BRIEFLY: 15-year-old cited for alleged assault

By Observer staff March 19, 2014 11:37 am

15-year-old cited for alleged assault

A 15-year-old was cited into juvenile Monday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a younger student at La Grande Middle School, police said.

Between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday, a 13-year-old student was injured by the older student near the middle school’s bus stop, according to police.

“A 13-year-old was approached from behind by a 15-year-old and was slugged on the back,” said La Grande Police Department’s officer Jared Rogers.

The 15-year-old was cited into the juvenile department on a charge of fourth-degree assault.

Rogers said the victim was checked out by medical personnel and released. 

La Grande Middle School Principal Kyle McKinney would not comment on the incident except to say the administration was aware of it and followed school district policy to handle the situation.

The Observer does not typically publish names of victims or names of arrested or cited juveniles.

Investigation into man’s death ends

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County District Attorney Mona Williams determined no charges will be filed related to the death of Harry McNall, who fell to his death installing an elevator leg on a grain silo March 11.

The investigation was conducted by Enterprise Chief of Police Wes Kilgore and concluded that McNall was thrown from a basket at the top of a “leg” being installed on a silo for Wallowa County Grain Growers. 

McNall’s death was a tragic accident, Williams said, but no person is criminally liable.

McNall, a longtime Wallowa County Grain Growers employee, was approximately 60 feet off the ground and walking along scaffolding when the structure’s leg tipped over, buckled at 40 feet and slammed into the silo, catapulting McNall to the ground, Kilgore said.

Kilgore said workers on the scene performed CPR immediately. Emergency responders assisted with chest compressions until an ambulance arrived. McNall did not recover from his injuries.

Earlier in the day, the crew discussed safety precautions numerous times that may not have been followed, Kilgore said.

Kindergarten Round-Up set April 17

The La Grande School District Kindergarten Round-Up will take place at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Willow School gym.

People can register their children for next year’s kindergarten classes. It’s a chance to get acquainted with the school and hear important information about registering. People can pick up a kindergarten packet ahead of time by stopping by the Willow School office between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For information, call Sue, Willow School secretary, at 541-663-3550.

Class of 1956 meets for lunch Thursday

The La Grande High School Class of 1956 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Smokehouse restaurant.

Arts for All planners meet Monday

The Arts for All Planning Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Parks and Recreation Department Conference Room, 2402 Cedar St. (in Pioneer Park behind the Valley Fellowship Church). Community members, church groups, service organizations and others interested in helping with the project are encouraged to attend.  

The annual festival gives children the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with various art forms. About 500 children attend each year. Friday morning is set aside for kids with special needs.

If you cannot attend the meeting, but have an idea or would like to volunteer during the event April 18-19, call Minnie Tucker at 541-962-1352, ext. 201, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.