House Fire Displaces Family

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The American Red Cross is assisting five Central Point residents after a house fire on the 5900 block of Tamarack Lane. The owner of the home says the fire started when a member of the family cleaned out the chimney and set aside the ashes. Those ashes apparently smoldered for a … Continue reading »

More Students Falling to Homelessness

MEDFORD, Ore. — More and more Medford students are falling into homelessness. According to new data from the Oregon Department of Education, 1,200 Medford students are experiencing homelessness, a 21% increase from last year. In light of that, programs like Hearts With A Mission are upping the ante in serving those kids, which now account … Continue reading »

Expansion of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

(CNN) — The New York Times is reporting that President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a more expansive mission for the U.S. military in Afghanistan next year. The reported move would ensure American troops will have a direct role in carrying out missions against militant groups. Earlier, the President had said U.S. troops … Continue reading »

Vet Gets Benefits but No Answers

MEDFORD, Ore., — When Bryan Canon left for Afghanistan several years ago, the Defense Department recognized him as a husband and father of four. When he returned to the U.S. with an injury and was medically retired from the Army the VA knew of his children and spouse but his disability benefits never showed the … Continue reading »

Jacksonville Abduction Suspect Search

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find the man who abducted a jogger near Johns Peak Road Thursday at 11:15 a.m. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s or 50’s with a thin build and “scruffy” facial hair. He was operating an older, “beat up” … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Police Arrest Jeremy McGhee

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police arrested a man accused of stealing a car and causing a car crash. Grants Pass Police arrested 30-year-old Jeremy McGhee on a traffic stop early Friday morning. Police say other people who assisted McGhee in his effort to avoid apprehension, including two other occupants of the vehicle stopped Friday morning, … Continue reading »

Sweet Gingerbread Secrets: Part II

MEDFORD, Ore. — Just in time for this year’s GingerBread Jubilee, a veteran gingerbread baker shared her secrets to scoring well with the judges. In the second part in this series NewsWatch12’s Kirstin O’Connor joined Vickie Eastwood in the kitchen, who explained how to make candy stained glass windows, marshmallow treat trees, and roofing tile dusted in snow.

Monitored Person Cleared of Ebola Risk

MEDFORD, Ore. — A person in Jackson County who was under monitoring for potential Ebola risk has now been cleared by county health officials. Jackson County Health and Human Services said Friday that a Person Under Monitoring (PUM) has now successfully completed their 21 days of surveillance and are no longer at risk for developing … Continue reading »

Injured Pedestrian Dies in Hospital

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police report a woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing an intersection has died. Denise Elizabeth Anderson had been in the hospital with severe head injuries since November 15th. Last Saturday, Medford Police say she was hit by a vehicle on the intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Brookhurst … Continue reading »

Locals Prepare for Immigration Action

MEDFORD, Ore. – President Obama is announcing executive action on immigration that could affect thousands of undocumented immigrants in the area. In a speech to the nation, the president promised those who meet certain criteria can be free of fear of being deported. For Julie Fuentes, a student in Medford, that could mean not having … Continue reading »

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