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Rural Metro Assisted Applegate Valley District with House Fire near Murphy
Rural Metro Fire Department assisted the Applegate Valley Fire District in battling a weekend structure fire in the Murphy area. On Sunday at 7:35 p.m., Rural Metro and Applegate Valley firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 9800-block of North Applegate Road. Multiple units converged on the scene near the border of both agencies, finding a fire in the second floor of an occupied residence. All occupants were able to flee the dwelling and no injuries were reported. After full containment of the blaze, Rural Metro units were released. The Applegate Valley Fire District was leading the investigation into the cause of the fire.
Posted on 5/14/24 6:00AM by Sam Marsh

Jackson County EM Management Plans to Test Citizen Alert System Today
Jackson County residents should be prepared for a test of the Citizen Alert Notification System today. Jackson County Emergency Management said it will conduct today's test between 10 a.m. and noon. Jackson County encourages all residents to sign up for Citizen Alert or update their information before the test. For more information, visit "jacksoncountyor.gov/alerts."
Posted on 5/14/24 5:58AM by Sam Marsh

Forest Service Seeks Nominations for Pacific NW Regional Recreation Resource Panel
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The Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service is still actively seeking nominations for the regional Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). This committee will play a crucial role in shaping the future of recreation fee programs on federal lands in Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Northwest Region RRAC's role will be to provide recommendations on various aspects of the recreation fee program including day-use fees, overnight use fees and special recreation permit fees. The committee will work to develop inclusive and impactful recommendations that reflect varied community interests. The 11-member committee will include representatives from a variety of interest areas including winter and summer recreation, hunting and fishing, motorized and non-motorized outfitters and guides, local environmental groups, state tourism officials, affected Indian tribes and affected local government interests. The Forest Service is seeking members to serve on this important committee and encourages self-nominations as well as nominations of qualified candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Each member serves a two- or three-year term. The nomination period will close this Friday, May 17th.
Posted on 5/14/24 5:55AM by Sam Marsh

Eagle Point Police Department Recognized for Excellence in Policy Management & Training
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The Eagle Point Police Department is proud to announce it has been recognized for excellence in policy management and training in 2023 by Lexipol -- it's the third consecutive year EPPD has received the award. Lexipol is the nation's leading provider of policy, training and wellness support for first responders and public servants. Eagle Point Police Chief Jim Hamilton said the Lexipol Connect program tracks performance on five metrics proven to measure success in policy management. He said EPPD achieved Gold -- the highest level of recognition offered -- for effective and consistent policy dissemination to personnel, timely policy updates as laws change and officer training on policies. Chief Hamilton said policy management is critical to ensure compliance with changes to law and procedures, and to ensure staff regularly trains on those changes. Hamilton said they are honored to be recognized as an agency and they continue to strive to provide the highest level of service in the Eagle Point community. Their commitment to policy and policy training helps to provide trained staff through nationally-recognized best practices.
Posted on 5/14/24 5:53AM by Sam Marsh
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All 2024 Britt Music & Arts Festival Summer Concerts Announced & Tickets Now on Sale
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Britt Music & Arts Festival has announced its full lineup for the 2024 season and all shows are now on sale to the general public. Shows newly added to this final general public on-sale include legendary hip-hop duo Atmosphere, folk artist Ray LaMontagne and Gregory Alan Isakov, and award-winning soul artists Michael Kiwanuka and Brittany Howard. Britt will also be welcoming Dog Star, a star-studded band that includes actors Keanu Reeves on bass, Robert Mailhouse on drums, and Bret Domrose on guitar and vocals. Those acts are in addition to Britt performances by Pink Martini, Judy Collins, Nickel Creek, The California Honeydrops, Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson & Family, Shaggy, Colbie Callat & Gavin DeGraw, Rick Springfield & Richard Marx, Jason Mraz, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening and Chis Izaak. The Britt Festival Orchestra season is just one month away and tickets are still available to all concerts including the two-night run of "Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope in Concert." All tickets are available at "brittfest.org."
Posted on 5/14/24 5:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County EM Management Plans to Test Citizen Alert System on Tuesday
Jackson County residents should be prepared for a test of the Citizen Alert Notification System on Tuesday. Jackson County Emergency Management said it will conduct tomorrow's test between 10 a.m. and noon. Jackson County encourages all residents to sign up for Citizen Alert or update their information before the test. For more information, visit "jacksoncountyor.gov/alerts."
Posted on 5/13/24 1:51PM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Investigating Friday Afternoon Fatal Crash on Winona Road North of GP
The Oregon State Police was investigating a fatal crash that occurred late last week in a mountainous area just north of Grants Pass. OSP reports the motor vehicle accident happened near the intersection of Winona Road and BLM Road 35-5-9.2 on the east side of Walker Mountain late Friday afternoon. Few other details were available at press time, including the identity of the deceased and the probable cause of the fatal crash. The involved vehicle was a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee with Oregon license plate 569BYQ. State troopers took scene photos and evidence in accordance with OSP's Collision Reconstruction Policy. All evidence and information was put into OSP Evidence for processing at a later date.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:53AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared RR Man on Four Felony Warrants after Cave Junction Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Rogue River man on an out-of-state fugitive warrant as well as two out-of-county warrants during a weekend traffic stop in Cave Junction. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Dodge Avenger driven by the 36-year-old male subject near the corner of West River Street and North Sawyer Avenue on Friday at 11:44 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the motorist for failing to obey a traffic control device and discovered that he was wanted on multiple felony warrants including one from out-of-state and two from outside Josephine County. Alleged criminal offenses in the warrants included two counts of Felony Possession of Methamphetamine plus single counts of Theft, Escape and Interfering with a Police Officer. The suspect was placed into custody and transported to Grants Pass where he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:52AM by Sam Marsh
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RR Motorist Escaped Injury When She Swerved to Avoid Deer on Highway 238
A Rogue River woman escaped injury when she swerved her vehicle to miss a deer on Williams Highway near Provolt. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle rollover crash near milepost 11 of Highway 238 on Friday around 10:40 p.m.. Troopers said the 30-year-old motorist was driving a Toyota Prius east when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer on the highway and rolled down an embankment. According to OSP, the woman was not hurt. However, her vehicle was damaged and hauled into Grants Pass by Oregon Towing.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:51AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Man for Extreme DUII after Weekend Stop in Downtown GP
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass motorist for extremely impaired driving during a weekend traffic stop in the downtown area. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by a 48-year-old man near the corner of SE 8th and M streets on Saturday at 4:55 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped the pickup after observing multiple traffic violations and the driver displayed multiple signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was more than three times the legal driving limit. The suspect was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving before being lodged at the Sobering Center. His pickup was towed to a local impound yard.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:49AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Sound Equipment from Downtown Eatery
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing some sound equipment from a downtown restaurant over the weekend. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the incident at The Twisted Cork on SW 6th Street on Saturday at 3:44 p.m.. Police said a 33-year-old male subject stole an XM radio module from the restaurant that was valued at approximately $110. They said the restaurant owner confronted the man about the theft and the man made some verbal threats before fleeing on foot. The suspect was located near US Bank several minutes later as the owner followed him while on the phone with 9-1-1. The XM radio was not located as it was likely thrown by the suspect while he was running away. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:48AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Chronic Shoplifter for Trying to Steal WinCo Merchandise
Grants Pass Police arrested a chronic shoplifter after she attempted to steal items from an east-side supermarket over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Saturday at about 3:40 p.m.. Police said a 50-year-old female subject was detained by WinCo loss prevention after she attempted to steal more than $88 in goods. They said she brought an old receipt into the store, filled her cart with items and exited the business by passing all points of sale without paying. According to the report, the woman had committed additional thefts at WinCo and had signed a trespass letter that was photographed into evidence. A consent search of the suspect found her to be in possession of 3.79 grams of methamphetamine that was factory-sealed in a Scooby Doo baggie. It was seized for destruction. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Meth, 3rd-Degree Theft and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 5/13/24 10:47AM by Sam Marsh
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