Baker County, OR Crime & Safety

Police investigating Eastern Oregon wolf killing

Authorities are investigating the killing of a 2-year-old wolf they say was shot in a wilderness area of Baker County. The wolf, known as OR 112, was a collared female member of the Keating wolf pack and had been roaming through the Pine Creek Wildlife Management area according the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division.
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Multiple agencies made quick work of the Tucker Creek Fire near Keating Valley area

KEATING – (From Baker County Sheriff’s Office) On August 3, 2022 at approximately 5:34 p.m., Baker County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a report of a possible fire near the Keating Valley area. When fire crews arrived, the Tucker Creek Fire was moving quickly and threatening structures. Buzz Harper, Keating Rural Fire Protection District Chief, assumed the role of Incident Commander and requested additional resources.
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Baker man faces more charges for pursuit

PENDLETON – The last weekend of July was a busy one for Pendleton police officers. There were over 200 calls for service and more than 20 arrests. Police Chief Chuck Byram said that a pursuit early Sunday morning is the type of crime they are seeing more often. An...
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Erratic driving leads to arrest of North Carolina man along I-84 in Baker County

BAKER COUNTY – A driving complaint in Baker County resulted in the arrest of North Carolina man recently. According to reports from Oregon State Police in Baker County, the officer responded to a driving complaint that was traveling eastbound on I-84, near milepost 320 in Baker County. The complainant called alleging the suspect passed her on the shoulder as they were passing a semi-truck. The complainant stated the suspect forced her to the should and almost caused her to crash. She stated the suspect was weaving in his lane, had varying speeds, and failed to drive within his lane. The complainant called back later to report that the suspect had pulled over near milepost 348 eastbound and provided the suspects North Carolina registration.

Details on I-84 crash near Baker last week and non-crash related arrest

BAKER COUNTY – Multiple agencies responded to a crash on I-84 at Baker City late last week the resulted in the arrest of a Florida man. According to reports from Oregon State Police in Baker County, on 7/22/22 at approximately 1:28PM a two vehicle rear end collision occurred near mile post 308 on I-84 in Baker County. Preliminary investigation showed that the red Freightliner CMV was traveling at an extremely slow speed due to a mechanical issue with the CMV combination. A second CMV came upon the first and struck it in the rear of the trailer as he was not able to stop in time due to the speed discrepancy. The cab of the second CMV was dislodged from the chassis and came to a rest in the center media with the driver still inside. All occupants were transported to the hospital via ground ambulance.

IMESD Districts/Law Enforcement Agencies Focus on School Security at August Summit

Baker/Union County – (Release from InterMountain Education Service District) InterMountain ESD has collaborated with local law enforcement and regional school districts to host an event focusing on school security. IMESD serves districts in the four counties of Baker, Morrow, Umatilla and Union. The agency has partnered with law enforcement officials in those counties to present a School Security Summit on August 8, 2022, 9:00-1:30 PM at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Single Vehicle role over near milepost 332 on I-84

BAKER CITY – (Information from Oregon State Police-Baker County ) The responded officer, “responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash near milepost 332 on Interstate 84 westbound. Upon arrival I saw a blue minivan (Unit 1) blocking both lanes with rollover damage. All occupants were outside of Unit 1 against the cement barrier, Several juvenile passengers had minor injuries and complaints of pain. Operator 1 advised that he fell asleep. Unit 1 left the roadway by way of the right shoulder. Unit 1 then came back onto the roadway after losing control on the shoulder and striking an ODOT highway sign. Unit 1 then came back onto the roadway and rolled. Unit 1 came to a point of uncontrolled rest on its wheels blocking the roadway. Evidence on scene was consistent with statements. Occupants were checked by ambulance staff. Occupants denied transport by ambulance. Baker Valley Towing removed the vehicle from the scene.”