▶️ Why Madras – Epilogue: After the Lights

We’ve gotten to know the Madras High School football team a lot better this season.

Eric Lindstrom’s 5-part series “Why Madras” took us behind the scenes of the melting pot that is White Buffalo football.

It’s been about a month since the series aired and many of you wanted to know what happened next with this team and the four boys we highlighted.

In this final episode we take you to the Buffs’ state playoff game and hear from the boys one more time as their season came to an end.

Injured hiker rescued from Misery Ridge

Deschutes County Search and Rescue on Friday helped an injured hiker from the top of Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge Trail.

About 1:41 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker, later identified as 48-year-old Jennifer Roth of Sutherlin. She had slipped and fallen on the trail while hiking on top of Misery Ridge, a steep, but popular switchback trail at the state park in Terrebonne.

SAR Coordinator Deputy John Westfall said the injury was reportedly non-life-threatening, but it had left Roth immobilized and stranded on top of Misery Ridge.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy and 13 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the scene to help. Redmond Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and were the first to make contact with Roth, tending to her injuries until DCSO units could arrive.

The DCSO Deputy and SAR volunteers, along with the assistance of Redmond Fire, were able to take Roth down the trail on wheeled litter. Roth was handed over to a member of her party at her request and was planned on going to St. Charles for her injuries.

▶️ Redmond drunk driver leaves wake of crashed cars and frustrated neighbors

By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

A broken bumper, a busted tail light and more dents than you can count.

That’s what Aaron Tipler and several other people in Redmond woke up to Thursday morning after an act of drunk driving made its mark.

“I looked out my window and I literally watched him pull back off my truck, and then take off,” Tipler said. “I figured he was taking off to go home, which is right next door.”

According to Redmond Police, 37-year-old Rene Luis-Garcia was driving drunk and crashed into multiple parked cars, including Tipler’s, near 5th and Evergreen streets.

Tipler says this is not the first time he’s witnessed his neighbor driving recklessly.

“There was one night I woke up because he was driving, you could hear him screeching around the corners, and I called the cops then,” Tipler said. “I don’t know if he was cited then or not, but it’s been an ongoing issue.”

According to police, Luis-Garcia does not have insurance.

As for Tipler, angry is an understatement, and his truck will take a couple thousand dollars to fix.

Luis Garcia was cited with driving under the influence and hit and run. He was not jailed. 

“It’s a real issue that he’s not in jail for what he’s doing,” Tipler said.

Luis-Garcia even took out the Brightside Thrift Store sign.

“It’s really distressing,” said Kari Stuber, the store manager. “We had a really big, beautiful sign and we’re just a non-profit. Everything we get goes to the animal shelter to support them. So this is a big deal.”

Luckily, no one was hurt.

But Tipler is convinced someone could’ve been.

“The best case scenario was nobody was hurt,” Tipler said. “That’s the main thing. Trucks, signs, cars, they can all be replaced. People can’t.”

▶️ New cell towers coming to Mt. Bachelor – but you likely won’t notice

Better cell phone coverage and wireless data service are coming to Mount Bachelor.

While the antennas themselves will be concealed, the building in which they will be housed certainly will be visible, at least at first.

In a unique twist on efforts to conceal the antennas, the towers on Mount Bachelor will be housed in a building designed to resemble a fire lookout.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brooke Snavely has details.

Source on the Scene: Immersion Brewing Chili Cook Off

It’s Friday – time for another edition of Source on the Scene sponsored by Indian Head Casino.

This week, Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova takes us to Immersion Brewing in Bend.

It started as a friendly in-house chili cook-off at Immersion Brewing. But it was so popular – and so delicious – they decided to turn it into a full-blown event.

The event happens Nov. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Come down to the brewery to taste seven different house-made chili’s from the staff and help them crown Immersion Brewing’s chili champion!

To celebrate the occasion they’ll have a live music lineup to help digest that warm chili and cold crisp beer.

▶️ Sunriver Fire’s singing sensations basking in their 15-minutes of fame

Reports of a gas leak last week at Sunriver Resort temporarily halted the American Idol auditions happening in the Great Hall.

No one was hurt and the situation was handled quickly.

Some of the firefighters who arrived on the scene had the opportunity to let their singing talents shine, serenading the judges – including Lionel Richie – with a rendition of his classic “All Night Long.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked to the firefighters today about their brush with fame – and their futures as singing sensations.

 

Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

By ASHRAF KHALIL and MICHAEL BALSAMO

WASHINGTON (AP) — He was proud of his reputation as a practitioner of political dirty tricks and frequently boasted about the extent of his contacts and the depth of his insider information.

Now Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, faces a prison sentence for a collection of crimes that essentially amounts to exaggerating how much he knew, then lying and scrambling to keep those boasts from being exposed.

Stone was convicted Friday of all seven counts in a federal indictment that accused him of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Stone has denied wrongdoing and consistently criticized the case against him as politically motivated. He did not take the stand during the trial and his lawyers did not call any witnesses in his defense.

The Stone case could be the last public gasp of the Mueller investigation, which wrapped up in March. Mueller made clear that his team never considered indicting Trump because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president.

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The evidence presented in the trial didn’t directly address Mueller’s conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. But it provided new insight into the scramble inside the Trump campaign when it was revealed in July 2016 that the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks was in possession of more than 19,000 emails hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee.

Witnesses highlighted how Trump campaign associates were eager to gather information about the emails, which the U.S. says were hacked by Russia and then provided to WikiLeaks. Steve Bannon, who served as the campaign’s chief executive, testified during the trial that Stone had boasted about his ties to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, alerting them to pending new batches of damaging emails. Campaign officials saw Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks, he said.

Stone, 67, showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read aloud, count by count. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6 and could face up to 20 years behind bars. Another former Trump campaign aide, Michael Caputo, was removed from the courtroom by security officers after he turned his back on the jury after the verdict was read.

Stone smirked at reporters as he left the courtroom, holding hands with his wife. As he walked out of the courthouse, Stone was asked if he had any comment on the verdict and replied: “none whatsoever” before he hopped into a waiting SUV with his wife.

Trump tweeted minutes after the verdict, calling the conviction “a double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country,” because his frequent nemeses, including Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey and “including even Mueller himself,” have not been convicted. “Didn’t they lie?”

After the verdict was read, prosecutors asked for Stone to be jailed as he awaits sentencing. But Jackson ruled that Stone would be released to this own recognizance but would be subject to the same blanket gag order that was imposed during the trial, banning him from discussing the case with media or posting about it on social media.

Prosecutors used Stone’s own text messages and emails — many of which appeared to contradict his congressional testimony — to lay out their case.

Prosecutors alleged Stone lied to Congress about his conversations about WikiLeaks with New York radio host and comedian Randy Credico — who scored an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, when he was avoiding prosecution by sheltering in the Ecuadoran embassy in London – and conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.

During the 2016 campaign, Stone had mentioned in interviews and public appearances that he was in contact with Assange through a trusted intermediary and hinted at inside knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. But he started pressing Credico to broker a contact, and Credico testified that he told Stone to work through his own intermediary.

Earlier testimony revealed that Stone, while appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, named Credico as his intermediary to Assange and pressured Credico not to contradict him.

After Credico was contacted by Congress, he reached out to Stone, who told him he should “stonewall it” and “plead the fifth,” he testified. Credico also testified during Stone’s trial that Stone repeatedly told him to “do a ‘Frank Pentangeli,’” a reference to a character in “The Godfather: Part II” who lies before Congress.

Prosecutors said Stone had also threatened Credico’s therapy dog, Bianca, saying he was “going to take that dog away from you.”

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Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 and Ashraf Khalil at www.twitter.com/ashrafkhalil.

Las Vegas duo injured in Crook County truck crash

Two Las Vegas residents were hurt early Friday morning when the moving truck they driving overturned in Crook County.

According to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched just after midnight to a reported injury rollover crash at SW George Millican Road at SW Reservoir Road. Initial reports said it was a one-vehicle crash and two people were injured.

When deputies arrived, a 30 foot “Enterprise Rent a Car” box truck was found lying on its side, blocking SW George Millican Road just south of the intersection with SW Reservoir Road. At the time of the crash the box truck was loaded with personal belongings, which had been scattered as a result of the crash.

Sgt. Mitch Madden said 26-year-old Antwyone Brown of Las Vegas was driving the truck south on SW George Millican Road when he left the road and rolled the truck on to its side. Brown and his passenger, 33-year-old Victoire Parthou of North Las Vegas, were injured and taken by ambulance to St. Charles in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

The area was covered in dense fog at the time of the crash, Madden said, and that might have contributed to the crash. No citations were issued.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Deschutes Towing, Oregon State Police, Bend Fire & Rescue, and the Crook County Road Department. SW George Millican Road south of SW Reservoir Road was reduced to one lane for about three hours while the box truck and debris were cleared.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers to slow down during adverse weather conditions especially when visibility is limited.

Destination Oregon: Pacific Reef

When you visit the Oregon Coast, there are all kinds of lodging options.

Hotels, condos, Airbnbs, campgrounds – you name it.

But this time of year, there’s a place in Gold Beach that offers a feature you just can’t find anywhere else.

In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to Pacific Reef Hotel, which offers an entertaining and unique holiday feature.