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GP Police Collared Fugitive, Cited Campers and Evicted 2 in Park Patrol Checks
Grants Pass Police arrested a local fugitive, cited several campers and evicted two of them during city park patrol checks on Thursday. It all started at 5:49 a.m. yesterday when officers contacted 53-year-old Robert Andre Fisher at Morrison Centennial Park and arrested him on a Grants Pass warrant for 2nd-Degree Theft. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. During an area check of Westholm Park a short time later, Dylan Duffy was cited for Illegal Camping and Alyssa Morlan was cited for Improper Utilization of Park Space. A total of 12 campsites were posted with a removal date of November 19th and an e-mail was sent to the United Community Action Network (UCAN). During a patrol check at Gilbert Creek Park, James Smith was cited for Buffer Zone Violation. Since it was Smith's second such citation at that park, he was trespassed from 30 days. During a patrol check at Fruitdale Park, Russell Thompson was cited for Scattering Rubbish. Upon returning to Morrison Centennial Park, officers cited Joseph Hislip, Dolores Nevin, John Espinosa and Marissa Winters for Illegal Camping. Winters was also cited for Scattering Rubbish and she was excluded from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 11/17/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh

GP Motorist Cited for Causing Crash that Sent another Motorist to the Hospital
A Grants Pass motorist was cited for causing a crash that sent another motorist to the hospital late yesterday. Grants Pass Police and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of SW Booth and G streets on Thursday at about 5:30 p.m.. Police said the rear-end collision occurred between a pickup with a camper and a car. They said one person was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries. No one else was hurt. Both the pickup and car were towed from the scene, but it was unclear in the report who was driving the vehicles. There was partial blockage of the roadway. Following an investigation, officers cited a male motorist identified only as "Peat" for Driving While Suspended and No Insurance.
Posted on 11/17/23 11:23AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Reports No One Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash on Highway 238 in Murphy
No one was hurt in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at an intersection in Murphy early yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews were dispatched to the collision at the intersection of Williams Highway and North Applegate Road on Thursday at 9:05 a.m.. Troopers said a preliminary investigation indicates 56-year-old Larry Noble of Grants Pass was driving a Kenworth truck on the highway and slowed to make a turn onto North Applegate. They said a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 35-year-old Tawny Lints of Williams that was following the Kenworth veered to the right, struck the right rear portion of the truck and contacted the guardrail. According to OSP, no one was injured including an infant girl in Lint's vehicle. The damaged Tahoe was towed to Grants Pass and the Kenworth left under its own power. Following the investigation, Lints was either cited or warned for Following Too Closely.
Posted on 11/17/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed GP Man for Impaired Driving after Rogue River Highway Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for impaired driving early today following a traffic stop on Rogue River Highway. According to OSP, troopers pulled over an Acura TL driven by 33-year-old Robert B. Young on Highway 99 near Florence Lane at 12:10 this morning. Troopers said they stopped Young for a traffic violation and he displayed signs of impairment. After refusing to participate in field sobriety tests, a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a blood draw. Based on the results of the blood draw, Robert Young was transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he was cited to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His car was parked and secured at the scene of the traffic stop.
Posted on 11/17/23 11:19AM 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 earlier this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2100-block of Hubbard Lane on Wednesday morning. 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 11/17/23 6:41AM 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 this week. 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 11/17/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man on Local Warrant and Cited Campers in Downtown Area
Grants Pass Police arrested one man on an outstanding warrant and cited several others for camping and other violations in the downtown area early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 38-year-old Joshua Alexander Deivert and two other men sleeping on a sidewalk on SW I Street between 7th and 8th streets on Thursday around 5:40 a.m.. Deivert was cited for Scattering Rubbish and Illegal Camping as well as Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. He was also wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Disorderly Conduct and lodged at the jail facility. The two other men -- identified only as Chapman and Misner -- were warned for Illegal Camping and ordered to move on. Meanwhile, Russ Davis was sleeping in the doorway of the US Bank on SW 6th Street. He was cited for Scattering Rubbish and Illegal Camping. A man identified only as "Stalford" was cited for sleeping in the alleyway behind Gates Furniture. Louis Briseno and Jason Whittenburg were found sleeping on the sidewalk in the Grasshopper Parking Lot. Both were cited for Illegal Camping while Whittenberg was also cited for Scattering Rubbish. Both collected their belongings and moved off the sidewalk.
Posted on 11/17/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested 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 this week. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to the ordinance violation at the corner of SE 8th and I streets on Wednesday morning. 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 11/17/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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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
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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
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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
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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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