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Idaho police say sex abuse suspect, who lived in Baker City, might have other victims


Lester Eugene Palmer

Idaho police say a man accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 might have other victims, and the man lived for a time in Baker City.

Lester Eugene Palmer, 54, was arrested Sept. 7 in Kootenai County, Idaho. He was extradited Sept. 16 to Canyon County, where he is charged with multiple counts and his bail is set at $500,000.

Nampa Police Detectives have information that there may be other victims in various states of where Palmer has had a previous residence. The incidents would likely have happened between 1994 and 2014 in Arizona, Oregon, Missouri, Illinois and South Carolina. Palmer spent time in Kellogg Idaho and Baker City as recently as April of 2014.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said local records show that Palmer lived at 2787 Third St. in Baker City, and that Baker City Police had “contacts with him beginning Feb. 2, 2007, and the last was on Oct. 12, 2010.”

Anyone with information about Palmer or other possible victims is urged to contact Detective Kari Seibel at 208-475-5715 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


St. Alphonsus closing nursing home in Baker City


By Chris Collins

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 St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City has announced that it will close its nursing home in the next two months.

The decision came last week in a meeting of the Community Hospital Board, which is chaired by Matt Shirtcliff, who also is Baker County district attorney.

“For the board, it had to do with timing and can people’s needs be met,” Shirtcliff said. “We’ve had several people leave in the last month or so and the state is pushing for people to be in a more home-based environment.


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