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Baker City woman charged with assault in injury to 8-month-old

A Baker City woman has been charged with assaulting a baby who was in her care last year in Baker City.

Kira Vansickle, 25, of 2492 Carter St., is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Vansickle is accused of causing head trauma to an 8-month-old who she was caring for in September 2014.

The baby was taken to St. Luke's Children's Hospital on Sept. 20, 2014, with severe head injuries. The child likely will have lifelong impairment as a result of the injuries, according to a press release from Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

Vansickle was taken to the Baker County Jail on Monday. Her bail was set at $115,000.

Blues legend Jimmy Lloyd Rea dies

Jimmy Lloyd Rea of Baker City, a blues bassist whose musical reputation is nationwide, died early this morning at a Nampa, Idaho, hospital.

He was 63. 

Rea and his band, the Switchmasters, performed at blues festivals across the country, and they had been scheduled to play this summer at the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally.

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

Bikes come to town

Riding shotgun in the pace car for the Baker City Cycling Classic

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The Baker City Cycling Classic finds Women's Pro 1/2/3 racers slicing their way through downtown Saturday during the Criterium. The temperature during the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. race was near 100 degrees. Page 5 has additional photos from the men's and women's Criterium.

Temperatures were projected to be record high that day, but on Sunday at 6 a.m. it was a typical crisp Baker City morning. Volunteers were already busy filing in and out of Baker High School, loading boxes of bananas and water bottles into their cars. 

There had been a change of plans, Corrine Vegter, one of the organizers of the Baker City Cycling Classic informed me. I would be riding ahead in the women’s lead car. I tried not to reveal the excitement I was experiencing at the viewing upgrade I had clearly just received. 

My driver was Bev Calder, owner of Bella in Baker City and La Grande. Bev has volunteered and sponsored the event for many years. 

Baker City's dangerous dog ordinance

Baker City adopted a dangerous dog ordinance January of last year just three months after the tragic mauling and death of a 5-year-old boy by a pit bull. 

Since then, there have been four cases in which a dog has been determined as dangerous.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said a dog is usually complained about several times before a hearing is scheduled to decide if the dog is dangerous.

There have been 15 hearings to address potentially dangerous dogs since the ordinance was put in place.

It’s a subjective process to consider.

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