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GP Police Snared Medford Woman for Trying to Steal Walmart Merchandise
Grants Pass Police arrested a Medford woman last night after she was caught stealing merchandise from Walmart. The Police Department reports officers responded to a shoplifting call involving 35-year-old Jessica Satterfield at the store on NE Terry Lane on Monday around 6:25 p.m.. Police said Satterfield was caught on camera stealing more than $131 worth of items from Walmart, but she was detained by loss prevention and the items were returned. She reportedly admitted her intent to deprive the store of its property. Upon arrival of officers, Satterfield was found to be in possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. She was booked into the Josephine County Jail for 2nd-Degree Theft and the narcotics violation.
Posted on 4/18/23 10:21AM by Sam Marsh

GP Man Collared for Local Warrant & Drug Possession at Morrison City Park
A Grants Pass man was collared on an outstanding warrant and for drug possession yesterday during an incident in the southeast part of the city. According to the Police Department, 47-year-old Demetrius Edward Hughes was arrested at Morrison Centennial Park on Rogue River Highway on Monday around 11:30 a.m.. Police said Hughes was seen in the area of the Bottle Drop Center and he was known to be wanted on a Grants Pass warrant for failing to appear in court for 2nd-Degree Theft. Upon contact with the suspect, he was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. Demetrius Hughes was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant along with the narcotics violation. The meth was seized for destruction.
Posted on 4/18/23 10:19AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police Excluded Campers from Baker Park for City Ordinance Violations
Grants Pass Police temporarily evicted three campers from a local park early yesterday after they committed city ordinance violations. According to the Police Department, officers contacted Baron Messier, Ashley Cressy and Kristopher Bural at Baker Park on Monday at about 10:20 p.m.. Police said they observed Messier's dog running loose in the park, so they cited him for Nuisance Dog and Failure to License Dog. He was trespassed from the facility for 30 days. Cressy was contacted inside Messier's vehicle with drug paraphernalia in plain view. She admitted ownership of the illegal items and was cited for the narcotics violation. She was also trespassed from the park for 30 days. Bural was cited for Illegal Camping. His campsite was originally posted on March 16th. Since it was his second such citation, he was excluded from the park for the next month.
Posted on 4/18/23 10:17AM by Sam Marsh

Troopers Responded to Reports of Interstate 5 Fire near East GP Interchange
The Oregon State Police responded to reports of a fire near Interstate 5 in east Grants Pass late yesterday. According to OSP, troopers were alerted to the fire near milepost 53 of I-5 on Monday at 4:45 p.m.. State troopers said they contacted a 63-year-old Cottage Grove man who had lit a small warming fire beneath a tree next to the freeway. They said the man agreed to put the blaze out, which he did before leaving. Troopers monitored the fire for a while afterward to ensure it did not re-ignite.
Posted on 4/18/23 10:16AM by Sam Marsh
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Washington Motorist Died and 3 Passengers Injured in Caves Highway Accident
The Oregon State Police has released more information about last weekend's fatal crash in the Illinois Valley. OSP reports state troopers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the single-vehicle accident near milepost 4 of Caves Highway on Saturday at about 2:40 p.m.. Troopers said a preliminary investigation indicated a 2008 Mercedes Benz driven by 23-year-old Caleb Allen Stewart of Yacolt, Washington, was attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control, traveled through a fence and struck a tree. Stewart was declared deceased at the scene by emergency first responders. Three passengers -- 23-year-old Connor Reeves of Yacolt, Washington; 23-year-old Lileana Hoffman of Battleground, Washington; and 24-year-old Cora Horton of Grants Pass -- were all transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. One of them was airlifted by Mercy Flights Ambulance to a local trauma center. According to OSP, Caves Highway was not impacted while the scene was active. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire District, American Medical Response, Mercy Flights and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:44AM by Sam Marsh
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Jackson County Inmate at Snake River Correctional Institution Died on Sunday
The Oregon Department of Corrections is reporting that an adult in custody from Jackson County died Sunday morning. According to DOC, 62-year-old Epigmenio Borboa was incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario and passed away at a local hospital. Borboa entered state custody on April 27, 2017, from Jackson County with an earliest release date of June 8, 2023. His next of kin has been notified. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police has been notified. DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. The Snake River Correctional Institution houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. It opened in 1991 and is now the largest correctional institution in Oregon.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:43AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Apprehended Two Statewide Fugitives in Separate Weekend Incidents
Grants Pass Police apprehended two statewide fugitives in separate incidents last weekend. According to the Police Department, the first incident occurred on Sunday at about 6:35 p.m. when officers arrested 32-year-old George Edward Muse of Grants Pass behind the Sobering Center on SW Foundry Street. Police said Muse was observed walking and yelling while causing a disturbance. They placed him into custody after discovering that he was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on a no-bail detainer and also charged with Methamphetamine Possession. The second incident happened on Sunday at 9:56 p.m. when officers arrested 35-year-old Lee Charles Conway during a traffic stop near the corner of SW Bridge and Division streets. Police said Conway was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Melea Lowry that was stopped for illegal window tint and expired registration tags. He was found to be wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for Parole Violation stemming from a past conviction for 3rd-Degree Assault. He was lodged in jail on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:41AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Man Collared on Warrants Plus Drug and Driving Violations after Traffic Stop
A Grants Pass man was jailed on two local felony warrants and for drug and driving violations following a weekend traffic stop on Rogue River Highway. The Grants Pass Police Department reports officers pulled over a Nissan sedan driven by 36-year-old Tyler Ried Jensen in the 900-block of Highway 99 on Sunday shortly after 7 p.m.. Police said they spotted Jensen pulling out from the Li'l Pantry Market & Deli, going around the corner and pulling back into the business. They knew he was driving with a suspended license and he was wanted on two Grants Pass warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and 2nd-Degree Theft. Jensen was placed into custody and found to be in possession of three smoking tubes with methamphetamine residue. They were seized for destruction. Tyler Jensen was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrants plus the narcotics violation. He was also cited to appear in court for Driving While Suspended, No Insurance and Expired Tags. He was still in custody on Monday.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:39AM by Sam Marsh
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Fruitdale Elementary Students Assist with Arbor Day Celebration in Grants Pass
Students from Fruitdale Elementary School gathered at Fruitdale Park on Monday to plant a tree during the City of Grants Pass' annual Arbor Day celebration. This is the 35th year for Grants Pass as a Tree City USA as certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The celebration is a way to demonstrate the city's commitment to valuing trees and the practical ways they benefit the community. Grants Pass City Council member Valerie Lovelace and city parks staff were on hand to assist the third-graders with the planting after brief remarks by Urban Forester James Pasley. National Arbor Day is Friday, April 28th.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:30AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council Turns Attention to 2023-24 Budget Before Public Safety Service Funding
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The Grants Pass City Council continued to work on funding police and fire services during its Monday workshop, but the panel first turned its attention to balancing the 2024 Fiscal Year Budget. The Council heard from City Manager Aaron Cubic, City Finance Director JC Rowley, Fire Chief Keith Larkin and Police Chief Warren Hensman yesterday. Cubic first gave a budget update that included a reduction of $2.6 million. He said city staff came up with $616,000 in cuts to start including reductions in workers' compensation and internal service charges. He proposed reductions of $766,686 in police services, $688,735 in fire services and $337,593 in community development services. The cuts would include the elimination of community events such as the 4th of July Fireworks, the closure of Caveman Pool, the temporary closure of the Hillcrest Fire Station and the elimination of community service officers. Cubic also mentioned possible new revenue streams such as increasing reserved downtown parking fees, parks usage fees and planning fees. He told the Council he needed direction as soon as possible to put them into the current budget document. The majority of the City Council was against the shuttering of any fire stations or reductions to police services, noting that funding public safety is integral to any local government.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:16AM by Sam Marsh
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GP City Council to Request ODOT Removal of Redwood Avenue Realignment from TSP
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The Grants Pass City Council has chosen a direction in which to proceed with the development of a 4th Bridge that would lessen the impact on the Josephine County Fairgrounds and The Flying Lark facility. During its Monday workshop session, the City Council heard from Assistant Public Works Director Wade Elliott and Josephine County Recreation Director Tamra Martin. Martin said she was concerned with the possible impact of a 4th Bridge that spans the Rogue River between Allen Creek and Lincoln roads. Elliott said the Master Transportation Plan (TSP) evaluated four potential locations for a 4th Bridge, with the Allen Creek-Lincoln crossing the preferred option. He did not discount potential spans from Dowell Road to Lower River Road or from Schroeder Lane to Lower River Road, but said those options would be very costly. According to Elliott, the further the bridge is from the center of Grants Pass, the less impact it will have on alleviating traffic congestion which is a major concern of the Oregon Department of Transportation. But he said the Council amended the plan with improvements to Dowell Road that could possibly eliminate the need for a Redwood Avenue Realignment that could hamper projects near the Fairgrounds.
Posted on 4/18/23 6:13AM by Sam Marsh
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Register Now for Early Literacy Program at Josephine Community Library in Grants Pass
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Josephine County children ages 3 to 6 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join the six-week spring session of the Kindergarten Toolbox program designed to help preschoolers gain early literacy skills. Kindergarten Toolbox will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Library beginning April 27th. During this six-week session, families will receive a toolbox with school supplies and other materials accompanied by demonstrations and practice sessions designed for preschoolers. Each week, a new book and "tool" will be offered. Tools include letter and number manipulatives, fun activities, tips for parents and more. Registration is required for the spring session that runs from April 27th through June 1st. Participants will meet in the Children's Library at the Grants Pass branch located at 200 NW C Street on April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th and June 1st. The program is free and open to the public. A library card is not needed to participate. To register and for more information, call (541)-476-0571 or e-mail "info@josephinelibrary.org."
Posted on 4/18/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh
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