houston march 3CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Family and community members in the Illinois Valley are urging progress one year after one of the biggest unsolved death cases in the area. Today hundreds marched down Redwood Highway in Cave Junction for Jarred Houston and Robert Calvin, two victims of a tragic hit and run accident that still remains unsolved by OSP.

October 30 marks the one year anniversary of the hit and run accident that took the lives of Houston and Calvin, but friends and family members say the neither the pain nor memories have dulled.

Now these rallies continue on a monthly basis to remind state police that these victims won’t be forgotten. Hear more on the one-year anniversary rally tonight on Newswatch 12 at 11.

shooting(CNN) — Two people are dead and four wounded Friday, after 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in his school cafeteria and then fatally shot himself.

The four surviving victims of the shooting are all in intensive care at area hospitals. Three of them are in critical condition, and one is in serious condition. Two of the victims were identified Saturday as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano.

Students are struggling to make sense of the tragedy. By all accounts, Fryberg was a popular student who was named homecoming prince last week. But his recent social media posts are troubling. Fryberg’s last tweet reads “It won’t last…it’ll never last.”

Though a motive for the shooting is still unclear, his grandfather says two of the victims are Fryberg’s relatives.

Friday night, the Marysville community held a vigil for the victims.

hannah_graham(CNN) — Human remains discovered last weekend in Albemarle County, Virginia, belong to University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities said Friday.

Graham, 18, went missing before dawn on September 13 after being last spotted on several surveillance cameras in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall area.

The remains were discovered last Saturday on an abandoned property eight miles from where Graham was last seen. Graham’s parents, John and Sue, acknowledged the confirmation of the remains’ identity, announced by the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and the Albemarle County Police Department.

“When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending,” the couple said in a statement. “Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of (Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy) Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.”

2048px-ebola_virus_virionNEW YORK, NY (CNN) — New York City’s health commissioner has confirmed that Dr. Craig Spencer has tested positive for Ebola.

Spencer recently spent time in West Africa, considered Ground Zero for the Ebola outbreak. The 33-year-old was recently treating patients in Guinea.

On Thursday, he began feeling fever, nausea, pain and fatigue — all Ebola symptoms.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city’s health system is up to the task, and there’s no cause for alarm.

“We have the finest public health system, not only in this country, but anywhere in the world,” said de Blasio.

“It’s a public health system that’s been developed over decades. It is ready for extraordinary challenges. We are fully able to handle Ebola.”

Spencer is in stable condition at New York’s Bellevue Hospital Center. His fiancee and two friends who had contact with him are now under quarantine and being monitored.

FIRE IN KFALLS GALE EMMONS VIEWERKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — American Red Cross said volunteers responded Friday afternoon to a house fire on the 2000 block of Round Lake Road in Klamath Falls.

The Red Cross says this single-family fire affected two adults, including “one fatality and several pet fatalities”.

No names were publicly released.

police lightsMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are investigating an accidental death, in which they say a man was killed when a tree fell on his tent.

On their Facebook page this morning, Medford Police said 23-year-old Joseph T. Jones was killed when a tree fell onto his tent in a transient camp area north of Bear Creek Park. Police were alerted of the incident by two other people camping near-by at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Police report the area off the Greenway had just been cleared of transients, leading police to assume the man must have set up camp there recently.

Police are currently working on notifying the man’s next of kin. His identity has not yet been released publicly.

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North Medford beats South Medford 49-22 in the Black and Blue Bowl. Grants Pass blows out South Eugene, Crater, Ashland and Eagle Point all lose. Mazama crushes Phoenix for the Skyline conference championship.

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Over the last four weeks, NewsWatch 12′s Coats for Kids Campaign has collected thousands of coats for local kids in need. The donated coats were collected, cleaned, sorted, and bundled. On Friday, the first rounds of coats headed out to schools.

Windermere employees have been in charge of transporting the coats to the cleaners, and now to schools. Many of the workers said taking the coats to schools is their favorite day.

This year, 263 coats went to Jackson Elementary School alone. The school has about 425 students total, and staff at the school said they have already noticed the need for warms coats.

“In the morning some of them don’t have adequate coats and it’s raining outside. It’s going to get colder soon. So, yes, we do see a need for new coats which is wonderful that we’re getting them,” said Christina Ferrari, a Student Success Specialist at Jackson Elementary.

Friday was the last day you could make a donation, and all of those donations will now head to the cleaners. Those coats will be sorted, and head out to local schools in our area in the next few weeks.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Friday brought a break in the precipitation to our area. A very well developed low pressure system is what’s responsible for the rain we’ve been getting. A cold front swung through and brought us a couple of days of cooler and wet weather. Friday morning started with a line of showers moving north. As the line exited the region, warmer air from the south moved in. This also cleared us out and most areas saw mostly sunny skies. Temperatures were up to 17 degrees warmer this afternoon than what we had yesterday.

Now for tonight, clouds will slowly increase from the west as the next cold front approaches. This is also picking up our winds. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the Rogue Valley, Northern California, and eastern sections of the Klamath Basin. A HIGH WIND WARNING is also in effect for the Basin, Northern California, the coast, and the Cascades. These will last until Saturday afternoon/evening as that is when the strongest of wind is expected. Winds in excess of 60 mph are expected in upper elevations. Also, vehicles (especially high-profile) will experience strong crosswinds on west-east facing highways. Gusts will likely knock down power lines, so more power outages could occur.

Snow levels will be falling Sunday morning to around 5,000′, so dusting of the upper elevations is expected. This includes, Diamond Lake Summit, Crater Lake NP, and Hwy. 140 near Lake of the Woods. This will be a light dusting. Still, travel will be impacted and roads will be slick.

If heading out to the Monster Dash this Saturday in Ashland, expect rain, on and off and also gusty winds at times.

Thanks for logging on and have a great weekend!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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IMG_20141024_120656MEDFORD, Ore. — Rival Medford football teams are working together to raise awareness for domestic violence.

North and South Medford High set aside their competition for a brief moment before Friday night’s game to sign a pledge saying they will “neither accept nor demonstrate domestic violence.”

In addition to that pledge, each team wore a logo on their helmets with a saying “what you tolerate, you encourage.”

“I feel like it’s going to give us something to play for in a way, because we’ll be wearing that sticker on our helmet,” said South Medford player Jahan Kahusi.

The idea for the pledge came from Klamath Falls, which earlier this month held a rally to raise awareness for the issue. Players from Henley, Mazama, and Klamath Union High Schools walked in that march. They later worked with community leaders to design the logo, and challenged other schools in the area to participate.

Coaches in Medford say it was a no-brainer to take part, given the recent controversy caused by Ray Rice and other professional players.

“The NFL has caused a lot of talk, it’s in the media a lot,” said North Medford coach Mike Mitchell. “I think it’s good because it’s going to get an awareness that needs to be out there.”

Saint Mary’s also agreed to hop on board, wearing the logo and signing the pledge during Saturday night’s game.

Meanwhile the message is reaching the college level. University of Oregon athletics officials say they’ve heard of the initiative, but haven’t said whether or not they’ll participate.

But players in Southern Oregon say, regardless of how far the movement goes, just wearing the small logo makes them feel that much better going out onto the field.

“Whichever way the game goes, we’re still helping a good cause,” said North Medford running back Nick Janakes.

This is the second cause North and South Medford High Schools have supported this season. They also added logos to their helmets in support of breast cancer awareness.

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