Saturday Update on Regional Forest Fires

For more information, here are some helpful websites. From Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.: MEDFORD, Ore. — Winds created a number of challenges for firefighters working active fires across Southern Oregon on Saturday. The BLM says acreage numbers are difficult to estimate at this time and there should be new numbers … Continue reading »

Private Security Sees Increase in JoCo

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – With budget cuts forcing reductions to public safety in Josephine County, private security companies have found themselves facing new and dangerous situations. The owners of Concierge Home and Business Watch said they have received doubles the amount of calls for service in year since Josephine County voters rejected the 2012 public … Continue reading »

Sheriff Search Forces Lockdown

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Sheriff’s office has gone through major layoffs and cutbacks over the past year, but Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: his department’s response to incidents near schools. Monday afternoon, deputies received reports of an armed burglar hiding in a neighborhood off Leonard Road, near … Continue reading »

Man Dead After Boating Accident

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A man has been found dead after a boating accident in Grants Pass. On Monday afternoon, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a boat overturned in the Rogue River upstream from the Robertson Bridge Boat Ramp. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputy was at the Robertson Bridge Boat … Continue reading »

New Commissioners to Tackle Budget

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As Keith Heck and Cherryl Walker officially take their seats on the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, they said they are ready for the challenges ahead. As recent years have shown them, the county is not short on challenges. Heck and Walker were sworn in this week, and took part in … Continue reading »

Voters Elect To Merge Police Presence

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Board of Commissioners will explore some ideas after residents voted yes on a few key issues. The possibility of combining the Grants Pass Police Department and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received just over 57% of the vote in favor of the idea. County commissioners say the next step … Continue reading »

Animal Control Rescues Dozens of Animals

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Law enforcement and animal control removed dozens of animals from a farm. They found several animals locked up and some dead. Deputies served a search warrant on a residence on the 1700 block on  White schoolhouse road. The owner’s son, Robert Crow, says he doesn’t understand why animal control is at … Continue reading »

Drug Take-Back Re-Opens

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – A new drug drop off box has been installed at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. The box allows a place for residents to dispose of their expired and unused prescription drugs. Access to the box will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Earlier this summer a … Continue reading »

More Funding for JoCo Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore., – County leaders hope a little extra funding will go a long way for public safety. Wednesday, County Commissioners approved using $500,000 in a county Timber Payments extension to provide additional funding for the Sheriff’s office and District Attorney. Officials hope the money can be put to use in a way that … Continue reading »

Josephine County Public Safety Concerns

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Hundreds of community members are joining together to find a solution to restore public safety in Josephine County. A group called Securing Our Safety started after the failed criminal justice tax levy. The group is made up of business leaders and concerned citizens. Membership has grown to almost 300 now. A … Continue reading »

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