Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety
Emergency Messages as of 11:38 am, Fri. Feb. 21
Due to a crash on NE 7th Street near NE C Street, the roadway of 7th Street is shut down. There are live power lines down, please find alternative routes, thank you.
***The roadway is now open and there were no injuries or hazards to the public, thank you*** UPDATE
- Posted: Fri. 21st, 11:12 AM
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Missing Juvenile-Endangered (Photo) - 02/15/20


Officers have located the missing juvenile.  She is safe and being taken home.  Thank you for the assistance. 

Missing juvenile:

Corfman, Adrienna Joy  9 years of age

WFJ, 4'10", thin build.  Last seen in the area of the 1400 block of Willow Lane. 


Grants Pass Police are seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing juvenile female. Adrienna Joy Corfman, 9 years old, left her residence on Willow Lane in Grants Pass after an argument approximately 1 hour ago.  She was last seen wearing a an orange and blue "Gap" hooded sweatshirt (Same as seen in the attached photograph), blue jeans and red shoes.  She is believed to have left the residence on foot.  She left the residence without her medication.  Officers and fire personnel are in the process of attempting to locate her in the area. 

If anyone has seen Adrienna or knows any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Grants Pass Police at 541-450-6260.  

Attached Media Files: Corfman.jpg
Sex Offense Arrest (Photo) - 02/14/20

On February 11, 2020, 40 year old Francisco Antonio Melendez invited an adult female to his photography/film studio. Under the guise of giving her a massage, Melendez then subjected the female to unwanted sexual contact. On February 13, 2020, Melendez was contacted by GPDPS Detectives, interviewed, and arrested as a result of the investigation. Melendez was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the charges of Sexual Abuse III and Harassment.  

We believe there may be other victims, and encourage anyone who has experienced a similar encounter to report it. If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Det. Archie Lidey at 541-450-6342. 

Attached Media Files: Melendez
Motor vehicle crash with injuries - 02/12/20

On February 11, 2020, at approximately 1:00pm, police and fire units from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, along with AMR Ambulance, were dispatched to a reported injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Grants Pass Parkway and SE M Streets.  Callers reported a 3-vehicle head on collision in the intersection.  Units arrived to find 3 vehicles in the middle of SE M Street just east of the Parkway.  All 3 of the vehicles were significantly damaged and had to be towed from the scene.  Two drivers were transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.


The investigation revealed that a 2009 silver colored Nissan Murano was traveling eastbound on SE M Street.  Near SE M Street and SE Mill Street, the Nissan illegally passed another vehicle and failed to stop prior to entering the intersection.  The Nissan avoided north and southbound traffic on the Parkway, but collided head on with a black colored 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe.  The Chevrolet was westbound and stopped for the red traffic signal.  The collision forces then pushed the Chevrolet backward, causing it to impact a white colored 2019 Toyota Tundra.


Upon concluding the investigation, it was determined the driver of the Nissan Murano, Kimberly Dawn Day, age 51, was believed to be driving under the influence of an inhalant and possibly lost consciousness.  Day crashed into the Tahoe causing injury to the other driver and herself.  The driver of the Toyota declined treatment at the scene.  Day was transported to Three Rivers Hospital for evaluation.  After being treated and released, Day was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the charges of DUII, Assault 3, Reckless Driving, 3 counts of Reckless Endangering Another, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief 2.


Anyone with further information related to this crash is asked to please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.  Reference case #20-6758

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Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 02/11/20


Joseph Samuel Arrunategui 21yo, from Washington State

LOCAL CHARGES Referred to the Josephine county DA's Office:

Robbery 3 and Theft 1


On 1/31/2020 at approximately 11:56am, a white male adult entered the Rogue Credit Union at 249 NE Terry Ln in Grants Pass. The suspect demanded money from the bank teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled the area in a green sedan. Officers and detectives responded to the area and began an indepth investigation.  Information about the suspect and the bank robbery was sent out via social media.  

A Grants Pass DPS Dispatcher, who is currently on deployment overseas, saw an unrelated post on social media indicating that Joseph Arrunategui went missing after admitting to family members in Albany, Oregon that he had committed a bank robbery in Washington. While on her off time, she began doing further research and was able to uncover further information that linked Arrunategui to the incident in Grants Pass. With this information and further investigation, Detectives with GPDPS identified Joseph Arrunategui as the suspect in the robbery of Rogue Credit Union in Grants Pass. 

Detectives learned that Joseph Arrunategui had been arrested by Mineral County Sheriff's Office in Nevada on unrelated charges on 2/1/2020.  With the assistance of Mineral County Sheriff's Detectives, GPDPS Detectives authored multiple search warrants, which were then served in Mineral County. Evidence was obtained linking Arrunategui to the Rogue Credit Union bank robbery. Arrunategui is currently in custody in the  Mineral County Jail on their local charges, as well as an arrest warrant out of Washington.

The investigation is on-going as we continue to work with agencies in Nevada and Washington.  Arrunategui is yet to be arrested for the crimes committed during the Rogue Credit Union robbery, however charges will be referred to the Josephine County DA's Office once the investigation is completed. GPDPS wants to express our thanks to Mineral County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this investigation and assisting with our local charges, as well as our sharp eyed dispatcher working from afar to help keep Grants Pass safe.  

UPDATE: Tactical Operation on Sun Glo (Photo) - 02/05/20


The roadway is now open. Scene has been secured and turned over to the Sheriff's Office. Thank you for your patience.


Sun Glo Dr from Mendi Way to Nick Way is closed for a tactical operation. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is assisting the Josephine County Sheriff's Office with an incident on Sun Glo Dr. Please avoid the area for the time being. We will provide updates as they become available. 

Attached Media Files: ATT00001.jpg
Shooting Incident*****UPDATE Suspect Arrested********* (Photo) - 02/01/20


Resulting from the shooting investigation, detectives with GPDPS arrested and lodged 68 year old Steve Daniel Cox for second degree murder.  The 37 year old shooting victim was positively identified as Joshua Wilson Wright.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may follow.  Detectives, along with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, are still actively working the crime scene. The roadway will continue to be closed for the next few hours.  



WMA, 37 YOA.  (Name withheld pending next of kin notification)


On 01-31-2020, at approximately 6:08pm, Josephine County 911 received a call of a reported shooting in the area of SW 9th and SW H Streets.  Officers responded and determined one male had been shot and was deceased.  Several individuals were detained and have been transported to the Grants Pass Police Department for interviews.  

At this time there is no further threat to the public.  Officers and Detectives will be on scene for most of the night processing the scene for evidence.  The Oregon State Police Crime Lab has been requested to assist with the scene.  Josephine County District Attorney Josh Eastman has also responded.

The name of the deceased male is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.  The are of SW Pine Street between SW H and SW I Streets will be blocked to traffic for an undetermined amount of time.  Please avoid the area until the roadway has been cleared.  Further updates will follow as new information becomes available and is approved for release.  

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541) 450-6260.

Attached Media Files: Cox
Commercial Fire at Burger King on Rogue River Highway. - 01/30/20

On 01/30/2020 at 19:15:20 Josephine County 911 received multiple calls for a Commercial Fire at Burger King on Rogue River Highway.  It was reported that smoke and fire were coming from the roof of the restaurant.  Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Grants Pass Police, Rural Metro and AMR responded to the fire.  Crews arrived within four minutes of the tone out to find smoke and fire showing from the roof.  Crews quickly laddered the building, made entry into the structure and isolated the fire to the broiler system.  Damage was contained to the area around the broiler and roof.  Trained employees along with a working fire suppression system assisted in early fire detection and control. Staff evacuated the structure prior to arrival of firefighters.

No injuries were reported during the incident and the business will most likely be shut down for a short time for repairs.

At this time the cause of the fire is believed to have started in the hood system.   If you have any further information about the fire, please call Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.

Residential Fire 1800 NE Beacon Dr - 01/26/20

On 1/26/2020 at 0848 hrs, Josephine County 911 received a call reporting a Structure Fire at 1800 NE Beacon Dr. Crews from Grants Pass Fire and Rural Metro Fire were quickly dispatched. They arrived on scene to find a residential dwelling with heavy fire involvement in the basement and first floor.  An aggressive fire attack was started, and the fire was knocked down. Crews then began a lengthy overhaul process to ensure the fire was fully extinguished. This house is commonly called the round house due to it being completely round on the exterior.  This also meant that there were hidden and void spaces that had to be opened to fully extinguish the fire, increasing our overhaul time.

We would like to thank Grants Pass PD, American Medical Response, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains, and the Red Cross for their assistance during the fire.  We also want to thank Applegate Valley Fire District, Rogue River Fire District, and Illinois Valley Fire District.  These agencies had units move up to help cover 911 calls during the incident. 

There were several occupants in the residence that were all able to exit to safety.  A working smoke detector woke up a couple of the occupants who then alerted others.  One person did receive minor injuries attempting to put out the fire. 

At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation.   If you have any information about the cause of the fire, please call Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.