A young truck driver from La Grande is missing. 22 year old Jacob Cartwright went missing on Tuesday, disappearing after he apparently turned off of his planned route. Cartwright drives for Little Trees Transportation. The Oregon State Police are assisting the Union County Search and Rescue team and Sheriff’s Office in trying to find Cartwright. The last contact with him was in the Pendleton area. GPS information put the truck in the area of Hwy 244 near MacIntyre Road about noon yesterday. This area is very remote, heavily wooded with rough terrain and very expansive. It has been searched by OSP aircraft and continues to be searched by ground rescue personnel.
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If you have any unused medication in the house that you’d like to get rid of, Saturday is your day. It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The La Grande Police Department will join forces with other law enforcement agencies to help collect those unwanted prescription drugs. The drop-off box in Union County will be outside the police station, 1109 K Ave. in La Grande. Drop off hours are 10 am till 2 pm.
An Oregon State University student is in stable condition today, after he apparently set a fire in his fifth floor dorm room and jumped out the window on Tuesday night. Charles Daly jumped from the top floor at Hawley Hall around 10:30 pm. He did so after officers spent hours trying to persuade him to come out of his locked room. Daly is reportedly in stable condition at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
It is believed that the alpha female of the Pine Creek wolf pack in Baker County has most likely given birth to a litter of pups recently, or she is in a den preparing to do so. According to experts with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, GPS signal locations for the pack’s alpha male this past weekend, showed that the male wolf has been returning to the same site in the Fish Lake area north of Halfway. They say that is the same area where the alpha female had pups last spring. They say the movement of the male is an important clue, because when a female retreats to a den to give birth, she normally won’t allow any members of the pack except the alpha male to come near. The Pine Creek pack has killed four calves and injured seven others in the Halfway area since early April, with the most recent attack last week. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and affected ranchers have asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill all the wolves in the pack. So far, three have been killed.
The death of a 67 year old woman in La Grande has launched a homicide investigation. Police say the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death, are suspicious. The victim’s name is still being withheld, but we have learned that the death occured at 1902 Fourth Street, a building that is also home to several businesses. La Grande Police say, at this time, they have no information that would lead them to believe there is any threat to the public. Investigators from La Grande Police, Oregon State Police, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office are all looking into it today.
A single-vehicle rollover accident over the weekend, leaves two people dead. It happeend around 8 Sunday morning on Highway 237 two miles west of Cove. Oregon State Police say two men were killed. Their names have not yet been released. Police say they two were in a pickup truck that ran off the road on a curve, then rolled. The cause of that deadly crash remains under investigation today.
More wolf attacks…. In Baker County, another rancher says he has had cattle attacked by wolves near Halfway… the third Baker County rancher to report such attacks recently. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have confirmed that a 150 pound, six week old calf belonging to Barry and Shella DelCurto of Halfway, was attacked by wolves. Veterinarians say the calf is expected to survive, with the greatest threat now, being infection.
Morgan Lake opens for the season tomorrow, with some new rules in place. Camping is limited to three days, and allowed only between the two dams on the northwest side of the lake. Fires are allowed only in metal fire rings in the camping area. No campfires or camping will be allowed near the entrance to the park below the Morgan Lake sign. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 541-962-1348.
The La Grande School Board voted to ratify a new contract with Mountain Valley Therapy to continue providing physical therapy and occupational therapy services to special needs students. About 50 La Grande School District special needs students currently receive physical and occupational therapy from Mountain Valley Therapy through that program, in which the school district pays Mountain Valley Therapy $45,000 a year for physical therapy services.
A new report finds debt collectors are overburdening Oregon courts to pursue debts that consumers may not even owe. The Center for Responsible Lending says debt cases cost Oregonians 18-million dollars a year. Ezekiel Gorrocino with the Center for Responsible Lending…
Tag: Of the 300 cases the center reviewed, only one person hired an attorney and none of them won their case against debt buyers.