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Quick-Thinking Teenage Passenger Potentially Saved Lives at Busy CP Crossing
A quick-thinking teenage passenger potentially saved multiple lives this week at a busy intersection in Central Point. On Wednesday around 3:14 p.m., a grandmother was driving her grandson west on Biddle Road near Table Rock Road when she suffered a medical emergency. With the car accelerating and his grandmother unconscious, 16-year-old Tayen made the split-second decision to press his foot on the brake and steer the car away from oncoming traffic in the intersection. He then began performing CPR while waving down passing motorists who assisted and called 9-1-1. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Tayen's decision not only saved his grandmother and himself, but other motorists as well. The grandmother is in a local hospital in stable condition. The responding deputy presented Tayen with a challenge coin to commend his swift action under intense pressure. The Sheriff's Office called him "a life-saver and a true hero."
Posted on 11/17/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh

Oregon Heritage Commission Offers Free Fall Workshop in GP on November 30th
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering a free workshop on organizational planning and prioritization in five locations around the state this fall including Grants Pass. These workshops are designed to help heritage nonprofits, historical societies, museums, archives, libraries, and other related organizations approach work and project planning in a supportive environment. The workshops will be presented by Kyrie Kellet, a skilled facilitator and planner in the heritage area. Kellet is a National Association for Interpretation Certified Planner with over 20 years of experience in museums, parks and gardens. She specializes in developing plans that allow organizations of all sizes to impact their communities in creative and meaningful ways. The Oregon Heritage Commission Fall Workshop in Grants Pass is scheduled for November 30th from 1 to 4 p.m.. There are additional workshops planned for Baker City, Woodburn, McMinnville and Newport as well as a virtual workshop set for December 8th. For more information about Oregon Heritage workshops and programs, please visit "oregonheritage.org."
Posted on 11/17/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh

FBI Portland Encourages Oregonians to Report Federal Hate Crimes in Billboard Campaign
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The Portland Division of the FBI is joining the agency's nationwide efforts to increase awareness about hate crimes and encourage reporting of hate crimes with advertising campaigns across Oregon. The campaign, which began November 6th, includes billboards in Medford, Eugene and Corvallis as well as static and digital displays reaching thousands of passengers daily at the Portland International Airport. Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI's civil rights program because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities. The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. The FBI is the lead investigative agency for criminal violations of federal civil rights and works closely with local, state, tribal and other federal law enforcement partners in many of these cases -- even when federal charges are not pursued. The Oregon effort ties with a national FBI awareness campaign that hopes to drive education efforts and increase reporting. It states, "Protecting Our Communities Together: Report Hate Crimes." The billboard locations in Medford are Bullock Road, Table Rock Road, Bank Road and Lawnsdale Road.
Posted on 11/17/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

Oregon Community Foundation Awards Grants to Several Local Nonprofit Organizations
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The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is awarding $4.7 million in new grants to 203 nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Communities in 33 Oregon counties will benefit from these grants, with nonprofit organizations providing arts, cultural, educational, health, housing and human services support to Oregonians. OCF's Community Grants program is the longest running grant-making initiative at the foundation. This grant-making cycle prioritized support for organizations that provide essential supports for underserved communities. Additionally, 25% of the community grants were awarded to smaller nonprofits, for whom a small grant can make a significant difference in their work. In Josephine County, the Grants Pass Family YMCA, Salvation Army and Cave Junction Farmer's Market were awarded $20,000 grants to support their programs. Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center will receive $15,000 and the Grants Pass Museum of Art will get $10,000. In Jackson County, the Understory Initiative was awarded $25,000 while Community Works will receive $15,000, the Children's Advocacy Center will receive $10,000 and Addictions Recovery Center will get $5,000.
Posted on 11/17/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Three Rivers School District Announces Winners of Annual Spelling Bee Competition
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The Three Rivers School District is pleased to announce the results of its annual Spelling Bee, which was held at the District Office this week. Over 50 parents and students gathered in the Boardroom of the District Office, creating a vibrant atmosphere of excitement and camaraderie. In the Primary Division (Grades 1-3), first place went to Zoe Myles of Manzanita, 2nd place went to Orion Smith of Fort Vannoy and third place went to Adaline Cowger of Fruitdale. In Division One (Grades 2-5), Noah Gourley of Applegate earned first place, Timothy Cornia of Williams grabbed second place and Jasmine Pinien of Fort Vannoy was third. In Division Two (Grades 6-8), Levi Gegner of Fleming was awarded first place followed by Tobias Udink of Fleming in second place and Katherine Ackley-Medina of Lincoln Savage in third place. In Division Three (Grades 9-12), Whitman Franklin of Kalmiopsis Charter School was the top speller followed by Grant Johnson of Hidden Valley High School in second place and Jonathan Tuohy of Hidden Valley in third.
Posted on 11/17/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed GP Man for Injuring 2 Children during Argument with His Wife
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Grants Pass man for injuring two of his children during an argument with his wife at a Redwood area residence early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2100-block of Hubbard Lane on Wednesday around 9:45 a.m.. Deputies said the 28-year-old wife of 31-year-old Dillon Anthony Lee called 9-1-1 to report that her husband hit her in the face and was throwing items around the house in front of their four children. The caller hung up and dispatchers called back, reaching the husband who reported that his wife threw a phone at him and hit him in the face. He declined medical attention and retreated to a motorhome. Upon arrival, deputies determined that Lee recklessly caused physical injury to two minor children by slapping them and throwing items during the argument. Physical injuries were observed on both children and there was no probable cause to believe that the husband and wife were victims of domestic violence. Dillon Lee was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked for two counts Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault. He was being held without bail. The Oregon Department of Human Services was summoned to the scene in order to evaluate the situation after both parents admitted to recent drug use and ongoing domestic issues within the home. The injured children were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Woman on Local Felony Warrant for Drug Trafficking
Grants Pass Police jailed a woman on a local felony warrant for drug trafficking last night. The Police Department reports 29-year-old Amber Rose Rahlf was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant containing a secret indictment for Unlawful Delivery and Unlawful Possession of Fentanyl. Police said they first attempted to serve Rahlf at the Harbeck Village Apartments at 6:55 p.m., but she was not there. They said they returned at 9:25 p.m., spotted the suspect's vehicle parked outside the apartments and then placed her into custody. Amber Rahlf was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on $50,000 bail. It was unclear whether her arrest was related to the investigation that led to a massive drug bust in Grants Pass and Josephine County on Tuesday.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested 2 Illinois Valley Residents on Warrants for Family Offenses
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two Illinois Valley residents on warrants for alleged family offenses yesterday. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to serve the warrants at a home in the 25,600-block of Redwood Highway on Wednesday at about 1 p.m.. Few details about the incident were available, but 38-year-old Sean Michael Self and 39-year-old Stacy Elizabeth Schwarz were both wanted on Josephine County warrants for failing to appear in court for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The warrant numbers indicate the initial arrests were made after separate cases that occurred earlier this year. Sean Self and Stacy Schwarz were transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Scheduled bail for each of them was set at $10,000.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Man for Trying to Steal Merchandise from Home Depot Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for shoplifting after he was caught stealing items from Home Depot yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint involving 49-year-old Daniel Reese Wise, Jr., at the store on NE Mill Street on Wednesday at about 1 p.m.. Police said Wise stole around $200 in merchandise from Home Depot by filling a five-gallon bucket with items, taking them past all points of sale and exiting the business without paying. He was confronted by loss prevention as he was trying to leave the property and they recovered the stolen items as he fled on foot. Daniel Wise was contacted at the south end of Fire Mountain Way and placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and trespassed from Home Depot.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man for Dumping Truckload of Trash on Downtown Sidewalk
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for placing a truckload of trash on a city sidewalk in the downtown area and refusing to clean it up early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the ordinance violation at the corner of SE 8th and I streets on Wednesday at 9:16 a.m.. Police said citizens reported a man later identified as 59-year-old Brian Scott Chapman removed a large amount of trash from his parked minivan and placed it on the sidewalk. When asked to clean up his mess, he reportedly refused to do so and community service officers were brought in to haul away the rubbish. Chapman was placed into custody at the scene and found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Offensive Littering and the narcotics violation. He and his female companion were warned. Two five-gallon buckets of marijuana were located and seized for destruction. A bucket of feces and bottles of urine were also disposed of.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Local Fugitive on Felony Warrant in City Park Patrol Check
Grants Pass Police apprehended a local fugitive during a patrol check at a city park late last night. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 23-year-old Jesse Charles Johnson at Baker Park on Wednesday at 11:15 p.m.. Police said they were patrolling the park when they spotted Johnson and knew that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Mail Theft. He was placed into custody and lodged at the adult jail facility. Earlier in the day at Baker Park, officers cited a man they identified as "Heartfelt" for Illegal Camping and Public Urination. He was trespassed from the park for 30 days. A total of 20 camps were posted with a removal date of November 18th. An e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network. Earlier in the day at Westholm Park, officers cited Melissa Koenig and Mark Huff for Illegal Camping since their campsite had already been posted for removal.
Posted on 11/16/23 11:21AM by Sam Marsh
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RR City Council Meeting Features Two Proposed Ordinances & One Resolution
The Rogue River City Council will focus its attention on new business during its monthly meeting this evening. The City Council normally holds its regular meeting on the last Thursday of each month, but next Thursday is Thanksgiving. The Council will open new business by considering two ordinances. The first would rezone a property at 5450 North River Road and the second would establish a building code administration program known as the Rogue River Municipal Code Title 15. If the second is approved, two previous ordinances would be repealed. Also on the agenda is a resolution adopting amended job descriptions for the City of Rogue River, specifically for the position of Police Chief. There is also an addendum to the Engineer of Record agreement between the city and Engineering Support Services, LLC, regarding insurance coverage and payment reconciliation. The panel will close the session by reviewing previous minutes from meetings of the Tree City USA Committee and the Council Advisory Committee. Tonight's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 11/16/23 10:30AM by Sam Marsh
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