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 »

Four Deputies Remain for Josephine Co.

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Four deputies are left to protect Josephine County and three of them are paid for by, and dedicated to, specific entities like the BLM or the city of Cave Junction. When the criminal justice tax levy failed last year, NewsWatch12 followed one of the remaining deputies patrolling the county. When a … 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 »

Private Security Sees Increase in JoCo

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – With budget cuts forcing reductions to public safety in Josephine County, private security companies have found themselves facing new and dangerous situations. The owners of Concierge Home and Business Watch said they have received doubles the amount of calls for service in year since Josephine County voters rejected the 2012 public … 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 »

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 »

New Commissioners to Tackle Budget

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As Keith Heck and Cherryl Walker officially take their seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, they said they are ready for the challenges ahead. As recent years have shown them, the county is not short on challenges. Heck and Walker were sworn in this week, and took part in … Continue reading »

Josephine County Emergency Calls Rising

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A rise in 911 calls in Josephine County has dispatchers stretched thin. The county sheriff’s office says it’s busy answering hundreds of more calls since the public safety levy failed in last May’s primary. Dispatchers say from March to April, 813 calls came in for the sheriff’s office. After the failed … Continue reading »

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