Love Stories: Shantae & Simeon

This couple describes their relationship as pure magic. From the moment he heard her sing for the first time they had a connection. But it wasn’t until years later, when they met at auditions for a musical at the Tower Theatre, that their love began to blossom. Now, they are embarking on the next chapter of their Happily Ever After.

People from all over Central Oregon shared their love stories with Central Oregon Daily for a chance to win diamond jewelry from Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, a two-night romance package from Pronghorn Resort and roses from Donner Flower Shop.

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Love Stories: Carly & Darrick

Supporting your partner has never been more true than with Carly and Darrick. She was born with a rare progressive muscle disease that has rendered her permanently to a wheelchair and he suffered from seizures as a child which resulted in brain damage affecting his long-term memory. But despite their challenges, these two build each other up and maintain an adventurous and active lifestyle.

People from all over Central Oregon shared their love stories with Central Oregon Daily for a chance to win diamond jewelry from Saxon’s Fine Jewelers, a two-night romance package from Pronghorn Resort and roses from Donner Flower Shop.

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Sheriff Responds to Kozowski Complaint

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson says he was expecting the lawsuit from former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kozowski.

However, Nelson was unable to comment further on the lawsuit and the termination of Kozowski. However he said “people who don’t align with our values will not work here,” in a phone interview with Central Oregon Daily.

Nelson added that not everyone is going to like being held accountable.

Former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kozowski filed a complaint in the District Court on Monday. He is seeking $3,400,000 in economic damages as well as non-economic and punitive damages.

The complaint from Kozowski alleges that his termination was retaliation against his use of his first amendment rights. Specifically when Kozowski ran against Nelson for Sheriff in a 2016 election.

Kozowski was fired on Jan. 31 by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson based on internal investigations which concluded that Kozowski violated Sheriff’s Office policies.

Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave on September 24, 2017 due to allegations from 2010 and 2016. Kozowski allegedly failed to take a report in 2010 and failed to arrest a wanted suspect in 2016.

Kozowski Files Complaint in Court

Eric Kozowski Filed a Complaint Citing Wrongful Discharge and Retaliation

Former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Kozowski filed a complaint in the District Court today. He is seeking $3,400,000 in economic damages as well as non-economic and punitive damages.

The complaint from Kozowski alleges that his termination was retaliation against his use of his first amendment rights. Specifically when Kozowski ran against Nelson for Sheriff in a 2016 election.

Kozowski was fired on Jan. 31 by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson based on internal investigations which concluded that Kozowski violated Sheriff’s Office policies.

Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave on September 24, 2017 due to allegations from 2010 and 2016. Kozowski allegedly failed to take a report in 2010 and failed to arrest a wanted suspect in 2016.

Origin Story: A Passion for Baking

Can you imagine finding your calling at age 7? Shelbi Blok did just that, and mapped out her bakery dreams with just a crayon and her imagination. In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to the owner of Bend’s newest Late-Night Dessert Bar, Too Sweet Cakes.

Every Sunday on Central Oregon Daily’s newest feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to a passionate person who is making their dreams come true. 

Bend Olympians

Four Bend Locals are Going for Gold in PyeongChang

Bend natives Laurenne Ross, Tommy Ford and Ben Ferguson will all be representing the United States in this year’s Olympic Games. Ross and Ford will both be competing in Alpine Skiing while Ferguson will be competing in the snowboard halfpipe. Also from Bend and competing in the snowboard halfpipe is Kent Callister, but with duel citizenship Callister will be representing Australia.

Sunriver Police Chief Resigns

Service District Board Closes Its Investigation of Harassment Complaint

The Sunriver Service District Board says it has accepted the resignation of Police Chief Marc Mills.
Here is the full statement released by the Board:

On December 2, 2017, Sunriver Service District leadership was made aware of a complaint reported to law enforcement from the day before involving Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills that occurred in a public area of the police department, alleging that he had struck a subordinate in front of other Department personnel. On December 3, 2017, Chief Mills was placed on paid administrative leave, and the District was informed that the incident had been referred for criminal investigation to the Oregon Department of Justice. The District subsequently initiated its own, separate, administrative investigation into the incident. In the course of the District’s administrative investigation, employees raised complaints causing the District to expand the scope of the investigation, including allegations of other outbursts of temper, fears of retaliation and other inappropriate behavior inconsistent with the District’s policies and standards.

Although the District had not yet made any final decisions related to his employment, Chief Mills recognizes that, under the circumstances, it is untenable for him to continue his leadership of the Sunriver Police Department. Therefore, he has tendered his resignation to the District under a negotiated separation agreement. The District has accepted his resignation, and has concluded its investigation.

“Chief Marc Mills is a good police officer,” said Jim Fister, Chair of the Sunriver Service District. “One of his most recognized sayings is that the rules apply to everyone, equally, and I greatly respect that Marc recognizes this in making his decision.”

“Marc Mills has over forty years of excellent service to Central Oregon in a variety of police roles. He is respected for his skills as an investigator and enforcer of the law. His service as Police Chief of Sunriver can best be described as a time when the police developed a very positive relationship with the community. It is unfortunate that his tenure with the Sunriver Police Department is ending in this manner, and the District thanks Marc for his service and wishes him well.”

New Business in Bend

New Shopping and Dining Options in Bend

Bend’s shopping and dining options are expanding with the opening of some new stores, and a changing of the guard among downtown eateries.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at the changing face of retail and restaurants in Bend.

Some of the other stores going into the Robal Road Shopping Center are MOD Pizza, Black Rock Coffee & Bar, Chick-fil-A and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Construction on the Chick-Fil-A is expected to begin in April, and the Cracker Barrel will start going up around June.Both are expected to open sometime this Fall.

Ulta Beauty‘s Grand Opening is Friday between 11am and 7pm.

House Bill Could Block Deschutes Bridge

Residents and official from Bend testified in Salem on Thursday morning on House Bill 4029, which would forever ban a proposed bridge over the Deschutes River.

Members from Bend Parks and Rec, Bend City Council and community members all spoke against the bill during Thursday’s hearing.

Bend’s Mayor Pro Tem Sally Russell echoed concerns raised by the Bend Parks and Rec Department, saying the bill would “derail the local participation process,” and put a local decision in the hands of the state.

The proposed bridge has been hotly contested. Proponents believe connecting the Deschutes River Trail from Tumalo to Sunriver would provide necessary transportation and recreation benefits.

Opponents say it could disrupt the designated protected area along the south Deschutes and could lead to a slippery slope of lost protections for other scenic areas.

Some of those opponents also spoke on Thursday. Members from the Coalition for the Deschutes spoke in favor of the bill, saying there was a reason the state protected that stretch of waterway in the first place.

“This is not a local issue,” said Michael Eisele, of the Coalition for the Deschutes. “This is a wild and scenic river that serves all of Oregon citizens, all its visitors and the future generations and we benefit today from the foresight of those who put these rules in place, way before Bend Parks and Rec started planning their bridge.”

The bridge was part of a bond measure approved by Bend voters in 2012, and has been discussed since 2004, but the construction of the foot and bike bridge has been halted since it requires an exemption from the state.

A law passed in 1996 established that segment of the Deschutes River south of Bend as a scenic waterway and bans construction, like the bridge, in that area.

On Friday it will be decided wether or not the bill will move forward.