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GP Police Apprehended Two Female Fugitives on Local Warrants Late Friday
Grants Pass Police arrested two female fugitives on local warrants late last week. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Friday at 2:20 p.m. when officers arrested 40-year-old Iris Mauria McFarland at a home in the 1300-block of SE Vista Drive. Police said they located McFarland at her residence and placed her into custody on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Identity Theft. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail. The second incident happened on Friday at 3:32 p.m. when officers served a warrant on 36-year-old Tasha Lynn Devish at the Josephine County Jail. Devish was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Manufacture, Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance along with Felon in Possession of a Firearm. She was being held in lieu of posting $55,000 bail.
Posted on 6/26/23 7:34AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Cited Motorist for Multiple Violations after Crash near High School
Grants Pass Police cited a motorist for multiple crimes and violations after he crashed his vehicle into a brick wall near the high school over the weekend. According to the Police Department, officers and emergency personnel rushed to the scene of the single-vehicle wreck near the corner of NE Madrone and 9th streets on Saturday at about 12:45 a.m.. Police said Scotty Jackson was traveling westbound at 50 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour speed zone when he crashed a 1999 Dodge pickup into a retaining wall in front of a residence. They said an investigation revealed that there was a skid mark of approximately 80 yards at the crash scene. Jackson was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited at the hospital for Reckless Driving, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief, Driving While Suspended and No Insurance. His wrecked truck was hauled away by Caveman Towing.
Posted on 6/26/23 7:32AM by Sam Marsh

Weekend Plane Crash at IV Airport Led to No Injuries to Pilot and Intact Craft
A weekend plane crash at the Illinois Valley Airport scrambled multiple agencies to the scene. On Saturday at 9:17 a.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon Department of Forestry were dispatched to the reported incident at the airport south of Cave Junction. Witnesses stated the aircraft had trouble upon takeoff when it took a sharp turn just after lifting off, clipped a tree and crashed just beyond the fence-line of the airport. Arriving units found the plane was mostly intact and not on fire. The unidentified pilot had self-extricated, was uninjured and refused medical attention. All appropriate agencies -- including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) -- were notified about the incident.
Posted on 6/26/23 7:03AM by Sam Marsh

Four High Schools Credited with Assisting Emergency Vehicle Training Course
Students and teachers from four local high schools are being credited with helping the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with its Emergency Vehicle Operators Course. Earlier this year, students and teachers from Rogue River High School, Eagle Point High School, Phoenix High School and Rogue Valley Adventist Academy began building bumpers for the course. The students were tasked with building front and back bumpers that can withstand impacts during training. Last month, Jackson County sheriff's deputies used them to practice Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuvers with students and teachers on board. The Sheriff's Office also thanked Brill Metalworks and JW Hurd Fabrication for donating the supplies.
Posted on 6/26/23 7:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon State Fire Marshal Asks Residents to "Keep Fireworks Use Legal and Keep It Safe"
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"Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe" is the message from the Oregon State Fire Marshal at the beginning of fireworks season. The 2023 fireworks retail season started last Friday and runs through July 6th in Oregon. The State Fire Marshal wants everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use, where fireworks can be used and how to use them safely. To reduce the risk of starting a fire, some local governments in Oregon have fireworks sales or use restrictions in place. Check local regulations and follow them where you live or where you may be traveling to celebrate the 4th of July. Consumer-legal fireworks can only be purchased from permitted fireworks retailers and stands. State regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. People who plan to visit public lands and parks are asked to leave all fireworks at home. The possession and use of fireworks are prohibited in national parks and forests, on BLM lands, on US Fish and Wildlife properties, and in campgrounds. Fireworks are also prohibited on many private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oregon law prohibits the possession, use or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground without a permit issued by the State Fire Marshal. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon without a permit.
Posted on 6/26/23 7:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police and Firefighters Logged another Busy Week of Community Protection
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged another busy week of activity while protecting the community. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 718 calls for service last week which led to 40 arrests, 26 citations, 129 warnings and six people lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 182 potential trouble-makers while arresting two people, citing 14 more and warning 124 others. The CRT unit also trespassed eight individuals and posted 100 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 115 calls last week including 37 for emergency medical service, six reports of fire or smoke, 17 lift assists, 10 rescue situations, nine assists to other agencies and five false alarms. Firefighters also performed 89 business inspections, led three education programs, assisted the public four times and properly installed five child car seats for young families. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,397 emergency calls in addition to 909 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 6/26/23 6:58AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Crews Completed Maintenance Jobs during Last Week of City Park Closure
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During its final week of closure, Grants Pass parks crews completed several maintenance jobs at Riverside Park. It was reopened to the public Thursday. Crews did some tree pruning and pressure washing of sidewalks at the city park. They also eliminated trip hazards by removing surface tree roots in the playground area and used an air excavation tool to safely remove soil away from the roots of a large Elm tree. This allowed workers to repair some broken irrigation lines. Caveman Pool opened last week for the 2023 season. Staff and contractors made necessary repairs to get the public swimming pool operational, replacing failed backflow protection and sealing leaking pipes. After replacing a small bridge at Ogle Park earlier this month, crews repaired the drinking fountain last week. "Squirmy the Rock Snake" started to make an appearance at Reinhart Volunteer Park before its head went missing. A replacement rock head is in the works. Rock snakes consist of a series of painted rocks that showcase local creativity.
Posted on 6/26/23 6:55AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Man Jailed for Setting Fire to Mobile Health Center Trailer at La Clinica
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office jailed a Medford man for setting fire to a mobile health center trailer at La Clinica del Valle early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies and the Phoenix Police Department were dispatched to an alarm at the health clinic in the 3600-block of South Pacific Highway on Friday at 3:23 a.m.. Upon arrival, deputies heard someone talking and moving inside the 30-foot trailer. There was evidence of forced entry and the doors were locked from the inside. Deputies gave commands for the male subject to exit the trailer, but he was uncooperative. A short time later, deputies noticed smoke billowing from inside the trailer, they breached the door, entered, and saw smoke and flames spreading rapidly. The suspect -- identified as 31-year-old Daniel Timothy Garay -- exited the trailer and was placed into custody. A minute or so later, the entire trailer was fully engulfed by flames. Personnel from Medford Fire-Rescue responded and put the fire out. Daniel Garay was booked and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of 2nd-Degree Arson, 2nd-Degree Burglary and 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief -- all felonies. The case remains under investigation.
Posted on 6/24/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Captured Felon on CA & OR Fugitive Warrants after Bicycle Pursuit
Grants Pass Police captured a man wanted on out-of-state and statewide fugitive warrants following the pursuit of a bicyclist at the shopping center this week. The Police Department reports officers eventually arrested 43-year-old Eric Wayne Beck at an apartment complex off NE D Street late Thursday night. Police said they spotted Beck riding a bicycle on NE F Street and he performed what they called "a very odd evasive maneuver." When officers tried to stop him at the Grants Pass Shopping Center, he eluded them by cutting through breezeways, doubling back and hiding in D Street apartment complexes. Beck reportedly ditched his bike and tried to flee on foot, but he tripped and was placed into custody at Taser point. A records check revealed that he was wanted on a California Department of Corrections warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a drug possession conviction as well as an Oregon State warrant for Felony Parole Violation. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Eric Beck was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrants along with new charges of Attempt to Elude Police and the narcotics violations. The meth was seized for destruction. The bicycle and his personal belongings were entered into safekeeping.
Posted on 6/24/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Motorist for Probation Violation after Williams Highway Stop
Grants Pass Police jailed a motorist for violating terms of his probation following an early morning traffic stop on Williams Highway. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by 25-year-old Anthony Calvin Jolly-Santyna in the 1600-block of Highway 238 around 3:40 a.m. Friday. Police said they stopped Jolly-Santyna for traffic violations including Driving While Suspended. They discovered that he was a corrections client and contacted his probation officer who wanted him detained. Anthony Jolly-Santyna was lodged without bail at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 6/24/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigating Cause of Fire that Destroyed Large Shop near Murphy
Authorities were investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a shop building in a rural area near Murphy this week. On Thursday morning, Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a reported structure fire in the 5300-block of New Hope Road. Rural Metro officials said arriving units found a large detached shop fully-involved with flames, with 1/10th of an acre spread to the surrounding wildland. After a water tender arrived from the Applegate Valley Fire District, the blaze was quickly contained and mopped up. There were no injuries reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. The Oregon State Fire Marshal and ODF Southwest District were conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.
Posted on 6/24/23 5:59AM by Sam Marsh
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Young Women Learning about Emergency Careers at Rogue Girls Fire Camp
Fourteen young women -- ages 16 to 20 -- are getting a chance to experience and learn about a career in fire service this weekend as they participate in the 4th annual Rogue Girls Fire Camp. This year's camp runs through Sunday and is being held at the Regional Training Center in White City. Two overnight stays are meant to simulate station life. Putting on and taking off turnout gear with air packs is just the beginning for the campers. Each day is filled with a variety of skills including vehicle extrication, search and rescue, as well as some good basic fire and life safety knowledge like how to use a fire extinguisher and Hands-Only CPR. The camp will culminate with a fire skills competition, demonstration for the campers' families. There will be guest speakers from other agencies who will discuss career possibilities in this area and how to prepare for those jobs. The free camp would not have been possible without the generosity of this year's sponsors who believe in the cause and desire to bring more diversity to emergency services.
Posted on 6/24/23 5:57AM by Sam Marsh
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