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GP City Council Set to Tackle Relatively Short Business Agenda This Evening
The Grants Pass City Council has a relatively short agenda planned for its regular meeting this evening. The City Council is scheduled to hold two public hearings on one ordinance that would amend the zoning map and annex a property as well as another ordinance that would vacate a public alley right of way between two properties. Council Action items include a resolution creating a Sustainability and Energy Action Committee, a resolution to execute of memorandum of understanding with OnTrack to transfer property located at 726 NW 6th Street to the city and the second reading of an ordinance to amend city parking regulations. Following the Public Comment period, the Consent Agenda includes a resolution to enter into an agreement for demand response program incentives as well as a resolution to execute an agreement for the testing of single-family residential backflow assemblies. Tonight's meeting begins at 6 in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 7/5/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh

RR City Council will Hold Staff Workshop Thursday to Prepare for Meeting
The Rogue River City Council will hold a staff workshop tomorrow morning to prepare for its regular meeting later this month. The workshop will begin with a special presentation from Murietta, California, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Stone. The subject matter was not disclosed. The City Council will review a proposed ordinance repealing the "no skate" zone and clarifying "skate" rules on public rights-of-way. The panel will also review and discuss the process for securing a new agreement for an Engineer of Record. In other workshop business, the Council will review a draft ordinance repealing the yard sale permit requirement, review a draft social media policy and review a draft lease agreement and membership for the Rogue River Chamber of Commerce. Thursday's workshop begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 7/5/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh

Suspect Who Allegedly Used Vehicle as Murder Weapon Taken into Custody at Scene of Crime
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Following a lengthy search, a suspect who allegedly used a stolen vehicle as a murder weapon early yesterday is in custody. The Grants Pass Police Department received 9-1-1 reports of a male being struck by a vehicle in the 2900-block of Highland Avenue on Tuesday at 5:45 a.m.. Upon arrival, officers learned the suspect driver had fled the scene on foot after striking and mortally wounding the victim. The 18-year-old male victim was found deceased at the scene. The victim has not yet been identified by police. Grants Pass police detectives, the Oregon State Police and Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. The subsequent investigation determined that that incident occurred during a disturbance and the suspect had intentionally struck the victim with a car. Police officers and K-9 units from GPPD, OSP, the Sheriff's Office, BLM and US Forest Service Law Enforcement Rangers spent hours searching for the suspect in the wooded hills in the northwest portion of Grants Pass. An emergency bulletin was issued urging residents to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was identified as 23-year-old Brennon Rae Machado. At 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, Machado was placed into custody by GPPD and OSP. Trusted sources reported the suspect was arrested while passed out at or near the same location of the homicide. Brennon Machado was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of 2nd-Degree Murder, Felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felony Hit-and-Run and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was also charged with Parole Violation and was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/5/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass City Council Moving Forward with Riverside Park Stage Development Project
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The Grants Pass City Council recently reopened Riverside Park to the public and now the panel is planning to build a permanent performance venue there. During its workshop session this week, the City Council heard from Grants Pass Parks Superintendent Josh Hopkins about plans to construct a stage and bandshell in the park along the Rogue River. Hopkins said the Grants Pass/Josephine County Chamber of Commerce is backing the performance venue and he needed direction on what type of electrical service should be installed at the site. He said they met with Pacific Power in March about the installation of either 220- or 400-amp service. Chamber CEO Josie Malloy said they are interested in returning Concerts in the Park to Riverside, "growing" it to attract bigger entertainers and 400-amp electrical service would be needed for the larger concerts. She said the Chamber has at least one potential sponsor to help defray expenses. After considering the installation of 200-amp electrical service bolstered by a portable generator, the City Council decided to install 400-amp service to the permanent stage. The installation would take place before construction of the new facility, which could begin as soon as Spring 2024.
Posted on 7/5/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Applications Now Open for Annual Grants Pass Tree Canopy Program with October Deadline
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Are you looking to beautify your front yard with cooling shade, beautiful flowers or fall colors? The City of Grants Pass' annual Tree Canopy Program is now underway. For $50, the city will plant a tree in your front yard. There are five species to choose from and they are going fast. For small trees, they have PrairieFire Crabapple, Eastern Redbud and Japanese Lilac. For larger trees, there is nothing better than having a Greenspire Linden or Colonial Spirit Elm to take your landscaping to the next level. Trees increase property value, intercept stormwater, reduce energy demands, cool temperatures, promote healthier living and so much more. The deadline to apply for the Grants Pass Tree Canopy Program is October 13th, but tree species are assigned to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pick up an application from the Community Development Department at Grants Pass City Hall or download a copy at "grantspassoregon.gov."
Posted on 7/5/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Statewide Fugitive at Josephine County Community Corrections
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted on a statewide felony warrant at Josephine County Community Corrections late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 27-year-old Joshua Blake Sanders at the corrections office on NW 4th Street around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Police said a corrections officers called 9-1-1 to report Sanders was at the location and that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous conviction for a weapons offense. Joshua Sanders was placed into custody without incident and lodged at the adult jail facility on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:08AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Incarcerated Man for Threatening Another Man at 5th Street Overlook
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for his boorish behavior yesterday after he threatened another man near the Rogue River. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the incident at the 5th Street Overlook on Monday shortly before 3 p.m.. Police said 32-year-old Christian Ryan Mitchell walked up to another man, began cussing and telling him he was going to hurt him. They said the other man was alarmed by Mitchell's behavior and feared he might be seriously injured by him. The victim told police he wished to pursue charges against Mitchell. Christian Mitchell was placed into custody at the scene and booked into the Josephine County Jail for Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Arrested for 2 Crimes after Trespassing Call at Downtown Safeway Store
A Grants Pass man was arrested for multiple crimes after a trespassing call at a downtown supermarket last weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the complaint at Safeway on SE 7th Street shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. Police said employees reported 38-year-old Joshua Alexander Deivert attempted to pass a $100 bill at the store while yelling at other customers. After he was escorted outside, he reportedly subjected a female victim to offensive physical contact by grabbing her in an inappropriate manner. Responding officers placed Deivert into custody and found him to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Harassment and the narcotics violation.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:05AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Man for Causing Disturbance at North-City Convenience Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for causing a disturbance at a convenience store in the north part of the city late last night. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident involving 44-year-old Corey Daniel Names at Li'l Pantry Market & Deli on NW Vine Street shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. Police said Names had been trespassed by the store manager, but he returned to the business and began yelling at the manager and customers. Upon arrival, they found him standing in the intersection of 6th Street and Morgan Lane while yelling and preventing vehicles from moving through a green light. Corey Names was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:04AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Deputies Cited 2 People for Monday Camping and Driving Violations
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office did not make any arrests on Monday, but deputies cited two people for camping and driving violations. According to the Sheriff's Log, the first incident occurred at 9:11 a.m. yesterday when a deputy contacted a man identified only as "Sorter" who was camping on BLM land near the corner of NE Ridge Road and Beacon Drive. The deputy located Sorter's camp near the city water tower and cited him for violating camping regulations. He was trespassed from the property until at least August 20th. The second incident happened at 5:48 p.m. when a deputy pulled over a Honda Civic driven by 18-year-old Maya Gillette for speeding on Redwood Highway near Midway Avenue. The deputy clocked Gillette driving her car 91 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour speed zone and cited her to appear in Josephine County Circuit Court in August.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Issued 5 Citations & Trespassed 3 during City Park Patrol Checks
Grants Pass Police issued five citations and trespassed three people during patrol checks at city parks yesterday. During an area check of Riverside Park, officers cited four campers identified as the Hansons, Urenda, Stapleton and Habel for illegal camping. The Hansons and Urenda were trespassed for 30 days because it was their second such violations. A total of 18 tents were posted at Riverside Park and an e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network (UCAN). During an area check of Baker Park, a total of nine campsites were posted and several people were educated about the new park rules. Michelle Richardson was cited for Illegal Camping. An e-mail was sent to UCAN.
Posted on 7/4/23 10:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Two People Seriously Hurt in Sunday Night Crash off Highway 238 into Market
Two people were seriously injured last weekend when their vehicle smashed into utility poles, a tree and a store off Williams Highway in south Grants Pass. Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash on Highway 238 near New Hope Road on Sunday at 9:48 p.m.. Arriving units found a pickup against the east wall of the Town & Country Market, having already hit two utility poles and a tree. The two occupants were extricated from the wreckage after the removal of the vehicle's roof. Both were rushed by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The Grants Pass Police Department was investigating the cause of the violent crash. The store was not significantly damaged, but some temporary power outages were reported in the area. With a large number of crashes already reported over this long holiday weekend, first responders are urging motorists to drive responsibly and to stay vigilant and constantly aware of your surroundings.
Posted on 7/4/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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