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Deputies Incarcerated Woman for Spray-Painting Neighbor's RV at Local Park
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman for spray-painting the outside of someone's trailer at an RV Park just east of Grants Pass last weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the vandalism incident at the park in the 3200-block of Pearce Park Road on Saturday at about 10:50 p.m.. Deputies said a man called 9-1-1 to report he caught his 76-year-old neighbor spray-painting his RV black and applying some colorful metaphors to the outside of the trailer. The woman also reportedly stacked fencing against the trailer door in an effort to trap him inside. The woman could be heard laughing and screaming inside own trailer when deputies arrived on scene. It was unclear why she victimized her neighbor. The suspect was contacted and placed into custody. She was lodged in jail for 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and trespassed from her neighbor's RV space.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:43AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Throwing Beer Cans Off Bridge into Rogue River
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for throwing empty beer cans off the Debbs Potts Memorial Bridge into the Rogue River over the weekend. The Police Department reports a citizen observed the 33-year-old male subject throwing beer cans off the span that carries the Grants Pass Parkway over the river on Saturday at about 2:50 p.m.. Officers contacted the suspect and another man who stated that he grabbed the suspect when he attempted to jump off the bridge. The suspect was uncooperative at first and refused to give his name. He eventually admitted to the offense and was placed into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Depositing Trash Within 100 Yards of a Waterway.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:31AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed Two Motorists for Impaired Driving in GP Area Over Weekend
The Oregon State Police arrested at least two motorists for impaired driving in the Grants Pass area over the weekend. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Friday at 11:32 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Cadillac Escalade driven by a 31-year-old Florence man near the corner of Redwood and Kellenbeck avenues. Troopers said they stopped the man for speeding and failing to maintain his travel lane. They said the suspect showed signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering his 33-year-old female passenger from Grants Pass. The second incident happened on Saturday at 10:45 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Mercedes Benz driven by a 57-year-old Grants Pass man in the 2800-block of Midway Avenue. Troopers said the driver was visibly impaired when they stopped him for multiple traffic violations. They said he refused to participate in field sobriety tests, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw that was positive for alcohol. He was lodged in jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:28AM by Sam Marsh

Weekend Report of Young Men Fighting Resulted in Domestic Violence Arrest
A weekend report of two young men fighting at a south Grants Pass residence led to the arrest of one of them for domestic violence. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers responded to a disturbance at a home in the 1400-block of Playford Lane on Friday at 9:37 p.m.. Police said a female caller reported a physical fight outside the house with several people inside. The caller said it was unknown what started the fight between the 19-year-old and 21-year-old combatants. No one was seriously hurt in the brawl between the highly-intoxicated men. Upon arrival, officers broke up the fight and learned that the 18-year-old man had previously impeded the breathing of his girlfriend by grabbing her throat with his hands. He scuffled with officers while being placed into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Strangulation and Resisting Arrest. He was being held without bail. The 21-year-old man was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Fugitive Wanted on Michigan Warrant after Trespass Call
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman wanted on out-of-state fugitive warrant while investigating a trespassing complaint at the Grants Pass Shopping Center. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 40-year-old female suspect at Aaron's Furniture on Saturday at 2:25 a.m.. Police said they contacted the woman after she had scattered rubbish while sifting through garbage cans outside the business on NE D Street. They said she was hostile with a security guard and refused to leave the property. Upon arrival, officers contacted the woman and discovered that she was wanted on an extraditable Michigan Department of Attorney General felony warrant for Family Neglect. She was placed into custody without further incident. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the fugitive warrant and she was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings that will send her back to Michigan.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Man for Vehicle Theft after Weekend Stop on Highway 199
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for vehicle theft during a weekend traffic stop on Redwood Highway near the Applegate River. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old man near the intersection of US Highway 199 and Riverbanks Road on Saturday shortly after 2 p.m.. Deputies said they were on patrol when they spotted the vehicle that had been reported stolen from a man living on Camp Joy Road. Following the traffic stop, they detained the suspect and then placed him into custody after it was confirmed that the vehicle was still reported as stolen. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle was towed into Grants Pass and the registered owner was advised of its recovery.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII & More after Multiple Saturday Crashes
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving and more after he crashed into a stop sign and two parked vehicles in the downtown area over the weekend. The Police Department reports a fellow motorist first called in the suspect as a traffic complaint at the intersection of 6th and A streets on Saturday at 2:40 p.m.. Police said the caller reported a male driver in a Chevrolet Silverado was unable to maintain a single travel lane and they believed he might be impaired. The caller's suspicions were confirmed when the driver took out a stop sign and crashed into a parked vehicle after turning west onto SW K Street near Rogue Roasters. A male passenger reportedly exited the suspect vehicle and fled on foot for safety as the driver continued driving west on K Street before he struck another parked vehicle near the corner of SW Alder and J streets. He was eventually stopped by law enforcement at the corner of G and High streets. The 30-year-old suspect was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and three counts of Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage. He was being held without bail and his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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No One Injured in Weekend Wreck Next to IV Fire Station on Takilma Road
No one was hurt in a weekend crash near an Illinois Valley Fire District station. On Saturday at 6:08 p.m., IVFD, American Medical Response and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck on Takilma Road next door to the fire station. Arriving units found a vehicle on its side, but off the roadway. No one was hurt. The Sheriff's Office was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Rural Metro Received Assist from Several Citizens in Dousing Roadside Fire
Several Good Samaritans assisted Rural Metro Fire Department with snuffing out a roadside fire in the Hugo area late yesterday. On Sunday at 4:18 p.m., Rural Metro crews were dispatched to the small fire in the 1900-block of Hugo Road. Arriving units found a number of citizens working to put out the fire. In addition to the help received, the blaze was held to just 1/100th of an acre due to it being between pavement and a green field. Rural Metro officials said the fire is considered suspicious due to the number of different ignition points. A witness at the scene reported a person of interest with a backpack walking north on Hugo Road who may know something about the fire. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was conducting a follow-up investigation. Anyone with further information on the fire is encouraged to call (541)-474-5123.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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RR-Siskiyou National Forest Offices to be Closed on April 10th and April 17th
All Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest offices in Southern Oregon will be closed the next two Wednesdays -- April 10th and April 17th. US Forest Service officials said the closures are to allow their front desk personnel an opportunity for training and to attend an annual meeting. The Grants Pass and Medford Interagency offices will remain open on those days to provide Medford District Bureau of Land Management information. Officials apologize for any inconvenience and thank citizens for their cooperation and understanding.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Three Rivers School District Awarded Seismic Upgrade Grant for Evergreen Elementary
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The Three Rivers School District is excited to announce that it has received a $2.5 million grant for the seismic upgrade of Evergreen Elementary in Cave Junction. The funding from Oregon's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) will support a comprehensive seismic upgrade of Evergreen's gymnasium and cafeteria including the installation of new roofing. The seismic upgrade project at Evergreen is slated to kick off this summer and wrap up before commencement ceremonies in 2025. The SRGP is a competitive grant program that funds the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, with a focus on schools and emergency response centers. Fleming Middle School also benefited recently from an SRGP grant. About 12,000 square feet -- including the gymnasium, administration building, cafeteria and library -- underwent a comprehensive seismic upgrade. Three Rivers Schools Superintendent Dave Valenzuela said the most recent grant represents a significant milestone for the district and underscores its commitment to safety. He called it "a major investment in the resilience of school facilities." Mindful of the community's limited resources, Valenzuela said the district remains dedicated to actively seeking grants to address their financial challenges.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police & Firefighters Held Their Own While Protecting Citizens & Property Last Week
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters held their own while protecting citizens and property last week. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 728 calls for service along with 251 officer-initiated calls last week -- resulting in 46 arrests, 21 citations, 31 warnings and six highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 34 traffic stops in the city and they made 15 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The GPPD Community Response Team (CRT) made contact with a total of 156 potential troublemakers while arresting one person, citing 24 more and warning 84 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 15 individuals, posted 96 transient camps and removed trash from two campsites. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 104 calls last week including 40 for emergency medical service, four for reports of fire or smoke, 16 lift assists, four rescue situations, four assists to other agencies and six false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,101 emergency calls last week.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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