comedy of errorsMEDFORD, Ore.– For the twelfth straight year, students at Orchard Hill Elementary are preparing to put on their own Shakespeare Festival.

On Wednesday, 5th graders practiced their version of the Comedy of Errors. Director, Jim Amberg, said he picks the play based on what is happening at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that year. Amberg said, the cast was determined before Christmas break to make sure there was enough time to memorize all the lines.

“I have truly done it with third graders up through high school. I know that if you convince the kids that they can understand the language, they’ll deliver, and they do year after year.”

Admission is free. The show will be performed seven times on Thursday and Friday.

Show times are Thursday (April 24) 8:45 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 7:00 pm and

Friday (April 25) 8:45 am, 10:30 am, and 7:00 pm.


angel investSAMS VALLEY, Ore. – Jim Romano isn’t your average brewer.

While many in the Rogue Valley flock to the wine and craft brewing industry, Romano is going medieval, brewing his own mead. The drink is made from fermented honey and grains, and offers an alternative to traditional wine and beer.

“I like to pull my recipes from ancient history, the brewing habits of our ancestors, before hops came to dominate,” Romano said.

Romano launched Fire Cirkl Brewing to get the drink to the public. Now he wants to entice local investors to pull a seat up to the bar, as he attempts to win a $200,000 investment in the 2014 Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network Conference. Romano said the investment would be used to help market the drinks, which are already available at several local stores and supermarkets.

“What I need is help, I need someone to jump in here and is part of this business,” Romano said.

But Fire Cirkle is the only southern Oregon business in this year’s Southern Oregon Angel Conference. The four other finalists are from Portland, Hood River, and Cottage Grove. Organizers said that is a surprising development after the success of previous conferences, which have invested more than $700,000 into Oregon businesses in the past three years.

“We all would have thought that would be a large enough carrot to induce a lot of entrepreneurs,” said Steve Vincent, who is organizing this year’s conference.

Vincent said very few local companies applied this year, and many of those that did were not at the level investors were looking for. Vincent said many did not have the potential to grow as a business, or lacked a definite business plan.

“They’re companies that just aren’t quite ready for a quarter of a million dollar investment to launch,” he said.

The conference was established in 2011 as a way to help grow local business, and Vincent said it’s hard to see so few local businesses in the running this year. But he added that the Angel Investors were also taking into consideration how their money would be spent. He said in the end, some companies from outside the Rogue Valley seemed like better investments.

“There’s an expectation for a rate of return and not philanthropy,” he said. “So they still have to make a decision about what is the very best investment to make.”

The 2014 Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network Conference will be held April 30 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville.

add school daysMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Schools may soon be adding extra days in the classroom, and could bring back parent teacher conferences.

The district eliminated the conferences in 2012 in order to add instructional days. Now, the school board could add five days in the classroom for the upcoming school year, to bring the total instructional days to 175. Superintendent Phil Long said it could also mean the return of the parent teacher conferences.

“It’s trying to get back to a standard where we can provide the full quality education we want for our kids,” Long said.

Next week, the district plans to send out a survey to parents, teachers and administrators, asking what they would like to see with the reinstated parent teacher conferences, and what times would be most convenient.

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momdadROSEBURG, Ore. –  Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies say a Roseburg mom and dad are facing charges after their 2 year old daughter was taken to the emergency room and found to have Methamphetamine in her system.

Deputies were told that the victim’s parents, Michelle Burke and James Pohl, brought the child to the ER because she was not acting normally. Blood tests showed the child had Meth in her system.

ER staff called law enforcement.

Deputies went to Burke and Pohl’s residence on Rolling Hills Road and found a glass pipe with Methamphetamine residue, syringes and bindles containing Methamphetamine residue.

Burke and Pohl were both arrested and lodged in the county jail on Child Neglect, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine charges.

The Department of Human Services is involved in the case to ensure the safety of the victim and the other two children in the home, a 10 year old girl and a 5 month old girl.


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MEDFORD, Ore. — Some kids in the Rogue Valley are taking home new books this week. The “Be Inspired” campaign is giving away more than eight million books to schools across the country. NewsWatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with the Area Manager for the local SMART program that helped get several of these books locally. Watch the interview to learn more about how you could help the campaign.

Eugene_Federal_Courthouse_(Lane_County,_Oregon_scenic_images)_(lanDA0012)EUGENE, ore.– A federal judge is set to hear oral arguments over the constitutionality of a voter-approved ban of same-sex marriage, Wednesday.

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit claiming the ban discriminates against gays and lesbians and serves no legitimate government interest. No one will defend the ban before the judge, Wednesday, because Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has refused to defend it.

Judge Michael McShane says he won’t rule on the constitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban until he decides on a request by the National Organization for Marriage to defend it. If he decides the group has legal standing, he says he’ll hold new oral arguments.

Several states have overturned the ban since the Supreme Court ruled last year, that parts of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act were unconstitutional. These include Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. In three other states – Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee – federal judges have ordered the recognition of same-sex marriages that occurred out-of-state.

Supporters of the ban argue marriage should be for families units that can procreate.



[UPDATE 3:10 PM] Medford Police have just reported that officers have arrested another suspect in connection with this overnight stabbing. The suspect is a juvenile and therefore Police are not releasing a name or picture of the suspect. Medford Police said they are still searching for three, possibly even four, more suspects related to the case. We will have the latest details at 5 and 6 p.m.

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford detectives are looking for more suspects who may be involved in an overnight stabbing that sent one person to the hospital.

It happened on the 200 block of Elm Street in Medford at about 10 o’clock Tuesday night.

Officers learned that the victim, who lives at the address on Elm Street,
was involved in a verbal dispute with some associates of a neighbor, who
the victim confronted for being loud. The victim came outside of his home
and was assaulted by several subjects. Immediately after the assault, the
victim realized he had been stabbed and was taken to the hospital by a
witness who was on scene.

Police said the 39-year-old victim was stabbed in the upper body and head area, and is recovering from surgery. Police confirmed that they had one suspect in custody.

Medford detectives continued their search for more suspects Wednesday morning. Medford Police contacted 18 year old Lucas Carstens, who was on  foot in the area. Evidence linked him to the assault and he was interviewed. Detectives lodged Carstens for two counts of Assault. Police believe several other suspects are outstanding.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call (541)770-4783.

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Rain will continue today across much of the Pacific Northwest. A warm front is due to arrive by late morning bringing moderate to heavy rainfall into early afternoon, by about 1 o’clock, to the coastline. By late afternoon, the front will travel inland bringing moderate to heavy precipitation to the Cascades.

Jackson County will be in the rain shadow today and although we won’t see steady rain all afternoon, we will see rain showers and they are capable of dropping heavy rain as well. Josephine County has a better chance at catching steady showers throughout the afternoon.

Snow levels are starting off around 4,000′ this morning but they’ll be rising near 6,000′ into the afternoon. Come Thursday morning, the cold front pushes inland and this will then drop snow levels to 5,000′ Thursday evening. By Friday morning, they’ll be down to 4,000.’

Steady rain will move into the entire region as a whole on Thursday as the cold front sweeps south and east. Showers will linger into Friday before tapering off Friday night. The weekend will be mostly dry for inland locations right now with just very isolated showers. Temperatures will still be cool and skies partly to mostly cloudy. The Coast will see more showers Saturday afternoon and evening.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

cartMedford, Ore. — If there is a ever child abduction case in Southern Oregon, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office now holds the lead role for coordinating a multi-agency response.

The Child Abduction Response Team or CART just finished a re-certification process and is now one of only 20 with that certification in the country and the only team in Oregon. Law enforcement, the District Attorneys Office, city police and social service agencies would share resources when responding to a child abduction case.

“Those are the type of cases that would be every parent’s worst nightmare to have happen. So you want a real organized response to how you’re dealing with it. It takes a lot of resources. So any one police agency may not have all the resources that it would need at a moment’s notice,” said Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Heckert also said Jackson County is a good home base for the CART team because she said the area has a history of multi-agency cooperation in major cases.


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