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BEND, OR -- The March of Dimes has given Oregon a grade of A- for a low rate of premature births. Last year more than 10-per cent of babies were born premature in America. Central Oregon Daily reports that in Oregon the rate of premature births is less than 7%  Premature babies often need intensive and expensive medical care. The March of Dimes Report Card noted preterm births got worse in 30 states last year. It says six states earned a failing grade compared to four last year. For more details click here.

 



REDMOND, OR -- Redmond police are asking the public for help in locating the driver of a stolen car. Police received a report of a stolen Volkswagen Sunday morning. Several hours later the stolen vehicle was spotted in the Wal Mart parking lot. Police tried to contact the suspect but the vehicle drove away and into Terrebonne. Later, the vehicle went back towards Redmond on Highway 97 driving southbound in the northbound lanes, hitting 80 miles an hour. Police broke off the chase in the interest of safety. Anyone with information about a 2012 black Volkswagen convertible with a damaged front bumper is asked to call Redmond Police. 



BEND, OR -- Large crowds lined the streets of downtown Bend Monday morning for the 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade. A large contingent of motorcycle riders, many of them veterans, got things started as a Civil Air Patrol plane did a flyover. Veterans from World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan marched in the parade and were cheered and thanked by many along the parade route. In turn veterans smiled, thanked the crowd and waved flags. Marching bands from area schools were represented in the parade along with service clubs from throughout the area. 



BEND, OR -- A Bend man took advantage of the unseasonably-warm temperatures on Friday by going for a jog, naked, until authorities were able to stop him. The pursuit occurred about 3- Friday afternoon on NE Jamison Street. 27-year-old William Thomas Matthias slowly ran down the sidewalk. Central Oregon Daily reports cellphone video from a witness shows Matthias smiling and waving as sheriff’s patrol cars followed him. Police tried to block his path when he crossed a business driveway, but Matthias ran around it. He was finally stopped and arrested. Matthias is jailed on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a probation violation.

 

 

 

 



BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office used Search and Rescue volunteers on Friday to do a grid search of a field where human remains were found last Thursday. The remains are believed to be those of an adult female and were found in a field in the 21-thousand block of Butler Market Road. Police say based on their investigation an autopsy is not planned and no foul play is suspected in the death. Detectives are still working to identify the remains and locate her family.

 



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Fire managers on the Ochoco National Forest plan to take advantage of recent warm, dry weather to implement two prescribed burn projects north of Big Summit Prairie. The burns will start tomorrow and continue through the week. Firefighters plan to ignite 144 acres of juniper jackpots and a 157-acre understory burn, just north of Big Summit Prairie, about 40 miles northeast of Prineville. The goals for the prescribed burns are to improve wildlife habitat and to remove hazardous fuels.

 



BEND, OR -- Police arrested a Bend woman last night and charged her with hit-and-run and DUII. 26 year old Katie Elizabeth Hall is accused of causing a crash involving three cars near Northwest Olney Avenue and Wall Street at about 8-25 Sunday night. Hall drove away in her silver Chevrolet. A short time later, 9-1-1 received a report of a car matching the description of Hall’s car that had crashed. The car was facing the wrong way on the southbound off ramp to the parkway at Revere Avenue. The caller said the woman driver fled the scene. A short time later a state police officer spotted Hall and arrested her.  She is facing felony charges of Hit and Run, DUII and Reckless Endangering.

 

 



BEND, OR -- The 20th annual Veterans Day Parade is today and will move through downtown Bend beginning with a Civil Air Patrol flyover at 11-this morning. The flyover will be in honor of Bob Maxwell, Bend's own Medal of Honor Veteran who passed away in May. The parade route begins on NW Newport at Veterans Memorial Bridge and ends at Northwest Harmon Boulevard. This year's theme is ‘Saluting our Women Veterans'.  Grand Marshals are women whose military service spans the decades.



BEND, OR -- A Bend man is jailed following a fight on Saturday at a home where two men were watching the LSU-Alabama football game. Police say a verbal argument became a physical fight at the home in the 21-thousand block of Bear Creek Road. They say 51-year old Christopher A. Honey allegedly grabbed a shotgun and fired at a 40 year old man who he had been fighting. The victim was hit in the back of the head and neck. Police arrived and a deputy transported the injured man to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Honey later surrendered to deputies and is jailed on charges of attempted murder and assault.  Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.



BEND, OR -- So many people wanted to speak about the Climate Action Plan at the Bend City Council meeting Wednesday, they were asked to keep remarks to about 90-seconds…instead of the usual 3-minute time limit. Mayor Sally Russell said the speakers agreed and got right to the point. Russell says most spoke in favor of the plan but many also raised questions, others voiced concerns and others needed clarification about parts of the proposal. The Bend City Council is expected to make a final decision on the Climate Action Plan in early December.

 



BEND, OR -- The Centennial Anniversary of the Deschutes Library System in 2020 means renovation, new construction and expanded library services throughout Deschutes County. Library Director Todd Dunkelberg says to prepare for the next chapter Deschutes Libraries invites residents to take part in interactive discussions with library architects to learn more about the renovation and enhancement plans throughout the county. Library staff are eager to hear resident’s thoughts to gain insight into what learning tools are most important for the community.



BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council is in the process of developing a new Transportation Plan to meet community needs to the year 2040. Mayor Sally Russell says, all together, the plan could end up with a 1-billion dollar price tag. She says the council is considering asking voters to approve a 250-million dollar bond measure next May to get some projects started. Russell says the city will also seek financial help from the state and federal governments for some of the projects that come out of the new transportation plan.  

 



BEND, OR -- earlier this week KBND reported that the sheriff was asking the public to come up with a name for their new Bloodhound K-9. Sargent William Bailey says almost 3-thousand name suggestions were posted to Facebook, Instagram and emails. He says they narrowed the list down to the Top 20 names. Bailey says you can cast your vote on the sherrif’s Facebook page. He says they’ll post the winning name when the voting winds down, probably this evening.

 

 



SUNRIVER, OR -- A Sunriver couple was arrested and jailed on drug charges this week following an investigation. The Deschutes County Sheriff had received  information about possible illegal drug activity at a home at 62 Meadow. On Wednesday deputies stopped a car driven by 45 year old Thomas J. Martinsen as he drove away from the home. A short time later Sunriver Police stopped a car driven by 42 year old Jennifer Martin who also had left the home.  A search warrant turned up evidence of drug sales and commercial amounts of methamphetamine.  Martinsen is jailed on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine.  Martin is jailed on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.



BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff is investigating the discovery of human remains found in a field yesterday afternoon. The remains are believed to be those of an adult female and were found in the 21-thousand block of Butler Market Road. An employee of the property owner found the remains while checking the field before doing work at the site. Detectives and deputies were helped at the scene by the office of the DA, the County Medical Examiner and the State Police Crime Lab. 

 



BURNS, OR -- The Harney County Sheriff's office has released the cause of the crash that  killed T-V personality Jessi Combs in  August. She was at the Alvord Desert attempting to set a land speed record.  The report says one of the front wheels on her jet car failed after apparently hitting something. The car was travelling 550 miles an hour when the crash  happened. Combs was 39 years old.



CRESCENT LAKE, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest is planning to set a prescribed burn today 12 miles west of Crescent on the south shore of Crescent Lake. The 32 acre Marsh Unit is scheduled to begin at 10-this morning if weather conditions remain favorable. Forest officials say  smoke may be visible from Highways 97 and 58 and surrounding areas. The goal of the prescribed burn is to reduce the hazardous fuel build up near private property.



TERREBONNE, OR -- Redmond Fire and Rescue had to use a Jaws Of Life tool to free the driver of a street sweeper after he became trapped following a collision. The incident occurred on Highway 97 in Terrebonne about 3-30 yesterday afternoon. The sweeper hit the rear of a full size Dodge pickup causing heavy damage to the cab of the sweeper. Redmond Fire crews worked for 20 minutes to get the driver out. He was pinned into the seat and his lower extremities were wrapped into the pedals and the steering column. The driver was transported to Saint Charles Redmond with possible internal injuries and fractures.

 



BEND, OR -- The Bend Chamber Of Commerce and a regional oversight group have come together to tackle the childcare crisis in Central Oregon. They hired a Childcare Accelerator to broker collaborative projects to create additional childcare options. Megan Norris, the newly appointed hire, moved from Sacramento to work on a pilot project with OSU Cascades and COCC.



McKENZIE PASS, OR -- The Old McKenzie Pass Highway will close for the winter starting tomorrow. ODOT says  crews will close the west side of the highway from the lower gate on Highway 126 to the upper gate west of Dee Wright Observatory. Next Tuesday ODOT crews will close the eastern access at the gate west of Sisters.  ODOT says the west side has already seen some winter conditions. The Old McKenzie Pass Highway is expected to reopen in mid-June.

 



REDMOND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue says a missing 75 year old woman, Marion Price, was found this morning. Price went on a hike with her dogs yesterday and was reported missing just before 6-o’clock last night. Price did not have a cellphone with her. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR Volunteers continued searching for Price until about 1:00am this morning.  DCSO Deputies remained in the area throughout the night.  At about 7:48am, Deputies received a report that a man walking his dog in the area came across Price and her dogs, and helped her back to the search staging area near Eagle Crest. Price was in good health and declined medical attention.  No further details are known at this time.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in the backcountry or rural areas such as this, to always be prepared for unexpected events that may cause extended return times.  At a minimum, have a communication device, such as a cell phone, or whistle.  Extra clothing, food and water are among other key items listed in the "10 Essentials".

 

 



UMATILLA, OR -- A 68-year-old Prineville man has died at Two Rivers Correctional Institute in Umatilla. Terry Lee Allen was convicted of attempted murder in 2013 for firing shots at his daughter’s home in Tumalo. Allen went to prison in 2015 and was not expected to be released before November 2022. Corrections officials announced Tuesday that Allen died in hospice at Two Rivers on Monday evening.

 



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Police have released the name of the man whose body was found last week in Ochocco Creek as 64 year old Brian Lee Colbert. Prineville Detective Kathryn Bottoms says police knew Colbert. She says he was homeless and had a history of mental illness, drugs and alcohol. Bottoms says the autopsy found no evidence Colbert was robbed, was a victim of foul play or, had been in a struggle. She says lab test results and a final medical examiner report could take several weeks.

 



BEND, OR -- The Bend-La Pine Schools has announced Superintendent Shay Mikalson is resigning to take a new job with the High Desert Education Service District. He will make the official announcement next Tuesday at the school board meeting. Central Oregon Daily reports  Mikalson is taking the job of Chief Student Success Officer at the E-S-D, which will begin in July. The Bend La Pine School Board will launch a search for a new superintendent next week.



DESCHUTES COUNTY, OR -- A Redmond woman was killed in a wreck on Highway 97 just before noon yesterday. Police say 76 year old Linda Dent was southbound when, for unknown reasons, she drove her 2017 Subaru across four lanes and into the slow lane of northbound Highway 97. Dent collided with an ODOT Incident Response Vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the ODOT vehicle, 38 year old John Benson, was taken to Saint Charles Redmond with minor injuries. It took until about 4-o’clock to get all lanes of the highway re-opened.     

Photo courtesy Central Oregon Daily 


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