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OSP Snared Man on 3 Warrants while Performing Rest Area Welfare Check
The Oregon State Police arrested a man on three active warrants while performing a welfare check at an Interstate 5 rest area late last week. OSP reports state troopers contacted 27-year-old Allen Totten Behrle at the south Manzanita Rest Area on Friday afternoon. Troopers said a citizen requested they perform a welfare check on Behrle because he was acting in an odd manner at the rest stop. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the man was wanted on one felony warrant and two misdemeanor warrants. Criminal allegations contained in the warrants included 1st-Degree Theft and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief along with failing to appear in court for Resisting Arrest and Menacing. Allen Behrle was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 10/30/23 9:56AM by Sam Marsh

Deputies Arrested Motorist for DUII after Weekend Crash in North Valley Area
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving after he crashed his vehicle in the North Valley area over the weekend. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle wreck in the 1100-block of Plumtree Lane on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.. Deputies said they received a report of a Ford F-250 pickup that left the roadway, crashed into two road signs and landed in some trees. The driver -- later identified as 61-year-old Darryl Leland Haugh -- climbed out of his vehicle and was not hurt. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Haugh who displayed signs of impairment. After performing poorly in field sobriety tests, he was placed into custody. Darryl Haugh was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and two counts of Criminal Mischief. His damaged pickup was impounded and Josephine County Public Works was notified about damage to the road signs.
Posted on 10/30/23 9:53AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed 3 Motorists for DUII after Weekend Stops in Grants Pass Area
The Oregon State Police arrested at least three motorists for impaired driving over the weekend in the Grants Pass area. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Friday at 11:50 p.m. when state troopers pulled over an Acura TSX driven by 40-year-old Kristina Tillo of Grants Pass on Williams Highway near Grandview Avenue. Troopers said they stopped Tillo for speeding, she displayed signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. She refused to provide a breath sample, so she was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that documented her impairment. The second incident happened on Sunday at 9:42 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Ford F-250 driven by 43-year-old Kenneth Brunt of Grants Pass near milepost 2 of Williams Highway. Troopers said they stopped Brunt for speeding and signs of impairment were observed. He performed poorly in sobriety tests and provided a breath sample that exceeded the legal driving limit before he was lodged at the Sobering Center. The third incident took place at 12:13 a.m. today when troopers pulled over a truck driven by 58-year-old Robert Bowen near the corner of NE 7th and Steiger streets. Troopers said Bowen was driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, he appeared to be impaired and he performed poorly in sobriety tests. He refused to provide a breath sample, so he was taken to the hospital for a legal blood draw that documented his impairment.
Posted on 10/30/23 9:52AM by Sam Marsh

Domestic Violence Suspect Dead after Crashing into Fire Truck near Ashland
A domestic violence shooting suspect is dead after crashing head-on into a responding fire truck outside Ashland early yesterday. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports the domestic violence victim was injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital while the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputies responded to a shots-fired domestic violence call early Sunday morning in the 8,000-block of Dead Indian Memorial Road in the hills east of Ashland. Dispatchers received the 9-1-1 call at 4:39 a.m. during a house party. The caller reported overhearing an argument followed by gun shots and the suspect and victim leaving the residence in a vehicle at a high rate of speed toward Ashland. Jackson County Public Information Officer Aaron Lewis said the suspect's vehicle left its lane of travel on Dead Indian Memorial Road near milepost 2, colliding head-on with a responding truck from Jackson County Fire District #5. He said the suspect was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. No firefighters were injured in the crash. Detectives took over the investigation. They said identification of the deceased is pending next of kin notification.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Woman on Warrants after Weekend Incident on Plumtree Lane
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman on two outstanding warrants following a weekend disturbance in the North Valley area. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 58-year-old Tanya D'aun Reeves after they responded to the incident in the 1,000-block of Plumtree Lane on Friday at 11:33 p.m.. Deputies said a male caller reported that his neighbor threw a Molotov cocktail on his property and had been shooting his residence with a BB gun. The caller hung up, but a woman called back and stated the neighbors were pointing guns at her. Upon arrival, deputies were unable to substantiate any of the claims -- but they acknowledged there have been ongoing issues between the complainants and the occupants of the neighboring property. While at the scene, deputies discovered that Reeves was wanted on two Josephine County warrants for Probation Violation related to a recent arrest for Felony Theft as well as Criminal Mischief and Driving While Revoked. Tanya Reeves was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants. She was held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:36AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Woman for Multiple Counts of Fraud at Start of the Weekend
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman for multiple counts of fraud at the start of the weekend. The Police Department reports officers arrested 32-year-old Miranda Marie Linville on Friday at about 9:30 p.m.. No details about the investigation or arrest were disclosed, but Linville was charged with a total of nine alleged crimes including Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Computer Crime and Theft. Miranda Linville was lodged at the Josephine County Jail without any scheduled bail.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:34AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Woman for Violating Court Order after Eastside Disturbance
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for violating a court order after investigating a domestic disturbance on the east side of the city late last week. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the reported incident in the parking lot of Elmer's Restaurant on Friday at 2:30 p.m.. Police said they were alerted to a couple arguing inside a maroon minivan in the restaurant parking lot. They said a woman later identified as 48-year-old Don-El Lisa Hentrich was hitting a male subject with her fists in the back of the van. Upon arrival, officers contacted the couple and learned that Hentrich was violating a restraining order issued by a court on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. They placed her into custody without incident. Don-El Hentrich was charged with Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation and lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:33AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man on Outstanding Warrant before Taking Him to Hospital
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outstanding warrant before taking him to the hospital due to a possible drug overdose. The Police Department reports officers contacted 34-year-old Kyle Daniel Miller after a traffic stop near the corner of SW I and Alder streets on Saturday at 12:17 a.m.. Police said they were patrolling in the area when they spotted Miller run through a stop sign and then learned that he was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear in court for Unlawful Possession of Heroin. As officers placed Miller into custody, he claimed he had just swallowed a half-gram of fentanyl. He was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center where he was kept for observation. Kyle Miller was cited to appear in court on the warrant and released to the care of medical staff. He was also warned for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:32AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council will Tour Two Parks before Bi-Weekly Workshop Session
The Grants Pass City Council will tour two parks before its bi-weekly workshop session today. The City Council will tour Tussing and Morrison Centennial parks where there have been numerous complaints about ordinance violations by the unhoused populations temporarily residing there due to a federal court injunction. The workshop agenda begins with a staff update on the Owl Parking Lot Plaza. Citizens have recently completed a survey asking for input on its rehabilitation. Also slated for Council discussion is Strategic Planning and a review of the agenda for Wednesday night's regular meeting. 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 10/30/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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State PUC Pact Prevents Avista from Charging Customers to Subsidize New Gas Pipelines
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Avista, Oregon's second largest natural gas utility, can no longer make customers pay for its political activities and subsidize new residential gas pipelines, according to the terms of a settlement agreement approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The Oregonian reports last week's settlement includes a smaller rate increase of 4.7% – instead of the 8% sought by the company earlier this year. It also increases Avista's low-income weatherization program budget from about $800,000 to $2 million. Avista serves more than 106,000 customers in parts of southern and eastern Oregon. The settlement marks the first time in Oregon history that a gas utility will phase out charges called line extension allowances, in which all customers bear the cost of connecting new buildings to the gas pipeline system. Without the subsidies, an individual developer or homeowner would have to cover the costs of new pipelines. Climate activists who oppose the expansion of the natural gas system say line extension allowances encourage new homes to be built with gas at a time when gas utilities should instead drastically reduce their emissions. A natural gas fact-finding investigation released by the Public Utility Commission earlier this year found that growing the gas system in Oregon and adding new hookups will increase emissions and drive up utilities' costs to comply with the state’s climate mandate to reduce fossil fuel emissions – which is likely to lead to rate increases for all customers.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police and Firefighters Logged One More Busy Week of Community Protection
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged another busy week of protecting people and structures in the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 688 calls for service along with 350 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 51 arrests, 30 citations, 38 warnings and nine highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) made a total of 191 contacts with potential trouble-makers while arresting nine people, citing 49 more and warning 93 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 37 individuals, posted 91 new transient camps and removed trash from 12 campsites. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 99 calls last week including 34 for emergency medical service, five reports of fire or smoke, 12 lift assists, five rescue situations, six assists to other agencies and eight false alarms. Firefighters also performed 19 business inspections, assisted the public six times and installed one child car seat. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,176 emergency calls in addition to 959 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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Hidden Valley High School Reaching Out to Veterans in Advance of Annual Tribute
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Hidden Valley High School is reaching out to all veterans in the community from all branches of the military to join them as they express their gratitude for your service and sacrifices. The high school in Murphy is proud to host a special Veteran Tribute on Thursday, November 9th, at 11 a.m.. Local veterans and their families are invited to be a part of this meaningful event. Your presence at the HVHS Veteran Tribute will make this event even more special. In addition, the high school would love to include photos for their displays honoring local veterans. If you have a photo of yourself or a loved one in uniform, please send it to HVHS via e-mail at "tracey.jacobs@threerivers.k12.or.us." They can also scan your original photos and return them to you. Veterans are also invited to share their experiences with Hidden Valley students prior to the tribute. They want to ensure every hero is recognized and celebrated on this special day. Please RSVP by November 1st by calling Tracey Jacobs at (541)-862-2124, Extension 3723.
Posted on 10/30/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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