Homeless Man Arrested After Downtown Bomb Threat

Bend Police arrested a homeless man Friday after he was overheard threatening to blow up a building.

The threat happened just after 12 p.m. and prompted a swift response from police who set up a perimeter, closed several roads and evacuated the Alexander Drake Building at 250 NW Franklin Ave.

The suspect, 37-year-old Mathew Henderson, walked out of the building on his own after about 15 minutes. He was arrested by police in the parking lot.

Mathew Henderson

According to police, the investigation revealed that while Henderson was walking into the building he was agitated and yelling.  A witness, the original caller to 911, was sitting in a vehicle nearby and overheard Henderson, who was wearing a backpack, yelling that he was going to blow up the building.

Once he was arrested, police searched his backpack and found no explosive devices or material. Police also searched the building and did not find anything suspicious.

Henderson was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with first degree disorderly conduct.

Friday’s incident is the second bomb threat made in downtown Bend this week. Police are still searching for a suspect who left a suspicious package in front of the Deschutes County Courthouse on Monday morning. That threat prompted a call to the Oregon State Police bomb squad who came from Eugene to inspect the package. It was later deemed a hoax, but not before the area was shut down for most of the morning and all court activities canceled for the day.

Bend Man Arrested After Multiple Hit & Run Crashes

A 34-year-old Bend man was arrested Wednesday morning after multiple hit-and-run crashes and a short chase from Tumalo to Bend.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, someone called 9-1-1 about 1:12 a.m. Wednesday to report a Chevy truck had crashed into park cars near Tumalo Tavern. The caller reported the driver drove away from the parking lot after the crashes and drove through Tumalo.

Randall Richard Kilby (April 2019)

Meanwhile, Bend Police were actively investigating another hit and run crash near Jake’s Diner reported about a half hour earlier. The victim provided a description of the truck and the driver and police said it matched the suspect from the incident in Tumalo. 

A DSCO Deputy Sheriff located the truck and unsuccessfully tried to pull over the driver. A pursuit ensued through Tumalo and onto southbound Highway 97 toward Bend, with speeds never exceeding 55 mph.

Sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips on the highway and were able to bring the truck to a stop at the Highway 97 and Cooley Road intersection.

After the truck stopped, DCSO Deputies, with the help of Oregon State Police and Bend Police, conducted a high risk vehicle stop.

DSCO Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said the driver, Randall Richard Kilby of Bend, was arrested without further incident. No injuries were reported.

Kilby was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and booked on several charges including felony attempting to elude, reckless driving and a parole violation.

To Catch A Thief

One local business in Bend turned to Instagram before the police to try and catch a thief this week and they’re not the only business to take that tactic in the past few months. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how social media is becoming a crimefighting tool for local business. If you believe you have knowledge about this incident at Bend Brewing, please contact the Bend Police Department’s non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.

Arrest Made in String of Robberies in Bend

The incident began Saturday night with a call from a Bend resident who had been forced into his vehicle at knife point on the north side of Bend. It ended hours later in the Walmart on the south end of town with police arresting Jared Lake.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the alleged crime spree and information from Lake’s arraignment at the Deschutes County Courthouse this morning.

Suspect in Homicide Investigation Appeared In Court

36-year-old Alan Peter Porciello appeared in court this afternoon on felony charges of first degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the death of 37-year-old Jenny Lynn Cashwell.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon and found Cashwell deceased at Cedar West Apartments. Authorities have not yet released Cashwell’s cause of death nor how Porciello is involved.
 
On Monday afternoon Judge Randy Miller set Porciello’s bail at $250,000 and set his terms of release to include no possession of any weapons and no contact with the Cashwell family.
 
Porciello is expected to be back in court on January 22nd.

Bend Celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and Bend came out to celebrate our local police, sheriff’s office and state police. Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went to Bend Senior High where student wore blue in honor of law enforcement.

Story of Assault/Robbery Turns Out to be False

The story of an assault and robbery near Shevlin Park went viral on social media, but after some investigation it was found that the entire story was fabricated.

In mid-November a Facebook post by the daughter of Bend resident Deborah Connors circulated on local Facebook pages and was eventually reported to the Bend Police Department. The post alleged that Connors had been driving along Shevlin Park Road when she thought she struck an animal with her car.

The post went on to say that when Connors stopped to check she found that it was a stuffed toy but was then attacked by two men who threatened her with a knife, robbed her of the $4,000 that was in her purse and drove away in a black van.

Bend PD began investigating the claim after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who had seen the post online.

However, weeks after the original post, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said there is no truth to the story.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.

No Charges Filed in Officer Involved Shooting

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel announced Wednesday that he has officially closed his investigation on an officer involved shooting that took place in June. Hummel said he concluded that the officer’s decision to shoot Bend resident Timothy Bret Bontrager was legally justified.

The incident took place on June 26th around 11:30 p.m. when Bend Police officer Timothy Williams conducted a traffic stop on highway 97 and Cooley Road. Williams pulled over 36-year-old Bontrager for failure to use his turn signal. Bontrager pulled over into the driveway of the Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

Officer Williams approached the driver’s side of Bontrager’s vehicle. After he asked for Bontrager’s license and registration Williams suspected that Bontrager was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Williams said that Bontrager exhibited slow, deliberate speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes. Williams also noted that there were two opened 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor in Bontrager’s vehicle.

Officer Williams called for backup and Bend Police officer Kevin Uballez arrived on the scene. Williams approached the driver’s side door to ask Bontrager to perform a field sobriety test, which Bontrager refused.

Officer Williams informed officer Uballez that he would read Bontrager his ROHRS, shorthand for what a police officer can say to a suspected impaired driver who has refused an initial request to perform field sobriety tests. Williams also notified officer Uballez that if Bontrager continued to refuse to cooperate, officer Williams would arrest him.

Both officers approached the vehicle once again, Uballez on the passenger side as a cover position, while Williams began reading the ROHRS to Bontrager, stating that he was being asked to perform physical tests and his refusal to perform them could be used against him in court. Immediately after officer Williams asked Bontrager if he understood, Bontrager turned away from Williams, yelled, ‘here’s my proof of insurance!’ and reached for the glove compartment. This, Hummel said, is when the shooting began.

According to Hummel Uballez, who was standing on the passenger side of the car, saw Bontrager pull a gun from the glove box.

“Uballez yells ‘Gun! Gun!’ so Williams knows what’s happening,” said Hummel during his Wednesday press conference. “Immediately Bontrager put the gun to his head, pulled the trigger.”

Williams, thinking Bontrager was shooting at him or Uballez, fired seven shots into the car, striking Bontrager twice.

Williams then radioed that shots had been fired and both officers then checked on Bontrager, who was deceased.

Officer Williams had begun an audio recording once he realized Bontrager’s stop could become a DUI investigation. That recording, including the audio of the shooting, was played during Wednesday’s press conference.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that the cause of death was a perforating contact handgun shot to the head and that neither of the two rounds Williams shot into the vehicle was fatal.

Bend Police Department Cracks Down on Distracted Driving

According to the CDC, approximately nine people are killed every day, and more than 1000 are injured, in accidents that involve distracted drivers.

That’s why the City of Bend Police Department conducted an enhanced distracted driving enforcement detail throughout the city of Bend Thursday afternoon. The department hoped to educate the public on the dangers of cell phone usage and reduce the number of traffic incidents caused by using their phones behind the wheel.

In October of last year, Oregon enacted a new distracted driving law, which makes it illegal to drive while holding any electronic device. And if you get caught, it could come with some hefty fines and even jail time.

A first offense that doesn’t contribute to a crash is a class B violation with a maximum fine of $1,000. A second offense, or if the first offense contributes to a crash, is a class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,000. A third offense in ten years is a class B misdemeanor and could result in a maximum fine of $2,500 fine and could be 6 months in jail.

County Still Struggling with 911 Radios

After replacing the outdated analog radio system for Deschutes County first responders, the county hoped its 911 radio issues would be solved. However a number of issues have arisen including lack of reception in buildings, no reception in other areas and volume variations. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with Deschutes County Commissioners to see how they hope to tackle the issues that could threaten lives.