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Police Memorial Ceremony to Recognize Fallen Local Officers Set for Tuesday at Courthouse
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Three local law enforcement agencies will pay tribute to officers who paid the ultimate price in Josephine County during a special ceremony on Tuesday. Citizens are invited to join the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Police Department and Oregon State Police for the Fallen Officers Ceremony on the steps of the Courthouse tomorrow at 10 a.m.. A roll call of the law enforcement personnel who died while in the line of duty includes Trooper Burrell Baucom in July 1933, Search & Rescue Captain Emmett Blackmun in September 1968, Deputy Alice Moran and Deputy Glenn Allen in November 1971, Sergeant Marvin Brewster in April 1972 and Marine Deputy Thomas Rice in May 2002. The Fallen Officers Ceremony is part of National Police Week, which honors all law enforcement officers who have given their lives to safeguard our rights and freedoms. Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel said it's important to remember those officers and show our appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families have made.
Posted on 5/15/23 6:18AM by Sam Marsh

Rogue Community College Hosting Two Open House Events in Grants Pass and White City
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Rogue Community College is hosting two free open house events this week to introduce the public to the college's academic programming and support services. RCC open houses are scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Redwood Campus in Grants Pass and on Thursday at the Table Rock Campus in White City. Participants will be able to meet instructors, talk with admissions specialists, tour the campus, learn about the application process and discover ways to pay for college through financial aid, scholarships and military veteran benefits. Summer and fall term registration will be open to new students on May 16th and enrollment assistance will be available at the open houses. Guests will learn more about RCC's short-term certificate programs that lead to high-paying technical careers in manufacturing and health care, transfer programs to four-year colleges and universities, continuing education and professional development offerings along with non-credit opportunities for adult and senior learners. Walk-in visitors of all ages are welcome to attend, but a gift is offered for those who register ahead at "roguecc.edu/OpenHouse."
Posted on 5/15/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh

Josephine County Foundation will Celebrate Milestone during Annual Awards Banquet
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The Josephine County Foundation will hold its annual awards banquet on Tuesday evening at the Fairgrounds in Grants Pass. The event -- which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- will commemorate the $1 million given away to local rural fire departments as well as to honor community members and students for their hard work and dedication for the 2022-23 year. The annual banquet highlights JCF's key projects of the year which include the Vision Clinic, GAP Program, Summer Food Programs, Campus Closets, Project SAFE, Scholarships and more. JCF hit a milestone this year with its Project SAFE (Students Acquiring Firefighter Equipment) donating a total of $1 million to local fire departments. This includes more than $200,000 that will be presented to 10 fire departments tomorrow night. During the banquet, the foundation will be presenting its "Volunteer of the Year" award, which is given to someone who demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, commitment to their mission and community service.
Posted on 5/15/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh

The Rogue River May Have Claimed Another Victim
The Rogue River may have claimed another victim Friday afternoon. A camper staying at Indian Mary County Park and her dog, are missing and feared drowned after an incident at the park's boat ramp into the Rogue River. However, the husband of the missing woman was pulled from the water by a bystander who immediately began CPR with the help of the patient's son. CPR was continued until pulses were regained and the patient was transported to the hospital where his current condition is unreported. Rescue crews from Rural Metro Fire, American Medical Response, and marine deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrived and initiated a full search and rescue operation. Firefighters and deputies searched the water from a boat and by "hasty search" on the bank. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was also deployed. The search was called off just before 20:00 hrs. Cause of the accident remains unclear due to lack of witnesses. Indian Mary Park is one of several locations on the Rogue River where this type of accident has occurred in the past.
Posted on 5/13/23 6:50AM by Chuck Benson
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JoCo Sheriff’s Office Arrest Man Following Alleged Assault on Pregnant Female
A 50-year-old man was jailed following an alleged assault on a pregnant woman in the Lone Mountain Road area Friday afternoon. Deputies were dispatched to the 1600 block of Lone Mountain Road to accompany medical personnel who were also dispatched. Details were sketchy in the Sheriff’s narrative, but the suspect said the woman was trying to steal his dog. The victim’s spouse also called 911obviously irate that his wife had been pushed down and made threatening remarks concerning the suspect. He later calmed down. Deputies made contact with the suspect, identified as Nate Wheller, place him in handcuffs and cleared medical personnel to enter the scene.
Posted on 5/13/23 6:37AM by Chuck Benson
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A Hear Advisory is in Effect to 11 P.M. Sunday
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory that maximum temperatures of 90 to 100 degrees are expected in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Specifically, in Oregon, Central Douglas County, Eastern Curry County and Josephine County, Eastern Douglas County Foothills, Jackson County and Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades. In California, Western Siskiyou County from noon today to 11 PM PDT Sunday. A period of near record heat is expected over the west side valleys Saturday into Sunday. It will also be slow to cool off Saturday night, especially in more urban areas. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Posted on 5/13/23 6:02AM by Chuck Benson
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Medford Grand Jury Indicts Arizona Man for Mailing Fentanyl to Oregon
A federal grand jury in Medford has returned an indictment charging a Phoenix, Arizona man with mailing large quantities of fentanyl to Southern Oregon. Luke Austin Montgomery, 24, has been charged with three counts of attempting to distribute fentanyl. According to court documents, in late 2022, law enforcement learned Montgomery had been shipping counterfeit oxycodone pills suspected to contain fentanyl from Phoenix to Southern Oregon. Soon after, investigators arranged the purchase of 1,000 counterfeit pills from Montgomery. The same day Montgomery fulfilled the order, he shipped an additional 10,000 pills to a second Southern Oregon address. Montgomery concealed the counterfeit pills in over-the-counter pill bottles packaged among various toiletries. Investigators later obtained videos Montgomery had allegedly created and used to sell the counterfeit pills on social media. On May 9, Montgomery was arrested in Arizona. Friday, he was ordered detained pending transfer to the District of Oregon.

Attempting to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl is punishable by up to 40 years in federal prison with a five-year mandatory minimum sentence, five years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:45AM by Chuck Benson
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GP Police Captured Man Wanted on Statewide Felony Warrant at Point of a Taser
Grants Pass Police captured a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant this week at the point of a Taser. The Police Department reports officers arrested 28-year-old Jacob Eugene Snyder in the 500-block of NE 7th Street on Thursday afternoon. Police said Snyder was the subject of a trespassing complaint at that location. They said the suspect had attempted to burglarize a residence occupied by a woman who goes by the nickname "T-Bone." Upon arrival, officers placed Snyder into custody on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Felony Parole Violation. During a consent search, he was found to be in possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:44AM by Chuck Benson
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Noise Complaint Led to Arrest of Felon for Violating Court Order on RR Highway
A noise complaint called in by a neighbor led to the arrest of a felon for violating a court order at a Rogue River Highway apartment this week. Grants Pass Police responded to a domestic disturbance involving 24-year-old Michael Ray Angeleas in the 1400-block of Highway 99 on Thursday afternoon. Police said a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report hearing what sounded like domestic violence taking place in an adjacent apartment. The caller said they could hear a woman yelling for a male subject not to hit her along with banging on the wall. Officers arrived on scene and contacted Angeleas, who initially provided a fake name. Once his identity was confirmed, he was placed into custody for Violation of a No-Contact Order with the female victim identified as the protected party.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:42AM by Chuck Benson
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Fight Over Woman at Riverside Park Landed Trespasser Overnight Stay in Jail
A fight between two men over a woman at Riverside Park early yesterday landed one of them with overnight accommodations at the Josephine County Jail. Grants Pass Police responded to a reported disturbance involving 34-year-old Bartholomew James Robert Lewis at the city park on Friday around 1 a.m.. Police said Lewis and another man identified as "Mislon" got into a physical altercation stemming from a previous bad encounter with the man over a female companion. They said neither subject reported injury or wanted to pursue any charges against the other.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:41AM by Chuck Benson
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Forecast of Warm Weather Brings Safety Messages from Local First Responders
With temperatures expected to reach into the 90s this weekend, first responders in southwest Oregon are urging caution with activities that can easily turn tragic. Regardless of the abundant wet weather this spring, surface vegetation is quickly drying out and contributing to escaped open burns. If you most burn, please do so in the morning when winds are calm and humidity is high. Be sure to clear a ring of bare dirt around the burn pile that is free of flammable vegetation including grass, leaves and pine needles. Always have ready a reliable water source such as a garden hose, a shovel and your cell phone to call for help. Most private burns are conducted safely and appropriately. Don't be responsible for the "one that got away." Warm weather will entice many people to flock to the river for recreation. Please remember that rivers are deceptively cold from melting snow and they have swift currents under the surface. Never underestimate the hidden hazards of rivers, especially the Rogue River. Never overestimate your swimming ability. Nearly every year, someone dies on the Rogue -- usually without a life jacket.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:39AM by Chuck Benson
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Teddy Abrams to Step Down as Music Director of the Britt Festival Orchestra
The widely-acclaimed music director of the Britt Festival Orchestra has announced his departure at the end of the current season in July. Teddy Abrams first joined the Britt Festival Orchestra in 2013 as Music Director and this summer marks his 10th season with the organization. In those 10 years, Abrams led projects such as the centennial celebration at Crater Lake; commissions from some of the most important and well-known composers living today; and the unique composer-conductor fellowship program. During his time with Britt, Abrams's career has gone from strong to stronger. He accepted the role of Music Director for the Louisville Symphony in 2014 and has since conducted some of the most celebrated orchestras in the world. It's this flourishing career and increased artistic projects that are reasons for his departure.
Posted on 5/13/23 5:37AM by Chuck Benson
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