Police: Masseuse at Bend spa arrested for sexual abuse; may be more victims

Police are asking for more possible victims to step forward after a man was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a woman at a spa in east Bend.

The suspect, identified by Oregon State Police as Jianming Tang, 45, is charged in Deschutes County with third degree sexual abuse and practicing massage without a license.

OSP said the investigation into alleged sexual abuse at the May Spa, located at the corner of Highway 20 and NE 27th Street, started on July 14. The victim said she had been sexually assaulted by her masseuse during a routine session, OSP said.

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An undercover operation was conducted on Sept. 15 with the assistance of the victim, OSP said, and Tang was arrested. OSP did not go into details about the undercover operation but credited the victim “for her bravery in participating.”

OSP believes there may be more victims who have not come forward. Anyone who wishes to report a similar incident involving May Spa is asked to contact the Oregon State Dispatch Center at (541) 726-2525 or *OSP and reference OSP case number SP23-216409.

Police said it did not have any additional information due to the ongoing investigation and court proceedings. An arraignment is set for Oct. 11.

OSP said the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation.

▶️ Mt. Bachelor’s new 6-pack Skyliner lift ‘on track’ for Dec. 22 opening

If you saw the top of Mt. Bachelor Friday morning, you may have noticed a little bit of new snow at the peak. It was the first dusting of the season and a sign that winter is closer than it otherwise seems.

Central Oregon Daily News got an inside look at the new upgrades coming to the mountain this year.

“This summer we are replacing Skyliner with a six-pack from Doppelmayr. This is going to be a big upgrade for our lift system,” Director of Mountain Operations Dustin Smith said. “It’s going to make things a little bit more reliable for us, provide a little bit better operation in the winds and in our environment. We’re super excited to see how this machine runs up on this resort.”

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A total makeover for the Skyliner lift, identified as a bottleneck area on the hill. In addition to the extra seats, the base terminal is moving further up the mountain, allowing more space for lift lines and event activities.

“We’re moving right along. Everything’s on track. We are almost complete with the mechanical installation on the lift,” Smith said.

The new six-pack is on its original schedule, to be operational a few weeks after opening day.

“Our scheduled date for opening (of Skyliner) is December 22nd and we’re feeling great. I mean, we’re all indications is we’re on track,” Smith said.

Operations staff say they are not worried about keeping patrons moving up the mountain before the re-opening of the Skyliner lift but that they will lose a small fraction of their terrain with the ongoing construction.

Other offseason changes include a new motor in the Outback lift and restoring the Northwest chair to primary electric power. Last season the Northwest lift ran at a reduced speed due to motor complications.

Mt. Bachelor is shooting for an opening day of Nov. 24 — the day after Thanksgiving.

Motorcyclist killed in Bend intersection after collision with car

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in south Bend after crashing into another vehicle Friday morning.

It happened around 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of Knott Road and China Hat Road.

Bend Police say a 74-year-old who was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle on China Hat failed to stop at the stop sign. He hit the passenger side of a Tesla sedan that was heading northeast on Knott Road.

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Witnesses and Bend Fire and Rescue medics performed CPR on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene about 11 minutes later. 

The Tesla driver stayed at the scene and called 911, police. They were not cited.

The intersection was closed until 1:25 p.m. while Bend Police investigated.

▶️ Your Photos: Season’s first snow in Central Oregon mountains

People waking up the High Desert looked to the western horizon Friday and saw the first significant snow of the season in the Central Oregon mountains.

Several of you sent us your morning photos to weather@centraloregondaily.com.


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Petes Lake Fire 50% contained; some evacuation levels lowered

Some Level 2 “Be Set” evacuations near the Petes Lake Fire were lowered to Level 1 “Be Ready” by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Friday. But some Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations remain in place.

The Petes Lake Fire fire was at 3,144 Acres Friday and was 50% contained. The fire, about five miles west of Elk Lake, started on Aug. 25 and lightning is believed to be the cause.

DCSO has lowered previous Level 2 evacuations for areas around Elk, Hosmer, Lava and Little Lave Lakes to Level 1. This includes areas east of Cascade Lakes Highway from Blue Lagoon north to Quinn Meadows.

Level 3 evacuations remain in place for all areas west of the Cascade Lakes Highway from the Lucky Lake Trailhead north to the Mirror Lake Trail. This includes the areas around Lucky Lake, Leech Lake, Doris Lake, Blow Lake and Mirror Lakes.

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Redmond manufacturing teacher named High Desert Regional Teacher of the Year

Redmond High School manufacturing teacher Dan Kernion was named the High Desert Regional Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Department of Education Friday.

Kernion was set to be presented with the honor at a surprise assembly at the school on Friday morning.

DOE, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, said regional teachers of the year are nominated by students, colleagues, administrators and friends or family members.

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“I am able to meet students where they are with their abilities and knowledge and create a path to success from the beginning of the project until completion,” Kernion is quoted from his application, according to DOE.

Each of Oregon’s 17 regional teachers of the year win a $1,000 cash prize and are in the running for Oregon’s 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year. That will be announced in October.

The Oregon Lottery, which has allocated revenue to public education since 1995, said it has sent more than $4 million to the Redmond School District in the past year and more than $17 million to Deschutes County.

▶️ Little Did I Know: Origins of space shuttle engines and wine bottle sizes

The following things I didn’t know may be a bit loose in the Verifiable Facts Department, but they basically get the point across. They are what I like to call fact-ish.

The Space Shuttle’s engine size was determined by a horse’s behind

According to snopes.com, the space shuttle had solid rocket boosters (SRBs)  that were restricted in their size because the rockets were built in Utah and the launch of the shuttle was in Florida. So they had to fit it into a train car that could fit through a train tunnel that was slightly wider than our standard train track of 1.5 meters or almost five feet.

But why are train tracks that size? Because that is the size train tracks that the British used and Americans adopted it to make things easier and supplies easier to acquire. 

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Then why did the British use that length? Because people who built rails and tramways in England used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which use that spacing.

That all makes sense. But then why did we use that spacing in the first place? Well, the spacing for a wagon was to fit in the ruts of the long distance roads in England that were actually created by the Roman Empire.  Yep. The Roman Empire actually did stretch all the way to England back then, and the ruts were created by Roman chariots.

So in order to create a vehicle that wouldn’t stray outside the ruts and potentially damage or even cripple the vehicle, the width of the ruts left by the chariots was chosen as the most efficient width. 

But then why did Roman chariots get to be the width they are? And hence, why were the space shuttles engines restricted to a five-foot rail car? Well, you could say it all came down to a couple of horses behinds.

Soccer balls are black and white because of the invention of television

Prior to the invention of the television. Soccer was played with myriads of different colored balls, with one of the most famous being orange. But orange on a black and white TV made the ball nearly impossible to see and was a big turnoff for the TV viewing audience.

So what did they do? They brought us the black and white soccer ball that we know today and that our eyes very much know and love. 

A wine bottle’s volume was determined by the average exhale of a human

The wine bottle is 750 milliliters and volume. But why 750 milliliters? Why not 500 or 1,000? And why, in a country that has never embraced the metric system, is this particular measurement in metric? 

Well, the Romans invented glass blowing. Legend has it that when wine bottles were first made, they not only had to be made by humans, but by hand.

And also by lung.

Glass blowers had to exhale each individual bottle into existence. And what is the approximate average of a glass blowers exhale. Enough for 750 milliliters.

Public fire restrictions dropped in Central Oregon starting Saturday

Public fire restrictions are being dropped starting Saturday morning across Central Oregon, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

That means campfires will be allowed outside of designated, developed campgrounds across public land. But, the public is being reminded to use existing fire rings for campfires wherever possible and to always bring a shovel and extra water to ensure the fire is cold to the touch when they leave.

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However, the Forest Service says annual river corridor restrictions will remain in place through October 15. Campfires, charcoal fires, wood pellet burning devices and portable propane campfire devices are still prohibited on BLM-administered lands along portions of the Crooked, Deschutes, John Day and White Rivers, as well as along Lake Billy Chinook and Lake Simtustus.

Firewood cutters are now allowed to cut firewood at any time of the day. The Forest Service says people should make sure spark arrestors are in good working order and should carry a shovel and water for use if they inadvertently spark a fire.

Prineville’s Breese-Iverson stepping down as Oregon House GOP leader

Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson, R-Prineville, announced Thursday she is stepping down as GOP leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. But she’s not leaving politics.

“Being leader for the past two years has been an honor and I am proud of the accomplishments during my tenure. My constituents, friends and neighbors in House District 59 have always been a top priority to me. I will have more time now for those efforts and to be the most effective Representative I can for the communities I serve,” Breese-Iverson said in a statement.

Breese-Iverson says she “looking toward the next opportunity to serve and bring more balance to Oregon.”

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“She is absolutely instrumental to Republicans winning in Oregon,” Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, the Senate Republican Leader, said in a statement. “She has and will be an incredible asset to rural Oregon and helping us achieve a better balance in Salem. I look forward to her next move.”

Breese-Iverson will stay in her role until a new leader is chosen, she said.

▶️ VIDEO: First snowfall of the season at Mt. Bachelor

On the final day of summer, Central Oregon saw the first sign that ski season is getting closer.

The first snow was spotted on the Mid-Mountain web camera at Mt. Bachelor.

Mt. Bachelor ski area announced Thursday it is shooting for a Nov. 24 opening. That’s the day after Thanksgiving.

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One of the big features coming this season is the new six-pack, high-speed Skyliner chairlift. Mt. Bachelor said the lift will increase uphill capacity and reliability in tough weather. It will open in December.

Additionally, the Northwest Express lift has a rebuilt motor and the Outback Express lift has had its electric motor replaced. And the Northwest and Little Pine lifts had their haul ropes replaced.

The resort says there is one week left to save up to $260 on a season pass before prices go up Sept. 28.