Gruden to the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders announce that former head coach and current sports analyst Job Gruden will be the team’s new head coach.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom caught up with one of the many die-hard Raiders fans who live in Bend, to get his take on the hiring of Gruden.

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.

Cougar Sighting in Bend

With kids returning to school on Monday, City of Bend Police Department released an alert on Sunday night about a sighting of a cougar in Bend.
A resident on the 800 block of NE Hawthorne witnessed a cougar attacking a deer around 9 o’clock in the morning on Sunday and was able to scare the cougar away towards the Pilot Butte Cemetery. The deer survived the attack.

The sighting  has sparked a passionate debate among residents about what to do when you see one of the big cats in your neighborhood.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for some perspective on our cougar population.

Bend Police are also urging anyone who spots a cougar to report it to the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911.
The department works closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on situations involving wildlife/human interactions.

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.

Sunriver Police Chief Charged

Deschutes District Attorney John Hummel completed his review today of the Oregon Department of Justice investigation into a incident involving Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills.

Hummel charged Mills with misdemeanor harassment based off accounts of a Dec. 1 incident in which Mills struck Sgt. Joseph Patnode in the chest while on duty at the Sunriver Police Station, according to a press release from Hummel’s office.

The incident was reported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office by another Sunriver police officer.

Mills will have the opportunity to contest the charge at his first court appearance on Jan. 25.

On the Ballot: Measure 101

A tax on insurance companies and some hospitals to provide health care for low-income Oregonians goes before voters next month, even after it was approved by the legislature and signed by the governor during the 2017 legislative session.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton attended a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the U.S. on Thursday that explained the pro’s and cons of Measure 101.

Pot Plight

On Thursday the Trump administration lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on marijuana markets in states where the drug is legal. It is now up to federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules collide with federal drug law.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action came just three days after a legalization law went into effect in California. The lift of the policy now threatened the future of the young industry and created confusion in states, like Oregon, where the drug is legal.

Oregon governor Kate Brown said Thursday the state will fight Sessions’ move to lift the policy on federal enforcement of the drug in order to protect the state’s economic interests. Brown said marijuana is an important component of the state’s economy and has creating more than 19,000 jobs.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession of marijuana in 1973. Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational use in 2014.

It is not clear how the change might affect states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes. A congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where it is allowed. Justice officials said they would follow the law, but would not preclude the possibility of medical-marijuana related prosecutions.

Officials wouldn’t say whether federal prosecutors would target marijuana shops and legal growers, nor would they speculate on whether pot prosecutions would increase.

 

 

Courtesy of the Associated Press 

Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet

The Pacific Northwest is seeing a particularly roughly flu season and it’s not over yet. Oregon, Washington and Idaho have all reported an increase in deaths due to the flu and Deschutes County Public Health said they’ve seen an increase in flu reports locally this year as well. Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed sat down with Dr. Eric Wattenburg of Your Care Urgent Care in Redmond to get an update on this year’s flu and how people can protect themselves. According to Wattenburg its as simple as getting your flu shot, washing your hands and wearing a mask if you’re coughing or around people who are coughing.

First Step: a suicide prevention app

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds in the state of Oregon and after two young suicides recently rocked the Central Oregon community, the Bend-La Pine School District pushed up the release date of an app that they’re hoping could save lives.

In light of recent events involving the deaths of two students at Summit and Redmond high schools earlier this month the Bend-La Pine School District is aiming to prevent any other young adult from taking their own life. Just before students left for the winter break, the school district rolled out the appFirst Step,” which aims to help students dealing with stressful situations, depressive or suicidal thoughts.

“First Step” provides resources for students who may need an outlet for discussion by connecting them to non-profits like lines for life, which allows students to communicate face to face, thought text or e-mail.

It also provides a link to “youth line,” a non-profit that connects students with other students to discuss problems they may currently be struggling with someone who understands. The app also provides students with tips on what to do when you’re feeling down as well as local organizations that provide free counseling.

Bend La-Pine schools’ Julianne Repman says that the school district wants “to open the door, and if someone has questions about suicide, we want to let them know they’re cared for and that they’ve been heard, and help them find assistance through a trusted adult or through one of the resources you’ll find here on this app.”

The school district says that the application was added to all iPads issued to around 11,000 sixth through 12th grade students. Students without a school-issued iPad and the general public can access First Step through the website firststeporegon.org.

Olympic Bound: Kent Callister

Kent Callister, a local snowboarder who grew up riding Mt Bachelor will be representing his home country of Australia for the second time in this year’s winter Olympics. Before he heads to South Korea, Kent got a send off from the community that raised him.

Dakine Grindz in Bend partnered with the Mt Bachelor Sport Education Foundation to host an Olympic send off for Callister on Saturday.

Callister started snowboarding with the Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and moved up with that program, began competing and is now heading to the second winter Olympics.

Callister said he is grateful for the support he gets from the Bend community and loves coming back to Mt Bachelor. The 22 – year -old will be in bend for most of January but will then head off to compete in the winter Olympics, which start in February. Callister is hoping to better his 9th place finish in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.