Manslaughter Trial in Bend Continues into Second Day

Today is the second day of the trial for Shantel Witt, the Bend woman who it accused of hitting and killing a cyclist in December 2017. Witt is facing charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and DUII in relation to the death of Dr. Marika Stone and today – witnesses from the scene of the wreck and toxicologists who worked on the case testified in court.

The prosecution plans to call 25 witnesses in this case, so the trial is scheduled to go into next week.

Potential Measles Case Being Investigated in Bend

Deschutes County Public Health authorities are investigating what they are calling a “presumptive” case of the measles in Bend.

Deschutes County Health officials released a press release Monday night confirming the investigation and naming potential exposure sites in Bend. According to the press release if you were at Mountain Air, located at 20495 Murray Rd, Suite 150 in Bend on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you could have been exposed to the virus.

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center at 800 NE 6th St, Bend on Sunday, Jan. 20 was also named in the release but an exact time frame is not known.

Those two locations are now considered safe but if you were at these location during the times listed and are not fully vaccinated, health department officials are urging people to call Deschutes County Health Services at (541) 322-7418. The line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oregon Health Authority has also established a call center for general questions related to the measles. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should dial 2-1-1. The call center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends.

If you feel you or your child are showing symptoms of the measles health officials are warning against going to the hospital without calling ahead first. If you are not fully vaccinated or if you have been exposed are are showing symptoms – call your health care provider so they can make an entry plan to avoid potentially spreading the virus to other patients.

The health department said that the suspected case is likely connected to a broader outbreak that began in Clark County, Washington earlier this month and recently spread to Multnomah County in Oregon.

The vast majority of Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles, however anyone who has never been vaccinated is at much higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

According to Deschutes County Health:

“Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.

After someone contracts measles, illness develops in about two weeks, but people can be contagious days before they know they’re sick.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:

You were born before 1957.
A physician diagnosed you with measles in the past.
A blood test proves that you are immune.
You have been fully vaccinated against measles (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, two doses in anyone 4 years and older).
Vaccination is the best prevention

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider, a School Based Health Center (SBHC) or Deschutes County Health Services (541-322-7499) to make an appointment. Appointments at School Based Health Centers can be made at the following:

Bend – Bend High SBHC – (541) 383-3005 or Ensworth SBHC – (541) 383-3005
La Pine – La Pine SBHC – (541) 536-0400
Redmond – Lynch SBHC – (541) 383-3005 or Redmond High SBHC – (541) 383-3005
Sisters – Sisters SBHC – (541) 526-6623
Pharmacists can also immunize children age 7 or older. Please contact your local pharmacy for details.

To find out the immunization status of your child’s school”

Humane Society: Nakana the Island Dog

Lynne Ouchida from the Humane Society of Central Oregon, joins us with Nakana, fresh off the plane from Hawaii, who is looking for someone to help him adjust to life in Central Oregon. Nakana believes strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet…and is very excited to meet all of them!

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.

New Board Member and New President for COCC

It was a day of big announcements at Central Oregon Community College today. During a special meeting the board made some big decisions in regards to the school’s leadership going forward.

First on the agenda was swearing in new board member Jim Clinton, a former Bend Mayor, who replaced John Mundy who resigned in December.

Also at today’s meeting the board announced the three finalists being considered for school president.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. Kimberlee Messina, a former vice president at interim president at Foothill College in California.
  • Dr. Tod Treat, who currently serves as interim vice president for instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington.
  • and Dr. Laurie Chesley, who is the executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

All three finalists will visit Central Oregon next month for interviews with the board and public interviews where students and community members will be able to participate.

The board hopes to have selected a new president by the end of February, ahead of current COCC President Shirley Metcalf’s retirement on July 1st.