Grants Pass man critical after neighbor hits him

GRANTS PASS — A clash between neighbors left one man hospitalized with serious head injuries and another in jail on an assault charge.

Grants Pass police and an American Medical Response ambulance were called to South Bridge Apartments at 210 Rogue River Ave. at about 10:10 a.m. Monday because a man was unconscious and having difficulty breathing.

Investigators determined that the 40-year-old man had suffered serious head trauma in an altercation with a neighbor the night before, a police news release said. He was taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital, then transferred to Rogue Valley Medical Center for surgery. Hospital officials said he remained in critical condition today.

Officers contacted the other neighbor involved in the fight, Allen Douglas Von Nevin Jr., 28, and subsequently arrested him on a second-degree assault charge. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

The investigation into the case is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Enda Pierce at 474-6370.

— Anita Burke

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