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Oregon State Troopers Incarcerated Man on Thanksgiving Day for Stealing Vehicle
The Oregon State Police arrested a man on Thanksgiving for stealing a vehicle. The Grants Pass office of OSP is not publishing its daily logs due to the holiday, but Josephine County Jail records show troopers booked 28-year-old Cameron ML Sullivan on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.. There was no information available on the circumstances of the arrest including a location. Cameron Sullivan was lodged in jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempt to Commit a Crime -- all felony-level charges. He was being held without bail. More information will become available on Monday when OSP releases its logs from the long holiday weekend.
Posted on 11/24/23 10:24AM by Sam Marsh
 

Deputies Cited Man on Restricted Warrant While Investigating Illegal Woodcutting
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on an outstanding warrant while investigating a report of illegal woodcutting in the Williams area this week. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies contacted 42-year-old Michael Gaines about four miles up Fields Road on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies said they found Gaines cutting firewood on the side of the road. They detained him and warned him that he needed to obtain a woodcutting permit from the Bureau of Land Management. A routine records check showed that Gaines was wanted on a Josephine County restricted warrant for failing to appear in court for Trespassing. He was cited to appear on the warrant and then released from custody.
Posted on 11/24/23 10:22AM by Sam Marsh
 

Elderly GP Woman Who Refused to Stop Using Car Cited for Suspended Driving
An elderly Grants Pass woman who refused to take no for an answer was cited for a driving violation this week. According to the Grants Pass Police Department, an 82-year-old woman came to the local office on Wednesday afternoon to request the return of her operator's license that had been taken from her for being a suspended at-risk driver. Police told the woman that the reason her driver's license was taken had been explained to her on three separate occasions by three separate officers, but she continued to drive her vehicle in opposition of her suspended status. She was told not to drive away from the police station, but she vowed to continue driving no matter what she was told. As the defiant motorist pulled out of the parking lot onto NE 7th Street, the officer pulled her over and cited her for Driving While Suspended. Her vehicle was towed for being in a "No Parking" area and blocking a driveway on Jackson Street. The woman was provided with paperwork for the tow and given a ride to her residence.
Posted on 11/24/23 10:21AM by Sam Marsh
 

Jackson County Detectives Jailed Eagle Point Couple for Sexually Abusing Child
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Detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested an Eagle Point couple last week for multiple sex crimes involving a child under the age of 12. On Thursday, November 16th, Special Victims Unit detectives placed 28-year-old Colton Joseph Thornton and 31-year-old Elizabeth Nicole Shockey-Rydall into custody as the result of a recent investigation. Thornton was charged with 1st-Degree Rape, 1st-Degree Sexual Abuse and two more felony-level sex crimes while Shockey-Rydall was charged with two counts of 1st-Degree Sexual Abuse. Both were lodged at the Jackson County Jail. This case remains under investigation with Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives working additional leads. It is believed Thornton may have other juvenile victims. Anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to call SVU Detective Jill Wenzel at (541)-770-8928.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man on Nationwide and Local Warrants after RR Highway Stop
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on nationwide and local warrants for drug trafficking in the southeast part of the city earlier this week. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 42-year-old Daniel Wayne Stephenson during a traffic stop in the 700-block of Rogue River Highway shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Police said Stephenson was driving a Dodge pickup when they stopped him for a traffic violation. They said he initially was noncompliant with officers and it did not take long for them to figure out why. Stephenson was wanted on a United States Marshals Service warrant for Parole Violation and a Grants Pass felony warrant for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Fentanyl. He was placed into custody after the warrants were confirmed. Daniel Stephenson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Reports of Fight in Downtown GP Led to Capture of Felon on Statewide Warrant
Reports of two men fighting in downtown Grants Pass this week led to the arrest of one of them on a statewide felony warrant. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a disturbance involving two men at the corner of SW 5th and L streets on Wednesday afternoon. Police said witnesses reported that 44-year-old Danial Bryan Cook and another man were engaged in a physical and verbal altercation, which was causing public alarm. Callers said they would "hug it out" and then go back to fighting. Upon arrival, officers contacted Cook who advised that he and his friend were just "playing around" and no one was hurt. A routine records check revealed that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. Underlying charges included Failure to Report as a Sex Offender, Disorderly Conduct, Petty Theft and Offensive Littering. Danial Cook was placed into custody and booked into the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Young Woman for Fleeing from Jo Co Family Court Appearance
Grants Pass Police jailed a young woman for attempting to flee from custody during an appearance in Josephine County Family Court this week. The Police Department reports officers tracked down and arrested 18-year-old Alexis Frankie-Ann Shoesmith in an alley between NW D and E streets near 2nd Street on Wednesday afternoon. Police said Shoesmith was involved in a custody hearing in Family Court when she fled the courtroom. She had been arrested on an outstanding warrant at a city park earlier in the week. Once outside the facility, she shed her detention uniform and shoes before running away. She was located hiding in some bushes. Alexis Shoesmith was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Escape. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Crews Battled Recreational Vehicle Fire that Claimed Two Dogs near Wilderville
Firefighters battled a recreational vehicle fire in the Wilderville area that claimed the lives of two dogs early yesterday. On Thursday at 8:31 a.m., Rural Metro Fire Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a large vehicle fire in the 300-block of Cheney Creek Road. Crews arrived on scene to find the RV already fully-engulfed in flames with spread to an adjacent treehouse. Both the RV and treehouse were destroyed before the blaze was fully extinguished. There were no human injuries reported, but two dogs perished in the holiday fire. Rural Metro officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation and they were receiving assistance from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Crux Fermentation Project Offers New Ale Featuring Rogue River Blue Cheese
Rogue Creamery's world champion Rogue River Blue cheese is coming to a tap near you. According to a news release, Crux Fermentation Project will release a "limited-edition, lambic-style ale brewed at Rogue Creamery's cheesemaking facility using the yeast and flora" of Rogue River Blue. Rogue River Blue took home the top prize at the 2019 World Cheese Awards. Since then, the Oregon creamery's cheeses have been featured at White House dinners and won a subsequent world's best prize. "Beer and cheese are a natural pair, and this Rogue Creamery Crux Coolship made with their iconic blue cheese is no exception," Crux brewmaster Larry Sidor said in the release. The beer won't be offered in stores, but it will be available for purchase at Crux Fermentation Project locations and at Rogue Creamery in Central Point starting Saturday. Crux has a tasting room in Bend and opened its Portland location earlier this year. Crux Portland is located in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood in Southeast Portland.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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State Issues Holiday Reminder to Get You and Your Loved Ones Covered in Open Enrollment
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The holidays are dedicated to gathering, gratitude and cherishing our loved ones, but it's also essential to consider their health and well-being. As the holiday season begins, now is the perfect time to make sure all your loved ones are covered by enrolling in a quality health insurance plan at "OregonHealthCare.org" by January 16, 2024. "OregonHealthCare.org" offers quality health plans designed to meet all basic needs and more including preventive care, reproductive health services, chiropractic, acupuncture and mental health services. With numerous plans available, the Marketplace offers free, local support for comparing and choosing a plan. Insurance agents and community partners statewide provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge, available virtually and over the phone. Experts can also help to identify financial assistance options and cost savings eligibility as part of the free support they offer. Eighty percent of enrollees seeking financial help qualified in 2023. As families in Oregon and across the country continue to grapple with financial challenges, there are options available to help identify coverage within their budget, potentially at a price point lower than their current insurance. To determine eligibility for a more affordable plan through the Marketplace, visit "orhim.info/ESIcoverage."
Posted on 11/24/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon DFR Reminds People to be Careful of Holiday Shopping Scams Such as Gift Cards
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The 2023 holiday shopping season is here and the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) is reminding people to watch out for financial scams that can target their pocketbooks -- particularly gift card scams. Gift card scams often start with a phone call, text, e-mail or social media message. Scammers will say anything to get you to buy gift cards -- such as Google Play, Apple or Amazon cards -- and hand over the card number and PIN codes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers will say it is urgent, they will tell you which gift card to buy and where, and they will ask you for the gift card number and personal identification number (PIN) codes. Scammers tell different stories to get you to buy gift cards so they can steal your money. They may say they are with the government such as the Internal Revenue Service or Social Security Administration. They may say they are from Tech Support such as Microsoft or Apple. They may say they are a friend or family member with an emergency. They may say you have won a prize. They may say they are from your utility company. If you feel you may have been scammed, the DFR's consumer advocates may be able to help. They can be reached at 1-(888)-877-4894.
Posted on 11/24/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Emergency First Responders Teaming Up for Toys for Tots Program in Josephine County
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If you are in the giving spirit this holiday season, the Toys for Tots program is now underway. Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue are teaming up with the Rogue Valley Young Marines & Marine Corps Reserves and Josephine County Toys for Tots again this year to bring a special Christmas to kids in need. You can drop off new unwrapped gifts at several locations including Rural Metro Station 1 on Williams Highway, Rural Metro Station 2 on Monument Drive, Rural Metro Station 4 on Redwood Highway, Rural Metro Station 5 on Azalea Drive, Rural Metro's Administration Office on NE 6th Street, AMR's Administration Office on NW F Street and the Parkway Fire Station on East Park Street. Additional drop-off events this year will be in front of the Grants Pass Bi-Mart this Saturday, November 25th, and on Saturday, December 2nd, as well as at the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony in Grants Pass. If you want to register your child to receive a gift from Toys for Tots, please visit: "josephine-county-or.toysfortots.org."
Posted on 11/24/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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