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Four New Grants Pass School Board Members will Take Oaths of Office This Evening
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The Grants Pass School Board will swear in four new members when it meets publicly this evening. Dustin Smith was elected to represent Position #1 on the District 7 Board of Education while Chad Dybahl was elected to Position #2, Nathan Seable was elected to Position #6 and Joe Schmidt was elected to Position #7. It was a clean sweep for the Josephine County Republican Party, which endorsed those four candidates for the "nonpartisan" D7 Board. All were elected to terms that expire at the end of June 2027. After the oaths of office, all members of the board will elect their chair, vice-chair and parliamentarian for the current fiscal year as well as approve the annual board organizational resolutions for 2023-24. In other business, Superintendent Tim Sweeney will report on the board workshop, facilities and leadership summit. Action items include the first reading of amended policies on program exemptions, expulsions and public complaints. Today's public meeting begins at 5 p.m. at the District Office Board Room on NE Dean Drive, adjacent to the Grants Pass High School campus.
Posted on 7/11/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh

Free Summer Meals Offered to Local Children across Josephine and Jackson Counties
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Free summer meals are available to children across Oregon including Josephine and Jackson counties. The Summer Food Service Program is offering free meals and snacks to kids ages 1 to 18 years old. All families are welcome to participate, regardless of income or immigration status. The only requirement is showing up. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning. There are 11 sites available within the Grants Pass School District. They include Grants Pass High School, Highland, Lincoln, Riverside, Allen Dale, Parkside and Redwood Elementary Schools, the Boys & Girls Club, Grants Pass Family YMCA, Club Northwest Kids Zone and Harbeck Village. There are six sites available within the Three Rivers School District. They include Manzanita, Fruitdale and Evergreen Elementary Schools, the Boys & Girls Club in Kerby, Jubilee Park in Cave Junction and Wildlife Images near Merlin.
Posted on 7/11/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Man for Stealing Pruning Shears and Scaring Victim with Knife
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for multiple crimes after he stole a set of pruning shears from a man at a local market and then threatened the victim with a knife. The Police Department reports officers arrested 37-year-old Jason Tyler Lewis for the incident at A-1 Market & Deli on SW G Street around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said Lewis stole a set of pruning shears off a man's bicycle at the store and when the man confronted Lewis, Lewis pulled out a large fixed-blade knife and pointed the blade at the victim. This action placed the victim in fear of serious injury and caused alarm to several people at the scene including employees. According to the report, a witness captured video of the incident on his cell phone that clearly showed Lewis's criminal actions. Lewis reportedly threw down the shears and fled on foot, but he was located in the parking lot of the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he was placed into custody. The large knife was seized as evidence. Lewis was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2nd-Degree Robbery, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct and Petty Theft. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/10/23 10:48AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested Man for Being Aggressor in Weekend Fight on Balsam Road
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for being the aggressor in a weekend fight with another man at a residence on the west side of the city. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a disturbance at a home in the 600-block of Balsam Road on Saturday at about 7:20 p.m.. Police said resident of that address called 9-1-1 to report a fight between 45-year-old Jeffrey Ray Roberts and another man. The caller told dispatchers that Roberts showed up at the house while drunk and belligerent, challenging others until he and another man began exchanging punches. The suspect got the worst of it. Roberts was injured and transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment. The other man also sustained injuries but refused medical care. A brief investigation determined that Jeffrey Roberts was the aggressor in the fight, so he was arrested at the hospital, charged with 4th-Degree Assault and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 7/10/23 10:46AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Arrested for Running Up Large Bar Tab and Not Paying for It
A Grants Pass man was arrested for running up a large bar tab at a local watering hole and then trying to leave without paying. Grants Pass Police responded to a theft complaint involving 27-year-old Clifton Slade Reynolds at the Copper Mug on Redwood Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday. Police said a bartender called 9-1-1 to report that Reynolds had run up a tab of more than $276 and was unable to pay for it. When the credit card he used to start the tab was declined, he tried to flee the business through a back entrance -- but he was detained by security and held until law enforcement arrived on scene. According to the report, Clifton first told police he had not started a tab but then changed this story, stating his friends bailed on him and left him with the tab. In any event, the bar manager wished to press charges. Clifton Reynolds was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Theft of Services.
Posted on 7/10/23 10:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Cited 2 for Stealing from Grange Co-op in Separate Saturday Cases
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for stealing merchandise from Grange Co-op in separate incidents on Saturday. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. when loss prevention detained 57-year-old Sue Ellen Wright at the store on West Schutzwohl Lane just off Redwood Highway. Police said Wright took $15 worth of items from Grange Co-op without paying for them. She was charged with 3rd-Degree Theft, cited and released, and trespassed from the store. The second incident happened on Saturday at 1:20 p.m. when loss prevention detained 47-year-old Demetrius Edward Hughes for stealing a pair of sunglasses valued at over $100 from the store. Police said Hughes rode away from the store on a bicycle, but he was tracked down and placed into custody on Redwood Avenue near Southern Oregon Sanitation. He was charged with 2nd-Degree Theft, cited and released, and trespassed from the store.
Posted on 7/10/23 10:44AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Motorist Not Injured after Losing Control of Pickup on I-5 in Sunny Valley
A Grants Pass motorist escaped injury when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Interstate 5 in Sunny Valley. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 71 on Friday around 7:30 p.m.. Troopers said 27-year-old Devin Jay Stevens was driving a Ford Ranger pickup when he exited the freeway at a high rate of speed, which caused him to leave the off-ramp, go across the adjacent on-ramp and collide with the guardrail. According to OSP, Stevens was not hurt but his damaged pickup was hauled to Grants Pass by Oregon Towing. It was unclear whether any citations were issued
Posted on 7/10/23 10:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Cave Junction Woman Jailed for Pointing Firearm at Daughter & Threatening Her
A Cave Junction woman was jailed over the weekend for pointing a firearm at her daughter and threatening her. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports 61-year-old Patsy Ann Dashner was arrested Friday night at a residence in the 300-block of Caves Highway. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she had moved in with Dashner, and that her mother had been very aggressive and hostile toward her. She said she was sitting in the living room when her mother walked out and pointed a pistol at her head. She added that her mother threatened her by saying that family members would come beat her up and she was throwing her belongings into the front yard. According to the report, the daughter was very upset while on the phone -- but seemed unsure if she wished to pursue criminal charges against her mother. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed both parties and seized the gun as evidence. Dashner was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another Person and Domestic Menacing. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Two Men for Violating Court Orders after Cave Junction Incident
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed two men for violating court orders after a weekend disturbance in Cave Junction. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 67-year-old Felipe Oscobedo, Jr., and 38-year-old Joseph Lawrence Gulotto after responding to the incident in the 300-block of North Hussey Avenue on Friday evening. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that Oscobedo threatened her while she was walking across a parking lot. She advised that she had valid stalking order protecting her from the man, but he followed her to her residence. The woman's boyfriend -- Gulotto -- was at the home and he said he planned to hurt the suspect. Deputies rushed to the scene and interviewed all parties in the incident, confirming that the woman had a stalking order against Oscobedo and that she had also gotten a valid restraining order against Gulotto. Both men were placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail in Grants Pass. Oscobedo was jailed for Contempt of Court-Stalking Order Violation and Gulotto was booked for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. Both men were being held without bail.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Snared Man Twice in One Day for Separate Criminal Incidents
Grants Pass Police arrested a man twice in one day for separate incidents late last week. The Police Department reports the first incident involving 61-year-old Tracy James Barry occurred at the Sound Lounge on SE H Street around 4:30 p.m. Friday. Police said Barry ordered $18 in alcoholic beverages from the bar, consumed them and left without paying. He was located hiding in a nearby antique shop, placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Theft of Services. According to the report, Barry was released from jail a short time later and he went to the Holiday Inn Express on NE Agness Avenue where he found trouble again -- this time of a more serious nature. Police said Barry unlawfully entered a guest room, went through the guests' property, ate their food and used their bathroom. They said the guests returned to the room and found the man laying naked on a bed with their personal blankets. Three female children observed the suspect naked and were visibly upset by the experience. The suspect reportedly refused to leave the room. Barry was placed into custody at the motel and transported to the jail facility where he was lodged for 1st-Degree Burglary, 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass and 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Incarcerated Man for Stealing Bicycle from NW C Street Home
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing a bicycle from a northwest city residence late last week. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the incident in the 200-block of NW C Street on Friday around 4:50 p.m.. Police said 32-year-old Troy Lee Jeffers stole a bicycle valued at $100 from the home by grabbing the bike from the backyard and riding it away from the property. They said residents confronted the suspect, he dropped the bike and fled on foot, but not before one of the residents took a photograph of him and sent it to police. Officers located Jeffers riding another bicycle near the corner of NE 7th and F streets a short time later. He was placed into custody and a consent search found him to be in possession of a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. Troy Jeffers was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and the narcotics violation.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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ODF Crews Extinguished Small Wildfire near Trail that Started Late Friday Night
The Oregon Department of Forestry battled a small wildfire near Trail at the start of the weekend. On Friday at about 11:30 p.m., ODF crews responded to a reported fire in the 1400-block of Madera Drive. Arriving units found a fire estimated to be around one acre and growing at a moderate rate. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Emergency Management put out an information alert about the fire to residents in the immediate area and firefighters were able to stop the forward spread of the blaze within 25 minutes of arrival. It was held to just one acre. By Saturday morning, the fire was 100% lined and mopped up. The cause remains under investigation. ODF was assisted by Jackson County Fire District #4.
Posted on 7/10/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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