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GP Police Collared Man on Outstanding Warrant at Redwood Area Tavern
Grants Pass Police arrested a man on an out-of-county warrant early yesterday after a patrol check at a local watering hole in the Redwood area. The Police Department reports officers arrested 41-year-old Patrick R. Bellando at the Old Barn Tavern on Thursday at 2:45 a.m.. Police said Bellando was contacted inside a vehicle parked at the tavern, which is located in the 2,000-block of Redwood Avenue. They said he was discovered to be wanted on a Douglas County warrant for Probation Violation. After the warrant was confirmed, Patrick Bellando was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. His dog was turned over to a family member at his request.
Posted on 5/5/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
 

Jackson County EM will Initiate "Live" Emergency Alert System Test Today
Jackson County will initiate a "live" Emergency Alert System test today in coordination with KOBI-TV in Medford. Per the State of Oregon Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan, the system must be tested monthly. No time was given for today's test. Jackson and Josephine counties partner with KOBI, the local state primary station which coordinates the monthly tests. Jackson County Emergency Management inititiates "live" EAS tests in January, May and September. In cooperation with public safety, broadcasters and cable operators, this system informs the public of events that immediately threaten lives or property. If this was an actual emergency requiring immediate action or evacuation, official messages would follow the alert tone. Jackson County Emergency Manager Holly Powers said this EAS test is one of the many critical efforts they conduct to keep citizens and communities safe. She also encouraged citizens to sign up for or update their Citizen Alert account. In Jackson County, this can be done at "jacksoncounty.gov/emergency."
Posted on 5/5/23 6:29AM by Sam Marsh
 

Josephine County Emergency Management Encourages Fire Season Prep
Josephine County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare for the upcoming fire season by removing flammable vegetation around their homes. Saturday is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and it provides an opportunity to reduce the risk of wildfire to your property with some effort -- but without cost. To help residents get rid of the material they remove when creating defensible space around their homes, three local disposal companies are waiving their fees to drop off green, woody debris. In Josephine County, the Republic Services Transfer Station on Merlin Road will accept green and woody debris on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The Southern Oregon Sanitation Transfer Station on Redwood Avenue will accept debris on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Some restrictions apply and Josephine County residents will need to provide proof of residency. In Jackson County, Biomass One on Avenue G in White City will accept green and woody debris for free on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Posted on 5/5/23 6:28AM by Sam Marsh
 

Detectives Reopen 2013 Cold Case Probe after Hair and Tissue Found near Ruch
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The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has reopened the cold case investigation into the 2013 disappearance of Stephanie Ann Warner. Investigators believe Warner was the victim of homicide and her body was left in the Applegate area. Earlier this week, what is believed to be human hair and tissue were found near her former residence in the 9,000-block of Highway 238. The tissue was sent to the Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory to obtain positive identification. Detectives and Search & Rescue personnel were conducting an evidence search in the area of China Gulch Road near where Warner lived. The hair was initially found by a mushroom hunter who called in the suspicious remains. Stephanie Warner was last seen in 2013 while leaving the Fourth of July Parade in Ashland around 4:30 p.m. with her boyfriend, Lennie Ames. They left together in Warner's green 2003 Nissan Xterra and they were believed to be heading back to Warner's house near Ruch. She was last seen wearing jeans, black lace-up boots and a pink or beige top. Ames and his son Jared Fournier are believed to know something about Warner's disappearance, but they have been uncooperative with the investigation. Anyone with information about Warner's disappearance is urged to call Sergeant Jesse Ainsworth at (541)-774-6816.
Posted on 5/5/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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OEM Announces Rogue Valley Agencies among Recipients of 2nd Round SPIRE Grants
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The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) has announced that some local agencies are among the recipients of the second round of its $5 million State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) Grant. The SPIRE Grant funds the purchase and distribution of equipment to be used during an emergency to reduce the risk of loss of life and property damage. The grant's most recent round funded 45 awardees with 64 pieces of equipment. Locally, the Grants Pass Police Department is the recipient of an Unmanned Search and Rescue Imaging Vehicle as well as a Vehicle Barrier System with Trailer. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue will receive an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, also known as an "EMILY." The City of Medford will receive a Vehicle Barrier System with Trailer and a Portable Power Generator. The Ashland Police Department will get a Vehicle Barrier System while Jackson County Search & Rescue will receive an Unmanned Search and Rescue Imaging Vehicle and Jackson County Fire District #4 will get a Low-Water Rescue Boat. A third grant round will open later this year.
Posted on 5/5/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Family YMCA Receives Foundation Funding for Sensory Friendly Fitness Classes
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The Grants Pass Family YMCA recently received $5,000 from the Four Way Community Foundation's Rose Douglas Fund to bring Sensory Friendly Fitness Classes to the Y for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Rose Douglas Fund was established by Rose Douglas herself, a local educator with a son who had an intellectual disability. During his lifetime, there were only a few programs to assist him and they were very important to the Douglas family. Recognizing the importance and need for enrichment opportunities, Rose Douglas left a significant endowment bequest through the local foundation to support the programs that assisted her son as well as to develop and enhance services to improve safety, health, education, recreation and overall life enjoyment. The Grants Pass Family YMCA's Sensory Friendly Fitness Classes will be developed to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pre-registration will be required to participate. To stay up-to-date on program offerings, follow the Grants Pass Family YMCA on social media.
Posted on 5/5/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County EM will Initiate Emergency Alert System Test on Friday
Jackson County will initiate a "live" Emergency Alert System test on Friday in coordination with KOBI-TV in Medford. Per the State of Oregon Emergency Alert System (EAS) Plan, the system must be tested monthly. No time was given for tomorrow's test. Jackson and Josephine counties partner with KOBI, the local state primary station which coordinates the monthly tests. Jackson County Emergency Management inititiates "live" EAS tests in January, May and September. In cooperation with public safety, broadcasters and cable operators, this system informs the public of events that immediately threaten lives or property. If this was an actual emergency requiring immediate action or evacuation, official messages would follow the alert tone. Jackson County Emergency Manager Holly Powers said this EAS test is one of the many critical efforts they conduct to keep citizens and communities safe. She also encouraged citizens to sign up for or update their Citizen Alert account. In Jackson County, this can be done at "jacksoncounty.gov/emergency."
Posted on 5/4/23 1:45PM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man on California Fugitive Warrants after SE Traffic Stop
Grants Pass Police jailed a man on two California fugitive warrants and for several local crimes following a traffic stop in the southeast part of the city late last night. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Lavell Marquez Moore near the corner of Golden Park and Parkdale drives around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they stopped Moore for traffic violations and he did not have any identification, vehicle registration or proof of insurance. He also provided officers with a false name before his true identity was discovered. It was then discovered that he was wanted on two California Department of Corrections fugitive warrants for Parole Violation stemming from an assault conviction and for Engaging in Commercial Sex. He was legally banned from being near his female passenger. Moore told police he was having a medical emergency, so he was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for an evaluation. Once he was cleared, he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the extraditable warrants plus new charges of Restraining Order Violation, Furnishing False Information to Police, Failure to Carry & Present a Valid Operator's License and Possession of Methamphetamine. According to the report, Moore was also warned for several traffic and equipment violations, and his car was impounded. His passenger was warned for Failure to Wear a Seat Belt.
Posted on 5/4/23 11:09AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Captured Local Fugitive while Checking Out Transient Camp in IV
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office apprehended a local fugitive yesterday while checking out a remote transient camp in the Illinois Valley. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 44-year-old Jonathan R. Pool on a BLM road located off Westside Road on Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.. Deputies said they spotted a GMC Yukon occupied by Pool and another person at the transient camp. They contacted the pair and discovered that Pool was wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant containing a secret indictment for Felony and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude Police as well as Reckless Endangering. He was also wanted on a Medford warrant for Methamphetamine Possession. A search of the vehicle uncovered a small amount of heroin, so both Pool and his passenger were cited for appear in court for the narcotics violation. Jonathan Pool was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants. Later in the day, deputies issued a citation for Offensive Littering to an individual identified only as "Merkle" on a BLM road off Kerby Mainline Road.
Posted on 5/4/23 11:07AM by Sam Marsh
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Troopers Sent Charges against Fleeing Motorist to District Attorney's Office
The Oregon State Police failed to apprehend a motorist during an attempted traffic stop in Wolf Creek late last night, but they know who he is and have filed charges with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. OSP reports troopers tried to pull over a Hyundai Accent driven by 30-year-old Bradley Myron Wibbens in the 300-block of Old Highway 99 on Wednesday at 11:47 p.m.. Troopers said they initiated a traffic stop on the Hyundai for a traffic violation, but the driver fled and they did not pursue. However, the fleeing driver was positively identified as Wibbens and his passenger was identified as a 26-year-old Glendale woman. According to OSP, charges of Felony Attempt to Elude Police and Reckless Driving against Wibbens were referred to the District Attorney for consideration.
Posted on 5/4/23 11:05AM by Sam Marsh
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OSP Snared Man on Warrant after Catching Him Riding ATV on Highway 199
The Oregon State Police arrested a man on an out-of-county warrant after troopers caught him riding an all-terrain vehicle on Redwood Highway near Wilderville late yesterday. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Honda FourTrax ridden by 53-year-old David Edward Peckham at milepost 7 of US Highway 199 on Wednesday at 6:01 p.m.. It is illegal to ride an ATV on a state highway in Oregon. After further investigation, troopers determined that Peckham was wanted on an outstanding warrant for 2nd-Degree Theft and he was placed into custody. David Peckham was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Since no vehicle identification number was found on the ATV, it was hauled to Grants Pass by Oregon Towing.
Posted on 5/4/23 11:04AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Incarcerated Man for Candy Caper at SE City Market
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing candy bars from a southeast city market yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting call at Li'l Pantry Market & Deli on Rogue River Highway shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Police said 36-year-old Steven Carsten Juergensen stole two candy bars valued at $5.50 from the store by concealing them, walking past all points of sale and exiting the business. Employees told officers they confronted the suspect outside the store and he returned some other stolen candy, but not the pilfered candy bars. Juergensen was located a short time later at Baker Park and video surveillance confirmed his identity in the candy caper. After being trespassed from the market, he was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 5/4/23 11:02AM by Sam Marsh
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