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Deputies Collared Man on State, Local and Idaho Warrants in Weekend Incident
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended a man wanted on state, local and out-of-state felony warrants after a weekend encounter on Williams Highway in south Grants Pass. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies contacted 64-year-old David Alan Cimino as he was walking on the white line of Highway 238 with a walker on Saturday at 5:10 p.m.. Deputies said Cimino had been called in as a welfare check due to the danger he was in by walking on the highway. They said a routine records check revealed that he was wanted on a statewide felony warrant for Parole Violation stemming from convictions for Aggravated Battery, Assault on a Peace Officer, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Resisting Arrest and Interfering with Police. Cimino was also wanted on a warrant issued by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office for Attempt to Elude Police. In addition, he wanted on an Idaho felony warrant for Assault on Law Enforcement and multiple domestic assault charges. As deputies tried to place him into custody, Cimino reportedly refused to follow lawful commands and resisted being handcuffed by locking his right hand on the walker. An additional unit arrived on scene and the suspect was finally subdued. David Cimino was lodged without bail on the warrants as well as an additional charge of Resisting Arrest. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/24/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh

Weekend Noise Complaint at GP City Park Led to Arrest of Statewide Fugitive
A weekend noise complaint at a Grants Pass city park resulted in the arrest of a man on a statewide felony warrant. Grants Pass Police responded to a complaint of loud music being played at Tussing Park on Saturday around 10 p.m.. Park neighbors said it sounded like a big party. Police said they contacted 29-year-old Ricardo Angel Resendez and a woman in a vehicle that attempted to leave the park as they arrived on scene. Both were asked for identification, which the woman provided -- but Resendez initially provided a false name. When confronted about the lie, he immediately identified himself. Turns out Resendez had reason for lying about his identity. He was wanted on a Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Felony Parole Violation. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/24/23 11:36AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Snared Trio on Outstanding Warrants during Josephine County Contacts
The Oregon State Police arrested three people on outstanding warrants during weekend contacts in Josephine County. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Saturday at 11:20 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Ford Expedition driven by 44-year-old Frank Ross of Merlin in the North Valley area. Troopers said they stopped Ross for expired registration and quickly discovered that he was driving with a suspended license. His passenger -- 25-year-old Joshua Connor Rose -- was wanted on a Douglas County warrant for traffic offenses. Rose was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. The second incident happened on Sunday at 1:18 a.m. when troopers contacted 30-year-old Bradley Myron Wibbens at the Wolf Creek General Store. Troopers said they recognized Wibbens, who was wanted on a local warrant for Probation Violation. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the adult jail facility. The third incident took place on Sunday at 5:13 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Honda Accord driven by 25-year-old Molly Marissa Cherish Reed on 6th Street at Voorhies Way near Caveman Bridge. Troopers said they stopped Reed for traffic violations and discovered that she was wanted on a local bench warrant for failing to appear in court. She was lodged in jail and her car was left with a passenger.
Posted on 7/24/23 11:35AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed 2 GP Motorists for Impaired Driving after Weekend Traffic Stops
The Oregon State Police arrested two Grants Pass motorists for impaired driving during weekend traffic stops on Redwood Highway. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Saturday at 12:15 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Ford Explorer driven by 36-year-old Matthew Kent Stevenson of Grants Pass in the 1200-block of US Highway 199. Troopers said they stopped Stevenson for a traffic violation and they observed signs of impairment. They said the driver performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a positive breath sample. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. The second incident happened on Sunday at 11:17 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Porsche SUV driven by 55-year-old Michael Wheeler Milmoe near milepost 6 of Highway 199. Troopers said they stopped Milmoe for failing to drive within a single travel lane. They said he displayed signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests, but refused to provide a breath sample. A search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that documented his impairment. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving.
Posted on 7/24/23 11:33AM by Sam Marsh
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Weekend Traffic Stop in GP Led to Arrest of Passenger for Violating Probation
A weekend traffic stop in Grants Pass resulted in the passenger being arrested for violating his probation, but the driver got away. According to the Grants Pass Police Department, officers pulled over a Mercedes Benz near the corner of NE Mill and D streets on Friday at about 10:45 p.m.. Police said the white male adult driver stopped in a parking lot on NE D Street and then fled on foot, leaving behind his passenger -- a man later identified as 34-year-old Tanner Lee Wilson. Wilson initially refused to identify himself before his true identity was confirmed. He was found to be in possession of a small amount of fentanyl, his corrections officers was contacted and requested his client be placed on a no-bail detainer. Tanner Wilson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation. He was also cited to appear in court for the narcotics violation and for failing to wear a seat belt. Officers were investigating the identity of the runaway driver.
Posted on 7/24/23 7:34AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Unregistered Sex Offender in Weekend Contact Outside Bar
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on a local felony warrant during a weekend encounter outside a local bar. The Police Department reports officers were on patrol in the 200-block of NW 6th Street on Saturday around 5:20 a.m. when they contacted 31-year-old Justin Matthew Webber at Speak Easy Tap Room & Wine Bar. Police said Webber was resting in the side entrance to the business and did not want to provide them with any information. They said he eventually provided his name and they discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for two counts of failing to appear in court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. According to the report, Webber had not registered since June 2019. He stated that he "beat it in court" and did not have to register anymore. He also said he wanted to speak to a lawyer. Justin Webber was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 7/24/23 7:32AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Woman Cited for Leaving Children in Car while She Gambled at Local Bar
A Grants Pass woman was cited for leaving her children in a car outside a local bar while she gambled at the start of the weekend. Grants Pass Police were contacted by a supervisor from the Oregon Department of Human Services about the incident at Joe's Sports Bar & Grill in the 800-block of NE E Street on Friday shortly before 9 p.m.. A welfare check was requested. Police said a woman they identified as "Williamson" left two 8-year-old children unattended in a vehicle for around 30 minutes while she was inside the bar playing video poker machines. Upon contact, the woman stated that she had no babysitter or family to watch the children and needed a little time to "blow off some steam." According to the report, the children were hysterical that their mother was going to be arrested. The DHS worker said they begged for her not to call law enforcement. Williamson was charged with 2nd-Degree Child Neglect, cited and released from custody. She was also trespassed from the bar. The kids' grandfather was contacted and he arrived to assist.
Posted on 7/24/23 7:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Nabbed Motorist for DUII after He Crashed into Jerome Prairie Ditch
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving after he crashed his car into a ditch in the Jerome Prairie area. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted by an employee of the Oregon Department of Forestry who witnessed the wreck near the intersection of Stringer Gap and Jerome Prairie roads on Friday around 7:35 p.m.. Deputies said an investigation determined that 75-year-old David Arthur Lewis had lost control of the Toyota Prius he was driving and landed in a ditch. They said he was not seriously hurt and he displayed strong signs of impairment at the scene. Lewis was transported by deputies to Three Rivers Medical Center to be checked out. After he was medically cleared at the hospital, he was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. His wrecked car was impounded.
Posted on 7/24/23 6:58AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Motorist for Impaired Driving in Weekend Stop near GPHS
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving during a weekend traffic stop near the high school. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a Toyota 4-Runner driven by 40-year-old Timothy Edward MacAlistaire near the corner of NE Baker Drive and A Street on Saturday at 2:12 a.m.. Police said they stopped MacAlistaire for speeding and he exhibited multiple signs of impairment. After the man performed poorly in field sobriety tests, he was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. MacAlistaire was cited to appear in court and released. A family member arrived on scene to take possession of his vehicle and a dog.
Posted on 7/24/23 6:57AM by Sam Marsh
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American Red Cross Cascades Region Sees Busy Start to 2023 Wildfire Season
The Cascades Region of the American Red Cross is on pace to open more wildfire evacuation shelters this summer compared to last year. Red Cross Shelter Openings are four times what they were in June and July 2022. Last summer, 90% of wildfire shelter responses happened in August-September. Wildfire evacuation shelters so far this summer include the Flat Fire shelter opened at Gold Beach High School in Curry County. Shelters have also been set up in Umatilla County, The Dalles, Skamania County, Washington, and Klamath County due to the Golden Fire that broke out Sunday at Bly Mountain. The Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared should a wildfire occur in your area. Remember, Level 1 "Be Ready" means be ready for potential evacuation. Level 2 "Be Set" means you must be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice. Level 3 "Go Now" means evacuate immediately. For up-to-date information and alerts about emergencies in your area and shelter locations, download the Red Cross Emergency App from your app store. It's free and available to both iPhone and Android users.
Posted on 7/24/23 6:55AM by Sam Marsh
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Applications Being Accepted for 2 Seats on GP Housing Advisory Committee
Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Grants Pass Housing Advisory Committee due to expiring terms. These are three-year appointments. The Housing Advisory Committee explores opportunities to facilitate the provision of housing for all income levels and it makes recommendations to the Grants Pass City Council. The committee also promotes public awareness of housing resources and promotes public participation in identifying and addressing housing issues and needs. The City Council may authorize the panel to conduct public hearings specified in the Grants Pass Community Development Block Grant citizen participation plan. The special qualifications for these two positions include a representative from an organization that develops and/or operates housing, transitional housing or shelter for special needs, and a representative who is a residential developer. Applications are available at the City Administrative Office at 101 NW A Street or online at "grantspassoregon.gov/committee-application." Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11th.
Posted on 7/24/23 6:51AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service Brings in Type One Management Team to Battle Largest Wildfire in Nation
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The US Forest Service has brought in a national Type One management team to oversee the efforts to fight what is right now the nation's largest wildfire. Pacific Northwest Incident Command Team 3 reported this morning that the Flat Fire had grown to 22,066 acres with 3% containment. The new team took over the incident from Pacific Northwest Team 6 on Sunday morning. There are currently 1,497 total personnel battling the wildfire burning in eastern Curry County near the confluence of the Rogue and Illinois rivers. They include 36 hand crews backed by 40 engines, 26 water tenders, eight bulldozers, eight brush-clearing masticators and eight helicopters. Flat Fire managers said moderate fire behavior is expected today due to cool weather and slightly higher humidity. They said the fire continues to be most active in the southwest where it's burning in the Biscuit Fire scar through thick vegetation and snags. The fire is more moderate in the southeast where it's burning within the Klondike Fire scar. Firefighters are using heavy machinery within an old mining road near Forest Service Trail 1147 in an effort to create a control line to the south of the fire. Crews have successfully implemented strategic firing operations and established control lines along the northern perimeter. In the northeast, crews plan to continue firing operations followed by mop-up and patrol. Resources are being moved around the fire's edge as work is completed to support fire operations and establish control lines as close as possible to the fire's perimeter. A Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice remains in effect from Agness to Quosotana Creek, Oak Flat, Old House Creek Road and Spud Road.
Posted on 7/24/23 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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