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Shooter & Victim in M-Street Market Shooting Identified
The shooter and the victim involved in the M-Street Market shooting last Thursday have been identified by the Oregon State Police. At 8:52 that morning Grants Pass City Police responded to the Market in the 1,000 block of M Street to the report of a shooting. Officers found the victim, 63-year-old Robert Mills of Grants Pass, suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers quickly located the suspected shooter, 69-year-old Dennis McGuire, also of Grants Pass. McGuire was armed and the incident quickly escalated and culminated in an officer involved shooting. Both Mills and McGuire were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds and were last reported to be in serious but stable condition.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:54AM by Chuck Benson
 

Two Weeks of Summer Adventure at Mount Ashland Remain Until Season Ends
Mount Ashland's inaugural summer of lodge and cafe operations comes to an end on September 3rd.This means you have just two weekends left to enjoy the lower temperatures of Mount Ashland while using the lodge as your adventure base camp. They're open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Mount "A" also has some fun family events planned to close out its first summer season. There will be "Music on the Mountain" with Joshua Paul today, Dave Brendlinger on Sunday and Melissa Fairy on September 2nd. September 3rd is "Tye-Dye Family Day." The local resort is celebrating its first summer season by giving away a bicycle, courtesy of Get 'N Gear. It's a 26-inch Specialized Hardtail. To enter all you have to do is visit the lodge this month and can the QR code near the cafe.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:17AM by Chuck Benson
 

State Fire Marshal Sending Resources to Wildfires with Ready Response Oregon
With the state of Oregon entering the heart of wildfire season, the State Fire Marshal has mobilized suppression resources through its Response Ready Oregon initiative to keep fires small and protect communities. With the Smith River Complex growing into Curry and Josephine counties, OSFM has mobilized two structural task forces to Josephine County. The task forces are from Marion and Polk counties. According to OSFM, these firefighters and associated equipment are mobilized as surge resources to bolster capacity in communities impacted by the complex that started July 15th with lightning strikes in extreme northern California. There are 27 fires that make up the complex, with the Kelly Fire threatening the Illinois Valley. The Ready Response Oregon initiative was launched through Immediate Response, a tool developed with funding from Senate Bill 762 in 2021. The goal is to boost response to wildfires and to keep them away from Oregon communities. US Highway 199 remains closed from the Oregon border to Gasquet, California.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:15AM by Chuck Benson
 

ODF Battling Fire and Looking for Others after Thursday Night Lightning Strikes
Thunderstorms hit Southern Oregon again Thursday night, resulting in 48 lightning strikes in Josephine County. The Oregon Department of Forestry responded to at least one new fire as a result of the lightning and a reconnaissance flight was being conducted Friday to search for any additional fire starts. The Thunder Ranch Fire was located in the hills above Taylor Creek, located southeast of Galice. It was estimated to be 2-3 acres and burning on a steep slope. Numerous ODF and Rural Metro Fire Department engines responded and engaged in an aggressive initial attack. Additional resources were ordered including a crew from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and aircraft.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:14AM by Chuck Benson
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OSP Assisted GP Police with Arrest of Motorist for DUII near Redwood Highway
The Oregon State Police assisted the Grants Pass Police Department with the arrest of an impaired motorist early yesterday. OSP reports troopers and police officers pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by 55-year-old Joel Charles Jones of Powers just off Redwood Highway near Ringuette Street on Friday at about 12:30 a.m.. Troopers said the traffic stop was related to a possible domestic call on Highway 199. Law enforcement arrived on scene and spotted Jones driving his truck in a parking lot. He was contacted and signs of impairment were observed. According to OSP, Jones performed poorly in field sobriety tests, was detained and transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:12AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Jailed Man for Roughing Up His Mother at New Hope Road Home
Grants Pass Police jailed a man early yesterday for allegedly roughing up his mother. The Police Department reports officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2600-block of New Hope Road on Friday around 12:45 a.m.. Police said an investigation determined the disturbance to be between 32-year-old Jacob Edward Martin and his mother. Officers contacted Martin outside the home and said he was obsessed with drugs, stating that his mother is a drug user and the town is full of drug users, but he doesn't use drugs. He also advised officers that his mother was "winning" because she was having him arrested and she was going to steal his residence and his truck. Martin's mother had locked herself inside the residence and she was covered in blood from a bloody nose she said occurred when her son pushed her into a stack of plastic storage containers. She advised the injury did not cause her any physical pain or impairment, and she refused medical treatment.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:11AM by Chuck Benson
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Local Law Agencies Worked Together to Arrest GP Man for Shooting Incident
Three local law enforcement agencies worked together to arrest a Grants Pass felon for firing a shotgun at a car and threatening to shoot a man this week at a residence located just north of the city. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to the incident in the 3,000-block of Highland Avenue on Thursday. Deputies said the call was first reported as a robbery where shots were fired during an altercation. When deputies and officers arrived on scene, they met with a victim who had exited the property and called for help. The woman reported 32-year-old Robert William Linville, Jr., had fired a shotgun at a vehicle and was threatening to shoot a male subject along with taking his own life at the incident location. Law enforcement created a plan to address the threat and a potential rescue if needed based on the rapidly evolving situation. When police arrived at the home, Linville and others exited the residence. They were all detained for officer safety until deputies could complete the investigation.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:10AM by Chuck Benson
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Jackson County Jail Inmate Caught Attempting to Break Through Cell Window
Corrections deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office caught an adult-in-custody attempting to break through the glass in his cell window at the Medford jail facility earlier this week. The Oregonian reports 29-year-old Negasi Zuberi of Klamath Falls is accused of kidnapping a Seattle woman and locking her in a makeshift cell in the garage of his home. He was returned to Oregon after being arrested in Nevada and is facing trial in US District Court in Medford. Around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, a Jackson County maintenance worker outside the jail building notified deputies that a suspicious noise was coming from inside one of the cells. Deputies responded to investigate and discovered Zuberi standing on his bunk bed near a chipped window in the cell. Zuberi was detained, sent through a full-body scanner and moved into a hard cell with no exterior windows. While searching the cell further, deputies found an improvised tool that is suspected as being used to damage the window. The jail's exterior windows are made of reinforced glass so he only damaged the inside layer.
Posted on 8/26/23 5:08AM by Chuck Benson
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Grants Pass Felon Arrested for Firing Shotgun to Get Man to Leave His Property
A Grants Pass felon was arrested yesterday for firing a shotgun in order to get a man to leave his property just north of the city. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 32-year-old Robert William Linville, Jr., for the incident that occurred in the 3300-block of Highland Avenue on Thursday at 1:51 p.m.. Deputies said the male victim called 9-1-1 to report that he had just been robbed and assaulted by Linville. They said the caller recanted that story, but said Linville threatened to shoot him and his mother and he actually shot a girl's car. No one was struck by the gunfire and there were no injuries reported. Upon contact with Linville, deputies said he admitted to firing a Springfield shotgun in order to get the victim to leave his property after his mother found drug paraphernalia on the man. He was placed into custody and the shotgun was seized as evidence. Robert Linville was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Menacing. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 8/25/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Felon for Causing Disturbance at Downtown Welcome Center
Grants Pass Police arrested a felon for causing a disturbance at the Downtown Welcome Center early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident involving 47-year-old Luke Adam Boger at the facility on the corner of 6th and G streets on Thursday shortly before 7 a.m.. Police said Boger had previously been trespassed from the Welcome Center and he returned to the city-owned property. While he was there, he was observed yelling and cursing at customers while causing public alarm. He challenged one person to a fight, cut open a sleeping bag and emptied the contents on the premises. Luke Boger was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct, Offensive Littering, Criminal Trespass and the resulting Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/25/23 11:37AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Resident of Care Facility for Harassing Staff Members
Grants Pass Police arrested a resident of a local care facility for threatening staff members and hitting at least one employee yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to reports of disorderly conduct at the unnamed facility around 11 a.m. Thursday. Police said an employee called 9-1-1 to report that 29-year-old Jesse James Kelso was very angry and verbally threatening to harm staff members. Upon arrival, officers contacted Kelso in his room and said that he admitted to punching someone for no apparent reason. The victim had no injuries and refused medical attention. Jesse Kelso was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Harassment.
Posted on 8/25/23 11:35AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed CJ Man for DUII and Warrant during Highway 199 Stop near Selma
The Oregon State Police arrested a Cave Junction man for impaired driving and an outstanding felony warrant for the same violation during a traffic stop in the Selma area last night. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Ford Taurus driven by 48-year-old Loy Alvin Tucker on Redwood Highway near Reeves Creek Road on Thursday at about 9:45 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Tucker for a traffic violation and he displayed strong signs of impairment. They said he consented to field sobriety tests, but was unable to do them due to his high level of impairment. He was also found to be wanted on a Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for felony impaired driving. Loy Tucker was taken to the Cave Junction Substation where he provided a breath sample that was nearly three times the legal driving limit. He was then transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked on the warrant along with new charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. His car was impounded by Jerry's Towing.
Posted on 8/25/23 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
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