Source on the Scene: Dirksen Derby

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for “Source on the Scene”, sponsored by Indian Head Casino. This weekend in the annual Dirksen Derby at Mt. Bachelor where snowboarders and sit-skiers will hit the slopes for a good cause. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more in this week’s Source on the Scene.

For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at www.bendsource.com
And thanks to our “Source on the Scene” sponsor, Indian Head Casino, for giving us the time and resources to show you some of the best events and entertainment that our region has to offer every Friday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Kaylee’s Law: Family of Kaylee Sawyer and Local Officials Testify in Salem

The father and step-mother of Kaylee Sawyer, along with officials from Bend and Deschutes County, testified in front of the Joint Judiciary Committee in Salem Friday morning in an effort to pass legislation that would put restrictions on campus security guards.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what was said today in Salem.

Kaylee’s Law: Local Family Turns Tragedy into Legislation

Two years after her murder, Kaylee Sawyer’s family is turning tragedy into a proposed state law that they hope could save lives. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down for an exclusive interview with Kaylee’s father Jamie Sawyer to talk more about Kaylee’s Law.

Mt. Bachelor Gets its First Powder Day of the Season

If you found more coworkers than usual calling out sick today, it might be because Mt Bachelor got almost a foot of snow overnight. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was at the bottom of the slopes checking in with the lucky skiers and snowboarders who hit the mountain today.

County Commissioners Move Forward on Big Sky Expansion

Deschutes County Commissioners moved forward the first draft of the final expansion plans for Big Sky Park this morning. Due to continued concern over how light and sound pollution from the newly expanded park could affect nearby residents the proposal did go forward with some minor changes.
 
The Commissioners will see a second draft on Wednesday but have until Dec. 31 to have a public hearing and a final vote on the project.

Story of Assault/Robbery Turns Out to be False

The story of an assault and robbery near Shevlin Park went viral on social media, but after some investigation it was found that the entire story was fabricated.

In mid-November a Facebook post by the daughter of Bend resident Deborah Connors circulated on local Facebook pages and was eventually reported to the Bend Police Department. The post alleged that Connors had been driving along Shevlin Park Road when she thought she struck an animal with her car.

The post went on to say that when Connors stopped to check she found that it was a stuffed toy but was then attacked by two men who threatened her with a knife, robbed her of the $4,000 that was in her purse and drove away in a black van.

Bend PD began investigating the claim after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who had seen the post online.

However, weeks after the original post, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said there is no truth to the story.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

Pacific Power Customers to Pay for Mirror Pond Dredging

Stakeholders in the Mirror Pond dredging met Friday morning to discuss how to fund the project to preserve the iconic landmark. Bend City Council and Bend Parks and Recreation both agreed to pay $300,000 each but that leaves $5.8 million needed to fully fund the project. The current proposal is to raise that $5.8 million by raising the franchise rate for Pacific Power from 5 percent to 6.25 percent for nine years to raise the $5.8 million from Pacific Power customers. That is still less than the 7 percent fee paid by Redmond customers, however after the nine years the rate will drop down to 5.2 percent for Bend customers.

Source on the Scene: World Premiere of ‘The Three Sisters’

The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra is performing a free concert this weekend, which is also the debut performance of ‘The Three Sisters,’ an orchestral work from Bend’s own Benjamin Emory Larson. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

The song is a musical tour of Central Oregon and will debut on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mountain View High School.

No Charges for Deputy Involved in Shooting

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced that he would not pursue any criminal charges against the deputy who was involved in a shooting in October.

In a press conference on Friday, Hummel said the decision by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Jones to shoot Brandon Berrett as he attempted to flee officers was authorized by Oregon law. According to Hummel, his investigation into the October 12th incident yielded evidence that Barrett was driving a vehicle in a way that was a danger to the officers involved and the general public.

A Deschutes County Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging Barrett with Escape in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Driving While Suspended, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.  His first court hearing will be on December 10, 2018. 

 On Friday Hummel’s office also released this statement:

 “Brandon Berrett’s decision to attempt to escape from sheriff’s deputies who were attempting to arrest him constituted a crime.  However, the mere fact of committing a crime should never, standing alone, result in a person being shot by law enforcement.  Mr. Berrett’s decision to drive a car in a dangerous manner toward Deputy Jones and his ride along, Corrections Deputy Lewis, is what resulted in shots being fired.  Fortunately for all involved, Deputy Jones and Corrections Deputy Lewis were unharmed, and Brandon Berrett, while shot, survived and is recovering.”  

However, during his press conference Hummel did say that he had some concerns about the decisions made by the officers on the scene prior to the shooting. Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said the department would be conducting their own investigation of the situation and adjusting officer training accordingly.

At the time of the press conference deputy Jones was still on paid leave, which is standard procedure after an officer involved shooting. The other officers who were on the scene but did not fire their weapons were working as normal.

REMEMBERING 41: Former Campaign Worker in Bend Shares His Memories of George H.W. Bush

A Bend man who worked on Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988 shares his memories of the campaign, and the lasting impressions that the 41st president of the United States had on his life.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton sat down with Chris Piper for a sentimental trip back in time.