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GP Police Snared Man for Continuing to Violate Court Order by Visiting Mother
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for continuing to violate a court order by visiting his mother against her wishes. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 34-year-old Evan Timothy Hall at an apartment in the 1,000-block of NE A Street on Monday morning. Police said Hall went to see his mother and a neighbor in an adjacent apartment with knowledge of the situation called for help. They said Hall got within 15 feet of his mother's front door before he turned around and started walking away. Officers contacted Hall a short distance away, confirmed the court order protecting his mother and then placed him into custody. Evan Hall was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Contempt of Court/Restraining Order Violation and one count of 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. Hall was being held without bail. Jail records show he has been arrested 12 times for violating the restraining order since May 10th of this year.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Police Incarcerated Man for Allegedly Stealing Vehicle from Father
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for allegedly stealing a vehicle from his father. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Dakota David Buckelew near the corner of SE 6th and I streets Monday afternoon. Police said Buckelew's father reported the vehicle was unlawfully taken by his son and officers spotted the vehicle before making the traffic stop. They said the driver was cooperative with lawful commands and he stated he knew his father was going to report the vehicle as stolen. According to the report, Buckelew had a recent "falling out" with his father and decided to keep the vehicle anyway. He also recently had his driving privileges suspended. Buckelew was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. The vehicle was secured at the scene of the traffic stop and the keys were taken to the Police Department for his father to pick up.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
 

Late Afternoon Crashes in the Illinois Valley Sent Three People to Hospital
Two crashes in the Illinois Valley sent three people to the hospital with injuries late yesterday. On Tuesday at 4:31 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle wreck on Redwood Highway at Laurel Road. IVFD officials said the driver had a medical incident before the crash and was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for further evaluation. The damaged vehicle was hauled into Cave Junction by JP Auto Recycling. On Tuesday at 5:13 p.m., IVFD and AMR responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash in the 200-block of Thompson Creek Road near Selma. Officials said the vehicle slid over an embankment and flipped over. The occupants were trapped and were extricated from the vehicle within minutes of the accident happening. Both occupants were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was reduced to one lane while the scene was active.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

Two Dogs Rescued from Structure Fire on Kirkham Road in Cave Junction
Two dogs were rescued from a structure fire in Cave Junction late last night. On Tuesday at 11:50 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a single-story house fire in the 200-block of Kirkham Road. IVFD officials said the structure fire was halted with no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. They said two dogs inside the burning home were rescued and both are doing fine. Officials said an investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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Action Item on Board of Commissioners Agenda is Canceling Next Meeting
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has only one action item in what should be a very short weekly business session this morning. The meeting agenda is topped with Requests and Comments from Citizens when people can address the Board for up to three minutes on just about any topic related to Josephine County. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board will consider an order canceling next week's business session due to a lack of a quorum in order to conduct business. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County Deputy DA Named "OSP Wildlife Prosecutor of Year" for 2nd Time
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A Jackson County Deputy District Attorney has been named "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division for the second time. Deputy DA Melissa LeRitz was honored for her exceptional work prosecuting fish and wildlife crimes. The Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year award is made possible by the Oregon Hunter's Association and Oregon Sportsman's Conservation Partnership. LeRitz also won the award in 2020. According to Duane Dungannon, OHA publisher and state coordinator, conservation-minded sportsmen appreciate prosecutors like LeRitz who take poaching cases seriously. LeRitz has a reputation for supporting OSP game troopers as they collect and document evidence and navigate processes crucial to prosecuting fish and wildlife crime cases. Wildlife in the state of Oregon is deemed property of the state of Oregon. LeRitz said the regulations are designed to be fair to all hunters as well as the natural resources of the state. If you know of or suspect crimes against fish and wildlife or habitat, please report them to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Line at 1-(800)-452-7888 or dial *OSP from a mobile phone.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management Offer Local Christmas Tree Permits for Sale
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For many families, venturing out onto public lands to cut a Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition. The process of obtaining permits differs a bit by agency, but families are able to cut Christmas trees on US Forest Service or BLM lands using a permit from either agency. Each permit allows the cutting of one personal-use Christmas tree and a permit is required for each individual tree visitors wish to take home. Permits for Christmas trees are $5 per tree and non-refundable. There is a limit of five tree permits per household and the permits may be used only on those lands open to Christmas tree harvesting that are administered by the local forest and Medford District BLM. Free printable maps that identify these areas are provided at the time of permit purchase. Permits can be obtained in person at Forest Service and BLM offices. BLM-issued holiday tree permits are available for purchase online at "forestproducts.blm.gov." Forest Service-issued Christmas tree permits are available for purchase online through "recreation.gov." Many local businesses across southwest Oregon are selling Christmas tree permits.
Posted on 11/15/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Food Bank Launches New "Barrels of Hope" Fundraising Campaign
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The Josephine County Food Bank is embarking on an ambitious initiative to enhance its community outreach efforts. The "Barrel of Hope" campaign aims to raise funds for the creation of 10 uniquely designed barrels to be used in food drives across the community. The goal of the project is to secure $12,650 in donations to commission local artists to craft these beautiful barrels, each designed to inspire and uplift the community. The Food Bank is also inviting artists who are passionate about making a positive impact to submit their sketches for approval. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $750 per barrel. The campaign seeks to debut the completed barrels at the next Boatnik Festival on Memorial Day Weekend 2024, turning the spotlight on the collaborative efforts of the community to combat hunger. Businesses interested in supporting the "Barrels of Hope" are encouraged to sponsor a barrel for $1,265. Sponsors will receive recognition for their contribution, showcasing their commitment. To contribute to the Josephine County Food Bank's "Barrels of Hope" campaign, please visit "jocofoodbank.org/barrels-of-hope."
Posted on 11/15/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Lone Action Item on Board of Commissioners Agenda is Canceling Next Meeting
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has only one action item in what should be a very short weekly business session tomorrow morning. The meeting agenda is topped with Requests and Comments from Citizens when people can address the Board for up to three minutes on just about any topic related to Josephine County. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board will consider an order canceling next week's business session due to a lack of a quorum in order to conduct business. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 11/14/23 11:42AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Continuing to Violate Court Order by Visiting Mother
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for continuing to violate a court order by visiting his mother against her wishes. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 34-year-old Evan Timothy Hall at an apartment in the 1,000-block of NE A Street on Monday shortly after 10 a.m.. Police said Hall went to see his mother and a neighbor in an adjacent apartment with knowledge of the situation called for help. They said Hall got within 15 feet of his mother's front door before he turned around and started walking away. Officers contacted Hall a short distance away, confirmed the court order protecting his mother and then placed him into custody. Evan Hall was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Contempt of Court/Restraining Order Violation and one count of 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. Hall was being held without bail. Jail records show he has been arrested 12 times for violating the restraining order since May 10th of this year.
Posted on 11/14/23 11:03AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Incarcerated Man for Allegedly Stealing Vehicle from Father
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for allegedly stealing a vehicle from his father. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Dakota David Buckelew near the corner of SE 6th and I streets on Monday at about 1:50 p.m.. Police said Buckelew's father reported the vehicle was unlawfully taken by his son and officers spotted the vehicle before making the traffic stop. They said the driver was cooperative with lawful commands and he stated he knew his father was going to report the vehicle as stolen. According to the report, Buckelew had a recent "falling out" with his father and decided to keep the vehicle anyway. He also recently had his driving privileges suspended. Buckelew was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. The vehicle was secured at the scene of the traffic stop and the keys were taken to the Police Department for his father to pick up.
Posted on 11/14/23 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Woman for Stealing Wood from Bi-Mart Due to Cold Weather
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for stealing merchandise from Bi-Mart after jumping a fence into a secured area of the store early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 27-year-old Ivana Lynn Balcom during a patrol check at the store on Redwood Highway on Monday at about 3:35 a.m.. Police said they noticed several pieces of firewood scattered about along with three bags of wood chips. One bag had been ripped open by Balcom and the woodchips were in a pile. The suspect advised she took the items out of the fenced area so she could build a warming fire. Officers advised Balcom she was not allowed to be accessing secured areas and opening property that belonged to Bi-Mart. She reportedly told them she did it because she was cold. The suspect had destroyed the bag of woodchips and the store could not resell the item valued at about $10. Ivana Balcom was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. Officers said they were unable to contact anyone from Bi-Mart, but they left a business card with the case number.
Posted on 11/14/23 11:00AM by Sam Marsh
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