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Grants Pass Police Cited Man on Outside Warrant after Downtown Area Fight
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an outside warrant after responding to a fight between two men in the downtown area late yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers contacted and detained 22-year-old Carlos S. Alcantar in the 300-block of SW J Street on Tuesday at 5:10 p.m.. Police said a man they identified as "Wes Blackwelder" wanted Alcantar to leave his home due to his heavy intoxication and he shoved him to the ground. They said Alcantar was not hurt and did not want to pursue the matter criminally. A routine records check showed that Alcantar was wanted on a bench warrant issued by the Sutherlin Municipal Court for Contempt of Court. After confirming the warrant, officers cited Alcantar and released him.
Posted on 5/31/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Cited Woman for Illegal Camping & Posted 5 New Park Campsites
Grants Pass Police cited a city park camper early yesterday during a routine patrol check in a northwest neighborhood. The Police Department reports officers contacted Shelley West and cited her for Illegal Camping after she failed to remove her tent from Gilbert Creek Park within 72 hours of her campsite being posted. This happened around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police said they posted five new campsites for Illegal Camping, so they have 72 hours to remove their tents and/or vehicles from the city park. According to the report, an e-mail was sent to United Community Action Network.
Posted on 5/31/23 11:29AM by Sam Marsh

No One Seriously Hurt after Vehicles Struck Elk Crossing I-5 in Sunny Valley
No one was seriously hurt, but three vehicles sustained significant damage when they struck an elk crossing Interstate 5 in the Sunny Valley area last weekend. According to the Oregon State Police, troopers and emergency crews responded to the three-vehicle mishap in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 72 shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. The involved vehicles were a Honda Accord driven by a 44-year-old White City man, a Hyundai Santa Fe driven by a 68-year-old Grants Pass man and a Toyota Camry driven by a 28-year-old Grants Pass man. Two of the drivers and one passenger were not injured, but one of the drivers requested to go to the hospital by ambulance for precautionary measures due to back pain. All three vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed away. The condition of the elk was not provided by OSP. No citations were issued.
Posted on 5/31/23 11:27AM by Sam Marsh

Central Point Man Killed in Weekend Crash on Highway 62 in Jackson County
A Central Point man was killed and a Shady Cove woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 62 last weekend. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision near milepost 17 of Crater Lake Highway on Saturday shortly after 5 p.m.. State troopers said a preliminary investigation indicated a Subaru WRX driven by 26-year-old Corey Hanley of Central Point was traveling west on the highway when it went out of control and swerved into the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into a Subaru Crosstrek driven by 80-year-old Barbara Badger of Shady Cove. According to OSP, Hanley was transported to a local hospital where he was later declared deceased. Badger was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Highway 62 was impacted for approximately two hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District, Mercy Flights Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Put Dent in Large Prescription Drug Fraud Ring with Weekend Arrest
Grants Pass Police put a dent in a large prescription drug fraud ring last weekend when they arrested one of the main perpetrators at the downtown Safeway store. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to suspicious activity at the supermarket/pharmacy on SE 7th Street on Sunday afternoon. Police said 26-year-old Issa Tarek Soudani and a woman identified as "Michelle Flynn" attempted to pick up a fraudulent prescription at Safeway and were taken into custody. They were transported to the police department and interviewed by detectives. Detectives said they learned a previous incident involving a fraudulent prescription was called in to the Safeway pharmacy last week. They said a female subject went to the store and wanted to pick up a prescription for "her sister." The female waited in line until the pharmacist told her it would be ready, but she quickly left with an unidentified male subject who was waiting by the store exit. Photos of both suspects were taken, sent to detectives and they matched Soudani and Flynn. Issa Soudani was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Tampering with Drug Records and Attempted 2nd-Degree Theft. Michelle Flynn was released.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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MPD Cited Man for Disorderly Conduct after Dispute at Holiday Soccer Tourney
The Medford Police Department cited a man following a dispute at a local Memorial Day soccer tournament. MPD received multiple calls reporting that there was a disturbance at a children's tournament soccer game at North Medford High School on Monday afternoon. The game was affiliated with a large soocer tournament occurring in the area during the holiday weekend and it was not associated with the school. According to MPD, reports to police were that there was a parent argument and one of the involved parties was carrying a firearm. Multiple patrol units responded and made contact with 38-year-old Christian Quirarte, who was identified as the subject who was armed with a gun. Quirarte had left the scene prior to police arrival and then returned. After speaking with multiple witnesses to ensure there was no public threat, the suspect was cited and released for Disorderly Conduct. No firearm was located by police officers. In response to the initial report of a man with a gun, multiple soccer fields were cleared and the games were suspended. Both teams were from out of the area and they were in Medford for the weekend tournament.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Three Motorists for Impaired Driving in GP over Holiday Weekend
The Oregon State Police arrested three motorists for impaired driving in Grants Pass over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Friday at 9:47 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Christopher McCurdy of Roseburg at the corner of SE 7th and K streets in downtown Grants Pass. State troopers said they stopped McCurdy for a traffic violation and he displayed signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and was placed into custody for Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Substances, Reckless Driving and two counts of Reckless Endangering. The second incident happened on Saturday at 1:38 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota 4-Runner driven by 44-year-old David Handley near the corner of NE 7th Street and Hillcrest Drive in Grants Pass. Troopers said they stopped Handley for speeding and he exhibited signs of impairment. The third incident took place on Monday at 12:30 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by 52-year-old Cindy Vaughn near the corner of Redwood Highway and Ringuette Street. Vaughn was stopped for speeding and she showed signs of impairment.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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White City Woman Cited for Causing Collision under Interstate 5 Overpass in GP
A White City woman was cited for causing a motor vehicle accident in east Grants Pass last weekend. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle crash under the Interstate 5 overpass near milepost 55 on Saturday at about 10 a.m.. Troopers said evidence at the scene and driver statements indicated that 25-year-old Dakota Storm Rock had stopped her Toyota Tacoma under the overpass due to a high volume of traffic when a Toyota RAV-4 driven by 28-year-old Mackenzie Jean Marino was following too closely and rear-ended the Tacoma. According to OSP, no one was injured -- but the RAV-4 was damaged and had to be towed into town. Both drivers were provided with a copy of the crash report. Following an investigation, Marino was cited for Following Too Closely.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:32AM by Sam Marsh
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ODOT Investigating Attempted Theft of Road Sign on Redwood Highway near CJ
The Oregon Department of Transportation was investigating the attempted theft of a road sign along Redwood Highway near Cave Junction this week. The Oregon State Police received a report of a male subject carrying a sign near milepost 28 of US Highway 199 on Monday at 5:35 a.m.. OSP said the caller confronted the man carrying the sign who then threw the sign into the bushes near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Glendon Road. Troopers responded to the area and located the sign, but they were unsuccessful in finding the alleged sign thief. OSP notified ODOT and the agency was investigating.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC to Hold Public Hearings on Transportation Plan Amendment & New Budget
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners is set to hold two public hearings during its weekly business session this morning. The first hearing is for the second reading and adoption of an ordinance which amends the Josephine County Transportation System Plan to include adoption of the US Highway 199 Corridor Plan. The first reading of the plan to improve safety on Redwood Highway was approved by the Board on May 17th. The second hearing is on the Josephine County budget for the 2024 Fiscal Year. Following the hearing, the Board is expected to adopt the spending plan and approve a resolution levying property taxes and local option levy taxes. Under Administrative Actions, the Commissioners will consider approve an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation's Public Transit Division along with an intergovernmental agreement with the Rogue Valley Council of Governments to host an AmeriCorps Broadband Community Coordinator. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Multiple Agencies Extinguished Small Wildfire on Mountain in Northern Applegate Valley
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Reports of a highly-visible column of smoke southeast of Murphy led firefighters to a small wildfire on top of a mountain in the Applegate Valley yesterday. On Tuesday at 1:20 p.m., Rural Metro Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Forestry and Applegate Valley Fire District were dispatched to the Hillview Fire between Copper Drive and Grays Creek Road off Highway 238 near milepost 8. The search for best access by firefighters was ultimately found via an old logging road in the 300-block of Hillview Drive off Crystal Drive. While it was the closest point to get fire engines and water to the blaze, several hundred feet of hose needed to be coupled up the hill. Crews hiked in to scratch a control line around the fire. Personnel also patrolled surrounding neighborhoods to provide public information and reassurance that crews were on scene. Due to the fire's elevated location, it posed no threat to any structures on the valley floor. Once the control line was finished around the perimeter, growth of the fire was stopped at just under a half-acre. As of 4:30 p.m., the fire was completely lined and water was being applied. Crews continued mopping up and investigating the cause of the fire into the evening hours. ODF officials said it's possible the fire was a lightning strike holdover.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Fire Season Regulations Go into Effect in City of Grants Pass Early Thursday Morning
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The Oregon Department of Forestry has announced the start of the 2023 fire season is tomorrow and the City of Grants Pass will follow suit with seasonal regulations inside the city limits. Fire season begins in Josephine and Jackson counties at 12:01 a.m. Thursday when the fire danger level will be "low." The adopted Grants Pass Municipal Code 9.15 Regulated Use Closure will also take effect at that time. Beginning Thursday, smoking in areas of flammable vegetation will be prohibited. Open fires are prohibited including campfires, cooking fires and warming fires in Grants Pass. Natural gas, propane and charcoal barbecues and smokers as well as propane ornamental fires will still be allowed. Power saw use is permitted all day during low fire danger, but each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. A Firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw. The cutting, grinding and welding of metal along with the mowing of dry, cured grass is also permitted during low fire danger. Motor vehicles -- including ATVs and motorcycles -- are allowed only on improved roads free of flammable vegetation.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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