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10-30-14 MEDFORD POSTAL WORKER COMMENDED AFTER HELPING TO CATCH CROOKS

Oct 30, 2014 -- 6:07am

A MEDFORD POSTAL EMPLOYEE IS BEING CALLED A HERO AFTER HELPING POLICE CATCH TWO SUSPECTS IN A STRING OF CRIMES INVOLVING FRAUDULENT MONEY ORDERS.
 MARK HAWKINS WAS GIVEN A LETTER OF RECOGNITION WEDNESDAY FROM THE MEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. HE SAYS EMPLOYEES WERE NOTIFIED TO WATCH FOR A GROUP OF PEOPLE TARGETING POST OFFICES ALONG I-5 BY PASSING COUNTERFEIT MONEY ORDERS AND BACK ON OCTOBER 17TH-- WHEN A MAN CAME IN WHO MATCHED THE POLICE DESCRIPTION -- HAWKINS TOOK ACTION

10-30-14 VANDALISM FORCES REMOVAL OF ASHLAND'S "IRON MIKE" STATUE

Oct 30, 2014 -- 6:06am

VANDALISM TO THE IRON- MIKE STATUE IN ASHLAND'S PLAZA IS FORCING IT'S REMOVAL, AT LEAST FOR NOW.
THE CITY ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY-- THEY'RE TAKING DOWN THE STATUE ON FRIDAY. AN INSPECTION SHOWED RESTORATION OF THE ICONIC STRUCTURE COULD TAKE A YEAR, OR EVEN LONGER. ON OCTOBER 13TH, VANDALS BROKE OFF IRON MIKE'S FLINTLOCK RIFLE AND HAND. IRON MIKE AND THE CARTER MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN, ARE LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

10-30-14 FOUR NEW DEPUTIES TO BEGIN PATROLS IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY

Oct 30, 2014 -- 6:05am

FOUR ADDITIONAL DEPUTIES ARE EXPECTED TO START PATROLS IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY MONDAY -- BUT THE SHERIFF WARNS THE FINANCIAL SITUATION IS STILL IN BAD SHAPE.
THE DEPARTMENT BORROWED A LITTLE MORE THAT $650-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET TO FUND PATROLS, JAIL STAFF AND TWO DISPATCHERS THIS YEAR. SHERIFF GIL GILBERTSON SAYS NEXT YEAR, THEY'RE EXPECTING SIGNIFICANT CUTBACKS. THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW WORKING TO TRAIN THE TWO NEW DISPATCHERS. GILBERTSON SAYS THAT COULD TAKE THREE OR FOUR MONTHS.

10-29-14 MASSIVE POT BUST ALONG INTERSTATE 5

Oct 29, 2014 -- 6:11am

68--POUNDS OF MARIJUANA-- OFF THE STREETS THIS MORNING AFTER A MASSIVE BUST ON I-5.
OREGON STATE POLICE STOPPED STOPPED A RENTAL CAR FOR SPEEDING NEAR MEDFORD SATURDAY. THAT'S WHEN TROOPERS SAY THEY FOUND THE STASH OF MARIJUANA.. WORTH 125- THOUSAND DOLLARS AND TEN GRAMS OF PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOOMS.

10-29-14 MEDFORD GOSPEL MISSION BATTLING BED BUG INFESTATION

Oct 29, 2014 -- 6:09am

THE MEDFORD GOSPEL MISSION IS WORKING TO GET RID OF BED BUGS THIS MORNING. WE'VE ALSO LEARNED A MEDFORD MOTEL JUST BATTLED THE PARASITES --
AND WON BUT THE PROGRAM MANAGER AT JACKSON COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. SAYS OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS THERE *HAS* BEEN A RISE IN BED BUG INFESTATIONS IN THE AREA. THE MISSION IS BRAINSTORMING WAYS TO KEEP THE BUGS FROM COMING BACK *IN* TO THE MISSION. MEANWHILE, AN EMPLOYEE AT THE ROGUE VALLEY INN ON RIVERSIDE AVENUE, SAYS THEY RECENTLY HAD A CASE OF BED BUGS IN A ROOM, BUT WERE ABLE TO GET RID OF THEM.

10-28-14 MT ASHLAND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Oct 28, 2014 -- 7:48am

AFTER THE SEASON THAT NEVER WAS... MOUNT ASHLAND SKI RESORT IS LOOKING TOWARD LEAVING WHAT WAS... IN THE PAST.
STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS GOT TOGETHER MONDAY EVENING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT PROGRESS THE SKI AREA HAS MADE AND WHAT PLANS THEY HAVE IN STORE FOR THIS YEAR. DESPITE THE LACK OF SNOW LAST YEAR, THE GENERAL MANAGER SAYS HE'S OPTIMISTIC THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE BEST YEARS TO DATE. MT. ASHLAND'S GENERAL MANAGER ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO THE SKI AREA'S FOOD, BEVERAGE AND BAR AS WELL AS THE NEW PARKING LOT AND TRIAL WIDENING EFFORTS.   
 

10-28-14 MPD LOOKING FOR CREDIT CARD THIEF

Oct 28, 2014 -- 7:46am

MEDFORD POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN THEY SAY  USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD AND MADE OVER $900 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN PURCHASES AROUND THE VALLEY
 AT THE 76 STATION IN SOUTH MEDFORD, WALMART, AND THE HOME DEPOT IN PHOENIX. POLICE SAY THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN BROKE INTO HIS VICTIMS TRUCK TO STEAL THE CARDS. THE SUSPECT'S VEHICLE IS A SILVER TOYOTA TACOMA EXTENDED CAB WITH A STICKER ON THE REAR LEFT WINDOW.
MPD IS ASKING ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM.

10-28-14 POSSIBLE BED BUG INFESTATION AT MEDFORD GOSPEL MISSION

Oct 28, 2014 -- 7:36am

PEOPLE STAYING AT THE MEDFORD GOSPEL MISSION CONFIRM THE SHELTER IS CURRENTLY DEALING WITH AN INFESTATION OF BED BUGS
WE CALLED THE JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S ENVIRONMENT SERVICES TO ASK IF BED BUGS ARE BECOMING A BIGGER PROBLEM IN SOUTHERN OREGON... THEY HAVE YET TO RETURN OUR CALLS. BED BUGS ARE A NUISANCE AND A HEALTH HAZARD THAT ARE EXTREMELY HARD TO ERADICATE.

10-27-14 FALLEN TREE KILLS MAN IN TENT ON GREENWAY

Oct 27, 2014 -- 9:00am

HIGH WINDS SATURDAY CAUSED A TREE TO COME CRASHING DOWN AND KILLED A MAN SLEEPING IN A TENT.
 IT HAPPENED SATURDAY MORNING ALONG THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY. MEDFORD POLICE SAY THAT 23 YEAR OLD JOSEPH JONES WAS THE ONLY PERSON INSIDE OF THE TENT. HE WAS DECLARED DEAD ON SCENE. POLICE SAY THIS PARTICULAR AREA WAS JUST CLEARED OF TRANSIENTS SO JONES MUST HAVE SET UP CAMP THERE RECENTLY.

10-27-14 ANOTHER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN WEST MEDFORD

Oct 27, 2014 -- 8:59am

A DRIVE BY SHOOTING IN A WEST MEDFORD NEIGHBORHOOD EARLY SUNDAY MORNING HAS RESIDENTS ON HIGH ALERT.
IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:45 ON FINCH LANE. POLICE SAY SEVERAL BULLETS HIT A HOUSE....BUT LUCKILY NO ONE WAS INJURED. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE SHOOTING IS GANG RELATED. IT'S THE THIRD SHOOTING IN MEDFORD OVER THE PAST MONTH.

10-23-14 3RD SUSPECT IN 2012 ASHLAND HOME INVASION ROBBERY APPREHENDED IN LOS ANGELES

Oct 23, 2014 -- 6:58am

THE THIRD SUSPECT IN A 2012 HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN ASHLAND IS IN JAIL. ASHLAND POLICE HAD RYAN WILLIAMS IN CUSTODY IN APRIL OF THAT YEAR. BUT HE DIDN'T APPEAR IN COURT THAT AUGUST AND POLICE HADN'T HEARD FROM HIM SINCE BUT DETECTIVES RECENTLY GOT A TIP THAT WILLIAMS WAS LIVING IN LOS ANGELES AND WITH THE HELP OF U.S. MARSHALS. WILLIAMS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY TUESDAY.

10-23-14 JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTE TO TAX LEGAL WEED

Oct 23, 2014 -- 6:56am

MORE CITIES AND COUNTIES ARE WORKING **AHEAD OF MEASURE-91. JACKSON COUNTY TOOK STEPS WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO TAX MARIJUANA SHOULD IT BECOME LEGAL IN NOVEMBER.
 JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED TWO-TO-ONE WEDNESDAY MORNING TO TAX MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. GROWERS WOULD BE TAXED BETWEEN FIVE AND $35-DOLLARS PER OUNCE DEPENDING ON THE PART OF THE PLANT. SELLERS WOULD BE TAXED UP TO 25-PERCENT OF THE SALE. COMMISSIONERS SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS A TAX IS NECESSARY. NOTHING IS FINALIZED UNTIL COMMISSIONERS VOTE AT A SECOND READING AND HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING. THAT WILL TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER FIFTH.

10-23-14 WHITE CITY CAR CRASH SCATTERS PIZZA AND POT OVER THE ROAD

Oct 23, 2014 -- 6:55am

A CAR CRASH IN WHITE- CITY LEAVES PIZZA & POT ALL OVER THE ROAD. SENDING THE DRIVER TO THE HOSPITAL.
INVESTIGATORS WITH THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARE NOW LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH. IT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY, JUST BEFORE SIX O'CLOCK ON EAST ANTELOPE AND AGATE DAM ACCESS ROAD. DEPUTIES SAY THE DRIVER CAME AROUND A CORNER AND FOR SOME REASON DRIFTED.. AND THEN ROLLED. THE DRIVER HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE. DEPUTIES SAY HE TOLD THEM HE WAS GOING TO A TRIMMING PARTY-- AND THAT HE IS A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD HOLDER.

10-20-14 GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM STATE SENATE RACE

Oct 20, 2014 -- 6:04am

A CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE IS WITHDRAWING HIS NAME FROM THE BALLOT.
LESS THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE NOVEMBER'S GENERAL ELECTION. ART KRUEGER IS THE PACIFIC GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT THREE. HE'S RUNNING AGAINST DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT ALAN BATES AND REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DAVE DOTTERRER. KRUEGER SAYS HE FILED HIS CANDIDACY JUST HOURS BEFORE THE DEADLINE.. AFTER THE GREEN PARTY CALLED AND ASKED HIM TO BE THEIR REPRESENTATIVE

10-20-14 SEX OFFENDER EDWARD CLEMENT CAUGHT IN CALIFORNIA

Oct 20, 2014 -- 6:02am

SEX OFFENDER EDWARD CLEMENT WANTED OUT OF MEDFORD IS CAPTURED BY FEDERAL MARSHALS IN CALIFORNIA.
POLICE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR EDWARD CLEMENT SINCE HE FAILED TO SHOW UP TO HIS RAPE TRIAL LAST WEEK. HE WAS ORIGINALLY ARRESTED IN JUNE CHARGED WITH RAPE, SODOMY AND UNLAWFUL CONTACT WITH A CHILD. POLICE SAY THEY DO NOT KNOW EXACT DETAILS OF HIS ARREST CLEMENT WILL BE EXTRADITED TO MEDFORD WHERE HE'LL NOW FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES.

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