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Grants Pass Police Incarcerated Man for Assaulting Woman at North City Motel
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for roughing up a woman at a north-city motel late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 38-year-old James Robert King for the incident at the Grants Pass Travelodge on NW Vine Street on Monday at about 6:15 p.m.. Police said a woman in a guest room contacted the front desk of the motel and asked the attendant to call 9-1-1 for her because she had been beat up by a man who was preventing her from leaving. The man had checked in with the woman. A subsequent investigation determined that King and the woman were in a verbal argument when King got in her face and spit chewed-up food on her. She tried to push him away and he punched her before pushing her down on the bed and choking her. She was checked out by medics, but not transported to the hospital. James King was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault, Domestic Strangulation and Domestic Menacing. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/5/23 11:10AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Snared Convicted Sex Offender after Responding to Trespass Call
Grants Pass Police arrested a convicted sex offender while investigating a trespassing complaint in the southeast part of the city on Monday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the incident at a residence in the 1600-block of SE Portola Drive at 3:51 p.m. yesterday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her mother's boyfriend -- 44-year-old Eric Alan Peterson -- was staying at their home and she wanted him to be trespassed from the premises. The caller said the man would return after 8 p.m.. The trespassing complaint was related to a previous criminal incident involving Peterson that was not disclosed in the report. At about 8:30 p.m., officers responded to Peterson's residence in the 1500-block of SE N Street to warn him about trespassing. During contact, they discovered that he had failed to register as a sex offender. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Posted on 9/5/23 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
 

Wilderville Man Snared for Felony Suspended Driving after Weekend Stop
A Wilderville man was arrested for a felony-level moving violation after a weekend traffic stop on Redwood Highway. The Oregon State Police reports troopers pulled over a Chevrolet pickup driven by 53-year-old Jerry William Huffman near milepost 4 of US Highway 199 around 10:55 a.m. Sunday. Troopers said they stopped Huffman for a traffic violation and discovered that his driver's license had been suspended at the felony level. He was lodged at the adult jail facility for Felony Driving While Suspended. According to OSP, Huffman's wife pulled up to the traffic stop in a different vehicle and she took responsibility for her husband's pickup.
Posted on 9/5/23 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Nabbed Motorist for Drugged Driving after Welfare Check at Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for drugged driving during a weekend welfare check near Gilbert Creek Park. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a report of a male subject asleep at the wheel of a silver pickup parked near the city park on NW Hawthorne Avenue on Sunday at about 9:45 p.m.. Police said they contacted 63-year-old Sean Dennis O'Keefe and he displayed multiple indicators of impairment. Based on physical limitations, he was only able to perform limited field sobriety tests. He initially denied using intoxicants, but eventually admitted to using methamphetamine before driving. Sean O'Keefe was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he provided breath and urine samples. He was lodged for Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Substances and his pickup was impounded. A dog in his vehicle was transported to the Animal Shelter.
Posted on 9/5/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Cited Man for Attempting to Steal Solar Panel from Home Depot
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for trying to steal a solar panel from a local home improvement store last weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at Home Depot on Sunday at about 6:45 p.m.. Police said 46-year-old Joseph Kwiatkowski was detained by loss prevention officers after he stole a solar panel valued at about $270. He was described as "cooperative" while he awaited law enforcement officers to arrive on scene. Kwiatkowski was charged with 2nd-Degree Theft. Because he cooperated with loss prevention and police, he was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 9/5/23 11:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Setting Several Small Fires in Northeast Part of City
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for setting several fires in the northeast part of the city early yesterday before throwing a rock at one officer and spitting on another. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Gregory Ellison Butler, III, in front of a home in the 700-block of NE Oregon Street on Monday at 3:43 a.m.. Police said they received multiple reports of fires being started on the east side of town near Terry Lane and D Street. Officers searched the area and found multiple items on fire including garbage and clothing. One officer heard suspicious noises coming from Oregon Street and observed Butler in the front yard of a residence. The officer drew his Taser and approached Butler, giving him commands to get on the ground. The suspect picked up and threw a large rock at the officer, nearly hitting him in the head. He was eventually taken into custody at Taser Point after he set fire to a door mat under the covered entry to the home. The smoldering mat and a bench were extinguished with a garden hose. While being placed into custody, Gregory Butler spat on an officer. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges including Felony 1st-Degree Arson, Felony Aggravated Harassment, Felony Attempted Assault on a Police Officer, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct and Offensive Littering. The lighter used to ignite the fires was recovered and entered into evidence.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:50AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Several Crimes after He Threatened Neighbor
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for several crimes after he threatened one of his neighbors with a knife last weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance involving 36-year-old Sean Patrick Ford in the 400-block of SW Bridge Street on Sunday at about 8:55 p.m.. Police said Ford's neighbor called 9-1-1 to report he came home from work when he heard Ford yelling from his backyard. The caller said Ford was yelling at him while throwing beer bottles and cans over the fence into his yard. Some of the bottles broke on the victim's driveway and one can nearly hit him, covering his head with beer. The situation temporarily de-escalated and then escalated again. Ford reportedly peered over the shared fence while holding a large knife. He threatened to gut his neighbor and stabbed the fence. When officers arrived on scene, they told Ford to drop the knife, but he did not comply. When told he was under arrest, he retreated into his home. A perimeter was created around Ford's home, he eventually emerged from the house and was placed into custody at the point of a bean bag gun. Sean Ford was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Harassment, Criminal Mischief, Escape and Offensive Littering.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Officer on Way to Work Arrested Man for Violating Court Order
A Grants Pass police officer on his way to work last weekend arrested a man for violating a court order by visiting a protected woman. According to the Police Department, 28-year-old Rayne Allen Teague was arrested at a home in the 2600-block of Raydean Drive on Sunday at 6:15 p.m.. Police said an officer was on his way into work when he observed Teague in the area and knew he was the respondent in active restraining order protecting a woman who lived at that address. The officer went to the home and found the suspect's vehicle parked in the garage. Announcements were made for Teague to come out and he did. He is legally prohibited from having any contact with the woman or being on her property. Rayne Teague was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Men on Local Warrants while Breaking Up Party at Park
Grants Pass Police arrested two men on outstanding warrants while breaking up a party at Baker Park early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the city park along the Rogue River on Monday around 1:15 a.m.. Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report several vehicles near the boat ramp at the park, with numerous people stumbling around and drinking alcohol. The caller said they believed at least some of the partygoers were minors. Upon arrival, police observed approximately 15 people at Baker Park after "resting hours." Several people fled and officers saw an open case of beer and other adult beverages, but nobody would claim ownership of the alcohol which was seized for destruction. All remaining partygoers were identified and asked to leave the park. Two of the individuals were identified as 29-year-old Jansen Travis Handel and 23-year-old Jesse Charles Johnson. Handel was lodged in jail on a Klamath County Corrections warrant for failing to appear in court for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Johnson was jailed on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 3rd-Degree Theft and Methamphetamine Possession. The meth was destroyed.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Woman with History of Traffic Violations Arrested for Impaired Driving
A Grants Pass woman with a history of traffic violations was arrested for impaired driving after she nearly struck another motorist last weekend. Grants Pass Police responded to the traffic complaint at C&D Short Stop Market on SW G Street around 8:25 p.m. Sunday. Police said 52-year-old Stacie Ranee Montgomery was the subject of a driving complaint in which she nearly collided head-on with another vehicle. They said the Chevrolet Suburban Montgomery was driving was associated with prior traffic complaints including an impaired driving arrest. Officers searched the area and contacted Montgomery at the neighborhood market. They said she displayed several signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. She was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where she provided breath and urine samples. Stacie Montgomery was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Driving While Suspended. She was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Two People Hurt & One Cited after Rear-End Collision on Williams Highway
Two people were injured and one of them was cited after a motor vehicle accident on Williams Highway just north of Murphy yesterday. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the two-vehicle collision near milepost 5 of Highway 238 on Monday around 12:15 p.m.. Troopers said a Ford Ranger pickup driven by 68-year-old Walter James MacPhee was traveling eastbound when he stopped to turn into Fields Home Improvement Center. They said a Toyota pickup driven by 69-year-old Melanie Anne Wilson failed to stop and rear-ended the Ford. Both MacPhee and Wilson were transported by AMR to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed to Grants Pass. Following an investigation, Wilson was cited at the hospital for Following Too Closely and warned for Careless Driving.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:32AM by Sam Marsh
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GP School District 7 Offers Free Meals for All Students Again in 2023-24
The Grants Pass School District will continue with free meals for students in 2023-24. All District 7 students will eat free meals at school again this year. Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to every student, every school day. There are no income requirements and no need to sign up. The District 7 Nutrition Services Department is investing in new equipment and training this fall, paving the way for more "scratch cooking" at local schools later this year. Grants Pass schools are committed to enhancing nutritional value and reducing sugar content, ensuring students enjoy meals that are not only good for them but taste great, too.
Posted on 9/5/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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