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GP Parks Division Theme Last Week was Blackberry & Graffiti Removal
Last week's themes for the Grants Pass Parks Division were trail maintenance and graffiti removal. Parks crews worked to clear many trails and adjacent landscaped areas of blackberries and tall grass. Graffiti was also removed at many locations including the most heavily impacted parks -- Riverside and Baker. Parks officials said many hours were spent removing and painting over the graffiti.
Posted on 10/3/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh

Rural Metro Crews Involved in Two Sunday Afternoon Rescues in Josephine County
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Rural Metro Fire Department was involved in two rescues on Sunday afternoon in the "unprotected area" of Josephine County. Fortunately, neither incident resulted in serious outcomes. Shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a text message from someone reporting a dirt bike crash in a remote location up Taylor Creek Road. The text indicated a rider had slid off the Taylor Creek Trail and the biker's legs were pinned under the motorcycle. Rural Metro crews and medics from American Medical Response hiked in a half-mile to extract the rider and a friend out to the trailhead. Along the way, rescuers encountered a rattlesnake that had to be euthanized in order to safely reach the patient. After a medical evaluation, the rider denied any injuries that would have required transport to the hospital. On Sunday at 3:40 p.m., residents living along the Rogue River observed an overturned orange Tahiti raft, oar and backpack floating downstream in the 2600-block of Rogue River Highway. Calls to 9-1-1 mobilized multiple units from Rural Metro, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and AMR that rushed to both sides of the river in search of a possible person in distress. Even though a call of a human in distress was never received, the need to follow through with searching all surrounding areas was imperative. Bank-based searchers -- along with a rescue boat launched from the Parkway Station at Baker Park -- were unable to locate anyone and the search was called off.
Posted on 10/3/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh

US Forest Service Reports in Final Update that Smith River Complex is Under Control
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Another day of sunny weather meant good working conditions for the US Forest Service Type 3 team's final operational shift on Smith River Complex North. Management of the incident was turned over to local Type 4 incident commanders Gavin Mitchell and Monty Edwards on Monday morning. At last report, the Smith River Complex was 94,606 acres, containment was 87% and total staffing was 612. This was the final update on the incident posted to Facebook. The west side of the wildfire complex is anticipated to complete suppression repair work including biomass processing and debris removal by the end of today's shift. Two pieces of heavy equipment were to be demobilized this morning. On the east side, similar repair work efforts have progressed north and northeast. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment of road systems and severely burned areas to determine emergency stabilization are ongoing. Meanwhile, the Anvil Fire burning near Port Orford was reported to be 22,173 acres with 43% containment and total personnel of 1,207. The Flat Fire burning near Agness was holding at 34,242 acres with 88% containment and 48 personnel.
Posted on 10/3/23 5:55AM by Sam Marsh

FEMA & FCC Running Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on Wednesday Morning
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An otherwise peaceful Wednesday morning in October will be briefly interrupted by blaring alerts on cell phones, radios and televisions as several federal agencies perform a joint nationwide test. Tomorrow at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are running a test of the country's Emergency Alert System (EAS) plus the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) that goes out to mobile devices. The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. At that time and for 30 minutes after, cell phones that are switched on and within range of a cell tower will get a message that reads: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." On radio and television, tomorrow's test is set to last about one minute and will look or sound similar to monthly emergency alert system tests you may have heard before. The message will say: "This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is only a test. No action is required by the public."
Posted on 10/3/23 5:52AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man on Statewide Warrant after Weekend Call at Parents' Home
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man on a statewide felony warrant after a weekend disturbance at a home in the New Hope area. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 35-year-old Lee Charles Conway for the incident at a home in the 200-block of Detrick Drive on Saturday at 11:14 a.m.. Deputies said Conway's parents called 9-1-1 to report that he was out of control and he left on foot prior to their arrival. His parents did not claim the incident to be physical, but they wanted their son to be trespassed from their residence. After searching the area, deputies located Conway in the 200-block of Penny Lane and discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault. After the warrant was confirmed, Lee Conway was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. He was also trespassed from his parent's home.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:58AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Felony for Parole Violation & Not Registering as Sex Offender
Grants Pass Police jailed a felon for violating his post-prison supervision after investigating a weekend report of suspicious activity in the southeast part of the city. The Police Department reports officers arrested 37-year-old Antoine C. Roberson in the 1300-block of Parkdale Drive on Saturday at about 12:15 p.m.. Police said a resident of the area called 9-1-1 to report that Roberson drove to that location, got out of his vehicle and began walking around in circles. The caller said the man kept taking his clothing off and putting it back on, and they believed he was under the influence of narcotics. Upon arrival, officers contacted Roberson and he initially gave them a false name. That's most likely because he is a convicted sex offender who had failed to register with local law enforcement since April 2021. Antoine Roberson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer. Jail records show he had already been arrested twice this year for violating terms of his parole.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:57AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Collared for Breaking Vehicle Window and Trespassed from City Park
A Grants Pass man was arrested for vandalizing a vehicle near a downtown city park where he was staying. He'll be looking for new overnight accommodations. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 46-year-old Beau Thomas Beard at Debo Park and placed him into custody on Saturday at 1:36 p.m.. Police said a woman returned to her vehicle after visiting the Grants Pass Growers Market and found her windshield had been broken. Rocks were observed in the parking lot and a witness advised he watched Beard throw rocks at the vehicle. Beard fled the scene and went to hide at nearby Debo Park. However, an employee of The Glass Forge contacted police after witnessing the suspect urinate in front of some customers while carrying a knife or metal stick. He was quickly arrested. Beard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was also trespassed from the park for 30 days. The person who witnessed Beard break the window was warned for Scattering Rubbish.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:56AM by Sam Marsh
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DA Deciding Whether to Charge Eagle Point Man Who Fled from State Troopers
The Josephine County District Attorney's Office is deciding whether to charge an Eagle Point man for successfully eluding the Oregon State Police in the Wolf Creek area over the weekend. OSP reports troopers attempted to stop a Honda Accord driven by 34-year-old Kyle Robert Young for reckless driving on Lower Wolf Creek Road at Front Street on Friday at 8:50 p.m.. Troopers said Young refused to yield, sped away and a pursuit was initiated. After several miles, they said the suspect bailed out of the car and ran into the woods. He was not located, but the suspect was identified as Young. Charges of Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving against Kyle Young were referred to the DA's Office for consideration. According to OSP, the Honda was unable to be recovered due to the condition of the mountain road.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:55AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Motorist for DUII & Selma Passenger on Local Bench Warrant
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass woman for impaired driving and her passenger on an outstanding warrant following a weekend traffic stop on US Highway 199. According to OSP, troopers stopped a Toyota RAV-4 driven by 20-year-old Trinity Isis Anderson near milepost 4 of Redwood Highway on Saturday shortly before midnight. Troopers said they stopped Anderson for a traffic violation and she showed signs of impairment. After performing poorly in field sobriety tests, she was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit. Anderson was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, two counts of Reckless Endangering and Exceeding the Speed Limit by More Than 31 Miles Per Hour. Her vehicle was impounded. One of Anderson's passengers -- 30-year-old Andrew O'Grady of Selma -- was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court. He was cited and then released.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:54AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Woman for Impaired Driving after Getting Citizen Complaints
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for impaired driving early yesterday after receiving complaints from some concerned citizens. According to the Police Department, officers received a complaint about a Nissan Altima driven by 34-year-old Brittney Louise Allen on Redwood Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday. About 15 minutes later, another complaint was called in about the same car with a female driver slumped over the wheel in the Walmart parking lot. Police said they were advised that two of Allen's friends picked her up and drove her to a home on Kokanee Lane. Officers located the suspect passed out in the rear of the other vehicle. Friends of the suspect advised they were all at The Copper Mug when Allen was kicked out due to her high level of intoxication. Upon contact with Allen, officers said she displayed numerous signs of impairment and was unable to perform field sobriety tests. She was taken to the Josephine County Jail where she provided a positive breath sample and was then lodged for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and two counts of Reckless Endangering. While they were searching for Allen, police pulled over a vehicle which matched the description of the Nissan. But no indicators of impairment were observed and the unidentified driver was warned for Unlawful Lane Change.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:52AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Man for Impaired Driving at Three Rivers Medical Center
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office received an assist from the Grants Pass Police Department when deputies arrested a motorist for impaired driving at Three Rivers Medical Center. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies initially tried to pull over a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Anthony Thomas at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and Union Avenue on Saturday around 12:15 a.m.. Deputies said they followed Thomas into the ambulance area of the hospital's emergency wing where he finally stopped. They said he displayed strong signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was placed into custody. Anthony Thomas was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving before being cited to appear in court and released.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:51AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Cited Both Drivers after Friday Collision at NE 7th and A Streets
Grants Pass Police cited both drivers involved in a weekend collision at a busy intersection near the high school. According to the Police Department, officers and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle crash at NE 7th and A streets on Friday around 4:45 p.m.. Police said Catelynn Anderson was driving a Toyota RAV-4 when she ran through the stop sign and T-boned a minivan driven by a man identified only as "Dawley." The force of the crash caused the minivan to roll onto its side, blocking one lane. Dawley suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene. Anderson was not hurt. At least one of the vehicles was towed. Multiple witnesses reported Anderson was the at-fault driver and she was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Dawley was cited for Driving While Suspended.
Posted on 10/2/23 10:49AM by Sam Marsh
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