An investigation into a fatal shooting north of Bend on Wednesday afternoon is ongoing.
Just after 11 a.m. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting near the intersection of McGrath Road and Casa Court. Nearby residents were warned to stay inside their homes and lock their doors as Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, K9 units, drone operator and officers from Oregon State Police, Bend Police and Redmond Police searched the scene.
Officers found a woman lying in the street and life saving efforts were attempted but 58-year-old Valerie A. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 12:40 the Sheriff’s Office reported that they had a suspect in custody and that there was no longer a threat to the community.
As of 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office specified that the person of interest in the shooting was still in custody, but had been taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
The Sheriff’s Office has not released any information on what occurred before the shooting, but said that the investigation was ongoing.
Central Oregon Daily will have more information as it becomes available.
Commissioners tentatively approved plans for the Westside Transect Zone, but deliberations will continue before the plan is finalized.
The Deschutes County Commissioners met earlier this week to hear the final plan for the proposed low density housing area on Bend’s west side. However, concerns over how the plan would account for local wildlife and allow continued public access to Shevlin Park and the forrest lands made commissioners stop short of a final approval.
County staff is expected to put forth a final draft of the plan, with the changes requested by the commissioners, later this week.
The two conservative candidates have likely squeaked out wins in competitive Deschutes County Commission races.
Incumbent Tony DeBone held on to his early lead against democratic challenger Amy Lowes. DeBone holds 51.35 percent of the vote as of Thursday morning to Lowes 48.54 percent.
The race for position three continues to be too close to call. Republican candidate Patti Adair holds a slight lead with 50.64 percent of the vote over democrat James Cook’s 49.23 percent. The results of that race won’t be certified until later this month.
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.
28-year-old Tashina Jordan was arraigned in court this morning to face charges of aggravated murder for allegedly killing her disabled son, 7-year-old Mason Jordan.
Authorities said that just before 6 p.m. on August 20th, Jordan allegedly fatally shot Mason before attempting to take her own life by overdosing on pills. She was found and transported to St. Charles Hospital in bend with life-threatening injuries but survived. Just eight days later, she was arrested and transferred from the hospital to the Deschutes County Jail.
If sentenced, Jordan could be facing life in prison or worse. However, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he has not yet decided if he will pursue the death penalty in this case.
Meanwhile, the Central Oregon community is divided over the decision. Some are calling for her to face consequences of her actions; others think that she needs more help than punishment.
Jordan’s motive has not yet been revealed but will be discussed during future court dates. Jordan’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 24th.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health crisis or is considering hurting themselves or others, please contact a crisis hotline in your area.
Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have community mental health resources or anyone can call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Residents Comment on Potential Updates for Local Grows
Deschutes County Commissioners got an earful Tuesday night at a public hearing that was scheduled to allow residents to weigh-in on proposed changes to the regulation of marijuana grows across the county.
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel was live from the Deschutes Services building where Tuesday’s 2 p.m. public hearing ran well past 6 p.m.