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GP Police and Firefighters Busy during Week Leading Up to Boatnik Festival
Grants Pass police officers and firefighters were busy during the week leading up to the annual Boatnik Festival. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 1,214 calls for service last week resulting in 61 arrests, 25 citations, 143 warnings and three highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) made a total of 185 contacts with potential trouble-makers while arresting five people, citing 12 more and warning 143 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 11 individuals and posted 112 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 93 calls last week including 34 for emergency medical service, five reports of fire or smoke, seven lift assists, four rescue situations, seven assists to other agencies and five false alarms. Firefighters also performed 43 business inspections, led nine education programs, assisted the public five times and properly installed two child car seats for young families. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,372 emergency calls in addition to 900 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Apprehended Statewide Fugitive after Trespassing Call at Verizon
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant after investigating a weekend trespassing complaint at a local phone store. The Police Department reports officers responded to the complaint involving 38-year-old Christopher Scott Moore at Verizon Wireless on NE Terry Lane on Friday around 6:25 p.m.. According to the report, Moore had been loitering at the business nearly all day. Police said they contacted Moore and after confirming his identity, discovered that he was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation that stemmed from a 2019 conviction for Harassing Communication. Christopher Moore was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:32AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Upgraded Misdemeanor Charge to Felony on Aggressive Shoplifter
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for shoplifting at a local supermarket and upgraded the charge to a felony after he became aggressive with employees. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a theft complaint involving 24-year-old Tyler Michael Gonzalez at WinCo Foods on NE Terry Lane around 8:15 p.m. Friday. Police said Gonzalez was detained for stealing more than $30 worth of food from WinCo by concealing the items in his fanny pack and shorts. They said he deprived the store of its property by passing all points of purchase without trying to pay for cake, beer and other items. Gonzalez was contacted by loss prevention and he started to fight with them when they tried to retain the stolen property. No injuries were reported. Upon arrival, police advised Gonzalez of his rights and he reportedly admitted to the theft. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 3rd-Degree Robbery and 2nd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh

GP Man Incarcerated for Stealing Bicycle from Carnival Worker at Riverside Park
A Grants Pass man was arrested for stealing a bicycle from a carnival worker at the Boatnik Festival in Riverside Park. Grants Pass Police responded to the theft complaint at the city park around midday Friday. Officers said a witness called 9-1-1 when they saw 36-year-old David Richard Paoli take a bicycle belonging to a female carnival worker and ride away from the park. The caller took a photo and video of the suspect while he committed the crime. Police tracked Paoli to the back parking lot of the Bottle Drop Center on Rogue River Highway and placed him into custody. They said he had attempted to stash the stolen bike in some bushes behind the recycling depot. He reportedly admitted that the bike was not his and he hid it because he "had a feeling that it was stolen." David Paoli was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and the bicycle was returned to its owner.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD Citizen Emergency Response Team Holding Disaster Preparedness Training
The Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the Illinois Valley Fire District (IVFD) will be conducting a free Disaster Preparedness Training class on select Saturdays in June and July. The training classes are scheduled for June 10th, 17th, 24th and July 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Participants will learn the basics of disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations and psychology, light search and rescue, and radio and communications skills. The first two classes will be held at the IVFD Administration Building at Station #1 at 681 Caves Highway in Cave Junction. This is a free course, but it is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up. To sign up, call (541)-415-9102 or e-mail "ivcertoutreach@gmail.com."
Posted on 5/29/23 6:26AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Police Officers Shot and Wounded Suspect in Burglary-in-Progress on Angelcrest
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The Medford Police Department shot and wounded a burglary suspect on Saturday evening. MPD received a call from residents in the 1500-block of Angelcrest Drive advising of a burglary-in-progress. The caller reported that a male subject was armed with a firearm and was entering and removing property from a home that was unoccupied. Multiple MPD officers responded to the area, with the first officer arriving within six minutes of the initial call -- 11 minutes after officers arrived, an announcement that shots had been fired came over the radio. Lieutenant Geoff Kirkpatrick said substantial aid was rendered to the suspect by officers on scene before medical personnel arrived. He said the suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated and responded to the scene. The team is comprised of investigators from MPD, Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County District Attorney's Office. Per protocols, OSP will be the lead agency on this case. The names of the suspect and officers involved in the shooting are not being released at this time.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh
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Family of Four Rescued from Rogue River after Canoe Flipped Over near Chinook Park
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A family of four was rescued from the Rogue River after their canoe flipped over near Chinook Park. On Saturday at approximately 5:37 p.m., Grants Pass Fire & Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the mishap on the Rogue just east of Grants Pass. All four occupants were thrown into the current and ended up in different spots along the river. A rescue boat from the Parkway Fire Station was able to launch from Chinook Park to safely extract the occupants and shuttle them to shore. The Sheriff's Office marine deputy provided support for the operation. The four occupants were not wearing life jackets. They were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center due to exposure to the cold water. Grants Pass Battalion Chief Brandon Rigaud said this incident serves as a reminder to all who seek recreation on local rivers to be mindful of the strong currents and cold water. He said life jackets should be worn whenever boating in case of an accident like this one.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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We Come Together on Memorial Day to Honor Military Members Who Paid Ultimate Price
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Today is Memorial Day. The United States comes together today to honor members of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedoms. Brave men and women from across our country are the very reason we enjoy the lives we lead and it is important we honor their sacrifice and service. Throughout the weekend, many communities have paid tribute by hosting parades and somber ceremonies to mark the holiday. Memorial Day was initially known as "Decoration Day." The name refers to the tradition of adding ornaments to the final resting place of fallen soldiers. People laid flags and flowers in national and local cemeteries. It was 1882 when the term "Memorial Day" first came about. This name became more common than Decoration Day after World War 2. Federal law made it official in 1967. Today we remember those we have lost as well as the sacrifice of the family members who survive them.
Posted on 5/29/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Jacksonville Company One of 14 Fined by DEQ for Environmental Violations
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued 14 penalties totaling more than $408,000 in April for various violations, but only one in the southwest part of the state. Fines ranged from $4,470 to $203,129 for alleged violations that included a wastewater facility discharging more pollution than allowed by its permit to builders not implementing erosion and sediment control plans at a solar power facility. Locally, Central Materials, Inc., of Jacksonville was fined $11,664 for a stormwater violation. DEQ officials said the company discharged sediment-laden water from a quarry to a creek tributary. Organizations or individuals must either pay the fines to the state or file an appeal within 20 days of receiving notice of the penalty. They may be able to offset a portion of the penalty funding a supplemental project that improves Oregon's environment. Penalties may also include orders requiring specific tasks to prevent ongoing violations or additional environmental harm. DEQ works with thousands of organizations and individuals to help them comply with laws that protect Oregon's air, land and water. The agency uses education, technical assistance, warnings and penalties to change behavior and deter future violations.
Posted on 5/27/23 6:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Law Enforcement Agencies Participating in Safety Belt & Child Restraint Blitz
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies are participating in the "Click It or Ticket" safety belt and child safety seat campaign into the early part of next month. The safety campaign started Monday and runs through Sunday, June 4th. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon are using federally-funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child safety seat laws including a law passed in 2017 increasing safety for children under age 2. Oregon Department of Transportation crash information for 2020 shows lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 32% or 100 of a total 311 motor vehicle occupant fatalities. In 2017, an Oregon law was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster seat until they reach age eight or 4-feet-9-inches in height and the adult safety belts fits them correctly.
Posted on 5/27/23 6:04AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon State Police Has Issued 2023 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Advisory
Whether you are headed to the beach, camping, visiting family or commuting to work this Memorial Day Weekend, highways are going to be filled with people doing the same thing. No matter what your plans are this holiday weekend, the Oregon State Police guarantees that there will be a rise in the number of cars on state highways. OSP is just one of many law enforcement agencies that will be out in force this weekend trying to ensure that all travelers are getting to their destinations safely. Plan ahead, be prepared and -- above all else -- be patient. Timing your departure can make all the difference. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination without getting frustrated when heavy traffic puts a pause on your travels. Ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and in good working order to avoid maintenance emergencies. Know your routes and options if you come across detours or construction. Drivers are encouraged to use the Oregon Department of Transportation's "tripcheck.com."
Posted on 5/27/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Parks Division Working to Make Sure Facilities Ready for Summer Season
While the biggest event of the year is taking place this weekend at Riverside Park, the Grants Pass Parks Division has been working hard to make sure other parks are ready for the summer recreation season. Some volunteers chipped in last weekend. City parks staff recently replaced deteriorated facia boards at the DCS Shelter at Reinhart Volunteer Park. Last weekend, the Serve GP volunteer group brought in a crew to paint the boards. Serve GP also worked on two other park projects. They painted the Ogle Park gazebo and the exterior of the Westholm Park restroom. Parks officials extend a big "thank you" to the local group for their numerous volunteer hours throughout the community this year. More volunteers came out to assist park staff at the Reinhart Volunteer Park softball fields this week. A batter's box that had developed safety issues and some base anchors that had failed were replaced. Parks staff continued preparing Caveman Pool for the summer season. Crews pumped out standing water that had collected over the winter and replaced a failed backflow device. Information for the coming season is not yet available, but the public pool typically opens in mid-June and stays open until late-August.
Posted on 5/27/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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