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Emergency First Responders Teaming Up for Toys for Tots Program in Josephine County
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If you are in the giving spirit this holiday season, the Toys for Tots program is now underway. Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue are teaming up with the Rogue Valley Young Marines & Marine Corps Reserves and Josephine County Toys for Tots again this year to bring a special Christmas to kids in need. You can drop off new unwrapped gifts at several locations including Rural Metro Station 1 on Williams Highway, Rural Metro Station 2 on Monument Drive, Rural Metro Station 4 on Redwood Highway, Rural Metro Station 5 on Azalea Drive, Rural Metro's Administration Office on NE 6th Street, AMR's Administration Office on NW F Street and the Parkway Fire Station on East Park Street. Additional drop-off events this year will be in front of the Grants Pass Bi-Mart this Saturday, November 25th, and on Saturday, December 2nd, as well as at the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony in Grants Pass. If you want to register your child to receive a gift from Toys for Tots, please visit: "josephine-county-or.toysfortots.org."
Posted on 11/24/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed Young Woman for Fleeing from Jo Co Family Court Appearance
Grants Pass Police jailed a young woman for attempting to flee from custody during an appearance in Josephine County Family Court yesterday. The Police Department reports officers tracked down and arrested 18-year-old Alexis Frankie-Ann Shoesmith in an alley between NW D and E streets near 2nd Street shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Shoesmith was involved in a custody hearing in Family Court when she fled the courtroom. She had been arrested on an outstanding warrant at a city park earlier in the week. Once outside the facility, she shed her detention uniform and shoes before running away. She was located hiding in some bushes. Alexis Shoesmith was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Escape. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:44AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Snared Man on Nationwide and Local Warrants after RR Highway Stop
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on nationwide and local warrants for drug trafficking in the southeast part of the city early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 42-year-old Daniel Wayne Stephenson during a traffic stop in the 700-block of Rogue River Highway shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Police said Stephenson was driving a Dodge pickup when they stopped him for a traffic violation. They said he initially was noncompliant with officers and it did not take long for them to figure out why. Stephenson was wanted on a United States Marshals Service warrant for Parole Violation and a Grants Pass felony warrant for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Fentanyl. He was placed into custody after the warrants were confirmed. Daniel Stephenson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:42AM by Sam Marsh
 

Reports of Fight in Downtown GP Led to Capture of Felon on Statewide Warrant
Reports of two men fighting in downtown Grants Pass yesterday led to the arrest of one of them on a statewide felony warrant. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a disturbance involving two men at the corner of SW 5th and L streets on Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m.. Police said witnesses reported that 44-year-old Danial Bryan Cook and another man were engaged in a physical and verbal altercation, which was causing public alarm. Callers said they would "hug it out" and then go back to fighting. Upon arrival, officers contacted Cook who advised that he and his friend were just "playing around" and no one was hurt. A routine records check revealed that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. Underlying charges included Failure to Report as a Sex Offender, Disorderly Conduct, Petty Theft and Offensive Littering. Danial Cook was placed into custody and booked into the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Cooperative Shoplifter for Attempting to Steal from Walmart
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for stealing merchandise from Walmart last night. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the shoplifting call at the store on NE Terry Lane on Wednesday at 8:36 p.m.. Police said 30-year-old Kelsey Jade Seidel concealed around $75 worth of items and bypassed all points of sale without paying. She was detained by store security and was described as "cooperative" while freely admitting that she had been caught while shoplifting at a Walmart in a different state. Kelsey Seidel was lodged at the nearby Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft. She was also trespassed from Walmart, which recovered its stolen property.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:40AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Adult Beverages from Convenience Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing adult beverages from a convenience store in the Allen Creek Shopping Center late last night. The Police Department reports officers responded to the shoplifting incident at the Speedway Express store and gas station on Wednesday around 11 p.m.. Police said video surveillance showed 40-year-old Kyle William Waycott entered the store and proceeded directly to the alcohol aisle where he selected containers of adult beverages and placed them in his sweater in an attempt to conceal the crime. A customer notified store employees about the theft and Waycott reportedly offered another customer one of the items he stole, but the customer declined. Kyle Waycott was detained by police a short distance away from the store with an open container of alcohol in his hand. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Arrested One, Cited Six and Evicted Five from City Parks
Grants Pass Police arrested one person, cited several others and evicted them from city parks during patrol checks on Wednesday. During a patrol check at Fruitdale Park, officers contacted 26-year-old Joycelyn Rizo and discovered that she was in violation of her probation related to an arrest in Jackson County. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail. Rizo and Jonathan Bull were issued citations for Misuse of Park Open Space and Scattering Rubbish. Both were trespassed from the park for 30 days. During a patrol check at Kesterson Park, Bart Lewis and Teresa Batts were cited for Misuse of Park Open Space and Scattering Rubbish. Both were trespassed from the park on NE Evelyn Avenue for 30 days. Raymond Amos was cited for staking his tent and a tent occupied by Aaron Storms was posted for Illegal Camping. During a patrol check at Riverside Park, Martha Wade was cited for Misuse of Park Open Space. She had a prior citation at the park and was issued a 30-day exclusion.
Posted on 11/23/23 10:37AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Continuing Investigation into Tuesday Night Shooting on RR Highway
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The Grants Pass Police Department has concluded its initial investigative activities related to the Tuesday night shooting on Rogue River Highway and officials said there is no known direct threat to the public. The Police Department confirmed that a man and woman were shot in the incident in the 1400-block of Highway 99, with the man suffering a head wound. Details on their identities and medical conditions were not disclosed. Witnesses said three males wearing masks were seen fleeing the area. One of them was said to be wearing a clown mask. All three men were armed with pistols and one of them was possibly carrying a military-style semi-automatic rifle. Grants Pass Police would like to thank the public for following the shelter-in-place request while officers used K-9s and drones to search the area for the suspects. The agency said Wednesday it had nothing new to report about the manhunt. The Grants Pass Police Department and its partner law enforcement agencies vow to continue their investigation into the shootings. Officials said they will release more information to the public when it does not hamper the open investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call (541)-450-6260.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County Detectives Investigating Shooting Death of Shady Cove Intruder
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was investigating a homicide that occurred this week in Shady Cove. On Tuesday shortly after 2 a.m., emergency dispatchers received a call regarding a homeowner who had shot a suspect during a home invasion burglary in the area of Cleveland Street. Deputies responded and Mercy Flights medics attempted life-saving measures, but the suspect was pronounced deceased at 2:34 a.m.. Detectives were investigating claims of self-defense during the burglary incident. An occupant of the home held a valid protection order against the suspect. There have been no arrests so far and all parties were cooperating with the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, detectives will forward the case to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review. Due to the sensitive nature of this ongoing investigation, names of the involved parties will not be released at this time. Further information will be released later in coordination with the DA's Office.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Entering Unlocked Vehicle & Stealing CD Case
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for entering an unlocked vehicle and removing a CD case in the north part of the city early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident at the Lucky Duck on NW 6th Street on Wednesday around 1:45 a.m.. Police said an employee of the Lucky Duck reported a white male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans entered her unlocked Toyota Camry and stole a CD case valued at about $25. The caller advised the suspect fled north on 6th Street. Officers searched the area and located 37-year-old Matthew Gary Beard at the nearby McDonalds restaurant. He was placed into custody after probable cause was established that he committed the crime. Matthew Beard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and 3rd-Degree Theft. He was being held without bail and he was also trespassed from the Lucky Duck.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF Investigating Cause of Wildfire on Placer Road in the Sunny Valley Area
The Oregon Department of Forestry found itself in the unusual position this week of battling a wildfire in the Sunny Valley area just two days before Thanksgiving. Rural Metro Fire Department reports that ODF crews were working late Tuesday to knock down a fire about four to five miles up Placer Creek Road. The fire was reported to be around 15 acres in size and it was not threatening any structures. ODF Southwest reached full containment by Tuesday night. Smoke from the fire may have been visible to residents in the Sunny Valley-Wolf Creek area. The cause of the fire was under investigation. The 2023 fire season has long been over, but officials remind people who live in southwest Oregon that they need to be concerned about fire all year long. Some fuel types that are shaded or protected from soaking rains may still remain drier than expected for this time of year. It takes a lot of moisture to penetrate larger fuels like logs that can carry flames to other fuels. Fog often sinks low in the valleys during high pressure systems that also produce sunshine in the higher elevations. While we are damp and cold from the fog, the mountains are exposed to sun and warmer weather which dries out fuels. It also reminds us to monitor our open burns and safeguard against them escaping.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Ashland Police Prepare for 31st Annual Festival of Lights Celebration on Friday
The City of Ashland's 31st annual Festival of Lights Celebration takes place on Friday. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Ashland Public Library and it will move west along East Main Street toward the Plaza. The Ashland Police Department said East Main Street between Gresham and Water streets will be closed from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, and Lithia Way will be set up for two-way traffic needs within the downtown corridor during that time. APD hopes everyone will have a safe and enjoyable kickoff to the holiday season.
Posted on 11/23/23 6:37AM by Sam Marsh
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