Medford Police have arrested an Ashland man in connection with a string of Medford arson fires. 38-year old Manoah Martin Hall is curently lodged in Jackson County Jail on 1.6 million dollars Bail. Police believe Hall is responsible to setting fire to 5 vacant homes in Medford over a 2-year period, but may be involved in other arson fires still under investigation. MPD adds that Hall was observed at the scene of several of the fires, and had posted on the internet videotapes of the fire scenes, and other fire department activity. Hall has a criminal history, including various drug, weapon, and theft convictions.
After months of heated debate, the City Council approved a four-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries Monday, the first day they became legal in Oregon. Phoenix joins a growing number of cities locally and statewide passing ordinances attempting to restrict or ban dispensaries within city limits. Central Point has restricted where dispensaries can be located, Medford has banned them outright citing federal law, and Jacksonville is set to consider a ban in April.
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBERS AGREE TO A NEW CONTRACT WITH THE UNIVERSITY.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME FROM THE FACULTY UNION TUESDAY MORNING. IN A PRESS RELEASE THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSORS SAY...THEY WILL FOREGO RAISES BOTH THIS YEAR AND NEXT, TO BALANCE OUT THE SCHOOLS PROPOSED CUTS. THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED BACK IN NOVEMBER... IT WILL CUT BETWEEN 3 AND 5 MILLION DOLLARS IN ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AS PART OF A RETRENCHMENT PLAN. THE EXACT NUMBER DEPENDING ON STATE FUNDING AND ENROLLMENT... WE'RE TOLD ABOUT 20-PERCENT OF VOTING PROFESSORS REJECTED THE PROPOSAL.
EVEN THOUGH A WET SPRING COULD BOLSTER THE STATE'S WATER SUPPLY... CITIES LIKE ASHLAND-- ARE PLANNING FOR THE WORST.
THE ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF SPEEDING UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER PIPELINE THAT WILL CONNECT TO MEDFORD'S WATER SUPPLY. THEY ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHT SEASONS WE'VE SEEN. CONSTRUCTION WAS ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR 2015 - BUT BECAUSE OF A POSSIBLE SUMMER DROUGHT - ASHLAND CITY OFFICIALS WANT TO SPEED UP THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE PIPELINE. RIGHT NOW THE LINE STRETCHES TO TALENT AND COULD BE EXTENDED TO ASHLAND BY LATE SUMMER. CITY OFFICIALS SAY ASHLAND WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE CHARGES AS LONG AS IT FOLLOWS THROUGH WITH IT'S PLANS TO RAISE WATER RATES BY 10-PERCENT EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. CONSTRUCTION IS SET TO START IN JUNE AND FINISH BY AUGUST.
A Medford doctor is accused of gross negligence, dishonorable conduct and violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act after he repeatedly overprescribed painkillers to high-risk patients, one of whom died from an overdose, according to the Oregon Medical Board. The board recommends that Dr. Thomas Purtzer, a neurosurgeon and pain management physician who previously operated a clinic in Medford, lose his license and pay a $10,000 civil penalty. The board's review of patient records found Purtzer failed to obtain or review medical histories of several high-risk patients and ignored signs of drug abuse, which included requests for early refills — which he filled — and inconsistent drug screens. Under Oregon law, Purtzer is entitled to a hearing to contest the findings. OMB officials said it is not known when the case will be resolved.