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Deputies Investigating Cause of Rollover Crash on Redwood Highway in CJ
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was investigating the cause of a rollover crash that occurred on US Highway 199 in Cave Junction yesterday. On Thursday at 12:06 p.m., the Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Illinois Valley Fire District and American Medical Response were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck on North Redwood Highway in front of Dollar General. IVFD reported bystanders righted the vehicle and moved it off the highway as units were arriving on scene. The unidentified driver was evaluated by AMR, but not transported to the hospital. Traffic was reduced to one controlled lane while the scene was active. After the debris was cleaned up, both lanes of the highway were reopened.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh

Josephine County SO Participating in Impaired Driving Blitz until Labor Day
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has been participating in an impaired driving enforcement campaign that runs through this Labor Day weekend. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" traffic safety blitz started August 18th and continues until Monday, September 4th. Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel encourages motorists to commit to sober driving each and every day. He said the Sheriff's Office is participating in the national campaign to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers. This summer, don't get burned by a DUII. Please do your part and don't drive if you're under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or narcotics.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh

Command of Flat and Anvil Fires Being Handed Over New Team This Morning
Southwest Incident Management Team 3 handed off command of the Flat and Anvil fires to Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 this morning with the situation in pretty good shape. Southwest Team 3 reported this morning that the Flat Fire was holding at 34,242 acres with 58% containment and the Anvil Fire was 135 acres and no containment. Total personnel assigned to the Flat Fire is 427 while 97 are working the Anvil Fire. Crews and aircraft continue to patrol and monitor the edge of the Flat Fire, complete trail repair work and work with private landowners on any repairs needed due to suppression activities. Chipping of fuels will continue through the weekend on Forest Road 109. The fire has not grown, but smoke remains visible as interior fuels are consumed. Initial attack resources stand ready to assist if needed. The Anvil Fire was active yesterday with growth to the west as the blaze moved into drainages on Anvil Mountain. Aircraft used water and retardant along ridges to slow its progression and assist firefighters on the ground. The fire is burning in the Grassy Knob Wilderness on steep slopes and difficult terrain with limited access. Aircraft will continue to support suppression work and monitor activity. Weather conditions are changing and higher humidity, lower temperatures and the possibility of moisture will slow both fires progression. Showers are expected to linger in that area today and Saturday, and humidity should remain elevated.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh

Lower Temps and Moisture Moderate Fire Behavior Across RR-Siskiyou Forest
Lower temperatures and an influx of moisture has moderated fire behavior across the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Firefighters and aerial resources have been able to complete mop-up and reach containment on many of the fires burning on the local forest. The Grayback Fire has line around 100% of the perimeter and is 90% mopped up. There has been no growth or change in fire size from 40 acres. Crews will finish work on this fire and monitor for pockets of interior heat for the next few shifts. The Cedar Fire is 100% lined as well and mop-up is nearly complete. This 10.7-acre incident will be monitored by ground and air to ensure there are no changes.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Smith River Complex North Firefighters Now Bracing for Potential Flash Flood Warning
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Firefighters are bracing for a potential Flash Flood Warning issued by Smith River Complex North Incident Meteorologist Jonathan Chriest who predicted a chance of thunderstorms with heavy rain. Up to a half-inch of rain may fall on the fire from slow-moving storm cells. Areas at greatest risk for flash floods and debris flows include along the Smith River, the Slater Fire burn area and in newly burned areas along Highway 199 in California. Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 13 reported this morning that the Smith River Complex had grown to 83,974 acres with containment at 8%. Over 7,700 acres of the wildfire complex are in southwest Oregon. There is a total of 3,838 personnel assigned to the complex including hand crews, engines, water tenders, bulldozers and helicopters. Cooler and more humid weather moved into the area Thursday, moderating fire behavior. Rising humidity limited tactical firing operations on parts of the fire. Crews are mopping up and securing areas that were burned during these operations over the last few days. This includes fire lines west of Gilligan Butte and along Forest Service Roads 4402 and 461. Aircraft were able to drop water and retardant near Gilligan Butte and other critical areas of the fire Thursday morning, supporting firefighters on the ground. As the weather system moved in, low clouds and smoke grounded aviation for the day.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon Caves Park Closing from September 11th-October 10th for Road Repair Project
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The Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve will be closed from September 11th through October 10th for much-needed road repairs. The Oregon Caves closure will be Mondays-Fridays during this time, but the park will be open weekends and cave tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Cave tours run seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September 10th. State Highway 46 -- also known as Caves Highway -- will be closed within the monument and preserve for badly-needed milling and paving operations. The closure is for the safety of visitors, staff and workers while the project is being completed on the narrow road to the park. From October 11th through November 5th, Oregon Cave tours will be offered five days a week before the tours shut down for the winter season. Surface areas of the park -- including trails -- will remain open seven days a week through the winter.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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IV Lions Club Hosting 50th Annual Labor Day Festival This Weekend in Cave Junction
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The Illinois Valley Lions Club is hosting the 2023 Labor Day Festival in Cave Junction this weekend. The theme for this year's 50th annual holiday festival is "Celebrating Our Golden Jubilee." The Labor Day Festival features vendor booths and continuous activities on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tuff Truck competitions will occur Saturday and Sunday with the annual parade in downtown Cave Junction on Monday. The IV Lions Club hosts the Labor Day Festival as a fundraiser to provide free vision exams, free hearing exams and free loans of hospital equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, portable toilets, shower stools and more. The group also provides scholarships for Illinois Valley High School graduates and sponsors local youth sports teams. The Labor Day Festival is an annual event full of food, fun and good times -- and it's all for a great cause.
Posted on 9/1/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Trying to Steal Food from RR Highway Vendor
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for multiple crimes after he tried to steal from a food truck vendor on Rogue River Highway yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 26-year-old Mitchell Aaron Raymond at Taser point for the incident in the 1200-block of Highway 99 on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.. Police said they responded to a report of disorderly conduct after Raymond tried to steal a vendor's food including tamales that were for sale. The female vendor called 9-1-1 after the suspect pushed her away when she tried to intervene and he refused to leave when she asked him to do so. Upon contact with Raymond, officers said he threw a lighter at them and was highly agitated. When told he was under arrest, he was uncooperative and would not place his hands behind his back. The suspect showed signs he was about to assault officers, so they deployed a Taser to subdue him. Mitchell Raymond was first taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for clearance and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Robbery, 2nd-Degree Disorderly Conduct and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. His vehicle was secured and his dog was picked up by Animal Control.
Posted on 8/31/23 11:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Woman for Fighting with Man Legally Protected by Court
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman yesterday for getting into a scuffle with a man who was protected from her by a court order. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 47-year-old Kimberly Ann Boehm for the incident in the 300-block of Limpy Creek Road on Wednesday at 3:49 p.m.. Deputies said a man called 9-1-1 to report that he and Boehm were in a physical fight after she attacked him. The caller told dispatchers he had a valid restraining order against her and she fled the scene in his Mercedes Benz vehicle. The victim had scratches all over his arms and said he was afraid she would return to kill him. The suspect vehicle was located a short distance away and the suspect was placed into custody. She also had some injuries from the altercation, but an investigation determined that she was the aggressor. Kimberly Boehm was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 8/31/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Community Corrections Client Wanted on State Warrant
With assistance from Josephine County Community Corrections, Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 47-year-old Harley Robert Fullerton at the Community Corrections Office on NW 4th Street around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Fullerton's corrections officer called them to report their client was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation related to a conviction for Felony Intimidation. The suspect was unaware he was about to be arrested. Harley Fullerton was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/31/23 11:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Downtown GP Trespassing Call Led to Apprehension of Man on Warrant
A downtown Grants Pass trespassing complaint led to the apprehension of a man who was wanted on a local felony warrant early yesterday. Grants Pass Police responded to a trespassing call involving 57-year-old Larry Drake Knight at Rogue Valley Brewing Supply on SE K Street on Wednesday at about 10:15 a.m.. Police said Knight and Lisa Lawrence were camping outside the business and they were warned for trespassing at the request of the business owner. A records check revealed that Knight was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a felony assault conviction. Larry Knight was placed into custody and lodged at the adult jail facility on a no-bail detainer. Lawrence was instructed to gather up their belongings and vacate the premises.
Posted on 8/31/23 11:35AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested 2 Men on Outstanding Warrants in Separate Traffic Stops
The Oregon State Police arrested two Josephine County men on outstanding warrants during separate traffic stops last night. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Wednesday at 6:48 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Saturn Vue driven by 41-year-old Jonathan Frederick Nemoede of Cave Junction on Redwood Highway near Rockydale Road. Troopers said they stopped Nemoede for traffic violations and discovered that he was wanted on a local felony warrant. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail while his vehicle was impounded. The second incident happened on Wednesday at 7:46 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 60-year-old Jerome Richard Black of Grants Pass near the intersection of Williams Highway and New Hope Road. Troopers said they stopped Black for a traffic violation and learned that he was wanted on a local warrant for failing to appear in court for impaired driving. He was detained before being cited and released.
Posted on 8/31/23 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
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