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GP Police Snared City Park Camper on Felony Warrant in Morning Patrol Check
Grants Pass Police arrested a city park camper on a local felony warrant during a patrol check early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were patrolling Morrison Centennial Park along Rogue River Highway on Monday around 2 a.m. when they contacted 36-year-old Joshua Scott McFadden. Police said McFadden initially provided them with a false name, but investigation revealed his true identity and that he was wanted on a Jackson County felony warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for 1st-Degree Burglary. He attempted to flee on foot, but was placed into custody at Taser point. McFadden later told officers he gave them a false name because he did not want to go to prison. He may be on his way. Joshua McFadden was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrant along with a new charge of Furnishing False Information to Police. At his request, his property was left at the park with his girlfriend.
Posted on 6/27/23 10:31AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Man Arrested for Probation Violation after Stealing Groceries from Safeway
A Grants Pass man was arrested for violating terms of his probation when he stole some groceries from a downtown supermarket yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Safeway on SE 7th Street around 11:15 a.m. Monday. Police said 23-year-old Griffan Ian Lucas stole about $10 worth of strawberries and coconut water from the store. They said video surveillance showed the suspect selecting the items and bypassing all points of sale without trying to pay for them. Officers arrived on scene and placed Lucas into custody. He was charged with 3rd-Degree Theft and the resulting Probation Violation related to arrests for Resisting Arrest and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. Griffan Lucas was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution and his probation officer was notified about the incident.
Posted on 6/27/23 10:29AM by Sam Marsh
 

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 at about 3:45 p.m.. 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 6/27/23 10:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Arrested Man for Raising Ruckus on RR Highway near Caveman Bowl
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for raising a ruckus along Rogue River Highway this past weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to a report of suspicious activity involving 40-year-old Kristopher John Webb in the 1200-block of Highway 99 across from Caveman Bowl on Sunday at about 8:50 p.m.. Police said Webb was reported by a concerned citizen to be yelling and lighting things on fire at that location. They said he was under the influence of a narcotic stimulant with trash and property strewn about, but no evidence of a fire. Kristopher Webb was placed into custody, transported to the Josephine County Jail and booked on charges of Offensive Littering and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 6/27/23 10:26AM by Sam Marsh
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IV Felon Jailed for Parole Violation after Weekend Shooting near Cave Junction
An Illinois Valley felon was jailed last weekend for violating terms of his parole and he likely faces additional charges after a shooting near Cave Junction. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports 45-year-old Joel Eugene Delzell of Selma was arrested after the incident in the 100-block of Enchanted Way just off Rockydale Road around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies said they responded to reports of a man shot in the neck by his brother at a home on Enchanted Way shortly after 7 a.m.. They said witnesses reported that Delzell was standing outside when he shot the victim who was sitting in the car. The incident allegedly occurred with several people at the house including kids. The victim -- identified as 50-year-old Christopher George -- was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. There was no word on his condition this morning. Delzell fled the scene, but he called the Sheriff's Office a short time later and offered to surrender at his home on Warren Road. He was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Parole Violation. He was being held without bail. The Oregon State Police has assumed the investigation into the shooting and any additional charges will be filed with the Josephine County District Attorney.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Collared Man on Statewide Felony Warrant after Merlin Area Collision
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant after responding to a motor vehicle accident in the Merlin area last weekend. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies and emergency crews responded to the non-injury two-vehicle collision near the corner of Abegg Road and Waggle Way on Sunday shortly after 6 p.m.. Deputies said 35-year-old Anthony Fielding Hindle was driving a Chevrolet Trail Blazer that collided with another vehicle and then fled the scene. They followed the vehicle on Azalea Drive to Upper River Road and then located it at Robertson Bridge Boat Landing where they contacted the suspect and discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation related to a kidnapping conviction. That's when they attempted to place him into custody. According to the report, Hindle was highly uncooperative and deputies were forced to place him in a body wrap before transporting him horizontally to the Josephine County Jail. Hindle was lodged in jail on the no-bail warrant along with new charges of Resisting Arrest and Attempted Escape. He was also flagged as hostile toward law enforcement.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Trying to Pass Counterfeit Bills at Downtown Business
Grants Pass Police jailed a local man after he attempted to pass counterfeit money at a downtown business last weekend. The Police Department reports 43-year-old James William Pierre Dorsey was arrested for the incident at River City Grill on SE K Street at 10:05 p.m. Sunday. Police said employees called 9-1-1 to report a male subject later identified as Dorsey tried to pass a counterfeit bill in order to get change. They did not retain the bill, but told him it was clearly "funny money" that they would not accept. Upon arrival, officers contacted Dorsey and found him to be in possession of five counterfeit $100 bills and two counterfeit $20 bills. He was also found to be in possession of a small quantity of fentanyl. The counterfeit money was seized as evidence and the fentanyl was seized for destruction. After being placed into custody, James Dorsey was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Forgery and Felony Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument as well as the narcotics violation.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Prowler for Entering and Taking Items from Vehicle at Motel
Grants Pass Police arrested a prowler early yesterday after he was caught entering and taking items from a vehicle at a local motel. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a car clouting incident involving 34-year-old Bartholomew James Robert Lewis at Quality Inn on NE 6th Street around 4:20 a.m. Monday. Police said Lewis was observed on video surveillance entering a vehicle that did not belong to him. Once inside, they said he removed property and set it aside in the motel parking lot. When he was contacted, the suspect told officers he was told by a woman named "Alyssa" to enter the vehicle to take the items for her. The vehicle owner advised that she did not know Lewis and no one was allowed to be in her vehicle, which she apparently left unlocked. The victim estimated the value of the items the suspect took to be about $500. All the stolen items were returned to the victim who was staying at the motel. Lewis was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and 2nd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Multiple Agencies Put Out Monday Mobile Home Fire near Illinois Valley Airport
Multiple agencies pounced on a mobile home fire near the Illinois Valley Airport late yesterday. On Monday at 5:05 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response, Rural Metro Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry were dispatched to a structure fire in the 100-block of Airport Drive. Rural Metro officials said arriving units found heavy smoke and fire coming from underneath a mobile home. They said the fire was contained to the underside of the dwelling, with some smoke damage to the interior. There were no injuries reported and ODF contained a minor spread to the wildland. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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OHA Declares Recreational Use Advisory for Galesville Reservoir near Azalea
The Oregon Health Authority has issued a recreational use health advisory for Galesville Reservoir due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom. The body of water is located in southern Douglas County near Azalea. OHA officials said people should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities -- such as waterskiing or power boating -- in areas of the reservoir where blooms are because the major route of exposure is ingestion of water. Those with skin sensitivities may get a puffy red rash. The state agency encourages people to visit Galesville Reservoir to enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins. Drinking water directly from areas of the reservoir affected by the bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day-use areas.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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District 3 State Representative Lily Morgan Recaps Challenging 2023 Legislation Session
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The Oregon House of Representatives raced against the clock Sunday to finish the 2023 Legislative Session. Per the Constitution, the Legislature needed to adjourn on Sunday before midnight. State Representative Lily Morgan of Grants Pass helped pass legislation that will benefit the people of House District 3 in Josephine County. Morgan touted House Bill 2599 that increases access to respite care by waiving fees to required background checks and House Bill 2645 that gives more tools to law enforcement to protect communities from the scourge of fentanyl. House Bill 3584 requires schools to notify parents electronically in the case of a security threat at their child's school. Senate Bill 745 ensures detained children are screened for sex trafficking and Senate Bill 1052 expands the crime of labor trafficking and involuntary servitude. House Joint Resolution 16 refers a measure to voters to ask if Oregonians want the Legislature to have the power to impeach statewide elected officials. Morgan also obtained $984,500 in funding for the Illinois Valley Fire District to tap into city water to ensure reliable access to water to fill tankers. Representative Morgan said this session was a challenging one for Oregonians across the state. She said she came into the session to address the main issues impacting District 3 including the failed outcomes of Measure 110, the scarcity of housing and increased homeless issues, and the high impacts of wildfire maps. But she said the Democratic "majority saw fit to nibble around the edges of our most pressing issues instead of passing bold reforms to address these issues head-on."
Posted on 6/27/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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BLM Seeking Comment on New Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Management Plan
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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input to inform a new land use plan for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The plan update would protect important biological, historic and public resources including objects of scientific and historic interest identified in Presidential Proclamations 7318 and 9564, which established and expanded the monument. The new plan will support resilient landscapes in order to enhance resistance to large-scale disturbances and reduce fire risk to important monument objects and nearby communities. The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on June 9th. There will be three in-person and one virtual scoping meetings where members of the public will have the opportunity to meet with specialists to learn more about the planning effort. Locally, a meeting will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pinehurst School near Ashland and another meeting will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Medford. The public can submit written comments concerning the scope of the analysis, potential alternatives and nomination of areas of critical environmental concern until August 8th or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later.
Posted on 6/27/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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