June 14, 2024

Public Safety & Courts


Human trafficking going on in many forms in Southern Oregon, summit speakers say

There are plenty of misconceptions about labor trafficking: Trafficking involves movement. Trafficking only happens in developing countries. Trafficking victims are immigrants. That’s how Alhena Herrera Martin of the Oregon Department of Justice began the second day of  the Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Disruptors Summit at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites.

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Human trafficking ‘hidden in plain sight’ in Rogue Valley and beyond

Human trafficking “is a public health issue that impacts individuals, it impacts families, (and) communities across generations,” said one of a dozen speakers at the Southern Oregon Human Trafficking Disruptors Summit at Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites last Friday and Saturday. The summit also featured 16 agencies aiming to combat the human trafficking industry from every angle.

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Suspect arrested after report of shots fired Tuesday evening

Ashland police officers located and arrested a suspect from a handgun-related crime Wednesday after the suspect fled the scene of an alleged crime Tuesday evening. An unidentified person told police Kyle Anthony Smith, 34, of Klamath Falls, fired two shots at him in the area of Faith and Ashland streets Tuesday evening.

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Service Notice: Celebration of life for Rick Bevel

Service Notice: Rick Bevel lived on the streets of Ashland for the final years of his life, forming relationships with many. Any who wish to remember him are welcome to attend a celebration of life from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Triangle Park at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Liberty Street, according to an event announcement. 

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Garden of the Month: A labor of love

Garden of the Month: There is an extraordinary garden at 891 Beswick Way, home of Scott Allison. Scott is a naturalist, forester, orchardist and apiarist. This is the Ashland Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for June 2024.

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