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Occupants Escaped Injury in 2-Vehicle Crash at Highway 238 & Water Gap
Several people -- including two young children -- escaped injury when two vehicles collided on Williams Highway in the northern Applegate Valley last night. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle crash on Highway 238 at Water Gap Road on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m.. Police said a Subaru sedan driven by 31-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Thabit of Ashland pulled out in front of a Toyota 4-Runner driven by 23-year-old Hannah McLaughlin of Grants Pass. McLaughlin had at least three passengers in her vehicle including a two-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, but no one was hurt. Her Toyota was towed by a family member and the Subaru was hauled into Grants Pass by Goodfellas Towing. Following an investigation, Thabit was warned for Failure to Yield the Right of Way.
Posted on 11/1/23 10:06AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Man Jailed for Roughing Up Girlfriend and Causing Damage to Home
A Grants Pass man was jailed for roughing up his girlfriend and destroying items at her southeast city residence last weekend. Grants Pass Police responded to the domestic disturbance in the 1800-block of SE Portola Drive early Sunday morning. Police said 33-year-old Ethan James Carter was determined to be the aggressor in a physical altercation with his girlfriend. They said the woman sustained physical injuries and there was property damage to her residence as a result of the fracas. The female victim had called 9-1-1 to report that Carter had a gun, he had "choked her out" and she was bleeding. She requested medical attention and stated that her boyfriend had been drinking. The suspect fled the home before the arrival of law enforcement, but he was located a short time later and placed into custody. Ethan Carter was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:41AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Collared Fugitive during Patrol Check at Downtown Safeway
Grants Pass Police apprehended a local fugitive during a patrol check at a downtown supermarket this week. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 58-year-old Jack Lee Osborne at the Safeway on SE 7th Street late Monday night. Police said they observed Osborne in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the Safeway parking lot. They said he was known to be wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft, 3rd-Degree Theft and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. Jack Osborne was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:39AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Police Snared Woman Who Prompted Fast Food Eatery Call
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman who caused a disturbance at a fast food eatery from which she had been trespassed before. The Police Department reports officers responded Monday night to a trespassing complaint at Wendy's in the 1800-block of NE 6th Street. Police said 45-year-old Amy Fellows Merrill returned to Wendy's and was yelling on the property. They said she was warned several times for her loud disruptive behavior and she had been previously trespassed from the business. Amy Merrill was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. It was at least the third time this year she had been arrested for being disorderly.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:32AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Reports GP Woman Helped Reunite GP Man with Lost Debit Card
The Oregon State Police reports a Grants Pass woman helped reunite a man with his lost debit card this week. According to the report, a 73-year-old woman arrived at the OSP station on NE 7th Street on Monday afternoon and stated that she found a debit card in the parking lot of Elmer's Restaurant off NE Agness Avenue. Troopers said the owner of the debit card -- a 32-year-old Grants Pass man -- was contacted and made aware of its location. He was told he could retrieve his card at the OSP office during normal business hours.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Board of Commissioners Should Make Quick Work of Light Business Agenda
With no public hearings or action items on the agenda, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners should make quick work of its weekly business session this morning. The Board is scheduled to make an appointment to the Josephine County Mining Advisory Committee as part of its Consent Calendar which also contains approval of the minutes from previous meetings, legal counsel updates and workshops. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens when citizens are given three minutes to address the Board on just about any topic pertaining to Josephine County. The Commissioners may respond to public comments. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:01AM by Sam Marsh
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RR City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Consider Medford Sewage Pact
The Rogue River City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning to consider an agreement with the City of Medford. The lone item on the agenda is an intergovernmental agreement with Medford through its Regional Water Reclamation Facility to accept aerobically digested sewage sludge from Rogue River's wastewater treatment facility for processing and disposal. The short meeting is being held right before a previously scheduled Council and Staff Workshop session to discuss the City Police Chief Recruitment Process. Thursday's special meeting begins at 9:50 a.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 11/1/23 5:00AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Investigating Shooting Death near Cave Junction with Suspect Lodged in Jo Co Jail
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The Oregon State Police was investigating a homicide that occurred late last week near Cave Junction. Trusted sources said a person died of a gunshot wound in the 28,000-block of US Highway 199 on Friday and an arrest was made. Josephine County Jail records show 57-year-old Michael Orentlicher was booked on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was held without bail over the weekend and was arraigned in Josephine County Circuit Court on Monday. During the arraignment, the deceased was identified as 35-year-old Theadore Crowly.
The Sheriff's Office and American Medical Response were initially dispatched to the shooting. The investigation was then handed off to the Oregon State Police. OSP has so far not released any information on the incident, nor have any details been officially released by the Sheriff's Office. However, sources said the shooting started as a trespass call and Crowly was shot near the fence line of the property. A chaplain was called in after Crowly was pronounced deceased.
Posted on 11/1/23 4:57AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon Housing Assistance Fund Helps Nearly 1,300 Households Stay in Their Homes
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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) announced it helped 1,295 households to stay in their homes through the Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). OHCS remains committed to ensuring homeowners can afford to stay in their homes. The program offers federal temporary COVID-19 emergency mortgage relief intended to support homeowners who have experienced financial hardships. Jason Gist of Grants Pass is one of the households who were able to keep their homes. Gist lost his job due to the pandemic and then watched his savings dwindle away. But thanks to this program, he was able to stay out of foreclosure. Gist said the Homeowner Assistance Fund made a profound difference in his life. He said it's not just financial assistance -- it's a lifeline for homeowners facing unprecedented challenges and he's grateful for their support and commitment to helping individuals like him navigate uncertain times. HAF provides up to $50,000 to help low- and moderate-income homeowners bring past due mortgages and housing expenses current.
Posted on 11/1/23 4:54AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine Community Library Hosts WW1 Program Series and Traveling Panel Display
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Adults and teens are invited to join Grants Pass High School teacher and past Oregon History Teacher of the Year Lois McMillan to explore the art, music and people that helped shape World War 1. It starts this week with a three-part series at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library. The series is set for the first three Thursdays of November. To support the program series, community members are invited to view the World War 1 and American panel exhibit by the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History on display during open hours at the Grants Pass branch from November 7th-December 2nd. This Thursday, November 2nd, will feature "Art of WW1" from 5 to 6:30 p.m.. "Jazz and the 369th Infantry" is scheduled for November 9th and "Women in WW1" is slated for November 16th. All three sessions will also be available to watch remotely. Community members can find the Zoom link on the library's website calendar at "josephinelibrary.org" or by e-mailing info@josephinelibrary.org."
Posted on 11/1/23 4:52AM by Sam Marsh
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Board of Commissioners Should Make Quick Work of Light Business Agenda
With no public hearings or action items on the agenda, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners should make quick work of its weekly business session tomorrow morning. The Board is scheduled to make an appointment to the Josephine County Mining Advisory Committee as part of its Consent Calendar which also contains approval of the minutes from previous meetings, legal counsel updates and workshops. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens when citizens are given three minutes to address the Board on just about any topic pertaining to Josephine County. The Commissioners may respond to public comments. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 10/31/23 10:20AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Jailed for Roughing Up Girlfriend and Damaging Items at Her House
A Grants Pass man was jailed for roughing up his girlfriend and destroying items at her southeast city residence last weekend. Grants Pass Police responded to the domestic disturbance in the 1800-block of SE Portola Drive on Sunday at about 1 a.m.. Police said 33-year-old Ethan James Carter was determined to be the aggressor in a physical altercation with his girlfriend. They said the woman sustained physical injuries and there was property damage to her residence as a result of the fracas. The female victim had called 9-1-1 to report that Carter had a gun, he had "choked her out" and she was bleeding. She requested medical attention and stated that her boyfriend had been drinking. The suspect fled the home before the arrival of law enforcement, but he was located a short time later and placed into custody. Ethan Carter was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 10/31/23 10:08AM by Sam Marsh
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