News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:23:29 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Homicide investigation in Douglas County http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/homicide-investigation-in-douglas-county.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/homicide-investigation-in-douglas-county.html Homicide investigation in Douglas County

DRAIN, ORE. -- Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind a murder in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office says they were responding to reports of someone calling for help for a woman inside a home Satuday on the 400 block of 'B' Avenue in Drain.

After arriving deputies found 44 year old Tonya Fullen dead.

Fullen's boyfriend, 51 year old Greg Solberg was interviewed by detectives and then arrested on charges of murder.

Investigators have not said exactly how Fullen died.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:41:32 -0700
Donation from employer provides hope for fire victims http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/donation-from-employer-provides-hope-for-fire-victims.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/donation-from-employer-provides-hope-for-fire-victims.html Donation from employer provides hope for fire victims

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Hope for a mother and son who lost their home and nearly everything in it to a fire in Grants Pass this weekend.

Brandon Mundy says it was just another Friday until tragedy hit.

"A friend came breaking through the front door yelling to get out and I saw the flames coming out of the kitchen," he said.

Mundy watched as he and his mom's home turned to ash. The two were able to get out safely, but one of their dogs died in the fire.

Despite the tragedy, two days later Mundy says he's grateful. He's worked at Bumgardner's Landscaping in Central Point for just two months, but he said this weekend he got an unexpected visit from his employers.

"Both owners, Bill and Rod, showed up and talked to me for a little bit, asked me if I needed any time off and definitely cared and were willing to help me out in any way," Mundy said.

Words of encouragement that Mundy said he needed, but it didn't stop there. His bosses then gave him and envelope full of cash.

"Words can not describe or say how thankful I am," he said. "This is going to help my mom and I out a lot."

Mundy said the gift provides hope for the family and will help them move forward. He is living with a friend right now and the Red Cross has found his mom a place to stay. But he said the money from the Bumgardner's will go toward a new place for the two to live in together.

"I didn't know there was people still like that in the world, so it's awesome," he said.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:14:35 -0700
Discount firework sales attract crowds http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/discount-blow-out-firework-sales-attract-crowds.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/discount-blow-out-firework-sales-attract-crowds.html Discount firework sales attract crowds

Central Point, Ore. -- One day after the Fourth of July, but people are still flocking to firework stands for the sales.

The manager at Discount Fireworks in Central Point said they had a busier year than last, but it's not over quite yet. You can still buy fireworks through Monday, and now you can get them anywhere from 40 to 80 percent off.

"We don't plan to sell out on the fourth because when that happens people who plan to come in late on the fourth don't have much to choose from. So our goal is to give them plenty to choose from all the way through the fourth then whatever we have left we sell the fifth and sixth," Manager Eddie Sims said.

Sims said they had their busiest day on the third, now people are hitting the sales to stock up for New Years, birthdays, and next Fourth of July.

 

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:21:51 -0700
Thousands line streets for Ashland Fourth of July parade http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/thousands-line-streets-for-ashland-fourth-of-july-parade.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/thousands-line-streets-for-ashland-fourth-of-july-parade.html Thousands line streets for Ashland Fourth of July parade

People from all over the valley gathered in Ashland today to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the annual parade.

Spectators say they love the festivities because it's not only fun but it brings together family and friends. 

"I was born and raised here. Lived here 65 years and we've come to the parade every year and brought all the grandkids and kids and now this is my grandson enjoying it for the first time," said lifelong resident Sheila Gleim.

The theme for this year's parade was "be active, live healthy."

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:32:34 -0700
Apartment fire forces evacuations http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/apartment-fire-forces-evacuations-2.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/apartment-fire-forces-evacuations-2.html Apartment fire forces evacuations

Central Point, Ore. -- Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that forced evacuations at an apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

Jackson County Fire District 3 and Medford Fire responded to the Sunrise apartment building in Central Point just before 2:30pm.
They say the fire started on the ground floor on the outside of the building but climbed up the wall and spread into the attic. Sixteen units were evacuated, no one was injured.

"Police were here immediately to do evacuations plus the fire started on the exterior of the building so a lot of smoke and heat didn't get to the interior of the building where it could harm the people that were there," Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Northrup said.

All the tenants should be able to be back in their apartments tonight with the exception of one or two.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:36:51 -0700
Preparations for Oregon's biggest fireworks show http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/preparations-for-oregon-s-biggest-fireworks-show.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/preparations-for-oregon-s-biggest-fireworks-show.html Preparations for Oregon's biggest fireworks show

Central Point, Ore. -- Crews worked all day to preparing for Saturday's huge Red, White, and Boom fireworks show in Central Point.

The event at the Expo is the biggest firework show in the whole state.
Pyrotechnicians from Western Display Fireworks spent the day setting up all the explosives. They say this will be a year to remember. 

"I would say this year the boom is going to be the big part. So there will be plenty of color but this year there will be a lot of red a lot of white and a lot of boom," Head Pyrotechnician Lee Finlayson said.

The event starts at five with live performances by Seaons and Star 69.
Fireworks begin around 10pm. The event is free to the public and seating is first come first serve.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:28:42 -0700
Earthquake hits east of Eugene http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/earthquake-hits-east-of-eugene.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/earthquake-hits-east-of-eugene.html Earthquake hits east of Eugene

MEDFORD, ORE. -  A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles ENE of Springfield at 8:42 Saturday morning.

The quake was not strong enough to produce any reported damage. 

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:29:02 -0700
Ashland Preps Early for Fourth of July Parade http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/ashland-preps-early-for-fourth-of-july-parade.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/ashland-preps-early-for-fourth-of-july-parade.html Ashland Preps Early for Fourth of July Parade

Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Ashland for the annual Fourth of July Parade. This year's theme is 'Be Active, Be Healthy.' 

The Carter-Fortmiller House has invited a large number of family and friends to gather on the lawn and watch the parade. It's an annual tradition for Jesse Repp and his family. 

"Our friends come and go, and our friends invite friends, and there's usually, I don't know, 60, 80, 100 people floating in and out," Repp said. 

This year, Repp said people will get an early start, and camp out on the lawn the night of the third. 

"Whoever wants to just camp out, front yard or back yard, we're going to set up tents and do a camp out," Repp said. 

This year, the parade will begin at 10 AM at Triangle Park, and run down Siskiyou Boulevard to the Ashland Plaza. 

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:47:50 -0700
Bird is the cause of crash that killed Eagle Point man http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/bird-is-the-cause-of-crash-that-killed-eagle-point-man.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/bird-is-the-cause-of-crash-that-killed-eagle-point-man.html Bird is the cause of crash that killed Eagle Point man

JACKSON COUNTY, ORE. --   Oregon State Police say a bird appears to have caused a crash that killed an Eagle Point man.

69-year old Carl Morris died when his truck rolled at milepost 24 on Highway 140, Thursday afternoon.

Troopers say preliminary evidence indicates a bird flew into Morris' open window and that Morris became distracted by the bird in the cab of his pickup, causing him to lose control and roll the truck.

He was wearing his seat belt.

A helicopter took him to a Medford hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:44:00 -0700
First look into new Naumes Crush and Fermentation Facility http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/first-look-into-new-naumes-crush-and-fermentation-facility.html http://kobi5.com/news/local-news/item/first-look-into-new-naumes-crush-and-fermentation-facility.html First look into new Naumes Crush and Fermentation Facility

MEDFORD, ORE. -- Naumes, a Rogue Valley company known for growing pears for more than a century is breaking into the wine business with a new crush and fermentation facility.

Naumes wine maker Chris Graves is excited to be a part of the new project.

"I think there are going to be great quality wines coming out of here and it's gonna help drive the recognition and reputation of the entire valley," Graves said.

Graves says the biggest difference between the new custom crush facility, where they'll create create wines for others, and a traditional winery is technology.

"We have software systems and computers we use for running and monitoring data and all the information. So a lot of it compared to an old fashion winery is the technology available out there to make a better products," said Graves.

Some of that will eventually be seen in the company's on-site laboratory.

"I'm big into the science, it's important for wine making," Graves explained. 

The company has also invested in some of the latest and most up to date equipment.

Another plus for the company is a wine storage area, one of the largest in Southern Oregon, at 13,000 square feet.

Construction will only take a few more weeks and the entire facility should be up and running August 1st.

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