Amanda ‘Della’ Steele: 75, of North Powder, died June 24, 2019, surrounded by her family. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Online condolences may be made at

William ‘Bud’ Thomason: 77, of Baker City, died June 24, 2019, at his home. His memorial service will take place Saturday, July 27 at 3 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., with Pastor Brad Phillips of the Harvest Church officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hillary Bahn Benevolence Fund through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Bud, go to

funerals pending

Gene Edward Norris: Burial of his urn will take place Friday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, with military honors. A celebration of his life will follow at the Baker Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To light a candle in Gene’s memory, or to offer condolences to his family, go to

Leah Lewis: Celebration of life, Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Union United Methodist Church, 661 N. Main St.


Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

POST-PRISON SUPERVISION VIOLATION (Wallowa County warrant) and POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE: Crystal L. Charbonneau, 32, of Baker City, 7:37 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of Main Street; jailed.

ESCAPE III (Baker County Circuit Court warrant): Chad Michael Cox, 38, transient, 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, in the 2700 block of Third Street; cited and released.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Parole and Probation detainer): Melissa Marian Carey, 32, of 2787 Third St., 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, at her home; jailed.

THEFT OF SERVICES: Michael Eric Deroest, 40, of Baker City, 4:59 p.m. Tuesday, at 1 Sunridge Lane; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

CRIMINAL TRESPASS I and THEFT III: James Thomas Kissinger, 44, of 2320 18th St., 7:32 p.m. Monday, at the Baker County Jail where he is being held on other charges.

MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL: Nykademaus, 18, of 2650 17th St., 10:38 p.m. Monday, in the 40000 block of Best Frontage Road; Rylie Dickison, 20, 3250 Place St.; and Micheal Goyen, 19, of 1543 First St.; Sheriff Travis Ash said the three were cited and released after the Baker Rural and Baker City fire departments responded to a fire that apparently started in the engine compartment of Foresterling’s 1985 Ford Bronco. The fire spread to some brush before it was extinguished, Ash said. There were no injuries. A deputy also responded to the scene and cited the three men.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Baker County Warrant): Garrett Eli Lovell, 22, of 880 Elm St., No. 220, 5:27 p.m. Tuesday, at Haines; jailed.

Oregon State Police

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Cody Joseph Billups, 27, of Baker City, 12:21 a.m. Friday, at Sunridge Lane and Campbell Street; jailed and later released.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Amel Frank Veltri, 42, of La Grande, 9:57 p.m. Friday, on Highway 86; jailed and later released.

DRUG POSSESSION AND OTHER CHARGES: Stuart James Milstead, 27, of Portland; and Kenneth Earl Voyles, 39, of Milwaukie, Oregon, 1:18 p.m. Friday; both were jailed and later released; police said Voyles was stopped after an officer observed traffic infractions. Contact with the driver and passenger resulted in a probable cause search, the press log stated. During the search, the officer seized methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, identification cards not belonging to Milstead or Voyles and a license plate from a reportedly stolen vehicle.