KLAMATH COUNTY VOTERS HAVE PASSED A 31 MILLION DOLLAR BOND MEASURE TO FUND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. BY JUST A 168 VOTE MARGIN, VOTERS AGREED TO FUND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HENLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ABOUT TWELVE-MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE USED FOR BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. KLAMATH COUNTY VOTERS ALSO VOTED TO ELECT THEIR COMMISSIONERS ON A NON-PARTISAN BASIS...
ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS YOU HAVENT HEARD OF IS NOW OFFICIAL.THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS APPROVED A NEW STANDARDIZED TEST CALLED 'THE COMMON CORE'. UNLIKE 'NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND' THIS DIDN'T COME THROUGH CONGRESS.. STAVE LEVEL OFFICIALS PUT IT TOGETHER- THOUGH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ON BOARD. AFTER A FEW DOZEN OREGON SCHOOL HAVE TRIED THE NEW TEST, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AGREE THAT IT IS REALLY HARD... EVEN FOR HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS. STATE OFFICIALS PLAN A BIGGER PILOT OF THE SMARTER BALANCED TEST NEXT YEAR. THE NEW TEST WILL COUNT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SPRING OF 2015.
OREGON SENATOR RON WYDEN IS LOOKING TO TALK TO COLLEGE STUDENTS ABOUT GRADUATION RATES AND STUDENT DEBT IN A NEW WAY! VIA TWITTER! THIS THURSDAY AT 1:30PM THE SENATOR WILL HOLD A TWITTER TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE 'STUDENT RIGHT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO' ACT. A BILL THAT WOULD ENSURE PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE STUDESNTS GET ACCURATE INFORMATION ON THINGS LIKE GRADUATION RATES, STUDENT DEBT AND POST-GRADUATION EARNINGS. TO ASK THE SENATOR A QUESTION YOU CAN TWEET HIM USING #TALKHIGHED
8 OF THE 40 PEOPLE TARGETED IN LAST WEEK'S MASSIVE DRUG RAID IN KLAMATH COUNTY ARE NOW BEHIND BARS. WARRANTS WERE SERVED AT ABOUT 2 DOZEN HOMES IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS LAST WEDNESDAY IN ONE OF THE LARGEST DRUG RAIDS IN STATE HISTORY. THE RACKETEERING CHARGES CARRY POTENTIAL PRISON TIME OF ABOUT 18 YEARS.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to catch a thief or thieves who made off with $171,000 dollars worth of loot. Sometime between April 12th, and May 2, suspects entered a home located in the 9,000 block of East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River. They cut into a safe and made off with more than 14 firearms, two Rolexes, dozens of gold, silver and platinum coins and ingots, ammo, and several thousand dollars in cash. If you saw anything suspicious near that area during that time period, please get in touch with the Sheriffs office.
A MAN DESCRIBED AS A TRANSIENT IS WAKING UP IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL THIS MORNING, AFTER AUTHORITIES SAY HE STABBED ANOTHER PERSON. SIXTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD IT HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 2PM YESTERDAY. ON FRONT STREET NEAR 8TH IN MEDFORD. REPORTS SAY THE MAN WITH THE KNIFE STABBED THE VICTIM OVER HIS PERCEPTION OF A QUOTE “LOOK” THE VICTIM “GAVE HIM." THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL WITH TWO STAB WOUNDS TO HIS ARM AND BACK.
HIS INJURIES ARE NOT LIFE THREATENING.
A MONSTROUS TORANDO TORE THROUGH THE OKLAHOMA CITY SUBURBS YESTERDAY. SEARCH AND RESCUE CREWS WORKED THROUGH THE NIGHT AFTER THE EF-4 STORM DEMOLISHED AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND REDUCED HOMES TO PILES OF RUBBLE. AT LEAST 24 PEOPLE WERE KILLED INCLUDING AT LEAST 7 CHILDREN AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB. MORE THAN 120 PEOPLE ARE BEING TREATED AT AREA HOSPITALS INCLUDING ABOUT 50 CHILDREN.
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Two are arrested in connection with drugs and a stolen handgun. Wednesday, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested 30-year old Kenneth Duane Vincent Jr. of Medford and 29-year old Crystal Carol Hout of Central Point. A 9mm Glock handgun, stolen from a relative of Hoyt a week ago, was recovered during the investigation. Hoyt and Vincent are accused of theft and firearm charges, while Vincent has additional drug possession charges pending
EAGLE POINT RESIDENTS WILL SOON SEE A STEEP INCLINE IN THEIR MONTHLY BILL. THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY YESTERDAY TO INCREASE THE BASIC WATER RATE BY 4-DOLLARS A MONTH... MEANING RESIDENTS WILL NOW BE PAYING $14.31 PER MONTH AS A BASE RATE. THE CONSUMPTION FEE WILL ALSO INCREASE BY $0.30 PER 1,000 GALLONS OF WATER USED. THE NEW FEES WILL BEGIN JULY FIRST.
POLICE SEIZE MORE THAN 4 POUNDS OF METH AND 25 GUNS, IN A SERIES OF EARLY MORNING RAIDS IN KLAMATH COUNTY. OVER 300 FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLICE WERE INVOLVED IN THE RAIDS YESTERDAY... WHICH TARGETED A SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING RING. AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED SO FAR.
A Medford-area transient was arrested over the weekend for burglarizing two car lots. Police responded to West Main Auto Sales early Friday morning where $2,600 in tools and two vehicles had been stolen the previous evening. At 12:07 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the Used Car Lot on South Riverside where two vehicles were running with their lights on. Police entered the business and arrested 37-year-old Robert Elbert Johannessen without incident. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges related to both burglaries.
Medford Police are investigating an armed robbery that occured at the Dutch Bros. coffee stand on Crater Lake Highway near Whittle Road Friday night. Police responded at approximately 10:07 p.m. after the barista reported that a man displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He's described as a white male, 20-30 years-old wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt, dark "Carhartt" style jeans, a dark bandana over his face and large sunglasses. Please contact police if you have any information.
Medford Police have located and arrested the alleged driver in a gang-related drive-by shooting that occured in west Medford Tuesday night. After questioning, police arrested 16-year-old Omar Alberto Gonzales and lodged him in the Juvenile Detention Center. An 18-year-old male believed to be involved was also questioned, and then released. Police are still looking for two more individuals, including the shooter who is believed to be a 15-year-old male. The shooting occured in the area of Dakota Avenue and Benson Street. No one was injured.