• Rally Highlights Divide Over Ferguson

    Rally Highlights Divide Over Ferguson

    November 25, 2014

    People have gathered in Medford to show support for Michael Brown and his family. About 30 people rallied Tuesday afternoon, chanting and drumming in support of Brown's family. Those driving by were largely honking and yelling support for Officer Darren Wilson.

    Police Investigating Car Crash Death

    Police Investigating Car Crash Death

    November 25, 2014

    The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly motor vehicle crash in the 400 Block of Azalea Dr. On Monday November 24, police received reports of a 1997 Oldsmobile sedan that left the road and immediately caught fire with the driver trapped inside.

    Police Investigating Body Near Ft. Jones

    Police Investigating Body Near Ft. Jones

    November 25, 2014

    The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body found outside of near Ft. Jones. The initial report came in about 1:30 P.M. on November 24th. According to officials, investigators suspect the body may had been in the area about a day before being discovered.

    Oregon Trails: Prohibition

    Oregon Trails: Prohibition

    November 25, 2014

    passage of Oregon's recreational marijuana law, a lot of similarities appear with the passage of one of the countries first alcohol prohibition laws.

    Chimney Blamed for Fire in Grants Pass

    Chimney Blamed for Fire in Grants Pass

    November 25, 2014

    Rural/Metro Fire confirms a chimney fire started a house fire in the 3,400 block of Elk Lane. Fire Crews were called out Tuesday morning after the owner reported being awakened by the smoke alarm, and seeing a glow where the wood stove pipe went into the wall and chimney.

    ER Visits Reach All-Time High

    ER Visits Reach All-Time High

    November 24, 2014

    Emergency room visits are at an all-time high. New data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows there have been 140 million in the past year, and that number is expected to increase. The main reason for the increase, the Affordable Care Act

    District Attorney Vacancy in JoCo

    District Attorney Vacancy in JoCo

    November 24, 2014

    Oregon's governor is searching for the next district attorney for Josephine County. With only a few months left until the current District Attorney Stephen Campbell leaves office, time is running out to find a replacement.

    Another Admits Guilt in Iron 44 Crash

    Another Admits Guilt in Iron 44 Crash

    November 24, 2014

    Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced another former Carson Helicopters official is admitting guilt to criminal charges for lying about the aircraft's safety.

    Mt. Ashland Launches Funding Campaign

    Mt. Ashland Launches Funding Campaign

    November 24, 2014

    Mt. Ashland launched "The Next 50 Years of Mt. Ashland" Campaign Monday. The Campaign will raise funds to be used to improve services and create more events at the Southern Oregon community ski area.

    Crews Investigating 2nd Alarm House Fire

    Crews Investigating 2nd Alarm House Fire

    November 24, 2014

    Crews are investigating a structure fire that damaged the attic and roof of a home on Pinecrest Terrace. It happened Monday at about 10:50 AM. According to reports, firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the roof of the two-story home.

    Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

    Local Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

    November 24, 2014

    Total payroll in Jackson County rose by 1,630 in October, dropping the local unemployment rate nearly one full percent from the same time last year. According to a new report from the Employment Department, the new seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Jackson County is 8.5 percent.

    Police Search for Suspect After Attack

    Police Search for Suspect After Attack

    November 24, 2014

    Police are searching for a suspect in an attack in Union Park, after an alleged drug deal went bad. At about 6:00 P.M. Sunday night, officers were dispatched to the park after reports of a fight. They determined that an 18 year-old man was involved in a physical altercation with another male who

    Counties Fighting for Fire Season Funds

    Counties Fighting for Fire Season Funds

    November 24, 2014

    County commissioners in Oregon are fighting for awareness about a law in place that does not allow money to be pumped back into counties after timber is burned during fire seasons. Currently, 16 U.S.C. 579c does not allow or address the fact that when timber is burned or destroyed by fire, and coun

    No Criminal Charges for Fatal Crash

    No Criminal Charges for Fatal Crash

    November 24, 2014

    Criminal charges will not be filed against the man who caused an fatal accident on Interstate 5 in September. Jackson County District Attorney, Beth Heckert, said after a thorough investigation, Steven Coleman was determined to not be driving recklessly or with criminal negligence.

    Medford Kid’s Nike Design Sold Out

    Medford Kid's Nike Design Sold Out

    November 24, 2014

    The Nike shoes designed by a local kid battling kidney disease are already sold out. Inspired by his love for the San Fransisco 49ers, Alejandro Munoz created a sneaker line for the Doernbecher Freestyle Program.

    Oregon Ski Season Gets Underway

    Oregon Ski Season Gets Underway

    November 24, 2014

    Mt. Bachelor has announced that it will open on a limited basis starting Monday, November 24th. Representatives said there is enough snow beneath the Sunshine Accelerator lift to allow for a pre-Thanksgiving terrain.

    At-Risk Teens Run to Help Others

    At-Risk Teens Run to Help Others

    November 23, 2014

    More than 1,000 runners participated in the 8th annual EWEB Run to Stay Warm. Five high school students from Albany Option School trained for weeks to run the 5K. It was an accomplishment some students didn’t think they would reach when they first enrolled in a running class.

    Lawsuit Challenges Air Facility Closure

    Lawsuit Challenges Air Facility Closure

    November 23, 2014

    A federal lawsuit is about to be filed, challenging the legality of the U.S. Coast Guard's plans to close its air facility in Newport. The Newport Fishermen's Wives Group has been raising money so the group could hire an attorney to file a lawsuit.

    Pedestrian Hit by Car Remembered

    Pedestrian Hit by Car Remembered

    November 23, 2014

    Grants Pass police are investigating a vehicle pedestrian crash that killed an elderly man last night. Police say a 64-year-old man, identified by friends as Leslie Wayne Collins, died while crossing the street around the 1300 block of Redwood Avenue.

    Grants Pass Welcomes New Officers

    Grants Pass Welcomes New Officers

    November 23, 2014

    Sunday was Officer Charlie Carnahan's fourth shift. He’ll be in training for 16 to 20 weeks. He’s already been to the police academy and is a military veteran. Carnahan said he has to complete four training phases and a shadow phase before officially becoming an officer.

    Community Prays For Snow on Mt. Ashland

    Community Prays For Snow on Mt. Ashland

    November 23, 2014

    After getting a few flurries of snow on Mt. Ashland this weekend, people gathered together at the base of the mountain to pray for the upcoming winter season.

    Police Search for Stabbing Suspect

    Police Search for Stabbing Suspect

    November 23, 2014

    According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, 23-year-old Levi Jordan was initially involved in a fist fight with another unidentified man outside the 99 Proof Bar on Fruitdale Drive. Police say the suspect stabbed Jordan with a cutting instrument, and then fled the scene.

    Elderly Man Killed While Crossing Road

    Elderly Man Killed While Crossing Road

    November 23, 2014

    A Grants Pass man is dead after being struck by a car. Grants Pass Police responded to the 1300 block of Redwood Avenue around 7 p.m. last night. They say an elderly man was crossing the road where he was hit and killed.

    Medford Police Locate Missing Boy

    Medford Police Locate Missing Boy

    November 23, 2014

    Police located him at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and have now returned him to his home. The Medford Police Department activated the ‘A Child Is Missing” alert program that notifies area residents of the fact that a child is missing their area.

    Mt. Ashland Snowfall

    Mt. Ashland Snowfall

    November 22, 2014

    Mount Ashland is seeing some flurries of snow as we head into the holiday season. A little bit of cautious optimism for the skiers and snowboarders out there. Overnight last night and into today the mountain received about an inch of snow.

    House Fire Displaces Family

    House Fire Displaces Family

    November 22, 2014

    The American Red Cross is assisting five Central Point residents after a house fire on the 5900 block of Tamarack Lane. The Red Cross says the fire affected three adults and two children.

    Tax Services Discuss Affordable Care Act

    Tax Services Discuss Affordable Care Act

    November 22, 2014

    Tax time is closing in and this year, Oregonians are looking at steep tax penalties for being uninsured. Those who fail to enroll can face penalties anywhere from 95 dollars for a single person, to up to $12,000 for a family of five.

    Paddington Station Open House

    Paddington Station Open House

    November 22, 2014

    Ashland's Paddington Station is getting people into the holiday spirit with their annual open house event. All day long, customers came by for live music, food, and family-friendly events. Lines even extended out the door an hour before opening.

    Second Day of Gingerbread Jubilee

    Second Day of Gingerbread Jubilee

    November 22, 2014

    The second day in the Gingerbread Jubilee allowed the public to view amazing, award-winning gingerbread crafts, made right here in the Rogue Valley.

    ACCESS Quilt Donation Drive

    ACCESS Quilt Donation Drive

    November 22, 2014

    On Saturday, about 50 volunteers from the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Sewing Guild met up at ACCESS to collect donated quilts, robes, pajamas, hats, and other items for local air organizations.

    More Students Falling to Homelessness

    More Students Falling to Homelessness

    November 22, 2014

    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-percent increase from last year.

    Fire Officials Ask Community Feedback

    Fire Officials Ask Community Feedback

    November 21, 2014

    Fire District 3 is asking community members for feedback and ideas for improving over the next several years. The district held a two-day conference. Leaders from cities, police and assisting agencies all attended.

    Vet Gets Benefits but No Answers

    Vet Gets Benefits but No Answers

    November 21, 2014

    Less than 24 hours after our original story aired Bryan Canon got a call from the VBA office in Portland. Within 3 days all the backpay was deposited into Bryan's account.

    Jacksonville Abduction Suspect Search

    Jacksonville Abduction Suspect Search

    November 21, 2014

    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” gray or faded blue minivan. It is believed the suspect may be homeless and living in the vehicle.

    Grants Pass Police Arrest Jeremy McGhee

    Grants Pass Police Arrest Jeremy McGhee

    November 21, 2014

    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. On September 5th, Grants Pass Police say McGhee was caught driving a stolen car.

    Sweet Gingerbread Secrets: Part II

    Sweet Gingerbread Secrets: Part II

    November 21, 2014

    In the second part in this series NewsWatch12’s Kirstin O’Connor joined Vickie Eastwood in the kitchen, who explains how to make candy stained glass windows, marshmallow treat trees, and roofing tile dusted in snow.

    Pet of the Week: Trooper

    Pet of the Week: Trooper

    November 21, 2014

    This week’s “Pet of the Week” is Trooper, a five month old Boxer! Trooper came to the shelter with parvovirus, which can be deadly to puppies. But veterinarians at Best Friends Animal Hospital saved his life.

    Monitored Person Cleared of Ebola Risk

    Monitored Person Cleared of Ebola Risk

    November 21, 2014

    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

    Injured Pedestrian Dies in Hospital

    Injured Pedestrian Dies in Hospital

    November 20, 2014

    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 Street.

    1986 Assault Leads To New Connections

    1986 Assault Leads To New Connections

    November 20, 2014

    Almost 28 years ago, on December 17, 1986, Medford was shaken by a random act of violence, when a young woman was stabbed multiple times walking into work at BiMart.

    New Fencing for School Safety

    New Fencing for School Safety

    November 20, 2014

    Before the fence was installed, anyone could walk onto campus at several access points. Table Rock Elementary also has multiple buildings and an open campus, where students are frequently outside.

    Locals Prepare for Immigration Action

    Locals Prepare for Immigration Action

    November 20, 2014

    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.

    Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner: Casserole

    Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner: Casserole

    November 20, 2014

    Porter's is showing us how to turn the standard green bean casserole into the Ultimate Green Bean Casserole (no condensed soup required)

    Two Arrested After Ashland Drug Raid

    Two Arrested After Ashland Drug Raid

    November 20, 2014

    After a two-month long investigation, two men are behind bars facing drug charges. The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team helped the Ashland Police to serve a search warrant on a home in the 400 block of Wightman Street in Ashland.

    Tools to Help Enroll in Healthcare

    Tools to Help Enroll in Healthcare

    November 20, 2014

    There is just less than three months left to get insurance under the President's health care exchange. Experts from Consumer Reports said it is best to enroll early and check out what the plans have to offer, even if you already have insurance.

    Sweet Gingerbread Secrets: Part I

    Sweet Gingerbread Secrets: Part I

    November 20, 2014

    Just in time for this year's GingerBread Jubilee, a veteran gingerbread baker shared her secrets to scoring well with the judges. In the first part in this series NewsWatch12's Kirstin O'Connor joined Vickie Eastwood in the kitchen

    Search for 7 Year-Old Ends in Ashland

    Search for 7 Year-Old Ends in Ashland

    November 20, 2014

    A 7 year-old missing from McMinnville since Wednesday is safe, after her father turned himself in to Ashland Police. According to McMinnville Police Captain Dennis Marks, Paul Bute picked his daughter Reagan up early from school Wednesday morning.

    Obesity Costliest Behind War and Smoking

    Obesity Costliest Behind War and Smoking

    November 20, 2014

    The financial impacts of obesity on the world comes in third, just barely trailing behind smoking and war. That is according to a recent report by the consulting firm, McKinsey.

    Meth Lab Found in Medford Neighborhood

    Meth Lab Found in Medford Neighborhood

    November 20, 2014

    Police are investigating a meth lab found in the 1100 block of S. Holly Street that found two men facing charges.

    GRACO Announces Major Stroller Recall

    GRACO Announces Major Stroller Recall

    November 20, 2014

    Child care products company Graco has voluntarily recalled 11 stroller models that reportedly poses the risk of lacerating a child's finger.