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Sinclair Broadcast Group will Shut Down Local Operations at KTVL-10 in May
The owner of a longtime Medford television station will close its local operations next month while laying off nearly its entire news department. According to reliable sources, KTVL Channel 10 in Medford will be shuttered by its parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair owns approximately 200 television stations across the United States. Channel 10 will move to a "nationally syndicated programming" schedule with broader Oregon news and information provided by a Sinclair-owned television station in Eugene. The station will still be called KTVL, but it will no longer provide locally-based news and community programming. The new format calls for a single reporter to remain on staff to cover Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. Northern California news will be taken over by KRCR in Redding.
Posted on 4/29/23 5:35AM by Chuck Benson

Police & Fire Personnel Busy as Warmer Weather Returned to the Region
Grants Pass Police and Fire continue to serve and protect the city this last week. Grants Pass City Police made 58 arrests this past week, made 61 traffic stops that resulted in 38 citations and 45 warnings being issued. Six individuals were lodged in the sobering center. 171 area checks were conducted. The community response team was as busy making 155 contacts while handing out 115 warnings, 4 citations, 4 trespass warnings and arresting 3 persons. 123 camps were posted. The Fire/Rescue division remained just as busy answering a total of 110 calls, 10 of those for actual fires, 38 for medical responses, 15 lift assists, 7 public assists and one assisting another agency. The Division conducted 8 rescues.
Posted on 4/29/23 5:33AM by Chuck Benson

Sheriff''s Office Seeking Public Assistance to Find Missing & Endangered Man
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The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance with locating a missing and endangered man. According to the Sheriff's Office, 51-year-old Sean Noel Herbert was reported missing by his mother on April 26th. Herbert left his home in a silver four-door 2003 Volkswagen Passat station wagon, with an Oregon "Share the Road" license plate bearing the letters "NEPB." Sean Herbert normally does not venture out of his home and there are no known areas that he is known to frequent. He is described as 6-feet-1-inch tall, around 180 pounds, with shaved gray hair and brown eyes. He currently has a beard/goatee. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sean Herbert is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (541)-474-5123. Please reference Case #23-10165.
Posted on 4/28/23 11:44AM by Sam Marsh

Trifecta of Issues at Law Enforcement Agencies Hampered News Gathering
Today's news gathering from our three local law enforcement agencies was badly hampered due to a trifecta of issues. The Grants Pass Police Department notified KAJO Radio this morning that it was unable to send out its daily log of incidents due to a vendor update problem. The agency also said it was unknown if the issue will be corrected before next week. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office has changed the format for the daily logs it sends out to the media. The new format provides only a fraction of the information formerly contained in its complete Sheriff's Log. Jail bookings were not available for the second straight day. The Oregon State Police also informed us that it had no daily incident logs today for incidents that occurred Thursday.
Posted on 4/28/23 10:12AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Arrested Sunny Valley Man on Warrant for 2021 Hit & Run Incident
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sunny Valley man on an outstanding warrant last night. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies contacted 27-year-old Colton Shults at a residence in the 200-block of Sunny Valley Loop on Thursday around 8:30 p.m.. Few details about the incident were disclosed, but deputies said Shults was wanted on a 2021 Josephine County warrant for failing to appear in court for Hit-and-Run Causing Property Damage. Colton Shults was cited to appear in court on the warrant and then released.
Posted on 4/28/23 10:10AM by Sam Marsh
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Animal Control Seized Dog for Biting Child on Westholm Avenue in SW GP
Animal control officers from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office seized a dog from its owner after the animal allegedly bit a child in a southwest neighborhood. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports animal control responded to the incident in the 700-block of SW Westholm Avenue in Grants Pass on Thursday at about 4 p.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report the family dog had bitten a child on the back of the neck. Fortunately, the boy was not seriously hurt and no medical attention was required. According to the report, the suspect dog is a 4-year-old female pit bull mix. It was loaded into a service vehicle and transported to the Animal Control Shelter where it was impounded and placed under quarantine. The dog's owner -- who was not identified -- was cited to appear in court for the unspecified violation.
Posted on 4/28/23 10:08AM by Sam Marsh
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Emergency Officials Urge Residents to Leave Pets at Home in Hot Weather
With the hottest weather so far this year expected today and Saturday, emergency first responders are urging residents to leave their pets home while running errands. Law enforcement officials also encourage people to leave their pets at home when the interior of a parked vehicle can become deadly within minutes. How long does it take for a car to get hot? If it's 80 degrees outside, a vehicle's interior temperature will rise to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 114 degrees in 30 minutes. If it's 90 degrees outside, the interior temperature will rise to 109 degrees in 10 minutes and 124 degrees in 30 minutes. If it's 95 degrees outside, the temperature will rise to 114 degrees in 10 minutes and 129 degrees in a half-hour. Officials say if a law enforcement agency is called to respond to a heat-stressed pet inside a vehicle, officers will most likely enter the vehicle to free the pet and the driver will most likely receive a citation.
Posted on 4/28/23 10:06AM by Sam Marsh
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Josephine County Sheriff's Office Responded to Total of 2,918 Calls in March
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office was very active last month while protecting more than 88,000 people in a geographical area that spans 1,641 square miles. According to a recent Facebook post, the Sheriff's Office responded to a total of 2,918 calls for service in March, with 1,311 calls handled by patrol deputies and 873 calls handled at the dispatch level. The Sheriff's Office reports the most calls last month came from the Merlin-North Valley area which includes Colonial Valley, Hugo, Sunny Valley, Wolf Creek and Galice. There was a total of 523 calls for service from that area. The City of Grants Pass had the second-highest number of calls in March with 494, although most of those calls involved incidents at the Josephine County Jail, other agency assists, animal control and legal paper services. Illinois Valley-Cave Junction was third with a total of 407 calls followed by the Williams-Provolt-Murphy-Cloverlawn area with 381; the South Grants Pass area including Riverbanks-Fish Hatchery-New Hope-Redwood with 331; and the North Grants Pass area including Highland-Azalea-Upper & Lower River roads with 257. Other Sheriff's Office statistics for March included 296 calls handled by Animal Control and 252 civil paper services.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:45AM by Sam Marsh
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Construction at OSP Office in Central Point will Force Public Closure of Facility
The Oregon State Police Office in Central Point will be going under construction on Monday, May 1st, which will force a public closure of the facility until further notice. According to a press release, the existing building on Highway 99 will undergo a complete renovation and expansion to enable OSP to better respond to the Rogue Valley. But during the construction period, the office will be closed to the public. Although the office will be closed, state troopers will continue to work from that location during the construction project. Public entry into the local facility will be closed to the public until further notice. For services such as vehicle inspections, tow releases or sex offender registration, citizens are encouraged to make arrangements through the OSP Office in Grants Pass. Please call ahead to the Grants Pass Office to schedule an appointment. Sex offender registrations can be processed at your local law enforcement agency. If you have a law enforcement emergency, call 9-1-1. If you wish to report a crime, please call the OSP Dispatch Center at 1-(800)-442-0776 or dial *OSP from your mobile device.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Felon Incarcerated for Warrant and Parole Violation after OSP Traffic Stop
A Grants Pass felon was jailed on a warrant and for violating his post-prison supervision this week following a traffic stop in the south part of the city. The Oregon State Police reports 37-year-old Michael Anthony Deleone was arrested near the corner of Ringuette Street and Marion Lane on Wednesday night. Troopers said they stopped a Ford Escape for a traffic violation and Deleone was one of the passengers in the car. They said detectives identified him as a felon who was wanted on a local warrant for failing to appear in court for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was also wanted in a separate case for Criminal Mischief. Deleone has a lengthy criminal history including convictions for drug trafficking, weapons violations and theft among other offenses. He was placed into custody. Michael Deleone was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant along with a charge of Parole Violation stemming from a burglary conviction. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Trying to Force Entry at Niece's Star Court Residence
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for trying to break into his niece's residence in the southwest part of the city this week. The Police Department reports officers arrested 54-year-old Joseph D. Steel for the incident in the 1300-block of Star Court on Wednesday night. Police said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her uncle was trying to get in her front door. When she would not come to the door, she watched her uncle on a security camera smash the camera with a ceramic frog statue. The woman's father lives next door and he witnessed the suspect punch a wall. Joseph Steel was located a short time later and placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. Steel was also trespassed from the two adjacent residences, which are both owned by the victim's father.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Motorist for Probation Violation Related to No Driver License
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for violating his probation early yesterday during a traffic stop in the southeast part of the city. The Police Department reports officers pulled over a Pontiac driven by 42-year-old Matthew Jimmie Walton in the 1100-block of Fruitdale Drive on Thursday shortly before 3 a.m.. Police said they stopped Walton for a traffic violation of Failure to Maintain Lane and discovered that he was in violation of his probation from a previous arrest for No Operator's License. Matthew Walton was lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he was being held on a no-bail probation detainer. He was also warned for the traffic violation.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:31AM by Sam Marsh
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