Man Arrested on Drug Charges

NEAR MEDFORD, Ore. – A man from West Sacramento, California was arrested Friday night on Interstate 5 near Medford after police say he was found in possession of approximately 2.2 pounds of cocaine. Oregon State Police say 42-year-old Jay Guadalupe Barragan was stopped by an OSP trooper for a traffic violation. With the assistance of … Continue reading »

Officials Review Report on Merger

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two fire departments, two service areas and one possibility of merging the two. “When you call 9-1-1, what you care about is that someone responds quickly, who is well equipped, well trained and able to take care of your problem,” said Vice President of the board for Fire District 3, Colin Fagan. … Continue reading »

A Closer Look at Summer Camp Safety

MEDFORD, Ore. — For many students, the next few months will include summer camps and other activities. Kids Unlimited and the Rogue Valley Family Y.M.C.A. offer summer programs and say they have strict precautions in place to make sure kids are safe. The Rogue Valley Family Y.M.C.A. offers programs at multiple locations and say security … Continue reading »

House Saved In Fire

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Fire crews battled two different home fires overnight; one of them was in Eagle Point, the other in Grants Pass. Medford Fire-Rescue, and two other agencies worked together to save a home in Eagle Point late Thursday night. Officials say the garage and cars inside were destroyed. No one was hurt.

Medford Police Practice P.I.T. Maneuver

MEDFORD, Ore. — A little pressure on the bumper of a suspect’s car is all it can take to safely end a police pursuit. It may seem like just a tap, but officers say it takes skill and precision to execute. “When doing a maneuver like that, there’s a lot of  things that can go … Continue reading »

Vector Control Monitoring Mosquitoes

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Standing pools of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and are home to larva in their early stages. For more than a month, Jackson County Vector Control has been going around and treating areas like before the problem gets out of hand. Jackson County Vector Control made a stop at … Continue reading »

South Medford Students Help Sparrow

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the school year winds down at schools in southern Oregon, so does the effort to help out each school’s sparrow. At South Medford High School’s assembly Wednesday, it was announced students had donated more than 600 hours of their time and raised more than $15,000. Students first met their sparrow, a young boy … Continue reading »

Unemployment Numbers Unchanged in April

MEDFORD, Ore. — Unemployment numbers for the month of April were released today, and local economists say the numbers have plateaued in southern Oregon. Seasonally adjusted numbers have the unemployment rate at 8.6% in Jackson County and 9.7% in Josephine County. State-wide the unemployment rate remains at 6.9%. Local economists said the numbers have improved … Continue reading »

Superintendent Files Tort Claim

MEDFORD, Ore. — The superintendent of the Three Rivers School District has filed a tort claim against the school board on grounds of retaliation and harassment. NewsWatch 12 received a copy of the letter notifying the school board of the tort claim from Superintendent Patricia Adams’ attorney. In the letter, Adams’ attorney states the harassment … Continue reading »

Heat Not Impacting Crops Yet

MEDFORD, Ore. — Morris Arthur has been growing blueberries at his Alta Vista Orchard for twenty years. He’s seen cold snaps and heat waves, and said warm temperatures aren’t much of a concern this time of year. “As long as you have plenty of water for irrigation, it doesn’t really effect early on,” said Arthur. … Continue reading »

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