Volunteers Could Help Solve Cold Cases

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A few Josephine County sheriff’s cars sat empty at the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon. “At this point I have one working deputy on the road, that’s it,” said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said cold cases, particularly property crimes, have stacked up and now it’s time to think … Continue reading »

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 »

Arrests in Major Narcotics Investigation

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A major narcotics investigation by the interagency Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team led to the arrest of four people and the seizure of drugs, firearms, and stolen property. Over two pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana were seized, and Oregon State Police say the heroin seizure alone is described as … Continue reading »

Logger Found Dead in Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The body of a logger was found on Thursday afternoon in Josephine County. He was an independent logger with 25 years’ experience. Steven Straube was working alone on a piece of property east of Grants Pass. His friend had contracted Straube to log on the private 240 acre piece of land. … Continue reading »

Family of Fatal Crash Victim Speaks Out

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A driver responsible for hitting and killing two Josephine County men is still on the run. Back in October, a driver hit Jared Houston and his friend, killing both of them. Houston’s mother says there doesn’t seem to be any movement in the case and she says OSP admits their resources … Continue reading »

Volunteers Stepping Up to Patrol Parks

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the first time, the Josephine County Parks Department has a patrol unit. Tom Pearce Park is just one of several parks volunteers are patrolling in Josephine County. The patrol unit for the Josephine County Parks Department is made up of six people. Each volunteer patrol officer has a background in … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Crime Statistics Released

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Crime statistics are out for Josephine County and at least the numbers show crime is down in some categories. But the sheriff says the statistics don’t tell the whole story. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office released its crime statistics; those categories are burglary, car theft, theft, criminal mischief and fugitive arrests. … Continue reading »

Suspected Animal Abuser Pleads Guilty

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Josephine County woman accused of abusing and neglecting more than two hundred animals on her farm plead guilty on Friday. Kandi Crow entered that guilty plea on 20 charges. The courts issued a warrant for her arrest two weeks ago because she did not show up for her scheduled court … Continue reading »

Affordable Care Act Changes Discussed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Between 55-65,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties do not have health insurance. Asante officials are trying to prepare those people for health care reform changes on the way through evening seminars. Health experts say these seminars will serve the thousands of local residents who say they just don’t understand what’s going … Continue reading »

Josephine County Budget Issues Debated

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is turning to its youth for answers on how to solve the county’s financial problems. High school debate teams argued several issues on Saturday morning, while county officials listened in. Four debate teams from around the Rogue Valley took turns voicing different solutions to the counties problems. The debate … Continue reading »

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