Umatilla County

EPA orders $65,250 penalty for pesticide company

The Environmental Protection Administration has ordered the J.R. Simplot Co. to pay a $65,250 penalty for pesticide safety violations south of the Columbia River. The penalty covers problems cited by EPA at its Umatilla, Oregon, and Moreland, Idaho, facilities where large amounts of pesticide are stored and sold. Simplot did not respond to a request for comment. EPA says the Oregon warehouse had a 12-inch hole in the floor that could allow spilled pesticide to contaminate the ground under the warehouse. The Idaho facility had pesticide spills that had solidified on the ground, creating a possible exposure for workers.

Former WNBA, Louisville guard Schimmel arrested in Umatilla County

Former WNBA All-Star Game MVP and Louisville All-American guard Shoni Schimmel is being held in an Oregon jail on multiple charges. The charges include felony assault and criminal mischief. Schimmel, 29, was arrested Monday and remained in the Umatilla County jail on $48,750 bail. The Sheriff’s Office website also lists several misdemeanor charges including domestic abuse, menacing, reckless endangerment and harassment. The Oregon native averaged 6.6 points per game after being drafted eighth overall draft by the Atlanta Dream in 2014. She played two seasons there with All-Star Game appearances both years, including being named Most Valuable Player as a rookie.

Umatilla County man convicted for murder, burglary

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oreg. — Back in April 2020, a Umatilla County man named Michael James Metcalfe was arraigned for second-degree murder and a handful of other charges. More than a year later, he's been convicted by the Umatilla County District…