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GP School District Partnering with Redwood Foundation for New "Early Learning Fund"
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The Grants Pass School District is partnering with the Redwood Foundation in establishing the "Grants Pass Early Learning Fund" to support the early learning program in District 7. Early learning programs do not receive state funding like K-12 education. These programs for preschool-aged children are generally funded through grants, donations or tuition. The Redwood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The vision is to build an Early Learning program that promotes positive, healthy parent/child connections, access to community resources, early learning opportunities for families and eventual preschool. School District 7 is weaving a tapestry of care and opportunity for children and families in Grants Pass. Every child thrives with access to community resources and early childhood education. The mission is to create opportunities through free parent/child interactive play groups. Your support will also provide transportation assistance; childcare for families with multiple children; professional development for early learning providers; parent workshops; kindergarten readiness classes; access to onsite health screenings; and clothing closet and essentials. For more information, please call (541)-474-5709.
Posted on 1/23/24 6:01AM by Sam Marsh

GP City Council Hears Accomplishments & Goals from Citizen Advisory Groups
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The Grants Pass City Council heard from the groups that keep it informed on important local issues during its weekly workshop on Monday. Representatives from the citizen advisory committees and commissions spoke about their accomplishments in 2023 and their goals for 2024. These groups include the Urban Area Planning Commission, Historical Buildings & Sites Commission, Collaborative Economic Development Committee, Housing Advisory Committee, Parks Advisory Committee, Tourism Advisory Committee, Bikeways & Walkways Advisory Committee and Committee on Public Art. Following the committee reports, the City Council went over the past assignments of members as liaisons to the advisory groups. Councilors will have the option to remain with their current group or request a change for the new year. Those assignments will be finalized in the near future. Council members Joel King and DJ Faszer were absent from yesterday's workshop.
Posted on 1/23/24 5:58AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Captured Out-of-State Fugitive while Looking into Squatting Complaint
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office captured an out-of-state fugitive while performing a weekend patrol check on land managed by the US Forest Service. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 35-year-old Lars Christian Depriest on Forest Service land in an unspecified location on Saturday around 11 a.m.. Deputies said they were investigating reports of an older model motorhome parked in a remote area when they contacted Depriest and discovered that he was wanted on a felony warrant issued by the Ozark County Sheriff's Office in Missouri. The warrant dated back to 2019, but the charges against the suspect were not disclosed. After the extradition warrant was confirmed, Depriest was arrested. He had been flagged for possible violence against law enforcement, but he was placed into custody without incident. Lars Depriest was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. He was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings that will send him back to Missouri.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:31AM by Sam Marsh

Suspicious Activity Report in North GP Resulted in Arrest of Burglary Suspect
A report of suspicious activity outside a north Grants Pass restaurant landed a man in jail for probable cause of a recent break-in. The Police Department reports officers arrested 35-year-old Bartholomew James Robert Lewis near Sizzler off NE 7th Street on Friday at 11:40 p.m.. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report Lewis and four other subjects were standing around three vehicles parked at the restaurant. The caller believed the incident was drug-related and they requested the response of law enforcement. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the subjects. That's when they discovered that Lewis was the chief suspect in a recent burglary investigation. No details about that incident were disclosed in the police log. Bart Lewis was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked for probable cause of 1st-Degree Burglary and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for 5 Crimes after Reported Disturbance at Fred Meyer
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for multiple crimes after he caused a weekend disturbance at Fred Meyer. The Police Department reports officers responded to a male subject running around the store parking lot near the Grants Pass Parkway at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. Police said 21-year-old Jacob Louden Ford had requested an ambulance. They said he was under the influence of drugs and was running around, causing public alarm. When a citizen attempted to stop him, the suspect attempted to punch the man. Ford reportedly fled on foot when officers told him he was under arrest. He was eventually placed into custody and admitted to taking psilocybin mushrooms. Jacob Ford was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Attempted 4th-Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest, Escape, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Crimes & Warrants after He Fled from Elk Lane Crash
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for multiple crimes and outstanding warrants after he crashed his vehicle into a fence and tried to flee. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the incident at the end of Elk Lane on Saturday shortly after 10 p.m.. Deputies said a property owner in the 2700-block of Elk Lane called 9-1-1 to report hearing a motor vehicle accident. The caller investigated and discovered a 1950s-model pickup tangled in their fence, causing at least $500 in damage. The driver -- later identified as 37-year-old Christopher Michael Anthony -- attempted to drive away and then took off running down the road. Anthony was Tased and placed into custody a short time later. That's when it was discovered that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and 1st-Degree Theft as well as a Medford felony warrant listing crimes of Kidnapping, Robbery, Assault and Strangulation. Christopher Anthony was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants plus new charges of Felony and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude Police, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Driving and Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage. His pickup was towed to the impound yard.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:26AM by Sam Marsh
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Young GP Woman Arrested for Trying to Outrun Deputies on Fast Motorcycle
A young Grants Pass woman was arrested over the weekend for trying to outrun law enforcement on a motorcycle in the Redwood area. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies eventually pulled over a motorcycle ridden by 19-year-old Shayla Autumn Dixon near the corner of Redwood Avenue and Hubbard Lane on Saturday at 12:17 a.m.. Deputies said they observed two street bikes heading outbound on Redwood Avenue while traveling at about 105 miles per hour. They said Dixon initially failed to stop, but she finally did and was placed into custody. The other rider -- identified as "Tristan Boothby" -- was pulled over near Dowell Road. However, for some unspecified reason, he was not arrested. Shayla Dixon was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving. Her motorcycle was impounded.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:25AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Nabbed Motorist for DUII after She Crashed Jeep in Colonial Valley
he Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving after she crashed her vehicle in the Colonial Valley area over the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck near the corner of Granite Hill and Grouse Creek roads on Saturday around 4 p.m.. Police said a resident called 9-1-1 to report that 46-year-old Cheri Terhorst lost control of her Jeep, slid off the road and into a tree. The caller said the driver was not hurt, but she was obviously impaired, kept trying to start her inoperable vehicle and refused to accept any assistance. Deputies arrived on scene and determined that Terhorst was highly impaired. She was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit. She was cited to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. Her damaged Jeep was impounded.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:23AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Two People for Nearly Simultaneous Walmart Thefts
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for nearly simultaneous theft incidents at Walmart late last week. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Friday at 2:20 p.m. when officers responded to a shoplifting complaint involving 39-year-old January Jean Marie Fish at the store on NE Terry Lane. Police said Fish grabbed a purse valued at $23 off the shelf and loaded it with her personal items. She took the stolen purse past all points of sale and exited Walmart without paying before being detained by loss prevention. The crime was captured on surveillance and she was lodged in jail for 3rd-Degree Theft. The second incident happened on Friday at 2:22 p.m. when officers responded to a shoplifting complaint involving 22-year-old Kane Nathaniel Cooper at Walmart. Police said Cooper collected $174 worth of merchandise while in the store and passed all points of sale with the intent of depriving the business of its property. He was detained by loss prevention, placed into custody by police and lodged in jail for 2nd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 1/22/24 10:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Ashland Police Arrested 2 for Assaulting Victims in Designated Camping Area
Authorities have made two arrests for an assault that happened early last week at a designated camping area in Ashland. Last Monday night, the Ashland Police Department, Talent Police Department and Ashland Fire-Rescue responded to reports of an explosion and multiple assaults at the camping area located behind 1175 East Main Street. APD Chief Tighe O'Meara said the investigation led to the arrests of two suspects identified as 19-year-old Noah Brennan and 48-year-old Jocelyn Cotner. Both were lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of 2nd-Degree Assault, Menacing and Reckless Endangerment. Chief O'Meara said the investigation revealed that Brennan and Cotner assaulted one of the victims. During the assault, the suspects struck a victim with a small butane-fed burner, which caused the container to break, ignite and create a fireball that seriously injured another victim and two other victims in a nearby tent. All three victims were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. They were not identified in the report, so their conditions are unknown.
Posted on 1/22/24 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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Alleged Speeding in Park Led to Arrest of GP Man for Crimes on Two People
An alleged weekend speeding incident at Riverside Park led to the arrest of a man for committing several crimes against the alleged offenders. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers detained two people after another person reported they were speeding through the city park near the boat ramp on Saturday around 3:30 a.m.. Police said the anonymous caller was identified as 37-year-old Tyler William Stewart. The detainees reported that they were parked at the top of NW Starlite Place eating when Stewart arrived in his vehicle and blocked them in. They said the suspect brandished a large rock while threatening to kill them and break a window. The rock was thrown at the side door of the pickup, causing damage and placing the pair in fear by his actions and behavior. One of the detainees disclosed that she and Stewart had been involved in a fight and admitted to throwing a bag of coffee at his head. She said Stewart put her in chokehold by wrapping his arm around her throat, which hampered her breathing. She showed officers an injury she suffered while her children were present in the home, but she said they did not witness the incident. Stewart was contacted at a residence on SW Central, interviewed and arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 4th-Degree Assault, Strangulation, Menacing and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 1/22/24 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Threatening to Harm His Wife & Teenage Son
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for threatening to harm his wife and teenage son during a weekend argument at their residence. According to the Police Department, officers responded to domestic disturbance at a home in the 1600-block of Nunnwood Lane on Friday at about 5:30 p.m.. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her husband -- 45-year-old Billy Leon Garrett -- threatened to punch her and their 15-year-old son after she refused to let him drive her vehicle. Dispatchers could hear the man cursing and yelling as he was searching for the keys. At one point, Garrett lunged at his wife but did not hit her. Officers said he is a very large man, so his words and actions placed the victims in fear they would be assaulted. He reportedly had never been physical with his family before, but he was placed into custody. Billy Garrett was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Menacing. The case was reported to the Oregon Department of Human Services because of the threat against his son and the presence of a 2-year-old child in the home.
Posted on 1/22/24 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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