Repeat Offenders In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Law enforcement officials in Josephine County say they are seeing the same offenders time and time again. The sheriff’s office says last year’s budget cuts have limited the ways they can punish criminals. It’s been nearly a year since the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s office were hit by budget cuts … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Man Arrested For Child Abuse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man is behind bars in Jackson County, accused of abusing at least two children over a several year period. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies and Grants Pass Public Safety officers arrested 65-years-old Michael Murray for sexual abuse and rape charges. When police arrived at his home, they say, he … Continue reading »

Deja Vu For Josephine County Voters

By Bryan Navarro GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The mayor of Grants Pass is pitching a new, and smaller property tax that he says could stop the crisis. Under the Mayor’s proposal, several elements of the criminal justice system would be back to 100% of where they were before the May level failed. That includes reopening … Continue reading »

Josephine County Deputies Face New Challenges

By Sharon Ko CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — With only six deputies patrolling Josephine County, many calls for help are not getting the attention some feel they deserve. On Friday night, NewsWatch12 tagged along with a deputy to see first-hand what difficulties they face. On average, the deputy says he responds to at least a dozen … Continue reading »

Private Security Hired For Public Safety In Josephine County

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With cutbacks to public safety, why not hire private security? That’s what’s going on in Josephine County with those cutbacks to the sheriff’s office. As a result, places like Concierge Home and Business Watch are seeing an increase in calls. The Grants Pass-based company patrols and monitors both … Continue reading »

Crypt Vandalized in Josephine County Cemetery

By Erin Maxson & Evan Bell JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — The Odd Fellows Cemetery right outside of Grants Pass is the latest victim in the Josephine County public safety nightmare. Caretakers said they called the Sheriff’s Office after Wednesday night’s vandals desecrated a crypt, but they don’t expect to hear back. It’s the resting place … Continue reading »

Josephine County Faces Crime-Reporting Problems

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Dozens of distressed residents are calling the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and running into dead-ends. The Sheriff’s Office says it is getting up to 80 calls a day, but in most cases they are not able to help. The Sheriff’s Office says it’s getting by with what it … Continue reading »

Josephine County Sheriffs Office Rallying Records

By Yessenia Anderson GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The failure of a public safety levy decreased the number of deputies on the streets and now an overhaul to an empty records division is designed to streamline the paper work left behind. The Josephine County Sheriffs Office says they had actually been working on going paperless for … Continue reading »

Burglary Arrests In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Four people are arrested for a string of burglaries in Josephine County, and the investigation leads to another man who had just been released from jail because of budget cuts. But those financial problems mean just one of those suspects will be behind bars. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested … Continue reading »

Josephine County Levy Vote Verified

By Ron Brown GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It has been almost three weeks since Josephine County voters turned down a public safety levy. The impacts from that vote are now beginning to be felt in Josephine County with mass jail releases and layoffs in all public safety departments. On Friday, elections officials verified the ballot … Continue reading »

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