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Deputies Collared Fugitive from Arizona in Redwood Area of Grants Pass
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended an out-of-state fugitive in the Redwood area of Grants Pass early yesterday. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested a 29-year-old man in the 1700-block of Redwood Avenue on Thursday at 8:08 a.m..' Deputies said they received a call that a male subject in a 2003 Dodge Caravan was armed with a gun. The caller also stated that the man was wanted on a warrant out of Arizona. Upon contact with the suspect, deputies learned that he was wanted on a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office felony warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Promoting the Introduction of Contraband into a Prison. He was immediately placed into custody while a male passenger was detained and then released. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and he was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings to send him to Arizona.
Posted on 4/5/24 11:14AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Drug Court Client for Pulling Fire Alarm at Local Motel
Grants Pass Police arrested a Josephine County Drug Court client for pulling a fire alarm at a north-city motel and causing the occupants to evacuate yesterday. The Police Department reports officers and firefighters responded to the incident at Motel 6 on NW 7th Street around 12:15 p.m. Thursday. Police said the 32-year-old man was under the influence of drugs when he pulled the fire alarm, which forced a complete evacuation of the motel as well as public annoyance for surrounding businesses. Firefighters confirmed there was no fire and the man admitted to pulling the alarm. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for charges including 2nd-Degree Burglary, 3rd-Degree Theft and Disorderly Conduct plus Parole Violation stemming from convictions for several other crimes. Jail records show the man is a Drug Court client who was on a release through the program. Records also show additional charges were filed against him including Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and 2nd-Degree Theft. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 4/5/24 11:11AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Cited Two Motorists Involved in Thursday Night Crash on RR Highway
The Oregon State Police cited two motorists who were involved in a crash on Rogue River Highway that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries. OSP reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle collision in the 4600-block of Highway 99 on Thursday at 9:43 p.m.. Troopers said a 47-year-old Salinas, California, woman was driving a Tesla when she attempted to conduct a U-turn in the middle of the highway directly in the path of a Ford Focus driven by a 41-year-old Grants Pass woman. They said the Ford collided with the driver-side of the Tesla, causing significant damage to both cars. The occupants of the Ford -- including the driver and a 14-year-old male passenger -- were transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center. No one else was hurt. Both vehicles were towed to Grants Pass. Following an investigation, the Tesla driver was cited for Illegal U-Turn and the Ford driver was cited for No Insurance.
Posted on 4/5/24 11:09AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Cited GP Motorist for Causing RR Highway Crash that Hurt Teen Driver
The Oregon State Police cited a Grants Pass motorist for causing a crash on Rogue River Highway just east of the city. According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle collision near milepost 2.5 of Highway 99 on Thursday shortly after 2 p.m.. Troopers said a 17-year-old girl was driving a Volkswagen Jetta that was waiting to turn left onto another road when a Mazda MZ5 driven by a 44-year-old woman rear-ended the Jetta. They said the driver of the Jetta was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. No one else was hurt. Both the Volkswagen and the Mazda were damaged and towed into Grants Pass. After an investigation, the Mazda driver was cited for multiple traffic violations.
Posted on 4/5/24 11:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Man Indicted in Federal Court for Illegally Selling Explosives & Drugs
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Medford man with illegally possessing and selling explosives and drugs. The US Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon announced that 56-year-old Wesley Allen Armstrong, Jr., was charged yesterday with Distributing Explosives by a Non-Licensee, Possessing with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. According to court documents, detectives from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) notified special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in March of Armstrong's alleged possession and desire to sell explosives. On March 27th, Armstrong was arrested after selling eight cast explosives, seven non-electric shock tube detonators and a small quantity of fentanyl. Investigators executed a search warrant on Armstrong's vehicle, locating and seizing a loaded pistol and an additional quantity of fentanyl. On March 28th, Armstrong was charged by federal criminal complaint with dealing explosives without a license, possessing stolen explosives, possessing explosives as a convicted felon, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. Armstrong made his first appearance in federal court in Medford on Thursday. He was ordered detained pending further court proceedings and will be arraigned at a later date.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Two for Old and New Drug Crimes in Separate Patrol Checks
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for old and new drug crimes during patrol checks on the same night on separate sides of the city. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Wednesday at 10:14 p.m. when officers arrested a 34-year-old woman who was sitting in a vehicle in the 1600-block of SE N Street. Police said they contacted the woman and discovered that she was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation stemming from convictions for Manufacture and Possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance as well as Possession of Methamphetamine. She was lodged in jail on a no-bail detainer. The second incident happened on Wednesday at 10:26 p.m. when officers arrested a 46-year-old man who was sitting in a vehicle in the 100-block of NW Booth Street. Police said they observed the man with drug paraphernalia on his lap and in plain view. The man admitted it was fentanyl and it weighed approximately 3.7 grams. He was also identified as the suspect in a theft investigation, so he was placed into custody and lodged in jail for Possession of Fentanyl and 3rd-Degree Theft. He was also being held without bail.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Woman for Parole Violation after Fighting with Officers
Grants Pass Police jailed a "frequent flyer" this week for violating her post-prison supervision by scuffling with officers who arrested her for trespassing. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident at the north Safeway supermarket on SE 7th Street around midday Wednesday. Police said the 33-year-old woman returned to Safeway after previously being trespassed from the store. Callers reported she appeared to be under the influence while pushing an empty baby stroller and intentionally stopping traffic in the parking lot. Officers contacted the woman at the corner of 6th and G streets, advising her she was under arrest. She physically resisted officers placing her into custody and continued to be hostile toward law enforcement while banging her head in the patrol vehicle. She was not seriously hurt. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespass and the resulting Parole Violation stemming from previous convictions for Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Offensive Littering. She was being held on a no-bail detainer. Her property was logged into evidence for safekeeping.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Fighting with Three Rivers Medical Center Security
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a violent disturbance at Three Rivers Medical Center early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to the incident at the hospital on SW Ramsey Avenue on Thursday shortly before 1 a.m.. Police said they responded to reports of a male subject fighting with hospital staff members. Witnesses reported the man refused to leave the property and he pushed a security guard in the face while being escorted out of the medical facility. TRMC Security was able to subdue the 41-year-old man and he was being detained when law enforcement arrived on scene. He was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Harassment and Criminal Trespass. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Frightening Waitresses at Downtown Restaurant
Grants Pass Police arrested a man this week who was harassing female workers at a downtown restaurant. The Police Department reports officers responded to a trespassing complaint at Thai BBQ in the 400-block of SW 6th Street on Wednesday night. Police said the man had returned to the restaurant after being issued a trespass warning earlier in the evening. The manager advised officers that he was having to walk his waitresses out to their vehicles because they were afraid of the intruder. Officers searched the area and spotted the 24-year-old man in a nearby alley. He took off running, but was placed into custody in short order. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass and he was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Rural Metro Fire Department Welcomes New Recruits to Local Team in 2024
Rural Metro Fire Department is pleased to introduce 10 new members to their team in 2024. Six of the new recruits recently graduated from the Rogue Interagency Training Association NFPA Firefighter Level 1 Academy. The additional four recruits come to Rural Metro with prior experience and training. Rural Metro identified the recruits as Morgan Mealy, Justin Strandquist, Rustin Nelson, Rick Reuter, Josh Carson, Ethan Elzy, Brian Carlton, Harland Browman, Matthew Hagerty and Evan Jackson. They bring the team to 65 local employees dedicated to serving Josephine County.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County Public Health Issues Alert for Illicit Opioid Overdoses in Rogue Valley
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Jackson County Public Health has issued an alert for accidental overdoses or poisoning related to illicit opioids -- specifically fentanyl. Health officials said this alert has been issued based on an increase in law enforcement and emergency medical service responses as well as emergency department admissions related to opioids from March 24th-March 29th. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl started to become more common in the Rogue Valley beginning in 2018. In early 2021, fentanyl became the predominant illicit opioid sold and used in Jackson County. Fentanyl can be sold as counterfeit pills such as oxycontin or in a powder form which can look like other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. It can be mixed with other opioids such as heroin. The increased presence of fentanyl in the local drug supply increases the risk of poisoning or overdosing for people who are experimenting with drugs, who use recreationally and are not intentionally using it. Jackson County Public Health is encouraging the medical community, community partners, parents, family and friends, people who occasionally use recreational drugs and people with an active substance abuse disorder to be aware of the increase in overdoses associated with illicit opioids.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Total Payroll Employment in Josephine County Showed Little Change in February
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Total payroll employment in Josephine County rose by 30 jobs in February, with little change over the month in most industries. According to the Oregon Employment Department, there were 33,895 people working in Josephine County in February for a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 5.3%, up from 5.1% in January and down from 6.4% in February 2023. Construction added 20 jobs over the month, but had virtually no change over the year. Retail trade was the only other published industry to show change, down by 20 jobs in February. Government employment was flat over the month as well. Over the past year, payroll employment in Josephine County slipped by 100 jobs, a decrease of 0.4%. Local employment is now 670 jobs below the February 2020 total prior to the pandemic. Industries adding jobs since February 2023 included private education & health services, and transportation, warehousing & utilities. Industries with estimated losses were retail trade, leisure & hospitality, professional & business services, other services, manufacturing and wholesale trade.
Posted on 4/5/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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