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Missing Juvenile Has Benn Located (Photo) - 10/12/21

UPDATE: PAIGE JUMP HAS BEEN LOCATED

Name: Paige Jump

Age: 13

Sex: Female        

Race: White

Height: 4’11       

Weight: 97 lbs

Eyes: Hazel

Hair: Brown w/ blue highlights        

Case #: 21002242

Paige Jump was last seen at her residence in the block of Leonard Road area near Redwood Elementary on October 10th, 2021 around 10:15pm.  She said goodnight to her father and went to her room.  Her parents were up and working in their shop until 1:30 am.  At that time they came in to check on the kids and she was gone.

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123 with any information. Please reference case #21002242.

 

 

Attached Media Files: Missing Person Located
Gibbs
Gibbs
Josephine County Sheriff's Office Detective and K-9 Divisions (Photo) - 10/11/21

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: October 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

REPORTING DEPUTY: Sheriff Dave Daniel

DETAILS: 

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has not had any personnel assigned to the Detective Division since July of 2012. The Office has not had a K-9 Division since the end of 2015. This was largely due to the reduction of federal funding, that for decades was the primary funding stream to support the special divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is happy to announce both the Detective and K-9 Divisions have been reactivated as of October 4th, 2021. 

The Detective Division is now staffed with a Detective Sergeant and a Detective.  They will both be joining the Josephine County Major Crimes Team, which the Sheriff’s Office has not been a part of since 2012.  Being there are only two; cases will be assigned based on severity of the crime and complexity of the investigations.

The K-9 Division is staffed with one Deputy Handler and K-9 “Gibbs” (photo attached).  Gibbs is a different kind of K-9.  He is not an “apprehension, tracker, or narcotics detection dog”.  For two years, the Sheriff’s Office has wanted a “compassion/therapy” dog. This type of program is rare in law enforcement.  Gibbs’ mission is to bring joy and smiles to those suffering from tragedy, victimization, trauma and/or depression. Gibbs also treats Sheriff’s Office employees as they see and deal with situations routinely that the average citizen may never see or go through. 

Gibbs was donated by a Josephine County family to the Sheriff’s Office. He has nearly 2 years of formal training by the organization “Canine Angels Service Teams” located in Grants Pass, OR.  Gibbs is almost 2 years old and is a Yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever cross.  Gibbs actively patrols Josephine County with his Handler 40 hours a week, looking for opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

If you wish to support the K-9 Division, donations can be made to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fund and all donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be made to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office by check or money order and can be dropped off or mailed to 1901 NE F Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526. 

Attached Media Files: Gibbs
Brian Moore Photo
Brian Moore Photo
Missing Person: Brian Moore (Photo) - 10/08/21

Name: Brian Moore

Age: 38

Sex: Male            

Race: White

Height: 5’9          

Weight: 165

Hair: Brown        

Eyes: Hazel

Case #: 21001842

Details:

The last contact Brian’s family had with him was on August 24th, 2021.  A broad phone ping at the time of the report showed him to be in the Glendale/Wolf Creek area.  There are no bank or phone records since the date of the report.

Please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Office at 541-474-5123 with any information.  Please reference case #21001842.

Search Warrant Served for an Illegal Marijuana Operation - 10/08/21

INCIDENT DATE: October 7, 2021

REPORTING DEPUTY: Undersheriff Travis Snyder

DETAILS: 

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, members of Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (Grants Pass DPS, OSP), and Josephine County Code Enforcement; served a search warrant relating to an illegal marijuana grow operation in the 4000 of Linda Lane outside of Grants Pass.   

During the execution of the search warrant, 445 illegal marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. Additionally, approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed.   

Litan Dobrinov, 24, was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of a Marijuana Item and Unlawful Possession of a Marijuana Item. 

Radoslav Nikolov, 35, was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of a Marijuana Item and Unlawful Possession of a Marijuana Item.  At the time of this press release, the investigation is ongoing, and no further details are being released.   

Burglary/Assault Investigation - 09/29/21

INCIDENT NUMBER:    21002131

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: 09/29/2021 at 12:01AM

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Sergeant Jason Stanton

ARRESTED:  Justin Thurman, 31 year old male 

CHARGES: Burglary I (x2), Attempted Assault IV, Attempted Assault III, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Mischief III, DUII, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving

DETAILS:

On September 29th at 12:01 AM the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported assault and gunshots being fired in the 700 block of Caves Highway in Cave Junction.  Deputies arrived to find the suspect being detained by neighbors at gunpoint. 

Upon investigation, Deputies determined the suspect forced entry into a residence in the 700 block of Caves Highway.  After gaining entry, the suspect assaulted a female resident in front of her child, stole property from the residence and attempted to flee in a pickup.  While attempting to flee in the pickup the suspect drove through a yard, hit a parked car, struck a children’s play structure and crashed into another residence on the property, causing damage.

As the suspect continued to try and flee, a neighbor confronted the suspect with a firearm and shot out the tires of the suspect’s vehicle to disable it.  A group of neighbors removed the suspect from the pickup and held him at gunpoint until Deputies arrived.

The suspect, Justin Thurman, who is known to the assault victim, was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the above listed charges.  This case has been referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office. Future inquires should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney. 

Search Warrant Photo
Search Warrant Photo
Drug Law (Photo) - 09/21/21

CASE NUMBER:  21002057

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  September 19, 2021 at 4:09 am

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Lieutenant Jim Geiger

DETAILS: 

On September 19, 2021 at 4:09 am, Deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the intersection of Camp Joy Road and Saratoga Way for a motor vehicle crash involving one vehicle. 

Upon arrival, Deputies found the vehicle unoccupied.  Witnesses stated two males fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.  Upon inspection of the vehicle, Deputies observed several bullet holes which had penetrated the occupant compartment.  Also in plain sight within the vehicle, Deputies observed firearms and a large amount of processed packaged marijuana. 

The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained and subsequently executed.  Located inside the vehicle were two firearms and 380 pounds of processed packaged marijuana with a street value of approximately $760,000.

If you have information regarding this incident or wish to claim the firearms and marijuana, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and we will gladly assist you.         

Attached Media Files: Search Warrant Photo
Search Warrant Served for an Illegal Marijuana Operation - 09/21/21

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: September 21, 2021

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team

DETAILS:

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, members of the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) in partnership with Oregon State Police, Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (Grants Pass DPS, OSP, Josephine County Parole and Probation) and Josephine County Code Enforcement; served a search warrant relating to an illegal marijuana grow operation in the 300 block of Mountain Greens Lane, Grants Pass. This is the site of the former Red Mountain Golf Course.

During the execution of the search warrant, 4,537 illegal marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

Chen Shu-Momg, 34, and Qike Wen, 36, were arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture of a Marijuana Item. Additionally, five other subjects were detained due to safety concerns. At the time of this press release, the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.