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. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan is on scene and will had more details as they became available.
Police Brutality and Racial Profiling Protests Hit Close to Home
A Madras teenager says Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players were an inspiration for his recent protest of police brutality and racial profiling during the National Anthem at an assembly at Madras High School. His protest came only a few weeks before the NFL officials announced they would be requiring players to stand during the National Anthem or the entire team would be fined.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton and Anyssa Bohanan have more on the NFL’s decision and why one Central Oregon teen chose to take a knee.
Ten people, two teachers and eight students, were shot and killed in a high school in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday when 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire in Santa Fe High School. The shooting is the 22nd school shooting this year that involved injuries or fatalities.
While the events that unfolded on Friday are tragic, authorities say it could’ve been worse if not for the two armed resource offices inside the school who engaged with Pagourtzis.
Instances like the one in Santa Fe are the reason that emergency responders prepare themselves with active shooter trainings like the one at Sisters High School on Saturday.
Deschutes County first responders, including Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, all participated in the drill. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the training.
RESULTS AS OF 9:12 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 15
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN
(134,247 votes counted)
Buehler – 49.84%
Carpenter – 27.52%
Wooldridge – 17.07%
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2 – DEMOCRAT
(22,029 votes counted)
Jenni Nearing 22.39%
Jim Crary 10.97%
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – REPUBLICAN
Jack Zika 54.43%
Ben Schimmoller 45.23%
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 53 – DEMOCRAT
Eileen Kiely 71.77%
Bill Trumble 26.87%
DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 1
(6,433 votes counted)
Tony Debone – 72.07%
Ed Barbeau – 27.50%
DESCHUTES COUNTY COMMISSION POSITION 3
(6,646 votes counted)
Patti Adair – 51.85%
Tammy Baney – 47.97%
Bail Set for Father of Lost Toddler and Grandmother Hopes to Bring Bradley Home
In Deschutes County Court on Monday, a judge set a $25,000 bail for Brandon Blouin for his alleged involvement in the disappearance and frantic search for him son – one-year-old Bradley Michael Thomas last Thursday. Blouin is charged for allegedly violating a custody order for Bradley to remain with his grandmother in West Virginia, and charges of Assault and Criminal Mistreatment. The judge also ordered Blouin to stay away from Bradley’s mother, 18-year-old Katelin Thomas. That is on top of the restraining order from West Virginia ordering the 25-year-old to stay away from Bradley and his maternal grandmother, Mellisa Jordan. Blouin will be back in court on May 21.
Also on Monday, Mellisa Jordan sat down with Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan for an exclusive interview that shares how little Bradley ended up in the woods in Bend, Oregon. Jordan said she and her other daughter have been searching for Bradley and his mother since they disappeared from their home in West Virginia three months ago. Jordan alleged that Blouin abused both Katelin and Bradley. Jordan said she hopes to be reunited with her grandson and eventually, take him and her daughter home to West Virginia.
Bradley Michael Thomas, the toddler who was found in the woods south of Bend on Thursday morning, is now officially in the custody of the state after being removed from his parents following the arrest of the baby’s father.
One-year-old Bradley was miraculously found unharmed Thursday afternoon after he’d been missing for nearly six hours along China Hat Road in Bend.
According to Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson, Bradley was located alone and naked nearly a mile northeast of the vehicle the toddler was living in with his parents. The detective who found Bradley took him in an ambulance to St. Charles Hospital, where the child stayed until this afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Bradley is doing well and is currently in the care of the Department of Human Services.
The Central Oregon community quickly came together following news of Bradley’s disappearance and has continued the outpouring of support for the toddler. Due to this outpouring the Sheriff’s Office is now accepting donations of clothing and other items to give to Bradley until he has a permanent home.
Bradley’s father, 25-year-old Brandon Blouin, was placed under arrest and charged with criminal mistreatment, neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and an assault charge police say is associated with an injury Bradley likely received prior to going missing while in his parents’ care.
Blouin has a long history of run-ins with the law across multiple state lines and, according to Bradley’s extended family, a history of abuse towards Bradley’s mother Katelin.
Bradley’s maternal grandmother and aunt, who live in West Virginia, have been searching for Bradley for months. Bradley’s grandmother Mellisa Jordan said she was granted full custody of Bradley in March, but in early February Katelin requested a play date with Bradley and never returned.
The family heard nothing of Bradley’s whereabouts for three months, and while they haven’t been able to see Bradley, Jordan did hear from Blouin on Friday when they were both dialed in to a custody hearing at the Deschutes County Courthouse.
Jordan said Blouin sounded distressed, just as he did on Thursday after Bradley’s rescue, however Jordan said this show of emotion is nothing but manipulation.
The family hopes to be reunited with little Bradley soon, but for now he will be put in foster care.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Redmond Police are accepting donations for Bradley while he is in state custody. They said they are in need of any clothing size 18 months, shoes size 6 to 7, and size 7 diapers.
We usually have to wait until June for farmer’s markets to get underway in Central Oregon. Yet this year, some of the farmers asked to get an early start, so the Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is already up and running on Wednesdays.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan headed down to Brooks Alley to see what local farmers have to offer this season.
The Downtown Bend Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday in Brooks Alley behind the Tower Theatre from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 10th. The Northwest Crossing Farmer’s Market will run on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 16th through September 15th. The Eastside Bend Farmer’s Market starts on July 5th and runs every Thursday in the Whole Foods east lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 27th.
A local high school coach is tearing a page right out of the college playbook to generate excitement in his school’s football program.
Madras High School football coach Kurt Taylor says his problem is not unique, and that’s because of the overall decline in young boys playing football. Every high school coach has to find new ways to get kids excited about their football programs.
OSU President in Bend to Deliver Annual Address
The president of Oregon State University was in Bend on Monday to give his annual ‘State of the University Address,’ and Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel joined us from the Riverhouse where he talked with President Ed Ray before the speech.
After feeling like they dodged a financial bullet from Salem, the staff and administrators of OSU-Cascades are looking ahead to the construction of a second academic building on the Bend campus.
Fundraisers were held all around town to support, Avryn, a boy from Bend injured in a car wreck.
The Bend community came out-in-force on Saturday to support a 10-year-old boy who is still recovering from an horrific accident on the parkway. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan joins us with a look at how much money was raised at the events.
10-year-old Avryn Hayes, a local Bend boy who was involved in a head-on collision on the parkway on April 19th, is on his way to recovery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The family is facing medical bills, including $69,000 in air flight charges that is not covered by insurance.
As soon as the accident happened the community rallied around Avryn and his family, holding fundraisers at several local businesses around town in order to help with the families medical bills, including Dutch Bros, Longboard Louies East and Black Rock Coffee. One of the first businesses to jump on helping out Avryn and his family was Buckwild Sports