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Local News

Victims In Goldendale Shooting Identified

The names of two 18-year-olds who were shot and killed in Goldendale on Thursday have been released.  Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says the victims were Justin Daniel Plunkett of Portland and April L. Reed, who used to live on the property where the shooting occurred in the 400 block of Brentwood Road.  Songer says the suspect in the shooting, 51-year-old Gary Hawkins, remains in a Portland-area hospital.  Hawkins went unconscious in a sheriff’s vehicle after he was taken into custody and had to be revived by CPR.  Songer says Hawkins will be taken into custody and charged with two counts of murder once he is released.  Songer added the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Smith Scheduled For September 26 Court Appearance

A Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested on a number of charges, including third degree sexual abuse, is scheduled to appear in Hood River Circuit Court on September 26.  According to Hood River County Sheriff Matt English, Deputy Marc Smith was arrested on Friday by the Oregon State Police and charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse, two counts of private indecency, one count of public indecency, and luring a minor.  Smith was lodged at NORCOR, but is no longer listed on the facility’s inmate roster.  In his statement, English said he was notified of incident involving Smith and serious misconduct unrelated to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and immediately placed him on administrative leave and asked the OSP to conduct an investigation.  English said the charges against Smith are all related to off-duty conduct, but did not elaborate further due to the sensitive nature of the on-going investigation.  The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Runyon Appointed To National County Organization Vets Committee

Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Veterans and Military Services Committee.  That panel engages member counties to develop and highlight county best practices and policies to promote programs, services, and benefits for the nation’s military, veterans, and their families.  Runyon has been active in local Veterans activities by being involved with the Wasco County Veterans Advisory Committee and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.  He is also Captain of the local Patriot Guard unit, and co-chairs the Association of Oregon Counties’ Veterans Committee.

Hecksel Getting Settled In New Position

Hood River County Administrator Jeff Hecksel is getting settled in to his new position.  Hecksel entered the position about one month ago, taking over for the retired David Meriwether.  Hecksel says his first task has been to learn about the County’s organization and the people in it.  Hecksel has arrived as two major issues are before the Commission, a short-term rental ordinance that will be discussed by the panel tonight at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building, and a time, place, and manner ordinance for marijuana businesses that the Commission will address in October.

September 9-10 Prep Sports Roundup

Football

The Dalles 28, Fort Vancouver 14

Reynolds 65, Hood River Valley 13

Columbia 54, Elma 49:  Trenton Howard’s 90-yard kickoff return with 48 seconds left in the game provided the winning points for the Bruins.

Stevenson 42, Corbett 20

Dufur 54, Falls City 12

Sherman 52, Triad 16

Tri-Cities Prep 50, Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 14

Goldendale 48, College Place 12

 

Volleyball

Hood River Valley defeats Canby, Wilson, and Mountain View to win the Canby Tournament.

Dufur finished second in pool play, then defeated Cove and lost to Imbler at the Griswold Tournament

Hudson’s Bay defeated Stevenson 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 10-25, 15-12

 

Cross Country

The Dalles girls finished fourth and the boys seventh at a meet at Tualatin High School.  Ezekiel Stelzer finished 15th for the Riverhawk boys, while Emma Mullins did the same for The Dalles girls.

Columbia’s boys finished sixth at the Steve Maas Run-A-Ree in Vancouver.  Will Nuckoles was the top Bruin finisher, coming in ninth.

HR Sheriff Deputy Arrested For Off-Duty Incident

A Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy has been arrested on a number of charges, including third degree sexual abuse.  Hood River County Sheriff Matt English said in a statement that Deputy Marc Smith was arrested and lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on Friday by the Oregon State Police, and charged with two counts of third degree sexual abuse, two counts of private indecency, one count of public indecency, and luring a minor.  In his statement, English said he was notified of incident involving Smith and serious misconduct unrelated to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, and immediately placed him on administrative leave and asked the OSP to conduct an investigation.  English said the charges against Smith are all related to off-duty conduct, but did not elaborate further due to the sensitive nature of the on-going investigation.  The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.  He added making certain the Sheriff’s Office maintains the highest standards of conduct is paramount, and he’s committed to ensuring department employees are held to same standards at all citizens, but also noted the incident should not overshadow the hard work the professionals in the organization do every day.  Smith was no longer listed on the NORCOR inmate roster as of Saturday morning.

September 8 Prep Sports Roundup

Volleyball

Hood River Valley def. Columbia 25-14, 23-25, 25-7, 25-21:  Shae Duffy had 18 kills and Katie Kennedy 16 to lead the Eagles.

Ridgeview def. The Dalles 25-10, 25-16, 26-24

Washougal def. Stevenson 3 games to 0

Dufur def. Condon-Wheeler 25-19, 25-19, 25-21

South Wasco def. Ione 3 games to 0

Arlington def. Horizon Christian 3 games to 0

 

Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Franklin 0

 

Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 4, Franklin 1:  Hallie Campos scored the tying goal in the first half, while Claire Davies scored the go-ahead marker on a free kick in the 55th minute.  Ashlee Ponce and Avrie VanTilburg added goals for HRV.

Washougal 5, Columbia 0

Royal 6, Goldendale 0

 

Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 10, Barlow 7:  Faith Ocheskey scored three goals to lead a balanced Eagle offense.

Early Childhood Screening Available Wednesday

The Columbia Gorge Education Service District’s Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education programs will hold an early childhood screening for Wasco County children from birth to five years old on Wednesday. The ESD’s Tori Vaughn says it’s for children who have not yet entered kindergarten and are suspected of having developmental delays or disabilities.  Screening will be available involving motor skills, social skills, self-help, cognitive, and communication and hearing.  The screening will take place at the Early Childhood Center on 1717 West 10th in The Dalles, and is free of charge.  For more information call 541-296-1478.

Klickitat County Officials Express Disappointment With Ruling

Klickitat County officials are expressing their disappointment with this week’s dismissal by a federal judge of the County’s lawsuit over the boundaries of the Yakama Nation reservation.  U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko ruled when the federal government approved the retrocession process to give the tribe jurisdiction over tribal members in a number of criminal and civil areas, it did not have to clarify reservation boundaries…and did not give the county standing to ask for a decision on who has jurisdiction over a long-disputed 99,000 acres in the Glenwood area.  County Commissioner David Sauter says an appeal is being considered, but it is not likely given the comments of the court and the potential expense.  Sauter says the County had hoped to get an answer on the boundaries now before any kind of jurisdictional dispute occurred, noting they feel the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been defining the boundaries in a manner that is opposed to past court decisions.

Wasco County To Hold Hearing To Transfer Roads To City

Wasco County Commissioners will hold a hearing in two weeks to initiate the transfer of a number of county roads inside of The Dalles city limits to the City.  It’s all part of an agreement the County and City reached one year ago to deal with what constitutes a road reaching City standards to be placed in the municipal street system after years of disagreement.  County Commissioner Scott Hege says the last number of years has seen the County and City collaborate more on road issues, and that should continue.  The County Commission will hold a hearing on the transfer of a long list of roads on September 21.

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