Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Volunteers gear up for bike build

Volunteers from the Wasco County landfill and The Dalles Disposal are doing their second annual bike build Dec. 19, where they will assemble new bikes to be delivered to needy children at Christmas.

Report author explains response to input provided by jail

Before a scathing report was issued by a disability rights organization on the juvenile detention facility here, it gave local jail officials a chance to respond to a draft of the report. But juvenile detention officials said Disability Rights Oregon didn’t incorporate those responses into its final report, with one exception.

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Changes seen at juvenile jail facility

On a recent late morning, a handful of youth were in a day room at the juvenile detention facility in The Dalles, visiting and working on art projects. Juvenile Detention Manager Jeff Justesen said the facility has made a conscious effort to have youth out of their cells more often, following a series of visits by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), and its subsequent scathing report on practices at the facility.

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Cochenour receives medal

Les Cochenour, former The Dalles mayor, retired Oregon National Guard officer and longtime volunteer for military organizations, received a significant medal Dec. 2 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

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Lone Pine donation drive underway

A flood of contributions, dwarfing last year’s effort, has come to the Discovery Center for its second annual donation drive to benefit the Lone Pine Native American fishing village. The collection is still underway through Christmas — items can be taken to the museum, at 5000 Discovery Drive — but the needed items aren’t the typical holiday requests.

Wasco County backs juvenile facility

Wasco County will likely reverse its Wednesday decision to stop sending youth to the local juvenile detention facility in reaction to a scathing report on the facility, with a county official saying Friday he was comfortable with sending local youth there.

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Guatemala trip planned

For the second year, a group of students studying Spanish at The Dalles High School is heading to Guatemala on a service trip to bring water purifiers to desperately poor Mayan residents on Lake Atitlan. This year’s group is twice the size, with 10 students. On their nine-day trip next spring, they will work with Worthy Village, a non-profit, to distribute the simple water purifiers to families.

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Scathing report faults jail

A sharply critical report on the juvenile detention facility at the regional jail claimed youth weren’t allowed to “look around” or ask what time it was, and they spent hours a day isolated in their cells. The report by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) cited “harsh and purposeless rules” and harmful, outdated and counterproductive practices, including solitary confinement.

‘A frightful sound’

Thanksgiving morning invasion victim describes her ordeal

For two days after a man kicked in her door in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, a local woman said she didn’t sleep more than an hour at a time. A good night’s sleep is still elusive. The woman agreed to talk about her ordeal and the aftermath, but asked that her name not be used.

Suit filed in TD sex crime case

An $8.5 million lawsuit was filed against Mid-Columbia Head Start and its volunteer William Frank Osborne, alleging the pre-school program did not adequately supervise Osborne, who has been accused of sexually assaulting several children in his care. The suit, filed Nov. 9 in Wasco County Circuit Court, named Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Inc., the non-profit organization that runs the Head Start program. The program serves 3- to 5-year-olds.

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