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Grants Pass Police Snared 2 People for Stealing Walmart Merchandise Friday
Grants Pass Police arrested at least two people for shoplifting at Walmart on Friday. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred at 11:50 a.m. when officers responded to a theft complaint involving 34-year-old Bartholomew James Robert Lewis of Grants Pass at the store on NE Terry Lane. Police said Lewis went to Walmart for the purpose of stealing from the big box retailer. They said he stole over $100 worth of merchandise before being detained by loss prevention and placed into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and 1st-Degree Criminal Trespass. The second incident happened at 5:11 p.m. when officers arrested 29-year-old Tyler Christian Lee Thorson of Tomball, Texas, at Walmart. He had been told to leave the store by loss prevention after passing the last point of sale with a $2.38 energy drink in his hand. Police said they also received reports of Thorson vandalizing pallets of soil and throwing rocks at cars, but those reports were deemed false. He was lodged at the nearby jail facility for 3rd-Degree Theft.
Posted on 4/24/23 10:50AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Arrested 2 People for Causing Weekend Disturbances at City Parks
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for weekend disturbances at city parks. The Police Department reports the first incident occurred on Saturday at 9:46 a.m. when officers were alerted to a disturbance at Lawnridge Park. Police said two separate callers reported 23-year-old Rogelio Robert Calderon engaged in aggressive and tumultuous behavior toward a woman at the park in the northwest part of the city. Upon arrival, they said the suspect was still screaming at the woman and then walked away. He was lodged in jail for Disorderly Conduct and picked up an additional charge of 3rd-Degree Criminal Mischief when he spit inside the patrol car, causing an officers to have to decontaminate the vehicle. The second incident happened on Sunday shortly after midnight when police were alerted to a disturbance involving 29-year-old Khia Shante Delacruz at Riverside Park. Police said a caller from a nearby condominium called 9-1-1 to report that Delacruz was walking around and screaming in the park for over an hour. They contacted her while she was sitting on a pile of trash near the park entrance and discovered that she was wanted on a Clackamas County warrant for Petty Theft. She was lodged at the adult jail facility.
Posted on 4/24/23 10:49AM by Sam Marsh

OSP Nabbed Three Motorists for DUIIs in Josephine County over Weekend
The Oregon State Police arrested three motorists for impaired driving in Josephine County over the weekend. According to OSP, the first incident occurred on Saturday at 12:41 a.m. when troopers pulled over a Jeep Patriot driven by 47-year-old Claudia Alexandra Cobb near the intersection of Williams Highway and Union Avenue. Troopers said they stopped Cobb for multiple moving violations, she showed signs of impairment and performed poorly in field sobriety tests. After providing a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal driving limit, she was lodged at the Grants Pass Sobering Center for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. The second incident happened on Sunday at 3:13 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Honda Accord driven by 38-year-old Jessica Lynne Welcome near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Allen Creek Road. Troopers said they stopped Welcome for a vehicle code infraction, she displayed signs of impairment and performed poorly in sobriety tests. After providing a breath sample that was nearly three times the legal limit, she was lodged at the Sobering Center for DUII-Alcohol and Reckless Driving. The third incident took place on Sunday at 9:05 p.m. when troopers pulled over a Toyota Camry driven by 26-year-old Taylor Marvin Woodward near milepost 63 of Interstate 5. Troopers said they stopped Woodward for a traffic violation, he exhibited signs of impairment and performed poorly in sobriety tests. He was charged with DUII and transported to the Sobering Center for further investigation.
Posted on 4/24/23 10:46AM by Sam Marsh

Glendale Man Collared for Transporting Large Amount of Pot in Sunny Valley
A Glendale man was arrested for transporting a felony-level amount of marijuana in the Sunny Valley area. The Oregon State Police reports troopers pulled over a Chrysler 3000 driven by 35-year-old Jay Williams Oncer-Fontaine near the intersection of Old Highway 99 and Sunny Valley Loop on Friday at 8:43 p.m.. Troopers said they stopped Oncer-Fontaine for a traffic violation and observed large trash bags with marijuana sticking out in the back seats of his vehicle. They obtained consent to search the vehicle and seized approximately 52 pounds of pot. Oncer-Fontaine was charged with Felony Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was cited to appear in court and released, but the marijuana was seized as evidence and for eventual destruction.
Posted on 4/24/23 10:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Captured Suspect at Scene of Homicide on Upper Applegate Road
The suspect from last Thursday's homicide near Ruch is in custody after he decided to return to the scene of the crime. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports 64-year-old Michael Wayne Ray was arrested Saturday after being located hiding inside the house in the 14,000-block of Upper Applegate Road. Ray's arrest occurred after the Jackson County SWAT and K-9 teams responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, Ray surrendered, was placed into custody and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on unspecified charges. Ray was the suspect in the homicide death of 53-year-old Jason Marc Kinney, whose body was found at the residence last Thursday morning after deputies responded to a report of shots fired. He fled the scene and his vehicle was found near Applegate Lake that afternoon. A search of the area did not locate him. Jackson County Public Information Officer Aaron Lewis said Saturday that the investigation was ongoing and the agency would provide more information in the coming days.
Posted on 4/24/23 7:03AM by Sam Marsh
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CJ Woman Jailed for Multiple Crimes after Driving Stolen Vehicle after IV Stop
A Cave Junction woman was incarcerated for multiple crimes after she was caught driving a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop in the Illinois Valley late last week. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Angela Marie Yost in the 23,200-block of Redwood Highway near Kerby on Friday afternoon. Deputies said they stopped Yost for a traffic violation and quickly discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen. They said the vehicle had no keys and the rear seats had been removed. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was involved in at least three other recent vehicle thefts. Yost was placed into custody without incident and the registered owner was notified. The stolen vehicle was hauled to Cave Junction by Jerry's Towing. Angela Yost was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 1st-Degree Burglary, three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, four counts of 1st-Degree Theft and one count of 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief.
Posted on 4/24/23 7:02AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Wolf Creek Woman for Recent Crime after Domestic Incident
Grants Pass Police jailed a Wolf Creek woman for probable cause in a recent crime after a rolling domestic disturbance in the north part of the city. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to the disturbance involving 32-year-old Deanna Marie Price at the corner of NE Savage Street and Cottage Lane on Friday shortly after 4 p.m.. Police said they were alerted to the incident by Price's ex-boyfriend who was following her while trying to get custody of his son. The man advised that he had been granted custody of the boy through an emergency pickup order. But the woman refused to stop until she arrived at the Women's Crisis Support Team and she ran inside with the children. Upon arrival, officers confirmed the emergency pickup order and discovered that Deanna Price was wanted for her alleged involvement in a recent crime. She was placed into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for probable cause of 4th-Degree Assault and 2nd-Degree Criminal Mischief. According to the report, Price made arrangements for her older two children and the boy left with his father.
Posted on 4/24/23 7:00AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Snared Motorist for DUII & More after Head-On Crash on Parkway
Grants Pass Police arrested a motorist for impaired driving and other charges after he collided with another vehicle while driving the wrong direction on the Parkway. The Police Department reports officers and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle crash on the Grants Pass Parkway near NE Beacon Drive on Saturday around 1:20 a.m.. Police said Ruben Curiel was driving a Kia west on the Parkway when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the oncoming travel lane, crashing head-on into a Jeep driven by an unidentified female motorist. Upon contact with Curiel, they said he showed numerous signs of impairment by alcohol. No one was seriously hurt, but both damaged vehicles were towed from the scene. Curiel was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that documented a high level of impairment and he was detained at the hospital. He was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Driving on the Improper Side of a Divided Highway, Careless Driving and No Insurance. Officers contacted the Oregon State Police about the incident and an additional DUII investigation was proceeding.
Posted on 4/24/23 6:59AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Nabbed Grants Pass Motorist for DUII in Lincoln Road Traffic Stop
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrested a Grants Pass motorist for impaired driving late last week during a traffic stop on the west side of the city. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 25-year-old Thomas James Turner in the 600-block of Lincoln Road on Friday at 1:05 a.m.. Deputies said they stopped Turner for a traffic violation and he displayed signs of impairment. They said he performed poorly in field sobriety tests, so they took him to Three Rivers Medical Center for a legal blood draw that confirmed impairment. Thomas Turner was subsequently lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Driving. The pickup was impounded and his dog was given to the vehicle owner.
Posted on 4/24/23 6:56AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Officers & Firefighters Logged Active Week of Protecting Citizens
Grants Pass police officers and firefighters logged an active week of protecting citizens and property. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, officers performed a total of 163 hot spot area checks in addition to their regular patrols last week which resulted in 39 arrests, 57 citations, 79 warnings and eight highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. The Community Response Team (CRT) made a total of 148 contacts with potential trouble-makers while arresting four people, citing 13 more and warning 111 others. The CRT unit also trespassed 14 individuals and posted 75 new transient camps. Grants Pass Fire & Rescue responded to a total of 115 calls last week including 50 for emergency medical service, 17 for reports of fire or smoke, 15 lift assists, eight rescue situations and six assists to other agencies. Firefighters also performed 34 business inspections, led three education programs, assisted the public 13 times and properly installed 11 child car seats. Dispatchers at the 9-1-1 Agency fielded a total of 1,209 emergency calls along with 721 calls for non-emergency service.
Posted on 4/24/23 6:49AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council will Continue 2024 Budget Discussions at Workshop Session
The Grants Pass City Council will continue budget discussions during its weekly workshop session today. The City Council wants to solidify its spending plan for the 2024 Fiscal Year before deciding how to better fund police and fire services. The panel will consider several budget cuts that must be made before July 1st. Next up on the agenda is a staff presentation on the remodel of the Downtown Welcome Center followed by a presentation on the popular Parklet Program. The Council will conclude the workshop with a look at the East Park Street Survey and a review of the agendas for upcoming workshops and regular meetings. Today's workshop begins at 11:45 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at Grants Pass City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
Posted on 4/24/23 6:48AM by Sam Marsh
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Voters Reminded Registration Deadline is Tuesday for May 16th Special District Election
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After achieving the highest voter turnout in the country in November 2022, Oregonians will vote in the May 16th special district election. May elections in odd-numbered years select representatives for local districts such as school boards, library boards, water districts or transportation districts. In Josephine County, voters will decide seats on the Grants Pass School Board, Three Rivers School Board and Josephine Community Library District Board. The voter registration deadline is tomorrow for the May 16th special district election. If you have moved or changed your name, you may need to update your information by the end of business on Tuesday, April 25th. If you're not currently registered to vote in Oregon, you can register online at "oregonvotes.gov." You can also register in person at local election offices. The Oregon Secretary of State is encouraging eligible people to vote in the May 16th election. Drop your completed ballot in the mail with no postage necessary, use an official ballot drop site or drop off your ballot in person at your county elections office.
Posted on 4/24/23 6:46AM by Sam Marsh
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