Father of Abandoned Baby Released on Bail

Brandon Blouin Was Released Tuesday Morning in Bend

Brandon Blouin, the 26-year-old Ohio man accused of abandoning his 1-year-old son in the woods south of Bend in May, was released today after an out of county hold was lifted.

Blouin paid 10 percent of his $25,000 bail but was not immediately released due to a hold on Blouin from Ritchie County in West Virginia.

Blouin had a warrant out for his arrest in Ritchie County where he was charged with two counts of malicious assault, two count of conspiracy to commit malicious assault, one count of destruction of property and one county of conspiracy to commit destruction of property.

However the hold was lifted because Ritchie County didn’t have the financial resources to extradite Blouin from Oregon to West Virginia, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office officials. Blouin was scheduled to be released from Deschutes County Jail this morning.

Blouin is scheduled to appear in Deschutes County Court on July 17 to answer to the charges of criminal mistreatment in the first degree, custodial interference, child neglect in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a minor – all related to the May 10th incident.

Origin Story: Hopped Up Jewelry

Kimberly Markley moved to Bend in 2011 and her admiration for the community and the Central Oregon lifestyle has only grown. She made a pair of hop flower earrings to celebrate her new town and they attracted A LOT of attention. From there, Hopped Up Jewelry was born.

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

Oregon Rescue Challenge Offers Horses a Second Chance

After months and, in some cases, year of abuse and abandonment, some Central Oregon horses are getting a second chance at a better life thanks to the Oregon Rescue Challenge.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to visit two of the horses competing in this years event.

Lullaby and Cody were rescued from a property in La Pine in 2013 and were taken to live art the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Rescue Ranch south east of Bend. The two have lived at the ranch for the past five years.

However four months ago Lullaby and Cody were given a new bridle on life when they were introduced to trainers Jessica Abatie and Alissa Gordon who helped them get ready to compete in this year’s Oregon Rescue Challenge.

The Rescue Challenge brings together horses from multiple equine rescues to have them compete in a two day show case and, hopefully, get adopted.

Cody and Lullaby are two of 15 horses competing in several different events over the weekend. The Oregon Rescue Challenge continues Saturday, June 30, at the Brasada Ranch in Powell Butte. Horses will be available for adopted after the competition ends, around 4:30 p.m.

Tech Trek Hopes to Keep Girls in STEM

“Tech Trek” Central Oregon, is a local, week-long camp at Oregon State University’s new Cascades campus for girls who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In tonight’s cover story Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker introduces us to the tri-county teenage girls who may be our future scientists or engineers.

Mysterious Allegations Hurt Boddie Campaign

Unspecified Accusations Shake Up for the Race for Bend’s State Representative Seat
Speculation continues to swirl around a key state legislative race after a press release triggered a political scandal earlier this week, involving Bend city councilor Nathan Boddie, who is now running for the state House District 54 seat being vacated by Gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Knute Buehler.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has details.

Bend Police Involved in Deadly Shooting

A Bend Police Officer was involved in a deadly shooting late Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. that left a 36-year-old male dead. This is the second deadly shooting in less than two year involving Bend Police Officers and the second deadly shooting in less than two weeks in Deschutes County.

In December 2016, 911 received reports of an erratic driver and when officers pulled over 31-year-old Michael Jacques they said he had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was unresponsive to questions.

After officers tased Jacques twice, his van started to move forward and officer Scott Schaier fired five shots.

The unarmed Jacques was killed.

The Oregon Department of Justice cleared the two officers involved of any wrongdoing, but the City of Bend did pay an $800,000 settlement to the Jacques family.

Tuesday nights incident began at 11:34 p.m. when Bend police officer Timothy Williams pulled over 36-year-old Bend resident Timothy Bret Bontrager for failing to use his turn signal near the intersection of Highway 97 and Cooley Road.

Bontrager pulled into the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store parking lot.

When Officer Williams approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to ask for Bontrager’s license and registration, he suspected Bontrager was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney John Hummel said that the preliminary evidence suggest that Bontrager took his own life. Williams also fired shots into Bontrager’s truck but it is unclear in what order those two events took place, according to Hummel.

Bend Fire and Rescue declared Bontrager dead on the scene but the examination did note that Bontrager was found holding a handgun.

Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said that officer Williams and officer Kevin Uballez, who was also on the scene Tuesday, have been placed on administrative leave as part of standard protocol until the investigation is complete.

An autopsy is expected to be performed Thursday morning at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office

Cyclist Involved in Hit-and-Run Says it was Intentional

A Bend bicyclist says the suspect in a hit-and-run investigation ran him off the road on purpose, and he spoke about the hit-and-run incident for the first time with Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan on Tuesday.

21-year-old Travis Roberts of Bend is facing criminal charges after he allegedly hit and seriously injured a bicyclist before fleeing the scene this weekend. The incident took place around 10:30 am on Saturday on the west side of Bend near Skyline Ranch Road and MacAlpine Road.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video and photos of Roberts’ Toyota Tacoma to the public and local media shortly after the collision, hoping that someone would recognize the vehicle. On Monday, two days after the alleged hit-and-run, Roberts turned himself in to authorities.

Roberts is facing charges of assault, failing to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons and reckless driving.

The hit-and-run victim, cyclist Andy Holtvedt, said he is lucky he wasn’t paralyzed by the collision and is lucky to be alive.

Holtvedt said all he remembers of the incident is flying through the air and hearing laughter as a truck drove away. Holtvedt’s injuries aren’t as bad as they could be, but he is still preparing for a long recovery due to a cracked L-1 vertebra.

Holtvedt said regardless he hopes to move forward is in recovery with a positive attitude and hopes to get right back on his bike as soon as possible.

Holtvedt and his wife said they would like to thank the community and law enforcement for spreading the word.

Roberts, the driver of the truck, will make his first court appearance on July 3.

Life Flight Celebrates 40 Years in Central Oregon

The Life Flight Network provides air medical transport services out of 25 different bases in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.
Today, the company celebrated their 40th anniversary here in Central Oregon, and as Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan report, their celebration is giving residents a chance to talk advantage of a one-time-only membership rate that could save your life someday.
Because of their 40th Anniversary, Life Flight is offering a $40 special membership rate now through Labor Day, but it is also important to note that to make sure you are completely covered for emergency flights in Central Oregon, fire officials and paramedics recommend you get memberships to both Life Flight and Air Link, which is the other provider of air medical transport services in our region.

Family Members Fight Over Legacy of Sarah Gomez

The family of Sara Gomez held a private memorial for the 24-year-old murder victim last Monday with all of the expenses paid by the Deschutes County Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund.

That’s why some of Sara’s family and friends came forward to talk to Central Oregon Daily when they found out that Sara’s cousin was holding a fundraiser for Sara this weekend, despite repeated requests by them to not raise money in Sara’s name.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on this ongoing family feud over the legacy of Sara Gomez.

On Friday afternoon, Liz Fennel told Central Oregon Daily that there will no longer be a fundraiser on Saturday due to harassing phone calls that were made to the location where the fundraiser was supposed to take place.

Fennell says the public memorial for Sara Gomez is planned for July 22nd in Tumalo State Park.

Source on the Scene: 4 Peaks Music Festival

It’s summer in Central Oregon and with plenty of sun forecasted for the weekend, some are already out and enjoying the weather at the 4 Peaks Music Festival at Stevenson Ranch.

The festival kicked off Thursday afternoon and runs through the weekend with plenty of music and activities for locals and visitors of all ages.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom checked in on festival goers to see how they were enjoying the annual summer music event.

For all the latest arts and culture listings, pickup the latest issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at www.bendsource.com.

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.