Illegal Pot Cartel Funds Other Drugs

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — To slow down the use of drugs like cocaine, law enforcement focuses efforts on illegal marijuana grows. NewsWatch 12 brought you a story on the marijuana clean up in Jackson County on Wednesday night. It’s grow sites like those which investigators target to hurt other drug cartels. The Jackson County Sheriff’s … Continue reading »

Search Continues for Missing Hiker

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriffs deputies have located four missing hikers on Mount McLoughlin. According to deputies, they are still looking for another missing man who was hiking from a different trail head. At around 3 a.m. Sunday morning deputies received voice contact with the four women who have been missing overnight. None of … 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 »

Murder Suspect’s Wife Defends Husband

MEDFORD, Ore. — The wife of a man arrested in connection to an Ashland homicide is coming forward saying her husband’s roommate is the one responsible. Frank Damiano was found dead last Thursday. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Merlin Elmo Bound at his home. He is facing charges of murder, assault in the first … Continue reading »

Murder Suspect’s Family Speaks Out

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man is now in custody for the killing of Frank Damiano, also known as Tony Della Penna. Now, that suspect’s family is speaking out. The suspect, 34-year old Merlin Bound, faces charges of murder, assault in the first degree, and burglary. While bound remains in jail with no possibility of … Continue reading »

Driver Arrested for Hit and Run

NEAR GREENSPRINGS, Ore. — A Nevada woman is headed to the Jackson County Jail after investigators say she hit a man with her car and took off in the Ashland area. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the victim is from Alaska and the two were attending a conference together. Deputies say 35-year-old Beth Smith … Continue reading »

High Schoolers to Debate Public Safety

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The group “Security Our Safety” is turning to high school students for any solution to secure safety in Josephine County. On Saturday, high school students will be taking part in a debate on how to solve the county’s fiscal crisis. “It was important the teams competing be O & C teams. It’s … Continue reading »

Staff Trained on School Security System

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has already identified glitches in its new, high-tech security system at Shady Cove School. Deputies say there were some issues with the hard-drive but those issues are now fixed. The sheriff’s office is also training its employees and teachers to use the technology. By the end of September, … Continue reading »

Search Continues to Find Missing Man

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A White City man who was last seen on his birthday in May is still missing. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Office says 25-year-old Chris Evans was last seen at the Eagle Point Wal-Mart Store on his birthday over three months ago. They say they’re concerned about his safety. Detectives … Continue reading »

New Shady Cove Security System in Place

SHADY COVE, Ore. — A new state of the art, high-tech security system installed at Shady Cove school is in full swing. It’s the first year using the system and the school is  the first in the country using it to protect students. Parents say they are comforted knowing their child will be safe at … Continue reading »

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