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GP Police Incarcerated Young Suspect Twice in One Night for Several Crimes
Grants Pass Police arrested a "frequent flyer" twice in one night last weekend for multiple crimes. The Police Department reports the first incident involving the 20-year-old man occurred near the corner of NE Hillcrest Drive and 6th Street on Sunday around 6:50 p.m.. Police said the male subject was observed walking north in the center lane of 6th Street, obstructing the travel of at least five vehicles which had to swerve around him. He also openly stole merchandise from the Pinnacle 365 store at the 76 gas station. Officers arrested the young man and lodged him at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct. The young man was released from jail at about 9 p.m. and a short time later he was observed walking into an open garage in the 1100-block of SW Spruce Street and riding away on a bicycle valued at $145. Officers once again arrested the suspect and lodged him in jail for Felony 1st-Degree Burglary, 2nd-Degree Theft and Resisting Arrest. This time, he was held without bail. According to the report, the second incident was captured on video surveillance and the stolen bicycle was not recovered.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Convicted Sex Offender after Early Morning Check at Park
Grants Pass Police jailed an out-of-compliance sex offender after an early morning patrol check at a city park yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested a 37-year-old man at Baker Park on Monday at 2:33 a.m.. Police said they contacted a group of people at the park including the man they knew to be out of compliance with his sex offender registration. He was placed into custody without incident. The suspect was charged with Failure to Report as a Convicted Sex Offender and he was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Investigating Alleged Case of Menacing with Firearm in Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police was investigating an alleged case of menacing after a weekend incident at a gas station in south Grants Pass. According to OSP, troopers were dispatched to a report of menacing at the gas station at the corner of Williams Highway and New Hope Road on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.. Troopers said the victims stated that they had followed a suspected impaired driver into the station. The suspect vehicle parked when an unidentified suspect got out of the vehicle and pulled a black subcompact pistol on the two occupants -- a driver and a passenger. No one was injured and the suspect vehicle drove away. OSP said an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to dial *OSP.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

IVFD Crews Extinguished Appliance Fire in Recreational Vehicle in CJ Area
The Illinois Valley Fire District extinguished an appliance fire in a recreational vehicle in Cave Junction early yesterday. On Monday at 7:39 a.m., IVFD was dispatched to a large vehicle fire in an unspecified location in the Cave Junction area. Arriving units found the fire was in an RV with smoke showing. The owner attempted to control the blaze with a fire extinguisher prior to firefighter arrival. Crews extinguished the fire with another extinguisher and water. There were no injuries reported and there was no extension to the wildland.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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RCC Chapter of AAWCC Holding Clothing Sale at GP & Medford Campuses
The Rogue Community College Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is holding a $1 Clothing Sale at two RCC campuses this week. The event is open to the public in support of RCC Foundation student scholarships. Most items are $1 each. The Josephine County fundraising event is being held at RCC's Redwood Campus in Grants Pass today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center at 3345 Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. The Jackson County fundraising event will be held at RCC's Riverside Campus on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 129 of the Higher Education Center at 101 South Bartlett Street in Medford. Celebrating the spirit of Earth Day, buyers may purchase clean and gently-worn clothing and accessories for men, women and children of all ages that were donated by members of the community. The AAWCC-RCC has continued to support student scholarships and programs annually since 2006 and offers their full appreciation for the support received from the community. Donations to support scholarships funds can be made at "roguecc.edu/foundation" and by clicking "Donate Online."
Posted on 4/23/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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United States Supreme Court Seems Split on Allowing Cities to Regulate Homelessness
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The US Supreme Court dove into the high-stakes case on homelessness that originated in Grants Pass with justices struggling to figure out where to draw the line on how far cities can go to regulate how people sleep or camp in public spaces. The Oregonian reports they also asked on Monday if the Supreme Court even needed to intervene in this case since Oregon in 2021 adopted its own state law that allowed for "objectively reasonable" time, place and manner limits on sitting, lying or sleeping outside. During two-and-a-half hours of lively argument, conservative justices questioned why federal judges should weigh into municipal policy decisions. They wondered why those affected by camping ordinances in Grants Pass can't raise the defense in state courts that their individual circumstances left them with nowhere else to sleep once they're fined or charged with a crime in state courts, instead of seeking a broad ban on the city's ordinances. The liberal justices, in turn, hammered the city’s lawyer, who claimed that homelessness isn’t considered a status. Attorney Theane D. Evangelis, representing Grants Pass, argued that the city's laws punished the general conduct of sleeping outside in public places and not the broad condition of being homeless. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Officers & Firefighters Very Active While Protecting the Community Last Week
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters were extremely active last week while protecting the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 644 calls for service along with 241 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 52 arrests, 41 citations, 69 warnings and 14 highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 84 traffic stops in the city and made 21 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The GPPD Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 291 potential trouble-makers while arresting two people, citing 26 more and warning 101 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 17 individuals and posted 109 transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 113 calls last week including 24 for emergency medical service, four reports of fire or smoke, nine lift assists, four rescue situations, five assists to other agencies and three false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 997 emergency calls.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Former GPPD Lieutenant DeKrueger Promoted to Grants Pass Police Captain on Monday
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The City of Grants Pass has a new police captain -- former Lieutenant Justin DeKrueger was promoted to Grants Pass Police Captain on Monday. Throughout his career, DeKrueger has exemplified the principal of public service leadership, excelling in every role he has held -- from patrol officer to corporal to sergeant to detective sergeant and both operations and administrative lieutenant. Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman said Captain DeKrueger's unwavering commitment to serving the community with integrity, compassion and a tireless work ethic has made him an invaluable asset to the GPPD team. As Captain, Hensman said they are confident DeKrueger will continue to lead with the same dedication and humility that has characterized his career. He said the entire department is thrilled to support him as he embarks on his new journey, and they look forward to seeing the positive impact he will make in his new role.
Posted on 4/23/24 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass City Council President in Washington DC for Supreme Court Hearing
Grants Pass City Council President Vanessa Ogier and her mom Cindy Ogier arrived Saturday in Washington, DC, and snagged the first spot in line to camp outside the US Supreme Court, hoping to be among those allowed in the limited public seating for today's oral arguments on a case that originated in their hometown. Lawyers for Grants Pass are urging Supreme Court justices to overturn a lower court's ruling that barred the southern Oregon city of 40,000 from enforcing anti-camping regulations against "involuntary homeless" people who have nowhere else to go. The Oregonian reports a decision, expected by the end of June, is expected to be one of the most significant rulings to address homelessness in more than four decades. Vanessa Ogier and her mother Cindy Ogier rented an Airbnb nearby and took turns maintaining their space. Sitting in camping chairs beside the hedge bordering the south edge of the courthouse, they were dressed in extra layers Sunday night under cloudy skies as the temperature was forecast to dip to the low 40s. The elder Ogier said attending a Supreme Court hearing has always been on her bucket list and this one drew her because of the local connection and the issue's complexity. She said she opposes the use of the city's parks for public camping and hopes for a humane solution, though she isn't sure what that is. Council President Vanessa Ogier said she's glad the Supreme Court agreed to review the lower court's ruling, but directed any other questions to the city's legal counsel. She said she's been on the local council for four years but took the helm as its president in January.
Posted on 4/22/24 11:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared California Fugitive during Welfare Check Outside Pizza Parlor
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted on an out-of-state felony warrant during a welfare check at a local pizza parlor late last week. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a male subject passed out or sleeping in the passenger seat of a Ford hatchback outside Mountain Mike's Pizza on NE F Street around 11 a.m. Friday. Police said restaurant workers called 9-1-1 after they knocked on the window of the car and got no response from the man. Responding officers awakened the man and discovered that he was wanted on a California Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction related to dangerous drugs. According to the report, the 35-year-old man admitted to using fentanyl and lied about his name. He eventually provided his identity which led to his arrest on the outstanding warrant. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. He was awaiting extradition proceedings that will likely send him back to California.
Posted on 4/22/24 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested Man Who Tried to Elude Troopers in North Valley Area on Sunday
The Oregon State Police arrested a man who tried to elude troopers in the North Valley area yesterday. OSP reports state troopers eventually pulled over a green Ford Expedition driven by a 37-year-old man in the 200-block of Tech Way on Sunday at 10:56 a.m.. Troopers said they tried to stop the suspect vehicle for running a red light at the intersection of Monument Drive and Merlin Road. They said the vehicle continued for about one mile at slow speeds, passing numerous safe locations to pull over. According to OSP, the driver finally stopped at a family member's property and made a statement that he did not stop immediately because he did not want his vehicle towed. The suspect was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.
Posted on 4/22/24 11:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared Man for Trying to Elude Deputies after Weekend Stop in Merlin
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for trying to elude deputies during a weekend traffic stop in Merlin. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a passenger car driven by a 44-year-old man near the intersection of Merlin Road and Merlin Avenue on Saturday around 9:25 p.m.. Deputies said the man stopped his vehicle, bailed out and tried to run away. He was apprehended a short distance away and lied about his identity because he did not have a driver's license on him. There was an unidentified passenger in the car. The suspect was charged with Attempt to Elude Police, Escape, Furnishing False Information to Police and Failure to Carry & Present a License. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail without any scheduled bail.
Posted on 4/22/24 11:06AM by Sam Marsh
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