Arrest Made in Serial Arson Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police arrested a homeless woman in connection to two arsons this week, and said she is a suspect in 21 other suspicious fires in Medford over the past month. 57-year-old Debra Irene Johns was arrested Thursday morning near Hawthorne Park, shortly after officers arrived on the scene of a tree on fire. … Continue reading »

Students Raise Funds for Fire Stations

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -An idea sparked by the major wildfires that destroyed over 70,000 acres of Southern Oregon last summer, Hidden Valley High School students Rachel Loughran, Jordan Gilbert, and Sylvia Marr have found a way to award $35,060 to their local Fire Departments in Josephine County. As members of the Josephine County Foundation (JCF)- … Continue reading »

WEB EXTRA: Police Speak on Arson Arrest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have arrested Debra Irene Johns, who they believe is responsible for the multiple suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th. Medford Police believe Johns to be connected to 23 fires in downtown Medford in the past month, most recently in the Jackson County Jail bathroom on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

O.D.F. Recon Flights to Spot Smoke

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been two days since thunderstorms moved through southern Oregon and although time has passed, lightning strikes still smolder and sometimes the best way to get a view of the smokes, is from  6,000 feet. “They’ve got a smoke report up Tolman Creek in Ashland, and we’re going to go fly over … Continue reading »

A Look at Fires from Up Above

MEDFORD, Ore. — 6,000 feet above Southern Oregon, a recon flight for the Oregon Department of Forestry laid out coordinates on nearby smoke. With weather conditions heating up and drying out since thunderstorms moved through earlier this week, smoldering fires are now growing. Lightning strikes plagued the region, and in the sky, on an iPad, … Continue reading »

Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police suspect that four more arson fires were set between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in areas around south Medford, including a large fire that burned through empty fruit crates. The most serious of the four fires began at about 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Fir Street. That fire … Continue reading »

Charter School Waiting Lists Get Longer

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Crater Lake Charter Academy in Eagle Point is the newest charter school in Southern Oregon and is enrolling students for fall. As this new school begins enrolling, waiting lists remain lengthy for the existing non-traditional schools in the area. More people reportedly attempt to enroll in local charter schools each year. Some … Continue reading »

Another Suspicious Fire Thursday Morning

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police and fire crews responded to Hawthorne Park around 7:50 a.m. Thursday morning for a palm tree that caught on fire. Fire officials said this fire is also suspicious, occurring right on the heals of the suspicious fire started on Fir St. earlier Thursday morning. Officials said they found a box … Continue reading »

Early Morning Fire in Downtown Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – A suspicious, early morning fire sent police searching for a possible arson suspect near S. Fir St.  and Melrose Ave. The fire broke out around 3:30 A.M. Large flames got close to a building, but fire crews were able to keep it from catching fire. At one point, it appeared police officers were pulling people over to … Continue reading »

Witnesses Describe Possible Fire Suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. — Another small downtown fire broke out around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, but police are hopeful that the incident may give them the break they need. Officials responded to the reports of a fire in the doorway of a warehouse building in the 400 block of South Fir Street. Police and fire … Continue reading »

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