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OSP Seeks Suspects Who Fled Scene of Crash on Redwood Highway in Selma
The Oregon State Police was looking for suspects who fled the scene of a crash involving two other vehicles this week on Redwood Highway in Selma. OSP reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle wreck on US Highway 199 at Lakeshore Drive on Thursday at 8:32 p.m.. State troopers said a stolen Dodge Ram 2500 pickup towing a trailer failed to yield the right-of-way and was T-boned by a GMC Sierra pickup that was also towing a trailer. They said all occupants of the stolen Dodge fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement. According to OSP, a 69-year-old Chiloquin man was driving the GMC at the time of the crash. He was not hurt and issued a crash report. The registered owner of the stolen pickup was contacted and given instructions on how to retrieve his vehicle. Both the trucks and trailers were hauled to Cave Junction by Jerry's Towing. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to dial *OSP.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:52AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Apprehended Local Fugitive during Patrol of Downtown
Grants Pass Police apprehended a local fugitive in the downtown area early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 25-year-old Christian Nicholas Peckham at the corner of SE 6th and H streets on Friday at 12:48 a.m.. Police said they were on patrol in the downtown area when they spotted Peckham and knew that he was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for 2nd-Degree Burglary. Christian Peckham was placed into custody without incident and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:51AM by Sam Marsh

Rural Metro Fire Department Asking "Is Your Chimney Ready for the Winter?"
As the summer threat of fire to homes has diminished, the threat of fire from within increases. Flue fires are one of the leading causes of house fires during the colder months. Failure to clean the chimney of creosote buildup can lead to an ignition inside the flue. A flue fire isn't necessarily a problem, but heat or embers escaping through cracks or separations in the mortar, liner or pipe can ignite the walls, attic or roof. In the event a flue fire occurs at your home, call 9-1-1. Firefighters have special equipment for suppressing flue fires and checking for extension of flames into the structure. Fire that spreads into the structure can becoming damaging very fast. The sooner firefighters arrive, the less damage there could be. While you wait for their arrival, 9-1-1 will provide some basic instructions such as placing water-soaked newspaper inside the woodstove or fireplace. Wet paper will produce steam that will begin the cooling process up inside the flue. Since many house fires start in the middle of the night while you sleep, make sure that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are adequately placed and working. Installing a "monitored" fire alarm system is even better and it can alert firefighters when you are not home. Early detection is the key to keeping fires small. Prevent the potential of a house fire by having your chimney cleaned and inspected by a licensed chimney sweep and by burning dry, seasoned hardwood to reduce creosote buildup. Have someone get into your attic and look at the spacing of the flue from wooden roof and truss components, insulation and personal storage.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh

Rural Metro Fire Officials Offer Tips and Reminders for Halloween Safety
Rural Metro Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween this year -- and the company has provided some basic tips and reminders to help make it that way. Use caution with any fire such as candles and bonfires. Costumes and accessories should be fire-resistant. Wear good-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls. Children should always be accompanied by an adult. Remember, there is safety in numbers. Trick or Treat only in familiar, well-lit areas. Never enter a stranger's home. You may want to consider participating in a community event, such as "Trunk or Treat" or downtown business events. After sunset, carry a flashlight or headlamp to help see and be seen. Use reflective tape on costumes and bags for better nighttime visibility. Glow sticks make great accessories. Guard against distractions like cell phone use while walking in the dark with a costume on. Follow all pedestrian and traffic safety rules. Getting hit by a vehicle is one of the leading causing of injury on Halloween. Motorists should slow down and watch for trick-or-treaters, especially at night. Do not eat any treats until they are inspected. Avoid homemade treats and stick with those that are commercially-packaged. Adults consuming adult beverages should celebrate responsibly, especially if they are chaperoning children.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Winners Announced from 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest
US Cellular recently announced the winners of its third annual Hispanic Heritage Art Contest with the Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley. Winners of the art contest were celebrated in a ceremony at the local club. Boys & Girls Club members were encouraged to create original pieces of artwork in recognition of influential STEM icons including historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators. From September 15th until September 28th, the public was able to participate in online voting to determine the winners. First place and $250 went to Lily H.. Second place and $150 went to Sonja M.. Third place and $100 went to Jayden F.. Greg Roe, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, said this has become one of the most anticipated activities of the year. He said it's such an incredible opportunity for learning while being inspired and creative at the same time. He added they are grateful to US Cellular for their continued support.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Rare Gold Coins and Guns Lead Detectives to Arrests for Central Point Home Burglary
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A high-dollar burglary investigation has led to the arrest of four suspects after more than $300,000 in cash, gold coins and guns were stolen from a residence in rural Central Point last month. During the investigation, detectives from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office searched three Medford homes after tracking sales of the rare gold coins and guns. While searching the residences, detectives discovered gold coins and guns tying the suspects to the crime as well additional firearms possessed by convicted felons and more than 140 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl. Detectives began their investigation on August 22nd after deputies took a burglary report in the 4800-block of Old Stage Road. During the burglary, thieves stole $108,000 in cash along with 95 gold coins worth approximately $180,000. The suspects also took seven firearms including a rare select-fire, fully-automatic pistol. Upon further investigation, multiple suspects were discovered with rare gold coins including South African Kruggerands, American Eagles and Canadian Maple Leafs in their possession. The arrestees were identified as 53-year-old Michael Jason, 51-year-old Jonathan Kinsella, 43-year-old Michelle Kinsella and 68-year-old Curtis Hollins -- all of Medford. They were lodged at the Jackson County Jail on numerous charges. The case will be prosecuted by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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RCC Receives Higher Ed Grant to Support Expansion of Registered Nursing Program
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Rogue Community College has received a state grant award to support expansion of its nursing program. In September, the Oregon Higher Education Coordination Commission awarded RCC a Workforce Ready: Innovation in Workforce Program of nearly $970,000. The funds will support the expansion of RCC's nursing program and will help meet the demand for registered nurses (RNs), improve nursing education and strengthen the healthcare workforce. Funds will be distributed over three years to RCC and its project partners -- Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center and Providence Medford Medical Center. According to a recent study by Oregon Longitudinal Data Collaborative, there is a significant unmet demand for registered nurses across the state. Existing training programs are unable to produce enough graduates to meet the demand, with only 23% of qualified applicants admitted to RN programs. The shortage of RNs is also prevalent locally, as evidenced by Asante that has 347 vacant RN positions across its two-county healthcare system. Providence Medford Medical Center has approximately 40 open RN positions.
Posted on 10/28/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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National Weather Service Posts another Freeze Warnng for Region on Sunday Morning
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The National Weather Service has posted another Freeze Warning for southwest Oregon and northwest California. The latest Freeze Warning for Josephine, Jackson, central Douglas, eastern Curry and Siskiyou counties runs from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday. A Freeze Warning in the region for this morning ends at 9 a.m.. Temperatures as low as 25 degrees were expected this morning while temperatures tomorrow morning could fall to as low as 24 degrees in southwest Oregon and as low as 18 degrees in Siskiyou County. Frost and sub-freezing conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation, and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped, drained or allowed to drip slowly. Residents with in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
Posted on 10/28/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Teen Facing Felony Assault Charge after DUII Crash into Traffic Light Pole
A Grants Pass teenager is facing a felony assault charge after crashing a vehicle into a traffic control device and injuring his passenger while under the influence of an inhalant in the Redwood area last night. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Willow Lane on Thursday at 10:08 p.m.. Police said 18-year-old Kaiden O'Duane was driving a Mazda sedan westbound on Redwood Avenue approaching the Willow Lane intersection when he collided with a pole supporting the overhead traffic light. Found inside the vehicle was a canister of nitrous oxide, an inhalant which the driver reportedly used prior to the crash. According to the report, O'Duane and his unidentified passenger were extricated from the wreckage and transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for evaluation. The passenger was then transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment of moderate injuries. O'Duane displayed symptoms of impairment related to the collision and a search warrant was obtained for a legal blood draw. He was subsequently charged with Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Felony 3rd-Degree Assault. Since he was hurt in the crash, he was cited and released to the care of hospital staff. The heavily damaged Mazda was towed to the impound yard. City street crews were notified about minor damage to the traffic light pole.
Posted on 10/27/23 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Assisted Troopers in Arresting Impaired Driver in the Redwood Area
Grants Pass Police assisted the Oregon State Police in arresting an impaired driver in the Redwood area yesterday. According to the Police Department, state troopers in an unmarked patrol car pulled over a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Chandler Lee Menke for a traffic violation on Redwood Avenue near Annabelle Lane around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said Menke displayed numerous indicators of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. They said he refused to provide a breath sample, so a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that documented heavy impairment. After providing a breath sample that was nearly three times the legal driving limit, Chandler Menke was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. An empty bottle of vodka was found inside his vehicle, which was impounded.
Posted on 10/27/23 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed Motorist for DUII after Interstate 5 Traffic Complaint North of GP
The Oregon State Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving after receiving a traffic complaint on Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass late yesterday. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 70-year-old James Matteucci in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 62 on Thursday at 4:27 p.m.. Troopers said Matteucci was the subject of a traffic complaint for failing to drive within his travel lane. They located the suspect vehicle and observed bad driving. Upon contact with the driver, he showed signs of impairment. Matteucci admitted to consuming alcohol in Salem prior to driving to the Grants Pass area. An investigation was performed and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. After providing a positive breath sample, Matteucci was lodged at the Josephine County Jail and his pickup was impounded. A dog in the vehicle was taken to the Animal Control shelter.
Posted on 10/27/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Young Woman on Felony Warrant during Riverside Park Patrol
Grants Pass Police jailed a young woman on a felony warrant after performing a patrol check at a city park yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 18-year-old Makailah Gayle Dunham at Riverside Park on Thursday at 4:02 p.m.. Police said they contacted Dunham and ran her name through dispatch, which showed that she was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for 2nd-Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. She was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Meanwhile, Lisa Lawrence was trespassed from Riverside Park for 30 days after being cited for Scattering Rubbish and Improper Utilization of Park Space. Earlier in the day, officers cited seven people for various violations in the park and all were trespassed for 30 days. A total of 29 tents were posted for Illegal Camping and a load of trash was collected for disposal.
Posted on 10/27/23 11:03AM by Sam Marsh
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