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GP Police Jailed Man on Local Warrant after Responding to Weekend Disturbance
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on a local felony warrant for domestic violence after responding to a weekend disturbance on Rogue River Highway. The Police Department reports officers arrested 45-year-old Michael Earl Tognoni for the incident in the 1400-block of Highway 99 on Saturday around 2:30 a.m.. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report Tognoni -- her ex-boyfriend -- busted open the front door, pushed her and spit on her. The caller said she had a "friend" over and she refused medical attention. She also said her ex-boyfriend was drunk. Upon arrival, officers searched the area and found Tognoni walking on Rogue River Highway near Florence Lane. He was found to be wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Domestic Assault, Domestic Strangulation and Domestic Menacing from a separate incident involving the same woman. Michael Tognoni was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:58AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Parole Violation after Northwest City Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for violating his post-prison supervision late last week during a welfare check in the northwest part of the city. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 28-year-old Jacob Robert Thompson in the 1800-block of NW Washington Boulevard on Friday at 1 p.m.. Police said an employee of a nearby business called 9-1-1 to request a welfare check on Thompson who had been sitting on a retaining wall at that location for about six hours. He was hunched over and the worker wasn't sure if he was asleep. Upon contact, Thompson refused to speak with officers, identify himself or comply with orders to pick up his trash and leave the premises. He was taken into custody. Jacob Thompson was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering along with the resulting Parole Violation stemming from previous convictions for Resisting Arrest, Escape and Disorderly Conduct. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:57AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man & Father for Starting Fight at Redwood Highway Bar
Grants Pass Police arrested a man and his father for starting a fight inside a local bar on Redwood Highway late last week. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a disturbance at JD's Sports Pub on Friday shortly before 2 p.m.. Police said 38-year-old Shawn Baldwin and his father -- Richard Baldwin -- caused a disturbance inside the bar when they got into an argument with an employee. They said Richard Baldwin punched the worker in the face during the argument, and the worker responded by punching the man and knocking him out. According to the report, Shawn Baldwin then started throwing chairs and bar glasses around the business. He reportedly threw one glass through a glass door, causing significant damage before he walked outside JD's. He initially denied being involved in the fight, but was quickly identified by other employees. Shawn Baldwin was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. Richard Baldwin was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He was cited to appear in court for Disorderly Conduct and then released to the care of hospital staff.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:56AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man on Felony Warrant after Downtown Parking Lot Patrol
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant and city code violation after a weekend patrol check at a parking lot in the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 57-year-old Larry Drake Knight in the Grasshopper Parking Lot on Friday at about 8:50 p.m.. Police said Knight was sleeping on a city sidewalk at the downtown parking lot when they contacted him. He was placed into custody after officers discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation related to convictions for Offensive Littering and Criminal Trespass. Larry Knight was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. He was also cited to appear in court for Sleeping on a Downtown Sidewalk. His personal belongings were logged into evidence for safekeeping.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:54AM by Sam Marsh
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City of GP Seeks Citizens Wishing to Serve Community on Advisory Panels
The City of Grants Pass is looking for citizens who wish to serve their community by participating in advisory committees and commissions. There is one position open on the Grants Pass Parks Advisory Committee. You must apply for this position by this Friday, December 1st. The same December 1st application deadline is valid for three positions on the Committee on Public Art. There is one open position on the Historic Buildings & Sites Commission, with an application deadline of December 29th. The special qualification for this position is a citizen-at-large. There are two positions open on the Bikeways & Walkways Committee, with an application deadline of December 29th. There are four positions available on the Grants Pass Budget Committee, with an application deadline of January 26th. These seats must be filled by Grants Pass city residents who are registered to vote. Applications can be picked up in person at the City Administration Office at 101 NW A Street or obtained online by visiting "grantspassoregon.gov."
Posted on 11/27/23 6:50AM by Sam Marsh
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USFS Announces $50 Million in Available Grant Funding to Strengthen Forest Products
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The US Forest Service has announced that nearly $50 million in grant funding is being made available for proposals that will benefit forests, communities and local economies in the Pacific Northwest region and across the nation. This funding is part of President Biden's "Investing in America" agenda and it's made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In alignment with these initiatives, the investments are intended to foster rural economies by promoting sustainable forest management practices, mitigating wildfire risks, addressing climate change and driving economic development. The Forest Service is accepting proposals under three key grant programs: the Wood Innovations Grant, Community Wood Grant and Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance Grant, which are designed to support the forest products economy. The agency is actively seeking proposals that champion innovative uses of wood as a renewable energy source, and in diverse manufacturing and processing applications. Eligible entities in the private, non-profit and government sectors, businesses and for-profit entities, institutions of higher education as well as public utility, fire, conservation and school districts and others are encouraged to submit their proposals by the deadlines in December. For more information regarding grant funding program opportunities, please visit "fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation."
Posted on 11/27/23 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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New ODOT Projects will Repair and Strengthen Bridges East of City of Rogue River
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The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced new projects start today to repair and strengthen bridges on Interstate 5 and Rogue River Highway near the City of Rogue River. ODOT officials said one project will repair the northbound I-5 bridge over Rogue River Highway near milepost 45, which was recently damaged by an over-height load. Starting today, motorist should watch for intermittent lane closures on the highway under the freeway bridge. Delays should be less than 20 minutes. Repair work may require intermittent closures of the northbound onramp at Exit 45A. All work is scheduled to be completed by mid-December. Officials said another project will replace three 1920s-era bridges on Rogue River Highway with structures that are better able to withstand earthquakes. The bridges are located east of the City of Rogue River at Birdseye Creek, Foots Creek and Millers Gulch. Most bridge construction will take place in 2024 -- but before the end of this year, contractors plan to close Highway 99 at each bridge location to prepare the work zones. The closures are scheduled for this week at Millers Gulch, December 4th-7th at Foots Creek, and December 11th-14th at Birdseye Creek.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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National Weather Service Posts Air Stagnation Advisory for Region Until Thursday Morning
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The air will remain stagnant in the valleys of Southern Oregon and Northern California for much of this week. The National Weather Service has posted an Air Stagnation Advisory for the region that runs until at least 10 a.m. Thursday. Poor mixing and weak winds mean that stagnant air is expected, which may lead to deteriorating air quality. The air stagnation is likely to result in diminishing air quality especially in and near areas with significant sources of pollution. Poor air quality is likely to cause health issues for people with respiratory problems if precautions are not taken. People with respiratory illness should follow their physician's advice for dealing with diminished air quality. State air quality agencies highly recommend that no outdoor burning occur and that residential wood burning devices be limited as much as possible. Prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold pollutants close to the ground where people live and breathe. Check with your local burn agency for any current restrictions.
Posted on 11/27/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Attacking Sister and Pet at CJ Home on Thanksgiving
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for multiple crimes after he allegedly attacked his sister and a pet in Cave Junction on Thanksgiving Day. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 46-year-old Joseph Stephen Christopher for the incident in the 100-block of North Caves Avenue on Thursday morning. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her brother grabbed her and squeezed her neck so she had trouble breathing. The caller said her brother becomes violent when he gets "stressed out." She did not want to press charges and requested he be taken to the hospital for mental health evaluation instead. According to the report, Christopher also threatened his sister and an elderly male roommate who removed knives from the kitchen, hid them and tried to de-escalate the situation. Information was also disclosed that the suspect might become violent with responding deputies who were able to take him into custody without incident. Joseph Christopher was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Domestic Strangulation, Domestic 4th-Degree Assault, Menacing and 2nd-Degree Animal Abuse. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 11/25/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed Man on Total of 8 Criminal and Warrant Violations after Local Stop
The Oregon State Police jailed a man for a total of eight criminal and warrant violations following a traffic stop in Josephine County early yesterday. Josephine County Jail records show OSP booked 35-year-old Danylo Moskalyuk into jail on Friday at 12:15 a.m.. The location of the traffic stop was unknown because OSP is not publishing a daily incident log until Monday due to the holiday weekend. Moskalyuk was lodged on charges including Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Supplying Contraband, Furnishing False Information to Police, Driving While Suspended, Parole Violation and an out-of-county warrant. Danylo Moskalyuk was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/25/23 6:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon State Troopers Arrested Man on Thanksgiving Day for Stealing Vehicle
The Oregon State Police arrested a man on Thanksgiving for stealing a vehicle. The Grants Pass office of OSP is not publishing its daily logs due to the holiday, but Josephine County Jail records show troopers booked 28-year-old Cameron ML Sullivan on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.. There was no information available on the circumstances of the arrest including a location. Cameron Sullivan was lodged in jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempt to Commit a Crime -- all felony-level charges. He was being held without bail. More information will become available on Monday when OSP releases its logs from the long holiday weekend.
Posted on 11/25/23 6:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Firefighters Responded to At Least 12 Calls on Thanksgiving Day
While most people were celebrating Thanksgiving with their family and friends, emergency first responders remained on call throughout the day. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue personnel had a busy day Thursday while responding to at least 12 calls. It all started at 1:37 a.m. when firefighters responded to assist with a violent crime that occurred in the 800-block of NE 8th Street followed by an unknown medical problem in the 1500-block of SW Yucca Drive at 2:15 a.m.. Grants Pass and Rural Metro firefighters responded to a recreational vehicle fire in the 300-block of Cheney Creek Road near Wilderville at 8:31 a.m. followed by a stroke call on NE Evans Street at 9:05, a fire alarm on NW Lawnridge Avenue at 10:44 and a commercial fire alarm on NW Anique Lane at 1:53 p.m.. An overdose call came in from Baker Park at 2:03 p.m. and firefighters responded to a disturbance at NE 7th and B streets at 2:54, a fall on Idle Court at 2:58 and a breathing problem on Beechwood Drive at 3:39. A 7:55 p.m. lift assist on Medart Lane was followed by another breathing problem call on Parkdale Drive at 9:14.
Posted on 11/25/23 6:06AM by Sam Marsh
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