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Meet Sweetpea! She’s an eight-year old Tuxedo Cat who is very sweet and loves to be petted. She was given to the C.A.T.S. by her previous owner who was going into a nursing home and could no longer care for her. She is quiet and loves to be around people.

To adopt Sweetpea or any other cats you can contact the Committed Alliance To Strays (C.A.T.S.). You can find them at   104 N. Ross Lane, Medford, OR, 97501 or you can call them at 541-779-2196. Hours of business are Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The C.A.T.S. also now has a new facebook page. There is information on their cats who are available for adoption. You can find that page here.

superheroesPORTLAND, Ore. — Superheroes have a surprise for an Oregon boy who survived a terrifying fire that took the life of two of his cousins.

Eight-year old Caden Teddleton has spent the last eight years in the burn center. He survived an RV fire in Coquille but lost his two of his cousins. That’s why a group of superheroes came together to make this birthday an extra special one. A staff of doctors, nurses and first responders dressed up as superheroes to make all the difference.

“He wasn’t having a very good day but after coming out here and seeing the surprised look on his face and the smiles, it was pretty awesome,” said Caden’s father Doyne Teddleton.

Caden has a lot of recovery ahead, but his family says he is tough.

TransientsASHLAND, Ore. — While most gather at the plaza, some people sit along streets. One local musician that frequents the plaza area says it’s a hangout for people passing through or for local homeless but for the most part, they don’t cause problems.

He says in the past couple weeks he has seen some meth, but hard drugs aren’t accepted by the community and that everyone joins forces to get that person to go away. City council member says tourists don’t seem to mind the transients and homeless. Most locals and tourists think it adds character and culture to the Ashland community.

Police do frequent the plaza area in the evening and at night. City council members and volunteers also take turns doing walk-by’s between 5-7 pm multiple days a week.

As for the medical marijuana use, it’s state law that people cannot smoke their medicine in public.

Tune in to NewsWatch 12 tonight at 5 and 6 to get Randa Gore’s in-depth look at the lives of  the transients and homeless in Ashland, and what impact they have on the city.

legalLONGVIEW, Wash. — From sodas to coffees, a Pacific Northwest bottler is infusing drinks with marijuana.

Mirth Provisions says it’s filling a gap in the Washington marijuana business. The company is the first company to produce the product they’re calling “Legal.” It’s infused with 20 milligrams of THC.

A Mirth Provisions employee explains, “The idea is we’re going to put a reasonable dosage in here that you can kick back and casually drink the whole thing, without worrying about how you’re going to feel later.”

The coffee drinks are on hold until the state gives the green light. The sodas will be available on Monday in eight of the 22 stores in the state that are licensed to sell marijuana.

SMOKE PIC TUESHAPPY CAMP, Calif. — As these fires continue to burn, sending smoke in the area, communities throughout Northern California are trying to deal with the poor air quality.

Happy Camp Elementary is preparing to install air purifiers throughout the school sometime this weekend. The school is expecting to open Monday. That’s three school days later than it was expecting to open.

In Fort Jones, officials have set up a Clean Air Respite Center to give people an escape from the smoke. It’s at the family resource center on Main Street in Fort Jones. It’s open from 9-5 on the weekdays.

cocos fire teenSAN MARCOS, Calif. — The 13-year old accused of setting a wildfire in California that destroyed dozens of homes has been declared mentally fit to stand trial.

Police say she is being charged in connection with the “Cocos Fire” that quickly burned through San Marcos. Her attorney has entered ‘not guilty’ pleas on her behalf, on four felony counts of arson, including one count of arson from the day before the fire started. Officials say the girl’s parents could be held responsible for her restitution.

Shawnalyse Ochoa, Deputy District Attorney explains, “That is a legal requirement in order to give notice to the family that if there is restitution they may potentially be liable for restitution.”

If the 13-year old is found guilty on all counts, she could face the equivalent of her age behind bars.

kitzhaberSALEM, Ore. — In response to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s civil suit against Oracle America, Governor Kitzhaber has announced he will full support the Attorney General. He released a statement August 22nd after the announcement of the lawsuit being filed.  This is the statement made by the Governor:

“When I asked the Attorney General in May to take legal action against Oracle, I thought it was important to hold the company accountable and recover taxpayers’ dollars for its flawed and incomplete work. We were all aware of Oracle’s poor performance and failure to deliver a working website for Cover Oregon.

Today, after months of investigation, the Attorney General’s findings go well beyond disappointing and incomplete work. The complaint filed contains serious new allegations of fraud, deceit, and corruption by Oracle. The details of the complaint, including the admissions of former Oracle employees, are appalling to me.

I fully support the Attorney General’s actions against Oracle. I will provide whatever is necessary to protect Oregon taxpayers and hold Oracle accountable.”

 

 

Snazzy Beach PhotoBROOKINGS, Ore. – A public health advisory put in place by the Oregon Health Authority at Mill Beach in Curry County has been lifted.

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided in the area. The advisory was issued August 7th after samples of water showed higher-than-normal fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters.

Although test results show fewer levels of bacteria, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds. The increased fecal matter in these areas can have higher levels of the harmful bacteria.

State officials encourage other recreational activities and suggest that ocean water contact stay at a minimum.

If you would like more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

rsc hot note firdayfixedROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Josephine County Search & Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle in the Rogue River earlier this morning. A fisherman reported a minivan was about 75 feet off of the river bank near the Robertson Bridge boat ramp.

Rural Metro first responded and was able to do an initial check and didn’t find anyone inside. Two tow trucks were called in and the Search & Rescue Dive Team helped attach the cable to pull it out of the river. Officials said this is at least the fifth vehicle in the Rogue River they’ve responded to in the past two years.

The plates have been run and the van belongs to a local person, but the investigation on how the van ended up in the river is ongoing. Tonight on NewsWatch 12 see the car being pulled out of the water and how they did it.

OracleSALEM, Ore. – Oracle America and a number of its high level executives are being sued by Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum.

The lawsuit is a result of Oracle America defrauding Oregonians in connection with Oracle’s failure to provide a timely and functional health exchange website. The filed complaint demands a recovery of the state’s and Cover Oregon’s financial losses, as well as penalties for the damages caused by Oracle’s broken promises, fraud, racketeering, and false claims for payment.

It alleges that numerous false statements were made by Oracle officials and also submission of false claims to the state of Oregon and Cover Oregon for hundreds of millions of dollars. It also asserts that Oracle overcharged for poorly trained personnel who performed incompetently, and hid from the state.

“Today’s lawsuit clearly explains how egregiously Oracle has disserved Oregonians and our state agencies,” said Attorney General Rosenblum. “Over the course of our investigation, it became abundantly clear that Oracle repeatedly lied and defrauded the state. Through this legal action, we intend to make our state whole, and make sure taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag,” Rosenblum added.

For a copy of the complaint, click here

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