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GP Police Cited Several & Excluded 5 for Ordinance Violations at City Parks
Grants Pass Police cited several people and evicted five of them from local parks yesterday after they were caught violating city ordinances. The Police Department reports officers contacted Michael Cowan, Angela Smith, Nathan Deford, Darren Starnes and Eugene Dewitt at Tussing Park on Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m.. Police said all five were cited for Scattering Rubbish and other violations of park rules. Since it was Cowan's and Deford's second recent citation, they were kicked out of the park for 30 days. At about 1 p.m. yesterday, officers contacted Doloris Nevin, Cory Russell, Dean Smith, Zachary Gatten and Michelle Richardson at Riverside Park. They were all cited for Illegal Camping after their campsites had been posted three days prior. Russell, Smith and Richardson were trespassed from the park for 30 days. Two other campsites belonging to John & Ashley Hanson and Celia Alvarez were posted. A Hyundai sedan with four flat tires in the middle parking lot above the soccer field was towed to the local impound yard.
Posted on 5/10/23 11:45AM by Sam Marsh
 

IV Crews Extinguished Tuesday AM Fire by Abandoned Vehicle near Selma
The Illinois Valley Fire District extinguished a small fire in the Selma area early yesterday. On Tuesday at 9:03 a.m., IVFD crews were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire near the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Thompson Creek Road. According to IVFD, arriving units found and put out a small fire that was next to an abandoned vehicle. There was no one else around and it appeared the vehicle had been there for some time. It was flagged for eventual towing. Officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Posted on 5/10/23 11:44AM by Sam Marsh
 

Motorist Hurt and Child Evaluated after Redwood Highway Crash near Selma
A motorist was injured last night when they crashed their vehicle into a guardrail on Redwood Highway near Selma. The Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the single-vehicle wreck near milepost 18 of Highway 199 on Tuesday at 7:07 p.m.. IVFD Chief John Holmes said one person was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He said a young girl in the vehicle was checked out by medics and her family took her to the hospital for an evaluation. Traffic was reduced to one lane while the scene was active. Caveman Towing was able to remove the vehicle and haul it to Grants Pass. The cause of the crash was being investigated by OSP.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed Two Women for Attacking 3rd Woman near Caveman Bridge
Grants Pass Police jailed two women for beating up another woman near Caveman Bridge this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 24-year-old Talisia Marie Farrell and 24-year-old Alexis Jean Luck for the incident in the 900-block of SW 6th Street late Monday night. Police said Farrell and Luck attacked a third woman and injured her. They said a male caller reported three females beating up a fourth, but no other suspect was arrested or identified. It was unclear in the report whether the victim received medical treatment or if she was transported to the hospital. Following an investigation, Farrell and Luck were placed into custody for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault. Ankle restraints were placed on Luck for officer safety during transport to the Josephine County Jail. Both were lodged without bail. Farrell was additionally charged with Felony Parole Violation at the request of her corrections officer.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Nabbed for Weapon and Driving Violations at Redwood Bar
A Grants Pass man was jailed for weapon and driving violations this week after he was contacted by police at a Redwood area watering hole. Grants Pass Police arrested 36-year-old James Duane Haer at the Lucky Duck in the 1700-block of Redwood Avenue late Monday night. Police said they observed Haer driving his mother's Chrysler PT Cruiser and it was known that his driving privileges had been suspended. They contacted him inside the tavern while he was gambling and advised him that he was being detained, at which point he asked officers if they knew that he carried a firearm. Haer reportedly consented to the removal of his firearm -- a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson MP Shield -- which was concealed on his hip under his oversized shirt. He did not have a concealed weapons permit, so he was placed into custody. James Haer was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Driving While Suspended. The gun was seized as evidence.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:40AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared IV Woman on Outstanding Felony Warrant in Cave Junction
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended an Illinois Valley woman on a local felony warrant this week in Cave Junction. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 25-year-old Katherine Denae Rodriguez in the 200-block of West Lister Street on Monday afternoon. Few details about the arrest were disclosed, but deputies said they placed Rodriguez into custody on a Josephine County felony warrant for Probation Violation related to a previous arrest for Felony Attempt to Elude Police. Katherine Rodriguez was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the adult jail facility where she was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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State Troopers Apprehended Four More Fugitives on Outstanding Warrants
Fresh off apprehending three local fugitives on Sunday, the Oregon State Police made four more warrant arrests the next day. OSP reports the first incident occurred on Monday at 7:18 a.m. when state troopers contacted 42-year-old Justin Lee Hayes at the southbound Manzanita Rest Area off Interstate 5. Troopers said they stopped Hayes for a traffic violation and a records check revealed that he was wanted on a local bench warrant for failing to appear in court. The second incident happened exactly one hour later when troopers pulled over a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by 36-year-old Joshua Alan Battey near the corner of NE 9th and Savage streets. Battey was found to be wanted on an out-of-state fugitive warrant for failing to appear in court. The third incident took place on Monday at 5:13 p.m. when troopers stopped a Chevrolet driven by 43-year-old Daren Alan McCollum on Lone Mountain Road in O'Brien. The fourth incident occurred on Monday at 11:04 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Ford F-350 driven by 37-year-old Keegan James Spencer Cooper on Williams Highway near New Hope Road.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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Board has Proclamation, Presentation & Appointment for Business Session
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a proclamation, a presentation and an appointment for its weekly business session this morning. The Board will open the meeting by proclaiming the week of May 14th-20th as "National Police Week." Next Tuesday at the Courthouse, local law enforcement agencies will recognize the six officers who have died while on duty in Josephine County. The Commissioners will hear a presentation from the Oregon State University Extension Service District followed by Requests and Comments from Citizens. As part of the Consent Calendar, the Board will make an appointment to the Josephine County Fair Board. Today's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
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Deadline for City of Grants Pass Sustainable Tourism Grant Applications is May 31st
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Because tourism is an important part of its economic success, the City of Grants Pass designates 12% of eligible tourism funds to the Sustainable Tourism Grant Program. The application period for the grant program is now open. The Sustainable Tourism Grant Program supports promotional activities that will lead to sustainable tourism by attracting tourists and increasing overnight stays. Grants that focus on increasing tourism during off-peak periods, generate economic growth from tourists coming from outside a 50-mile radius, and provide increased economic benefit for local businesses and nonprofit organizations are the most competitive. The grants range from $2,500 to $5,000, and no match is required for the funding. Some project areas that will receive priority ranking may include sustainable events, historically significant events, community-focused events, outdoor recreation and touring. Applications must be submitted to the Grants Pass Economic Development Division by the closing deadline, which is Wednesday, May 31st, at 11:59 p.m.. Applications may be downloaded, scanned and e-mailed to Economic Development Manager Dana Pearce at "dpearce@grantspassoregon.gov." A hard copy can be mailed to or dropped off at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street #202, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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BLM Now Accepting Applications for First Artist-in-Residence Program at RR Ranch
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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking applicants for an Artist-in-Residence program at the Rogue River Ranch. Selected artists will receive a one- to two-week residency at the historic ranch on the Rogue River between June and August. This is the first year of the program at the Rogue River Ranch. Artists will create while immersed in a beautiful environment and share their works with the public. All artists are encouraged to apply, and there is no preference given to any particular style or medium. The Rogue River Ranch National Historic Site is in a breathtaking setting deep in the Rogue Wild and Scenic River Corridor. The selected artist will reside in the historic house. During their stay, artists share their vision in one public presentation. Following their residency, artists donate at least one digital copy of their completed artwork for promotional use to advance the residency program. One artist and one alternate will be selected based on the following criteria: entry materials, residency proposal, professionalism and creative vision. Interested artists can find more information and an application at the Artist-in-Residency website, by e-mailing Tony Saunders at "asaunders@blm.gov" or by calling (541)-471-6642. Applications must be submitted by June 9th.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Shutting Down Alley This Week & Parking Lot Next Week for New Public Restroom
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The City of Grants Pass is shutting down an alley this week and a parking lot next week for the installation of a new public restroom in the downtown area. Today and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the alley between H and I at 5th Street will be closed for the installation of the sewer lateral for the Portland Loo restroom in the Osprey Parking Lot. The Osprey Parking Lot will be closed entirely next Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for installation of sewer, water and electricity to the new Loo. According to the Grants Pass Engineering Division, there will be a minimal impact on parking spaces for the remainder of the restroom installation project. One more Portland Loo public restroom will be installed in the Beaver Parking Lot later this spring.
Posted on 5/10/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Two Women for Attacking 3rd Woman near Caveman Bridge
Grants Pass Police jailed two women for beating up another woman near Caveman Bridge late last night. The Police Department reports officers arrested 24-year-old Talisia Marie Farrell and 24-year-old Alexis Jean Luck for the incident in the 900-block of SW 6th Street on Monday at about 11 p.m.. Police said Farrell and Luck attacked a third woman and injured her. They said a male caller reported three females beating up a fourth, but no other suspect was arrested or identified. It was unclear in the report whether the victim received medical treatment or if she was transported to the hospital. Following an investigation, Farrell and Luck were placed into custody for Felony 3rd-Degree Assault. Ankle restraints were placed on Luck for officer safety during transport to the Josephine County Jail. Both were lodged without bail. Farrell was additionally charged with Felony Parole Violation at the request of her corrections officer.
Posted on 5/9/23 11:35AM by Sam Marsh
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