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RCC & Three Rivers School District Launching Innovative "College Connect" Program
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The Three Rivers School District and Rogue Community College have formed a partnership aimed at transforming the educational landscape for 11th- and 12th-grade students. As part of the new College Connect program, free college classes are offered at RCC on Fridays for Three Rivers high school students. The new program enables eligible junior and senior students to attend select classes at the RCC Redwood Campus on Friday mornings, providing them with an opportunity to earn college credits and explore a diverse range of academic and career pathways at no cost to the student. By joining forces, Three Rivers and RCC are poised to enhance educational opportunities for local high school students while removing financial barriers to make higher education more accessible. RCC offers a wide range of educational pathways including college transfer degrees, industry certificates, skill development programs, GED and high school diploma completion as well as support for math, English and writing skills. Classes start this Friday, September 29th.
Posted on 9/26/23 5:55AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Woman for Drug-Fueled Outburst at Jersey Mike's Sandwich Shop
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman for a drug-fueled outburst during which she allegedly assaulted a customer at a local sandwich shop and then tried to bite an officer. The Police Department reports officers arrested 32-year-old Naomi Claire Moulard for the incident that occurred at Jersey Mike's on NE Terry Lane at about 7 p.m. Saturday. Police said Moulard caused a disturbance at Jersey Mike's when she assaulted a customer and then left on foot. When they contacted her a short time later, they said the woman showed signs of "poly drug use." She refused to obey commands and attempted to leave after being advised she was not free to go. According to the report, Moulard tried to bite a police officer's leg as she was being placed into custody. Naomi Moulard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Attempted Assault on a Peace Officer and Physical Harassment. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:10AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Collared 2 Fugitives during Friday PM Patrol Check in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended two fugitives during a patrol check in Cave Junction late last week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 35-year-old Vance Lee Harris and 64-year-old Floyd Argus Greenlee near the corner of South Old Stage Road and Caves Highway on Friday afternoon. Deputies said they were on patrol when they spotted Harris and Greenlee, knowing that both men were wanted on outstanding warrants. They were taken into custody without incident. Harris was wanted on a Coos Bay felony warrant for Probation Violation related to arrests for 1st-Degree Forgery, Identity Theft and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail pending transfer to the Coos County Jail. Greenlee was wanted on Josephine County felony and misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court for Methamphetamine Possession and 2nd-Degree Theft. He was also lodged at the adult jail facility in Grants Pass.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:08AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Locked Up Man on Outstanding Warrants after Walmart Theft Call
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on four outstanding warrants and for narcotics possession after a weekend shoplifting incident at Walmart. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint involving 30-year-old Paris Joseph Nolan at the big box retailer on NE Terry Lane around 1:20 p.m. Saturday. Police said Nolan admitted to stealing $16 worth of items from Walmart and they then discovered that he was wanted on four warrants issued by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Grants Pass Police Department. They also found him to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, which was seized. Charges contained in the warrants including failing to appear in court for Felony Identity Theft, 2nd-Degree Theft and 3rd-Degree Theft. Paris Nolan was lodged at the nearby jail on the warrants. He was also cited to appear in court for the drug violation.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:06AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Young Man for Vandalizing Mother's Car in Downtown Area
Grants Pass Police arrested a young man for vandalizing his mother's car over the weekend in the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers responded to an argument between mother and son at her place of employment in the 100-block of SW I Street around 1 p.m. Saturday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her son -- 21-year-old Tevon James McCornack -- kicked in her car door. Responding officers found a footprint-sized dent in the door of the BMW 325I four-door sedan. Upon contact, the suspect was placed into custody after admitting to kicking and denting the door on his mother's vehicle. McCornack was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. There was no damage estimate available, but the criminal mischief charge indicates it was somewhere between $100 and $1,000.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed 2 Teen Motorists for DUII after Big Weekend Party near Murphy
The Oregon State Police arrested two teenage motorists for impaired driving following a big weekend party in the Murphy area. OSP reports troopers were dispatched to a large party of more than 50 people in the 800-block of Scott Drive off North Applegate Road on Saturday at 10:25 p.m.. Troopers said they received reports of multiple subjects leaving the party and driving while impaired. They said they stopped several vehicles at the scene including a GMC Sierra driven by an 18-year-old boy and a Honda Accord driven by a 17-year-old boy. Both displayed strong signs of impairment. The 18-year-old performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit. He was lodged for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The 17-year-old also performed poorly in sobriety tests and he was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Cannabis. The juvenile driver was released to his parents.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:02AM by Sam Marsh
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SUV Damaged When Trash Bags Fell Off Pickup on Interstate 5 in Grants Pass
No one was hurt, but one vehicle was damaged after it struck several trash bags that fell off another vehicle on Interstate 5 on the east side of Grants Pass. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 53 on Saturday at 10:35 a.m.. Troopers said initial reports and driver statements indicated a Ford F-350 driven by 63-year-old Steven James Long of Rogue River had several trash bags fall from the bed of the pickup and into the path of a Ford Explorer driven by 63-year-old Julie Lorraine Duke Scott of Gold Hill. According to OSP, no one was injured -- but the Ford Explorer sustained moderate front-end damage after striking the garbage bags. It was able to be driven away. Both parties were contacted and information was exchanged. It was unclear in the report whether any citations were issued.
Posted on 9/25/23 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF Reduces Fire Danger Level to "Moderate" in Josephine and Jackson Counties
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Prompted by widespread rain in the forecast, the Oregon Department of Forestry has reduced the local fire danger level. Effective at 9 a.m. today, ODF has dropped fire danger from "high" to "moderate" on the 1.8 million acres of lands it protects in Josephine and Jackson counties. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level for commercial work has been decreased to "1." ODF officials said residents should be aware that the 2023 fire season continues and some public use restrictions remain in effect. All outdoor debris burning -- including piles and burn barrels -- is still prohibited. The fireworks ban on or within 1/8th of a mile of ODF-protected land continues as do bans on exploding targets, tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base. The use of chain saws, the cutting, grinding and welding of metal, and the mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven machinery is prohibited between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m.. All open fires are prohibited except at locations deemed as designated campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves using bottled fuels are allowed. Motorized vehicles -- including motorcycles and ATVs -- are allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation. One shovel and one gallon of water or one 2.5-pound or larger fire extinguisher is required while traveling in forested areas. Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1, a firewatch is required during fire season.
Posted on 9/25/23 9:57AM by Sam Marsh
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California Cold Case Investigation Leads to Arrest of Gold Hill Man for Murder
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office assisted investigators in arresting a Gold Hill man last week for a cold case homicide that occurred in Vallejo, California, more than 35 years ago. The suspect -- 69-year-old Fred Cain, III -- was arrested last Monday afternoon at his residence in the 9500-block of Old Stage Road. Cain was arrested in connection to a 1987 cold case involving the murder of a 6-year-old child who had been abducted near his home in Vallejo. Cain waived extradition in Oregon and will be transferred to Solano County to face charges of Murder, Kidnapping and Sex Abuse. Investigators said four days after the child went missing, his body was discovered on Sherman Island in Sacramento County. An autopsy revealed that the child had been sexually assaulted. Another man was arrested in the case, but the case was later dismissed after a jury could not reach a verdict. Advances in DNA technology have since exonerated the other man and implicated Cain as the responsible party. Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams reinstated the Cold Case Unit after being elected to office in 2014. Abrams said he is thankful to have dedicated cold case investigators who remain steadfast in their commitment to solving horrific cases such as this one. No other details will be released at this time to preserve the integrity of the pending case against Cain.
Posted on 9/25/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Making Fraudulent Transfers from Ex-Wife's Account
Grants Pass Police have jailed a man for making fraudulent transfers from his ex-wife's bank account into his own. The Police Department reports detectives arrested 37-year-old Nicholas Ryan Weaver in the 3700-block of North River Road in Gold Hill on Friday afternoon. Police said they received a report of fraudulent transfers from the bank account of Weaver's ex-wife totaling $3,000. They said search warrants were served at Rogue Credit Union that revealed Weaver conducted the transfers into his own account. According to the report, Weaver and his ex-wife recently divorced and he had no right to obtain the Grants Pass woman's funds. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office assisted the Grants Pass Police Department by taking Weaver into custody at his workplace and transporting him to Valley of the Rogue State Park for transfer. Following an interview, Nicholas Weaver was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for suspicion of Felony Identity Theft, Felony 1st-Degree Theft, Computer Crime and two counts of 2nd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 9/25/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed CJ Man for His Role in Recent Theft and Vandalism Case in the IV
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Cave Junction man for his role in a recent theft and vandalism case in the Illinois Valley. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 39-year-old Skylar Thomas Melton during a Friday afternoon traffic stop in the 300-block of Fir Drive. Deputies said they stopped Melton for a traffic violation and recognized him as a suspect in a criminal case they were investigating. During an interview, Melton admitted to going to two properties without permission. He admitted to stealing a generator from one property and stashing it in the bushes on an adjoining property. Melton told deputies he and another man went over to a shed and burned the handles off with a propane torch in order to gain access. In addition to the generator, the suspects also took two chainsaws and a combination power tool. The chainsaws and utility tool were found in the trunk of his vehicle. Skylar Melton was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Burglary, 2nd-Degree Theft, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and two counts of Criminal Trespass. His vehicle was towed to impound.
Posted on 9/25/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Causing Weekend Disturbance at Downtown Wine Bar
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a weekend disturbance at a business in the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers responded to multiple reports of an intoxicated male subject acting disorderly at Partake Wine Bar in the 100-block of SE G Street on Friday at about 9:15 p.m.. Police said 33-year-old Mason Leon Lieuallen was asked to leave by staff and he was approached by several patrons. They said he moved toward them and pushed one man into a window valued at $500, breaking it. No one was seriously hurt. The victim did not wish to pursue charges even though he had sustained cuts from the glass. Since Lieuallen was identified as the primary aggressor, the business wanted to pursue charges for the broken window and he was placed into custody. Mason Lieuallen was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. He was also trespassed from the business.
Posted on 9/25/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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