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Local News

Man Faces Multiple Sex Abuse Charges

A 61-year-old man from The Dalles is facing numerous sex abuse charges after being arrested Thursday evening.  Police reports indicate Robert Stephen White is being charged with 360 counts of sexual abuse involving a number of victims over a period of years.  White was taken into custody at Mid-Columbia Medical Center after being treated for what was described as what appeared to self-inflicted wounds.  White was questioned by police at his home, and was taken to MCMC a short time later by ambulance.  He has now been lodged at NORCOR on nine million dollars bail.  Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley indicated he has not yet gone to the grand jury with a formal indictment to allow prosecution to proceed.

Readiness Center Dedicated


A large crowd witnessed the dedication of the new Fort Dalles Readiness Center inside its large assembly hall on Thursday.  The Center adjacent to the campus of Columbia Gorge Community College will also serve as the school’s Workforce Training Center.  Continue reading

HR City Council Decides Against Dispensary Moratorium

Hood River City Councilors decided during a worksession against having municipal staff draw up an ordinance for a medical marijuana dispensary moratorium.  Mayor Arthur Babitz said in the end they didn’t see any solid reasons to delay implementation of the dispensary program approved by the Legislature in 2013, noting Oregon voters themselves approved medical marijuana in 1997.  Councilors decided the mechanism the Legislature put in place were adequate and preferable to the alternatives.  Babitz also noted they didn’t see enough benefit to a moratorium to delay giving patients safe access to a legal medication.  The Oregon Health Authority has approved an application for establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary in Hood River.