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0422-14 SIX LBS OF METH TAKEN OFF MEDFORD STREETS

Apr 22, 2014 -- 9:05am

A TWO MONTH INVESTIGATION LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF SIX POUNDS OF METH AND MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH.
OFFICERS WITH THE MEDFORD AREA DRUG AND GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM ARRESTED 28 YEAR OLD VICTOR GALVAN-SOLORIO FRIDAY MORNING. THEY TEAMED UP WITH  U-S IMMIGRATIONS, AND HOMELAND SECURITY TO SERVE THE SEARCH WARRANT AT THE HOME ON DIVISION ROAD IN WHITE CITY. GALVAN-SOLORIO IS NOW BEHIND BARS ON MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS BAIL.

04-22-14 ELDERLY WOMAN RAMS CAR INTO MEDFORD RITE-AID STORE

Apr 22, 2014 -- 9:04am

NO CHARGES IN AN ACCIDENT THAT LANDED A CAR INTO THE FRONT OF A MEDFORD RITE AID YESTERDAY...
IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE NOON AT THE RITE-AID IN THE MEDFORD SHOPPING CENTER. POLICE SAY THE ELDERLY WOMAN MAY HAVE HIT THE WRONG PEDAL...CAUSING HER CAR TO HOP THE CURB AND CRASH THROUGH A HANGING PLANT DISPLAY. ONE WOMAN SAYS SHE SAW THE WHOLE THING. POLICE DID NOT CITE THE WOMAN AND FIRST RESPONDERS SAY NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT.

04-22-14 I-5 CONSTRUCTION DELAYED

Apr 22, 2014 -- 9:03am

THE CONSTRUCTION IN PHOENIX WAS SLATED TO START LAST NIGHT-- BUT A RAINY FORECAST HAS THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUTTING ON THE BRAKES. WORK TO INSTALL A FOUR FOOT DIAMETER PIPE ACROSS BOTH NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND LANES OF I-5 IS NOW EXPECTED TO BEGIN SOMETIME LATER THIS WEEK.

04-21-14 ANTI-PIPELINE PROTEST DRAWS DOZENS IN SHADY COVE

Apr 21, 2014 -- 6:06am

NEARLY 80 RESIDENTS WHO OPPOSE A PROPOSED PIPELINE FROM COOS BAY TO MALIN  PROTESTED  SATURDAY IN SHADY COVE. IT'S KNOWN AS THE JORDAN COVE PACIFIC CONNECTOR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OR L-N-G. THE PIPELINE RUNS 230 MILES AND PROPONENTS PROMISE JOBS. BUT PROTESTERS BELIEVE THE PROJECT WILL IMPACT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMANS. THE PROJECT STILL NEEDS STATE AND LOCAL PERMITS TO BE APPROVED.

04-21-14 POLICE LOOKING FOR ARMED MALE FOLLOWING ROBBERY IN GOLD HILL

Apr 21, 2014 -- 6:04am

AN ALLEGED ARMED ROBBER IS ON THE LOOSE... ACCORDING THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.
DEPUTIES SAY THAT A MASKED GUNMAN WALKED INTO THE GOLD HILL MARKET AND DELI SATURDAY NIGHT DEMANDING CASH. THE SUSPECT FLED ON FOOT BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED. THEY SAY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A MALE ABOUT 5'9'' AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A DARK BLUE SWEATER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE.

04-21-14 EXPECT DELAYS ON I-5 AT PHOENIX EXIT STARTING TODAY

Apr 21, 2014 -- 6:03am

DRIVERS BEWARE..... A MASSIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SET TO BEGIN  TODAY COULD IMPACT YOUR MORNING COMMUTE.     
STARTING TODAY...TRAFFIC WILL BE NARROWED TO ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION ON I-5 NEAR EXIT 24.
THE SPEED LIMIT WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO 50 MILES PER HOUR. ODOT SAYS YOU CAN EXPECT DELAYS FOR ABOUT 25 DAYS UNTIL THEY'RE FINISHED. FOR THE LATEST TRAFFIC CONDITIONS VISIT TRIPCHECK.COM

04-18-14 OREGON D.O.J. INVESTIGATING CLAIM OF ELECTION FRAUD IN JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE

Apr 18, 2014 -- 9:52am

THE OREGON D-O-J IS INVESTIGATING A CLAIM  THAT JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF LIEUTENANT BOB SERGI...WHO'S RUNNING FOR SHERIFF... VIOLATED ELECTION LAW...
LIEUTENANT SERGI SAYS HE DID *NOTHING WRONG... AND YESTERDAY HE SENT OUT A PRESS RELEASE THAT STATED HE IS CONFIDENT HE WILL BE CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES...  NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO SERGI SAYS HE WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WHEN  THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM. SERGI SAYS HE'S ACCUSED OF USING ADDRESSES FROM AN EMPLOYEE'S ROSTER TO SOLICIT CAMPAIGN FUNDS...BUT HE SAYS THAT'S NOT THE CASE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULD *NOT* TELL US WHAT THE STATUS OF THE INVESTIGATION IS...
BUT SERGI SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE RUNNING FOR SHERIFF. SERGI ALSO SAYS HE IS STILL ON ADMINISTRATIVE PAID LEAVE.  WE LEFT SEVERAL MESSAGES WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE...BUT THEY DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS.

04-18-14 HUDDLESTON SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

Apr 18, 2014 -- 9:51am

ROGUE VALLEY RESIDENT,  BOURNE HUDDLESTON WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. HE'S CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE KRISTY AT THEIR HOME IN 2012.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER, THE JUDGE RECOMMENDED HUDDLESTON NEVER BE RELEASED UNTIL HE SERVES OUT HIS NATURAL LIFE.

04-16-14 COUGAR FORCES LOCKDOWN OF WEST MEDFORD SCHOOL

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:03am

600 STUDENTS WERE ON LOCK-DOWN YESTERDAY AT GRIFFIN CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL... AFTER A NEIGHBOR REPORTED A COUGAR ON THE NORTH EDGE OF CAMPUS. TEACHERS KEPT STUDENTS INSIDE AROUND 1:30 THIS AFTERNOON... WHILE POLICE CHECKED THE PERIMETER AND NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES. THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE'S SEEN THE SITUATION IN HIS THREE YEARS... AND THAT EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY.

04-16-14 ASHLAND CHANGES COURSE ON DISPENSARIES, CAVE JUNCTION LOOKS TO FEDERAL GUIDELINES

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:02am

ASHLAND WAS ONE OF THE *FIRST CITIES IN SOUTHERN OREGON TO APPROVE DISPENSARIES- BY AMENDING ITS CITY CODE. BUT TUESDAY NIGHT... A CHANGE IN HEART.. IN A SECOND READING AND VOTE...ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL PASSED A LIMITED MORATORIUM ORDINANCE WHICH WILL BAN DISPENSARIES IN SPECIFIC AREAS THEY CHOOSE...
MEANWHILE,THE CITY OF CAVE JUNCTION WILL TURN TO THE FEDERAL COURTS FOR GUIDANCE IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN THEIR CITY

04-16-14 MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:01am

THE MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES ITS NEW LEADER...SET TO TAKE OVER FOR SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR PHIL LONG IN JULY.  
BRIAN SHOE-MATE SHUMATE IS FROM LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY- WHERE HE'S CURRENTLY AN ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS SAY THEY CHOSE SHUMATE USING A LIST OF CRITERIA FORMED *WITH THE PUBLIC'S HELP.

04-16-14 ASHLAND TAKES FIRST STEPS IN BANNING PLASTIC BAGS

Apr 16, 2014 -- 6:00am

THE CITY OF ASHLAND TOOK ITS FIRST STEPS LAST NIGHT TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS.
IN A FIRST READING AND VOTE... THE COUNCIL VOTED 5 to ONE IN FAVOR OF A PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG BAN- UNDER THE ORDINANCE... STORES WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PLASTIC BAGS AND WOULD CHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR PAPER BAGS.

04-16-14 HUDDLESTON MURDER TRIAL GOES TO THE JURY

Apr 16, 2014 -- 5:59am

IT'S NOW UP TO A JURY...BOURNE HUDDLESTON --  ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE TWO YEARS AGO -- TOOK THE WITNESS STAND TUESDAY
BEFORE CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE TRIAL...HUDDLESTON SAYS AFTER HIS WIFE SHOT HERSELF... HE WAS SCARED AND TOOK OFF IN HIS TRUCK. THE JURY WILL BEGIN  DELIBERATING THIS MORNING. AND WE'LL HAVE THE FULL DETAILS FROM COURT ON TONIGHT'S NEWS.

04-15-14 JACKSON COUNTY COULD HAVE NEW SERVICE DISTRICT

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:14am

SUPPORTERS OF EXTENSION SERVICES LIKE "FOUR-H" AND THE "MASTER GARDENERS" PROGRAM ARE GEARING UP FOR A BIG ELECTION.
THEY'RE ASKING THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT A SERVICE DISTRICT ON THE MAY BALLOT. FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS..   JACKSON COUNTY HAS FUNDED THE O-S-U EXTENSION SERVICE.. BUT DWINDLING TIMBER PAYMENTS MEAN THAT MONEY ISN'T CUTTING IT.  A SERVICE DISTRICT WOULD INITIALLY COST TAX PAYERS THREE-POINT-THREE CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS PROPERTY VALUE... AND AT MOST.. THAT COULD COULD RISE TO FIVE CENTS.

04-15-14 ASHLAND EMERGENCY WATER PLANS HITS HUGE FINANCIAL SNAG

Apr 15, 2014 -- 8:13am

 A PROJECT THAT WOULD INCREASE ASHLAND'S EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY... IS HITTING A FINANCIAL SNAG.      THE CITY WANTS TO TAP INTO PHOENIX AND TALENT'S WATER THROUGH A NEW PIPELINE...
BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE CITY FIRST ANTICIPATED. IN MARCH...THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF SPEEDING UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER PIPELINE....AND THE CITY SAYS THEY CAN AFFORD THE PROJECT... AS LONG AS A PLAN TO RAISE WATER RATES BY 10% GOES THROUGH. BUT THE ORIGINAL COST OF 2.3 MILLION DOLLARS...HAS NOW BEEN RAISED TO 4.3 MILLION DOLLAR ESTIMATE. THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE AT  TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.

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