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Sheriff's Deputies Jailed Cave Junction Man for Felony-Level Domestic Violence
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a Cave Junction man for felony-level domestic violence early yesterday. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested 53-year-old David Lesley Ingram for the incident in the 100-block of North Old Stage Road on Thursday at 8:58 a.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report her husband was "going crazy" and had ripped the television off the wall. She stated her husband was also swinging a hammer and threatened to smash her car windshield if she tried to leave. Upon arrival, deputies interviewed both parties and determined there was an ongoing problem with domestic violence at the residence. They also discovered that the husband had recently assaulted the wife in front of some children. David Ingram was placed into custody, transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 4th-Degree Domestic Assault and Domestic Harassment. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:38AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Collared Woman for Theft and Boyfriend on Warrant at Walmart Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for shoplifting and her boyfriend on a local felony warrant last night at Walmart. The Police Department reports the incident involving 37-year-old Sasha Marie Moe and 34-year-old Nathaniel David Anderson occurred at the store on NE Terry Lane on Thursday shortly after 9 p.m.. Police said Moe concealed more than $70 worth of items from the store and passed all points of sale without paying for them. She was contacted, admitted to the theft and was placed into custody. The stolen items were returned to Walmart. During contact with Moe, Anderson was also contacted and discovered to be wanted on a Josephine County felony warrant for Probation Violation related to an arrest for 1st-Degree Attempted Robbery. He was placed into custody as well. Sasha Moe was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft and Nathaniel Anderson was jailed on his warrant. Both were still in custody this morning.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:36AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Police Jailed Man Wanted on Statewide Warrant after Trespassing Complaint
Grants Pass Police apprehended a man wanted on a statewide felony warrant yesterday while investigating a trespassing complaint on Rogue River Highway. The Police Department reports officers arrested 44-year-old Jason Daniel Cody at O'Aces in the 700-block of Highway 99 on Thursday around 1:30 p.m.. Police said Cody was one of five people who were digging through a Honda sedan parked at the local watering hole, which was deemed to be suspicious. They had been told to leave the premises, but remained there for more than an hour. Upon arrival, officers contacted the men and determined that Cody was wanted on an Oregon State warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a previous conviction for Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana. The warrant dated back to 2015. Jason Cody was lodged at the Josephine County Jail where he was being held on a no-bail detainer. Cody and four subjects identified as "Bowen, Lewis, Watts and Plummer" were all trespassed from the business.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:34AM by Sam Marsh
 

GP Felon Nabbed for Parole Violation after Rogue River Highway Traffic Stop
A Grants Pass felon was jailed for violating his post-prison supervision following a traffic stop on Rogue River Highway early yesterday. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports deputies pulled over a 1986 Nissan pickup driven by 33-year-old Aaron Nelson Florio on Highway 99 near Royal View Lane on Thursday at 12:44 a.m.. Deputies said they stopped Florio for a traffic violation and quickly discovered that he was wanted on a local warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a conviction for 4th-Degree Assault. He was placed into custody without incident. Aaron Florio was lodged at the adult jail facility on the no-bail warrant. His pickup was left with a female passenger who said she would call for a valid driver.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:33AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Snared Man for Causing Issues at Downtown Businesses
Grants Pass Police arrested a man who caused some problems at two downtown businesses early yesterday. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the first complaint at Cash Connection in the 700-block of SW 6th Street on Thursday at 7:50 a.m.. Police said 45-year-old Nathan Francis Martin Scharf had been trespassed from the local pawn shop on Monday, but he returned and began screaming at an employee. They said the suspect then moved on to Interstate Battery where he got in the face of a worker, squared up and threatened to fight him. Upon contact with Scharf, officers said he was uncooperative and made threats to fight them. He was placed into custody at the point of a Taser. Nathan Scharf was booked into the Josephine County Jail for Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:31AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Woman Arrested for Struggling with Police after Downtown Trespass Call
A Grants Pass woman was arrested yesterday for struggling with police officers after she trespassed at a downtown automobile dealership. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a trespassing call at Mock Ford at the corner of SE 6th and M streets on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.. Police said 41-year-old Nadja Lucille Jennifer Ridgley returned to the business from which she had been trespassed on February 23rd. When told she was under arrest, she physically resisted by pulling away from uniformed officers. She was eventually subdued and placed into custody. Witnesses reported Ridgley was wearing a long T-shirt with no pants and that she was twirling around to show off her "lady parts." Nadja Ridgley was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespass.
Posted on 4/21/23 10:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Authorities Still Looking for Suspect in Thursday AM Homicide near Ruch
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Authorities were still looking for the suspect in a homicide that occurred early Thursday morning near Ruch. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports deputies located a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Michael Wayne Ray of Jacksonville at the Applegate Dam yesterday, but he is still on the run. The Sheriff's Office SWAT team and K-9 units responded to the scene, searched the vehicle and area -- but Ray was not located. Ray is suspected in a homicide that was discovered in the 14,000-block of Upper Applegate Road on Thursday at 2:26 a.m.. Deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting at the home and found a victim, who has not yet been identified. Michael Ray is described as a white male adult, standing about 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing around 190 pounds, with blue eyes and gray hair. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach him -- instead call 9-1-1 immediately. Jackson County Public Information Officer Aaron Lewis said the case is active and ongoing with detectives following additional leads. He said the Oregon State Police and Medford Police Department are assisting as part of the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU).
Posted on 4/21/23 6:42AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Man Jailed for Allegedly Committing Two Felony Sex Crimes
A Grants Pass man was jailed this week for allegedly committing two felony-level sex crimes. According to Josephine County Jail records, 36-year-old Peter Matthew Cutino was arrested on Wednesday. Few details have been released, but the arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Grants Pass Police Department and Oregon State Police. Peter Cutino remained in custody on Thursday -- he was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/21/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Collared Felon on Warrant Plus Violation of Post-Prison Terms
Grants Pass Police apprehended a felon wanted on a local warrant this week and added a charge of post-prison supervision violation after he was found with drugs. According to the Police Department, officers arrested 25-year-old Kyle Michael Humphreys in the 1700-block of NE Hillcrest Drive on Wednesday. Police said they were notified that Humpheys had moved to a new address where they located him. He was wanted on a Grants Pass felony warrant for Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Methamphetamine Possession and possession of an unnamed controlled substance. While being placed into custody, Humphreys was found to be in possession of less than two grams of meth which was seized for destruction. Kyle Humphreys was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant plus Parole Violation stemming from a previous conviction for Felony Attempt to Elude Police and the narcotics violation. He was being held without bail.
Posted on 4/21/23 6:38AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Assisted by RR Officer in Snaring Man on State Felony Warrant
The Grants Pass Police Department got an assist from a Rogue River police officer early yesterday during the apprehension of a man on a statewide felony warrant. The Police Department reports 43-year-old James William Pierre Dorsey of Grants Pass was arrested at WinCo Foods off NE Terry Lane on Thursday at 1:12 a.m.. Police said they spotted Dorsey at WinCo and knew he was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for Felon in Possession of a Weapon. They said he was advised he was under arrest and ran into the parking lot where he was subdued by an officer from Rogue River. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office arrived to interview Dorsey regarding a separate incident. He was found to be in possession of small amounts of heroin and an unspecified Schedule 2 controlled substance, which were seized for destruction. James Dorsey was lodged at the adult jail facility on the warrant along with new charges of 3rd-Degree Escape and the narcotics violations. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 4/21/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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Republic Services & Southern Oregon Sanitation Offer Free Trash Day
In honor of Earth Day 2023, Republic Services and Southern Oregon Sanitation are offering a Free Trash Day for Josephine County residents only. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Republic and SOS will accept up to one cubic yard of loose garbage per household at no charge. No hazardous waste or paint products will be accepted. A household hazardous waste event will be scheduled in the future. The three locations for Free Trash Day are 1381 Redwood Avenue in Grants Pass, 1749 Merlin Road near Merlin and 905 Kerby Mainline Road in Kerby. The waste disposal companies remind residents to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Posted on 4/21/23 6:27AM by Sam Marsh
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Oregon Counties Get $45 Million in Payments from Federal Secure Rural Schools Act
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US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced that Oregon counties will receive more than $45 million in payments under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination (SRS) Act. The SRS funding will be used for school and road maintenance, youth job training, wildfire prevention, watershed restoration and habitat conservation. The $228 million for the SRS program nationwide provides critical funding for schools, roads and other municipal services to more than 700 counties across the United States. A portion of US Forest Service funds generated through multi-use activities such as timber production, grazing and special use permits supports rural counties with federal forestland to improve the health of forested communities. Locally, Douglas County will receive $6.1 million from the SRS Act, while Jackson County will receive $1.44 million and Josephine County will get more than $838,000. Neighboring Curry County will receive $1.6 million. Senator Wyden co-authored the original SRS law in 2000 and secured three more years of funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. He said the federal investment in counties across the state provides a lifeline for Oregonians working on solutions that make their communities safer and better.
Posted on 4/21/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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