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GP Police Snared Man on Warrant after Responding to City Ordinance Violation
Grants Pass Police arrested a male transient on an outstanding warrant after responding to an ordinance violation near the downtown area late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a citizen complaint near the corner of NW F and Booth streets on Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m.. Police said they were alerted to two men who had set up a campsite that was blocking the sidewalk at that location. The caller also reported trash was strewn around the campsite. Officers contacted the campers and learned that one of them was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended and Reckless Endangering. He was placed into custody. The 32-year-old suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. Both men were warned for Scattering Rubbish and Blocking the Sidewalk.
Posted on 6/12/24 11:28AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Nabbed Man for Returning to City Park before 30-Day Trespass Over
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for returning to a city park from which he had been trespassed less than a month ago. According to the Police Department, officers were performing a patrol check at Riverside Park early yesterday when they contacted the 21-year-old male subject sleeping in the lower gazebo near the playground. Officers said they contacted the man who had a previous trespass warning dated May 13th. They said he admitted to knowing about the park exclusion and he was placed into custody. He was found with drugs and drugs paraphernalia. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass and cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 6/12/24 11:26AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Cited Truck Driver for Speeding after Interstate 5 Crash in Sunny Valley
The Oregon State Police cited a truck driver for speeding after he crashed his semi on Interstate 5 in Sunny Valley yesterday. OSP reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the commercial vehicle wreck in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 70 on Tuesday at 3:42 p.m.. Troopers said a 25-year-old man from Ceres, California, was driving a semi-truck when the vehicle overturned on a sharp curve. They said the man was not injured, but the truck was damaged and hauled into Grants Pass by Caveman Towing. According to OSP, the driver admitted to exceeding the posted speed limit which caused the crash. He was cited for Violating the Basic Rule.
Posted on 6/12/24 11:24AM by Sam Marsh

Trusted Sources Report Double-Fatal Crash on Reeves Creek Road near Kerby
The Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation is aware of a double-fatal crash that occurred yesterday in the Illinois Valley near Kerby. However, no official report has been released by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office or any other emergency agencies regarding the incident. Trusted sources report the two victims were in a vehicle that struck a tree on Reeves Creek Road. Those same sources say both occupants of the vehicle were declared deceased at the scene. We are awaiting an official report on the incident before releasing any other information.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Injured in Motor Vehicle Crash Arrested on Statewide Felony Warrant
A Grants Pass man who was injured this week when his motorized bicycle was struck by a vehicle was also arrested on a statewide felony warrant. Grants Pass Police and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle crash in the 1400-block of NW 6th Street on Monday afternoon. Police said a 44-year-old man was operating an eBike on 6th Street when he was struck by a large white truck driven by another man. A witness at an automobile dealership reported the bike rider was standing and walking, but he was holding his head. It was not disclosed whether he was wearing a helmet. During the crash investigation, officers discovered that the man was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from an assault conviction. He was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for an evaluation and -- after being cleared by doctors -- he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. Following the investigation, the truck driver was cited for Careless Driving.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared Felon for Parole Violation after Stopping Him for Impaired Driving
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for violating terms of his post-prison supervision after he was pulled over for impaired driving on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass this week. OSP reports troopers stopped a black Lincoln Navigator driven by a 22-year-old man near milepost 4 of US Highway 199 around midday Monday. Troopers said the Lincoln was called in as a driving complaint after it struck a guard rail and continued northbound toward Grants Pass. It was reported that the driver was unable to maintain his travel lane and was going into oncoming traffic. Upon contact with the driver, he displayed signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. He was placed into custody when it was discovered that he was a convicted felon. The suspect motorist was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving plus Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer and his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Sex Offender Found Sleeping Face Down near Skate Park
Grants Pass Police arrested an out-of-compliance sex offender this week after he was found sleeping face-down near the Skate Park. According to the Police Department, officers were dispatched to perform a welfare check on the 37-year-old man in the 500-block of SE Mill Street on Monday. Police said a passerby called 9-1-1 to report a male subject with his face in the dirt and a can of beer next to him. The caller said the man was not moving and they were concerned for his safety because he had a bunch of clothes on in the heat. Officers responded, contacted the man and recognized him as a convicted sex offender. He was found to be out-of-compliance with registration requirements and placed into custody. He said he had no good reason for sleeping face-down. The suspect was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Failure to Report as a Sex Offender. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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RV Habitat for Humanity Seeks Help Finding Job Trailer Stolen from City of RR
Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity is requesting public assistance with locating its job trailer that was stolen last weekend from a worksite in the City of Rogue River. The large white cargo trailer was stolen from the Habitat for Humanity worksite on Dove Place. The organization's logos are on each side of the trailer. It is described as a 7-foot by 16-foot 1999 Interstate Trailer with ladder racks. The Oregon license plate number is U262185. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this trailer is urged to call the Rogue River Police Department at (541)-582-4931. Please refer to Case #24530.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Two People Escaped Injury When Bear Rammed Vehicle on Redwood Highway
Two people escaped injury when a bear rammed their vehicle on Redwood Highway near Selma early yesterday. The Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon State Police responded to the single-vehicle accident on US Highway 199 at Wild Park Lane on Tuesday at 7:21 a.m.. IVFD officials said arriving units found a vehicle off the side of the highway with the two occupants unhurt. The occupants stated that a bear ran out into traffic and hit the passenger side of their vehicle. OSP identified the driver as a 96-year-old Brookings man. He was driving a Kia Sorrento with an unidentified passenger. Officials said the elderly driver arranged to have his damaged car towed to Cave Junction. The bear took off after the harrowing incident and was not located.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Hold Public Hearing on Ordinance Allowing ADUs on Rural Properties
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would change the rules for rural residential zones during its weekly business session this morning. The Board will then consider the first reading of the ordinance that would amend the Josephine County Code to update the rural residential chapter to allow more construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). ADUs would be limited to 900 square feet and they must be located no more than 100 feet from the existing single-family dwelling on rural properties outside the urban growth boundary that are at least two acres in size. Under Administrative Actions, the Board will consider the Findings of Fact on a comprehensive plan map change on a property from Forest to Residential and a zone map change from Woodlot Resource to Rural Residential-5. There will also be a presentation from Josephine County Public Health. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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DEQ Fined 3 Southern Oregon Organizations for Environmental Violations in April
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued 11 penalties totaling more than $1 million in April for various environmental violations, with three of the alleged violations occurring in Southern Oregon. DEQ reports fines ranged from $1,100 to $727,500. In Southern Oregon, DEQ fined Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center $4,400 for a greenhouse gas violation. The state agency alleges that Asante failed to submit a greenhouse gas emissions data report. Also in Southern Oregon, DEQ fined Jeld-Wen, Inc., in Klamath Falls $8,200 and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Roseburg $4,400 for similar greenhouse gas violations. Organizations or individuals must pay the fines to the state treasury or file an appeal within 20 days of receiving notice of the penalty. They may be able to offset a portion of a penalty by funding a supplemental project that improves Oregon's environment. DEQ works with thousands of organizations and individuals to help them comply with laws that protect Oregon's air, land and water. The agency uses education, technical assistance, warnings and penalties to change behavior and deter future violations.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Applications Being Accepted for Two Seats on Grants Pass Housing Advisory Committee
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Applications are now being accepted for two positions on the Grants Pass Housing Advisory Committee due to expiring terms. These are three-year appointments. The Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) explores opportunities to facilitate the provision of housing for all income levels and it makes recommendations to the Grants Pass City Council. The HAC also promotes public awareness of housing resources and promotes public participation in identifying and addressing housing issues and needs. The special qualifications for these positions includes one representative from a financial institution/lender and one representative who is a renter in the low- to moderate-income category. Applications can be found at the City Administration Building at 101 NW A Street or online at "grantspassoregon.gov/committee-application." Completed applications must be received before 5 p.m. on August 9th.
Posted on 6/12/24 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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