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.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, This One Drives for FedEx

A random act of kindness by a 10-year-old Redmond girl has forged a friendship between her and the local FedEx driver who delivers her medication. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom brings us this heartwarming story, just in time for the holidays.

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.

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.

Overnight Temps Prompt Emergency Shelters in Bend

As overnight lows drop into the teens, the City of Bend has declared a winter weather emergency which allows temporary shelters to open as year-round shelters are filled to capacity. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the options available to those trying to escape the sub-freezing temps.

Local Elementary School Students Connect With Students in Paradise

Weeks after the Camp Fire devastated the Northern California town of Paradise, students are now returning to school, but in nearby Oroville.
After learning about the destruction of the Ponderosa Elementary School in California, the students at Ponderosa Elementary School #inBend discovered a shared connection and are now helping the school with the same name.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.

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First Responders Train for Worst-Case Scenario in Redmond

It’s the kind of event that you don’t want to think about, but you have to prepare for it.
That was the situation on Friday when the Redmond Police Department – ORDeschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregonand other first responders held a Mass Casualty Drill at Obsidian Middle School.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton was there and has more on today’s drill.

New Officer Helps Crack Down on Illegal Grows

Law enforcement has intercepted $48 million in black market marijuana headed out of Oregon and here in Deschutes County local law enforcement is trying to crack down on illegal grows. The Deschutes County Commissioners recently approved the hiring of a new officer to help in those efforts.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was able to sit down with Detective Todd Klaus whose job is to help find and stop these illegal grows.

Local Businesses Take Advantage of Online Sales

Big businesses aren’t the only ones taking advantage of what has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker checked in with two local business owners to see how they were handling the holiday rush.