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OSP Nabbed Mexican Man for DUII after Interstate Stop in East Grants Pass
The Oregon State Police arrested a Mexican man for impaired driving during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in Grants Pass early yesterday. According to OSP, troopers pulled over a Toyota Camry driven by 24-year-old Oscar Lopez-Guerrero of Ensenada, Mexico, in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 55 on Thursday at 12:09 a.m.. Troopers said they stopped Lopez-Guerrero for a traffic violation and he displayed signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests and a search warrant was obtained for a blood draw at Three Rivers Medical Center. Following the legal blood draw, Lopez-Guerrero was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and lodged at the Grants Pass Sobering Center. His car was impounded.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh

Authorities Warning Citizens about Growing # of Drug Overdose Deaths in Southern Oregon
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Since the start of 2023, the Medford and Grants Pass police departments are reporting a staggering number of suspected overdose deaths in the local area. The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team is actively working cases to combat current drug issues by putting a large amount of time and resources into fentanyl-related cases. As previously mentioned by MPD, MADGE has seen the presence of xylazine -- a central nervous system depressant -- in recent fentanyl seizures. In March, MPD responded to a total of 13 suspected overdose deaths within the City of Medford. Officials say this number is alarming, and the public should heed advice from medical personnel and local law enforcement warning of the dangers of drug use in general. So far in 2023, MPD has reported 22 overdose deaths compared to 35 in all of 2022. The Grants Pass Police Department has also seen a spike in suspected overdose deaths this year. The local agency reports there have been nine overdose deaths in 2023 so far compared to a total of 11 in all of last year. MPD and GPPD want the public to be aware of the current dangers related to drug use in the community.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:19AM by Sam Marsh

Grants Pass Announces Sustainable Tourism Grant Program Now Open for Applicants
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Tourism is an important part of economic success in Grants Pass and the city designates 12% of eligible tourism funds to the Sustainable Tourism Grant program. The application period for the Sustainable Tourism Grant program is now open. This grant program supports promotional activities that will lead to sustainable tourism by attracting tourists and increasing overnight stays. Grants that are most competitive 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 non-profit organizations. The program has a spring and fall cycle dependent upon available funds. The open call for applications will begin in March and September of each year. The grants range from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $5,000. No match is required. Applications can be downloaded, scanned and e-mailed to Dana Pearce at "dpearce@grantspassoregon..gov," or a hard-copy can be mailed or dropped off a City Hall, 101 NW A Street #202, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh

Pacific Power Foundation Provides Grants to Support Local Community Organizations
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The Pacific Power Foundation has announced $203,500 in new funding to directly support community organizations across the three states it serves. Throughout the region, local organizations deliver countless services and programs that increase access to healthy food, safe and stable housing, healthcare and mental health support, disaster relief and public safety programs. These safety and wellness grants are made through one of four grant cycles offered by Pacific Power's nonprofit arm each year. Grants totaling $40,000 were given to nine local Rogue Valley organizations. They include ACCESS of Jackson County, Asante Foundation, Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County, Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center, Josephine County Food Bank and Raptor Creek Farm, Josephine County Foundation, La Clinica, Rogue Community Health and Wilderness Trails.
Posted on 4/28/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Felon Incarcerated for Warrant and Parole Violations after OSP Traffic Stop
A Grants Pass felon was jailed on a warrant and for violating his post-prison supervision late yesterday 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 at 4:36 p.m.. 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 4/27/23 10:43AM 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 last night. The Police Department reports officers arrested 54-year-old Joseph D. Steel for the incident in the 1300-block of Star Court on Wednesday at 8:11 p.m.. 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 4/27/23 10:41AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Collared Convicted Sex Offender in Abandoned Building
Grants Pass Police arrested a convicted sex offender who was wanted for failing to report as such after finding him inside an abandoned building in the Allen Creek area last night. The Police Department reports officers were on a patrol check when they contacted 62-year-old William Ward Fleming and another man in the abandoned structure in the 1500-block of Allen Creek Road on Wednesday at about 8:45 p.m.. Police said Fleming initially gave them a false identity -- most likely because he was wanted on a Jackson County felony warrant for failing to appear in court for Failure to Report as a Sex Offender. He was positively identified a short time later and admitted to lying because of his fugitive status. A routine records check revealed that Fleming had been trespassed from the same location last year. He was placed into custody without further incident. William Fleming was lodged at the Josephine County Jail. He and the other man -- identified by police as "Jonathan Mahoney" -- were trespassed from the premises.
Posted on 4/27/23 10:39AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Arrested Woman for Trying to Steal Merchandise from Goodwill
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for attempting to steal merchandise from Southern Oregon Goodwill late yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a shoplifting call at the store in the Grants Pass Shopping Center on Wednesday shortly after 4 p.m.. Police said 48-year-old Christy Lynn Pool tried to leave the Goodwill store without paying for about $53 worth of items that were hidden in her purse. They said she was detained by store security and placed into custody when they arrived on scene. Christy Pool was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft and her probation officer in Jackson County was contacted. The stolen items were returned to Goodwill.
Posted on 4/27/23 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
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SOCET Task Force Investigation Led to Federal Prison Term for Illinois Predator
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A US District Court judge sentenced an Illinois man to 75 years in federal prison this month after he was found guilty of conducting a sextortion scheme on Facebook with multiple victims ranging in ages from 11 to 17 years old. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports 44-year-old Michael A. Ferris of Mill Shoals, Illinois, was convicted by a jury in November 2022 on 25 felony counts of Extortion, Cyberstalking, and Production, Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography. In addition to his prison sentence, he will serve the rest of his life on parole. The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) began the investigation after receiving a report from a local child victim. Through further investigation, SOCET discovered 29 child victims throughout the United States and Canada. The agency worked with Homeland Security Investigations to identify the out-of-state victims and build the federal case. Ferris' conviction stems from a report the Jackson County Sheriff's Office took in May 2020 of a sex offense in the Rogue Valley. The mother of a child victim reported her daughter came into contact with an unknown suspect posing as a friend on Facebook. Using threats and intimidation, the suspect coerced the victim to send him nude photos. During the trial, a SOCET investigator traveled to Illinois to present evidence.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:47AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Jailed on Local Felony Warrant and for Violating His Probation
A Grants Pass man was jailed this week on a local felony warrant and for violating his probation. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports 23-year-old Griffin Ian Lucas was arrested by deputies on Tuesday night. Deputies said Lucas was contacted in an unspecified location and discovered to be wanted on a Medford Police Department felony warrant for Probation Violation related to a recent arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Griffin Lucas was lodged at the adult jail facility on the warrant plus Probation Violation related to a local arrest for Menacing. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Investigate Threatening Statement Made at White City Middle School
There was a heavy presence of law enforcement at a White City middle school this week after a student allegedly made a threatening statement. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports deputies were made aware of a threatening statement made by a student at White Mountain Middle School on Monday. The Eagle Point School District behavioral crisis team assessed the danger of the statement as low. The School Safety Deputy thoroughly investigated the claims and found there was no credible threat to the school. Out of an abundance of caution, multiple deputies increased their presence at the school on Tuesday morning to assist with security as well as to reassure parents and students. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office takes threats to school safety very seriously. If anyone learns of any school threats, they are urged to call (541)-776-7206 to speak to law enforcement.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Two Firefighters Rescued Horse Snared in Fence on Property in Illinois Valley
The Illinois Valley Fire District found itself in the midst of an animal rescue early yesterday and it turns out that two of its employees were well-suited for the job. On Wednesday at 6:33 a.m., IVFD was dispatched to a report of a horse with its leg caught in a fence on a property near the intersection of Takilma and Happy Camp roads. Upon the arrival of Engine 8988, Lieutenant Kris Ismaeli and Lieutenant Garrett Goo sprung into action. Ismaeli gave treats to the horse to calm it down before putting a halter on the animal to gain control of its head. Goo used wire cutters to cut the fencing that had snared the horse. After it was freed, the horse was returned to its owner and Engine 8988 headed back to the station.
Posted on 4/27/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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