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Jackson County Sheriff Investigating Attempted Burglary at Pot Farm near Wimer
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was investigating a weekend burglary attempt at a marijuana growing operation near Wimer. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to calls about a burglary and shots fired at a rural property between the 13,000- and 14,000-blocks of East Evans Creek Road early Saturday morning. Deputies arrived at the property shortly after 5 a.m. and learned the property owner had fired multiple rounds at the suspects as they fled. The suspects were no longer in the area and it did not appear that anyone was injured. According to the report, the suspects used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the side of a shop and began stealing items from the building when they were interrupted by the property owner. Jackson County Public Information Officer Aaron Lewis said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office and refer to Case #23-2846.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Woman Jailed for Stealing Coffee from Store that She had Robbed
A Grants Pass woman was arrested for stealing a cup of coffee from a market in the Redwood area, but the real crime was that she returned to a business from which she had been trespassed for a previous robbery. Grants Pass Police responded to a theft complaint involving 65-year-old Lorie Ann Thompson at the Redwood Market & Deli in the 1700-block of Redwood Avenue on Saturday at 7:50 a.m.. Police said Thompson entered the market, got a cup of coffee and left the store without paying. They said she had been trespassed from store in August 2022 after she stole other items and fought with employees. Officers tracked down Thompson at her home on nearby Pardee Lane and placed her into custody. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft, 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass and Probation Violation related to charges of 3rd-Degree Robbery and Harassment. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh

Weekend Trespassing Complaint at NW GP Residence Led to Arrest of Local Man
A weekend trespassing complaint at a northwest Grants Pass residence led to the arrest of a local man for two crimes. The Police Department reports officers responded to a trespassing call involving 28-year-old Jordan Taylor Longoria at a home in the 2300-block of NW Highland Avenue on Saturday around 7:45 a.m.. Police said the caller reported Longoria had broken into the residence on Thursday and took items that did not belong to him. The caller stated that the suspect came back that morning to return the items, but he refused to leave and was doing drugs in the bathroom. A records check revealed that Longoria has been trespassed from the residence in March. Officers found him on the floor of the bathroom with drug paraphernalia around him. They said one of the substances he was using was methamphetamine. Jordan Longoria was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass and the narcotics violation. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized for destruction.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:12AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Nabbed Motorist for DUII after Traffic Complaint on Redwood Avenue
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving after getting a weekend traffic complaint in the Redwood area. The Police Department reports officers eventually pulled over a Honda Pilot driven by 53-year-old Anna Marie Larger on the Grants Pass Parkway on the Debbs Potts Memorial Bridge on Saturday around 11:15 p.m.. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 to report that the driver of the red SUV ran a red light and was swerving in the 1100-block of Redwood Avenue. The citizen then followed the suspect vehicle out to Dowell Road and then to Redwood Highway where the suspect turned around and headed back toward town. Officers picked up the pursuit on the Grants Pass Parkway and stopped Larger on the bridge. They said she displayed strong signs of impairment, but she refused to answer questions so they obtained a search warrant and transported her to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that was nearly three times the legal driving limit. Larger was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and her vehicle was impounded.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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IV & GP Firefighters Extinguished Selma Barn Fire Started by Downed Powerline
Illinois Valley and Grants Pass firefighters extinguished a weekend fire that destroyed a barn in Selma. On Saturday at 5:45 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 175 Deer Creek Road just off Redwood Highway. IVFD Chief John Holmes said arriving units extinguished the blaze and crews checked the barn throughout the night to be sure it did not rekindle. Chief Holmes said the cause of the fire was a downed powerline that ignited nearby vegetation and spread to the barn. He said strong afternoon winds most likely brought the line down. There were no injuries reported and no damage estimate available.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police and Firefighters Logged Busy Week of Activity Protecting Citizens
Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged a busy week of activity while protecting citizens and property. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers made a total of 170 hot spot area checks in addition to their regular patrols last week that resulted in 51 arrests, 38 citations, 101 warnings and eight highly-impaired people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) contacted a total of 108 potential trouble-makers while arresting five people, citing 16 more and warning 44 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 16 individuals and posted 77 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 102 calls last week including 45 for emergency medical service, four reports of fire or smoke, 15 lift assists, seven rescue situations and seven assists to other emergency agencies. Firefighters also performed 16 business inspections, led eight education programs, assisted the public four times, responded to nine false alarms and installed one child car seat. The 9-1-1 Dispatch Center fielded a total of 1,581 emergency calls.
Posted on 5/22/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Budget Committee will Meet Twice This Week to Focus on 2024 Spending Plan
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The Grants Pass City Council has no scheduled workshops or regular meetings this week as it focuses on putting together a spending plan for the 2024 Fiscal Year. The Grants Pass Budget Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. In addition to the eight councilors, members of the budget committee include Tripp Androy, Tom Brandes, Tom Bradbeer, Josh Balloch, Curt Collins and Tammie Schmidt-Kirk. The Budget Committee will begin its first session with a Capital Improvements Tour tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to see the C Street/Dimmick reconstruction, Hillcrest Project, 10th Street Project, ODOT's Seismic Bridge Project, Safe Routes to School Project, work at the Foothill and Agness intersection, Meadow Wood Subdivision/Reservoir, Cloverlawn/Overland Drive utility extension, Schroeder Lane Stormwater Project and projects underway at the Water Restoration Plant. The Budget Committee will meet again Thursday at 6 p.m. to further refine the spending plan and to convene as the Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee to work on that spending plan. Citizens will have the opportunity to address the Budget Committee with public comments at both meetings.
Posted on 5/22/23 5:56AM by Sam Marsh
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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Shares Recreation Sites Open and Not Yet Ready
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As the summer recreation season has arrived, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is sharing some of the developed recreation sites on the east side of the forest that are now open to the public or will be open soon. Heavy snow received this past winter and early spring is still causing problems with access to some sites, so plan accordingly. For instance, Bolan Lake is not currently accessible. Recreation sites currently open include Union Creek Campground, Farewell Bend Campground, River Bridge Campground, Whiskey Springs Campground, Imnaha Guard Station, Lodgepole Guard Station, Big Elk Guard Station and Willow Prairie Cabin. Sites that should be open by next weekend include Fourbit Ford Campground, Willow Prairie Horsecamp, Fish Lake Campground and Doe Point Campground. Water systems are currently undergoing maintenance at Fish Lake and Doe Point. Sites with opening dates still to be determined include Abbott Creek Campground, Mill Creek Campground, North Fork Campground, Beaver Dam and Daley Creek campgrounds, and South Fork Campground which may not open this season.
Posted on 5/22/23 5:53AM by Sam Marsh
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Chamber of Commerce Still Needs Sponsors for 2023 Concerts in the Park Series in GP
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The Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 2023 Concerts in the Park series this summer, but the organization is in need of some more sponsors to help pay for the free concerts. Concerts in the Park will be held at Midway Park at the Fairgrounds on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. The 2023 band lineup includes "That Other Band" on June 13th, "Living Loving Led" on June 20th, "Ben Rice & The Hustle" on June 27th, "Gretchen Owens & The Jake Brakes" on July 11th and "Back to the 50s Featuring The Chairman & The King" on July 18th. This family-friendly event features local food trucks, sweet treats, kid activities, vendor booths and more. Make a night of it and bring the entire family for great music, delicious food, dancing and fun for all ages. The Chamber is still looking for sponsors for the upcoming season to continue offering free concerts for the community. The sponsorship deadline is Friday. If you would like to be a sponsor, please call (541)-476-7717.
Posted on 5/22/23 5:50AM by Sam Marsh
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City Police Lodge Six Suspects in Separate Incidents Friday
Grants Pass City Police were busy lodging six suspects most of the day Friday. At 10:51 a.m. Dean Smith, 52, returned to Riverside Park after having received a 30-day exclusion order. He was arrested and lodged in jail for criminal trespass II. At 11:40 a.m. Brandon Alexander Lorenzie was arrested for a parole violation and lodged on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant. At 12:38 p.m. Officers were dispatched to Fred Meyer where Devyn Nash allegedly walked out with $51.96 worth of merchandise without paying. He was stopped by loss prevention and the items were returned to the store. Officers caught up with Nash at Sally’s Beauty Supply and arrested, then lodged him in jail for theft III. At 4:47 p.m. Kelcey Edwin Cummings, 37, was arrested on Fairview Avenue in his vehicle and admitted to stealing food items from Winco. He was arrested and lodged for theft III and trespass I. At 5:16 p.m. Bradley Peckham was reported to have stolen about $45 worth of merchandise from the Lil’ Pantry South. The Police narrative stated he resisted being detained by the store manager and was walking away when he heard the police siren and began running, ditching his jacket that contained the pilfered items. He was apprehended without force following a brief foot pursuit and lodged in jail for trespass I, theft III and Escape III.
Posted on 5/20/23 8:43AM by Chuck Benson
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1st Responder Activity Doesn’t Slow with Warmer Weather
The warmer weather has not slowed the demand for the City’s first responders. The Grants Pass Police executed 51 arrests in the last week, issued 38 citations, handed out 101 warnings, conducted 58 traffic stops and lodged eight individuals in the sobering center. 170 area checks were conducted. The Community Response Team had 108 contacts that resulted in 44 warnings, 16 citations, five arrests, and 16 trespass warnings. The team posted 77 camps. The Fire/Rescue Division responded to four fires and seven rescues. 45 medical calls were answered along with 15 lift assists plus four public assists and seven assists to other agencies.
Posted on 5/20/23 6:00AM by Chuck Benson
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Man for Causing Disturbances in North Part of City
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for causing disturbances in the north part of the city early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 37-year-old Matthew Richard Williams near the intersection of NE Morgan Lane and 6th Street on Friday at 6:23 a.m.. Police said Williams was acting in a violent and tumultuous manner, and had been warned multiple times for his unruly behavior. He was said to be shirtless and was walking in front of moving vehicles, causing alarm with motorists and others.
Posted on 5/20/23 5:30AM by Chuck Benson
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