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GP Police Collared Woman on Statewide Felony Warrant after Trespassing Call
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman wanted on a locally-generated statewide felony warrant while investigating a trespassing complaint at a Redwood area store late yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Carly Brooke Jensen near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Allen Creek Road on Wednesday at 5:26 p.m.. Police said Jensen was the subject of a trespassing call at the Dollar General on Redwood Avenue. They said she had been at the store earlier in the day and told to not come back. She refused to listen and returned to the store several times. Upon contact with Jensen, officers discovered that she was wanted on a statewide felony warrant issued by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office for Parole Violation stemming from convictions for Robbery, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Escape and Disorderly Conduct. Carly Jensen was placed into custody and booked into jail on the no-bail warrant.
Posted on 6/29/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Young Man on Felony Warrant after Car-Clouting Complaint
Grants Pass Police arrested a young man on a local felony warrant early yesterday while investigating a car-clouting incident on Rogue River Highway. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 18-year-old Bruce Allen Hughes at or near Mini Pet Mart during a patrol check on Wednesday at 9 a.m.. Police said they contacted Hughes regarding a possible case of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle at the store and discovered that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for 2nd-Degree Burglary and 1st-Degree Theft. He was also found to be in possession of more than 13 grams of methamphetamine. Bruce Hughes was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant plus a charge of Felony Possession of Meth and the resulting Probation Violation. His corrections officer was contacted and he was being held without bail. Officers noted that Hughes' mother approached the area from a minivan parked roughly 30 yards away, but she drove away in the van after observing her son being placed into custody. She was contacted at the nearby Bottle Drop Center.
Posted on 6/29/23 11:18AM by Sam Marsh

One Person Hurt and Another Cited after Redwood Highway Wreck in Selma
One person was injured and another was cited after a motor vehicle crash on Redwood Highway in Selma late yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports troopers, the Illinois Valley Fire District and American Medical Response were dispatched to the two-vehicle collision on US Highway 199 at Deer Creek Road on Wednesday at about 4:50 p.m.. Troopers said a Nissan Sentra driven by 62-year-old Robby Ed Berry-Manjauregui failed to yield the right of way to another Nissan driven by 81-year-old Michael Earl Morgan and struck the rear bumper of the vehicle. Both drivers claimed no injuries, but a 66-year-old female passenger in one of the cars was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for evaluation of an unspecified injury. Both vehicles were driven away from the crash scene. Following an investigation, troopers cited Berry-Manjauregui for Failure to Yield Right of Way.
Posted on 6/29/23 11:16AM by Sam Marsh

Campers Educated about New GP Ordinance after Fire Doused at Baker Park
Several campers were educated about the new Grants Pass ordinance when police and firefighters responded to a reported small blaze at Baker Park early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were summoned to the city park by Grants Pass Fire & Rescue after crews responded to reports of a small fire shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Responding officers found several subjects sitting around a warming fire and they informed the campers of new rules in the park regarding fire. A fine of up to $2,000 can be levied against anyone starting a fire in a Grants Pass city park. While checking the area for other small fires, police spotted a woman identified as "Braylynn McElmurry" lying on the ground with foil and a drug tooter in her hand. Per Measure 110, she was cited for a drug violation and, per the new ordinance, she was trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 6/29/23 11:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon Cultural Trust Makes Final Appeal to Support Record Grant Applications
In response to a record number of grant applications and the need within the cultural community, the Oregon Cultural Trust invites donors to make their cultural donations by the end of this month -- and time is running out. Donations received in advance of the new fiscal year that starts Saturday will increase the pool of grant funds available for distribution this summer. Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers said they received a record 194 applications to their Cultural Development Grant Program this year, which reveals the incredible need that arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits are experiencing. In addition, 70 more cultural nonprofits have recently registered with the Cultural Trust, bringing the total to more than 1,600 in the state. Fiscal Year 2023 Cultural Development grant recipients feature 11 organizations receiving their first-ever award -- 65% of which are located outside of Portland. The funded organizations include the Josephine Community Library Foundation and the Talent Historical Society in Southern Oregon. Taxpayers who make donations to arts, heritage or humanities nonprofits -qualify for Oregon's Cultural Tax Credit as long as both donations are made in the same tax year. For more information, visit "culturaltrust.org."
Posted on 6/29/23 10:46AM by Sam Marsh
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JMET Arrested Suspect While Raiding Illegal Pot Growing Operation near O'Brien
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) arrested a man while raiding an illegal marijuana growing operation in the O'Brien area late last week. In a Wednesday press release, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports JMET served a search warrant in the 30,000-block of Redwood Highway on Friday. JMET was assisted by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), the Oregon State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety. During execution of the warrant, more than 5,700 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The property also had multiple water and solid waste code violations that could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. According to JMET, 56-year-old David Russell Joy was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. He was still being held without bail yesterday. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details about the case are being released at this time.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Woman Killed after Being Struck by Vehicle While Crossing I-5 in Roseburg
A Grants Pass woman was killed last weekend when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Interstate 5 in the Roseburg area. On Saturday at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 123. OSP said a preliminary investigation indicates a Land Rover driven by 54-year-old Jonnie Leroy Puz, Jr., of Roseburg was traveling in the fast lane of the freeway when it struck a pedestrian identified as 54-year-old Betty Hamm of Grants Pass. State troopers said Hamm was pronounced deceased at the scene. They said Puz was not hurt, he immediately stopped and fully cooperated with the investigation. Interstate 5 was impacted for about three hours during the on-scene investigation. The exact cause of the crash -- including the reason why Hamm was crossing I-5 in that area -- is currently unknown. Hamm had been cited for Disorderly Conduct earlier this month after disrupting traffic on the freeway near Grants Pass.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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One Person Injured in Redwood Highway Crash at Illinois River Road in Selma
One person was injured in a crash on Redwood Highway in Selma late yesterday. On Wednesday at 4:38 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision on US Highway 199 at Illinois River Road. Both vehicles were out of the roadway upon the arrival of responding units. IVFD officials said one person was transported by AMR to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for further evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. The crash scene was turned over to OSP for an investigation.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared Motorist for Impaired Driving during I-5 Traffic Stop in North Valley
The Oregon State Police arrested an out-of-area motorist for impaired driving early yesterday during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the North Valley area. OSP reports troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 32-year-old Stacie Sterling Cates of Sandy in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 64 on Wednesday shortly after midnight. Troopers said they stopped Cates for vehicle code violations and she showed signs of impairment. She performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where she provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit. Stacie Cates was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. Her vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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MPD & Jackson County SO Conducting Pedestrian Safety Operation on Friday
The Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a joint "Targeted Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation" on Crater Lake Avenue Friday morning. The operation -- which runs from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow -- will focus on drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at the Crater Lake Avenue crosswalk at Minnesota Street. It will also focus on vehicles that fail to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian. According to MPD Sergeant Steve Furst, this location has a marked crosswalk, but it is important for motorists to remember that the same rules apply for unmarked crossings. Furst said these operations are conducted to raise pedestrian safety awareness through enforcement of right of way laws with the use of a decoy at targeted locations. Violators may be cited for Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian at a Marked or Unmarked Crosswalk" or "Passing a Stopped Vehicle at a Marked or Unmarked Crosswalk." Both violations carry a presumptive fine of $265. Drivers should keep in mind that there is a crosswalk at every intersection, whether it is marked or unmarked.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Salvation Army Opens Cooling Centers to Provide Relief from Heat
As summer temperatures began to rise, The Salvation Army has announced the opening of two cooling stations in Medford to offer respite and assistance to individuals in need. The cooling stations are located at The Salvation Army main office at 304 Beatty Street on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and at The Salvation Army Social Services Office at 922 North Central Avenue on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The cooling stations will provide bottled water and floor fans to help individuals find relief from the heat. Water will be provided throughout the summer months while fans will be available while supplies last. Recognizing the importance of hydration and air circulation in extreme weather conditions, The Salvation Army -- in partnership with the Arthur R. Dubs Foundation -- has taken the initiative to supply bottle water and fans to combat the adverse effects of heat waves and ensure the well-being of vulnerable individuals. The cooling stations will be open during The Salvation Army operational hours and all individuals seeking relief from the heat are welcome.
Posted on 6/29/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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National Weather Service Posts Heat Advisory for Southern Oregon and Northern California
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The heat is on in Southern Oregon and Northern California -- and it's going stay here for a while. The National Weather Service has posted a Heat Advisory that begins Friday at 11 a.m. and runs through 11 p.m. next Tuesday when the thermometer in Grants Pass is expected to exceed 100 degrees. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-90s to around 100 degrees over the next several days in the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois valleys. Temperatures up to 110 degrees are expected in western Siskiyou County. Eastern Curry County, Douglas County and the Klamath Basin are also included in the heat advisory. Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency!
Posted on 6/29/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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