New Elementary School Means New School Boundaries in Bend

Bend-La Pine Schools are in the process of changing school attendance boundaries in preparation for a new elementary school, slated to open next fall. This could mean big changes for students and parents as the district works to balance enrollment numbers across multiple elementary schools.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Sisters Community Honors Slain Local Woman

Jenny Cashwell, 37, was found dead in an apartment in northeast Bend over the weekend after a first date went horribly wrong. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel confirmed today that Cashwell was allegedly shot by Alan Porciello, 36, who she met in person for the first time on Saturday after meeting on the dating website Plenty Of Fish. 
According to Hummel, Porciello called 911 to report the shooting on Saturday afternoon and confessed to shooting Cashwell. Porciello was taken in to custody and charged with first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.
Porciello was known to law enforcement due to a history of anger issues, possibly related to a traumatic brain injury, according to Hummel.
Cashwell leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 11, and now the community of Sisters is rallying around the Cashwell family. Cashwell was an avid weightlifter and friends from her gym have decided to honor and remember how she lived rather than how she died.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the community of Sisters is rallying to help Cashwell’s family, including a GoFundMe page and a weightlifting competition. 

Suspect in Homicide Investigation Appeared In Court

36-year-old Alan Peter Porciello appeared in court this afternoon on felony charges of first degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the death of 37-year-old Jenny Lynn Cashwell.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon and found Cashwell deceased at Cedar West Apartments. Authorities have not yet released Cashwell’s cause of death nor how Porciello is involved.
 
On Monday afternoon Judge Randy Miller set Porciello’s bail at $250,000 and set his terms of release to include no possession of any weapons and no contact with the Cashwell family.
 
Porciello is expected to be back in court on January 22nd.

Mentorship Program Helps Children with Incarcerated Parents

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has created a program that pairs children with incarcerated parents with adult mentors to establish positive connections and combat some of the anxiety that comes with having a parent in jail. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the program and how you can sign up to help. 

Proposed Apartments Spark Controversy

A Seattle-based developer has proposed a five story apartment complex overlooking the whitewater park in Bend. Proponents of the project say the 170 unit complex can help ease Bend’s housing shortage, but neighbors are concerned that the project doesn’t account for an increase in traffic and parking needs.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story, and Central Oregon Daily will be reporting more on the story as it unfolds at a public meeting tomorrow at City Hall at 11 a.m.

Sen. Merkley Hosts Town Halls in Central Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley was in Central Oregon today, hosting town halls and taking questions from local residents. Central Oregon Daily stopped by two of the town halls, one in Madras and the other in Bend. Reporter Anyssa Bohanan has more from the town hall in Bend this afternoon.

County Commissioners Approve Expansion of Big Sky Park

After months of discussion and deliberation the Deschutes County Commissioners approved the Bend Parks and Rec plan to expand Big Sky Park on Bend’s east side. The $4 million expansion was delayed due to concerns about how the expansion could affect nearby neighbors, but after Bend Parks and Rec added some light and noise mitigation to the plan the project got the OK to move forward.