Recent studies have shown that a significant number of convicted criminals have struggled with mental health or had a mental health crisis. Because of this, Oregon has been diverting more funds into mental health care as part of the justice system.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at local law enforcement’s programs for mental health care.
A pile of stolen mail from at least 70 addresses was found along Highway 20 east of Bend. In the pile were ballots for the November election and now local authorities are scrambling to make sure those whose ballots haven’t arrived yet, get replacement ballots in time for election day.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.
Friday morning on the Funny Farm property off Highway 97, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon Deputies went to serve a felony warrant to a suspect, but the encounter ended with shots fired. The suspect who was being served the warrant was shot twice and was transported to St. Charles where he underwent surgery and is expected to live. The deputy who fired the shots is on paid administrative leave, which is standard in all officer-involved shootings, pending further investigation.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was on the scene this morning and has more on the story.
Horses rescued from a Terrebonne property have been housed at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch since they were seized in March. Since then they have been rehabilitated and cared for and are now ready for adoption. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.
Just three months ago, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office added a new officer to their ranks to assist the Central Oregon drug enforcement team, with a focus on illegal marijuana operations in Deschutes County.
The new proactive marijuana enforcement officer focuses on the illegal manufacture, processing, sale and exportation of marijuana, as well as performing regular compliance checks. It’s a position sheriff Shane Nelson has long advocated for.
The new detective is paying dividends already with a recent bust of an illegal grow in southeast Bend. In addition to the 93 mature marijuana plants found, 55 immature plants, nearly 6 pounds of dried marijuana and 5 pounds of butane honey oil product were also seized at the home.
The proactive marijuana enforcement officer position, as well as the two new positions at the Bend Police Department, is fully funded by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners using funds from the county’s marijuana tax collections.
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson and 15 other sheriffs released a letter on Monday endorsing a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s sanctuary law. In the letter they stated that Oregon’s sanctuary status “undermines respect for law in significant ways”. They also suggest that the state’s sanctuary status interferes with the policing of immigrants who cause crimes.
However, nothing in Oregon’s sanctuary law prohibits police officers or sheriff’s deputies from enforcing the law or arresting suspects. The law only prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only infraction is being in the country illegally.
The sheriffs who signed the letter make up nearly half of all the counties in the state, but those counties only contain 16 percent of Oregon’s population.
Sheriff Nelson says he supports ballot measure 105, which would repeal the sanctuary law, because he wants to get rid of the conflict between local and federal laws. However, even law enforcement in Deschutes County is split on the issue.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said the state’s sanctuary status allows law enforcement to hold people who commit crimes accountable, while also protecting the civil rights of those immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes.
Local Kids Gain Law Enforcement Experience
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department took some time today to begin training some tiny deputies on Tuesday morning for their very first Deputy Day Camp. The deputy day camp is a chance for local kids between the ages of 6 and 12 to see what it’s like to be in law enforcement.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spent the day with some of those youngsters at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s version of summer camp.
Residents and tourists alike are beating the heat this summer by hitting the many rivers and lakes that Central Oregon has to offer. While a river float is a great way to cool off this summer, it does come with potential hazards. The increased traffic on local rivers is why Bend Fire and Rescue holds swift water rescue trainings several times throughout the year beginning in early spring and continuing throughout the summer.
The 14-member rescue team specializes in class three, four and five whitewater, which include rapids and strong currents that make it more difficult for people to self-rescue. The team runs four to five practice sessions a year to prepare for any potential rescue situations.
Mike Baxter of Bend Fire Rescue said that whole summers have passed where no rescues are necessary but between Bend Fire and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s search and rescue team they’ve already performed between 3 and 5 assists across Central Oregon this year.
Just last week the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Bend Fire Department pulled a 13-year-old boy to safety at Lava Island Falls after the teenager became stranded on a rocky island in the middle of the Deschutes River south of bend and was surrounded by class five whitewater rapids.
When initiating a rescue the team will begin with the lowest risk option for both the rescuer and the victim. So each year they practice several different rescue techniques. One technique, which was used to rescue the teenage last week, involves a tether system and a raft. Another, which was tested out during Tuesday’s training on Central Oregon Daily’s own Anyssa Bohanan, involves a 75 foot long rope and a member of the rescue team.
Anyssa can attest that should the worst happen and you do need rescuing, you’re in solid hands. However, the best way to stay safe and have a good time is to be prepared and be aware.