• $2,000 of Fake Bills Used at Business

    $2,000 of Fake Bills Used at Business

    September 14, 2014

    Medford Police said a man walked into Guitar Center and paid for $2,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment all with fake bills. The incident happened on Friday, but they didn't realize the money was counterfeit until the next day.

    “Speedballing” on the Rise

    "Speedballing" on the Rise

    September 14, 2014

    The combination of meth and heroin at the same time is called "speedballing" and while not a new abuse of drugs, officials in Medford said it has recently become more common in Jackson County. The effects of meth and heroin become escalated when used at the same time.

    Backpacks Donated to Help Homeless Teens

    Backpacks Donated to Help Homeless Teens

    September 14, 2014

    Students at Hidden Valley High School are putting together backpacks for at-risk or homeless students. The group is filling 50 backpacks with a variety of items including blankets, hygiene materials, and school supplies.

    Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

    Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

    September 14, 2014

    Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley.

    Advisories Called on Onion Mountain Fire

    Advisories Called on Onion Mountain Fire

    September 14, 2014

    The fire on Onion Mountain has now grown to more than 500 acres. Forest officials say winds pushed the Onion Mountain Fire to the northwest, crossing over Forest Road 2509 and threatening the Onion Mountain repeater.

    Happy Camp Complex at 111,942 Acres

    Happy Camp Complex at 111,942 Acres

    September 14, 2014

    Temperatures have been slightly cooler around the Happy Camp Complex, but dry conditions are not making things easier for crews. This morning's report shows the complex has grown to nearly 112,000 acres.

    Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

    Skateboarders Support Suffering Teen

    September 13, 2014

    A group of local skateboarders is holding a fundraiser to benefit one of their own. South Medford High graduate Matt Hankey suffered from a stroke at the age of 16. Since then has been unable to move most parts of his body, and can barely speak.

    Int’l Horseback Archery Competition

    Int'l Horseback Archery Competition

    September 13, 2014

    The Rogue Mounted Archers hosted riders from around the world in the 2014 International Horseback Archery Competition in Eagle Point. The sport combines two challenging skills: riding a horse down a long and narrow course, while firing off shots at different targets along the way.

    Plan for Permanent Vietnam Wall Replica

    Plan for Permanent Vietnam Wall Replica

    September 13, 2014

    A group supporting local veterans say they're planning to build a permanent replica of the Vietnam Wall in Jackson County. The president of the Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit group says he's working with the city of Medford to find a place for the wall.

    Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

    Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

    September 13, 2014

    A firefight is underway in a stretch of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Grants Pass. Reports of a fire surfaced around 9:00 Saturday morning, prompting officials to send ground crews, rappellers, air tankers, and helicopters.

    Happy Camp Evacuations Changed

    Happy Camp Evacuations Changed

    September 13, 2014

    Mandatory evacuations for certain areas near the Happy Camp Complex changed to advisories. Starting at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the following areas on Scott River Road.

    MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

    MADGE Explains Gang and Drug Activity

    September 12, 2014

    The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement Team, or "MADGE" says there are 346 known gang members in Jackson County. While this number is up from last year, officials say it does not mean gang activity is increasing. MADGE deals with all drug and gang related crime in the county, and is now working

    Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

    Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

    September 12, 2014

    With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-m

    American Legion Reaches Out to Veterans

    American Legion Reaches Out to Veterans

    September 12, 2014

    The American Legion will help local Veterans by holding a town hall meeting to discuss the quality of health care that they are receiving from Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) and other VA facilities.

    Gold Hill Structure Fire Investigated

    Gold Hill Structure Fire Investigated

    September 12, 2014

    Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a fire that destroyed a garage in Gold Hill and caused several small wildfires this afternoon. That fire created clouds of black smoke visible from I-5, and even forced ODF to send a helicopter to scan the area.

    SOU Students Trained in Fire Safety

    SOU Students Trained in Fire Safety

    September 12, 2014

    Fire officials are teaching students at SOU fire training. This is due to students coming back to campus within a few weeks, and RA’s need training, incase a fire were to break out in the dorms. NewsWatch 12’s Kirstin O’Connor will tell you how these students are being trained tonight at 5 and

    Gang Training Helps Teachers

    Gang Training Helps Teachers

    September 12, 2014

    Gang violence has been on the decline and is almost extinct in some schools. The decline is due to a decade of racial integration and gang awareness training. About a decade ago students were largely separated by race.

    KCC to Hold Active Shooter Training

    KCC to Hold Active Shooter Training

    September 12, 2014

    Klamath Community College will hold an active shooter training on Monday, September 15 in an effort to keep faculty and staff prepared and trained for if an emergency were to ever take place. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the training and will provide employees with the infor

    “Pay it Forward” for Tuition Program

    "Pay it Forward" for Tuition Program

    September 12, 2014

    Oregon is moving forward with an innovative new program, to help residents pay for college. The "Pay it Forward" program would allow students to attend an Oregon college tuition free in exchange for a percentage of their future income.

    Gold Hill Fire Contained

    Gold Hill Fire Contained

    September 11, 2014

    A pile of wood ignited on the banks of the Rogue River near the Gold Hill Bridge Thursday evening. Crews were able to manage the fire quickly and it was kept to under an acre. No one was hurt and no structures were threatened. The fire was allowed to burn.

    Medford Resident Marks 9/11 With Flag

    Medford Resident Marks 9/11 With Flag

    September 11, 2014

    A Medford resident put up an American flag on the side of their home in memory of September 11th. Marcia Williamson says the flag is 10 by 15 ft., but they had to shorten it to fit on the side of the house. This is the first year they've put the flag up.

    Holly Theater Hosts Event After 28 Years

    Holly Theater Hosts Event After 28 Years

    September 11, 2014

    Even though the Holly Theater is not yet restored, it will host its first public event for the first time in 28 years. The theater will be one of twelve venues for Downtown Art + Sound, the new two-day music and fine art festival produced by Metro Medford Downtown Association and sponsored by the Me

    Local Firefighters Honor 9/11

    Local Firefighters Honor 9/11

    September 11, 2014

    More than 300 of those killed on September 11th were firefighters. In honor of their sacrifice, firefighters here in Southern Oregon took part in a memorial stair climb. More than 100 firefighters climbed the stairs.

    ODF Warns of Increased Fire Activity

    ODF Warns of Increased Fire Activity

    September 11, 2014

    As we move closer to fall, fire officials are getting ready for fire activity to pick up. The Oregon Department of Forestry says with cooler temperatures at night, fire officials are noticing more warming fires being starting by campers and early morning hunters,

    Bike Safety Fair This Weekend

    Bike Safety Fair This Weekend

    September 11, 2014

    The City of Central Point Parks and Recreation Department and Rogue Valley Transportation District will hold a Bike Safety Fair this Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Central Point City Hall, located at the 100 block of S. 2nd Street.

    Medford Officers Justified in Shooting

    Medford Officers Justified in Shooting

    September 11, 2014

    At today's conference, District Attorney Beth Heckert announced the officers involved in the shooting on August 24th, were justified for using deadly force. The Grand Jury met for four hours and the 15 jury members deliberated for less than 5 min.

    Senior Financial Abuse Growing

    Senior Financial Abuse Growing

    September 11, 2014

    Financial exploitation of seniors is on the rise in Oregon. A new report from the office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations found that reports of financial abuse rose 18% from 2012 to 2013. Senior financial abuse has been growing for years.In fact,

    Person(s) Wanted by OSP for Poaching

    Person(s) Wanted by OSP for Poaching

    September 11, 2014

    Oregon State Poilice Fish and Wildlife division needs help locating the person or persons who are involved and responsible for the killing of a large bull elk roughly five miles southeast of Eagle Point. The reward of up to $10,000.00 could be offered for information leading to an arrest and convict

    Happy Camp Mandatory Evacuation Changed

    Happy Camp Mandatory Evacuation Changed

    September 11, 2014

    The Siskiyou County Sheriff Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the following areas on Scott River Road, from Highway 96 to Scott Bar Post Office at 27233 Scott River Rd this includes all of Mill Creek Road. The area between

    Marijuana Conference Draws Locals

    Marijuana Conference Draws Locals

    September 11, 2014

    Cannabis advocates in Southern Oregon are heading north to Portland for the state's first ever international marijuana conference. Five different Jackson County businesses are taking part in the International Marijuana Business Conference.

    Hit List Surfaces at Sherwood High

    Hit List Surfaces at Sherwood High

    September 11, 2014

    Just a week after school started at a Portland-area high school, a hit list has surfaced that has parents and students concerned. Police say a Sherwood High School student wrote up a list of 23 students, but the list didn't include any information about specific threats.

    Yellow Point Fire Update

    Yellow Point Fire Update

    September 11, 2014

    Mop up is in full gear at the Yellow Point Fire which is approximately 25mi west of Cottage Grove. Roughly, 25mi of hose have been dragged through the mountainous terrain in an effort to extinguish the fire. Crews are worried about the dry air and gusty afternoon winds that are a concern as a Red Fl

    Serial Arsonist Sentenced to 3+ Years

    Serial Arsonist Sentenced to 3+ Years

    September 11, 2014

    A serial arsonist will face more than three years in prison after he pled guilty for first degree arson in Jackson County court today. Manoah hall appeared in court this morning. He pled “no contest” to the Thomas Road Fire and received 25 months in prison. He also pled “no contest”

    Kroger Has Program to ‘Pour it Forward’

    Kroger Has Program to 'Pour it Forward'

    September 11, 2014

    More than 12.5 million families face hunger and malnutrition in America and look to local food pantries to provide their essential food items. And while milk is one of the most requested items, it is also one of the least-donated items, creating a milk gap. The Kroger Company,

    Local Seniors Stand Up to Cancer

    Local Seniors Stand Up to Cancer

    September 11, 2014

    Seniors around the Rogue Valley are joining the national movement to Stand Up to Cancer. They are standing up because of their own battles with the disease or because it has taken the lives of so many of their family, friends, and loved ones.

    Happy Camp Evac. Advisories Lifted

    Happy Camp Evac. Advisories Lifted

    September 11, 2014

    Effective 9:00 am, September 11, 2014, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is lifting the EVACUATION ADVISORY for areas on Highway 96 from the Klamath River Bridge 1/2 mile west of Grider Road to Scott River Road including Walker Road and Grider Road.

    Turkey Sandwich May Be Cause of E-Coli

    Turkey Sandwich May Be Cause of E-Coli

    September 11, 2014

    New information has been released on the two children who got sick after eating at an Oregon restaurant. 5-year-old Brad celebrated Labor Day in Lincoln city with friends and relatives. Including 4-year-old Serina Profitt. The pair shared a turkey sandwich. Days later, both children developed what s

    Woman Finds Green Substance on Chicken

    Woman Finds Green Substance on Chicken

    September 10, 2014

    After a routine trip to a Medford Safeway store, a Shady Cove woman noticed something strange when she arrived home with her groceries. Stacey Jentzsch found a strange blue-green substance on a chicken breast she had just purchased.

    Text to 911 Not in Oregon, Yet

    Text to 911 Not in Oregon, Yet

    September 10, 2014

    When you're in an emergency "talking" on the phone to 911 isn't always the most convenient. This is why the state of Oregon is considering allowing people to text 911 instead of calling. Right now if you text 911, you will get an immediate response stating you must make a voice call to 911.

    What’s in a Name? ISIS Explainer

    What's in a Name? ISIS Explainer

    September 10, 2014

    The president is calling for an increase in airstrikes in Syria. This was announced during an address to the nation, Tuesday night.

    Callers Pretend To Be Law Enforcement

    Callers Pretend To Be Law Enforcement

    September 10, 2014

    The Curry County Sheriff's Office is warning people of a possible phone scam going around. Citizens have reported that a caller identifies himself as a law enforcement officer from Curry County and states that there is a warrant out for their arrest due to missing jury duty. The caller tells the per

    Missing Man in Siskiyou County

    Missing Man in Siskiyou County

    September 10, 2014

    The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is searching for Paul Merrill. He's 87-years old, 5'8'', with grey hair and weighs 156 lbs. He was last seen wearing a cream colored long sleeve shirt with embroidery on the front, khaki pants and brown shoes. He was last seen at the McCloud Chevron station.

    New Mandatory Evacuations for Happy Camp

    New Mandatory Evacuations for Happy Camp

    September 10, 2014

    [UPDATE 11:52 A.M.] Effective at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is issuing a mandatory evacuation for residents of Kelsey Creek Road from Scott River Road.

    Text to 911 Not Available In Oregon, Yet

    Text to 911 Not Available In Oregon, Yet

    September 10, 2014

    Sending texts to 911 isn't available in Oregon yet, but Oregon wants to launch the program state-wide soon. However, Oregon does not want to launch it county by county because people could get confused on which counties they could and couldn't text 911 from.

    Police Arrest a Wanted Felon at Motel

    Police Arrest a Wanted Felon at Motel

    September 10, 2014

    A special weapons and tactics team helped get a wanted felon out of his Grants Pass motel room. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said it followed a tip to the Travel Lodge Motel on Vine Street.

    Teenager Arrested for Attempted Murder

    Teenager Arrested for Attempted Murder

    September 10, 2014

    Medford Police have arrested a 17-year old for Attempted Murder and other charges. On August 25th, 2014 Medford Police officers were sent to a local doctor's office where an 18-year old male was being treated for several injuries.

    Verizon Offers Trade-In Deal on iPhone 6

    Verizon Offers Trade-In Deal on iPhone 6

    September 10, 2014

    (CNN) -- Verizon is offering customers a free iPhone 6 when it goes on sale September 19th. The catch? Customers must turn in their old iPhone and sign up for a new two-year contract.

    White City VA Holds ‘Stand Down’ Event

    White City VA Holds 'Stand Down' Event

    September 9, 2014

    Wednesday morning veterans from all over Southern Oregon will be "standing down" at the veterans facility in White City. The event is designed to provide help for veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life, but this year's event will be different from years past.

    “Ink Out” Helps People Remove Tattoos

    "Ink Out" Helps People Remove Tattoos

    September 9, 2014

    A local community outreach director is teaming up with Valley Immediate Care and offering free or low-cost tattoo removal for those who need it the most, but can't afford it. This is part of a new program called "Ink Out."

    Woman’s Birthday Wish is for Missing Boy

    Woman's Birthday Wish is for Missing Boy

    September 9, 2014

    An Oregon boy missing for more than four years would have turned 12 Tuesday. A Medford woman shares a birthday with him and is trying to raise awareness about his story.