Federal Charges Filed Against Two Suspects in Bomb Threat Hoax

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams has filed federal charges against two of the three men arrested for making a hoax bomb threat at the Deschutes County Courthouse late last month.

Deschutes County DA John Hummel dismissed state charges against 23-year-old Jonathan Allen and 31-year-old Kellie Cameron. The two are accused of federal conspiracy to make a threat regarding explosive materials, false information and hoaxes. They were arrested during a traffic stop on August 3rd.

A third suspect, 40-year-old William Swanson, was arrested Thursday afternoon and still faces state charges of possessing a hoax device, disorderly conduct and criminal conspiracy.

“I appreciate the strong working relationship local law enforcement has always had with the FBI and United States Attorney Williams,” Hummel said in a statement.  “We always work collaborative on cases with a Federal nexus and decide after a thorough investigation which jurisdiction should ultimately handle the matter. We all agreed that the alleged actions of these suspects warranted resolution in Federal court and this is why I dismissed the local charges.”

This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Nathan J. Lichvarcik, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The hoax on July 29th caused a multi-agency response that closed several downtown Bend streets, forced the cancelation of all courthouse activities and prompted a call to the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit from Salem.

Someone called 9-1-1 around 7 a.m. to report two bombs – one at the courthouse steps and the other in a separate, undisclosed location nearby. The courthouse was evacuated and streets in the area blocked off shortly after that, according to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. William Bailey.

The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit arrived from Eugene at about 11 a.m. While the team assessed the device, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out they were seeking a person of interest and released a short security video of what appears to be a man wearing a cowboy hat, grey hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and jeans carrying a box under one arm.

Just after 1 p.m. the OSP Explosives Unit used a water cannon to neutralize the device. Further investigation revealed it did not contain any explosive materials.

Bend Police Looking For More Victims in Privacy Invasion Case

Bend Police is looking for more potential victims in a personal privacy invasion case that landed a Redmond man in jail last month.

Lt. Juli McConkey said in a release that on July 17, Bend Police were dispatched to the Empire Car Wash and Gorilla Growlers on the north end of Bend off Empire Avenue regarding a man using a selfie stick to photograph a female customer.

The woman reported that she saw the man taking pictures up her skirt as she was cleaning her vehicle.

Jesse James Calkins

The woman confronted the man and he left the scene before officers arrived.

In the following weeks, officers gathered information, including video surveillance, and identified the male suspect as Jesse James Calkins and the vehicle he was driving, an older model white Ford Escape.

Calkins, 35, of Redmond, was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail on second degree invasion of personal privacy and a probation violation warrant.

Based on evidence that has been gathered during the investigation and through the search warrant, the Bend Police believes there are more victims with the possibility of similar circumstances.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

New Jail “Open for Business” in Crook County

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office opened its new jail Monday night, with deputies walking all 19 inmates across the street to their new digs.

Sheriff John Gautney called the transition a historical event for Crook County. The old, 16-bed, jail had been used since 1968. The new facility is equipped with technology to help corrections staff with safety and security of the facility and staff as well as the inmates.

The operating capacity of the new jail is 65 inmates, but total bed space can swell to 85 if necessary. Gautney said In the coming weeks, 26 Crook County inmates currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail will be transferred to Prineville.

Crook County voters approved a $10 million bond measure in November 2016 to pay for the facility.

“This has been long overdue for Crook County and the community should be proud of this new facility that you have provided for,” said Gautney.

Authorities ID Body Found Near Sunriver

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains found over the weekend near Sunriver as 48-year-old Curtis Frederick Pagel.

According to Lt. Chad Davis, Pagel had no known recent address, but had lived in Oregon for many years. The cause of death is still being determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Curtis Frederick Pagel

A camper on Sunday reported finding a possible decomposed body alongside a forest service road near Wake Butte. Upon arrival, deputies confirmed it was human remains. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. William Bailey told Central Oregon Daily the body was badly decomposed and had been there for “months” and detectives determined foul play was involved in the death.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance with any information they may have about Pagel, including past work history, past residences or any recent contact they might have had with him.

The public is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Human Remains Found Near Sunriver; Foul Play Suspected

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives suspect foul play is involved after finding human remains Sunday about six miles west of Sunriver.

An autopsy performed Tuesday morning identified the body as that of a white man between the ages of 18 and 40.

According to Sgt. William Bailey, deputies were dispatched to Deschutes National Forest land just before noon Sunday after a camper reported finding a possible decomposed body alongside a forest service road near Wake Butte.

Upon arrival, deputies confirmed it was human remains. Bailey told Central Oregon Daily the body was badly decomposed and had been there for “months.”

The Oregon State Police crime lab was called to the scene to help with the investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Bailey said.

Sheriff’s detectives are working with the state Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity and cause of death. No further information was provided by the sheriff’s office.