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Reinhart Volunteer Park Playground Closed Saturday for Archeological Survey
The City of Grants Pass has announced that the playground at Reinhart Volunteer Park will be closed Saturday for an archeological survey. The main playground at the All Sports Park will be closed tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. An archeological team will be digging test holes as part of the project. City officials said the work is a requirement of the Oregon State Parks grant it has applied for to replace the existing playground structure. Closure notices have been posted around the playground area.
Posted on 9/29/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Captured State Fugitive while Investigating City Park Complaint
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted on a statewide felony warrant while investigating a citizen complaint at a city park this week. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 46-year-old Rose Marie McLaughlin at Ogle Park in the 1400-block of NW Washington Boulevard on Wednesday night. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report an ongoing issue with McLaughlin staying inside the park gazebo. The caller said the woman was attracting "the wrong type of people" and she was doing drugs with two unidentified men. Responding officers contacted McLaughlin and discovered that she was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a recent conviction for Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. She was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. Officers contacted three other people who had items scattered through the gazebo, advised them of the city ordinance, asked them to clean up their mess and vacate the facility.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
 

Deputies Jailed Woman for Driving SUV through Gate on Hugo Property
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman for driving her vehicle through a gate and entering a property in the Hugo area this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 42-year-old Laurel Anne Canon for the incident in the 5100-block of Tunnel Loop Road on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies said the property owner called 9-1-1 to report that Canon intentionally drove her vehicle through a closed gate and damaged it before she entered and remained on the property without permission. The suspect then threatened to keep ramming things with her Chevrolet Tahoe. According to the report, Canon yelled that she owned the property while honking the horn on her SUV. An investigation determined that Canon and the victim are currently going through a civil court issue for a personal property dispute in which she claims the victim sold a trailer that belonged to her. Upon arrival, deputies placed Laurel Canon into custody and transported her to the Josephine County Jail where she was booked for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Man Known for Running from Police Snared on Local Warrant
A Grants Pass man known for running away from law enforcement was unable to do so this week when he was arrested on an outstanding local warrant. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers contacted 28-year-old Jordan Taylor Longoria at the corner of SE 6th and G streets on Wednesday night. Police said officers informed Longoria that he was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass and asked him not to run. They said he attempted to flee on foot, but officers were able to hold onto him and he quickly surrendered. Jordan Longoria was booked into the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and he was being held in lieu of posting $15,000 bail.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man on Animal Cruelty Warrant after Cave Junction Call
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man on an outstanding warrant this week after investigating a trespassing complaint in downtown Cave Junction. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 42-year-old Jeffrey James Castle Bryan in the 100-block of North Redwood Highway around midday on Wednesday. Deputies said Bryan was one of three people reported to be loitering close to an ATM machine at that location. During contact, they discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for Animal Cruelty. Jeffrey Bryant was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail. Bryant and two people identified as Joseph Ainsworth and Alicia Howser were trespassed from the area of the ATM machine.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Investigating Cause of Highway 199 Crash near Eight Dollar Mountain
The Oregon State Police was investigating the cause of a crash that occurred yesterday on Redwood Highway in the Illinois Valley. On Thursday at 12:21 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and OSP all responded to a two-vehicle collision on US Highway 199 near Eight Dollar Mountain Road. Arriving units found one vehicle had rolled and landed on its wheels after hitting a utility trailer on the highway. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Jerry's Towing was dispatched to get the involved vehicles off the highway and haul them to Cave Junction.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Association Buys Frazier Bags for Citizens with Special Needs
The Grants Pass Police Department has joined Jackson County Fire District #3 and other agencies in carrying Frazier Bags. The bags were created by District 3 Paramedic Michelle Frazier and they include essential sensory items to aid those with special needs when emergency responders are involved in an incident. The Grants Pass Police Association recognized the needs of community members and provided the funding to purchase the bags. Officers say they are grateful for these bags as they will positively impact many local families. The Grants Pass Police Department strives to be inclusive of all citizens and is always looking for ways to meet that expectation.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Sheriff's Office Cancels Final Evacuation Notice in the Illinois Valley
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Weather continues to be the biggest factor for crews working on the north side of the Smith River Complex, but the danger is over for residents in the Illinois Valley. The Six Rivers National Forest reported Thursday that the Smith River Complex had grown slightly to 94,568 acres, but containment was holding at 85%. A total of 836 personnel were assigned to the wildfire yesterday. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office this morning canceled the Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notice for the southern Illinois Valley. Residents in the O'Brien and Takilma areas had been under some level of evacuation since the complex was ignited by lightning in extreme northern California on August 15th. With dry conditions on Thursday, firefighters had a productive shift processing materials and debris as part of the ongoing repair of the secondary control line on the northwest side of the complex. Some heavy equipment was demobilized as the Type 3 team works to right-size the smaller organization to meet needs in the field. Forest road closures remain in place for now to ensure the safety of fire personnel and the public. Updated information on the Smith River Complex North remains available on its Facebook page.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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SOREDI Reveals Details about Rogue Valley Transportation District Campus Expansion
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The Rogue Valley Transportation District has broken ground on a new building at its main campus in Medford. It's the largest capital project in RVTD's 50-year history and the new facility will greatly increase efficiency of operations for the district's 80 drivers. Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) reports a $12.5 million grant was received from the Federal Transit Administration in 2021 for construction. An additional $1.5 million was set aside in Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds (STIF) to ensure completion of the project. SOREDI member Outlier Construction was awarded a contract for the project. Once completed, a large dispatch area will provide needed space for drivers to begin and end their shifts housing lockers, a break room, and a dedicated training room for ongoing certification and safety training. The current campus does not adequately house and serve the existing personnel and fleet of 45 buses. The new building will allow expansion to an anticipated 60-bus fleet by 2040. RVTD serves greater Jackson County with bus routes in the cities of Medford, Ashland, White City, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville and Central Point.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Southern Oregon Salvation Army Appeals for Food Donations to Address Growing Need
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The Salvation Army throughout Southern Oregon is currently grappling with an unprecedented crisis as it faces severe food shortages, an ever-increasing demand for essential services and skyrocketing food costs. The Salvation Army has issued an urgent call to action, asking the community to come together and provide much-needed food donations to help meet the pressing needs of those most vulnerable in our community. Both the Salvation Army in Grants Pass and Medford have been faced with empty shelves and lines of people requesting assistance. The challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, economic uncertainties and other unforeseen circumstances have pushed the organization's resources to the brink. The demand for their services -- including emergency food assistance -- has surged to record levels while the availability of food items has dwindled to alarming lows. Please contact The Salvation Army in your local community to drop off food along with monetary donations.
Posted on 9/29/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Woman for Driving SUV through Gate on Hugo Area Property
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman for driving her vehicle through a gate and entering a property in the Hugo area yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 42-year-old Laurel Anne Canon for the incident in the 5100-block of Tunnel Loop Road on Wednesday at 2:46 p.m.. Deputies said the property owner called 9-1-1 to report that Canon intentionally drove her vehicle through a closed gate and damaged it before she entered and remained on the property without permission. The suspect then threatened to keep ramming things with her Chevrolet Tahoe. According to the report, Canon yelled that she owned the property while honking the horn on her SUV. An investigation determined that Canon and the victim are currently going through a civil court issue for a personal property dispute in which she claims the victim sold a trailer that belonged to her. Upon arrival, deputies placed Laurel Canon into custody and transported her to the Josephine County Jail where she was booked for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Captured State Fugitive while Investigating Complaint at Ogle Park
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted on a statewide felony warrant while investigating a citizen complaint at a city park last night. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 46-year-old Rose Marie McLaughlin at Ogle Park in the 1400-block of NW Washington Boulevard on Wednesday around 9 p.m.. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report an ongoing issue with McLaughlin staying inside the park gazebo. The caller said the woman was attracting "the wrong type of people" and she was doing drugs with two unidentified men. Responding officers contacted McLaughlin and discovered that she was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a recent conviction for Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. She was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. Officers contacted three other people who had items scattered throughout the gazebo, advised them of the city ordinance, asked them to clean up their mess and vacate the facility.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:25AM by Sam Marsh
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