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GP Police Arrested Man for Vandalizing Vehicle Parked in Front of Courthouse
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for vandalizing a vehicle parked in front of the Josephine County Courthouse this week -- after he reported the incident. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the Courthouse in the 500-block of NW 6th Street on Monday afternoon. Police said 39-year-old Daniel Edwin Williams was drunk when he intentionally broke the window of a sport utility vehicle parked in front of the courthouse. They said Williams had called 9-1-1 and reported the incident while screaming at the dispatcher. Then he changed his story and said he broke the window with his bike. According to the report, Williams told the call-taker that he was a disabled veteran. The owner of the damaged SUV responded and wanted to press charges. After reviewing surveillance camera footage that captured the criminal act, officers placed Daniel Williams into custody and lodged him at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Nabbed Motorist for Impaired Driving after Traffic Stop in Cave Junction
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving during a traffic stop in Cave Junction early yesterday. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Jeep Gladiator driven by 41-year-old Megan Ann Clady near the intersection of South Caves Avenue and East Watkins Street on Tuesday shortly after midnight. Troopers said they stopped Clady for a traffic violation and she supplied several clues of impairment. They said she performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit. Megan Clady was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Her Jeep was impounded by Jerry's Towing.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
 

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Has Lifted All Public Use Restrictions
Recent rains and lower temperatures across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest have prompted the lifting of all public use restrictions on the local forest as well as the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. Effective immediately, the Forest has moved to "moderate" fire danger on all five of its local ranger districts. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level governing commercial operations in the forest has been reduced to Level 1. For up-to-date information regarding the continuing 2023 fire season, follow the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
 

BCC to Hold Public Hearing on Zoning Ordinance & Hear Mining Presentation
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance and hear a presentation from a mining company during its weekly business session this morning. The Board will hold a public hearing on the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the Josephine County Code concerning rural land development to implement changes in exclusive farm use and farm resource zones as well as forest commercial and woodlot resource zones. If approved, the second reading and possible adoption would be scheduled for October 11th. The Commissioners will then entertain a presentation from American Mineral Research, Inc., regarding an application to extend a mineral lease agreement for the St. Peter Mine property. The mine is located on 76 acres in northern Josephine County. A three-year mineral lease approved by the Board in 2020 is expiring. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Jailed Man Suspected in Sunday Night Murder of Another Man in Williams Area
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The Oregon State Police has jailed a man suspected for the weekend murder of another man in the Williams area. On Sunday at 9:23 p.m., the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about shots fired in the 1,000-block of East Fork Road. When deputies arrived on scene, they contacted a male subject who they identified as 32-year-old Senji Sanuma Pintar. After talking with Pintar, an unresponsive subject was located and found to be deceased. The deceased was not identified by the Sheriff's Office. However, trusted sources have identified the deceased as Garrett Bradshaw and said the incident occurred at a marijuana grow site. As a result of the findings, the Sheriff's Office contacted the OSP Major Crimes Team and requested their detectives take over the investigation. Senji Pintar was subsequently placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of Aggravated Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was still being held without bail this morning. OSP detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service Releases Final Formal Smith River Complex Update as Downsizing Begins
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The US Forest Service has released its last formal update on the Smith River Complex and a massive downsizing of the incident management team is planned for today. Northwest Incident Management Team 8 reported Tuesday that the Smith River Complex was holding at 94,508 acres with 85% containment. Just over 12,460 acres of the lightning-sparked complex that started August 15th was in Oregon. Total personnel assigned to the complex yesterday was 1,091 including 22 hand crews backed by 26 engines, 16 water tenders, eight bulldozers, four masticators, three helicopters and one skid steer. Those numbers will be reduced significantly. Northwest Team 8 is turning over command of the wildfire to a small incident management organization, referred to as a Type 3 team. Although management of the incident will be reduced, objectives for the fire remain the same and crews will continue working toward full completion. Nearly 2.5 inches of rain had fallen across the complex since Sunday. With flood warnings and a wind advisory still in effect yesterday, fire personnel were directed to stand down until conditions improved.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine Community Library District Hosting Astronomy Programs to Prepare for Eclipse
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Community members of all ages are invited to join local astronomer Joe Stodola from the Grants Pass Astronomers Club for a program at the Grants Pass and Wolf Creek branches of Josephine Community Library. The October 7th program is in preparation for the October 14th annular eclipse, which should be highly visible from Southern Oregon, depending on the weather. Participants will have the opportunity to explore lunar and solar eclipses and to learn about how to safely observe them. During this program, participants will also learn about moon phases, types of full moons and other lunar phenomena. The program at the Grants Pass branch on Saturday, October 7th, is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the program at the Wolf Creek branch is set the same day from 2 to 3:30 p.m.. This program is offered at no charge and it's open to the public. A library card is not needed to participate. For more information about Josephine Community Library programs and services, visit "josephinelibrary.org," send an e-mail to "info@josephinelibrary.org" or call (541)-476-0571.
Posted on 9/27/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed Man Suspected in Sunday Night Murder of Person in Williams Area
The Oregon State Police has jailed a man suspected for the weekend murder of another person in the Williams area. On Sunday at 9:23 p.m., the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about shots fired in the 1,000-block of East Fork Road. When deputies arrived on scene, they contacted a male subject who they identified as 32-year-old Senji Sanuma Pintar. After talking with Pintar, an unresponsive subject was located and found to be deceased. The subject was not identified. As a result of the findings, the Sheriff's Office contacted the OSP Major Crimes Team and requested their detectives take over the investigation. Senji Pintar was subsequently placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of Aggravated Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was still being held without bail today. OSP detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details -- including the identity of the deceased -- are being released at this time.
Posted on 9/26/23 1:15PM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Hold Public Hearing on Zoning Ordinance and Hear Mining Presentation
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance and hear a presentation from a mining company during its weekly business session tomorrow morning. The Board will hold a public hearing on the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the Josephine County Code concerning rural land development to implement changes in exclusive farm use and farm resource zones as well as forest commercial and woodlot resource zones. If approved, the second reading and possible adoption would be scheduled for October 11th. The Commissioners will then entertain a presentation from American Mineral Research, Inc., regarding an application to extend a mineral lease agreement for the St. Peter Mine property. The mine is located on 76 acres in northern Josephine County. A three-year mineral lease approved by the Board in 2020 is expiring. There are no other action items on the agenda, but there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens in which participants can address the Board for up to three minutes on topics pertaining to just about anything. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 9/26/23 1:14PM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Felony for Parole Violation after Disturbance at City Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a local felon for violating his post-prison supervision after responding to a violent disturbance at a city park early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 43-year-old Nicholas John Knox Knowles at Riverside Park on Monday at 8:35 a.m.. Police said they responded to the park due to a male subject attempting to gain access to a security vehicle while trying to pick a fight with the guard. They said the man was yelling at everyone with his fists up and in a fighting stance. It was also reported that he was dancing around and causing public alarm. Upon arrival, officers contacted Knowles for his unruly behavior and placed him into custody for Disorderly Conduct. They contacted his corrections officer who requested he be placed on a detainer for violating terms of his supervision. Nicholas Knowles was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Parole Violation. Jail records show it was his seventh such violation since May.
Posted on 9/26/23 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Felon on the Way to Jail When Apprehended by Police on State Warrant
A Grants Pass felon was already on his way to the Josephine County Jail when he was apprehended on a statewide felony warrant yesterday. Grants Pass Police arrested 30-year-old Kody Tyler Halverson near the corner of NE 6th and D streets on Monday at about 3:45 p.m.. Police said they spotted Halverson walking toward the jail with another subject, they contacted him and discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation stemming from theft and criminal trespass convictions. During a consent search, Halverson was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine -- which was seized for destruction. Kody Halverson was lodged at the adult jail facility on a no-bail detainer. He was also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation.
Posted on 9/26/23 10:59AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Felon for Probation Violation after Incident at Fred Meyer
Grants Pass Police arrested a felon for violating terms of her probation after a weekend incident at Fred Meyer. The Police Department reports officers responded to perform a welfare check on 41-year-old Gayle Lee Hooper at the store on the Grants Pass Parkway around 11:50 p.m. Sunday. Police said Hooper took some merchandise from Fred Meyer, but store managers requested a welfare check because it appeared she was having some sort of mental episode in the restroom. Upon contact, the woman told police she believed she was being followed and denied any assistance from law enforcement. Officers contacted Hooper's corrections officer and she requested a detainer on her client. Fred Meyer recovered its stolen items and declined to press charges. Gayle Cooper was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Domestic Menacing. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/26/23 10:43AM by Sam Marsh
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