LOCAL BRIEFS: Heavy Rain Forecast, New Habitat Home, Robot Caregiver

By Jim McCoy Fri 16th November local news briefs
RISING RIVERS FORECASTED Heavy rains are forecast for southern Oregon between Saturday and wWednesday, and that’s expected to cause rising river levels. An inch of rain is expected in the Rogue Valley, but west of the Cascades, parts of Curry County could receive as much as 10 inches. Flooding is not expected. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity announces the dedication of their 44th house built in the area. It will become the new home for Rosa Gonzalez and her sons, who have been living in a cramped trailer. The house is an Apostle’s Build project, built by local churches. ROBOT CAREGIVER The newest caregiver at the St. Charles- Redmond hospital is a robot. Roda allows doctors at St. Charles- Bend to perform remote assessments. Roda stands for “robotic office diagnostic assistant.” Its head is a screen where the remote doctor appears. Roda has a stethoscope. A nurse places the stethoscope on the patient, and the doctor listens by headphones. WHEELER PLEADS GUILTY Jeffrey Wheeler pleaded guilty today to first-degree murder charges and attempted arson in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Bethany in September of 2011. Wheeler also pleaded no contest to abuse of a corpse and criminal mistreatment. The 37-year old Central Point man will likely receive a 25-year minimum sentence. FILL-A-TRUCK FOR HUNGER Tomorrow, Rogue Valley residents are invited to “fill a truck for hunger.” Farmer’s Insurance agent Mike Rush will have a truck parked in front of The R-r-r-ink” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rush and his wife have already donated 13-hundred pounds. The food will go to ACCESS.

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