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Child porn producer gets a year

WALLA WALLA, Washington – An Idaho man charged with one count of dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the second degree was sentenced Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court. Steven Dale Lunsford, 55, of Salmon, Idaho will serve 12 months in the Walla Walla County Jail minus the…

Winter Walla Land is in the works

Winter Walla Land is in the works

WALLA WALLA, Washington – Visit Walla Walla, which promotes tourism, recently shared its ideas for promoting reasons to visit the city and surrounding valley at a city council work session. According to Mayor Barbara Clark, Visit Walla Walla Executive Director Ron Williams and the its board came up with six or seven possible names in…

MFPD investigates shots fired call

MFPD investigates shots fired call

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – The Milton-Freewater Police Department is investigating a shots fire incident that occurred Saturday night. MFPD Chief Doug Boedigheimer said officers received a call regarding six to seven shots fired in the area of Evans Street and 8th Street at about 9:33 p.m. A large birthday party was being held on the 600…

Pendleton man dies days after being struck in M-F crosswalk

Pendleton man dies days after being struck in M-F crosswalk

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon – A Pendleton man who sustained severe injuries after being struck while walking in a crosswalk September 7 has died. Cesar Ernesto Argueta, 46, was crossing S. Main Street on the 1100 block at around 8:25 p.m. when he was struck by a 2010 Honda Civic driving by Florencio Rojas Cruz, 63, of…

Wrapping up Round-Up: Brazile reigns as king

Wrapping up Round-Up: Brazile reigns as king

PENDLETON, Oregon – Trevor Brazile captured the All Around title for the seventh time at the 2019 Pendleton Round-Up. That further eclipses the record set by Yakima Canutt in 1923 when the cowboy and stuntman won his fifth All Around title at the age of 27. Brazile was also inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up and…

Convicted murderer files for an appeal

Convicted murderer files for an appeal

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A College Place man who was sentenced last month to more than 23 years in prison for manslaughter has filed an appeal. Robert Gage Sregzinski, 22, pled guilty in April to amended charges of manslaughter in the first degree and assault in the second degree in the death of Gabriel Ledezma…

Arraignment set for alleged hit-and-run driver

Arraignment set for alleged hit-and-run driver

HEPPNER, Oregon – Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson tells KUMA News that Christopher Michael Swope, 40, of Irrigon will be arraigned this week in Morrow County Circuit Court on charges related to a hit-and-run crash that injured five people near Irrigon on Sept. 8. Nelson said that late last week a Morrow County grand…

PDC to consider housing blight loan program

PDC to consider housing blight loan program

PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton Development Commission will take a look at a proposal from its advisory committee to address housing blight within the urban renewal district. The PDC is set to consider the plan at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. City Manager Robb Corbett said the commission has already studied it. “At the…

VA hospital urges suicide prevention awareness

VA hospital urges suicide prevention awareness

WALLA WALLA, Washington – September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Walla Walla VA Medical Center is bringing awareness to the #BeThere campaign which encourages people to reach out to those who are struggling. There are an average of  more than 45,000 Americans who take their lives each year, including more than 6,000 veterans. “This…

Suspected DUI crash ends in arrest in WW

Suspected DUI crash ends in arrest in WW

WALLA WALLA, Washington – A multiple vehicle injury collision early Saturday morning resulted in an arrest for suspicion of DUI. WWPD Sgt. Jeremy Maiuri told KTEL News that officers responded to the 200 block of E. Alder Street at about 1:46 a.m. Multiple passengers were inside the vehicle and Maiuri said two people were transported…