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GP Police Collared Man on Statewide Warrant after Reporting Vehicle Break-In
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on a statewide felony warrant following a weekend incident in the north part of the city. The Police Department reports officers arrested 48-year-old Bret Leon Court in the Denny's parking lot off NE Morgan Lane on Saturday at 1:20 a.m.. Police said Court had entered the Pinnacle 365 store on NE 6th Street and told the worker he was upset because someone broke into his truck and stole several items. They learned he was living in the pickup that was parked behind Koi Sushi on NE Hillcrest Drive. There was no further information about what was taken. Court reportedly told the store employee that he wanted the police to come "so they can help me murder someone." The worker called 9-1-1 due to the man's suspicious behavior and intoxicated state. Officers located Court near Denny's and placed him into custody after discovering that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. After being provided with options for recovering his stolen property, he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:32AM by Sam Marsh

Food Delivery Vehicle Passenger Snared for Punching GP Taco Bell Employee
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for punching an employee of a southwest-city fast food eatery while riding in a delivery vehicle. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a reported assault at the Taco Bell in the 1600-block of Allen Creek Road on Saturday around 1:18 a.m.. Police said a Taco Bell employee called 9-1-1 to report being punched by 24-year-old Trebor Samuel Robert Oden after a dispute over an order. The caller advised the suspect was a passenger in a Door Dash vehicle. The worker sustained an abrasion to his face, but he refused medical treatment. The Oregon State Police located the suspect vehicle near Redwood Park on Dowell Road a short time later and called in Grants Pass Police who took him into custody. Oden admitted to punching the Taco Bell employee, so he was charged with Physical Harassment and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail. Both he and the Door Dash driver were trespassed from Taco Bell.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Arrested Pair for Trespassing after Harassing Neighbor in GP Area
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two people for trespassing after they allegedly harassed a neighbor in south Grants Pass over the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the incident in the 200-block of Grandview Lane late Friday night. Deputies said a resident called 9-1-1 to report his neighbors were harassing him and trying to break through windows in his house. The caller advised dispatchers that he was armed and prepared to shoot two people identified as 42-year-old Jeffery Robert Sandgren and 37-year-old Ashley Nicole Harris. The resident was told to put away his gun, lock his doors and windows, and stay inside the house until deputies arrived on scene. Jeffery Sandgren and Ashley Harris were placed into custody at Taser point. Both were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Criminal Trespass while Harris was also charged with Interfering with a Police Officer.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass City Council Workshop Features Interviews & Staff Presentations
The Grants Pass City Council will interview candidates for local advisory panels and receive a couple of staff presentations during its bi-weekly workshop session today. The City Council will begin the workshop with interviews of candidates who wish to serve on the Historical Buildings & Sites Commission and Budget Committee. Also on the agenda today are staff presentations on the Double-Erosion Control Permit as well as Water and Sewer Easements. The Council will conclude the session with an agenda review in preparation for Wednesday night's regular meeting, which is the first one in 2024. Today's workshop starts at 11:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Caltrans Reports Repairs to Resume Tuesday on US Highway 199 Due to Wildfire Damage
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Motorists heading to the coast from Southern Oregon should expect delays starting this week as construction resumes on US Highway 199 to repair damage done by the Smith River Complex. CalTrans District 1 has announced that Redwood Highway construction between the Collier Tunnel and Gasquet will begin tomorrow. Starting Tuesday, travelers should anticipate up to one-hour delays weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Crews have removed hazardous trees, replaced damaged guardrail and signage, and addressed impacted slopes in the Smith River Corridor with the installation of net drapery and rockfall catchment systems. Work to repair the highway from wildfire damage continues, with Caltrans not providing a date for completion of the project. The Smith River Complex temporarily shut down Redwood Highway between the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon and Gasquet in Northern California last summer while burning a total of 95,107 acres in Josephine, Curry and Del Norte counties. Before heading to the coast, motorists are encouraged to check on the latest road conditions by visiting "quickmap.dot.ca.gov."
Posted on 2/5/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police & Firefighters Logged Busy Week of Activity to Close Out January
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged a busy week of activity as the calendar changed from January to February. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 687 calls for service along with 226 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 53 arrests, 26 citations, 34 warnings and five highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 115 potential trouble-makers while arresting one person, citing 22 more and warning nine others. The CRT unit also trespassed 14 individuals, posted 89 transient camps and removed trash from one campsite in a city park. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 82 calls last week including 41 for emergency medical service, 21 for reports of fire or smoke, nine lift assists, 11 rescue situations, four assists to other agencies and seven false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 984 emergency calls.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Parks Workers Stayed Busy Last Week with Winter Maintenance Projects
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Grants Pass parks workers stayed busy last week with winter maintenance projects. Riverside, Westholm, Lawnridge and Croxton parks received detailed landscape bed pruning and the addition of fresh wood chips around trees to ensure a vibrant and well-cared-for landscape. Two trees were removed from Ogle Park last week due to root system failures, but staff planted a new tree at Reinhart Volunteer Park that was purchased through the Memorial Tree Program. At Baker Park, the contractor has poured the foundation base that the Portland Loo restroom will be anchored to near the boat ramp. The Grants Pass Parks Department is thanking volunteers from the Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) for their effort in installing a pollinator garden at Reinhart Volunteer Park. A pollinator garden is designed to grow specific plants to provide food and shelter to bees, butterflies and birds that pollinate plants.
Posted on 2/5/24 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Police Arrested Two of Three People Involved in Thursday Gunfight
The Medford Police Department has arrested two out of three people who were involved in a gunfight at a local apartment complex this week. MPD said officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Poplar Drive and Progress Drive on Thursday at 8:43 p.m.. One person stated that an unknown person was shooting at him as he fled the area. MPD patrol units arrived on scene within minutes and -- based on evidence at the scene and eyewitness statements -- it was quickly determined that gunshots were exchanged between three men associated with a nearby apartment. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hit in the exchange of gunfire. The investigation continued until early Friday morning and resulted in the arrests of 38-year-old Matthew Ryan Pierpoint and 30-year-old Devon James Wright, both of Medford. Both had recently been released from prison and both were charged with parole violations -- Pierpoint for Felony Domestic Strangulation and Wright for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Additional charges against the men are likely. An additional suspect who has not yet been identified remains outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Local Felon on State Warrant after New Hope Disturbance
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a local felon on a statewide felony warrant after responding a domestic violence incident in the New Hope area this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 35-year-old Jonathan Lee Messer for the incident at a home in the 4,000-block of New Hope Road late Thursday night. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she came home from visiting a neighbor and a male subject later identified as Messer started "attacking her." The caller said she was deaf in one ear from the attack and requested an ambulance. Responding deputies contacted the victim and located Messer in a house at the back of the property. They discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction for a weapons offense. Messer briefly struggled with deputies before being placed into custody. Jonathan Messer was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the warrant along with new charges of Domestic Harassment and Resisting Arrest. He was still being held without bail on Friday.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Wolf Creek Man for Possessing Car Stolen in Central Point
A Wolf Creek man was arrested early yesterday after he was found to be in possession of a vehicle that had been stolen in Jackson County. The Oregon State Police reports troopers located a stolen Toyota Camry in the 200-block of Old Highway 99 on Friday at 12:37 a.m.. Troopers said 38-year-old Joshua Gary Young was found next to the stolen car, he had belongings inside the vehicle and the vehicle's keys were on his person. The man admitted to driving and being in possession of the stolen vehicle on Thursday. The Camry had been reported stolen from a 39-year-old Central Point man. Joshua Young was transported to Grants Pass and booked into the Josephine County Jail on a felony charge of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. According to OSP, attempts were made to contact the registered owner of the car and they were unsuccessful, so they had it towed to Grants Pass.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Assisted RADE with Arrest of Trio Wanted on Active Warrants
Grants Pass Police assisted Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) this week with the arrests of three people wanted on state and local warrants. The Police Department reports officers were requested by RADE to make a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Tahoe containing 66-year-old Donald Ray Gregg, 52-year-old William Leon Bradley and 35-year-old Alicia Louise West in the 1900-block of NW 6th Street on Thursday afternoon. Police said they were informed that Gregg was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation while Bradley was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Theft and Negotiating a Bad Check, and West was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for Criminal Contempt of Court. Donald Gregg was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. William Bradley and Alicia West were lodged in jail on their outstanding warrants. The Tahoe pickup and a trailer behind it were towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:24AM by Sam Marsh
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Commercial Truck Driver Lost Some Logs after US Highway 199 Accident
No one was hurt when a log truck lost some of its cargo in a Friday morning crash on Redwood Highway in Selma. The Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation were dispatched to the crash on US Highway 199 at 7:26 a.m. yesterday. IVFD officials said the truck driver was not hurt in the wreck, but some of the logs he was transporting fell off the trailer and temporarily blocked the highway. ODOT handled traffic control while the scene was active. The Sheriff's Office was investigating the cause of the accident.
Posted on 2/3/24 6:04AM by Sam Marsh
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