Man Accused of Killing Baby Enters Plea

YREKA, Calif. – A Siskiyou County father accused of murdering his three month old daughter says he’s not guilty Webster Beard was arraigned in a Siskiyou County Court Monday on two counts including murder. According to police, on November 17th, Yreka Police responded to a report of the three month old not breathing. The baby … Continue reading »

Curry County Jail Downsizes

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Curry County Commissioners approved a proposal Wednesday morning to decrease the number of beds in the Curry County jail. The jail currently has 50 beds, but will now be cut in half to 25 so the county can continue a more manageable operation. Sheriff John Ward said he plans for the bed … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Looks at Election Results

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On May 20th, Josephine County voters defeated a levy funding the jail and youth services with 53% of voters voting against the measure. Monday, city of Grants Pass officials met to take a closer look at the newly certified results and to see how county voters in the city voted. The … Continue reading »

City Explores Options for Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since August, the city of Grants Pass has rented up to 30 jail beds in an effort to cut down on the number of offenders who are cited and released. That contract will end on July 1st and now city officials are looking for ways to keep those jail beds open. … Continue reading »

9 New Volunteers for Sheriff’s Office

MERLIN, Ore. — The public safety levy failed in Josephine County on Tuesday and the sheriff’s office will also not receive any requested funds from roads money. Some help came Friday in the form of volunteers. The sheriff is in the process of forming a team of trained volunteers to gather evidence in property crimes … Continue reading »

Citizen Group, Sheriff Moving Forward

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Another year, another levy to help fund the Josephine County Jail on the May ballot, and another defeat by voters. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said he has a plan in place to move forward without additional funding. As of now, with no additional funding, Sheriff Gilbertson said his department will be at … Continue reading »

Levy Would Add Jail Beds, Raise Taxes

GRANTS PASS — Another levy is on this May’s ballot to help fund the Josephine County Jail. While the sheriff said the additional funding would greatly help his office, some are residents against it. Just a couple of years ago, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office had 98 full-time employees. Friday, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson looked at … Continue reading »

Klamath Sheriff’s Office Faces Cuts

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A packed house filled the room for the budget hearing for the sheriff’s office Thursday afternoon.  Many of the public commenters thought cuts to the sheriff’s department would lead to bigger problems. Sheriff Frank Skrah and his team met before Thursday’s budget hearing crunching numbers and seeing exactly what they need … Continue reading »

Woman Arrested for Medical Child Abuse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon by officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. The officers were serving an arrest warrant out of Multnomah County for a Katherine G. Parker, 44, who is being accused of coming up with an elaborate scheme to medically abuse her children. … Continue reading »

Crow Serving Time at Home Not at Jail

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County jail is only able to house the most violent or high-risk offenders. It means for one woman with what animal control called one of the worst hoarding cases in the history of the county, will not spend her sentence in jail. Kandi Crow was allowed home detention to … Continue reading »

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