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Deputies and State Troopers Jailed Man for Hit-and-Run Crash Causing Injury
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office -- assisted by the Oregon State Police -- jailed a man for multiple felony-level crimes following a weekend motor vehicle accident in south Grants Pass. The Sheriff's Office reports 44-year-old Michael Robert Warren surrendered to deputies and state troopers at his parents' home in the 1200-block of Rogue River Highway on Saturday at 5:50 p.m.. Details about the incident were sketchy, but deputies said Warren was involved in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident that resulted in injuries to at least one person on Saturday morning. The suspect reportedly threatened people with a pipe before fleeing the scene of the crash. No other details about the incident were available. Warren reportedly called OSP later in the day and said he wanted to turn himself in. Law enforcement went to his parents' residence and placed him into custody. Michael Warren was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Felony 2nd-Degree Assault, Felony Hit-and-Run, Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Reckless Driving. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:59AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Felon on Weapon & Probation Charges in Corrections Assist
Grants Pass Police jailed a felon for weapon and probation violations late last week while assisting Josephine County Community Corrections. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 52-year-old Jason Michael Brisbane at a home in the 200-block of SE Grandview Avenue on Friday morning. Police said they were summoned to the scene by two corrections officers who had detained Brisbane during a routine search that uncovered a firearm. They said the suspect provided consent to search his home where they found a loaded shotgun, rifle and a double-bladed dagger. The weapons were seized along with some drug paraphernalia including scales and tin foil. Jason Brisbane was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Felon in Possession of a Weapon, one count of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon and the resulting Probation Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:57AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Incarcerated Motel Guest for Vandalizing Room in North Part of City
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for damaging a north-city motel room over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to the vandalism incident at Motel 6 on NE 7th Street on Saturday around 10:50 a.m.. Police said the motel manager called 9-1-1 to report that a guest identified as 47-year-old Eric Peter Naumann punched a one-foot hole through a wall, penetrating through to an unoccupied room. The suspect also broke the television, smoke detector and kicked out the outside window of the room. The motel manager stated there was evidence that Naumann had been burning items in the room. They estimated total damages to be around $5,000. Eric Naumann was located near the motel a short time later and he was placed into custody. He was booked into the Josephine County Jail on suspicion of Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was also trespassed from the motel.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:56AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Driving Recklessly for Third Time in Three Weeks
For the third time in three weeks, Grants Pass Police arrested a man for driving recklessly in the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a large sport utility vehicle driven by 64-year-old Thomas Michael Campbell at SW 6th and K streets on Saturday around 8:30 a.m.. Police said Campbell was reported by two independent witnesses to be driving recklessly in a manner that endangered public safety. The suspect was speeding, cutting off other vehicles and veering sharply across travel lanes, nearly hitting another vehicle. He was also said to be peeling out in a bank parking lot. Court records show Campbell's license had been suspended for 90 days due to two similar arrests in late-January and early-February. Nevertheless, he defied the court order by continuing to drive and doing so recklessly. Campbell was charged with Reckless Driving and Driving While Suspended. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail and his SUV was impounded.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:54AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council Workshop Today Features Projects, Funding & Loan Programs
The Grants Pass City Council will take up projects, funding and loans during its workshop session today. The bi-weekly workshop was moved up one week because next Monday is the Presidents Day holiday. The City Council will begin the session with a staff presentation on Urban Renewal Agency projects and funding. That will be followed by the Non-Urban Renewal Agency Economic Development Grant Program and Urban Renewal Agency Grant Loan Program. Also on the agenda is a staff presentation on the Riverside Park Caretaker's Cottage. The Historical Buildings & Sites Commission has recommended the aging cottage be renovated instead of being torn down. The session will close with a review of agendas for upcoming workshops and regular meetings. Today's workshop begins at 11:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:51AM by Sam Marsh
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CJ City Council will Consider Construction Contract for IV Library Renovation
The Cave Junction City Council meets tonight to tackle a handful of action items. The City Council will open the meeting with the monthly update from the Public Works Department followed by a Consent Agenda that includes planning updates and two OLCC liquor license recommendations. After Council Liaison Reports and Public Comment, the CJ City Council will consider construction contract approval for the Illinois Valley Library remodel. The Council will also receive the annual Parks & Recreation Commission update and consider a Request for Change for the final inspection of the Cave Junction KOA campground. Tonight's meeting starts at 7 at Cave Junction City Hall, 222 Lister Street.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:50AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon State Treasurer Returning Unclaimed Property in Checks Without Claims Program
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Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read has announced that his department will be proactively returning approximately $10 million in unclaimed property this month as part of the agency's 2024 "Checks Without Claims" initiative. State Treasurer Read said they're excited to reconnect thousands of individuals with their unclaimed funds without requiring any action on their part. In addition to collecting and safeguarding Oregonians' unclaimed property, he said his agency is committed to returning these assets and helping to bolster citizens' financial health. Through "Checks Without Claims," the Oregon Treasury will proactively disburse payments to over 25,000 verified owners of unclaimed property reported to the state's Unclaimed Property Program in 2021 and 2022. Payments, via check, will be mailed to individuals this month, accompanied by a confirmation letter from the Treasurer. In 2023, the Unclaimed Property Program conducted "Checks Without Claims" and reconnected more than 18,000 individuals -- from Oregon and 47 other states -- with their unclaimed funds. With over $1 billion in unclaimed funds currently held by the state, "Checks Without Claims" is one of many efforts to reconnect Oregonians with their unclaimed money and property. Common examples of unclaimed property include uncashed checks, forgotten bank accounts, tax refunds, credit balances, investment accounts, payroll checks, refunds and more.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:48AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police and Firefighters Started February with Strong Community Protection Effort
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters started the month of February with a strong community protection effort. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 599 calls for service along with 331 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 44 arrests, 33 citations, six warnings and six highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 67 traffic stops in the city and made 34 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 139 potential trouble-makers while arresting one person, citing 21 more and warning 32 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 14 individuals, posted 98 transient camps and removed trash from three park campsites. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 95 calls last week including 47 for emergency medical service, six for reports of fire or smoke, 18 lift assists, 10 rescue situations, six assists to other agencies and four false alarms. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 939 emergency calls.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Southern Oregon University's Highest Award Goes to Three Retired Faculty Members
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Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented three retired faculty members with the highest recognition of service to the college during a celebration in the Rogue River Room of SOU's Stevenson Union in Ashland last month. On January 9th, the SOU President's Medal was awarded to poet Lawson Fusao Inada, artist Betty LaDuke and linguist Grace Tapp Kocks. President Bailey said "these three extraordinary scholars and teachers served our university with brilliance for a combined 99 years, and also distinguished themselves as significant innovators in their individual fields of study." The SOU President's Medal was established in 1984 and it's the university's highest tribute, awarded as often as once per year to one or more community members who are distinguished by their actions and contributions. It has previously been awarded to 59 individuals and organizations. Recipients of the medal are recognized for their exemplary service to SOU and the community, and for demonstrating compassion, integrity, generosity, leadership and courage.
Posted on 2/12/24 5:38AM by Sam Marsh
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JOCO Deputies Arrest & Jail 3 Friday
Josephine County Sheriff’s deputies executed three arrests Friday with all three listed as incarcerated. Friday morning at 10:09 Melia Lei Mitchell, 33, made contact at the Sheriff’s office and was determined to have valid warrants from the Winston Police Department for failure to appear on criminal mischief charges. The Sheriff’s log indicates Mitchell was lodged. Friday afternoon at 1:50 Christopher Harwood, 36, also made contact at the Sheriff’s office and was determined to have a valid warrant from Lawrence Colorado for aggravated assault. The Sheriff’s log also indicated Harwood was lodged, however neither Harwood of Mitchell remained in custody Saturday morning. Deputies made contact with 46-year-old Donald Merrill Doney in the 100 block of Deer Creek Road and arrested him on two Josephine County Sheriff’s office warrants.
Posted on 2/10/24 6:06AM by Chuck Benson
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34th Annual Ross Roe Memorial Youth Tree Plant Wraps Up Today near GP
The Josephine County Forestry Department is wrapping up the 34th Annual Ross Roe Memorial Tree Plant today on timber land located southwest of Grants Pass. Thousands of youth from local schools, scout groups, 4-H clubs and other groups in Josephine and Jackson counties participate in this event every year. It's a great hands-on and fun experience for youth in our community to learn about trees and the forest. The late-Ross Roe started the event to get kids out of the classroom and into nature. It is now named in his honor by volunteers and coworkers who worked alongside him to hold the annual event. The three-day event at the site off Stringer Gap Road is the only continuous youth tree plant in the state of Oregon. Each year, the Josephine County Emergency Communications Team uses their radios to communication with the volunteers and Early Day Gas Engine Tractor Club to give hay rides while transporting the kids up and down a one-way road. Participating youth are allowed to place a personal tag on trees they plant so they can come back to see their work in the future.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:34AM by Chuck Benson
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US Senator Wyden Holding Monday Town Hall Meeting at RCC Campus in GP
US Senator Ron Wyden will be holding a town hall meeting in Josephine County early next week. The town hall will take place in the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus Student Union Building on Monday at 3:30 p.m.. It's located at 3345 Redwood Highway in Grants Pass. Senator Wyden makes an effort every year to visit every county in Oregon, and these town halls are great opportunities for residents to share concerns and to thank the lawmaker for his work. Wyden has held a total of 966 town hall meetings where he refrains from speeches, listens to the concerns of Oregonians and answers questions. Learn more about the senator's priorities in Washington DC.
Posted on 2/10/24 5:32AM by Chuck Benson
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