▶️ Ballet shoes to wings: Bend teen takes final bow before joining military

From the ballet studio to laughter-silvered wings.

Certainly the road less traveled for a 19-year-old.

But Kaelin Frick from Bend has learned that when it comes to discipline, character and passion, dance has prepared her for a bold new chapter.

We sat down with her to hear about why she’s making the leap from arabesques to the Air Force.

▶️ Bend-La Pine Schools listening session quieter upon return

No fireworks, but plenty of opinions were shared at a Bend-La Pine Schools listening session at Three Creeks Elementary in Sunriver Thursday night.

A stark contrast to the previous meeting.

The last time parents were able to voice their concerns to the school board in person was around three months ago.

In August, the panel walked off the stage after comments from an audience member were deemed personal attacks.

▶️ Tensions erupt at BLS school board meeting; mask recommendation approved

Thursday night’s listening session was a different story.

“I think it was very positive and I am very grateful for how it went and I am looking forward to the next one,” said Danielle White, a kindergarten teacher and parent at Three Rivers School.

After everyone had their say, the session moved to a question-and-answer portion.

“Tonight’s listening session was amazing, we had a lot of speakers come forward and share their thoughts, from the community and especially from the Three Rivers community and then we had some Q and A with superintendent Cook, which was a wonderful thing to be able to answer questions right on the spot,” said Bend-La Pine Schools Board Chair Melissa Barnes Dholakia.

Main concerns speakers presented was mask and vaccine mandates and eating lunches outside in the cold.

The session ended with applause from people in attendance.

The next school board meeting is going back to virtual and will be on November 9th, starting at 5:30 p.m.

▶️ Summit boys soccer defeats Franklin 5-0, host Lakeridge Saturday

The No. 1 ranked 6A boys soccer team, the Summit Storm defeated the Franklin Lightning 5-0 in the second round of state playoffs Wednesday night.

The Storm play the No. 8 ranked Lakeridge Pacers Saturday at home.

The time is to be announced.

In 5A, the Ridgeview Ravens lost to the Silverton Foxes 3-0, and in 4A the Sisters Outlaws lost to the North Marion Huskies 3-2.

Bend man arrested on charges of luring a minor for sex

A Bend man was arrested Friday afternoon for luring a minor for sex after online conversations with a Bend Police Officer posing as someone underage.

Thursday Shane Sexson, 35, began conversations that were sexual in nature on a social media platform with the fictitious juvenile, according to Lieutenant Bob Jones.

The age of the juvenile, specifically regarding sexual contact, was discussed, said Jones.

According to police, Sexson agreed to meet to engage in sexual acts on Friday.

He was taken into custody around 1:20 p.m. without incident when he arrived at the prearranged location.

Sexson was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree and luring a minor for sexual contact.

This year Bend Police have made numerous arrests stemming from similar investigations were officers go online posing as someone underage.

Police ask anyone with information about Sexson that would be helpful in this investigation to contact them at 541-693-6911.

▶️ Rimrock Trails Treatment Services relocates to historic Cunning House

Rimrock Trails Treatment Services has a new home.

Organizers celebrated Thursday for the opening of their relocated Redmond counseling clinic.

The treatment center moved to the Oregon historical sight home, The Cunning House.

Executive Director of Rimrock Trails Erica Fuller says the treatment service provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling services to people of all ages.

“Our outpatient utilization has increased over 300% in the last 19 months,” Fuller said.

They moved from their former location on Highland Avenue in Redmond to the bigger Cunning House on 7th street.

“We are increasing our capacity here for services in this location by about 60%,” Fuller added.

Rimrock Trails was established in 1990 in Prineville.

Board member Carl Dutli says a group from Prineville including himself got the ball rolling after talking to an Oregon Legislature Subcommittee .

“From then it grew to now having outpatient facilities in Prineville, Redmond and Bend,” Dutli said.

The Max A. Cunning House was built in 1918.

Cunning was a Redmond attorney, who served as city recorder, city treasurer and city attorney.

The Cunnings owned the home until 1964.

Rimrock Trails purchased the historical home in June 2021 and officially opened its doors to clients on September 27.

“It’s nice that Rimrock is able to help treat those people with those needs,” added Dutli.

Bend PD: Burglary suspect rams police car, arrested on multiple charges

A Bend man suspected in a business burglary and was able to escape police last week was arrested Wednesday in a grocery store parking lot after ramming into a patrol car while trying to get away.

Lt. Juli McConkey said 29-year-old Brenden Camirand was arrested around 12:30 p.m. and taken to St. Charles for an evaluation.

Once he’s released will be jailed on more than a dozen charges including first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, and attempted assault on a police officer.

The case started on Oct. 20th when police responded to a burglary in the 2600 block of NE Twin Knolls.

Several items had been stolen from a business, McConkey said, and police used video surveillance to identify Camirand as the suspect.

On Oct. 22nd, police were called to the 200 block of SE 3rd St. as Camirand was on the scene in a vehicle.

Once the officer arrived and tried to stop Camirand, he sped out of the parking lot, eluding the officer. The officer did not pursue.

Then on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., officers were aware that Camirand was in the parking lot of the south Highway 97 Albertson’s.

Camirand arrived in the parking lot and while he was walking away from the vehicle, officers tried to make contact with him.

McConkey said Camirand ran back to the vehicle and officers were able to box him in, so he could not leave.

Camirand was able to get into his vehicle and he rammed a police vehicle trying to get away, McConkey said.

Police K-9 Vegas and his handler Officer Ruben Jenkin were on the scene to help in arresting Camirand.

Camirand eventually came out of the vehicle where he was arrested and taken to St. Charles for an evaluation.

There were no injuries reported to officers or Camirand.

Both vehicles had damage to them.

Through the investigation officers learned, the vehicle Camirand was in was reported stolen from a northeast business on August 20th.

Multiple items were inside the vehicle to include two loaded firearms, McConkey said.

Camirand will be charged with:

  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Burglary in the second degree
  • Theft in the first degree
  • Possession of burglary tools
  • Felony Elude
  • Reckless Driving
  • Warrant
  • Attempted Elude Felony
  • Attempted Escape in the second degree
  • Felon in possession of a firearm, two counts
  • Reckless Driving
  • Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer
  • Criminal Mischief in the second degree
  • Reckless Endangering
  • Possession of burglary tools

Stolen dump truck and standoff lead to the arrest of a Bend man

A stolen dump truck led to an hour long stand off with police in Southeast Bend Saturday morning. 

It happened around 7 a.m. when officers responded to the theft of a vehicle from a construction site on SE Parrell Road according to Sgt. R.C. Bigelow of the Bend Police Department.

The owner reported the theft and followed the 2008 Ford dump truck through neighborhoods until officers attempted a traffic stop on SE Dylan Loop.

The truck did not stop, officers did not purse, but watched as the vehicle turned onto dead end SE Kobe Street where a high risk traffic stop was conducted.

The driver did not comply with commands to exit, and began covering the windows with objects from the cab.

Daniel Julio Mendez, identified by police as a 37 year old Bend transient, refused to come out.

Negotiations continued, a police dog was brought in, and officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Mendez.

A less lethal projectile was fired into the window opposite of Mendez, who still refused to get out.

After a chemical munition was fired into the cab, Mendez opened the passenger side door but refused commands to exit the vehicle.

The suspect was then told K9 Vegas would be used to take him into custody.

Mendez eventually complied before the dog engaged and was taken into custody uninjured.

He was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on the charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal trespass II, attempt to elude, parole violation, interfering with a police officer, and resisting arrest.

ODF calls end to fire season

The Oregon Department of Forestry signaled an end to the 2021 fire season Saturday on the 16 million acres of forestland it protects.

The wildfire season across ODF’s districts and forest protective associations lasted an average of 131 days.

More than 800,000 acres burned statewide, fewer than last year but still above the 10-year average.

ODF’s Southwest Oregon District, which includes Jackson and Josephine counties, was the first to declare fire season back on May 12 of this year.

The Bootleg Fire in South Central Oregon accounted for about half the acres burned.

For a time the 413,717-acre Bootleg Fire was the largest in the nation, and now ranks as the third largest blaze in the state since 1900.

Even as the weather changes, ODF say wildfires can and do occur any time of the year and encourage folks to check with local fire agencies before burning.

▶️ After delay, Caldera High School celebrates official opening to public

Wednesday the Bend La-Pine Schools celebrated its newest school, Caldera High.

Community members were invited to a barbecue and a tour of the school.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Bend resident Pat Yaeger. “The classrooms are spacious and gorgeous, the newest technology I’ve ever seen. So impressive. The library, the auditorium, your custodian made a comment, the head custodian here and he said, ‘Pat this is the Harvard of high schools,’ and I think he absolutely nailed it. ‘The Harvard of high schools’.”

High praise from those touring the hallways.

For family and friends the wait was finally over.

▶️ Welcome Wolfpack! New Caldera High School opens to excited students, staff

“My parents both came to look around for the first time,” Caldera High School freshman Lilly Clark said. “They were really excited, seeing all the things they have wanted too for a really long time.”

Freshman and sophomores embracing the moment.

“The atmosphere for a new school is just incredible and being the upper classroom we get the opportunity to build an entire program and culture,” a Caldera High sophomore said. “It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so it’s incredible.”

Principal of Caldera High Chris Boyd said they delayed the celebration until now, due to the pandemic.

“Part of the celebrations is marking the accomplishments of bringing everyone together to open a school,” Boyd said. “I think what’s unique about Bend and Central Oregon is this project alone, there were more than a thousand individuals from this community that worked through the lens of a contractor, a designer, an architect and Bend-La Pine staff. A lot of people in this community contributed to opening this building and I think that is something to celebrate.”

At halftime of the Caldera junior varsity football game, there was a ceremonial ribbon cutting to make things official.

Around 700 freshmen and sophomores walk the halls of Caldera High School.

The class of 2024 will be the first Wolfpack graduates.