Suspect Arrested After Threatening Police

Police Are Investigating Monday’s Incident at the Bend Police Department

21-year-old Bend resident Samuel Wyatt Dennis was arrested this afternoon around 12:20 p.m. after a bizarre incident that occurred early this morning at the Bend Police Department.

Bend Police said an officer leaving their shift heard a commotion near the gate of the secured parking lot of the Bend Police Department around 2:15 a.m. and saw Dennis hitting the parking lot’s security key pad which was damaged beyond use. Though officers did attempt to contact Dennis, he sped away in his 1998 Dodge pickup.

Security footage also showed Dennis throwing an object into the secured lot, damaging a police vehicle. Footage also showed Dennis placing a board through the front door handles of the police department and leaning a heavy metal object against the door. Dennis also etched letters into the front glass door and on the concrete in front of the entry doors.

Later Dennis was identified as the subject after he also made calls to Bend Fire and Rescue threatening to “burn the community to the ground.”

Around 10:20 a.m. officers located Dennis’ vehicle at his residence. As officers and detectives attempted to contact Dennis in his driveway, he drove away leading them on a short pursuit before being stopped by spike strips.

Dennis was taken into custody just after 12:15 p.m.

Dennis is facing charges of criminal mischief in the first degree, reckless driving, attempt to elude and disorderly conduct. The investigation is ongoing.

New Bike Patrols in Sisters

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office wanted to increase their patrols in Sisters but thought patrol cars weren’t the right fit for the small, intimate downtown area, so they traded four wheels for two.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports, you will see deputies proudly pedaling on duty in Sisters this weekend at the Quilt Show.

Yoga Behind Bars

When you think of yoga you probably think of a peaceful, tranquil, place. However this yoga class takes place behind bars.

Welcome to the Deschutes County Jail yoga program.

Inmates already have access to other programs with a focus on drug and alcohol treatment and religion but jail officials identified anxiety as one of the top stressors for inmates. They thought yoga could be part of the solution.

Today was only the program’s second class but it seems to already be making an impact on those who are taking it, according to some inmates.

Due to safety concerns and the fact that both yoga instructors are female the class is currently only currently offered to female inmates. However there are plans to bring in male instructors in order to expand the program.

The program is completely free. Local yoga instructor, including instructor Nancy Lumpkin who normally teaches at Namaspa volunteer one morning a week to teach a practice to inmates.

Longer Wait Times Expected at Redmond Airport

Redmond Airport is asking anyone flying between Wednesday and Friday to arrive at least two hours prior to departure time to clear the TSA screening process due to a temporary x-ray machine outage.

Security manager Nicole Jurgensen said the broken machine means TSA is down to just one line for security screening and it could lead to passengers experiencing wait times of up to 45 minutes until it’s fixed.

To accommodate for the potential back up, airline ticket counters will open at 3:15 a.m. with passenger screening beginning at 3:30 a.m. for the rest of the week.

While this week’s longer wait times may be due to malfunctioning equipment, Redmond Airport officials say they’ve seen more passengers and longer wait times before now.

With the newest addition of the 737 Seattle flight and future construction taking place next year to expand the airport’s air carrier ramp, Redmond Airport’s growth is showing no signs of slowing down. That means those longer lines could eventually be here to stay.

Free Haircuts for Those In Need

Simply Divine Studio owner Amber Meadows has wanted to help the community since opening at the east side Bend location nearly a year ago. However, Meadows wasn’t sure how to get started until she says she received the sign she’d been looking for.

Meadows partnered with local non-profits, including the community shower truck and Shepherd’s House to provide free haircuts and showers to those in need in the community including veterans, the homeless and families.

After handing out fliers to local shelters and churches to let people know the event would take place they closed down the studio Monday and set up shop outside.

Thanks to community donors, they were also able to put together over 60 care packages and nearly 100 sandwiches to give away for lunch.

The Simply Divine Studio team is donating all of their leftover care packages and meals from today to local shelters and those in need. Meadows said they’re looking at holding the event again in the future near downtown Bend.

737 Flights Come to Redmond

Fifty flights go in and out and Redmond Airport everyday but Friday’s flight from Seattle was a special one.

The first 737 landed at Redmond Friday afternoon and is the largest commercial to operate out of the airport in its history. Up till now most of the flights operating out of Redmond held only 76 passengers. The 737-800 planes almost double that.

The flight, operated by Alaska Airlines, will run daily from Redmond to Seattle, which is the number one market for RDM.

The daily inbound flight will depart from Seattle at 12:30 p.m., arrive in Redmond at 1:40 p.m. and the outbound flight will head to Seattle at 2:35 p.m. For now the flight will run seasonally with plans to expand in the future.

While Alaska Airlines is currently the only airline operating 737s out of Redmond, the airport homes to see more airlines bring in larger planes in the future.


Arrests Made in Pilot Butte Fire

Fourth of July festivities were put on hold late Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out on the base of Pilot Butte in Bend. On Thursday Bend Police arrested two men accused of the starting the fire that burned ten acres and threatened nearby homes.

The two suspects are currently facing charges of criminal mischief in the first degree, reckless burning and possible arson charges related to the blaze.

Around 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday a small fire, allegedly sparked by fire works, quickly escalated into a full on inferno and fire crews were quickly called in to handle the blaze that was propelled through the grass by strong winds.

The fire prompted evacuations of two nearby apartment complexes and shut down Highway 20 in both directions. The fire also lead to a power outage that left roughly 27,000 Bend residents without power for hours.

On Wednesday night Highway 20 was reopened, power was back on and Bend’s fireworks show went on as planned. However, the Pilot Butte park access road and trail head will be closed for two days and firefighter continue to put out hot spots in order to avoid another fire from flaring up.

Oishi Fundraiser Moves Forward Despite Theft

Since 2013 the Oishi Japanese Restaurant in Redmond has hosted a fundraiser for a local child in need. This year’s recipient in Payton. Payton’s condition has caused curved joints, two club feet, no fluid in his joints as well as two dislocated hips. Since he was born he’s had nine corrective surgeries but that hasn’t stopped from being just like any other adventurous 6th grader.

When he’s not shredding in the skatepark, Payton spends his time giving back to the hospital that has taken care of him for most of his life, Shriner’s Hospital in Portland.

Since Payton spends so much time raising money for Shriner’s Oishi decided to help raise money for something special for Payton, a new wheelchair.

However, the fundraiser is off to a rocky start. In addition to donating all of proceeds from the day’s sales to Payton, the restaurant is also holding a silent auction to raise money. On Thursday an item meant for the silent auction went missing.

A necklace with an Oregon sunstone gem in a white gold setting on an 18 inch white gold chain was stolen. The necklace’s retail value was $165 and the bidding was up to $100 when it disappeared from the Redmond restaurant.

In the wake of the theft the community has rallied together and several donors have send in $300 to help offset the loss of the item.

Anyone with information about the stolen necklace can contact the Redmond Police Department.

The fundraiser will push on and is scheduled to take place at the Oishi Japanese Restaurant in Redmond, Thursday July 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Oregon Rescue Challenge Offers Horses a Second Chance

After months and, in some cases, year of abuse and abandonment, some Central Oregon horses are getting a second chance at a better life thanks to the Oregon Rescue Challenge.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to visit two of the horses competing in this years event.

Lullaby and Cody were rescued from a property in La Pine in 2013 and were taken to live art the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Rescue Ranch south east of Bend. The two have lived at the ranch for the past five years.

However four months ago Lullaby and Cody were given a new bridle on life when they were introduced to trainers Jessica Abatie and Alissa Gordon who helped them get ready to compete in this year’s Oregon Rescue Challenge.

The Rescue Challenge brings together horses from multiple equine rescues to have them compete in a two day show case and, hopefully, get adopted.

Cody and Lullaby are two of 15 horses competing in several different events over the weekend. The Oregon Rescue Challenge continues Saturday, June 30, at the Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte. Horses will be available for adopted after the competition ends, around 4:30 p.m.

Bend Police Involved in Deadly Shooting

A Bend Police Officer was involved in a deadly shooting late Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. that left a 36-year-old male dead. This is the second deadly shooting in less than two year involving Bend Police Officers and the second deadly shooting in less than two weeks in Deschutes County.

In December 2016, 911 received reports of an erratic driver and when officers pulled over 31-year-old Michael Jacques they said he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was unresponsive to questions.

After officers tased Jacques twice, his van started to move forward and officer Scott Schaier fired five shots.

The unarmed Jacques was killed.

The Oregon Department of Justice cleared the two officers involved of any wrongdoing, but the City of Bend did pay an $800,000 settlement to the Jacques family.

Tuesday nights incident began at 11:34 p.m. when Bend police officer Timothy Williams pulled over 36-year-old Bend resident Timothy Bret Bontrager for failing to use his turn signal near the intersection of Highway 97 and Cooley Road.

Bontrager pulled into the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store parking lot.

When Officer Williams approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to ask for Bontrager’s license and registration, he suspected Bontrager was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney John Hummel said that the preliminary evidence suggest that Bontrager took his own life. Williams also fired shots into Bontrager’s truck but it is unclear in what order those two events took place, according to Hummel.

Bend Fire and Rescue declared Bontrager dead on the scene but the examination did note that Bontrager was found holding a handgun.

Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said that officer Williams and officer Kevin Uballez, who was also on the scene Tuesday, have been placed on administrative leave as part of standard protocol until the investigation is complete.

An autopsy is expected to be performed Thursday morning at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office