BEND, OR -- NeighborImpact's Food Recovery Program has received a grant for $12,000 from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation. The money will be used to pay for collecting and delivering food through the organization's distribution network in Central Oregon. NeighborImpact's Food Recovery Program collects produce, dairy products, bread and meat from 18 grocery stores in Deschutes County. The food is transported in refrigerated trucks to the organization’s warehouse for distribution to 55 emergency food sites that, combined, feed more than 22-thousand people every month.
SALEM, OR -- Most Central Oregon high schools have seen an improvement in graduation rates. The Oregon Education Department reports the statewide graduation rate hit 80-per cent in 2018-19, the highest ever recorded. Several local high schools had graduation rates of more than 90-per cent…including Bend, Summit, Redmond Proficiency Academy, Sisters, Madras, Culver and Crook county. Two high schools, Redmond and La Pine saw their graduation rates drop from last year’s rate. Redmond now at 75-per cent and La Pine is at 70-point-3-per cent.
CENTRAL OREGON -- As was reported yesterday an Oregon-owned C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia, killing three people. Three firefighters from Central Oregon told the Bend Bulletin they are safe. James Osborne from Sisters and Prineville fire fighters Norm Sealing and Tavis Fenske have been in Australia working on fires. In an email Fenske said, “We are all fine here. Our hearts go out to families of lost firefighters.’” The three were sent to Australia earlier this month to help fight wildfires that have devastated the landscape, killed more than 2-dozen people and millions of animals.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s street crimes unit received information earlier this month that a Bend man was dealing heroin and started an investigation. Early yesterday morning police contacted 31 year old Danylo Moskalyuk and was found to be in possession of cocaine. After jailing Moskalyuk, deputies got a a search warrant for his home. Police found heroin, cocaine, LSD, prescription drugs, digital scales and packaging material as well as a handgun and ammunition.Moskalyuk is a convicted felon and not allowed to have a weapon. Moskalyuk is a convicted felon and not allowed to have a weapon. He is jailed on drug and weapons charges.
MADRAS, OR -- The truck driver accused of the fatal hit-and-run in Madras on Tuesday night told a supervisor he remembered swerving to avoid a dark, shadowy figure but did not believe he hit anything. Central Oregon Daily reports Jose Manuel Bernal-Mendoza remains jailed in Azusa, California. Madras Police received video from a local business and were able to identify the truck as a Volvo moving through town about the time of the crash. Later ODOT photo’s from a weigh station helped police get a license plate number and the name of the trucking company Bernal-Mendoza works for. Police in Madras say it could be more than a month before Bernal-Mendoza is returned to Jefferson county to face charges, For more on this story, click here..https://centraloregondaily.com/new-details-emerge-in-fatal-madras-hit-and-run-suspect-remains-in-california-jail/
CENTRAL OREGON -- The annual count of homeless people, known as the Point In Time Count, is coming up next Wednesday. The event counts people who are homeless or in transition in Central Oregon. The Homeless Leadership Coalition will have volunteers conduct a street count of people who are living outside and the homeless living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. The count includes a breakdown of the homeless by age, gender, race, ethnicity as well as veteran or disability status. Using the data, local agencies and programs will target support services to address homelessness in our area.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County D-A, the sheriff and Bend police are partnering to address illegal marijuana activity. John Hummel says they want to develop tools and resources for the public, so the public can, in turn, help them catch crooks. Hummel says the team is looking for two more volunteers for a 20 member Public Focus Group Meeting in February. Hummel says he thinks people may be confused about what is legal and what is not legal because state lawmakers keep changing marijuana laws. The focus group will meet February 12th. For more information call 541-317-3175.
REDMOND, OR -- The Central Oregon Irrigation District is planning to pipe a section of the Pilot Butte Canal from Redmond to Smith Rock. Public comments on the project are being taken at the irrigation district website until February 18th. The project calls for 5 miles of pipeline costing $30,000,000. It’s expected the piping project could boost Deschutes River water flows by 30%. A public meeting to discuss the piping project will be held Monday, February 3rd, from 6-to-7pm at Terrebonne Community School.
SISTERS, OR -- Following a 6 month investigation, Deschutes County Sheriff’s arrested 44 year Michael Wills of Sisters on child pornography charges. Detectives received a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Division regarding Wills possession and distribution of child pornography. During a search of Wills home, police seized electronic devices which they determined contained images of child pornography. Wills was charged with more than 20 counts of encouraging child sex abuse. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.
MADRAS, OR -- An arrest has been made in a Tuesday hit and run that killed a pedestrian in Madras. With assistance from numerous state and local agencies, police were able to locate the tractor trailer driven by Jose Manuel Bernal-Mendoza which allegedly hit and killed a man. 59 year Anthony Shadley of Madras died trying to cross Highway 97. A warrant was issued for Bernal-Mendoza’s arrest on charges that included Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide. Police tracked down Mendoza who was in Southern California where he was arrested yesterday by the Azusa Police Department.
BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County sheriff is asking the public to help them identify two suspects in a vehicle break in yesterday. The sheriff’s office has posted pictures of the two suspects on their Facebook page. The suspects are believed to have broken into a car parked at Phil’s Trail then tried to use a stolen credit card at Fred Meyer in Bend. Anyone with information is asked to private message the sheriff on Facebook or call the sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch number.
BEND, OR -- The Bend Chapter of Soroptimist International is hosting a presentation tonight about sex trafficking in Central Oregon. The Coordinator for the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Response Team, Monica Desmond says it is a crime that is difficult to measure in our area. She says it tends to be a hidden crime with victims who are afraid or intimidated, and don’t come forward. She says if victims do come forward there are programs and resources in Central Oregon to help them. Tonight’s panel discussion on sex trafficking is at the Bend Senior Center from 6-to-8 p.m.
SEATTLE, WA -- A man from Snohomish County, near Seattle, is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the U-S. Governor Jay Inslee says there's no need to panic...and you should take the same precautions you do for a cold. Health officials believe there's low risk that the disease will spread to other people in Washington. The patient recently visited central China where the outbreak occured. He's hospitalized in satisfactory condition. The man is helping authorities identify people he may have had contact with since getting back from China.
MADRAS, OR -- Madras Police are now looking for a 2018 Volvo VNL series tractor with damage to the front and right passenger side after a pedestrian was hit and killed last night. The driver fled the scene. Central Oregon Daily
reports police were called about 7-o’clock and were told the pedestrian was hit on Highway 97 near Northeast Cypress. The pedestrian, a 59 year old Madras resident has not been identified as next of kin have not been notified. The pedestrian died at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call Madras Police.For more on this story click here..https://centraloregondaily.com/suspect-sought-after-fatal-hit-and-run-in-madras-police-searching-for-volvo-involved/
BEND, OR -- A 43 year old man was arrested early Tuesday after shooting a man in a car in the parking lot of the Okawa Steakhouse in Bend late Monday night. Police were called about 10-19 by the victim, 21 year old William McBride. He said he and a friend were in his car when a man they did not know approached them. McBride told 911 the man then pulled out a gun and shot him. McBride drove away immediately. He was not seriously injured and did not go to a hospital. Police searched the area for about two hours before finding 43 year old Vincente Guerra who they say was under the influence of drugs. Guerra is charged with Attempted Murder, Assault and several other crimes.
BEND, OR-- Allocation of Deschutes River water has been a constant source of debate in Central Oregon for over a hundred years. The families who dug irrigation ditches with shovels at the end of the 19th century hauled dirt with horses and built wooden flumes to transport water over rough volcanic topography. They were an intrepid handful of farmsteaders who needed a steady supply of water for wheat and potatoes, utilizing gravity to move water through the open air of the high desert. They could not have anticipated the mass number of end users that stretches over 700 miles of the canal system today.
Much has changed since those early pioneer days; population has exploded, irrigated land has expanded and the demands of the Deschutes River are ever-increasing. Yet despite those changes, many of the ancient canals and ditches remained because they are valued for their cultural, historical and aesthetic benefits.
The historic Swalley family constructed the main irrigation canal known as, "The Swalley." Its headworks were built 1/2 mile upstream of the Tweet Dam, just north of downtown Bend. The family formed the Deschutes Reclamation and Irrigation Company in 1899 with much of the city of Bend within its boundaries.
The Swalley Irrigation District today is a smaller piece of the water puzzle that comprises the Deschutes water basin. It is one of the smallest of the eight districts at just over 4,500 acres of irrigated land. Since 1995, the District’s annual diversions from the Deschutes River have effectively been reduced by nearly one-third, leaving more water in the river for salmon, steelhead, other fish and wildlife. Despite its smaller size the district continues to push forward to modernize water transport in the form of underground piping. The Rogers Lateral Pipeline project is the latest system improvement, scheduled to be completed in April of 2020. Some say Swalley has put more water back into the river than any other district.
Kate Fitzpatrick, Program Director for Deschutes River Conservancy, hopes that Swalley’s improvements will be a model for other Central Oregon Irrigation Districts. She also noted the successes of other piping projects in Sisters and Tumalo Districts. Fitzpatrick said, "Having a thriving river and all that entails may be worth some of the tradeoffs...as a community who do we want to be? Do we value our natural resources?"
Over the next five years all eight Irrigation Districts plan to pipe close to a half million feet of canals across Central Oregon. Their goal is to increase water reliability for farmers and fish species, decrease energy costs, and reduce overall operation and maintenance costs of water delivery.
BEND, OR -- Bend Firefighters responded to a motor home fire Saturday night near 1st and Greenwood Avenue. A man identified as Michael Eaton told investigators he was sleeping in the rear of the motor home when he heard a noise. Eaton said he pulled back a curtain and saw fire on the floor and he and his dog jumped out a window near his bed. He briefly returned to the window to grab a phone and called 911. The motor home sustained 5-thousand dollars damage. The fire is under investigation.
SUNRIVER, OR -- A single engine plane crashed at Sunriver Airport yesterday afternoon but the pilot and passenger escaped injury. Central Oregon Daily reports the crash occurred when the plane flipped after landing about 12-40 Monday afternoon. An airport official said ice was to blame. The plane was pulling left before the pilot overcorrected to the right causing it to flip. The Sunriver Airport reopened just after 3pm. For more on this story click here. https://centraloregondaily.com/single-engine-plane-crashes-in-sunriver-nobody-injured/
BEND, OR -- Bend Police arrested a man yesterday in connection with a stabbing incident. Police were called to the Fred Meyer Parking lot on Highway 97 about 3-50 Monday morning. 44-year old Timothy Lee Kochenour told police he was stabbed by 30-year old Jonathan Mark Connolly. Kochenour was taken to Saint Charles with multiple stab wounds that are not believed to be life threatening. Investigators learned Kochenour and Connolly had been living together in a van and got into an argument that led to the stabbing. Connolly is jailed on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and the investigation is on-going.
REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond Fire Department has released then name of the woman who died in a mobile home fire on Sunday, as 61 year old Sheryl Ann Linker-Ortiz. The mobile home was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The cause was later determined to be careless smoking.
BEND, OR -- A Bend attorney is going to try to win the Democratic party nomination to run against incumbent Republican State Representative Jack Zika. 35 year old Emerson Levy says her campaign will focus on affordable housing, the environment and the shortage of affordable childcare in Central Oregon. Levy is married and has a 5 year old daughter. She and her family have lived in Bend since 2017. She says if she had been in the legislature last year, she would have voted for the billion dollar business tax for K-12 schools. Incumbent Zika voted no on the tax.
BEND, OR -- A Redmond man was arrested Friday after hitting a woman pedestrian carrying an infant. Police say the woman, 33 year old Kelly Goodwin was hit near Northwest Wall and Bond Streets just before 7-Friday night. Goodwin and her two month old child were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses said the vehicle hit two parked cars as it fled the scene. Later, police got a call about a suspected drunk driver near Northwest Washington and Flagline drive. They found the driver, 36 year old Cyle Richard Hartzell in his car, stopped on Flagline Drive with his 8 year old son in the car. Hartzell is jailed on numerous charges including DUII, Hit and Run and Reckless Endangering.
REDMOND, OR -- The father of a 14-year old boy is suing the Redmond Police alleging use of excessive force. A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court in Eugene last week by Michael Francisco. The Oregonian reports the lawsuit charges the boy posed no threat to two Redmond officers when they pressed a stun gun on his body and shocked him multiple times. The lawsuit seeks 250-thousand dollars in damages. A spokesperson for Redmond Police says internal affairs reviewed the case and found the use of force was justified. An attorney for the family says the teenager was detained on suspicion of what he called only minor offenses.
MEISSNER SNO PARK-- A man from Albany who had a medical emergency while skiing was helped by Deschutes County Sheriff Search and Rescue yesterday. Police received 9-1-1 calls that 58 year old Chris Fox had skied close to a shelter at the Meisner Sno Park off Century Drive but was unable to continue. Search and Rescue got as close to Fox as they could with snowmobiles but then had to use snowshoes to reach him. The medical team determined Fox was having a serious medical condition. He was taken by the Search and Rescue Snow Ambulance to a parking lot where he was transferred to a Bend Fire Department ground ambulance and taken to Saint Charles Bend.
REDMOND, OR -- An early Sunday morning fire killed a woman and a dog at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park off Highway 97. Redmond Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Puller says when crews arrived the mobile home was heavily involved in fire. Multiple explosions were heard inside the home. Firefighters went into the back of the home and found the occupant unconscious. The occupant was taken to Saint Charles Redmond and was pronounced dead. Firefighters also found a dog in the home that was dead. The mobile home was a total loss estimated at 25-thousand dollars. The cause was determined to be careless smoking.