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GP Police Department & GP Active Club Issue Key Information for 2023 Boatnik Festival
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In preparation for the 2023 Boatnik Festival, the Grants Pass Police Department and Grants Pass Active Club want to make sure citizens are aware of some key information. Boatnik starts Thursday afternoon with a carnival at Riverside Park and it runs through Monday evening. East Park Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. Friday through Monday at 9 p.m.. Vehicles with a Boatnik parking permit or handicap parking permit will be allowed to enter East Park Street via the Parkway entrance only. Baker Park will be closed to vehicle traffic and public boat launching from Friday through Monday. For the Boatnik Parade on Saturday, 6th Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic except for parade entrants from A Street to the river. The road closure will be from 8 a.m. until after the parade at approximately 1 p.m.. During the parade, traffic will be diverted from 6th Street at A Street to Beacon Drive and then onto the Grants Pass Parkway. Caveman Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic during the parade on Saturday from 8 a.m. to around 1 p.m.. Access across the river will only be on the Debbs Potts Memorial Bridge or the 7th Street Bridge for northbound traffic only.
Posted on 5/24/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

US Forest Service and BLM Announce Bear Camp Road will Open Friday for Public Travel
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Bear Camp Road will be open for public travel for the summer recreation season starting Friday. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest -- in partnership with a road crew from the Umpqua National Forest -- will have completed removing what remains of last winter's deep snow by the end of the day Thursday. Not all US Forest Service and BLM roads have been maintained or checked after the winter season. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and avoid using less-traveled roads, particularly early in the season before road surfaces are thoroughly dry. Good preparation and driving habits are important when traveling on backcountry roads as weather and road conditions may change rapidly. Be prepared with extra blankets, food and water, clothing and emergency equipment. When driving, keep lights on, drive slowly and be prepared to stop for oncoming traffic especially on blind corners. US Highway 199 and US Highway 101 are recommended for trailers, motorhomes and oversized vehicles year-round.
Posted on 5/24/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh

Board Session Features Library Annexation and Presentation on Law District
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will open its weekly business session tomorrow with a public hearing on an annexation to the library district. Following the hearing, the Board will consider annexing a Takilma Road property into the Josephine Community Library District. The annexation request was made by petition of the landowner. Next up on the agenda is a presentation on the formation of a law enforcement district in order to bolster resources for the cash-strapped Sheriff's Office. The identity of the presenter was not disclosed. As part of Administration Actions, the Board will consider a memorandum of understanding between Josephine County and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). During Requests and Comments from Citizens, participants can address the Board for up to three minutes on topics pertaining to anything. The Commissioners may respond to citizen comments. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 5/23/23 11:48AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared Statewide Fugitive during Monday Patrol Check near GPHS
Grants Pass Police apprehended a fugitive wanted on a statewide felony warrant near the high school yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 37-year-old Crystil Marie Ann York in the 800-block of NE A Street on Monday at 1:37 p.m.. Police said they were on patrol when they spotted York and knew that she was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous conviction for 1st-Degree Forgery. Crystil York was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:20AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Deputies Corralled Corrections Client for Drug & Probation Violations
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a local man for drug and probation violations late yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 52-year-old Dennis Wayne Wheat in the 3200-block of Pearce Park Road on Monday at 5:06 p.m.. Deputies said they contacted Wheat near Tom Pearce County Park and found him to be in possession of two bags of a white crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. They said the combined weight of the bags was 42.6 grams. Wheat -- who is a Josephine County Corrections client -- was placed into custody and the meth was seized for destruction. Dennis Wheat was lodged in jail for Felony Possession of Meth and the resulting Probation Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:18AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Trespassed Trio from City Park after They were Seen Doing Drugs
Grants Pass Police evicted three people from a city park yesterday after citizens spotted them doing drugs. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a welfare check at Tussing Park along the Rogue River off West Park Street at 10:55 a.m. Monday. Police said Anthony Gambale, IV, was observed actively injecting fentanyl in a vehicle. A short time later, a citizen saw that he was not moving, so they called 9-1-1 and requested a welfare check. Two other people identified as Andrew Habel and Brittney Stapleton were observed actively smoking methamphetamine. Upon arrival, officers contacted Gambale, Habel and Stapleton, and seized their narcotics for destruction. All three were cited for the drug violations and the trio were trespassed from the park for 30 days. Meanwhile, officers said they spotted Kassandra Sinks with her dog off-leash. She was cited to appear in court for Nuisance Dog.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:16AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Woman for Refusing to Leave TRMC after being Discharged
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman who refused to leave the hospital after she had been discharged last weekend. The Police Department reports officers responded to a trespassing call at Three Rivers Medical Center on SW Ramsey Avenue on Sunday around 11:45 a.m.. Police said 41-year-old Gayle Lee Hooper was at the hospital earlier in the day receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition. They said she was discharged from the facility and asked to leave by nurses, but refused to do so. When officers arrived on scene, they asked Hooper to leave the hospital and she once again refused even after having been warned. She was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:14AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Cited Motorist for Multiple Violations in Stop near Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police cited a motorist for multiple violations after a traffic stop near Riverside Park late last night. According to the Police Department, officers pulled over a 1980 Toyota pickup driven by Brian Shipman in the 100-block of East Park Street at 11:05 p.m. on Monday. Police said they first observed Shipman near Bi-Mart and they stopped him for having switched license plates on his pickup. The plates actually belonged to a GMC Acadia. They also discovered that his driving privileges had been suspended and he had no insurance. Brian Shipman was cited for Driving While Suspended, No Insurance and Expired Registration. He was warned for Switched Plates and they were seized. His pickup was impounded.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:13AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Disposed of Drug Paraphernalia Found near South GP Burger King
The Oregon State Police disposed of some drug paraphernalia found near the south Burger King restaurant last weekend. OSP reports troopers were notified by a citizen of possible drug paraphernalia in the bushes near the Burger King in the 500-block of Rogue River Highway last Saturday morning. Troopers responded and located several unused needles as well as one needle that was fully loaded with suspected heroin. No one was around the paraphernalia. According to OSP, troopers seized the needles and disposed of them.
Posted on 5/23/23 10:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Sheriff's Office Seeks Public Help Finding GP Woman Reported Missing by Family
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating a Grants Pass woman who has been missing for well over a month. In a Monday afternoon press release, the Sheriff's Office reports 31-year-old Hope Hoover was last seen by her family on April 8th on Jerome Prairie Road. She has not checked in with her family since. Hoover is described as a white female adult, 5-feet-7-inches tall and 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hope Hoover is urged to contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please refer to Case #23-12169.
Posted on 5/23/23 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Investigation Resulted in Weekend Capture of Local Fugitive
A Grants Pass Police Department investigation resulted in the weekend capture of a suspect wanted for multiple felony-level crimes. The Police Department reports officers located 31-year-old Nicholas Running Bear Adams hiding in a minivan at SE J and 11th streets and arrested him on Sunday at 4:53 p.m.. Police said they received information that Adams was residing with another man they identified as "Floyd Rose" in that area. They contacted Rose, he allowed them to search his van and Adams was found concealed under blankets in the vehicle. Adams was called out and -- at the point of a Taser -- he was placed into custody. Nicholas Adams was wanted for probable cause of Felony 2nd-Degree Assault, Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief, Felony 1st-Degree Theft, Felony 2nd-Degree Burglary and misdemeanor 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. No information was available about the crimes, but he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
Posted on 5/23/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Felon Jailed for Multiple Crimes after Monday Morning Traffic Stop in Merlin
A Grants Pass felon was jailed for multiple crimes following a traffic stop in the Merlin area early yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports 41-year-old Rick Norman Ziegler was arrested at the Iron Oar Bar & Grill on Galice Road around 12:25 a.m. Monday. Troopers said Ziegler was driving a Honda Accord that they observed making traffic violations, so they pulled him over. Upon contact, Ziegler gave a false identity using his twin brother's information. He was also recognized as being a wanted subject who law enforcement agencies had interest in for local crimes. While Ziegler was being placed into custody, a switchblade knife was found on him. A search for additional weapons was conducted and another knife along with a criminal amount of marijuana were located in the backseat of the vehicle. OSP said a search warrant for the vehicle would be written for drug paraphernalia and stolen property observed inside the car. Rick Ziegler was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Identity Theft, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Furnishing False Information to Police. The Honda was towed to a local impound yard and additional charges are pending.
Posted on 5/23/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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