on 29 acres in the eastern portion of the city
Council takes vote on brownsfields assessment grant
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 101 N.W. A St. are set to vote on the approval of a grant application to the Environmental Protection Agency for brownfields assessments in the community.
Debris finally clear from I-5 truck crash
Debris from a truck that crashed while carrying a 185,000 pound concrete beam on I-5 four miles north of Canyonville has finally been cleared this morning.
Light Turn Out for CALEA Public Session
The public and agency personnel offered little comment on the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Tuesday evening at a public session hosted by the CALEA assessors in the City Council Chambers.
Selma Man Dies in Single Car Crash
Gary Trammell, 60, of Selma, died Tuesday morning when his 2008 Subaru left the road near milepost 9 and collided head on with a tree closing highway 199 for a short time.
$40,000 Loss in Medford Home Burglary
A couple, returning from a 10-day vacation, called the Medford Police Department Tuesday to report their home in the 3000 block of Starwood Court had been burglarized and ransacked. Total loss is estimated at $40,000.
Fog Affecting Medford Airport
Fog caused the cancellation of seven flights destined for Medford Airport Sunday evening and diverted several more yesterday.
High Speed Chase Lands Medford Fugitives in Linn County Jail
Michael Del Curry, 36, of Medford has been lodged in the Linn County Jail after leading State Troopers on a high speed chase up I-5. He faces multiple charges including 2nd degree criminal mischief, hit and run, reckless endangerment, and 3rd degree assault in addition to a Jackson county warrant.
Medford P.D. Arrest One Suspect in Bank Drop Box “Fishing” Case
Medford Police officers arrested Ryan Kullrich, 38, of Bakersfield, California and charged him with two counts each of 2nd degree burglary and 1st degree attempted theft. Kullrich was confirmed to be one of the suspects in the surveillance video of two men attempting to fish deposits out of night drop boxes at several banks.
Commissioners hold presentation on fire salvage
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to hold a presentation on the fire salvages and rehabilitation efforts performed since the devastating fires last summer.
Jurors find Medford woman guilty of killing husband
Jurors in Siskiyou County, Calif., have found a Medford woman guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of her husband in an Applegate campground in Nov. 2012.
Local P.D.s Searching for “Fishing” Thieves
Investigators with the Medford Police Department are attempting to I.D. persons involved in several cases of “fishing” deposits out of night boxes at various banks.
Congressman Walden Visits Southern Oregon
U.S. Congressman Greg Waldon will be visiting Grants Pass this Wednesday with stops also scheduled in Jackson and Klamath counties.
G.P. fire truck sustains severe damage from frozen pipes
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop heard a special item from Public Safety Chief Joe Henner concerning severe damage suffered by a city fire truck during last week’s freezing weather.
Grants Pass Man Arrested following Stabbing of Couple at Residence
State Police have arrested Jason Barnes, 35, of Grants Pass following a Sunday morning stabbing of two people at a residence at 210 Northwest Woodbrook Drive.
CALEA holds public session regarding the Department of Public Safety
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., is holding a public information session and public hearing on the Department of Public Safety Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Grants Pass City Council Chambers located at 101 N.W. A St.
Free Treated Water for Shady Cove
A portion of Shady Cove, including downtown and the Shady Cove Mobile Home Park, will soon be receiving more treated water thanks to Shady Cove Water Works, its owner America West Bank and Ernie Dodson, owner of the mobile home park.
State Police Reinforce Phone Scam Warning
The Oregon State Police continue to inform the citizenry their agency does not call individuals and demand money in exchange for dropping criminal charges or clearing arrest warrants.
Mt. Ashland Expansion Projects $148,000 Over Budget.
The Mt. Ashland Association is looking to raise an additional $148,000 after the summer improvement projects ran significantly over budget.
Deadline to sign up for Toys for Tots approaches
The deadline to sign up for Toys for Tots is quickly approaching.
Fire destroys mobile home on Leonard Road
Fire demolished a single-wide mobile home at 2289 Leonard Road at approximately 5:14 a.m. Sunday.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Multiple Fires Challenge Medford and Jackson County Crews
Medford and Jackson County firefighters worked as a Team in tackling three fires between midnight and daylight Saturday, resulting in the total loss of three buildings.
Cavemen Capture Tournament Title
The Grants Pass Cavemen captured the 1st Annual Southern Oregon Les Schwab Invitational basketball tournament Saturday night out scoring the Springfield Millers 64 to 39.
Eagle Point Finishes School Employee Contract
The Eagle Point school district as well as the employee union voted 5-0 on a three year contract for teachers and support staff.
Kohl's Will Donate Over $20,000 To Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
Through it's "Kohl's Cares Cause Merchandise" program, Kohl's will donate $20,307 to the Asante foundation.
CaveMan Basketball
The Cavemen beat Sutherlin last night 56-42 with a twelve point lead after the first quarter
Residents feel effects of first snowstorm
Residents of Jackson and Josephine counties have been shocked this last week to see a snowstorm of this size hitting the valley floors.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
An unknown suspect broke into a home in the 28,300 block of Redwood Highway and kicked in the drywall throughout the house and pulled a toilet off the floor.
Imposter Solicits Photos of Young Girls
An imposter, allegedly posing as an employee of the Medford-based IMD Modeling, has been soliciting photos of Rogue Valley girls.
ODOT Salts Siskiyou Pass to Improve Driving Conditions
The Oregon Department of Transportation is using salt to improve driving conditions on I-5 over the Siskiyou Pass. The agency began using the salt last year from the border to about eleven miles into Oregon.
ODF Schedules One Controlled Burn in the County
The Oregon Department of Forestry has one controlled burn being ignited in Josephine County today. 160 acres are the target 18 miles north of Grants Pass at 4220 Lower Wolf Creek Road.
Gold Hill resident sentenced in $20 million bank fraud case
Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken has sentenced a Gold Hill resident to 90 months in prison for his role in defrauding banks out of $20 million.
Some schools close their doors for an entire week due to icy roads
Some schools have officially closed their doors for an entire week due to icy road conditions.
Felon Sentenced to 28 Months for Firearm Possession & Assault
Kevin William Keim was sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections by Judge Wolke today. Keim pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and 3rd degree assault constituting domestic violence.
Judge Wolke sends message to heroin users with robbery sentence
Judge Pat Wolke today sentenced 22-year-old Bryan Lee Malek to three years in the Oregon Department of Corrections for his participation in a robbery that occurred in the morning hours of Aug. 19, 2013.
$300K+ Grant to Spur Development of Ashland Creek Park
The Ashland Parks Department was successful in winning a $309,000 state grant this year which will likely spur the long awaited development of a new park along the Ashland Creek.
Utility Fee Increase Decision Delayed by Medford Council
The Medford City Council has decided to postpone a decision on an increase in utility fees until January in hopes the contributions to the state Public Employees Retirement System won’t be as high as expected, freeing up money for public works.
GPHS Hosts 1st Annual Southern Oregon Les Schwab Invitational
The Grants Pass High Boys and Girls basketball teams are hosting the 1st Annual Southern Oregon Les Schwab Invitational basketball tournament beginning Friday afternoon at 2:00 in the Heater-Neuman gym
Shakespeare Festival Ticket Prices Rise for 2014 Season
Ticket prices for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will be higher for the 2014 season with A-plus center-section seats starting at $92, up six dollars from last season.
Freezing rain possible in the Rogue Valley
Forecasters with the National Weather Service have predicted that there is a slight chance freezing rain will occur in the Rogue Valley this afternoon or evening.
Schools canceled and delayed again due to icy roads
Six days after the Rogue Valley was hit by a snowstorm many schools are still closing their doors due to icy road conditions.
County Commissioners Approve Letters to Governor Accepting SRS Funding Extension
The Josephine County Commissioners, during their weekly business session Wednesday night in the Anne Basker Auditorium, approved two letters to be sent to Governor Kitzhaber accepting the one year extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self Determination Act.
Freezing pipes plague county residents
Freezing pipes are plaguing residents in Josephine County and there are many things that citizens can do to alleviate this problem.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
Someone punched a hole in the gas tank of a moving truck in the 1800 block of N.W. Washington Boulevard and siphoned gas from the tank.
Commissioners set to approve extension of Secure Rural Schools funding
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to approve the acceptance of funding from the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act extension.
Christmas Tree Fire Displaces Medford Family
Faulty wiring ignited a live Christmas tree in a Medford home in the 700 block of Nita Lynne last night burning a hole in the floor of the home and consuming all the presents.
Firefighters brave icy conditions to extinguish barn fire
Firefighters with Rural/Metro Fire Department and Applegate Fire District responded to a barn fire at approximately 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at 3859 Winona Road.
More school closures due to icy conditions
Schools throughout the Rogue Valley are once again closed due to icy road conditions.
Grants Pass City Council General Strategic Plan, public input.
A public forum was held Tuesday afternoon to discuss general strategic planning from a city level, and members of the community were encouraged to come forward and share suggestions as to what they would like to see from their city.
District 7 Sets Public Hearing on Charter School Application for January
An application for a Josephine County Charter School has been made to the District 7 School Board. At their Tuesday meeting the board scheduled a public hearing on the proposed charter school for January 14th at 3:00 p.m. in the District’s offices on Dean Drive.
OLCC Checks 10 Medford Liquor Licensees; 4 Out of Compliance
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, in cooperation with the Medford Police Department conducted minor decoy compliance checks this month and found four businesses out of compliance.
The checks were to combat the sale of alcohol to minors
First Friday rescheduled
First Friday Art Night has been rescheduled due to last Friday’s cancellation and the December First Friday will be held on Friday, Dec. 13.
Oregon State Police Monday incidents
A vehicle crashed on Williams Highway at Torrey Pines Road. No injuries were reported.
Little Butte Creek Fouled by Sewage Spill
A Rogue Valley Sewer Services pump station failed Monday, spilling about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Little Butte Creek at 101 Old Highway 62 in Eagle Point. The sewage flowed for about an hour creating a potential public health risk there.
Experts warn citizens to protect their homes against cold
Experts are warning that citizens take precautions to make sure their homes aren’t damaged during the freezing temperatures our area has been experiencing.
Many school districts close once again due to icy conditions
Icy conditions continue today in the Rogue Valley and many school districts have once again announced their closure.
Accreditation Team to Assess Department of Public Safety
Chief Joe Henner of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety announces that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive on this Sunday to examine all aspects of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety law enforcement policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Promotions in Medford Police Department
Two promotions were announced for the Medford Police Department. The position for a new Deputy Chief became available when Tim Doney left the department to become Chief of Police in Springfield, Oregon.
Council discusses RFP for soccer complex
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed a request for proposal for the projected Allen Creek Community Park and Soccer Complex.
Limited Schedule for County Buses on Tuesday
Most Josephine County offices will return to a business usual schedule Tuesday with the exception of Community Transit. Many area thoroughfares remain, if not ice covered, still have significant patches of ice still making travel hazardous.
Walden’s Medford Office Flooded by Broken Water Main
U.S. Rep Greg Walden’s Medford office was temporarily closed today after a water main broke due to cold temperatures in southern Oregon. The burst pipe partially flooded the office, and water and heat have been turned off for the entire building.
MADGE & ICE Raid Results in Arrest & the Seizure of Almost 6 lbs. of Meth
The serving of a search warrant Friday morning resulted in the arrest of Manuel Gastelum-Ferro, 35, the seizure of 5.91 pounds of methamphetamine and over $17,000.
School District No. 7 Board reviews charter school application
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their meeting Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration building at 725 N.E. Dean Drive will review a proposition for the district to support the Inn Sight Alternative High School as a charter school.
City Hosts Forum to Determine Local Goals
The City of Grants Pass is hosting a community forum Tuesday evening at six in Council Chambers at 101 Northwest A Street.
BLM Hosts Community Listening Session Tuesday
The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a community listening session in the Jackson County Fairgrounds Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.
ODOT to Fix Traffic Lights at Talent’s Former Wal-Mart Location
The Talent Wal-Mart closed 16 months ago, but the traffic lights at the intersection with West Valley View Road designed to accommodate the heavy retail traffic remain on the same sequence, frustrating drivers who wait long periods with little or no cross traffic from electric vehicle manufacture Brammo, who purchased the building from Wal-Mart.
Courts, Clerk & Recorders Office Open; Rest of the County Closed
Josephine County Circuit Courts are open today in addition to the County Clerk’s office and the Recorder’s office. The Clerk’s and Recorder’s office must be open by law if the Courts are open.
Vehicle strikes and kills Central Point resident
A vehicle struck a Central Point man at roughly 9:10 p.m. Saturday in the 4500 block of North Pacific Highway and killed him.
Schools close due to icy conditions
Many schools throughout the Rogue Valley are closed today due to icy road conditions.
Board of Commissioners close county offices early
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has decided due to inclement weather all county offices will start late by 10:00 a.m. today with weather permitting.
Board of Commissioners close county offices early
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has decided to close all county offices by 1:30 p.m. Monday due to inclement weather.
Warming Stations Open in Grants Pass and Cave Junction
As extremely cold weather continues throughout Josephine County, these warming stations have been established and are now open:
Holiday Fire Safety and Common Sense and to All a Good Night
Let us join Rural/Metro Fire Department and all Public Safety professionals in a chorus of sound holiday fire safety practices.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A Street.
Missing 66-year old Woman Found Safe and Uninjured
Just before 1:00am Sunday, the husband of Janielle H. Mitchell, age 66, contacted 9-1-1 reporting her missing from their home in the 2800 block of Azalea Drive between Merlin and Grants Pass.
Jubilee Park Candlelight Vigil is on for Sunday
A group of non-profit organizations including Securing Our Safety and Youth Empowerment of Cave Junction are holding a candlelight vigil beginning at four Sunday afternoon at Jubilee Park in Cave Junction.
Winter Storm Drops 3+ Inches of Snow on Valley Floor
A winter storm dumped three and a half inches on the valley floor Friday snarling traffic, creating hazardous driving conditions, scores of accidents and many event cancellations. Other areas reported as much as six inches of snow including Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland. Mt. Ashland’s website reported three inches of new snow as of last night.
Christmas Parade canceled due to harsh weather conditions
The annual Grants Pass Christmas Parade has been canceled due to harsh weather conditions.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
$200 in items were stolen from a vehicle in the 900 block of S.W. Bridge Street.
The annual Christmas Parade comes to Grants Pass
The annual Grants Pass Christmas Parade is held Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the downtown area.
S.O.U. to Trim $3 to $5 Million in Three Years
Southern Oregon University president Mary Cullinan announced the institution will begin cutting faculty and programs next year in a process known as retrenchment.
Controlled Burns All Weekend
The Oregon Department Forestry has announced three controlled burns will continue through Sunday. They are continuing to burn on the Skyway Tree Farm six miles west of Grants Pass at 1882 Stewart Road, and on Riverbanks Road four miles north of the city.
School closures caused by inclement weather
Several school districts have closed their doors today due to inclement weather.
Tree lighting held today in the Holiday Plaza
The Grants Pass Towne Center Association is bringing the Christmas spirit to town with the annual tree lighting and opening of the Holiday Plaza.
Medford City Hall Bomb Threat
The Medford Municipal Court received a telephone call at 1:25 Thursday afternoon stating a bomb was in the court room set to detonate at 2:00 p.m..
Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning; City Urges Caution with Supplemental Heat Sources
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Saturday for all of Josephine and Jackson counties. The cold and anticipated snowfall has prompted city officials to urge citizens to be extremely cautious with supplemental heat sources.
Williams Sentenced to 7.5 years; Teal Gets 24 months
Steven Russell Williams, 40, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for various charges this morning including 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree theft, manufacture, possession and delivery of methamphetamine and DUII.
Why Not Market robber sent to prison
A man who robbed the Why Not Market on Rogue River Highway last Sept. 1 was sentenced today by Judge Lindi Baker to 90 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A stolen white Ford F150 was located abandoned at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Merlin Road.
Keim Sentenced to 28 Months
Judge Lindi Baker sentenced Kevin William Keim, 54, to 28 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections this morning. Keim pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and assault in the third degree, constituting domestic violence.
Sheriff’s Office announces results of fairgrounds fundraising
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office announced today the results of a fundraiser they held for the Josephine County Fairgrounds.
Two Small Controlled Burns Planned Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two-one acre burns scheduled for today in Josephine County. They continue to burn at the Skyway Tree Farm, six miles west of Grants Pass. Four miles north of the city the second burn will be ignited at 2123 Riverbanks Road.
Grants Pass Gets 1st Roundball Win
The Grants Pass Cavemen won their opening game on the road last night in Bend, defeating the Lava Bears 57 to 52. Micah Johnson led the Cavemen with 19 points.
Sex Abuse Charges Leveled against Medford Man
Kenneth Daniel Reynolds, 38, of Medford, has been arraigned on sex abuse charges alleging he raped his developmentally disabled neighbor four times last month according to police and court records
Trooper’s Traffic Stop Nets 23 Pounds of Cocaine
Two California residents, Vincent Michael Mendez, 22, from Spring Valley, and Alyssa Panziera, 21, of Salinas, are in the Jackson County jail after a State Trooper discovered 23 pounds of cocaine in their car during a routine traffic stop.
Council Votes to Amend Ward Boundaries
The Grants Pass City Council voted Wednesday night to amend the boundaries of the four wards than make up representative districts in the city.
Commissioners approve new position for Community Corrections
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the hiring of a Parole and Probation Program Supervisor.
High School Basketball Begins Tonight
The Grants Pass Cavemen open their basketball season tonight on the road facing the Bend Lava Bears while the Hidden Valley Mustangs host Brookings Harbor.
Ray’s Phoenix Location Likely to Remain Open
The Rays Food Place in Phoenix will remain open in spite of being on the list of stores to be closed under the Corporation’s Chapter 11 filing.
Ashland Votes to Keep Current Main Street Traffic Pattern
The Ashland City Council voted unanimously last night to keep the road diet traffic pattern on North Main Street. In the fall of 2012 North Main was restriped to turn its four travel lanes into two travel lanes with a center turn lane.
Forecasters narrow snowstorm predictions
The National Weather Service has narrowed down predictions for a snowstorm occurring this week.
ODF controlled burns continue
The Oregon Department of Forestry is continuing two controlled burns today.
IVFD recruits complete fire academy
The Illinois Valley Fire District has announced that 15 volunteer fire recruits have successfully completed fire academy.
$2 Million Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Medford P.D.
The family of Elias Ruiz, 18, who was shot and killed by a Medford Police Officer in January of 2012, is suing the City of Medford for $2 million according to a wrongful death complaint filed November 27th in Jackson County Court.
Douglas Grand Jury Rules Officers Used Justified Force in Canyonville Death
A Douglas County Grand Jury has ruled Deputies used justified force when they deployed tasers to control Walter Ray McKelvey, 27, who later died
High Speed Chase Ends with the Arrest of 3 Medford Residents
A high speed chase by Jackson County Deputies and the Oregon State Troopers early Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of three Medford residents for traffic violations and drug charges.
New Scam Hits Southern Oregon
The public should always be skeptical about unsolicited phone calls requesting or demanding money for payment for questionable reasons. The latest version of this scam occurred this weekend when a Talent resident was contacted telephonically by a person identifying himself as Deputy Bryan Duncan, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The caller was told she owed money regarding a case and if she didn’t pay immediately they would charge her several thousand dollars.
Crime Stoppers Targets Jackson County Burglars
Crime Stoppers and the Jackson County Sheriff’s office is asking for help solving the burglary of three homes and a storage shed on November 9th in the 12,000 block of Highway 238.
City Council looks at changing ward boundaries
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 101 N.W. A St. are set to discuss the shifting of ward boundaries in order to make each ward’s population more equitable.
Commissioners Consider Parole Position & Van Purchase
The Josephine County Commissioners, during their Weekly Business Session Wednesday morning at 9:00 in the Anne Basker Auditorium, will be considering adding a parole/probation program supervisor, purchasing a cargo van for the building and maintenance division, plus a zone change
ODF Controlled Burns for Tuesday 12/3
Three controlled burns are scheduled in Josephine County today. Another acre is scheduled for the torch on the Skyway Tree Farm, six miles west of Grants Pass at 1882 Stewart Road
Feds File Charges Against Medford Bomber; State Drops its Case
Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of malicious destruction of property by explosion against Alan Leroy McVay for the attempted bombing of the Jackson County District Attorney’s office on November 13th.
Snow may hamper weekend travelers
Snow may hamper travelers expecting to leave the Rogue Valley this weekend.
Three people sent to the hospital after four car crash
Three people were sent to the hospital Monday just before noon at the intersection of 10th and Fir streets in Medford after a four-car collision occurred.
50 DUII Arrests Statewide over T-Giving Holiday; 7 in Southern Oregon
Statewide the Oregon State Troopers reported making 50 DUII arrests, up slightly from 47 reported last year. Two were reported by the Grants Pass office.
Candidates vie for position on Urban Area Planning Commission
Three candidates interested in holding a seat on the City of Grants Pass Urban Area Planning Commission interviewed with city councilors today during the Monday workshop for the position.
State Rep. Sal Esquivel gets 2nd Term on National Sportsman’s Caucuses
Republican State Representative Sal Esquivel, of Medford, has been elected to serve another term on the executive council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.
Jeep wrecks and causes lane blockage on Park Street
A single-vehicle accident involving a jeep occurred at roughly 11:00 a.m. today when the jeep left the roadway at 230 W. Park Street in Grants Pass and crashed into a cable box.
Two controlled burns are planned today in Josephine County
The Oregon Department of Forestry is planning to hold two controlled burns today in Josephine County.
Snow possible tonight on the valley floor
The National Weather Service has announced a strong cold front is approaching the Rogue Valley and it will bring the possibility of light snow in the valley beginning this evening and running through Tuesday morning.
Services return to church damaged by arsonists
Services have returned to the Zion Lutheran Church in Medford after arsonists caused extensive damage to the structure earlier this year.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A St.
For Safety and Courtesy, Don’t “Fogetaboutit”
Just about every driver has experienced the displeasure and safety-challenge of near-blindness caused by high-beams or fog lamps from an approaching or following vehicle. “We” have likely been on the offending side of this safety and courtesy oversight as well.
Senator Wyden in Jackson County Tuesday to Speak and Listen
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will visit Medford Tuesday and join Representatives of ACCESS, United Way, Kids Unlimited, Children’s Advocacy Center, and others for a news conference on protecting the charitable deduction. Congress is considering a reduction of the charitable giving allowance as a part of federal tax reform. The conference will begin at 11:00am in the ACCESS-Olsrud Family Nutrition Center located at 2020 Cardinal Avenue in Medford.
Talent relaxes small building laws
The Talent City Council has eased small building codes to allow small buildings, such as firewood and tool sheds, to be built along property rear and side boundaries.
Propane tank helps spark up Ashland residence
An outside fire in the 700 block of Frances Lane in Ashland spread to a propane tank and caused a conflagration at roughly 11:37 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Homeless man terrorizes Sizzler patrons with a handgun
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officers arrested a homeless man Friday at roughly 4:02 p.m. who was pointing a handgun at patrons of the Sizzler Restaurant on 7th Street.
Thursday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle had its wheels, tires and battery stolen in the 3700 block of Elk Lane.
Medford Asks for Public Input on Proposed New Public Safety Buildings
Last September the Medford City Council approved a $2 per month increase in a public safety utility fee to pay for new fire facilities and a new police station. Now the Police and Fire departments have teamed with the U of O to gauge local reaction by posting an online survey. The responses, which take about ten minutes to provide, will remain anonymous
Howard Prairie Resort Yields almost $250k Profit for Jackson County
The Jackson County Roads and Parks Department are reporting the Howard Prairie Resort yielded $670,000 in gross revenues for Jackson County from April through October this year. Minus expenses and amortized investments the county netted $238,517 from the resort.
Ticket-Free Parking Downtown
The Grants Pass City Council has suspended the three hour parking limitation in city parking lots and on street parking in the downtown area.
Medford crews battle Thanksgiving Day blaze
Crews from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District #3 battled a blaze at a home at 3877 Mallard Lane in Medford just before midnight on Thanksgiving.
Debris spill causes multiple car crash on Medford Viaduct
Lumber spilling from a utility trailer being pulled by a pickup truck traveling southbound on the Medford Viaduct at approximately 8:00 a.m. Wednesday caused a four-vehicle accident.
MADGE arrests drug dealer in Phoenix
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team arrested a suspected drug dealer in the 700 block of First Street in Phoenix on Monday after a drug-sniffing-dog located $12,000 in cash.
Planned Controlled Forest Management Burns
The Skywood burn at the Skyway Tree Farm continues today and will likely be active through Sunday, December 1st. That burn is six miles west of Grants Pass at 1882 Stewart.
Authorities arrest Cave Junction man for Selma stabbing
The Oregon State Police apprehended a 66-year-old Cave Junction man who slashed two people with a knife just after midnight Tuesday in the 100 block of Forest Creek Road in Selma.
Phoenix Resident Busted for Pot After MADGE Intercepted Package with $12K Inside
Monday afternoon Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team investigators contacted Mark Hill in the 700 block of West 1st Street in Phoenix according to today’s media release. Following that conversation, they applied for a search warrant for that residence that was a known Oregon Medical Marijuana Program grow site for two.
Grayback Creek Bridge to Close Temporarily Next Week
The bridge over Grayback Creek, on “Grayback Creek Road” will be temporarily closed starting December 4th through December 6th. The Bridge is being closed for rehabilitation purposes. Repair work includes replacement of timber decking and timber rails and construction of new asphalt approaches.
Man sentenced for machine-gun-shooting death of 5-year-old girl
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced the man who recklessly caused the death of a 5-year-old girl to 75 months prison time today in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Two Controlled Burns Today
Two controlled burn are scheduled by the Oregon Department of Forestry today. One acre is being torched on the Skyway Tree Farm at 1882 Stewart Road six miles west of Grants Pass.
Bombing of D.A.’s Office to Delay Sentencing of McVay
Alan Leroy McVay, 46, told police he attempted to destroy the Jackson County District Attorney’s office to delay a scheduled sentencing he faced for burglarizing a Medford home in 2011.
Civic Organizations Serve T-Giving Dinner
There are several places in the valley where free Thanksgiving dinners will be served by non-profit and civic organizations.
G.P. Public Safety appoints interim director
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has appointed a new interim director following the announcement of the retirement of current Public Safety Director Joe Henner after 25 years of service.
Wyden Introduces Senate Bill to Double Timber Harvest
Senator Ron Wyden introduced this morning his proposed Oregon and California Land Grant Act of 2013, that according to Wyden would double the timber harvest on 2.1 million acres of O & C lands in Western Oregon while streamlining environmental reviews and permanently protecting nearly half of the land with a conservation emphasis.
The ODF is holding several burns today
The Oregon Department of Forestry is holding two controlled burns today in Josephine County and one in Jackson County.
Two Medford residents indicted on charges of promoting prostitution
Two Medford residents have been arrested on multiple prostitution charges including compelling and promoting prostitution.
Two Men Burned & 12-Year-Old Girl Injured in Hash Oil Explosion
Two men have been flown to Legacy Emanuel Burn Center in Portland and a 12-year-old girl is being treated for broken bones at Rogue Regional Medical Center following what police term a hash oil explosion.
Reward Offered for Cause of Four Corners Fire
The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, who caused the Four Corners Fire.
Medford court sentences molester to 25 years
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenza Mejia Monday sentenced a convicted child molester to 25 years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Private Sector Gains Jobs in 12 Months Ending in October
Josephine County total payroll employment fell by 180 jobs in October. Most of the decrease was due to seasonally expected declines totaling 210 in leisure and hospitality. Other seasonal industries losing employment included mining, logging and construction. Small employment losses were also estimated in retail trade, wholesale trade, and transportation, warehousing and utilities. Financial activities employment added 20 jobs over the month. Total government employment rose by 110, in large part due to 130 jobs added in local government education.
City looks at joining PERS pool and forming PAVE
The Grants Pass City Councilors during their Monday workshop decided to take a further look at joining the statewide Public Employees’ Retirement System pool and the formation of the Performance Appraisal Visioning and Enhancing Committee.
Commissioners Raise County Fees & Approve Timber Sale
The Josephine County Commissioners, in a rare Monday edition of the Weekly Business Session, approved two orders that will change the fee structure charged by the county for Public Health, by the County Surveyor, for the Public Land Corner Preservation Fund and for County planning.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A woman reported someone cut her bike lock and tried to steal her bike in the 700 block of S.E. Riverside Avenue. The suspect fled when the complainant’s dog started barking.
Four Controlled Burns in Josephine County Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has 4 controlled burns today in Josephine County.
Sunday Rollover Claims One Life; One Arrest for DUII
Michael H. Johnson, 42, of Shady Cove, died Sunday afternoon after being ejected from a 2001 Ford Ranger Pickup that rolled over in the 5,000 block of Rogue River Drive near Shady Cove.
Residents fear added trail may add crime
Residents in a Medford neighborhood on the east side of town fear an extension of Larson Creek Trail may bring additional crime to their area.
Jo Co Board of Commissioners Weekly Business Session moved up to Monday
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has moved up their Weekly Business Session in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Commissioners will be meeting Monday at 1:30pm in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium at 604 NW Sixth Street.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A St.
ODF Requests $40 million from Legislature for Wildfire Shortfall
Wildfires burned some 162 square miles of state, private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in 2013, all under the protection of the Oregon Department Of Forestry. Lightning and drought combined to make this the greatest burn area total since 1951; eight times the 10-year average.
Oregon Department Of Forestry Controlled Burn Sites For Jackson & Josephine Counties.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has three scheduled burns for Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th.
Medford Wins National Green Community Honor.
Medford joined a small number of cities to receive the National Green Community honor.
Tigard Shuts Out Black Tornado; Sheldon Eliminated
Tigard Tigers continued their run through the boys 6A championship football bracket with a 42 to nothing shutout of the North Medford Black Tornado. North Medford ends the season with a 10 and 2 record, losing in the quarter finals.
Eagle Point Teachers & School District reach Consensus on New C.B.A.
The Eagle Point Education Association and the Jackson County School District 9 have reached a tentative agreement on a new three year collective bargaining agreement.
Psychiatric Supervision Ordered for Greenway Shooter
Joseph Edward Matejko, 54, is bound for the Oregon State Hospital after being convicted Thursday of two counts of attempting to commit a glass B felony.
Xmas Tree Setup Now Scheduled for Monday A.M.; 5th Street Open Till Sunday Night
Fifth Street from the alley to G Street is open and will remain open until sometime Sunday evening. This station was notified by the Department of Public Safety the closure would start Friday November 22nd to allow for the placement of the Towne Center Association’s 40’ Christmas Tree.
Kairos Awarded $350K from Meyer Memorial Trust
The Meyer Memorial Trust’s board of trustees awarded more than $1 million in grants to four non-profits in Southern Oregon including $350,000 for Kairos Northwest in Grants Pass.
Dog Shooter Jailed for 15 Days
Terry Donald Nixon, 60, of Medford pled guilty to first degree animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless endangerment Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Thursday Public Safety incidents
Ashley Gideon was contacted and arrested by authorities for allegedly stealing multiple bags of cans from a business. She was lodged in jail on multiple charges including theft, criminal trespass and failure to carry a license.
Three Controlled Burns in Josephine County
The Department of Forestry has three controlled burns in Josephine County today.
Medford Woman Gets Jail Time for Supplying Heroin to Inmate
Jade Renee Powell, 26, of Medford was sentenced to 20 days in jail yesterday after pleading guilty to paying a nurse $500 to deliver heroin to her inmate boyfriend.
Thieves strike Habitat for Humanity
Thieves struck the Habitat for Humanity’s Home Improvement Center in Medford just after midnight Thursday and they stole approximately $4,000 worth of items.
City Council Hears Public Input On Tractor Trailer Parking Dilemma
The issue of easy, non-obstructive parking from the citizen and drivers point of view was the sole topic of Thursday afternoons council meeting.
Christmas Tree Setup Friday; Partial Closure of 5th Street
The setup of the 40 foot tall Christmas tree begins tomorrow in downtown Grants Pass. The setup will result in the partial closure of 5th Street from the alley to G Street to accommodate the Holiday Plaza. The alley will remain open.
Felon Pleads Guilty to Weapons & Drug Charges; Sentenced to 15 Months
Aynsley John Alexander Hand, 28, was sentenced to 15 months in the Department of Corrections by Judge Thomas Hull Thursday morning. Hand pled guilty to charges of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
20-year-old Alli Dawn Brandon was arrested and jailed on a failure to appear dangerous drugs warrant.
Arrest Made in Connection with Bombing of Jackson County D.A.’s Headquarters-UPDATED
Medford Police have arrested Alan Leroy McVay in connection with the bombing of the Jackson County’s District Attorney’s offices.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A home was burgled in the 400 block of N.E. Flint Street.
Thursday Controlled Burns
Several planned controlled forest management burns are being ignited by the Oregon Department of Forestry today.
R.C.C. Flag Pole to be Removed
Rogue Community College as lowered the 15 by 25 foot American Flag that has flown from the 81 foot pole for almost four decades following a recent inspection revealed the pole was undergoing serious insect damage.
Hundreds Attend ‘Cover Oregon’ Sign-Up Event
Cover Oregon’s sign-up event, staged yesterday at the Medford Ramada Inn Convention Center drew over 300 residents hoping to sign up for health insurance.
Police Search for Assailant
Grants Pass Police are searching for Matt G. Cortez, 56, following an alleged assault on a woman at the Gospel Rescue Mission Wednesday evening about 7:38. At that time officers were dispatched to 530 southwest Foundry to investigate the report of a man going into the mission and committing the assault.
Crater Lake faces budget cuts
Visitors to Crater Lake National Park visitors are likely to start seeing the effects of a tight federal budget in 2014.
Gold Hill elk hunter found alive
An elk hunter missing for two days in eastern Coos County was found alive with no major injuries.
The sheriff's office said searchers spotted Lloyd Sinclair before noon Wednesday.
Grants Pass City Council, Motion Approving The RFP Scope For The Department Of Public Safety
The Grants Pass City Council heard and voted unanimously on a motion approving the RFP scope for the Department Of Public Safety, (DPS.)
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Fairground’s Farmers and Crafters Market moved to Saturdays
Josephine County Fairground’s Interim Manager Mary Groves has announced that the Fairground’s Farmers & Crafters Market will be moved from Thursday afternoons to Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
37-year-old Leroy Brabec was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
Two rollover accidents occur on I-5
Two separate rollover accidents occurred on I-5 Tuesday due to rainy conditions in the Grants Pass area.
Six More Controlled Burns Scheduled in the County Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has six more controlled burns scheduled today in Josephine County
Medford School District & Teachers Union Begin Cooling-Off Period
The countdown on a 30-day cooling-off period between the Medford School District and the Teacher’s Union begins today. The two sides have submitted their contract proposals to the state’s employee relations board.
Ray’s Food Place Files Chapter 11; Josephine County Stores to Close
The parent company of Ray’s Food Place, C & K Market Incorporated of Brookings, has filed for reorganization under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws.
Gold Hill resident still missing in Coos County
The search continues for a missing Oregon hunter in Coos County. Lloyd Sinclair, 33 of Gold Hill, was last seen Monday morning in the Lost Creek drainage of eastern Coos County.
City of Grants Pass holds community forum on tractor trailer parking solutions
The City of Grants Pass is holding a community forum Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 101 N.W. A St. to discuss parking options for tractor trailers.
So. Couple Pleads Guilty to Fraud & Tax Charges
Kenneth Johnson, 62 and Diana Arredondo, 56, pled guilty to federal charges stemming from their work at the Super 8 Hotel in Central Point. Johnson pled guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Arredondo pled guilty to filing a false tax return.
Long Time Manager of Growers Market Dismissed
The Board of Directors of the Growers Market voted 8 to 1 Sunday to dismiss Marti Fate, the long-time manager of the non-profit 501 C-6 organization effective December 31st.
Crime Stoppers seeks assistance in locating stolen dump trailer
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a dump trailer that was stolen last Wednesday and the suspects who took it.
G.P. City Manager proposes creation of strategic planning and auditing committee
Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic has proposed the dissolution of the city’s audit committee in order to form a more comprehensive committee that would perform both audits and strategic planning.
‘Cover Oregon’ Conducts Application Fair in Medford Tomorrow
In an effort to increase application activity for ‘Cover Oregon’, the state’s health insurance exchange, application fairs are being staged to enable people to get secure insurance starting January 1st. The Medford session is Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center on Biddle Road near the north Interstate 5 exit.
Medford Conducts Operation C.A.R.E.
Several Medford city officials and community leaders tonight will be canvasing the area of Olympic Avenue and Morrison Avenue, surveying residents to identify concerns that could improve community livability. Named Operation C.A.R.E. for Community Awareness Rejuvenation Effort, the approximately 50 individuals will be determining concerns about social services, public safety and code enforcement.
Prescribed Burns Slated for Onion Mountain & Galice Creek Areas
The Department of Forestry has several small prescribed burns scheduled today in the Onion Mountain and Galice Creek areas plus several burns closer to populated areas.
Sex charges dismissed against former Eagle Point School District counselor
Charges alleging sex abuse that were filed against a former Eagle Point School District counselor have been dismissed by the Oregon’s teacher licensing agency.
MADGE Arrests Two on Heroin Charges
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested two suspects last Wednesday after serving a search warrant on a camper in the 100 block of Washington Street. The warrant was based on a drug investigation surrounding Dennis William Lee, 44, whose address is listed in Sacramento.
Public Safety strategic plan underway
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed updating the strategic plan for the Public Safety system while at the same time holding a performance audit.
USFS/BLM Christmas Tree Permits Now Available
Christmas tree permits are now officially available at Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Offices, as well as at numerous vendor locations in southwest Oregon. Some locations may offer tree permits a little later than the official start date so it is recommended you call the local office to check permit availability. The permits allow for the cutting of personal-use trees for Christmas and other holiday events. A permit is required for the harvest of each individual tree.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A woman drove her vehicle into a brick wall in the Video World parking lot. Her vehicle was rendered inoperable. She told authorities she had dropped videos while driving and the accident occurred when she attempted to pick them up.
Gold Hill Skate Park Graffiti Target
The Gold Hill Skate Park was the target last week for vandals who painted poorly written words, alien faces and pot leaves on the skating surfaces.
Hunter-Gatherers will soon need a Truffle-Tag
Truffles will become Oregon’s first regulated forest product in nearly 20 years, as Oregon’s Board of Forestry moves forward in establishing rules and requiring permits for truffle hunting.
Benefit memorial held to celebrate slain Ashland man
A benefit memorial is being planned to commemorate Ashland resident 23-year-old David Michael Grubbs who was murdered two years ago on an Ashland bike path.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council meets for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A St.
16 Year-old Skateboarder Injured in Collision with an Automobile
Shortly before 3pm Saturday, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Officers, Fire personnel and medical personnel responded to 911 calls reporting a collision involving a juvenile male and a motor vehicle at the intersection of SE 9th Street and SE L Street.
Friday Sheriff’s Office incidents
An R.V. was stolen from the 3900 block of Foothill Boulevard.
Manslaughter charges filed against man who attacked roommate
Manslaughter charges have been filed against a man who attacked his roommate last September.
Samurai sword attack sends man to the hospital
Paramedics transported a man to the hospital early Friday morning after his brother attacked him with a samurai sword.
Caveman Football season is over
The Caveman Football season is over after a strong offensive Tigard line managed to overcome the Cavemen in Tigard Friday night winning with a 62-3 score.
SOU’s Fall enrollment drops by 341 students
Oregon University system released data regarding SOU’s fall enrollment to find it had dropped by 341 students, this puts the student population at 6,140.
More Traffic Cams Considered for Medford Area Drivers
The Medford police department is proposing adding traffic cameras at four additional intersections. The city now has red light cameras installed at McAndrews and Biddle roads, and at Stewart Avenue and Barnett Road.
Smoke Expected from 5 Controlled Burns
Smoke is expected today from four controlled burns the Oregon Department of Forestry is scheduled to torch today plus the Elliot Creek burn, eight miles south of Glendale, ignited yesterday, is expected to throw up more smoke today.
Jackson County D.A.’s Back at Work; Bomb Investigation Continues.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office was back functioning with a bare-bones crew Wednesday, following the pre-dawn bomb detonation at the front of their office that shattered several front windows and fire sprayed the building. Employees set up in different County offices. County justice officials canceled grand jury sessions and delayed court until Wednesday afternoon.
Citizens applaud jail beds; Public Safety Taxing District in the works
Vocal city residents showed up to the Grants Pass public forum on the use of jail beds Thursday night and all in attendance told city staff and present councilors that although the beds are helping their assistance is only the tip of the iceberg.
Cavemen Challenge #2 Tigard
The Grants Pass Caveman Football team takes to the road Friday night in the second round of the state 6A playoffs. Their host opponent is the Tigard Tigers, undefeated and rated number two in the state
Judge Baker Hands Hard Time to Two Men
Two men received lengthy prison sentences today handed down by Judge Lindi Baker in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Police seeking vehicle seen near D.A. bombing incident
The Medford Police Department is searching for a vehicle that may be related to the bombing that occurred at the Medford District Attorney’s Office Wednesday at approximately 4:38 a.m.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Williams Highway was struck by another vehicle and it sustained roughly $1,100 in damage.
TSPC Drops Misconduct Charges Against Eagle Point Superintendent
The Teachers Standards and Practices Commission has dropped all charges of misconduct levied against Eagle Point District Superintendent Cynda Rickert. The state oversight commission does continue an open investigation.
ODF Scheduled 4 Controlled Burns
The Oregon Department of Forestry has scheduled four controlled burns in Josephine County Today
Dutch Bros. featured on hit television show
Dutch Bros. Coffee, a company founded and owned locally by Dutch Bros. President and Co-Founder Travis Boersma, will be featured on the Emmy Award-winning reality television series Undercover Boss.
Interim fair manager makes plea to commissioners and public for funds to hold 100-year fair
Josephine County Interim Fair Manager Mary Groves addressed the Josephine County Board of Commissioners during their Wednesday business session on the status of the fairgrounds while making a plea to the public for funds to hold the 100th Josephine County Fair.
Joint Terrorism Task Force Leads Medford Bombing Investigation
The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Medford Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office; and the Oregon State Police are jointly investigating the use of an improvised explosive device at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Tuesday Public Safety incidents
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of A and Beacon. No injuries were reported from the incident and one driver was cited for careless driving.
Negotiations Break Down between Medford Teachers & School District
Negotiations for a new labor contract between the Medford Teachers Union and the Medford School District broke down yesterday, reaching an official impasse. A labor strike is now possible in mid- to late-December.
Controlled burn South of Glendale Today
Sixty acres are being targeted today for a controlled burn by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The burn is located eleven miles south of Glendale.
Bomb Attempt at Jackson County D.A.’s Office
The Medford Police Department and Federal authorities are investigating an explosion that occurred at around 4:30 this morning at the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. Medford Police say it was a homemade bomb made from a propane tank.
Jackson County Escapee Captured
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed Bradley William Monical, 43, who escaped from the Jackson County jail in November of 2012, is back in custody and will be returned to the Jackson County Jail soon.
Grants Pass holds community forum on jail beds
The City of Grants Pass is holding a community forum Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers located at 101 N.W. A Street to discuss how effective the city purchased jail beds are at deterring crime.
School Board Passes Resolution To Issue Procurement Cards
The District Seven School Board unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of individual procurement cards for District employees. It is the first required step to enter into a contract with a bank to secure procurement cards.
Troopers Investigate Saturday Shooting in Selma
Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section detectives, with the assistance of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation into a Saturday night shooting that left one person wounded in southern Josephine County.
City Council looks at ward realignment
The Grants Pass City Council during their Tuesday workshop decided to take a look at ward boundaries to determine if those boundaries need to be changed given current census data.
County Commissioners hold public hearing on fee adjustments
The Josephine County Commissioners are holding a public hearing on fee adjustment proposals for several county programs including public health, surveyor and the public land conservation fund during their Wednesday meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Salad recall affects Medford Trader Joe’s
The Medford Trader Joe’s has been affected by a salad recall that has hit many western states.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A business in the 1500 block of 7th Street had their shed broken into and eight to 10 bags of aluminum cans were stolen.
Eagle Point Studies Option for Bus Service from RVTD
Eagle Point officials and the Rogue Valley Transportation District are studying a plan to extend bus service to that city. An April study determined it would cost up to $236,000 a year to provide service to Eagle Point and expand the service in White City to serve Rogue Community College.
R.M.T. Announces 2014 Production: ‘Young Frankenstein”
Rogue Music Theater has announced it will produce Mel Brooks’ new musical, “Young Frankenstein” at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center September 5th through the 14th next year.
Fix for Gold Hill Water Treatment Plant Delayed
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the City of Gold Hill have extended the timeline to fix that city’s failing water treatment plant by as much as two years.
School board votes on allowing staff purchases
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board during their Tuesday meeting at 4:00 p.m. in the district’s administration building located at 725 N.E. Dean Drive are set to vote on a resolution allowing procurement cards for staff.
Veterans Day closures
Various offices are closed today in celebration of Veterans Day.
Gold Hill desires part-time cop to curb crime
The City of Gold Hill hasn’t had a city paid law enforcement authority in over a decade but the hiring of a part-time cop is in the works for the small town which is typically protected by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews Knock Down House Fire, Near SOU Saturday Morning
Pajama-clad residents in a neighborhood above Southern Oregon University took to the street Saturday morning as twenty firefighters and command staff from Ashland Fire & Rescue, along with Jackson County Fire District #5 responded to a two-alarm fire at 588 Elkader St.
NW Hawthorne Ave Closure for Water Service Repair Begins Tuesday
City of Grants Pass Water Distribution crews will be replacing a leaking water service at 1850 NW Hawthorne Avenue beginning Tuesday at 9:00am.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council
Chambers at 101 NW A St.
Merlin Hunter Sued by Wounded Boy’s Family
A Merlin man, Darren D. Green, 47, who shot at a deer two years ago and wounded a boy at a nearby school-bus stop has been sued by the family of Ulises Hernandez, who was 10-years-old at the time.
20 Year Promise Finally Fulfilled as Construction for Medford’s Liberty Park Begins
A quarter acre park is under construction at the corner of North Bartlett and Maple Streets just north of downtown Medford in the Liberty Park neighborhood that shares its name with the soon to be completed facility.
Congressman Walden in So. Oregon for Vets Day
Congressman Greg Walden will be in Southern Oregon Monday for Veteran’s Day observances at several Jackson County locations to honor this nation’s veterans and their families. He’ll also be reporting on efforts in congress to reduce the claims backlog at the V.A. and improve veteran’s health care services.
Cavemen Win; Knights Lose
The Grants Pass Cavemen dominated the Westview Wildcats last night at Mel Ingram Field, winning 54 to 7. While the defense held the Wildcats in check, running back Zac Hannan had a career night, amassing 290 multipurpose yards and scoring three rushing touchdowns and two scoring pass receptions.
Assessor’s Office Open Extra Hours for Tax Deadline
The deadline for paying the first trimester property taxes is next Friday, November 15th. The County Assessor’s office, normally closed on Fridays, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate property owners.
Veterans Day is Monday!
Veterans Day is Monday and there are several events planned in the area.
Meth Bag Seized on Bus Traveling Through Phoenix
Wednesday the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, acting on a tip, seized about two pounds of methamphetamine from luggage discovered on a bus traveling through Phoenix from southern California.
Commissioner Hare attends FTLAC meeting in Salem
Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare is attending the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meeting today in Salem to discuss forest management.
Car crash ejects mother from vehicle
A car crash on Redwood Highway in the southbound lanes around milepost 15 just after midnight today ejected a mother from the vehicle.
Controlled Burn Planned in Cave Junction Area Today
One small controlled burn is planned today by the Oregon Department of Forestry. That burn, on Perpetua land is slated to be two acres and will take place 11 miles east of Cave Junction.
Eagle Point School Safety Committee Reviews Costs
The Eagle Point School District Weapons Safety committee was poorly attended Thursday night prompting the District’s committee facilitator to cancel the planned speaker and instead hold an informal discussion about relative costs for the different proposed deterrents.
Central Point Bookkeeper Arrested for Embezzlement
A Central Point woman, Rebecca Lynn Santana, 61, was arrested yesterday following an investigation at the Eagle Point Irrigation District. She faces charges of first degree forgery and first degree aggravated theft.
Jacksonville council rejects resident’s survey proposal
The Jacksonville City Council have rejected a proposition by a resident who requested the council insert a survey in the city’s water bills regarding citizen’s opinions on whether money should be spent to outfit the fire station to make it seismically sound or to upgrade the old Jackson County Courthouse to become the new city hall.
Three Men Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced three men to long prison sentences for various crimes from sex crimes, to delivery of drugs to burglary today in Josephine County Circuit Court.
Driver totals vehicle in Redwood Highway crash
A Selma resident totaled his vehicle in a crash on Redwood Highway northbound near Waters Creek Road at roughly 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
A complainant crashed his vehicle after avoiding a deer near the intersection of Winona and Jump Off Joe Creek roads. He left for help and when he returned his vehicle had been broken into and approximately $1,000 worth of items had been stolen.
Legal Committee Opinion: Medford Pot Law Violates Law
A legislative legal committee has issued an opinion that Medford’s attempts to ban medical marijuana dispensaries violates the spirit of two recent laws.
Two Controlled Burns Planned for Cave Junction Area Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns planned today in the Cave Junction area.
Medford Water Commission Rejects Concept of Delaying Water Treatment Expansion
Wednesday afternoon the Medford Water Commission rejected the concept of delaying a major upgrade of the Robert A. Duff Water Treatment Plant in favor of a conservation plan to cut down water use.
Reser's food products recalled
Reser's Fine Foods of Beaverton, Ore., is voluntarily expanding its October recall of refrigerated ready-to-eat foods due to possible Listeria, officials say.
Police make an arrest in October car jacking
On October 16th, 2013 at approximately 7:43 pm, officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to a report of an armed robbery of a vehicle that had just occurred at 1590 SE “N” street. Officers arrived within minutes but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.
Cave Junction homicide victim identified
The Cave Junction resident who was found murdered around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of W. Millie Street in Cave Junction has been identified.
Commissioners approve trucks for airport use
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the purchase of two new trucks for the airport fleet.
Council Upholds Appeal of Tussing Park Expansion
The Grants Pass City Council last night unanimously upheld a citizen’s appeal of the Tussing Park expansion, directing staff create a plan to deal with public safety in the area and develop a new concept for the park.
Police Make an Arrest in October Car Jacking
On October 16th, 2013 at approximately 7:43 pm, officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to a report of an armed robbery of a vehicle that had just occurred at 1590 SE “N” street. Officers arrived within minutes but were unable to locate the suspect or the vehicle.
Two Controlled Burns Scheduled Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns scheduled for Josephine County today.
Authorities find corpse on Cave Junction street-UPDATED
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives are conducting a homicide investigation following the death of Aaron Lee Clouser, 39, of Cave Junction, whose body was found at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of W. Millie Street in Cave Junction.
G.P. council holds public hearing on Tussing Park expansion
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers are set to hold a public hearing regarding an appeal to the Urban Area Planning Commission’s decision to approve the Tussing Park Expansion.
County: NO to Solid Waste Ordinance Revisions. City: YES for Police & Fire-UPDATED
According to the first returns from the Josephine County Clerk, a high voter turnout resulted in the 4 county measures being soundly defeated.
Commissioners to Consider Vehicle Purchase & Adding One Position
The purchase of two new Ford F-250 Trucks for the airport fleet leads the administrative action agenda for the County Commissioner’s Wednesday business session beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium.
Monday Public Safety incidents
A Chevy Blazer was stolen from the 200 block of Kroner Drive.
Court arraigns Gold Hill murder suspect
The Gold Hill resident who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on a plethora of charges.
Car rolls on I-5 causing traffic delays
A car rolled on I-5 today around 9:00 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 about four miles north of Rogue River and the accident caused delays for around an hour and a half.
Monday Sheriff’s Office incidents
Facebook threats were allegedly directed toward Lorna Byrne Middle School and Jubilee Park. The incident is being investigated.
Today is Election Day
Election Day is today and there is still time for those who haven’t voted to utilize their greatest American right.
Brother’s argument ends with shooting near Trail
The argument between two brothers ended with shotgun fire Sunday at approximately 9:31 p.m. near Trail on the West Branch of Elk Creek Road.
G.P. Council looks to exert local control over medical marijuana dispensaries
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop directed staff to place an item on a future meeting agenda that would create an ordinance to enforce the location of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A vehicle was broken into in the 400 block of 9th Street and over $500 in tools were taken from the vehicle.
Flu Fire Spreads to 2nd Story & Attic
Rural Metro Fire Department extinguished a structure fire at 385 Brookstone Hills Drive early Sunday night.
Weekend Oregon State Police incidents
21-year-old Brandon Kamberger was cited for disorderly conduct after he attempted to jump in front of several vehicles on Williams Highway. Authorities say Kamberger admitted to ingesting marijuana and he was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment.
Election Day is tomorrow
The Nov. 5th Special Election is approaching and the last opportunity to submit ballots will be 8:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Ashland councilors examine Mt. Ashland progress
The Ashland City Councilors during their meeting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday in Councilor Chambers will discuss improvements to the Mt. Ashland Ski area.
State Farm Law Could “Ban” Local Marijuana Dispensary Ban
As Medford and other Oregon cities strengthen their codes and ordinances to ban State-legal marijuana dispensaries within city limits, a new state farm law may trump all local control efforts.
Man Arrested After Fatal Shooting Near Gold Hill
A man is lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail after shooting a woman in a Gold Hill-area home. 41 year-old Robert Joseph Simonson is charged with Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Tampering with Evidence.
Grants Pass City Council Monday Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will meet for their Monday workshop from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A St.
ITS WESTVIEW!
The Westview Wildcats defeated the South Eugene Axemen Friday night in a play-in game, earning the right to face the Grants Pass Cavemen in the first round of the playoffs November 8th at Mel Ingram
Clocks roll back one hour tonight
Prepare to set back your clock one hour this evening because Daylight Saving Time is upon us.
The time to mail election ballots is over
The opportunity to mail in ballots for the Nov. 5 Special Election is over and all ballots will now need to be hand dropped into designated election boxes.
Tesla Charging Station opens in Grants Pass
The Tesla Charging Station opens today in Grants Pass at the Black Bear Diner property located near I-5 exit 58 at 1900 N.W. 6th St.
Bank robbery causes two-car-rear-end collision
The bank robbery Thursday at the Grants Pass Fred Meyer caused a two-car-rear-end collision as police officers hurried to the crime in progress.
Burn window opens in Grants Pass
Citizens who see smoke in the air within the City of Grants Pass should not take alarm over the next week because the open burn window begins Saturday.
Halloween bank robber jailed in Central Point
The suspect who decided to rob the Chase Bank located in the Grants Pass Parkway Fred Meyer just before noon on Halloween was captured later in the day by police officers in Central Point.
More Ballots In; 31.5% So Far
Voter turnout late Thursday afternoon was at 31 and a half percent according to County Clerk Art Harvey. Harvey says that is about average at this stage for a special election.
Prison Time Awarded Two Grants Pass Men
Judge Pat Wolke sentenced two Grants Pass men, Stefan Alan Lee, 23, and Bobby Lee Gillette, 26, to hard prison time Thursday.
OSAA Realigns Southern Oregon Conference
The Oregon Schools Activity Association has realigned several athletic conferences beginning in 2014 including the Southern Oregon Conference, due to a new formula for calculating the school’s enrollment
Cavemen Idle; Knights on the Road
The Grants Pass Cavemen football team have the weekend off by virtue of having finished third in conference and being seeded straight into the 32 team championship playoff bracket.
Lady Cavers Down Sunset In 1st Round of Volleyball Playoffs
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers Volleyball team defeated Sunset last night in Heater Neuman gym three sets to one to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.
Wednesday Sheriff’s Office incidents
51-year-old Raymond Edward Stevens was arrested and jailed on several failure to appear warrants.
Brennan & Hannan Named to First Team All-Conference Roster
Drake Brennan and Zac Hannan headed 17 Caveman named to the All conference roster’s first team. Brennan was named to the Defensive squad and Hannan to the Offensive squad.
Wednesday Public Safety incidents
A suspicious vehicle on Marjean Lane that had all the doors open was searched by police and they located items that tested positive for heroin. The driver also admitted to writing bad checks and the case is being investigated.
Richard Koep Sentenced to 18 Months
Richard Brian Koep, 23, was sentenced to 18 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections by Judge Pat Wolke today. Koep pled guilty to first degree burglary.
N.E. Beacon Drive Closed Today for Water Service Repair
City of Grants Pass construction crews are repairing a leaking water service on northeast Beacon Drive between “A” Street and Grable Drive today. The road is closed to through traffic until 5:00 p.m. this afternoon due to work sites location and the narrowing of travel lanes due to excavation near the streets centerline.
Fall Family Festival Tonight; “D” Street Closed Tonight
The River Valley Community Church is hosting the 20th Annual Fall Family Festival tonight on “D” Street between 6th and 7th Streets necessitating the closure of that portion of “D” from 5 until 8 p.m.
Helicopter Pilot’s Condition Worsens
Fred Wittlake, 55, the Rogue River helicopter pilot injured when his craft went down in the Umpqua River near Days Creek on Monday is now listed in serious condition at Sacred Heart Center at Riverbend in Springfield
More ballots returned as Election Day draws near
More ballots continue to pour into the Josephine County Clerk’s Office as Election Day, next Tuesday, draws near.
Charges dropped against Commissioner Hare
Charges of filing a false police report have been entirely dropped against County Commissioner Simon Hare.
Two Motorcyclists Struck by Suspended Driver
Two Utah men riding motorcycles on Highway 199 south of Cave Junction were injured Tuesday afternoon when they were struck from behind by a motor vehicle driven by a suspended driver. Oregon State Police investigated the crash and cited the driver.
County commissioners approve allocation of criminal justice funds
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the allocation of criminal justice grant funds that were awarded by the recent extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act.
Voter Turn Out; 26.5% So Far
Voter turnout as of the close of business Tuesday night was at 26 and a half percent according to County Clerk Art Harvey. Harvey says that is about average at this stage for a special election
Lady Cavers down S. Eugene in Play-in Contest; Jesuit Next
The Grants Pass Lady Cavers soccer team scored a 2 to 1 victory over South Eugene in a 6-A play-in game yesterday in Eugene and advanced to the first round of the playoffs this Saturday at 1:00 against Jesuit at Jesuit.
Caveman Reserve Ticket Holders Must Secure Tickets before Friday
Caveman Season ticket holders can purchase tickets for the November 8th playoff game at Mel Ingram Field now through Friday. This game is controlled by the OSAA and the cost is $10.
Controlled Burn Scheduled for London Peak
The Oregon Department of Forestry is conducting a controlled burn near Wolf Creek today. They plan to torch five acres in the London Peak area, about one quarter mile west of Interstate -5 near exit 75.
Grants Pass Man Sentenced to 4-Years Hard Time
Friday Judge Thomas Hull sentenced Sean Patrick Mitchell, 28, to 48 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections. Mitchell pled guilty to multiple charges including unauthorized use of a vehicle, 1st degree theft, three counts of attempting to elude, being a felon in possession of a firearm, 1st degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. Nine additional counts were disposed of with no conviction.
Troopers Arrest Fugitive after Cave Junction Assault
State troopers arrested a fugitive Tuesday following an investigation into an assault in Cave Junction. The suspect arrested originally provided a false name but was later identified through fingerprints as a fugitive wanted on warrants out of Colorado, Nevada, and US Marshals Service
Victims Identified in Early Morning Hit & Run
Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two people early Wednesday morning who were struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction.
OSP search for hit-and-run driver who killed two
The Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a hit-and-run driver who struck two pedestrians on Redwood Highway roughly two miles south of Cave Junction just after midnight today.
D.O.J. To Take No Action in Hare’s Stolen Jeep
The Oregon Department of Justice has notified the Josephine County District Attorney, Stephen Campbell, they do not believe there is additional investigation to be done, nor is there sufficient evidence to charge Simon Hare with a crime, but the final say does rest with Campbell.
Clay Leonard
Clay Leonard, age 87, of Grants Pass, died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at his home.

A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2013 at Hull & Hull Chapel with Pastor J.C. Holden officiating. Mausoleum entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Troopers chase motorcyclist near O’Brien
Oregon State Police troopers chased and captured a motorcyclist near O’Brien on Lone Mountain Road near milepost two around 1:04 p.m. Monday.
Police Officers Collar Suspected Burglar in 3 Minutes
Grants Pass Police detained a suspected burglar within three minutes of 9 1 1 being notified Monday afternoon. Jailed was Jacob Tyler Cottrell, 20, of Murphy.
Commissioners to vote on refund of overpaid property taxes to DIRECTV
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session at 9:00 a.m. in the Anne Basker Auditorium are set to vote on the refund of overpaid property taxes to DIRECTV, Inc.
Victims of helicopter crash are ODFW employees
Two of the three victims in a helicopter crash that occurred east of Canyonville in the South Umpqua River have been identified as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees.
Helicopter Crash East of Canyonville
Monday morning at 11:41, authorities received a report that a helicopter crashed into the river near the 13000 block of Tiller Trail Highway near Days Creek.
Bear Creek Clean-Up on Medford’s Council Agenda
A Bear Creek clean-up plan will be discussed at the Medford City Council’s Thursday meeting. At noon in City Hall the Council will discuss a comprehensive plan to clean up the banks of the creek from 10th to McAndrews Avenue, eradicating the area of invasive species and replanting native vegetation.
County and city unite for economic development
The Josephine County Commissioners met in a joint meeting today with the Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop to discuss the Joint Economic Development Strategic Plan.
Sunday Public Safety incidents
A transient was moved along from camping in the 100 block of D Street.
Thieves steal delivery truck from Home for Good Finds Thrift Store
An unknown suspect or suspects stole a delivery truck from the Home for Good Finds Thrift Store located at the corner of 7th and H streets in Grants Pass sometime late Sunday night or early this morning.
Identities of Principals involved in Pickup/Bicycle Fatality Released
The names of the driver and the bicyclist involved in the traffic fatality Friday in Medford have been released.
Nine Rescued on Mt. McLoughlin
Search and Rescue teams from Jackson County rescued 9 hikers, in three different parties who became lost on Mt. McLoughlin late Saturday and Sunday morning.
Man changing flat tire killed by semi-truck near Canyonville
A 43-year-old Riddle Man was killed by a semi-truck while he was changing a flat tire along the I-5 northbound shoulder two miles north of Canyonville at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Medford’s Authority Over Marijuana Dispensaries Challenged
Legislators who sponsored a medical marijuana dispensary law say that House Bill 3460 does not allow cities to ban such dispensaries, only to assert some local controls over hours of operation and location.
Road Construction Closure on N.W. 5th St. Begins Tuesday
N.W. 5th Street between “A” Street and Evelyn Street will be closed to through traffic from 7:00am to 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, October 29th.
Grants Pass City Council & Jo Co Board Of Commissioners Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council and the Josephine County Board of Commissioners will meet for a joint workshop Monday from 11:45am to 1:00pm in Council Chambers at 101 NW A St.
The Streak Ends at 5; Sheldon Wins
The Sheldon Irish’s Yadie Dunmore ran for 221 yards at Mel Ingram field Friday night and was instrumental in the Sheldon 45 to 25 victory over the Cavemen.
Suspect in Ashland Murder Fights Extradition
A man accused of murdering an Ashland resident earlier this month and then fleeing to Vancouver, Washington is being held in the Clark County Jail and is seeking to delay his extradition to Oregon.
Controlled Burns Continue East of Cave Junction
The Oregon Department of Forestry has two controlled burns scheduled for today on B.L.M. land east of Cave Junction in the Deer Willy area.
Cyclist Dies after Colliding with Car
A 66-year-old bicyclist died Friday afternoon after colliding with a car that turned in front of him.
Schroder Park Playground Dedication
The new playground in Schroder Park will be dedicated Saturday in a special ceremony scheduled from 1 till 2 p.m.
Truck Driver Cited & Arrested after I-5 Rollover-UPDATED
Thursday morning at 1:06 commercial truck driver Parmjt Singh, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, rolled his freightliner tractor and semi-trailer off the freeway overpass at I-5 exit 58.
31 Pounds of Pot Seized in I-5 Traffic Stop
An O.S.P. traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near Ashland led the arrest of a Medford-area man after a trooper found approximately 31 pounds of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
Wolf Creek Man Jailed After Hijacking Commercial Truck
Travis Blondell, 36, of Wolf Creek is in the Douglas County Jail after hijacking a commercial truck at knife point and attempting to elude State Police and other police agencies along Interstate 5.
Grants Pass Plays for 2nd Place; Sheldon Stands in the Way
The Grants Pass Cavemen host the Sheldon Irish in the final game of the regular season tonight at Mel Ingram Field with the winner claiming second place in conference and almost assuredly securing a home playoff game.
Neighbors Appeal Methadone Clinic Location with LUBA
Southern Oregon Pediatrics, a children’s clinic, and Mariposa Townhomes, and apartment complex have challenged the city of Medford’s approval of a methadone clinic at 777 Murphy Road.
Two Men Draw Prison Sentences In JoCo Circuit Court
Thursday Judge Lindi Baker handed prison sentences to two men for various crimes.
Fall Burn Permits Go on Sale October 30th
Blackberry brambles and other yard waste may be burned during the open burn window, provided it is a burn day, November 2 - November 10, 2013.
Bank of the Cascades Purchases Home Federal Bank
Bank of the Cascades holding company, Cascade Bancorp, headquartered in Bend, announced Wednesday the signing of an agreement and plan of merger with Home Federal Bancorp, the holding company for Home Federal Bank, making Cascade the 4th largest community bank in the Pacific Northwest with $2.4 billion in assets.
Truck Driver Cited after I-5 Rollover
Thursday morning at 1:06 commercial truck driver Parmjt Singh, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, rolled his freightliner tractor and semi-trailer off the freeway overpass at I-5 exit 58.
Railroad Closes 9th to Smooth Driving Surface Across Tracks
Railroad crews closed 9th Street at the railroad crossing Wednesday morning to facilitate rebuilding the road surface at the tracks. Concrete panels are being installed to provide a smoother driving surface
Harley Stolen/Recovered & Other Incidents from Public Safety Log
A 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle was stolen from 851 Milbank Road along with 8 tires. Two heavy locks were cut to achieve the theft. The motorcycle and two of the tires were recovered in the bushes outside the “M” Street Market.
Deer Willy Controlled Burn Continues Today
The Oregon Department of Forestry is advising the 100 acre controlled burn in the Deer Willy area, 14 miles east of Cave Junction will continue today.