Grants Pass, OR

Hwy. 234 Fatal, Jackson Co., Oct. 3

On Friday, September 30, 2022 at approximately 5:32 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multiple vehicle accident on Hwy 234 near milepost 10. Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150, operated by Richard Dionne (65) of Rogue River, pulled out onto Hwy 234 from Old Sam’s Valley Road and collided with two westbound motorcycles. Dustin Small (36) of Pendleton was operating a Harley Davidson and Matthew Small (32) of Gresham was operating a Honda. Intoxication is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash. Dustin Small sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Matthew Small was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Dionne was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to an area hospital also. Hwy 234 was affected for approximately 4 hours while OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Flights and ODOT.
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OSP is investigating intoxication in fatal weekend crash

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- An Oregon man is dead and two other men injured from a weekend crash on Highway 234. An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation intends to determine whether intoxication is a contributing factor to a Friday crash involving a pickup and two motorcycles. It says 36-year-old Dustin Small of Pendleton died in the crash and 32-year-old Matthew Small of Gresham was hospitalized.
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Los Angeles Times Investigation Reveals Devastating Consequences of California Weed Rush

Last year, Oregon lawmakers earmarked $25 million to crack down on the illegal cannabis farms that have proliferated across southern parts of the state. By no means has Oregon solved the problem: Oregon State Police raided a 32-greenhouse farm operating illegally in Josephine County just last month. But the state has done more to address the issue than its southern neighbor. California has largely allowed the problem to go unchecked.

Community response strong to Josephine County animal neglect case

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- A case of animal neglect is generating a case of community response in support of the County's animal shelter. Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel shared an update today about how "rescued animals from our search warrants involving Pawsitive K9 Solutions are doing. It looks like the Shelter has been super busy -- and super supported."


A Glendale man was jailed on drug and weapon charges by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. A DCSO report said at 12:30 p.m. parole and probation requested that a deputy respond to the 100 block of Decker Avenue in Glendale after drug paraphernalia was allegedly located during a home monitor. A deputy allegedly located approximately 20 grams of suspected cocaine, a digital scale and $250 in cash. 47-year old Joshua Rymer was reportedly in possession of a spring assisted pocket knife. DHS Child Welfare responded to take custody of a minor child who was on the scene.

Coats for Kids: Coat donations needed now more than ever

MEDFORD, Ore-- With colder temperatures around the corner, having a coat to keep warm is important, now more than ever, especially for children. "This year in particular, the cost of everything seems to be so high," said Jessica King, an Assistant Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Rogue Valley.

City of Medford responds to plaintiff's civil lawsuit claims

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The City of Medford has a response this weekend for a woman suing the City. April Fonseca, also known as April Ehrlich, is one of ten people arrested in Hawthorne Park when closed to the public for sanitation, cleaning and inspection on September 22, 2020. The City notes that Fonseca's civil case claims her arrest was unlawful.

LOOK: Rare White Red-Tailed Hawk Rescued From Oregon Wildfire

A rare, white-feathered Red-Tailed hawk has been rescued from a wildfire in Oregon after it showed signs of distress. We get more from this report by KTVL. The hawk was taken to Wildlife Images, which is a rehabilitation center in Merlin, Oregon. This animal happened to be rescued by the Rum Creek fire’s firefighting commander.
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Letter: The printed word makes events feel closer

To the editor — The end of the Medford, Ore., Mail Tribune's printed version of its newspaper is the continuation of the erosion of hard-copy journalism. Online news is economical and quicker, yet we seem farther away from events. It is not a picture of a bird in flight, it is a picture of a picture of bird in flight or at rest.

Couple traveling to Florida to help with Hurricane Ian damages

MEDFORD, Ore -- For the next 2 weeks, this couple is dedicated to flying across the country to help hurricane Ian victims. “When we saw the images coming out of Florida," said American Red Cross volunteers, Patty and Chuck Albin. "We decided that this is a disaster that we wanted to deploy to and help everybody down there.”

Street Sweeping - Leaf Season 2022

Leaf season begins October and runs through the end of the year. During this time, street sweeping will continue however there is no set street sweeping schedule. If you have any questions, contact the City of Grants Pass Public Works office at 541.450.6110.

Journalist sues city of Medford and Jackson County over 2020 arrest

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon journalist is suing the city of Medford and Jackson County over her arrest in 2020, saying her rights were violated. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports April Ehrlich filed a legal complaint earlier this month seeking a jury trial and damages. On Sept. 22, 2020,...

22-year-old man arrested in connection with downtown Medford shooting

MEDFORD Ore. (KPTV) - Medford police arrested a 22-year-old man on Thursday in connection with a Sept. 22 shooting that left a man with critical injuries, according to the Medford Police Department. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Sept. 22, police responded to downtown Medford following reports of gunshots. Police said...

Rogue Valley News, Wednesday 9/28 – Grants Pass Felony Animal Neglect Case Broadens, Fire at Scrapyard in North Medford

The latest news stories of interest in the Rogue Valley and around the state of Oregon from the digital home of Southern Oregon, Wynne Broadcasting’s On September 21, 2022, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the business location for Pawsitive K9 Solutions located on 6th Street in Grants Pass. During that warrant, thirteen neglected dogs were located that had no food or water in poor living conditions.

Haunted Trolley Tours Return – by Amanda Moreira

Every year in October, our quaint city is transformed into a haunted township. Bone-chilling apparitions and the spirits of frightening characters of yesteryear, return to play out their destiny again and again! The 30-minute trolley tour takes a light-hearted approach to local “hauntings” and features multiple sites throughout Jacksonville with special effects and period character interpretations.