Medford Fire Train For Emergency

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Thursday, Medford fire crews gathered in an outdoor classroom for training at the wreckage lot behind Star Auto Body. “We’ve got a vehicle on its side upside down. We’ve got two vehicles on top of each other and we’ve also got a larger vehicle; we’ve got a bus that’s on top … Continue reading »

Murder Victims’ Family Moving Forward

By Bryan Navarro BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Tabasha’s family is remembering the first anniversary of the five deaths. Just after the murders, Paige-Criado’s brother came to Medford; since those first days, he’s been trying to focus on the positives instead of the tragedy. Jesse Adams lives in Phoenix, Arizona, but on the one-year anniversary of his … Continue reading »

The Criado Tragedy: Emergency Response

By Bryan Navarro MEDFORD, Ore. — One year ago, the lawn where the home of the Criados once stood might have looked like a scene of chaos, but first responders say it was absolutely organized. The first call came in around 9:30; a report of a possible structure fire. Gordon Sletmoe of Medford Fire was … Continue reading »

Search and Rescue Training Begins

By Sharon Ko NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The search and rescue team in Jackson County says they have a 100 percent success rate in finding missing people since 2003. Organizers hope to continue that record with over 200 volunteers as part of the team this year. The California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue volunteers come out … Continue reading »

Deja Vu For Josephine County Voters

By Bryan Navarro GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The mayor of Grants Pass is pitching a new, and smaller property tax that he says could stop the crisis. Under the Mayor’s proposal, several elements of the criminal justice system would be back to 100% of where they were before the May level failed. That includes reopening … Continue reading »

Satellite Equipment Helping in Emergencies

By Sharon Ko BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — During emergencies, rural areas face the possibility of losing communication, so new equipment will help in Butte Falls, Prospect, and other parts of rural Southern Oregon as needed. The satellite is a small, self-contained trailer. It has it’s own generator, Wi-Fi system and other computers can be hooked … Continue reading »

Josephine County Deputies Face New Challenges

By Sharon Ko CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — With only six deputies patrolling Josephine County, many calls for help are not getting the attention some feel they deserve. On Friday night, NewsWatch12 tagged along with a deputy to see first-hand what difficulties they face. On average, the deputy says he responds to at least a dozen … Continue reading »

Private Security Hired For Public Safety In Josephine County

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With cutbacks to public safety, why not hire private security? That’s what’s going on in Josephine County with those cutbacks to the sheriff’s office. As a result, places like Concierge Home and Business Watch are seeing an increase in calls. The Grants Pass-based company patrols and monitors both … Continue reading »

Crypt Vandalized in Josephine County Cemetery

By Erin Maxson & Evan Bell JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — The Odd Fellows Cemetery right outside of Grants Pass is the latest victim in the Josephine County public safety nightmare. Caretakers said they called the Sheriff’s Office after Wednesday night’s vandals desecrated a crypt, but they don’t expect to hear back. It’s the resting place … Continue reading »

Josephine County Faces Crime-Reporting Problems

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Dozens of distressed residents are calling the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and running into dead-ends. The Sheriff’s Office says it is getting up to 80 calls a day, but in most cases they are not able to help. The Sheriff’s Office says it’s getting by with what it … Continue reading »

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