Posted: Mon, September 24 2012 at 6:18 PM, Updated: Mon, September 24 2012 at 6:34 PM
The revolving door of the Josephine County Justice System rotates again - after a 27 year old man was cited and released 3 times in recent weeks before being caught once more. This time police say he caused thousands of dollars in damage to a Grants Pass business.
Kyle Winn is the latest poster child for what resident's say is wrong with the Josephine County Justice System.
"Our justice system needs help, we've got to have a place to put these guys," states Purple Parrot owner Bob Krokoski.
Kyle Winn, is a 27 year old azalea homeless man. He was cited and released three times in the last three weeks for car theft. Then on the day he failed to appear in court police say the suspect broke into this Hawaiian Sisters and Purple Parrot through a roof vent. Stole a large amount of scratch tickets and cigarettes. Then proceeded to light the business on fire and broke out a window to escape. Now the business is closed for up to 2 weeks due to damages.
The owner, Bob Krokoski, took us inside the building to show us the damage. He says, "The carpets are damaged from the water, all the paint needs to be done over from the smoke damage, the wall in my office needs to be redone..."
He and David Jacobi, who is helping repair the building, say they are frustrated with people being picked up and charged with crimes, just to be released. "It was a safe town," says Jacobi, "and I don't want to see that change."
After voters rejected a property tax proposal - Josephine County commissioners cut jail beds from 150 to 60 as a result of budget cuts. Since then police say, many offenders are cited and released rather than held. "There's a lot of people who know that the consequences are not as severe and consistent as they were a few months ago," states Grants Pass Lieutenant Dennis Ward.
Last week commissioners decided to add 39 beds to the jail.
Unfortunately that addition comes too late for Krokoski and his business.
Krokoski says his business will re-open next week.
As for Kyle Winn, at this time he's being held in jail without bail.