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GP Police Arrested Man for Aggressive Behavior toward Jimmy John's Patrons
Grants Pass Police arrested a man late yesterday for his aggressive behavior at a south-city sandwich shop. The Police Department reports officers responded to a trespassing call involving 29-year-old Tyler Jesse Shook at Jimmy John's in the 1500-block of Williams Highway on Wednesday at about 5:45 p.m.. Police said Shook became aggressive with a patron inside the restaurant and the patron was forced to put a chair between them as they were uncertain about the man's intentions. Employees said the suspect was pushing people, touching them and telling them he wanted to have sex with them. Shook's violent, tumultuous and threatening behavior caused public alarm to the customers. He was asked to leave the business twice, but he refused to do so. Upon arrival, officers tried to place Shook into custody but he tensed his body and refused to let them put him in handcuffs. He was eventually subdued and taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked on charges of Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 7/27/23 11:47AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Man on Outstanding Warrant after Minor Crash near South Y
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant after he damaged a motorcycle near the South Y intersection yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a minor crash on south 6th Street on Wednesday around 11:15 a.m.. Police said a motorcycle rider told them he was in the middle travel lane near the South Y when he was cut off by a pickup driven by 37-year-old Michael Brinnen Cutts. The motorcyclist pulled up next to the truck at the stop light, asked him why he cut him off, an argument ensued and the truck hit the right-side mirror on the bike. The mirror post was slightly bent and the truck was not damaged. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that Cutts was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear for Contempt of Court. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. It was unclear in the report if any citations were issued.
Posted on 7/27/23 11:45AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Nabbed Man for Stealing Merchandise from Dollar Tree on NW 6th
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing items from the north Dollar Tree store on Wednesday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing call at the store on NW 6th Street at about 3:35 p.m. yesterday. Police said 50-year-old Robert Lee Doyle stole $26.45 in merchandise from Dollar Tree by concealing items in his jacket and exiting without paying. They said he was followed by an employee, discarded the items about one block away and the property was recovered. Upon arrival, officers located Doyle and placed him into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 7/27/23 11:44AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Trespassed Numerous Campers after Riverside Park Patrol Check
The Grants Pass Police Department swept through Riverside Park early yesterday and evicted numerous campers for a host of ordinance violations. During the Wednesday morning patrol check at the city park, 20 campsites were posted and an e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network. Officers said they cited Marylynn Humphrey for Buffer Zone Violation, Tammy Whetzel for Utilization of Park Open Spaces, Cathena Hills for both Buffer Zone and Open Space violations, Samantha Brown for Methamphetamine Possession, Heather Dixon for an Open Space violation, Aria Echavarria for Illegal Camping, Kassandra Sinks and Andrew Urenda for Open Space violations, Allan Pirnie for Smoking in a Park and Public Urination, Kristopher Young and William Jensen for Possession of Fentanyl, Derek Hood and Maria Guerrero for Open Space violations, William Asbury for Open Space violation, and William Stroh for Buffer Zone violation. All 15 subjects had two or more previous citations, so all were given 30-day park exclusions.
Posted on 7/27/23 11:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Sent 5 Campers Packing after Baker Park Patrol Check
Grants Pass Police sent five campers packing after a patrol check at Baker Park. According to the Police Department, Mya McCreery and Corey Names were observed to be in possession of fentanyl, so they were cited and trespassed from the park for 30 days. Cory Russell was cited for Scattering Rubbish, while Shayna Mueller and Tyson Hutchinson were cited for Utilization of Park Open Space and Scattering Rubbish. They joined McCreery and Names with 30-day park exclusions.
Posted on 7/27/23 11:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Battled Structure and Wildland Fire on Corbin Road South of GP
Firefighters battled a structure fire that spread to surrounding vegetation just south of Grants Pass last night. On Wednesday evening, Rural Metro Fire Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on Corbin Drive near Williams Highway. The two-alarm fire also brought engine companies from Jackson County Fire District #1 in Rogue River and the Applegate Valley Fire District to help cover additional calls in the Grants Pass area as part of the Rogue Valley Mutual Aid System. Arriving units found a structure on fire as well as a vehicle and 1/4-acre of vegetation. Forward progress of the wildland fire was stopped and crews got a quick knockdown on the structure. No other homes in the area were threatened. Rural Metro officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:56AM by Sam Marsh
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Two Men Collared for Felony Sex Crimes against Minors in Josephine County
Two men were jailed for felony-level sex crimes involving minors in Josephine County over the past five days. Josephine County Jail records show the first incident occurred last Saturday when 27-year-old Mason Garrett Webster was arrested by an unspecified local agency. Webster was charged with 1st- and 2nd-Degree Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, which are both felonies. He was still in custody without bail on Wednesday. The second incident happened Wednesday morning when 59-year-old Brian Scott Arney was arrested by the Oregon State Police. Arney was charged with 11 counts of 1st-Degree Encouraging Child Sex Abuse. He was also being held without bail. It was not disclosed whether the two arrests were related. No information was provided by the arresting agencies.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:51AM by Sam Marsh
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Corrections Client Jailed for Bringing Knife to Meeting with Probation Officer
A Josephine County Community Corrections client was jailed this week for bringing a weapon to a meeting with his probation officer. The Grants Pass Police Department reports 43-year-old Peter Anthony Rivera was arrested at the Community Corrections Office on NW 4th Street on Tuesday during the noon hour. Police said Rivera showed up to speak with his probation officer and was found to be in possession of a spring-assisted knife, which is a direct violation of his post-arrest supervision. He was on probation related to previous arrests for Felony Rape and Assault in April of this year, and Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass in May. Peter Rivera was charged with Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon and the resulting Probation Violation. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. The case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Man for Shooting Another with Pellet Gun near Wilderville
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for shooting another man with a pellet gun at a residence near Wilderville this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 400-block of Cheney Creek Road late Tuesday afternoon. Deputies said the victim called 9-1-1 to report that 61-year-old Boyd Christopher Swan shot him with a pellet gun and he wanted to press charges. They said the man declined medical treatment and added that the suspect was also shooting his trailer. Upon arrival, deputies located Swan and placed him into custody. The suspect was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Assault. After being lodged behind bars, Swan was served with a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim and his unidentified female companion.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Toyota Acquires Jim Sigel Automotive Dealership from Family
After more than 55 years in business, a Grants Pass automotive dealership is changing hands. Jim Sigel Automotive Center has announced it is selling the dealership to Brad Myerchain, who is the owner/operator of Grants Pass Toyota. The new business will be known as Grants Pass Automotive Center. For brothers Jeff and Jim Sigel, their last day at the dealership was Wednesday. Jeff Sigel said he and his brother are retiring, and they hope the effects of the sale will be minimal. He said everyone else who currently works at the dealership will continue on under new leadership. That includes service advisors and technicians, auto parts, the collision center and the sales team. For the Sigel family, this marks the end of a long legacy in the auto business. JJ Sigel -- the founder of the dealership in Grants Pass -- started his journey after World War 2 as a used car salesman in Portland. Over the years, he worked his way up to be the general manager at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet. But his dream was always to own his own automotive dealership. That opportunity presented itself in 1968 when Ron Tonkin helped JJ Sigel become the Chevrolet dealer in Grants Pass at 7th and J streets.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP School District 7 Taps Tanner Marval as Assistant Principal at North
The Grants Pass School District has announced more new school leadership for the 2023-24 academic year -- and this one has a strong family legacy. Tanner Marval will serve as assistant principal at North Middle School this year. Marval is a familiar face to District 7. Between eight years at South Middle School and Grants Pass High School, he has been a coach, math teacher, AVID instructor, senior class advisor and instructional coach. Tanner is the son of Kelly Marval, a long-time D7 employee who recently retired as Principal of Gladiola School after serving many years as a teacher, administrator and coach. When asked what he loves about working in education, Marval said "developing meaningful relationships with students and teachers to help them progress in their educational experiences." Congratulations and welcome to North Middle School, Mr. Marval!
Posted on 7/27/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Numerous Resources Continue to Make Progress on Flat Fire Burning in SW Oregon
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The US Forest Service reports numerous resources continue to make progress on a large wildfire burning in southwest Oregon. Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 reported this morning that the size of the Flat Fire increased slightly to 23,678 acres and containment rose to 4%. Total personnel assigned to the wildfire is now 1,644 including 38 hand crews backed by 50 engines, 34 water tenders, eight bulldozers, eight masticators and 11 helicopters. Crews have been firing out the southwestern flank of the fire to prevent growth to the south toward the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Firefighters on the northern side of the fire continue to mop up and work on alternate control lines. Alternate lines on the west and northeast are also being worked on. Structure protection groups have been assessing structures along the Illinois and Rogue rivers and Cougar Lane. Fire managers said activities for today will build off successes from yesterday. Firing operations are planned on the southwest side of the fire, working south off Forest Road 3318 and west from Game Lake. Helicopters and drones will be used to add depth to the firing operations. The Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice for areas along the Rogue River from Quosotana Creek Campground to the Agness area was reduced to Level 1 "Be Ready" on Wednesday. Areas on the north side of the Rogue in Old Agness up to Illahe Lodge will also be at Level 1. The area immediately east of Agness remains in a Level 2, primarily due to future firing operations. Places outside the burn area to the southwest will remain at Level 2 while crews further secure control lines.
Posted on 7/27/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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