One of the two suspects wanted in connection with an assault Monday night at the Thunderbird Apartments in La Grande, has been nabbed. Eric Hans-Austin Walling Jr. was discovered at the Royal Motor Inn where he was was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Walling was one of two men wanted in connection with the assaults of two victims. 29 year old Leonel Orlando Martinez meanwhile, still has not been found. Anyone with information regarding Martinez is asked to call La Grande Police.
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A huge search this past weekend for a Eugene woman who became lost in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. 67 year old Glenda Smith was finally found Sunday. She had been staying with friends at Red’s Horse Ranch, when she and one of the others went for a walk up the Moss Springs Trail on Thursday. Smith’s companion returned, but Smith continued on her own. Searchers in a helicopter finally found Smith, who was said to be in good health.
Two suspects are being sought in connection with an assault in La Grande in which shots were fired at an apartment complex. It happened at the Thunderbird Apartments, where La Grande Police say the initial report indicated that one person was shot in the face, but it turns out the 17 year old victim was injured by blunt force. A second victim who is 18, also suffered facial injuries, although witnesses say multiple gunshots were fired. Police now are looking for 29 year old Leonel Orlando Martinez and 18 year old Eric Hans-Austin Walling Jr. Martinez is 5′ 5″ tall and 145 pounds. Walling is 5′ 10″ and 185 pounds.The two were last seen in a black or blue 2014 Hyundai with Oregon license plate 422KMH. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LGPD.
Teressa Dewey is running for a seat on the Imbler City Council, where there are already two animal ordinances on the books. Dewey believes Imbler should consolidate its animal control ordinances into one. She says having two ordinances creates confusion because they apply to different parts of the city, which means animal control rules vary in different parts of Imbler. Dewey grew up in Summerville, but has lived in Imbler for 32 years.
Representative Greg Walden stopped by the Wallowa County’s Sheriff’s Office last week, to talk about the rising prescription drug addiction crisis and the county’s efforts to combat it. Walden was shown how effective the prescription drug collection program sponsored locally by law enforcement is, when officers piled half a dozen banker boxes and several two-gallon plastic bags on a conference room table, representing six months of pills that have been voluntarily deposited into a receptacle at the sheriff’s office. Officers told Walden that sometimes bottles with as many as 500 to 700 pills come in.
A new septic system serving the Imbler School District may soon begin operating. It should be ready to go in about a month. The new system is needed because there have been problems in recent years operating the elementary and high school septic systems when the water table rises. The problem became so bad in the spring of 2017 that students and staff at Imbler High School had to use portable restrooms for months.
A local man has been found guilty by a jury of four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and one count of second-degree sexual abuse. Brett Kleng was arrested in Sept. 2017 on 18 sex abuse charges involving minors. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month to all of his charges and declined a plea deal offered by the Department of Justice. Now, after an eight day trial, Kleng has been found guilty of six of the original 18 charges. He still faces another trial for the other charges. His sentencing is set for September 26th.
The Board of Directors of the InterMountain Education Service District will meet at 5 this afternoon at the IMESD, on Nye Avenue, in Pendleton.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is accepting public comments on the updated draft master plan for state park properties in Wallowa County. You can now submit comments at www.wallowastateparksplan.com. Meetings will be held at 5:30 pm today at Cook Memorial Library in La Grande, and at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Joseph Community Center. You are free to attend but not comment at the Wallowa Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting at 2pm tomorrow at the Joseph Community Center. The draft master plan is available for inspection now at www.wallowastateparksplan.com.
The former office manager and bookkeeper for a La Grande urologist has been arrested for embezzling about $1 million from the medical practice. Authorities say 47 year old Anndrea Jacobs of La Grande, also impersonated an IRS official to try to conceal her scheme. Jacobs now faces a 15-count indictment, including four counts of wire fraud, five counts of filing false tax returns, four counts of aiding in the preparation of a false tax document, impersonation of a U.S. employee and aggravated identity theft. She pled not guilty to all charges, and now a trial is set for March 4th. If she is found guilty, she could be looking at years in federal prison.