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GP Police Assisted by Deputies in Capture of Felon Under Influence of Narcotics
The Grants Pass Police Department was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office last night in the apprehension of a felon who violated terms of his post-prison supervision by using narcotics. The Police Department reports deputies detained 24-year-old Zachary Randall Holmes near the Josephine County Jail on Thursday at about 8:30 p.m.. Police said Holmes' mother used her son's phone to call 9-1-1 due to him using methamphetamine and fentanyl at their residence on NE Duane Drive. As she was calling, Holmes ran out of the home and down Beacon Drive while in possession of a large knife. He was spotted a short time later near KFC at the shopping center. According to the report, Holmes continued south and tried to enter the Josephine County Jail where he was placed into custody by deputies. He was reported to be displaying extreme paranoia and highly erratic behavior, but no knife was found. Holmes was on post-prison supervision due to convictions for crimes including Felony Attempt to Elude Police, Identity Theft, Manufacture and Possession of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 Feet of a School, Reckless Endangering and Unlawful Contact with a Child. His corrections officer was contacted and he was lodged in jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:25AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed Man Wanted on Drug Trafficking Warrant after Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police jailed a man wanted on a local felony warrant after performing a welfare check on the east side of the city late yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a report of a man passed out in a vehicle parked outside Big Lots on Thursday shortly before 5 p.m.. Police said a Big Lots employee called 9-1-1 to report a man later identified as 48-year-old Benjamin Michael King was asleep in a Toyota Corolla and covered in drywall dust due to him working construction. The caller said the vehicle was running, the windows were rolled up and King hadn't moved in over 90 minutes. Upon arrival, officers contacted King and discovered that he was wanted on a 2021 Jackson County felony warrant for multiple counts of Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Heroin. Benjamin King was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. King's vehicle was locked up and secured at his request.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:24AM by Sam Marsh
 

Deputies Collared Felon on Local Warrant after Sunny Valley Trespass Call
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended a woman on a local felony warrant early yesterday while investigating a trespassing complaint in Sunny Valley. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 26-year-old Tesla Elouise Jinks in the 1500-block of Placer Road on Thursday at 1:12 p.m.. Deputies said a man contacted the Sheriff's Office to report that his ATV had been stolen and a female transient was living in a shed on a vacant property next door. The caller stated that he believed the woman was a pyromaniac who was likely responsible for the theft of his vehicle. Deputies arrived on scene and contacted Jinks. They did not locate the stolen ATV, but they discovered that she was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation related to an Aggravated Harassment conviction. In addition, she had been flagged as being hostile to law enforcement. Tesla Jinks was placed into custody without incident before being transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the no-bail warrant.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:22AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed Man for Violating Court Order after Call at NE Apartment
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for violating a court order early yesterday after responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on the northeast side of the city. According to the Police Department, officers were dispatched to the disturbance on NE 10th Street on Thursday at about 4 a.m.. Police said a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report a man and woman yelling at each other that woke her up. The caller said she saw a window to the apartment slam shut and that the female party in the argument sounded very scared. Upon arrival, officers learned the man -- identified as 31-year-old Jiewen Huang -- was under a no-contact order with the woman. They found him hiding under the bed and placed him into custody. Huang was charged with Contempt of Court/Restraining Order Violation and lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Motorist for DUII after Getting Call from Store Worker
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving yesterday after getting a traffic complaint from a convenience store near the high school. The Police Department reports officers responded to the call from a worker at the Pinnacle 365 on NE A Street at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Police said the employee stated that a man later identified as 44-year-old Ryan Kelly Kinsey was extremely intoxicated when he entered the store to buy more alcohol. The worker refused to sell him any adult beverages, so Kinsey left, got into a Nissan Pathfinder and "peeled out" of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Officers located the suspect vehicle a short time later at Rite Aid in the Grants Pass Shopping Center. They contacted Kinsey who displayed signs of impairment and admitted to drinking and driving. Because he refused to participate in field sobriety tests, a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a blood draw that documented his impairment. Ryan Kinsey was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. It was unclear in the report if his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:19AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Nabbed for Impaired Driving after North-City Traffic Stop by OSP
A Grants Pass man was arrested for impaired driving last night following an Oregon State Police traffic stop in the north part of the city. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Subaru Legacy driven by 39-year-old Paul Rinaldo Dickerson near the corner of 6th Street and Manzanita Avenue on Thursday at 8:45 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Dickerson for a traffic violation and he displayed signs of impairment. They said the suspect refused to participate in field sobriety tests, so he was placed into custody and transported to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was exactly twice the legal driving limit. Paul Dickerson was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court and released from custody. His vehicle was parked and secured.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Cited Woman for Stealing Merchandise from Grange
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for stealing merchandise from the Grange Co-op store yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a theft complaint at the store on West Schutzwohl Lane on Thursday around 1:55 p.m.. Police said 26-year-old Holly Noelle Tessier stole $26 worth of items from Grange Co-op by concealing them inside her purse, walking past all points of sale and attempting to leave without paying. She was detained by loss prevention and escorted into the store office to await the arrival of law enforcement. Upon arrival, officers charged Tessier with 3rd-Degree Theft. She was cited to appear in court and then released. She was also trespassed from the store.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:16AM by Sam Marsh
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City Park Campers Trespassed after Scattering Rubbish for Second Time
Two city park campers were looking for a new place to pitch their tent after an encounter with the Grants Pass Police Department on Thursday morning. Grants Pass Police contacted Heather Dixon and Brianna Bailey at Tussing Park during a patrol check that occurred at 8:43 a.m. yesterday. Police said Dixon and Bailey were cited for Scattering Rubbish at their campsite. Since it was the second such violation for the women, both were trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 6/2/23 11:15AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Department Seeks Help Locating Missing North Middle School Student
UPDATE: Landon Pene was located and safely returned home. GPPD would like to thank all those who helped find Landon.

The Grants Pass Police Department was seeking public assistance in locating a boy who was reported missing after he left school and did not return home yesterday. According to a Thursday night press release, Landon Pene was last seen at North Middle School just before the end of the day. We have received no update since last night. Police said Pene told a friend he was going into the surrounding hills to hide instead of returning home. They said he has a history of frequenting the hillside area near NW Starlite Place west of Highland Avenue. Landon is an 11-year-old white male juvenile who is 5-feet-2-inches tall and about 110 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a navy-blue hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white shoes. If you have seen Landon Pene or know of his whereabouts, please contact Grants Pass Police at (541)-450-6260.
Posted on 6/2/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Felon for Warrants & Other Crimes after Officer Chase
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on outstanding warrants and for additional crimes this week after he tried to run away from officers at a local apartment complex. The Police Department reports officers arrested 33-year-old Anthony Wayne Teal at the Jade East Apartments on NE D Street on Wednesday night. A Taser was deployed in order to safely place the uncooperative suspect into custody. Police said Teal was involved in a disturbance at the apartments and he was known to be wanted on statewide and local felony warrants. When a marked patrol unit arrived, Teal decided to run and a pursuit was initiated. As Teal attempted to flee, a concerned citizen intervened and caused the suspect to fall to the ground. He stood up and tried to flee again, but he was Tased and subdued. Teal was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a burglary conviction along with a Grants Pass felony warrant that listed crimes of 3rd-Degree Robbery, Identity Theft, 1st-Degree Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device and Petty Theft. He was additionally charged with probable cause of Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Escape from a unrelated case. Anthony Teal was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 6/2/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Two Jailed for Warrants and More after Driver Rammed Sheriff's Patrol Vehicle
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed two people for outstanding warrants and more this week after the driver rammed a patrol vehicle while trying to elude deputies near the Grants Pass Airport. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies eventually arrested 43-year-old Christopher Michael Owens and 29-year-old Halle Ariel Anderson at gunpoint in the 200-block of Brookside Boulevard late Wednesday afternoon. Deputies said they stopped a vehicle driven by Owens and occupied by Anderson for a traffic violation. A patrol vehicle was positioned behind the suspect vehicle near some concrete poles. The driver responded by ramming the patrol vehicle and causing extensive damage. He was placed into custody after trying to flee on foot. Owens was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from convictions for attempting to elude police and narcotics activity. He was additionally charged with Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief before being lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Anderson was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction for Hindering Prosecution as well as a Douglas County felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. She was also lodged at the adult jail facility.
Posted on 6/2/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Man on Medford Warrant after Trailer Park Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on a local felony warrant early yesterday after responding to perform a welfare check at a trailer park near the Rogue River. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to the incident at the Royal Trailer Park on Lewis Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday. Police said 58-year-old Clint Edward Robinson was called in by a neighbor after they heard him yell for help. Robinson's girlfriend was contacted and stated that he was drunk, had fallen down and was yelling. During the 15 minutes of hollering, many of the neighbors were rousted out of sleep. Upon arrival, officers contacted Robinson and discovered that he was wanted on a Medford felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Strangulation. He was also in violation of a no-contact order by being at the trailer park. Clint Robinson was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant along with a charge of Contempt of Court.
Posted on 6/2/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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