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Online Sexual Corruption of a Child (Photo) - 07/09/20

On 07/08/2020, 60-year-old Keith Maclin contacted a female juvenile via a social media platform.  While speaking with the juvenile, Maclin planned to meet with her in order to have sexual contact with the juvenile. Maclin drove from Texas to Oregon with the intent of meeting with the juvenile.

Detectives with Klamath Falls, Jackson County and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety surveilled Maclin as he traveled through Oregon, and later detained Maclin in Grants Pass. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and Luring a Minor.  

This investigation is on-going and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact GPDPS at 541-450-6260

Attached Media Files: Maclin
Grants Pass Wildland Fire Readiness Drill - 07/05/20

In preparation for the heat and dry conditions of summer, Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry are hosting a training exercise combating a fast-moving simulated wildfire in the northwest area of Grants Pass. The scheduled dates for the training are the mornings of July 6, 8 and 10th. The location will be in the NW area, Forest Hills neighborhood. On the above dates, between the hours of 9AM and 11AM, the public is asked to drive with caution as multiple fire apparatus will be moving through these areas.

Participants will include units from Grants Pass Fire Rescue, Rural Metro FD, Rogue River Fire District, Illinois Valley Fire District, Applegate Fire District, Williams Fire District and the Oregon Department of Forestry. These agencies combine resources to make up a Task Force to reinforce the efforts of the first responding fire departments in the event of a large wildfire. The Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs’ Association has established several of these Task Forces in both Josephine and Jackson Counties. As part of the training scenario, fire units will respond to a simulated fast-moving wildfire in the urban interface. No Live Fire will be present.  The objectives of this training exercise are to test and improve the participating agencies notification, response, coordination and communication systems used during a complex incident in addition to expanding participant’s knowledge and use of the Incident Command System.

On Monday, July 6th, the news media is invited to the News Media Staging location located on NW Caddis Pl.  Please arrive at 8:45 am if possible, for the incident briefing. Current COVID guidelines will be followed.  After the briefing, this location will provide a great spot for initial activity.   

Practice fireworks safety this Fourth of July (Photo) - 06/30/20

What do you get when you mix fireworks with tinder dry vegetation?  A disaster that’s just waiting to happen.  After a two year reprieve, we have returned to a hot and dry summer. These conditions help set the stage for the possibility of a small fire to get out of hand.

The use of fireworks inside of the City Limits is prohibited.  However, on July 4th if allowed by the City Fire Marshal, between the hours of 6:00pm and 11:00pm, residents may use fireworks, except in all City parks, schools and the Urban/Wildland Interface areas.  The Urban/Wildland Interface areas are: (also see maps attached)

1.            The area west of Highland Ave. and Dimmick St., North of the railroad tracks

2.            The area north of Interstate 5

3.            Panoramic Loop Area

4.            Overland Drive Area

5.            Haviland Drive Area between Cloverlawn and Linden

6.            All City parks

7.            Any area posted: “NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED”

BE PREPARED before lighting fireworks!

-              Use only Oregon legal fireworks

-              Make sure fireworks are allowed in your neighborhood.

-              Store fireworks out of children’s reach.

-              Always read and follow label directions.

-              Place pets indoors; they are easily frightened by fireworks.

-              Always have water handy (a garden hose or bucket of water).


BE SAFE when lighting fireworks.

-              An adult should always light fireworks.

-              Keep matches and lighters away from children.

-              Use fireworks outdoors only.

-              Light one firework at a time.

-              Keep children and pets away from fireworks.

-              Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand.

BE RESPONSIBLE after lighting fireworks.

-              Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water.

-              Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly.

-              Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).

Injury Hit & Run Crash at Community Corrections (Photo) - 06/26/20

Arrestee 1:         Williams, Michael Bo      DOB 07/11/1990

Charges:            Fail to Leave Name at Scene of an Accident (Felony & Misdemeanor) 

                           Attempted Assault 2

                           Assault of a Public Safety Officer

                           Escape 3

Arrestee 2:         Nieto, Marijha Ann         DOB 02/27/1986

Charges:            Possession of Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (Felony)

                           Possession of Controlled Substance - Heroin (Felony)

                           Probation Violation

Victim:                Probation Officer, Josephine County Parole and Probation

On June 26, 2020 at approximately 3:43pm, Officers from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to Josephine County Community Corrections for a report that an Officer had been struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.  Officers also learned the suspect driver, identified as Michael Williams, had felony warrants for his arrest. 

Williams fled from the area in a black BMW, and citizens called 911 to report his erratic and dangerous driving behavior.  Williams was last seen traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Highland Ave toward Merlin. Deputies with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate the suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued.  They eventually took Williams into custody on Interstate 5 near milepost 61.

The investigation revealed Williams had driven to Community Corrections to pick up Marijha Nieto, the owner of the BMW.  Nieto had already been detained by Probation Officers for unrelated drug charges.  They then learned Williams was the driver of the vehicle and that he had felony warrants for his arrest.  When Probation Officers contacted Williams to take him into custody, Williams fled the scene, striking the Probation Officer with the vehicle and causing injuries.

Williams was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges and additional charges as a result of the pursuit with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.

Nieto was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the above listed charges.

The Probation Officer was injured but declined transport by ambulance.  He was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center by private vehicle for evaluation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact GPDPS at 541-450-6260. Case number 2020-29639

Attached Media Files: Nieto , Williams.JPG
Fire Danger Level to rise to MODERATE (Blue) in the City of Grants Pass Monday, June 29 - 06/26/20

Hot weather across southwest Oregon has dried vegetation in the region’s wildlands to the degree that the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District will increase the fire danger level to Moderate (blue) on Monday, June 29. Fire prevention regulations in the City of Grants Pass will increase as well.

The following fire season regulations will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday within the City of Grants Pass.

•             Smoking in areas of flammable vegetation is prohibited.

•             Open wood fueled fires are prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at locations designated by the Fire Marshal. Wood smokers, charcoal barbecues as well as propane and natural gas fueled ornamental fires are allowed.

•             Power saws must be shut down between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of the saw.

•             Cutting, grinding and welding of metal in areas of flammable vegetation in not allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

•             The mowing of dried, cured grass will not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

•             Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

•             Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine in areas of flammable vegetation not specifically mentioned will not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. During other hours , this equipment must be used in a cleared area and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

The City Fire Marshal or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

For more information about the City of Grants Pass Fire Season regulations, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200

Community helps save a life with CPR (Photo) - 06/24/20

Grants Pass Fire Rescue along with American Medical Response responded to a reported person not breathing at 231 NE Terry Lane (WinCo). Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel found bystanders and WinCo employees administering CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  CPR was performed for approximately 4 minutes, enough time for the brain to start dying had this action not taken place. 1 shock was administered by the AED before the arrival of EMS. Once on scene, EMS took over and successfully resuscitated the person within minutes. Paramedics and firefighters maintained spontaneous breathing and circulation during transport to the hospital.

This incident is of note because it is the ideal example of the desired combination of bystander CPR with AED, fast municipal firefighter and paramedic response, and definitive hospital intervention.

Grants Pass Fire Rescue thanks the heroic efforts of the bystanders who helped this person. We would like to remind everyone to learn CPR, AED use, and the cardiac chain of survival.


More information can be obtained at

Attached Media Files: CCS.jpg
Online Reporting
Online Reporting
GPDPS Now Offers Online Reporting (Photo) - 06/22/20

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is proud to announce another way to serve the citizens of Grants Pass: the GPDPS Online Reporting System. Starting today, June 22nd, you now have the option of filing a report online instead of completing it in person or over the phone. This service is available for the following types of incidents: Lost Property, Failure to Leave Name at the Scene of an Accident (Hit & Run), Theft and Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle. 

The incident must have occurred within the city limits of Grants Pass in order to complete an online report. If the incident occurred in a different city or in the county, you will need to contact the law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction to file a report. If you have suspect information, you should call the non-emergency line at 541-450-6260 to make a report to an officer. 

To access the GPDPS Online Reporting System, click on the following link: 

You can also access this system from our Facebook page or from the City of Grants Pass website (Public Safety page) under "Important Links":

So how does online reporting work?

• It is a secure web-based program available 24/7/365 to community members with access to any internet-enabled computer or mobile device.
• As you navigate through the program, there will be information you are required to complete (such as name and email).

• Once you have submitted your report, it will be reviewed by a member of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.  

• You will be given a temporary report number and the option to print out the report.

• When your report is approved, it will go into the GPDPS data base and you’ll be given a final case number.  

• An employee of GPDPS might ask for clarifying information regarding your case. If this happens, an email will be sent with instructions and a link for you to modify your report. 

• A report may be rejected if the incident did not occur within the city limits or meet the online reporting criteria. If this occurs, you will be sent an email explaining why the report was rejected.

Online Reporting Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What do I do if my situation is an emergency?
A: Call 911 right away. Do not attempt to file your report online.

Q: What do I do if my incident happened in another city?
A: Do not file an online report with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. It will not be accepted. Contact the police agency for the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred.

Q: What if I think I know who did this?
A: Call the non-emergency line at 541-450-6260 to speak with an officer.

Q: If I have not completed the report correctly, or there is more information needed, how will I be contacted?
A: You will receive an email with instructions and a link, allowing you to modify your report. 

Q: Will my case be investigated?
A: Maybe. The online report will be reviewed by GPDPS personnel who will determine if further investigation will be conducted.

Q: What if I want to talk to an officer about my case?
A: You can contact the GPDPS anytime at 541-450-6260.

Q: What if I want to add information to the incident that I have already reported?
A: Call the non-emergency number at 541-450-6260 to speak with an officer, who can write a supplemental report to your original report. 

Q: Can I upload a photograph to a report?
A: Yes! We encourage you to provide as much information as you can. For lost or stolen property, this includes photos, detailed descriptions, serial numbers, or other identifying information.

Attached Media Files: Online Reporting