A Strong Start for Bend High Lava Bears

The Bend High Lava Bears boys’ basketball team is off to a strong state this season. The team currently boasts a 9 – 3 record, is ranked 4th in the state and that’s all with no seniors in its starting lineup. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom talks with Lava Bears coach Scott Baker about what the rest of the season might hold for the team.

Walden Talks Taxes in Bend

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R) paid a visit to Deschutes Brewery, in Bend on Friday. Walden discussed the new tax reform bill, among other hot topics impacting Central Oregonians.

 

Destination Oregon: Pendleton Woolen Mills

Many of us have them. They keep us warm and often become family heirlooms. The Pendleton blanket is a uniquely Oregon product that has been around for over a century. In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to the Pendleton Woolen Mills.

A special thanks to John Boston for showing us around. Join us every Thursday when we take you to some of our state’s most beautiful and interesting locations for our Destination Oregon series.

Recognition for Inclusion

On Thursday Bend High School received national recognition from the Special Olympics for the schools efforts in providing inclusive sports and activities for its students with and without disabilities.

Bend Senior High School is one of just 52 schools nationwide to be named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School this year and one of roughly 80 school across the county that have received this award ever.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at the school as they unveiled a new banner congratulating their efforts and got a special message from a famous Oregon athlete.

Don’t Feed the Deer

Feeding local wildlife could be leading to their domestication and can attract predators like coyotes and cougars into more residential areas. Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings sits down with local wildlife experts to discuss the issues that arise when humans start feeing local deer.

Arrests Made in Super 8 Motel Robbery

Updated: Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 2:40 p.m.

The two suspects in a robbery of Super 8 Motel on Monday morning are in custody as of 11 p.m. Wednesday night, according to the Bend Police Department.

Bend residents Ryan Donovan Simpson, 33, and Scott Hilton Sullivan, 32, are both in custody as of Thursday afternoon.

After putting out a wanted notice on Simpson, police were about to locate him around 3:00 pm and were able to contact him in a passenger car during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Motel West.

Simpson was taken into custody for Robbery I and Theft II.

According to Bend Police, based on information obtained during Simpson’s arrest and information obtained throughout the three day investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant to for a residence in Southeast Bend.

Evidence found during the search tied both Simpson and Sullivan to the robbery at the Super 8 Motel and a robbery at The Days Inn and Suites.

Simpson is lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on charges for both robberies, including two counts of Robbery I and two counts of Theft II.

Sullivan, who was arrested on Tuesday and charges with Robbery I and Theft II,  will have charges of Robbery I and Theft II added for the robbery at The Days Inn and Suites.

Updated: Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Bend Police are seeking Bend resident Ryan Donovan Simpson, 33, and have identified him as the second suspect of a motel robbery on Monday.

According to the Bend Police Department as the investigation into Monday’s robbery moved forward, the Bend Police Department found information regarding Ryan Simpson. On Wednesday at 2 p.m. police issued a statement that Simpson is wanted as he was involved in the robbery at the Super 8 Motel on January 8. At this time Simpson is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police are asking the public for help. If you know where Simpson is located or have information about this investigation,  call 541-693-6911 or contact us through private messages via our Facebook (@BendPoliceDepartmentOfficial) page or Twitter account (@Bendcitypolice). Police are warning the public that if you see Simpson, do not approach him and call 911.

Posted Jan. 9, 2018

Bend Police have named a suspect in the Super 8 Motel Robbery that occurred in the early morning hours on Monday.

Scott Hilton Sullivan, a 32 year old Bend resident, is suspected to be one of the two males, both estimated to be in their 30s and both seen clad in dark hoodies with bandanas covering their faces in surveillance videos, who robbed the motel around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning.

According to the Bend Police Department, the two men displayed a handgun and then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the hotel along with the personal property of one hotel employee.

After the robbery was reported on Monday, Bend Police Department investigated the incident with help from the Prineville Police Department, Deschutes County Adults Jail, Deschutes County Parole and Probation and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Today Bend Police released Sullivan’s name as a suspect. Bend Police detective already located Sullivan, who was in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Rooster Deli. Detectives recovered items used in the robbery and took Sullivan into custody. He is currently lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Robbery I, Theft II and for an active probation violation warrant.

Bend Police served a search warrant in a room at the Shiloh Inn and found additional items related to the robbery.

The Bend Police Department is committed to a resolution in this robbery, as well as the robbery that occurred at the Days Inn and Suites a day prior. The investigations into both of these robberies are ongoing.

Buehler’s Run for Governor: Part 2

In part two of our interview with gubernatorial candidate Dr. Knute Buehler, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel delves into Buehler’s positions on the issues that will likely define this election season including health care and the Oregon Health Authority, where hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent with little to show for it.

Buehler, who is currently Bend’s State Representative, is trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years.

Buehler announced he was running for Governor last August and sat down for his first extensive broadcast interview since announcing his run with Central Oregon Daily.

 

Buehler’s Run for Governor: Part 1

Bend State Representative Dr. Knute Buehler is trying to become the first Republican to win an Oregon governor’s race in 30 years.
He announced his intention to run for the office last August, and since then, he has been traveling around the state meeting voters.

Buehler sat down for his first extensive broadcast interview since announcing his run with Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel and in part one they discuss how difficult this race could be for Buehler, a republican from the east side of the Cascades, who is taking on the incumbent democrat, current governor Kate Brown

Stay tuned for part two of Central Oregon Daily’s extensive interview with Buehler.

Potential Plea Deal for Lara

A potential plea deal for Edwin Lara, the accused killer of Bend resident Kaylee Sawyer, is in the works but far from finalized.

Under the proposed deal Lara would plead guilty to aggravated murder and would receive life without the possibility of parole, but possibility to seek the death penalty would be dropped. This is according to a Facebook posts from Kaylee’s mother, Juli Walden Van Cleave, posted today on her public Facebook page.

The information from Van Cleave was confirmed by a second source that was at the settlement hearing and spoke with Central Oregon Daily reporters today.

The deal is not finalized and attorneys in the Lara case are under a court order not to speak publicly about the case.

Lara is due to go on trial in the fall of 2018 on four counts of aggravated murder in the July 2016 killing of COCC student Sawyer.

Lara, a 32-year-old former COCC campus safety officer, is accused of abducting 23-year-old Sawyer as she was walking home, killing her on the college campus and dumping her body in a canyon west of Redmond.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced earlier that he would seek the death penalty in the case.

Lara is expected to be in court for a two-day hearing on January 22 and 23.

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