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 »

Josephine County: Sheriff Race

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– While Josephine County residents look to vote on a measure to fund public safety, they are also looking to pick a leader. There are three candidates up for election for Josephine County Sheriff this May. The current sheriff, Gil Gilbertson is running for reelection and is up against current sheriff deputy Ed … Continue reading »

New Options for Unclaimed Property

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — After a crime like a burglary, the goal of the sheriff’s office is to return the stolen items back to the original owner. When the owner can’t be found the items go up for auction. In a move made by county commissioners this week, items can now be donated or auctioned … 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 »

Counties Meet for Public Safety Summit

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Sheriffs, commissioners, and other leaders from five southern Oregon counties are meeting to find ways to help fund public safety. Representatives from Jackson, Josephine, Curry, Douglas and Coos counties met at the Jackson County Sheriff’s office Tuesday for the second of five summits scheduled to find solutions to public safety problems. … Continue reading »

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 »