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OSP Adds Two to JoCo Jail Population
Oregon State Police Troopers added two individuals to the Josephine County Jail population. Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 a Trooper contacted Ryan Andrew Hare, 48, in Cave Junction, who was wanted on a probation violation warrant. Hare was arrested, transported and lodged in the County Jail with bail listed at $5,000. This morning, just before 1 a.m. that same trooper initiated a traffic stop on a motorcycle at 7th and “G” Street in downtown Grants Pass. The driver displayed signs of impairment and consented to field sobriety testing. That revealed further signs of impairment. The driver, Nicholas Lunde, 38, was arrested and transported to the hospital where a blood warrant was applied for, granted and executed, documenting Lunde’s level of impairment.
Posted on 6/15/23 9:39AM by Chuck Benson
 

Joint Task Force Serves Child Porn Search Warrant at Local Central Point Residence
The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team, SOCET, a joint inter-agency task force served a search warrant this morning at a residence in the 800 block of Forest Glen Drive in Central Point. SOCET served the warrant after receiving information someone was distributing child pornography. 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. Detectives are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing. During the search, investigators seized digital devices which will be forensically examined by for further evidence of child exploitation. A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking.
Posted on 6/15/23 9:16AM by Chuck Benson
 

Ladies Land in Local Crowbar Hotel
Two women find themselves in the Josephine County jail after separate self-inflected incidents. Just after noon Wednesday 58-year-old Marie Louise Riley became involved in an altercation with another resident in the 1000 block of East Park Street. According to City Police, during the escalating conflict, Marie grabbed the victim’s scooter and tried to tip them over, causing the victim’s foot coming down to stabilize the scooter and causing pain. Marie was arrested for harassment and lodged in the County Jail. No bail amount was listed on the booking document. Early this morning 43-year-old Diana Reynolds entered the Pinnacle 365 convenience store in the 800 block of Northeast “A” Street and stole items, saying she wanted to go to jail. The employee called 911 and prior to an officer arriving, began throwing things on the floor and opened a food item. She continued to demand to go to jail and began punching the card reader. Her wishes were honored as she was arrested and taken to jail and lodged on a charge of theft III.
Posted on 6/15/23 8:55AM by Chuck Benson
 

Realtor Reports Possible Squatters, Deputies Investigate & Arrest Two
A realtor reporting possible squatters on his seller’s land sent Sheriff’s Deputies to the 2500 block of Lower Wolf Creek Road Wednesday afternoon just after 3 p.m. The realtor told the Sheriff’s department there were several dogs in the abandoned trailer and possible signs that someone was living out of it.
Deputies responded and contacted 34-year-old Tawny Marie Swindall and Tony David Fernandez, 53, at the location. Both had valid warrants for their arrest. Swindall was wanted on a failure to appear Sheriff’s office warrant on an original charge of theft II. Fernandez had two outstanding warrants, both for failure to appear on driving while suspended charges. His bail was set at $30,000. No bail was listed for Swindall.
Posted on 6/15/23 6:49AM by Chuck Benson
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Naked Stroll Lands Lady in Jail
A naked stroll down Caves Avenue by a lady Wednesday afternoon landed the woman in jail Multiple phone calls began at 1:26 with the report of Shannon getting naked on the property and started walking down Caves Avenue, past the Community Christian Academy. Then it was on to Lister Street where it was reported the woman had something wrapped around her. Then it was on to Dutch Bros, then naked again behind Subway. The next report was running to the 76 Station. Deputies caught up with 49-year-old Shannon Petersen just after 2 p.m. and an arrest was made for disorderly conduct. The woman was less than cooperative and was transported in a wrap suit and spit hood.
Posted on 6/15/23 6:01AM by Chuck Benson
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Brother Jailed for Attacking Sister’s Boyfriend
Multiple calls from the victim and his girl friend lead Josephine County Deputies to arrest girl’s older brother for assault. Deputies were dispatched at 9:49 Wednesday morning to the 4600 block of Demaray Drive. The first call was from the boyfriend saying the suspect was screaming at him and threatened to attack him with a machete he had in his car. A simultaneous call from the 18-year-old girl friend said her brother is at the house causing and issue. According to the Sheriff’s log an assault did take place and American Medical Response were called to attend to head wounds. The older brother, identified as Eagle Joseph Hilton, 29, was detained, arrested and taken to the County Jail where he remained this morning.
Posted on 6/15/23 5:34AM by Chuck Benson
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Man Jailed on Probation Violation Suffering from Paranoia
A man apparently suffering from alcohol induced delusions, was arrested and jailed Wednesday at the request of his parole officer. Josephine County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the man’s behavior in the 200 block of West Lister Street in Cave Junction at about 9:22 a.m. Multiple callers stated the man was stopping shoppers and passers by asking them to call 911 because people were after him and there were people in his home with guns waiting to kill him. Deputies contacted 54-year-old John Bush who appeared to be very intoxicated and was in possession of alcohol at the corner of North Redwood Highway and West Lister.
Posted on 6/15/23 5:18AM by Chuck Benson
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The Life of a 1st Responder, Varied or Usual but Never Mundane
When First Responders come to work each day, they never know what they will encounter, or if there will be a common theme. It's what makes the job interesting. Here is a sampling of 1st responder calls yesterday. At 07:24 hrs., a vehicle left the road in the 4500 block of Williams Hwy, hitting a tree. The driver was taken to the hospital with moderate, but non-life-threatening injuries. At 09:21 hrs., a vehicle left the road in the 3700 block of Rogue River Hwy, hitting a tree. The driver was shaken but denied any injuries. At 15:12 hrs., a fully loaded log truck on Interstate 5 near Merlin Hill, experienced a wheel malfunction causing it to catch fire and spread to the logs. The fire was quickly contained, as were the flames that moved into grass and trees adjacent to the freeway. The truck driver was not injured.
Posted on 6/15/23 4:54AM by Chuck Benson
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Prep for Porchfest
Porchfest returns to Grants Pass this Saturday. Porchfest is a free music festival that is taking place on the front porches of neighborhoods 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.
Posted on 6/15/23 4:45AM by Chuck Benson
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Jackson County Expo Releases Tips to Enjoy Rogue Music Fest
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The Rogue Music Festival is right around the corner! The Jackson county EXPO has some important tips to help create a fun, exciting and safe experience. Expect heavy traffic in and around the Central Point area on Friday and Saturday. Traffic will likely peak in the early afternoon to evening hours as the headliners Carrie Underwood and Eric Church will be about to perform and will be heavy again later as attendees depart. Those not attending should consider using an alternative route that avoids the I-5 Exit 33 area in Central Point and East Pine Street between I-5 and Table Rock Road. Drivers should expect a heavier than usual number of pedestrians surrounding the concert venue and use extreme caution, especially upon event departure. Event guests are advised to visit the Rogue Music Festival website to familiarize themselves with protocols on what types of personal belongings will be allowed to avoid delays at the entrance gate. For the security of all guests, the EXPO will be strictly enforcing a clear bag policy. If you are attending the event, it is recommended that you become familiar with parking directions, the clear bag policy, and other important topics by visiting the event website in advance, which is located at https://roguemusicfest.com/
Posted on 6/15/23 4:42AM by Chuck Benson
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A Missing Teen is the 3rd Missing Person in Josephine County this Month
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UPDATE: PRESTON CURTIS HAS BEEN LOCATED.

A third missing person has been reported by the Josephine County Sheriff's office this month. This time it's 17-year-old Preston Curtis. Preston is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with dark blond hair and brown eyes. Preston was last seen on Monday, June 12th at the Northwest 6th Street Les Schwab Tire store in Grants Pass. Preston was on foot and his direction of travel is unknown. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Preston, please notify the Josephine County Sheriff's office at 541-474-5123. Searches for 80-year-old Berna Leahy in the Shan Creek area, and 33-year-old Michael Martin have produced no results as of this time.
Posted on 6/15/23 4:40AM by Chuck Benson
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Deputies & City Offices Busy Tuesday
Josephine County Sheriff’s patrols continued in the last 24 hours however the log reported no citations issued or arrests executed. City officers continued to contribute to the County Jail’s population though. At 11:20 Tuesday morning Officers recognized Bradley Andrew Peckham, 36, running along the shoulder of inbound highway 199 near Dowell Road. He was contacted due to having an active warrant for his arrest. Upon contact Peckham refused to provide the last four digits of his social security number and his date of birth, but he was I.D’d by photo and Officer knowledge. He was lodged on the warrant for Failure to appear on a theft III charge. At 12:20 p.m. came the report of a man in the bushes in the 800 block of Northeast ‘A’ Street. An officer contacted Clyde Michael Moore, 44, and stated Moore appeared to be nodding out. He was found to be smoking fentanyl and in possession of both that drug and heroin. He was cited for the drug possession and placed into custody at the request of his parole officer and lodged on a parole violation detainer. At 12:30 the office manager at 1600 Northwest 6th Street called police stating a transient had defecated on the property and stole the power disconnect from the businesses heat pump. Michael Eugene Pearman, 55, was contacted, and arrested for criminal trespass II, theft II and criminal mischief III and lodged in jail.
Posted on 6/14/23 9:22AM by Chuck Benson
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