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 »

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 »

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