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Grants Pass Active Club Announces Winning Entries from 2023 Boatnik Parade
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The Grants Pass Active Club has announced the winners from Saturday's Boatnik Parade. This year's Boatnik Parade was one of the best yet, with over 100 entries and thousands of spectators lining 6th Street in downtown Grants Pass. In the Commercial category, Field's Home Improvement Center won first place followed by the Appliance & Mower Center in second place and the Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation in third. The Grants Pass Family YMCA was the winner in the Open Division and Rever Grand came in second. For individual entries, the Veterans of Foreign Wars was first and 2023 Oregon Miss United States Agriculture came in second. The Youth and Ag group won first place in the Animal Entry category followed by Farm Life in second. Out of the Children's Entry division, the Boys & Girls Club grabbed first place and the Rogue Valley Young Marines was the runner-up. In the Senior Division, it was Asante Three Rivers followed by the Grants Pass Clinic. The Grants Pass High School Marching Band & Color Guard won top honors among high school bands. The North Valley High School Band was second.
Posted on 5/31/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh

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 tomorrow 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. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 5/30/23 1:17PM 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 5/30/23 11:56AM by Sam Marsh

ODF Announces Fire Season in Josephine and Jackson Counties Begins Thursday, June 1st
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Fire season on lands protected by the Southwest District of the Oregon Department of Forestry begins on Thursday. Starting on June 1st at 12:01 a.m., the fire danger in Josephine and Jackson counties will be "low" and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will be "1." This declaration affects 1.8 million acres of ODF-protected lands. ODF officials said consistent rain and snow allowed for a fairly fire-free spring in Southern Oregon up until early May when a rapid shift in weather patterns took place and temperatures rose from the 40s and 50s to a range fluctuating between the 60s and 90s. The warmer weather combined with windy conditions prompted the spread of numerous accidental human-caused fires. Beginning Thursday, the burning of debris piles and the use of barrels for burning debris will no longer be allowed in Josephine and Jackson counties. In low fire danger, no outdoor debris burning is allowed, no fireworks are allowed within 1/8th of a mile of ODF-protected lands, and no exploding targets or tracer ammunition is permitted. Campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds and on private land with the landowner's permission. Smoking while traveling in vehicles is only allowed in enclosed vehicles on improved roadways, in boats on the water or other specifically designated locations.
Posted on 5/30/23 10:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Captured Two Fugitives in Monday Traffic Stop on Limpy Creek Road
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office captured two local fugitives yesterday after a traffic stop on remote road in the Riverbanks Road area. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 43-year-old Adam Levi Shute and 36-year-old Rachael May Lowden about four miles up Limpy Creek Road on Monday at about 12:45 p.m.. Deputies did not disclose why they stopped the vehicle, but said Shute and Lowden fled into the woods. They were able to track down and detain them, placing them into custody when it was discovered that they were wanted by law enforcement. Shute was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Contempt of Court and a Grants Pass warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for Identity Theft. Lowden was wanted on two Grants Pass felony warrants for probation violations related to crimes of 3rd-Degree Robbery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Adam Shute and Rachael Lowden were transported to the Josephine County Jail where they were lodged on no-bail detainers. Their vehicle was impounded and towed to Grants Pass. A gun found in the vehicle was placed in safe-keeping.
Posted on 5/30/23 10:32AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Theft Suspect and Learned He was Wanted by Medford PD
Grants Pass Police arrested a theft suspect yesterday and discovered that he was wanted on a local felony warrant. The Police Department reports officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at Fred Meyer on the Grants Pass Parkway on Monday around 1:45 p.m.. According to police, 23-year-old Griffan Ian Lucas was caught by Fred Meyer loss prevention stealing $4.68 worth of product. They said he passed all points of sale intending to deprive the business of their property. His corrections officer was contacted and placed a detainer on him. While being placed into custody, it was discovered that Lucas was wanted on a Medford felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Probation Violation related to Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis. Griffan Lucas was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant, for Probation Violation related to Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespass, and Petty Theft. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/30/23 10:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Man on Local Warrant While Investigating Disturbance Call
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on a local warrant while investigating a report of disorderly conduct in a northwest neighborhood yesterday. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a disturbance involving 40-year-old Jeromie Duane Wharregard near the corner of Highland and Manzanita avenues on Monday at about 1:35 p.m.. Officers said they received calls from citizen reporting Wharregard was going in and out of traffic as well as one report of the suspect entering their residence. He was also said to be picking up and throwing things onto the roadway. Upon arrival, officers contacted Wharregard who initially refused to identify himself. Once his identity was revealed, it was discovered that he was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for Resisting Arrest and Escape. Jeromie Wharregard was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant. One officer noted that the suspect "defecated everywhere" after being placed in custody.
Posted on 5/30/23 10:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Jailed Medford Man for Felony-Level Sex Crimes after Investigation
Authorities jailed a Medford man for two felony-level sex crimes late last week. On Friday afternoon, the Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police, US Homeland Security Investigations, Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team and Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant in the 1400-block of Poplar Drive. MPD said law enforcement contacted 44-year-old Tyson Blake Sidwell and placed him into custody at that location. No details of the investigation were disclosed, but Sidwell was lodged at the Jackson County Jail for 1st-Degree Rape and 1st-Degree Sex Abuse. Any victims or witnesses are encouraged to call MPD Detective Rogers at (541)-613-6805. Please refer to Case #23-4115.
Posted on 5/30/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Felon for Threatening Others with a Gun in North Valley Area
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for threatening others with a weapon during a weekend incident in the North Valley area. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 44-year-old Justin John Morton for the incident in the 600-block of Tina Way on Sunday at 7:34 p.m.. Deputies said Morton reportedly pointed a gun at a man while trying to recover stolen property at the residence. The incident was witnessed by several people and the suspect fled into the woods with others in a black car. No one was injured. Upon arrival, deputies located Morton, challenged him and took him into custody. He is a convicted felon and was found to be in possession of a firearm. He was also found to be wanted on a Jackson County misdemeanor warrant. Justin Morton was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and the outstanding warrant. He was still in custody on Monday.
Posted on 5/30/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Wolf Creek Man Snared for Roughing Up Wife during Weekend Incident in Jo Co
A Wolf Creek man was jailed for roughing up his wife during a weekend incident in northern Josephine County. The Sheriff's Office reports 44-year-old Jacob Andrew Gertman was arrested for the incident at home in the 800-block of Bridge Lane on Sunday at 10:25 p.m.. Police said a man called 9-1-1 to report that his brother and his wife were fighting physically and mentioned that there were weapons in the home including firearms. The caller made a comment about the SWAT team responding, but dispatchers told him that would not be happening. Deputies rushed to the scene, contacted both parties and interviewed them. The wife advised that her husband head-butted, hit and threw her to the ground. She had a bloody nose and blood coming from her month, but she refused medical transport. She admitted that she also head-butted her husband during the fight. In addition, a rental car was damaged during the altercation. Jacob Gertman was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault. The Sheriff's Office was unable to make contact with the car rental company to see if they wished to be a victim of Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 5/30/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Collared Man on Felony Warrant after Responding to Disturbance near GP
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man on a local felony warrant after responding to a reported disturbance just east of Grants Pass. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 61-year-old Jerry Don Shirley when they responded to the incident in the 2800-block of Foothill Boulevard on Sunday shortly after 11 a.m.. Deputies said Shirley and one of his neighbors have had a history of arguments over a dog. They said the suspect was armed with a pistol when they arrived on scene, but no shots were fired and no one was hurt. After speaking with both parties, it was evident that neither had enough evidence to support an arrest. However, a routine records check revealed that Shirley was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for charges including Felony 3rd-Degree Assault, Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving. Jerry Shirley was placed into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the warrant.
Posted on 5/30/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Motorist for DUII & More after Redwood Highway Collision
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving and more after he crashed into another vehicle on Redwood Highway near Rogue Community College last weekend. The Police Department reports officers and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle collision at the intersection of US Highway 199 and Hubbard Lane on Sunday around 5 p.m.. Police said 51-year-old Jonathan Aaron Teague was traveling east on the highway at a high rate of speed and he did not stop for a red light, striking a vehicle at the intersection. The force of the crash flipped an Audi sedan into an embankment and both vehicles were heavily damaged. According to the report, the driver of the Audi and one of Teague's passengers were transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were towed into Grants Pass. Officers said Teague displayed signs of impairment due to narcotics, but there was no drug recognition specialist available. Following an investigation, Teague was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and two counts of Reckless Endangering. Depending on the severity of the injuries, he could be facing additional charges.
Posted on 5/30/23 6:25AM by Sam Marsh
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