Warrant Out for Brandon Blouin After Failed Court Appearance

The father of the 1-year-old boy, found abandoned earlier this year in the woods south of Bend, failed to report to court Thursday morning. A national warrant is out for 26-year-old Brandon Blouin who is charged with a number of felony crimes and two misdemeanors.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the on-going story.

St. Charles Removes Gender from Patient ID Bracelets

In an effort to be more inclusive for their transgender patients St. Charles Health System has removed gender from the ID bracelets worn by patients. The move is a win for transgender activists and allies and comes during transgender awareness month.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Local Businesses Struggle Under Rent Hikes

Last week, we heard Bouncing Off The Wall was closing partially due to high rent costs, but now two more local businesses, Riverbend Brewing and Revs House, are now being forced to close or look for another location due to rising rents.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Capitol Christmas Tree

With Thanksgiving still over a week away it may be a little too early to get into the holiday spirit, but the Christmas spirit was in full swing at The Old Mill in Bend as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made a stop on it’s way to D.C. The tree was accompanied by holiday activities, and of course, Santa made an appearance. Central Oregon Daily’s own Anyssa Bohanan got in the Christmas spirit herself and headed down to the Old Mill to see the festivities first hand.

Bouncing Off the Wall: Local Business Plans to Shut its Doors

Bouncing Off the Wall, a local indoor play place, will likely close by the end of this year since the lease at the business’ 11,000 square-foot location on Bend’s east side will not be renewed. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with the owner of Bouncing Off the Wall about what could have contributed to the business’ closure.

Mental Health in Criminal Justice

Recent studies have shown that a significant number of convicted criminals have struggled with mental health or had a mental health crisis. Because of this, Oregon has been diverting more funds into mental health care as part of the justice system.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at local law enforcement’s programs for mental health care.

Ballots, Bills in the Stolen Mail Found Southeast of Bend

A pile of stolen mail from at least 70 addresses was found along Highway 20 east of Bend. In the pile were ballots for the November election and now local authorities are scrambling to make sure those whose ballots haven’t arrived yet, get replacement ballots in time for election day.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.