Josephine County Finalizes Budget for Fiscal Year

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is finalizing cut backs in all departments before the new fiscal year kicks in this Sunday. Since March, county officials have been prepping for the new fiscal year. They made that budget plan assuming the criminal justice tax levy would not pass, which in the end … Continue reading »

Budget Cuts Impact Juvenile Justice

By Steven Sandberg MEDFORD, Ore. — Some juvenile offenders from across county lines will now be held in Jackson County’s Juvenile Detention Facility. This comes as Josephine County’s facility was forced to close because of budget cuts. Josephine County’s Juvenile Facility closed exactly one week ago because of a multi-million dollar budget gap. But the … Continue reading »

Deja Vu For Josephine County Voters

By Bryan Navarro GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The mayor of Grants Pass is pitching a new, and smaller property tax that he says could stop the crisis. Under the Mayor’s proposal, several elements of the criminal justice system would be back to 100% of where they were before the May level failed. That includes reopening … Continue reading »

Josephine County Deputies Face New Challenges

By Sharon Ko CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — With only six deputies patrolling Josephine County, many calls for help are not getting the attention some feel they deserve. On Friday night, NewsWatch12 tagged along with a deputy to see first-hand what difficulties they face. On average, the deputy says he responds to at least a dozen … Continue reading »

Private Security Hired For Public Safety In Josephine County

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With cutbacks to public safety, why not hire private security? That’s what’s going on in Josephine County with those cutbacks to the sheriff’s office. As a result, places like Concierge Home and Business Watch are seeing an increase in calls. The Grants Pass-based company patrols and monitors both … Continue reading »

Crypt Vandalized in Josephine County Cemetery

By Erin Maxson & Evan Bell JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — The Odd Fellows Cemetery right outside of Grants Pass is the latest victim in the Josephine County public safety nightmare. Caretakers said they called the Sheriff’s Office after Wednesday night’s vandals desecrated a crypt, but they don’t expect to hear back. It’s the resting place … Continue reading »

Josephine County Faces Crime-Reporting Problems

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Dozens of distressed residents are calling the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and running into dead-ends. The Sheriff’s Office says it is getting up to 80 calls a day, but in most cases they are not able to help. The Sheriff’s Office says it’s getting by with what it … Continue reading »

Burglary Arrests In Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Four people are arrested for a string of burglaries in Josephine County, and the investigation leads to another man who had just been released from jail because of budget cuts. But those financial problems mean just one of those suspects will be behind bars. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Discuss Safety Concerns

By Yessenia Anderson GRANTS PASS, Ore. — In response to recent county cuts to law enforcement, city officials are now taking a look on how they can help keep their residents safe. Josephine County Sheriffs is now operating with only six deputies on patrol only five days a week. The Grants Pass City Council met … Continue reading »

Josephine County Sheriff Patrol Decrease

By Yessenia Anderson GRANTS PASS,Ore. — For almost 24 hours now Josephine County has been operating with only six sheriffs deputies on patrol. Those cuts were made Friday and are already spreading fear among residents. Without levy funding, the sheriff’s office was forced to decrease enforcement to just Sheriff Gil Gilbertson and three contract deputies. … Continue reading »

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