Black Bear Sighted in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Early Wednesday morning, numerous calls flooded into the Central Point Police Department regarding sightings of a black bear. Most of the residents saw the bear near Taylor and Haskell Street.  One resident said she was surprised when she looked up from her computer and saw the bear darting across her driveway.  … Continue reading »

Emergency Agencies Respond to Holiday

MEDFORD, Ore. — Almost all the police and fire departments in the area have stepped up staff and patrols on Friday night as they continue to deal with the Fourth of July holiday. After the sunset on Independence day, there have been numerous calls of firework fires, many that were completely or nearly put out … Continue reading »

Three Suspects Caught After Car Chase

EAGLE POINT, Ore. –  A high speed car chase between White City and Eagle Point ended with three suspects running from a crashed stolen car on Tuesday evening. Several agencies including Central Point Police, Eagle Point Police, Jackson County Sheriffs Department, and Oregon State Police responded and the suspects did not get far before law enforcement … Continue reading »

Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 2

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Detective Mike Vanderlip pours through maps of Southern Oregon from his small corner above central point’s police department. The interactive map on his computer is crowded with pins, each one corresponding to a report of a child victim of online sexual abuse. “People believe that somehow these events, the abuse, are … Continue reading »

Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 1

ASHLAND, Ore. – An otherwise quiet morning at an Ashland apartment complex is interrupted by the unusual sight of a search warrant being carried out. Seven officers wait outside, representing local law enforcement, FBI, the Department of Justice, and Homeland Security. “We go out and we search for those who are trading child pornography, those … Continue reading »

Robbery Reported at Holiday Inn Express

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are investigated a reported armed robbery that occurred early Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 285 Peninger Road in Central Point. A hotel employee told police that a young male entered the lobby, displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money. He then … Continue reading »

Crater High School on Brief Lockdown

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Police responded to a trespasser at Crater High School on Thursday afternoon, and a short foot chase through a nearby neighborhood ensued. Crater High School students noticed a man trying to get onto the school’s football field and reported it to school administrators. Police say the man seemed out of place, … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Teacher’s Assistant

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are looking into allegations of inappropriate or illegal conduct between one employee and a student at Crater High School. The Central Point School District has removed that employee from its high school campus. Students resumed class today, including one student involved in an alleged illegal incident with an … Continue reading »

Alleged Misconduct at Crater High School

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Central Point Police are investigating the “possibility of inappropriate or illegal conduct” between a student and a member of staff at Crater High School. Central Point Police say they were contacted by Crater High School Administration last Friday after they learned of the possible alleged misconduct. Police say the School District … Continue reading »

Residents Evacuate Safely from Fire

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Southern Oregon firefighters battled a structure fire Monday morning in Central Point. Around 9 a.m. Fire District 3 and Medford Fire responded to the fire on the 500 block of village drive in central point. Crews arrived and found the second story of the home fully engulfed in flames. They were … Continue reading »

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