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JoCo Crime Victims Share Stories

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – From burglaries, to assaults, to daylight robberies, victims of crime in Josephine County said they have seen it all in the past year. And Tuesday, they wanted their stories heard.

A “Victims Panel” was held Tuesday night at the Grants Pass City Council Chambers, during which people shared their stories of being victimized over the past year. The group “Securing Our Safety” organized the event.

Many speakers said they were victimized after last year’s failure of the public safety tax levy and subsequent inmate release. They said with a lack of deputies, prosecutors, and jail space, criminals do not have any fear of being punished, and are repeatedly committing crimes.

Todd Matlock said he nearly lost his contracting business when thieves stole a work trailer containing $80,000 worth of tools. Salvador Corona said his home and the convenience store he owns were both robbed, and his wife was assaulted in the street by a would-be purse snatcher. And SOS member Cliff Thomason said people broke into his home and car, and his Remax office was burglarized Monday night.

Grants Pass Police Chief Joe Henner, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, and Commissioner Keith Heck were all in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.