Sisters Community Honors Slain Local Woman

Jenny Cashwell, 37, was found dead in an apartment in northeast Bend over the weekend after a first date went horribly wrong. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel confirmed today that Cashwell was allegedly shot by Alan Porciello, 36, who she met in person for the first time on Saturday after meeting on the dating website Plenty Of Fish. 
According to Hummel, Porciello called 911 to report the shooting on Saturday afternoon and confessed to shooting Cashwell. Porciello was taken in to custody and charged with first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.
Porciello was known to law enforcement due to a history of anger issues, possibly related to a traumatic brain injury, according to Hummel.
Cashwell leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 11, and now the community of Sisters is rallying around the Cashwell family. Cashwell was an avid weightlifter and friends from her gym have decided to honor and remember how she lived rather than how she died.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the community of Sisters is rallying to help Cashwell’s family, including a GoFundMe page and a weightlifting competition. 

Community Rallies Around Furloughed Workers

We’re now in the 25th day of the longest government shut down in history and across Central Oregon, hundreds of government workers continue to live without a paycheck. However, a number of local businesses and organizations are stepping up to help.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spoke to three local businesses that are stepping up to help local government employees get by.

Selection of New Bend City Councilor Expected Wednesday

Bend City Councilors held a special session on Monday to interview six finalists for the vacant position the council, and they began deliberating but were unable to decide on a final choice to appoint to the seat.
After an early round of voting among the six councilors, the finalists with the most votes were Katherine Austin, Kerani Mitchell and James Dorofi, but city councilor Justin Livingston expressed concern that those three candidates were not among his top three choices, and city councilor Bill Moseley said he would prefer to make his final vote on Wednesday.


The interviews of the candidates lasted about 25 minutes each and included some pre-scripted questions about the candidates’ background, experience and vision for the future, and then councilors followed up with a few additional questions based on the candidates’s answers.
After four hours of interviews and deliberations, the council decided to hold the final decision until the regularly-scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

City Council Interviews Final 6 Candidates

The Bend City Council just wrapped up a special session that was called to interview the final candidates to fill the vacancy on the council left by now mayor Sally Russell. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live from tonight’s meeting and has more on what’s being asked on the final six candidates.

Suspect in Homicide Investigation Appeared In Court

36-year-old Alan Peter Porciello appeared in court this afternoon on felony charges of first degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the death of 37-year-old Jenny Lynn Cashwell.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon and found Cashwell deceased at Cedar West Apartments. Authorities have not yet released Cashwell’s cause of death nor how Porciello is involved.
 
On Monday afternoon Judge Randy Miller set Porciello’s bail at $250,000 and set his terms of release to include no possession of any weapons and no contact with the Cashwell family.
 
Porciello is expected to be back in court on January 22nd.

St. Charles and Nurses Come to Tentative Contract Agreement

After 26 negotiation sessions, and one that lasted into the early hours of the morning, St. Charles Health Systems and the Oregon Nurses Association have come to a tentative agreement. Nurses at St. Charles have been working without a contract since June 2018 due to concerns from nurses about benefits for union members as well as concerns over staffing practices and patient safety at St. Charles in Bend.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more on the agreement that was reached over the weekend.

Mentorship Program Helps Children with Incarcerated Parents

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has created a program that pairs children with incarcerated parents with adult mentors to establish positive connections and combat some of the anxiety that comes with having a parent in jail. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the program and how you can sign up to help. 

Police Seek Suspect in Bank Robbery

Bend Police, with help from the FBI and Oregon State Police, are investigating the robbery of an Umpqua Bank in south Bend. Officers responded to a 911 call Friday afternoon but arrived after the suspect had fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Bend Police say they are still looking for the suspect, who may have been wearing a disguise during the robbery, but is described as a 6-foot tall, 180 lb. man between the ages of 25 and 40. He was last seen in a blue sweater, blue pants and a blue baseball cap.

Local Groups Hosts Training to Help Stop Human Trafficking

The Guardian Group is hosting a training session tomorrow night to help people recognize likely signs of human trafficking and give them the tools to safely and swiftly help. The training will be held at Journey Church from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more and you can also find more about the Guardian Group at guardiangroup.org.