▶️Fresh powder returns to the mountains and the streets of Central Oregon.

While it was enough snow to get out the shovel for many, the snowfall Sunday didn’t seem to slow down a lot of Central Oregonians.

Many people still making out for a quick round of Christmas shopping or a crisp December walk, to those who were more adventurous by busting out the two wheels and letting their pedals do the walking.

And while those heading to the mountains were given a treat of fresh powder, sunny skies return to start the week before another found of fresh powder returns as early as Thursday and follows us into next weekend.

For Central Oregon Daily News, I’m Meteorologist Scott Elnes.

Festive fundraiser helps Hospice of Redmond

Twenty nine uniquely decorated trees turned the Middle Sister Building at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds into a holiday wonderland.

The 39th annual Festival of Trees kicked off Saturday morning with a free family fun tree preview.

The trees, along with their extravagant decorations and gifts, are donated by businesses and community members, placed on display, then auctioned off at a gala Saturday night. The proceeds from the event stay in Central Oregon to help those needing hospice services.

“Not only does it help with patients that come on that don’t have access to insurance or funding to help pay for their care, it helps provide for them, but it also helps provide for our programs,” said executive director Jane McGuire.

Trees can go for several hundred to several thousand dollars, making this the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization.

“They can go for a lot of money. And it’s just exciting, and we just feel so honored to to be the recipients of this,” said McGuire.

The gala and live tree auction start at 5 p.m. and you can purchase tickets at the door.

US knocked out of World Cup, loses to the Netherlands 3-1

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late goal as the Netherlands eliminated the United States from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory that advanced the Dutch to the quarterfinals.

Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the U.S. deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when Christian Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over goalkeeper Andries Noppert and into the net.

Dumfries assisted on the first two goals and scored on a volley in the 81st.

The Oranje extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games and face Argentina or Australia next.

▶️ 5 things to know Saturday: Bend Christmas Parade

Bend Christmas Parade

The Bend Christmas Parade hits the streets of downtown Saturday.

This year’s theme is “A High Desert Christmas” and the grand marshal is Bend resident James Lussier.

The parade kicks off at noon with about 100 entrants this year. It should go about an hour. Learn about other events happening Saturday in Redmond and near Prineville

Oregon gun transactions ‘unprecedented’ ahead of Measure 114

The Oregon State Police Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) unit has seen “unprecedented volumes of firearms transactions” since the passage of Measure 114, Oregon’s new gun control measure. And OSP warns there is less than a week left to get an approval number before the new Permit-to-Purchase rule takes effect.

OSP says one common reason applications are held up is incorrect or incomplete information by the person applying.

Measure 114 is set to take effect December 8. A federal judge in Portland is expected to decide by Tuesday whether to put the measure on hold due to several legal challenges. Read more

Bend taking applications for city council vacancy as Kebler becomes mayor

Current Bend City Councilor and Mayor-elect Melanie Kebler takes her new role on Jan. 4, creating a vacancy on the council. The city is now taking applications to fill that vacancy.

The city charter says a vacancy on the council has to be filled within 30 days of declaration. 

Applications are due by January 6. Read more and learn how to apply

Madras woman, son convicted of abusing foster children

A Madras mother and son have been convicted after what prosecutors say was the abuse of two foster children that included “significant” injuries.

Ogilvia Pineda-Garcia, 50, and her son Kyle Edgar Macias, 27, were convicted after a three-day bench trial. It involved a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy in their care.

Jefferson County prosecutors praised the many agencies that were involved in helping solve the case, and praised the children themselves for standing up to the defendants in court. Read more

Oregon Real ID deadline now 5 months away

Oregonians will need more than a standard Oregon driver’s license or ID card at airport security checkpoints to board a flight within the U.S starting May 3, 2023.  Residents will need a Real ID-compliant driver license or ID card, or a passport or other federally acceptable ID.

Saturday marks five months to that deadline.

The big key here is do not wait until the last minute, because thousands of other people may also wait until the last minute. DMV offices in Oregon and across the country are busy, and the U.S. Department of State has a backlog for passport applications and renewals. As the Real ID deadline approaches, DMVs and the State Department will get busier. Read more

▶️ Bend Park and Rec winter registration starts Monday with changes

After experiencing technical difficulties in recent seasons, the Bend Park and Recreation District hopes this time around the winter registration process will be as smooth as skating on ice.

After the website crashed during fall registration, and after receiving more than 1,200 responses from a survey asking what they can do to improve, BPRD went to work on making changes.

“The big change this year is that we’re gonna have three days of opening registrations,” Communications and Community Relations Manager for BPRD Julie Brown said. “So Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are all going to be opening days with different recreational programs that will be offered.”

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In past seasons, there was only one designated day to register for all of the different programs, which led to servers overloads and webpage crashes. 

“When they open up everything all at the same time, it tends to crash in the morning,” BPRD Lunch League hockey player Chris Campbell said. “When you sign up for pickup games and things like that, you don’t have a problem with it.” 

Another change is the use of online waiting rooms, a method used often for concert ticket sales.

“It really is going to allow for a patron to be able to see how many people are in front of them in the line,” Brown said. “On our side of things we’re going to be able to manage the flow of people who are registering at any given time.”

Registration opens at 6 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each day is for different programs:

  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 a.m.: Recreation/enrichment programs
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 a.m.: Swim lessons/programs
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:00 a.m.: Sports, ice sports and winter/spring sports leagues including adult curling, adult/youth hockey, youth indoor soccer, youth lacrosse and youth softball leagues.

You can register here.

▶️ Bend PD will not enforce new camping code; Officers will be last resort

The Bend Police Department will not be involved in the enforcement of recently approved Title 4, or the camping code, unless a crime is being committed.

Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz told us camping on public right-of-ways, after March 1, 2023, will be a “low level violation.” This means the police would only have the ability to issue a citation, not to arrest or move anyone.

“The goal is to not have police involved,” said Chief Krantz.

Instead, the City of Bend will enforce it and will try to get voluntary cooperation as a first step.

“We have code enforcement officers through the City of Bend so we have folks that do code enforcement typically on private property as well as folks doing code enforcement on the rights-of-ways,” said Bend City Manager Eric King. 

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King added that city officials will be there to explain the new codes. 

“The code enforcement is just there to talk about the rules that we have in place: the time, place and manner,” said King. 

Additional resources will accompany the enforcement officer to assist the unhoused individual. 

“Mental Health, addition treatment, services, things like that. That is not something we have training for. That would be typically the county or a nonprofit service provider,” said King. 

If police are involved: 

“We could issue a citation. We’re not very reliant on the citation. I just do not know if that will be a solution. It’s an option,” said Krantz.

Krantz also explained there is no warrant system in place through the municipal court, so if homeless people are given a citation and cannot pay it, there is little enforcement or actions taken against them.

▶️ PD: Bend woman arrested for DUII after driving over islands, hitting Jeep

A Bend woman was arrested for DUII after police say she drove over two parking lot islands, hit a Jeep Wrangler and then hid in the bushes before being captured with the help of a drone Thursday night.

It happened at about 9:10 p.m. Bend Police say officers responded to a report of a DUII driver speeding through the parking lot of the Sportsman’s Warehouse next to the Home Depot on the north end of the city.

Officers spotted a silver Honda CRX Del Sol parked on the east side of the building, Bend PD said. As officers approached, the Honda drove away. When an officer activated his lights and sirens and tried to stop the Honda, the driver allegedly sped away without the headlights on and drove over two parking lot islands.

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Officers did not pursue the Honda, Bend Police said, out of concern for public safety. The Honda left the parking lot and headed northbound on Highway 97 in the southbound lanes.

Bend Police say the Honda hit a Jeep Wrangler moments later that had just turned left onto northbound Highway 97 from Cooley Road.

The Honda driver then fled the scene on foot, police said. A drone later located her in the bushes nearby and she was taken into custody with the help of a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team.

Police have identified the driver as Jessica Nicole Capasso, 31, of Bend. Officers allegedly found evidence of drug use in the Honda.

Capasso was taken to St. Charles in Bend before being booked into the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

  • DUII – drugs
  • Attempting to Elude a Police Officer – felony
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangering x6
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – property damage
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – injury
  • Driving While Suspended
  • Probation Violation – felony
  • Assault IV
  • Criminal Mischief II

▶️ 40 states, 18 months: Redmond mosaic artist finally pieces us all together

We’ve been following the trail of Redmond mosaic artist Kate Kerrigan since June 2021 — a trail that has taken her all over the country. Now, her 1 1/2 year project called “Piecing Us Together” is finished.

When we first introduced you to Kate, she was sticking pins in a map, plotting a cross country route, through her past.

“Friends and family that I know from all walks of life. People from yoga, climbing, writing, all the places i’ve worked, all the places I’ve lived.”

And so off she went, asking everybody along the way to participate in an art project, to contribute a small mosaic piece as part of a much bigger picture.

Through 40 states, 151 days on the road, more than 25,000 highway miles. Offering a break from pandemic isolation and “Piecing Us Together.”

JUNE 17, 2021: Traveling Tapestry: Redmond woman embarks on cross-country art project

DECEMBER 14, 2021: ‘Piecing Us Together’: Local woman returns from 131-day artistic adventure

 

“That was like the best thing. The smiles on people’s faces. Being able to create this little piece of mosaic and know that they’re part of something bigger is really big.” 

Really big indeed; More than 30-square feet of mosaic made up of hundreds of little bits. 

“There were 551 separate pieces.”

Kate says collecting them was just the beginning.

“That was the easy part actually, traveling around the country and talking to friends and family and making art.”

The real work started this past summer in the same backyard studio where she first stuck pins in a map. Every separate mosaic strip was collected and meticulously documented, names, dates and memories all carefully cross-referenced. 

“Literally every piece I pick up, I write down the name and it conjures up the whole story of me going to visit and I remember what we ate what we talked about, where we were.”

 

At every step, Kate she has told us she had only the vaguest vision of a finished product, even when she had all those little pieces in front of her.

“I laid out, probably two different designs before this one, trying to get it to all fit together like a big jigsaw puzzle.

“And then it was go time and putting in the first piece was so nerve-wracking because I’m like ‘Oh, God. I hope I’m doing this right’ and don’t mess this up.”

Finally, four months after that first piece went down and a 1 1/2 years after the first glint of an idea and all that work, the time came to wrap it up.

“It’s like push, push, push. Good days, bad days, lots of cuss words, blood, sweat, literally in all of it. But yeah, it has finally come to the last name going in. The last person. My former neighbor, Karla.”

Kate calls the moment surreal and celebrates with a laugh and a sigh of relief.

“Thats it, haha. Whooooo! She’s done! Oh my goodness.”

But the “Piecing Us Together” piece has been built in three sections. The artist hadn’t even seen the finished product yet.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler helped her maneuver the sections together for her first look at what she and so many others have been working towards.

It’s 12 feet wide, 2 1/2 feet high. And in the pieces, as they finally fit together, she sees the country she has traveled.

“You see mountains and urban centers, desert and dry areas, lush green areas, water.”

And she sees unity, inclusion. 551 human beings — all of us, really.

“This is what we can all do when we come together. Make something beautiful. All of our differences aside. This is something special.”

So the art is done, but not the engineering and the planning. Kate has to figure out how to hang it and transport it.

She’s hoping to have it displayed in art galleries or museums around the country so everybody, especially the people who helped create it, can see the finished work.

So far, she has interest from ten different locations and the Albuquerque Ballet Company wants to do an original dance piece based on the project.

Bend Safeway shooting surveillance video released by Bend Police

The Bend Police Department released surveillance video from the Aug. 28 shooting at the Safeway on the city’s east side Thursday morning. They also released a 400-page report with details on the shooting.

Bend PD has posted both items on their website.

Central Oregon Daily News has chosen not to put the video on our website. However, we are providing you this link to the Bend Police Department website, where the video is hosted, so you can view for yourself if you wish.

“The violence depicted in this video is horrific, and the Bend Police Department advises the public to take caution in viewing this video and reading these reports,” the department said in a statement.

Bend Police have redacted the video, meaning faces have been obscured. Bend Police also blacked out any instances that show someone being harmed. Despite that, it is still clear what is happening in those moments as you watch.

Customer Glenn Bennett and Safeway employee Donald Surrett Jr. were both killed in the shooting. Police say the shooter took his own life.

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Police say Surrett hid behind a produce cart, armed with a produce knife, and attempted to disarm the shooter before he was killed.

Below is our interview with Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz explaining the decision to release the video. Below that is the full press release from Bend Police which accompanied the release of the video and report.

 

This release will serve as the final update for the City of Bend Police Department’s investigation into the shooting at Safeway on Aug. 28, 2022.

As of Dec. 1, Bend Police have found no evidence that anyone other than the suspect was involved in case #2022-00051266.  

In the days following the Aug. 28 incident at Safeway, our Department received dozens of public records requests for video and reports related to the case. We denied those requests because it was an active investigation. Now that we are no longer actively investigating the case, we are releasing our department’s 398 pages of reports and a video used in our investigation. The Bend Police Department understands the public interest in this incident, and this release is meant to satisfy that interest and to demonstrate the accuracy of information previously released by our Department. 

You can access these reports and video by going to https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/police/records-division, then clicking on “Document Releases” under the Media Records Releases section. The video and reports are in a folder labeled “Released 12_01_2022 at 1000 Safeway Shooting Reports and Video.” 

The violence depicted in this video is horrific, and the Bend Police Department advises the public to take caution in viewing this video and reading these reports. The Police Department also asks media outlets to be thoughtful in what they choose to share. 

The video was created with help from Major Incident Team partners. It is the product of investigative work that stitches together surveillance videos from a Ring camera, Costco, Big Lots and Safeway to provide a detailed account of the suspect’s path from the Fox Hollow Apartments into Safeway, where he shot and killed shopper Glenn Bennett and employee Donald Surrett before dying by suicide. The video is 5 minutes, 16 seconds long. There is no sound, and all faces have been redacted. All incidents of grievous injury and death have been redacted as well.

At the bottom of this release, you’ll find a detailed timeline to help interpret the video.

Reports show that after our on-duty officers’ initial response to the scene, the entire Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, as well as approximately 30 off-duty members of the Bend Police Department, responded to the scene. In addition to Bend Police resources, dozens of law enforcement officers from other agencies, including the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department and Sunriver Police Department responded and assisted in our investigation. Those responding units assisted with everything from evidence collection and investigation to scene security, witness interviews, non-related patrol calls and response to additional reports of threats to the community in the aftermath of the Safeway shooting, all of which were ultimately unfounded. We are thankful to our neighboring agencies for assisting the Bend Police Department on this case. 

In addition, Bend Police received further assistance from Bend Fire & Rescue, Redmond Fire & Rescue, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, City of Bend Public Works, the Oregon Department of Transportation, St. Charles Bend and the Oregon State Police crime lab. We appreciate these agencies’ efforts as well. 

As previously noted, this was an extremely large, involved crime scene. Law enforcement interviewed and contacted more than 80 people – witnesses or those otherwise related to the incident. Our Department collected at least 173 pieces of evidence, as well as at least 90 videos and sets of photos supporting our investigation.  

In preparation for the release of this information, our Department provided advance notice to both Safeway management and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office Victims Assistance, who communicated with victims’ families to ensure they were aware of this forthcoming release. 

The Community Assistance Center will provide support to anyone who is struggling and would like additional support. One-on-one or small group support will be available Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Crisis Stabilization Center, 63311 NE Jamison St., in Bend. The Community Assistance Center is a partnership between Deschutes County Health Services, the DA Victims Assistance Program, and St. Charles Health System. Spanish translation services will be available. Please note the Stabilization Center is closed to media. In addition, here are some mental health resources for those who may find the information contained in the reports and video upsetting: Deschutes County Mental Health Recommended Resources | Deschutes County Oregon

TIMELINE

0:00-0:03: Ring camera surveillance shows the suspect moving through Fox Hollow Apartments. He is already shooting. 

00:04: View switches to depict three cameras. The lower lefthand camera is Ring camera surveillance from a Fox Hollow apartment, upper righthand camera is from Costco facing east (and is very dirty, making viewing difficult), and the main view is from the rear dock of Costco. 

00:10-11: Suspect is visible in Ring footage.

00:53-01:34: Suspect can be seen walking from Fox Hollow Apartments through the parking lot between Costco and Old Navy. Old Navy does not have surveillance cameras. 

01:34: View switches to show east-facing Costco view and internal view of Big Lots. 

01:43: Suspect is no longer visible on the east-facing Costco camera. 

01:45-02:00: People inside Big Lots react to gunshots in the parking area and take cover. 

02:00: View switches to show only inside of Big Lots. 

02:29: Additional view added showing doors to Big Lots.

02:48-02:52: Shots are fired into the front doors of Big Lots.

02:52-02:59: Suspect is visible walking past the windows of Big Lots. 

03:03: View switches to show two angles of Safeway’s west entrance.  

03:18-03:27: Smoke from suspect’s rounds is visible in the west entrance as suspect enters Safeway. 

03:33-03:35: View switches to show west entry to Safeway as well as south-facing view of aisles. 

03:36: Suspect shoots Glenn Bennett near the west entry of Safeway.

03:39: View switches to show self-checkout area. 

03:41-03:53: Suspect moves east through the store, as seen on aisle cameras. 

03:53-04:08: Suspect moves north down aisle 11.

04:08: View changes to show west-facing view of the rear of the store. 

04:08-04:10: Shopper can be seen tripping and falling to the ground in the meat department as suspect moves east near the rear of the store.

04:11: View changes to show additional view of the rear of the store, including produce section. Safeway employee Donald Surrett can be seen crouching behind an endcap in front of a melon display. 

04:14-04:25: Suspect approaches shopper in the meat department, throws his glasses, then interacts with shopper before shooting the floor nearby. 

04:29: View switches to show two views of the produce section (lower lefthand is a north-facing camera, main view is a west-facing camera). 

04:29-04:37: Suspect moves east through the rear of the store. 

04:37-04:39: Donald Surrett attacks the suspect. 

04:39-04:46: Donald Surrett is shot and killed by the suspect. 

04:47: An additional view of the east entrance is added to the video. 

04:50: Two Bend Police officers can be seen entering the east Safeway entrance as the suspect moves through the produce section. 

04:53-04:56: The suspect sits down in the produce section and shoots himself. 

04:56: Officers react to the sound of the gunshot and run toward the produce section. 

05:04-05:15: Four responding officers arrive in the produce section.