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Newly Elected Redmond City Councilors Train For Upcoming Work

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s City Council will have two new members, come January, and a third is anticipated the following month. Councilors and Councilors-elect took part in a training retreat over the weekend. Mayor-elect Ed Fitch says it was a chance to get to know each other, "Building that teamwork and looking at how we want to function as a Council; what rules we want to have." They were also briefed on future city plans, "What projects are in place, where are we at on them, what can we expect in the coming year for issues to come before the Council, particularly for the first quarter or in the spring."

Fitch anticipates changes when he becomes the Council’s first new leader in more than a decade. He tells KBND News he wants an open discussion process, "We’ll have an opportunity for two or three Councilors to bring issues up rather than just relying on just the Mayor or majority of Council. So, I think some minority issues will be discussed - or an opportunity to have that on the agenda. I’m recommending that we have more joint sessions with our committees and commissions."

They’re also developing plans for filling the vacancy created by Fitch's election to Mayor. "What I’m going to recommend to the Council is that we have an open process where people can apply," Fitch says, "Those applications should be shared with the Council and reviewed, in more of a consensus-building appointment process, rather than just have me pick somebody and ask the Council to approve them." He hopes to start the process in late December and have the person appointed by the end of January. A similar process is already underway in Bend, to fill Councilor Melanie Kebler’s seat when she becomes Mayor.


Madras Mother & Son Convicted Of Abusing Foster Kids

MADRAS, OR -- A woman and her adult son were convicted this week of multiple charges related to the abuse of two foster children in their care, a four-year-old girl and seven-year-old boy. 

According to the Jefferson County District Attorney, 50-year-old Oglivia Pineda-Garcia took the boy to the ER in May of 2018 with a significant cut on his face that required stitches. St. Charles reported  St. Charles reported concerns to law entorcement after Pineda-Garcias' explanation did not seem consistent with the injury. Because the child did not disclose any abuse at that time, he was allowed to return to the home.

In June 2018, both children were seen at DHS in Madras with multiple injuries to their faces and bodies. Both children were interviewed at the KIDS Center in Bend, where they disclosed significant additional abuse, including the  boy being kicked in the face and held face-up under running water by 27-year-old Edgar Macias.  

The boy also disclosed that the but that sent him to the emergency room in May 2018 was caused by Pineda-Garcia striking him in theface with a glass mason jar that shattered. The girl reported having her hair pulled by Defendant Pineda-Garcia.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home Pineda-Garcia shared with her son Macias in July 2018, where they found a set of seven mason jar-type glasses. Sheriff Jason Pollock, a
detective at the time, moved the refrigerator in the home and located a glass fragment. A second glass fragment with a lip that appeared to match the mason jars was discovered under the stove. The individual who treated the child at st. Charles testified his injury was consistent with being struck with a mason jar. 
Pineda-Garcia was convicted of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawtul Use of a Weapon, Assault in the Third Degree (3 counts), Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree (3 counts), Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Harassment. Macias was convicted of Assault in the Second Degree, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree (2 counts), Assault in the Third Degree (2 counts), and Strangulation. Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2023.

Horses Escape Pasture During Dispute East of Bend

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Deputies say a dispute east of Bend resulted in more than $50,000 in damage. Brandon Hoff was arrested on numerous charges Thursday night.

Investigators say the 32-yeear-old from Bend fought with another man at an Erickson Road property, then crashed his SUV into several parked cars, a shed door and fence. DCSO says a number of horses escaped their pasture, due to the damage. They were later corralled by their owner.

When deputies arrived, they say Hoff was standing near a vehicle with heavy front end damage. He was taken into custody without incident. The 53-year-old victim received minor injuries. 

Hoff is charged with Assault, Criminal Mischief, Menacing, and Reckless Endangering.


BEND, OR -- Bend's City Council began accepting applications Friday to fill the anticipated vacancy created when Melanie Kebler becomes Mayor. Council plans to officially declare the vacancy on on January 4, when Kebler is sworn in as Mayor. Because Kebler was elected as Mayor in the middle of her four-year Council term, her move to the Mayor vacates the remaining two years of her Position One seat. That term expires in December 2024.

The Bend Charter requires a vacancy on Council be filled by appointment within 30 days of declaring the vacancy. Council Rules describe the process for filling a vacancy.

Online applications are accepted on the city's website, along with a letter of interest which may address such areas as reasons for wanting to serve on the Council, working as a part of a team and representing various areas of the community. 

Applicants can also come to City Hall (710 NW Wall St.) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to fill out an application.  Please contact Melissa Mitsch to set up an appointment at 541-388-5505 or mmitsch@bendoregon.gov.

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. The Council will review the applications then can select candidates for interviews. The Council anticipates conducting interviews the week of January 9 and expects to make an appointment at the regular Council meeting on Wednesday, January 18.

The Council aims to have the appointment made prior to the start of its goal-setting process, which takes place in late January. Dates, times and locations for all meetings will be available on the City Calendar once scheduled.

BEND, OR -- A 31-year-old Bend woman is accused of running away from a DUI crash on the north end of town. Bend Police say Jessica Capasso was seen speeding through the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot on Hunnell Road, at about 9 p.m. Thursday. When officers approached her parked car, they say she drove over two parking lot islands before reaching Highway 97. Investigators say she then drove north in the southbound lanes and collided with a Jeep Wrangler that had just turned left onto the highway. The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital.

Capasso allegedly ran from the crash scene and hid in nearby bushes. Officers found evidence of drug use in her abandoned car. With the help of a drone, police found Capasso and she was arrested on suspicion of DUII-drugs, Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Driving While Suspended, Criminal Mischief, and a Probation Violation. She was checked out at the hospital before being booked into the jail.


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