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Deputies Incarcerated Motorist for Impaired Driving after Crash on Jaynes Drive
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a motorist for impaired driving after he crashed his vehicle between Grants Pass and Murphy last weekend. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck in the 1100-block of Jaynes Drive on Sunday afternoon. Deputies said 35-year-old Anthony Harrison-Hartford lost control of the Ford pickup he was driving on an S-curve. They said there were multiple beer cans at the scene, the man had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. But he refused to participate in field sobriety tests or to provide a breath sample. A search warrant was obtained and Harrison-Hartford was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for a blood draw that documented his impairment. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His wrecked pickup was impounded.
Posted on 6/28/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
 

Sheriff Investigating Cause of North Valley Crash that Claimed Lives of 2 Dogs
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was investigating a Tuesday afternoon crash in the North Valley area that claimed the lives of two dogs. Sheriff's deputies, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Merlin Road and Carton Way around 3 p.m. yesterday. Arriving units found one of the vehicles rolled over after what appeared to be a T-bone crash. After an on-scene evaluation by paramedics, both drivers denied injury and were not transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, two dogs did not survive. The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Sheriff's Office. Both vehicles were towed into Grants Pass.
Posted on 6/28/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

Firefighters from Multiple Agencies Put Out Fire on Medford's Roxy Ann Butte
Firefighters from multiple agencies extinguished a grass fire that erupted early yesterday on Roxy Anne Butte in east Medford. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District #3 and Jackson County Fire District #5 were engaged with the fire on Roxy Ann near Prescott Park most of the day Tuesday. ODF said the fire was around two acres in size when they arrived on scene and crews mounted an aggressive initial attack. In a 10:13 a.m. update, officials said the fire was estimated to be four acres and it was 80% knocked down. In a final update at 12:15 p.m., ODF reported all active fire had been extinguished and a line was completely surrounding the eight-acre blaze. Mop-up work continued through the end of the day. According to ODF, investigators were looking into the cause of the fire.
Posted on 6/28/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
 

Commissioners Set to Consider Library Annexations & No Parking Areas Today
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to annex properties into the local library district and consider orders establishing no parking zones on several rural roads during its weekly business session this morning. The Board will hold a public hearing regarding annexing five properties into the Josephine Community Library District. The owners of properties in Grants Pass, Merlin, Cave Junction and Selma officially petitioned the Board for annexation. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider orders that would establish no parking zones on Abegg Road, Crow Road, Edgewood Road, Galice Road, Gunnell Road, Highland Avenue, Merlin Road and Pleasant Valley Road. The Consent Calendar contains an order that would cancel the July 5th business session due to a lack of a quorum. At least two Commissioners must be available in order to conduct county business. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/28/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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Major Jackson County Highway Project Gets Funding from USDOT RAISE Grant Program
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US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with US Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon have announced that the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is awarding a total of $45 million in federal funding to projects in Jackson County, Hood River and Bend. The funding is from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. The Oregon Department of Transportation will be receiving $21,686,400 for redesigning a portion of Highway 99 in Jackson County between Medford and Talent including Phoenix with a complete streets approach. This includes improvements to the highway, sidewalks, drainage, bike lanes, ADA ramps, continuous two-way left turn lanes and pedestrian beacons. It will help to reduce barriers by providing better connections for nearby residents to employment centers, essential services and other key community facilities. In September 2020, the designated portion of Highway 99 was impacted by the Almeda Fire. Improvements along the route are intended to reduce risks for everyone traveling on this regionally-significant roadway, particularly in disasters. USDOT's RAISE Grant Program helps municipalities, tribal governments, counties and others complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects.
Posted on 6/28/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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RCC Board of Education Seeks Applications for Interim Appointment to Jackson County Zone 5
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The Rogue Community College Board of Education is seeking applications for an interim appointment by a vacancy in Zone 5 of the RCC District. The selected candidate will serve through June 30, 2024, and be eligible to run for a full four-year term during the May 2024 election. To qualify, interim candidates must reside in RCC District Zone 5, which is generally described as southwest Jackson County including Phoenix, Talent and Ashland. They also must be of voting age. Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed as they are received. Qualified candidates will be interviewed and appointed by current RCC Board of Education members as directed by Oregon statutes. The first interview session will be offered at the October 18th board meeting. The seat will remain open until filled, with screening scheduled to begin in early- to mid-October. The seven-member RCC Board of Education is responsible for programs, budgets, policy and college contracts. The college president reports directly to the Board and carries out Board policies at the college. For an application or additional information, contact Assistant to the President Rachelle Brown at (541)-956-7001 or by e-mail at "rbrown@roguecc.edu."
Posted on 6/28/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Dog Licensing Goes Online with Innovative DocuPet Service Partnership
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The Josephine County Animal Shelter has partnered with an online pet-licensing platform to make the process of dog licensing easier for local residents. Pet licenses can now be purchased online through DocuPet as well as by mail, by phone or in person at 715 NW Dimmick Street in Grants Pass. Previously, licensing was only available in person through Josephine County Public Health. Through pet licensing and its complimentary HomeSafe 24/7 lost pet service, DocuPet offers residents an effective pet identification and reunification program that keeps pets out of shelters and returns them home safely. Though licensing is mandatory for dogs in Josephine County, some pet owners may not be aware of the need to license their dogs regularly or the benefits of registration. Every DocuPet tag is equipped with the free HomeSafe 24/7 lost pet service and may double as a pet's official license. DocuPet tags are assigned a unique code on the back which links directly to a pet's secure online profile, making it easy for anyone who finds a lost pet to reference the code and create a Found Pet Report in seconds. For more information, visit "josephinecounty.gov/license."
Posted on 6/28/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County Sheriff Seeking Public Help in Locating Missing Medford Man
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The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was asking for the public's help in locating a missing Medford man. The missing man -- 47-year-old Graham Rhode Case -- was last seen leaving his Medford area residence on June 22nd. Case is described as a white male, 6-feet-3-inches tall and 230 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is driving a white 2014 Mercedes Benz GL450 sport utility vehicle with Oregon license plate number "WC26068." Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Graham Case is urged to contact Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon at (541)-776-7206. Reference Case #23-3573.
Posted on 6/27/23 1:33PM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters from Multiple Agencies Put Out Fire on Medford's Roxy Ann Butte
Firefighters from multiple agencies extinguished a grass fire that erupted this morning on Roxy Anne Butte in east Medford. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District #3 and Jackson County Fire District #5 were engaged with the fire on Roxy Ann near Prescott Park today. ODF said the fire was around two acres in size when they arrived on scene and crews mounted an aggressive initial attack. In a 10:13 a.m. update, officials said the fire was estimated to be four acres and it was 80% knocked down. In a final update at 12:15 p.m., ODF reported all active fire had been extinguished and a line was completely surrounding the eight-acre blaze. Mop-up work will continue through the day. According to ODF, investigators were looking into the cause of the fire. They said this was the final update unless conditions significantly change.
Posted on 6/27/23 1:19PM by Sam Marsh
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BCC Set to Consider Library Annexations and No Parking Areas on Wednesday
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to annex properties into the local library district and consider orders establishing no parking zones on several rural roads during its weekly business session tomorrow morning. The Board will hold a public hearing regarding annexing five properties into the Josephine Community Library District. The owners of properties in Grants Pass, Merlin, Cave Junction and Selma officially petitioned the Board for annexation. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider orders that would establish no parking zones on Abegg Road, Crow Road, Edgewood Road, Galice Road, Gunnell Road, Highland Avenue, Merlin Road and Pleasant Valley Road. The Consent Calendar contains an order that would cancel the July 5th business session due to a lack of a quorum. At least two Commissioners must be available in order to conduct county business. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/27/23 11:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Felony Domestic Violence after Fighting with Spouse
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for felony domestic violence after he allegedly roughed up his wife in front of their children late last night. The Police Department reports officers arrested 32-year-old Francisco Zepeda-Ponce for the incident at a home in the 800-block of Delsie Drive on Monday at 11:56 p.m.. Police said Zepeda-Ponce's wife called 9-1-1 to report a physical altercation between her and her husband. They said she told them her husband got physical by pushing her around and she sought refuge in the master bedroom. There were also children in the house who witnessed the incident and the suspect pushed a 15-year-old as well. Upon arrival, officers interviewed both parties and then placed Zepeda-Ponce into custody. He refused to speak with officers, but wanted to provide deputies with his side of the story during the booking process at the Josephine County Jail. Zepeda-Ponce told police he was from Chicago, but he had identification from California and a driver's license from Florida. He was booked into jail on a charge of Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault.
Posted on 6/27/23 10:34AM by Sam Marsh
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Police Jailed Man Who Unlawfully Entered GPHS Gym and Threatened Another
Grants Pass Police arrested a man who unlawfully entered the high school campus last night and threatened another man in the GPHS weight room. The Police Department reports officers responded to a reported disturbance at the GPHS campus on NE 9th Street around 9:45 p.m. Monday. Police said 48-year-old Daniel Christopher Miller entered the gated campus, he discovered the door to the high school gymnasium propped open and entered the weight room where another man was working out. He reportedly told the other man that he was a fire inspector from New York and he was checking out the gym. When the other man questioned Miller, the much larger man responded with aggression and cornered him. Two other men arrived and escorted the suspect off campus through Mel Ingram Field, but he continued to make aggressive remarks and assumed a posture as if he was going to fight them. Miller waved what was thought to be a knife at the men, but it turned out to be a marijuana vape pen. Both men were in fear of serious bodily harm. Officers arrived on scene and placed Miller into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Menacing and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 6/27/23 10:32AM by Sam Marsh
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