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Grants Pass Police Department Welcomes North Carolina Native as New Officer
The Grants Pass Police Department is welcoming a new officer to its ranks. Police Officer Michael Potts was born and raised in North Carolina where he earned an associate's degree in Applied Science before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his four-year commitment to the military, Potts took a job with Mercy Flights in Medford as an emergency medical technician. Officer Potts said he chose to transition his public service career from EMs to law enforcement in order to continue his commitment to public service and safety in a different cap
Posted on 5/13/23 5:36AM by Chuck Benson
 

GP Police Jailed Man for Trying to Steal Gas & Threatening O'Reilly Workers
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for trying to steal gas from a vehicle at a local auto parts store and threatening employees who confronted him with a large wrench. The Police Department reports officers arrested 29-year-old Edward Leslie Jenkins for the incident at O'Reilly Auto Parts on NE Terry Lane on Thursday during the noon hour. Police said Jenkins was attempting to siphon gas out of an O'Reilly service truck when employees confronted him. They said he proceeded to grab a socket wrench and hold it above his head while threatening employees. No one was injured. Jenkins reportedly drove away from the business in a Toyota Corolla and then returned to the parking lot where his car was boxed in by police and he was placed into custody. Two license plates not belonging to his car were found and seized. Edward Jenkins was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of 2nd-Degree Robbery and Unlawful Use of a Weapon along with misdemeanor charges of Menacing, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Suspended. His Toyota was impounded.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:20AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Collared 2 Statewide Fugitives during Separate Thursday Incidents
Grants Pass Police apprehended two fugitives wanted on statewide felony warrants during separate incidents yesterday. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Thursday at 6:36 p.m. when officers arrested 31-year-old Zachary Brian Whitted in the 600-block of NE 7th Street. Police said Whitted was spotted and known to be wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation as well as two Grants Pass warrants for failing to appear in court for Identity Theft and 2nd-Degree Theft. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrants as well as a narcotics violation. The second incident happened on Thursday at 7:18 p.m. when officers arrested 34-year-old Daniel Earl Myers following a foot pursuit in the 1700-block of SE N Street. Police said they contacted Myers who identified himself as "Duckie" before his true identity was discovered. He was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous assault conviction. He took off running before he was taken to the ground by officers and placed into custody. After being checked out at Three Rivers Medical Center, Daniel "Duckie" Myers was lodged in jail on the warrant plus new charges of Resisting Arrest and Escape.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:18AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Snared Two Young Suspects for Attempting to Steal from Walmart
Grants Pass Police arrested two young suspects for attempting to steal nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart yesterday. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a shoplifting incident involving 20-year-old Alyssa Rene Bober and 19-year-old Brice Santiago Rodriguez at the store on NE Terry Lane on Thursday shortly after 3 p.m.. Police said the two suspects filled a Walmart shopping cart with items valued at more than $950 and pushed it past all points of sale without making an effort to pay. They were confronted by store security and split up in an attempt to escape. Upon arrival, officers placed Bober and Rodriguez into custody. Both were lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft. They were linked to a Chevy Impala that was parked in the Walmart parking lot and were advised to contact the Police Department to retrieve their vehicle once they were released from jail.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Two People Hurt in Redwood Highway Motorcycle Crash in the Illinois Valley
Two people were injured last night in a motorcycle crash on Redwood Highway near Eight Dollar Mountain in the Illinois Valley. On Thursday at 7:58 p.m., the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck on US Highway 199 at Eight Dollar Road. IVFD officials said arriving units found a motorcycle down and two people thrown off the bike. The unidentified patients were transported by two AMR ambulances to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. The cause of the motorcycle crash was being investigated by OSP.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:14AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Nabbed 2 Motorists for Impaired Driving in Separate Thursday Calls
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested two motorists for impaired driving during separate incidents on Thursday. According to the Sheriff's Office, the first incident occurred at 9:54 a.m. yesterday when deputies responded to a vehicle in a ditch in the 4100-block of Cloverlawn Drive. The driver was identified as 33-year-old Richard Weaver and there was a female passenger. Deputies said both occupants were out of the Saturn Vue when they arrived on scene. They said Weaver displayed signs of impairment while complaining of chest and neck pain. He was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for an evaluation along with a legal blood draw. Weaver was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. He was cited to appear in court and released to the care of hospital staff. The second incident happened at about 2 p.m. yesterday when deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by 54-year-old Wayne Holley near the corner of NW Hawthorne Avenue and Dover Drive. Deputies said Holley displayed signs of impairment and there was a large amount of trash around his vehicle. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for DUII-Alcohol, Reckless Driving and Offensive Littering.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Medford Motorist Arrested for DUII after Crashing Pickup in Riverbanks Area
A Medford woman was arrested for impaired driving after a motor vehicle crash in the Riverbanks Road area last night. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle wreck near milepost 15 of State Route 260 at 8:20 p.m. Thursday. Troopers said an investigation determined 39-year-old Sandra Rene Monahan was driving a Dodge Ram pickup when she lost control of the truck and collided with a tree. They said she sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. They also said she displayed strong signs of impairment at the scene. After performing poorly in field sobriety tests, Monahan was placed into custody and transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center due to her high level of impairment. A search warrant was obtained for a legal blood draw before Monahan was cited to appear in court for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. She was released to the care of hospital staff. Her damaged pickup was impounded.
Posted on 5/12/23 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Man for Shooting and Wounding Another Person near Merlin
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for multiple crimes this week after he allegedly shot and wounded another person at a residence near Merlin. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies responded to reports of multiple shots fired in the 700-block of Abegg Road late Wednesday night. A neighbor had called 9-1-1 to report hearing five or six gunshots and screaming at the residence. Upon arrival, deputies investigated and learned that 43-year-old James Lee Bunn, Jr., had shot at a vehicle containing his stepdaughter and her friend. The friend -- who was not identified in the report -- suffered a gunshot wound when a bullet grazed their head. The vehicle -- a Toyota Camry -- was also struck by gunfire. Deputies took the victim to the Iron Oar Bar & Grill on Galice Road where they were evaluated by American Medical Response and then transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass. The stepdaughter was not hurt. James Bunn had fled on foot after the shooting, but he returned and was located at a guest house where he was placed into custody. Bunn was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on felony charges of Aggravated 1st-Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon plus misdemeanor charges of Pointing a Firearm at Another Person and Menacing. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 5/12/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Investigate 2nd Recent Structure Fire at Former IV Pool Building
Authorities are investigating the second structure fire at the former Illinois Valley swimming pool building in Cave Junction in just over a week. The Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Josephine County Public Works were dispatched to the commercial structure fire in the 500-block of East River Street on Thursday at 8:08 a.m.. IVFD Chief John Holmes said the fire was contained to the building. He said there were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation. On May 2nd, firefighters responded to a fire at the former pool building and found smoke showing from the roof with flames just inside the front door. That fire was quickly extinguished and the cause was under investigation. In both incidents, Rural Metro Fire Department was initially dispatched to the scene and was redirected to cover the district from IVFD Station #2 in Selma.
Posted on 5/12/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Captured IV Man on Outstanding Warrant at CJ Auto Repair Shop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended an Illinois Valley man on an outstanding warrant in Cave Junction this week. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 23-year-old Andrew Benito Cruz-Martinez at Cascade Auto on South Redwood Highway on Wednesday afternoon. In its new abbreviated media log format, the Sheriff's Office released few details about the arrest. Deputies said Cruz-Martinez was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Parole Violation. Andrew Cruz-Martinez was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the adult jail facility on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/12/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Corralled 2 Fugitives in Separate Incidents This Week
Grants Pass Police corralled two local fugitives during separate incidents on the same day this week. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when officers arrested 42-year-old Donn Reeves Fincher near the Verizon store on NE Terry Lane. Police said Fincher was spotted and officers knew that he was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. He was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. The second incident happened on Wednesday evening when officers arrested 31-year-old Cody Wayne Luttrell at the corner of West Park and Ringuette streets. Officers said they spotted Luttrell and knew he was wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. He was placed into custody and lodged at the adult jail facility.
Posted on 5/12/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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North Medford High Secured after Suspicious Man Wanders onto Campus
North Medford High School was placed in "secure" status on Thursday when a maintenance employee observed a suspicious male subject on the campus, but the situation was quickly resolved. The Medford Police Department reports the incident occurred around 2:10 p.m. yesterday. The man was not inside the gated area of the school and it was believed he may have been experiencing a mental health issue. The North Medford School Resource Officer placed the school in "secure" while he searched the area for the subject. Multiple officers responded to the school to assist. It was confirmed the subject left the campus and never made access inside the gated area. MPD said it was still working to identify the man, who faces trespass charges. North Medford was in "secure" for about 15 minutes until the incident was over. As part of this protocol, students are moved indoors, all exterior doors are locked, and the students and staff continue business as usual inside.
Posted on 5/12/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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