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5-11-20 Routine Vaccinations Decline During COVID Crisis

Results of a new survey of Oregon health care providers strongly suggest that immunizations in the state may have dropped dramatically due to the COVID-19 crisis.  95% of providers admit having gone from a routine operation to a more responsive approach in light of the virus resulting in a “sharp reduction” in routine immunization of children and adults over the last two months.  65% of providers limited well child visits with over 80% reporting difficulty maintaining staffing.

5-6-20 Concerned Residents Raise Flag on Nightly Gas Burn Off

Josephine County 911 continues to receive several calls per day reporting a large, visible flame in the West Jones Creek Rd. and urges residents to not be concerned.  The flame is a necessary function of maintenance work being done on the West Jones Creek natural gas station.  The contractor is occasionally required to temporarily emit a certain amount of natural gas through a regulatory-approved method called a controlled flare.  The flaring may be visible from Interstate 5, particularly at night and may be accompanied by a loud noise and possible natural gas odor, but urge residents not to be alarmed.  They expect to complete the maintenance by May 15.

5-6-20 Stabbing Suspect Caught, Held on $200,000 Bail

Officers responded to reports of a stabbing at the Minute Market on Table Rock Road last night just after 9:00.  Medford Police were first on the scene with Central Point Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office along with medical personnel who responded to assist in treating a 57 year-old male victim suffering multiple stab wounds to the torso.  The victim, who is recovering at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center was attacked by an unknown suspect who began stabbing him for unknown reasons.  A MPD officer located a subject in the field behind Howard Elementary and after failed attempts to contact him, he fled on foot.  The officer was able to apprehend the stabbing suspect who has been identified as Eli Keylor, who was arrested and held on $200,000 bail.  The victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening.

5-5-20 Some Oregon State Parks Set For Limited Opening Starting Tomorrow

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced a small number of parks including Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake will offer limited services starting tomorrow.  At this time, the park will be limited to the boat ramp only.   Limited day-use will slowly return to other state parks starting the week of May 11 based on the readiness of the community around the park to welcome visitors, and how prepared the park is with staff, supplies, and equipment.  Not all restrooms will be open, and parking will be limited. State park camping will return as soon as it can be safely managed.

5-5-20 Early Morning Shooting Baffles Law Enforcement

From NBC-5:   INVESTIGATORS ARE BEING TIGHT-LIPPED ABOUT A SHOOTING THAT INJURED TWO PEOPLE EARLY THIS MORNING.  OREGON STATE POLICE SAID AT ABOUT 12:30 A.M., NUMEROUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES RESPONDED TO THE 39-HUNDRED BLOCK OF FOOTHILLS BOULEVARD IN GRANTS PASS AFTER SOMEONE REPORTED BEING SHOT.   ACCORDING TO OSP, THERE WERE FOUR PEOPLE INSIDE A VEHICLE AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.  TWO OF THEM WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS GUNSHOT WOUNDS.  OSP IS STILL INVESTIGATING, AND HASN’T RELEASED MORE INFORMATION.  HOWEVER, IT DID SAY THE SUSPECT HAS *NOT BEEN FOUND BUT DOESN’T POSE A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY.

5-5-20 Oregon DHS/ODE to Provide Stipend to Families

Oregon DHS and the Oregon Department of Education announced today that Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.  Nearly 147,000 students already receiving Nutrition Assistance. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June, approximately $400 per child.

5-4-20 Overnight Accident Shuts Down I-5

From NBC-5:   I-5 IS BACK OPEN THIS MORNING AFTER ONE PERSON WAS KILLED BY A VEHICLE.  ACCORDING TO ODOT OFFICIALS, IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON THE SOUTHBOUND LANES NEAR MILEPOST 29 IN MEDFORD.  ALL TRAFFIC SOUTHBOUND WAS CLOSED BETWEEN MILEPOST 30 AND 27 FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS.  OREGON STATE POLICE ARE LEADING THE INVESTIGATION BUT THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, ALONG WITH MEDFORD AND CENTRAL POINT POLICE WERE CALLED IN TO HELP.

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