Bend man, 70, killed in Alaska snowmobile crash, police say

A Bend man was killed in a snowmobile collision in Alaska Friday, state troopers there said.

The victim was identified as Glenn Cantor, 70.

Alaska State Troopers received an SOS alert from satellite communications devices from along the Denali Highway, state police said.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that a group of people were riding snowmachines along the highway. A snowmachine that was being operated by an adult male collided into the back of another snowmachine that was being operated by (Cantor),” police said.

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Both snowmobiles left the trail and Cantor’s vehicle landed on top of him, police said. He could not be saved despite life saving efforts by other members of his group.

No other injuries were reported.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

The police press release did not indicate if anyone would be charged in the collision.

Stolen backhoe from Bend found in Washington State, possibly even driven there

Sheriff’s deputies in Washington say they found backhoe, which was stolen from a construction site near Bend, on a property near Mattawa, Washington. GPS tracking shows the construction vehicle traveled 250 miles from state to state.

On Sunday, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies say they noticed the 2020 John Deere 410L on property in the 30000 block of State Route 243 South near Mattawa.

The property owner was questioned about the backhoe, which was visibly out of place compared to other materials and vehicles on the property, deputies said.

Deputies say that through their investigation they learned the backhoe was stolen on February 9 from a construction site in the Bend area.

The backhoe, valued at $160,000, had two broken windows. It was picked up by its legal owner, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office said the backhoe’s owner was able to review GPS tracking of the equipment which showed the GPS pings traveling at around 25 miles per hour, about top speed for the backhoe, from where it was stolen near Bend to where it was discovered near Mattawa.

Since the owner of the property does not have access to anything that would tow the 30,000-pound backhoe, one of the few conclusions is that it was driven on roadways for the entire 250-mile trip, making for 10 hours of travel, the sheriff’s office stated in its Facebook post.

The property owner did not provide any verifiable explanation as to how the backhoe got there, the sheriff’s office said, and deputies continue to investigate. 

▶️ Three different journeys, two-day state wrestling championship, one goal

Central Oregon has become a mecca of great wrestlers.

The High Desert is producing major talent from small schools to large, freshmen to seniors.

At Bend High, the Larwin brothers, part of a wrestling family, are ready for their own legacy.

The older brother, Eric, is a junior looking for his first state title.

“I don’t know how many brother duos there have been in the history of Oregon that have won 5A state titles together,” Eric said. “But I’m ready to be part of that legacy with life, and we’re ready to go out there and compete in both and get our hand raised in the state finals, and that’s going to be awesome to do, and I’m really excited.”

The freshman Leif has already accumulated more wrestling accolades than most athletes dream of.

The phenom already won the prestigious Reser’s Tournament of Champions and is set on joining his brother Eric this year to capture their first Oregon 5A state title.

“It’d be the greatest thing in the world,” Leif said. “To me, it would mean more to me than winning a state title for myself.”

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For Mountain View, a father-son duo ready to make the best out of one last dance together.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” head Mountain View wrestling coach Dan Potts said. “There’s a part of me that’s like, ready like I was saying, for that break, it’s a lot of hours, not just during the season, but our pre-seasons and our postseasons and our, our summers and, you know, fundraising and kids club and everything. I’m tired; I’m getting older.”

A unique scenario where Dan Potts is in his first and last year as the head coach of the Cougars.

From the beginning, he’s coached his son Jackson, a returning state champion, and now the head coach will be there at the end.

“Kind of just happy that I got to end it, you know, in the Mountain View community and then just with my dad right by my side,” said son Jackson Potts.

A returning state championship team with no individual state champion returners, Redmond High School is looking to stay on top of the 5A wrestling world.

“Really, we just had a good group of guys who were on the same team last year who took maybe third, fourth, fifth, who were just bringing each other up and working to get even higher this year,” said senior Joey Downing.

Downing is looking for his first individual state champion and to help lead the Panthers to another 1st place trophy.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was five,” Downing said. “I’ve been practicing in the same mat room for 13 years, and so just seeing champs on the wall get filled in, seeing their pictures get put up, and just dreaming about me getting up there, My brother did it two years ago, and so it’s my dream to be up there with him. With all those champs solidifying myself in history.”

Four wrestlers. Three programs. A two-day state tournament to prove who’s number one.

The state tournament is this Friday and Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

▶️ Beer enthusiasts stop by local breweries to celebrate Zwickelmania

Zwickelmania took place on Saturday with more than 100 breweries across the state participating, many right here in Bend.

Named after the “zwickel,” a German word for the sample port found on fermentation vessels, the day is an annual celebration of craft beer in Oregon.

Several local breweries invited the public to come get a peek behind the scenes with tours, educational talks and of course beer samples.

Spider City Brewing, the only female brewer owned and operated brewery in the country, participated in the event for the first time. 

“We’ve had quite a few people who are new to Spider City, they live in Bend, but they’ve never been to our brewery before. This is the first time they’ve came out so that was great, Zwickelmania actually introduced a lot of people to this brewery which is wonderful,” said Melanie Betti, master brewer and owner of Spider City Brewing.

Zwickelmania is held in February for Oregon’s ‘Craft Beer Month’.

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ODOT: U.S. 26 back open after crash closed road in both directions Saturday

Update:

U.S. 26 near Warm Springs is back open after a crash closed the road both directions Saturday evening.

Previous Story:

ODOT reports in a release sent around 4 p.m. Saturday, U.S. 26 milepost 87 near Warm Springs is closed in both directions due to crash.

This closure could last several hours. Delay your trip or use an alternate route.

Watch out for emergency vehicles. More Info Here

CODE: Bend man arrested on theft charges for a second time in one week

A Bend man arrested earlier in the week was arrested a second time for trying to sell hundreds of dollars worth of allegedly stolen Lego sets online, said the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, Friday evening.

On Tuesday, CODE detectives said they arrested Wyatt Froome during an alleged drug sale. During his earlier arrest, detectives located $750 worth of Lego toy sets allegedly stolen from the Bend Target store earlier the same day by Froome and his accomplice, Timothy Henkel, both Bend area transients. 

CODE detectives say, on Friday, they were monitoring public social media marketplaces for criminal activity when they noticed Mr. Froome was online and offering to sell hundreds of dollars worth of new Lego sets at a deep discount. Detectives contacted Froome with an offer to purchase the Legos on display and a deal was made with arrangements to meet.

Later that day, Froome arrived at the Bend Outlet Mall where uniformed Bend Police Officers contacted him while he had the stolen property he agreed to sell to the online detective, CODE said.

It is alleged Froome “pre-sells” the Lego sets on social media platforms, CODE detectives said. Once an interested party contacts him, Froome allegedly “fulfills the order” by stealing the same Lego set from a local retailer. 

According to area retail store security officers, Legos are a hot item due to their popularity and relative cost from retail markets. Legos are virtually untraceable, without serial numbers, and quickly sold on the black market or to unsuspecting buyers on social media. 

During the investigations, CODE detectives charged Froome with four additional Bend area thefts totaling over $3,000 of stolen property and he was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail on charges of first and second degree theft, aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

 

▶️ 500 top riders compete in the 2024 Northwest Arenacross Nationals

The Northwest Arenacross Nationals wraps Saturday up at the Redmond Fair and Expo Center.

The final round of the 2024 competition season brought in over 500 of the top riders during the series.

Twenty-Nine different amateur classes of all ages have been racing since early November.

“Some of the top riders from around five or six states and through Canada have all converged here in Redmond, Oregon to compete for the final round and it’s been a long season but a lot of fun,” said Lee Collins, owner of WHR Motorsports.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are still available $18 while kids 3-12 years old get in for $13.

The races start up again next November for the 2025 season.

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▶️ Hundreds come to shop Central Oregon’s biggest women’s consignment event

River Bend Kids hosted a women’s consignment clothing event and ‘Galentine’s’ party over the weekend.

Thousands of women’s clothing items, shoes, purses and home décor from over 60 consigners filled the space at the Riverhouse Convention Center.

The event was free to attend and offered a fun way to sell unwanted clothing to make some extra cash or just shop while updating your wardrobe at a great price.

“I think it’s all about recycling when it gets down to it, just reusing everything we have, and things have gotten so expensive lately. This is just a way you can get all the nice stuff, even in Central Oregon where we don’t have access to all the big brands,” said Meghan Brown, co-organizer for River Bend Kids.

River Bend Kids will hold a spring kid’s clothing sale on April 18th through the 21st at Seventh Mountain Resort.

Another women’s consignment clothing event is planned for the fall.

For more information on how to consign clothing or attend future events visit their website

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▶️ Homes For Our Troops kick off building of home for injured Soldier in Bend

An injured Bend Veteran will receive a new home soon.

The national nonprofit, Homes For Our Troops held an event Saturday at Elks Lodge to kickoff the start of the building process and introduced Army Sergeant Christopher Chatwin to the community.

Sergeant Chatwin was injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over the course of his five combat deployments, he sustained a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with neuro, cardio, pulmonary, and orthopedic sarcoidosis caused from the extended exposure to burn pits.

The condition causes bi-lateral leg limb salvage, left arm and hand limb salvage, hemi-paralysis, and internal injuries. 

The home being built for Sergeant Chatwin will feature more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops

“The disease I have the doctors say at some point or another I’m going to end up in a wheelchair again, so this just going to help the process with that,” said, Army Sergeant Christopher Chatwin.

Read more about SGT Chatwin at https://www.hfotusa.org/building-homes/veterans/chatwin/.

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Homes For Our Troops is a national nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes to severely injured post 9/11 Veterans.

370 homes have been built since the organization’s inception in 2004. Homes For Our Troops relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each Veteran’s home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation click here.