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07-29-14 SEVERAL FIRES STILL BURNING IN SOUTHERN OREGON

Jul 29, 2014 -- 7:27am

RIGHT NOW SEVERAL FIRES ARE BURNING. CREWS BEGAN WORKING ON 4 IN JACKSON COUNTY YESTERDAY. ONE BEGAN ON A HILL OFF KANES CREEK ROAD IN CENTRAL POINT. ANOTHER STARTED AT THE BASE OF MOUNT ASHLAND. BOTH ARE CONTAINED. A TEN ACRE BLAZE IS LOCATED AT CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK. THERE'S ALSO A FIRE NEAR KLAMATH FALLS AT FOUR MILE LAKE-- IT'S 100 ACRES.  AND ONE IN SELMA IS ONLY 20 PERCENT CONTAINED AND AT 120 ACRES. ALTHOUGH NO EVACUATION ORDERS ARE ISSUED, SOME PEOPLE IN SELMA SAY THEY ARE LEAVING AS A PRECAUTION.

07-29-14 MEDFORD GROWTH STILL SLOWER THAN AVERAGE FOLLOWING RECESSION

Jul 29, 2014 -- 7:25am

FIVE YEARS AFTER THE RECESSION, MEDFORD IS STILL GROWING MUCH SLOWER THAN NORMAL-
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. IT MEASURES THE GROWTH RATES OF THE 5 LARGEST CITIES IN THE STATE BY TRACKING EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING AND TRAVEL TRENDS. ACCORDING TO THE DATA, MEDFORD CONSISTENTLY LAGS BEHIND THE OTHER CITIES... EVEN AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF SURVEYING. PROFESSORS SAY PART OF THE MOST RECENT UNFAVORABLE NUMBERS, ARE DO TO JOB LOSSES THIS PAST MAY IN THE PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SECTOR.

07-29-14 SUSPECTED SERIAL ARSONIST FACES ANOTHER CHARGE

Jul 29, 2014 -- 7:23am

POLICE ARRESTED 57 YEAR OLD DEBRA JOHNS THURSDAY..     LAST WEEK SHE WAS CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH TWO OF 23 RECENT ARSONS.. MONDAY A THIRD CHARGE OF ARSON WAS ADDED AFTER DETECTIVES DETERMINED SHE LIT A SMALL FIRE IN THE JAIL LOBBY'S BATHROOM ON JULY 24TH.. *BEFORE SHE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED. SHE REMAINS A SUSPECT IN THE OTHER UNSOLVED ARSONS.

07-28-14 IDAHO FUGITIVE SHOT BY MEDFORD POLICE SENTENCED

Jul 28, 2014 -- 8:39am

AN IDAHO FUGITIVE WHO WAS SHOT BY MEDFORD POLICE EARLIER THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SENTENCED ON HER INITIAL CHARGES...
SHAVON WILLARD WAS SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROL SUBSTANCE....THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE POST REGISTER IN IDAHO FALLS. WILLARD WAS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH MEDFORD, AND THEN SHOT AT WHEN THIER VEHICLE CRASHED. THE OTHER SUSPECT WAYNE PEARSON REMAINS IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL AWAITING TRIAL.

07-28-14 PILOT ROCK HIKING TRAIL TO GET FACELIFT

Jul 28, 2014 -- 8:37am

HIKERS ARE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME CHANGES ON ASHLAND'S FAMOUS "PILOT ROCK."
THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND CASCADE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINEERS ARE PARTNERING UP TO BUILD A NEW TRAIL UP TO THE TOP OF THE POPULAR HIKING SPOT . THE NEW ROUTE WILL INCLUDE STAIRS ... PREVENTING EROSION AND ENHANCING THE SAFETY FOR HIKERS. THE PROJECT SHOULD BE FINISHED BY THE END OF AUGUST. PEOPLE ARE DISCOURAGED FROM HIKING PILOT ROCK UNTIL THEN.

07-28-14 GARAGE FIRE THREATENS GRANTS PASS WILDLANDS

Jul 28, 2014 -- 8:36am

A CLOSE CALL FOR WILDLANDS IN GRANTS PASS FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER A GARAGE CAUGHT FIRE...
GRANTS PASS FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO THE 9-HUNDRED BLOCK OF NORTHEAST 12TH STREET AROUND 10 O'CLOCK FRIDAY NIGHT. WHEN THEY ARRIVED A DETACHED GARAGE WAS COMPLETELY ENGULFED AND THE FLAMES WERE THREATENING A NEARBY HOUSE. CREWS WERE ABLE TO KNOCK THE FIRE OUT, BUT IT DID BURN ABOUT ONE TENTH OF AN ACRE OF NEARBY WETLANDS. THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

07-28-14 DOWNED POWER LINE CAUSES FIRE IN TREE, KNOCKS OUT POWER TO SEVERAL HOMES

Jul 28, 2014 -- 7:20am

POWER WENT OUT FOR SEVERAL HOMES IN MEDFORD WHEN A TREE NEARLY CAUGHT FIRE....
A DOWNED POWER-LINE CREATED SPARKS IN A TREE... AND CAUSED POWER TO GO OUT FOR SEVERAL HOMES ON SOUTH MODOC AVENUE. THE CALL CAME IN SHORTLY AFTER 3:30 THIS MORNING... BOTH MEDFORD FIRE AND RESCUE AND PACIFIC POWER RESPONDED... MEDFORD POLICE SAY THE FIRE WAS NOT SUSPICIOUS. PACIFIC POWER SHUT OFF POWER TO WORK ON THE LINE... POWER SHOULD BE RETURNED LATER THIS MORNING.

07-09-14 ALREADY 8 DROWNING DEATHS IN THE REGION THIS MONTH ALONE

Jul 09, 2014 -- 6:25am

IT'S BEEN A DEADLY SUMMER IN PARTS OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON..  WITH *EIGHT* DROWNINGS REPORTED THIS MONTH ALONE.
RAFTING COMPANIES SAY SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY. EVERYONE ON THE RAFT HAS TO HAVE A LIFE JACKET AND A WHISTLE FOR EMERGENCIES. EXPERTS SAY PEOPLE ON THE RIVER SHOULD ALSO BE ADEQUATE SWIMMERS, BECAUSE  BASIC SKILLS CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.. ON THE WATER.

07-09-14 MAN ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT ON BEAR CREEK GREENWAY

Jul 09, 2014 -- 6:22am

JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO THEY SAY ROBBED ANOTHER MAN AT KNIFE-POINT ON THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY.
IT HAPPENED MONDAY NIGHT JUST BEFORE TEN THIRTY. DEPUTIES SAY THE 69 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS WALKING ON THE GREENWAY IN CENTRAL POINT WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY 37 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER DEVINE. DEPUTIES SAY DEVINE STOLE THE MAN'S CELL PHONE.. BY THREATENING HIM WITH A KNIFE.. THE VICTIM WAS NOT HURT. DEVINE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S TIPLINE

07-09-14 SUBWAY ON CRATER LAKE AVE ROBBED

Jul 09, 2014 -- 6:21am

OVERNIGHT, POLICE REPORT THE MEDFORD SUBWAY OFF CRATER LAKE WAS ROBBED...
OFFICERS SAY THE ALLEGED ROBBERS THREATENED WORKERS WITH SOME SORT OF SHARP INSTRUMENT, LIKE A KNIFE... AND RAN OFF WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THE TWO ARE STILL AT LARGE.

07-07-14 ODF GETS NEW HELICOPTER TO ASSIST IN FIGHTING FIRES

Jul 07, 2014 -- 6:06am

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY IS GEARING UP FOR WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE A BUSY FIRE SEASON...
THEY RECEIVED A NEW HELICOPTER FRIDAY MORNING CONTRACTED OUT FROM A LOCAL COMPANY.. ODF WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR HELICOPTERS TO WORK WITH... TWO MORE WILL BE STATIONED AT THE CENTRAL POINT OFFICE AND ONE IN GRANTS PASS. THE MACHINES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR SPOTTING AND EVALUATING FIRE SIZE DURING THE INITIAL ATTACK.

07-07-14 JOSEPHINE COUNTY WOMAN JAILED AFTER SHOOTING HUSBAND

Jul 07, 2014 -- 6:04am

A JOSEPHINE COUNTY WOMAN IS IN JAIL  AFTER POLICE SAY SHE SHOT HER HUSBAND.
 IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 10 SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE 400 BLOCK OF WATERS CREEK ROAD IN WILDERVILLE. OREGON STATE POLICE SAY THAT 35 YEAR OLD BETHANIE JONES OF WILDERVILLE SHOT HER HUSBAND IN THE LEG. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE  THREATENING INJURIES. JONES WAS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE AND FOUR COUNTS OF RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON.

07-07-14 MPD CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR BOMBING SUSPECT OR SUSPECTS

Jul 07, 2014 -- 6:01am

THE SEARCH CONTINUES THIS MORNING... MEDFORD POLICE IS  REVIEWING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO...
 TRYING TO IDENTIFY A SUSPECT WHO SET OFF AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE NEXT TO A POLICE CAR -- RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE POLICE STATION. IT HAPPENED AROUND THREE SATURDAY MORNING. THEY SAY THE DEVICE WAS MADE OUT OF FIREWORKS AND A CAN OF PAINT.. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU ARE ASKED TO CONTACT MEDFORD POLICE.

06-30-14 TENSE MOMENTS IN GRANTS PASS STAND-OFF SATURDAY

Jun 30, 2014 -- 7:50am

SOME TENSE MOMENTS IN DOWNTOWN GRANTS PASS  SATURDAY MORNING...IN A STANDOFF BETWEEN GRANTS PASS POLICE AND A WOMAN THREATENING SUICIDE.
OFFICERS WEREN'T ABLE TO LOCATE HER UNTIL AROUND 7 A-M... SHE  BARRICADED HERSELF IN THE VEHICLE FOR AN HOUR BEFORE FLEEING.
OFFICERS SAY AFTER THE WOMAN HIT THE SPIKE STRIPS -- SHE RAN INTO A FIRE TRUCK. THE SWAT TEAM... NEGOTIATIONS TEAM...AND GRANTS PASS FIRE WERE ON SCENE. THE WOMAN WAS EVENTUALLY TAKEN TO THREE RIVERS MEDICAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION, SHE'S SINCE BEEN RELEASED AND IS IN THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY JAIL.

06-30-14 GRANTS PASS ROBBERY SUSPECTS SOUGHT

Jun 30, 2014 -- 7:48am

GRANTS PASS POLICE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP THIS MORNING... IN LOCATING 3 SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN A WEEKEND ROBBERY.
POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 3:30 SATURDAY MORNING ON THE 12-HUNDRED BLOCK OF FRUITDALE DRIVE. THE SUSPECTS PEPPER SPRAYED A VICTIM  AND DROVE OFF WITH HIS 2002 SILVER CHEVY MALIBU AND OTHER BELONGINGS. THE VEHICLE HAS A WASHINGTON STATE LICENSE PLATE OF A-H-N-8731.

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