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Grants Pass Police Headquarters Lobby Closed (Photo) - 04/01/20

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has been monitoring the guidelines and safety precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic closely.  In order to provide for the safety of employees and citizens alike, the lobby of the new police headquarters was previously placed on a reduced-hours schedule.  To increase safety and to encourage social distancing, the lobby of the police headquarters is now closed.  Records personnel will continue to register sex offenders by phone at 541-450-6260. No applications for vehicle for hire, or OLCC will be processed at this time.  You can still send in documentation to records@grantspassoregon.gov.  

As always, you can still call the non-emergent line 541-450-6260 for regular business, and 911 for emergencies.  We appreciate your patience and support during this time.  

Attached Media Files: Lobby Closed
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Search Warrant Service (Photo) - 03/31/20

On March 30, 2020, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) Major Crimes Detectives, assisted by GPDPS Patrol, served a Search Warrant on the residence of Curt Julian Gobar, DOB: 10-15-64, at his residence located at 355 Woody Acres, Williams, Josephine County, OR. Assisting agencies were the Oregon State Police and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) Team.

A handgun stolen in a burglary in Grants Pass in January of 2019, where 21 handguns were stolen, was recovered (to date the GPDPS has recovered 13 of them/GPDPS 19-2102).

Additionally, the following items were seized:

  • 34 grams of Methamphetamine                         
  • 18.6 grams of Heroin
  • 8.4 grams of “Crack Cocaine”
  • 2.9 grams of powder Cocaine
  • a small amount of LSD
  • 27 pounds of Marijuana
  • $2,600 in US Currency
  • a shotgun

Gobar was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

  1. Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  2. Theft I by Receiving
  3. Unlawful Distribution of Methamphetamine
  4. Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  5. Unlawful Distribution of Cocaine
  6. Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine
  7. Unlawful Possession of Cocaine
  8. Unlawful Distribution of Heroin
  9. Unlawful Possession of Heroin
  10. Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  11. Unlawful Possession of LSD

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the GPDPS at (541) 450-6260.

Attached Media Files: Gobar
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Commercial Fire at Giannelli's Restaurant (Photo) - 03/30/20

Grants Pass Fire Rescue responded to a commercial fire at 211 NE A St early Monday morning.  A passerby reported seeing fire coming through a window on the second floor of Giannelli’s Restaurant at 03:26 am.  Fire crews arrived to find fire venting through a window on the second story.  Crews quickly made access through a second story staircase and extinguished the fire in under ten minutes. Minor damage was done to the restaurant by the fire. The restaurant will remain closed for a short time while being repaired. Damage to the upstairs office area was held to a minimum due to an aggressive fire attack and salvage operation by Fire crews.

Grants Pass Fire Rescue was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response, and the Grants Pass Police.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire can call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6200.

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Public Safety Lobby Hours to Change (Photo) - 03/28/20


Effective immediately, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is limiting access to the lobby of the newly opened Police Headquarters Building located at 726 NE 7th Street.  The lobby will be closed on weekends, however shall remain open from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday.  Furthermore, access to the lobby will be limited to one (1) person at a time. 

While the lobby is closed, Public Safety staff are available to ensure the most critical needs of the community are still being met.  You can always contact the police for non-emergent issues at 541-450-6260.  And for any documentation that needs to make its way to the department, you can always e-mail us at  ecords@grantspassoregon.gov">records@grantspassoregon.gov

Sex offender registration can still be accomplished by calling the non-emergent number.  The lobby closure will have no effect on our ability to answer your emergency 911 calls, or our response to those calls by our Police Officers and Fire Fighters.  During this time of partial closure, we will not be processing Vehicle For Hire or Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) applications.  If you have property to be retrieved from the Police Department, you are asked to contact the non-emergent phone number previously provided. 

As soon as we are able to, we will return to business as usual. Until then, please stay healthy and know the men and women of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are dedicated to the safety and health of our community. 

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GPDPS Seeks Public's Help in Identifying Suspect (Photo) - 03/27/20

Over the past week, the city of Grants Pass has been plagued with criminal mischief incidents involving a firearm. There have been 10 separate incidents, all of which are believed to be related. The majority of these have targeted businesses and vehicles, but there has also been one incident at a residence. There are no reports of injury, only damage caused. 

The Grants Pass Deparment of Public Safety is asking for your help in locating and identifying the suspect(s) involved. Here is what we know:

  • Suspect Description - male adult, tall and slender build
  • Suspect Vehicle - dark colored full size pickup, 4-door, with silver step bars 
  • Suspect is armed with a firearm and has caused damage by shooting at each location

If you have any information regarding these crimes, please call Det. Robert Shaw at the Grants Pass Deparment of Public Safety, 541-450-6260.

 

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Business Contact Information (Photo) - 03/26/20

During this COVID -19 pandemic the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety wants to assure the citizens of Grants Pass that their Police and Fire Departments are diligently working to ensure safety and security for all.

If you own a business in the City of Grants Pass, we would like to be able to confirm your contact information is up to date with us. This way we will be able to keep you informed should we find anything amiss with your property while you may be away or closed.  In order to reduce the risk of exposure and to encourage social distancing, please call 541-450-6260 or email us at ownfelter@grantspassoregon.gov">kfrownfelter@grantspassoregon.gov  to update your contact information.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Crime Prevention Officer Ken Frownfelter at 541-450-6245.

Attached Media Files: Grants Pass Downtown
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The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has moved (Photo) - 03/26/20

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the official opening of the new Public Safety Headquarters.  We did plan for an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic we can now longer do so.

Moving forward, and effective immediately, ALL police operations for the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are at 726 NE 7th Street.  We are no longer located beside the Josephine Courthouse, at 101 NW A Street.  Our new facility is just north of NE A Street on NE 7th Street.  You will turn into the parking lot just before the Public Safety sign and flag display (see photo).  Once COVID-19 concerns dissipate, we will schedule a community open house.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is sincerely grateful to the public for supporting the purchase and remodeling of our new facility. We look forward to serving you from our new location.

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The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety has moved (Photo) - 03/26/20

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the official opening of the new Public Safety Headquarters.  We did plan for an official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic we can now longer do so.

Moving forward, and effective immediately, ALL police operations for the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are at 726 NE 7th Street.  We are no longer located beside the Josephine Courthouse, at 101 NW A Street.  Our new facility is just north of NE A Street on NE 7th Street.  You will turn into the parking lot just before the Public Safety sign and flag display (see photo).  Once COVID-19 concerns dissipate, we will schedule a community open house.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is sincerely grateful to the public for supporting the purchase and remodeling of our new facility. We look forward to serving you from our new location.

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Assault 2, Attempted Robbery (Photo) - 03/24/20

On Monday, March 23, 2020 at approximately 8:50 PM, a resident of the Redwood Towers located at 306 NW 6th St. reported a male subject was trying to steal the license plates off his car.  The reporting person attempted to stop the suspect from taking his plates and a fight ensued.  During the fight, the suspect sprayed the victim with pepper spray and stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver. He then fled the scene.

Officers arrived in the area, set a perimeter and began searching with police K-9.  While the K-9 was tracking the suspect, a male was contacted by one of the perimeter police units.  The male was identified as 34-year-old Christopher Cooper.  Resulting from the investigation that followed, Cooper was taken into custody and lodged for assault 2, attempted robbery 2, and unlawful use of pepper spray.  Cooper was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.  The victim refused medical treatment.

Attached Media Files: Cooper
RADE Arrests / Seizure - 03/23/20

On 3-14-20 at around 8pm, Detectives from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) culimnated a months long investigation into the drug trafficking of methamphetamine into Josephine County. With the assistance of GPDPS and narcotics detection K9 "Match," over 2 pounds of methamphetamine was located concealed in the trunk hidden inside a large speaker box of a vehicle being driven by Summer Dawn Morton (41 yoa). Her passenger, Robert Leroy Nash (40 yoa), was determined to be involved with Morton in going to California and picking up the methamphetamine and bringing it back to Josephine County for distribution. Both Morton and Nash were lodged in the Josephine County Jail for delivery and possession of methamphetamine-substantial quantity.

Anyone with questions or information related to this investigation, please call Det. Sgt. Doni Hamilton 541-450-6370 and refer to case #20-11805.

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Stay Home Message (Photo) - 03/23/20

Stay Home Message: Our records unit is receiving numerous calls about businesses that are still open to the public. The latest Executive Order from the Governor prohibits the operation of the following businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult or impossible to avoid.

Amusement parks; aquariums; arcades; art galleries (to the extent that they are open without appointment); barber shops and hair salons; bowling alleys; cosmetic stores; dance studios; esthetician practices; fraternal organization facilities; furniture stores; gyms and fitness studios (including climbing gyms); hookah bars; indoor and outdoor malls (i.e., all portions of a retail complex containing stores and restaurants in a single area); indoor party places (including jumping gyms and laser tag); jewelry shops and boutiques (unless they provide goods exclusively through pick-up or delivery service); medical spas, facial spas, day spas, and non-medical massage therapy services; museums; nail and tanning salons; non-tribal card rooms; skating rinks; senior activity centers; ski resorts; social and private clubs; tattoo/piercing parlors; tennis clubs; theaters; yoga studios; and youth clubs.

3. Paragraph 2 of this Executive Order does not apply to restaurants, bars, taverns, brew pubs, wine bars, cafes, food courts, coffee shops, or other similar establishments that offer food or drink, which remain subject to Executive Order No. 20-07 (prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink, but allowing take-out or delivery service).

Please review this list of businesses that the do apply to the Governor's oder before making a call to the police to report they are open.

Attached Media Files: Stay Home
Criminal Mischief incidents - 03/21/20

On March 20, 2020 at approximately 2348 hours the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to Asante Urgent Care, located at 537 Union Avenue in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Cleaning crews at the location found a single shot through a window on the first floor.  Detectives responded and began reviewing video surveillance from Three Rivers Hospital as well as other surrounding businesses.  During the investigation, officers and detectives discovered several other businesses with similar damage.  The locations have been identified as:  Ray’s Print Shop at 405 Union Ave., Little Caesar’s Pizza at 1616 Williams Highway and Tehama Tires at 335 Union Avenue.  All locations are within a few blocks of each other in Grants Pass.  No one is believed to have been injured during these criminal mischief incidents. 

 

Detectives from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety are continuing to investigate these incidents.  Anyone with information should call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.  Incident numbers associated are 2020-12674, 2020-12695, 2020-12697 and 2020-12700.

Structure Fire 1055 NE Hefley Street - 03/20/20

Quick action by student firefighter saves the day.

Kaci Carder, a student firefighter with Jacksonville Fire Department, was visiting a friend when she heard the telltale sound of a smoke alarm. Kaci quickly found the location of the sound, a house filling with smoke.

She furiously knocked and tried to make sure all was okay. After finding an open door, Kaci was able to quickly put her training to work rescuing two dogs. She also was able to see the fire was on the range top and quickly turned it off while exiting the home. Kaci and the dogs were uninjured.

In a bit of irony, the cause of the fire was most likely one of the dogs turning on the range while trying to get to a cake.

The Grants Pass Fire Prevention Bureau urges you to have a working smoke alarm. Working smoke alarms save lives!

For questions, please contact the Grants Pass Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200.

Grants Pass Fire Stations to close to public until further notice. - 03/20/20

In an abundance of caution, all City of Grants Pass Public Safety Fire Stations will be closed to the public effective immediately. This action is to protect our first responders. For Fire Department business, please call 541-450-6200.

The Police Public Safety Station located at 101 NW A Street will remain open to the public.

Coffee with a Cop Cancelled - 03/16/20

Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, we are canceling the March Coffee with a Cop at Dutch Bros.  We will be working with our partner, Dutch Bros Coffee, to find a new date once this public health crisis is over.

We are still scheduled to be at Starbucks on April 23rd from 0900-1100 so please come see us there.  We enjoy meeting everyone at these events and plan to continue to hold them down the road.  

We apologize for those who planned to make this event.  It is in an abundance of caution for your health that we have canceled it.

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Joshua Ashley convicted in two shooting incidents (Photo) - 03/13/20

In July of 2019, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to two separate drive-by shootings. The first incident was on July 21st at Parkway Christian Center, 229 NE Beacon Dr, and the second was on July 24th at Johnston Dental Care, 1825 NW Hawthorne Ave. At the time of the reports, there was very little information and no suspect leads. After extensive investigation and working around the clock, detectives identified the suspect as 26 year old Joshua Ashley. With the combined efforts of officers, detectives, administrators, SWAT and CNT, Ashley was arrested on July 26, 2019. 

Ashley has remained in custody on numerous felony charges until his trial commenced this week. Today, Ashley was convicted by a jury of his peers on the following charges:

  • Attempted Murder with a Firearm
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon with a Firearm (2 counts)
  • Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm

We hope this conviction helps bring closure to the victims and all those affected by these incidents. 

Attached Media Files: Ashley
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Safety Alert: Suspicious Activity (Photo) - 03/11/20

On Saturday, 03/07/20, shortly after 5pm, an older white male adult driving the pictured car approached a 9 year old girl on Bayou Place and offered her candy. The child refused the candy and went home to tell a parent, who then reported the incident to GPDPS. The unknown male immediately left the area, but his vehicle was captured on neighbors' surveillance cameras. 

This is being investigated as a suspicious incident at this time, and we would like to speak with this subject about his conduct.

***Subject Description: White male adult in his 60's, with white hair and beard.

***Vehicle Description: Light colored 4 door sedan with black hubcaps, possibly a 2002-2006 Toyota Camry. See attached photos.

This is an excellent reminder to talk to your children about strangers, and how to respond if approached by one. In this case, the child did exactly what we would recommend - immediately notify a parent or other trusted adult. 

If you know anything about this incident, or recognize the vehicle, please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.

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