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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident - 11/25/14
Grants Pass, OR - On Monday November 24, 2014 our dispatch center was advised of a motor vehicle crash in the 400 block of Azalea Dr. A 1997 Oldsmobile sedan had left the roadway, crashed and immediately caught fire with the driver trapped inside. Witnesses attempted to rescue the loan occupant of the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

The driver, who is believed to be Rhonda Kathleen Aaron, 54 years old, of Grants Pass died in the fire.

No further information is available at this time.
Josephine County Sheriff's Office Social Media - 11/07/14
Grants Pass, OR - The Josephine County Sheriff's Office, as well as most law enforcement agencies, use social media as a way to assist in quickly getting information out to the public. We give information on Sheriff's Office activities, missing persons, evacuations and other emergencies.

The public's assistance is appreciated when they can provide useful information on the issue being posted. Recently we have had some problems with people posting reports on our Facebook page instead of directing those comments to appropriate places. The social media site is not meant to be a place to report crimes or to post opinions or political comments. Please use regular channels to report a crime or to ask questions. You can file reports with the Sheriff's Office through the Josephine County Sheriff's Office website at where there is a link for reporting crimes. You may also call or email. That information is also available on the website. The Sheriff makes every attempt to follow up on those reports and questions.

We appreciate your assistance and the help that the public provides when there is an emergency in progress.
Attached Media Files: pdf Version
Missing 88 Year Old Subject Found (Photo) - 11/03/14
Grants Pass, OR - Early Sunday morning the Josephine County Sheriff's Office was notified of an elderly male who had wandered away from his adult foster care home in the area of Foothill Blvd.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Josephine County Search and Rescue responded to the scene and were later assisted on Sunday by Jackson County Search and Rescue. The search continued Monday, November 4th, and at 12:40pm searchers with Josephine County Search & Rescue located Frank Rosales in the 5300 block of Averill Dr. just off of the railroad tracks.

Mr. Rosales was transported to the hospital by medics for evaluation but was doing very well.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public who for their assistance in sharing information that was posted on Facebook and Flashalert.
Sheriff's Office Substation Hours - 11/03/14
Grants Pass, OR ??- The Josephine County Sheriff's Office would like to inform the public of the limited hours that our Cave Junction and Merlin substation volunteers are available to the public to assist in filing online reports.

Cave Junction Sub Station
Back Side of CJ City Hall
222 W. Lister St.
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Hours Open to the Public:
Saturday, Sunday, Monday: Closed
Tues. 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wed. Closed
Thurs. 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Merlin Sub Station
Merlin Community Center - East Side
100 Acorn St.
Merlin, OR 97532
Hours Open to the Public:
Saturday, Sunday : Closed
Monday - Friday : 10:00am - 1:00pm

The Sub Stations will be closed on holidays.
Attached Media Files: pdf version
Missing 88 yo male FOUND - 11/03/14
Missing 88 year old Frank Rosales has been located. Medical is being sent to his location now. Thank you to all of the public who shared our posts/releases and were looking for him during his missing time.
Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County Search and Rescue, and Jackson County Search and Rescue aided in this search.
Search Continues for Missing 89 yo Hispanic Male - 11/03/14
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Josephine County Search and Rescue continues looking for a missing 89 year old Hispanic male with dementia who walked away from an adult foster home. He went missing from the Foothill Blvd. area Sunday morning. Subject is described to be 5'6" tall, 110 lbs, grey hair. They believe he was wearing blue jeans, black shoes, fleece jacket (unknown color), Marine Corp. Ball Cap. Missing subject is very agile for his age and gets around well. If you believe you see this man call 911.
Increased Rural Patrol Coverage - 10/30/14
Grants Pass, OR - At the request of Sheriff Gilbertson, the Josephine County Board of County Commissioners had agreed in June during the 2014/2015 budget season to allocate and additional $655,000 to the Sheriff's Office in order to increase Rural Patrol Coverage for the residents of Josephine County. The goal was have patrol 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, more than doubling the amount of hours currently covered.

Beginning Monday, November 3rd, there will be patrol coverage 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. These will be two patrol teams working overlapping 8 hour shifts. On Monday, November 17th, this coverage will increase to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This change is a temporary budget fix. Sheriff Gilbertson explained that this move is to improve "safety to the community as soon as possible". Also included in this budget change is the hiring and training of two new dispatchers. It is likely that this year's $5.7 million budget will be reduced to $1.6 budget next year which will potentially lead to more layoffs.