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GP Police Snared Man for Attempting to Steal Cart from Redwood Laundromat
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for allegedly attempting to steal a cart from a Redwood area laundromat yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a theft complaint at Cleanlife Laundry in the 1700-block of Redwood Avenue on Monday at 3:55 p.m.. Police said the manager of the laundromat called 9-1-1 to report the male subject took the cart to transport his laundry home. The caller followed the man's white motorhome to the corner of Union Avenue and Williams Highway where officers made contact with the suspect in the Walgreen's parking lot. Officers said the 47-year-old man admitted taking the cart, but stated that he intended to bring it back to the laundromat a short time later. However, the business owner wished to pursue charges and the man was detained. The suspect was cited to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft and released after the cart was returned to its owner. He was told to report to his corrections officer this morning.
Posted on 3/19/24 10:18AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Arrested 2 People on Local Warrants after Josephine County Traffic Stops
The Oregon State Police arrested two people on outstanding warrants during separate traffic stops in Josephine County yesterday. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Monday at 9:10 a.m. when state troopers pulled over a Subaru Impreza driven by a 37-year-old Grants Pass man in the 3600-block of Merlin Road. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for traffic violations at the Dollar General store and discovered that he was wanted on a local bench warrant for failing to appear in court. The man was cited, ordered to appear in court and then released. The second incident happened on Monday at 8:31 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Volvo sedan driven by a 36-year-old Grants Pass man near the corner of Chinook Park Lane and Gordon Way. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for a traffic violation, discovered that his driving privileges had been suspended and that he was wanted on a local warrant. The man was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and his mother picked up the Volvo.
Posted on 3/19/24 10:17AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII after McDonalds Drive-Thru Complaint
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving last night after he refused to leave the drive-thru at a north-city fast food restaurant. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a traffic complaint at the McDonalds on NE 6th Street on Monday at 9:05 p.m.. Police said a restaurant employee called 9-1-1 to report an intoxicated driver in the drive-thru. The caller said the man was slurring and stuttering while arguing about a one-way street. The suspect paid for his food, but refused to move his vehicle. Upon arrival, officers contacted the 64-year-old man who displayed strong signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was placed into custody. The suspect was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he was cited and released for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
Posted on 3/19/24 10:15AM by Sam Marsh

Spring Begins Tonight in Northern Hemisphere -- Moved Up Due to Leap Year
The first day of Spring 2024 is today, March 19th -- well, kind of. The Spring Equinox happens at 8:06 p.m. PDT this evening, so the first full day of Spring is actually tomorrow, March 20th. Tonight is the astronomical beginning of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere. Normally, Spring begins on or about March 21st, but 2024 is a leap year and that extra day on the calendar in February moved up the season by one day.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Boorish Behavior against Woman, Dog and Children
Grants Pass Police jailed a man last weekend for his boorish and possibly drug-fueled behavior -- particularly against children -- in a downtown neighborhood. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 50-year-old man in the 700-block of SW 5th Street on Sunday at 6:45 p.m.. Police said the man was engaged in fighting by swinging around a stick, chasing children and making unreasonable noise by screaming. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received three separate calls regarding his violent and tumultuous behavior. According to the report, the man was yelling and making threats against a woman and her dog. He followed that up by chasing the woman's 12-year-old brother and chasing other children at the 7-Eleven store. Responding officers detained the suspect and said he showed numerous signs of impairment by a narcotic stimulant. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct as well as Probation Violation related to previous arrests for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Bias Crime, Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct and Public Indecency. He was being held this morning on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County SO Jailed Woman for Multiple Drug Violations Last Weekend
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman for multiple drug violations last weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested a 53-year-old woman in an unspecified location on Sunday around 2:45 p.m.. The Sheriff's Office released no details about the drug bust, but the woman was charged with Felony Manufacture of Marijuana, two counts of Felony Possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and Unlawful Appropriation of Ground Water. She was booked into jail, but released from custody after posting bail. It was unclear in the Jail Log, but the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance Violation either involved less than 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms or less than 40 user units of LSD.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:18AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Seeks Public Help in Finding Motorist Who Fled from Traffic Stop Attempt
The Oregon State Police was seeking public assistance in locating a motorist who fled from an attempted traffic stop on Redwood Highway near Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers tried to make a traffic stop on a Nissan Murano near milepost 6 of US Highway 199 on Sunday at 2:11 a.m.. Troopers said instead of pulling over, the unidentified motorist started driving at a higher rate of speed and partially in the opposite travel lane. For the safety of the public, troopers did not pursue the vehicle. The Nissan Murano was described as black with license plate CL54500. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to dial *OSP.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:17AM by Sam Marsh
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IV Firefighters Busy on Monday with Separate Structure, Vehicle & Boat Fires
The Illinois Valley Fire District battled separate structure, recreational vehicle and boat fires on Monday. At 8:32 a.m. yesterday, IVFD, American Medical Response and Rural Metro Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire in the 37,000-block of Redwood Highway near O'Brien. The fire was extinguished with heavy damage to the residence, but there were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation. At 4:39 p.m., IVFD crews responded to a reported vehicle fire near the corner of Takilma and Dick George roads. Arriving units found a trailer on fire and quickly extinguished the blaze. There were no injuries. The fire was under investigation. At 5:54 p.m., IVFD crews responded to reports of smoke on a Forest Service Road in the Tarter Gulch area. Arriving units found a boat on fire and quickly doused the flames. Once again, there were no injuries reported and the incident was under investigation.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigating Cause of Several Fires along Wolf Creek RR Tracks
Authorities were investigating the cause of several small fires that broke out along the railroad tracks in the Wolf Creek area last weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Rural Metro Fire Department assisted the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District with extinguishing the railroad fires. Rural Metro officials said there were at least a dozen railroad ties burning as well as a 1/10th of an acre spot fire burning in nearby vegetation. Access to the fires was off the 100-block of Warner Road. By late afternoon, all the fires were contained and crews were engaged in mop-up operations. The cause of the fires had not been disclosed as of Monday.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Applications Being Accepted for Post on GP Urban Tree Advisory Committee
Applications are being accepted for a position on the Urban Tree Advisory Committee due to a vacancy. This term expires on September 30, 2025. The purpose of this committee is to review, develop and implement programs and activities that promote, protect and enhance the urban forest as part of the Tree City USA program. The special qualification for this position is an interest in the promotion and enhancement of the urban forest in Grants Pass. Applications are available at the City Administration Office at 101 NW A Street or online at "grantspassoregon.gov/committee-application." Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5th. Applications will be reviewed by the committee on Monday, April 8th. The appointment will be made by the Grants Pass City Council during its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 1st.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Lawsuit Alleges Christine Goodwin Should be Disqualified from Oregon Senate Candidacy
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A lawsuit filed last week alleges that legislator Christine Goodwin, a Douglas County Republican, should be ejected from her seat in Oregon's House of Representatives and disqualified from seeking the nomination for Senate District 2 because she doesn't actually live in either district. The Oregonian reports that if the lawsuit were to succeed, that would leave only one Republican candidate on the ballot for an open Senate seat, clearing the way for the departing incumbent's son to snag the spot. Goodwin has served in the House since August 2021, when she was appointed by county commissioners to replace Representative Gary Leif of Roseburg, who died in office. Goodwin won election to House District 4 in 2022, then announced last year that she would run for the seat in Senate District 2 held by Republican Art Robinson, who is barred from running again. Robinson was among the Republican senators blocked from reelection after they boycotted work in 2023. But the Oregonian reports the lawsuit alleges that Goodwin doesn't actually live in House District 4 or Senate District 2. Goodwin is registered to vote at a Canyonville property that lies inside those districts. But the lawsuit brought by several Grants Pass officials and voters alleges that Goodwin lives at an address in Myrtle Creek, which lies just outside the districts' boundary.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Planning Road Construction and Overlay Project on NE A Street from 8th to Beacon
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Residents living along NE A Street near Grants Pass High School will be receiving a letter from the City of Grants Pass regarding an upcoming construction project. During its Monday workshop session, the City Council considered options for the reconstruction and overlay of NE A between 8th Street and Beacon Drive. Assistant Public Works Director Wade Elliott told the Council that this section of the arterial street is experiencing rapid pavement deterioration. He said the project will be done in two phases -- from 8th Street to Baker Street and then from Baker to Beacon Drive. Work will be done during the summer months to avoid conflicts with GPHS and other nearby schools. A sewer line replacement is included. Based on a recommendation from the Bikeways & Walkways Committee, Elliott provided three options for the Council to consider. The first option would include five-foot bicycle paths on both sides of A Street, the second would include an elevated nine-foot two-way bike path on the north side of the street, and the third would not include any bike facilities. City staff was directed to send out a letter to residents on both sides of the street in order to gauge public preferences. The City hopes to solicit project bids by late April.
Posted on 3/19/24 5:00AM by Sam Marsh
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