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GP Woman Busted for Unruly Behavior Toward Police at Riverside Park
A Grants Pass woman was arrested for her disrespectful behavior toward police early yesterday during a patrol check at Riverside Park. Grants Pass Police were performing a check of the city park on Monday morning when they contacted 34-year-old Stephanie Elaine Misner near the lower gazebo. Police said Misner engaged in violent and threatening behavior when she cursed at an officer and charged at him. When advised that she was under arrest, she stopped and tried to run away, but was captured a short distance away after a brief struggle. Stephanie Misner was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct. She was also trespassed from the park for 30 days. Also at Riverside Park, Ashley Strempel, Daniel Beier and Dylan Duffy were cited for Scattering Rubbish. Strempel and Beier were trespassed for 30 days. A total of 37 tents were posted for illegal camping excluding those that were in the area of Sunday night's homicide scene.
Posted on 5/16/23 11:18AM by Sam Marsh
 

Deputies Jailed Woman for Two Felony Crimes after Attack at Mining Claim
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a woman for felony assault and criminal mischief following a violent incident at a remote mining claim in the Williams area last weekend. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 31-year-old Aysha Lynn True in the 1700-block of Cedar Flat Road on Sunday at 11:23 a.m.. Deputies said a 32-year-old man called 9-1-1 and reported that True broke some items and his foot with a hammer in a trailer at a mining claim around three miles up Caves Camp Road. The victim was driven by a friend to the Williams branch library to meet an ambulance after the attack by his girlfriend. According to the report, Aysha True fled the mining claim on foot in an unknown direction. She was located a short time later on Cedar Flat Road and placed into custody. She was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 2nd-Degree Assault and Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:52AM by Sam Marsh
 

Grants Pass Felon Arrested for Failing to Check in with Corrections Officer
A Grants Pass felon was incarcerated last weekend for failing to check in with his corrections officer. Grants Pass Police arrested 34-year-old Jonathan Michael Bull after performing a welfare check on the man at Walmart around midday Sunday. Police said a citizen called 9-1-1 after spotting Bull covered with a blanket and passed out on the sidewalk outside the big box retailer on NE Terry Lane. The caller said the man was in the exact same position for more than 90 minutes. Upon arrival, officers contacted Bull and discovered that he was wanted by his corrections officer for Felony Parole Violation. His violation was not checking in with Josephine County Community Corrections on a regular basis. Jonathan Bull was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:51AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Nabbed 2 Motorists for DUIIs in Just Over 2 Hours on Saturday
Grants Pass Police made two impaired driving arrests in just over two hours last weekend. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. when officers arrested 29-year-old Tyler Shane Mitchell at Flespy's Bar & Grill on Fruitdale Drive. Police said Mitchell had been called in by two citizens for possible impaired driving. He was contacted in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot and refused to participate in field sobriety tests. He was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he provided a breath sample that far exceeded the legal driving limit. He was lodged for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The second incident happened on Saturday at 2:31 a.m. when officers pulled over a Honda sedan driven by 42-year-old Dale Alan Alexander in the 400-block of Union Avenue. Police said they stopped Alexander for speeding and expired tags on his vehicle after he left the Copper Mug on Redwood Avenue. They said he displayed signs of impairment, performed poorly in sobriety tests and was placed into custody for DUII-Alcohol. He was lodged in jail for the offense plus he was warned for Speeding, Driving While Suspended, No Insurance and Expired Registration.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Council Approved Contract for Spay & Neuter Services at Baker Park
The Grants Pass City Council narrowly approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Josephine County Spay & Neuter during a Special Meeting on Monday. The City Council voted 4-3 to approve the resolution with the organization for trap and release services, shelter and feeding community cats at Baker Park. Grants Pass City Attorney Augustus Ogu testified the resolution was a formalized agreement with Josephine County Spay & Neuter to continue caring for feral cats at the city park along the Rogue River. He said shelter materials must be able to withstand the weather and the shelter must be located above the existing floodway, floodplain and riparian areas. The organization must also carry an insurance policy of $1 million that indemnifies the City of Grants Pass in case of an accident. The Special Meeting followed the weekly workshop session in which the Council identified 10 surplus city-owned properties for potential sale. They include parcels of land on Starlite/Sunset, Beacon Hill, Hamilton Lane, Skycrest Drive, NW 5th Street, Redwood and West Park, SE 8th Street, Hieglen Loop, Allen Creek Road and NW 6th Street.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Forest Service Facing Challenge Removing Snow from Bear Camp Road
Southwest Oregon received a record year of snowfall this year, which is great news considering the years-long drought situation but not great news for those who wish to start using Bear Camp Road. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is reporting the large amount of snow received is making snow removal a challenge on the heavily-used mountain road. Every year, the Forest Service does its best to have Bear Camp Road clear and ready for access by the Memorial Day holiday in time for the busy recreation and rafting season. This year, the agency hopes to have the road open in time for the holiday by utilizing the Umpqua National Forest road crew to help clear the road next week. Although the BLM was able to clear Bear Camp Road up to the Forest Service boundary, the road is currently blocked from milepost 15 to milepost 26. The snow near the Bear Camp Overlook was 10 feet deep with snow drifts before May 8th when the area received an additional 6 to 8 inches of snow. Wild Rivers District Ranger Scott Blower said they're doing everything they can to open Bear Camp Road in time for the Memorial Day holiday.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Students Won Cash Prizes for Artwork in "Drinking Water Week" Contest
More than 20 local students submitted original artwork for the City of Grants Pass Drinking Water Week Poster Contest and nine students picked up cash prizes. For more than 40 years, Grants Pass and the American Water Works Association have celebrated Drinking Water Week -- a unique opportunity for communities to come together and recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. This year's theme for the poster contest is "Go with the Flow," with cash prizes of $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place in three different age groups. In Grades K-2, Claire Helman won first place, with Henry Helman in second place and Erilyn Romano in third place. In Grades 3-5, first place went to Gabrielle Sebestyen, second place went to Emily Briseno and third place went to Alistair Daggett. In Grades 6-8, Salila Oldham was the first place winner followed by Trenton Wickham in second and Annie Rodgers in third. This year's first-place winners will see their artwork on Josephine County Transit buses this summer and all winners will have their art displayed on social media.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Jailed Suspect for Allegedly Shooting and Killing Man at Riverside Park
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Grants Pass Police jailed a suspect for allegedly shooting and killing a man at Riverside Park on Sunday night. On Sunday at 8 p.m., the Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls from people inside the city park reporting a shooting had just occurred. They stated that a male subject was shot and the potential suspect fled in a blue car. Police units arrived within two minutes of the initial call and located a man with an apparent gunshot wound. Despite lifesaving efforts by first responders, the victim was determined to be deceased by paramedics from American Medical Response. Police immediately broadcast the description of the suspect vehicle to partner law enforcement agencies. A Josephine County sheriff's sergeant located the suspect vehicle a short time later. With help from an Oregon State Police trooper, 34-year-old Charles J. Smith was detained without incident. Grants Pass detectives responded to Riverside Park and took over the investigation. Based on preliminary information, they said it is believed that both the decedent and Smith were utilizing the park to rest overnight. Charles Smith was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Detectives said the decedent's identity won't be released until his next of kin have been notified.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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Tragedy Struck GP Family When Husband and Wife Drowned in Rogue River at Indian Mary
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Tragedy struck a Grants Pass family late last week when a husband and wife drowned on the Rogue River at Indian Mary Park. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office issued a press release Monday afternoon, nearly three days after the incident occurred late Friday. That's when the Sheriff's Office was notified about two adult subjects in distress near the Indian Mary Park boat ramp. Sheriff's Lieutenant Jim Geiger said information provided to 9-1-1 indicated that bystanders pulled an adult male from the Rogue and CPR was in progress. The second subject -- an adult female -- was last seen floating downriver. The couple has since been identified as Dan and Lynn Boyum of Grants Pass who were RVing at the park with friends. Both were graduates of Grants Pass High School. Witnesses at the scene stated the Boyums were at the Rogue with their dog, which swam to the other side of the river and would not swim back. Lynn entered the water to retrieve the dog, was overwhelmed by the swift current and Dan threw a rope to her without success. Dan then entered the water to rescue his wife, but he also became overwhelmed by the current and went underwater. Bystanders were able to pull Dan from the water and started CPR. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Lynn was still missing and presumed drowned as of Monday afternoon. The family dog returned to the couple's campsite by Friday evening. The Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation sends its sincere condolences to the family.
Posted on 5/16/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Election Day Features Politically-Charged Races for Local School & Library Board Posts
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It's Election Day and that means voters are running out of time to cast ballots in some politically-charged races in Josephine County. Josephine County races in the Special Election include the Grants Pass School Board, Three Rivers School Board and Josephine County Library District Board. As of Monday evening, the voter turnout in Josephine County was 20.46%, with 14,241 voters out of 69,599 registered voters casting ballots. Out of the ballots received, 13,749 had been accepted. Voters must either mail in their postage-free ballots by today or deposit them in designated drop-boxes by tonight's 8 o'clock deadline. Designated drop-boxes in Josephine County are located at the Clerk's Office or the north or south entrances to the Courthouse in Grants Pass, the back parking lot of the Grants Pass branch library, Washington Federal Bank on Union Avenue, Ray's Food Place in Merlin, Hidden Valley Market in Murphy or Cave Junction City Hall. Be sure to make your vote count by casting a ballot and then join KAJO Radio for "live" election coverage starting shortly after 8 p.m..
Posted on 5/16/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Suspect for Allegedly Shooting & Killing Man at Riverside Park
Grants Pass Police jailed a suspect for allegedly shooting and killing a man at Riverside Park last night. On Sunday at 8 p.m., the Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls from people inside the city park reporting a shooting had just occurred. They stated that a male subject was shot and the potential suspect fled in a blue car. Police units arrived within two minutes of the initial call and located a man with an apparent gunshot wound. Despite lifesaving efforts by first responders, the victim was determined to be deceased by paramedics from American Medical Response. Police immediately broadcast the description of the suspect vehicle to partner law enforcement agencies. A Josephine County sheriff's sergeant located the suspect vehicle a short time later. With help from an Oregon State Police trooper, 34-year-old Charles J. Smith was detained without incident. Grants Pass detectives responded to Riverside Park and took over the investigation. Based on preliminary information, they said it is believed that both the decedent and Smith were utilizing the park to rest overnight. Charles Smith was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Detectives said the decedent's identity won't be released until his next of kin have been notified.
Posted on 5/15/23 12:40PM by Sam Marsh
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CJ Resident Critically Injured When He Crashed into Tree off US Highway 199
A Cave Junction man was critically injured when he crashed his vehicle into a tree off Redwood Highway at the southern outskirts of the city late last week. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the single-vehicle accident in the 500-block of South Redwood Highway on Friday around 1 p.m.. Troopers said 46-year-old Benjamin Jensen was driving a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup north when the vehicle crossed over the southbound travel lane, left the highway, went through a grass field, up an embankment and collided head-on with a tree. According to OSP, Jensen was the lone occupant of the vehicle. After extrication from the wreckage, he was transported to Jubilee Park where he was airlifted by Mercy Flights helicopter to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. At last report, he was in critical condition. Redwood Highway traffic was reduced to one lane while the scene was active. The badly damaged pickup was hauled away by Jerry's Towing. OSP was also assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Posted on 5/15/23 10:20AM by Sam Marsh
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