July 2012

Oregon Department Of Revenue Employees Disciplined

By Jim McCoy Wed 25th July NewsOregon Department of Revenue

The Oregon Department of Revenue said today it has demoted one employee and taken formal disciplinary action against three others based on the findings of an internal investigation into a fraudulent return that resulted in an erroneous $2.1 million tax refund.Read More »

Five Injured In Highway 140 Crash

By Jim McCoy Wed 25th July NewscrashHighway 140

Five people were injured at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, three of them seriously, when a van and car collided with on Highway 140 at milepost 22 near the Odessa Market. This section of road is in the Lake of the Woods safety corridor.Read More »

Accused Mount Ashland Sabotuer Arrested

By Jim McCoy Wed 25th July NewsMount AshlandVandalism

Mountain bikers believe a man arrested by a Forest Service officer is the person responsible for sabotaging trails on Mount Ashland with ropes and fallen logs, causing crashes. The owner of Ashland Mountain Adventures, Bill Roussel, told the Mail Tribune he spotted the man early Sunday just before he ran into a log dragged across the trail.Read More »

Roseburg Hotel Explosion Linked To Hashish Lab

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th July NewsdrugsRoseburg

Three people have been injured in an explosion at a Roseburg motel. Police say the blast was a result of a hashish manufacturing operation. Police say the three were treated Monday at a local hospital and released.
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President Obama Makes Northwest Swing

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th July NewsPoliticsPresident Obama

President Barack Obama has arrived in Oregon to raise money for his re-election campaign. His plane touched down about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in north Portland at the base for the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard. Obama planned a private fundraiser at the convention center in Portland Tuesday afternoon.Read More »

Death Row Inmate Fighting Reprieve

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th July Newsdeath penalty

An Oregon death row inmate who says he wants to die is arguing he doesn't have to accept the governor's reprieve. Last November Gov. John Kitzhaber blocked the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Gary Haugen on moral grounds, and said there would be no executions as long as he is governor.

 But Haugen says he wants to die.
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Names Released of Crash Victims

By Jim McCoy Tue 24th July Newscrashhit and run

The names of the reforestation crew members involved in a crash early Monday morning have been released. 23-year old Efren Vargas-Urena was killed when a Pacific Coast Contracting company van was struck by a pick-up driven by Leta Schroeder. Injured were 23-year old Arnulfa Anaya, 21-year old Dimas Rodriguez and 37-year old Pedro Santana-Arriaga were hospitalized.Read More »

Car Goes Over Embankment On Galice Road

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd July Newscar crash

A woman is being treated for life threatening injuries she sustained in a one car accident this morning in the 7500 block of Galice Road this morning. The vehicle went over the embankment and into the Rogue River.Read More »

Local Employment Picture Unchanged

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd July Newseconomyjobs

The latest report from Worksource Oregon shows the county employment picture is holding steady. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate holds at 10.4 percent, but it’s improved over June 2011’s figure of 11.7 percent.Read More »

Police Seeking Woman Involved In Early Morning Crash

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd July Newsfatal car crash

A reforestation crew worker was killed early this morning in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 99 near the Rogue Valley Mall. The passenger was one of seven in a van struck by a pick-up truck driven by a woman who fled the scene at 3:40 a.m.Read More »


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