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UCAN and MINT will Open Two Severe Weather Event Shelters in Grants Pass This Winter
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The City of Grants Pass has announced that two severe weather event shelters will be opening this winter, if necessary. The city does not operate severe weather event shelters, but it supplies funding to groups that can operate such shelters. This winter season, two groups will be operating shelters in Grants Pass -- the United Community Action Network (UCAN) and the Mobile Integrated Navigation Team (MINT). Individuals and groups interested in volunteering are encouraged to reach out to those organizations. UCAN will be operating a warming shelter at 1990 NW Washington Boulevard while MINT will operate a shelter at 218 SW 6th Street. The UCAN shelter will be activating on Saturday, pending weather conditions and volunteer coverage. In December 2023, the City of Grants Pass issued a standing Severe Weather Event Declaration that is automatically triggered when certain weather conditions are forecast. In cold weather, the declaration is prompted by low temperatures of 30 degrees or less. Forecasted temperatures at 32 degrees or less will also open the shelters if there are additional factors that would reasonably cause a person to be at increased risk of exposure including precipitation, wind, humidity and dense fog.
Posted on 2/2/24 6:46AM by Sam Marsh

Josephine County Sheriff's Office Recruiting Workers Due to New Law Service District
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Are you motivated to protect with courage and serve with compassion? Bolstered by a permanent law enforcement service district approved by voters in November, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office is recruiting new employees. Sheriff's Office workers have excellent medical, dental and vision plans as well as the ability to accrue vacation and earned sick and holiday time. They also have paid PERS retirement and other elective benefits such as deferred comp, life insurance, AFLAC and gym membership discounts. New hires receive academy enrollment and paid salary while training. Starting wages for patrol and corrections deputies is $26.81 per hour while dispatchers are paid $23.16 per hour. Lateral patrol deputies will receive a year's worth of service salary incentives. If you're interested in becoming an employee of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, visit the county's website at "governmentjobs.com/careers/josephine."
Posted on 2/2/24 6:43AM by Sam Marsh

City of Grants Pass Inviting Citizens to Enter 2024 Water Quality Report Photo Contest
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The City of Grants Pass is inviting citizens to enter its 2024 Water Quality Report Photo Contest. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter the contest, with the entry deadline at 5 p.m. on December 27, 2024. Winning photos will be featured in the city's 2024 Water Quality Report. The first place winner will receive $200. The second place winner will receive $100. Participants are instructed to submit an original photo that demonstrates the theme of "Reimagine Our Water Future." Photos must be submitted in a digital format that is suitable for reproduction. Submitted photographs must be from one frame captured by a camera and not be a composite of several images layered together. Photos must be taken in Southern Oregon in either Josephine, Jackson, Curry or Klamath counties. For more details, visit "grantspassoregon.gov/1434/Photo-Contest-Water-Quality-Report."
Posted on 2/2/24 6:40AM by Sam Marsh

Brookings Man Dies after SUV Hit Trees and Caught Fire off US Highway 199
A Brookings man was killed yesterday when his vehicle crashed into trees and burst into flames off Redwood Highway near O'Brien. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the single-vehicle accident near milepost 39 of US Highway 199 on Wednesday at about 12:25 p.m.. Troopers said the preliminary investigation indicates a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 59-year-old John Anton Renner, IV, of Brookings was traveling south when the vehicle left the highway for unknown reasons, crashed into a group of trees and caught on fire. According to OSP, Renner was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicle. Redwood Highway was impacted for about four hours due to the fatal crash. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 2/1/24 2:43PM by Sam Marsh
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Motel Video Surveillance Helped GP Police Apprehend Car Vandalism Suspect
Video surveillance helped Grants Pass Police with a vandalism investigation that resulted in the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 42-year-old Jennifer Rachelle Perez at Taser point at Koi Sushi on NE Hillcrest Drive at 1:34 p.m. yesterday. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report she was visiting a friend staying at Motel 6 on Monday when Perez came to the room. The caller said she did not let the woman in because her friend was in the shower. She then observed the suspect standing next to her vehicle and later discovered her passenger-side tires had been slashed. The value of the tires on the Toyota Corolla were valued at about $250. The vandalism victim did not see the crime happen, but motel video surveillance captured a person matching Perez's description leaning down and slashing the tires. Probable cause was developed due to the video and officers starting looking for the suspect. They eventually located the suspect's vehicle parked next to the restaurant. Jennifer Perez was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. She was being held without bail.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Nabbed Man for Leaving Mound of Trash at Illegal Parkway Campsite
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for leaving a mound of trash on the side of the Parkway near an illegal campsite. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing complaint involving 33-year-old Ryan Adam Burrows at Big 5 Sporting Goods around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the Big 5 manager called 9-1-1 to report that Burrows had set up a campsite in some bushes between their building and the Parkway. The caller said they told the man he couldn't be there, but he refused to leave or clean up his site. Responding officers contacted Burrows and advised him that he was under arrest. Ryan Burrows was placed into custody, charged with Offensive Littering and lodged at the nearby adult jail facility. He was also trespassed from the business.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Corrections Client Arrested by GP Police for Being Intoxicated While on Parole
A Josephine County Community Corrections client was arrested yesterday for violating terms of his post-prison supervision while loitering at a local restaurant. Grants Pass Police contacted 30-year-old Dennis Alan Knight, Jr., at Abby's Pizza on NE Beacon Drive on Wednesday at about 2:40 p.m.. Officers said Knight had been reported as a suspicious person while they were on an unrelated call. They said he showed significant signs of impairment and was not capable of caring for himself, so he was placed into custody. Knight's corrections officer was contacted and requested his client be detained for being intoxicated while under his supervision. He was lodged in jail for Felony Parole Violation and was being held on a no-bail detainer. Jail records show Knight has been arrested five times for violating his parole since April 2023.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Suspended Probation Client for Unlawfully Driving Vehicle
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for traffic and probation violations this week after his corrections officer observed him unlawfully driving a motor vehicle. According to the Police Department, officers contacted 34-year-old Cody Eugene McQuilliams on Tuesday afternoon after his corrections officer pulled him over in the 300-block of NE C Street. Police said McQuilliams was stopped because his driving privileges had been suspended and he had no emergent reason to be driving on a public roadway. The suspect admitted that he knew he was not allowed to drive. Cody McQuilliams was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Driving While Suspended and the resulting Probation Violation related to a past arrest for Menacing. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:03AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Woman on Local Warrant after Drug Call near High School
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman on a local warrant while investigating a drug complaint near the high school yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle with individuals using drugs in the area of NE 10th and Madrone streets at about 2:50 p.m. yesterday. Police said they contacted 32-year-old Melia Lei Mitchell and a man identified as "Ricky Lane" in the white sedan with tinted windows. They placed Mitchell into custody when they discovered she was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for 2nd-Degree Theft. Melia Mitchell was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. There was no further mention of drug use in the report.
Posted on 2/1/24 11:01AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Made Arrests in City Parks for Probation and Warrant Violations
Grants Pass Police made two arrests during city park patrol checks in one day this week -- one for a probation violation and the other for outstanding warrants. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Tuesday morning when officers arrested 24-year-old Cody Allen Pickle at Morrison Centennial Park. Police said Pickle was observed with a warming fire and he was cited for Burning Rubbish. His corrections officer was contacted and requested his client be placed on a detainer. Pickle was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Probation Violation related to arrests for Theft, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass. The second incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when officers arrested 29-year-old Kraig Dean Toothman at Riverside Park. Police said they observed Toothman walking toward the tent area of the park west of Caveman Bridge. They knew he was wanted on two Grants Pass warrants for failing to appear in court for Escape and Criminal Trespass. He was placed into custody and lodged at the adult jail facility.
Posted on 2/1/24 10:59AM by Sam Marsh
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One Driver Cited after Two Related Crashes on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek
Two related crashes on Interstate 5 in northern Josephine County yesterday resulted in a citation for one motorist. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the first crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 78 at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Troopers said 61-year-old Daniel Christonson of Azalea was driving a Toyota RAV-4 and he stated 30-year-old Rosamaria Reyes of Wolf Creek lost control of the Dodge Journey she was driving and slid into his vehicle, causing him to veer off the freeway and into a tree. Neither driver was injured. Reyes told OSP that her vehicle began to drive "funny," so she maneuvered to the I-5 shoulder. Neither vehicle showed signs of contact, so no citations were issued. While multiple vehicles were stopped at the crash scene, a Kia Forte driven by 36-year-old Kevin De Jesus of Grants Pass lost control and slid in between vehicles on the shoulder, impacted the sideslope and rolled over. None of the vehicles already on the shoulder were hit by the Kia and the driver was not injured. Following an investigation, De Jesus was cited for Failing to Drive Within Lane. The Toyota and the Kia were towed to Grants Pass.
Posted on 2/1/24 10:57AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County SO Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy until Friday
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is still accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens' Academy, but time is quickly running out. The Sheriff's Office is looking for citizens and community leaders to apply for the academy that will start toward the end of this month. The due date for applications is Friday. Attendees will be notified of their acceptance by February 9th. The Citizens' Academy topics include a presentation from Sheriff Nate Sickler and a tour of the Jackson County Jail. The classes start on February 20th and run through May 14th. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., with a couple of Saturday mid-morning hands-on classes included. Regular attendance is mandatory to remain the academy as there are limited openings. Attendees must be over the age of 18 and be able to pass a criminal background check. Previous or current involvement with the community is highly encouraged. You can download an application from "jacksoncountyor.gov." Applications can then be dropped off at the Sheriff's Office at 5179 Crater Lake Highway or e-mailed to "pinihr@jacksoncountyor.gov" before the deadline.
Posted on 2/1/24 10:55AM by Sam Marsh
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