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GP Police Snared Man for Stealing from Home Depot and Five Other Businesses
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for stealing merchandise from Home Depot last weekend and he may be facing more charges after he was found with items stolen from several other stores. The Police Department reports officers were alerted to a shoplifting call involving 30-year-old Kody Tyler Halverson at the store on NE Mill Street at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. Police said Halverson was detained by Home Depot loss prevention after he passed all points of sale with nearly $100 worth of unpaid-for merchandise. During a consent search, they said he was found to be in possession of multiple items stolen from Walmart, Fred Meyer, Big Lots, Harbor Freight and TJ Maxx.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:45AM by Rain Redfield

GP Police Snared Pair for Working Together to Steal Merchandise from Walmart
Grants Pass Police arrested two people for working together to steal hundreds of dollars' worth of merchandise from Walmart late last week. The Police Department reports officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at the big box retailer on NE Terry Lane on Friday afternoon. Police said 38-year-old Pierre Razo and 41-year-old Molly Huerta conspired to commit theft at Walmart. They said the pair were preparing two shopping carts for pushout and managed to conceal more than $270 worth of stolen items on them before they were detained by loss prevention.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:44AM by Rain Redfield

Grants Pass Police Snared Repeat Trespasser after Return to Convenience Store
Grants Pass Police arrested a female trespasser with an affinity for a downtown convenience store. According to the Police Department, officers were alerted to a trespassing call involving 43-year-old Diana Marie Reynolds at 7-Eleven on SW 6th Street on Saturday around 4:25 a.m.. Police said Reynolds was located at 7-Eleven and she had been previously trespassed from that location several times over the past few month. She was placed into custody and lodged in jail for 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass. Reynolds was once again trespassed from 7-Eleven.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:43AM by Rain Redfield

Weekend Welfare Check at GP Supermarket Results in Arrest of Past Trespasser
A weekend welfare check in the parking lot of a Grants Pass supermarket resulted in the arrest of a repeat trespasser. Grants Pass Police were called to WinCo Foods on Saturday at about 12:20 a.m. for a male subject passed out behind the wheel of a running minivan. The caller reported that they honked their horn at the man, but he did not respond. Police said they contacted 36-year-old Nathan Jones in the van and observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight. They said Jones woke up when they knocked on the window and he denied any recent use of narcotics. Dispatch advised the man had been trespassed for one year from WinCo in April, so he was placed into custody.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:43AM by Rain Redfield
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Jackson County SO Search & Rescue Member Named 2023 Volunteer of the Year
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A Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) member was named "Volunteer of the Year" during an awards ceremony held earlier this month. Scott Rayburn received the award from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Search & Rescue Advisory Council for outstanding professional achievement and accomplishment. Since joining Jackson County SAR in January 2017, Rayburn has been on 161 missions, totaling over 2,800 mission hours. After joining SAR, he quickly became a key member of the unit.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:41AM by Rain Redfield
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GP Police Officers and Firefighters Active in Week Leading Up to Christmas Day
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Grants Pass police officers and firefighters were active during the week leading up to the Christmas holiday weekend. According to the Weekly Report filed by Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic, police officers responded to a total of 651 calls for service along with 252 officer-initiated calls last week that resulted in 60 arrests, 17 citations, 12 warnings and four highly-intoxicated people being lodged at the Sobering Center. Cubic also reported that officers conducted a total of 70 traffic stops and made 27 referrals to the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:40AM by Rain Redfield
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Guided "First Day Hikes" Set for January 1st at Three Local Oregon State Parks
Led by park rangers and volunteers, guided First Day Hikes are set for 31 Oregon State Parks on New Year's Day -- Monday, January 1st. Hikes are free and the $5 day-use parking fee is waived that day for all state parks that require a parking permit and are open. America's State Parks sponsors the First Day Hikes program nationwide to encourage everyone to start the year outside and connect with nature. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has participated since 2012.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:39AM by Rain Redfield
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Pacific NW Task Force Tracks Down & Arrests Kansas Man for Child Sex Abuse
Led by the United States Marshals Service, the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force tracked down and arrested a man wanted out of Kansas on a felony warrant for child sex abuse near Wimer yesterday. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports the suspect -- 51-year-old Ben J. Baxter of Kansas -- was wanted on a felony charge of Sex Abuse of a Minor Under 14 Years of Age. The crime occurred between June 27th and July 1st of this year. Ben Baxter is now lodged at the Jackson County Jail awaiting extradition back to Kansas.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:38AM by Rain Redfield
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GP Police Arrested Man for Breaking into Garage of Acquaintance and Sleeping
Grants Pass Police arrested a man for breaking into the garage of an acquaintance, bedding down and going to sleep early yesterday. The Police Department reports officers responded to a reported burglary at a home in the 200-block of SW Central Avenue on Friday shortly after 1 a.m.. Police said 44-year-old Danial Bryan Cook broke a window on the garage door to gain access to the dwelling occupied by a man identified as David McDonald. The victim found him and insisted that he did not have permission to be on his property -- even though they spend time together and the suspect contends he was told he could stay at the house anytime he wanted.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:37AM by Rain Redfield
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RR Man Jailed for Felony Assault & DUII after Striking Bicyclist on Highway 99
A Rogue River man was jailed for felony assault after he struck a bicyclist while driving drunk on Highway 99 near Grants Pass. The Oregon State Police reports troopers and emergency personnel responded to the collision near milepost 4 of Rogue River Highway late Thursday night. Troopers said an investigation indicates 49-year-old Rene Anthony Sanchez was driving a Ford F-150 pickup south on the highway when he hit a bicyclist who was properly in the roadway.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:36AM by Rain Redfield
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Jackson County Commissioners Honored Teenager for Saving His Grandmother
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has recognized a Central Point teenager for saving the life of his grandmother and possibly others earlier this year. According to the Central Point Police Department, Tayen Lander's grandmother was driving west on Biddle Road when she suffered a medical emergency. With the car still moving and his grandmother unconscious, the 16-year-old Landers decided to press on the brake and steer the car away from traffic in the intersection. The boy then performed CPR while waving down passing motorists who helped call 9-1-1. His grandmother was transported to the hospital and has since recovered.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:35AM by Rain Redfield
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Rural Metro Officials Issue Christmas Tree Safety Alert Just Prior to the Holiday
Rural Metro Fire Department reports a naturally-cut Christmas tree put up the day after Thanksgiving has been drying out for about a month. How old is your tree? Rural Metro officials said to be extremely careful to avoid any spark, open flame or source of heat coming into contact with your Christmas tree. Safety precautions include turning off decorative lights when leaving the house or going to bed. And of course, make sure your home has working smoke alarms. The firefighters from Rural Metro wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.
Posted on 12/26/23 10:34AM by Rain Redfield
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