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Grants Pass Man Nabbed for Weapon & Driving Violations at Redwood Bar
A Grants Pass man was jailed for weapon and driving violations last night 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 on Monday at 10:24 p.m.. 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 5/9/23 11:33AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Collared Woman on Felony Warrant after Redwood Area Theft
Grants Pass Police apprehended a woman on a local felony warrant yesterday after she was caught shoplifting from a Redwood area retailer. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a theft complaint involving 25-year-old Tiereney Leanna Kelly at Dollar General on Redwood Avenue on Monday at 12:16 p.m.. Police said Kelly selected $13.50 in items from Dollar General and fled from store employees when confronted about not paying. She was located near the Josephine County Fairgrounds and identified after what officers called "the name game." Once Kelly was positively identified, it was discovered that she was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. She was placed into custody and booked into the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and for Petty Theft. She was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 5/9/23 11:31AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Snared Felon for Parole Violation during Riverside Park Patrol
Grants Pass Police snared a felon wanted for violating his post-prison supervision during a patrol check at Riverside Park yesterday. The Police Department reports officers arrested 43-year-old Peter Anthony Rivera at the city park on Monday around 1:15 p.m.. Police said Rivera and a woman identified as Santana Ingram were cited for both Scattering Rubbish and Methamphetamine Possession at their campsite. They were trespassed from the park for 30 days and Rivera was placed into custody when his corrections officer placed a detainer on him for Parole Violation stemming from previous convictions for 1st-Degree Rape and 2nd-Degree Assault. Also at Riverside Park, Brooke Mack, Amber Rockwell and Samantha Crutcher were cited for Illegal Camping. Crutcher was also cited for Scattering Rubbish and since it was the second or more citations for all three women, they were trespassed from the park for 30 days.
Posted on 5/9/23 11:30AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Police Cited Eight City Park Campers and Sent Two Packing
Grants Pass Police cited several city park campers and excluded a couple of them during routine patrol checks performed early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers posted a tent occupied by Patrick Cory and Desiree Lucero at Morrison Centennial Park on Monday at about 7:55 a.m.. They also cited Daren Norrington for Scattering Rubbish. Since it was Norrington's second such citation, he was trespassed from the park for 30 days. Shortly after 8 a.m., officers posted 18 illegal campsites at Tussing Park. They cited Timothy Nunez and Cathy Young for Illegal Camping, and they cited Nathan Deford for Scattering Rubbish. They also cited William Stroh and Dawn Schmidt for unlawfully staking their tent at the park. It was Stroh's second citation at the park, so he was trespassed for the next 30 days. Officers returned to Morrison Park at noon and warned Cory and Lucero for the same Illegal Camping violation after they made no attempt to correct the issue four hours after their campsite had been posted. Police reported that a truck-load of garbage was removed from Morrison and Tussing parks along with seven stolen shopping carts.
Posted on 5/9/23 11:28AM by Sam Marsh
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One Truck Driver Hurt and Another Cited after I-5 Collision in Sunny Valley
One truck driver was hurt and another was cited after a collision between two semis on Interstate 5 in the Sunny Valley area late yesterday. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the commercial vehicle collision in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 71 on Monday around 4:45 p.m.. Troopers said a 46-year-old California man was driving a Freightliner when he merged into a Kenworth driven by 42-year-old Luke Leroy Winder, which caused the Kenworth to strike the guardrail. Winder was transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with minor injuries. The other driver was not hurt. Following an investigation, the California trucker was cited for Unlawful Lane Change. The damaged Kenworth was hauled to Grants Pass by GoodFellas Towing.
Posted on 5/9/23 11:26AM by Sam Marsh
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JMET Raided Illegal Indoor Marijuana Growing Operation in the Selma Area
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The Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) raided an illegal indoor marijuana growing operation near Selma early yesterday. On Monday morning, JMET -- with the assistance of Josephine County Public Health & Building Safety -- served a search warrant on a property in the 2,000-block of Thompson Creek Road. During execution of the warrant, more than 500 pounds of processed marijuana and 1,869 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations, which could result in the criminal forfeiture of the property. JMET officials said an individual at the property was briefly detained for the duration of the search. They said the individual was questioned by detectives and is believed to be a victim of human trafficking. The individual was released to the UNETE Center for Farm Worker Advocacy, which provided aid and resources for their situation. Officials said the primary suspect was not at the location during the search. If located, they will be charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Appropriation of Water. According to JMET, the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Jailed IV Man for Assaulting GP Woman in Domestic Violence Incident
The Oregon State Police jailed an Illinois Valley man last weekend for beating up a Grants Pass woman during a rolling domestic violence incident on Redwood Highway. OSP reports troopers responded to an assault in progress in the 34,000-block of US Highway 199 on Friday evening. State troopers contacted the 47-year-old female victim who stated 42-year-old Joshua David Scott of O'Brien pulled her hair, bit her, hit her in the head and choked her with a lanyard. She said she was hurt, but did not require medical attention. Troopers then contacted Scott at Jubilee Park in Cave Junction to obtain his side of the story. They placed him into custody for probable cause of domestic violence and then transported him to Three Rivers Medical Center after he complained of chest pain. After being cleared by the hospital, Joshua Scott was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Assault, Felony Strangulation, 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd-Degree Theft along with an outstanding warrant. He was still being held without bail on Monday.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Pair for Warrant and Crimes after Domestic Violence Call
Grants Pass Police jailed two people for an outstanding warrant and other crimes following a weekend domestic disturbance in the north part of the city. The Police Department reports officers arrested 44-year-old Logan Forrest Handel and 41-year-old Lisha LeAnn Foster shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday. Police said they responded to a domestic violence call at the Pacific Pride station on NE 7th Street after receiving a call that a woman was trying to get out of an Audi sedan and a man was yelling at her. They contacted Handel at the scene and learned that he was wanted on a Medford felony warrant for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation. The protected party was identified as Foster. Logan Handel was charged with an additional count of Contempt of Court before he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Foster was located a short time later at the Grants Pass Travelodge, where she had vandalized some motel property. When told she was under arrest, she resisted law enforcement and tried to kick an officer. She was jailed for Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:17AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Collared 3 Fugitives during Cave Junction Traffic Stops Last Weekend
The Oregon State Police arrested three fugitives in the Cave Junction area late last weekend. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Sunday at 3:42 p.m. when state troopers pulled over a bicyclist for a traffic violation on Redwood Highway near Pinewood Way. A records check revealed that 36-year-old Bruce Sam Ridenour had multiple outstanding warrants including for Felony Parole Violation and 4th-Degree Assault. The second incident happened on Sunday at 4:23 p.m. when troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old Grants Pass man at the intersection of North Old Stage Road and Caves Highway. Troopers said a passenger in the vehicle provided multiple false names before revealing his identity to be 28-year-old Steven Robert Cooke of Selma. A records check showed that Cooke was wanted on a statewide extraditable warrant out of Curry County. The third incident took place on Sunday at 6:03 p.m. when troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by a 57-year-old Cave Junction man in the 400-block of Redwood Highway. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 64-year-old Floyd Argus Greenlee and he was found to be wanted on a failure to appear in court bench warrant.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Snared Man for Breaking into RR Highway Home & Stealing Food
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for breaking into a house on Rogue River Highway and raiding the refrigerator. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies were alerted to the incident in the 3100-block of Highway 99 on Sunday at 7:38 a.m.. Deputies said 37-year-old Michael Kevin Ledbetter forced entry into the residence and began eating food. They said the homeowner woke up and found the suspect eating in his kitchen. The suspect then fled the scene toward Grants Pass. According to the report, deputies located Ledbetter at a Rogue River Highway market and he admitted to entering the home and drinking water, but he denied eating any food. That was enough for him to be placed into custody. Michael Ledbetter was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Burglary and Misdemeanor Petty Theft.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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City of GP Accepting Applications for 2 Posts on Parks Advisory Committee
Applications are now being accepted for two positions on the Grants Pass Parks Advisory Committee. These are three-year appointments. The purpose of this committee is to review and make recommendations related to the needs and locations for new parkland and trail locations, park planning, allocation of recreation resources, preservation of park resources, and funding. The Grants Pass City Council desires to have a balance of viewpoints and demographic representation on the panel including individuals with interest or experience representing athletic leagues, individuals knowledgeable in natural resources preservation, people involved in recurring park events, frequent park users and individuals who use family-friendly park facilities. Applications are available at the City Administration Office at 101 NW A Street or online at "grantspassoregon.gov/committee-application." Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 7th.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:10AM by Sam Marsh
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State Fire Marshal Says 15 Local Agencies Get Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grants
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The Oregon State Fire Marshal has announced that 15 local agencies or groups are among the recipients of its $18 million Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. These funds will help communities across the state reach their goals of improving wildfire resiliency, using local programs and solutions. In total, 106 organizations were offered grant funding. Projects receiving grants included community-wide defensible space programs, vegetation removal around buildings, community chipping programs, community education relating to wildfire preparedness, equipment for vegetation removal and supporting staff. Locally, Jackson County Fire District #4 in Prospect received the largest grant of $500,000. They were followed by Jackson County with $485,600 and Josephine County Emergency Management with $450,000. Jackson County Fire District #3 received $350,000, while the Medford Fire Department received $347,589 and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue got $300,000. Other local agencies that received CWRR grants were the cities of Phoenix, Talent, Gold Hill, Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Jacksonville along with the Illinois Valley Fire District, Williams Rural Fire District and the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative.
Posted on 5/9/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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