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Firefighters Quickly Extinguished Kitchen Fire at NW GP Home on Regent Drive
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out in the kitchen of a northwest Grants Pass home early yesterday. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and Rural Metro Fire Department were dispatched to a reported fire at a residence in the 1,000-block of NW Regent Drive on Friday at 8:29 a.m.. Engine 7307 from the Hillcrest Station arrived within minutes to fund a small fire in the kitchen. Crews were able to stop the fire quickly and limit damage to the home. Grants Pass Engine 7308 from the Parkway Station and Rural Metro Engine 7501 responded to assist. Additional command staff responded to provide oversight and an investigation of the incident. The Grants Pass Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief responded as well.
Posted on 9/16/23 5:25AM by Chuck Benson

GP Police Jailed Man on Outstanding Warrants after Performing City Park Patrol
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on two outstanding warrants after performing a patrol check at a city park early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 24-year-old Kaleb William Lloyd at Baker Park on Friday around 12:30 a.m.. Police said they contacted Lloyd regarding park hours and discovered that he was wanted on warrants issued by the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Charges included in the warrants included failing to appear in court for Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Probation Violation related to Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
Posted on 9/16/23 5:23AM by Chuck Benson

Josephine County Sheriff's Office Made nearly 200 Stops during Safety Campaign
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has released the results of a high visibility impaired driving enforcement campaign in late August leading up to Labor Day. According to a Sheriff's Office post on Facebook, deputies arrested four motorists for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants during the traffic safety blitz that occurred during the last two weeks of August. Citations and warnings issued during the campaign included 91 for Speeding; 14 for Failure to Maintain Lane; three for Failure to Signal; two for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, Failure to Wear Seatbelt and Distracted Driving; and one for reckless Driving and Careless Driving. Nearly 200 traffic stops were made. The Oregon State Police joined the Sheriff's Office in the enforcement campaign, which was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Posted on 9/16/23 5:22AM by Chuck Benson

Crews Focusing Efforts on Western Portion of Smith River Complex Wildfires
Crews have been focusing their efforts on the western portion of the Smith River Complex recently. Work progressed Friday on the secondary control line along Forest Road 1106. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team reported yesterday that the Smith River Complex had grown to 88,790 acres with containment at 38%. Over 11,800 acres of the two-state wildfire complex was burning in southwest Oregon. Total personnel assigned to the complex on Friday was 1,601 including 42 hand crews backed by 67 engines, 25 water tenders, 13 brush-clearing masticators, 11 helicopters and two skid steers. Incident commanders said fire activity increased with the hot and dry weather, consuming fuels within the perimeter but not breaching any containment lines. They said the northern edge of the complex near the Illinois Valley is contained and crews are beginning mop-up operations. In the Taylor Creek area on the northwest edge, crews are monitoring fire behavior to find and extinguish remaining hot spots with support from air operations. On the east side of the fire, two divisions have been combined and crews are focusing on suppression repair by chipping excess debris and water-barring dozer lines. The east side of US Highway 199 from milepost 39 to the California border is at Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation status while the same area west of Highway 199 is at Level 2 "Be Set." Evacuation notices will remain in place until fire conditions and hazards are further mitigated.
Posted on 9/16/23 5:21AM by Chuck Benson
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Tub Springs Wayside Water Returns as Feature, But It's Not Safe for Drinking
Water once again flows at the historic tubs at Tub Springs State Wayside in Jackson County, but now as a feature and not a source of drinking water. Water to the historic drinking water tubs was shut off in January due to water quality concerns. The Oregon Health Authority ordered the tubs closed to the public due to high turbidity. After its analysis, OHA changed the water's classification from groundwater to surface water, which means it's not fit for drinking without additional analysis and treatment.
Changes in water quality at the springs were due to unknown causes. To resume potable water service would require treatment the water including -- but not limited to -- enhanced filtration and chlorination.
Posted on 9/16/23 5:18AM by Chuck Benson
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Grand Opening Celebration for New Williams Library Branch Set for October 7th
Citizens are invited to attend the grand opening of the new Williams branch library early next month.
Josephine Community Library has announced the grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, from 10 a.m. to noon at the new branch located at 158 Tetherow Road. Participants will hear remarks from library district leadership at 10:30 a.m. and be a part of the historical photo and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.. Tours of the new building and property will take place afterward. The new facility will include running water, a restroom, expanded books and other materials, updated technology including broadband Internet, a designated children's area, 1,000 square feet of space and ADA parking.
Posted on 9/16/23 5:17AM by Chuck Benson
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DEQ Posts Air Quality Alert Until Late Sunday in Curry & Josephine Counties
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has posted an Air Quality Alert for Curry and Josephine counties due to smoke from local wildfires. The Air Quality Alert for southwest Oregon is in effect until Sunday at 5 p.m.. DEQ also expects intermittent smoke in Jackson County. According to DEQ, wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and they could be unhealthy at times. At 11 a.m. today, the Air Quality Index in Grants Pass was 26 or "Good." Smoke levels can change rapidly depend on weather. Smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. People most at risk include infants and young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with heart or lung disease. Residents are encouraged to keep their windows and doors closed. If it's too hot, run air conditioning on recirculate or consider moving to a cooler location. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Use high-efficiency particulate air filers in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers. When air quality moves to moderate or healthy, open windows and doors to air out homes and businesses. Be aware of smoke in your area and avoid places with the highest levels. If you have a breathing plan due to a medical condition, be sure to follow it and keep any needed medications refilled.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Deputies Arrested Applegate Valley Man on Local Felony Warrant
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested an Applegate Valley man on a local felony warrant while performing a welfare check early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies contacted 41-year-old Frank Anderson at a home in the 10,000-block of Williams Highway on Thursday around 9 a.m.. Deputies said they received a call from Anderson's sister who had been calling him for a few days and did not get a response. They said she was concerned about him due to several health issues including a recent infection. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Anderson and learned that he was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Delivery of Methamphetamine. The warrant dated back to 2021. Due to the infection, Anderson was cited to appear in court and released. He was offered transport to the hospital, but refused to go.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:32AM by Sam Marsh
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Man Caught Sleeping in Doorway of Downtown Business Jailed on Warrant
A man caught sleeping in the doorway of a business in downtown Grants Pass early yesterday was arrested on a local felony warrant. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers contacted 52-year-old Tyler Allan Pinard in the 100-block of SE H Street on Thursday shortly after 5 a.m.. Police said they advised Pinard he could not sleep in the doorways of merchants in the downtown business district and -- when they ran a records check on the man -- they discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Tyler Pinard was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Apprehended Well-Known Fugitive in SE Part of City
Grants Pass Police apprehended a well-known local fugitive in the southeast part of the city yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 24-year-old Cody Allen Pickle near the corner of Fruitdale Drive and Gaffney Way on Thursday at 11:34 a.m.. Police said they were on patrol in that area when they spotted Pickle who was known to them by sight. A routine records check revealed that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Probation Violation related to arrests for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass. Cody Pickle was placed into custody, transported to the Josephine County Jail and lodged on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:29AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared Merlin Man on Outstanding Warrants in Interstate 5 Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Merlin man on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the North Valley area yesterday. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Toyota Scion XB driven by 60-year-old Jerry Don Cooper, Jr., in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 63 on Thursday at 9:37 a.m.. Troopers said they stopped Cooper for a traffic violation and discovered that he was wanted on multiple arrest warrants. Charges contained in the warrants were 4th-Degree Assault and two counts of Failure to Report as a Sex Offender. Jerry Cooper was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants. The car he was driving was towed into town at the owner's request.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:28AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Wolf Creek Man for DUII after Traffic Stop in Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police arrested a Wolf Creek man for impaired driving after a traffic stop in south Grants Pass late last night. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Subaru Forester driven by 31-year-old Brennan Michael McGee near the intersection of Fruitdale Drive and Williams Highway on Thursday at 11:32 p.m.. Troopers said they observed McGee driving recklessly, initiated a traffic stop and immediately noticed that his eyes were glassy and watery and his balance was not stable. They said he refused to perform field sobriety tests, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw. Based on the results of the blood draw, McGee was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. He had a passenger who was identified as a 29-year-old Grants Pass man. Brennan McGee was lodged at the Josephine County Jail while his vehicle was parked and secured.
Posted on 9/15/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh
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