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GP Police Arrested Five-Time Trespasser for Returning to WinCo to Steal
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for returning to a supermarket and stealing some items after he had already been trespassed from the store five different times. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 20-year-old Jackson David Sutton at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Sunday around 4:45 p.m.. Police said Sutton returned to WinCo with the intent to commit theft. They said he intentionally passed all points of sale with around $4 worth of store goods without paying. He was detained by loss prevention and placed into custody by officers. Jackson Sutton was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass and 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 3/12/24 10:25AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed GP Motorist for Impaired Driving after Weekend Stop in City
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass motorist for impaired driving after a weekend traffic stop in the southeast part of the city. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Mazda Tribute driven by 34-year-old Collin Patrick Quinlan near the corner of SE M and 11th streets on Saturday around 12:40 a.m.. Troopers said they stopped Quinlan for multiple traffic violations and he displayed multiple signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was more than twice the legal driving limit. Collin Quinlan was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court and released. His vehicle was parked and secured.
Posted on 3/12/24 10:23AM by Sam Marsh

GP Motorist Cited for Warrant and Violations after Crashing Van into Store
A Grants Pass motorist was arrested on a local warrant and cited for multiple violations after he crashed his vehicle into the front of a store on Rogue River Highway on Monday. Grants Pass police officers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle crash at Market & Deli in the 1,000-block of Highway 99 at 3:10 p.m. yesterday. Police said an investigation determined that 58-year-old Christian James Sargeant was driving a Nissan minivan when his foot slipped under the brake and he coasted into the open front of the market, cracking the glass panes on both doors. Upon contact with officers, Sargeant stated he knew he did not have a license or any insurance because he purchased the vehicle the night before. He was also found to be wanted on a Jackson County misdemeanor warrant for two counts of Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender. Christian Sargeant was cited to appear in court on the warrant as well as the traffic violations. As officers left the scene, he was making payment arrangements with the store manager.
Posted on 3/12/24 10:21AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Incarcerated Transient on Warrant after Trespass Call at South Y
Grants Pass Police arrested a female transient on a local warrant yesterday after finding her camped out at a south-city car wash. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a trespassing call involving 46-year-old Crystal Mae Lucas at the South Y intersection on Monday around 11:30 a.m.. Police said the property owner called 9-1-1 to report a female subject who had pitched a tent in one of the stalls of the car wash, preventing it from being used by customers. When the caller advised her to leave, she began yelling at them. Officers arrived on scene and contacted Lucas, finding her to be wanted on a Josephine County warrant for Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for Flight to Avoid Prosecution. She was lodged in jail with her bail set at $40,000.
Posted on 3/12/24 10:19AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Evicted 8 Campers from City Parks Due to Ordinance Violations
Grants Pass Police evicted a total of eight campers from three city parks early Monday. It all started at Morrison Centennial Park, where Bailey Beck was cited for Buffer Zone Violation and Scattering Rubbish. Connie Scott was cited for Buffer Zone Violation and Illegal Camping. Shaun Gee and John Hanson were cited for Buffer Zone Violation and Misuse of Park Open Space. All were trespassed for 30 days. At Fruitdale Park, Charles Williams was cited for Misuse of Park Open Space and Scattering Rubbish while Kacie Huntley was cited for Illegal Camping and Misuse of Park Open Space. Both were issued 30-day exclusions from the park. At Kesterson Park, Wade Johnson and Rosalee Word-Johnson were cited for Illegal Camping after they failed to remove their previously posted campsites. Both were trespassed from the park for 30 days. A wheelchair found at the park was returned to Three Rivers Medical Center.
Posted on 3/12/24 10:17AM by Sam Marsh
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One Person Hurt & Another Arrested for DUII after New Hope Crash near Murphy
One person was injured and another was arrested after a weekend crash in the New Hope area just west of Murphy. On Saturday evening, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover crash in the 8100-block of New Hope Road. Deputies said an investigation determined that 47-year-old Justin Ryan Gerlitz was driving a BMW sedan when he lost control of the car on a sharp corner about a half-mile west of Lincoln Savage Middle School. They said the car took out a mailbox before landing upside-down in a ditch. Gerlitz and a passenger identified as "Steven Velasquez" were able to extricate themselves from the wreckage and denied any injuries. The third occupant of the overturned car -- identified as "Michele Gerlitz" -- was removed from the vehicle and transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. According to the report, Justin Gerlitz displayed signs of impairment at the scene and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. He was lodged in jail for Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. The wrecked BMW was hauled to the impound yard.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:30AM by Sam Marsh
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State Troopers Collared Washington State Fugitive in Weekend Traffic Stop in CJ
The Oregon State Police apprehended a Washington state fugitive during a weekend traffic stop in Cave Junction. OSP reports troopers pulled over an Isuzu Trooper driven by 54-year-old Chad Roy Dishmon of Grants Pass on Caves Highway near Laurel Road at 7:21 p.m. Friday. Troopers said they stopped Dishmon for multiple traffic violations and discovered that he had switched plates on the vehicle, his driving privileges were suspended, he had no insurance and he had methamphetamine in his pockets. He was cited to appear in court and released, and the Isuzu was impounded. Dishmon's passenger -- 57-year-old Terril James Wallace of Sedro-Woolley, Washington -- provided false information multiple times, had meth in his pockets and was found to be wanted on a Washington state felony warrant for Escape. Wallace was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. He was being held without bail pending extradition to Washington.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Two People for Attempting to Steal Trading Cards from Walmart
Grants Pass Police jailed two people for trying to steal hundreds of dollars' worth of merchandise from Walmart last weekend. The Police Department reports officers arrested 31-year-old Derrik Ryan Miller and 35-year-old Breeanna Claudette Peaslee at the big box retailer on NE Terry Lane on Saturday afternoon. Police said Miller and Peaslee were detained by Walmart loss prevention after they proceeded past all points of sale with more than $834 of assorted trading cards that were concealed under their groceries. Both were immediately placed into custody. Miller and Peaslee were lodged at the nearby Josephine County Jail for suspicion of 2nd-Degree Theft. Miller was also charged with Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation as Peaslee is a protected party in a valid no-contact order out of Jackson County. Both suspects were being held without bail.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man on Local Warrant and More after Skirmish at Restaurant
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant and other charges following a weekend skirmish at a north-city restaurant. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a trespassing call at Denny's on NE Morgan Lane on Sunday at 5:05 a.m.. Police said 26-year-old Caeden Pearce Backanen and Eric Weldon were called in for trespassing and scattering rubbish at the restaurant. They said Weldon gave his name upon request, but Backanen delayed and provided a false name of "Kerby" while generally acting like he had a warrant for his arrest. Turns out he did. Backanen was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Contempt of Court. He attempted to flee on foot, but was subdued with the use of force. Medics were called to the scene, but the suspect refused any attention. Caeden Backanen was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant plus new charges of Resisting Arrest and Escape. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:19AM by Sam Marsh
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Illinois Valley Firefighters Battled Monday Evening Large Vehicle Blaze in Kerby
The Illinois Valley Fire District battled a large vehicle fire in Kerby late yesterday. On Monday at 5:51 p.m., IVFD crews responded to a reported vehicle fire in an unspecified location in the Kerby area. Initial reports from the 9-1-1 Communications Center stated that large explosions were occurring while dispatchers were on the phone with the caller. Arriving units found a recreational vehicle partially involved with flames and the fire was extinguished with no extension to other structures or property. IVFD officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Rural Metro Crews Extinguished Small Car Fire on Canaan Street near Murphy
Authorities were investigating why a newer Kia sedan caught fire in the Murphy area last weekend. On Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Rural Metro Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire near the end of Canaan Street. Arriving units found the car fully-involved with flames and crews extinguished the blaze, keeping it from spreading to the nearby house. There were no injuries. Rural Metro officials said the rain-saturated driveway added an extra challenge to fire apparatus attempting to access the scene after the ground gave way under the weight of the engine's 29,000 pounds. Thanks to other winch-equipped units on scene, the engine was freed within an hour. Officials said the mishap had no effect on the suppression of the fire.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:15AM by Sam Marsh
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King Jewelers Announces Closure of Store in Downtown Grants Pass in May
A well-known custom and repair jewelry business in Grants Pass has announced it will be ceasing operations at its downtown store on SE 6th Street this spring. Established in 1979, King Jewelers has served the community for over forty years. To bid farewell, the store will be hosting a closeout sale from April 1st to May 11th or until the inventory is depleted, offering customers a final opportunity to visit and purchase items at great prices. The closure of King Jewelers signifies new opportunities and a desire to explore uncharted territories, according to business owner Nick King. He said the store's dedication to its customers remains unchanged and gratitude is extended for the unwavering support received throughout the years. The King Family is working with a local business that is looking to purchase the downtown building. To stay updated on the closeout sale and any future developments, customers are encouraged to follow King Jewelers on Facebook.
Posted on 3/12/24 5:14AM by Sam Marsh
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