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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.

A new era for Bentz, GOP

Kitzhaber out, Kate Brown in as Oregon governor

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Oregon’s elected state leaders will confront a new paradigm today after Kate Brown is sworn in as governor, even as the shadow of an ethics scandal hovers over her predecessor, John Kitzhaber. 

Kitzhaber announced his resignation last week — to take effect today at 10 a.m. — after momentum regarding an ethics controversy swirling around him and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes reached critical mass. 

Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, said Tuesday he was surprised by Kitzhaber’s announcement and said he is still troubled by the circumstances.

 “I think it is safe to say I was saddened. It is unfortunate that someone could be forced out of office before anything is proven,” Bentz said.

Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon governor

SALEM (AP) — Kate Brown has stepped in as Oregon’s governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber.

Brown was sworn in during a Wednesday ceremony at the state Capitol. Brown, formerly the secretary of state, becomes the first openly bisexual governor in the nation.

Unlike most states, Oregon has no lieutenant governor. Under the state constitution, the secretary of state takes over if a governor steps down or dies.

Kitzhaber, elected to an unprecedented fourth term last year, announced last week that he would resign amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. He has denied wrongdoing on both of their parts.

Spring signs

February on pace to be warmest on record

Lisa Britton/For the Baker CIty Herald A buttercup in bloom Saturday near the Lower Powder River, about 15 miles northeast of Baker City.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Red is the customary color of Valentine’s Day but this year, in Baker County, it was yellow that distinguished the holiday.

Specifically, the yellow blossom of a buttercup.

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