Man Who Attempted To Elude Police Arrested

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January Newsattempting to eludeChase BestMedford Police
A Medford man who raced away after a traffic stop was arrested on foot shortly after midnight on the Bear Creek Greenway. Police did not initially pursue 25-year old Chase Best, who sped away at 11:51 p.m. from near the corner of Main and Cottage, and headed south, reportedly turning off his lights.Read More »

Oregon's On Time Graduation Rates Barely Rise

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January NewsEducationGov. John Kitzhabergraduation rates
The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low.Read More »

Northwest Pears Headed For China

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January Newsagricultureexports
The first shipment of Northwest pears is on its way to China under a new trade agreement. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the agreement was reached last summer and final terms were published last week. A container ship is carrying as many as 3,600 boxes of pears.Read More »

Southern Oregon Air Quality Will Worsen Over Next Few Days

By Jim McCoy Wed 30th January Newsair quality
The Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an air pollution advisory for Jackson and Josephine counties. It will remain in effect through next Tuesday. An inversion is expected to trap air in the region, negatively affecting air quality during that time. The public is asked to refrain from outdoor burning and limit the use of woodstoves that aren’t certified.

Prosecutor: Teen Intended To Kill At Christmas Tree Lighting

By Jim McCoy Wed 30th January Newscar bombing trialMohamed Mohamud
Prosecutors have made their last effort to convince a 16-person jury that an Oregon teenager was predisposed to terrorism when undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida helped him devise a plot to detonate a bomb. Assistant U.S.Read More »

Cottage Grove Business Owner Sentenced For Tax Scheme

By Jim McCoy Wed 30th January Newstax schemeWilliam Meyers
A Cottage Grove man has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $873,000 in restitution for what the prosecution said was a scheme to keep his family business afloat by stealing tax money. The Eugene Register-Guard reports 66-year-old William Meyers ran Side Pocket Foods, which buys bulk alcohol and distilled spirits and bottles and blends them.Read More »

State Pursuing Activist's Records In Veteran's Charity Case

By Jim McCoy Wed 30th January NewsKevin MannixOregon War Veterans
The state has asked a judge to order political activist Kevin Mannix to submit records connected to his involvement with the Oregon War Veterans Association, a charity accused of making unreported political contributions. Assistant Attorney General Heather Weigler says the state requested the material in July and Mannix has not delivered.Read More »

Walden Holds Medford Town Hall, Discusses Immigration Reform

By Jim McCoy Tue 29th January NewsimmigrationRep. Greg Walden
President Obama has outlined some general ideas for a new national immigration plan. The president says he'd like to see border security strengthened, tighten laws against employers who hire illegal aliens, while allowing them to earn a path to citizenship.Read More »

Single Vehicle Crash Kills One Near Phoenix

By Jim McCoy Tue 29th January Newsfatal crash
Police are still trying to identify the driver of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler who died in a crash on a straight stretch of Highway 99 just south of Phoenix near Cabbage Lane. The accident occurred at approximately 3:05 a.m. this morning. An investigation has determined that the vehicle had traveled onto the shoulder, collided with a utility pole and then crashed into a large tree.Read More »

Car Bomber Trial: Psychologist Suggests Defendant Was Manipulated

By Jim McCoy Tue 29th January Newscar bombing plotMohamed Mohamud
A psychologist testified that the FBI used advanced psychological techniques to lure a teenage terrorism suspect into agreeing to a plan that would have killed thousands.Read More »


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