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Update on Logan Handy's return to Baker City

Logan’s mother, Michelle Knadle of Baker City, said that contrary to a statement from Sheriff Mitch Southwick this morning, Logan didn’t ride a freight train to Kansas, but rather he hitchhiked after he left Baker City Wednesday morning.

Knadle said she was able to contact Logan Sunday morning via a website that the sheriff’s office had been monitoring, and he used a pay phone to call her collect 28 minutes later.

It’s Down To 3

Baker School Board Interviews Finalists For Superintendent

The three candidates who want to replace the retiring Walt Wegener as Baker School District superintendent endured a schedule Friday that might even impress a politician on the campaign trail.

Mark Witty, Betty Palmer and Robert Vian started the day by taking a tour — by school bus, appropriately — of the district, starting with a visit to Haines Elementary.

Later the trio met individually with members of the district’s budget board, followed by separate interviews with the school board.

Langrell, city make their case in court

After hearing arguments from both parties’ attorneys Friday on a motion in Baker City Councilor Richard Langrell’s civil lawsuit against the city, Judge Ronald Pahl is taking Langrell’s motion for summary judgment under advisement.

Pahl, a Umatilla County judge who is hearing the case in place of Greg Baxter, the Baker Circuit Court judge, will decide within the next month or so whether or not to award Langrell the more than $9,000 he claims the city owes him for water and sewer fees he paid over several years for his motel, the Always Welcome Inn.

Logan Handy calls mother from Kansas; family en route to pick him up

Logan Handy, the 16-year-old Baker City boy who was reported as a runaway last week, called his mother Sunday afternoon from Kansas, where he is safe, and his family is en route to pick him up, Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick said this morning.

See Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald for a story. 

Heartfelt Thanks

The Bingham family, as it prepares for more heart transplant surgeries, talks about the life-saving value of organ donation

Lisa Britton/ For the Baker City Herald Stacy Bingham, left, and her daughter, Lindsey, attend an event Wednesday honoring the Oregon DMV for encouraging people to register as organ donors. Lindsey had a heart transplant on Feb. 14, 2013.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Lindsey Bingham giggles, jumping from foot to foot as she talks about the antics of her younger brother, Gage.

Around her neck she wears a medallion engraved with “2.14.13” and “Brave.”

Without the event on that date, Lindsey wouldn’t be here to talk about Gage.

News of Record for Feb. 20, 2015


Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

OUT OF COUNTY DETAINER, INTERFERING WITH A POLICE OFFICER: Tyler Stephen Partlow, 22, Salem, 2:48 p.m. Thursday at 3610 Midway Drive; jailed.

Baker County Parole & Probation

Arrests, citations

PROBATION VIOLATION (Baker County detainer): Marvin Lee Cassidy, 64, 1275 B St., 3:40 p.m. in the 2500 block of Ninth Street; jailed.

Baker County man sentenced to 81 months in prison for drugs, other charges

LA GRANDE — A 31-year-old Baker County man was sentenced by Union County Judge Russell West Thursday to 25 months in prison for dealing methamphetamine.

That sentence is part of a multi-county plea agreement that will ultimately result in an 81-month sentence for Tom Carroll.

A charge of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine stemmed from a Nov. 7, 2014, arrest at the Spruce Street Market in La Grande when Carroll was arrested on a Baker County warrant for felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the Union County District Attorney’s Office.

Police find 1 pound of meth at home previously searched

A second police search of a Baker City home where a man was arrested on drug charges last week has yielded one pound of methamphetamine and more than $3,500 in cash.
Baker City Police searched the home at 3025 D St., near the railroad tracks in north Baker City, about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
On Feb. 10 police arrested Jose Daniel Padilla-Albrido, 38, at that home.

Missing teen's bike found, but he's still missing

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Baker City teenager whose family reported him as an endangered runaway on Wednesday.

Logan Richard Handy, 16, was last seen about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday at his home, Sheriff Mitch Southwick said.

His black Trek mountain bike was found about 8 p.m. Wednesday near the railroad tracks at Sutton Creek, a few miles southeast of town near the road to the landfill.

There have been possible sightings near the railroad, and police said Handy might be carrying a backpack and sleeping bag. 

Handy is 6-feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Police said Handy sent a "cryptic" message to his girlfriend and closed his Facebook account.

Southwick said Hardy did not have a cell phone with him. 

Anyone with information about Handy should call the Sheriff’s Office at 541-523-6415.

Pondering Pot

Baker City Council Discusses Possible Ban On Marijuana Sales

By Joshua Dillen

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The Baker City Council last night continued discussing its options regarding a possible ban on commercial marijuana sales.

Councilors didn’t take any action, but they focused on a proposal to adopt a business license ordinance that would require businesses to comply with all local, state and federal laws.

It’s the latter — federal laws — that would affect marijuana dispensaries. Although the drug is legal for medicinal use in Oregon now, and for recreational use for people 21 and older starting July 1, it remains a controlled substance under federal law.

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