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California Fugitive Jailed for Attacking Woman at SW GP Home Last Weekend
A California fugitive was jailed yesterday for attacking a woman at a residence in southwest Grants Pass last weekend. The Grants Pass Police Department reports 38-year-old Kory Michael Armes was arrested for the incident that happened at a home in the 1900-block of Hungry Hill Drive during the noon hour on Tuesday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that Armes strangled her and kicked her at that address on July 30th, but she did not report it at that time. She advised that she was aware of him being wanted on a Riverside, California, felony warrant for Parole Violation. A short time later, police located Armes walking along Rogue River Highway near Florence Lane and placed him into custody. Kory Armes was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the outstanding warrant along with new charges of 4th-Degree Assault and Strangulation. He was being held without bail and faces extradition proceedings that will likely send him back to California.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:59AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Brandishing Knife to Steal Bicycle at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for threatening another man with a pocket knife in order to steal his bicycle at Riverside Park late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 37-year-old Charles Lee Shull at Baker Park about an hour after the incident that occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Shull took a bicycle valued at $600 from the man while brandishing a pocket knife and telling the man he was going to stab him. The victim was in fear of serious physical injury, but he followed the suspect to Caveman Bowl on Rogue River Highway and called 9-1-1. Officers arrived at the bowling alley and contacted the victim who said Shull was riding a different bicycle when he last saw him. They tracked down the suspect at Baker Park and placed him into custody. Charles Shull was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Robbery, Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and 2nd-Degree Theft. The stolen bike was located and returned to its owner.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:58AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man for Violating Court Order by Contacting Victim 141 Times
Grants Pass Police arrested a man early yesterday for violating a court order by contacting a protected party numerous times. The Police Department reports officers responded to an "attempt to locate" 31-year-old Ryan Nathaniel Bishop in the 400-block of Crestview Loop on Tuesday around 8:20 a.m.. Police said they found Bishop hiding in a back shed on the property and he denied the allegations, but was cooperative when placed into custody. Ryan Bishop was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 141 counts of Contempt of Court/Restraining Order Violation. He was additionally charged with Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for Contempt of Court and was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:57AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Collared Fugitive and Excluded 10 Campers from City Park
Grants Pass Police apprehended a local fugitive and sent ten campers packing for ordinance violations committed at a city park early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers contacted and then arrested 33-year-old Jessica Lee Pitts at Baker Park on Tuesday morning. Police said Pitts was contacted during a patrol check of the park and found to be wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for 1st-Degree Theft. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail. Meanwhile, officers said Robert Douglas was cited for Utilization of Park Space and Failure to Obey Park Regulations; Timothy Kincaid was cited for Alcohol and Drug Paraphernalia in a Park; William Jensen and Pitts were cited for Utilization of Park Space, Methamphetamine Possession and Scattering Rubbish; John and Ashley Hanson were cited for Marijuana Products in a Park; Tammy Whetzel was cited for Unleashed Dog in a Park; William Stroh was cited for Buffer Zone Violation; Kyle Conroy was cited for Scattering Rubbish and Celia Alvarez was cited for Misuse of Park Open Spaces. All ten subjects had prior citations at Baker Park in the past 12 months, so they were trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:56AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed Jacksonville Man on Warrants after Williams Highway Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police jailed a Jacksonville man on outstanding warrants this week following a traffic stop on Williams Highway south of Murphy. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Toyota Highlander driven by 55-year-old Mark Jackson Padie near milepost 8 of Highway 238 on Monday night. Troopers said they stopped Padie for equipment violations on his vehicle and they discovered that he was wanted on two Jackson County bench warrants for failing to appear in court for felony and misdemeanor counts of Driving While Suspended. Mark Padie was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants. His vehicle was parked and secured at the scene of the traffic stop.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:54AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Public Assistance in Locating Missing Runaway Teens
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was requesting public assistance in finding two missing teenagers who have been listed as runaways. The Sheriff's Office said Kamryn Davis and Karson Davis -- both 17 years old -- have been reported missing by their family. Both were last seen in an older faded-black Honda sedan with three other unknown females. No other information was provided by the reporting party. Kamryn Davis is described as a white female, 5-feet-8-inches tall and 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Karson Davis is described as a white male, 5-feet-7-inches tall and 135 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kamryn and/or Karson Davis is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123.
Posted on 8/2/23 11:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Detectives with IMET Busted 3 Black-Market Pot Grows Owned by Same Person
Detectives with the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) busted three Jackson County black-market cannabis grows in July -- all owned by the same person. According to IMET, these three properties are owned by a California man who leased the sites for black-market marijuana growing operations. Jackson County Code Enforcement fined the property owner a total of $281,471 for violations. Investigators seized nearly 7,500 illegal pot plants from these properties last month. There was no licensing for any type of cannabis growing, handling or processing at any of the locations. Two search warrants were served on July 6th in the 9200-block of Butte Falls Highway in rural Eagle Point and the 9,000-block of West Evans Creek Road in rural Rogue River. The third search warrant was served later in the month in the 2500-block of Sykes Creek Road near Wimer. Numerous subjects were detained but not arrested after thousands of marijuana plants, hundreds of pounds of processed marijuana and THC-infused candy were seized and destroyed. IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. It includes personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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JMET Arrested 2 Men while Raiding Illegal Cannabis Grow Site in Cave Junction
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) arrested two men while raiding an illegal cannabis growing operation in the Cave Junction area this week. JMET -- assisted by Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety -- served a search warrant in the 200-block of Beaver Meadows Road on Monday. During execution of the warrant, more than 3,450 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The site also had multiple water and solid waste code violations that could result in criminal forfeiture of the property. According to JMET, 29-year-old Jesus Ayala-Farras and 21-year-old Gerardo Gutierrez-Calderon were placed into custody at the scene. Both were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details on the case are being released at this time.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Transient Incarcerated for Vandalizing St. Luke's Episcopal Church
A Grants Pass transient was jailed for vandalizing a church in the downtown area this week. Grants Pass Police were alerted to a report of suspicious activity at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the 200-block of NW D Street early Monday morning. Police said the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call about a male subject who had ripped siding off the church building, removed the top of a light and broke it, broke a concrete pillar, pulled up sprinkler box covers, removed a sign, and opened the gate to a garden where syringes and trash were found. It was also reported the man was trying to break into parked vehicles near the church. Church officials estimated the damage to be between $1,000 and $1,500. Upon arrival, officers contacted 32-year-old Christian Ryan Mitchell who they said was acting erratically on the south side of the church. He tried to walk away from law enforcement, but was placed into custody without further incident. Mitchell was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Trespassing Complaint at GP Water Tower Led to Arrest for Stealing Golf Cart
A trespassing complaint at a Grants Pass water tower led to the arrest of a woman for stealing a golf cart. Grants Pass Police responded to a trespassing call at the water tower off Hieglen Loop on Monday afternoon. Police said an employee of the Grants Pass Water Filtration Plant called 9-1-1 to report two Ford pickups in the parking lot that were blocking access to the water tower. The caller said one of the trucks had some syringes on its hood and that a hose was hooked up to the water tank that ran down to a transient camp. Officers arrived on scene and contacted three subjects including 36-year-old Krystina Rae Henning, who was placed into custody on probable cause for stealing a golf cart. She reportedly admitted to the heist because she did it on a bet. Henning was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. She and a man identified as "Joseph Bishop" were warned for trespassing at the city-owned facility.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF and Rural Metro Crews Pounced on Small Fire on Carter Drive near Merlin
The Oregon Department of Forestry and Rural Metro Fire Department pounced on a small blaze near Merlin yesterday. Late Tuesday morning, ODF and Rural Metro crews were dispatched to a reported fire in the 400-block of Carter Drive southwest of Merlin. Numerous engines and firefighters responded to the scene to mount an aggressive initial attack that stopped the forward progress of the fire. Crews worked to get water to the scene and build a line around the blaze. In a 12:30 p.m. update, ODF reported the fire was halted at 1/4 of an acre and crews were mopping up hot spots. A small shed was destroyed by the flames. According to Rural Metro, the cause of the fire was deemed to be related to a malfunction of a solar-powered battery charging system for the main residence.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Consider Referring Law Funding District to Voters after Public Hearing
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners faces what appears to be a heavy agenda for its weekly workshop session this morning. The Board will first hold a public hearing on referring a law enforcement service district to voters in the November 7th election. The permanent district would cost 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for property owners living outside the City of Grants Pass. Citizens are invited to testify during the hearing. A second public hearing is for the annexation of two properties into the Josephine Community Library District. The annexations are by petition of the landowners. Following a presentation by the Rogue River Watershed Council, the Board will take up its lone Administrative Action item -- approval of a collective bargaining agreement between Josephine County and Service Employees International. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Commissioners will consider a resolution making a re-appointment to the Collaborative Economic Development Committee. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 8/2/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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