Fatal Shooting North of Bend

An investigation into a fatal shooting north of Bend on Wednesday afternoon is ongoing.

Just after 11 a.m. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting near the intersection of McGrath Road and Casa Court. Nearby residents were warned to stay inside their homes and lock their doors as Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, K9 units, drone operator and officers from Oregon State Police, Bend Police and Redmond Police searched the scene.

Officers found a woman lying in the street and life saving efforts were attempted but 58-year-old Valerie A. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 12:40 the Sheriff’s Office reported that they had a suspect in custody and that there was no longer a threat to the community.

As of 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office specified that the person of interest in the shooting was still in custody, but had been taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released any information on what occurred before the shooting, but said that the investigation was ongoing.

Central Oregon Daily will have more information as it becomes available.

Commissioners Approve Westside Transect Zone

The Deschutes County Commissioners approved a plan that would rezone over 700 acres west of Bend from urban to rural/residential. The proposal, known as the Westside Transect Zone, was made by local property owners in an attempt to create a buffer between Bend’s urban core and the forest lands to the west. The hope is that the rezone will allow Bend to become a more fire resistant community and to keep public access to popular recreation areas.
Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland was at this morning’s meeting as has more on the changes that will be implemented on April 16.

Humane Society: Paws the Polydactyl Cat

Lynne Ouchida from the Humane Society of Central Oregon, joins us with Paws the polydactyl cat, who is a staff favorite at the Humane Society, good with other cats, dogs and kids and just looking for a home that will let him be his spunky self. Lynne also has some information on how the Humane Society is helping furloughed workers affected by the government shut down and talks about some upcoming fundraising events.

Thanks to our sponsor Mike’s Fence Center for giving us the time and resources to meet a new adoptable animal each Monday on Central Oregon Daily.

Police Seek Suspect in Bank Robbery

Bend Police, with help from the FBI and Oregon State Police, are investigating the robbery of an Umpqua Bank in south Bend. Officers responded to a 911 call Friday afternoon but arrived after the suspect had fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Bend Police say they are still looking for the suspect, who may have been wearing a disguise during the robbery, but is described as a 6-foot tall, 180 lb. man between the ages of 25 and 40. He was last seen in a blue sweater, blue pants and a blue baseball cap.

Dorrell’s Winter Adventure: Gearing Up

Central Oregon Daily’s Dorrell Wenninger is a southern boy who grew up next to swamps rather than ski hills, but for his first winter in Central Oregon he’s decided to hit the slopes. With the help of Hoodoo Ski Area Dorrell is getting all geared up and over the next few weeks we’ll be following him as he learns to ride Hoodoo.