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Burglary charges filed against Reed

Burglary charges filed against Reed

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office is charging Levi Daniel Reed, 34, with three felonies stemming from the burglary of Western States Equipment last week. Although he was jailed on Feb. 15, he was being held on a parole violation before the new charges were brought. The transient is now alleged to…

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

Johnson reflects on filling Duncan’s seat

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Now that the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners is operating at full capacity, one commissioner is reflecting on the recent selection made to fill a vacancy left open following the sudden death of Commissioner Jim Duncan on Dec. 27, 2018. Earlier this month, former Walla Walla County Commissioner Greg Tompkins…

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

Gage will wheel into Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Dennis Gage, host of “My Classic Car,” is coming to Walla Walla this summer for the annual Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend. Known for his catchphrase, “honor the timeless classics,” his show’s production team will spend the two days of the annual car show in Walla Walla. Since 1997, Gage has traveled…

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

Deputy DAs’ contract is good news for law enforcement

HERMISTON, Oregon – News that Umatilla County and its deputy district attorneys had reached an agreement on a three-year contract pleases Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston. He says law enforcement administrators from both Umatilla and Morrow counties have been concerned with what he calls the “significantly low wage” that is offered to the deputy DAs.…

Planning is underway for FARM II

Planning is underway for FARM II

PENDLETON, Oregon – If Gov. Kate Brown’s budget passes with the funding for Blue Mountain Community College’s FARM II project intact, ground will be broken much sooner than originally anticipated. The facility, referred to at the state level as the Blue Mountain Regional Workforce Training Center, is earmarked to receive $8 million in the governor’s…

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

CPPD participates in emergency response exercise involving suspicious vehicle

News Release from College Place Police Department (CPPD) COLLEGE PLACE, Washington — On Wednesday, the College Place Police Department (CPPD) participated in a combined emergency response exercise involving stakeholders from the entire community. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service organized the training exercise in…

PPD uncovers stolen loot, two in jail could face charges

PPD uncovers stolen loot, two in jail could face charges

PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton police have recovered a large amount, but not all, of the merchandise stolen from Western States Equipment last week. Police Chief Stuart Roberts says information from a cell phone belonging to 34-year-old transient Levi Daniel Reed led officers to three bridges in the Birch Creek area of Rieth. “We started searching…

Sheriff picks up a new deputy

Sheriff picks up a new deputy

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is getting two more boots on the ground. Board Chairman Bill Elfering says the commissioners have approved the hiring of another full-time deputy at its meeting Wednesday morning. “That’s a plus-one that continues to work towards the sheriff’s aim of having 24/7 service in Umatilla County,” he…

WWFD is studying new Medicare program

WWFD is studying new Medicare program

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A new pilot program that makes Medicare reimbursement possible for certain non-transport ambulance runs as well as for ambulance transports to alternate destinations was announced last week at a firehouse in Washington, D.C. Walla Walla Fire Chief Bob Yancey said his department is keeping a close eye on it. In fact,…

Snow removal budget close to running on empty

Snow removal budget close to running on empty

WALLA WALLA, Washington – The cost of snow removal during the last few weeks has seen Walla Walla County use up about two-thirds of what is budgeted for the entire year — and it’s only mid-February. “You know if you’ve lived here very long, winters are very unpredictable around here,” Walla Walla County Commissioner Jim…