Arson Cases Provide Challenge for Police

MEDFORD, Ore. – As the investigation into a string of arson fires continues, police said catching an arsonist provides different challenges than other crimes. Medford has seen 14 suspicious fires since June 25th, including 10 confirmed arson fires in the past week. Most of the fires have been in neighborhoods near downtown Medford, and police … Continue reading »

Wells Running Dry with Drought

NEAR EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Well-drilling companies are booked out for months because drought conditions are causing problems among clients. Gary Newman says he doesn’t even advertise and his phone is ringing like crazy with customers in need of water. This is because there was not enough snowpack to recharge the underground cracks and aquifers … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Rollover

MEDFORD, Ore. — Traffic was slowed on South Columbus Avenue after an accident left an SUV up-side-down. Police say the driver of the Jeep Cherokee pulled out of Dakota Avenue onto South Columbus and collided with another car, spun out, and flipped over. The two people inside the jeep were wearing their seat belts and … Continue reading »

Fair Beverage Sales up Due to Heat

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s hot outside, and high temperatures are increasing drink sales at the Jackson County Fair. Food vendors said they are staying cool by drinking lots of water and taking breaks when needed.  Fair-goers are buying food, but they are also buying drinks, and more drinks than years past. The Southern Oregon Food … Continue reading »

Difficulties of Tracking an Arsonist

Medford, Ore. — In the past week, Medford Police have reported ten arson fires in the downtown Medford area.  Now police are asking for everyone to be on the look out. This is not the first time Medford has seen a serial arsonist.  In fact, just last summer, police were tracking down another arsonist.  The … Continue reading »

Medford Fire Investigation Process

MEDFORD, Ore. — Three weeks of suspicious fires and a serial arsonist has first responders ready. Each time a new fire breaks out,  a new investigation begins. Medford Fire and Rescue Station 3 was called to a fire on Lazy Creek Drive on Wednesday night. When they arrived on scene, investigators immediately took control of … Continue reading »

Volunteers Help People in Crisis

MEDFORD, Ore. — Lezley Sanders answers the phone at the Community Works Crisis Helpline, “Good morning, Helpline.” She has been a volunteer at Helpline for the past 16 years. “I think one little thing that I can do is answer a phone at a crisis line, we all have time to do that.” The Crisis … Continue reading »

Timber Harvest on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. – Timber harvest in Oregon is up to its highest level in seven years. According to the Department of Forestry, the statewide timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, making four consecutive years of gains. The majority of that increase is on private, industrial lands, where yield rose 61%. Experts say the … Continue reading »

Community Reacts to Serial Arsonist

MEDFORD, Ore. – Some people living and working in west Medford are taking steps to protect themselves and their property after a series of arson fires. Staff at the Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Center, located at 228 N. Holly Street, had a newspaper recycle bin hauled away from its parking lot Wednesday morning, … Continue reading »

Crews Train for Water Rescues

GOLD HILL, Ore. — As more people hit the water to cool off this summer, emergency crews prepared for water rescue efforts. Crews from Fire District 3 held a swift water training near Gold Hill Wednesday. Firefighters learned how to paddle and maneuver rafts and how to safely reach someone who is trapped on the … Continue reading »

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