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Crimestoppers: Benjamin Castaneda-Garcia
MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford police are on the hunt for a man they say is armed and dangerous. 

Benjamin Castaneda-Garcia is accused of menacing his wife with a handgun over the weekend. 

Castaneda-Garcia has felony warrants out for his arrest. Officers say he made threats to kill his wife and others before he is ever taken into custody. 

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In October 2012, Castaneda-Garcia was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the Medford Police Department.

Medford police issued a felony warrant for his arrest after he allegedly failed to appear in court on the charges. 

Law enforcement officers say they know Castaneda-Garcia is in the Jackson County area because he allegedly menaced his wife with a handgun over the weekend in Medford. Police say they probable cause to arrest him on the menacing charge. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighing approximately 140-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has no known scars or tattoos. 

If you have seen him, or have information on his whereabouts, please contact Crimestoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KMED 041614. 

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous since he is believed to be in possession of a handgun. 

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

In her first major speech on Fed policy, Yellen sought to explain the Fed's shifting guidance on its interest-rate policy, which at times has confused or jarred investors. She said the Fed's policies "must respond to significant unexpected twist and turns the economy may make."

"Thus far in the recovery and to this day, there is little question that the economy has remained far from maximum employment," Yellen told an audience at the Economic Club of New York.

She said the Fed's forecast for moderate growth has changed little since last fall despite the severe winter. Fed officials still see only a gradual return to full employment over the next two to three years, Yellen said.

Yellen said the Fed continues to face challenges in its efforts to invigorate the economy's recovery from the Great Recession. It's been reducing its bond purchases, which have been intended to keep loan rates low to stimulate spending and growth. But the Fed has kept its benchmark short-term rate at a record low near zero since late 2008.

Yellen's speech Wednesday and her answers to questions afterward served to confirm investors' view that the new Fed chair is firmly in the camp of "doves"— officials who are more concerned about high unemployment than about the threat of future high inflation.But in response to a question from Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, Yellen insisted that the central bank would respond quickly to rising inflation should the need arise.

"As the recovery proceeds, it is obvious we will need to (at some point) tighten monetary policy to avoid overshooting our target," Yellen said, referring to the Fed's goal of inflation rising at 2 percent a year. "Overshooting that goal, we have learned in past episodes and past recoveries, can be very costly to reverse."

But Yellen stressed that inflation is now rising only about 1 percent a year. She said a bigger fear is that prices are rising too slowly and that if the economy suffered an unexpected shock, it could succumb to deflation — a period, as in the past two decades in Japan, when falling prices can slow economic growth.

After taking over from Ben Bernanke on Feb. 3, Yellen presided over her first Fed meeting on March 18-19. At that meeting, the Fed pared its monthly bond buying by $10 billion for a third time to $55 billion. The Fed is expected to keep reducing the purchases at each meeting this year before ending them altogether by year's end.

At a news conference after the March meeting, Yellen had unsettled financial markets when she answered a question asking her to explain the Fed's commitment to keep short-term rates low for a "considerable time" after the bond purchases end.

Yellen said a "considerable time" could mean "something on the order of around six months." That startled investors, who viewed the comment as a signal the Fed might start raising rates by spring 2015, earlier than investors had been expecting. Many analysts don't think the first Fed rate hike will occur until late in 2015.

But in a speech in Chicago on March 31 and again in her remarks Wednesday, Yellen made clear that she thinks the still subpar economic recovery will continue to need the help of low rates for some time. An increase in short-term interest rates would elevate borrowing costs and could hurt stock prices.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Bourne Huddleston Testifies in Day Five of Murder Trial
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. -- Day five of the Bourne Huddleston murder trial in Medford.

The defense and prosecution gave closing arguments today. 

Bourne's wife, Kristy, was found shot in their Medford home in March of 2012.

The jury will start deliberating first thing in the morning.

“I just remember thinking, she shot herself,” Bourne Huddleston said.

Bourne took the stand and testified today for about two hours.

He admitted he lied in the interview with Jackson County detectives after his arrest.

Bourne said he had no intention of testifying and was even told it wasn't a good thing.

He said he couldn't sit back and watch without speaking up for himself, getting the opportunity to tell his side of what actually happened.

Huddleston said he was a coward the night of Kristy's death for leaving his son Ethan alone and only thinking of himself.

“Yes, like a coward, I ran out of the room, like a coward I left and left my son in the house,” Huddleston said.

Bourne said how he acted that night and how he treated his son Ethan, still haunts him.

“I've prayed every day for Ethan's forgiveness from what I did to him,” Huddleston said.

Prosecutor, David Hoppe, cross-examined Bourne and grilled him with questions about Kristy's death. 

He also pressured him with questions about all of his relationships including Kristy, girlfriend Lori Roberts and the two men police said he asked to kill his wife. 

“You've changed the stories with different people. Does it depend on who is asking you? Is the truth relative? So, let’s delve into some of your relative truth,” Hoppe said.

Hoppe continued to pressure Bourne on much of the evidence involved in this case.

“You're pretty good at the details of the crab legs and Pringles, so when you say you don't remember or recall something, it bothers me,” Hoppe said.

Robert Abel with the defense team says he believes forensics is an issue in this case.
He feels concerned with how DNA testing on blood at the crime scene and also proximity testing with a gun was not done.

Abel said nobody disproved suicide or ruled it out and it should still be considered.

Again, the jury will deliberate tomorrow morning to declare a verdict.

Keep up with News 10 for any updates on the trial.

Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he went undercover dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams spent much of December and January in Amish attire.

The group agreed to lend the police women's bonnets, aprons and dresses to catch or scare away the suspect because they don't want their children to testify in court.

A female officer dressed as an Amish woman also worked with Adams.
Adams says police haven't been able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence, but believe he is the same person who was sentenced to house arrest in January for similar incidents in another county.

Adams revealed the investigation because the incidents have stopped.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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