Tuesday, January 15, 2013
On Monday, two cases that have drawn close public attention again came before the court, but both received procedural delays.
Donald Stuart McAndie, a former Stevenson High School teacher and hearing specialist based in Hood River and The Dalles, appeared before Judge Paul Crowley via NORCOR video feed on charges of rape and kidnapping.
In the case of Jennifer Rae Bailey, 41, former board member for Hood River County Little League Baseball now accused of theft from the nonprofit’s bank accounts; a new hearing date was set for Feb. 4.
McAndie, 56, was arrested Nov. 21 by Hood River Police Detective Don Cheli on a criminal complaint filed by a woman who provided services at McAndie’s offices. McAndie is a resident of Home Valley, Wash.
McAndie’s criminal defense attorney, Jan Wyers, stated that he was not prepared to enter a plea and that he had not yet received a plea offer from the state following McAndie’s indictment on Nov. 29, 2012.
Wyers went on to say that his understanding of Oregon statutes was leading him to request an extension of the “60-day right” (to a speedy trial) for another 30 days, in order to prepare his client’s plea. Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen indicated that she read the statutes to allow a 90-day right. She did not object to the proposed timeframe for the next hearing, both being equal.
Wyers indicated that he had been unable to meet in person with Rasmussen to discuss any plea negotiations. Judge Crowley asked the attorneys to meet before the next hearing date, set for Jan. 24 at 3 p.m., to determine if the case would proceed to trial.
Jennifer Bailey was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with theft in the first degree-aggravated, and forgery in the second degree.
Bailey’s criminal defense attorney, Brian Starns, came before Judge Janet Stauffer and requested the delay. Bailey was not in court and Starns indicated she had requested and received an appearance waiver as a result of a job.
Starns’ continuance request was based, in part, on the large amount of new financial documents pertaining to the case recently obtained by District Attorney John Sewell. Starns indicated that he would need time to review the new materials. Stauffer granted the request.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge