WILLIAMSASHLAND, Ore. – A man is now facing charges for a home invasion and robbery in 2012.

According to investigators, Ryan Williams and two other suspects were arrested in April of 2012 for invading and robbing a single family home on the 100 block of Alnut Street. .

Williams was released on bail at the time, but failed to show up for his scheduled court appearance.

This week, he was located in Los Angeles and arrested.

Williams is facing charges for failure to appear, robbery, kidnapping and theft, as well as drug related charges from another case.

 

spartansMEDFORD, Ore. — The Southern Oregon Spartans Hockey team delivered hundreds of coats to NewsWatch 12 Wednesday for the Coats For Kids campaign. 18 players boarded the Spartans team bus Tuesday morning and traveled to Southern Oregon Linen Service in White City to pick up and transport coats to the news station.

New Head Coach David Cole said this is a way for his players to get out in the community when they aren’t practicing, traveling or playing games on the ice.

The Spartans Hockey Team usually uses the bus to travel to other states to play in games and tournaments, but today the bus was filled with coats donated for children in the Rogue Valley.

Coming up tonight on NewsWatch 12 5 and 6 o’clock, see how the Spartans hockey players spent their time in the community and how local organizations will sort through these coats through these coats to be donated later this week.

10170890_247457895456145_2992294449428889024_nMEDFORD, Ore. – Fire crews responded to a fire alarm this morning at Airport Chevrolet on Biddle Road.

While in route, the response was upgraded to a structure fire response, prompting two additional fire engines from Medford and one additional fire engine from Fire District #3 to be sent to the scene.

According to Officials, a single fire sprinkler head activated effectively controlling the fire and preventing it from

spreading throughout the building until firefighters arrived.

The fire caused an estimated $2,000 in property and content losses. Potential losses were valued in the millions.

Fire Investigators determined the fire was accidental caused by welding operations.

 

10-2 jbo wintersJACKSON COUNTY, Ore – The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is investigating the re-election of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, after receiving an allegation of false information in the November Election Voter Pamphlet.

According to officials, this type of investigation may lead to criminal charges. NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Sheriff Winter’s for his reaction, but so far he has not responded to those requests.

For the latest, tune in tonight to NewsWatch 12 at 6.

halloweenMEDFORD, Ore. – This year the Medford School District will continue its policy of only allowing Halloween costumes to be worn by Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

According to the district website, all other grades are barred from wearing costumes at school, except during a classroom party. As usual, costumes need to be appropriate for a school setting, with guns, swords, blood, etc. reserved for your home parties only.

crash 2MEDFORD, Ore.– The teenager who had to be extracted from her car after a serious wreck on the interstate, is said to be in good condition. Oregon State Police said 16-year-old Taylor Murphy was able to walk away from the hospital with some broken fingers, bumps, and bruises.

The accident happened after 5 p.m., Tuesday evening. OSP said the girl lost control of her car while entering the interstate from Crater Lake Highway. They said she was drug underneath for some distance.

Police said Murphy was cited for the accident. They said there is no further investigation.

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


Today will mark the beginning of a very wet few days across the Northwest. The first of many fronts will travel south through Southern Oregon tonight. Ahead of the front, light and spotty showers will develop and travel inland. Most of these showers are going to stay light in nature. Winds are going to become gusty along the coast, the high country, in the Shasta Valley and east of the Cascades. Gusts near 50mph are likely in the Basin and Siskiyou County. A wind advisory will go into effect at 1pm this afternoon to account for this.

Rain will become heavy by early evening along the coast and gradually spread south and east through the overnight hours. Through Thursday, 2″-3″ of rain will fall along the coast and between 0.50″-2″ inland with the highest totals being along the high terrain and in Western Siskiyou County.

The front moves through early Thursday and at which post frontal showers will be ongoing through Thursday night. Another front will rise north as a warm front bring more widespread rain Thursday into Friday. We then will get another wave into the weekend bringing more rain. Snow levels will stay high until Saturday afternoon. They then will drop to 5,500′ Saturday night and high elevation snow will be possible.

For now, the stormy pattern looks to continue through early next week with an additional system moving in on Tuesday. This will keep clouds around through the end of the extended and cooler temperatures.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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SSIUNITED STATES – Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will start with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million S.S.I. beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According the Social Security Administration, as of December of 2013, there were 4,590 beneficiaries in Jackson County, and 2,623 in Josephine County.

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000. Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

 

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ASHLAND, Ore. — SOU’s Brock Gutches is putting together one of the most dominant wrestling careers in NAIA history. He’s a three-time national champion, with a 15-9 record against NCAA DI wrestlers. On November 1st, Gutches will get his chance to compete on one of the biggest stages in college wrestling.

Gutches was invited to be in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic, after Pitt’s Tyler Wilps withdrew because of an injury. The event features one match from each wight class. Seven of the ten matches feature a wrestler ranked number one in the NCAA in their weight class.

Gutches is the first NAIA wrestler to compete at this event since 2004, but he’ll get an opponent he’s familiar with. He’ll square off with Robert Kokesh of Nebraska, who beat Gutches in the finals of the Reno Tournament of Champions last season.

“I definitely expect it out of myself that I should be wrestling in all the big tournaments,” Gutches said. “NAIA, DI, DII, I mean they’re all just kind of labels. I like being the only NAIA guy to go to it but I’m going there to beat a specific guy. I’m not going because it’s a special dual or anything like that. I want to beat this guy and that’s why I really want to go to the dual is because I want to wrestle him and I want to have a little bit of payback.”

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