Wolves Spotted in Wasco County

Two wolves were spotted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife cameras in Mt. Hood National Forest earlier this month, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of the Cascades in Oregon since they were reintroduced to the state in the 2000s.

The two wolves have been documented by ODFW in southern Wasco County in the White River Wildlife Area, Mt. Hood National Forest and Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

This isn’t the first time wolves have been seen in Wasco County. In 2013 a single wolf was spotted near White River and a single wolf was spotted twice in 2015. However, this is the first time multiple wolves have been spotted this far north in Oregon.

Wolves in Wasco County and anywhere west of Hwys 395-78-95 are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, so U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency.

Additional information about Oregon’s wolf population will be available in March, after ODFW completes its annual winter surveys and minimum population count.

Real Estate Comparison: Pennsylvania

We all know home prices in Bend continue to rise and for the average household income it’s near impossible to afford the median price of homes in Bend. Each week Jack Church searches to see what the average income can purchase in Bend while also comparing this to cities of similar size in other states around the country. This week our comparison city is Erie, Pennsylvania right on the shores of Lake Erie, which boasts lovely summers but some serious winters. The city has picked up seven feet of snow this year since Christmas.

Arrests Made in Super 8 Motel Robbery

Updated: Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 2:40 p.m.

The two suspects in a robbery of Super 8 Motel on Monday morning are in custody as of 11 p.m. Wednesday night, according to the Bend Police Department.

Bend residents Ryan Donovan Simpson, 33, and Scott Hilton Sullivan, 32, are both in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

After putting out a wanted notice on Simpson, police were about to locate him around 3:00 pm and were able to contact him in a passenger car during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Motel West.

Simpson was taken into custody for Robbery I and Theft II.

According to Bend Police, based on information obtained during Simpson’s arrest and information obtained throughout the three day investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant to for a residence in Southeast Bend.

Evidence found during the search tied both Simpson and Sullivan to the robbery at the Super 8 Motel and a robbery at The Days Inn and Suites.

Simpson is lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on charges for both robberies, including two counts of Robbery I and two counts of Theft II.

Sullivan, who was arrested on Tuesday and charges with Robbery I and Theft II,  will have charges of Robbery I and Theft II added for the robbery at The Days Inn and Suites.

Updated: Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Bend Police are seeking Bend resident Ryan Donovan Simpson, 33, and have identified him as the second suspect of a motel robbery on Monday.

According to the Bend Police Department as the investigation into Monday’s robbery moved forward, the Bend Police Department found information regarding Ryan Simpson. On Wednesday at 2 p.m. police issued a statement that Simpson is wanted as he was involved in the robbery at the Super 8 Motel on January 8. At this time Simpson is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police are asking the public for help. If you know where Simpson is located or have information about this investigation,  call 541-693-6911 or contact us through private messages via our Facebook (@BendPoliceDepartmentOfficial) page or Twitter account (@Bendcitypolice). Police are warning the public that if you see Simpson, do not approach him and call 911.

Posted Jan. 9, 2018

Bend Police have named a suspect in the Super 8 Motel Robbery that occurred in the early morning hours on Monday.

Scott Hilton Sullivan, a 32 year old Bend resident, is suspected to be one of the two males, both estimated to be in their 30s and both seen clad in dark hoodies with bandanas covering their faces in surveillance videos, who robbed the motel around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.

According to the Bend Police Department, the two men displayed a handgun and then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the hotel along with the personal property of one hotel employee.

After the robbery was reported on Monday, Bend Police Department investigated the incident with help from the Prineville Police Department, Deschutes County Adults Jail, Deschutes County Parole and Probation and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Today Bend Police released Sullivan’s name as a suspect. Bend Police detective already located Sullivan, who was in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Rooster Deli. Detectives recovered items used in the robbery and took Sullivan into custody. He is currently lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Robbery I, Theft II and for an active probation violation warrant.

Bend Police served a search warrant in a room at the Shiloh Inn and found additional items related to the robbery.

The Bend Police Department is committed to a resolution in this robbery, as well as the robbery that occurred at the Days Inn and Suites a day prior. The investigations into both of these robberies are ongoing.

Potential Plea Deal for Lara

A potential plea deal for Edwin Lara, the accused killer of Bend resident Kaylee Sawyer, is in the works but far from finalized.

Under the proposed deal Lara would plead guilty to aggravated murder and would receive life without the possibility of parole, but possibility to seek the death penalty would be dropped. This is according to a Facebook posts from Kaylee’s mother, Juli Walden Van Cleave, posted today on her public Facebook page.

The information from Van Cleave was confirmed by a second source that was at the settlement hearing and spoke with Central Oregon Daily reporters today.

The deal is not finalized and attorneys in the Lara case are under a court order not to speak publicly about the case.

Lara is due to go on trial in the fall of 2018 on four counts of aggravated murder in the July 2016 killing of COCC student Sawyer.

Lara, a 32-year-old former COCC campus safety officer, is accused of abducting 23-year-old Sawyer as she was walking home, killing her on the college campus and dumping her body in a canyon west of Redmond.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced earlier that he would seek the death penalty in the case.

Lara is expected to be in court for a two-day hearing on January 22 and 23.

Tune in to Central Oregon Daily at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Negotiations with Mills Move Forward

The Sunriver Service District Board agreed to negotiate a potential settlement with Chief Marc Mills during its meeting on Monday.

The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held a public meeting Monday to decide the employment of Police Chief Marc Mills, who was charged Thursday with misdemeanor harassment after an investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice.

According to a statement from Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, Mills, 62, struck Sgt. Joseph Patnode while both men were on duty. Mills stuck Patnode hard enough that he fell into the wall behind him. Another officer who witnessed the incident reported it to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Mills has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 3 and the board is conducting an administrative investigation focused on Mills’ alleged harassment and the culture of the police department.

The board voted on Monday to allow board chair Jim Fister and the service district’s lawyer to negotiate a potential settlement with Mills, who expressed interest in potentially resigning from his position as police chief.

Community members came out on Monday, mostly in support of Mills. Many commented that they would like Mills to keep his job, saying he was beloved in the community both as police chief and as a person.

Hear more from Monday’s meeting with Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton tonight at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Shooting Near COCC Campus

Bend Police released the following report on Sunday morning after COCC students were alerted about a shooting near the COCC campus on Saturday night:

Date & Time of Incident: January 6th at 6:52 pm

Type of Incident: Attempted Murder

Location of Incident: 2500 NW Regency

Victim:

Shayne Oloughlin 19 year old male Bend resident

Juvenile 16 year old male Bend resident

Suspect:

15 year old male Bend resident

15 year old male Bend resident

Narrative:

On January 6th at 6:52 pm, the Bend Police Department was notified by Deschutes County 911 of a possible shooting investigation. Bend Police, along with Bend Fire and Rescue, responded to an apartment within the complex at 2500 NW Regency to assist a 16 year old juvenile who had suffered a gunshot wound.

The juvenile was transported to St. Charles Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The initial investigation found that the 16 year old was with Shayne Oloughlin at Oloughlin’s apartment. Two 15 year old male suspects, who are known to the victims, stole marijuana. During the robbery, they shot the 16 year old victim before fleeing in a vehicle.

Bend Police activated the Central Oregon Major Crimes Team and worked this investigation throughout the night in cooperation with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators were able to locate both 15 year old suspects and recovered a firearm and additional stolen items. Both juveniles are being lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Department on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary I and Robbery I. Based on the type of incident, specific details are being withheld as the investigation is still on going.

The Bend Police Department learned early on that this was an isolated incident and determined there was no direct threat to the immediate area of the incident.

Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact Deschutes County Dispatch at (541) 693-6911.

The Major Crime Team was activated for this incident. Members from Bend PD, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville PD, Redmond PD, Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab assisted with the investigation.