Weather Leaves Thousands Without Power

[UPDATE - 8:52 A.M.] Power to Glendale schools was restored about 8:30 A.M.. Schools started on late schedule. GLENDALE, Ore. – A weather-related power outage in the Glendale/Wolf Creek area left about 1,900 residents without power, and delayed the start of school. According to Pacific Power, downed lines and an unidentified mechanical issue were the cause of the outage. Crews were immediately dispatched to assess the … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Train in Traffic Stops

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is working with a wide variety of agencies from all over, trying to make traffic stops safer for police in a three day workshop in Southern Oregon. When police pull someone over, that person may be cooperative, in a medical crisis, or … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for 2012 Home Invasion

ASHLAND, 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 … Continue reading »

Spartans Hockey Team Delivers Coats

MEDFORD, 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 … Continue reading »

Fire Sprinkler Controls Fire at Airport

MEDFORD, 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, … Continue reading »

State Investigating Sheriff Winters

JACKSON 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 … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Halloween Policy

MEDFORD, 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 … Continue reading »

Teen Walks Away With Minor Injuries

MEDFORD, 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 … Continue reading »

Social Security COLA to Go Up in 2015

UNITED 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 … Continue reading »

Federal Law Consuming School Funds

MEDFORD, Ore. — A federal law currently set in place is consuming 25 percent of money that should be going towards county and school funding. Right now, the U.S. Forest Service is allowed to sue private land owners. This happens when a fire starts on private land and moves over into publicly owned land, destroying natural … Continue reading »

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