Squatter Burglarizes Vacant Home

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —  Squatting has been a significant issue since the height of the recession. During that time, Josephine County was hit with a high number of foreclosures, and resulting vacancies. While the housing market has mostly rebounded, the criminal activity associated with some empty homes lingers. Over the weekend, a home in the 1200 … Continue reading »

Two Dogs Stolen From Jo. Co. Shelter

MERLIN, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two dogs that were reportedly stolen from the Josephine County Animal Shelter. Whoever did it managed to get in by cutting padlocks in the middle of the night. Whoever took the animals did so by going through a gate, which is locked every night. Then … Continue reading »

Wild Ride Leads to Kidnapping Charges

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Southern Oregon man is facing charges for allegedly holding another man captive in his car, and taking him on a dangerous ride outside Grants Pass. According to Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel, on January 31st, 28 year-old Harley Hopkins had another man in his vehicle who he wouldn’t let out … Continue reading »

Body Recovered From Graves Creek

NEAR WOLF CREEK, Ore. — Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man whose body was pulled from Grave Creek late Saturday afternoon.  The Sheriff’s Office believes he was swept away while attempting to cross a flooded area on Friday. Reports first came in to the Sheriff’s Office around 2 p.m. on Saturday of … Continue reading »

Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Substation Hours

Grants Pass, Ore. – The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has announced limited hours for it’s Cave Junction and Merlin substations. Volunteers are available to the public to assist in filing online reports at the following times: Cave Junction Sub Station: Back Side of CJ City Hall 222 W. Lister St. Cave Junction, OR 97523 Hours … Continue reading »

Four Additional Deputies on Patrol

GRANTS PASS, Ore.– A total of six Josephine County Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the streets, Monday. An allocation of $650,000 from other funds allowed the office to hire four additional deputies. The deputies will patrol 12 hours a day for five days a week for now. Starting November 16th they will start to patrol 7 … Continue reading »

Missing Girl Found

[UPDATE 2:01 P.M.] Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Office says the missing 19-year-old female with Downs Syndrome has been found. The sheriff’s office thanks the public for their help. GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police are looking for a missing 19 year-old female with Down’s Syndrome. She was last seen in the 38500 block of Redwood Hwy. near … Continue reading »

Josephine County Increases Rural Patrol

Grants Pass, Ore. — At the request of Sheriff  Gil Gilbertson, the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners had agreed in June during the 2014/2015 budget season to allocate and additional $655,000 to the Sheriff’s Office in order to increase Rural Patrol Coverage for the residents of Josephine County. The goal was have patrol 12 … Continue reading »

JoCo Working on Community Watch Program

Grants Pass, Ore. ― The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office announces work on developing a new type of Community Watch Program. Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has been researching additional options for a Neighborhood Watch program that would combine a sense of community and security, better options for privacy and a level of preparedness that other style Neighborhood … Continue reading »

Sheriff Candidates Face Budget Issues

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has gone through major budget cuts over the past few years. Now, the three men running for sheriff say they’ll need to address those issues head on. Grants Pass Police Officer Dave Daniel and Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Vincent are challenging Sheriff Gil Gilbertson in … Continue reading »

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