Active Threat Training

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.

Election 2018: Early Primary Results

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)

McLeod-Skinner 44.59%
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%

Lost & Found: Family of Bradley Speaks Out

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.

Lost Toddler Placed in State Custody

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.

OSU-Cascades Researcher’s Study on Tanning Makes National Headlines

A new study from OSU-Cascades has found many millennials lack the knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan both indoors and outdoors.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton sat down with the lead researcher in this study, which has garnered national attention, and the results were surprising.

The study looked at 250 college students, most between 18 and 23 years old. The findings showed that continued sun exposure was in part due to low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism, which fuels the addictive tanning behavior.

Veteran Travels Around the U.S. to Raise Awareness About PTSD

A veteran from Ohio is passing through Bend on a mission to raise awareness for PTSD and veteran suicide.

Eli Smith is hoping to hike and bike his way to all four corners of the United States in honor of friends he lost to suicide and to help other veterans struggling with depression and other symptoms of PTSD. 

Smith started in Florida in November 2016 and walked his way to San Diego, where the U.S./Mexico border meets the Pacific Ocean, and to Cape Flattery on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – two of the four corners of the lower 48 U.S. states. After taking a break to avoid winter weather, heal from some knee and back injuries, and to see his family, Smith is back on the road, this time traveling by bike.

After picking up his bike in Las Vegas, Smith is biking back to Seattle where he will pick up his trail and start heading east through Washington and Idaho – aiming for the northeastern corner of the U.S. at the Quoddy Lighthouse in Maine. Along the way Smith will continue to meet with local veterans and veteran organizations. He hopes to help communities talk about how they can help their local veterans and help struggling veterans find the resources they need close to home.

You can follow Smith’s journey on Instagram @4cornershike, on Facebook at Eli Smith 4CornersHike or head to his website at www.4cornershike.org to donate to his trip. 

Pro-Gun Ordinance Proposed to Combat I.P. 43

Supporters of the second amendment are trying to fight fire with fire by starting a new initiative that would nullify two propositions aimed at making the sale of semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines illegal in Oregon.

For the past two weekends supporters of the Second Amendment have organized rallies; first in the capitols of all 50 states and then at various locations around Oregon, to draw attention to, and demonstration their opposition against Initiative Petition 43.

On Saturday a group called “Ladies of Lead” helped organize a rally outside Redmond city hall and about 400 supporters showed up to listen to speakers, which included several republican candidates for office in next month’s primary.

I.P. 43 would prohibit the future sale or transfer of semiautomatic rifles and large-capacity magazines and any firearms or ammunition owned at the time that the act becomes effective would have to be registered with state, sold out of state, permanently disabled or given to law enforcement for disposal.

In addition to their opposition of I.P. 43, four Redmond residents have also presented an initiative called the Deschutes County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance, which would give the sheriff the choice of whether to enforce any local, state or federal gun laws based on whether they are deemed unconstitutional.

Similar Initiatives have presented in other counties across Oregon in an effort to combat the possible adoption of I.P. 43.

Supporters of the ordinance must collect more than 4,000 signatures by August 6 to get it placed as a measure on the November ballot.

2nd Amendment Rally Planned in Redmond

Women Gather in Support for the Second Amendment

This weekend, women across the state are expected to gather at four different locations including Redmond City Hall in a show of support for the Second Amendment. It’s a follow-up to a series of pro-gun rallies that were held last weekend in all 50 states.

Preston says she is asking attendees to refrain from bringing open carry rifles even though it’s legal to do so. She says she wants to work in partnership with local law enforcement and welcomes everybody to what she says is meant to be a family friendly event.

Bend-La Pine Student Walkout

Students Leave Classrooms Calling for Stricter Gun Reforms

Thousands of high school students staged a walkout from their classes today calling for stricter gun reforms and paying tribute to the victims of the Columbine Massacre. At Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, a silent tribute was held for the victims,19 years after the fatal shots were fired.

A spokesperson for Bend-La Pine schools says students who missed classes today will be marked with unexcused absences per state guidance and the consequences for the absences will follow regular protocols. The consequences for the absence are due to participation in the walk-out, not the message of the walkout.

Pro-Gun Rights Supporters Gather at Capitols Across the U.S.

Gun rights supporters gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds gathered at peaceful protests to listen to speakers who warned that any restrictions on gun ownership or use eventually could lead to a ban on gun ownership, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

“If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you’re not going to have a building,” said Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle as he joined about 100 people braving blustery weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a pro-gun-rights rally in front of the state supreme court building.

Dave Gulya, one of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine, said about 800 people showed up at the statehouse — a gun-free zone — to make the point that “we are law-abiding.”

Saturday’s protests were planned in dozens of state capitols less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and elsewhere to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17. Organizers of those protests demanded a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and called for universal background checks on potential gun owners.

In Salem, about 300 people gathered at the World War II Memorial in Willson Park on the west side of the Oregon Capitol on Saturday.

They rallied to support the Second Amendment and oppose a potential state ballot measure, Initiative Petition 43, that would require registration for currently owned semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines and would ban their future sales.

Good Guys With Guns (Oregon) recently founded by Kevin Conzo, organized the Salem event. Conzo said he admires the spirit of the Parkland students who organized the March for Our Lives but disagrees with their solutions to the issue of mass shootings.

“The only ones who obey the laws are the good guys”, said Conzo at the rally. “Creating more laws with law restrictions is hindering our natural rights as human beings. If the sword is gone, I guarantee that the pen is next.”

The Salem version of the national March for Science also was being held Saturday at the Capitol. There was a large police presence but no reported problems, and when the March for Science participants marched past the Second Amendment rally, the speakers stopped their speeches and cheered for the science teachers.

The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans coordinated the timing of the nationwide events at all 50 state capitols on Saturday.