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GP Police Department Asks for Help in Finding Man Reported Missing By Family
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The Grants Pass Police Department was seeking public assistance in locating a man who was reported missing this week. According to the GPPD Facebook page, 38-year-old Kendall Walls did not return home on January 23rd, his cell phone was turned off and his whereabouts is not known. Walls is described as a white male adult, 6-feet-1-inch tall and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses. The missing man has tattoos of a ship under his right arm and a whale on his chest. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kendall Walls is urged to call the Grants Pass Police Department at (541)-450-6260 or contact any law enforcement agency. Please refer to Case #2024-3049.
Posted on 2/2/24 7:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

Motel 6 Video Surveillance Helped GP Police Apprehend Vandalism Suspect
Video surveillance helped Grants Pass Police with a vandalism investigation that resulted in the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 42-year-old Jennifer Rachelle Perez at Taser point at Koi Sushi on NE Hillcrest Drive on Wednesday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report she was visiting a friend staying at Motel 6 on Monday when Perez came to the room. The caller said she did not let the woman in because her friend was in the shower. She then observed the suspect standing next to her vehicle and later discovered her passenger-side tires had been slashed. The value of the tires on the Toyota Corolla were valued at about $250. The vandalism victim did not see the crime happen, but motel video surveillance captured a person matching Perez's description leaning down and slashing the tires. Probable cause was developed due to the video and officers starting looking for the suspect. They eventually located the suspect's vehicle parked next to the restaurant. Jennifer Perez was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/2/24 7:02AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Snared Man for Leaving Mound of Trash at Illegal Parkway Campsite
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for leaving a mound of trash on the side of the Parkway near an illegal campsite. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 33-year-old Ryan Burrows at Big 5 Sporting Goods late Wednesday afternoon. Police said the Big 5 manager called 9-1-1 to report that Burrows had set up a campsite in some bushes between their building and the Parkway. The caller said they told the man he couldn't be there, but he refused to leave or clean up his site. Responding officers contacted Burrows and advised him that he was under arrest. Ryan Burrows was placed into custody, charged with Offensive Littering and lodged at the nearby adult jail facility. He was also trespassed from the business.
Posted on 2/2/24 6:59AM by Sam Marsh
 

Troopers Solved Local Missing Person Case during Weekend Stop in North GP
The Oregon State Police solved a missing person case when troopers made a traffic stop in north Grants Pass last weekend. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Nissan Quest driven by a 23-year-old Grants Pass man near the intersection of NE 6th Street and Hillcrest Drive late Sunday night. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver was listed as a missing person. The man was over 18 years of age at the time the missing person report was requested by his family. Troopers said the man was in good health and is now in contact with his family. The information was given to the issuing agency and the man was removed as a missing person. He was issued citations for unspecified traffic violations.
Posted on 2/2/24 6:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Page Mountain Snow Park Access Difficult Due to Damaged Grayback Road
The Page Mountain Snow Park is open for winter recreation, but it could be difficult to get there due to a damaged road. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest reports damage to the Grayback-Happy Camp Road -- also known as Forest Road 48 -- on the Wild Rivers Ranger District has made it unsafe to plow snow this winter. Forest officials said the snow park will remain open to use, but access will not be maintained at this time. A significant slough near milepost 6 has reduced travel to one lane. Please use extreme caution if attempting to access the park. Officials said there will be no maintenance conducted this winter on the road. The road failures are under contract to be repaired, but work will likely not begin until this spring. Until then, the Page Mountain Snow Park has very limited access. If you have any questions, please call the Wild Rivers Ranger District at (541)-592-4000.
Posted on 2/2/24 6:56AM by Sam Marsh
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UCAN and MINT will Open Two Severe Weather Event Shelters in Grants Pass This Winter
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The City of Grants Pass has announced that two severe weather event shelters will be opening this winter, if necessary. The city does not operate severe weather event shelters, but it supplies funding to groups that can operate such shelters. This winter season, two groups will be operating shelters in Grants Pass -- the United Community Action Network (UCAN) and the Mobile Integrated Navigation Team (MINT). Individuals and groups interested in volunteering are encouraged to reach out to those organizations. UCAN will be operating a warming shelter at 1990 NW Washington Boulevard while MINT will operate a shelter at 218 SW 6th Street. The UCAN shelter will be activating on Saturday, pending weather conditions and volunteer coverage. In December 2023, the City of Grants Pass issued a standing Severe Weather Event Declaration that is automatically triggered when certain weather conditions are forecast. In cold weather, the declaration is prompted by low temperatures of 30 degrees or less. Forecasted temperatures at 32 degrees or less will also open the shelters if there are additional factors that would reasonably cause a person to be at increased risk of exposure including precipitation, wind, humidity and dense fog.
Posted on 2/2/24 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Sheriff's Office Recruiting Workers Due to New Law Service District
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Are you motivated to protect with courage and serve with compassion? Bolstered by a permanent law enforcement service district approved by voters in November, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office is recruiting new employees. Sheriff's Office workers have excellent medical, dental and vision plans as well as the ability to accrue vacation and earned sick and holiday time. They also have paid PERS retirement and other elective benefits such as deferred comp, life insurance, AFLAC and gym membership discounts. New hires receive academy enrollment and paid salary while training. Starting wages for patrol and corrections deputies is $26.81 per hour while dispatchers are paid $23.16 per hour. Lateral patrol deputies will receive a year's worth of service salary incentives. If you're interested in becoming an employee of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, visit the county's website at "governmentjobs.com/careers/josephine."
Posted on 2/2/24 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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City of Grants Pass Inviting Citizens to Enter 2024 Water Quality Report Photo Contest
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The City of Grants Pass is inviting citizens to enter its 2024 Water Quality Report Photo Contest. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter the contest, with the entry deadline at 5 p.m. on December 27, 2024. Winning photos will be featured in the city's 2024 Water Quality Report. The first place winner will receive $200. The second place winner will receive $100. Participants are instructed to submit an original photo that demonstrates the theme of "Reimagine Our Water Future." Photos must be submitted in a digital format that is suitable for reproduction. Submitted photographs must be from one frame captured by a camera and not be a composite of several images layered together. Photos must be taken in Southern Oregon in either Josephine, Jackson, Curry or Klamath counties. For more details, visit "grantspassoregon.gov/1434/Photo-Contest-Water-Quality-Report."
Posted on 2/2/24 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Brookings Man Dies after SUV Hit Trees and Caught Fire off US Highway 199
A Brookings man was killed yesterday when his vehicle crashed into trees and burst into flames off Redwood Highway near O'Brien. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the single-vehicle accident near milepost 39 of US Highway 199 on Wednesday at about 12:25 p.m.. Troopers said the preliminary investigation indicates a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 59-year-old John Anton Renner, IV, of Brookings was traveling south when the vehicle left the highway for unknown reasons, crashed into a group of trees and caught on fire. According to OSP, Renner was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Redwood Highway was impacted for about four hours due to the fatal crash. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 2/1/24 2:43PM by Sam Marsh
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Motel Video Surveillance Helped GP Police Apprehend Car Vandalism Suspect
Video surveillance helped Grants Pass Police with a vandalism investigation that resulted in the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 42-year-old Jennifer Rachelle Perez at Taser point at Koi Sushi on NE Hillcrest Drive at 1:34 p.m. yesterday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report she was visiting a friend staying at Motel 6 on Monday when Perez came to the room. The caller said she did not let the woman in because her friend was in the shower. She then observed the suspect standing next to her vehicle and later discovered her passenger-side tires had been slashed. The value of the tires on the Toyota Corolla were valued at about $250. The vandalism victim did not see the crime happen, but motel video surveillance captured a person matching Perez's description leaning down and slashing the tires. Probable cause was developed due to the video and officers starting looking for the suspect. They eventually located the suspect's vehicle parked next to the restaurant. Jennifer Perez was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Man for Leaving Mound of Trash at Illegal Parkway Campsite
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for leaving a mound of trash on the side of the Parkway near an illegal campsite. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 33-year-old Ryan Adam Burrows at Big 5 Sporting Goods around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the Big 5 manager called 9-1-1 to report that Burrows had set up a campsite in some bushes between their building and the Parkway. The caller said they told the man he couldn't be there, but he refused to leave or clean up his site. Responding officers contacted Burrows and advised him that he was under arrest. Ryan Burrows was placed into custody, charged with Offensive Littering and lodged at the nearby adult jail facility. He was also trespassed from the business.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Corrections Client Arrested by GP Police for Being Intoxicated While on Parole
A Josephine County Community Corrections client was arrested yesterday for violating terms of his post-prison supervision while loitering at a local restaurant. Grants Pass Police contacted 30-year-old Dennis Alan Knight, Jr., at Abby's Pizza on NE Beacon Drive on Wednesday at about 2:40 p.m.. Officers said Knight had been reported as a suspicious person while they were on an unrelated call. They said he showed significant signs of impairment and was not capable of caring for himself, so he was placed into custody. Knight's corrections officer was contacted and requested his client be detained for being intoxicated while under his supervision. He was lodged in jail for Felony Parole Violation and was being held on a no-bail detainer. Jail records show Knight has been arrested five times for violating his parole since April 2023.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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