Police Conduct Domestic Abuse Sweep

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police and Jackson County Parole and Probation are taking action in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Wednesday, the agencies had a domestic violence round up in the city. Officers arrested seven people who were not compliant with their domestic violence probation, or had a warrant for a domestic violence … Continue reading »

Construction Workers in Short Supply

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of the fastest growing industries in Oregon is running out of employees. Local construction companies say post-recession hiring hasn’t caught up with demand, and is now creating a bottleneck in the industry. A recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America found that 83% of Oregon construction firms are having … Continue reading »

Formal Kitzhaber Investigation Requested

OREGON – This morning, lawyers for Rep. Dennis Richardson’s gubernatorial campaign filed a request with the U.S. Attorney’s office for a formal investigation into possible ethics violations by Governor John Kitzhaber and so-called First Lady Cylvia Hayes. According to the Washington D.C. Based attorneys, Governor Kitzhaber and Hayes appear to have violated federal and Oregon … Continue reading »

Final Days to Donate to Coats for Kids

MEDFORD, Ore. – Friday is the last day to drop off donations of new or gently used coats to NewsWatch12′s Coats for Kids 2014 campaign. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor collected some of the last minute donations at the Pet Country Grange Co-op in Medford, where one of the nearly 80 barrels was filling up through the … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Baby Bear Cub in Ashland Pharmacy

[UPDATE] The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said they hope to let the baby bear back into the wild by next spring. It is being cared for at PAWS Wildlife Center in Washington State. ASHLAND, Ore. — Some Ashland Rite Aid customers saw a rare site when they went to the store on Sunday.  A one-month-old, … Continue reading »

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