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Mental health commitment ordered for serial offender

A local transient with a history of physically and verbally harassing local residents has been deemed unfit to stand trial in a Measure 11 assault case. Mathew David Todd, 39, of Medford, was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluation and treatment at the Oregon State Hospital.

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Judge partially dismisses suit against Ashland Parks & Recreation

A workplace discrimination lawsuit against the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department has been partially dismissed, with claims outside the statute of limitations to be removed. The judge ruled plaintiff Laura Chancellor, who worked for the department for 18 years, may refile an amended suit.

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Ashland emergency winter shelter needs volunteers

Ashland’s emergency winter warming center needs volunteers, and agency officials are hosting a training event for anyone interested in helping at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, according to a news release.

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Medford doubles down in Ehrlich lawsuit

The city of Medford is leaning on a legal argument rejected by its own municipal court in response to a federal lawsuit filed by former Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) reporter April Ehrlich. Ehrlich, who was working at the time for Ashland-based JPR, was arrested for entering a city park police had declared closed.

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Threats to OSF under investigation; organization to meet monthly with APD

Death threats made to Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett and other staff that started in January have also been made in the “recent” past — within the past three months — according to David Schmitz, executive director of OSF. Schmitz met with Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara earlier this month, along with a security firm hired by OSF, and said plans are in place to meet monthly regarding security.

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