Group Pushes to Reallocate Lottery Funds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A group of citizens say they have a new plan to restore the criminal justice system in Josephine County and also give millions of dollars to other counties across Oregon. Securing Our Safety is made up of citizens in Josephine County. They formed after the failed criminal justice tax levy. The group is wanting to move control … Continue reading »

Hugo Man Says Burglary Took Everything

HUGO, Ore. — A Josephine County couple came home to find their home burglarized and believe whoever did it has a lot of experience. The victim says the thieves took every single thing of value from the home and around property. The victim believes the burglars are “professionals”, after seeing the damage around his home. … 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 »

No Decrease Expected In JoCo Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Only a few weeks remain until the 2013-2014 fiscal year begins and the Josephine County budget committee met for the final time before the budget is approved with some changes impacting law enforcement. “We spent down next year’s carry over reserves by about $360,000 to provide for maintain the the 100 … 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 »

Josephine County Could See More Cuts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is no stranger to budget cuts, but the county’s chief financial officer is proposing more reductions for the next fiscal year. These cuts could mean more layoffs and fewer services provided. Last year Josephine County made plenty of reductions with public safety and the criminal justice system. This week … Continue reading »

Shift Added to Taylor’s Sausage

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Work continued late Monday afternoon at Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction as a night shift clocked in for the first time after owner Terry Taylor received an e-mail last week he says made him do a double take. “My heart started to sink because I figured that they were just telling … Continue reading »

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