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GP Police Jailed 2 People after Violent Incident at RR Highway Apartments
Grants Pass Police jailed two people following a violent weekend disturbance at a southeast city apartment complex. The Police Department reports officers arrested 31-year-old Lahnaiah Leann Hicks and 25-year-old Michael Ray Angeleas after responding to the incident in the 1400-block of Rogue River Highway on Friday at about 9:50 p.m.. Police said a caller reported a man and woman were slapping each other next to a minivan in the complex parking lot. They advised the incident occurred in front of some children and the male subject ran into a nearby apartment to hide, but he was located a short time later after a K-9 officer was deployed. Angeleas was found to be wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous assault conviction. He was placed into custody and told officers that Hicks had hit him in the head with a wooden pole. He did not appear to have sustained any significant injuries at the time, but upon booking at the jail he displayed significant swelling and extreme pain. Angeleas was then taken to Three Rivers Medical Center where he was evaluated and cleared before being re-lodged in jail on the statewide no-bail warrant. Hicks was placed into custody and lodged in jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Assault, Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. She was held without bail.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Jailed Man for Beating Up Girlfriend at Williams Watering Hole
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for beating up his girlfriend at a bar in Williams. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 33-year-old Jose Ojeda in the 2,000-block of Kincaid Road around 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the incident that occurred at Rascal's Bar & Grill in the 20,200-block of Williams Highway. Deputies said the female victim called 9-1-1 from a phone at the bar because Ojeda took her phone during the incident. She told dispatchers that Ojeda was drinking and got mad at her, so he started hitting her and damaging her property. The victim had a black eye and bruising from the attack, but she refused medical treatment. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed the victim and witnesses before arresting the suspect at the home on Kincaid Road. Further investigation revealed the couple had similar problems while living in Arcata, California. Jose Ojeda was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared Pair for Using Force to Steal Merchandise from WinCo
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for stealing merchandise from a local supermarket and upgraded the charges to robbery after the couple used physical force in order to retain the stolen property. According to the Police Department, the incident involving 42-year-old Cyrus Joseph O'Connor and 35-year-old Amanda Dean Yeager happened at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane on Friday shortly after 6 p.m.. Police said O'Connor and Yeager stole $11 worth of items from WinCo and when confronted by loss prevention, they used physical force to retain the items before fleeing the scene. Employees gave officers a description of the suspects and their vehicle, which allowed them to track down O'Connor a short distance away and placed him into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Robbery. Several hours later, police located Yeager sleeping inside the suspect vehicle in an unspecified location. She was placed into custody and lodged in jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Robbery.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

Multiple Agencies Snuffed Out Small Wildfire on Hayes Hill near Wonder
Multiple agencies snuffed out a small weekend wildfire that broke out on Hayes Hill near Wonder. On Friday evening, the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service and Rural Metro Fire Department were dispatched to the fire just off US Highway 199. The Illinois Valley Fire District and Bureau of Land Management joined the effort. ODF reported that some resources hiked into the fire while others searched for road access for equipment. The agency's large air tanker and a Forest Service helicopter were deployed in an aggressive initial attack. By 8 p.m., crews had hand-lined about 50% of the fire while two helicopters dropped water where needed. By 9 p.m., the fire was 100% lined and stopped at three-quarters of an acre. A second nearby spot fire was spotted by aircraft and it was stopped at one-tenth of an acre. The cause of both fires is under investigation. ODF said the rapid response of several agencies demonstrates strong partnerships between fire departments in southwest Oregon.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Extinguished Weekend Structure Fire in Downtown Wolf Creek
A weekend structure fire in downtown Wolf Creek was extinguished by crews early yesterday. Early Sunday morning, Rural Metro Fire Department assisted the Wolf Creek Rural Fire Protection District by responding to the blaze near the library branch. Arriving units found the unoccupied structure fully-involved with flames which spread to about 1/10th of an acre of surrounding vegetation. Crews experienced access issues due to a poorly maintained bridge into the property, but no other structures were threatened. In a 4:30 a.m. update, Rural Metro reported the fire had been fully contained and it was no longer spreading. Firefighters were engaged in mopping up the collapsed building. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Late yesterday, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Rural Metro Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire that spread into the brush in the 7700-block of Lower Grave Creek Road near Angora Creek Road west of Sunny Valley. Numerous engines and an ODF Type 2 helicopter were deployed to the fire, which was put out at a very small size. Firefighters stayed on scene to mop-up into the evening hours. The cause of the vehicle fire was under investigation.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass City Council Set to Tackle Variety of Items during Workshop
The Grants Pass City Council will tackle a variety of items during its semi-weekly workshop session today. The City Council will start the session with a staff presentation on "Infill Incentives" followed by a briefing on the City Manager Evaluation Process. The Council will then review the porta-potty situation at Riverside Park. When the city park was reopened in June, one of the portable restrooms was removed from Tussing Park and placed at Riverside Park west of Caveman Bridge. As part of the agenda review for Wednesday night's regular meeting, the Council will consider motions presented by the Historical Buildings & Sites Commission. 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 7/31/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Flat Fire Crews Make Great Progress Securing Important Southwestern Containment Lines
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Crews have made great progress securing the southwestern primary containment line in the last several days, which is a critical element in limiting growth of Oregon's largest wildfire. Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 reported this morning that the Flat Fire remains 25,572 acres with containment at 14%. No infrared flight was flown last night, so the size of the wildfire has not been updated. A total of 1,941 personnel are still assigned to the Flat Fire including 46 hand crews who are backed by 52 engines, 35 water tenders, seven bulldozers, eight masticators and 12 helicopters. Additional aerial resources remain available. Firefighters are using helicopters and Unstaffed Aerial Systems to add firing depth to the important containment feature on the blaze's southwestern perimeter. A burn-out along the dozer lines heading east from Game Lake is near completion. Structure protection resources have been collecting data to aid firefighters in protecting structures if there is a future need. The containment line on the eastern flank using Burnt Ridge Road has been finished. The alternative control line on Forest Service Roads 3313, 1503 and 3680 are almost done with completion planned on Tuesday. A community meeting will take place at 6 o'clock this evening in the cafeteria at Brookings-Harbor High School. The meeting will be live-streamed on the Flat Fire Facebook page.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police and Firefighters Logged another Strong Effort Protecting Community
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged a strong effort in protecting the community last week. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 755 calls for service that resulted in 53 arrests, 20 citations, 33 warnings and four lodgings at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 125 potential trouble-makers while arresting two people, citing 39 more and warning 93 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 27 individuals and posted 56 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 110 calls last week including 35 for emergency medical service, seven for reports of fire or smoke, 13 lift assists, five rescue situations, 10 assists to other agencies and three false alarms. Crews also conducted 30 business inspections, led one education program, assisted the public eight times and properly installed six child car seats. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,295 emergency calls in addition to 971 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 7/31/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Temporarily Relocating Southern Oregon Command Office to Gold Hill on Tuesday
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The Oregon State Police will be temporarily relocating its Southern Command Office to Gold Hill on Tuesday. According to OSP, the temporary relocation to 426 6th Avenue in Gold Hill is due to a construction renovation and update project currently underway at its Central Point facility. The state law enforcement agency has not said when it will return to Central Point, but it should occur shortly after the construction project is completed. The OSP office phone number will remain the same -- (541)-776-6114 -- or *OSP to reach dispatch on mobile devices.
Posted on 7/31/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Hold Flat Fire Growth, Containment Up to 14%
Friday Fire fighters held the Flat Fire to zero gain, while upping the containment to 14 percent. 1,643 personnel remain engaged with the 24,239-acre blaze, made up of 38 hand crews backed by 51 engines, 33 water tenders, 18 bulldozers, 8 masticators and 11 helicopters. Firefighters used firing operations to establish and strengthen control lines along forest road 3318 and 3680 Friday afternoon when wind and humidity conditions were favorable. Helicopters assisted with suppression efforts by apply retardant in the northeastern and southeastern parts of the fire. Rappelers finished mopping up the 110-acre spot fire southeast of Silver Peak and were extracted late Friday afternoon. A level 1 “Get Ready” evacuation notice remains in effect for areas on the north side of the Rogue River in Agness up to Illahe Lodge and along the Rogue River Corridor from Quosatana Creek Campground to the Agness area, including the areas of Spud Road, Old House Creek Road and Oak Flat.
Posted on 7/29/23 6:10AM by Chuck Benson
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JMET Detectives Raided Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation in O'Brien Area
The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided an illegal cannabis growing site in the O'Brien area this week. In a Friday afternoon press release, JMET reported serving a search warrant in the 1,000-block of Lone Mountain Road on Wednesday. Detectives were assisted by Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety. During execution of the warrant, more than 2,200 marijuana plants, 50 pounds of processed marijuana and other marijuana products 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, the primary suspect was not at the location during the search. If located, they will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:20AM by Chuck Benson
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OSP Seeks Public Help in Identifying Suspects Who Drove Little Applegate River
The Oregon State Police is seeking public assistance with identifying suspects who drove vehicles up and down a fish-bearing river above Applegate Dam. OSP reports the vehicles were observed driving up and down the Little Applegate River while winching themselves up and around impassable locations. There was considerable damage caused to the small river that feeds Applegate Lake. The Little Applegate River is the last tributary before meeting the reservoir and it is essential habitat for salmon.
Possible charges against the suspects include Criminal Mischief, Placing Offensive Substances in Waters and/or Committing Unlawful Damage with a Class 2 ATV. Photos of the suspects are available for public viewing on the OSP Facebook page.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:19AM by Chuck Benson
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