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Press Release - 10/03/2011 - Motor Vehicle Crash - Update #3
 
Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash
News Release Date: October 3, 2011               
Update #3
Involved Person(s): Detective David Aydelotte
                             Tyler James Arthur
 
The Baker City Police Department (BCPD) has completed the investigation into the September 27, 2011 injury traffic crash involving a 17-year bicyclist and an unmarked Oregon State Police (OSP) detective’s vehicle at a Baker City residential intersection.
 
According to BCPD Chief Wyn Lohner, a bicycle ridden by Tyler Arthur was northbound on 7 Street when it was involved in a collision with an unmarked Oregon State Police (OSP) vehicel driven by Detective David Aydelotte. The investigation and supporting evidence indicates Arthur, who was not wearing a helmet, entered the Campbell Street intersection without stopping at a stop sign when he was struck by the OSP vehicle that was traveling westbound on Campbell Street. 7th Street is controlled by stops signs at that intersection and Campbell Street is not. Arthur was listening to an MP3 player with the aid of earbud headphones at the time he was struck by the vehicle.
 
Based on evidence it does not appear that the speed of the OSP vehicle was excessive, or a factor in this collision.
 
Arthur was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and later flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.  He was released from the hospital September 29th and reportedly has returned to school this week.
 
No citations will be issued to Arthur.
 
OSP assisted the Baker City Police Department with this investigation.
 
 
For further information please contact:
 
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21
 
 
Press Release - 09/29/2011 - Motor Vehicle Crash - Update #2
 
 
Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash
News Release Date: September 29, 2011               
Update #2 (Arthur’s condition upgraded)
Involved Person(s): Detective David Aydelotte
                             Tyler James Arthur
 
 
On September 29, 2011 the Baker City Police Department received information from St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise that Tyler Arthur’s condition was upgraded and he has been transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit.  He is expected to be released within the next couple days.
 
The Baker City Police Department is continuing the investigation into the September 27, 2011 injury traffic crash involving 17-year Tyler Arthur as he rode a bicycle north on 7 Street when it was involved in a collision with an unmarked Oregon State Police (OSP) vehicle driven by Detective David Aydelotte.  Evidence indicates Arthur, who was not wearing a helmet, entered the Campbell Street intersection when it was struck by the OSP vehicle that was traveling west on Campbell Street. 7th Street is controlled by stops signs at that intersection and Campbell Street is not.
 
Tyler Arthur was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and later flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
 
Detective Aydelotte was not injured.
 
Further details will be released at a later time when appropriate as the investigation continues.  OSP is assisting the Baker City Police Department with this investigation.
 
 
For further information please contact:
 
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21
 
 
Press Release - 09/28/2011 - Motor Vehicle Crash - Update #1
 
 
Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash
News Release Date: September 28, 2011               
Update #1
Involved Person(s): Detective David Aydelotte
                             Tyler James Arthur
 
 
The Baker City Police Department is continuing the investigation into the injury traffic crash involving a teenage bicyclist and an unmarked Oregon State Police (OSP) vehicle that occurred on September 27, 2011. The crash occurred at the Campbell Street and 7 Street intersection in Baker City.
 
On September 27, 2011 at about 12:02 p.m. an unmarked OSP vehicle driven by Detective David Aydelotte, who is a 13 year veteran of the Oregon State Police, was traveling west on Campbell Street when it collided with a bicycle at the 7 Street intersection. Evidence indicates that 17 year old Tyler Arthur was riding his bicycle north on 7 Street when it entered the Campbell Street intersection and the collision occurred. 7th Street is controlled by a stop sign at that intersection and Campbell Street is not. 
 
Tyler Arthur was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and later flown to a Boise-area hospital. He is listed as being in critical condition at this time.
 
Detective Aydelotte was not injured.
 
Further details will be released at a later time when appropriate as the investigation continues.  OSP is assisting the Baker City Police Department with this investigation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Press Release - 09/27/2011 - Motor Vehicle Crash
 
 
Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash
News Release Date: September 27, 2011
Involved Person(s): Not for release at this time
 
The Baker City Police Department is conducting the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s injury traffic crash involving a teenage bicyclist and an unmarked Oregon State Police (OSP) vehicle.  The crash occurred at an intersection in Baker City and the names of both individuals are not being released at this time.
 
On September 27, 2011 at about 12:02 p.m. an unmarked OSP vehicle driven by an on-duty OSP detective was traveling west on Campbell Street when it collided with a bicycle at the 7 Street intersection. 7 Street is controlled by stop signs at that intersection and Campbell Street is not. The bicycle’s direction of travel has not been determined at this time.
 
The 17-year old Baker City resident on the bicycle was transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and later flown to a Boise-area hospital.  The extent of his injuries is not known at this time.
 
The OSP detective was not injured.
 
Further details, including the names of those involved, will be released at a later time when appropriate as the investigation continues.  OSP is assisting the Baker City Police Department with this investigation.
 
 
For further information please contact:
 
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21
 
 
Press Release - 08/04/2011 - Attempted Fraud
 
 
Incident: Attempted Fraud
News Release Date: August 4, 2011
Involved Person(s): Baker City Citizens
 
 
This week the Baker City Police Department has received two complaints from local citizens about fraud attempts. Both of these attempts were similar and involved the thief calling the citizen and saying they were a family member in need of money for an emergency. We have seen this scam before in our community, where these thieves specifically prey on elderly citizens, claiming to be a grandchild.
 
 
The Baker City Police Department recommends that you be suspicious and always ask questions of those asking for personal information and/or money. We recommend that you never give out personal information to someone over the telephone.
   
For further information please contact:
 
Chief Wyn Lohner
(541) 524-2014, ext. 21
 
or
 
Sergeant Kirk McCormick
(541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
 
Press Release - 05/06/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist - Update #5
 
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: May 6, 2011
Update # 5
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                             Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age

UPDATE - The Baker City Police Department has been notified that Rita Chretien was found alive today in Elko County, Nevada.
 
Preliminary information is that hunters found the vehicle belonging to a missing Canadian couple this afternoon.  The vehicle, a 2000 Chevrolet Astro van, was reportedly found on a logging road in a remote area.  With the vehicle was one of the missing owners, Rita Chretien.   At this time Mrs. Chretien is being airlifted by helicopter to an unknown medical facility.
 
Her condition is unknown.
 
It is believed that Albert Chretien left the vehicle on foot in March.  He has not been located at this time. Mr. and Mrs. Chretien had last been seen at a Baker City area convenience store on March 19, 2011.
 
Family members have been notified.
 
Contact Information:
Sergeant Kirk McCormick
Baker City Police Department
(541) 524-2014 Ext 22
 
Secondary Contact:
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police
Pager:  (503) 323-3195
 
Press Release - 04/21/2011 - Missing Persons: Tip Line Cancelled
 
Update- RCMP and U.S. police agencies, no new leads on missing Penticton couple tips drying up Tip line cancelled
 
RCMP and their U.S. police counterparts in Baker City Oregon are continuing their investigation into the March 19th disappearance of Albert and Rita Chretien of Penticton.  The Chretiens were reported  missing while on a trip from Penticton, BC to Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
The Penticton RCMP Major Crimes Unit, have followed up on
all tips received to date that dealt with information from Canadian tipsters.  Investigators have not received any new information that has permitted them to place Al and Rita Chretien at any other location other then the last known location of Baker City, Oregon.  Baker City Police Department / US state agencies and the RCMP will
continue to follow up on any new information that arises.
      
“As of today, we are suspending the assigned tip line, as
we are at a point where incoming tips have dropped off. The lower volume of tips can be easily managed by via normal non-emergency police service phone numbers and are accordingly shutting down the tip line.” stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
 
The RCMP and U.S. law enforcement agencies request that
any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle contact the following agencies, their local police services  or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
 
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch:
541-664-4600
Penticton RCMP: 250-492-4300
Updates will be provided as new information develops and
will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca
For further information in Oregon related to this
incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
Press Release - 04/18/2011 - Baker County Launchs Emergency Public Notification System (Reverse 9-1-1)
For the press release click here.
 
Press Release - 04/14/2011 - Drug Take Back
 
Incident:  Drug Take Back
News Release Date: April 14, 2011
Involved Person(s): N/A

On April 30, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Baker City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the police department at 1768 Auburn Avenue, Baker City, Oregon.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Baker City Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

For further information please contact:
Evidence Technician Beth Yeaton at (541) 524-2014, ext. 29
 
 
Press Release -  04/11/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist - Update #4
Missing Person Bulletin (poster), click here!
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: April 11, 2011
Update # 4
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                            Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age
 
This past weekend Oregon Law Enforcement officers continued to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the search for missing British Columbia residents Albert and Rita Chretien. The couple was last seen at a convenience store in Baker City, Oregon on March 19, 2011, during a scheduled trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
On Saturday weather conditions cooperated, which allowed an aerial search of Baker County. An Oregon State Police (OSP) airplane flew Highway 86, the Hells Canyon corridor, the lower portion of Burnt River Canyon, Highway 245 over Dooley Mountain and areas around Highway 7. 
 
At this time the Oregon search has extended through Baker, Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties in the Eastern and Southeastern portions of the state. Over 40 Law Enforcement officers and 18 Search and Rescue volunteers, from 6 separate Oregon agencies, have traveled over 3,500 miles of state highways and county roads during the search. Malheur County has flown approximately 13 hours over 2 days, traveling in excess of 1,000 miles over Southeastern Oregon. OSP has flown 3 hours over Baker County, traveling approximately 400 miles. The RCMP, which has had a significant presence in the Oregon investigation, has returned their two investigators to Canada who were stationed in Baker City for six days.
 
As the search enters its second week, twenty three days after the Chretien’s were last seen in Baker City, search efforts throughout Oregon will continue to scale back. However, police patrols throughout Eastern and Southeastern Oregon will continue to watch for any sign of the couple and their vehicle. SAR and law enforcement resources will continue to be available to respond as needed. Oregon investigators working in cooperation with the RCMP will also continue to follow up on all tips and investigate all leads.   
 
The alert bulletin which was created and sent out to law enforcement agencies and other organizations across the western half of the United States continues to be distributed.  A link to the bulletin is available to download on the Oregon State Police website, www.oregon.gov/OSP, and the Baker City Police Department website, www.bakercitypolice.com
All Law Enforcement encourages everyone to stay diligent in their travels, watching for any sign of the Chretien’s or their vehicle. Only through continued persistence, coordination and caring will this mystery be solved and the Chretien’s found.

Albert and Rita’s family and friends have prepared this statement to be shared:
 
“The Chretien family and friends have been extremely touched and moved by the huge response that the disappearance of Albert and Rita Chretien has generated on both sides of the border. We wish to particularly thank all of the various law enforcement agencies in the United States and particularly in Baker City as well as the RCMP in Canada.
 
Since March 31st, Friends and family have witnessed an around the clock effort to find them. We want to thank all the citizens of Oregon who have been praying, searching and providing tips to the authorities. It has moved us to tears at times with how willing people have been to stop their own lives to help out.
 
We have been blessed to know that the last place Albert and Rita were seen was Baker City – we feel like Al & Rita have been embraced just like they were part of the Baker City family.
 
Thank you for all of your hard work and God bless.
 
Raymond & Jennifer”
 
Law Enforcement continues to request that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600
Updates will be provided daily as/if new information develops, and will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca
 
For further information in Oregon related to this incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
 
Press Release - 04/08/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist - Update #3
Missing Person Bulletin (poster), click here!
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: April 8, 2011
Update #3
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                             Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age

Oregon Law Enforcement officers continue to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the search for missing British Columbia residents Albert and Rita Chretien. The couple was last seen at a convenience store in Baker City, Oregon on March 19, 2011, during a scheduled trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
The Oregon search has entered its seventh day.  While the use of Search and Rescue (SAR) resources have scaled back, police patrols in Baker, Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties in Eastern and Southeastern Oregon continue to watch for any sign of the couple and their vehicle. SAR and law enforcement resources will be available to respond as needed. Oregon investigators working in cooperation with RCMP also continue to follow up on all tips and investigate all leads.   
 
An alert bulletin has been created and sent out to law enforcement agencies and other organizations across the western half of the United States.  A link to the bulletin will be available to download on the Oregon State Police website, www.oregon.gov/OSP, and the Baker City Police Department website, www.bakercitypolice.com (or click here).  Anyone interested in posting a copy of the bulletin may print it for display in visible public locations including businesses, restaurants, gas stations, and convenience and grocery stores in Baker, Malheur, Grant, and Harney counties.
 
Law Enforcement is requesting that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600
Updates will be provided daily as/if new information develops, and will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca
 
For further information in Oregon related to this incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
Press Release - 04/07/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist - Update #2
 
Missing Person Bulletin (poster), click here!
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: April 7, 2011
Update #2
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                           Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age

On April 6, 2011 law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions, in multiple states, continued the search efforts for missing British Columbia residents Albert and Rita Chretien. The couple was last seen at a convenience store in Baker City, Oregon on March 19, 2011, during a scheduled trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
At this time the search has extended through Baker, Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties in Eastern and Southeastern Oregon. Over 40 Law Enforcement officers and 18 Search and Rescue volunteers, from 6 separate Oregon agencies, have traveled over 3,000 miles of state highways and county roads during the search. Malheur County has flown approximately 13 hours over 2 days, traveling in excess of 1,000 miles over Southeastern Oregon. Weather conditions have still prohibited an aerial search of Baker County.
 
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police continue to have a significant presence in the investigation, with 2 investigators stationed in Baker City and 6 others involved with the case in Canada. Oregon investigators have also contacted multiple U.S. Federal agencies, to include the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, requesting assistance.
 
As this investigation enters its 6th day in Oregon, investigators are continuing to reach out to other states for assistance. Law Enforcement agencies in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona are being provided information related to the missing couple, along with requests for assistance. 
This case has drawn intensive media attention from Canada, Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. Canadian television and radio stations as far east as Toronto have been in daily contact with the Baker City Police Department, with one Canadian television station sending a reporter and cameraman to Baker City.
 
Law Enforcement is requesting that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600
Updates will be provided daily as/if new information develops, and will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca

For further information in Oregon related to this incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014 ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
 
Press Release - 04/06/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist - Update #1
 
Missing Person Bulletin (poster), click here!
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: April 6, 2011
Update #1
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                            Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age

On April 5, 2011 law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions continued the search efforts for missing British Columbia residents Albert and Rita Chretien. The couple was last seen at a convenience store in Baker City, Oregon on March 19, 2011, during a scheduled trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
At this time the search has extended through Baker, Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties in Eastern and Southeastern Oregon. The Baker County Sheriff’s Office, along with their Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, has patrolled approximately 1,360 miles of state highways and county roads in Baker County, utilizing six SAR Teams. The SAR Commander has also been responsible for coordinating with Sheriff’s Offices in Grant and Malheur Counties.
 
Malheur County Sheriff’s Office has utilized two airplanes in their search, which thus far has extended over an eight hour period and encompassed approximately 700 air miles. Their efforts have focused on the more remote and treacherous areas of their county.  Their personnel have also patrolled approximately 500 miles of state and county roads in Malheur County. Weather conditions have thus far prevented an aerial search in other counties.
 
The Oregon State Police (OSP) have currently patrolled approximately 219 miles of state and interstate highways in Baker County, while other OSP area commands have patrolled all the state highways, and many of the county roads, in Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties leading from the Baker City area east to Idaho and south to Nevada. The four Counties combined encompass 27, 773 square miles.
 
Law Enforcement is requesting that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600
Updates will be provided daily as/if new information develops, and will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca
 
For further information in Oregon related to this incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014 ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
 
Press Release - 04/05/2011 - Missing Persons Agency Assist
Missing Person Bulletin (poster), click here!
 
Incident:  Missing Persons Agency Assist
News Release Date: April 5, 2011
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien - 59 years of age
                            Rita Eleanor Chretien - 56 years of age

On April 1, 2011 at approximately 10:24 pm the Baker City Police Department (BCPD) was contacted by the Washington State Police regarding a missing persons’ case out of Canada. BCPD officers were requested to contact Jackson’s Food Mart at 500 Campbell Street in Baker City, which was the last known location of credit card use by the missing couple, Albert and Rita Chretien, who were en-route to Las Vegas, Nevada from Canada.
 
BCPD officers were able to determine that there was video footage of subjects in the convenience store, which could possibly be the Chretiens. Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were able to get a positive identification that the Chretiens were in fact the couple in the surveillance video in Jackson’s Food Mart on March 19, 2011 at approximately 2:41 pm.
 
BCPD officers searched motels in Baker City for the Chretiens and have conducted a zone search of our city, with no sign of the missing couple or their vehicle, a two-tone tan 2000 Chevrolet Astro van displaying British Columbia license 212 CAV. BCPD officers also relayed information about the Chretiens to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.
 
On April 3, 2011 at about 10:50 pm BCPD received information from a Baker City resident that the Chretiens had been in her business on March 19, 2011 between about 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm. BCPD was told that the Chretiens were inquiring about tourist destinations near Baker City. The Chretiens were given information about locations within our region, which was also relayed to area law enforcement and the RCMP.
 
On April 4, 2011 at about 1:00 pm two Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) sergeants arrived in Baker City. A briefing was conducted with the RCMP sergeants, BCPD personnel, and members of the Oregon State Police and Baker County Sheriff’s Office. The RCMP and BCPD are continuing with the investigative efforts while the Oregon State Police and Baker County Sheriff’s Office are handling the search efforts.
 
Law Enforcement is requesting that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600
Updates will also be posted online at:
www.bakercitypolice.com or www.bc.rcmp.ca

For further information in Oregon related to this incident, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014 ext. 21 or
Sergeant Kirk McCormick at (541) 524-2014 ext. 22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Press Release - 11/22/2010 - Christmas 2010

Once again the Baker City Police Department is partnering with our local Salvation Army to collect items for Christmas food baskets, which are then provided to families in need throughout our community.  The Baker City Police Department also has a tree decorated with Angel gift tags, located in our lobby at the police station (1768 Auburn Avenue).If you would like to pick up an Angel gift tag off of our tree and purchase the wished gift for a local child, you can return the unwrapped gift to the police department or call us and an officer will pick up the item from you.If you would like to donate any non-perishable food item for the Christmas food baskets, please drop them off at the police department in the food barrel or call for an officer to pick up your food items.If you do call for an officer to pick up any of these items, please call the department reception desk at (541) 524-2014.
For more information contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21, or
Holly Diamond with the Salvation Army at 541-523-5853
 
Press Release - 11/02/2010 - Baker High School Incident
 
Incident:                 Criminal Mischief & Criminal Trespass
Incident Date:          October 28, 2010
Incident Time:         Approximately 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Incident Location:    Baker High School, 2500 E Street
Involved Person(s):   
Marcus C Arnson      06/20/94
Katie L Cracraft        05/19/93
Julie A Cracraft        03/12/95
Jonathan J Jenkins   11/04/93
 
On October 28, 2010 between approximately 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm four La Grande juveniles are alleged to have gone onto Baker High School property, 2500 E Street in Baker City, and spray-painted numerous areas of the High School with blue and white spray paint. These areas include windows, sidewalks, buildings and the track. The damage was estimated to be approximately $2000.00.
 
Baker City Police personnel reviewed surveillance video taken during the incident, which was also reviewed by Baker High School and La Grande High School personnel during the investigation. The investigation has culminated in the arrest of four La Grande juveniles:  16 year old Marcus C Arnson, 17 year old Katie L Cracraft, 15 year old Julie A Cracraft and 16 year old Jonathan J Jenkins. All four juveniles have received criminal citations and three of them have been transported to the juvenile detention center in Walla Walla, WA.
 
For further information, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21 or
DA Matt Shirtcliff at (541) 523-8205
 
Press Release - 08/03/2010 - Churchill School Incident
 
Incident:                 Burglary, Criminal Mischief & Criminal Trespass
Incident Date:          Various dates between May 28, 2010 & June 25, 2010
Incident Time:         Various
Incident Location:    Churchill School, 3451 Broadway Avenue
Involved Person(s):  Twenty (20) Juveniles under the age of sixteen (16)
 
At various times between about May 28, 2010 and June 25, 2010 at least 20 juveniles unlawfully entered Churchill School, located at 3451 Broadway Avenue in Baker City, intentionally causing extensive damage inside the building.
 
Damages included broken windows, damaged interior siding, graffiti, damage to office equipment and damage to interior doors. The estimated cost to repair, replace and clean up the damage is approximately $26,210.
 
Baker City Police Officer Rand Weaver investigated the incident, which has resulted in the arrest of 14 juveniles with the youngest being 9 years of age and the oldest being 15 years of age. Seven were charged with Burglary II and Criminal Mischief II. Seven others were charged with Criminal Trespass II. Officer Weaver expects a minimum of six other juveniles will be charged with similar crimes in this incident.
 
For further information, please contact:
Chief Wyn Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 21 or
DA Matt Shirtcliff at (541) 523-8205
 
Press Release - 05/19/2010 - Sexual Assault
 
Incident:                       Sexual Assault
Incident Date:               May 16, 2010
Incident Time:               11:30 pm
Incident Location:           Area of Grace Street and 3 Street
Involved Person(s):         Unknown Suspect
 
On May 16, 2010 between 11:30 pm and 11:40 pm an unknown suspect assaulted a 17 year old Baker City woman in an alley, between the 1300 block of 3 and 4 Streets in Baker City. The assault had a sexual component, but fortunately the victim escaped without physical injury.
 
The suspect is described as a white, male adult in his mid twenties, short dark hair with a "Boot camp shaved head". The suspect's height is estimated at about 5'06" and his weight is estimated at about 170 pounds.  The suspect was clean shaven, had thin lips and a deep, husky voice.  The suspect was wearing a silver chain bracelet on his left wrist and was wearing a black, leather type jacket with a zipper. The jacket had a silk type liner.  The suspect was also wearing a black shirt with a white circle type logo on the front. 
 
If you have any information, please contact:
Detective Jay Lohner at (541) 524-2014, ext. 23 or if unavailable:
Any BCPD Officer at (541) 523-3644
 
 
Press Release - 05/06/2010 - Second Suspicious Situation
 
Incident:                      Second Suspicious Situation
Incident Date:               May 6, 2010
Incident Time:              3:10 pm
Incident Location:         Brooklyn School
Involved Person(s):       Unknown Suspect
 
On May 5, 2010 the Baker City Police Department received a report of an adult male attempting to entice an eight year old boy, walking home from school, into a vehicle. This incident reportedly occurred at approximately 3:15 pm near Brooklyn School, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Clark Street.
 
A second incident occurred on May 6, 2010 at about 3:10 pm in the area of Broadway Avenue and Clark Street . During this incident a ten year old girl was asked to get into a vehicle by an adult male.
 
The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years of age, balding, with brown sideburns connected to a mustache and a long goatee. He is missing one top tooth and has crooked bottom teeth. The suspect is reported to have a dragon tattoo on his left arm, extending from his shoulder to his hand, along with a scar on the left side of his face.
 
The vehicle is described as a smaller, black, two door car with white colored door handles, dark colored sunroof, tinted windows, covered license plate and a loud muffler. 
 
The Baker City Police Department encourages all parents to remind their children to not get in any vehicle, with any person, without parental permission.
 
If you have any information about either of these incidents please contact the Baker City Police Department immediately at 541-523-3644 or 541-524-2014.
 
 
Press Release - 05/06/2010 - Suspicious Situation
 
Incident:                      Suspicious Situation
Incident Date:               May 5, 2010
Incident Time:              3:15 pm
Incident Location:         Washington Ave. and Clark Street
Involved Person(s):       Unknown Suspect
 
On May 5, 2010 the Baker City Police Department received a report of an adult individual attempting to entice an eight year old boy, walking home from school, into a vehicle. This incident occurred near Brooklyn School, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Clark Street . 
 
The suspect is described as a white male, balding, with a full beard. He did not get out of his vehicle, which is described as a smaller, black, two door car. 
 
The Baker City Police Department encourages all parents to remind their children to not get in any vehicle, with any person, without parental permission.
 
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Baker City Police Department at 541-523-3644 or 541-524-2014.