• Attempted Robbery near UO

    Attempted Robbery near UO

    January 27, 2015

    Police are searching for a suspect accused of trying to rob three young women at gunpoint.

    East Coast Storm Strands Oregon Traveler

    East Coast Storm Strands Oregon Traveler

    January 27, 2015

    The east coast storm is having a nationwide impact including for people from Oregon.

    OLCC Listening Tour Coming to Ashland

    OLCC Listening Tour Coming to Ashland

    January 26, 2015

    e Oregon Liquor Control Commission has announced eight more listening sessions to hear from communities around the state as the agency implements Oregon's recreational marijuana law. Two meetings held last week in Baker City and Pendleton together drew more than 180 people.

    Olivia’s Story: Lyme Disease in Oregon

    Olivia's Story: Lyme Disease in Oregon

    January 26, 2015

    13-year-old Olivia Christensen was diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year and has had a tough fight ever since.

    MONEYWATCH: Tax Season Scams

    MONEYWATCH: Tax Season Scams

    January 26, 2015

    Identity thieves are stealing people's Social Security numbers and other key pieces of personal information in order to file a fraudulent tax return and claim a refund, the IRS warned Monday.

    Local Jobless Rate Continues Decline

    Local Jobless Rate Continues Decline

    January 26, 2015

    The unemployment rate continued to tick down in the Rogue Valley as job losses in construction were offset by private education and health services positions. According to the Oregon Employment Department, Jackson County's unemployment rate dropped from 8.6 to 8.4 percent in December.

    Medford Police Hiring New Officers

    Medford Police Hiring New Officers

    January 26, 2015

    Medford Police Department is in the middle of interviews as they look for people to fill open spots in the agency. Administrators said hiring happens about twice a year, and this time around they had more than 200 applicants.

    Measles Threaten Unvaccinated Local Kids

    Measles Threaten Unvaccinated Local Kids

    January 26, 2015

    Oregon is on high alert for Measles after being named one of six states facing the highly contagious disease after the Disneyland outbreak. Doctors said there has been one documented case of Measles in Oregon so far.

    Coast Guard Suspends Search

    Coast Guard Suspends Search

    January 26, 2015

    Coast Guard crews suspended the search Monday morning for a man who disappeared after the boat he was on capsized. It happened Sunday afternoon near Paradise Point in Port Orford. Crews say three people were on board at the time, and two made it to shore.

    Brush Fire Burns Near San Francisco

    Brush Fire Burns Near San Francisco

    January 26, 2015

    Flames erupted early Monday morning in Pacifica about 15 miles south of San Francisco. High winds pushed the brush fire near a neighborhood, forcing dozens of evacuations. It also threatened a nearby high school.

    Truffle Festival Draws Thousands

    Truffle Festival Draws Thousands

    January 26, 2015

    The Willamette Valley is one of the only places in North America where you can find truffles that make extraordinary dishes which is why the Oregon Truffle Festival drew crowds from as far as Australia and France. The festival takes place in Eugene each year. This year, it expanded to Portland.

    Oregon Trails-Jails

    Oregon Trails-Jails

    January 26, 2015

    at one time most towns of any size had a jail. not so anymore. meanwhile, many county jails are also struggling for funding.

    Coast Guard Searches for Boater

    Coast Guard Searches for Boater

    January 26, 2015

    Coast Guard crews and local responders were searching for a missing man near Paradise Point in Port Orford, Oregon Sunday.

    Coast Guard Medevacs Teen to OHSU

    Coast Guard Medevacs Teen to OHSU

    January 26, 2015

    A 15-year-old is at OHSU after suffering a head injury in Powers Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced the teen Friday night from Coquille to Portland.

    Malaysia Airlines Hacked By Terror Group

    Malaysia Airlines Hacked By Terror Group

    January 26, 2015

    Malaysia Airlines website was hacked by a group claiming to support the terror group, ISIS. The browser tab read "Isis will prevail."

    Second Trial for Murder Suspect

    Second Trial for Murder Suspect

    January 26, 2015

    A man accused of murdering his girlfriend over a year ago is expected to appear before a jury Monday morning. The trial for Jose Valencia-Gaona's trial is scheduled to begin at 9 A.M. before a twelve person jury.

    Local Fans React to Deflate-Gate

    Local Fans React to Deflate-Gate

    January 25, 2015

    “Deflate-gate” continues to be the talk around the country as the Super Bowl gets closer, and local fans are hoping it doesn’t take over the excitement. It’s the latest scandal to rock the sports world before the two best teams in the NFL play on the biggest stage.

    Woman Trying to Find Owner of Old Photos

    Woman Trying to Find Owner of Old Photos

    January 25, 2015

    A woman is turning to the public for help reuniting a family with a part of its history. Tammy Ferguson found an envelope of old photos about a year ago in an old coach while working at RV Outlet in Eugene.

    WEB EXTRA: Mark Schultz Talks Foxcatcher

    WEB EXTRA: Mark Schultz Talks Foxcatcher

    January 25, 2015

    On Sunday, NewsWatch 12 Reporter sat down with Mark Schultz, an Olympic and World Champion in Wrestling.

    Local Ties to “Foxcatcher”

    Local Ties to "Foxcatcher"

    January 25, 2015

    Mark Schultz says when he wrote his book Foxcatcher, he never dreamed it would be on the big screen someday. But since it is the story of his own life, it can be tough to share his very personal story with the world.

    The RRRink Hosts Annual Doll Party

    The RRRink Hosts Annual Doll Party

    January 25, 2015

    American Girl Dolls and action figures made their way out on the ice Sunday to celebrate national figure skating month and the annual doll party. This event is organized by the Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club and has been around for a few years.

    Gathering Planned for Missing Ashland Teen

    Gathering Planned for Missing Ashland Teen

    January 25, 2015

    Ashland High School students, faculty and staff will come together Tuesday morning to spell out a message on the football field hoping to reach missing teen Hannah "Moose" Thomas-Garner. The high school plans to have everyone wear red and gather together.

    La Pine SWAT Stand-off Ends in Arrest

    La Pine SWAT Stand-off Ends in Arrest

    January 25, 2015

    A man is in police custody after a stand-off with SWAT in La Pine that lasted for more than two hours early Sunday morning. Oregon State Police says troopers first responded to reports of shots fired near a residence Collar Drive, just south of La Pine.

    Arrest After Alleged Fight in Vinyl Club

    Arrest After Alleged Fight in Vinyl Club

    January 25, 2015

    A bar fight in an Ashland club results in a man being sent to the hospital and another in jail. 26-year-old Marc Anthony Farrell was taken into custody after allegedly smashing a glass container over another man's face.

    Rogue Valley Health Fair Draws Crowd

    Rogue Valley Health Fair Draws Crowd

    January 24, 2015

    The Fifth Annual Rogue Valley Health Fair wrapped a few hours ago and thousands of people made their way through these doors throughout the course of the day. Thousands of people left the Rogue Valley Health Fair on Saturday with new knowledge and local contacts to help them stay healthy.

    Ultimate Bridal Show Draws Crowd

    Ultimate Bridal Show Draws Crowd

    January 24, 2015

    It's wedding season and many brides-to-be were at the ultimate bridal show at the Jackson County Expo. They had more than 50 local wedding professionals, from DJ's to photographers to event hosts. They also introduced a new perk called VIP brides.

    Celebration of Life for Paulie Brading

    Celebration of Life for Paulie Brading

    January 24, 2015

    A celebration of life for Brading was held at the Imperial Event Center in Medford on Saturday. Her close friends say she will be missed for her big personality and as an influential leader in the community.

    Blind Cats Get Medical Treatment

    Blind Cats Get Medical Treatment

    January 24, 2015

    Two adorable little kitties are getting some special help. The two cats were born with a genetic disorder, missing 80% of their eyelids. Southern Oregon’s only certified veterinary ophthalmologist performed surgery on the two abandoned cats for free.

    Domestic Violence Advocacy Support

    Domestic Violence Advocacy Support

    January 24, 2015

    The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is in the process of getting involved in community support after announcing their decision to help start more programs to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault. Community Works in Medford is now hoping all law enforcement agencies will get involved.

    Fire Restoration Open Houses

    Fire Restoration Open Houses

    January 24, 2015

    The Klamath National Forest is getting ready to talk to the community about restoring the thousands of acres burned in last years' wildfires. The Westside Fire Recovery Project covers the area of Klamath National Forest burned in the Beaver Fire.

    House Total Loss After Fire

    House Total Loss After Fire

    January 24, 2015

    Douglas County Fire District firefighters battled a house fire on the 2500 block of Page Road in Winchester that was reported at 11:39 p.m. Friday. The first fire crews arrived on the scene at 11:48 p.m. and reported that the residence was completely involved with fire.

    Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole

    Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole

    January 24, 2015

    Central Point Police say it happened just after midnight on the corner of Beall Lane and Merriman. They say the corner that borders Central Point and Medford is a dangerous spot for accidents.

    RCC Offers Aircraft Apprenticeship

    RCC Offers Aircraft Apprenticeship

    January 23, 2015

    Aviation agencies are working with a local college to offer a program to train people from the area to become technicians on planes, jets, and helicopters. This comes without the financial burden of full time school with no income.

    Governor Supports Local Education Effort

    Governor Supports Local Education Effort

    January 23, 2015

    Governor John Kitzhaber came through Medford Friday as part of an effort to promote early education. In addition to touring a local school, he helped launch a local program that he says is helping to lead the way in much needed educational reform.

    Man Sent to Prison after 6 Deportations

    Man Sent to Prison after 6 Deportations

    January 23, 2015

    37 year old Zeus Apolo Guzman-Aguilar will spend 57 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States and drug trafficking.

    Oregon Inmate Charged in 1976 Cold Case

    Oregon Inmate Charged in 1976 Cold Case

    January 23, 2015

    66-year-old Rodney Halbower has been successfully extradited from Oregon State Prison to San Mateo County, and is being charged with two counts of Murder and the Special Circumstance of murder during the course of a rape.

    “You Have Options” In 20/20 Spotlight

    "You Have Options" In 20/20 Spotlight

    January 23, 2015

    A program at Southern Oregon University will be in the national spotlight Friday night on ABC's "20/20". The program is called "You Have Options", and it was developed by Ashland Police to help victims of sexual assault.

    Greg Mills Dies After Cancer Battle

    Greg Mills Dies After Cancer Battle

    January 23, 2015

    After three years of a community rallying around a local leader, Greg Mills' fight with cancer is over. This morning, his Facebook page is flooded with posts from people throughout the community, inspired by his long fight against cancer.

    Search for Murder Suspect

    Search for Murder Suspect

    January 23, 2015

    The search is on for a local woman wanted for murder that happened on the other side of the country. The Southern Oregon is woman is being charged with strangling a man in a North Carolina motel room and then stealing his car.

    HEALTHWATCH: How Stress Impacts The Body

    HEALTHWATCH: How Stress Impacts The Body

    January 23, 2015

    In anticipation of the 5th Annual Rogue Valley Health Fair on Saturday, January 24th, we were joined on NewsWatch 12 This Morning by a specialist to talk about how stress impacts our bodies.

    Measles Investigation Continues

    Measles Investigation Continues

    January 23, 2015

    A Eugene restaurant says it’s taken a hit since word got out that a man with measles ate there last month.

    Sexual Assault Investigation Continues

    Sexual Assault Investigation Continues

    January 23, 2015

    Police are looking for answers, following an alleged sexual assault from over the weekend on the University of Oregon campus.

    Hungry Kids Fueled by Rogue Powerpacks

    Hungry Kids Fueled by Rogue Powerpacks

    January 22, 2015

    The Junior League of Jackson County has launched its relatively new Rogue Powerpack Program at Talent Elementary School. The group saw the need for a steady supply of food to be sent home with kids over the weekend.

    New Beautification Project for Hawthorne

    New Beautification Project for Hawthorne

    January 22, 2015

    The Medford Arts Commission is still seeking proposals for a beautification project along interstate five next to Hawthorne Park. Thousands of dollars in grants are available to make this project a reality.

    42nd Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

    42nd Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

    January 22, 2015

    Thursday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe Vs Wade Supreme Court ruling. Students at SOU celebrated the anniversary through education. Under that Supreme Court decision, a pregnant person has a constitutional right to an abortion up 24 weeks.

    Former Pastor Facing Additional Charges

    Former Pastor Facing Additional Charges

    January 22, 2015

    More victims are being identified in a spying case involving a former Medford pastor. Police say Donald Biggs had been taking nude video of multiple underage girls. Police started looking into Biggs in November for sending inappropriate texts.

    Mt. Ashland Staff Layoff

    Mt. Ashland Staff Layoff

    January 22, 2015

    Today Mt. Ashland Ski Area leaders announced they are laying off all staff, even the "core staff of employees". You can read the statement from the current General Manager below, and you can find out about an offer they have for skiers.

    Cancer-Fighting Salad Ingredients

    Cancer-Fighting Salad Ingredients

    January 22, 2015

    Building a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy diet. NewsWatch12's Kirstin O'Connor joined Chef Pablo Aguilar with Cooking For Wellness to demonstrate how to create a salad with cancer-fighting ingredients.

    Bike Theft Attempt Leads to 4 Arrests

    Bike Theft Attempt Leads to 4 Arrests

    January 22, 2015

    A man called police, Wednesday night, after being attacked while two people were trying to steal his bike. Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety respond to NW C Street about 11:47 p.m.

    4.7 Earthquake Reported Near Lakeview

    4.7 Earthquake Reported Near Lakeview

    January 22, 2015

    Early Thursday morning, an earthquake shook the desert linking Oregon with California and Nevada. The quake happened about 40 miles southeast of Lakeview. The USGS says it was a magnitude 4.7 quake. It was followed by a handful of smaller aftershocks.