Petitions Submitted for Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County residents are a step closer to voting again on a plan to restore public safety services. Nearly 2,500 signatures on petitions was delivered to the Josephine County Clerk’s Office Wednesday to put a safety levy on the May ballot, about 500 more than required. Elections workers are now checking … Continue reading »

Voters to Decide on Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Several police and fire crews in Grants Pass could soon be laid off. This November, voters will decide whether to fund a tax levy specifically for Grants Pass police and fire. This tax is what the city of Grants Pass already has in place, but it’s going to expire this coming … Continue reading »

Walk Planned for Public Safety Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Tonight, a group is coming together to voice support for the criminal justice system in Grants Pass. Supporters are planning to walk through the heart of Grants Pass. They’ll be marching from the Newman United Methodist Church to Henderson’s Chevron Gas Station on A Street. At that point, around 6 p.m., … Continue reading »

Officials Plan Ahead After Levy Failure

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County votes no on a public safety levy for the sixth time. Now, officials are taking a look at those vote tallies, and considering what comes next. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says they are down to one deputy patrolling the streets. He says the safety of county residents can’t be guaranteed … 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 »

Grants Pass Police Seeks Volunteers

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass police are now giving people the chance to help officers as a volunteer. The Department of Public Safety announced it is accepting applications for its auxiliary program. Auxiliary officers perform support services that may include foot and park patrol, traffic control, vacation house checks and special events. All volunteers … Continue reading »

Josephine County Rejects Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Once again, voters in Josephine County turn down a public safety levy that would have increased property taxes to help fund the sheriff’s office and jail. Another public safety levy and another failure in Josephine County. Now the question is, what it means for the future of the sheriff’s office, the … Continue reading »

Josephine County Weighs Levy Options

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — There’s a little more than 24 hours before ballots are due for Tuesday’s special elections. Josephine County residents have their eye on one measure which would impact county criminal justice departments. A decision that will impact many county services is in the hands of Josephine County voters. Measure 17-49 is a … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

Collecting Cans to Restore Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Nothing is too extreme for one group working to restore public safety in Josephine County – even if that means collecting cans. Securing Our Safety (SOS) is exploring every option besides tax measure 17-49. The measure is proposing $1.48 per thousand dollars assessed value for three years. Carl Raskine, one of … Continue reading »

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