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.”

War Stories: Asa Stamps

In August of 2003 NATO took control of security in Kabul, it’s first-ever operational training mission and commitment to the war in Afghanistan. In this week’s War Stories, producer Cody Rheault introduces us to a retired Army veteran now living in Bend, Asa Stamps.

A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night on Central Oregon Daily.

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.


Pacific Power Customers to Pay for Mirror Pond Dredging

Stakeholders in the Mirror Pond dredging met Friday morning to discuss how to fund the project to preserve the iconic landmark. Bend City Council and Bend Parks and Recreation both agreed to pay $300,000 each but that leaves $5.8 million needed to fully fund the project. The current proposal is to raise that $5.8 million by raising the franchise rate for Pacific Power from 5 percent to 6.25 percent for nine years to raise the $5.8 million from Pacific Power customers. That is still less than the 7 percent fee paid by Redmond customers, however after the nine years the rate will drop down to 5.2 percent for Bend customers.

Source on the Scene: World Premiere of ‘The Three Sisters’

The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra is performing a free concert this weekend, which is also the debut performance of ‘The Three Sisters,’ an orchestral work from Bend’s own Benjamin Emory Larson. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

The song is a musical tour of Central Oregon and will debut on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mountain View High School.

No Charges for Deputy Involved in Shooting

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced that he would not pursue any criminal charges against the deputy who was involved in a shooting in October.

In a press conference on Friday, Hummel said the decision by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Jones to shoot Brandon Berrett as he attempted to flee officers was authorized by Oregon law. According to Hummel, his investigation into the October 12th incident yielded evidence that Barrett was driving a vehicle in a way that was a danger to the officers involved and the general public.

A Deschutes County Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging Barrett with Escape in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Driving While Suspended, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.  His first court hearing will be on December 10, 2018. 

 On Friday Hummel’s office also released this statement:

 “Brandon Berrett’s decision to attempt to escape from sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to arrest him constituted a crime.  However, the mere fact of committing a crime should never, standing alone, result in a person being shot by law enforcement.  Mr. Berrett’s decision to drive a car in a dangerous manner toward Deputy Jones and his ride along, Corrections Deputy Lewis, is what resulted in shots being fired.  Fortunately for all involved, Deputy Jones and Corrections Deputy Lewis were unharmed, and Brandon Berrett, while shot, survived and is recovering.”  

However, during his press conference Hummel did say that he had some concerns about the decisions made by the officers on the scene prior to the shooting. Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said the department would be conducting their own investigation of the situation and adjusting officer training accordingly.

At the time of the press conference deputy Jones was still on paid leave, which is standard procedure after an officer involved shooting. The other officers who were on the scene but did not fire their weapons were working as normal.

Destination Oregon: The Waffle Window in Portland

If you love waffles, whether they are sweet and savory or fried chicken waffles, this Destination Oregon will be right up your alley. In this week’s segment, Dave Jones head to Portland and takes us to The Waffle Window, where you can choose from more than 200 different kinds of this delicious staple: crispy on the outside, light and tender on the inside.

Thanks to our Destination Oregon sponsor, Bi-Mart, for giving us the time and resources to take you to some of the most interesting and beautiful places across our state with a new edition of Destination Oregon every Thursday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The Great Outdoors: Returning Native Fish to the Deschutes River

Historically, red-band trout, salmon and steelhead were plentiful in the upper and middle Deschutes River, but their numbers have dropped in the last few decades. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings looks at new efforts to return the native fish to our local waterways.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.