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  1. Jacksonville man loses driver's license for lifeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 18 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A Southern Oregon man has lost his driver's license for life after a series of run-ins with police. Jackson County Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour told 34-year-old William Clark Smith of Jacksonville this week his life was "spiraling out of control," and he was a danger to the community whenever he was out on the streets.


  2. Medford cites conflict of interest in casino studyRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 13 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Medford city leaders opposed to a proposed casino are concerned about a contractor hired by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to conduct the environmental analysis. Mayor Gary Wheeler, in a 15-page letter to the bureau, says the Coquille tribe is a client of Analytical Environmental Services.


  3. Donated minivan for family of child punished for tardinessRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 5 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Thanks to the generosity of some southern Oregon businesses, a family whose 6-year-old son was publicly punished for tardiness now has a refurbished minivan to help make sure he gets to school on time. A photo posted on Facebook of young Hunter Cmelo sitting isolated behind a cardboard screen in a school lunchroom generated widespread outrage.


  4. Feds seek seizure of N. Calif. houses where pot foundRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 26 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Federal drug agents are seeking a court order to seize two houses in Northern California's Emerald Triangle marijuana-growing region, alleging they were bought with the proceeds from marijuana illegally sold in New York and Georgia. The filings show that while federal authorities have said they will respect state laws legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, they will continue to prosecute cases involving drug sales in other states.


  5. Police: 2 arrests in S. Ore. robbery; 'hoods' were underwearRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 13, 2015 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Oregon State Police say two men have been arrested in a southern Oregon convenience store robbery in which the robbers' "hoods" were actually boxer brief-style underwear in a camouflage pattern. Lt. Josh Brooks said Friday that a trooper acting on a tip determined that one suspect in the Sept.


  6. Revived Walden bill seeks fair rural air ambulance ratesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2015 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Tuesday he has reintroduced legislation to preserve emergency care in rural Oregon by ensuring that rural ambulance service providers are fairly paid for their services. The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2015 would end the uncertainty that rural ambulance services face over reimbursement from Medicare by making permanent appropriate rates for their services.


  7. 2 Oregonians charged in killing of NC motel managerRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2015 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A young man and woman arrested this week in California in the slaying of a North Carolina motel manager are from Southern Oregon. The Mail Tribune reports 21-year-old Samantha Lyn Shilts is from Medford and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Tyler Mark Pierce, is from the neighboring town of Phoenix.


  8. Man accused of stealing Ginger Rogers' necklaceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 22, 2015 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Southern Oregon authorities say a transient man has been accused of stealing a ruby necklace that once belonged to actress Ginger Rogers. Investigators said the necklace is worth $1,200 to $1,500, and the man pawned it for $424.37 in Medford.


  9. Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, gets official pack statusRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    State and federal wildlife agencies said Wednesday they have designated OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack, for their location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades east of Medford. It's the first pack in western Oregon and ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming the Snake River in the 1990s.


  10. Ashland swim coach going to prison in sex caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 30, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A former Ashland High School volunteer swim coach who was given probation last year for a sexual relationship with a team member has been sentenced to prison. An indictment says 26-year-old Camren Mitzel violated probation by contacting the girl over the Internet and trying to lure her to Georgia, where he had moved.


  11. Jackson County holds off enforcement of GMO banRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Jackson County won't be enforcing the ban on genetically modified crops approved by voters last May until a lawsuit filed by alfalfa farmers is resolved. The Mail Tribune reports an agreement to that effect has been filed in federal court in Medford.


  12. Deputies: S. Oregon man wounded cat with arrowRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 16, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A southern Oregon man has been accused of shooting a neighbor's cat with an arrow because it harassed his own cats and knocked over his garbage cans. Deputies said in an affidavit the arrow went through the cat's abdomen.


  13. Deputy thwarts Medford jail break attemptRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    The Jackson County sheriff's office says a corrections deputy was leaving the jail Dec. 2 when he heard a noise coming from an upper-level cell window. Deputies immediately placed the jail on lockdown and counted all inmates.


  14. Affidavit: Owner conspired to blow up Ashland pizzeriaRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 10, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Police say the plot didn't work: As the Little Caesars business was being readied the next day, a candle was found still burning, but the natural gas rising from a broken line hadn't yet ignited.


  15. Medford police find hit-and-run suspect at hotelRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Lt. Mike Budreau says the victim - 22-year-old Matthew Martin - was crossing Barnett Road late Friday when he was struck by a 2014 Toyota pickup. Witnesses followed the vehicle to a gas station, where the driver got out, fled on foot and is believed to have hid in the nearby brush.


  16. Man pleads guilty to fraud over helicopter weightsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 24, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A former executive of a southern Oregon company that provided the helicopter that crashed killing nine people fighting a wildfire has pleaded guilty to providing false aircraft weights to the U.S. Forest Service to win a firefighting contract. Steven Metheny of Medford was in federal court in Medford on Monday.


  17. Portland jogger struck in Medford dies of injuriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Police say 25-year-old Denise Elizabeth Anderson was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center, and she died Thursday of head injuries. Police say she was in a crosswalk when she was hit by a driver make a left turn.


  18. Medford to consider electronic sign restrictionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    The Medford Mail Tribune reports the idea is to reduce the flickering and flashing that give the city the feel of Las Vegas and that can be a distraction for drivers. Council member Daniel Bunn says complaints from residents increased after Verizon installed a big sign across from the Rogue Valley Mall.


  19. Grants Pass woman gets 15 years in DUII crash deathsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    A 32-year-old woman responsible for a crash that killed two men was sentenced Tuesday in Medford to 15 years in prison. Lynda Mae Taylor of Grants Pass pleaded guilty to manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants for the April crash near the city of Rogue River.


  20. Tumalo murder victim 's husband jailed in wife's killingRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2014 | Local TV Station KTVZ

    Fifteen years after Wade Phillips' wife and two other people were brutally murdered at a Tumalo home and the killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole, Phillips faces murder and attempted murder charges, accused of fatally shooting his current wife and trying to kill three other people, including their child. Phillips was arraigned Wednesday by video hookup from the Jackson County Jail to a Medford courtroom, appearing calm while handcuffed and wearing a protective vest, the Medford Mail Tribune reported.


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