Truck Hits Man After Accused Trespassing

[UPDATE 10:43A.M.] Central Point Police said they got a trespassing report about 6:30a.m., Monday morning. They said the person living at a home on First St. jumped in his truck and followed the accused trespasser when they tried to run away. Police said the driver of the truck hit the man on foot, causing critical injuries. … Continue reading »

$2,000 of Fake Bills Used at Business

MEDFORD, Ore. — Police are investigating after a Medford business accepted 20 counterfeit $100 bills from a customer. Medford Police said a man walked into Guitar Center and paid for $2,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment all with fake bills. The incident happened on Friday, but they didn’t realize the money was counterfeit until … Continue reading »

“Speedballing” on the Rise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford police arrested three people Saturday night on charges related to possession of meth. Drug abuse is nothing new to southern Oregon, but what is new is an increase in meth being combined with heroin. The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called speedballing, and while not a new abuse … Continue reading »

Advisories Called on Onion Mountain Fire

UPDATE (8:54) — Fire officials confirm the Onion Mountain Fire has now exceeded 500 acres, with continued active behavior expected overnight. A fire camp is now being set up at the Sprague Seed Orchard in Merlin. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has also called level one evacuations for areas near the fire. Evacuation advisories include … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Complex at 111,942 Acres

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — Temperatures have been slightly cooler around the Happy Camp Complex, but dry conditions are not making things easier for crews. This morning’s report shows the complex has grown to nearly 112,000 acres. It’s now 55% contained. Fire officials expect to have the complex fully contained by next weekend. Eight structures have … Continue reading »

Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

MEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local skaters is rallying for cause in Medford. On Saturday the Medford Mayhem skate competition kicked off, not for money or bragging rights, but to raise money for one of their own. Matt Hankey was forced to give up his skateboard for a wheelchair two years ago after suffering … Continue reading »

Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

UPDATE (6:00): U.S. Forest Service officials confirm the fire has broken through containment lines and expanded to 50 acres. Ten additional 20-person crews have been called in, making total of 13 ground crews. Officials also confirm a DC-10 tanker, also called a VLAT or Very Large Air Tanker, is aiding in the firefight. No structures … Continue reading »

Happy Camp Evacuations Changed

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. – Mandatory evacuations for certain areas near the Happy Camp Complex changed to advisories on Saturday. Starting at 2:00 P.M. the Siskiyou County Sheriff Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the following areas on Scott River Road. The area between Scott Bar Post Office at 27233 Scott River Road to … Continue reading »

MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement Team, or “MADGE” says there are 346 known gang members in Jackson County. While this number is up from last year, officials say it does not mean gang activity is increasing. MADGE deals with all drug and gang related crime in the county, and is … Continue reading »

Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

MEDFORD, Ore. — With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-mails to all of the schools in case of extra precautions. … Continue reading »

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