Ex-Boyfriend of Missing Woman Dies from Apparent Suicide

UPDATE MONDAY 11:34 A.M. – The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office confirmed this morning that Bryan Michael Penner died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend Monday morning at 8:11 a.m.

“Without the heroic efforts of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputies, a Corrections Nurse, and Emergency Medical Technicians from the Bend Fire Department, Penner would have died last night at the jail.  The focused, competent, and heroic efforts of this team of dedicated and professional public servants gave Penner a fighting chance for life,” said Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel in a statement released Monday morning. 

 “We are thinking of Mr. Penner’s family,” said Corrections Captain Michael Shults in a statement. “Our staff are trained in the signs of suicide and suicide prevention.  Penner has been in the jail since February 22nd and showed no signs of being suicidal or having suicidal ideations.  After being evaluated by Sheriff’s Office mental health professionals, he was housed in a dorm setting.  Penner has been in the jail on ten occasions since 2007, most recently from December 11th, 2017 through January 6th, 2018, and has never shown any signs or indications of being a suicide risk.”

 Penner is the sole suspect in the disappearance of 24-year-old Sarah Gomez and, according to the District Attorney’s Office his death makes the search for her more challenging. 

“Unfortunately, as the search for Sarah extended from hours, to days, to weeks, it became obvious we are searching for her body and she will not be found alive,” said Hummel in his statement released Monday.  “With Penner’s passing our chances of quickly finding Sarah plummeted.  I encourage everyone in Deschutes County to report to law enforcement any suspicious tire tracks, earthen mounds, or other potential evidence they might see on their property.  Sarah’s family is counting on our community to bring her home.”

Authorities are still investigating the incident at the Deschutes County Jail on Sunday night that led to Penner’s death. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office 31-year-old Penner was taken to St. Charles Bend after another inmate found him unconscious.

Penner was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 24-year-old Sara Gomez and remains in custody on a Contempt of Court charge.
The Sheriff’s Office released this statement at 3 a.m. Monday morning. 

“On March 11, 2018, at about 8:40 pm, Inmate Bryan Michael Penner was discovered by another Inmate after an apparent suicide attempt in one of the jail housing units. The Inmate then alerted corrections staff. Corrections deputies and a corrections nurse responded and immediately began life-saving efforts, which continued until emergency medical personnel with the Bend Fire Department arrived. The Bend Fire Department has transported Penner to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.”

According to the press release Sheriff Nelson said he had requested the Oregon State Police lead this investigation and the Deschutes County Major Incident Team will assist.

Tree Well Warnings After Deaths on Mt Bachelor

How to Avoid Dangerous Situations on the Mountain

Mt. Bachelor officials say they are putting a priority on warning skiers and snowboarders about the dangers of tree wells after the deaths of two people in separate incidents on the mountain last Friday. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a closer look at the accidents that claimed the lives of two young Oregonians.

Mt. Bachelor officials, as well as those who have experienced being trapped in a tree well, say that one of the safest things that you can do to avoid dangerous situations on the mountain is to have someone skiing or snowboarding with you, especially is you are making a run near the trees.

Bend Locals on HGTV

“Mom and Me” Producers Looking for Bend Homeowners Who Want Renovations

#inBend mother-son renovation duo, Karrie and Tristan Trowbridge got the green light from HGTV for a full season of their new “Mom and Me” show, but when the “flipping” part of the format turned out to more difficult than expected, they decided to flip the script.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the new format of the show, and how your home could become part of the show.

If you want more information about “Mom and Me”, head to www.hgtv.com, and if you’re interested in having the Trowbridge family do renovations on your home, you can e-mail questions to casting@essentialquail.com.
Homeowners do cover a large portion of the renovation costs, but there are perks that come with doing it through the show, and the producers can explain that in more detail when you contact them.

Raising Money for Puerto Rico

Bend Teenager Raises Money for Victims of Hurricane Maria

Makaih Cook has been playing musical instruments since he was four years old, so when he found out that the devastation of Hurricane Maria had affected his relatives in Puerto Rico, he decided to use his musical talents for a good cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has a preview of a special performance planned for Friday.

All proceeds from his benefit show will go to save the Children Hurricane Maria Relief.
The show starts at 5:45 on Friday and is at Cosa Cura Rescue Collective Consignment Store downtown at 910 Northwest Harriman Street across the Blacksmith.

If you are unable to attend the show, but will still like to donate, go to http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp…

Downtown Bend Business Opens Its Doors to the Homeless

When the temperature drops below freezing, the homeless in Central Oregon have a few options for shelters scattered across the region. Yet, one Bend woman felt it was not enough, and decided to do something about it. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports on the downtown business that opened its doors to the homeless, just as the worst of winter got started.

Pfeifer & Associates opens its doors to those in need from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on evenings when temperatures reach 30 degrees or below. If you would like to donate, you can visit the Sagewood Sanctuary GoFundMe or donate items such as extra bedding, foam mattresses, pillows, drinks, or snacks to Pfeifer and Associates at 23 Northeast Greenwood.

Source on the Scene: The Lost Virginity Tour

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a sneak preview of a new play debuting at the Second Street Theatre called “The Lost Virginity Tour.”

The Lost Virginity Tour debuts tonight and runs Tuesday’s through Sunday’s all the way until March 10th.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly, or go to bendsource.com. Thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Authorities Say Pot Bust in La Pine Points to Bigger Statewide Problem

What started out as a search for a stolen snowboard ended with the bust of an illegal marijuana growing operation in La PineLocal law enforcement officials are calling this a symptom of a bigger problem across the county and the state.

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

Source on the Scene: Hell’s Belles

When you think of AC/DC, you probably think of all those long-haired rockers screaming at the top of their lungs on stage. Well, that is pretty much what it is like to see Hell’s Belles, who are playing Friday night at Oregon WinterFest, except those “guys” are actually hard-rocking women. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story in this week’s Source on the Scene.

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pickup the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com. Thanks to our Source on the Scene sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer, every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Source on the Scene: Love Letters


Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan joined us with a sneak peek behind 2nd Street Theater‘s newest production. The play isn’t all about chocolate and roses, but it is a treat for all the romantics out there. After meeting on the 2nd Street Theater stage during their first production together, actors Todd and Amber fell in love and got married and now, they are telling the love story between characters Melissa and Andy in the play, “Love Letters.”

You can see “Love Letters” on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon as well as a special performance on Valentines Day. For more information or to buy your tickets, go to the 2nd Street website at secondstreettheater.com.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at bendsource.com. Thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.