rgo back to school shopping hot noteMEDFORD, Ore. — People are out and about this Labor Day getting in some last minute back to school shopping done. This year, 37 percent of people at least are browsing online for back to school shopping, according the National Retail Federation, which is more than ever before.

Connecting Point in Medford said they are selling smart phones and tablets for students, and laptops remain the number one seller.

College students are the ones spending the big bucks on technology, but middle school students and high school aged kids are buying new headphones and accessories because they use tablets, laptops and smart phones in the classroom for different activities.

Tune in tonight on NewsWatch 12 to find out what some of these tech items are going for an how you can have your child prepared for the first day of school Tuesday.

policeLEBANON, Ore. — Oregon State Police is investigating an early morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash Monday along HWY 34 near Denny School Rd. west of Lebanon. Oregon State Police is reporting that this was the fourth fatal traffic crash investigated by OSP troopers that has resulted in the death of five people during the Labor Day holiday weekend that continues through 11:59 p.m. Monday.

According to Lt. Vonn Schleicher, on Monday at about 3:50 a.m. a citizen found a crash scene with ejection along the south side of HWY 34 near Denny School Rd. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and confirmed 26-year old Bethany Leanne Wilson was dead.

OSP reported that the investigation showed a short time after 3:00 a.m. a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by the victim was eastbound on HWY 34 when it crossed the centerline and westbound lane. The vehicle went into the ditch, returned back onto the roadway and rolled before coming to rest on its side along the south side of HWY 34. The victim was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle, according to OSP.

cnn kraft(CNN) — Before you throw cheese on your burger this Labor Day, you’ll want to make sure it’s not part of a new recall.

Kraft Food Groups is recalling more than 7,000 cases of Kraft American Singles. The problem stems from a suppliers “Out-of-standard storage temperatures” for one of its ingredients.

Four different types of Kraft American Singles are in question. Look for the “Best When Used By” dates of February 20th and 21st of 2015.

So far, no one has reported getting sick from the cheese.

Police-Lights-22-250x169DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — A crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County took the life of two people on a motorcycle.

According to the Oregon State Police Sgt. Matt Bowersox, on Sunday at about 3:00 p.m. a 2003 Harley Davidson driven by Scotty Schull, 47 of Winston, was traveling westbound on HWY 138E near milepost 40 when the crash happened. The motorcycle went through a curve and it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by Darrell Brintnall, 64 from Portland.

Schull and his passenger, Karen Black, 51 from Winston, were both later pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets. Brintnall and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured, they were all wearing safety restraints.

HWY 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation\

Below is some information from ODOT on crashes and holiday driving.

According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates: 

* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend. 
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year. 
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes. 
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died. 
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010. 

The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel: 

* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated. 
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. 
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert. 
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen. 
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice. 
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly. 
* Avoid distractions; don’t use a mobile device while driving. 
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive. 

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1. 

cnn shark bite(CNN) — Another shark attack on Sunday raises concerns off the coast of Florida. Not long after a shark bit a 13-year old girl, an aerial drone camera appeared to show shadows in the water around surfers and swimmers.

It’s not clear exactly what was in the water, but several times the camera caught rogue shadows nearby.

The teenager who was bit by a shark had been body surfing in waist deep water in Volusia County, Florida.

A shark bit her calf. After paramedics arrived, she was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

cnn russian(CNN) — Monday marks ten years since the beginning of a Russian School hostage standoff that ended with nearly 200 children dead. On September 1st, 2004, armed Chechen rebels took about 1,200 students and adults hostage at a school in Beslan, Russia.

Over the next three days, Russian Police and Military attempted to free the hostages while militants began killing some of the captives. By September 3rd, the crisis reached its peak, when bombs began blasting in the school.

A gym roof collapsed, killing many of the hostages. A short time later, Russian commandos stormed the school, freeing the survivors and killing all but on of the militants.

When it was over, 334 people were dead – 186 of them children – and 700 more were wounded.

The only surviving militant was captured and sentenced to life in prison.


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The weather will remain very inactive this week. There are currently no storms systems on the horizon and almost no cloud cover in the 7 day forecast. Inland, skies will stay sunny into the weekend and even the coast will burn off morning clouds quickly through the end of the week.

For Labor Day, winds will stay out of the North, Northwest ..keeping smoke south of the state line. Skies will stay hazy in Siskiyou County as a result but clear elsewhere. Winds are going to shift offshore mid-week and this is going to help carry smoke west ..similar to last week when air quality improved in Central Siskiyou County from the easterly winds. These offshore winds should keep the coast mild Wednesday and Thursday.

A front will move through the Northwest on Wednesday but it will not pack much of a punch. The only impact we’ll see is cooler temperatures, and not for long.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

FireMEDFORD, Ore. – An early morning fire at a vacant home on Windermere Dr. is under investigation.

It started around 2:30 A.M. Monday. Neighbors noticed the flames and called 911.

Four engines from Medford Fire responded. Crews had it extinguished in 5-10 minutes.

The home is under active construction, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The good news is that high pressure is here and we are going to have a wonderful Labor Day. The weekend was almost perfect, with the cooler air and mostly clear skies. I say almost, only because Northern California is still getting a bad dose of smoke coverage from the Happy Camp Complex. Winds out ahead of the ridge were pushing the smoke east and south east for most of the weekend. Areas like Yreka, Fort Jones, Etna, and Weed were all sitting in the “Unhealthy for All Groups” category for most of the weekend. As the winds would calm overnight, smoke would filter out. However, in the wake of the cold front, we’ve had a few afternoons of strong winds (including Sunday) which took the smoke, and spread it out to the southeast.

Good news for cities along I-5 in Northern California. Winds on Labor Day will become northerly/northeasterly and will push the smoke away from those areas. Unfortunately this means smoke for other areas including Somes Bar, Willow Creek, and Orleans. Locations in the immediate area of the fire will see smoke (Like Happy Camp), and do expect haze in Fort Jones and Etna, especially in the morning before the winds completely shift.

At the coast, the Chetco will be hanging around for most of the week as we have broad offshore flow allowing for Brookings and nearby coastal towns to warm up into the lower to mid-70′s.

Back in Southern Oregon, almost crystal clear skies and a little bit warmer in the afternoon for Labor Day. The axis of the high pressure ridge will pass over at that time (thus, warmer temperatures). Wednesday morning, a dry cold front will pass and cool us off a bit. No moisture associated with it so we will stay dry.

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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Missing Hikers

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. – Two hikers missing for more than five days have been found alive and well.

Keith Hoover and Julie Swisher were found near Applegate Lake Sunday afternoon. The two had ventured out on Tuesday for a three day hiking trip but got lost on the second day.

“They spent an additional two days trying to find the trail,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Deputy Corp. Jeremiah LaRue. “That’s when they knew they were, in a  sense, lost.”

Fortunately, the two were able to find a cabin for shelter.

Deputies say they were able to survive because they planned ahead. The two had apparently brought several days’ worth of food as well as a water purifier to stay hydrated.

Swisher is now back home. Hoover was unable to make the hike out and was airlifted to the hospital for a precautionary checkup.

Deputies add the dog that the two took hiking with them is also doing well.


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