THE MEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTED AT THEIR WORKSITES YESTERDAY ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL ACCEPT THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED WITH THE DISTRICT. BALLOTS ARE DUE BACK BY FIVE TONIGHT. THAT'S WHEN VOTES WILL BE COUNTED IF TEACHERS VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TENTATIVE CONTRACT, THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NEED TO APPROVE IT AS WELL TO FINALIZE IT. MEDFORD TEACHERS WENT ON STRIKE IN FEBRUARY FOR TWO WEEKS BEFORE A TENTATIVE CONTRACT WAS REACHED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
INVESTIGATORS WERE ON THE SCENE OF AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN NORTH MEDFORD UNTIL LATE LAST NIGHT...
MEDFORD POLICE SAY IT ALL STARTED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...WHEN THEY SPOTTED A WHITE TRUCK ASSOCIATED WITH TWO *WANTED SUSPECTS FROM IDAHO. POLICE SAY THEY TRIED TO STOP THE TRUCK... BUT THE SUSPECTS ATTEMPTED TO GET AWAY-- TAKING OFF DOWN HILTON RD IN NORTH MEDFORD. POLICE ALSO SAY THE TRUCK INTENTIONALLY RAMMED A COP CAR IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE... FOUR OFFICERS, OPENED FIRE ON THE SUSPECTS... (WITH POLICE BULLETS HITTING THE TWO SUSPECTS.) ONE OFFICER WAS *ALSO HURT AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPECT'S TRUCK SLAMMING INTO HIS POLICE CAR.
Medford Police have arrested an Ashland man in connection with a string of Medford arson fires. 38-year old Manoah Martin Hall is curently lodged in Jackson County Jail on 1.6 million dollars Bail. Police believe Hall is responsible to setting fire to 5 vacant homes in Medford over a 2-year period, but may be involved in other arson fires still under investigation. MPD adds that Hall was observed at the scene of several of the fires, and had posted on the internet videotapes of the fire scenes, and other fire department activity. Hall has a criminal history, including various drug, weapon, and theft convictions.
After months of heated debate, the City Council approved a four-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries Monday, the first day they became legal in Oregon. Phoenix joins a growing number of cities locally and statewide passing ordinances attempting to restrict or ban dispensaries within city limits. Central Point has restricted where dispensaries can be located, Medford has banned them outright citing federal law, and Jacksonville is set to consider a ban in April.
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS AGREE TO A NEW CONTRACT WITH THE UNIVERSITY.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME FROM THE FACULTY UNION TUESDAY MORNING. IN A PRESS RELEASE THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSORS SAY...THEY WILL FOREGO RAISES BOTH THIS YEAR AND NEXT, TO BALANCE OUT THE SCHOOLS PROPOSED CUTS. THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED BACK IN NOVEMBER... IT WILL CUT BETWEEN 3 AND 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AS PART OF A RETRENCHMENT PLAN. THE EXACT NUMBER DEPENDING ON STATE FUNDING AND ENROLLMENT... WE'RE TOLD ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF VOTING PROFESSORS REJECTED THE PROPOSAL.
EVEN THOUGH A WET SPRING COULD BOLSTER THE STATE'S WATER SUPPLY... CITIES LIKE ASHLAND-- ARE PLANNING FOR THE WORST.
THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF SPEEDING UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER PIPELINE THAT WILL CONNECT TO MEDFORD'S WATER SUPPLY. THEY ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHT SEASONS WE'VE SEEN. CONSTRUCTION WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR 2015 - BUT BECAUSE OF A POSSIBLE SUMMER DROUGHT - ASHLAND CITY OFFICIALS WANT TO SPEED UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE PIPELINE. RIGHT NOW THE LINE STRETCHES TO TALENT AND COULD BE EXTENDED TO ASHLAND BY LATE SUMMER. CITY OFFICIALS SAY ASHLAND WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE CHARGES AS LONG AS IT FOLLOWS THROUGH WITH IT'S PLANS TO RAISE WATER RATES BY 10-PERCENT EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. CONSTRUCTION IS SET TO START IN JUNE AND FINISH BY AUGUST.
A Medford doctor is accused of gross negligence, dishonorable conduct and violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act after he repeatedly overprescribed painkillers to high-risk patients, one of whom died from an overdose, according to the Oregon Medical Board. The board recommends that Dr. Thomas Purtzer, a neurosurgeon and pain management physician who previously operated a clinic in Medford, lose his license and pay a $10,000 civil penalty. The board's review of patient records found Purtzer failed to obtain or review medical histories of several high-risk patients and ignored signs of drug abuse, which included requests for early refills — which he filled — and inconsistent drug screens. Under Oregon law, Purtzer is entitled to a hearing to contest the findings. OMB officials said it is not known when the case will be resolved.
ASANTE'S ROGUE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WAS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE.. BY TRUVEN HEALTH ANALYTICS. THE DISTINCTION IS BASED ON TEN AREAS. INCLUDING RATE OF PATIENT MORTALITY, INPATIENT COMPLICATIONS AND LENGTH OF STAY. RRMC IS THE ONLY HOSPITAL IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON TO MAKE THE TOP 100.
A MISSING MEDFORD MAN WITH ALZHEIMERS HAS BEEN *FOUND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. GEORGE WATTERS WAS MISSING FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS. HIS WIFE SAYS HE LEFT HOME IN HIS CAR.. AND WITHOUT HIS MEDICATION. MEDFORD POLICE FOUND THE 81 YEAR OLD EARLY THIS AFTERNOON ABOUT 30-MILES EAST OF MT. SHASTA CITY. THEY SAID HE WAS DISORIENTED BUT IN GOOD HEALTH.
SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ALONG THE KLAMATH RIVER ARE NOW ON THEIR FOURTH DAY WORKING A *DIFFERENT* MISSING PERSONS CASE. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A WOMAN FROM PORTLAND WHO THEY THINK IS HURT AND IN DANGER. 27 YEAR OLD GRACE SABOTS WENT MISSING SATURDAY... THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY MADE CONTACT WITH HER FRIDAY... AND AFTER CHECKING BACK IN WITH HER SATURDAY... THEY SAY SHE MAY BE IN DANGER.
Medford Fire Department issues a warning that some brands of electronic cigarettes have caught fire when the lithium batteries overheat during charging. There has been two local occurences of this problem. CLICK TO READ FULL STORY
ACCUSED OF STEALING CARS FROM CAR LOTS... ...FROM MEDFORD TO EUGENE.. LEROY RAYMOND BRABEC WAS CAUGHT AFTER AN INVESTIGATION SPANNING SEVERAL COUNTIES...AND SEVERAL MONTHS. GRANTS PASS POLICE RECEIVED A TIP WEDNESDAY NIGHT THAT HE WAS DRIVING DOWNTOWN. MEDFORD P-D SAY CARS BEGAN DISAPPEARING FROM LOCAL DEALERSHIPS BEFORE SHOWING UP IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY. INVESTIGATORS SAY BRABEC HAS EXPERIENCE WITH METAL.. AND USED A TOOL TO BREAK INTO LOCK BOXES WITHOUT DAMAGING THE VEHICLES.
A WARNING FOR ANYONE WHO USES CRAIGSLIST... MEDFORD POLICE SAY A LOCAL BANK REPORTED EIGHT VICTIMIZED CUSTOMERS. PEOPLE TOLD THEY'VE BEEN ACCEPTED FOR A JOB AS A BABY-SITTER OR NANNY.. THEN SENT AN ADVANCED PAYCHECK FOR MORE THAN THEY'D BE MAKING. THEY'RE THEN ASKED TO "MONEY GRAM" A PORTION OF TO SOMEONE ELSE. POLICE SAY THE CHECKS ARE FAKE, AND FOUR OF THE VICTIMS ARE OUT THE CASH-- THE BANK INTERCEPTED FOR OTHER CHECKS.
Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hull sentenced an attempted murderer to a period of up to 20 years in the state mental hospital. Hull found 29-year-old Frank Charles Williams guilty of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm except for insanity. Last July 19, WILLIAMS FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTS AT 2 VICTIMS, WHO WERE UNHARMED. HE WAS APPREHENDED LATER IN THE DAY. Deputy District Attorney Matthew Corey said that there was no particular reason Williams attacked the victims which was reflected by the insanity charge. The sentencing guidelines stipulate that if Williams’ mental state improves in the hospital over the next 10 years he will then serve the subsequent 10 years in custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections. However, if his mental status does not improve, he will serve the entire sentence in the state mental hospital.
A 12 HOUR CRIME SPREE AND STANDOFF ENDED IN KLAMATH COUNTY LATE LAST NIGHT... WITH THE CAPTURE OF A SUSPECT NEAR OLENE.
22 YEAR OLD SILAS ATCHLEY OF CHILOQUIN WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING AN EIGHT HOUR STANDOFF...
POLICE SAY THAT SHORTLY AFTER 10 A-M THURSDAY, SOME MEN CAUGHT ATCHLEY STEALING GUNS FROM THEIR SWAN LAKE HOME...SHOTS WERE FIRED AS THEY CHASED AFTER HIM- A 3 HOUR SEARCH THE SUSPECT WAS INVOLVED IN ANOTHER BURGLARY. POLICE TRACKED HIM TO A MOBILE HOME ABOUT 9 MILES EAST OF KLAMATH FALLS... WHERE SWAT TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE STATE WERE CALLED IN TO ASSIST...AT LEAST ONE BEARCAT ARMORED VEHICLE WAS BROUGHT IN. POLICE SAY A POLICE DOG ULTIMATELY MADE ATCHLEY'S CAPTURE. WHO'S IN JAIL THIS MORNING.
THE FIGHT TO BAN GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS GMO'S IN JACKSON COUNTY IS GETTING SOME PUSH-BACK
ACCORDING TO THE OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE'S WEBSITE... THE GROUP "GOOD NEIGHBORS FARMERS" HAS RAISED MORE THAN 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN JUST THE LAST FEW WEEKS. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO FIGHT A PROPOSED BAN OF GMO'S WHICH WILL BE ON THE MAY BALLOT. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GROUP... INCLUDE 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM WESTERN SUGAR COOPERATIVE OF DENVER AND THE SOUTH DAKOTA FARM BUREAU - AMONG MANY OTHERS. SO FAR - THEY HAVE RAISED MORE THAN 170-THOUSAND DOLLARS.