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08-19-14 PRO LEGAL POT ADS TO HIT TV, JOSEPHINE COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON TAX

Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:03am

GET READY TO START SEEING COMMERCIALS THAT PUSH FOR A YES VOTE ON LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON.
THE "YES ON 91 CAMPAIGN" DIRECTOR SAYS THE TWO-POINT-THREE MILLION DOLLAR AD IS THE SPENDIEST BY ANY SIMILAR CAMPAIGN IN OREGON HISTORY.

 IF VOTERS STATEWIDE SAY YES..*JOSEPHINE COUNTY VOTERS WILL HAVE A SAY IN WHETHER OR NOT THEIR  COUNTY *TAXES RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.
 COMMISSIONERS HAD AN EMERGENCY MEETING ON FRIDAY... THE LAST DAY TO PUT THE QUESTION ON THE BALLOT. THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF LETTING VOTERS HAVE A SAY.

08-19-14 ANOTHER BUSY NIGHT FOR FIRE FIGHTERS

Aug 19, 2014 -- 9:02am

IT WAS ANOTHER BUSY NIGHT FOR FIRE FIGHTERS IN SOUTHERN OREGON.. AFTER A THUNDERSTORM SPARKS SEVERAL NEW WILDFIRES...  
THE LARGEST FIRE IS BURNING ABOUT EIGHT MILES SOUTH OF THE CITY OF ROGUE RIVER.. ON "OLD BLUE MOUNTAIN".. NEAR FOOTS CREEK- IT'S ABOUT 40 ACRES... THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY HAS AIR TANKERS, HELICOPTERS, AND ENGINES WORKING THE BLAZE. THEY WERE THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT BUILDING A FIRE LINE.  WE'VE GOTTEN CALLS FROM HOMEOWNERS IN THE AREA WHO SAY THEY CAN SEE FLAMES FROM THEIR HOMES...EVEN FROM I-5.  WE HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY EVACUATIONS AT THIS TIME.

8-18-2014 D.A. OFFICE BOMBER GETS 15 YEARS

Aug 18, 2014 -- 12:17pm

THE MAN WHO TRIED TO BLOW UP THE JACKSON COUNTY D.A.'S OFFICE GETS 15 YEARS IN JAIL.  U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE OWEN PANNER ALSO ORDERS 47-YEAR OLD ALAN McVAY TO PAY ALMOST 15,000 DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION FOR DAMAGES TO THE D.A. OFFICE.  McVAY ADMITTED TO BUILDING AN IMPROVISED BOMB AND THROWING IT THROUGH THE D.A. OFFICE  WINDOW LAST NOVEMBER 13TH. MCVAY SAID HE WAS TRYING TO DESTROY RECORDS IN ANOTHER CRIMINAL CASE IN WHICH HE WAS INVOLVED, AND THAT HE WASN'T TRYING TO HURT ANYONE. THE ATTACK HAPPENED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS, AND NO ONE WAS INJURED.

8-18-2014 DRUG SUSPECT NOW HAS CHILD SEX CHARGES ADDED

Aug 18, 2014 -- 12:16pm

MEDFORD POLICE HAVE ADDED CHILD SEX CRIME CHARGES TO THE LIST OF CRIMES A DRUG SUSPECT WAS ALREADY FACING. FRIDAY, POLICE SEARCHED THE COMPUTER OF 37-YEAR OLD  ERNEST LUTHER TAYLOR, WHO LIVES ON WEST 11TH STREET. DETECTIVES CLAIM THEY FOUND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INDICATING EVIDENCE OF A LOCAL CHILD HAVING BEEN ABUSED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. TAYLOR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH 5 COUNTS OF SODOMY, SEX ABUSE, ENCOURAGIN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND USING A CHILD IN A SEXUAL DISPLAY. TAYLOR IS CURRENTLY IN A DEL NORTE COUNTY JAIL ON A FUGITIVE WARRANT,  AND WILL BE EXTRADITED TO JACKSON COUNTY.

08-12-14 VETERANS LAWSUIT AGAINST WHITE CITY V.A. HITS SNAG

Aug 12, 2014 -- 8:30am

ONE OF TWO VETERANS WHO FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST MANAGERS AT THE V-A FACILITY IN WHITE CITY...WAS DENIED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER TODAY.
LEDERRICK NESBITT WAS SEEKING THE RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST THE VA'S NEW DIRECTOR DON BURMAN.... TO STOP A NEW POLICY....THAT  SAYS VETERANS CAN ONLY HAVE TWO BAGS IN THEIR ROOMS OR ELSE FACE DISCHARGE-- A FEDERAL JUDGE TOLD NESBIT HE DID NOT MAKE A CASE AND DENIED THE ORDER FOR NOW.

08-12-14 FIRE CREWS CONTINUE TO MOP UP ROGUE RIVER DRIVE FIRE

Aug 12, 2014 -- 8:28am

FIRE CREWS FROM ALL AROUND SOUTHERN OREGON... AND EVEN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY... ARE HELPING CONTAIN A HUNDRED ACRE WILDFIRE THAT THREATENED HOMES IN EAGLE POINT.
JACKSON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 3 SAYS LIGHTNING STARTED THIS FIRE MONDAY NIGHT....AND THEY'RE WORKING FAST TO GET IT ALL MOPPED UP. A PLUME OF SMOKE WAS SEEN FROM HIGHWAY 62-- THE FIRE STARTED IN THE  4000 BLOCK OF ROGUE RIVER DRIVE IN EAGLE POINT. 4 HELICOPTERS AND TWO AIR TANKERS MADE DROPS FROM THE AIR.ROGUE RIVER ROAD -- WHERE IT MEETS WITH HIGHWAY 234 -- IS CLOSED TO ANYONE WHO DOESN'T LIVE IN THE AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FIRE DISTRICT 3 SAYS THE SEVERAL DIFFERENT RESOURCES WERE ALREADY HERE BECAUSE OF THE OREGON GULCH FIRE.

08-11-14 STATEWIDE SEARCH FOR ESCAPED INMATE

Aug 11, 2014 -- 7:20am


 A STATEWIDE SEARCH CONTINUES THIS MORNING FOR AN INMATE WHO WALKED AWAY FROM THE "MILL CREEK CORRECTIONAL FACILITY" IN SALEM...
OFFICIALS SAY THAT JERRY TAY-SHARE-A TEIXERIA WAS PICKED UP BY LACY EVANS WHO DROVE HIM FROM THE FACILITY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. TAY-SHARE-A TEIXERIA WAS SERVING TIME ON BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES. HE IS DESCRIBED AS BEING 6'1", 190 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THEIR WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL OREGON STATE POLICE

08-11-14 THREE HOSPITALIZED IN DUII ACCIDENT

Aug 11, 2014 -- 7:19am

THREE PEOPLE WERE SENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND ANOTHER MAN TAKEN TO JAIL AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN WHITE CITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF CRATER LAKE HIGHWAY AND HIGHWAY 140 AROUND 5 O'CLOCK AND SHUT DOWN ONE LANE OF HIGHWAY 62. OREGON STATE POLICE SAY A MAN DROVE AN SUV THROUGH A RED LIGHT HITTING ANOTHER  OTHER VEHICLE. INJURIES RANGED FROM MINOR TO SIGNIFICANT. POLICE ARRESTED THE DRIVER OF THE SUV ON DUI CHARGES...BUT SAY HE COULD ALSO FACE OTHER CHARGES.

08-11-14 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES RED FLAG WARNING

Aug 11, 2014 -- 7:17am


 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS ISSUING A RED FLAG WARNING...  
THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED IN THE FIRE AREA...BRINGING AN ABUNDANT AMOUNT DRY LIGHTNING.
THE WARNING WAS ISSUED SUNDAY AT 11 A-M AND CONTINUES TO 11 P-M THROUGH TUESDAY... THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS THERE IS GOOD CHANCE FOR EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR GIVEN THE 'FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.'

08-07-14 BODY FOUND IN LAKE OF THE WOODS

Aug 07, 2014 -- 8:36am

A  MAN'S BODY IS FOUND IN LAKE OF THE WOODS.
THE KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS SOMEONE SPOTTED THE BODY NEAR A PIER ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE LAKE. A  RESCUE TEAM DOVE IN AND RECOVERED IT. THE SHERIFF SAYS THE THINK THE MAN DROWNED AND DO NOT SUSPECT FOUL PLAY. INVESTIGATORS ARE ON SCENE AND WE'LL BRING YOU MORE INFORMATION AS WE GET IT.

08-07-14 MEDFORD APPOINTS NEW FIRE CHIEF

Aug 07, 2014 -- 8:35am

THE CITY OF MEDFORD APPOINTS A NEW FIRE CHIEF.
MEDFORD CITY MANAGER ERIC SWANSON ANNOUNCED  WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THAT  DEPUTY CHIEF BRIAN FISH WILL BE PROMOTED TO CHIEF OF MEDFORD FIRE AND RESCUE. FISH IS IN HIS 25TH YEAR WITH THE DEPARTMENT. HE'LL OFFICIALLY TAKE OVER THE POSITION OF CHIEF NEXT MONDAY.

08-07-14 PACKED HOUSE AT GOLD HILL IRRIGATION MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Aug 07, 2014 -- 8:34am

THERE WAS A PACKED HOUSE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT A GOLD HILL IRRIGATION DISTRICT MEETING.
THAT'S WHERE RESIDENTS VOICED CONCERNS ABOUT LOSING WATER FOR POTENTIALLY *UP TO FIVE WEEKS. THE BOARD SAYS A 14 MILE CANAL THAT SUPPLIES WATER TO HUNDREDS NEEDS WORK..   ...AND THEY HAVE TO DO IT *NOW. THE IRRIGATION BOARD SAYS IF THEY DON'T INSTALL A PIPE IN THE CANAL-- FISH WILL DIE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T ALLOW THAT. THE FEDS GAVE THEM A FOUR MONTH WINDOW TO DO IT...WHICH ENDS IN SEPTEMBER.

08-06-14 MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED FOR FALLEN PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER

Aug 06, 2014 -- 7:19am

A MEMORIAL FUND IS SET UP FOR THE FAMILY OF A PHOENIX FIRE FIGHTER WHO DIED LAST WEEK IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF MATTHEW GOODNATURE SAY HE FOUGHT FIRES BECAUSE HE LOVED HELPING OTHERS. GOODNATURE WAS ON A *BREAK FROM FIGHTING THE "LAUNCH FIRE" NEAR FOUR MILE LAKE.
THAT'S WHEN THE KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS HE STEPPED ON A ROCK AND FELL ONTO A LOG.. DYING FROM HIS INJURIES. PACIFIC OASIS -- HIS FIRE FIGHTING COMPANY-- WANTS TO HONOR GOODNATURE'S MEMORY BY HELPING  FAMILY. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT ANY WELLS FARGO BRANCH.

08-06-14 ASHLAND PASSES 3 ORDINANCES ON MARIJUANA

Aug 06, 2014 -- 7:18am

THREE ORDINANCES ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA WERE PASSED IN ASHLAND TUESDAY NIGHT...
 CAROL VOISIN -- A MEMBER OF ASHLAND'S CITY COUNCIL -- SAYS THE CITY LIFTED A TEMPORARY BAN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN ASHLAND...THEY ALSO HELD A SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO REGULATE DISPENSARIES O TIME, PLACE, AND MANNER RESTRICTIONS. AND PASSED A FIVE PERCENT TAX ON MEDICINAL MARIJUANA AND A TEN PERCENT TAX ON RECREATION MARIJUANA, SHOULD IT BECOME LEGAL.

08-06-14 MEDFORD MAN WRONGLY ACCUSED, JAILED FOR ARSON SPEAKS OUT

Aug 06, 2014 -- 7:15am

THE MEDFORD MAN WRONGLY ACCUSED AND JAILED FOR SETTING A FIRE IN WEST MEDFORD, IS SPEAKING OUT.  
POLICE ARRESTED 29-YEAR-OLD GREGORY STABILE LAST WEEK AFTER AN EYEWITNESS LED THEM TO THE WRONG GUY. HE SPENT FIVE DAYS IN JAIL BEFORE THE D-A DROPPED CHARGES. STABILE WHO JUST MOVED TO MEDFORD WITH HIS SOON TO BE SIX YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND FIANCE.. SAYS HE'S SCARRED BY THE WHOLE THING - LOSING MONEY AT WORK AND SAYS HIS DAUGHTER HAS LOST RESPECT FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. STABILE AND HIS FIANCEE SAY NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS STEPPED UP TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A LAWYER... BUT IT DIDN'T COME TO THAT.

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