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News Releases
Shooting Incident - 06/12/21

On June 11, 2021, at approximately 11:00pm, officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to the 200 block of Grandview Avenue for a report of multiple shots fired. Officers quickly checked the area for any victims and the suspect(s).  Officers confirmed there were no injuries.  

GPDPS Detectives responded to the scene to conduct further investigation.  This investigation is in its early stages with detectives continuing to follow up all leads.  Further information will be relayed as it becomes available. 

We are asking for the public to continue to call and report any suspicious activity. 

Anyone who may have been in the SE area of Grants Pass or with any additional  information is encouraged to call Detective Shali Marshall at 541-450-6260.  Additionally, the Department of Public Safety would like to assure citizens the recent shooting incidents have the highest priority for our personnel.

Shooting Incident - 06/11/21

On June 10, 2021, at approximately 9:43pm, officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to the 2100 block of NW Hawthorne for a report of multiple shots fired from a vehicle. The vehicle was reported to be driving away from the scene, northbound towards Vine Street.  Officers quickly began checking the area for any victims and the suspect vehicle.  Several witnesses were contacted and officers confirmed there were no injuries.  

Witnesses reported the suspect vehicle to be a dark colored sedan, no further information on the suspect vehicle is available at this time.  

GPDPS Detectives responded to the scene to conduct further investigation.  Deputies with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with searching the area for the suspect vehicle.  This investigation is in its early stages with detectives continuing to follow up any leads.  Further information will be relayed as it becomes available.  At this time, there is no indication this is a targeted attack and appears to be random in nature.  We are asking for the public to be aware of this incident and to call and report any suspicious activity. 

Anyone who may have been in the NW area of Grants Pass or with any additional  information is encouraged to call Detective Shali Marshall at 541-450-6260.  Additionally, the Department of Public Safety would like to thank those citizens who called 911 reporting the incident and providing the initial information.  

School Threat/Disorderly Conduct arrest - 06/08/21

Arrestee:  

12 year old male student

Charge:

Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree

On 06/03/2021, Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety were notified by District 7 School Officials of a reported threat made by a student who attends North Middle School.  The original report was immediately investigated and detectives began following up with interviews and leads.  During the initial contact with witnesses, the suspect's identity was undetermined.  

On 06/07/2021, Detectives, a School Resource Officer and School Marshals with DPS were present at the school to ensure the safety of students and staff and to continue the investigation.  While the officers were at the school, further investigation led to the identity of the juvenile suspect.  The juvenile was later positively identified as the individual who made the verbal threat.  The juvenile was taken into custody while at the school. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, the juvenile was lodged at Josephine County Juvenile Justice Center for Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree.  The case is being sent to the Juvenile Department for filing of charges.  The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the District 7 Administration take all threats of violence and harm seriously.  These types of cases will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted if a crime has been committed.  The safety and welfare of the students who attend all District 7 Schools are a top priority for the Grants Pass DPS and school officials.  

Anyone who may have further information about this case is asked to contact the Grants Pass Police at 541-450-6260. 

Donations for Our Officer - 06/07/21

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is getting reports of phone calls asking citizens to make a donation for our officer who was assaulted at the Boatnik Carnival.  These phone calls were made without the knowledge or approval of our Department or the officer.  Neither GPDPS nor the Grants Pass Police Association would ever call citizens asking for monetary donations.  Please be aware persons calling claiming to be operating on behalf of GPDPS or the officer are not legitimate.

We urge anyone who gets an unsolicited call for a charitable donation to always verify the organization and its legitmacy.  Unfortunately persons committing fraud will sometimes pose as a charity in order to take your money.  Legitimate organizations should offer alternative ways to make a donation other than a phone call.

If you did provide money to a caller in regard to our assaulted officer, please call our Department and file a police report.  541-450-6260.

 

Stabbing Suspect Apprehended Fleeing from the Scene (Photo) - 06/06/21

On June 6th, 2021 at approximately 0045 hours, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) Dispatch Center received a 911 call of an adult male who had been stabbed and was being taken to Three Rivers Medical Center in a private vehicle. The location of the incident was said to be the 1400 block of Rogue River Hwy. As GPDPS Police units responded to the scene, Dispatch advised the suspect had fled on foot and a description was provided. 

The suspect was located on East Park St by patrol units arriving to the area; he was placed in custody and identified as Thomas Edward Bair.  A GPDPS Detective responded to assist in the investigation of this incident, which appears to have started as a verbal altercation. The victim, a 33-year-old Grants Pass resident, was treated by TRMC staff for what appears to be non-life threatening stab wounds.

Once the investigation was completed, Bair was transported to the Josephine County Jail and lodged on the listed charges. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety asks anyone who was a witness to this incident to please call (541) 450-6260 and reference Case # 2021- 24889. 

Arrestee: Thomas Edward Bair 32 year-old, Grants Pass resident

Charges: Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Menacing

 

Attached Media Files: Thomas Bair
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Shots Fired at Tussing Park (Photo) - 06/01/21

On 5/31/21 at about 7:53pm, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) Dispatch center began fielding 911 calls of an armed male subject at Tussing Park, 800 West Park St, who was threatening to shoot people. As GPDPS patrol units were responding to the location, the male subject was said to be pointing a handgun at citizens and was now actively shooting. This was within 12 seconds of the original call. The subject was reported to be intoxicated, and a nearby resident.  

The first responding officers encountered the male subject, still carrying the handgun, as he exited the parking lot of Tussing Park. He complied with officers' commands and was detained within 5 minutes of the initial 911 call. Officers then detained an intoxicated female armed with a large knife, who was determined to be the male subject's wife. The two were identified as 56 year-old David Denver Dapper and 58 year-old Fawn Elysa Dapper.

As soon as the couple were secured, officers conducted a thorough search of the park to ascertain if there was anyone injured. The area was filled with citizens, to include children and a pregnant woman. Once it was determined no one was hurt, officers interviewed several witnesses. From the investigation, it was determined the Dappers were angry with noise from the park and Fawn Dapper walked there to confront citizens. Fawn used a large knife to put numerous citizens in fear, to include the pregnant woman, and even made stabbing motions. David Dapper then arrived at the park and pointed his handgun at several citizens before firing it into the air. It is fortunate that no one was injured during this incident.

Fawn and David were transported to the Josephine County Jail and lodged on the following charges. 

David Dapper: 

  • Unlawful use of a Weapon - 4 counts 
  • Menacing - 4 counts 
  • Unlawful Pointing of a Firearm at Another - 4 counts 
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm - 1 count

Fawn Dapper:

  • Attempted Assault 2 - 4 counts 
  • Unlawful use of a Weapon - 4 counts
  • Menacing - 4 counts

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would ask anyone who witnessed this incident to please call (541) 450-6260 and reference case #21-23986. We would like to thank our citizens for their continued support. 

Attached Media Files: photo
Chestny
Chestny
Missing Juvenile -- At Risk (Photo) - 05/31/21

Update:  Chestny "Ash" Sonney has  been located and is in good condition.  The missing person alert has been canceled.

 

 

Case 21-23824

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is actively searching for an At Risk-Missing, 13-year-old female named Chestny Hope Sonney

Sonney only responds to her nickname of “Ash”

Sonney was last seen at her home in NW Grants Pass at about 8:00 PM and is described as a white, female, juvenile, 5’05” tall, 160 lbs, Brown Eyes, Dark brown hair w/ shaved blonde underneath.  Sonney was last seen wearing a long sleeve, green sweater down to the knees, black shirt, blue ripped jeans and brown boots.  A photo of Sonney has been attached to this bulletin.

If you see Sonney or know of her whereabouts, please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety immediately at 541-450-6260 or 911.

Attached Media Files: Chestny
UPDATE: Police Officer Assaulted at Boatnik - 05/29/21

Our injured police officer was released from the hospital late last night and is recovering at home. 

We are so thankful for the continued community support and for keeping our officer in your thoughts and prayers!

Wytcherley
Wytcherley
Police Officer Assaulted at Boatnik (Photo) - 05/28/21

On Friday, May 28, 2021 Grants Pass Police Officers began park patrols at the annual Boatnik festivities being held in Riverside Park.  Every year, Grants Pass Police provide a presence at the numerous events related to Boatnik.  Tonight, officers were called upon to investigate two juveniles under the influence of alcohol.  When officers attempted to detain the juveniles, they immediately resisted.  While one officer was struggling with a juvenile on the ground, 53-year-old Nathaniel Wytcherley approached the distracted officer.  At that moment Wytcherley intentionally kicked the police officer in the face, causing an immediate loss of consciousness. Nearby officers fought with Wytcherley and took him into custody. 

The injured officer did regain consciousness prior to being transported by American Medical Response to Three Rivers Community Hospital.  Our officer is currently undergoing further tests to determine the full extent of her injuries.  It was learned that Wytcherley is on post-prison supervision out of Roseburg for a previous assault on a police officer.  Wytcherley was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the listed charges.

? Assault 2 

? Assault on a Police Officer

? Resisting arrest

? Probation Violation

Attached Media Files: Wytcherley
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Boatnik 2021 Road Closures and Parade Information - 05/26/21

In planning for the 2021 Memorial Day Boatnik celebration, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Grants Pass Active Club would like to make our citizens aware of the following information:

 

BOATNIK PARADE ON SATURDAY, MAY 29th:

· 6th Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic (except for parade entrants) from “A” Street to the River. The road closure will be from 8:00 am until after the parade, approximately 1:00 pm. During the parade, traffic will be diverted from 6th Street at “A” Street to Beacon, then onto the Grants Pass Parkway. Traffic can then divert to I-5 or onto the Parkway.

· The 6th Street (Caveman) Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic during the parade. The closure will be on Saturday, May 29th from approximately 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Those persons wishing to travel south of the Rogue River need to leave earlier or plan to use the Grants Pass Parkway Bridge. ACCESS ACROSS THE RIVER WILL ONLY BE ON THE PARKWAY BRIDGE OR THE 7TH STREET BRIDGE (northbound only).

· No parking will be allowed at the following locations from Friday, May 28th at 10:00PM until after the Boatnik parade on Saturday, May 29th:

            -6th Street from just north of “A” Street to the Caveman Bridge

            -Voorhies between 6th and 7th Streets

· Dogs are discouraged along the parade route.

· Parade Attendees must stand/sit no closer to the parade than immediately adjacent to the curb within the parking stalls on 6th Street.  This will ensure the safety of the attendees, keep pedestrians out of the roadway and allow everyone to see the parade from a good vantage point.

 

TRAFFIC AROUND THE PARK AND THE BRIDGES:

· East Park Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00 am Friday, May 28th through Monday, May 31st  at 9:00 pm.  Vehicles with a Boatnik parking permit or Handicap parking permit will be allowed to enter East Park Street via the Parkway entrance only.

· Baker Park will be closed to vehicle traffic and boat launching on Monday, May 31st.

Attached Media Files: Boatnik_Parade.jpg
Shooting Incident - 05/24/21

Arrestee:

Lyon, Zenobius R.  (19)

Grants Pass resident

Charges:  Assault in the First Degree & Unlawful use of a Weapon-Firearm

Details:

On 05-24-2021, Grants Pass 911 received a disturbance call in the 500 block of NW Butler Ave.  As officers were responding, it was reported the disturbance involved a 19-year-old male, later identified as Zenobius Lyon, and his 17-year-old brother.  During the altercation, Zenobius allegedly used a firearm and shot his juvenile brother.  The father of the two siblings attempted to intervene and was injured during an altercation.  

As officers arrived on scene, they located the juvenile male outside of the residence and immediately rendered emergency medical care for a gunshot wound.  Grants Pass Fire-Rescue personnel and medics from AMR arrived shortly thereafter, continued aid and transported the juvenile to the Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputies also assisted police officers establishing a perimeter around the home.  Officers also contacted the father, and safely removed him from the area where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury. 

Zenobius remained inside the home and refused to exit.  Officers established a perimeter around the residence and after several PA announcements, Zenobius refused to exit the residence.

Due to the above facts and circumstances, Grants Pass SWAT and CNT Teams responded.  Nearby residents were contacted and warned to evacuate and/or shelter in place.  A short time later, a police officer was able to make cell phone contact with Zenobius.  This provided an opportunity to de-escalate a tense standoff while the Grants Pass Crisis Negotiations Team setup.   After communications were transferred to negotiators specifically trained for these situations, SWAT Team members establishing a tactical plan for a safe resolution.

After several hours of negotiations, Zenobius agreed to exit the residence and was taken into custody without incident.  Zenobius was later interviewed by GPDPS detectives and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges. 

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like the thank the nearby residents for their cooperation and patience as we worked to resolve this incident without any further injuries.  We would also like to thank our partner first responder agencies for their assistance with this case.  

Further questions regarding the incident should be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office. 

Larsen Othon
Larsen Othon
Rogue River Highway Standoff - 05/19/21

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) was contacted by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regarding two fugitives believed to be traveling from the state of Washington to Grants Pass, Oregon. The suspects, 36-year-old Guillermo B. Othon and 26-year-old Cierra B. Larsen, had felony warrants for their arrest out of Thurston County, Washington. In addition to the no-bail warrants, Othon and Larsen were wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery involving the use of firearms, which also occurred in Washington. Both suspects were considered armed and dangerous and were traveling with their 4-year-old daughter to a residence in the 1800-block of Rogue River Hwy.

Due to the nature of the crimes and the presence of a young juvenile, GPDPS responded with an abundance of caution. Prior to the arrival of the suspects in Grants Pass, the GPDPS Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) were activated and staged in the area, along with Patrol Officers, Detectives, Administration, Community Service Officers and a K9 Unit. Agents with HSI Medford and Tacoma offices responded and were assisted by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air & Marine and Deputy US Marshals. Due to the proximity to the Rogue River, Marine Deputies with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist on the water. Additional aid was provided during this incident by Grants Pass Fire Rescue (GPFR), American Medical Response (AMR) and Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

Othon and Larsen arrived in Grants Pass around 6pm. When officers attempted contact, the two fugitives immediately barricaded with their child inside the residence and ignored all commands to come out. They hid from view, but officers could hear pounding noises coming from inside. The occupants of several neighboring residences were evacuated for their safety.

Numerous attempts were made to contact Othon and Larsen by phone and PA system with no response. Diversionary devices were deployed to gain compliance; Othon exited the residence and was detained at 7:30pm. He was later lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant and new charges of Interfering with a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.

Larsen remained barricaded inside the residence with her daughter. Over the next several hours, negotiators made countless attempts to contact Larsen by phone and PA system. Only one response was received, via text message at 8:34pm, in which Larsen indicated she was not at the residence. Despite repeated pleas for Larsen to give up and to release her daughter, there was no other reply nor sound heard from the residence. 

After a search warrant was obtained, and all other options exhausted, members from the GPDPS SWAT Team began a slow and cautious search of the residence. Larsen and her daughter were eventually located hidden beneath a layer of insulation in the attic. The child was rescued from the attic at 1:55am and immediately evaluated by medical personnel before being taken into protective custody. Larsen was detained a few minutes later; she was later lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the warrant, pending local charges.

A small section of Rogue River Hwy was closed for several hours during this incident. During that time, two separate vehicles drove past police barricades, one at 9:26pm and one at 12:53am. These incidents posed a safety risk to the agencies on scene and required additional officers respond to investigate. Both drivers were found to be impaired and arrested for DUII.

Throughout this event, the number one priority for every agency involved was the health and safety of the four-year-old child. City, County, State and Federal agencies all worked together to coordinate a peaceful resolution. The professionalism of each individual involved resulted in the successful rescue of the child, who was found to be uninjured and in good spirits. We would also like to thank the public for their patience, particularly the neighbors who were disturbed by the events and evacuations.

Attached Media Files: Larsen Othon