Three Teens Escape Youth Facility; One Back In Custody

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd October NewsescapeJackson County Juvenile Justice
Three teens escaped the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center just after midnight. One- a 17-year old was captured this morning on the Bear Creek Greenway, according to an update in the Medford Mail Tribune. The trio was housed in the rehabilitation side of the facility, where security is not as tight. The names have not yet been released of the missing 14 and 15 year old.Read More »

Man Sentenced In Coos Bay Kidnapping

By Jim McCoy Wed 3rd October Newscoastal newskidnapping
A 32-year-old man convicted of kidnapping two Coos Bay girls was sentenced Monday in Coquille to a mandatory 13 years in prison. With the added sentence for unrelated burglary convictions Robert Perez faces a total of more than 17 years in prison. The World reports Perez was convicted last month of kidnapping, coercion and furnishing liquor to a minor.Read More »

Jackson County Sheriff's Department Seeking Fugitive

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd October NewsCar Chaseman hunt
Police are looking for a fugitive who allegedly led sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase yesterday in the vicinity of Kirtland Road in Central Point. 21-year old Toby Alexander Martinez reportedly crashed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta into a ditch in the 12000 block of Blackwell Road and fled on foot. Martinez has a warrant out for his arrest, and is a member of the Norteno gang.Read More »

Drug "Take Back" Day in Grants Pass A Success

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd October Newsdrug take backGrants Pass news
Over 300 pounds in unused prescription drugs were collected by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety last Saturday. Drug take back campaigns are performed to keep contaminants out of the water system, and to keep the drugs away from those who do not have a prescription. A drug take box is kept in the lobby of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety for those who missed the event.Read More »

Emergency Food Distribution in Oregon Tops One Million

For the second year in a row, distribution of emergency food boxes has topped one million in Oregon and Southwest Washington, according to Oregon Food Bank. Locally, Jackson County has seen an 11 percent increase in requests for food boxes.Read More »

After 19 Months, Car Pulled From Rogue River

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd October Newscar crashRogue River

A car stuck for 19 months in the Rogue River was pulled out by helicopter this morning. Waterway Recovery planned the work with a Sikorsky helicopter owned by Croman Corporation. In March of 2011, a woman drove her Subaru Outback into the river at Valley of the Rogue State Park in a suicide attempt. She survived the crash.Read More »

Deadlines Loom to Register For the General Election

By Jim McCoy Mon 1st October News2012 General Electionvoter registration

There's just a little more than a month left before the election. Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker is issuing the following reminders for potential voters.

The voter registration deadline for the November 6 General Election is October 16 for people registering to vote in Oregon for the first time.Read More »

Medford Street Projects Will Cause Closures

By Jim McCoy Mon 1st October Newsroad projects

Motorists in Medford will want to be aware that work being performed on Summit Avenue, from Haven to West Jackson, and on West Jackson from Summit to North Columbus will cause street closures this week. Bob’s Backhoe Service will be working in the right-of-way from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Detours will be in place. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.Read More »

AAA: Gas Prices Inch Upward

By Jim McCoy Mon 1st October Newsgas prices
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.99. That's up 2 cents in a week and down 3 cents from a month ago. It's 21 cents higher than the national average. In the Medford-Ashland metro area, the average price for unleaded regular is $4.03, the highest in the state.

Rogue Community College Gets $3 Million Grant

Rogue Community College is one of just 27 colleges in the country-and the only one in Oregon- to receive grant money for health care training programs. A projected 461 students will get training via the $3 million dollar grant, according to a press release from the school.Read More »


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