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JMET Pot Bust Nets 1,700 Plants, 5 Arrested
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety, executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Laurel Avenue, Grants PassThursday afternoon, regarding an illegal marijuana grow site. The operation began at 5:24 p.m. with American Medical Response staged at Midway and Demaray Drive. During the execution of the warrant, more than 1,700 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. Additionally, 10 firearms and a large amount of cash were seized on scene. The property also had multiple water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. Lorraine Leon, 57, Antonio Sanchez, 36, Donicio Sanchez, 28, and Pedro Sanchez, 26, are all facing charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. Nathan Contreras, 57, in addition to those charges, is facing10 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Posted on 6/16/23 1:31PM by Chuck Benson
 

Trooper Jails DUII Driver on Multiple Charges
Trooper on traffic patrol was dispatched to a crash in the north bound lanes of Interstate-5 Thursday at 4:20 found a driver displaying signs of impairment and conducted an early DUII investigation. The driver, 32-year-old Zak Steven Shaw, was arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood draw subsequent to a search warrant. Mr. Shaw physically resisted the blood draw despite knowing a judge had signed a search warrant authorizing the procedure. Upon being returned to the patrol car for transport to the jail, Shaw urinated across the front and back of the unit and through the ventilation crack, soiling the entire cabin area of the cruiser. He was then lodged in the County Jail for aggravated harassment, DUII, reckless driving, contempt of court, resisting arrest and criminal mischief II plus he was cited for multiple violations. His vehicle was towed, and Mr. Shaw remained incarcerated this morning.
Posted on 6/16/23 10:26AM by Chuck Benson
 

Head Butt Shatters Glass Door, Female Suspect Arrested
A 31-year-old woman walked into Babe’s Bakery in the 1700 block of Northwest 6th and began yelling at the staff. The woman, identified as Chantal Roseann Haney, then exited the bakery, head butting the glass door, shattering it. The estimated damage was between $800 and $1,000. The woman continued walking away toward Paradise Pool, then toward Jack in the Box, up near Hillcrest Drive then going up the stairs to the AllCare Building where officers made contact with her.
Posted on 6/16/23 9:46AM by Chuck Benson
 

Disorderly Conduct Displayed at Downtown Dutch Bros Gets 1 Arrested
City Police Officers were dispatched to the downtown Dutch Bros Stand at 5:53 Thursday afternoon to the report of a person, previously trespassed, returned and is causing a ruckus. The trespassed individual, Tracy Barry, 61, was allegedly yelling at customers, using colorful phrases and stuck his hand in the tip jar. He removed it after being told to by an employee. Barry continued to harass employees and passers-by, attempting to pick a fight with a customer in the drive-thru. The customer emerged from his vehicle and Barry took a swing, missing. The customer retaliated with an open hand slap, causing Barry to stop yelling and sit down. Law enforcement arrived after the customer had left and gave Barry a lawful command to leave the business and sit on the curb, which he refused to do. A second officer arrived and Barry was taken into custody, transported to jail and lodged for disorderly conduct II, criminal trespass II, and attempted theft III.
Posted on 6/16/23 9:27AM by Chuck Benson
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Multiple Charges, 1 Felony, Levied Against Man for Downtown Disturbance
53-year-old man was jailed after causing a disturbance in Grants Pass near the Human Bean just before noon Thursday. The incident began with a man acting disorderly in the Human Bean Parking lot between lower 6th and 7th Streets. He reportedly was screaming, trying to enter multiple vehicles and throwing money around. Then the man disappeared into the alley behind Gates Furniture.
When the man re-emerged, he was naked and in the middle lane of 6th acting aggressive and then laying down in the roadway, prompting multiple calls to 911. When an officer made contact with the man, now identified as Shon Morley Asbury, and was told he was under arrest, he walked away. Asbury continued to be uncooperative, approached the officer and attempted to punch him. The blow missed. The officer deployed his taser, which was ineffective. Asbury continued to advance on the officer, so he was taken to the ground. During the struggle the taser probe became dislodged from Asbury and lodged into the officer’s leg. The officer was able to pin Asbury on the ground until additional officers arrived and he was taken into custody.
Posted on 6/16/23 8:21AM by Chuck Benson
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BLM & U.S. Forest Service Waive Day Use Fees for Juneteenth
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BLM and the U.S. Forest service is waiving day use fees in Oregon and Washington in observance of Juneteenth this Monday, the 19th. The public is invited to explore the unique and diverse natural landscapes and visitor facilities for a day of reflection and celebration. This would be the third fee-free day of 2023. Fee-free days refer to the waiver of standard amenity fees and day-use fees, such as visitor centers, picnic/day use areas and National Conservation Land units where fees are charged.
Posted on 6/16/23 6:55AM by Chuck Benson
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County Deputies Serve Three with Warrants
Three men were lodged in the Josephine County Jail on warrants Thursday, one was already in custody. Benjamin McClaren, 31, was transported from the County Courthouse to the jail at 2:41 p.m. and lodged on two warrants, one from the Grants Pass Police for failure to appear on a theft III charge, and one from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office for failure to appear on an unauthorized use of a vehicle. Daniel Ryan McMillen, 37, was served at 2:44 p.m. while already in custody. The warrant out of Fort Meyers, Florida was for false imprisonment while armed-domestic violence, child abuse and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-domestic violence. McMillen was in custody following a Grants Pass SWAT action at the Hawks Inn Motel last Monday. The local charges are strangulation, assault IV and menacing. McMillen is also said to be a suspect in an elude case from June 10th. At 3:21 p.m. Deputies made contact with Tyler Thorson, 29, at the Lions Club in Cave Junction
Posted on 6/16/23 5:36AM by Chuck Benson
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Sheriff’s Operation Results in Five Arrests
Five people were arrested Thursday afternoon in a Sheriff’s operation that, according to the Sheriff’s office log, began at 5:24 p.m. with American Medical Response staged at Midway and Demaray Drive. Few other details are available at this time. Nathan Contreras, 57, is facing10 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon and one count of unlawful manufacture of a marijuana item. Lorraine Leon, 57, Antonio Sanchez, 36, Donicio Sanchez, 28, and Pedro Sanchez, 26, are all facing a single charge of unlawful manufacture of a marijuana item.
Posted on 6/16/23 5:10AM by Chuck Benson
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RCC to Celebrate 52nd Commencement Saturday
The 52nd Rogue Community College Commencement ceremony will be held at the RCC Redwood Campus beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The college will confer 479 degrees and 158 certificates. 45 students will also receive their GED diplomas at this year’s ceremony. GED students will walk first followed by students receiving college certificates and degrees. The event will be held in the Wiseman Parking Lot with ample space, so no tickets will be required for entry. There will be approximately 1,350 chairs available for guests. There is limited shade in the event area, so guests are advised to dress for warm weather and to wear sunscreen. There will be reserved parking and seating for those with disabilities and well as sign language interpreters. Early arrival is encouraged for those needing additional time. Parking is available on campus and guides will be assisting guests. A free shuttle service will also be available for graduates and guests from the Josephine County Fairgrounds beginning at 8:45 a.m. and departing every 10 minutes.
Posted on 6/16/23 4:36AM by Chuck Benson
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Three Rivers Begins Free Summer Meals for Kids Beginning Tuesday
The Three Rivers School District’s program of free summer meals for all kids under the age of 18 begins next Tuesday. Meals will be served Monday through Friday up to August 19th with the exception of July 4th. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon to 12:30 at Fruitdale elementary, Manzanita Elementary, and Evergreen Elementary schools. Lunch only will be served from noon to 12:30 at Harbeck Village Apartments, Wildlife Images, and at Jubilee Park in Cave Junction from 11 a.m. to 11:30.
Posted on 6/16/23 4:35AM by Chuck Benson
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Porchfest Returns to Grants Pass Saturday
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A free music festival celebrating friendly neighborhoods and family gatherings returns to Grants Pass Saturday. Once again, its Porchfest. Porchfest is a free music festival that is taking place on the front porches of neighborhoods in small towns and large cities across the nation, and itís happening Saturday. This family-friendly, free, community-building event, the first in Oregon, started in 2017. This annual event will feature local musicians performing a variety of music genres on the front porches of historic Grants Pass homes. Porchfest occurs in the NW Washington Boulevard area of town, with the participating streets closed to vehicle traffic. From 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, detours will be in place for the following closures:
-Fourth Street between A Street and Evelyn Avenue
-Washington Blvd. between Evelyn Avenue and Savage Street
-Evelyn Avenue between Washington Blvd. and Lawnridge Avenue
-Manzanita Avenue between Hawthorne Avenue and Washington Blvd.
-Lawnridge Avenue between Savage Street and Evelyn Avenue
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes. Emergency Vehicles will be allowed through. There will be a marketplace for artists and crafter booths located on the median strip on Washington Blvd. Vendors with delicious food will be located in designated areas; or bring your own picnic [no alcohol permitted]. Many of the recipients of the Porchfest funds will be having booths at the event. Please look out for booths for CASA, Family Solutions, Growing Together, Maslow Project, and Project Youth +.
Posted on 6/16/23 4:33AM by Chuck Benson
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SOCET Executes Search Warrant after Tip Child Porn was being Distributed
A search warrant was served at a residence in the 800block of Forest Glen Drive in Central Point by the Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team Thursday morning following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone was distributing child pornography. Detectives are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing. Investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by for further evidence of child exploitation. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Medford Police Department, Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF), and Jackson County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the warrant service.
Posted on 6/16/23 4:30AM by Chuck Benson
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