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08-28-15 ROGUE RIVER MAN BEHIND BARS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Aug 28, 2015 -- 5:45am

A ROGUE RIVER MAN ACCUSED OF HOLDING A HOT FRYING PAN AGAINST A WOMAN'S NECK AND PUNCHING HER IS BEHIND BARS. ROGUE RIVER POLICE SAY 36-YEAR-OLD AARON BERRY TRIED TO SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE WEDNESDAY NIGHT BY LIGHTING THREE SEPARATE FIRES, WHICH WERE EXTINGUISHED BY THE VICTIM. BERRY WAS ARRESTED HEADING UP INTO THE HILLS ON FOOT ABOVE ROGUE RIVER THURSDAY MORNING. AND HE IS BEING CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  AND ARSON.

08-28-15 MAN WHO WALKED FROM ADULT GROUP HOME BACK IN CUSTODY.

Aug 28, 2015 -- 5:44am

A MISSING MAN WITH TROUBLING MENTAL AND SEXUAL PROPENSITIES IS BACK IN CUSTODY. MPD SAYS A TWENTY-ONE YEAR OLD MAN WALKED AWAY FROM AN ADULT GROUP HOME ON THE 1900 BLOCK OF BRISTOL DRIVE IN EAST MEDFORD THURSDAY MORNING.  HE WAS FOUND AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER 9AM IN GRANTS PASS. A NEIGHBOR SPEAKING ON THE CONDITION OF ANONYMITY SAYS THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME SHE'S FELT UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT LIVING SO CLOSE TO THE GROUP HOME. ALTHOUGH THE MAN HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF A SEX CRIME AND IS NOT A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, POLICE SAY HE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO DISPLAY CONCERNING SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, PARTICULARLY TOWARDS YOUNG GIRLS.

08-28-15 THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR STABBING SUSPECT.

Aug 28, 2015 -- 5:42am

MEDFORD POLICE CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR A STABBING SUSPECT. MPD SAYS A 32-YEAR OLD MAN, WHO'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, WAS STABBED ALONG THE 4-HUNDRED BLOCK OF PLUM STREET. THE VICTIM WENT TO PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER FOR A STAB WOUND TO THE LEG. POLICE SAY WHILE THE AREA IS NOT UNFAMILIAR WITH CRIME, THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR MAY BE DIFFERENT. WHILE POLICE CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT, A DESCRIPTION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED PUBLICLY.

08-28-15 GOLD HILL COUPLE FACING SENTENCING IN CHILD ABUSE CASE

Aug 28, 2015 -- 5:36am

A GOLD HILL COUPLE IS FACING YEARS IN PRISON AFTER BEING CONVICTED ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF ABUSING THEIR 11 YEAR OLD SON LAST YEAR. PROSECUTORS ACCUSED ANGELA AND LAWRENCE MILLARD OF MULTIPLE COUNTS OF ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL MISTREATMENT. A JUDGE CONVICTED BOTH ON THE MAJORITY OF CHARGES. THE COUPLE ARE EACH LOOKING AT SEVERAL YEARS IN PRISON.

08-27-15 SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MEDFORD STABBING

Aug 27, 2015 -- 9:24am

A 32-YEAR-OLD MALE WAS STABBED ALONG THE 400 BLOCK OF PLUM STREET LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. OFFICIALS SAY THE VICTIM SHOWED UP TO PROVIDENCE HEALTH CENTER AROUND 11 LAST NIGHT WITH A COUPLE OF NON-LIFE THREATENING STAB INJURIES. THE 32-YEAR-OLD'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. SOME NEIGHBORS IN THE AREA WITNESSED THE EVENTS. MEDFORD POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT.

08-27-15 POLICE STANDOFF ENDS IN PEACEFUL SURRENDER

Aug 27, 2015 -- 9:16am

A SHOPLIFTING AND ASSAULT ENDED IN A BRIEF STANDOFF WITH BOTH MEDFORD AND CENTRAL POINT POLICE ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

MPD LT. MIKE BUDREAU SAID THAT POLICE RECEIVED A CALL OF A SHOPLIFTING IN PROGRESS AT THE NORTH MEDFORD WALMART AT ABOUT 2 PM.

25 YEAR OLD ALLEN SHANE LEDBETTER AND AN UNKNOWN WOMAN WERE SPOTTED SHOPLIFTING BY STORE ASSOCIATES. OFFICERS TRACKED THE

PAIR'S VEHICLE TO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ON THE 2600 BLOCK OF SCENIC AVENUE. AFTER A BRIEF NEGOTIATION, LEDBETTER SURRENDERED

PEACEFULLY, AND IS NOW LODGED IN JACKSON COUNTY JAIL.

08-27-15 FIRE BURNS HOUSE IN GOLD HILL

Aug 27, 2015 -- 9:12am
SOME GOLD HILL RESIDENTS ARE LEFT HOMELESS THIS MORNING AFTER A THREE ALARM FIRE DESTROYS MULTIPLE STRUCTURES. ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE FIREFIGHTERS FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES FROM BOTH JACKSON AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES RESPONDED TO THE TWO-THOUSAND BLOCK OF LAMPMAN ROAD SHORTLY AFTER 8 WEDNESDAY MORNING. FIRE OFFICIALS BELIEVE FLAMES FIRST ERUPTED IN A SHED... BEFORE QUICKLY SPREADING TO THE MAIN STRUCTURE AND A GUEST HOUSE. BOTH ARE A COMPLETE LOSS. FIREFIGHTERS SAY NO ONE WAS HOME WHEN THE FIRE STARTED.  THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

8-11-15 BAT FOUND TO BE CARRYING RABIES VIRUS

Aug 11, 2015 -- 5:42am

JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS A BAT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES... THE BAT WAS TESTED AFTER A DOG GOT A HOLD OF IT IN CENTRAL POINT... THIS IS THE FIRST BAT IN JACKSON COUNTY TO TEST POSITIVE FOR RABIES THIS YEAR.  THE LAST CASE OF BAT RABIES IN THE COUNTY WAS IN MAY OF 20-13...  JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IF YOU SEE A BAT, YOU SHOULD AVOID CONTACT.   THEY RECOMMEND SEALING HOLES OR CRACKS IN WALLS AND CEILINGS WHERE BATS COULD GET INTO YOUR HOME AND URGE PEOPLE TO VACCINATE THEIR PETS.

8-11-15 WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN JACKSON COUNTY

Aug 11, 2015 -- 5:41am

THE O-S-U VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY SAYS A DEAD "SCRUB JAY" HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN NORTH EAST MEDFORD.   THE JACKSON COUNTY VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST BIRD THAT'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.  WEST NILE HAS ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED IN FOUR MOSQUITO POOLS THIS SEASON.  IF YOU NOTICE SICK OR DEAD BIRDS.. CALL VECTOR CONTROL.

8-10-15 POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING INMATE

Aug 10, 2015 -- 5:33am

OREGON STATE POLICE CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR AN INMATE WHO WALKED AWAY FROM HIS FIRE CREW AT THE STOUTS FIRE SUNDAY MORNING.  KENNETH CURTIS POLCHOWSKI WAS DISCOVERED MISSING BY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS STAFF AROUND 6AM SUNDAY. POLCHOWSKI IS DESCRIBED AS A 26 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE, 5'10'' AND 180 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES.  HE WAS IN CUSTODY ON CHARGES OF THEFT, BURGLARY, AND IDENTITY THEFT.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE POLICE.

8-10-15 OREGON FIRE UPDATE

Aug 10, 2015 -- 5:32am

THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY REPORTS SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON THE STOUTS FIRE.  THE FIRE NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF MILO HAS BURNED MORE THAN 22 THOUSAND ACRES AND IS 40% CONTAINED.  FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBER OF STRUCTURES THREATENED IS NOW 163…DOWN FROM MORE THAN 300.  CREWS HOPE TO HAVE THE FIRE CONTAINED BY AUGUST 18TH.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO MOP UP THE KRAUSS LANE FIRE SOUTH OF CAVE JUNCTION.  THAT FIRE STARTED AROUND 1:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  THE ODF SAYS THE FIRE IS 100 PERCENT LINED AND BURNED ABOUT 51 ACRES.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT OFFICIALS DO BELIEVE IT WAS HUMAN CAUSED.

AND TWO MORE FIRES ARE BURNING NEAR CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK.  THE NATIONAL CREEK COMPLEX FIRE CONSISTS OF BOTH THE NATIONAL FIRE AND CRESCENT FIRE.  TOGETHER THEY HAVE BURNED 515 ACRES WITH 5% CONTAINMENT.

8-16-15 BODY FOUND, MAN ARRESTED, POLICE SAY IT'S HOMICIDE

Aug 06, 2015 -- 6:01am

CENTRAL POINT POLICE SAY A MAN WHO’S BODY WAS DISCOVERED YESTERDAY IS THE VICTIM OF A HOMICIDE.   51 YEAR OLD MICHAEL JOSEPH ATWOOD WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY, AND FACES CHARGES IN THE CASE.  THE BODY OF 51 YEAR OLD RICKEY LEMICH WAS FOUND ON THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY YESTERDAY MORNING.  THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

8-6-15 - DAILY FIRE UPDATE

Aug 06, 2015 -- 5:54am

THE STOUTS CREEK FIRE HAS BURNED MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND ACRES AND IS 15-20 PERCENT CONTAINED. CREWS ARE WORKING DAY AND NIGHT SHIFTS WITH OVER 14-HUNDRED PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO THE FIRE. AIRPLANES, SPECIFICALLY HEAVY AIR TANKERS, AND SEVEN HELICOPTERS SUPPORTED GROUND CREWS IN THE FIREFIGHT.   STATE FORESTER DOUG DECKER SAYS TREACHEROUS TERRAIN, DRY CONDITIONS AND HIGH WINDS OF THE STOUTS FIRE ARE CAUSING SOME SAFETY CONCERNS.  ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR FIRE FIGHTER SAFETY IS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DUE TO WINDING ROADS SO THEY'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT AND DRIVE SLOW IN THE AREA.

 

MEANWHILE,  FIREFIGHTERS ARE NOW MOPPING-UP THE CABLE CROSSING FIRE EAST OF ROSEBURG NEAR GLIDE.  THAT FIRE HAS BURNED 18-HUNDRED ACRES.  IT'S 40% CONTAINED.

 

8-5-15 SHADY COVE HIT HARDEST BY SMOKE

Aug 05, 2015 -- 5:33am

SMOKEY CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN THE VALLEY THIS MORNING...BUT SHADY COVE HAD THE WORST OF IT.  THE AIR HAS BEEN HAZARDOUS MUCH OF THE TIME SINCE THE STOUTS FIRE BEGAN LAST THURSDAY.  RESIDENTS TELL US THERE WAS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT TUESDAY, BUT MONDAY THEY COULDN'T EVEN SEE THE HILLS AROUND THEM.  RESIDENTS SHOULD STILL USE CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING OUTDOORS... THE SMOKE LEVEL... ALTHOUGH DOWN... CAN STILL POSE A HEALTH RISK FOR MANY.
 

AND THE AIR QUALITY FOR MUCH OF THE ROGUE VALLEY IS IMPROVING.  MEDFORD IS LISTED AT MODERATE.. AS IS THE APPLEGATE VALLEY AND CAVE JUNCTION.  GRANTS PASS AND ROSEBURG'S AIR QUALITY ARE LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION THIS MORNING.  FOR THE AIR QUALITY IN YOUR AREA.. AND FOR THE LATEST CONDITIONS... YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE KOBI5 DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE AIR QUALITY TAB AT THE TOP.

8-5-2015 FIRE UPDATE

Aug 05, 2015 -- 5:30am

CREWS ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON THE STOUTS FIRE WITH THE HELP OF BULL DOZERS AND MANUAL LABOR TO "PUNCH" FIRE LINES.  THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS MORE THAN 17-THOUSAND ACRES HAVE BEEN CONSUMED BY FIRE... WHICH IS 10 PERCENT CONTAINED.  FLAMES ARE SLOWING DOWN... THANKS TO THE FIREFIGHTERS HARD WORK... AND FAVORABLE WEATHER. SO FAR THE COST OF FIRE SUPPRESSION IS NEARLY 4-AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

THE CABLE CROSSING FIRE EAST OF ROSEBURG NEAR GLIDE HAS NOW BURNED 18-HUNDRED ACRES.  IT''S NOW 40% CONTAINED.  CREWS SECURED THE PERIMETER AROUND THE FIRE AND MOP-UP OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE.  GUSTY WINDS MAY INCREASE THE SMOKE AROUND THE AREA.

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