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A group of people attending "Open Night Mic” at Strictly Organic Coffee (in the Old Mill) were shocked after a 20 year old man sang a song, then proceeded to stab himself in the chest several times. Kipp Rusty Walker, a transient, had just finished singing and without another word, began stabbing himself.  Bend Police Lieutenant Chris Carney says someone taking such a public venue to harm themselves is very unusual: "You know, 19 years with the Police Department, I can't think of any event similar to this where somebody's done something in such a public forum and for one, not said anything in that process, so at this point, we still don't know the reason why he chose to do this, why he chose this location or anything and we probably never will would be my guess."  Witnesses tried to help him until Bend Fire arrived and took him to St. Charles Medical Center where he died a short time later. Lt. Carney says Walkers’ family lives in Alaska and has been notified of the incident. He adds that the Department does provide counseling services for the wittnesses and anyone involved.

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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