KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 https://kobi5.com Local news for Southern Oregon & Northern California Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:19:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Winter weather driving safety tips https://kobi5.com/news/winter-weather-driving-safety-tips-72005/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:19:23 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=72005 Medford, Ore. — The region could potentially see rain/snow showers with a new weather system rolling in Saturday night. The system could bring heavy snowfall in higher elevations and potentially a couple inches to the valley floor. Oregon State Police is giving these tips for drivers to stay safe: When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and

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Klamath Falls native finishes 15th in Olympics Super-G https://kobi5.com/news/klamath-falls-native-finishes-15th-olympics-super-g-71998/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:33:21 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71998 Medford, Ore.– One year after suffering a devastating knee injury, Southern Oregon’s only Olympian in 2018 is among the world’s best. Laurenne Ross graduated from Klamath Union High School in 2006. Despite shredding her knee last year, Ross finished 15th in the Super-G Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Bend resident and Oregon Duck finished her run in a time of 1:22.17. “It was a bit of a windy day out there which was unfortunate,” said Ross. “I felt like I had a pretty good run. You know it wasn’t perfect and I could have taken a little more chances out

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‘Take the plunge,’ fundraising for Special Olympic athletes https://kobi5.com/news/take-plunge-fundraising-special-olympic-athletes-71994/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:06:31 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71994 Medford, Ore.– Temperatures are dropping but if you think you’re cold, you’ve got nothing on the hundreds of Rogue Valley locals who took part in this morning’s “polar plunge” at the Jackson Aquatic Center to support Southern Oregon Special Olympic athletes. Some might call it crazy but when jumping into frigid waters is for a great cause, many answer the call. “To see the people happy and it’s for a good cause. It makes our sports keep going,” said Michael Ekelman, a Special Olympian. Ekelman, who is a part of Jackson County Special Olympics, usually takes the plunge himself but

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Celebrations for Chinese New Year; the Year of the Dog https://kobi5.com/news/celebrations-chinese-new-year-year-dog-71990/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:04:25 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71990 Jacksonville, Ore.– Celebrations are underway in Jacksonville today as hundreds gathered to enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year. 2018 is the Year of the Dog and as part of the celebration, dog owners and their four-legged friends were invited to join in the annual procession. The parade, which was held this morning, highlighted Chinese culture as well as the multiculturalism that can be found in Southern Oregon. “I’m really glad they’ve invited me every year to come back,” said Huanchong Wang, an alumni from St. Mary’s High School. “I feel like I have the responsibility to pass it on

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Body recovered in Rogue River https://kobi5.com/news/body-recovered-rogue-river-71986/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:57:35 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71986 Josephine County, Ore.- Oregon State Police and Josephine County Sheriff’s office are continuing to investigate, after a body was found in the Rogue River near Grave Creek Bridge. “A couple fisherman located it and they called 911,” Oregon State Police Sgt. Jeff Proulx said. At this point, it’s unknown how the person died but people familiar with the river say it’s a dangerous area. “It would be unwise to get on the Rogue River in this area without having some experience or at least having safety equipment,” Brian Gross, fisherman said. Police say they don’t know how long the body has been in

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Man arrested for burglarizing several Medford businesses https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/man-arrested-burglarizing-several-medford-businesses-71971/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:31:12 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71971 Medford, Ore. —  A man caught burglarizing several local businesses is now in jail. As police investigate the case, businesses are left to clean up. Medford Police counted four businesses burglarized early Friday morning on East Main Street. It was all triggered by an alarm from one of the businesses. Police say around 2 a.m., officers responded to a report of a business alarm at the Minute Market on East Main Street. Officers discovered no evidence of a crime at this business, but did notice damage to a nearby Dutch Bros coffee stand and the Nu-Way Cleaners across the street.

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Gun law concerning domestic violence passes in Oregon House https://kobi5.com/news/crime-news/gun-law-concerning-domestic-violence-passes-oregon-house-71973/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:26:10 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71973 Medford, Ore. — A bill designed to expand gun control laws against people convicted of domestic violence passed in the Oregon House on Thursday. House Bill 4145 is aiming to close what’s known as the boyfriend and stalker loophole. The bill essentially expands gun restrictions to people who have been convicted of domestic violence, regardless of their relationship dynamics. The current law prevents people from from buying or owning a gun if they’ve been convicted of committing a violent crime against an intimate partner. That covers married couples, couples who live together, or couples who have children together. This bill

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Former youth pastor pleads guilty in child porn case https://kobi5.com/news/former-youth-pastor-pleads-guilty-child-porn-case-71967/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:07:53 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71967 Medford, Ore.- A former Medford youth pastor has changed his plea in the child pornography charge. Donald Biggs pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to one county of traveling with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Prosecutors say that criminal sexual activity was video taping young girls. Biggs was scheduled to go to trial on February 26. He was facing 12 child pornography counts, after he was accused of secretly taking videos of young girls who were changing clothes at his home during church events. His accusers said the same thing happened on church trips. Investigators say Biggs committed the

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Fishermen find body in Rogue River https://kobi5.com/news/fishermen-find-body-rogue-river-71964/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:52:48 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71964 Josephine County, Ore.- Oregon State Police and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of Grave Creek Bridge Friday after fishermen reported finding a body in the Rogue River. The fishermen reported the body late Friday afternoon. Once law enforcement located it, search and rescue crews were called in to recover the body from the water. As of mid-afternoon, Oregon State Police had not identified the body and weren’t able to say how, or when, the person died. This is a developing story. Check back with NBC5 News for updates.

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Klamath Union teachers recall U.S. skier Laurenne Ross https://kobi5.com/news/regional-news/klamath-union-teachers-recall-u-s-skier-laurenne-ross-71959/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:55:59 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71959 Klamath Falls, Ore. – U.S. Olympic skier Laurenne Ross has roots in Klamath Falls, and is a graduate of Klamath Union High School. Current K.U. Principal Tony Swan remembers her well.  “Back in 2001 to 2004, I was a high school counselor here at K.U., and she was a student that I worked with in her first years here at K.U.” Ross was already focused on the Junior World Championships. “She was already doing her skiing.”  Recalls former K.U. Athletic Director Tonie Kellom.  “So she was having to make alternative educational plans.” “She was training up in Bend at Mt.

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Reward increased after bull elk illegally killed in Sam’s Valley https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/reward-increased-bull-elk-illegally-killed-sams-valley-71954/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:24:43 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71954 Jackson Co., Ore — The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect, accused of illegally killing a bull elk, has been increased by $500. The reward is now $1,000. Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers were made aware of the possible shooting on January 27th. They were called to the location near Agate road and Highway 234 in Sam’s Valley, after a witness noticed the elk with what appeared to be a bullet wound. A short time after the Troopers arrived, the elk died. The witness told police they saw a newer, white, full size truck stopped

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Ashland residents to receive special election ballots https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/ashland-residents-receive-special-election-ballots-71950/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:58:23 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71950 Ashland, Ore. — Ashland residents will soon be receiving ballots in the mail for a special recall election. The election focuses on an effort to recall Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioners Jim Lewis, Mike Gardiner, and Rick Landt. It was sparked following concerns of changes to the City’s senior program. Ashland residents should start to receive their ballots on Saturday, February 24th. Registered Ashland voters who do not receive a ballot by March 2nd is instructed to call the elections office at 541-774-6148. The election will be held on March 13th. Ballot drop sites include: Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

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TSA, Medford Airport announces changes to flight screening process https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/tsa-medford-airport-announces-changes-flight-screening-process-71946/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:35:37 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71946 Medford, Ore. — The Rogue Valley International Medford Airport is implementing changes made by the Transportation Safety Administration, or TSA, to the flight screening process. The changes have been prompted by an increased threat to aviation security, as announce by the Department of Homeland Security in June 2017. There are no changes to what can be brought through the checkpoint. However, travelers will now be required to remove all electronics and place them in bins to be X-ray screened. Previously, this practice was only in use for laptops; it now covers tablets, e-readers, and cameras. Medford Airport officials say bag

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Medford police arrest suspect in overnight burglaries https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/medford-police-arrest-suspect-overnight-burglaries-71936/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:17:44 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71936 Medford, Ore. — Medford police officers have arrested Matthew Collier, 29, in connection with numerous burglaries. Authorities say they all took place early Friday morning. Officers responded to the Minute Market on East Main street around 2 a.m., for a business alarm. Once at the scene, they didn’t find any evidence of a crime, but noticed damage to two businesses across the street. Police began investigating at the Dutch Bros. coffee stand and Nu Way Cleaners, when they saw a man running while carrying items. After a short pursuit, police were able to stop Collier. Officers determined the items he

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Britt Festival announces part of 2018 concert line-up https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/britt-festival-announces-part-2018-concert-line-71940/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:10:22 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71940 The Britt Music & Arts Festival has announced it’s first group of concerts for it’s 2018 Concert Series at the outdoor amphitheater in Jacksonville. The line-up is as follows: June 26: Primus & Mastodon June 28: Trampled By Turtles with special guest Deer Tick July 14: An Evening with Straight No Chaser August 16: Free Rein Summer Tour 2018 with Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Common Kings, and Zion I August 23: Dispatch with special guest Nahko & Medicine for the People Britt Music & Arts Festival will announce it’s 2nd group of concerts on March 16th.  

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OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch lands job in NYC https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/osf-artistic-director-bill-rauch-lands-job-nyc-71931/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:51:29 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71931 Ashland, Ore. — Oregon Shakespeare Festival has formally announced Friday, artistic director Bill Rauch is leaving the organization in August 2019. Rauch will be moving to New York City to assume artistic leadership of The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Performing Arts at the World Trade Center. “Leaving OSF and this amazing company has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life,” Rauch said. Rauch is OSF’s fifth artistic director since 2007. He was a guest director five seasons before that. “What we have collectively accomplished in the past 12 years at OSF exceeds my wildest dreams of

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Josephone County man accused of rape, sex abuse https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/josephone-county-man-accused-rape-sex-abuse-71927/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:43:29 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71927 GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Josephine County man is in jail accused of multiple sex crimes involving minors. Oregon State Police and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety arrested eighteen-year-old Jordan Anthony Grater on five counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and sex abuse, all involving female minors in Grants Pass and Josephine County. Those allegations reach as far back as 2015. Investigators are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety or the Oregon State Police.

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Missing items turn up on homeless camps https://kobi5.com/news/missing-items-turn-homeless-camps-71923/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:17 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71923 Medford, Ore.- People living at Lilac Meadows in Medford are fed up with a problem that’s been plaguing the neighborhood, a homeless camp right next door where they say their missing stuff has turned up. “Based on the post on Facebook I was able to recognize some of the things that were taken from the apartment and some of the other people were able to recognize some of the things too,” said one resident who did not want to be identified. The woman who did not want to be identified said people have become brazen in taking things that aren’t

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Man arrested following hours long standoff in Talent https://kobi5.com/news/man-arrested-following-hours-long-stand-off-talent-71916/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:42:02 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71916 Talent, Ore. — There was a large police presence on South Pacific Highway in Talent, Thursday afternoon. Talent Police were called to the Mei Sum restaurant for a report that a wanted man was at the location. When officers arrived the man was hiding in a closet, refusing to come out. Police say he stated he had a gun. Following 2 hours of negotiations the suspect surrendered. Police have identified him as Rhys Fong. They say he had a warrant out for assault. Upon further investigation no weapon was found. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police, Ashland Police and

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Police respond to threat at North Medford High School https://kobi5.com/news/police-respond-threat-north-medford-high-school-71911/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:20:17 +0000 https://kobi5.com/?p=71911 MEDFORD, Ore. – A student was arrested after police say a threat was found written on a bathroom stall. The Medford Police Department said on February 14, a school resources officer assigned to North Medford High School was alerted to a threat indicating violence at the school on February 21, 2018. Using surveillance video and interviews, investigators arrested a male juvenile in connection with the threat. He was lodged at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of disorderly conduct. According to MPD, the student was a sophomore enrolled at the school. They do not believe the threat is

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