Transient Presence in Downtown Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Many gather in the Ashland Plaza at all times of the day. Some transients say they try to be respectful of the people who work downtown and those passing-by on their way to different destinations in the city. It’s at night though, when the commotion in the plaza starts getting loud. One … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

Drug Arrests in Siskiyou County

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies arrested several individuals over the weekend for possession of controlled substances and other crimes. On Friday, May 9, at about 4:00 p.m. Sheriff deputies conducted a probation search of a home in McCloud that resulted in two arrests. Tessa Brooks, 49 of McCloud, was arrested for … Continue reading »

“El Chapo” Arrest Impacts in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hundreds of demonstrators in Mexico are demanding freedom for the drug lord “El Chapo.” Joaquin Guzman is one of the worlds most wanted men for drug trafficking, and his arrest could mean a hitch for local operations. Medford area drug and gang enforcement officers say they’ve been hearing his name since the … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Man Murdered; Arrests Made

CANBY, Ore. — Three arrests have been made in connection to the murder of a Grants Pass man that happened on Sunday, Feb. 16. Michael A. Orren is charged with Murder and First Degree Robbery and two additional suspects, Francis Paul Weaver of Canby and Shannon Bettencourt of Portland, are also being charged with the … Continue reading »

Health Officials Worried About New Drug

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — A dangerous synthetic drug gaining popularity among teens has Lane County health officials concerned. Two Washington County girls recently ended up in the hospital after taking a hallucinogenic drug called 25I. It’s been linked to several overdoses, some of them fatal since 2010. Lane County Public Health says the numbers may … Continue reading »

Five Arrested in Cedar Lodge Drug Bust

MEDFORD, Ore. –Police end up at Cedar Lodge again for the third time in less two weeks for criminal activity. Wednesday morning, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force found several pounds of heroin and drug trafficking materials at the motel. Originally, officers were at Cedar Lodge investigating two suspected drug traffickers. During … Continue reading »

Kratom Use On The Rise In Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — The use of an over the counter substance is on the rise in Medford, despite it being around for hundreds of years. Kratom can be found at local smoke shops in a variety of forms ranging from pills to energy shots. “It does give a pain killer, a little bit of an energy … Continue reading »