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Ashland Plaza Fire Setter Sentenced To State Hospital

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th December NewsarsonAshland newsRaymond Wilson
A homeless man who said his medication for schizophrenia had been stolen from his backpack has been sentenced to the State Hospital for setting a fire that damaged businesses in the Ashland Plaza. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that 37-year-old Raymond Lee Wilson was found guilty except for insanity on a charge of arson. Investigators said Wilson set fire to a trash can next to one busiRead More »

Torin Eggers Arrested By Ashland Police

By Jim McCoy Fri 30th November NewsAshland newschild porn
An Ashland man was taken into custody at 9:29 p.m. Thursday night on charges of encouraging child sex abuse. An investigation that started in August turned up child porn at the home of 29-year old Torin Eggers. The investigation was conducted by the Ashland Police Department with the Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force.Read More »

Police Search Rural Property, Ponds In Grubbs Murder Case

By Jim McCoy Thu 15th November NewsAshland newsDavid Grubbsmurder investigation
Police divers are back in a murky farm pond in Southern Oregon after investigators got a major tip in the year-old slaying of a young grocery clerk who was nearly decapitated while walking home from work on a popular bike path. Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness said Thursday the divers are using their hands and metal detectors to probe the bottom of the one-acre pond on the outskirts of aRead More »

First Bike Signal Operating in Southern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 1st November NewsAshland newsbicycles
Southern Oregon has its first bicycle signal up and running. Cyclists have a dedicated lane and signal on Ashland street towards the bridge spanning Interstate 5 at Exit 14, approaching the southbound on-ramp. An ODOT spokesman says signals like this have been a success in Portland and Eugene. When the bike’s signal is green, all motor vehicles turning must stop.Read More »

Police Report Relatively Tame Halloween in Ashland

By Jim McCoy Thu 1st November NewsAshland newsHalloween
Halloween festivities once again drew a crowd to Ashland, but all in all, police saw less of the notorious that the night tends to bring. 11 citations were handed out, mostly for pot possession, four were arrested. One was arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer. Three were cited for drunk driving, plus there were other citations issued for a variety of minor offenses.Read More »

Ashland Pursuing Day Center For Homeless and Needy

By Jim McCoy Wed 17th October NewsAshland newshomeless
The Ashland City Council has voted pursue further the idea of a day center for the homeless. The city would pay 100-thousand dollars over two years to lease a building out. According to the Ashland Daily Tidings, the city will accept applications from social service agencies help those in need. One will be selected, but will be encouraged to work with others.Read More »

Ashland Lowers Fire Danger Level

By Jim McCoy Mon 15th October NewsAshland newsfire danger level
The city of Ashland is joining the Oregon Department of Forestry in reducing the fire danger level from “Extreme” to “High.” Even with the lower level, outdoor debris burning is prohibited, motor vehicle traffic is still only permissible on improved roads, and smoking in areas of combustible vegetation is still prohibited.

Insurer Won't Pay For Gun Club Lead Damage

By Jim McCoy Mon 27th August NewsAshland Gun ClubAshland news

Lloyd's of London says the liability insurance it provides for the Ashland Gun Club covers bodily injury and property damage, but it won't pay any damages related to lead contamination from ammunition.
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Ashland Fire: Cause of Benson Way Fire "Undetermined"

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th July NewsAshland newsfire

The Ashland Fire Department says the cause of the fire at Alchemical Solutions, an organic distillery on Benson Way Friday is undetermined. Division Chief Marguerite Hickman says equipment used in distilling may have been the cause, but more testing would be needed at a forensic laboratory to be more specific.Read More »

Explosion, Fire At Ashland Business

By Jim McCoy Fri 13th July NewsAshland newsfire

Ashland firefighters responded this morning to the report of an explosion and fire and Alchemical Solutions on Benson Way. Neighboring businesses needed to be evacuate. Nearby Crowson Road needed to be closed off for a period of time. The business is a distiller of organic high-proof alcohol. The cause of the fire is not known at this time, and at last report, there were still active flames.Read More »


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