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Central Oregon Daily’s Dorrell Wenninger Hosts a Bend Elk For the Summer

The Bend Elks opened their summer season at home on Friday against Cowlitz.

When the players aren’t on the field during the season, they are staying at the homes of Bend residents who have volunteered to host them for the summer.

One of those hosts is Central Oregon Daily’s Chief Meteorologist, Dorrell Wenninger, who is hosting an Elks pitcher named Brennan Patterson.

La Pine Boys Baseball Takes State

THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

La Pine Wins Class 3A Baseball State Title

The La Pine Hawks came back from an early deficit and held on for a 10-5 win over Horizon Christian to earn the school’s first-ever state baseball championship in OSAA Class 3A action on Friday.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was at Volcanoes Stadium and has all the highlights and reaction from the player of the game.

The Kozowski Files

Sheriff’s Office Talks to Central Oregon Daily About Termination if Former Deputy

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon is the defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by former deputy,Eric Kozowski. Kozowski alleges that the department retailiated against him for running in the 2016 election against Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with a member of the Sheriff’s Office to talk about the hundreds of pages of documents the department released to support its termination of Kozowski.

Custody of Baby Bradley Awarded to Maternal Grandmother

A Deschutes County judge decided to dismiss the custody case surrounding a one-year-old West Virginia boy who was found naked in the woods south of Bend on May 10 and grant custody back to his grandmother.
Mellisa Jordan is expected to be reunited with her grandson, Bradley Thomas, sometime tomorrow, nearly three weeks after a Deschutes County Sheriff’s detective found Bradley naked and suffering from hypothermia after a six-hour search off China Hat Road.
Mellisa and her daughter, Lindsie, flew to Bend two weeks ago to try to bring Bradley back home and help Bradley’s mother, Katelin, recover from injuries she says she suffered at the hands of Bradley’s father, Brandon Blouin. Blouin is still in the Deschutes County Jail facing criminal charges of criminal mistreatment, child neglect and custodial interference.
The family plans to head back to West Virginia and since custody was awarded to Jordan, mother Katelin will not be able to leave the house alone with Bradley unless the custody agreement changes in the future.

Memorial Day in Bend

Since the Civil War more than 6,000 Oregonians have fought and died during war time. Those fallen veterans were honored today at Central Oregon’s largest Memorial Day ceremony at Dechutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz take us around Bend to see how residents are remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Not Just A Number

Not Just A Number is an event held every year for the past 11 years in which the name, age and hometown of every service member who has died in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003. Event organizers say it takes them about 15 hours to read the entire list. Central Oregon Daily stopped by the event today to speak with organizers and those in attendance.

Body Found May Be Missing Bend Woman

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon are on the scene of a body found east of Bend off Highway 20 on Friday night. The Sheriff’s Office is waiting for the medical examiner to confirm the identity of the body, but Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said the initial investigation has lead him to believe it is the body of Sara Gomez. Gomez has been missing since February 20. Her former boyfriend, Bryan Penner, was arrested in connection with Gomez’s disappearance after blood and ropes were found in his apartment. Penner died in March after attempting suicide while incarcerated in the Deschtues County Jail.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office released this statement on Saturday:

On May 26, 2018, at about 07:49 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a hiker who reported finding what he believed to be a human body wrapped up in a tarp while hiking yesterday afternoon about 21 miles east of Bend.  A sheriff’s office sergeant responded to the area and confirmed the contents of the tarp were human remains.  Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Bend Police Department responded and began a joint investigation with the assistance of the Deschutes County Medical Examiner, Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office. 

During the investigation, a drone, piloted by a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer was used to help document the scene.  Based on the investigation, it is believed the remains are likely that of Sara Gomez but investigators are awaiting confirmation of the deceased’s identity from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office, which may take several weeks.

Sheriff Nelson expressed, “Bend Police Chief Jim Porter, D.A. John Hummel and I believe that this is the body of Sara Gomez, but it will take the conclusion of the Medical Examiner’s investigation to confirm the identity of the human remains. Our thoughts and prayers have been with Ms. Gomez’s family since her disappearance and if the remains are determined to be her, our hope is it will bring her family some closure.” 

This investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available. 

Source on the Scene: Board, Bike & Brew at Mt. Bachelor

This weekend, Mt. Bachelor will offer skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking all on the same day.

For this week’s Source on the Scene,  Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker headed up to the mountain as staffers prepared for the big holiday weekend.

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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.