▶️ Hostage situation at SW Bend home leads to arrest

(Editor’s note: This article describes a situation of a person threatening self-harm. It may be disturbing for some.)

Bend Police say they arrested a man armed with a flare gun who refused to allow someone to leave a home in Southwest Bend over the weekend.

It happened Saturday just before 9:00 p.m. Bend Police say they were called to a home in the 60000 block of Alpine Drive, which is off Ponderosa Street, for a report of an unwanted subject.

Police say a man, identified as 36-year-old Austin Michael Supica of Bend, reportedly refused to leave the home and was armed with a flare gun, threatening to shoot himself with it. He had been at the house earlier in the night and had been asked to leave, but returned and forced his way inside.

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When officers arrived, two people were able to get out of the home but Supica allegedly did not allow a third person to leave.

The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) arrived at about 10:05 p.m. Bend PD said the hostage was able to escape at 10:34 p.m. while Supica was in the bathroom.

CERT negotiators talked Supica out of the house about 10 minutes later and was taken into custody, Bend PD said.

Supica was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and the felony in-state warrant.

Bend’s Santa Express returns, asking for your donations this holiday season

Santa Claus will be stopping in a neighborhood near you this week

The Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express returns Monday. For three nights in a row, Santa Claus and fire crews will drive through neighborhoods collecting food, clothes and toys to support the Salvation Army.

Here is more from Bend Fire and Rescue:

Here is a list of the neighborhoods with maps for our nightly walks www.bendoregon.gov/santaexpress

    • Monday – NWX, Shevlin Ridge and Shevlin Meadows neighborhoods (Route map)
    • Tuesday – Pineridge, River Canyon and Aspen Rim neighborhoods (Route map)
    • Wednesday – Foxborough, Larkspur, Sun Meadow neighborhoods (Route map)

Drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing at any of these locations. Boxes will be in place until Friday, December 16, 2022:

    • Bend Fire & Rescue Fire Stations – blue recycling bins will be at each system for drop offs:
      • West Fire Station – 1212 SW Simpson Ave
      • East Fire Station – 62420 Hamby Rd
      • North Fire Station – 63377 Jamison St
      • South Fire Station – 61080 Country Club Dr
      • Tumalo Fire Station – 64725 Cook Ave 
      • Pilot Butte Fire Station – 425 NE 15th St 
    • The Salvation Army – 515 NE Dekalb Ave.
    • The Bend Airport flight center – 63132 Powell Butte Highway 
    • Snap Fitness locations in Bend – 
      • SW Amber Meadow Dr, NW Lolo Dr and NE 4th St 
    • Starbucks locations throughout Central Oregon – 
      • Bend: Century Dr, Colorado Ave, Reed Ln., NE 3rd St and NE 27th St
      • Redmond: SW Rimrock Way, SW Canal Blvd 

If you can’t make it any of these locations and would like someone to come by and pick up your donation in the Bend area, please call our office at 541-322-6386 to arrange a curbside pickup. 

Fun and fundraising at Boy Scout Troop 90’s Christmas Tree sales lot

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is soon, and for the Boy Scouts that means Christmas Tree sales time.

Troop 90 has set up shop with a big selection of noble firs, and they look forward to making the holiday season merry and bright.

“Being able to to enjoy the experience and just selling trees to meet new people all day. It’s just, I love it,” said Carson Bowles of Troop 90.

Not only is fun for the Scouts, it’s a great recruiting event for scouting and it raises funds for their outings.

“It’s a great advertising program, really, and to make money. This is what gets us our troop most of the money that we have,” said Ben Limoges another member of Troop 90.

The scouts opened the lot the day after Thanksgiving, and while trees are going quick they expect to get a second shipment in between now and Christmas.

You can find them in Bend on Northeast Third Street in front of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Their hours are as follows:

Weekends 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wed 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Ducks, Beavers ranked back-to-back in new AP, coaches polls

After Oregon State’s comeback win over Oregon Saturday, the Ducks understandably moved down in the two major college football polls while the Beavers moved up. The question was going to be whether OSU ended up above Oregon in the rankings given the head-to-head win and that both teams are 9-3.

Both the Associated Press and the AFCA coaches polls have the Ducks at No. 15 and the Beavers at No. 16 Sunday.

While common sense may say that OSU should be above Oregon after its 38-34 win Saturday, the Ducks have two wins against teams that are currently ranked in the top 20 (Utah and UCLA) while the Beavers have one (Oregon). Both teams also lost to Washington and OSU also lost to USC and Utah. The Ducks did not play the Trojans this season.

The College Football Playoff ranking comes out Tuesday and both teams should be ranked in similar positions, but both are out of contention to make the CFP.

Both teams are eliminated from the Pac-12 championship race, so they will wait until next week to learn where they will be bowling for the holidays.

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▶️ 45,000 have Oregon marijuana convictions pardoned by Gov. Brown

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced pardons for more than 47,000 marijuana convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana Monday. The move comes weeks after President Joe Biden announced a similar pardon at the federal level, urging governors to do the same.

Brown said the pardons will affect about 45,000 people statewide and will forgive more than $14 million in fines and fees. 

“The pardon applies to electronically available Oregon convictions for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, in pre-2016 cases in which the person was 21 years of age or older, where this was the only charge, and where there were no victims,” read a statement from Brown’s office. “This pardon does not apply to any other offense related to marijuana or other controlled substances. More information can be found here.”

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Brown said this will help thousands of people whose convictions have affected their ability to obtain work, housing or educational opportunities.

“No one deserves to be forever saddled with the impacts of a conviction for simple possession of marijuana — a crime that is no longer on the books in Oregon,” Brown said in a statement. “Oregonians should never face housing insecurity, employment barriers, and educational obstacles as a result of doing something that is now completely legal, and has been for years. My pardon will remove these hardships. And while Oregonians use marijuana at similar rates, Black and Latina/o/x people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.  

The Oregon Judicial Department will make sure all court records associated with the pardoned offenses are sealed as required by law due to these pardons.

“We are a state, and a nation, of second chances,” Brown continued. “Today, I am taking steps to right the wrongs of a flawed, inequitable, and outdated criminal justice system in Oregon when it comes to personal marijuana possession. For the estimated 45,000 individuals who are receiving a pardon for prior state convictions of marijuana possession, this action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.” 

▶️ Huge flames, smoke erupt from Grass Valley hemp plant fire; 5 injured

A Hemp Plant in Grass Valley, Oregon, caught fire Sunday, sending flames and large plumes of smoke into the sky and prompting evacuations.

Five employees were reportedly burned, including one that had significant burn injuries.

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday there was concern that chemicals might explode.

The sheriff’s office released thermal video of the flames Sunday night because of thick fog. They said the building was fully engulfed and there were small explosions and there was concern over the danger of even larger explosions.

Highway 97 was shut down for a time.

The fire was out Monday morning, but evacuations were left in effect as teams from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Department of Environmental Quality and hazmat teams were heading in to assess the situation, the sheriff’s office said. Evacuations were lifted just before noon Monday.

The cause of the fire has not yet been announced.

Grass Valley is located about 27 miles south of Biggs Junction on Highway 97.

Oregon sheriff, gun rights group sues to block Measure 114

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon gun rights group and a county sheriff have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Measure 114, the voter-approved ballot measure that is one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

The Oregon Firearms Federation and Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court contending the measure scheduled to take effect Dec. 8 is unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment.

The sheriffs of Deschutes and Crook counties say that Measure 114 will not be top priorities for their offices. Jefferson County Sheriff Jason Pollock has gone a step further, saying his office will not enforce it.

Oregon voters earlier this month approved the measure that requires residents to obtain a permit to purchase a gun, bans magazines over 10 rounds except in some circumstances and creates a statewide firearms database.

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Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.

▶️ Get Outside: Outriders Northwest

Part of our Get Outside phrase is, “Snow or shine they take us off the beaten path every month,” and that’s exactly what Emily Kirk did this time around.

Outriders Northwest takes people on roads they’ve likely never had the chance to explore.

Join along as we cruise dirt roads in southern Deschutes County and find out how you can Get Outside. 

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Council on Aging to open Senior Center with Thanksgiving Celebration

Some good news on this Thanksgiving week.

The Council on Aging of Central Oregon announced that after three years of renovations and closure due to the pandemic, lunch will now be served in the dining hall of the new senior services center at 1036 NE 5th street in Bend.

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Lunches will be served Wednesday through Friday from 11 am to 1 pm starting on November 23rd, which also happens to be their kick off the Thanksgiving Celebration that will include a classic Thanksgiving menu plus performances from local musicians and even a magic show. 

Donations are suggested, but not required, for people 60 and over and lunch is just $5 per person for guests under 60.