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Young Bicyclist Injured & Cited after Running into Car in Downtown GP
A young bicyclist was both injured and cited after he collided with a vehicle in downtown Grants Pass yesterday. Grants Pass Police and emergency crews responded to the vehicle versus bicycle crash at the intersection of SE 6th and I streets on Wednesday around 1:15 p.m.. Police said a bicycle rider they identified only as "Feith" was riding on the sidewalk at a high rate of speed when he ran into the passenger-side door of a vehicle that was traveling south on 6th Street. Feith was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt, but the collision caused a large dent and paint damage to their door. Following an investigation, Feith was contacted at the hospital and cited for violating a city ordinance by riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.
Posted on 6/8/23 10:39AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Man Incarcerated for Federal Sex Crimes after SOCET Multi-State Investigations
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A Grants Pass man is being held in the Josephine County Jail on federal sex crime charges. The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) began an investigation into the activities of 28-year-old Brandon Cody Gale after receiving a report from the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department of a child being sexually exploited through Facebook. Through further investigations, SOCET discovered additional child victims in Oregon, Wisconsin and Louisiana. The joint interagency task force worked with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations to identify the out-of-state victims, and with the United States Attorney's Office to build the federal case against Gale. Brandon Gale has been charged with single counts of Sexual Exploitation and Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Children as well as single counts of Coercion and Enticement of a Minor. He was transported to the local jail facility from the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City, where he was serving time on state charges for an unrelated incident. Investigators said Gale found his victims by posing as a teenage boy on various social media sites including Facebook and Snapchat. He would then coerce his underage victims into performing sexual acts. He stole a teenage male's photo to interact with his victims. Detectives are looking for other potential victims. If you have any information, call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (541)-774-8333 and reference Case #22-1879.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Punching His Wife in Downtown Parking Lot
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for punching his wife in a downtown parking lot early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 43-year-old Jason David McKy for the incident that occurred in the Daily Courier parking lot at SE J and 8th Streets on Wednesday at 5 a.m.. Police said McKy caused physical injury and pain to his wife by striking her on the left side of her face with a closed fist. They said he fled before their arrival, but he was located nearby and placed into custody. His wife declined medical treatment. She said she woke up and her husband was "pleasuring himself on top of her." When she resisted, he punched her. Jason McKy was charged with 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Investigating Alleged Shooting Incident on Redwood Highway near Wonder
The Oregon State Police was investigating a shooting that allegedly took place last weekend in the Wonder area. According to OSP, state troopers responded to a report of shots fired just off Redwood Highway near Slate Creek Road late last Saturday night. Troopers said the 54-year-old female victim stated that someone started shooting at her when she pulled over on the side of the highway. The victim said a female came out of a nearby residence, told her to leave the area and shot multiple times in the direction of the victim and her daughter. No one sustained any physical injuries from the violent interaction. The victim's GMC pickup sustained no damage from the alleged gunfire.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass High School Stages Dangerous Intruder Drill on Wednesday Morning
It may be near the end of the school year, but it's never too soon to practice for next year. Grants Pass High School held a dangerous intruder drill on Wednesday morning. GPHS Principal Ryan Thompson said the drill allowed the school to work with students, staff and the Grants Pass Police Department to simulate what would happen in the event there was a dangerous intruder on campus. During the drill, each classroom turned off the lights, locked their doors and found an area where they were out of sight. The drill was deemed a success. Thompson said they hope never to be in a "lock down" situation, but they want their students and staff to be comfortable knowing what to do ahead of time. He said if they ever have any kind of "Hold," "Secure" or "Lock Down" event, they will always communicate with families as soon as possible. According to the GPHS principal, this will occur through ParentSquare, which has options for instant text messages.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County SO Released Results from Speed Saturation Patrols in May
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has released the results from focused speed saturation patrols that occurred in May. According to a recent post on Facebook, the Sheriff's Office reported deputies pulled over 31 motorists for speeding last month. Out of the 31, two were cited and 29 were warned. Deputies also made one suspended driving arrest, issued two suspended driving citations and one driving uninsured citation, and handed out 15 other warnings. The Sheriff's Office was awarded overtime by participating in the "Speeding Slows You Down" enforcement campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Had Interesting Encounter with Constitutionalist during Traffic Stop
Grants Pass Police had an interesting encounter with a motorist who professed to be a Constitutionalist during a traffic stop in the downtown area earlier this week. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Peter Bogard near the corner of SE 6th and L streets on Monday night. Police said they stopped Bogard for expired registration tags on his vehicle. When they asked for his driver's license and insurance, the man stated that he was a "sovereign national" and provided officers with a US Passport and a bond for $100 million. His driving privileges had been suspended. Peter Bogard was cited to appear in court for Driving While Suspended and No Insurance. He was also warned for Expired Registration before his vehicle was legally parked and secured. He was advised not to drive until he is licensed and insured.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Commissioners Move Again to Defund 4-H Extension Service District
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The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has once again voted to defund the 4-H Extension Service District. This time, it's official. Acting as the governing body of the Josephine County 4-H Extension, the Board voted 2-1 to provide no appropriations to the local service district. Commissioners Herman Baertschiger and John West voted "yes" while Dan DeYoung voted "no." The vote followed testimony by OSU Extension staff and officials including Vice Provost Dr. Ivory Lyles who attended the meeting via Zoom from his office in Corvallis. Staff urged the Board not to defund the district and sever the 100-year relationship between the Extension Service and Josephine County. A capacity crowd in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium also weighed in on the decision with public comments. Several former 4-H leaders and participants were actually in favor of defunding the district, stating that the program has changed too much over the years and staff members were unresponsive to perceived problems. The Commissioners took issue with funding the district at the same level as when it was formed and served as many as 700 people. Recent OSU estimates show the number of participants has dwindled to around 100. The Board attributed the steep fall in participants to the Extension Service's "woke" social agenda.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Commissioners Support Formation of Law Enforcement Service District for Likely Vote
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The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to support the formation a law enforcement district that will likely appear on the November 7th ballot. Sheriff Dave Daniel approached the Board last week with his intention to form the district in order to continue providing high-quality law enforcement services. He said the Sheriff's Office is facing a financial cliff next year without stable funding. Sheriff Daniel testified that this is a citizen-driven initiative and it would help him head off retention and recruitment problems, adding that he has lost nine deputies over the past three years -- which he said was a loss of an $800,000 investment. Legal Counsel Wally Hicks said the proposed 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value service district would be unique in that it would include a citizen advisory committee for oversight. He said a "Donut District" that includes the rural areas of the county but not the City of Grants Pass is already in place in Deschutes County which does not include the City of Bend. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board reappointed Cameron Camp to the Collaborative Economic Development Committee.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council Okays Supplemental Budget and Adds Safe Parking Programs to Code
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The Grants Pass City Council last night approved a resolution to adopt the supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2023 while two quasi-judicial hearings held for the vacation of property lines to form single parcels both passed. An action item regarding an ordinance adding Safe Parking Programs to the Grants Pass Municipal Code brought forth a lot of discussion by City Council and public. With a few modifications to the original ordinance, it was passed. This will create an ordinance that allows transitional overnight parking of cars and recreational vehicles by organizations such as churches of two types -- under three per lot and up to six per lot. An application process will be put in place. A resolution authorizing a grant agreement between the City of Grants Pass and OnTrack for temporary housing and substance abuse services was passed, allowing for 10-15 additional beds for individuals in treatment. Most of the public comment section of the meeting was focused on Tussing Park, the lack of bathroom facilities there and the legality of weapons in parks.
Posted on 6/8/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Commissioners Vote to Defund 4-H Extension Service District
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners have voted to defund the 4-H Extension Service District. Acting as the governing body of the Josephine County 4-H Extension, the Board voted 2-1 to provide no appropriations to the local service district. Commissioners Herman Baertschiger and John West voted "yes" while Dan DeYoung voted "no." The vote followed testimony by OSU Extension staff and officials including Vice Provost Dr. Ivory Lyles who attended the meeting via Zoom from his office in Corvallis. Staff urged the Board not to defund the district and sever the 100-year relationship between the Extension Service and Josephine County. A capacity crowd in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium also weighed in on the decision with public comments. Several former 4-H leaders and participants were actually in favor of defunding the district, stating that the program has changed too much over the years and staff members were unresponsive to perceived problems. The Commissioners took issue with funding the district at the same level as when it was formed and served as many as 700 people. Recent OSU estimates show the number of participants has dwindled to around 100. The Board attributed the steep fall in participants to the Extension Service's "woke" social agenda.
Posted on 6/7/23 1:46PM by Sam Marsh
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BCC Supports Formation of Law Enforcement Service District for November Ballot
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to support the formation a law enforcement district that will likely appear on the November 7th ballot. Sheriff Dave Daniel approached the Board last week with his intention to form the district in order to continue providing high-quality law enforcement services. He said the Sheriff's Office is facing a financial cliff next year without stable funding. Sheriff Daniel testified that this is a citizen-driven initiative and it would help him head off retention and recruitment problems, adding that he has lost nine deputies over the past three years -- which he said was a loss of an $800,000 investment. Legal Counsel Wally Hicks said the proposed 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value service district would be unique in that it would include a citizen advisory committee for oversight. He said a "Donut District" that includes the rural areas of the county but not the City of Grants Pass is already in place in Deschutes County which does not include the City of Bend. In other business, the Commissioners approved a purchase order for two heavy-duty lifts that will be used for Josephine County Transit bus repairs as well as an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to aid in the transport of elderly and disabled patrons. Both the order and agreement are paid for by grants. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board reappointed Cameron Camp to the Collaborative Economic Development Committee.
Posted on 6/7/23 11:57AM by Sam Marsh
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