houston march 3CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — One year later, the search for the suspect and vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run continues. Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help to solve the incident that killed two men on October 30th, 2013, near Cave Junction.

Police received the report about fifteen minutes after midnight last year that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199, South of Cave Junction.

When emergency personnel arrived, they confirmed 21-year old Jarred Houston and 41-year old Robert Calvin – both from Cave Junction – were dead. The involved vehicle and driver had already fled the scene of the crime.

Houston and Calvin were reportedly in a dispute that turned physical and spread out into the middle of the road where they were hit by the suspect vehicle. The vehicle in question was described by Police as light colored, possibly tan, 1980s style single cab Toyota pickup, with a matching color canopy and some front end damage.

Police have invested hundreds of hours into the investigation, but to no avail. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the unsolved case.

Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111,

halloweenMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are offering some tips to parents to keep their children safe this Halloween, including finding out who lives in their neighborhood.

Medford Police said they have about 700 registered sex offenders in Medford and about 50 of them are “Predatory” sex offenders. Before you leave the house Friday night, Police say you can look up your area with an interactive map to see what registered sex offenders might be in the surrounding houses.

The map only shows “Predatory” sex offenders and gives you a picture and who the offender typically targets.

Medford Police are also offering other tips this year to stay safe, including giving your child a flashlight or glow stick to stay visible, staying on sidewalks, and giving curfew and check-in times for kids and teenagers.

Police say all drivers should use extreme caution while traveling on Halloween night.

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MEDFORD, Ore., –Notice something different on NewsWatch 12? Wednesday night we debuted a brand new set. It’s the same number one news team, just a better view!

Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — Take a quick virtual tour of NewsWatch 12′s new set and see time lapse video of the move in and set up our 7 separate sets.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — While NewsWatch 12′s new set was being constructed, outfitted, and tested, our staff continued to produce 4 1/2 hours of newscasts everyday. This took a lot of coordination and patience. In this web extra see exactly what each of our departments contributed to our new look.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — With Dennis Richardson being the Republican Candidate for Governor his current seat for State House in District 4 will be filled by one of two candidates.

Darlene Taylor represents the Working Families Party, and is endorsed by the Democratic party.

“Jobs of course is number one to help fight the poverty issue, we need to do some work on our education system, we need to get back to some of the basics. We need to work on infrastructure which is aging and crumbling,” said Darlene Taylor.

Taylor is running against Republican Duane Stark for the seat, who is building his campaign on connecting with the community, and conservative spending.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — To use all the components of NewsWatch 12′s new set it takes some special tools of the trade. One of those is a top of the line wireless microphone system. Tiny but effective – the new mics are coated in kevlar – the same material used in combat gear.

Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — Same number one news team, just a better view! Take a look inside the making of NewsWatch 12′s first new set in 17 years and the third in the history of KDRV.  NewsWatch 12 moved from a 600 square foot facility to more than 2500 square feet. Tripling our size allowed for 7 separate spaces instead of just a news desk and a green wall. NewsWatch 12 now has an interview set, sports center, weather center, weather wall, update center, kitchen and an amazing new desk for our anchors.

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MEDFORD, Ore. –  This year, thousands of coats were collected at nearly 80 locations across Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties for NewsWatch 12′s Coats For Kids Campaign. Those coats were then washed, sorted, and bundled. Now they are headed out to local schools.

Jackson Elementary administrators work with hundreds of kids and families who rely on programs like Coats for Kids to meet basic needs of many of their students. The school had the largest order Coats for Kids has ever filled.

263 coats filled 13 large bags that were dropped off by Windermere volunteers on Friday. On Wednesday, those coats were handed out at the school to hundreds of kids from all grade levels.

Teachers of each classroom keep an eye out for students that may need a coat, and a careful system is in place to make sure all the coats go home with students.

“Trying to make sure first, number one, to be sensitive to you know, everybody’s feelings. Being sensitive to needs and then being sensitive to serving the most with what we have. We do have a large school and lots of kiddos,” said Monique Strain, with Jackson’s educational support staff.

Volunteers and school staff carefully fitted each child that came through today, and handing out all the coats took nearly three hours.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, a few showers moved through the area and brought small amounts of rainfall.  It’s all along an old frontal boundary that is drifting back towards the north.  As it does so, showers will taper off Wednesday night, but a few showers are still possible for coastal locations through Wednesday night into Thursday.

Aside from a few coastal showers Thursday, the area will be getting a break from the wet stuff.  Clouds will stick around though, before then next cold front approaches the area.  We have been watching this cold front for some time since it directly impacts the forecast for Halloween and trick-or-treating.  Models have been relatively consistent with this system, and for now, it still looks like we are going to see scattered showers all through the area on Friday and Friday evening, but the heaviest, steadiest rainfall will move through earlier in the day.

After the front passes Friday morning, we will not only be seeing showers, but gusty winds.  This is true for the Klamath Basin, Shasta Valley, and the coast.  By Friday night, temperatures will start to drop, so for the mountain passes and higher terrain, keep an eye on the weather as snow levels will be dropping.  Showers will be more isolated on Saturday, and by the weekend, we will dry out and keep a few clouds in place.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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