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City of Grants Pass Open Burn Window Postponed (Photo) - 10/27/20

The open burn window scheduled October 31 through November 8th for residence in the City of Grants Pass has been postponed until further notice due to unfavorable weather, dry fuels and fire season restrictions remaining in effect.

The Fire Prevention Bureau will continue coordinate with the Oregon Department of Forestry to monitor the weather and reschedule as soon as possible. Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200 for any questions. We appreciate your understanding.

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Menacing with a Firearm at Home Depot (Photo) - 10/26/20

Case # 20-49107

On 10/23/20 at about 1639 hours, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) received a 911 call from Home Depot, located at 111 NE Mill Street. It was reported an employee had a firearm pointed at them, while being threatened by a male customer. The suspect reportedly struck the employee with the pistol. The male suspect fled the location in a vehicle with a license plate and description obtained. The responding GPDPS police units found the vehicle a short distance away and were able to safely take the suspect into custody. He was identified as 28 year-old, Parker Lever with a listed Medford address. A GPDPS Detective responded and assisted with the investigation. After the conclusion of the investigation, Parker Lever was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the charges listed below, with other possible charges being referred to the District Attorney's Office. 

Charges:

1. Attempted Assault in the Second Degree

2. Menacing - 2 counts

3. Unlawful use of a Weapon - 2 counts

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to ask if anyone has any information related to this case to please contact us at (541) 450-6260. We would also like to thank out citizens for their continued support. 

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Fire Danger lowers to "moderate" effective immediately (Photo) - 10/12/20

A favorable shift in the weather has prompted Oregon Department of Forestry to decrease the posted fire danger level.  Fuels in our region remain dry, however recent rain and cooler temperatures have made it possible to ease some fire prevention regulations.

Effective immediately, the fire danger level has been reduced to “moderate” (blue). 

Use of power saws and other spark-emitting internal combustion engines, as well as mowing of dried grass is allowed before 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

Open fires are still prohibited during fire season.  This includes campfires, cooking fires, and warming fires.  Smoking in areas of flammable vegetation is also still prohibited. 

For a complete list of fire regulations, please visit the City of Grants Pass website and view the City of Grants Pass Municipal Code, Chapter 9.15 or call your fire prevention office at 541-450-6200.

https://www.grantspassoregon.gov/DocumentCenter/View/42/Title-9--Land-Development-and-Public-Improvements--PDF?bidId=

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Fire Danger Level Decreases to High - 10/09/20

See attached document from Oregon Department of Forestry on change of fire danger level.  

Cheng
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Arrests Made on Embezzlement Case (Photo) - 10/06/20

Case # 2020-00045947

Charges:

Agravated Theft

Criminal Conspiracy

Computer Crime x35

 

On October 4, 2020, the Grants Pass Police were notified regarding an internal investigation into embezzlement of funds at Asante, Three Rivers Medical Center. According to the evidence gathered, two employees conspired to submit fraudulent reimbursement requests to take money from the company. The investigation revealed between the months of May, 2020 and September, 2020, about $33,000 had taken from the company.

On October 5, 2020, Grants Pass Police contacted Melissa Rumfalo and Tania Cheng regarding this case. Following interviews with both subjects, the two were arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260.

Attached Media Files: Cheng , Rumfalo
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Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!(TM) (Photo) - 10/06/20

10-6-2020  – Grants Pass Fire Rescue is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

 Grants Pass Fire Rescue encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

Grants Pass Fire Rescue wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

 

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Auto vs Pedestrian Crash on Redwood Hwy - 10/04/20

On October 3, 2020, at approximately 2036 hrs., the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) Dispatch, began fielding reports of a male in the roadway on Redwood Highway, across from the Fairgrounds, in the median near the “A” lane of the southbound lanes of travel. Moments later a caller reported the  male had been struck by a vehicle. Responding GPDPS officers arrived and located a deceased male lying in the roadway.

The male was identified as 68-year-old Timothy Frank Morningstar. The driver of the vehicle who initially struck Morningstar remained on scene.

GPDPS detectives responded and assisted GPDPS Patrol and the Oregon State Police with the investigation. The investigation revealed no criminal contact associated with the driver of the vehicle who struck Morningstar.

Anyone who may have witnessed this event is encouraged to contact the GPDPS at 541-450-6260.

 

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Redwood District burglary (Photo) - 10/01/20

Arrestee:

Stone, Robert A.   18 years of age

No permanent address listed (Last known address in Searcy, Arkansas)

Charges:

Burglary in the first degree

Burglary in the second degree

Felon in possession of a firearm (4 counts)

Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)

Unlawful Possession of Body Armor

Felon in Possession of Body Armor

Unlawful entry into motor vehicle (8 counts)

Criminal Mischief in the second degree (2 counts)

Theft in the third degree (2 counts)

Details:

On 09/30/2020 at approximately 9:54pm, Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to an audible burglary alarm at 1380 Pansy Lane (River City BMX track).  Officers arrived on scene within 2 minutes of the time of call. Officers determined forced entry had been made into the concession stand and items from within were taken.  As officers searched the general area for suspect(s), Robert Stone was located walking away from the location.  

When officers made contact with Stone, they were able to determine he was involved in the burglary at the concession stand.  During the investigation, it was noted Stone was wearing body armor while committing the burglary.  Stone was also determined to have been previously convicted of a felony crime.  As officers continued to investigate the incident, they were suspicious of Stone being involved in other crimes in the southwest area of town. 

Due to the recent high levels of burglary, theft and unlawful entry into motor vehicle cases in the Redwood District, DPS detectives responded to assist.  Through additional investigation, it was determined Stone was responsible for at least one other burglary of a residence where numerous firearms had been taken. In addition to the suspected crimes, Stone was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Stone was later transported and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the listed charges, which include damage to property and theft while committing the crimes of burglary and unlawful entry into motor vehicles. 

Further investigation is still being conducted on this case to determine if Stone is associated with other cases in the Redwood District.  It is believed there may be additional charges to follow after more follow up is completed. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would also like to remind everyone to be aware of items left inside of vehicles.  Items of value and firearms should always be secured in a safe location and not in a vehicle. 

This case is still on-going, and GPDPS encourages anyone with additional information to contact Detective Shaw at 541-450-6260.

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