HuddlestonMEDFORD, Ore. — A Jackson County Jury says a Medford man is guilty on all counts.  Sentencing will be Thursday morning.

Jury deliberations began just 8 hours before the verdict was handed down.

Bourne Huddleston took the stand just yesterday in his own defense. s been presenting in court; that his wife , Kristy Huddleston, killed herself in March 2012 because she was upset over a relationship Bourne was in with another woman.

Bourne claims he worried someone would blame him for Kristy’s death, so he tried to clean up the scene and got rid of the gun. He called himself a coward for leaving his son alone in the house with Kristy’s body.

The state medical examiner said the fatal wound was the result of a homicide, and prosecutor David Hoppe challenged Huddleston’s version of the events. He pointed out that Huddleston has changed his story repeatedly during the investigation, and that he initially told police he didn’t know what happened.

Both sides gave closing arguments Tuesday afternoon, with the prosecution laying out the inconsistencies in Huddleston’s story, and the defense arguing that not enough was done by investigators to see if the death was a suicide. The case was handed over to the jury at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a brief meeting with Judge Lorenzo Mejia, the jury said they will begin deliberations Wednesday at 9 a.m. The verdict was handed down just after 5 pm Wednesday.

 

 

 

CalderonGRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 37-year old man from Grants Pass was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Tuesday for rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, OSP detectives arrested Joseph A. Calderon and lodged him in the Josephine County Jail for Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration, and Sexual Abuse. A Josephine County Jury indicted Calderon on April 9th. Initial bail was set at $100,000.

In June of 2013, OSP detectives began an investigation into allegations that Calderon sexually abused a female several years ago when the victim was between 4 and 12 years of age. There is no evidence or information at this time that there are other victims, according to Oregon State Police.

Questions regarding the case should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

droughtASHLAND, Ore.– In anticipation of drought conditions, the City of Ashland is taking action now to reduce water use over the next several months. They City and the Parks Department, “will not plant trees, shrubs or annuals starting now through the summer season,” said City Administrator Dave Kanner.

“Other than a few shrubs and trees that have been “heeled in” and must be planted, we are committed to postponing all planting until we are past the anticipated drought,” said Don Robertson, director of parks and recreation.  “Due to shallow roots, annuals and even vegetable gardens use as much water as grass.”

In addition, the City and Parks Department will delay the start of irrigation on city-owned property as long as possible.  This helps to train lawns, shrubs and trees to need less water.  Once the irrigation system is turned on, watering will be much less frequent than in non-drought years.

Ashland’s municipal code gives the City the ability to require water use curtailment of residents and businesses if water supplies get too low.  Ashland last experienced water curtailment in 2009.  In May of that year, the snowpack measured 41 inches and the city supplemented the water supply with Talent Irrigation District (TID) water in August.  This year the snowpack measured 20 inches in March and the City expects to begin using TID water in May.

The Ashland community uses approximately 1.5 million gallons of water each day for basic indoor domestic use.  Once the community begins irrigating landscaping and continues to irrigate through the hot summer months, the community uses as much as 7 million gallons of water a day.

 

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JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — A Jacksonville man is in serious condition at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland after he was injured in a head-on crash Tuesday morning.  According to Oregon State Police, at about 4:45 a.m., a 2002 Volkswagen bug driven by Paul Sage, 47, of Jacksonville, was heading west on Highway 238 when a Dave Williams, 41, of Applegate, was driving eastbound in a 1996 Ford Explorer crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into Sage’s Volkswagen.

Sage was initially transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. Williams, who was also wearing his seat belt, was checked at the scene by paramedics and was not injured.

Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Applegate Fire District 9, and Mercy Flights. The westbound lanes were closed for about 5 hours while and OSP collision reconstructionist assisted with the investigation.

FOOD BANK

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Ashland Emergency Food Bank is now offering home delivery for anyone who cannot physically come to the bank to pick up food.

The program is specifically geared toward the elderly, handicapped, or people without transportation. The new program began on March 1, and officials at the food bank say they have enrolled six people in the delivery program so far.

Pam Marsh is the director at the food bank, and she said with the number of volunteers at the food bank, they can accommodate many more participants.

Marsh said just in the first few weeks of the program, they were able to make deliveries and are enthusiastic about the future of the program. Officials hope that more people will take advantage of the program. To enroll, the participant has a short interview process and is assigned a volunteer to work with.

If you, or someone you know, would like to enroll in the home delivery service, call 541-488-9544.

alba parkMEDFORD, Ore.– Tonight a community event meant to raise awareness about child abuse is kicking off.

It is part of a two-day event bringing families together during Child Abuse Prevention Month. From 5p.m. to 7:30p.m., family fun activities will be held at Alba Park in Medford. This will include a fish pond, sidewalk chalk art, and more.

Booths will also be set up with representatives from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Medford Police, and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Stacy Brubaker from Jackson County Health and Human Services said, “We’re just hoping that it’s a fun time for everybody to be able to come and spend time and just support child abuse prevention in Jackson County”.

Thursday there will be a more somber event. Newswatch 12′s Ashley Hall will be sharing one young victim’s story. That event will begin at noon.

Both events are free and open to the community.

codey shaferGRANTS PASS, Ore.– Grants Pass Police said residents helped to locate a stolen vehicle and the man responsible, Tuesday night.

Police say witnesses saw a man trying to break into a parked car at Reinhart Volunteer Park. When confronted, he took off in a blue Mustang reported stolen earlier in the day. Through detailed descriptions, police said that man was later identified as Codey Shafer.

Oregon State Police then assisted the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in searching the Southwest section of town. OSP said the stolen mustang was located outside a home near Greenwood Avenue a while later. Shafer was then seen trying to sneak out of that home and was arrested without incident.

He is currently in the Josephine County Jail.

No More Plastic Bags

ASHLAND, Ore. –  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months.

Last night, the council held the first reading on the issue.

The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law.

This ban would impact all stores and businesses in the city of Ashland.

While plastic bags would no longer be an option, paper bags would be available to shoppers at a cost of $0.10 per bag.

City Councilwoman Pam Marsh says there will be a 6 month grace period, so businesses will have time to transition.

Several businesses have already moved away from plastic bags on their own.

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

A mostly dry and quiet day is ahead. High clouds will be present across the region but temperatures will have no problem warming up this afternoon. The upper 60′s are on the way for West Side Valleys and the low to mid 60′s for the East Side.

Light and scattered showers will move in for Thursday afternoon and evening. This front is not very impressive and shower activity will be mainly at the Coast and along the Cascades. Elsewhere though, isolated showers cannot be ruled out.

We dry out for Friday and partly sunny skies move back in to end the week. Another weak front will attempt to push into the Coast come Saturday afternoon, but any shower activity that develops will be confined to the Coast. Inland, the weekend is looking warm and dry. Any outdoor activities (aka Easter egg hunts) are a go this weekend. You won’t run into any problems both Saturday and Sunday, as skies will be partly to mostly sunny and temperatures very spring-like!

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

This weeks weather pattern is starting to look more impressive as we chug along. Just last weekend is seemed as if we were only going to get cloud coverage but the pesky high pressure has broken down and now the jet stream can usher these storms in a little further south than expected. It will be nice to finally get some much needed shower activity, however, these storms will be short-lived and not last long (a few hours at most).

The first chance of precipitation will come Wednesday morning. as a warm front rolls through the northwest part of the area. The only places that will see these showers will be locations in the northern fringes of the forecast area. This includes the Cascades in the northern areas and Bandon at the coast. If anything falls, it will be very light and scattered.

A cold front approaching the coast will bring a better chance for showers to all areas starting in the afternoon on Thursday. The line of showers will bring much needed moisture to the area. However, it seems that the jet stream is moving these storms in faster and therefore the rain will only last a few hours at best. Current models have the showers tapering off by Friday morning.The closer this system gets to us, we’ll have a better idea of how much rainfall to expect.

Another frontal system will work its way in on Saturday morning. Isolated shower activity is expected as well. These showers should dissipate into the early afternoon and allow for the clouds to move out for Easter Sunday. All areas are expecting mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures as well.

Thanks for logging on and have a great day!

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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