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Deputy Apprehended Man Wanted on Warrants during BLM Land Encounter
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on two outstanding warrants yesterday following an encounter with a BLM deputy on public land. The Sheriff's Office reports the deputy contacted 45-year-old Jonathan Raymond Pool on BLM land in an unspecified location of the county at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, Pool was one of three occupants in a Ford F-150 pickup. Pool was placed into custody when the deputy discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County Sheriff's Office warrant for Probation Violation related to a past arrest for Attempting to Elude Police. He was also wanted on a Medford warrant for Probation Violation related to Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. Jonathan Pool was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/16/24 10:43AM by Sam Marsh
 

IV Man Snared on 2 Warrants after Traffic Stop in Downtown Cave Junction
An Illinois Valley man was arrested on two local warrants yesterday after a law enforcement contact in downtown Cave Junction. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a Chevrolet Equinox driven by 35-year-old Jason Adam Post in the 100-block of South Redwood Highway on Thursday at 10:32 a.m.. Deputies said they stopped Post for an improper display of registration tags when they discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County warrant carrying an indictment for two counts of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He was also wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for two counts of DUII. Jason Post was transported to Grants Pass and lodged in jail on the warrants. According to the report, a friend was contacted to pick up the car and two dogs.
Posted on 2/16/24 10:42AM by Sam Marsh
 

Police Incarcerated Man for Causing Disturbance at Grants Pass Hospital
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a ruckus at Three Rivers Medical Center late yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance at the hospital on SW Ramsey Avenue on Thursday shortly before 5 p.m.. Police said 39-year-old David Stephen Campbell was in the parking lot of the hospital and he refused to follow commands of security officers to leave the premises. They said he showed signs of strong intoxication and was less than compliant with police officers as well. He was eventually placed into custody. Since Campbell was heavily intoxicated at the time, he was evaluated by hospital staff and cleared for incarceration. David Campbell was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Criminal Trespass and he was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/16/24 10:40AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Collared City Park Camper on Felony Warrants in Patrol Check
Grants Pass Police apprehended a city park camper on two outstanding felony warrants early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 54-year-old Charles Harry Edward Holland during a patrol check at Lawnridge Park on Thursday at 8:39 a.m.. Police said they contacted Holland while they were posting his campsite to be removed. A routine records check revealed that he was wanted on two out-of-county felony warrants. The agencies that issued the warrants and the charges were not disclosed. After the warrants were confirmed, Charles Holland was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. His tent and belongings were entered into evidence for safekeeping.
Posted on 2/16/24 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested Riddle Man for Traffic Violation after Contact on I-5 in GP
The Oregon State Police arrested a Douglas County motorist for a traffic violation this week after contacting him on Interstate 5 in northeast Grants Pass. According to OSP, troopers were dispatched to a disabled Honda Odyssey that was on fire in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 53 on Wednesday. Troopers contacted the passenger who stated the vehicle was on fire, but the fire had been "put out." They said the driver of the vehicle -- 31-year-old Brian Allen Cuny of Riddle -- fled the scene on foot because of a suspended driver's license. Cuny was tracked down by OSP and arrested for Driving While Suspended. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and his damaged vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 2/16/24 10:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Rural Metro Touts Opportunities for Prospective Emergency Service Workers
Are you a young person thinking about a career in emergency services? If so, there are three free "camps" coming up that are designed to present an introductory look at what is involved. For high school seniors, Rogue Community College has two camps in March for firefighters and emergency medical technicians. To learn more and to apply by February 28th, visit "roguecc.edu/emergencyservices." For young ladies ages 16 to 20, the 2024 Rogue Girls Fire Camp will be held June 21st-23rd at Jackson County Fire District #3 in White City. To learn more, e-mail "roguegirlsfire@gmail.com" or call (541)-774-2320. Anyone wishing to speak directly with a first responder about working in the emergency services field can stop by their local Rural Metro Fire Department station and ask questions.
Posted on 2/16/24 9:34AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Sheriff Seeks Public Help Finding Missing O'Brien Woman
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UPDATE: HAILEY HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS NO LONGER MISSING

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was asking for public assistance in locating a missing Illinois Valley woman. In a Thursday afternoon press release, the Sheriff's Office reported 29-year-old Hailey Michelle Berger left her residence in O'Brien on Tuesday to go to a friend's house. Sheriff's officials said it was unknown where Berger was going or who she was going to see. Her family has not been able to contact her since she left the home. Hailey Berger is known to frequent the Illinois Valley and Williams areas. She is described as a white female adult, 5-feet-3-inches tall and around 125 pounds, with brown hair. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123.
Posted on 2/16/24 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Snared Out-of-Compliance Sex Offender after Motel 6 Call
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for failing to register as a convicted sex offender this week after an incident at a north-city motel. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a complaint involving 48-year-old Christopher Allen Blodgett at Motel 6 on NE 7th Street on Wednesday night. Police said Blodgett was staying with a friend at the motel and he locked the door so his roommate could not enter. They said the roommate was the registered guest and he called 9-1-1 for law enforcement backup in order to remove his belongings from the room. Responding officers contacted both men and discovered that Blodgett was out of compliance with his mandatory sex offender registration. The suspect actively used physical force to resist being placed into custody, but he was eventually subdued. Christopher Blodgett was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Failure to Report as a Sex Offender, Resisting Arrest and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/16/24 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared Convicted Sex Offender after Interstate 5 Crash in Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police apprehended a convicted sex offender this week after responding to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 5 in northeast Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers investigated a crash in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 54 on Wednesday afternoon. Troopers said the investigation indicates a Chrysler 300 driven by 45-year-old Shannon Johannsen-Pompa of Medford was traveling too fast for the conditions, lost control and hydroplaned into the median barrier. No injuries were reported and the damaged car was hauled into Grants Pass by 3 Boys Classic Towing. According to OSP, a passenger in the vehicle -- 56-year-old Sean Matthew Collins -- was discovered to be out of compliance with his sex offender registration. He was placed into custody and lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 2/16/24 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Used Surveillance Video to Identify Suspect in Car-Clouting Incident
Grants Pass Police used surveillance footage to identify a man who broke into a vehicle at a downtown auto parts store this week. The Police Department reports officers responded to a "car-clouting" incident at Quality Automotive Parts on SW G Street on Wednesday night. Police said the store manager called 9-1-1 after seeing a male subject enter an employee's Dodge Durango that was parked at the store. They said the caller was watching on a remote camera and reported the same vehicle was broken into last weekend as well. The surveillance video was sent to the Police Department as evidence and officers were able to identify the suspect as 41-year-old David Wesley Jones. They rushed to the scene and placed the suspect into custody. David Jones was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle.
Posted on 2/16/24 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Motorist Survived Crash into Pond off Redwood Highway at Slate Creek Road
A motorist wound up wet but uninjured after crashing a vehicle off Redwood Highway into a pond in the Wonder area yesterday. Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon State Police were dispatched to the accident on US Highway 199 at Slate Creek Road on Thursday at 2:14 p.m.. For reasons being investigated by OSP, the vehicle landed in a pond after a crash with another vehicle at the intersection. The law enforcement agency did not have any new information on the incident today. The unidentified driver was able to self-extricate from the fully-submerged vehicle and there were no injuries reported. Traffic was temporarily impacted while rescuers processed the crash scene. The Oregon Department of Transportation provided traffic control.
Posted on 2/16/24 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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National Park Service Threatens to Terminate Contract with Crater Lake Concessionaire
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The National Park Service has threatened to terminate its contract with international hospitality company Aramark at Crater Lake National Park, following a rash of management issues at the Oregon destination over the last five years. The Oregonian reports Crater Lake Hospitality -- a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Aramark -- is contracted to run concessions at Crater Lake and the Oregon Caves National Monument through 2030. However, a park service spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the federal agency will terminate the contract unless the company "shows cause as to why NPS should not do so." Park officials did not offer a timeline for the company to respond, and did not say how a termination would affect park operations like Crater Lake Lodge and boat tours. Officials declined to say how Aramark was informed or exactly what was communicated, but agency guidelines require written notice. The announcement comes just two months after US Senator Ron Wyden issued a public letter to the National Park Service, raising a litany of "serious concerns" about Crater Lake Hospitality and asking the federal agency to "take immediate action to prevent concessionaire mismanagement from continuing to threaten Crater Lake National Park, its visitors, or the employees who live and work there."
Posted on 2/16/24 6:08AM by Sam Marsh
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