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Medford Man Barricaded Himself in Home after Burglary Call near Gold Hill
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office jailed a Medford man this week after he barricaded himself inside a residence following a burglary call near Gold Hill. On Thursday afternoon, Jackson County sheriff's deputies responded to reported burglary in the 13,300-block of Highway 234. Deputies arrived on scene and then relayed suspect and vehicle description to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatchers who put out an attempt to locate for the vehicle. By this time, the suspect had been identified as 31-year-old Parker Joseph Latham of Medford. A short time later, the Oregon State Police and Medford Police Department located the suspect vehicle on Crater Lake Avenue and attempted a traffic stop. Latham eluded toward Delta Waters Road, running several red lights and law enforcement discontinued pursuit. Deputies went to Latham's listed address where he barricaded himself inside the residence in the 2700-block of Wilkshire Drive. The SWAT team responded along with additional deputies, MPD and OSP. Officers surrounded the residence and began making announcements for the suspect to surrender peacefully.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:17AM by Chuck Benson

OSP Temporarily Relocating Southern Command Office to Gold Hill on Tuesday
The Oregon State Police will be temporarily relocating its Southern Command Office to Gold Hill on Tuesday, August 1st. 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.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:16AM by Chuck Benson

Grants Pass District 7 School Board Convenes for Lengthy Schedule on Monday
The Grants Pass School Board has a busy schedule on the last day of the month. Monday for the Board of Education begins at 8 a.m. when it tours all District 7 facilities including all elementary, middle and high schools as well as the bus shed. Following lunch break, the panel will attend a workshop featuring presentations from a representative of the Oregon State School Board from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m..
Posted on 7/29/23 5:15AM by Chuck Benson

SOU Shifting to Four Academic "Schools" Instead of Seven Current "Divisions"
When the 2023-24 academic year begins in September, Southern Oregon University's 46 undergraduate and 10 graduate-level programs will be distributed among four "schools" instead of the university's seven current "divisions." The organizational shift will eventually eliminate the cost of three director-level positions and will build greater efficiency into SOU's administrative structure. It's the cornerstone of the cost management plan adopted this spring by the SOU Board of Trustees. Four new academic sections at SOU will be the School of Arts & Communication; the school of Science & Business; the School of Education, Leadership, Health & Humanities; and the School of Social Sciences. Two administrative sections with academic functions -- the Provost's Office and the University Library & Undergraduate Studies -- will operate as stand-alone departments.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:14AM by Chuck Benson
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Sheriff's Office Warning Residents Not to Fall for Familiar Scam by Fake Deputies
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is warning residents not to fall for a familiar scam being perpetrated by phony law enforcement officers. Over the last few weeks, the Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports about attempted telephone scams. In the recurring attempts, persons identify themselves as members of the Sheriff's Office and demand payment over the phone to avoid being arrested. Reported forms of payment and delivery have varied with each of these situations.Undersheriff Travis Snyder is reminding residents that law enforcement does not operate in this fashion. He said funds are not solicited by law enforcement from citizens to avoid arrest.Snyder encourages citizens to remain vigilant and report any potential scams that come your way. He adds that persons should never provide financial or personal information to anyone until they are certain to whom they are speaking.
Posted on 7/29/23 5:13AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Jailed Man for Felony Warrants and More Crimes after Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on two local felony warrants and for additional crimes yesterday following a welfare check at a city park. The Police Department reports officers arrested 34-year-old Ian Seiwell Hogue at Fruitdale Park next to the elementary school off Hamilton Lane on Thursday at about 4:30 p.m.. Police said Hogue had been called in as a welfare check after a citizen spotted him slumped over near the women's restroom for about an hour. They said it appeared he was under the influence of narcotics. A plastic straw "tooter" was located on the ground next to him and a glass pipe with fentanyl residue was found in his pocket. A records check showed that Hogue was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Identity Theft and on a Josephine County felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana. He reportedly lied about his identity and it required the use of physical force by officers to place him into custody. Ian Hogue was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants along with new charges of Resisting Arrest, Furnishing False Information to Police and narcotics possession. He was being held without bail and he was trespassed from the park.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:33AM by Sam Marsh
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Thursday Afternoon Patrol Check at City Park Led to Arrest of Man on Warrants
A Thursday afternoon patrol check at a Grants Pass city park led to the arrest of a man on two local felony warrants. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers were performing a patrol check at Baker Park around 5:40 p.m. yesterday when they observed two men with what appeared to be a firearm. Police said they contacted Cody Nolan and Anthony Gamble, and discovered that Gamble was in possession of a paint ball gun. They also discovered that Nolan was wanted on two Grants Pass felony warrants for Probation Violation related to past crimes of Theft and Larceny. Cody Nolan was in possession of a New York driver's license and he claimed to be from that state. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the two outstanding warrants and was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man on Felony Warrant with Help from His Probation Officer
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man on a local felony warrant this week with assistance from Josephine County Community Corrections. The Police Department reports officers arrested 24-year-old Alex Ushaiah Tallman at a residence in the 700-block of NE 10th Street on Wednesday night. Police said Tallman's corrections officer contacted them, stated that Tallman was in the garage of the home and he had a serviceable warrant for his arrest. It was a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for 4th-Degree Assault. Alex Tallman was placed into custody without incident, lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the 2019 warrant and he was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Woman on State Felony Warrant at Local Corrections Office
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman on a state felony warrant at Josephine County Community Corrections yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 27-year-old Faith Catherine Chambers at the corrections office on NW 4th Street at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said Chambers was at the office to visit her corrections officer and was not aware they were coming to arrest her. She was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation stemming from previous drug conviction. Faith Chambers was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Young Man on Felony Warrant after Getting Noise Complaint
Grants Pass Police arrested a young man on a local felony warrant late last night while investigating a reported loud party at South Middle School. The Police Department reports officers responded to a noise complaint at the school on Harbeck Road on Thursday shortly after 11 p.m.. Police said a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report yelling and what she believed was a party going on at the adjacent middle school. The caller stated she could also hear people walking near her back fence on the north side of the school campus. Responding officers located only two subjects at the scene including 18-year-old Kalob Reese Kinley, who was found to be wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief. Kinley was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh
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Both Motorists Cited for Violations after Thursday Collision in Downtown GP
Both motorists were cited for violations following a collision between two vehicles in downtown Grants Pass late yesterday. Grants Pass police officers and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle crash in the 200-block of NW 6th Street on Thursday around 5 p.m.. Police said an investigation determined that Mattie Miller was driving southbound on 6th Street near F Street when she entered the intersection against a red light. A second vehicle driven by Andrew Mason was eastbound on F Street when he entered the intersection on a green light, which led to a T-bone collision. No one was seriously hurt, but Miller and her passenger complained of pain. A Toyota Yaris sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed from the scene. The other vehicle was identified as a Toyota RAV-4 with Washington plates. Following a brief investigation, Miller was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device and Mason was cited for Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance.
Posted on 7/28/23 11:25AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon Department of Forestry Raising Local Fire Danger Level to "Extreme" on Saturday
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Due to dry vegetation, hot weather and numerous active fires in the region, the Oregon Department of Forestry will be raising the local fire danger to its highest level tomorrow morning. On Saturday at 12:01 a.m., ODF will increase the fire danger level to "extreme" in Josephine and Jackson counties. At the same time, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) will be raised to "3." Public fire restrictions that will go into effect include a 24-hour ban on outdoor activities such as the use of power saws, the mowing of dry grass, and the cutting, welding and grinding of metal. The operation of any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine not specifically mentioned will also be prohibited. All outdoor debris burning will remain prohibited as will all open fires -- including campfires, charcoal fires and warming fires -- except in approved fire rings at designated campgrounds. Smoking will continue to be prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water or designated areas. Motor vehicles -- including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles -- may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation except when used for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops. Under IFPL 3, several activities are prohibited between 1 and 8 p.m. including power saws at loading sites, loading and hauling of any product or material, blasting, and welding, cutting and grinding of metal. Some industrial activities are still permitted to operate overnight between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.. For more information about public fire restrictions in ODF's Southwest District, visit "swofire.com."
Posted on 7/28/23 10:28AM by Sam Marsh
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