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Blind Man and Service Dog Rescued from Extreme Heat on Rogue River Recreation Trail
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US Coast Guard rescuers lifted a blind man and his service dog up from the Rogue River National Recreation Trail and onto a helicopter this week after he was overcome by heat and spent at least one night waiting for help, officials said. The Oregonian reports the 55-year-old man, whose name hasn't been released, was hiking with a friend in Josephine County last Saturday when he started showing signs of heat exhaustion. The man couldn't walk anymore and there was no cell service in the area, so the friend left him at a campsite with a tent and some food and water and went to get help, reaching authorities by phone Sunday. Coast Guard Commander Jay Kircher received a call around 5 p.m. Sunday from the state's search-and-rescue coordinator asking for a helicopter to pluck a stranded man off of the trail. As they discussed options and tried to make a plan they learned that the friend wasn't completely sure about the man's location. Instead of flying out right away, they coordinated with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Emergency Management to have a deputy and a Bureau of Land Management ranger walk the trail the following morning, find the man and then relay his precise location to the Coast Guard via a satellite phone. The deputy and the ranger found the man around 9 a.m. Monday, and they sent the Coast Guard their coordinates. A four-man unit departed from North Bend around 10 a.m. and got there less than half-an-hour later.
Posted on 7/13/24 6:21AM by Sam Marsh

Oregon Heritage Grants Awarded to Historic Property and Archaeology Projects
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Oregon Heritage -- a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department -- has awarded 18 grants totaling nearly $300,000 for historic properties and archaeology projects. Six of the grants were awarded in the "Diamonds in the Rough" category, which funds façade improvements that restore the historic character of a property. The other 12 grants were in the "Preserving Oregon" category for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and for archaeology projects. One of the archaeology projects being funded is a Southern Oregon University lab for study of the Maxville site in Wallowa County. Local historic properties receiving grants include the Elks Lodge building in Medford, the Butler Perozzi Fountain in Ashland and Hanley Farm near Central Point. These grants were approved by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a nine-member group that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the grants program, visit "oregonheritage.org."
Posted on 7/13/24 6:19AM by Sam Marsh

GP Man Jailed for Twelve Crimes after He Fled from Police Across Rogue River
A Grants Pass man was jailed on a total of 12 charges early yesterday when he fled from police on a motorcycle and was caught after he swam across the Rogue River. The Police Department reports officers eventually arrested 42-year-old Daniel Edward Wisener near the Grants Pass Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday at 10:20 a.m.. Police said they initiated a traffic stop on a dirt bike Wisener was riding near the Royal Trailer Park on Lewis Avenue when he accelerated and attempted to elude. They said he eventually stopped, fled on foot and swam across the river where he was placed into custody at Taser point by another officer. During questioning, Wisener reportedly admitted to committing crimes in three other cases that were under investigation by GPPD. He also admitted to stealing the dirt bike, which was impounded. Wisener was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for three counts each of 2nd-Degree Burglary, 1st-Degree Theft and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief plus single counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude Police. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:51AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Jailed IV Man for Beating Up Girlfriend at Trailer Park in Kerby Area
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed an Illinois Valley man for beating up his girlfriend at a trailer park in the Kerby area early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested the 44-year-old male subject for the incident in the 100-block of Pugetville Road on Thursday at 9:10 a.m.. Deputies said they were alerted to the domestic violence incident by a California man who reported his sister was being abused by her boyfriend. The boyfriend was said to be under the influence of methamphetamine after relapsing into drug abuse. Upon arrival, deputies found the female victim had been punched in the face and was bleeding. She advised she discovered her boyfriend smoking meth and when she confronted him, he hit her. She declined medical attention that was offered. The suspect told deputies he thought his girlfriend was coming after him with a knife when he hit her. He was laying in the living room with his hands behind his back, saying that he wanted to go to jail. He was immediately placed into custody. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:50AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Drug-Fueled Outburst at Community Corrections
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for a drug-fueled outburst at the Josephine County Community Corrections Office early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident at the local corrections office on NW 4th Street on Thursday around 8 a.m.. Police said the 39-year-old corrections client was reported to be throwing things and making a scene. Officers contacted the woman and she showed numerous signs of being under the influence of a narcotic stimulant which was a violation of her post-prison supervision for an unspecified criminal conviction. While being placed into custody, the woman reportedly attempted to kick officers and tensed up her body, refusing to be placed in handcuffs. She was subdued and arrested without further incident. The outburst was witnessed by her corrections officer. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Assault a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. She was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:49AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Apprehended IV Woman on Local Felony Warrant at CJ Supermarket
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested an Illinois Valley woman on a local felony warrant at a Cave Junction supermarket last night. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies spotted the 35-year-old female subject in the parking lot of Shop Smart on Thursday at about 7:50 p.m.. Deputies said they recognized the subject as being wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. They contacted her and -- with some difficulty -- placed her into custody at Taser point. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged in jail on the warrant plus new charges of Resisting Arrest and Escape. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:46AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Frequent Trespasser at Local Bar after Messing Up Bathroom
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for trespassing at a local bar and making a mess out of their bathroom. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the Lucky Lizard on Rogue River Highway at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday. Police said the bar manager called 9-1-1 to report the 37-year-old male subject had been in the bathroom for more than 30 minutes. The caller told dispatchers the man advised that he was constipated when told to leave and he refused to do so. According to the report, the subject severely clogged the toilet. The manager was very upset because he was not a paying customer and wanted him trespassed from all the company's locations in Grants Pass. The man was already wanted on a GPPD warrant for trespassing at the other businesses. He was placed into custody without incident. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and for a new charge of Criminal Trespass. He was also trespassed from the Lucky Lizard, River City Bar & Grill, Purple Parrot and Mario's.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:45AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Teens for Throwing Rocks at Interstate 5 Semis in Sunny Valley
The Oregon State Police arrested two teenage boys and questioned another after they allegedly threw rocks at commercial vehicles passing through Sunny Valley on Interstate 5. According to OSP, state troopers responded to several reports of male juveniles throwing rocks at semis traveling in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 71 early yesterday. Troopers searched the area and located the young suspects who eventually confessed to the crimes. They also admitted to having done it on several other occasions. An investigation determined at least 10 truck drivers had reported damage to their mirrors and windshields totaling several thousand dollars. Two of the juveniles -- a 15-year-old Wolf Creek boy and a 13-year-old Sunny Valley boy -- were charged with Criminal Mischief and lodged at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center. A 13-year-old Grants Pass boy was questioned, but he was not arrested.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigating Small Fire that Erupted Last Night near Shan Creek
Authorities were investigating a small wildfire that erupted in the Shan Creek area of Josephine County last night. Rural Metro Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a fire burning in brush and trees near the 500-block of Dutchy Way on Thursday at 9:21 p.m.. Rural Metro officials said the after-dark blaze presented only a moderate rate of spread and was easily contained. They said additional ODF resources were called in to finish mop-up overnight. It was halted at about a half-acre. Officials said the fire burned near an area that firefighters had visited on May 31st, which also involved about a half-acre and damaged a number of vehicles. The remote location with limited access for fire apparatus that day resulted in a suppression effort that lasted eight hours.
Posted on 7/12/24 11:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed GP Man for Roughing Up Small Child to Get Him to Go to Bed
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Grants Pass man for roughing up a 3-year-old child to get him to be quiet and go to sleep. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested the 26-year-old male subject for the incident at a home in the 200-block of Jasmine Drive off Lower River Road on Wednesday. The incident reportedly occurred on Tuesday night. Deputies said an investigation determined the subject placed his hand over a young child's mouth to stop him from crying while trying to put him to bed. The child tried to push the man's hand away, but was unable to do so. The subject grabbed the child's arm and shook him violently. According to the report, the little boy sustained multiple bruises with fingerprint welts to his face and arm. The child was tended to by medics, but it was unclear if he was taken to the hospital. The suspect was working in Medford at the time of the call. He agreed to drive back to Grants Pass and meet with a deputy, he admitted to the crime and was placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault, Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mistreatment and Strangulation. The Oregon Department of Human Services was notified about the incident.
Posted on 7/12/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Eagle Point Man Jailed for Threatening Family Members at Merlee Circle Home
An Eagle Point man is in custody for threatening his family members this week. The Eagle Point Police Department reports officers responded to a report of a male subject threatening family members in the 400-block of Merlee Circle on Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses indicated the subject might be armed with a pistol. EPD officers were advised that 28-year-old Jacob Daniel Johnson is on probation and a stipulation of that probation is no contact with residents of that location. He had left on a bicycle before the arrival of law enforcement. Officers cleared the home as a precaution and then searched the area for the male transient. A short time later, family members reported that Johnson had returned to the home. When officers approached the house, his bike was in the garage while the only family member on scene exited the house and said he was inside. Officers set up a perimeter and made announcements requesting the subject exit the house. Several attempts were made to negotiate with Johnson and resolve the situation, but he did not comply. The homeowner granted permission for police to enter the residence and the suspect was placed into custody without incident. Johnson was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for 1st-Degree Burglary, Menacing, Probation Violation and Interfering with a Police Officer. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/12/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Man for Breaking into Barn & Guest House near Wilderville
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for breaking into a barn and guest house in the Wilderville area this week. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the incident in the 3300-block of Cheney Creek Road on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies said the property owner called 9-1-1 to report a male subject had broken into his barn. The caller said he observed the incident on video surveillance and believed the subject was possibly under the influence of drugs. He had no vehicle. According to the report, the subject initially told the property owner that he lived in the guest house and was taking care of horses. He went in and out of the guest house several times. The door had been locked, but it was forced open. Upon arrival, deputies placed the 27-year-old suspect into custody. He was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Burglary, Attempted 1st-Degree Theft, 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 7/12/24 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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