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Deputies Arrested Pair for Entering a Vacant Residence in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two people for entering a vacant residence in Cave Junction this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a trespassing complaint at a home in the 300-block of South Kerby Avenue on Wednesday morning. Deputies said the owner called 9-1-1 to report two people and a white van were on his property. The owner lives in Washington state and was alerted to the suspects by a neighbor who said they were removing wiring from the house. Trail cameras took photos of the suspects and minivan that were automatically forwarded to him. Upon arrival, deputies found 38-year-old Anthony Pope and 30-year-old Tara Hanson on the property, which had clearly posted "No Trespassing" signs on the fence and the home. Both suspects had made entry with no right or lawful reason to be there. They were placed into custody. Anthony Pope and Tara Hanson were transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. They were being held without bail.
Posted on 3/1/24 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
 

Josephine County Sheriff Warning Residents about Familar Scam Activity
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has received several recent complaints regarding a familiar scam. Sheriff's officials said citizens are being called by an individual who claims to work for the Sheriff's Office, demanding they discuss a legal matter with them. Variations include having an outstanding warrant, missing jury duty or citations that will be escalated if they are not taken care of immediately. The callback phone number displayed on caller IDs appears to be "spoofed," which means scammers can make a different phone number show up that isn't the one they're calling from. Typically, these scammers will demand some sort of payment over the phone, through an app or by purchasing gift cards. Officials say law enforcement does not operate in this fashion. As with any of these types of scams, it's always a good idea to just hang up and not provide any personal information over the phone. If you think it could be legit, search for the business's phone number yourself and call to verify any information that was relayed to you. Please take the time to share this with your family and friends, especially those who are not on social media.
Posted on 3/1/24 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
 

Part of Jerome Prairie Road Closing Monday for GPID Culvert Replacement
The Josephine County Public Works Department has announced that Jerome Prairie Road will be closed in the 5300-block for a Grants Pass Irrigation District cross culvert replacement on Monday. The closure is expected to last one day to all traffic including emergency vehicles. The traveling public is advised to find alternate routes around the work zone. Public Works officials said they understand this is a significant inconvenience for residents and other motorists. They appreciate their patience and cooperation during the project. For more information, contact Josephine County Public Works at (541)-474-5460.
Posted on 3/1/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
 

Three Rivers School Board Votes to Refer $39 Million Bond to Patrons on May 21st Ballot
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The Three Rivers School Board has voted unanimously to move forward with a school bond measure on the May 21st ballot. Three Rivers Communications Coordinator Wendy Giordano said the primary focus of this initiative is to re-roof aging buildings and enhance the safety and security of students and staff, with a specific emphasis on access control measures. In assessing the security needs of Three Rivers schools, the Board's strategy involves strengthening school perimeters to effectively deter and delay potential threats. Implementation methods will be tailored to individual site characteristics and may include the addition of fencing, gates, buzz-in entry systems equipped with cameras or key-card entry systems. A significant portion of the allocated funds will be directed toward essential maintenance projects, notably the re-roofing of 18 buildings across the district. A recent long-range facilities plan identified an urgent need for roofing repair or replacement, given the district-wide average building age of 60 years. If the district can gain approval of the $39 million bond measure, it has secured a matching state grant of $6 million. The projected tax rate associated with this bond is 55 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value.
Posted on 3/1/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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New Oregon Unemployment Insurance Benefits Online System Goes "Live" Monday Morning
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The Oregon Employment Department is just days away from launching a brand new, easy-to-use online system for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. UI benefits go "live" through Frances Online on Monday at 8 a.m.. Frances Online offers features that will provide a better customer service experience for UI claimants. It's also mobile-friendly. Claimants will be able to do a lot more things online through self-serve features instead of waiting for a letter in the mail or calling the UI Contact Center. Oregon Employment Department Director David Gerstenfeld said with Frances Online, they'll be able to serve Oregonians better and get their benefits paid quicker. The system migration began Wednesday night. Some services went offline and the Contact Center was closed on Thursday. All UI systems, phone lines and customer service options are now temporarily unavailable until Monday at 8 a.m.. During the planned service outage, UI customers cannot file initial claims, file weekly claims, restart claims, check the status of claims or make changes to claim information. To learn more about the new system, customer service impacts, new self-serve features and what to expect on Monday, visit "unemployment.oregon.gov/frances."
Posted on 3/1/24 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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ODOT: Winter Weather Makes for Hazardous Travel Conditions in Many Parts of Oregon
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Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation are working to make roads safe as a new round of winter storms hit Oregon yesterday. High winds plus heavy snow and rain are making travel hazardous in many corners of the state. ODOT officials said the road surface is just one concern during winter storms. High winds and precipitation often cause debris such as trees and rocks to fall onto roadways. In the mountains and high elevation areas, heavy snow and high winds can create whiteout conditions, severely limiting visibility. Travelers should stay aware and be prepared for delays and closures. Motorists should consult "tripcheck.com" and check weather forecasts on their planned routes. "Tripcheck.com" provides "live" cameras showing road conditions around the state along with other information that can help travel planning including altitude and temperature. If you must travel during a winter storm, be prepared. Pack your vehicle with the essentials like tire chains, blankets, warm clothing, food, water and medications. Make sure your vehicle's fuel tank is full and your phone battery is fully charged.
Posted on 3/1/24 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Trusted Sources Report Fatal Crash between Vehicle and Pedestrian in SE GP
Local law enforcement agencies have not yet confirmed the incident, but a fatal accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian reportedly occurred in the southeast part of the city last night. Trusted sources report a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a female driver on Parkdale Drive between Rogue River Highway and Fruitdale Drive around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. There was no report on the incident from the Grants Pass Police Department or the Oregon State Police this morning, but the Pulsepoint app shows Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response responded to that location at 8:53 p.m.. Sources said a man was struck by a vehicle and CPR was in progress when emergency responders arrived on scene. The victim's pulse was regained and the trauma system at Three Rivers Medical Center was activated. However, the victim was confirmed to be deceased a short time later. No one was identified. No other information was available this morning and we are awaiting information from GPPD and/or OSP.
Posted on 2/29/24 10:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Two People for Entering a Vacant Residence in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two people for entering a vacant residence in Cave Junction early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a trespassing complaint at a home in the 300-block of South Kerby Avenue on Wednesday at 7:41 a.m.. Deputies said the owner called 9-1-1 to report two people and a white van were on his property. The owner lives in Washington state and was alerted to the suspects by a neighbor who said they were removing wiring from the house. Trail cameras took photos of the suspects and minivan that were automatically forwarded to him. Upon arrival, deputies found 38-year-old Anthony Pope and 30-year-old Tara Hanson on the property, which had clearly posted "No Trespassing" signs on the fence and the home. Both suspects had made entry with no right or lawful reason to be there. They were placed into custody. Anthony Pope and Tara Hanson were transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. They were being held without bail.
Posted on 2/29/24 10:47AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared Woman on Outstanding Warrant after Illinois Valley Traffic Stop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman on an outstanding warrant yesterday following a traffic stop in the Illinois Valley. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Stacy Schwarz at the Rough & Ready Creek Botanical Wayside off Redwood Highway on Wednesday at about 12:40 p.m.. Deputies said they thought the passenger in the vehicle was a 40-year-old woman they had a probable cause warrant for, but it was not her. The passenger was then identified as 36-year-old Sabrina Wilson. Further investigation revealed that Wilson was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. She was cited to appear in court on March 20th and then released.
Posted on 2/29/24 10:45AM by Sam Marsh
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Northbound Lanes of Interstate 5 Shut Down in East GP Due to Semi-Truck Crash
The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were temporarily shut down yesterday due to a crash at the East Grants Pass Interchange. The Oregon Department of Transportation issued a bulletin on Wednesday at 3:51 p.m. alerting motorists to a crash near Exit 55 of I-5. The Oregon State Police did not release any information about the incident in its report this morning. ODOT officials said the temporary closure was due to a commercial vehicle crash and that northbound traffic was initially getting through on the freeway shoulder. They said a full closure was expected during removal of the wrecked semi-truck. Emergency crews worked quickly to remove the vehicle and reopen I-5. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue reported the freeway was reopened at 4:10 p.m. and ODOT urged caution as there was still some traffic congestion in the area.
Posted on 2/29/24 10:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Winter Weather Makes for Hazardous Travel Conditions in Many Parts of Oregon
Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation are working to make roads safe as a new round of winter storms hits Oregon. High winds plus heavy snow and rain will make travel hazardous in many corners of the state. ODOT officials said the road surface is just one concern during winter storms. High winds and precipitation often cause debris such as trees and rocks to fall onto roadways. In the mountains and high elevation areas, heavy snow and high winds can create whiteout conditions, severely limiting visibility. Travelers should stay aware and be prepared for delays and closures. Motorists should consult "tripcheck.com" and check weather forecasts on their planned routes. "Tripcheck.com" provides "live" cameras showing road conditions around the state along with other information that can help travel planning including altitude and temperature. If you must travel during a winter storm, be prepared. Pack your vehicle with the essentials like tire chains, blankets, warm clothing, food, water and medications. Make sure your vehicle's fuel tank is full and your phone battery is fully charged. Plan your route ahead of time -- and if you're following GPS navigation, make sure it sticks to main roads because most rural roads are not maintained in severe weather.
Posted on 2/29/24 10:43AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Apprehended California Fugitive after Interstate 5 Traffic Stop in East GP
The Oregon State Police apprehended a fugitive wanted by authorities in California after a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in Grants Pass this week. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Dodge Durango driven by 21-year-old Emilio Salvador Macias in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 55 on Tuesday morning. Troopers said they stopped Macias for traffic violations and they quickly learned that he had a felony warrant for his arrest out of California. The charges in the warrant were not disclosed by OSP. Emilio Macias was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he awaits extradition proceedings that will send him back to California. He was also cited for the traffic violations and his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 2/29/24 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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