Etcetera - 01/13/12

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Originally, Umatilla County Undersheriff Terry Rowan and Lt. Glenn Diehl intended to speak with members of the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club on Jan. 3 about county activities with drug interdiction and routine operations, said Robby Robbins, club reporter, in a release.

However the topic at the weekly service group's meeting shifted to events surrounding the tragic shooting death of local businessman Cecil "Rob" Carter at his home on Dec. 30.

Terry has been with the sheriff's office since 1989 and Glenn since 1988. Terry talked about how their office handled the event from the first 911 center call at 8:30 a.m. and what unfolded afterward.

Additional groups from the Willamette Valley and Tri-Cities and K-9 units joined the search, while a coordinated command center kept all the groups informed of progress.

The search continued on Saturday and leads came in from many sources. Unsubstantiated comments on social media created some additional problems as rumors began to circulate, Glenn said.

"While there is reason to want as much information as possible, some information could jeopardize the tactical situation," he told the Rotarians.

Then late Sunday morning, a caller reported the suspected shooter was seen in a pickup heading north toward Walla Walla. With backup, Walla Walla officers intercepted the vehicle at the PDQ gas station at Ninth Avenue and Chestnut Street where the alleged shooter and the driver were taken into custody without incident.

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So what's up with the Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy on which we will soon be voting? Walla Walla School District Superintendent Mick Miller produced a five-minute-long informational video about the subject. The video is viewable online at www.wwps.org.

Levy dollars fund learning programs, activities and operations, and the staff to support them, according to an item at Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Ballots will be mailed to voters on Jan. 27. Returned ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 14.

There will be a free Citizens for Schools-planned community rally from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA.

The rally will include student musical performances and acts, levy information and materials. For more details, contact coordinators Kurt and Barbara Hoffman at 525-2632.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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