Josephine County, which lies in the southwest section of the state with Grants Pass as its county seat, has seen a dramatic increase in crime. Especially burglaries. What few sheriff’s deputies are left on the roads say that when they arrest people, sometimes the suspects put up a heckuva fight because they know that there is no backup for the deputy.
There has been lots of finger pointing and consternation that the voters recently turned down a law enforcement tax levy to soften the blow to the Sheriff’s Office and to the District Attorney who is prosecuting a lot fewer criminal cases.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.