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GP Police Incarcerated Corrections Client for Falsifying Results of Drug Test
Grants Pass Police arrested a corrections client for violating his post-prison supervision by falsifying the results of a mandatory drug test early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Jackson Frank Potter at the Josephine County Community Corrections Office on NW 4th Street on Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.. Police said Potter used someone else's urine in a hidden Visine bottle to provide a sample for his corrections officer. The officer caught him in the act, which is a direct violation of his supervision. Jackson Potter was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Falsifying Drug Test Results and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer. Jail records show Potter has been arrested four times for Parole Violation since June 15th of last year.
Posted on 2/14/24 12:00PM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Causing Disturbance at SE Neighborhood Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a disturbance at a southeast city convenience store yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to reports of a male subject causing public alarm at King's Market on SE N Street on Tuesday shortly after 3 p.m.. Police said an employee called 9-1-1 to report 46-year-old David Israel McDonald was yelling and swinging a baseball bat around, frightening customers. The caller said the suspect appeared to be under the influence of narcotics when he turned his attention to a sign at the store and starting smashing it with the bat. Officers arrived on scene, disarmed McDonald and placed him into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Methamphetamine. A shopping cart was returned to Grocery Outlet.
Posted on 2/14/24 11:59AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Young Man Twice on Tuesday for Separate Criminal Capers
Grants Pass Police arrested a young man twice yesterday for separate offenses at the hospital and a local supermarket. According to the Police Department, the first incident involving 20-year-old Jackson David Sutton occurred at Three Rivers Medical Center on Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m.. Police said Sutton got into an argument with hospital security after they found him in the second-story chapel next to the TRMC Family Birth Center. They said he had been previously trespassed from the hospital and refused to leave the premises. He was placed into custody and lodged in jail for Criminal Trespass. The second incident involving Sutton occurred on Tuesday at 8:35 p.m. after he was released from jail and walked over to WinCo Foods. He allegedly stole a small amount of food from the grocery and was detained by loss prevention. Sutton admitted to the theft and said he knew it was wrong to steal, but he did not have a way to pay for the items. He was charged with 3rd-Degree Theft and lodged back in jail -- this time, without bail.
Posted on 2/14/24 11:57AM by Sam Marsh

One Motorist Hurt and Another Cited after Interstate 5 Collision in North GP
One motorist was injured and another was cited early yesterday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in north Grants Pass. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the collision in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 58 at 7:39 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers said an investigation indicates an Isuzu box truck driven by 34-year-old Clease Nathaniel Carlisle rear-ended a sedan driven by 69-year-old Deborah Kay Dodge at that location. Dodge stated that her vehicle was having mechanical issues and that she was attempting to safely +exit the freeway when she was rear-ended. According to OSP, Carlisle stated that he saw the car traveling slowly and did not have time to avoid the crash. He was not hurt, but Dodge was taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center after she complained of neck pain. Carlisle was cited for Driving While Suspended, Following Too Closely and Failure to Carry Proof of Financial Responsibility. The box truck was impounded.
Posted on 2/14/24 11:56AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Area Woman Jailed for Attacking & Hurting Husband at North Valley Home
A Grants Pass area woman was jailed for attacking and injuring her husband in the North Valley area. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to the incident at a home in the 7500-block of Monument Drive on Monday. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that 24-year-old Emily Nicole Karen Denney hit her husband in the head with a blow torch, leaving him with a small cut above his eyes. The caller -- who identified herself as the victim's sister-in-law -- said the suspect left and went to a nearby home. Upon further investigation, deputies concluded that Denney struck her husband in the head with a propane cylinder, causing a 2/3-inch laceration which appeared to need stitches. The victim complained of blurred vision, but refused attention from American Medical Response. He said he would go to the hospital for evaluation. According to the report, Denney was contacted and admitted to striking her spouse with the propane tank. Emily Denney was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Domestic Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Fugitive on Statewide Felony Warrant in North City Patrol
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive who was wanted on a statewide felony warrant in the north part of the city this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 28-year-old Chelsea Nicole Lenarz near the corner of NW Hawthorne Avenue and North Hill Drive late Monday. Police said they spotted Lenarz and recognized her from previous contacts. They ran a routine records check and discovered that she was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for drug possession. Chelsea Lenarz was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. She was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Office Investigation Led to Arrest of Grants Pass Man for Two Crimes
A Josephine County Sheriff's Office investigation has led to the arrest of a Grants Pass man on criminal charges. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 58-year-old Donald Richard Peariso at a home in the 2500-block of Elk Lane on Monday afternoon. No details about the investigation have been released, but Peariso was charged with Menacing and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief related to a recent incident. Donald Peariso was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and he was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Hold Public Hearing on New Wildfire and Emergency Safety Standards
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on new wildfire and emergency safety standards during its business session this morning. The Board will then consider the first reading of an ordinance that amends the Rural Land Development Code to update the chapter on new dwellings. A second reading is scheduled for February 28th. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider a resolution that would refer to voters a five-year local option tax for the Josephine County Animal Shelter and Animal Control. If approved, the measure will appear on the May 21st ballot. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board will consider an order transferring money from the Just Compensation Fund to the Law Enforcement Service District Fund. An appointment will be made to the Grants Pass Airport Advisory Board. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Applications Being Accepted for Post on GP Historical Buildings & Sites Panel
Applications are being accepted for a position on the Grants Pass Historical Buildings & Sites Commission. The open position expires December 7, 2026. The purpose of the Historical Buildings & Sites Commission (HBSC) is to review alterations to any historic district or designated structure in the Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary, to promote the community's historic preservation and to advise other interested agencies on matters related to historic preservation. The HBSC also identifies areas of archaeological significance and buildings of historic or archaeological significance. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the City of Grants Pass. This position is for a representative who is the owner of a business located within the Central Business District of 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, March 8th.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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City of Grants Pass Offering Financial Help in Partnership with Residential Developers
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The City of Grants Pass is soliciting sealed written proposals from residential developers to incentivize the development of affordable housing through a public-private partnership. Through the partnership, the city contributes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the design and/or extension of public infrastructure -- including water, sewer and transportation -- within the Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary. The ideal qualified residential developer will either own land or demonstrate a clear ability to acquire land that has strong residential development potential for at least 20 dwelling units within the UGB. Priority will be given to neighborhoods where development potential is constrained and/or there is some barrier to extending public infrastructure to serve the area. Key objectives for the project include community compatibility, affordability targeted to households earning 120% of the Area Median Income or below, high-quality design and materials, and long-term affordability. The deadline for sealed submission in response to this request for proposals is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th. An agreement between the City and a developer committing to a specific development site and scope must be fully-executed no later than December 1, 2024.
Posted on 2/14/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Eagle Point Police Officers Now Carry AEDs in Vehicles Thanks to Family Foundation Gift
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The Eagle Point Police Department will be carrying a new life-saving tool in all patrol vehicles, thanks to a generous grant from the Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation. EPPD applied for funding from the foundation to help purchase 10 Cardiac Science G3 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to provide a rapid response and care for cardiac arrest patients. Training for the care, maintenance and use of the AEDs was provided through a partnership with Jackson County Fire District #3. The local fire district provided training to Eagle Point officers on how and when to use the AEDs. Now that the officers are certified in how to use the units, they will be placed in patrol cars and be available for emergency response. According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 cardiac arrests which occur outside of the hospital each year. Defibrillation is the third step in the "Chain of Survival", behind calling 9-1-1 and CPR. Early defibrillation is the key to increasing the survival rate. Officers are often already in the field and closer to the incident location than emergency services personnel.
Posted on 2/14/24 5:59AM by Sam Marsh
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2024 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Slated for Saturday at Britt in Jacksonville
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Lunar New Year is celebrated across Oregon in February, but if you haven't attended the festival in Jacksonville lately, it's time. The free event takes place at the Britt Pavilion garden, near the region's oldest Chinese Quarters, on Saturday. Volunteer members of the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association have hosted the Jacksonville event since 2006, and draw experts from the state and beyond to explore Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean New Year traditions. Family-friendly activities, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., include Taiko drumming, and lion and dragon dances performed by St. Mary's School students. Southern Oregon, and specifically, Jacksonville, have a strong historical relationship with Asian immigrants. Archeologists' excavations of Jacksonville's early commercial district date the Chinese Quarters from 1852 to 1910. This makes Jacksonville home to the oldest urban Chinese community in the Pacific Northwest, according to the The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project led by researchers with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology.
Posted on 2/14/24 5:57AM by Sam Marsh
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