Source on the Scene: Dirksen Derby

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene”, sponsored by Indian Head Casino. This weekend in the annual Dirksen Derby at Mt. Bachelor where snowboarders and sit-skiers will hit the slopes for a good cause. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more in this week’s Source on the Scene.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes, This One Drives for FedEx

A random act of kindness by a 10-year-old Redmond girl has forged a friendship between her and the local FedEx driver who delivers her medication. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom brings us this heartwarming story, just in time for the holidays.

Kaylee’s Law: Family of Kaylee Sawyer and Local Officials Testify in Salem

The father and step-mother of Kaylee Sawyer, along with officials from Bend and Deschutes County, testified in front of the Joint Judiciary Committee in Salem Friday morning in an effort to pass legislation that would put restrictions on campus security guards.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what was said today in Salem.

Kaylee’s Law: Local Family Turns Tragedy into Legislation

Two years after her murder, Kaylee Sawyer’s family is turning tragedy into a proposed state law that they hope could save lives. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down for an exclusive interview with Kaylee’s father Jamie Sawyer to talk more about Kaylee’s Law.

Mt. Bachelor Gets its First Powder Day of the Season

If you found more coworkers than usual calling out sick today, it might be because Mt Bachelor got almost a foot of snow overnight. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was at the bottom of the slopes checking in with the lucky skiers and snowboarders who hit the mountain today.

County Commissioners Move Forward on Big Sky Expansion

Deschutes County Commissioners moved forward the first draft of the final expansion plans for Big Sky Park this morning. Due to continued concern over how light and sound pollution from the newly expanded park could affect nearby residents the proposal did go forward with some minor changes.
The Commissioners will see a second draft on Wednesday but have until Dec. 31 to have a public hearing and a final vote on the project.

Proposed Boundary Changes for Bend-La Pine Schools

Proposed changes to the Bend-La Pine School attendance boundaries could mean changes for parents and students in the district next year. After weeks of public input the school board is ready to decide which of three proposals will go to the superintendent for approval. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what kind of input the district has heard from the community.

Motorcyclist Dies in Wreck in Bend

From Bend PD:

“On December 11th at 10:16am Bend Police and Bend Fire responded to a traffic crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup towing a utility trailer at the intersection of SE 3rd Street and SE Miller Avenue.

During the initial investigation it was learned that Davis Franco was traveling north bound on SE 3rd Street riding a 2017 Yamaha motorcycle.  Ryan Wannemaker operating a 2017 Chevy pickup, which was towing an enclosed utility trailer.  Wannemaker was east on SE Miller and stopped at the stop sign at SE 3rd Street. Wannemaker made a left turn to head north on SE 3rd Street.  At this point Franco’s motorcycle collided with the rear quarter panel of Wannemaker’s pickup.

Responding officers and medics provided life saving efforts, but Franco was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Wannemaker remained on scene of the crash and fully cooperated with investigators. 

The roadway was closed until approximately 1:30pm while the Bend Police Department reconstruction team investigated the scene.  The Bend Police Department reconstruction team is actively investigating the crash.  Crash investigators are asking anybody who witnessed the incident or who observed described vehicles prior to the crash to call the non-emergency number, 541-693-6911.”

Story of Assault/Robbery Turns Out to be False

The story of an assault and robbery near Shevlin Park went viral on social media, but after some investigation it was found that the entire story was fabricated.

In mid-November a Facebook post by the daughter of Bend resident Deborah Connors circulated on local Facebook pages and was eventually reported to the Bend Police Department. The post alleged that Connors had been driving along Shevlin Park Road when she thought she struck an animal with her car.

The post went on to say that when Connors stopped to check she found that it was a stuffed toy but was then attacked by two men who threatened her with a knife, robbed her of the $4,000 that was in her purse and drove away in a black van.

Bend PD began investigating the claim after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who had seen the post online.

However, weeks after the original post, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said there is no truth to the story.

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

Keeping Unfit Drivers Off the Road

Just this month, multiple incidents involving elderly drivers have called into question, how do you decide when to take a driver off the road? Well the answer is a little more complicated and involves health care providers, legislators and community members working together to make the roads safer for everyone.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more on the story.