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Three dozen dogs, two children removed from Stanfield home

- Four arrested, charged with child and animal neglect

Flagger killed on Highway 11, driver arrested trying to flee

- Milton-Freewater man charged with manslaughter, DUII after crash

Pendleton family alleges officer beat and injured teen


A Pendleton police officer is under investigation following allegations of brutality. Chief Stuart Roberts said so far, those allegations don’t match with what police are finding.

But the 15-year-old boy and...

Four-vehicle crash kills Walla Walla woman


Two locals were involved in a four-vehicle crash Monday that took the life of a Walla Walla woman.

The Washington State Patrol reported the deadly wreck occurred about 7:15 a.m. near College Place on State Route 12...

The Hermiston cop and the koi

- Hermiston police chief discovers the calming power of raising multi-colored carp

Family of dead EOCI inmate loses lawsuit


The family of Jayson Mathew Withers lost its wrongful death lawsuit against the local correctional officer who shot and killed him.

Withers was an inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton. The m...

Senior’s mettle tested in elder abuse case

- Family stepped into help after Steve Steele’s partner died, and soon owned all of his assets

Umatilla County Sheriff’s office investigating criminal mischief in cattle deaths


Seven cows died in the last week on Weston Mountain after someone shut off their water supply. Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan urged livestock owners to check on their animals and make sure they have plenty to drink....

Fix heads to prison for Pilot Rock arson, homicide


Angela Marie Fix of Pilot Rock pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the July 2017 death of Larry Castro, 77, at his Pilot Rock home.

The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office charged Fix with fir...

Pendleton neighborhoods take in National Night Out

- Block parties pop up around the city

Judge Temple off criminal cases in circuit court revamp

- Other judges will assign non-criminal cases to Temple

PAWS pulls tax district proposal

- The tax to fund a Umatilla County animal control district will not appear on the November ballot.

BPA rolls back Wheeler County blackout plan in response to public

- Original plan called for 14-hour blackouts in July, August to upgrade substation

Animal control district would be under county umbrella

- Umatilla County will decide Wednesday whether to put district on ballot

National Night Out parties expand around Pendleton

- Find a party near your neighborhood or start your own, with help from the city

Wilson Prairie Fire reaches 700 acres in Morrow County

- North portion held by firelines, but south section grew overnight

Umatilla County DA disqualifies Judge Temple from new cases

- District Attorney Dan Primus files motions to move cases for sake of ‘impartial trial’

Pendleton man at center of attack during Bike Week concert


Riven Fenton of Pendleton planned to have a good time with family and friends Saturday night at the closing concert of Pendleton Bike Week. But after a scuffle, a group of bikers attacked and assaulted the 24-year-old an...

No charges from collision that killed Pendleton cyclist


The driver involved in the collision that killed Ann Wyatt of Pendleton will not face criminal charges.

Wyatt was bicycling June 8 to her job at the U.S. Forest Service on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pend...

Finicum family’s wrongful death lawsuit moves forward in federal court


Lawyers for the family of Malheur National Wildlife occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum have 15 days to confirm they served dozens of defendants in his wrongful death lawsuit.

Magistrate Judge...

Races get back on track for Bike Week


The green light is on for another round of motorcycle racing during Pendleton Bike Week.

And a new promoter said some hard work and luck could generate a pro racing series.

Boise-based organizer and promoter...

Pendleton Bike Week rumbles into town

- 60 percent of Bike Week goers come from Puget Sound area, founder says

Former Milton-Freewater man guilty of sex abuse, rape

- Kenneth Eugene Christopher gets 29 years in prison

Strange sighting over Pendleton

- Bag-like object hovers for hours, joined by another, then both disappear

Keeping crowds moving was the biggest challenge for law enforcement at Whisky Fest

- Concert ‘fairly uneventful’ for emergency responders, despite even larger crowd.

Feds charge former tribal officer with theft


A former Umatilla Tribal Police officer has pleaded not guilty to stealing from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

James Currey retired from tribal police on March 31, according to Chuck Sa...

Fire crews stop blaze at edge of Weston

- Fire chief ‘knocked on doors like crazy’ during evacuation

Merkley expresses need for U.S. immigration reform

- After early hope for agreement, new bill may wait until after elections

Living the hive life

- Ron Martin, amateur beekeeper, teaching himself the way of the colony

Construction worker seeks driver who injured him in Pendleton

- Woman drove through work site, hit traffic control supervisor, drove off

Pendleton on Wheels seeks to honor one of their own

- Friends, family recall Ann Wyatt as loving, kind and a go-getter

Pendleton raises its flag for the Fourth


Pendleton locals and others flew their patriotism at full staff at the city’s annual Fourth of July parade.

The crowd stretched along the parade route of Southwest Dorion Avenue to Main Street and then to So...

Umatilla County meeting, short on commissioners, sees no action

- Scheduling mistake puts Bill Elfering on wrong side of county during meeting

Hydropower off McKay Dam washes out


Bill Hampton of Pendleton is giving up his idea of building a small hydroelectric generator at McKay Dam.

The project would have produced 2 megawatts of power April through October, when the flow from the dam is hi...

Feds arrest Pendleton business owner for child pornography


Pendleton business owner Jason Robert Newsom faces federal charges for the transportation and possession of child pornography.

Newsom, 42, operates Yummm, a frozen yogurt shop at 1803 S.W. Emigrant Ave. Agents of t...

Heppner theft defendant misses sentencing while in jail


Kyler Douglas Dial of Heppner missed his sentencing Thursday in three theft cases because he was in jail in Washington.

Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said he anticipated Dial might not make the hear...

Umatilla County ‘Stepping Up’ to keep mentally ill from jail

- Umatilla County would start team to address treatment

Julian Simpson gets 25 years for murder of Pendleton man

- Idaho man convicted of killing Tony Jimenez Jr. at party in Mission

Fire season on northeast Oregon state lands starts Thursday


Fire seasons starts Thursday on state forest land in northeast Oregon.

Despite scattered rains from recent thunderstorms, the Oregon Department of Forestry announced parts of the Northeast Oregon District are showi...

Pendleton police have new vision for National Night Out


Pendleton’s National Night Out is going back to the ‘hood.

Your neighborhood, that is, or a maybe a city park. Shelly Studebaker said that’s the goal. She is the Pendleton Police Department...