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Man charged with flagger death has court date

Man charged with flagger death has court date

PENDLETON, Oregon – Leman Louis Bledsoe, 77, of Milton-Freewater has a status check on the case against him in court today. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a flagger on Highway 11 in August 2018. “I believe that the parties are in the process of trying to get through the discovery,…Continue Reading

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While last week’s meeting between the Walla Walla Air Travel Coalition and Alaska Airlines’ officials was short, Port of Walla Walla Director Pat Reay said the coalition was able to point out what they want to accomplish while taking away an understanding of the airline’s position is in the local market.…Continue Reading

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners approved Monday a proposition allowing the annexation of the city of College Place by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District. Commissioner Gregory Tompkins made the motion, which was unanimously approved by fellow commissioners Jim Johnson and Todd Kimball. The commissioners set Aug. 6…Continue Reading

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: The Pendleton Police Department reports that the 2-year-old boy rescued from Tutuilla Creek Sunday is in critical condition at a Spokane area hospital. A news release from PPD details the chain of events: 12:13 p.m., April 21, 2019, Pendleton Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Grecian Heights Park located near the intersection…Continue Reading

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

PENDLETON, Oregon – A status check in the state’s case against Antonio Vasquez Vargas, 53, is scheduled today before Judge Christopher Brauer. The man charged with shooting and killing a co-worker at the Umapine Creamery north of Milton-Freewater in November 2018. The defendant now has a second lawyer. “The court has provided a second counsel…Continue Reading

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is still awaiting results of a psychiatric evaluation from Eastern State Hospital for Brandon Crispi, 23, of Walla Walla. Crispi is charged with first-degree murder and motor vehicle theft in relation to the death of Lorelie Carver, 56, of Walla Walla on March 1.…Continue Reading

House approves change to assisted-suicide law

House approves change to assisted-suicide law

SALEM, Oregon – The state’s death with dignity law will change under a measure that has already passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 2217 was approved yesterday, with all Democrats voting for it and Republicans voting against it. Currently, the law requires that the medications that end a person’s life be taken orally. This…Continue Reading

Hunters can think pink

Hunters can think pink

OLYMPIA, Washington – Hunters in Washington state will now be able to wear fluorescent or “blaze” pink clothing as their required high-visibility clothing, in addition to fluorescent orange attire. Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5148 into law Friday. The bill, sponsored by Senator Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver) unanimously passed the state House of Representatives and…Continue Reading

Threatened frogs find refuge in BPA transmission line corridors

Threatened frogs find refuge in BPA transmission line corridors

News Release from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) PORTLAND, Oregon — A threatened Northwest frog that lost habitat to development, agriculture and invasive species has found refuge in what may seem like an unlikely place: beneath the high-voltage power lines of the Bonneville Power Administration. Oregon spotted frogs lay eggs in the shallow water provided by wetlands,…Continue Reading

WA man allegedly markets fraudulent tax avoidance schemes

WA man allegedly markets fraudulent tax avoidance schemes

News Release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal grand jury in Portland has returned a seven-count indictment charging Glen Stoll, 68, a resident of Washington State, with multiple crimes stemming from a scheme whereby he organized, promoted, and marketed fraudulent tax avoidance strategies. Stoll made his initial appearance…Continue Reading

Western emergency managers talk about wildfires

Western emergency managers talk about wildfires

BOISE, Idaho – Emergency managers from 11 Western states, including Oregon and Washington, gathered in Boise on Wednesday to discuss wildfire alerts, notifications and evacuation issues with the National Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. National Weather Service, along with AECOM and Everbridge, two companies that specialize in critical communication and…Continue Reading

Bill would ban judges from asking about immigration status

Bill would ban judges from asking about immigration status

SALEM, Oregon — Judges in Oregon would barred from asking about a defendant’s immigration status under a bill that passed the Oregon House. Defendants would still have to be told of immigration consequences that might result from the case and judges would not be able to inquire about their immigration status. Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland)…Continue Reading

Man charged with flagger death has court date

Man charged with flagger death has court date

PENDLETON, Oregon – Leman Louis Bledsoe, 77, of Milton-Freewater has a status check on the case against him in court today. He is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a flagger on Highway 11 in August 2018. “I believe that the parties are in the process of trying to get through the discovery,…

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

Alaska Air will ‘look at’ PDX flight request

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While last week’s meeting between the Walla Walla Air Travel Coalition and Alaska Airlines’ officials was short, Port of Walla Walla Director Pat Reay said the coalition was able to point out what they want to accomplish while taking away an understanding of the airline’s position is in the local market.…

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

County gives thumbs-up to library vote

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners approved Monday a proposition allowing the annexation of the city of College Place by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District. Commissioner Gregory Tompkins made the motion, which was unanimously approved by fellow commissioners Jim Johnson and Todd Kimball. The commissioners set Aug. 6…

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

UPDATE: The Pendleton Police Department reports that the 2-year-old boy rescued from Tutuilla Creek Sunday is in critical condition at a Spokane area hospital. A news release from PPD details the chain of events: 12:13 p.m., April 21, 2019, Pendleton Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Grecian Heights Park located near the intersection…

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

Alleged Umapine shooter is in court today

PENDLETON, Oregon – A status check in the state’s case against Antonio Vasquez Vargas, 53, is scheduled today before Judge Christopher Brauer. The man charged with shooting and killing a co-worker at the Umapine Creamery north of Milton-Freewater in November 2018. The defendant now has a second lawyer. “The court has provided a second counsel…

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

Court awaits competency declaration in Crispi case

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is still awaiting results of a psychiatric evaluation from Eastern State Hospital for Brandon Crispi, 23, of Walla Walla. Crispi is charged with first-degree murder and motor vehicle theft in relation to the death of Lorelie Carver, 56, of Walla Walla on March 1.…

House approves change to assisted-suicide law

House approves change to assisted-suicide law

SALEM, Oregon – The state’s death with dignity law will change under a measure that has already passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 2217 was approved yesterday, with all Democrats voting for it and Republicans voting against it. Currently, the law requires that the medications that end a person’s life be taken orally. This…

Hunters can think pink

Hunters can think pink

OLYMPIA, Washington – Hunters in Washington state will now be able to wear fluorescent or “blaze” pink clothing as their required high-visibility clothing, in addition to fluorescent orange attire. Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5148 into law Friday. The bill, sponsored by Senator Lynda Wilson (R-Vancouver) unanimously passed the state House of Representatives and…

Threatened frogs find refuge in BPA transmission line corridors

Threatened frogs find refuge in BPA transmission line corridors

News Release from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) PORTLAND, Oregon — A threatened Northwest frog that lost habitat to development, agriculture and invasive species has found refuge in what may seem like an unlikely place: beneath the high-voltage power lines of the Bonneville Power Administration. Oregon spotted frogs lay eggs in the shallow water provided by wetlands,…

WA man allegedly markets fraudulent tax avoidance schemes

WA man allegedly markets fraudulent tax avoidance schemes

News Release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon PORTLAND, Oregon — A federal grand jury in Portland has returned a seven-count indictment charging Glen Stoll, 68, a resident of Washington State, with multiple crimes stemming from a scheme whereby he organized, promoted, and marketed fraudulent tax avoidance strategies. Stoll made his initial appearance…

Western emergency managers talk about wildfires

Western emergency managers talk about wildfires

BOISE, Idaho – Emergency managers from 11 Western states, including Oregon and Washington, gathered in Boise on Wednesday to discuss wildfire alerts, notifications and evacuation issues with the National Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. National Weather Service, along with AECOM and Everbridge, two companies that specialize in critical communication and…

Bill would ban judges from asking about immigration status

Bill would ban judges from asking about immigration status

SALEM, Oregon — Judges in Oregon would barred from asking about a defendant’s immigration status under a bill that passed the Oregon House. Defendants would still have to be told of immigration consequences that might result from the case and judges would not be able to inquire about their immigration status. Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland)…