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Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Eight people were arrested Wednesday after police responded to residence on the 200 block of West Whitman Drive where a vehicle associated with an alleged shoplifting incident was located. At around 11 a.m., Walla Walla police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Sportsman’s Warehouse. Shortly thereafter, College Place officers…

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

County road flood damage estimated at $25 million

PENDLETON, Oregon – Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer says recovery from the flood damages will not be a quick process. “It’s going to take a long while,” he said. “Just the county roads, we’re looking at about $25 million in damages, and that includes the bridges that are knocked out as well.”…

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

Council focuses on Edwards Apartments

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Edwards Apartments building on Southeast Dorion Avenue has stood vacant for years. The Pendleton City Council asked City Attorney Nancy Kerns to explore how they could declare the building condemned. “Her report was, the building is not in good condition at all, but it’s structurally sound,” Mayor John Turner said. “It’s…

Local option tax is on the ballot

Local option tax is on the ballot

PENDLETON, Oregon – Voters in the Pendleton School District will be asked to renew the local option tax. It charges 40 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value and is earmarked for general operating expenses. “Citizens will be hearing shortly advertisements about the levy option tax,” Superintendent Chris Fritsch said. “More information will be coming…

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

Port directors, legislators to discuss Highway 12 project

WALLA WALLA, Washington – While the next phase of improvements to U.S. 12 has been delayed in response to the passage of Initiative 976, Port of Walla Walla Executive Director Pat Reay said a lot has been accomplished in just the past month. Phase 7 of U.S. 12, an 11-mile stretch between Frenchtown Vicinity and…

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

Isaacs Avenue work resumes Monday

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Construction work on Isaacs Avenue east of Roosevelt Street will begin on Monday, Feb. 24, according to a news release from the city of Walla Walla. Culbert Construction will install underground utilities between Roosevelt Street and Wellington Avenue through March. Once this is complete, the work zone will extend east to…

Man arrested after crashing stolen truck in WW

Man arrested after crashing stolen truck in WW

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Police arrested Benjamin R. Carroll, 23, early Thursday morning on probable cause for theft of a motor vehicle, hit and run with Injury, and driving while license suspended in the third degree. “This morning at around 1 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of E. Oak Street after receiving a 911 call…

WWPD looking for woman involved in credit card scam

WWPD looking for woman involved in credit card scam

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Police are seeking information on the location of Marky L. Hill, 24. According to WWPD Public Information Officer Sergeant Eric Knudson, she is wanted by police for theft, defrauding an innkeeper and organized retail theft. “Hill is believed to be involved in a credit card force authorization scam that caused area…

Gunter gets over two years, with credit for time served

Gunter gets over two years, with credit for time served

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A Walla Walla man was sentenced Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court for felony property and drug crimes. Clarence Gunter, 38, pled guilty in December to three counts of possession of stolen property in the second-degree and possession of methamphetamine. On Monday, Gunter was sentenced to just over two years…

Council discusses flood costs, help for Riverside

Council discusses flood costs, help for Riverside

PENDLETON, Oregon – The city of Pendleton has to spend money now for a big chunk of the flood repair costs. Then it has to wait for federal and state funding to arrive. “I’m a bit concerned about the impact on the city’s budget as we move into the new budget year,” Mayor John Turner…