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Triple Impact: Pacific Power to Match Your Contributions to Oregon Energy Fund
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Helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to the Oregon Energy Fund with $2 more. Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find they include an Oregon Energy Fund contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program, customers can call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-(888)-221-7070 or visit "pacificpower.net." Donations may be tax-deductible and are forwarded directly to the Oregon Energy Fund, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need within the same county in which the donor resides. This year, Pacific Power will match up to $144,000 in donations.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh

State Agency Offers Free Parking at Oregon State Parks on the Day after Thanksgiving
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The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites residents to head outside on the day after Thanksgiving. Popularly known as "Green Friday," the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition for many families. State parks will once again waive day-use parking fees in the 24 parks that are open tomorrow and normally charge for parking. Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks. The waiver applies to the parks that charge $5 daily for parking. Fee parks include popular destinations such as Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, LL Stub Stewart, Smith Rock and Milo McIver. A complete list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online at "stateparks.oregon.gov." The fee waiver applies from open to close on Friday except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs through New Year's Eve.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Locating Man Whose Family Reported Him Missing

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating a man whose family has reported him missing. According to the Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old Eric Rossiter is a transient from the Cave Junction area -- although he has a history in Grants Pass. It is currently unknown if Rossiter is still in the area or who he may associated with. His family has not spoken with him in over one year. Rossiter is described as a white male adult, 5-feet-9-inches tall and 285 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eric Rossiter is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please reference Case #23-29092.
Posted on 11/22/23 2:29PM by Sam Marsh

Troopers Collared Motorist for Parole Violation in Highway 238 Stop near Murphy
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist on a local warrant for violating his post-prison supervision during a traffic stop on Williams Highway near Murphy this week. OSP reports troopers pulled over a GMC Sierra driven by 38-year-old Jason Allen Eldred of Spirit Lake, Idaho, near milepost 7 of Highway 238 on Monday evening. Troopers said they stopped Eldred for traffic violations and discovered that his driving privileges had been suspended in Oregon. They contacted his corrections officer who requested he be detained on a local warrant. Jason Eldred was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged for Felony Parole Violation and was being held without bail. His pickup was towed to a Grants Pass impound yard.
Posted on 11/22/23 10:52AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Entering Unlocked Vehicle & Stealing CD Case
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for entering an unlocked vehicle and removing a CD case in the north part of the city early today. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the Lucky Duck on NW 6th Street around 1:45 this morning. Police said an employee of the Lucky Duck reported a white male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans entered her unlocked Toyota Camry and stole a CD case valued at about $25. The caller advised the suspect fled north on 6th Street. Officers searched the area and located 37-year-old Matthew Gary Beard at the nearby McDonalds restaurant. He was placed into custody after probable cause was established that he committed the crime. Matthew Beard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail and he was also trespassed from the Lucky Duck.
Posted on 11/22/23 10:50AM by Sam Marsh
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Riverside Park Camper Arrested for Trespassing after Returning Before 30 Days
A Riverside Park camper was arrested for trespassing when he returned to the park after being excluded from the facility earlier this month. Grants Pass Police contacted 61-year-old Timothy Sern Teige on the west side of the city park during a patrol check around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Teige returned to Riverside Park after having been given a 30-day exclusion on November 8th. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. His park exclusion was extended for another 30 days. A shopping cart and trash were taken to the City Shops, and two large trash bags of Teige's property were logged into evidence for safekeeping.
Posted on 11/22/23 10:48AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Camper on Outstanding Warrant at Morrison Centennial Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a young camper on an outstanding warrant during a patrol of city parks early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers contacted 18-year-old Alexis Shoesmith at Morrison Centennial Park on Tuesday at about 10:55 a.m.. Police said they determined that Shoesmith was wanted on a local warrant for an unspecified crime. She was placed into custody without incident. Alexis Shoesmith was lodged at the Josephine County Jail, but she was released before the end of the day.
Posted on 11/22/23 10:46AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Cited Motorist for Violations after Traffic Stop near Shopping Center
Police cited a motorist for three violations after an unusual traffic stop near the Grants Pass Shopping Center. Grants Pass Police pulled over a Jeep Cherokee driven by Patrick Erwin in the 900-block of NE D Street on Monday night. Police said Erwin was observed towing a trailer held together with two straps. The trailer was missing a wheel, so it sent sparks from the rear left axle as it traveled down the street. During contact with Erwin, he told officers he was by himself. However, officers were surprised when they heard a female banging on the walls of the trailer and yelling to be let out. The woman in the trailer stated that she was not being held against her will, but she wanted to make sure she was not left in the trailer. Erwin claimed he strapped the woman in the trailer because that was the only way he could close it. He was ultimately cited for Driving While Suspended, No Insurance and Operation of an Unsafe Vehicle. The Jeep and trailer were towed.
Posted on 11/22/23 10:45AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Searching for Armed and Dangerous Suspects after Shooting
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The Grants Pass Police Department was actively searching for armed suspects who fled the scene of a shooting last night in the 1400-block of Rogue River Highway. Police on Tuesday night were asking citizens living in the area to shelter in place and to call 9-1-1 immediately if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Police also asked motorists to avoid the area and find alternate routes while Rogue River Highway was temporarily closed for the search and investigation. Officers were searching the area with K-9s. At 3:19 this morning, the Police Department issued an update that the highway had been reopened, but the investigation was continuing and the agency was asking citizens to avoid the area if possible. Anyone with information related to the shooting or the suspects' whereabouts is urged to call the Grants Pass Police Department at (541)-450-6260. Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.
Posted on 11/22/23 6:51AM by Sam Marsh
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One GP Man Killed and Another Wounded after Monday Night Shooting in Riddle
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One Grants Pass man was killed and another was wounded after a Monday night shooting in Riddle. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said 9-1-1 dispatchers received information about a shooting which had taken place in the area of Main Street and East Third Avenue in Riddle on Monday shortly after 11:30 p.m.. Deputies arrived on scene to learn that one victim -- 20-year-old Devonte Lovell Clark of Grants Pass -- had died at the scene. A second Grants Pass man -- 29-year-old Killian Mavity -- sustained a gunshot wound to the arm. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Detectives were seeking information on the whereabouts of 19-year-old Gauge Douglas James Main of Riddle. Main left the scene of the shooting after stealing a silver 2017 Honda Civic four-door sedan bearing Oregon license plate "276 PAT." Main should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who observes the car or Main is urged to call 9-1-1. A booking photo of Main was released per Oregon House Bill 3273. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident, which is being led by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police working in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.
Posted on 11/22/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Attempted Murder Suspect in Sunday Shooting in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has arrested an attempted murder suspect in a weekend shooting in Cave Junction. On Tuesday at 12:28 p.m., deputies located a vehicle of interest from the shooting incident that occurred Sunday afternoon on South Kerby Avenue. Deputies pulled over the vehicle and identified the driver as 21-year-old Jessy J. Forrest of Cave Junction. He was being sought as the suspect in the shooting that seriously injured another man. The victim has not yet been identified. Jessy Forrest was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Felony 1st-Degree Assault and Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was being held without bail pending his court arraignment. According to the Sheriff's Office, the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time. Undersheriff Travis Snyder said earlier this week that Sunday's shooting did not appear to be related to a double-homicide shooting that occurred Saturday on White Schoolhouse Road.
Posted on 11/22/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed GP Man for Probation Violation after Allegedly Attacking Spouse
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Grants Pass man for violating terms of his probation by allegedly attacking his wife this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 3200-block of Pearce Park Road on Monday night. Deputies said a male juvenile called 9-1-1 to report that his stepfather -- 39-year-old Anthony Jacob Yates -- assaulted his mother and made her bleed. The child whispered to dispatchers that he had blood on him, too. He also stated that his stepfather had been drinking. Upon arrival, deputies noted that the female victim had a black eye and was bleeding. However, she declined medical treatment. Yates was contacted while lying in bed and highly intoxicated. He was placed into custody without incident. Anthony Yates was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Probation Violation and he was being held on a no-bail detainer. Domestic assault charges were referred to the District Attorney's Office for consideration and prosecution.
Posted on 11/22/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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