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GP Police Cited Man for Trying to Steal Candy & Ice Cream at Li'l Pantry Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for trying to steal candy and ice cream from a southeast city convenience store last night. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at Li'l Pantry Market & Deli on Rogue River Highway shortly after 6 p.m.. Police said 34-year-old Bartholomew James Robert Lewis was observed on video surveillance taking around $10 worth of candy bars and ice cream from the store. He reportedly left without paying and headed east toward Morrison Park. Further investigation revealed that Lewis tried to steal the items, but he placed them back before leaving. He was located a short distance away and detained before being cited and released for 3rd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 5/25/23 10:46AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Command of OSP Releases Results of Saturation Patrol on US Highway 199
The Grants Pass Area Command of the Oregon State Police has released the results of a two-day saturation patrol on Redwood Highway that occurred late last week. On May 18th and 19th, roughly 23 state troopers patrolled US Highway 199 between Grants Pass and the California border to target OSP's "Fatal Five," which are five dangerous driving behaviors known to be contributing factors to serious injury and fatal crashes. OSP refers to the Fatal Five with the acronym SOLID, which stands for Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving. Troopers made over 500 traffic stops during the saturation patrol, citing or warning 311 motorists for speeding, 33 for occupant safety, three for lane safety, one for impaired driving and 12 for distracted driving. Immediately following the high visibility patrols, troopers last weekend said they noticed a significant change in driving behavior including a decreased number of motorists speeding. OSP plans to stay diligent in keeping drivers safe on Redwood Highway and other highways in Oregon. Be a SOLID driver by ensuring you are mindful of the Fatal Five and obey all traffic laws for your safety as well as the safety of everyone else.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
 

OSP Jailed CJ Felon for Weapon & Drug Crimes after Redwood Highway Crash
The Oregon State Police jailed a Cave Junction felon for several weapon and drug crimes after he wrecked a vehicle on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle crash near milepost 5 of US Highway 199 late Tuesday afternoon. Troopers said 54-year-old Paul Andrew Greco was not hurt when he crashed a Toyota Tacoma, but he was hostile to law enforcement and fire personnel at the scene. They said a firearm was observed in plain sight in the vehicle during the crash investigation. The suspect's corrections officer issued a detainer for his arrest. According to OSP, a search warrant was obtained for the Toyota which resulted in the seizure of the firearm, other restricted weapons and what was called "a criminal amount of methamphetamine" as well as a large quantity of marijuana. Greco was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon plus Unlawful Possession of Meth, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and the resulting Parole Violation. A charge of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Extract against Greco was referred to the District Attorney's Office and his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed 2 on Outstanding Warrants after RR Highway Welfare Check
Grants Pass Police jailed two people on outstanding warrants after performing a welfare check at an apartment complex on Rogue River Highway this week. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 35-year-old Brent Russell King and 41-year-old Erica Michelle Godwin in the 1400-block of Highway 99 on Tuesday night. Police said a resident of the apartment complex called 9-1-1 to request a welfare check after viewing a man and woman seated inside a Toyota Corolla in the parking lot for more than 90 minutes. The caller said it did not appear to be a medical issue, but a drug-related incident. Upon arrival, officers contacted King and Godwin who initially refused to identify themselves. Once their identities were confirmed, both were placed into custody when it was learned that they were wanted by law enforcement agencies. King was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault. Godwin was wanted on four Grants Pass and Jackson County warrants for crimes including Probation Violation, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Methamphetamine Possession, Heroin Possession and Delivery, and Petty Theft. King and Godwin were lodged at the Josephine County Jail on no-bail detainers.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Nabbed GP Man for Impaired Driving in Redwood Highway Traffic Stop
The Oregon State Police arrested a Grants Pass man for impaired driving early yesterday following a traffic stop on Redwood Highway. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Toyota Camry driven by 56-year-old Karl Michael Ketley on US Highway 199 near Willow Lane on Wednesday at about 1:15 a.m.. Troopers said they stopped Ketley for a traffic violation and he displayed strong signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so they transported him to the Grants Pass Sobering Center where he provided a breath sample that was more than twice the legal driving limit. Karl Ketley was lodged at the Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. His car was impounded.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Rogue River City Council Faces Packed Agenda for Monthly Meeting Tonight
The Rogue River City Council faces a packed agenda when it meets for its regular monthly meeting tonight. First up on the agenda is a request from Southern Oregon Sanitation to reconsider a general rate increase of 8.5% for its customers in the City of Rogue River, with a revised rate schedule. New Business includes a series of Council bills that certify municipal services provided by the city, declare the city's election to receive state revenue sharing, authorize funds to be used in the financial management of the city, and adopt a budget, make appropriations and levy taxes for the 2024 Fiscal Year. The City Council will also hold a public hearing regarding a municipal code update before they decide whether to adopt text amendments amending the Rogue River Municipal Code and declaring an emergency, consider a resolution amending rules for city committees, and vote to eliminate term limits for council and mayor posts. The Council is also scheduled to make appointments to the Citizens Advisory Committee and Tree City Committee. Tonight's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway Street.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh
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GP School District Announces Schedule for 2023 Graduation Ceremonies
The Grants Pass School District has announced the schedule for graduation ceremonies this year. The District 7 Board of Education approved the schedule on Tuesday evening. GED Graduation at Gladiola High School will occur on June 1st at 4 p.m. It will be followed by the Gladiola High School Graduation at 6 p.m.. GPFLEX Graduation at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center is set for June 2nd at noon. Grants Pass High School Graduation will take place at Mel Ingram Field, weather permitting, on June 2nd in two sessions at 4:30 and 7 p.m.. The Grants Pass School Board also announced that it will hold its first formal budget meeting at the GPHS Library on June 6th at 5 p.m.. The next school board meeting is slated at the District 7 Office on June 13th at 5 p.m..
Posted on 5/25/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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Commissioners Approved Law Enforcement District with Proposed November Funding Levy
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The Josephine County Board of Commissioners moved quickly to approve a law enforcement district during its weekly business session on Wednesday. The Board's unanimous approval of the district followed a presentation by Sheriff Dave Daniel who expressed the need to maintain a high level of service to citizens. Sheriff Daniel said the law enforcement district would cost property owners 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value and the district would not include the City of Grants Pass. He asked the Board to form the district in order to place a levy on the November 2023 ballot. Daniel said he respects the decision of voters who defeated the seasonal sales tax levy last November and added that the Sheriff's Office was fortunate to receive one-time funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to maintain service levels. But he said without a future funding mechanism, the agency will have no patrol division and no detectives other than those assigned to marijuana enforcement. In other business, the Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Human Resources Director JJ Scofield said the memorandum codifies the collective bargaining agreement with the county's largest employee union that goes into effect on July 1st and runs through June 2024.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass High School to Implement Later Start Time for 2023-2024 Academic Calendar
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Grants Pass High School will begin implementing a later start time for the 2023-24 academic year. Beginning in September, GPHS will begin classes at 8:30 a.m., which is about 40 minutes later than the current start time. On Wednesdays, school will begin at 9:30 a.m.. This additional time will give students the opportunity to get the rest they need to be more alert and focused in the classroom. With the changed start time, GPHS will now end the day at 3:40 p.m., which is about 25 minutes later than the current end time. After-school activities such as athletics will now begin around 4 p.m.. The decision comes after careful consideration of the benefits of a later start time for high school students, the impacts on busing and instructional time mandates, along with feedback from parents, students and staff. The change was initiated by graduating GPHS senior Aniko LaFrance-Hernandez, who presented research on the health and academic benefits of a later start time to District 7 Superintendent Tim Sweeney and his leadership team. The research showed that teenagers require more sleep due to their developing brains, and that a later start time can positively impact academic performance, attendance and overall well-being.
Posted on 5/25/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Employment Increased by 140 Jobs in April with Widespread Gains
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Total payroll employment in Josephine County increased by 140 jobs in April with gains in several sectors. The Oregon Employment Department reports there were 34,326 people working in Josephine County last month for a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 5.5%, which was down from 6 % in March. Industries adding jobs over the month included private education & health services, leisure & hospitality, construction, manufacturing and other services. There was a loss of 20 jobs in local government education. Over the past year, payroll employment in Josephine County declined by about 260 jobs, a loss of 1%. Industries adding jobs since April 2022 included private education & health services (+290), other services (+120) and construction (+30). Industries losing jobs over the year were professional & business services (-200), leisure & hospitality (-200), retail trade (-170), manufacturing (-170) and construction (-20).
Posted on 5/25/23 6:00AM by Sam Marsh
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BCC Approves Law Enforcement District with Proposed November Funding Levy
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners moved quickly to approve a law enforcement district during its weekly business session this morning. The Board's unanimous approval of the district followed a presentation by Sheriff Dave Daniel who expressed the need to maintain a high level of service to citizens. Sheriff Daniel said the law enforcement district would cost property owners 99 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value and the district would not include the City of Grants Pass. He asked the Board to form the district in order to place a levy on the November 2023 ballot. Daniel said he respects the decision of voters who defeated the seasonal sales tax levy last November and added that the Sheriff's Office was fortunate to receive one-time funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to maintain service levels. But he said without a future funding mechanism, the agency will have no patrol division and no detectives other than those assigned to marijuana enforcement. In other business, the Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The Board opened the business session with a public hearing on an annexation to the Josephine Community Library District. After the hearing, the panel approved the annexation of a property on Takilma Road by petition of the landowner.
Posted on 5/24/23 11:43AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed CJ Felon for Weapon and Drug Crimes after Redwood Highway Crash
The Oregon State Police jailed a Cave Junction felon for several weapon and drug crimes after he wrecked a vehicle on Redwood Highway west of Grants Pass. OSP reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle crash near milepost 5 of US Highway 199 on Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m.. Troopers said 54-year-old Paul Andrew Greco was not hurt when he crashed a Toyota Tacoma, but he was hostile to law enforcement and fire personnel at the scene. They said a firearm was observed in plain sight in the vehicle during the crash investigation. The suspect's corrections officer issued a detainer for his arrest. According to OSP, a search warrant was obtained for the Toyota which resulted in the seizure of the firearm, other restricted weapons and what was called "a criminal amount of methamphetamine" as well as a large quantity of marijuana. Paul Greco was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon plus Unlawful Possession of Meth, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and the resulting Parole Violation. A charge of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana Extract against Greco was referred to the District Attorney's Office and his vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 5/24/23 11:42AM by Sam Marsh
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