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GP Police Locked Up Man for Attacking Woman Hiding in Tent at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for attacking a woman who was hiding from him in a tent on the west side of Riverside Park early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers eventually arrested 58-year-old Gregory Albert Metzger near Rogue Cleaners in the 200-block of SE G Street on Tuesday at 9:10 a.m.. Police said Metzger attempted to hit the woman with a rock while she was hiding in a tent at the city park. While doing so, they said he was shouting that he was going to kill her. This put the woman in fear of imminent serious physical injury. The victim was struck with the rock, but she was not seriously hurt. Metzger was reportedly seen carrying a stick or pole while he was looking for the woman. Once he located her, he started hitting the tent with a rock. Gregory Metzger was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempted 2nd-Degree Domestic Assault, Domestic Menacing and a punitive Contempt of Court violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/20/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Reckless Driving and More after Traffic Complaints
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for reckless driving, suspended driving, theft and drug possession during a downtown traffic stop yesterday. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a pickup with Washington state license plates driven by 35-year-old Lee Raymond Baldyga near the corner of NW 6th and C streets on Tuesday at 10:55 a.m.. Police said Baldyga was called in as a traffic complaint for speeding and passing in the oncoming lane in front of Grants Pass High School. They said he was also seen driving in the wrong direction on 7th Street. During a consent search, Baldyga was found to be in possession of another man's drivers license and a small amount of methamphetamine. The theft victim said there was no reason for him to have his license and he wanted to press charges. Lee Baldyga was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, 2nd-Degree Theft and the narcotics violation. His pickup was impounded.
Posted on 9/20/23 11:37AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared Douglas County Man for Failing to Pay for Meal at Denny's
Grants Pass Police arrested a Douglas County corrections client for ordering, eating and failing to pay for a meal at a north-city restaurant late last night. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a theft complaint at Denny's on NE Morgan Lane shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Police said 31-year-old Blake Edward Cadger entered Denny's and ordered a meal valued at $21.37. They said he consumed the meal and upon being asked to pay, he claimed he lost his wallet at the nearby Pinnacle 365 gas station. Station workers said the suspect asked for a cigarette, but no wallet was seen or left behind. Cadger reportedly asked police if he could be released on a citation in lieu of booking, but officers told the man this type of behavior is not tolerated in Grants Pass and he would be lodged in jail. His Douglas County probation officer was contacted and agreed to place a detainer on him. Blake Cadger was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Theft of Services and the resulting Probation Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 9/20/23 11:35AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Seek Help Identifying Suspects Who Fired Paintball Gun at Victims
The Grants Pass Police Department is asking for citizen assistance in identifying suspects who fired shots from a paintball gun at unsuspecting victims last night. Police said three unidentified subjects in a dark-colored sedan pulled up to a man walking his dogs at NW 4th and A streets on Tuesday at about 8:30 p.m.. They said the subjects fired three rounds from a paintball gun and all three missed. A short time later, the subjects rolled up to a Hispanic woman walking a dog on NW Highland Avenue near Sunset Drive, told her to go back to her country and fired four rounds point blank, striking her. One round struck the woman just below her left eye, causing injury. Anyone with information or video related to these incidents is urged to call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (541)-450-6260.
Posted on 9/20/23 11:33AM by Sam Marsh
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California Motorist & Passenger Escaped Injury in I-5 Crash in North Josephine
A California man and his passenger escaped injury when their vehicle crashed off Interstate 5 in northern Josephine County late yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 74 on Tuesday at 5:25 p.m.. Troopers said 59-year-old Adrian Cerezo of Newark, California, lost control of the Ford F-450 he was driving and struck a guardrail. They said the driver stated he fell asleep at the wheel of the pickup. Neither Cerezo nor his passenger -- a 38-year-old Oregon man -- was hurt in the crash, but the truck was damaged and towed into Grants Pass. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the crash scene and tagged all damaged state property. It was unclear in the report if any citations were issued.
Posted on 9/20/23 11:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Central Point Man Killed in Head-On Collision on Interstate 5 near Rogue River
An elderly Central Point motorist was killed when he struck another vehicle while traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 5 near the City of Rogue River. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews were dispatched to the two-vehicle head-on collision on I-5 near milepost 44 at 11:38 p.m. Monday. Troopers said a preliminary investigation indicated 85-year-old Charles Melvin Cole of Central Point was driving a Ford Mustang south in the northbound lanes of the freeway when he struck a Dodge Durango driven by 67-year-old Carl Melborne Dewitt, Jr., of Grants Pass. After the crash, a Dodge ProMaster driven by a 30-year-old Bellingham, Washington, man struck debris and was damaged. OSP was responding to a report of a wrong-way driver about 3 minutes prior to the crash being reported. Cole was declared deceased at the scene. Dewitt and his passenger -- 43-year-old Jeffrey Adam Dewitt of Grants Pass -- were transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of what was believed to be minor injuries. The Washington truck driver was not injured. I-5 was impacted for around 3-1/2 hours during the on-scene investigation. OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District #1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Looking for GP Man Who Allegedly Pushed Woman Out of Moving Vehicle
The Oregon State Police was looking for a Grants Pass man who was identified as the suspect who allegedly pushed a young woman out of a moving vehicle earlier this week. OSP reports troopers responded to reports that a 19-year-old female passenger was shoved out of a moving truck in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 55 around 7 p.m. Monday. No information on the victim -- identified as a Grants Pass woman -- was available including her medical condition. Troopers said the truck was driven by 32-year-old Robert Willard Linville and he was identified as the suspect. Anyone with information on Linville's whereabouts is encouraged to dial *OSP.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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IV Woman Jailed for Breaking into CJ Home & Attempting to Steal Several Items
An Illinois Valley woman was jailed for breaking into a Cave Junction area home and trying to steal several items this week. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 45-year-old Nicole Ann Koeller for the incident in the 28,200-block of Redwood Highway on Monday night. Deputies said the property owner came home shortly after 6 p.m. and saw Koeller's Kia sedan parked in his driveway. The caller said he did not know the woman and no one was supposed to be at his house. He stood by waiting for law enforcement. Upon arrival, deputies said Koeller was using her car to push a couch. They said she had accessed the inside of the home, changed the locks, tore out the carpeting, removed appliances, removed the hot water heater, broke a shop door and disabled the lock on a nearby pump house. She also removed the owner's tax documents. Nicole Koeller was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Burglary, 2nd-Degree Burglary and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Washington Woman for Drugged Driving after North Valley Contact
The Oregon State Police arrested a Washington woman for drugged driving during an unusual contact in the North Valley area this week. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Cruze driven by 36-year-old Amber Shirley Hanson of Vancouver in the 5,000-block of Monument Drive on Monday night. Troopers said they responded to a call from Hanson who claimed she was being followed by several vehicles while traveling north to her home in Washington. Upon further investigation, the woman displayed several indicators of impairment. Hanson was placed into custody and transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a breath sample that was negative for alcohol. A urine sample determined that she was under the influence of narcotics at the time. Amber Hanson was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Substances. Her vehicle was parked and secured.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Applying Graffiti to Rogue Car Wash on Mill Street
The Grants Pass Police Department has arrested a man for applying graffiti to a local car wash last weekend. The Police Department reports officers arrested 31-year-old Aliczandr Mikal McClymonds at the downtown Safeway supermarket on Monday afternoon. Police said McClymonds was wanted for suspicion of graffiti tagging at Rogue Car Wash on SE Mill Street last weekend. They said he was captured on surveillance video applying graffiti to the east side of the business. McClymonds was charged with 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Application of Graffiti. He was also charged with Methamphetamine Possession. Because the Josephine County Jail refused to lodge McClymonds, he was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC Meeting Features Medals of Valor, New Ordinance and Sale of Property
Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel will present Medals of Valor to some of his employees during the Board of Commissioners weekly business session today. Special recognition awards for extraordinary personal action tops the agenda for the morning meeting. The Board will then hold a public hearing on the first reading of an ordinance which would amend the Josephine County Code pertaining to public peace, morals and welfare, and implement changes related to public intoxication. If approved, a second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for October 4th. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider a purchase and sale agreement for property located at 1389 and 1399 Pansy Lane. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 9/20/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council Considering Permit System for Groups Serving Homeless People in Parks
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The Grants Pass City Council is considering a permitting system that will allow it to monitor groups who are providing services to the unhoused population currently residing in city parks. During its workshop session this week, the Council was led by Grants Pass City Attorney Augustus Ogu in the park permit consideration. Representatives of two service groups -- MINT and PATH -- were present and included in the discussion. Ogu stated that groups such as MINT and PATH have been providing food, clothing and health care to people living in the parks. MINT volunteers provide services at Riverside, Baker and Tussing Parks, primarily on Thursdays. PATH is a group working on "sustainable solutions" to the homeless situation in city parks. Ogu said a permit system can help provide oversight on the groups helping park campers including when the services are provided, where they are provided and how many people are being served. With liability for the city a big concern, he recommends a permitting ordinance or a contract with the groups that includes legal indemnification for Grants Pass. Dr. Bruce Murray of MINT said his group wants to work with the city while still providing services to the homeless population. He said a lack of affordable housing is the biggest problem and added there are several misconceptions about homeless people including the element of lawlessness that is exhibited by some campers. He also said they would like to have a more central location instead of the three parks.
Posted on 9/20/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
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