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Police Apprehended Two Fugitives after Separate Incidents in NE & NW GP
Grants Pass Police apprehended two fugitives during separate incidents in the northeast and northwest parts of the city yesterday. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Thursday at 2:27 p.m. when officers responded to a trespassing complaint on a property in the 200-block of NE Terry Lane. Police said the property owner called 9-1-1 to report three men illegally camping on the property near WinCo Foods and she wanted them trespassed. One of the men was identified as 41-year-old David Wesley Jones who was wanted on an Oregon state warrant for Felony Parole Violation. He was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. The second incident happened on Thursday at 9:09 p.m. when officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 500-block of NW Elm Street. Police said 25-year-old Tyler Cole Andrews was involved in an altercation with his mother before he fled the scene. They said the woman was not hurt and requested they locate her son because he was wanted on a Nevada state warrant for Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for stealing a vehicle. He was found at a friend's home, placed into custody and lodged in jail on the extraditable warrant.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:34AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Nabbed Male Juvenile for Stealing Vehicle after Hugo Area Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a male juvenile for stealing a local woman's vehicle yesterday following a traffic stop in the Hugo area. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Hyundai Elantra driven by the 15-year-old boy near the intersection of Three Pines Road and Monument Drive on Thursday at 1:38 p.m.. Troopers said they received a traffic complaint about a stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 64. They said the vehicle exited I-5 at milepost 66, was located and stopped. The juvenile suspect was placed into custody without incident, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:32AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Snared Two Motorists for DUIIs following Josephine County Incidents
The Oregon State Police arrested two motorists for impaired driving in Josephine County in less than an hour late yesterday. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Thursday at 5:44 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a BMW X5 driven by 49-year-old Metodi Dimitrov of Medford in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 64. Troopers said they received multiple complaints about the BMW, which was swerving and nearly colliding with other vehicles. Upon contact with Dimitrov, obvious signs of impairment were observed. He was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw and then lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. The second incident happened on Thursday at 6:23 p.m. when troopers responded to reports of a vehicle in a ditch near milepost 5 of Rogue River Highway. Troopers located the Ford Ranger and discovered the pickup was called in earlier due to dangerous driving behavior. One caller stated the truck was all over the road and drifted into the oncoming travel lane multiple times. The driver was identified as 81-year-old Leroy Romero and he displayed signs of impairment before performing poorly in field sobriety tests. Romero was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was exactly twice the legal driving limit. He was charged with DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Evicted 3 Campers from Park after Finding Drug Paraphernalia
Grants Pass Police evicted three campers from a city park early yesterday after finding them with drugs and drug paraphernalia. The Police Department reports officers were performing a patrol check at Westholm Park on Thursday around 7:45 a.m. when they contacted Cody Palomino, Dakota Ree and Melina Stephans. Police said multiple methamphetamine pipes and other drug paraphernalia were found in a tent occupied by the camping trio. The pipes and paraphernalia were seized for destruction. Palomino, Ree and Stephans were cited to appear in court for narcotics violations and then trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:28AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD & ODF Crews Doused Small Fire in CJ after Being Alerted by Citizens
The Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry put out a small vegetation fire in Cave Junction yesterday. IVFD and ODF responded to the reported fire in the 900-block of Caves Highway on Thursday around 2:35 p.m.. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, thanks to citizens who called and came to IVFD Station #1. Officials thanked them for letting them know of the incident. According to IVFD, the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 8/11/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh
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JMET Raids Illegal Cannabis Growing Operation at Fish Hatchery Road Property
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) continued its run of raids on illegal cannabis growing operations this month with an operation near Grants Pass earlier this week. JMET -- assisted by Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety -- served a search warrant in the 4,000-block of Fish Hatchery Road on Tuesday. The agencies responded to a call for service, found an illegal pot growing site and got a warrant. As a result of the discovery, more than 2,440 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The site also had multiple water and solid waste code violations that may result in criminal forfeiture of the property. According to JMET, the primary suspect was not at the location during the search. If located, the suspect will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details about the case are being released at this time.
Posted on 8/11/23 6:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service Using Air Resources to Assess Flat Fire Before Heatwave Begins
The US Forest Service is using fixed-wing aircraft and drones to assess Oregon's largest wildfire as crews brace for extreme heat in the coming week. Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 2 reported this morning that the Flat Fire was holding at 33,817 acres and containment had increased to 47%. The human-caused fire started at the Oak Flat Campground near Agness on July 15th. Total personnel assigned to the Flat Fire today is 781 including 15 hand crews backed by 15 engines, 25 water tenders, nine brush-clearing masticators, six helicopters and four bulldozers. Fixed-wing aircraft with infrared detection are monitoring in and around the fire at night and data collected from these scouting missions is used to deploy drones to further detect any potential heat signatures. Scattered heat still remains within the fire perimeter, but fire behavior has been low-intensity with some creeping and smoldering. Crews are ready to take targeted action as needed if heat is detected. Firefighters are working deeper into the fire footprint, scouting, controlling and completing mop-up. Alternate containment lines using existing road systems are being prepped around the west and southwest border of the fire. Crews maintain a presence in the community of Agness and continue to perform visual assessments. Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation status remains in place for all areas in the vicinity of the Flat Fire. Fire danger is currently extreme and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has implemented Level 2 Public Use Restrictions.
Posted on 8/11/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Several Crimes after Road Rage Incident on West Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for multiple crimes following a road rage incident that occurred in a southwest city neighborhood this week. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 45-year-old David Israel McDonald on Wednesday afternoon for the incident that occurred on West Park Street near its intersection with Plummer Avenue. Police said an investigation determined that McDonald passed another man driving in the opposite direction and flipped him off. They said the suspect slammed on his brakes, conducted a U-turn and chased the other motorist down the street until he passed him and stopped his vehicle in the middle of the roadway, blocking both travel lanes. McDonald then reportedly got out of his truck and approached the victim, who intentionally struck the suspect with his vehicle because the suspect had previously texted him with a threat to stab him, which placed him in fear of imminent harm. Officers said McDonald's actions caused public alarm and he drove in a manner that placed the public in immediate danger. The suspect was checked out by medics at the scene and he was placed in an ambulance, but he refused further treatment, exited the emergency transport vehicle and was taken into custody. A fixed-blade knife fell out of the suspect's pocket and was seized as evidence. McDonald was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief, Menacing, Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct. A dog and chicken that were in the back of his pickup were taken by Animal Control. The truck was impounded for no insurance and towed away.
Posted on 8/11/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Jailed for Beating Up Woman at Kokanee Lane Home in Redwood Area
A Grants Pass man was jailed this week for beating up his girlfriend at a residence in the Redwood area of the city. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers arrested 48-year-old Jason Hall Wells for the incident in the 1200-block of Kokanee Lane late Wednesday night. Police said the 45-year-old female victim called 9-1-1 to report that she showed up at Wells' home and was assaulted by him. They said the victim first called friends for help after the suspect kicked her multiple times and poked her, causing physical injury. She later told officers the suspect also used his forearm to choke her. According to the report, the woman was treated at the scene but not hospitalized. Upon arrival, police interviewed the involved parties, determined that Wells was the primary aggressor in the physical altercation and placed him into custody. Jason Wells was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Assault, Strangulation and resulting Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/11/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Attacking Father after Parents Cut His Birthday Cake
Grants Pass Police jailed a man this week for attacking his father after his parents cut his birthday cake without him being present. The Police Department reports officers arrested 31-year-old Vincent Brown for the incident that occurred Wednesday night at a home on Shady Lane. Police said Brown became irate on his 31st birthday when his parents cut his cake while he was not there. They said he punched the window on the front door and when his father tried to restrain him, he hit his father and gave him a bloody nose. Vincent Brown was placed into custody at the request of his parents who believed the situation might escalate. He was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Menacing and Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 8/11/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Mounted Posse Members Rescued Horses from Recent Fire
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office still has a Mounted Posse as evidenced by a heroic incident in the Willamette Valley late last week. While attending a stock horse cattle cutting contest in Harrisburg last Friday night, Josephine County Sheriff's Posse members Pat Smith and Terry Cooke responded to help evacuate 40 horses due to a fire. The Sheriff's Office provided limited information about the incident, but all the horses were saved due to the efforts of Smith, Cooke and others. The two Posse members called the situation "pretty intense." The Josephine County Sheriff's Mounted Posse was formed by Sheriff Lloyd Lewis in the fall of 1946 for the purpose of county disaster and emergency services. In addition, members may assist the sheriff's office in community events or as needed, stimulate horsemanship and good fellowship, and perpetuate the customs, traditions and pageantry of the early days of the State of Oregon. The Mounted Posse is a non-profit organization with a Constitution and By-Laws. Each member is a duly sworn Special Deputy of Josephine County. It stands ready to serve this community whenever it's needed.
Posted on 8/11/23 5:59AM by Sam Marsh
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National Weather Service Posts Excessive Heat Warning for SW Oregon from Sunday-Thursday
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A potentially dangerous heatwave is looking likely for southwest Oregon through much of next week. The National Weather Service has posted an Excessive Heat Warning for Josephine, Jackson, central Douglas and eastern Curry counties that runs from 1 p.m. Sunday through 11 p.m. Thursday. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures between 105 and 110 degrees is expected. At times, overnight low temperatures will not fall below 70 degrees for some locations. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those without air conditions or those participating in outdoor activities. The hot weather will challenge high temperature records. Residents are encouraged to monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation. Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned environments, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is an emergency -- call 9-1-1!
Posted on 8/11/23 5:57AM by Sam Marsh
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