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GP Police and Firefighters Competing in "Battle of the Badges" for American Red Cross
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Another friendly competition between the Grants Pass Police Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue is taking place today to support the American Red Cross. "Battle of the Badges" will occur at the Parkway Fire Station on East Park Street near the Grants Pass Parkway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Police officers and firefighters invited the public to participate in this event. Vote for your favorite side and the Red Cross will tabulate and announce the results at a later date. All who come to give blood or platelets during the month of June will receive a $10 gift card by e-mail to a merchant of their choice. Plus, they'll automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a backyard theater package including a laser wireless projector, projector tripod, screen, smokeless firepit, four chairs and two tables, and a movie night snack package. More details are available at "RedCrossBlood.org/June."
Posted on 6/21/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh

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 on Wednesday. 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. Tomorrow's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 6/20/23 1:16PM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Jailed Man for Stiffing Cab Driver and Not Paying Restaurant Bill
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for stiffing a cab driver and playing "dine and dash" at a downtown restaurant yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 61-year-old Tracy James Barry near the Downtown Welcome Center on Monday at 12:40 p.m.. Police said they were first alerted to Barry obtaining a ride from Grants Pass Cab from his residence on Barbara Drive to the Josephine County Courthouse, getting out of the taxi and walking away without paying the $22 fare. He was located a short time later at the corner of 6th and G streets. Barry was told that he was under arrest, to which he replied "No, I'm not" and struggled with officers until he fell in a landscaped area and was placed into custody. Further investigation revealed that Barry had obtained meals at the Powderhorn Cafe on Sunday and Monday before he fled without paying the total $36.40 tab. Tracy Barry was lodged at the adult jail facility on two counts of 3rd-Degree Theft and one count of Resisting Arrest.
Posted on 6/20/23 10:31AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Captured Fugitive & Evicted 4 Campers from Baker Park
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive and evicted a total of four campers from a city park yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 34-year-old Ian Siewell Hogue at Baker Park on Monday at 1:51 p.m.. Police said Hogue had been providing the name "Eden Jessup" for more than six months and had returned to the park after receiving a 30-day exclusion order last weekend. He was placed into custody on a charge of Criminal Trespass and finally revealed his true identity. Turns out he had reason for providing the false name. Ian Hogue was wanted on a Josephine County warrant for Unlawful Manufacture and Possession of Marijuana as well as a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Felony Identity Theft and Felony 1st-Degree Theft. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and his park exclusion order was renewed. Meanwhile, Martha Wade, Amber Rockwell and William Stroh were cited for failing to remove their campsites within 72 hours of receiving notice. Since it was the second such offense for all three campers, they were trespassed from the park for 30 days. A total of 15 campsites were posted for illegal camping at Baker Park on Monday. An e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network (UCAN).
Posted on 6/20/23 10:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Collared Camper on Local Warrant at Gilbert Creek Park
Grants Pass Police arrested another camper on an outstanding warrant at a city park early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were performing a patrol check at Gilbert Creek Park on NW Hawthorne Avenue when they contacted 31-year-old Matthew Thomas Clark on Monday at about 9:20 a.m.. Police said they placed Clark into custody when it was discovered that he was wanted on a Jackson County warrant for failing to appear for Contempt of Court. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. A total of nine campsites at Gilbert Creek Park were posted for illegal camping on Monday. An e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network (UCAN).
Posted on 6/20/23 10:25AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Snared Transient for Indecency near Auto Parts Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a transient for exposing and fondling himself in public last night. The Police Department reports officers responded to the incident involving 34-year-old Adam Joseph Jansen near O'Reilly Auto Parts on NE Terry Lane around 8:25 p.m. Monday. Police said Jansen was outside the auto parts store when a woman walked to her vehicle in the parking lot and she observed him sexually fondling himself. She called 9-1-1 and responding officers contacted the suspect, who admitted to the lewd behavior. Adam Jansen was placed into custody and lodged at the nearby Josephine County Jail for Public Indecency and Disorderly Conduct.
Posted on 6/20/23 10:23AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Motorist Cited after Crashing Car While Driving Recklessly on M Street
A Grants Pass motorist was cited for two violations early yesterday after he crashed his vehicle while driving recklessly in the southeast part of the city. Grants Pass Police and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck in the 900-block of SE M Street on Monday around 7:35 a.m.. Police said Patrick Hurt was driving a Ford Mustang east on M Street when his car lost traction, struck three roadside poles and landed in a ditch. He advised officers that his vehicle lost control and started skidding, but a witness said they heard the driver revving his engine in an attempt to "drift" his vehicle just before the crash. According to the report, there was minor damage to the property owned by Barry Peterson and major damage to the Mustang, which was towed away. A portion of M Street was closed for nearly an hour. Following an investigation, Hurt was cited to appear in court for Careless Driving and No Insurance. He and Peterson were provided with DMV crash forms.
Posted on 6/20/23 10:22AM by Sam Marsh
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Searchers Located Body of Shan Creek Woman Missing Since June 6th
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The body of a Shan Creek woman missing for nearly two weeks has been found. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports search and rescue crews located the body of 80-year-old Berna Leahy on Sunday about a quarter-mile from where she was last seen on June 6th. Leahy was seen walking in the 800-block of Shan Creek Road, but her direction of travel was unknown. An extensive search for the woman took place immediately after she was reported missing and the effort was increased the following weekend. Deputies said there is no foul play suspected in the death of Leahy and no further information is being released. There have been four missing persons reported by the Sheriff's Office in June and three of them are still missing.
Posted on 6/20/23 5:53AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Jailed for Alleged Domestic Violence against Future Wife
A Grants Pass man was jailed for allegedly committing domestic violence against his future wife in front of the woman's juvenile son early yesterday. The Grants Pass Police Department reports 30-year-old Damien Michael Clark was arrested at a SE 9th Street residence on Monday at 1 a.m.. Police said the female victim called 9-1-1 to report that she and Clark had become involved in a physical altercation at her residence. During the incident, the woman said she suffered a physical injury and was placed in fear of serious injuries. The victim's minor son witnessed the incident from his bedroom. Officers searched the area for Clark and found him a short time later at 7-Eleven. He was placed into custody without incident. Damien Clark was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and misdemeanor Domestic Menacing. The Child Welfare Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services was notified about the incident.
Posted on 6/20/23 5:50AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Stealing Jerky from Redwood Area Dollar General
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing beef jerky from a Redwood area market last weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting complaint involving 36-year-old Steven Carsten Juergensen at the Dollar General in the 1200-block of Redwood Avenue on Sunday around 10:30 a.m.. Police said Juergensen concealed two packages of jerky and exited the store while passing all points of sale. A store employee asked the suspect to return the $17 item, but he refused. A responding officer saw the suspect throw the stolen jerky over the fence toward the Copper Mug and the officer retrieved it. Steven Juergensen was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft. Officers identified a woman with Juergensen as "Jessica Armstrong," but they were unable to prove that she stole anything. Both she and the suspect were trespassed from Dollar General.
Posted on 6/20/23 5:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Police Department Warns Against Employer Phone Call Scammers
The Medford Police Department reports it is seeing a rise in phone call scams -- mostly targeted at employees of restaurants and shopping centers -- resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars. In recent cases, MPD says the scammer will call an employee and pretend to be someone from their employer's corporate office or a branch manager. The caller then advises the employee to purchase gift cards or bitcoin using money from their employer. MPD Sergeant Quint Oller said anyone requesting you to take money from your employer and purchase gift cards or bitcoin is more than likely a scammer. He advises employees to speak with their direct or corporate manager regarding the requests of these purchases before taking any action. Sergeant Oller also encourages employers to inform their employees about how these scams happen. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, please call MPD at (541)-770-4783 or contact your local law enforcement agency.
Posted on 6/20/23 5:37AM by Sam Marsh
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BLM Still Seeking Public Input on Bear Grub Vegetation Management Project
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a plan to promote more resilient forests near Ruch, Jacksonville, Talent and Medford -- but time is running out. The Bear Grub Vegetation Management Area is one of the most at-risk locations for wildfire in Oregon. The BLM project is designed to develop large, fire-tolerant trees and reduce the severity of wildfires. The plan includes nearly 5,000 acres of fuels reduction work including prescribed fire and removing small diameter trees. These actions would implement the Rogue Forest Partner's West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project. The plan also includes less than 1,500 acres of commercial thinning. The BLM issued a decision in 2020 that was protested. The Medford District addressed the protest by rescinding the 2020 Decision Record and Environmental Assessment (EA) to address concerns of the public and is now issuing a revised EA. The administrative protests delayed implementation of planned fuels reduction work. Douglas fire mortality in the area has also compromised the integrity of some of the merchantable timber. The BLM released its revised EA on June 8th and all written comments must be received by this Friday, June 23rd. A decision on the project will not be made until after public comments have been considered.
Posted on 6/20/23 5:35AM by Sam Marsh
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