Crews Ready and Waiting for Fire Season

While wildfires in Alaska have now burned more than two million acres, and a fire in Arizona is threatening homes, Oregon has only seen three wild land fires so far this year, the latest being the Mile 97 Fire currently burning southeast of Canyonville.

While things are quiet now, wild land firefighters with the Redmond based Pat-Rick Environmental are staying busy. Should a fire break out anytime soon those same firefighters will need to be ready at a moments notice.

Even with fires being few and far between in Oregon, local forest officials aren’t taking any chances and have implemented restrictions in several national forests across the state, including the Deschutes.

But with temperatures expected to rise in the coming days, officials are saying we’re not out of the woods just yet. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.

Local Business Looks to Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic takes the lives of more than 100 people a day across the United States, and while drug overdose deaths have decreased overall, it remains a public health emergency.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with a local business that’s hoping this weekend’s charity event will help bring awareness to the crisis.

How Local Law Enforcement is Responding to ICE Raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been conducting sweeps across large US cities in an effort to find and arrest undocumented immigrants. While several arrests have been made here in Oregon our Sanctuary State status means they must make these arrests without any help from local law enforcement.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan reports. 

Bend Police Academy Trains the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

This week was the Bend Police Department’s fifth annual Junior Police Academy where local kids get to learn more about local law enforcement works from real local officers. The new trainees learned how to collect fingerprints, traffic safety and even tested out their fitness on an obstacle course.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by the camp today to learn more.

Man Walking on Tracks Struck by Train

Bend Police and Fire were dispatched to the tracks just east of the BNSF train depot Sunday after reports that a Bend resident had been struck by a passing train

Kyle Houser, 23, had been walking along the tracks and listening to music that was too loud for him to hear the trains approach. The conductor continuously blew the horn to warn Houser and even hit the brakes but the train continued to roll for roughly a mile. Houser was struck on the shoulder and thrown from the tracks.

The train eventually came to a stop and traffic in the area was shut down for two hours while law enforcement investigated. Though Houser miraculously survived the incident, police warn that it’s not only dangerous to walk along the tracks, it’s also *illegal*.

Houser was transported to St. Charles hospital in bend with non-life threatening injuries and was cited with criminal trespass charges.

Woman Convicted of Killing Cyclist Files Appeal

The woman who was found guilty of killing a local dentist while driving under the influence of prescription drugs has appealed her conviction.

41-year-old Shantel Witt was charged for striking and killing 38-year-old cyclist Marika Stone while Stone was on a bike ride with friends in December of 2017.

Witt was found guilty of manslaughter, reckless endangering, driving under the influence and unlawful possession of a controlled substance in February after months of court dates and a weeklong trial. District attorney John Hummel says his office received a notice from Witt’s attorney this week stating that she plans to file an appeal. However, Hummel says that the grounds on which Witt is appealing remains unclear and that the process will likely take a year and a half to complete.