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GP Police Collared 2 Local Fugitives on Warrants during Separate Park Patrols
Grants Pass Police apprehended two local fugitives on outstanding warrants during separate patrols in Riverside Park yesterday. The Police Department reports officers observed 57-year-old Baron Carter Messier at about 2 p.m. and knew that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Attempted 1st-Degree Theft. They also found him to be in possession of a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. Messier was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrant. He was also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation. About an hour later, officers returned to the park, observed 32-year-old Melia Lei Mitchell and knew that she was wanted on warrants out of Grants Pass and Winston. She was wanted locally for Probation Violation and in Winston for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, which was seized for destruction. Mitchell was lodged in jail on a no-bail detainer. She and a man identified as "Charles Howard" were trespassed from Riverside Park for 30 days.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Snared Woman on Felony Warrant and Cited 2 Others in Park Patrol
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman on a local felony warrant and cited two other women for violations during a single patrol of Morrison Centennial Park yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 33-year-old Janique Lee Kosct at the park on Rogue River Highway around 10:55 a.m. Wednesday. Police said they spotted Kosct and knew she was wanted on a Medford felony warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Assault. They said she was also found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, which was seized for destruction. A call to her corrections officer resulted in a request for a detainer. Janique Kosct was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and for Felony Parole Violation. She was also cited to appear in court for the drug violation. Meanwhile, Julie Hatt was cited for Scattering Rubbish and Misuse of Park Space, and Cathena Hills was cited for Buffer Zone Violation. Both were trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Motorist Cited for Causing 3-Vehicle Crash on Redwood Highway near RCC
A Grants Pass motorist was cited for causing a crash on Redwood Highway near Rogue Community College early yesterday. Grants Pass Police and emergency personnel responded to the three-vehicle wreck on US Highway 199 at Hubbard Lane on Wednesday around 10:20 p.m.. Police said a man they identified only as "Shawn" was driving a Dodge sedan and told them he could not see vehicles that were stopped at the intersection in front of him. They said he struck the rear of a Toyota Camry at about 50 miles per hour, which pushed the Camry into a Mini Cooper. According to the report, Shawn and the male driver of the Toyota were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. The female driver of the Mini Cooper was not hurt, but all three vehicles were damaged and towed away. Following a brief investigation, officers cited Shawn at the hospital for Careless Driving and No Insurance. DMV records showed his vehicle insurance policy had expired last year.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
 

Lane County Woman Escaped Injury but Not Warning after Interstate 5 Crash
A Lane County woman escaped injury but not a warning from the Oregon State Police after she crashed her vehicle on Interstate 5 in northern Josephine County early yesterday. According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 73 on Wednesday at 7:42 a.m.. Troopers said 54-year-old Marcelina Sandhu of Springfield was driving a Toyota Yaris too fast for the wet conditions and lost control of the vehicle, which left the freeway, struck a ditch and rolled. Sandhu was not injured, but her car was heavily damaged and hauled into Grants Pass by A-1 Roadside Assistance. She was warned for Violating the Basic Rule.
Posted on 9/28/23 11:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Proposed Ordinances on Agenda for Rogue River City Council Meeting Tonight
Two proposed ordinances are on the agenda for the Rogue River City Council when it gathers for its monthly regular meeting tonight. Following Committee Reports and Public Input, the City Council will decide two ordinances that appear under New Business. The first ordinance would amend an existing ordinance that governs the purchasing policy for the City of Rogue River. The second ordinance would amend the City Code regarding Storm and Surface Water Management. The Council is expected to authorize Rogue River Mayor Pam VanArsdale to sign an amendment to the Low-Income Housing Water Assistance Agreement to extend the program through March 2024. The panel will also consider the mayor's recommendation to appoint Grace Howell to City Council Position #2 and authorize the mayor to sign a letter of support for the Wards Creek Restoration Project. Tonight's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Texas Fugitive after Responding to Burger King Theft Call
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted for crimes committed in Texas while investigating a theft complaint at a local fast food restaurant this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 42-year-old Christopher Lee Meredith at the Burger King on NE 7th Street late Tuesday afternoon. Few details about the arrest were disclosed, but officers said they responded to a theft complaint at Burger King and contacted two people including Meredith and an unidentified female companion. A routine records check revealed that Meredith was wanted on five felony warrants issued by the Eastland County Sheriff's Office. Charges contained in the warrants included failing to appear in court for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Theft of a Firearm and Bail Jumping. Christopher Meredith was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail pending extradition proceedings that will likely send him back to Texas. His female friend was detained, but she was not arrested.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Woman for Several Crimes after River City Grill Disturbance
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman for five crimes this week following a noise complaint at a downtown watering hole. The Police Department reports officers arrested 64-year-old Cathy Ann Young outside River City Grill in the 100-block of SE K Street on Tuesday evening. Police said they contacted Young as the source of a disturbance at the bar. They said she was very hostile with officers and was trespassed from the business. In response, she threw a paper bag of trash onto public property, refused to pick up the trash and attempted to flee on foot. After being placed into custody, Young reportedly struck at officers with her arms and then spat more than 50 times inside the patrol vehicle, covering the partition window with her saliva. Cathy Young was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Escape, 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief and Offensive Littering. She and a male companion -- identified only as "Storms" -- were both trespassed from River City Grill.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Troopers Nabbed California Man for DUII after Traffic Stop on Caves Highway
The Oregon State Police arrested a California man for impaired driving during a traffic stop in the Illinois Valley this week. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Dodge Challenger driven by 43-year-old Jason Michael Howard of Berkeley, California, near milepost 3 of Caves Highway late Tuesday night. Troopers said they stopped Howard for driving recklessly and he refused to yield to lights and siren until he reached a residence where he was staying. They said he displayed multiple signs of impairment, but refused to participate in field sobriety tests or to provide a breath sample. A search warrant was obtained and Jason Howard was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for a legal blood draw that documented his strong impairment. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His vehicle was parked and secured.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Looking for Drivers Involved in Wednesday Crash on Laurel Road
Authorities were looking for two drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in the Cave Junction area early yesterday. On Wednesday at 5:07 a.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District and American Medical Response were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision in the 500-block of Laurel Road. IVFD officials said Laurel Road was blocked while the scene was active. Crews searched the area, but no drivers were found. Both vehicles were towed and the road reopened. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Cited Motorist and Impounded Vehicle Due to Habitual Offender Status
The Oregon State Police cited a motorist and confiscated his vehicle this week following a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Mercedes Benz 300 driven by 36-year-old Matthew Blair Hobby in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 54 on Tuesday afternoon. State troopers said they stopped Blair for speeding and discovered that his driving privileges had been suspended due to him being labeled a habitual offender. At the request of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, Matthew Hobby was cited for Driving While Suspended and his vehicle was impounded pursuant to Senate Bill 780.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Widespread Rain Reduces Fire Restrictions on Medford District BLM Lands
Thanks to widespread rain this week, the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reduced public use restrictions on the lands it manages in Southern Oregon. Effective immediately, BLM-managed lands in Josephine and Jackson counties have moved to a moderate fire danger level. The Oregon Department of Forestry dropped the local fire danger level to "low" on Wednesday. Campfires are now allowed on the lower section of the Rogue River below the high-water mark. In all other areas, visitors can use portable cooking stoves that use liquefied or bottled fuels. Otherwise, campfires or any other type of open fire -- including the use of charcoal briquettes -- is still prohibited. Operating a motor vehicle and parking off-road is only allowed on roadways clear of flammable vegetation. Smoking is only allowed while inside a vehicle or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of vegetation. Using fireworks, exploding targets or tracer ammunition remains prohibited. Using a chainsaw or other equipment with internal combustion engines for felling, bucking, skidding, wood-cutting or any other commercial operation is prohibited between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m.. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of a saw. Welding or operating a torch with an open flame is prohibited during the same time period.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Fire Marshal Follows ODF and Drops City Fire Danger Level to "Low"
The Grants Pass Fire Marshal has followed the lead of the Oregon Department of Forestry by reducing the fire danger level in the city to "low." However, Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt said while conditions have improved, we must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent fire. The primary change to fire prevention regulations is to allow unrestricted use of power-driven machinery including chainsaws, the mowing and trimming of dry grass, and the cutting, grinding and welding of metal. Outdoor debris burning and wood-fueled fire pits remain prohibited. For more information about fire season regulations in Grants Pass, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (541)-450-6260.
Posted on 9/28/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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