Firefighters Being Called on Crime Duty

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – As budget concerns continue to stifle Josephine County law enforcement, residents are beginning to look elsewhere. Now fire departments say they’re getting calls from people who see them as the only ones who will respond to crimes. Last week the Illinois Valley Fire District responded to a call for medical aid, … Continue reading »

Community Watch To Be Armed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Northern Josephine County residents are arming themselves, hoping to fill gaps left by cuts to law enforcement. A deputy, who was laid off after county residents did not pass a public safety levy last May, is training seven Hugo residents on how to respond to burglaries and other crimes. In a … Continue reading »

New Public Safety Levy Proposed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Thursday morning, the Josephine County Commissioners held a public hearing about public safety. Commissioners proposed a levy to the group attending the meeting. This commissioners meeting was a lot like the ones in recent weeks with lots of passionate people packed in a hot room talking about public safety dollars. In … Continue reading »

Public Safety Options Weighed In

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A citizen-proposed plan to put a public safety tax district for Josephine County on a may ballot took a step ahead. County commissioners voted to hold a public hearing next month to air citizen concerns and ideas for increased and stable law enforcement funding. It was a near-full house for Josephine … Continue reading »

Suspicious Men Scoping Out Merlin Homes

MERLIN, Ore. – An increase of suspicious activity in rural Josephine County, and a decrease in law enforcement due to budget cuts, has some residents taking the law into their own hands, but some believe they are taking things too far. Since the public safety levy failed in May, residents in the communities of O’Brien … Continue reading »