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Drug Dealing Report at GP Shopping Complex Led to Citation for Possession
A report of drug dealing at a Grants Pass shopping complex last night led to the arrest of a man for possession of narcotics. Grants Pass Police responded to a report of suspicious activity near Grocery Outlet off NE Agness Avenue on Tuesday around 7:15 p.m.. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report seeing Kelcey Cumming making several hand-to-hand exchanges with people while he sat in front of H&R Block. The caller said they witnessed at least two drug deals with people associated with an older mobile home that was parked in the shopping center lot. According to the report, one person provided Cumming with money because they felt bad for him. Upon arrival, officers contacted Cumming and found him to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. They said there was no indication that he was dealing drugs. They cited and released him for the narcotics violation.
Posted on 8/30/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh

Medford Police Arrested Woman for Unprovoked Stabbing in Downtown Area
The Medford Police Department arrested a woman for an unprovoked stabbing in the downtown area early yesterday. MPD reports officers responded to the reported stabbing near West 6th Street and Central Avenue on Tuesday shortly after 10 a.m.. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered that a 53-year-old man had been walking with a 6-year-old female family member when they were approached by an adult female who was unknown to them. The woman -- later identified as 32-year-old Marjan Ezzati -- started making nonsensical statements before producing a knife and stabbing the man in the hip. Police said a local business employee confronted Ezzati, who fled on foot and was located a short distance away by responding officers. She was arrested, interviewed and then lodged at the Jackson County Jail for felony crimes of 2nd-Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. According to MPD, the victim was transported to a local medical facility to be treated for his non-life-threatening injury. The child was not harmed.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Throwing Rock at Vehicle and Then Vandalizing It
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for throwing a rock at a vehicle and vandalizing it on Williams Highway early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a disturbance in the 1300-block of Highway 238 on Tuesday around 2:40 a.m.. Police said a subject they identified as "Kacy Macauley" was called in as a traffic complaint a few minutes before another call for service. They said Macauley threw a rock at a vehicle and the driver pulled over as the man had blood all over him. The man told the driver he needed a ride and that's why he threw the rock. The driver told the man they would not be giving him a ride, but would call for help. Macauley stole the license plate off the vehicle and attempted to flee with it while the driver and a passenger chased him down and got into a physical altercation. They were able to retrieve the license plate -- but when they attempted to drive away, the suspect pulled on the rear windshield wiper and shattered the rear window of the vehicle before he fled on foot. Macauley was found by police a short time later passed out in the backyard of a nearby residence. Officers said he had a large amount of blood all over his head and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person. He was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine, which was seized for destruction. Kacy Macauley was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment. He was cited to appear in court for Criminal Mischief and Meth Possession before being released to hospital staff.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Snared 2 GP Men for Different Reasons after Rogue River Highway Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested two Grants Pass men for different reasons after a traffic stop on Rogue River Highway near the City of Rogue River this week. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Avalon driven by 37-year-old Tyler Ried Jensen near milepost 6 of Highway 99 on Monday morning. Troopers said they stopped Jensen for no front license plate on the vehicle. When the vehicle stopped, they said the driver and passenger -- identified as 29-year-old Jacob Alan Jensen -- attempted to switch seats. An investigation determined that Tyler Jensen's driving privileges were suspended and Jacob Jensen was wanted on a warrant out of Jackson County. Both men were placed into custody. But the Josephine County Jail would not lodge the Jensens, so both men were cited to appear in court and released. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested GP Man for DUII after Redwood Highway Stop near Wilderville
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for impaired driving this week following a traffic stop on Redwood Highway near Wilderville. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Ford Econoline minivan driven by 67-year-old Timothy Lee Marsolf near milepost 6 of US Highway 199 on Monday at 7:25 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Marsolf for traffic violations and he displayed signs of impairment. They said the driver was placed into custody and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was exactly twice the legal driving limit. Tim Marsolf was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and his minivan was impounded.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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EM First Responders Rushed to Water Rescue at Illinois River Forks State Park
Emergency first responders rushed to the scene of a water rescue at Illinois River Forks State Park last night. On Tuesday at 8:17 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Josephine County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to reports of a male subject in distress at the state park off South Redwood Highway near Hamilton Avenue. Few details about the incident were disclosed, but IVFD officials said the man was found in the Illinois River and he was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for further evaluation. The Sheriff's Office was handling the investigation into the near-drowning.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Multiple Agencies Extinguished Structure and Grass Fire near Trail on Tuesday
Multiple agencies extinguished a structure fire that spread to nearby grass near Trail on Tuesday. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Jackson County Fire District #3, Jackson County Fire District #4 and the Prospect Rural Fire Protection District were all dispatched to the blaze in the 12,000-block of McNeil Creek Road yesterday. With the help of a resident's bulldozer, ODF firefighters were able to stop the grass fire at an estimated half-acre. The other agencies remained on scene to finish putting out the structure fire. There were no injuries reported. Despite cooler temperatures, ODF reminds residents that extreme fire danger remains in effect in Jackson and Josephine counties. Please be aware that fires can still spark and spread easily, so please follow all current public use restrictions. They can be found at "swofire.com."
Posted on 8/30/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC will Hold Library Annexation Hearing & Consider Bargaining Agreement
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on two potential annexations to the local library district and then consider a collective bargaining agreement during its weekly business session this morning. Following the public hearing, the Board will decide whether to approve adding two properties to the Josephine Community Library District. The annexation requests are by petition of the landowners, without election. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider approval of a collective bargaining agreement between Josephine County and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). There are no other action items on the agenda, but there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens in which people are allowed to address the Board for up to three minutes on just about any topic pertaining to Josephine County. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Tree Canopy Program Still Underway with Applications Due October 13th
Are you looking to enhance your front yard with cooling shade, beautiful flowers and fall colors? The City of Grants Pass Tree Canopy Program is underway until mid-October. For just $50, city workers will plant a tree in your front yard. The City has five species to choose from and they're going fast. For small trees, they have Prairiefire Crabapple, Eastern Redbud and Japanese Lilac. For larger trees, there is nothing better than having a Greenspire Linden or Colonial Spirit Elm to take your landscaping to the next level. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, trees increase property value, intercept stormwater, reduce energy demands, cool temperatures, promote healthier living and so much more. The deadline to apply for the Tree Canopy Program is October 13th. Tree species are assigned to applicants on a 'first-come, first-served" basis. You can pick up an application at the Community Development Department at Grants Pass City Hall or download a copy from "grantspassoregon.gov."
Posted on 8/30/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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SOREDI Issues Statement regarding Josephine County's Decision Not to Renew Membership
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Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI), has issued a statement regarding Josephine County's recent decision to not renew membership in the private nonprofit organization. The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted on August 17th to not renew its membership with SOREDI, which provides agency support to serve as the main regional economic development agency. SOREDI officials said they are greatly disappointed in what they believe is a "highly uninformed decision." They said they are equally disappointed that they were not given the courtesy to be informed when the decision was made. According to the statement, Josephine County is one of the "founding fathers" of SOREDI -- dating back to 1987 -- along with Jackson County, the City of Medford and the City of Grants Pass. The agency was formed as a nonprofit to respond to outside companies seeking to relocate or expand within the Southern Oregon area as well as to make outreach to and provide pertinent resources for industrial firms and headquarters in Southern Oregon, assist start-ups and more. SOREDI said its five-person professional staff will continue to passionately serve the regional business community and their presence in Josephine County will not change. Officials said residents who are concerned about the recent decision to cut off SOREDI support should reach out and express their concerns to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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Shift in Wind Direction Now Allowing Aviation Resources to Attack Smith River Complex
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A shift in wind direction has cleared smoke out of the Illinois Valley, allowing aviation resources to finally go to work supporting ground crews who have been working to keep the Kelly Fire away from homes, businesses and power lines. Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 13 reported this morning that the Smith River Complex had grown to 76,857 acres with 7% containment. Just over 6,000 acres of the wildfire complex that started August 15th are in Oregon. Total personnel assigned to the complex today is 3,035 including 70 hand crews backed by 240 engines, 42 water tenders, 29 bulldozers and five helicopters. Incident commanders said suppression efforts were also bolstered by Governor Tina Kotek's declaration of a conflagration, which mobilized the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Blue Team and five structure protection task forces to assist the Illinois Valley. Task forces are from Marion, Polk, Lane, Benton and Klamath counties. With the OSFM task forces in place, wildland firefighters assisting with structure protection returned to primary fire suppression work. Thanks to retardant drops by aviation, crews can continue with more aggressive tactical firing operations to strengthen primary containment lines west of Lone Mountain Road and along US Highway 199. Although a northeasterly wind will help by pushing the fire back onto itself today, it also brings two elements of critical fire weather -- strong winds and poor overnight humidity recovery. Firefighters will monitor conditions carefully and make adaptations as needed.
Posted on 8/30/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Weather Shift Allowing Aircraft to Engage Fires on Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
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A shift in weather led to clearer skies over the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest which allowed aircraft to fully engage in suppression efforts on wildfires. The Grayback Fire is burning several miles southwest of Williams and its size is estimated to be 40 acres. There is containment line around 100% of the fire and hose lays are being utilized around the perimeter. Ground crews are mopping up. The Barklow Fire burning northeast of Gold Beach on the Powers Ranger District is estimated to be nine acres. It currently has hose lay and hand-line around the perimeter. Lines held overnight and mop-up continues. The Winchuck Fire is 7/10ths of an acre and it has been 100% lined. Lines have held and crews continue hazard tree removal to secure the perimeter. Mop-up is nearly complete on this fire. There has been no growth on the Cedar Fire, which is estimated to be 10.7 acres. There is line around 100% of the fire and mop-up is ongoing. Forest officials said crews on the ground are engaged in mop-up efforts on all remaining incidents including the 28-acre Kanaka Fire and the 3.25-acre Scraggy Fire.
Posted on 8/30/23 5:57AM by Sam Marsh
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