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OSP Nabbed Motor Vehicle Thief during Interstate 5 Traffic Stop in GP Area
The Oregon State Police arrested motor vehicle thief during a weekend traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Grants Pass area. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 22-year-old Alyczander Truel Morgan in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 56 around 8:35 p.m. Friday. Troopers said they stopped Morgan for a traffic violation and discovered the car he was driving had been reported stolen from a 32-year-old woman. The victim was contacted, identified Morgan as the suspect and wanted to press charges. Alyczander Morgan was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. He was held over the weekend without bail. The Malibu was recovered by A-1 Roadside Towing.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:29AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Collared California Fugitive during Welfare Check on I-5 near Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police apprehended an out-of-state fugitive during a welfare check on Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers responded to a welfare check involving 20-year-old Jason David Michael Tiefenback near the southbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 60 about midday Friday. Troopers said Tiefenback was contacted and found to be wanted on arrest warrants out of California and Josephine County. The local warrant was for failing to appear in court for 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. Tiefenback was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:27AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Snared Woman on Warrant and Found Illegal Pot Grow in Illinois Valley
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman on an outstanding warrant and located an illegal marijuana grow at a transient camp in the Illinois Valley. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies located 38-year-old Trisha Vincent on Hancock Timber Land off the 1,000-block of Kerby Mainline Road on Saturday at about 9:35 a.m.. Deputies said there were several transient camps in the area where they found 150 marijuana plants growing. They contacted Vincent who told them the illegal pot plants were from people who used to live in the camp. The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) was called in and they seized and destroyed the plants. Vincent was found to be wanted on a Josephine County misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear in court for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. She was cited to appear in court and then released. Vincent and other campers at the site were given 72 hours to vacate the property.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:25AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Tagging Back Side of WinCo during Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police snared a man for graffiti-tagging the back side of WinCo Foods while performing a welfare check early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to the supermarket on NE Terry Lane on Sunday shortly after 3 a.m.. Police said an employee of Shari's Cafe & Pies called 9-1-1 when she noticed a male subject slumped over and not moving behind WinCo. The woman tried to wake him up and he did not move. He was sleeping with his backpack wide open. Upon arrival, officers contacted 30-year-old Dakota A. Ree who was nodding off in front of some graffiti on the back wall of the store. They located a small dope kit in his backpack that had the same style of graffiti on it. He was rousted and admitted to graffiti-tagging the wall as well as using fentanyl. Ree was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and the narcotics violation. His bicycle and backpack were dropped off to his father.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:24AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Man for Stealing Big Bags of Dog Food from Grange Co-op
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing two large bags of dog food from Grange Co-op late last week. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a shoplifting call involving 41-year-old Stephen D. West at the store on West Schutzwohl Lane just off Redwood Highway on Friday shortly after 3 p.m.. Police said they contacted West and he admitted to stealing more than $100 worth of dog food because he did not have sufficient funds to pay for it. He was detained and the dog food was returned to the store. Stephen West was charged with 2nd-Degree Theft. He was cited to appear in court and then released from custody.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Weekend Fender Bender in North GP Led to Arrest of Man for Impaired Driving
A weekend fender-bender between two vehicles exiting Interstate 5 in north Grants Pass led to an altercation at a local motel and the arrest of one of the motorists for impaired driving. Grants Pass Police responded to a reported disturbance at Red Lion Inn & Suites on NW 6th Street on Saturday shortly before 4 p.m.. Police said an employee called 9-1-1 to report male and female subjects hitting each other outside the motel office. They arrived on scene and identified the involved parties as 50-year-old Jeffery Polen and Elaina Junkies. A brief investigation determined the incident stemmed from a road rage incident after Polen bumped the back of Junkies' vehicle as both exited the freeway at milepost 58. Upon arrival at the motel, they learned Polen put his head and arm through the window of Junkies' car and she punched him. No one was injured. Jeffery Polen reported displayed signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited to appear in court and then released to his brother.
Posted on 7/17/23 10:21AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Physical Altercation with His Elderly Parents
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for getting into a physical altercation with his elderly parents over the weekend. The Police Department reports officers arrested 48-year-old Daniel Christopher Miller for the incident at a residence in the 1,000-block of Mayfair Lane on Saturday at 5:11 p.m.. Police said Miller got into an altercation with his elderly parents in their kitchen during which he yelled at them and pushed them backwards. They said his mother called 9-1-1 to report that her son had physically attacked his 75-year-old father and she wanted him removed from their residence. The suspect was impaired. Upon arrival, officers found Miller to be uncooperative, so they took him to the ground and placed him into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Physical Harassment along with the resulting Probation Violation related to previous arrests for Menacing and Criminal Trespass. Daniel Miller was being held without bail. Adult Protective Services of the Oregon Department of Human Services was contacted as well as Options for a follow-up investigation.
Posted on 7/17/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Former Alabama Man for Disturbance at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a violent weekend disturbance at Riverside Park. According to the Police Department, officers responded to multiple reports of a man threatening people with a knife at the city park on Friday at about 1 p.m.. Police said the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received four emergency calls regarding the incident involving 31-year-old Alex Dewayne Jeffers. They said his unruly behavior included charging at people and vehicles with an object in his hand that appeared to be a knife, but no knife was located. Upon contact with Jeffers, officers said he provided them with two false names -- but he was eventually identified with assistance from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office in Alabama. The suspect has a criminal record there. Alex Jeffers was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and the resulting Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for theft. He was being held on a no-bail detainer and was also trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 7/17/23 6:37AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared Motorist for Impaired Driving after Fish Hatchery Road Wreck
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving after he wrecked his vehicle into a roadside ditch at the start of the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the single-vehicle crash in the 1300-block of Fish Hatchery Road on Friday around 7:15 p.m.. Deputies said 50-year-old Peter Seymour was driving a Chevrolet Silverado when he lost control of the pickup, left the roadway and struck a utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch. They said Seymour was seen walking away from the crash by witnesses and he initially denied being the driver of the wrecked truck. Seymour was not hurt, but he displayed strong signs of impairment at the scene. He refused to participate in field sobriety tests, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw, which confirmed that he was driving while impaired. He also sustained a minor injury. Seymour was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court and released to the care of hospital staff. The owner of the pickup arrived on scene and arranged for a tow.
Posted on 7/17/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF Investigating Cause of Small Weekend Fire along Highway 238 near Ruch
The Oregon Department of Forestry was investigating the cause of a small wildfire that was reported over the weekend along Highway 238 near Ruch. On Saturday afternoon, ODF and the Applegate Valley Fire District responded to the grass fire near milepost 22 of the highway not far from Cantrall-Buckley Park. A full response of engines and aircraft were dispatched to the scene and the blaze was knocked down in short order. Firefighters worked to build a line around the perimeter and mopped up. The fire was caught at an estimated 1/8th of an acre. ODF officials warned local residents to be aware of the increased risk for fire to spread quickly in the current hot and windy conditions.
Posted on 7/17/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police & Firefighters Logged Impressive Week of Community Protection
Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged yet another impressive week of activity while protecting the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 859 calls for service last week that resulted in 63 arrests, 21 citations, 54 warnings and six lodgings at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) made a total of 186 contacts with potential trouble-makers while arresting five people, citing 30 more and warning 110 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 15 individuals and posted 115 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 101 calls last week including 31 for emergency medical service, 13 for reports of fire or smoke, eight lift assists, six rescue situations, six assists to other agencies and two false alarms. Firefighters also performed 35 business inspections, led three citizen education programs, assisted the public nine times and properly installed four child car seats. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,564 emergency calls in addition to 1,027 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 7/17/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council Workshop to Focus on Long-Term Public Safety Funding
The Grants Pass City Council will once again turn its attention to public safety funding during its semi-weekly workshop session today. After City Manager Aaron Cubic presents the City Council with an update on its quarterly work plan, the panel will focus on funding for police and fire services. At its July 3rd workshop, a majority of the Council was in favor of asking voters to renew the $1.79 public safety levy along with adding a public safety fee to utility bills in order to stabilize long-term funding for the police and fire departments. The exact amount of the public safety utility fee has yet to be determined. The plan earlier this month was to place the public safety levy renewal on the November ballot and to implement the public safety utility fee in January 2024. The City Council will conclude the workshop with a review of the agenda for its regular meeting on Wednesday night. 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 7/17/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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