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OSP Snared GP Woman for Probation Violation during Incident at I-5 Rest Area
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass woman for violating terms of her probation during a weekend incident at an Interstate 5 rest area. OSP reports troopers located a Cadillac Escalade in the southbound Manzanita Rest Area with both occupants slumped over and drug paraphernalia observed in plain sight. The time of the incident was reported to be Sunday at 11:15 a.m.. Troopers contacted the occupants -- 38-year-old Susana Walden and 47-year-old Heather McQueary -- and seized the drug items. Walden's corrections officer was contacted and requested that she be detained. According to OSP, Walden was placed into custody for Probation Violation. She was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh

Medford Man Escaped Serious Injury but Not Citation after Highway 199 Crash
A Medford motorist escaped serious injury but not a citation after he crashed into a tree off Redwood Highway in the Illinois Valley last weekend. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck near milepost 23 of US Highway 199 at 3:38 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said evidence at the scene and driver statements indicated 34-year-old Jerred Cory Leyva fell asleep at the wheel of the Toyota Tacoma he was driving while entering a curve. They said Leyva left the highway on the northbound side, overcorrected and rolled the vehicle onto the southbound shoulder where he struck a tree head-on. Leyva was not hurt in the crash, but he was cited for No Valid Operator's License. He contacted a towing company to come take possession of the damaged vehicle.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh

Firefighters Extinguished Roadside Fires on Interstate 5 Due to Runaway Trailer
Firefighters quickly extinguished roadside fires that were caused by a runaway trailer along Interstate 5 near Hugo yesterday. Rural Metro Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the reported mishap in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 67 on Monday at about 1:30 p.m.. Arriving units found two very small fires that were quickly put out. Several passing motorists also helped with containment. Upon further investigation by the Oregon State Police, it was determined the fires were sparked from a pickup towing a car trailer that lost control while coming down Mount Sexton. The trailer fish-tailed to the degree that it snapped the trailer hitch, which broke free of the chains. The truck stopped near milepost 67, but the trailer -- loaded with a fully-restored classic Chevy -- continued down the interstate for another mile before leaving the freeway and striking a tree near milepost 66. There were no injuries, with the exception of the Chevy and trailer.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh

Curry County Sheriff's Office Reduces All Evacuation Levels Associated with Flat Fire
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Progress on Oregon's largest wildfire has been successful to the point that the Curry County Sheriff's Office has reduced all evacuation levels near the blaze. Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 reported this morning that the Flat Fire had grown to 27,573 acres with containment remaining at 14%. The Flat Fire was staffed with a total of 1,547 personnel including 35 hand crews backed by 52 engines, 25 water tenders, two bulldozers, four masticators and nine helicopters. That is a significant reduction in resources assigned to the wildfire. The southwest perimeter of the fire is still showing very little heat and any hot spots along the fire's edge have been targeted with helicopter bucket drops. Work continued to increase fire-line depth using aerial ignitions from helicopters and drones, further securing the line ahead of anticipated seasonal vegetation drying, lower relative humidity and increased wind. The northern containment line continues to be patrolled and secured. Good progress was made toward completing the alternate control line along Forest Roads 3315, 1503 and 3680. As of Monday afternoon, all remaining evacuation levels have been reduced to Level 1 "Be Ready" status for all areas in the vicinity of the Flat Fire.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass City Council Favors Letting Park Staff Decide Placement of Porta-Potties
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The Grants Pass City Council is in favor of letting staff members decide the placement of porta-potties in Riverside Park. During the City Council's workshop session on Monday, Parks Superintendent Josh Hopkins gave the panel a periodic review of the porta-potty situation in the city park, where overnight camping is now restricted to west of Caveman Bridge. When the Council originally directed staff to place two porta-potties in Riverside Park in August 2021, one was placed west of Caveman Bridge and the other was placed on Veterans Way. After Riverside Park was reopened to the public and campers in late June, two porta-potties were placed west of Caveman Bridge and the third facility was left on Veterans Way. Hopkins stated that the Veterans Way porta-potty is getting very little use because there are permanent restrooms near the playground and softball field. He said he was seeking City Council guidance. After deliberation, the Council decided to allow park staff to use its discretion in deciding whether the Veterans Way porta-potty should be removed. The panel will continue to review the porta-potty situation at Riverside Park on a regular basis.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Family YMCA Gets Funding to Bring Youth Civics Program to Josephine County
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The Grants Pass Family YMCA has received a $20,000 grant to bring the nationwide YMCA program -- Youth & Government -- to the local Y. The MissionSquare Foundation has partnered with the USA YMCA with the goal to help close the youth civic achievement gap by connecting students to opportunities that strengthen the civic health of communities nationwide. The Y-USA created an opportunity for one YMCA in the state of Oregon to receive funding and the Grants Pass Family YMCA was selected. YMCA Youth & Government dates back to the late 1930s. The Oregon program engages youth from across the state through localized clubs who meet throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect Oregon citizens, and then propose possible legislation to improve the quality of life for Oregonians. Through the program, students get the opportunity to participate in the state's Youth & Government mock legislative session in Salem. During the mock session, students work in teams of two and propose bills that they worked on during the school year.
Posted on 8/1/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Pulling Gun Out and Frightening Food Truck Patrons
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for allegedly pulling a gun out and threatening people at a food truck in the north part of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in the 1400-block of NE 6th Street on Saturday at about 2:45 p.m.. Police said they were alerted to the incident involving 52-year-old Brandon C. Haycraft by an employee of the food truck who stated an intoxicated male subject pulled a firearm out of its holster while standing in line and frightening customers. Upon arrival, officers contacted Haycraft who had the Ruger 9-millimeter handgun on his left hip. They detained him, but he began to pull away and reached for this firearm. However, he was quickly subdued and placed into custody. The firearm was seized as evidence. Further investigation determined that Haycraft had also pointed the pistol at a woman identified as "Brandi Haycraft." Brandon Haycraft was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:40AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Woman on 4 Warrants after Domestic Disturbance Complaint
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman on four outstanding warrants after being alerted to a domestic disturbance in the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a Nissan minivan driven by 46-year-old Sarah Rosalee Shook in the 200-block of SW K Street on Saturday at about 10:20 a.m.. Police said they contacted Shook regarding a rolling domestic violence incident where another woman was trying to get out the passenger side of the van and the suspect almost hit the female subject. That's when they discovered that she was wanted on four outstanding warrants. One of the warrants was out of Jackson County for Probation Violation related to an arrest for methamphetamine possession. Three other warrants were out of Grants Pass for charges including Probation Violation, Meth Possession, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Offensive Littering. Sarah Shook was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the outstanding warrants. She was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:39AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Woman for Probation Violation after Reports of Public Nudity
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for violating her probation after she was caught walking naked into traffic on Rogue River Highway at the start of the weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to multiple calls regarding a nude female subject walking in traffic and lying in the middle of the highway near Parkdale Drive late Friday afternoon. Responding units located the 41-year-old woman sitting on the side of the road not wearing a stitch of clothing. She told officers she was new to the area, she was an alien and did not want to speak to them any further. Her corrections officer was contacted and they requested she be placed on a probation detainer. Gayle Lee Hooper was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and the resulting Probation Violation related to previous arrests for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Criminal Trespass. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Causing Weekend Disturbance at Foundry Village
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a weekend disturbance at Foundry Village. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to suspicious activity at the transitional housing complex in the 1,000-block of SW Foundry Street on Sunday at about 12:20 a.m.. Police said 41-year-old James Bendickson was a former resident of Foundry Village, but he had been kicked out for assaulting a female resident. They said he returned to the complex while waving a knife around and having an altercation with his former girlfriend. The woman fled the area when she the suspect coming. Bendickson was also reported to be throwing rocks and other items at the small houses in the complex, causing public alarm. He was contacted and then placed into custody without incident. Bendickson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct. He was also trespassed from Foundry Village.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:36AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Motorist Cited for Causing Multi-Vehicle Crash on Riverbanks Road
A Grants Pass motorist was cited for causing a multi-vehicle crash on Riverbanks Road late last week. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the three-vehicle collision near milepost 15 of State Route 260 on Friday shortly after 2 p.m.. Troopers said evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 81-year-old Charles Edward Briere failed to maintain its lane while negotiating a curve and struck a Toyota Corolla driven by 26-year-old Megan Christine Doane of Grants Pass. The Chevy continued driving and struck another Toyota Corolla driven by a 64-year-old man from Amsterdam, Holland. OSP identified the incident as an injury crash, but it was unclear who -- if anyone -- was hurt amongst the three drivers and three passengers. All three vehicles sustained damage and were towed to Grants Pass. Following an investigation, Briere was cited for Failure to Drive Within Lane.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:35AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed 2 Motorists for DUII after Weekend Traffic Stops in Cave Junction
The Oregon State Police arrested two motorists for impaired driving following weekend traffic stops in Cave Junction. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Saturday at 1:03 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a Subaru Legacy driven by 33-year-old Caleb Hilton Cooper near milepost 28 of Redwood Highway. Troopers stopped Cooper for failing to drive within his lane and he showed signs of impairment. They said Cooper performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was nearly three times the legal driving limit. The second incident happened on Saturday at 11:27 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Chevrolet C-1500 pickup driven by 52-year-old Eric Roy Robinson near the intersection of Caves Highway and Caves Avenue. Troopers said they stopped Robinson for not using his turn signal and it was discovered that he had an active warrant for DUII. They said Robinson also displayed signs of impairment, performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw.
Posted on 7/31/23 10:34AM by Sam Marsh
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