Breaking news KDRVMEDFORD, Ore.– Emergency teams are on the scene of an accident on Interstate 5 right now, right at the intersection of Crater Lake Highway. Oregon State Police said to expect some delays. We are not sure how serious it is just yet, but we have reports they are using tools to pry at least one car open. We have a reporter on the scene now, stay with us for the latest.


PrisonMEDFORD, Ore.– A Klamath Falls man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drugs and being a felon in possession of firearms. Vincent Sanchez is expected to serve 15 years, with another five years of supervised probation afterwards. This is the minimum mandatory prison sentence for anyone who possesses a firearm or ammunition after being previously convicted of three violent felonies or drug trafficking crimes.

Last December, Klamath County Sheriff’s detectives say Sanchez was in the passenger seat of a vehicle. They said they were given reason to believe he was carrying a firearm, which is a violation for a convicted felon. When they pulled him over and searched the car, detectives said they found a loaded handgun under his shirt. They said they also found a black duffel bag with baggies of methamphetamine, drug notes, and digital scales. Detectives were then authorized to search his home, where more firearms were found.

Sanchez’s criminal history also includes felony convictions for supplying contraband, transportation of a controlled substance, tampering with a witness, and possession of a methamphetamine, and misdemeanor convictions for strangulation, possessing a switchblade.


MICHAEL MILLSPAUGHCENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Police have arrested a man accused of following and hitting an alleged trespasser with his vehicle.

On September 15, Police responded to a trespassing report on First St. Investigators said the resident jumped in his truck and followed the accused trespasser when they tried to run away. Police said the driver of the truck hit the man on foot, causing critical injuries.

Tuesday morning, police arrested Michael Duane Millspaugh and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail. He’s now facing several counts of First Degree Assault, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment.

Tune in to NewsWatch 12 at 5 for the latest in the investigation.


rgo hot note  10-21ASHLAND, Ore. – A local nurse with Asante is inspiring others by creating a book called “Beauty After Breast Cancer.”

According to the author, it will feature 33 women who had mastectomies, and feature a picture and share their story.

Learn more about their stories of recovery tonight on NewsWatch 12 at 6.

CWI HOT NOTE 10-21JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Jackson County is considering implementing a water management project that will improve the Bear Creek and Little Butte Creek watersheds in Jackson County.

The WISE Project, or Water for Irrigation, Streams and Economy, will also support more water for the agriculture industry in Oregon.

The project includes replacing open canals with a closed pipe system, utilizing reclaimed water and increasing reservoir storage capacity. Right now, there is a large percentage of water being lost with Southern Oregon’s current water system due to evaporation and drought conditions.

Tonight on NewsWatch 12, hear from the Project Coordinator where the project funding will come from and when construction will start in Southern Oregon.


police lightsPORTLAND, Ore. — Wells Fargo announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for original information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed Wells Fargo bank branches in Salem on Oct. 16 and in Cottage Grove on Oct. 17.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information to call their local police department or FBI office. All calls are confidential and the reward will be paid anonymously.

Wells Fargo will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount, based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided. Wells Fargo may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Wells Fargo.

POT LAWSGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council unanimously approved a marijuana tax at Monday’s City Council meeting in anticipation of Measure 91 passing on the November Election.

The Council approved a 10 percent recreational marijuana tax and 5 percent for medical marijuana. The stipulation is after the election, the Council can adjust the medical tax to be the same as recreational.

Grants Pass City Councilor Mark Gatlin said the council may do this to discourage people who don’t necessarily need a medical marijuana card from getting them to avoid the cheaper tax.

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The cold front that came through Monday has pushed off to our east. Skies cleared overnight and this allowed for temperatures to drop this morning. More clouds have moved in and skies will remain partly cloudy today in all locations. Showers are likely throughout the morning at the coast and along the Cascades, tapering off this afternoon. Snow levels are around 6,000′ today and a few snow showers are possible near Crater Lake.

Elsewhere, Tuesday will feature dry weather. This will be a short term break to a very wet pattern that will begin Wednesday. Wednesday evening heavy rain will move in at the coast. This front is going to gradually travel south overnight, bringing wetting rains to West Side Valleys overnight. Periods of rain Thursday are likely region-wide. You’ll need to keep the rain jacket handy Friday because then another wave will bring widespread rain, heavy at times to the region.

Then, a cold front follows into Saturday bringing widespread rain and dropping our snow levels. Snow levels will be around 5,500′ by this time and some high elevation snow is possible. Winds are also going to stay breezy through much of the week.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

thomas duncan(CNN) — Relatives of Thomas Eric Duncan are free to move about their Texas community now that their quarantine has ended.

Family members drove away without answering questions on Monday.

Duncan’s fiancee, her children and other relatives were put in a mandatory isolation for 21 days after he was diagnosed with Ebola.

Duncan died in a Dallas Hospital earlier this month.

The relatives were just some of more than forty people cleared who were considered at risk for the virus.

TERRANCE CHAVERSMEDFORD, Ore.– Medford Police are searching for a man they said led them on a chase after a traffic stop. Police said 25-year-old Terrance Chavers was stopped just before midnight near Chestnit and 8th, Monday, in Medford.

They said Chavers had a warrant out for a DUII, but refused to get out of the car and fought with police. Police said he was able to pull away. The open door of the car injured another officer’s leg while he was pulling away. The officer is reported to be okay.

Travers eluded officers Southbound on the Interstate, reaching speeds up to 100mph. The maroon Denali Travers was driving was found abandoned on La Loma Drive, but Travers was gone.

Medford Police said if anyone was any information about his whereabouts, contact them.


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