Redmond Park Wins Funds for Accessible Playground

Central Oregon Park Wins Statewide Contest

Redmond’s Baker Park is the winner of the Portland Trailblazers Moda Assist Program. Baker Park was one of the three comunity projects across the state that were eligable for the contest. The park will recieve $13,590 which equals $10 for every one of the 1,359 assists that happened during the contest. The money will be used to install playground equipment.

Ready to Rumble

Bend Fighter Makes His Professional Boxing Debut

Chris Johnson got a late start to his boxing career, making his first Golden Gloves appearance as a 22-year-old, but late last year, the 25-year-old Bend fighter became a father for the first time, and he decided that is was now or never, if he was ever going to take his shot at becoming a professional boxer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom followed Chris “The Truth” Johnson, all the way from the opening days of training camp in Bend to the final bell of his first professional fight in Medford.

Gun Control Debate

Redmond Gun Store Owner Weighs In on Future of Firearms Industry in Wake of Florida High School Shooting

The debate over gun sales and gun control has been re-ignited ever since the deadly high school shooting in Parkland.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton talks to the owner of Colfax Tactical, RBR in Redmond about this renewed debate, and the challenges he faces as a gun owner, maker and seller.

There have been more than one hundred federal gun control bills introduced in Congress since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and all have failed. There are still signs that this time could be different as the high school survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting are keeping up the pressure on Congress and planning mass protests around the country to end gun violence.

Five Dogs Rescued from Redmond Home

On February 25, 2018 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a concerned citizen reporting several dogs abandoned on a property in Redmond.

Deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of NW Progress Lane in Redmond, to check on the dogs, which the citizen said had likely not been cared for in several days.

Deputies observed several dogs inside the residence through a window and attempted to contact the last known resident of the home, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

On February 26, deputies executed a search warrant and rescued four pit-bull mix and one Chihuahua mix dogs. A fifth pit-bull mix dog was found dead on the property. The Sheriff’s Office said through its investigation in was concluded that the dogs were likely not fed, cared for, or checked on for at least six days prior to being seized.

On February 28, Anne M. Springer of Redmond, who was determined to be the owner of the six dogs, was cited in lieu of custody on five counts of Animal Neglect II and one count of Animal Neglect I.

The five dogs are currently at Brightside Animal Center in Redmond.

Change of Heart on Redmond Safety Fee

Redmond City Council Decides Not To Add Public Safety Fee to Residents’ Water Bills

From the beginning of a plan to add six dollars to Redmond residents’ water fees to pay for more police officers on the street, City of Redmond, Oregon Mayor George Endicott repeatedly said the Public Safety Initiative was merely a proposal and not the final word on the matter. On Tuesday night, after months of research and feedback on the so-called Public Safety Fee, Mayor Endicott and the Redmond City Council decided to table the Public Safety Initiative and prioritize public safety in the upcoming 2018-19 Budget instead.
If the Public Safety Fee had been implemented, city leaders say the funds could have paid for the hiring of up to eight more police officers in the next few years, but now, they say that number will likely be reduced to four if the city can find the available funds in the budget.

Redmond Boxer Wins Silver Gloves Championship

13-year-old Redmond boxer Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck had lost close decisions in the finals of the last two silver gloves championships, but the third time was the charm.


Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom shows us how the Redmond boxer won a national title in Missouri over the weekend.
Kevin got a welcome home celebration fit for a champion on Sunday afternoon. 75 friends, family, and fans showed up at Redmond airport to congratulate Kevin on his national title when he arrived back home from Missouri. Kevin says he hopes to fight for the U.S Olympic boxing team in the future.

Redmond Boxer Fights for National Championship

13-Year-Old Redmond Boxer Fights for National Championship This Week

From Olympic decathletes to BMX World Champions, there must be something in the water in Central Oregon. Our region produces a lot of world class athletes, and the sport of boxing is no exception.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom reports from Independence, Missouri where a 13 year old boxer from  Redmond named Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck is vying for a national title this week at the Silver Gloves Championships.
Tune into Central Oregon Daily for live updates on Kevin’s fights from Independence, Missouri on Thursday and Friday night at 6pm on KOHD-ABC and 7pm on KBNZ-CBS and throughout the weekend on the Central Oregon Daily Facebook and Twitter pages.

DOJ Puts Pressure on Sanctuary Cities

On Wednesday 23 jurisdictions, including Oregon State, received letters from the U.S. Department of Justice asking for documents to prove that they are cooperating with immigration authorities and threatening to pull public safety grants.

The letters are part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ promised crackdown on sanctuary cities and states.

“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a press release from the DOJ (Department of Justice). “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law. We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government’s immigration enforcement—enough is enough.”

The letter sent to Michael Schmidt, the Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission,  warned that the DOJ could use subpoena power to force them to provide documents showing they aren’t withholding information about the immigration status of people in custody.

Similar letters were sent to cities like Chicago, New York, Denver and Los Angeles, and the states of Illinois and California. DOJ officials said the 23 jurisdictions have been previously warned they need to provide information about their policies to be receive grants.

According to the DOJ website, jurisdictions who refuse to turnover documents, or whose policies are deemed counter to federal immigration laws, may be forced to return federal grant dollars from a 2016 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and may be deemed ineligible for a 2017 Byrne Grant.

The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant is a memorial grant and is the leading source of federal justice funding for state and local jurisdictions. The grant provides states, tribes and local governments across the U.S. with funding for target community specific law enforcement needs.

Oregon was allocated $3,099,650 through the grant for 2016.

Sanctuary cities, counties, and states are jurisdictions with laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions or policies that prohibited local law enforcement agencies from complying with ICE detainers and denying ICE access to interview incarcerated undocumented immigrants.

In Oregon this means an undocumented immigrant that has committed a crime in a sanctuary jurisdiction would be penalized for that crime but would not be detained due to their undocumented status. It also means local and state law enforcement will not assist immigration officials in locating or apprehending people due to their undocumented status.

Relying on local law enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants is the primary tool used by ICE to gain custody for deportations.

In response to the letter, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in tweet, “Oregon will not be bullied by a Trump Administration that’s focused on diving our country. Oregon’s laws are in place to uphold the civil rights of all Oregonians. The federal government cannot, under the US Constitution, force state law enforcement officers to implement its policies.”

Here’s is the full letter written to Oregon from the DOJ:

Dear Director Schmidt:

Thank you for your response to our November 15, 2017, letter regarding your jurisdiction’s compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, a federal law with which your jurisdiction must comply as an eligibility requirement for receiving Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funding from the Department of Justice (Department or DOJ). After reviewing your response, the Department remains concerned that your jurisdiction’s laws, policies, or practices may violate section 1373, or, at a minimum, that they may be interpreted or applied in a manner inconsistent with section 1373.

In light of these concerns, the Department is requesting certain documents as described below. This request is made consistent with 2 CFR § 200.336, as adopted by Department regulation 2 CFR § 2800.101. In your FY 2016 Byrne JAG award, you agreed to the following (listed as special condition #23):

[The recipient agrees to] cooperate with [the Bureau of Justice Assistance (“BJA”)] and [Office of the Chief Financial Officer (“OCFO”)] on all grant monitoring requests…. The recipient [also] agrees to provide to BJA and OCFO all documentation necessary to complete monitoring tasks, including documentation related to any subawards made under this award. Further, the recipient agrees to abide by reasonable deadlines set by BJA and OCFO for providing the requested documents. Failure to cooperate with BJA’s/OCFO’s grant monitoring activities may result in sanctions affecting the recipient’s DOJ awards, including but not limited to withholdings and/or other restrictions on the recipient’s access to grant funds; referral to the Office of the Inspector General for audit review; designation of the recipient as a DOJ High Risk grantee; or termination of an award(s).

Please respond to the below request by providing to Chris Casto, BJA, at Chris.Casto@usdoj.gov by no later than February 23, 2018, all responsive documents, consistent with the instructions in Attachment A.

Documents Requested: All documents reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees (including, but not limited to, police officers, correctional officers, and contract employees), whether formal or informal, that were distributed, produced, and/or in effect during the relevant timeframe, regarding whether and how these employees may, or may not, communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or their agents, whether directly or indirectly.

BJA will review your submissions and seek additional information, if necessary. The Department fully anticipates your complete cooperation in this matter. Should you fail to respond in a complete and timely manner, the Department will subpoena these documents in accordance with 34 U.S.C. §§ 10225, 10221, 10230, 10151 – 10158, 10102(a)(6), 10110, and 10110 note.

These materials are critical to our ongoing review. Should the Department determine your jurisdiction is out of compliance with section 1373, the Department may, as detailed in your award documents, seek return of your FY 2016 grant funds, require additional conditions for receipt of any FY 2017 Byrne JAG funding for which you have applied, and/or deem you ineligible for FY 2017 Byrne JAG funds.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this request. We look forward to working through this matter with you. Any specific questions concerning this request can be sent to directly to Tracey Trautman, BJA Deputy Director, at Tracey.Trautman@usdoj.gov or call (202) 305-1491.”