September 30, 2023

Public Safety & Courts

Ashland School District

Superintendent responds to social media threat at Ashland Middle School

A threat deemed not credible but that was made via a social media app at Ashland Middle School Friday prompted presence at the school by Ashland Police. The concerning post was discovered in a student Snapchat group, Samuel Bogdanove, superintendent of Ashland School District, said in an email to student parents, guardians and families.

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Latest news

OSF actor’s lawsuit against sheriff’s office should go to trial, judge rules

A former Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor’s civil lawsuit against the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office over allegations of excessive force in 2019 should go to trial, according to a federal magistrate. United States Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke ruled Aug. 15 in federal court in Medford that deputies did not violate the law for the way they handled Juan Anthony Sancho during the intake process at the Jackson County Jail on April 18, 2019, after Sancho was allegedly uncooperative with police in Ashland who found him intoxicated on the street.

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Oregon has process to prevent gun violence but it’s not widely used, report finds

Oregon officials can do more to increase public awareness about an obscure civil court tool that can prevent gun violence and suicides, according to an Oregon Secretary of State report released Wednesday. The tool is based upon Oregon’s “red flag” law, which allows family members or law enforcement to petition the court for someone to turn in their firearms if they are a risk to themselves or others.

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City Government

City settles Parks employee’s lawsuit for $700K

A former Ashland Parks & Recreation employee will receive $700,000 to settle a lawsuit dating back to February 2022, the city of Ashland said in a statement released Monday. A post on the city’s website said the lawsuit filed by Laura Chancellor against Ashland Parks & Recreation, the city and five employees and was dismissed with the agreement of all parties “to avoid the expense and burden of further litigation.”

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County Government

Jackson County district attorney sounds off on indigent defense ruling

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert is worried that a federal judge’s order to release defendants from jail in Washington County within 10 days if they don’t have an attorney appointed by then could have staggering repercussions for the Rogue Valley, including the release of people charged with murder.

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Registration open for free training with Ashland Community Emergency Response Team

Want to help your neighbors in the event of a disaster? The city of Ashland will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Academy this fall. The academy provides local residents with free training on how to learn how to help themselves, their families and ultimately the community in the event of a disaster. CERT basic training is offered to the Ashland community twice a year.

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Latest posts

The scariest Halloween house in town

If you haven’t seen this Halloween world on East Main Street yet, prepare to be impressed. If you’ve visited the family’s yard and trick-or-treat room in previous years, prepare for even bolder and scarier displays this year.

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Ashland emergency shelter operations, goals, up for discussion Monday

Ashland City Council’s Monday evening study session will focus on the new shelter at 2200 Ashland St. The meeting will include 15 minutes of time for public comment, a City Council discussion, an “operations overview” presentation and a presentation from the city’s possible contractor to run shelter operations — Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA).

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Wildlife crossing planned for Siskiyou Summit

Plans are moving along for a wide, landscaped wildlife overpass spanning Interstate 5 about 2 miles north of the California-Oregon border. The Oregon Department of Transportation earlier this year agreed to spend $1.5 million toward design of the crossing, and the agency in August applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a grant to build it, at an estimated cost of $20 million.

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