SALEM, OR -- A bill to more strictly regulate college campus public safety agencies could go to a full Senate vote by mid-April. State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) says the bill, known as Kaylee's Law, has bipartisan support both in the Legislature and the broader community, "The chiefs of police and the Sheriffs' Association, and many others, believe that this bill is the right way to address making it safer on our college campuses for our students, going forward. We want to honor Kaylee and her life by making sure that this never happens to anyone else."
The bill is named for Kaylee Sawyer, a Bend woman killed in 2016 by a Central Oregon Community College Public safety officer who trapped her in the back seat of his patrol car. If passed, it would require campus security guards to distinguish themselves from sworn law enforcement and prohibit them from driving vehicles outfitted with cages and designed to look like a police patrol car.
Proposed Bill Aims to Clarify Campus Security Role (12/13/2018)
Kaylee's Law Gets Another Hearing in Salem (03/13/2019)
Knopp is the chief sponsor of the bill. He tells KBND News, "It's my job to make sure that we are addressing public safety, especially as it relates to students, in an appropriate fashion. And, it's clear that COCC failed in their duty to protect one of their students, and that clearly relates to the campus security operation that was there." He believes new legislation is the only way to prevent another tragedy, "Bend Police Department has worked- Chief Porter has tried to work with COCC and make sure the campus is safer for students and protocols are being followed, things like that. And it just hasn't happened, unfortunately. And so, we think that this legislation is the only option, at this point, to make students safer."
He's optomistic the State Senate will pass Kaylee's Law, next month, and send it to the House.
SALEM, OR -- Redmond State Representative Jack Zika is pushing for a bill he says creates accountability for a 20-year-old wildfire prevention law, "It's the Fire Protection Act of 1997. At first, it gave the counties two years to identify areas around our forestland-urban interface - so the area right around the cities - to incentivize property owners to create fuel breaks of 30-feet." But, he says, since it was signed into law, Oregon's Department of Forestry has failed to execute its mandates. Zika aims to change that. "This was started from my predecessor, Gene Whisnant, and now I've kind of taken it on as a project. It would require ODF to go and implement this. This bill will actually make them report to the Legislature, now, and update us on their progress."
Zika tells KBND News the act also encourages land owners to remove ladder fuels, which can help a wildfire grow. He believes the fire that destroyed Paradise, California proves more needs to be done to protect communities near forestland. He says Central Oregon towns like Sisters and Sunriver are at highest risk.
House Bill 2222 passed out of the Natural Resources Committee on a unanimous vote Thursday and is headed to a full House vote.
File Photo: Wildfire is stopped by a fuel break, a line of bare ground where fuels have been cleared away.
REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond man is accused of threatening customers at a local coffee shop and assaulting a police officer who tried to take him into custody. The incident started Thursday morning, just after 9 a.m., when witnesses called 911 to report a man yelling at patrons inside Proust Coffee on SW 6th Street, and vehicles outside.
Redmond Police Officer Allen Speck responded and learned the man had threatened to assault customers, but left prior to his arrival. Officer Speck located the suspect walking back toward Proust Coffee and says the man ignored his commands to stop. When the man continued to walk toward the business where he'd already threatened to hurt patrons, Speck grabbed the suspect and ordered him to stop. The man, later identified as Trenton Yates, then swung a fist at the officer and both went to the ground. Investigators say Yates then punched the officer several times in the head.
A passing driver stopped to help restrain the 22-year-old suspect, allowing Speck to access his radio and call for backup. Additional officers arrived and Yates was restrained using the WRAP device. He was taken to St. Charles Redmond for undisclosed reasons and has not yet been cleared by medical personnel.
Officer Speck sustained minor injuries to his head, face, arms and legs and was treated and released from the Redmond hospital. He's a 16 year veteran of the department.
The driver who helped restrain Yates was later identified as 38-year-old Travis Wilson, of the Sweet Home area. RPD extends its appreciation for his actions, saying his "quick action in helping Officer Speck resulted in Officer Speck sustaining only minor injuries, and Yates being taken into custody without injury."
BEND, OR -- A 25-year-old Bend man is accused of sexually abusing a minor over the last several months. Bend Police learned of the alleged abuse in the past week, and began investigating Keaneu Evert Riley. Investigators say there is evidence that, on at least one occasion, Riley gave the alleged victim Meth prior to the sexual abuse.
Detectives say they were able to corroborate details and arrested Riley at the Deschutes County Parole and Probation Office, Thursday morning. They executed a search warrant at his southeast Bend apartment and say they found additional evidence.
He's charged with Rape I and Rape III, Sex Abuse I and Sex Abuse III, Sodomy III and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine to a Minor. Bend Police believe there could be at least two more minor victims and are actively working to identify them through the ongoing investigation.
Edited to reflect the suspect was arrested Thursday, not Wednesday, as was initially reported to KBND News.
VANCOUVER, WA -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region recognizes a number of heroes from Oregon and Southwest Washington, Friday morning, handing out six "Heroes" awards during a special ceremony. Tim Wilson, of Bend, will be recognized as this year’s Military Hero, for his work with the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association (OVMA). "We give to local veterans in need and then we also give to organizations that support veterans," the local vet tells KBND News, "We support the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, here, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Deschutes County Search and Rescue; we support the Red Cross with their veterans programs."
Wilson says the Central Oregon chapter, known as the "High Desert Eagles," is the organization’s largest in the state. They raise money through rallies, poker runs and other events. He's humbled by the recognition, "It’s a huge honor that I can’t take without pointing back to all the people that work in the OVMA. I just happen to be lucky enough to get involved with the OVMA and find an organization that’s so full of sweet, tender-hearted people who love the other vets in their community." He tells KBND News, "I am just a cog in the wheel. I just happened to be the guy that got noticed. But I am just a part of the many people in this organization that reach out and help people."
Friday's 22nd Annual Heroes Breakfast in Vancouver, Washington honors ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions. Other recipients include a high school student who decided against her own Christmas celebration, in favor of delivering toys to families impacted by the devastating Camp Fire in California, and three Deputies who performed CPR on a baby, keeping her alive until medics could respond to the call.
BEND, OR -- A Bend woman accused of driving the wrong way on the Parkway, was arrested for Driving under the influence, early Friday. The Sheriff's Office caught up with the SUV driving northbound in the southbound lands, at Reed Market Road, at about 3 a.m.
Deputies say 39-year-old Bethany Barndollar failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens ... Getting as far as Hawthorne, before she was stopped. Other law enforcement stopped southbound traffic to prevent a collision, and the Parkway was closed for a short time to allow crews to turn the car around and remove it from the scene.
Investigators believe Barndollar was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana. They also say she had several other drugs with her at the time of her arrest. She's charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Possession of Oxycodone and Possessing a Controlled Substance.
BEND, OR -- A tourist from Otis, Oregon was arrested Thursday night for allegedly threatening another guest at the Seventh Mountain Resort. A child called 911, just after 8 p.m., to report his father was fighting with a man with a gun. Their location was determined by dispatchers, based on the phone's GPS.
Deputies say 36-year-old Dustin Shippee was upset about the noise coming from the vacation apartment above his room. He allegedly confronted Michael Spencer, of Portland; verbally, at first. They say he then grabbed a pistol from his room and returned to confront the man a second time. The two struggled on the balcony, causing the gun to fall to the ground. No shots were fired, although Spencer sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.
When Deputies arrived, Shippee was retreating to his own vacation apartment. He complied with law enforcement commands to come out, and was arrested without incident. He's charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Reckless Endangerment, Assault IV and Disorderly Conduct.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the incident.
REDMOND, OR -- A 19-year-old Redmond woman was killed in a head-on collision that shut down Highway 97 for several hours, during Thursday's morning commute. According to State Police, Sara Edwards was southbound just before 7 a.m. She appears to have tried to avoid hitting a car that was getting on to the highway from the Desert Terrace Mobile Estates, just south of Redmond, but reportedly lost control of her vehicle and slid into oncoming traffic, colliding with a concrete pumping truck. Edwards died at the scene; the truck driver suffered minor injuries.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call OSP at 800-442-0776 or *OSP on a cell phone. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police, Bend Police, Redmond Fire, Bend Fire and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway didn't fully reopen until after 3 p.m.
REDMOND, OR -- An 18-year-old is believed to be responsible for around two-dozen graffiti incidents in downtown Redmond. Police first contacted Devin Knight, late Monday. The officer noted the Redmond man had silver paint on his hands but couldn’t tie him to any crimes at that time.
Tuesday morning, officers in the downtown core found significant amounts of fresh graffiti, applied with silver paint, with more reports coming in. Through surveillance video, they identified Knight as the primary suspect and he was arrested on multiple criminal mischief charges.
Photo: A local resident taped a sign over graffiti allegedly applied by Knight (Courtesy Redmond PD)
SALEM, OR -- Bend Mayor Sally Russell has been tapped by Governor Kate Brown to serve on the newly formed Wildfire Response Council, which met for the first time this week. Mayor Russell says living in Central Oregon provides her with a unique perspective about wildland fire.
She says she's committed to contributing to a new type of discussion, "How do we, as a state, really look at it squarely in the face and begin to look at how we're going to manage wildfire differently, and put some strategies in place that help protect our communities?" She says they need to examine how past decisions are now impacting the state, "We've allowed this fuel load to increase in our forests for 100 years; now what?" Russell says another factor is climate change; a lack of rain or snow, and hotter summers have changed the forests, "These are all things we need to be more aware of because our lifestyles and our communities are so at one with the landscape that we're in."
Governor Brown has asked the council to report back by September 30, with recommendations for minimizing fires before they happen, best practices for fighting them, and forest recovery ideas. Russell tells KBND News, "I suggested that we look for short-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies and solutions. Because clearly, we're not going to get it all done by three or four or five months, but we can at least lay the ground work."
The council plans to meet at least once a month in Salem. There more than 40 members, Russell says each bring their own insight and ideas.
Photo: Illegal fireworks started a massive blaze on Bend's Pilot Butte, July 4, 2018.
PRINEVILLE, OR -- Visitors to the Lookout Ranger District near Prineville are asked to stop feeding the wild horses. Patrick Lair, with the Ochoco National Forest, says people are interacting more with the animals, "What we suspect is that with this last round of snowfall that we had, folks were worried about them having food, and it's a completely reasonable thing for people to want to do because they don't want the horses to suffer. But, part of being wild, and living in the wild, is that you survive in the wild."
Lair tells KBND News, "Someone's been putting hay out along Forest Road 22, which is a pretty busy road; and a number of horses have been congregating right along the road and feeding (pictured above). So, that's problematic." One concern is that horses could dart in front of cars, causing accidents. But, Lair says, the other issue is that it teaches wild horses to become dependent on humans, "It changes their nature, and could make it more difficult for them to survive in the wild when they've become acclimated to humans." He encourages visitors to look at the horses and take pictures, but asks that people maintain a healthy distance from the animals.
The horses are part of the congressionally designated Big Summit Wild Horse Territory, comprised of nearly 25,000 acres in the Lookout Mountain area. "We know that a lot of people really like those horses, and that's great," says Lair, "But sometimes your good intentions, feeding and befriending the horses, can have some bad consequences for those horses."
SISTERS, OR -- Two local irrigation districts are celebrating big steps in water conservation. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) was in Sisters Tuesday, to cut the ribbon on large construction projects for Tumalo Irrigation and the Three Sister Irrigation District (TSID). A portion of the funding for construction came from appropriations secured by Oregon’s Congressional delegation. Senator Merkley says the $30 million projects benefit the districts, farmers and the ecosystem, "This gets water to our farms more efficiently, in some cases, saving those farms a ton of money in pumping costs. It also saves a lot of water, which can be shared with the river; which is critical to habitat that has suffered under the rhythms of the modern world."
Tumalo Irrigation District Manager Ken Rieck says his agency's piping project changes everything, "I used to start off all my presentations with, ‘for every 100 cubic foot per second (cfs) that we divert, 50 if it gets on farm and the other 50% is lost in the stream.’ I can’t say that anymore because we laid 8400’ of pipe this year, and we’re still laying pipe right now." Over the next 11 years, he believes piping 69 miles of canals will conserve 48 cubic feet of water per second and save farmers more than four million kw hours of energy, because water will be delivered by pressurized pipe. Currently, farmers use pumps to get water from canals. Tumalo Irrigation is also one of the first in the country to develop a watershed plan, with help from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Three Sisters Irrigation also cut the ribbon Tuesday on the new Watson Micro Hydro Demonstration Project, where they’re developing on-farm systems for renewable energy production. Currently, the facility geneartes enough electricty annually to power 275 homes. "When we’re completely piped, next year, we will be completely carbon neutral," says TSID Manager Marc Thalacker, "No one ever thought that you could fight climate change with modernizing irrigation districts." He tells KBND News the work benefits farmers and fish, "We have taken Whychus Creek, a stream that we dried up for 100 years, and we now have over 30 cfs of protected flow in there; and my farmers are receiving 25% more water on-farm. So, it’s a win-win for the whole community. And, ultimately, we’ll have steelhead and salmon swimming through Sisters; the last time that steelhead and salmon swam through Sisters was 1885."
The projects were undertaken with additional help from Energy Trust of Oregon, which is working with all eight districts in the Deschutes Basin, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.
Photos: (top) L-R Betsy Kauffman, Renewable Energy Sector Lead for Energy Trust of Oregon, Matt Lohr, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Three Sisters Irrigation District Manager Marc Thalacker and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley cut the ribbon on the new Watson Micro Hydro Demonstration Project, March 19, 2019.
(above) Sen. Merkley celebrates Tumalo Irrigation District's major piping project.
BEND, OR -- A Bend man faces half a dozen charges after a standoff with police, this week. Authorities say a woman reported her husband would not allow her to take their two young children and leave their house, Monday morning. Officers responded to Dakota Drive and talked with 47-year-old John Malouf by phone, piecing together a history of alleged domestic violence. His wife was able to leave with the kids, during the negotiations.
Malouf finally came out after more than eight hours, and was arrested. He’s charged with two counts of second degree Kidnapping, Coercion, Assault IV, Harassment and Strangulation.
SUNRIVER, OR -- Trumpeter swan "Gracie" is looking for love. She lost her mate in 2017; "Chuck" was shot and killed on Thanksgiving.
Sunriver Nature Center Manager Amanda Accamando says previous attempts to find Gracie a new companion have not yet worked, "We've been looking for some time and had some hopeful moments, and now we're sort of back at square one, hoping to find a mate out there that would be a good fit for her." She tells KBND News not just any swan will do, "It's a matter of finding a male that is available; and by available, I mean, they're not paired up, because trumpeter swans mate for life. So, we're looking for a male that's not attached right now, or we're looking for a young male - so a male that might be two or three years old."
Because Gracie is endangered, it's important that she be allowed to mate and have more cygnets, "We're looking nationwide, really, and we're looking at wildlife rehabers that may have a swan that's been injured that might be a good fit for Grace," says Accamando, "I'm also concentrating on the swans that are in captive breeding programs."
Gracie lives at Lake Aspen and is part of an effort to reintroduce trumpeter swans to the area after the bird was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1900s.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s City Council will discuss ordinances surrounding recreational vehicles on city streets, at Tuesday night's work session. Deputy City Manager John Roberts says it’s in response to reports of people living in motor homes and trailers parked on city streets, "The city continues to receive an uptick in complaints, specifically about the residency and occupancy of RVs. So, we’re taking this to the Council to merely begin the conversation about our existing RV policies and how we might possibly be able to better address the storage and occupancy of RVs."
Roberts tells KBND News, "In light of the Great Recession, around 2009, this issue came to Council as a discussion item, particularly occupancy of RVs. And, because of the acknowledgement of the economic hardships with housing affordability, the Council – at that time – made a conscientious decision to be a little more relaxed with enforcement. And that position has carried forward to today." But, he says, it may be time to revisit that policy.
He'll present options to Council at the work session, including creating new rules or simply enforcing what's already on the books, "The current regulations define an RV as something that should not be permanently occupied. And, I’ll say too, in our code, we have abandoned vehicle regulations of no more than seven days in a six-month period. So, there’s a regulatory framework in place that we could be more judicious in enforcing." Roberts says most of Redmond’s residential neighborhoods have CC&Rs enforced by a homeowners association, and Council could decide to allow those to address the issue directly. No decisions are expected immediately.
SISTERS, OR -- "America First," as a foreign and domestic policy, gained popularity during President Donald Trump's campaign. But, he's not the first American to embrace the concept. OSU Cascades History Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols says the idea has long been held by American loyalists, "The 'America First' concept has been wrapped in the flag and patriotism since it's origins in the late 19th century, but it's invoked in very different ways." He'll discuss and explore the concept Tuesday evening, at an OSU Science Pub event, "It's a really fascinating and complicated history; and I think it helps inform why the concept was so popular in 2016 in helping elect Donald Trump, and why it remains really popular and appealing even though some of the ideas that were there in the past, aren't really there in the present."
Nichols tells KBND News, "I think patriotism is the crucial component, because it means that those who oppose a certain position can be cast as unpatriotic, and therefore, their ideas are disregarded more easily." But, he says understanding its origin could lead to healing, "Tracking through this history, helps us see the fractures in the present moment, and also gives us a little bit of hope for the future."
The slogan began with the America First Committee that tried to keep the nation out of World War II. But, the idea was also adopted by the Ku Klux Klan and others campaigning for workers' rights during the industrial revolution. Nichols says progressives embraced the concept in the early 1900s, but many now view it as an isolationist, or even racist, policy. "What I try to do is show the longer history of the concept of 'America First,' and how it operated to help inform debates over the U.S.'s role in the world. And then, also, how it's changed in terms of domestic and foreign policy."
Nichols says he's not promoting a political view, only delving into the history of the movement as a way to better understand its appeal, "This talk is down the middle, conversation, analysis of the history that informs the present moment. I just want to get people thinking about what this means, what it could mean, to combat the hate part of it, and also consider the longer questions of global engagement." Science Pub travels to Sisters for "America First. Isolationism and U.S. Global Engagement in Historical perspective," Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., at the Belfry. It's free to the public but registration is required at OSU Cascades' website.
BEND, OR -- At least one Deschutes County Commissioner is troubled by the District Attorney’s request for a million dollar funding increase to hire a dozen more employees. Commissioner Phil Henderson tells KBND News he was caught off guard by information the D.A. released at a press conference, earlier this month, "What’s, I guess, surprising from all three commissioners is this was the first we’d heard of it. Rather than coming to us – I mean, what he’s talking about now is being ‘in crisis.’ We didn’t learn until the Monday that this came out that they’d had high turnover, we didn’t know they had low morale, we didn’t know that they were in kind of a ‘crisis,’ is what he described, that he wanted to do a major reform in the agency; none of that came to us." He adds, "I wish we would’ve known. I’m wondering if something needs to be done more quickly, for immediate need. You know, the budget hearings are two and a half months away."
D.A. John Hummel has said if he can’t bring on more staff, he’ll be forced to stop prosecuting less serious crimes. Henderson says he's aware the office has a record number of open homicide cases, which is stretching resources right now, but doesn't believe that should be used as justification for a budget increase since that could change in a year. He wants more feedback from local law enforcement. Bend Police Chief Jim Porter tells KBND News the job of a District Attorney’s office has changed, "Right now, our District Attorney does things 10 years ago they didn’t do. They’re part of victims’ assistance, they have a veterans court we’re trying to put together for veterans who need help, diversions of people to drug courts, the child abuse group that forms together to look at these things." He says that extra work is more expensive, "Restorative justice takes longer and takes more people because you have to get farther along in the details and examine these things individually, to treat people individually. So, he has to staff-up to meet what I believe society is asking us to do."
Commissioner Henderson acknowledges Hummel's office faces challenges not seen in other counties. He says using a simple staffing equation, based on population, may not work here, "We do have a massive influx of tourism that probably ups – We’re a bigger county, maybe, by 10% or more, if you’re figuring permanent residents, than we think we are." He says it's too soon to know whether the District Attorney's request will be approved. Formal budget hearings begin in May.
REDMOND, OR -- Redmond city crews will remove several old buildings from Sam Johnson Park, this week, because they are no longer considered structurally sound. Parks Division officials say they are taking steps to preserve nearby shade trees, and the area will eventually be converted into usable open space.
The buildings were owned and donated to the city by State Senator Betsy Johnson, the daughter of Sam Johnson who was a seven term State Representative and Redmond’s Mayor in the early 1980s. She says her parents would've been honored to see the park become an iconic feature, including an all-abilities playground, concert space and walking trails, "Although it's named for my family, it is truly the community's park."
MADRAS, OR -- Madras Police continue to investigate a homicide they believe occurred Friday night at a home on Southeast 8th Street. They say 29-year-old Cody Wallulatum was suffering from a gunshot wound when he arrived at the Madras hospital by private car. He died before officers arrived.
The investigation led police to the home on 8th, where they later executed several search warrants. They also believe a person of interest in the case fled to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The FBI is now assisting the regional Major Crime Team and Madras Police in searching for that person of interest and anyone else with information in the case.
PORTLAND, OR -- A Madras man was convicted in federal court, Friday, of charges related to a 2017 road rage incident on the Warm Springs reservation. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, 28-year-old Dat Quoc Do was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Thao Bich Tran, in September 2017, when they came upon another eastbound car, driven by a tribal member. Tran was tailgating the vehicle on Highway 26 when the other driver motioned for her to pass. At some point, the tribal member's passenger threw a water bottle toward Tran's car. Do then fired several shots out of the passenger window, but did not hit the other car.
Tran was eventually able to change lanes and pass the other car, at which time, according to court records, Do pointed the gun out his window; the other driver slammed on the brakes, and Do fired several more shots as Tran drove away. The other driver called tribal police and an officer later stopped Tran's car, ordering both people out of the car at gunpoint. Officers recovered a .45 caliber handgun in the passenger door and a magazine partially loaded with five rounds.
"There is simply no excuse for this sort of violence in our community. Mr. Do's actions are very serious and could have critically injured or killed an innocent motorist," U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams said in a statement. "The jury clearly saw this case for what it is: an egregious and preventable overreaction to an otherwise ordinary event on the highway." Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said, "By shooting towards another car, Mr. Do put lives in danger and traumatized the occupants including a child inside the vehicle."
Do faces a maximum of five years in prison and will be sentenced June 10.
BEND, OR -- Emergency managers from across the state are in Bend this week, for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management’s annual workshop, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. OEM Deputy Director Matt Marheine says more than 530 people are registered, including county emergency coordinators, public health officials, first responders and private organizations. "This year, our theme is ‘redefining the emergency management community.’ We know that there’s never any one organization that can handle the impacts from a disaster. And, the focus of this event is to really describe and bring in partnerships from the private nonprofits, the public sector."
Marheine tells KBND News it's an important opportunity to meet and collaborate before an emergency strikes, "The coolest thing about this workshop is it brings all of those partners together. So, all of the relationships, and the evolution of emergency management, the enhancement of programs to do more with less, in most cases; or find creative ways for these problems to be addressed and hazards to be thought about, prepared for, trained for."
The threat of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake remains very real, and Marheine says it's used as a “worst case scenario” during trainings, "It is a major component of the workshop. We use the Cascadia hazard, the scope and concept of potential impacts, to really have the community in training sessions and exercise environments, to really think about how would they handle the impacts from such a large event?" But, they also plan for more predictable emergencies, like wildfires or winter storms.
The sixth annual emergency preparedness workshop runs through Friday, at the Riverhouse. Marheine says OEM likes holding its annual workshops in Bend or Sunriver, because of the convenience for emergency managers and other officials who travel from all over the state.
Photo (courtesy Oregon's Office of Emergency Management): OEM and OHA employees welcome guests to the 2018 Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Bend.
BEND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools named Chris Boyd as Principal for the new high school, to be built near the corner of Knott road and 15th in southeast Bend. This isn't the first time he's develop a school from the ground up. He's currently Principal of Pacific Crest Middle School, which he helped open in 2015. Boyd tells KBND News, "The big part of opening a new school is being really intentional about developing culture and identity, getting students involved to be a part of the process of gaining independence and being ready to go out in the world."
Boyd was selected from among four finalists who met with the community during a public interview process, last week. He says success starts with making the right connections, "'How do we bring a diverse set of people, of students, of organizations together?' So, in the end, the outcome is that we're opening a school that our community has rallied behind and come together to say, 'hey, this is what our next new high school is going to look like in bend, Oregon.'" Boyd believes school should be about setting a student up for success in later life, "Things that I really care about in education are developing strong relationships with kids and helping to think about ways in which we can meet students both academically and emotionally. This is about students eventually gaining their independence and being ready to go out into the world." He tells KBND News, "I've been in education for more than 20 years, and ultimately, the greatest prize of education is seeing students graduate."
Bend-La Pine Schools officials are finalizing the design of the school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. Over the next two years, Boyd will work with students, families, staff and the community to make decisions regarding its name, motto, colors, mascot, and even furniture.
REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond couple was arrested Friday night, following a standoff with police. An officer took 37-year-old Krystaal Bulkley into custody outside her home on Southwest Canyon Drive. She’s accused of I-D theft and forgery, as part of an ongoing investigation.
During her arrest, 29-year-old Charles Mansfield ran into the house; officers quickly learned he had outstanding warrants, was known to be violent toward law enforcement and had access to a loaded shotgun. When he refused to come out, SWAT responded and Redmond Police deployed a drone and two K9 units. Mansfield surrendered a short time later.
A subsequent search of the home uncovered evidence of heroin and meth manufacturing and sales, along with the loaded shotgun. Bulkley is charged with Identity theft, Forgery, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Hindering Prosecution and Possession, Manufacture and Delivery of meth and heroin. Mansfield also faces various drug charges, as well as a parole violation.
Police report that as they were preparing to leave the scene, several citizens clapped, cheered and expressed appreciation for resolving "an ongoing problem in their neighborhood." The investigation was aided by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team.
SUNRIVER, OR -- A local school bus driver is accused of encouraging child sex abuse, following an investigation into child pornography. Police traced the downloading of images depicting child porn to the Sunriver home of 62-year-old Karl Trinrud.
Officers from Sunriver and Bend Police executed a search warrant Friday, and Detectives notified Bend-La Pine Schools of Trinrud’s arrest. He faces three counts but authorities say additional charges could follow.
Bend Police were assisted in the investigation by Sunriver PD, Bend-La Pine Schools and the Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
SISTERS, OR -- A Bend driver is accused of shooting at another vehicle during an alleged road rage incident, Sunday evening. A woman called 911, just before 7 p.m., and reported she was eastbound on Highway 20 from Sisters, being followed by a large Suburban. She then said it passed her, with someone firing shots as they went by. After a few miles, the Suburban turned off the highway.
A deputy responded and found the Suburban parked in the middle of Fryrear Road, near Cascade Estates Drive. After additional law enforcement arrived, 31-year-old Joseph Tafte was arrested during a high-risk traffic stop.
He was evaluated at the hospital before being taken to jail. Tafte faces charges of DUII, Reckless Driving, three counts of Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief, Hit and Run with property damage, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Menacing, Resisting Arrest and Interfering with a Police Officer. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon.