Bend PD staff member arrested for DUII in Parkway crash

A non-sworn Bend Police Department staff member was arrested for DUII following a car crash on the Bend Parkway Friday.

Jamie Caron-Clarkson, 45, along with two passengers collided with a 25-year-old Bend man while driving southbound on the Parkway at around 11 p.m.

Caron-Clarkson was believed to be impaired at the time of the accident and police immediately turned over the investigation to the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

She was arrested following the DUII investigation after being taken to St. Charles in Bend.

The crash is still being investigated by the Oregon State Police.

An internal affairs investigation will find whether Caron-Clarkson violated policies of the Bend Police Department.

According to a department spokeswoman, Caron-Clarkson is a Program Specialist Lead – Records & Evidence.

Injured hiker rescued at Benham Falls Trailhead

Deschutes County Search and Rescue helped a Florida man who had injured himself hiking Sunday near Benham Falls.

Philip Wolfkill, of Ocala, Fla., reported he had slipped on some ice near the edge of the river and was unable to walk.

The DCSO Search and Rescue K9 unit was training nearby and was able to arrive within 30 minutes of the call, along with one Sunriver Police Department officer.

Five other volunteers arrived on the scene and a Special Services Deputy provided the required rescue equipment.

They were able to load Wolfkill into a wheeled litter and take him down the trail to a Bend Fire Department ambulance.

Wolfkill was taken to St. Charles in Bend to be treated for his injury.

Meth, heroin seized; Bend man arrested near Terrebonne

A Bend man arrested last week on drug charges and failing to register as a sex offender.

DCSO had been investigating 39-year-old Dana Johnson for the sales of controlled substances in the county.

On April 8, they learned he would be arriving in the county with possible drugs in his possession.

Detectives spotted Johnson driving a Jeep Wrangler down Hwy 97 near Terrebonne.

Various law enforcement including CATT deputies and DSCO SWAT stopped him at the Ogden Wayside.

DCSO Deputy Ben Bartness and his K9 Masa discovered controlled substances in Johnson’s car, including 3/4 of a pound of methamphetamine and 1/2 pound of heroin.

They also found over $7,000 in cash and a loaded handgun.

Johnson was taken to St. Charles in Bend, where he was given medical treatment, and then booked in the Deschutes County Jail.

Redmond man arrested after evading police

A Redmond man was arrested Thursday after refusing to pull over for police, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Jayson Janes said 40-year-old Raymond Poppleton was driving a red Saturn SL on south 3rd Street near the Highway 97 on-ramp when a deputy attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation.

Poppleton refused to stop and continued driving south onto Highway 97, reaching 40-50 miles per hour.

Poppleton signaled as though to pull over, then continued driving, turning abruptly onto Baker Road.

After heading east, he made a U-turn when he saw another DCSO vehicle approaching and pulled into the parking lot of the Riverwoods Country Store, Janes said.

Deputies took him into custody without incident, and K9 Masa and her partner Deputy Bartness arrived on the scene to help detain the passenger and clear the car. The passenger was released.

The car search revealed eight grams of suspected methamphetamine, evidence of the delivery of methamphetamine, and a restricted weapon, Janes said.

Poppleton was then taken to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was booked on several charges including felony attempt to elude, possession and distribution of meth, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks the Bend Police Department for their assistance during this incident.

Man banned from Crater Lake National Park after poaching elk

CRATER NATIONAL PARK, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oregon man has been banned from Crater Lake National Park, ordered to pay over $40,000 in restitution and sentenced to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to poaching a trophy bull elk in the park.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said Friday the guilty plea and sentence came after an investigation into the activities of 44-year-old Adrian Wood.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began tracking the White City man after reports that he was illegally hunting in the park in 2014.

Oregon governor calls on lawmaker to resign

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon lawmaker who allegedly harassed three women faced increasing pressure to resign as Gov. Kate Brown said he should step down immediately.

Brown diverted from her news conference about COVID-19 to say Rep. Diego Hernandez’s behavior has been “unacceptable.”

House Speaker Tina Kotek has also called for Hernandez’s resignation.

Hernandez, a Democrat, is accused of trying to rekindle consensual romances with three women, despite their telling him they weren’t interested.

The House Committee on Conduct found that two of the women felt that rebuffing his advances would adversely affect their business before the Legislature.

City of Bend seeks mental health practitioner for police department

The City of Bend has requested proposals to provide the Bend Police Department with a practitioner for on-going mental health wellness support and education.

The practitioner position is contracted with the City, and proposals are currently being accepted through an RFP process.

Proposal requirements are available by registering here: : https://bit.ly/3oMrVTr

According to the City, the wellness program seeks to encompass many aspects of mental and physical fitness, with activities such as yoga, team workouts, and mindfulness.

Since the program’s launch, the City has seen a substantial decrease in work-related injuries on staff.

An optional virtual info session will be held on February 18th at 9 p.m. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Proposers planning to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP at purchasing@bendoregon.gov.

Sealed proposals must be submitted by March 3rd at 3 p.m., at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, 2nd Floor, Bend, Oregon, 97703. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Solicitation packets may be obtained from Premier Builders Exchange at www.premierbx.com by clicking on “Public Works Projects” and then on “City of Bend”. Entities intending to submit proposals should register with Premier Builders Exchange as a planholder in order to receive addenda.

For more information on the process, please email purchasing@bendoregon.gov.

Bend-La Pine School Board to host information session

The Bend-La Pine School Board is inviting interested members of the public to join a live information session to learn more about serving on the board in advance of the candidate filing deadline in March.

The live virtual information sessions will include key information about what it’s like to be a board member, including duties and responsibilities, zones, filing dates and much more.

Interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist, Deputy Superintendent Katie Legace, Board Chair Carrie Douglass and Vice-Chairwoman Melissa Barnes Dholakia will appear at the sessions. 

“Being a school board member is a powerful way to serve our community and local students. We want to empower anyone with an interest in service to run and would like to see our board reflect the diversity found in our community and schools,” said Carrie Douglass, Board Chair. 

Dates and times:

  • February 8 – English, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Spanish, 7-8 p.m. 
  • February 12 – English, noon to 1 p.m.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about serving on the board are encouraged to sign up to join these interactive sessions:

Visit the School Board Info webpage to learn more about the open positions, zones and find general information about serving on the board. 

▶️ Destination Oregon: Bald eagles find a winter home at The Dalles Dam

At The Dalles Dam in the Columbia River, you can expect to find roughly 40-60 bald eagles during the winter, on the hunt for fish in the rushing waters.

In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones gets an exclusive peek at the majestic creatures and speaks with park ranger Amber Tilton, who explains more about what brings them flocking to the area.

 

Former Nike manager charged with defrauding company for $1.5M

PORTLAND, Ore.— A former marketing manager at Nike has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, and lying on a loan application in a scheme to defraud the company, according to U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.

Beaverton resident Errol Amorin Andam, 49, was employed at the Nike headquarters from 2001 to 2018.

He was in charge of the placement and operation of temporary Nike pop-up shops in his most recent role as manager in the North American Retail Brand Marketing division.

The scheme began in 2016 when Andam recruited a childhood friend to create a company in order to be hired as an independent contractor for the design and building of the pop-up venues, Williams said.

He was in charge of a large majority of that company’s finances, and with his authority as Nike manager, he made sure the company was consistently contracted for the jobs.

Using the fake name “Frank Little”, he invoiced Nike and used credit card processing service Square, Inc. to manage the contract company’s account.

In that same year, Andam renewed his lapsed registration of an Oregon-based LLC so he could use it as a shell company to funnel the money from Nike and his friend’s company to his personal accounts.

Beginning in September of 2016, he allowed credit card sales at some of the Nike pop-up venues to be run through card readers that fed the payments into the Square account owned by his friend’s company, Williams said.

Those funds were then transferred to Andam’s LLC bank account.

To both Nike and his friend, Andam made it seem like the sales were credited against the total amount Nike owed to his friend’s company.

This resulted in his total embezzlement of nearly $1.5 million between September 2016 and December 2018.

In July 2018, Andam submitted a fake financial statement from his LLC in support of a residential mortgage loan application.

The financial statement falsely reflected as revenue checks for $194,000 drawn on a bank account owned by his friend’s business, Williams said.

Andam forged his friend’s signature on the check and withdrew much of that money without his friend’s knowledge.

He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, fines of up to $4.5 million, and five years’ supervised release.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 5.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Ryan W. Bounds, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.