Drug Take-Back Event in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass Police want you to gather any prescription medication today to hand over on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming up with Grants Pass Department of Public Safety to hold the seventh opportunity in three years for people to bring in potentially dangerous drugs. Officers want to prevent pill … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Possible Drowning

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Search and Rescue dive team was investigation a suspicious incident on Saturday morning after witnesses told police a young man jumped off a bridge. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said on Friday night at around 10:20 p.m., an officer was flagged down on the Deb Potts … Continue reading »

Dedicated Team Reducing Crime in City

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A community outraged by the petty crimes and dirty city parks demanded a solution. So, the city of Grants Pass created one. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety organized the Nuisance Intervention Team (NIT) to target problematic areas around the city.  Police say one of those areas they canvass is Baker Park. “Kids come out … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Deceased Remains Identified

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass Department of Public Safety have now released the identity and cause of death of a body found along the Rogue River about two weeks ago. Police say the body of 48-year-old Frank James Bewley was found on Saturday, July 13th, around 11 a.m. Police said someone called to report … Continue reading »

Offenders Released Back into City

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Officers are forced to release offenders back into the city limits because of a lack of jail space. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says the goal is to remove the offender from the victim and reduce the chances of that person repeating another crime. But they say the specific drop-off sites … Continue reading »

Police Discuss Renting 20 Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Arresting criminals and keeping them in jail may soon be a reality again in Grants Pass. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is considering a deal to rent out beds from the county jail. Grants Pass Police plan to reveal more information next Monday at a city council meeting. Chief Joe … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Man Charged With Kidnapping

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A man in Grants Pass was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of kidnapping, robbery and assault after police say he attacked a woman he held a prior relationship with. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said Aaron Patrick O’Neal had contacted a woman in front of the … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass Public Safety are investigating a possible attempted kidnapping. On Monday, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety received a report from a citizen of a possible attempted kidnapping of his eight year old son that occurred in the area of NE Fairview Avenue and NE Beacon Drive. Several officers … Continue reading »

On-Officer Cameras Document Actions

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A man is taken to the hospital after police say a man attacked him under a bridge. Police say the incident is highlighting a new tool they are testing out. Thursday around 5 p.m., several Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officers responded to Riverside Park. They say a man was … Continue reading »

Heroin: Heating Up, Part 2

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Heroin is attracting a wave of new, younger users. According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, nearly half of young people who reported using heroin also said they tried prescription drugs. They started using heroin because it was cheaper and easier to get. One man who spoke with NewsWatch12’s Sharon … Continue reading »

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