Local Briefs

Countryside Sheds celebrates move, 25th birthday

ISLAND CITY — Countryside Sheds will be celebrating its 25th birthday and recent move to a new location, 10505 N. McAlister Road, Island City, with an open house during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 12. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historical society meeting includes potluck lunch

LA GRANDE — The Union County Historical Society will have a meeting and potluck beginning at noon Sept. 14 in the log cabin at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande. Members are encouraged to share their personal history living in Union County and bring memorabilia to share.

LHS Class of ‘45 meets for reunion

LA GRANDE — The members of the La Grande High School Class of 1945 will be celebrating their 74th reunion Sept. 14 at the Island City City Hall. The reunion will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rockwall Grange hosts supper and fiddlers Saturday

ELGIN — The Rockwall Grange of Elgin is sponsoring a Blue Mt. Old Time Fiddlers show, featuring musicians from all over the region, beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. General admission is $5, Fiddle Association members are $4, and those 12 and younger are admitted free. Before the show, a salad bar and pie supper will be served at 5 p.m. for $3-$8. Proceeds from the show and supper will benefit the upkeep and activities of the grange.

The Rockwall Grange is located 3-1/2 miles north of Elgin at 71562 Middle Road. For more information, call Cindy Chandler at 541-437-3745 or Margie Vaughn at 541-962-7122.

Eagle Scout seeks donations for flagpole project

LA GRANDE — A local student is working to install a flagpole at La Grande High School’s track as his Eagle Scout project. Donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar by the school. To help raise the money needed, a GoFundMe page has been created. For more information or to donate, visit gofundme.com/high-school-track-flag-pole.

Terry LaMont performs at community dance

LA GRANDE — A community dance featuring live music by Terry LaMont will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany, La Grande. Admission is $3 at the door. Age 12 and younger get in free. The evening will include snacks and door prizes.

IMESD provides free hearing screenings to students

PENDLETON — The InterMountain Education Service District will be providing free hearing screenings to public elementary school students at area schools this fall. Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the IMESD’s Audiology Department for public school students in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties. Students to be screened include kindergarten, first-grade and third-grade students, plus new students to a district and parent/teacher/principal referrals of students in other grades. Children who fail the initial screening will be re-screened within a three-week period. Parents who do not want their child to be screened should notify their child’s school as soon as possible. If you have questions about the hearing screening program, contact your child’s school.

Interested in researching family history?

LA GRANDE — Those interested in researching family history are welcome to make use of the Church of Jesus Christ’s Family History Center, 1802 Gekeler Lane, La Grande. The genealogy library is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

State Briefs

Ex-pharmacist who filmed in bathrooms pleads guilty

PORTLAND — A former pharmacist has pleaded guilty to 20 counts related to placing hidden cameras in workplace bathrooms.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says Johnny Tuck Chee Chan pleaded guilty Tuesday and is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in prison. Chan also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

According to a search warrant, Portland police were notified in November 2017 by Kaiser Permanente that an employee had discovered a camera. Chan also recorded co-workers in an employee restroom at a Banana Republic store near Portland International Airport in 2017.

Prosecutors say they identified 78 people, including minors, who were recorded without permission. Most of the victims were women, and they were in single user restrooms. Some were changing after exercising during the work day.

Police: Woman plotted killings of husband, others

LONGVIEW, Washington — A Washington state woman has been arrested on suspicion of planning to kill her estranged husband and two others.

The Longview Daily News reports 54-year-old Dawn Renee Rolfe appeared in Cowlitz Superior Court Monday following her arrest Friday.

Authorities say a co-worker at Rolfe’s job reported to sheriff’s deputies in August that Rolfe told her a detailed plan to have her husband of 25 years killed.

Police say Rolfe sought revenge against her husband for leaving her and wanted to arrange his death, as well as the killings of his mother and new girlfriend.

Records indicate Rolfe initially planned to shoot them herself, but later asked the co-worker to accompany her to Portland to offer money and jewelry to someone to commit the killings.

Oregon officials confirm 2nd case of vaping-related illness

PORTLAND — State officials say a second Oregon resident has received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the person did not die from their illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which provided no other details about the person or where they were treated.

The reported case comes a week after state health officials announced that a middle-age Oregonian died from a respiratory illness tied to vaping cannabis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been roughly 450 cases of the lung disease reported in at least 33 states so far, and as many as five people with the illness have died.

Oregon health investigators believe the person in the state’s fatal case purchased cannabis oil from two marijuana retail shops. They are trying to find leftover product to analyze.

Biologists to start tracking pronghorn antelope in Oregon

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the agency plans to start tracking pronghorn antelope to learn more about the species and identify migration patterns in southeast Oregon.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported during the last week of September, wildlife biologists working with federal agencies will capture and attach radio collar tracking devices to 155 pronghorn antelope.

Ungulate species coordinator Don Whittaker says state police aircraft will look for groups of pronghorn and then a contractor will use helicopters to capture and deploy GPS radio collars.

Fish and Wildlife will track the antelope in connection with a U.S. Interior Department program that aims to improve habitat quality in western big game winter range and migration corridors.

The project comes after the archery deer and elk seasons but before the rifle deer season starts Sept. 28.

Man who killed partner, dumped body, gets life in prison

PORTLAND — A Portland man has pleaded guilty to stabbing his partner to death and dumping her body near a summer camp in Sandy last year.

The Oregonian/ OregonLive reported Martin Gallo-Gallardo pleaded guilty Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court to killing Coral Rodrigues-Lorenzo. He was sentenced to life in prison, with eligibility for parole in 25 years.

A Camp Namanu employee found the body of Rodriguez-Lorenzo in a ditch Oct. 28. Police identified her body after her children reported her missing.

Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owen says the two had been at a party in the hours before the murder and that people reported seeing Gallo-Gallardo acting angry.

Police say he confessed to the murder soon after the woman’s body was found.

Man gets 8 years for sexual assault

PORTLAND — A man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her Portland, Oregon, home.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Joseph William Green Jr., 31, was sentenced Monday. The 76-year-old woman told police she knew Green as a neighborhood panhandler.

Authorities say that shortly before 1 a.m. Sept. 12, 2018, Green entered the basement of the home through an unlocked door.

Green pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespass. Other charges, including attempted first-degree rape, were dismissed.

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