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OHCS Announces $4.5 Million Awarded to Allen Creek Crossing in South Grants Pass
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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has announced funding awards of more than $40 million in grants and tax credits to build and preserve 471 homes, with a good chunk of the funding coming to River City. OHCS announced on Monday that $4.5 million has been awarded to Allen Creek Crossing, a 68-home development along Williams Highway in south Grants Pass. The resources come from the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credits, HOME and General Housing Account Program. These resources are used along with local, state and private investments to make possible the development of affordable housing in communities across the state. OHCS Director Andrea Bell said over 400 families and individuals will have a safe and stable place to call home because of these investments and the leadership of their local partners who made this possible. She said this progress can invigorate local neighborhoods, communities and economies. These investments also contribute to the five-year Statewide Housing Plan goal of increasing the pipeline of affordable rental housing. OHCS surpassed the goal of adding 25,000 new homes to the pipeline and had met this goal at around 107% of the target as of the end of 2023.
Posted on 4/9/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh

Total Payroll Employment in Jackson County Increased by 270 Jobs in February
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Total payroll employment in Jackson County rose by 270 jobs in February as many industries added jobs over the month. According to the Oregon Employment Department, there were 100,927 people working in Jackson County in February for a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 4.5%, which was up from 4.3% in January and down from 5.4% in February 2023. On the positive side, jobs were added in construction, private education & health services, leisure & hospitality, and professional & business services. Retail trade and manufacturing lost jobs in February while government jobs increased, with most of the gains in local government education. Over the past year, payroll employment in Jackson County lost a total of 130 jobs, a decrease of 0.1%. Jackson County employment is now 1,620 jobs below the total reached in February 2020, prior to the pandemic. Industries adding jobs since February 2023 included private education & health services and constructio. Industries showing over-the-year losses were professional & business services, financial activities, transportation, warehousing & utilities, other services, leisure & hospitality, retail trade, information and wholesale trade.
Posted on 4/9/24 6:16AM by Sam Marsh

Willie Nelson, Colbie Callat & Gavin DeGraw, and More Added to 2024 Britt Festival Shows
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Britt Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce the next slate of 12 Britt Presents shows for the 2024 summer season. This group of shows features another wide array of musical artists including country legend Willie Nelson. Britt newcomers this year will include Shaggy, Dirty Heads, Walker Hayes, Paul Cauthen, Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac "Rumors," and Jason Bonham's "Led Zeppelin Evening." Britt favorites returning to the stage include reggae rock bands Iration & Pepper with special guests DENM and Artikal Sound System, American jam band Umphrey's McGee, world famous Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Orchestra, pop icons Colbie Callat & Gavin DeGraw, jazz and funk fusion artist Trombone Shorty, and reggae band SOJA. The community is also invited to the hill for a night of laughter with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Asking for Trouble. It doesn't end there. Throughout the next month, Britt will continue to announce more shows for the 2024 season. With this announcement, there will be a member pre-sale before tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 26th.
Posted on 4/9/24 6:13AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Texas Sex Offender after Responding to Hospital Disturbance
Grants Pass Police jailed an out-of-state sex offender after responding to a disturbance at Three Rivers Medical Center late last week. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a man threatening people at the hospital in the 500-block of SW Ramsey Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday. Police said TRMC Security called 9-1-1 to report a male subject making threats to hospital staff and the general public while hitting his head against the wall. While the man was said to be verbally aggressive, there were no physical acts of violence. Officers arrived on scene and diffused the situation by placing the man into custody. An investigation determined he is a registered sex offender for a felony offense committed in Texas in 1993, he had been living in Oregon for at least two months and he had not registered with local law enforcement. The 54-year-old suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and he was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:49AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man on Outstanding Warrant after Incident at Verizon Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant following an unusual weekend incident at a business on the east side of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint at Verizon Wireless on NE Terry Lane on Saturday around 2:45 p.m.. Police said a 47-year-old man was called in because he was yelling at himself while sharpening a machete on the sidewalk of the business with his belongings scattered about. They said he was not threatening anyone or wielding the machete around, but the store manager wanted him removed from in front of the doorway. Officers arrived on scene, contacted the man and discovered that he was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was lodged in jail without bail, his machete was seized and the rest of his belongings were logged into evidence for safe-keeping.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:47AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man Who Ran Away from Officers and Climbed onto Roof
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for two crimes after he ran away from officers who were investigating a trespassing complaint on the west side of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the call in the 900-block of SW G Street on Saturday during the noon hour. Police said the 57-year-old man unlawfully entered the backyard of a residence and engaged in a verbal confrontation with the property owner. They said he fled the scene before officers arrived, but was contacted at the corner of H and Pine streets. The man became aggressive and took off running down the street, blocking vehicle traffic and kept running even though officers did not engage in any type of pursuit. The man then entered a property in the 700-block of SW H Street and climbed onto the roof of a building. He was told to get off the roof multiple times, but refused to comply. He eventually followed lawful orders after the threat of non-lethal force. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:45AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Incarcerated Woman for Spray-Painting Neighbor's RV at Local Park
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman for spray-painting the outside of someone's trailer at an RV Park just east of Grants Pass last weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the vandalism incident at the park in the 3200-block of Pearce Park Road on Saturday at about 10:50 p.m.. Deputies said a man called 9-1-1 to report he caught his 76-year-old neighbor spray-painting his RV black and applying some colorful metaphors to the outside of the trailer. The woman also reportedly stacked fencing against the trailer door in an effort to trap him inside. The woman could be heard laughing and screaming inside own trailer when deputies arrived on scene. It was unclear why she victimized her neighbor. The suspect was contacted and placed into custody. She was lodged in jail for 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and trespassed from her neighbor's RV space.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Throwing Beer Cans Off Bridge into Rogue River
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for throwing empty beer cans off the Debbs Potts Memorial Bridge into the Rogue River over the weekend. The Police Department reports a citizen observed the 33-year-old male subject throwing beer cans off the span that carries the Grants Pass Parkway over the river on Saturday at about 2:50 p.m.. Officers contacted the suspect and another man who stated that he grabbed the suspect when he attempted to jump off the bridge. The suspect was uncooperative at first and refused to give his name. He eventually admitted to the offense and was placed into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Depositing Trash Within 100 Yards of a Waterway.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:31AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Two Motorists for Impaired Driving in GP Area Over Weekend
The Oregon State Police arrested at least two motorists for impaired driving in the Grants Pass area over the weekend. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Friday at 11:32 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Cadillac Escalade driven by a 31-year-old Florence man near the corner of Redwood and Kellenbeck avenues. Troopers said they stopped the man for speeding and failing to maintain his travel lane. They said the suspect showed signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering his 33-year-old female passenger from Grants Pass. The second incident happened on Saturday at 10:45 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Mercedes Benz driven by a 57-year-old Grants Pass man in the 2800-block of Midway Avenue. Troopers said the driver was visibly impaired when they stopped him for multiple traffic violations. They said he refused to participate in field sobriety tests, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw that was positive for alcohol. He was lodged in jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.
Posted on 4/8/24 10:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Weekend Report of Young Men Fighting Resulted in Domestic Violence Arrest
A weekend report of two young men fighting at a south Grants Pass residence led to the arrest of one of them for domestic violence. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers responded to a disturbance at a home in the 1400-block of Playford Lane on Friday at 9:37 p.m.. Police said a female caller reported a physical fight outside the house with several people inside. The caller said it was unknown what started the fight between the 19-year-old and 21-year-old combatants. No one was seriously hurt in the brawl between the highly-intoxicated men. Upon arrival, officers broke up the fight and learned that the 18-year-old man had previously impeded the breathing of his girlfriend by grabbing her throat with his hands. He scuffled with officers while being placed into custody. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Strangulation and Resisting Arrest. He was being held without bail. The 21-year-old man was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Fugitive Wanted on Michigan Warrant after Trespass Call
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman wanted on out-of-state fugitive warrant while investigating a trespassing complaint at the Grants Pass Shopping Center. The Police Department reports officers arrested the 40-year-old female suspect at Aaron's Furniture on Saturday at 2:25 a.m.. Police said they contacted the woman after she had scattered rubbish while sifting through garbage cans outside the business on NE D Street. They said she was hostile with a security guard and refused to leave the property. Upon arrival, officers contacted the woman and discovered that she was wanted on an extraditable Michigan Department of Attorney General felony warrant for Family Neglect. She was placed into custody without further incident. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the fugitive warrant and she was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings that will send her back to Michigan.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Man for Vehicle Theft after Weekend Stop on Highway 199
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for vehicle theft during a weekend traffic stop on Redwood Highway near the Applegate River. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old man near the intersection of US Highway 199 and Riverbanks Road on Saturday shortly after 2 p.m.. Deputies said they were on patrol when they spotted the vehicle that had been reported stolen from a man living on Camp Joy Road. Following the traffic stop, they detained the suspect and then placed him into custody after it was confirmed that the vehicle was still reported as stolen. The suspect was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The vehicle was towed into Grants Pass and the registered owner was advised of its recovery.
Posted on 4/8/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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