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Troopers Apprehended Two Fugitives in GP Area in Separate Tuesday Incidents
The Oregon State Police apprehended two fugitives in the Grants Pass area late yesterday -- one of them wanted for a sex crime committed in another state. OSP reports state troopers arrested 58-year-old David Eugene Metcalf of Grants Pass at a home in the 100-block of NW Sunhill Terrace on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.. Troopers said an investigation led them to contact Metcalf at his residence. They said he was wanted on an out-of-state fugitive warrant for 3rd-Degree Sexual Abuse. He was placed into custody without incident and lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he awaits extradition proceedings. On Tuesday at 5:49 p.m., state troopers pulled over a Subaru Forester driven by 59-year-old John Darrell Winfield of Selma on Redwood Highway about four miles west of Grants Pass. Troopers said they stopped Winfield for a traffic violation and discovered that he was wanted on a local warrant for Contempt of Court related to a recent arrest for impaired driving. He was lodged in jail and his vehicle was left with a passenger.
Posted on 6/21/23 11:42AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Man Snared for Violating Court Order by Visiting Protected Woman
A Grants Pass man was jailed for violating a court order yesterday when he went to the home of a protected woman in a local trailer park. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 58-year-old Clint Edward Robertson on Tuesday at 3 p.m. for the incident at Royal Trailer Park on Lewis Avenue. Police said Robertson violated a no-contact release agreement from 2022 by going to the home of a protected party and contacting her. Officers were alerted to the domestic disturbance by neighbors who called 9-1-1 to report a man and woman yelling at each other outside a red car next to a trailer. No injuries were reported. Clint Robertson was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Contempt of Court/Violation of a No Contact Order. He was held without bail.
Posted on 6/21/23 11:41AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Nabbed Wolf Creek Man for DUII after Redwood Highway Stop in the IV
The Oregon State Police arrested a Wolf Creek man for impaired driving late last night during a traffic stop on Redwood Highway in the Illinois Valley. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Subaru Forester driven by 29-year-old Hunter S. Reid on US Highway 199 near Eight Dollar Road on Tuesday around 11 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Reid for speeding and he displayed signs of impairment by alcohol. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so he was taken to the Cave Junction substation where he provided a breath sample that measured well over twice the legal driving limit. Hunter Reid was subsequently transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he was lodged for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His vehicle and his dog were released to a female friend.
Posted on 6/21/23 11:40AM by Sam Marsh
 

State Troopers Detained Pedestrians for Impeding Traffic on Local Highways
State troopers detained three pedestrians for impeding traffic on highways in Josephine County over the long holiday weekend. The Oregon State Police reports the first incident occurred Friday night when troopers received approximately 13 calls about a male subject nearly getting hit by jumping between vehicles on Redwood Highway near Rockydale Road. Troopers said 50-year-old Nate Justin Wheeler of O'Brien attempted to flee by running northbound on the highway, but he was Tased, placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct. The second incident happened early Sunday morning involving another male subject jumping in front of vehicles on Redwood Highway near milepost 22. A state trooper arrived on scene, contacted 42-year-old James Adolph Gibbs of Medford and lodged him at the Grants Pass jail for Disorderly Conduct. The third incident took place Sunday afternoon when troopers responded to a report of a female subject walking and dancing in the southbound travel lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 54. Troopers said 54-year-old Betty Hamm of Grants Pass was visibly intoxicated and she was transported to the Sobering Center where she was warned for Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 6/21/23 11:38AM by Sam Marsh
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One Person Critically Injured in Midday Crash on Galice Road West of Merlin
One person was critically injured Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident near Merlin. At 12:30 p.m. yesterday, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Rural Metro Fire Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash on Galice Road approximately 1.5 miles west of Merlin. Rural Metro officials said firefighters and medics arrived on scene to find a vehicle that had left the roadway and rolled onto its top. Due to the severity of the occupant's injuries, a Mercy Flights helicopter airlifted the driver to a Medford hospital where the trauma system was activated. The driver was not identified and apparently was the only occupant of the overturned vehicle. The Sheriff's Office was investigating the cause of the crash, but it appears another vehicle may have been involved during a possible street-racing incident.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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JMET Raided Illegal Marijuana Grow Site on Crow Road near Merlin Tuesday
The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided an illegal marijuana grow site near Merlin early yesterday. JMET -- with assistance from Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety -- served a search warrant in the 2,000-block of Crow Road on Tuesday morning. During execution of the warrant, more than 900 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 a JMET press release, no suspects were at the location during the time of the search. If the primary suspect is located, he or she will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared Two Local Men on Outstanding Warrants after Weekend Stops
The Oregon State Police apprehended two local men on outstanding warrants during traffic stops in Josephine County over the long holiday weekend. The state agency did not release its press logs until Tuesday due to the Juneteenth holiday. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Saturday night when troopers pulled over a Mitsubishi MTX driven by 58-year-old Richard Lee Andersen of Central Point near milepost 8 of Williams Highway. State troopers said they stopped Andersen for expired registration tags on his vehicle and discovered that he was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for Contempt of Court. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail to await transfer to the Jackson County Jail in Medford. The second incident happened late Sunday night when troopers pulled over a GMC Sierra driven by 42-year-old Brad Lee Witherell of Wolf Creek in the 300-block of Old Highway 99. Troopers said they stopped Witherell for traffic violations and discovered that he was wanted on a statewide felony warrant for absconding from terms of his parole. He was transported to Grants Pass and lodged in jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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State Troopers Investigated 2 Josephine County Crashes that Led to Injuries
The Oregon State Police investigated two crashes that resulted in injuries in Josephine County last weekend. OSP reports the first incident occurred Friday when troopers and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle wreck near milepost 25 of Redwood Highway just outside Cave Junction. Troopers said 28-year-old Josiah Emmanuel Thogmartin was driving a GMC Safari minivan that left the highway, crashed into a ditch and launched airborne over a driveway where it came to rest on its side. Thogmartin was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited at the hospital for Failure to Drive Within Lane. The second incident happened Saturday night when troopers and emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle crash near milepost 8 of Williams Highway. Troopers said 47-year-old Amy Melissa Fuller of Eugene was driving a Toyota Corolla that rolled over on the highway. Fuller was extricated from her vehicle, but she denied medical transport for what appeared to be minor injuries. She was provided a crash report and her wrecked vehicle was towed into Grants Pass.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Arrested Motorist for DUII+ after Redwood Highway Crash near Wonder
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving following a weekend crash off Redwood Highway near Wonder. According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews were dispatched to a single-vehicle wreck near milepost 12 of US Highway 199 late Sunday night. Troopers said 59-year-old Jeffrey Allen Stump was driving an Audi Q5 that left the highway and traveled about 50 feet down an embankment before coming to rest in the bushes. They said Stump was located a short time later hiding in the woods on a nearby property. He admitted to driving the car and showed signs of impairment. Stump performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was well over the legal driving limit. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His damaged vehicle was towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Board of Commissioners Slated to Hold 4 Public Hearings
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold four public hearings during its weekly business session this morning. The first two public hearings are for supplemental budgets -- one for the current fiscal year and the other for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. Supplemental budgets typically make small adjustments to existing spending plans. The second pair of public hearings are for setting new fee schedules. The first is for the adoption of new fees for the Clerk's Office, Community Corrections, Sheriff's Office and Surveyor's Office, while the second is for the adoption of new fees for Community Development and Planning. Under Administrative Actions, the Board will consider a property proposal for The Flying Lark at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens when participants are given three minutes to address the Board on a wide variety of topics. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass City Council Set to Consider New Park Rules and Approve 2024 Budgets Tonight
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The Grants Pass City Council is set to consider new rules governing city parks as part of a heavy agenda for its regular meeting tonight. The City Council will decide whether to approve an ordinance amending municipal codes related to violations/penalties, nuisances, regulating city parks and public property, parking regulations and declaring an emergency. If the Council unanimously approves the ordinance tonight, the emergency clause will enact the code amendments immediately and Riverside Park will reopen to the public on Thursday. If the vote is not unanimous, a second reading of the new rules will be held on July 5th and the panel can maintain the park closure until then. In other business, the City Council will hold a public hearing for the approved budget for Fiscal Year 2024 and discuss the use of State Revenue Sharing. There are three resolutions concerning the budget on the docket as well, including final adoption of the spending plan, making appropriations and levying taxes. Tonight's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Grayback Forestry Conducting Prescribed Burn on ODOT Project Land near Central Point
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Grayback Forestry is coordinating a one- to three-day prescribed fire on Oregon Department of Transportation property in rural Central Point. The controlled burn at ODOT's Vernal Pool Restoration Project on the Whetstone Savannah is expected to take place between today and Friday based on permits, weather, moisture levels and wind conditions. Grayback will conduct the burn with their professional and experienced crew. The operation is planned to last approximately 3 to 4 hours. Grayback officials said the controlled burn will improve public safety by removing dried vegetation that poses a risk for unplanned fire ignition. They said smoke from the dry grass will be lifted well above neighbors and will be dispersed quickly from the valley. Previous ecological burning has proven successful in restoring and maintaining the native prairie habitat at this unique location. The 100-acre Whetstone Prairie is located north of Gibbon Road and south of West Gregory Road.
Posted on 6/21/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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