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Safety Improvements on Redwood Highway will Bring Traffic Delays Starting Monday Evening
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Drivers on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass can expect delays of up to 20 minutes controlled by flaggers next week for highway safety improvements. On Monday through Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m,, ODOT contractor Knife River Materials and subcontractors will begin improvements on US Highway 199 from the Applegate River south to the California border. ODOT officials said this portion of the highway has a high fatality and serious injury rate when compared to other rural interstate highways. Along with new pavement between Cave Junction and O'Brien and chip-seal between O'Brien and the California border through this month and August, safety improvements include center-line and shoulder rumble strips and enhanced guardrail reflectors. Other features of the project include solar-powered speed feedback signs to slow traffic entering Selma and Kerby, advanced warning flashers with side road vehicle activation at Riverbanks Road and Deer Creek Road, and passive solar warning flashers placed northbound at Rockydale Road and southbound at Round Prairie Road. A total of $6.7 million in improvements are split between Redwood Highway and Oregon Highway 42 west of Roseburg.
Posted on 7/8/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh

US Senators Wyden and Merkley Announce $17 Million for Climate-Friendly Transit in Oregon
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US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced that the Federal Transportation Administration is awarding transit districts in Oregon more than $17 million for the purchase or lease of low- or no-emission vehicles and related equipment or facilities. The FTA funding is part of the Low- or No-Emission Grant Program and the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program. The grants support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Locally, the Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) is receiving over $3.9 million for six Renewable Resiliency Buses, which will run on 100% renewable diesel fuel and replace older traditional diesel buses. Julie Brown, RVTD General Manager, said these new buses will allow the district to continue operations if the electrical grid is compromised. She thanked the senators for considering RVTD's ability to provide public transportation during natural disasters such as the Almeda Fire. The federal grants also help avoid adverse environmental impacts to air or water quality, wetlands and endangered species.
Posted on 7/8/23 5:56AM by Sam Marsh

Registration Still Open for Summer Reading Program at Josephine Library Branches
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With the release of students from school for summer, Josephine Community Library offers a Summer Reading Program at no cost to thousands of children. JCL Director Kate Lasky said one of the most important things a library does is offer children's reading programs, especially in the summer. She said it's not too late to join the 2023 Summer Reading Program and she encourages all households with school-age children to participate in reading challenges, events and raffles. The theme of this year's Summer Reading Program is "Find Your Voice" and it's sponsored by the State Library of Oregon. Each registered participant can log their reading in an activity booklet or online through the program portal. For each hour read, children get one entry into a raffle for a gift certificate to either Oregon Books & Games or Iguana Comics. Weekly-themed crafts and activities for children and teens take place at each branch in Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Williams and Wolf Creek from 1-4 p.m. each open day.
Posted on 7/8/23 5:54AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Felon on Warrant and for Violating Parole by Possessing Drugs
Grants Pass Police jailed a felon on a local warrant and for violating terms of his post-prison supervision by possessing narcotics late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 41-year-old Robert Dwight Elling at a home in the 200-block of Euclid Street on Thursday at 5:10 p.m.. Police said Elling's corrections officer contacted them to report that their client was found to be in possession of fentanyl, which is a violation of his supervision. They said he was also found to be wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. Robert Elling was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and for the Felony Parole Violation. A charge of Possession of Fentanyl was referred to the District Attorney's Office for review and likely prosecution.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Probation Violation after Unusual Incident at Motel 6
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for violating terms of his probation yesterday after an unusual incident at a north-city motel. The Police Department reports officers arrested 30-year-old Michael Andrew Corder at Motel 6 on NE 7th Street on Thursday around 4:30 p.m.. Police said they received a call from a Central Point woman who reported that Corder took her car without permission earlier in the day and she wanted it back. She also said she did not want him arrested and added that she had a legal no-contact order protecting her from him. Officers noted she was acting suspicious. Corder was tracked down at the local motel and contacted. It was determined that he had the woman's permission to borrow her vehicle, but he was found to be in possession of stolen debit cards related to a separate criminal case. He was placed into custody, the stolen debit cards were seized and the theft victim was notified. Michael Corder was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation and he was being held on a no-bail detainer. Theft charges were referred to the District Attorney's Office for consideration.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man on Local Felony Warrant after Lakeshore Drive Incident
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man on a local felony warrant yesterday after an incident near Selma. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 42-year-old Justin Lee Brighman at a property in the 900-block of Lakeshore Drive on Thursday at 10:21 a.m.. Deputies said they were contacted by a man who was attempting to get his items off Brighman's property. They said the caller advised that Brighman had poured gasoline on his trailer and lit it on fire, but he did not want to pursue charges and only wanted to get his stuff off the property. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Brighman and discovered that he was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Probation Violation related to Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. According to the Sheriff's Office, the reporting party was contacted and advised that he could go back to the property and remove his items.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Fugitive on Local Warrant at Community Corrections Office
Grants Pass Police collared a fugitive wanted on a local warrant at Josephine Community Corrections this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 39-year-old Tiffany Ann Chapman at the corrections office on NW 4th Street around midday Wednesday. Police said a probation and parole officer called 9-1-1 and alerted them to the presence of Chapman who had elected to turn herself in on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Tiffany Chapman was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Fugitive Wanted on GP Felony Warrant after Legal Proceeding
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a local fugitive following a legal proceeding at the Courthouse in downtown Grants Pass this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 44-year-old Dallas Lee Silva at the Courthouse in the 500-block of NW 6th Street on Wednesday. Details about the court action and arrest were not disclosed, but Silva was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant containing a secret indictment for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and two counts of Reckless Endangering. Dallas Silva was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared Two Fugitives on Josephine County Roadways Early Thursday
The Oregon State Police arrested two local fugitives during contacts on Josephine County roadways early yesterday. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. when troopers conducted a welfare check on a pedestrian who was reported to be walking in the median of Interstate 5 near Sunny Valley. Troopers said they identified the pedestrian as 45-year-old Gregory Wayne Bogle of Canyonville who was wanted on a Douglas County bench warrant for Contempt of Court. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. The second incident happened on Thursday at 9:51 a.m. when troopers responded to a reported hit-and-run crash near milepost 1 of Granite Hill Road. By the time they arrived on scene, both involved parties determined the crash was not serious and they exchanged information. Troopers identified one of the drivers as 36-year-old Jon Michael Schlottig of Grants Pass who was wanted on an active arrest warrant for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was lodged in jail and his Toyota Camry was towed.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:23AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII & Parole Violation after Traffic Complaint
Grants Pass Police arrested a local felon for impaired driving yesterday after a traffic complaint near the downtown area. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a man passed out in his vehicle near the corner of SE M and 9th streets on Thursday around 12:40 p.m.. Police said they found 50-year-old Jose Hermosillo-Adams, III, asleep behind the wheel of a Buck Rainier SUV at that location. They said he showed multiple signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was placed into custody for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. According to the report, the suspect parked his SUV where it blocked visibility for motorists wishing to turn left onto M Street. At least one person tried to contact him, but he was unresponsive. Hermosillo-Adams was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for DUII and Felony Parole Violation related to an unspecified criminal conviction. His vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:21AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Motorist Arrested for DUII & DWS after Crash at Market on RR Highway
A Grants Pass motorist was arrested for impaired and suspended driving violations after he crashed into another vehicle in a parking lot of a Rogue River Highway store early yesterday. Grants Pass Police and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle collision at the Rogue River Market & Deli in the 1600-block of Highway 99 on Thursday at about 9:40 a.m.. Police said 31-year-old Benjamin Patrick McLaren was driving a Honda minivan that slowly collided with the back of another vehicle. No one was hurt, but the van was damaged and had to be towed away. McLaren exhibited signs of impairment at the scene, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that documented his impairment. His driver's license had also been suspended. Benjamin McLaren was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Driving While Suspended. He was cited to appear in court and then released.
Posted on 7/7/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public Assistance in Finding Missing Man
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was asking for public assistance in locating a missing man. In a Thursday press release, the Sheriff's Office asked for help finding 46-year-old Roger Adam Similia. Similia was last seen driving northbound onto Interstate 5 at Exit 61 near Merlin. He was driving a blue 2015 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan with Oregon license plate 431HKP. He was said to be traveling with a large dog. Roger Similia is described as a white male adult, 5-feet-7-inches tall and 305 pounds, with close-cropped gray hair, a beard and blue eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please reference Case #23-17131.
Posted on 7/7/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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