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.

Infant Death Investigation Following Incident at Madras Speedway

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office released more information this afternoon about a four month old who sustained fatal injuries at the Madras Speedway on Saturday night. The baby, Dawsyn Rose Rhett, was rushed to St. Charles Madras before being flown to a hospital in Portland. She passed away Sunday from her injuries.

A local resident told Central Oregon Daily earlier this afternoon that the child may have been in the pit area of the raceway when she was unintentionally struck. While we have yet to confirm those reports, what we do know is that the investigation is in it’s early stages and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says they are releasing very little information at this time out of respect for the family.

Law enforcement is asking that anyone who may have seen something at the Madras Speedway regarding baby Dawsyn or her caretakers to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at 541-475-6520.

Dawsyn’s family has started a GoFundMe to help her family pay for funeral expenses. You can donate on the page ‘Funeral Fund for Dawsyn Rose’.