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GP Police Snared Man on Warrant after Responding to Fairgrounds Complaint
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant after responding to a weekend complaint at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a disorderly conduct call involving 57-year-old Robert Vincent Jones near the Fairgrounds late Friday afternoon. Police said Jones was reported to be standing in the median west of the entrance to the facility throwing rocks, trash and other items at passing vehicles. There were no reports of damage or injuries, but Jones complained of chest pain upon contact. A routine records check showed that Jones was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was placed into custody without further incident. Robert Jones was lodged in jail on the warrant.
Posted on 11/20/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Woman for Probation Violation after Meth Pipe Found in Car
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for violating terms of her probation by using drugs after she was found passed out behind the wheel of an idling vehicle on the east side of the city near Walmart. The Police Department reports officers were on patrol when they contacted 44-year-old Carrie Leann Parren in the 100-block of NE Terry Lane on Saturday at about 2:30 a.m.. Police said they spotted an idling Acura sedan with Parren passed out behind the wheel. They said a methamphetamine pipe was observed in the center console, although the suspect said she had not used anything recreationally that night. Officers contacted Parren's corrections officer who requested she be placed on a detainer. Carrie Parren was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation because she had failed to report to her corrections officer. She was also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation.
Posted on 11/20/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Nabbed Man for Traffic Violation after Call from ROC Food Pantry
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for a traffic violation at the Reaching Our Community (ROC) food pantry over the weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance at the ROC -- which is located in the 500-block of SW Foundry Street -- on Saturday around 10:50 a.m.. Police said 61-year-old Gregory Scott Hicks was the subject of a traffic call after he arrived at the food pantry and became aggressive with staff members. Upon arrival, officers observed him in the driver's seat of a running Nissan sedan. His license was suspended and he told officers another person drove the vehicle. According to the report, there was an open bottle and several miniature bottles of alcohol in the vehicle -- but Hicks did not display any signs of impairment. Gregory Hicks was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving While Suspended. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.
Posted on 11/20/23 11:23AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Cited Several Campers and Evicted Most of Them in Park Patrols
Grants Pass Police cited several campers and evicted most of them during city park patrol checks early Sunday. During a patrol check at Baker Park, several people were observed camping after they had been posted with a removal date of Saturday. Timothy Teige, Andrew Peek, John Francis, Ashley Strempel, Vincent Manning, John Hanson and Marilyn Humphrey were all cited for Illegal Camping and trespassed from the park for 30 days. Peek, Strempel and Humphrey were also cited for Improper Utilization of Park Space while Manning and Teige were also cited for Scattering Rubbish. During a patrol check at Riverside Park, William Stroh, Glenn Miller, Noah Reyelets and David Wilson were cited for Illegal Camping after being posted. Reyelets and Stroh were additionally cited for Scattering Rubbish and given park exclusions. During a patrol check at Tussing Park, Marissa Winters was observed with a plastic tooter containing fentanyl residue. She was cited for drug possession and trespassed from the park for 30 days. During a patrol check at Westholm Park, Cory Russell was cited for Scattering Rubbish.
Posted on 11/20/23 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Sara Converse Wins Ultimate Oregon Tailgate at Diamond Home Improvement
Congratulations to Sara Converse, the winner of the Ultimate Oregon Tailgate drawing held Saturday at Diamond Home Improvement in Grants Pass. Sara took home the grand prize package that include two tickets to the Civil War football game on Friday in Eugene, a Traeger 810 Silverton Pellet Grill, a $100 VISA gift card and $100 to spend at Cartwright's Market. Diamond also gave away seven other gift cards during the annual event.
Posted on 11/20/23 11:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Sunny Valley Woman for Probation Violation by Stealing Auto
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Sunny Valley woman for violating her probation by stealing a vehicle in Grants Pass. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 27-year-old Tesla Elouise Jinks in the 400-block of Old Highway 99 in Wolf Creek on Saturday at 11:21 a.m.. They had been looking for her at a residence on Placer Road, but she was not there. Deputies said Jinks was the suspect in the theft of a Lincoln Town Car that occurred on November 14th. They said she was found in the driver's seat of the stolen car in the parking lot that stores buses across from the Wolf Creek General Store. Some clothing that was worn by the auto theft suspect was found in the car and she was placed into custody without incident. Tesla Jinks was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and the resulting Probation Violation related to previous crimes she allegedly committed. Jail records show she has been arrested three times for Felony Parole Violation since June 1st and she was being held on a no-bail detainer. The stolen vehicle was recovered by its registered owner.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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Police Snared Woman for Warrant and Other Crimes at Grants Pass Skate Park
Police arrested a woman on an outstanding warrant and for additional crimes after she was found camping inside a restroom at the Grants Pass Skate Park. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers responded to reports that there were subjects living in the restroom at the skate park located in the 800-block of SE M Street on Saturday around 12:20 p.m.. Police arrived on scene and contacted 54-year-old Amanda Marie Ahulau inside the restroom. She had left garbage scattered in the bathroom and placed items in the toilet that would make it a substantial inconvenience for park staff to clean out. She was also in possession of a WinCo shopping cart valued at more than $1,000. A routine records check revealed that Ahulau was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Disorderly Conduct. She was placed into custody. Amanda Ahulau was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant along with new charges of Felony 1st-Degree Theft, 2nd-Degree Disorderly Conduct, 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and Offensive Littering. She was also cited for Illegal Camping and trespassed from the skate park for 30 days.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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One Person Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash on Interstate 5 on Mount Sexton
One person was injured in a chain-reaction weather-related crash that occurred over the weekend at a notorious section of Interstate 5 in northern Josephine County. On Saturday at 11:36 a.m., Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon State Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle mishap in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 68 on Mount Sexton. Rural Metro officials said the wreck occurred just as heavy rain moved into the area. As a result of the first crash, a second crash occurred. One person was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt. The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control while the scene was active. At least one vehicle was towed into Grants Pass. Officials said this freeway location is no stranger to crashes, especially when the pavement is wet and driving habits are not adjusted accordingly.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD Crews Extinguished Unattended Open Burn & Cited Responsible Party
The Illinois Valley Fire District extinguished an unattended open burn and cited the responsible party in the Cave Junction area at the beginning of the weekend. On Friday at 9:07 p.m., IVFD crews were dispatched to the open burn in the 4700-block of Holland Loop Road. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze. There was no spread to the surrounding wildland nor were any structures threatened. The responsible party was cited for burning trash and burning without a permit. IVFD officials remind residents that no burning of trash is ever allowed and there is absolutely no burning allowed at night.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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RCC Board to Hold Work Session Prior to Redwood Campus Meeting in GP
The Rogue Community College Board of Education will hold a work session before its regular meeting on Tuesday evening. The 4 p.m. RCC Board work session will include discussion on the recent retreat, committee structure, future meeting agendas and team agreements. The 5 p.m. meeting will include reports on RCC Student Government, Faculty Association, Faculty Senate and Classified Association followed by reports from the Executive Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, and Board Outreach Committee along with a report from the OCCA/OSBA Liaison. RCC President Randy Weber will provide an update and there will be reports from the Senior Leadership Team and the Foundation. Board Action Items include the second reading of a policy on Political Activity by RCC Employees, a contract with Johnson Controls for Building Automation Services and Approval of Emeritus Status for Cessa Vichi. Tuesday's work session and meeting will take place at the RCC Redwood Campus, Building H and Room 2 in Grants Pass.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Law Enforcement District Still Leading by 300 Votes as of Late Friday
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The Josephine County Law Enforcement District appears to have been approved by voters by a narrow margin of just 300 votes. According to the Josephine County Clerk's Office on Friday afternoon, Measure 17-115 was passing by a 51% to 49% tally. Josephine County Clerk Rhiannon Henkels said the latest count showed 7,608 voters saying "yes" to the local law enforcement district and 7,308 voters saying "no." She said the next update will be posted by 5 p.m. November 29th and the certified results will be released no later than Monday, December 4th, at 5 p.m.. Measure 17-115 sets a permanent property tax rate of 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. That amounts to $99 for every $100,000 of assessed value. The new district will allow the Sheriff's Office to maintain the full-time equivalent of 20 deputies, 6.25 dispatchers and 1.5 evidence or property technicians. Meanwhile, Grants Pass voters overwhelmingly approved a five-year renewal of the $1.79 option levy that helps fund police and fire services. The tally on Friday was 78.2% yes and 21.8% no. The unofficial turnout as of Friday afternoon was 34.7%, with just over 34% of the ballots accepted.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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National Weather Service Posts Air Stagnation Advisory for Most of the Region Thru Tuesday
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The National Weather Service has posted an Air Stagnation Advisory for most of Southern Oregon and Northern California. The Air Stagnation Advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday and it includes Jackson, Josephine, eastern Curry, and central and eastern Douglas counties as well as the Klamath Basin in Oregon. It also includes Siskiyou and Modoc counties in California. Poor air mixing and light winds means that stagnant air is expected. This will lead to deteriorating air quality. Air stagnation is likely to result in diminishing air quality over time, especially in and near areas with significant sources of pollution. Diminished air quality is likely to cause health issues for people with respiratory problems if precautions are not taken. People with respiratory illness should follow their physician's advice for dealing with diminished air quality. N95 masks are effective at filtering out the majority of harmful air particulates. State air quality agencies highly recommend that no outdoor burning occur and that residential wood burning devices be limited as much as possible. Prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold pollutants close to the ground where people live and breathe.
Posted on 11/20/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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