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Caltrans Officials Anticipate End of Lengthy Redwood Highway Closures This Weekend
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Following solid progress with wildfire repairs along US Highway 199 near the Oregon border, the California Department of Transportation anticipates the last day of three-hour closures will be today. According to Caltrans District 1 in Del Norte County, Saturday and Sunday will be the first days without traffic control since the Smith River Complex started August 15th. Caltrans officials said work on that section of Redwood Highway is still ongoing. Moving forward, travelers should expect up to one-hour delays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. But outside of those hours, delays should be minimal. US Highway 199 has been subject to an emergency wildfire response since mid-August. So far, crews have remediated hazardous trees, damaged guardrail and damaged signs. They've also installed elevated cable net drapery systems to stop rocks and debris from falling onto the highway. Upcoming work includes removing additional hazardous trees, installing more signs and installing more rock-catching systems. For more updates on US Highway 199 between the Illinois Valley and Highway 101, check "quickmap.dot.ca.gov." You can also visit the QuickMap app for the latest road conditions.
Posted on 10/27/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Department Hosting Drug Take-Back Event from 10am to 2pm Saturday
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The Grants Pass Police Department is hosting a drug take-back event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. If you have unwanted prescription medication from family members or another person in your household, please bring them to the Police Department located at 726 NE 7th Street. You can anonymously turn in your unwanted prescription medication for disposal. Some items will not be accepted at tomorrow's event such as thermometers, oxygen containers and pressurized canisters. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement will handle such material as abandoned property in accordance with GPPD policy. Intravenous solutions, injectables, inhalers, syringes, chemotherapy medications, vaping devices that have batteries that cannot be removed or medical waste will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Posted on 10/27/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh

Several Free Local Events for Trick-or-Treaters in Days Leading Up to Halloween Night
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Trick-or-treaters will have plenty of local options to gather candy in the next few days leading up to Halloween night. Several of these events are free. It all starts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass with a "Trunk-or-Treat" event in the covered arena. Also on Saturday, the Grants Pass Shopping Center is hosting a Halloween Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Central Point's Chamber of Commerce will have a "Trick-or-Treat Treasure Hunt" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Gold Hill Library will hold a "Trunk-or-Treat" event from 3 to 5 p.m.. On Sunday, Parkway Christian Center in Grants Pass will hold a "Trunk-or-Treat" from 4 to 6 p.m.. On Tuesday, the "Downtown Grants Pass Halloween Safe Walk" runs from 3 to 5 p.m. when trick-or-treaters can gather candy from participating merchants. Also on Tuesday is River Valley Church's "Fall Family Festival" from 5 to 8 p.m. and Community Bible Church will host a "Trunk-or-Treat" event from 6 to 7:30 p.m..
Posted on 10/27/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh

One Person Hurt in Fiery Crash on Redwood Highway near Hayes Hill Summit
One person was injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that occurred on Redwood Highway near the Hayes Hill Summit early yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the three-vehicle collision near milepost 15 of US Highway 199 on Wednesday at about 8:25 a.m.. OSP said a preliminary investigation indicates 27-year-old James Edwards of Medford was driving a Chevrolet pickup south on the highway when he lost control in a curve. The pickup contacted a northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 42-year-old Yesenia Oviatt of Crescent City before crashing into a northbound Subaru Outback driven by 73-year-old George Milligan of Cave Junction. Edwards' pickup overturned, burst into flames and was fully-burned when crews arrived to extinguish the fire. Milligan was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt. All three vehicles were towed into Grants Pass. Following the investigation, Edwards was either cited or warned for an unspecified traffic violation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Illinois Valley Fire District, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Attacking Roommate at Mobile Home Park near GP
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for attacking his roommate at a residence about four miles west of Grants Pass late yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 48-year-old Anthony Michael Donlan for the incident that occurred at a mobile home park in the 4500-block of Lower River Road shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies said they received a call from a 63-year-old man who stated that Donlan beat him up with a shovel and had him trapped in the house. They said the victim sought refuge in the office of the park and was applying direct pressure to a wound on his head. The man said he also sustained bruises on his arms, face and chest. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed both parties, observed the victim's injuries and placed Donlan into custody. The victim received medical treatment at the scene, but he was not transported to the hospital. There was no evidence that a shovel was used in the attack, nor was there any evidence the suspect prevented the victim from leaving the residence. Anthony Donlan was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Assault. Donlan was flagged as hostile to law enforcement and a two-officer contact after he allegedly threatened to shoot deputies.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:08AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Men on Felony Warrants while Investigating Theft Call
Grants Pass Police apprehended two men wanted on outstanding felony warrants early yesterday while investigating a theft complaint in the northwest part of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident in the 1200-block of NW Highland Avenue on Wednesday around 8:45 a.m.. Police said they contacted 54-year-old Paul Daniels and 42-year-old Paul Allyn during an investigation into unpaid labor. They said a 50-year-old woman worked for one of the men and was given a check that bounced due to insufficient funds. During the investigation, it was discovered that Paul Daniels was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation and Paul Allyn was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Identity Theft and 2nd-Degree Theft. Both Pauls were lodged at the Josephine County Jail. On the original call regarding the bad check, the complainant agreed to enter into a civil agreement for payment of the money owed.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Located Missing Man and Then Arrested Him on Local Warrant
Grants Pass Police located a missing man at a city park and then arrested him on an outstanding local warrant early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers located 40-year-old Travis Edward McGee Blake at Tussing Park at 6:23 a.m. Wednesday after his mother had reported him missing. Police said Blake had walked to Tussing Park from Baker Park and he was contacted in the parking lot off West Park Street. That's when they learned that he had been reported as a missing person from Jackson County. Officers also discovered that Blake was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Blake's mother was contacted and advised of her son's current disposition.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Nearly Hit by Vehicle in Redwood Area Snared on Outside Warrant
A Grants Pass man who was nearly struck by a vehicle after disregarding a traffic control device was arrested on an outside warrant yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a reported disturbance at the intersection of Willow Lane and Redwood Avenue on Wednesday at 3:50 p.m.. Police said 24-year-old Drake Anthony Evans ignored a pedestrian control device at the intersection and was almost hit by a vehicle. They said Evans called 9-1-1 and proceeded to confront the driver who he said threatened to kill him. However, evidence showed Evans was riding a skateboard and using his phone at the time. Officers responded and contacted Evans at a nearby bus stop, discovering that he was wanted on a Klamath County warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. After the warrant was confirmed, he was lodged at the jail facility.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:02AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared Two Motorists on Local Warrants in Separate Tuesday Stops
The Oregon State Police arrested two people on local warrants during separate traffic stops that occurred within a 22-minute period in the Illinois Valley. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Tuesday at 11:34 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Dodge Dart driven by 43-year-old Kristopher Everett Kelley of Cave Junction near the corner of Redwood Highway and East River Street. Troopers said they stopped Kelley for a traffic violation and discovered that he was wanted on a local bench warrant for failing to appear in court. He was cited to appear in court and then released from custody. The second incident happened on Tuesday at 11:56 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Honda Accord driven by 43-year-old Daren Alan McCollum on US Highway 199 near Eight Dollar Mountain Road. Troopers said they stopped McCollum for traffic violations and learned that he was wanted on a local warrant for Contempt of Court. He was issued a criminal citation and advised that he must appear for his scheduled court date. He was then released.
Posted on 10/26/23 11:00AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Allegedly Defecating on Door of Apartment
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for allegedly defecating on the front door of an apartment near the downtown area late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident in the 800-block of NE E Street on Wednesday at about 5 p.m.. Police said 59-year-old Marjorie Rose Anderson was contacted a short distance away from the apartment and the reports of her defecating on the door proved to be accurate. They said the evidence was in such a manner it was not able to be picked up. Anderson was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Offensive Littering. A shopping cart she was pushing was returned to the retailer and her belongings were logged into evidence for safe-keeping.
Posted on 10/26/23 10:59AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Man Jailed for Alleged Sex Crimes with Child at Bowling Alley
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A Josephine County man has been jailed for alleged sex crimes with a young child at a Grants Pass bowling alley. The Grants Pass Police Department reports 78-year-old Edward Ray Benavente was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on Tuesday. Police said they received allegations of sex abuse at Caveman Bowl on Rogue River Highway last weekend. Detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the alleged abuse of a child under 12 years old. Lieutenant Jeff Hattersley said the investigation led to the arrest of Benavente for three counts of 1st-Degree Sex Abuse of a Minor and two counts of Purchasing Sex with a Minor. The suspect was being held without bail. Anyone with information about this investigation or additional victims is urged to contact Grants Pass Police Detective Miguel at (541)-450-6260. Please reference Case #23-44691. Due to the sensitive nature of this case, Lieutenant Hattersley said additional details will not be released.
Posted on 10/26/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Seeking Public Assistance in Locating Missing Illinois Valley Woman
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was asking for public assistance in locating a missing Illinois Valley woman. According to a Wednesday afternoon news release, 28-year-old Skyler McKinney was last seen in the Selma area near Lake Selmac around October 3rd. Friends and family have not heard from McKinney since that time, but they have received information that she is still in the area. They said she may have dyed her hair purple. McKinney is described as a white female adult, 5-feet-3-inches tall and 150 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Skyler McKinney is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please refer to Case #23-26917.
Posted on 10/26/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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