Gang Activity Leads to Search Warrants

WHITE CITY, Ore. — A spike in gang activity in White City led law enforcement to serve four search warrants this morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement have been working together for a couple of weeks, investigating recent gang activity which includes two drive by shootings and a … Continue reading »

Votes Have Begun to be Tabulated

MEDFORD, Ore. — More than 30% of registered voters have already turned in their ballot in Jackson County, and those ballots have already been counted. No results will be released until election night, but the process is ongoing until then. A steady stream of voters dropped off their ballots before Tuesday’s deadline. “We’re going to … Continue reading »

Health Building Expanding to Meet Demand

   MEDFORD, Ore. — Scattered across nine buildings along East Main Street in Medford, the Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services will soon be under one roof. “Just for efficiency, for better use for our staff, better use of their time so they’re not running around so on and so forth, and for … Continue reading »

Local Farms on the Decline

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County farms are on the decline, according to newly-released government data. Numbers from the 2012 census show the number of farms in the area went down from almost 2,000 to just more than 1,700. Meanwhile, the market value of agricultural products sold in the county dropped by nearly 20% overall, and … Continue reading »

Marijuana Grow Sites Cleanup

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s officials are cleaning up old and illegal outdoor marijuana sites on U.S. Forest Service land. Crews are tackling piles and piles of garbage, camping equipment and other materials left behind of a grow site found back in 2010. A $125,000 grant is funding the clean-up. The sheriff’s office … Continue reading »

Letters Center Around Salvage Harvesting

MEDFORD, Ore. — Drafted last week and sent out on Monday a letter from the Jackson County Commissioners was sent to fourteen people including Senator Ron Wyden and he deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C. The letter highlights the damage to both the environment and tourism industry caused by this … Continue reading »

County Officials Approve Jail Plan

MEDFORD, Ore. — Now that construction is nearly complete on a 62 bed additions to the Jackson County Jail, county officials have approved a plan to help pay for its operation. They’ll do that by renting half the space to other agencies, including the City of Medford. Work is wrapping up on a $1.5 million … Continue reading »

Worker Accused of Drug Dealing in Jail

MEDFORD, Ore. – An employee of the jail is now on the other side of the bars as an inmate. Official arrest documents obtained by NewsWatch 12, show an employee working at the jail admitted to delivering heroin to inmates behind bars. Documents show 45-year-old Camilla Pierce was arrested. The probable cause affidavit says Andrew … Continue reading »

Ballot Measures Discussed in Jackson Co.

MEDFORD, Ore. — While ballots for this November’s lone measure have been sent out, two other measures are hoping to make May’s ballot. Two separate ballot measures need approval from cities in Jackson County to be placed on the ballot. Both libraries and the Oregon State University Extension Offices have had their funding cut by … Continue reading »

Library Taxing District on Ballot

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s now up to the community to decide the fate of Jackson County libraries. The city council voted in a 6 to 0 decision on Thursday afternoon for the city to be included in the special library taxing district. Residents will be able to vote on the May 2014 ballot for the … Continue reading »

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