District Attorney Releases Dash Cam Footage from High Speed Chase

More details have been released relating to a high speed chase that involved local law enforcement agencies and injured a Bend Police Officer and his k9 partner. Dash cam footage from the chase, which happened two weeks ago on Highway 97, was released today by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.
Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson was involved in the chase and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with him today to get more on the story.

Source on the Scene: Juju Eyeball

This week Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker takes us to Spoken Moto where Beatles cover band Juju Eyeball is about to kick off a two hour, all ages, concert.
For all the latest arts and cultural listings, pick up the most recent issue of The Source Weekly or go to their website at www.bendsource.com.
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La Pine Baseball Defends Their State Title

Just a year ago the La Pine High School baseball team won the state title in Salem, and today they took to the field for the 3A High School Baseball Playoffs to defend that title. Since last year the team lost seven senior players but Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was in La Pine just before the game to see how the very young team was feeling.

Governor Brown Signs Kaylee’s Law

A proposed law, named after Kaylee Sawyer, a Bend-woman murdered in 2016, was signed into law today by Governor Kate Brown.
Sawyer was abducted and murdered by a Central Oregon Community College security guard, and the proposed law aims to restrict the power of campus security guards, distinguish them from local law enforcement, and require mental health and background checks.
The law was proposed and backed by Sawyer’s family and law enforcement officials from Central Oregon and a ceremonial signing with Sawyer’s family is scheduled for the summer.

Inspirational Athlete Keagan Prevett Signs On for College Football

It was a big day for student-athletes at Madras High School today as they signed letters of intent to ply their respective sports at colleges across the country. We did find one familiar face at today’s signing day, kicker Keagan Prevett, whose inspirational story we’ve been following the last year, was there committing to his post-high school plans.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom was in Madras today to hear from some of the students.

Speed Limit Bill Heads to Senate

A new bill is making its way through Salem that would allow cities, like Bend, to lower speed limits below the limits set by the state. Proponents of the bill think that slower speed could be beneficial for historic neighborhood or neighborhood with lots of car and foot traffic.
Bend’s representative Cheri Helt added amendments to the bill that would specifically allow Bend’s North West Crossing neighborhood to take advantage of the bill if it is passed.

County Moves Forward with New Mental Health Crisis Center

After touring multiple mental health centers across the state and altering the plans, the Deschutes County Commissioners voted Wednesday to move forward with a proposed mental health crisis center.
The project is a cooperation between the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and County Behavioral Health Department to better assist those going through a mental health crisis.

Local Law Enforcement Promotes New School Safety Tip Line

Sheriffs from across the state of Oregon, including our own Sheriff L. Shane Nelson from Deschutes County, participated in a campaign to promote a new school safety tip line for Oregon students.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with local law enforcement today to learn more about Safe Oregon.

Providers Work to Prevent Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Deschutes County has seen an increase in sleep-related deaths in infants. Between 2012 and 2017 fourteen infants in Deschutes County died in their sleep due to suffocation or strangulation. Five of those deaths occurred in 2016 as compared to just one death in 2012.

In order to help counter-act this trend, Central Oregon health care providers are working to raise awareness about safe sleeping practices.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one local health provider about how to best keep sleeping babies safe.