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May 22,2008
BEND, Ore. – Two men, as yet unidentified by officials, have allegedly confessed to unintentionally igniting the Skyliners Two Fire, a 24-acre blaze which burned about five miles west of Bend off Skyliners Road and Forest Road 4606 on Sunday. A joint investigation by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office led to the origin and cause of the fire, which was determined to be human-caused. The two men confessed to ... [full story]
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May 22,2008
BEND, Ore. – An accidental chemical spill in a Bend, Oregon, high school chemistry lab prompted an evacuation Wednesday when smoke began billowing out of an exhaust hood, officials announced.   Mountain View High School - BLS photo  According to a news release issued by Bend-La Pine Schools, a Mountain View High School chemistry teacher was cleaning the spill when smoke began billowing out of an exhaust hood. Students and faculty were evacuated from the area, and ... [full story]
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May 19,2008
BEND, Ore. – A 19-year-old Bend man was arrested Friday in connection with a burglary at an area adult-novelty shop earlier this month, police reported.   Travis Matthew Loeffel - DCJ photo  The Pretty Pussycat at 1341 NE Third Street was burglarized and several items stolen on Tuesday, May 6, Bend Police Lt. Gary Mack said. An investigation led to Friday’s arrest of Travis Matthew Loeffel, a 19-year-old Bend resident, who was lodged in the Deschutes County ... [full story]
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May 19,2008
BEND, Ore. – One of two drivers involved in a crash on Bear Creek east of Ward Road in Deschutes County on Sunday night was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and assault, and the other driver was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries, deputies reported.   Andrew Michael Plunkett - DCJ photo  Andrew Michael Plunkett, 28, of Bend, was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail after his physical condition was evaluated ... [full story]
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May 19,2008
BEND, Ore. – Deputies are looking for a hitchhiker who allegedly brandished a gun at the driver and drove off with the man’s car in the Terrebonne north of Bend early Sunday morning. The crashed and abandoned vehicle was later recovered when the driver’s cell phone GPS tracking function was used to pinpoint its location in Bend. Rhys Kalon Davis, 20, of Gresham, Oregon, picked up the hitchhiker on Highway 97 north of Highway 97, ... [full story]
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May 19,2008
BEND, Ore. – A 25-year old Bend woman was struck and injured by a train at a railroad crossing in northeast Bend early Saturday morning, police reported. Few details were released, but Bend Police Sgt. Tom Pine said officers and Bend Fire paramedics responded to the crossing at NE Olney about 12:45 a.m., May 17. The unidentified woman was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center where she was being treated for unspecified ... [full story]
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May 19,2008
BEND, Ore. – Police investigating a reported suspicious person early Thursday morning arrested two young men suspected of breaking into cars in Redmond, Oregon, and other charges for property crimes in nearby Bend are possible. A search warrant served at the Bend home of one of the suspects’ father led to a third arrest.   (left to right) Casey Ceranzanu, Johnny Ray Phillips Jr., Johnny Ray Phillips Sr. - DCJ photos  Redmond Police officers responding to the ... [full story]
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May 16,2008
BEND, Ore. – A 76-year old Bend woman was seriously injured and flown by helicopter to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after her vehicle crossed the centerline of Highway 97 south of Bend late Thursday afternoon, hit a semi-truck and trailer, then collided almost head-on with a pickup. According to a news release prepared by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Lt. Myrna Homan and Deputy Kevin Turpen, the investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the ... [full story]
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May 15,2008
BEND, Ore. – Deschutes County District Attorney Mike Dugan has announced the findings of his investigation into the fatal shooting of Refugio Cruz-Fuentes by a Bend Police detective earlier this month: lawful and justified.   Detective Tom Brown, a 14-year veteran of the Bend Police Department who was assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team at the time of the shooting, has been absolved of all wrong-doing in connection with deadly physical force that resulted ... [full story]
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May 15,2008
BEND, Ore. -- Solar inverter manufacturer, PV Powered, Inc. was honored to have Senator and Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, visit the company’s facilities while campaigning in Oregon this past weekend. During his visit, Senator Obama met with PV Powered management and employees, toured the company’s manufacturing, engineering, and test facilities and learned about PV Powered’s industry-leading residential and commercial solar inverters.   Sen. Obama receives a tour from Gregg Patterson, CEO of PV Powered In a press ... [full story]
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May 15,2008
BEND, Ore. – Not displaying a license plate on the front of his pickup led to the arrest of a Bend man Tuesday evening after police found psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and four firearms during a traffic stop on Highway 126 west of Prineville, Oregon, police reported.   (upper right inset) Ryan Sherbourne - CCJ photo, (lower left inset) psilocybin mushrooms - OSP unknown source file photo, (main image) four firearms discovered in suspect's vehicle - OSP photo  Ryan ... [full story]
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May 14,2008
BEND, Ore. – The Department of Defense has announced that a 24-year old Bend woman who was serving as an Army Medic in Iraq was killed May 11.   (inset) Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis, 24, of Bend, Oregon, was killed in Iraq by an IED on May 11, 2008  Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis died in Baghdad of wounds suffered when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device (IED). According to the DOD news release, Cpl. Ellis was assigned to the ... [full story]
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May 09,2008
BEND, Ore. -- The Bend City Council released Thursday the names of four candidates who were selected from more than 70 who vied for the position of Bend City Manager. A nationwide search to fill the position was conducted by The Waters Consulting Group, and one of the four chosen is Eric King who is currently serving as Bend’s Interim City Manager. The four finalists will be involved in selection activities to be held May ... [full story]
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