A Union man who is already behind bars, will spend another two weeks in jail, after being convicted of two charges connected to a bomb threat in June. 50 year old Scott Lee was sentenced to 50 days in jail and fined $100 Friday for initiating a false report and disorderly conduct. Lee has been in jail since June 14th, and will receive credit for time served. He was arrested after calling to say there were bombs set to detonate in the courthouse. After an evacuation, a search of the building found no suspicious items.
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A La Grande resident was robbed at gunpoint last Thursday night, and police are still following up on leads. La Grande Police say three masked suspects forced their way into the victim’s home on 16th Street, and robbed her at gunpoint. Police say they believe the suspects were looking for “something and/or someone specific,” and that this was not a random act. Anyone with information should contact La Grande Police at 541-962-1017.
La Grande’s long sought after Quiet Zone is now one step closer. The public works department has begun construction at the Fir Street railroad crossing. When that one is done, next up will be Cherry Street then Willow Street, East H Avenue and Greenwood Street. At each crossing, the crews are building a curve that runs down the middle of the street with candlestick cones at the top to keep traffic in their lanes and prevent drivers from trying to go around the gates. The new devices improve safety at railroad crossings, and do away with the need for train whistles.
A power outage early this morning in La Grande. Multiple power outages were reported beginning around 3am in the Grande Ronde valley due to severe weather. Crews were dispatched to the area to begin restoration procedures. If you still have no power, the utility apologizes for any inconvenience, and they say they appreciate everyone’s patience as they continue to work on it. As always, if you come across downed power lines, avoid them… be safe! To report an outage or the cause of any outage call 1-866-430-4265.
Oregon’s largest veteran resource event is being held in Eastern Oregon for the first time. Veteran Benefit EXPO19 will run from 9 to 3 this Saturday at the Pendleton Convention Center. There is no admission charge. Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, it will offer a one-stop “shopping” experience, and provide access to information about veterans benefits, including health care, disability compensation pension, business, burial, transportation, education, recreation, long-term care, records, identification, home loans and more. For more information visit www.expo.oregondva.com
The Union County Office of the OSU Extension Service is closed today so employees can attend mandatory training. Voice messages may be left at 541-963-1010. The office will be open again at 8 tomorrow morning.
A reminder that Grocery Outlet’s Independence from Hunger Food Drive runs the whole month of July and all donations always stay local. This year, Grocery Outlet has chosen the Friday Backpack Program as the campaign’s recipient.
The Union County Office of the OSU Extension Service will be closed from 11 to 5 on Tuesday in order for employees to attend mandatory training. Voice messages may be left at 541-963-1010. The office will be open again at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
A La Grande woman… 34 year old Jacki Mulhair… was visiting Indian Rock for the first time Monday to watch the sunset with her boyfriend, Jeff Hill. Mulhair jumped out of the vehicle to take a look over the edge, and slipped over, falling 86 feet. Hill immediately called 911 and the search and rescue team responded, and rappelled down to Mulhair. A Life Flight helicopter took her to a hospital in Richland, Washington… suffering from four broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken right hip, and her right femur broken in three places. Her family has set up a gofundme page to help with medical expenses. She is expected to make a full recovery, but her injuries are serious.
The Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center warns of an email scam. They say people have been receiving an email from someone posing to be from “Amazon,” who made it appear as if it was generated and sent by the SBDC. If you receive the email, do not open it or hit “reply,” and immediately delete it. The SBDC is working with the EOU technology department to address the issue.