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Dec 24 2018 thru Dec 30 2018

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SPECIAL REPORT: A SICK SYSTEM December 28
When the calendar requires the release of insanity defendants in Oregon, harms often follows
SPECIAL REPORT: Those freed without ongoing supervision and care because of a state time limit commit crimes at twice the rate as a smaller group freed because the Psychiatric Security Review Board specifically concluded they would not be a danger if on their own, according to a Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica analysis.
LOCAL POLICE December 27
Ontario woman hides shooter's gun in bra, police say
Jasmine C. Ceballos was already facing one gun-related criminal charge when she was arrested in connection with an Ontario shooting. The earlier case involved a gun shot going through an apartment floor into a mattress in the unit below.
ONTARIO POLITICS December 27
Departing Ontario mayor casts an optmistic view of the future
Ron Verini says the right pieces are in place for the city to prosper. Verini, who was elected mayor in 2015, turns over the city's top political post in January to Riley Hill.
EDITORIAL December 27
Malheur County's unease over high-profile crimes needs government focus
EDITORIAL: Statistics show crime is not climbing locally but two standoffs between police and criminals, just weeks apart, create a perception that Malheur County is a dangerous place. Police officials must react quickly to calm fears of residents.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 27
Malheur Mashers find success with home brew
The Ontario beer brewers club of about 20 people is all about friends, family and creating an award-winning brand of beer.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 27
Vale woman sues state agencies on Montwheeler case
Jessica Bates asserts the state Psychiatric Security Review Board, the state hospital and the Oregon Health Authority were negligent in freeing the Nampa man just weeks before he is accused of killing her husband, David, and a Weiser woman, Annita Harmon.
PUBLIC NOTICES December 27
Publications from local governments, private parties
City of Vale Public Meeting, Estate of Richard L. Fly, Estate of Ernest Wiley Van Matre, Estate of Betty Lorene Gordon, Notice of Sales
PUBLIC SAFETY December 26
Trail of cold case murder leads to Ontario prison cell
Police recently took DNA samples from an inmate at Snake River Correctional Institution in an effort to solve the 2014 shooting death of a Walla Walla, Wash., man.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS December 26
Ontario girls wrestling team levels the playing field
The Lady Tigers will compete in an Oregon School Activities Association girls category at the state tournament after Oregon became the eighth state to sanction the female version of the popular sport.
YOUR COMMUNITY December 26
Marijuana retailers face substantial start-up costs to open in Ontario
Marijuana merchants will need to pay almost $14,000 in fees, including a $7,500 bond to the city, to begin selling in Ontario next year.
EMPLOYMENT December 26
They're hiring - local job openings
Available openings BHC Technician, production worker, ranch worker. Have a job to fill? Call the Malheur Enterprise at 541-473-3377.
PUBLIC SAFETY December 26
Malheur County sheriff takes to the road to boost patrols
In an effort to get as close as possible to around-the-clock police coverage, Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe is putting more deputies - including senior staff - out on the roads of one of Oregon's most rural counties.
MALHEUR COURTS December 26
Montwheeler now judged fit for trial, DA moves to get murder case moving
Anthony Montwheeler has been determined to be ready to help in his own defense against charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and assault. He was sent to the Oregon State Hospital for treatment, but is expected back in Malheur County Circuit Court for proceedings on Friday, Jan. 4.
December 24
Legislators push to get guns locked up but some worry safety would be compromised
A 2-year-old's death in Baker County after getting his family's handgun underscores pleas to change Oregon law to require guns get locked away. Oregon legislators are likely to deal with other gun laws in the approaching session.
COURT NEWS December 24
Annita Harmon's family sues 2 state agencies, claiming negligence with Montwheeler
Oregon state agencies are now the target of two lawsuits saying professionals erred in letting Anthony Montwheeler go free two years ago. Families of Annita Harmon and David Bates are turning to the courts for answers.
COMMUNITY NEWS December 24
Border collie surprises Cairo kindergarteners with presents
The kindergarteners at Cairo Elementary School got a surprise last week when when a border collie came by the classroom to deliver a full cart of presents. Each student received a toy, beanie and sweatshirt. The presents were given out one by one during their last class period of the day.

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