Bend Police investigating shooting near Drake Park

Bend Police are investigating a shooting near Drake Park.

Police tweeted around 3:30 p.m. Thursday they were working an active crime scene at NW Tumalo Avenue and NW Riverfront Street on Bend’s west side near the Galveston Avenue bridge.

Few details have been released, but the department has confirmed to Central Oregon Daily News one person was shot and taken to the hospital.

We have a reporter on the scene and are working to get more information.

Tune in tonight at 5 p.m. for the very latest.

 

OSP looking for info on suspects in mule deer poaching west of Bend

The Oregon State Police is looking for the public’s help finding who is responsible for poaching a large mule deer buck near Forest Sevice Road 4606 and Bull Springs Road west of Bend.

OSP received a tip on Monday that an older two toned (white/brown) square body Ford pickup was leaving the area with a large mule deer buck in the bed of the pickup.

The truck was also reported to have a black Dakine style mountain bike tailgate cover.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police TIP number at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP and leave information for Senior Trooper Creed Cummings.

Information can also be provided at the following website  https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/fw/Pages/tip.aspx or the TIP information below.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s)
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

Bend man arrested for possession, distribution of heroin, meth

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, along with assistance from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, arrested a Bend man Sunday morning for possessing and distributing heroin and methamphetamine.

The arrest of the suspect, 39-year-old Michael Hollibaugh, was the result of a short-term drug investigation. Evidence obtained through the investigation showed Hollibaugh would purchase large amounts of both heroin and methamphetamine and would sell them for profit.

Hollibaugh was arrested during a traffic stop conducted by DCSO. DCSO deputies and CODE detectives found around three ounces of heroin and a half ounce of methamphetamine in Hollibaugh’s car.

Hollibaugh was charged with possession, manufacturing and distributing heroin, and possession of methamphetamine.

Bend transient woman arrested on arson, assault charges after homeless camp incident

A Bend transient woman was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly setting fire to a mobile home and beating someone with a baseball bat before bashing in the window of a business and attacking a parked car, according to Bend Police.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in the incident.

It started around 3 a.m. when someone called dispatch saying she had been assaulted by a woman who lit her motorhome on fire at a transient camp on Hunnell Road between Cooley and Loco roads.

Sgt. Tommy Russell said when officers arrived, they found an older Winnebago Chieftain motorhome engulfed with flames. Nobody was inside.

Officers then contacted the alleged victim, a 36-year-old Bend woman.

The victim told officers she let a neighboring transient, 32-year-old Elizabeth Butler, an acquaintance, to sleep in her motorhome for the night because it was going to be cold out and Butler sleeps in a tent.

The victim said she slept in the rear of the motorhome while Butler slept in the front.

Sometime around 3 a.m., the victim said she awoke to the smell of smoke.

She looked out to the main cabin of the motorhome and found there was a blanket on fire.

The woman grabbed the blanket and began dragging it out the side door when she was attacked from behind, Russell said.

Butler allegedly used a metal baseball bat to hit the woman in the back of the head, the back, and the left arm multiple times.  She had no idea as to why Butler was attacking her, Russell said.

The victim then fell out onto the sidewalk and dropped the burning blanket.

She then ran to a neighboring motorhome to get help where paramedics responded to treat her.

The victim was taken to St Charles in Bend where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Another Bend Police Officer who was responding to the fire and assault saw a woman bashing out the window of a commercial cleaning business in the area of Empire and Jamison with a baseball bat.

As the officer turned around to go contact the woman, the officer saw her begin beating on the window and door of a parked Audi Q5 with the baseball bat.

The officer contacted the woman and gave her verbal commands to drop the bat.  Initially, the woman did not comply, Russell said.

She eventually dropped the bat and was taken into custody without incident.

Her clothing was singed by fire, at which time the officer realized the woman with the bat was the suspect from the fire and assault, Russell said.

Butler’s clothing and the bat were seized as evidence in the crimes.

She was taken to the Deschutes County Jail, where it was discovered she had superficial burn marks to the backs of her legs.

She was treated by staff at the jail and lodged on multiple charges including first-degree assault, first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful use of a weapon.

Officers later learned that Butler had been given a ride by another neighboring transient to the area of 3rd and Empire.

Butler told this witness that someone had a gun and she needed help so they dropped her off near the sheriff’s office, Russell said.

A Bend Fire Arson Investigator responded to the scene. Their investigation is ongoing.

Armed robbery reported at new Bend taco shop

Bend Police are investigating a reported armed robbery at a taco shop late Sunday night.

Sgt. Rob Emerson said officers were dispatched to Lucy’s Taco Shop, 916 NE 3rd Street just before 11 p.m. The employees reported the suspect, a woman wearing a mask, was armed with a gun, and demanded cash.

A search of the area came up empty.

If you have any information, please contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Lucy’s opened in the old Baja Fresh building on June 22nd.

Bike found following discovery of Portland man’s body

The bike belonging to a Portland man who was found dead east of Bend on Sunday has been recovered, but an additional search for evidence Wednesday came up empty.

Lt. Chad Davis with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said a citizen had found the bike belonging to 36-year-old John Sims near Trail 20 east of the Millican OHV play area.

ATV riders came upon Sims’ body about one mile north of Highway 20 near milepost 28 around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

His bike, which sustained some damage from an apparent crash, was found less than a mile from where Sims was found, Davis said.

Davis said the investigation determined Sims had come to the area to visit the observatory, driving to an area above the Pine Mountain US Forets Service Campground where he parked his 2008 Subaru Forester.

It’s believed Sims left his car and went for a mountain bike ride and at some point became separated from his bike. Davis said Sims appeared to have walked several miles before he collapsed at the location where he was found by the ATV riders.

“Based on the condition of Sims’ body, it appeared he died due to exposure to the elements,” Davis said. “It was also determined his body had been at the location for several days.”

Davis said there was no indication a crime was committed.

On Wednesday, 21 members of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Unit and a couple of deputies responded to the scene to continue looking for evidence.

Davis said the search grid consisted of an area between where the bike was found and Sims’ body was discovered.

No additional evidence was found, Davis said.

 

 

Wanted man with knife arrested after fight with 7-Eleven clerk

A wanted felon on parole was arrested Monday night after allegedly causing a disturbance in a 7-Eleven, fighting with the store clerk and threatening him with a knife, according to Bend Police.

Cpl. Kyle Voll said the incident started around 10:45 when officers responded to a fight at the 7-Eleven on Franklin Avenue.

Witnesses said a man was attacking and punching a store employee. Officers en route learned one of the men tried to use a knife during the fight.

Voll said when officers arrived on scene they found the two men still fighting. Both were detained, but after learning the involvement of the two subjects, the victim was identified and released.

The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Joshua Seeley and a female companion had been in the store creating a disturbance and cursing at employees.  When employees asked Seeley and his friend to leave the store, Seeley became verbally aggressive and challenged the employee to a fight, Voll said.

The employee, a 25-year-old man, declined to engage but tried to escort Seeley out of the store.

Once outside the store, Seeley punched the employee in the face, Voll said.

During the fight, Seeley made threats to kill the man and Seeley reached for a knife he had sheathed on his hip.  The employee was able to gain control of the knife and took it from Seeley.

A bystander was able to secure the knife and made attempts to separate the two.

The employee was treated for his injuries on the scene by Bend Fire & Rescue.  Seeley was arrested and taken to St Charles for injuries sustained during the fight.

Seeley was later taken to the Deschutes County Jail on charges of first and second-degree assault, menacing, and the unlawful use of a weapon.

He was also wanted for Oregon State Parole Board felony warrant.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 322-2960.

Man married to missing kids’ mom charged with hiding remains

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been charged with concealing or destroying two sets of human remains after authorities say they uncovered children’s bodies on his property while investigating the disappearance of his wife’s two kids.

The remains haven’t yet been identified.

The case has drawn global attention for its ties to the couple’s doomsday beliefs and the mysterious deaths of their former spouses.

An Idaho prosecutor filed the felony charges against Chad Daybell on Wednesday, and he’s being held on $1 million bail.

The children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, has already been charged with child abandonment.

Then-7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September.

Deschutes County DA issues call to action for criminal justice reform

By TED TAYLOR
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

As thousands of Central Oregonians call for reform, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says now is the time to act.

Standing outside the old county courthouse, where over the weekend nearly 2,000 people gathered to protest police brutality and social injustice, the county’s lead prosecutor on Monday issued a call for systematic changes to local and state policing, prosecution efforts and sentencing guidelines.

“In 15 short days, we’ve seen our community mobilize, be energized, unite, and speak with one voice like we’ve never seen before,” Hummel said, referencing the May 25th death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  “That one voice is clear as a bell and it’s a clarion call for action: We demand changes to our criminal justice system and we demand them now.”

Hummel said Floyd’s death “lit a fire in our country that sent people to the streets to demand a criminal justice system that works for all Americans.”

“It’s incumbent upon me and other leaders to respond,” he said.

Hummel said he will no longer accept donations or endorsements from law enforcement unions, officers or criminal defense attorneys. He is developing an “emerging adult program” to provide appropriate treatment options for criminal suspects between 18 and 25 years old as well as a program to provide more social services and treatment to veterans suspected of crimes.

His office will also partner with Allyship in Action “to advance equity and social justice in our office through customized assessment, education, and long-range planning and support.”

“I’m proud of the work me and my team in the district attorney’s office, many of whom are here today, have done to ensure justice is delivered in our community,” he said.But these last two weeks, you’ve told me loud and clear that I’ve not done enough. I’ve seen you, and I’ve heard you. I see you now. We need to do more.”

Before Hummel started talking, several public defenders came out onto the lawn to tell the DA to take action and use his position to do more, before returning inside.

More than 50 protesters also gathered at the event, many holding signs, also asking pointed questions and saying “Act now!”

Hummel called on lawmakers in Salem and Washington D.C. to act as well.

He laid out several laws that needed to immediately pass including requiring all Oregon police to wear body cameras, the repeal of Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentences, and a ban on chokeholds and strongholds by police officers except when deadly physical force is justified.

Currently, Redmond and Prineville are the only two local police agencies to employ body cameras. The Bend Police Department and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are exploring the idea, but Bend PD has said it would cost at least $1 million. 

Bend Police Chief Jim Porter say he disagreed with Hummel’s comments on certain holds.

“There’s not unlimited uses of choking someone in the state of Oregon,” he said. “To totally remove that would like telling an officer, ‘This day you can’t carry a gun’, because in fact, it is a lethal use of force that the officer may have.”

Additionally, Hummel said the Legislature should refer the death penalty to Oregonians for a vote.

Earlier Monday he sent a letter to House and Senate leaders announcing his calls to action, requesting lawmakers lean upon Portland Sen. Lew Frederick and the People of Color Caucus in considering criminal justice reform.

“I put forward my call to action today, with a full appreciation of the privileges that were bestowed on me at birth, as a white, male, American, born into a family of means,” he said. “I don’t know what it is like to walk our streets as a black man.  It’s therefore incumbent on me to educate myself about the experiences of people of color, and to be an ally to people of color, but at the end of the day, it is people of color who know what is best for people of color.”

Some of those who listened to Hummel said they liked what they heard, but want to see it play out.

“I believe that he definitely has a voice that has portrayed what we want t be done what we want to see happen, the struggle is that we haven’t seen anything yet and there’s been talk about these things for a while,” said Mylea Parker.

Said Adam Hostetter: “I think they’re meaningful but at the same time I am pessimistic about if anything will be done long term.”

Hummel highlighted several criminal justice reform efforts he has championed over the years, including a moral opposition to the death penalty; being the only Oregon district attorney to advocate a law to require the recording of grand jury hearings and the decriminalization of marijuana.

He also said he was the first, and for a long time, only, DA to advocate for a requirement Oregon jury verdicts be unanimous. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of that in April.

“Today is not the beginning of my advocacy for criminal justice reform, nor will it be my final word on the issue,” he said. “We need to never stop working on making our criminal justice system as just as possible, and I always want to listen and learn from you about your ideas to make it better.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan contributed to this report.

 

 

Bend man pleads guilty to 2019 hoax bomb threat at courthouse

EUGENE, Ore.— A Bend man pleaded guilty Friday for placing a hoax bomb at the Deschutes County Courthouse last July, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan Tyler Allen, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiring to use a telephone to make a threat to destroy a building with an explosive.

According to court documents, on or about July 28 to July 29, 2019, Allen and co-conspirator Kellie Cameron, 31, also of Bend, conspired with one another to shut down the Deschutes County Courthouse in Bend by planting a fake bomb and calling in a bomb threat, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said.

Around the same time, Cameron constructed a fake bomb using batteries, wiring, a circuit board, and a fuel filter, among other materials.

On July 29, Allen and Cameron drove to the courthouse and placed the hoax device on a ramp near the building, Williams said.

Around 7:18 a.m. the same day, Cameron, who was with Allen, used a cell phone to call 911.

He told the operator, “I just want to let you know that there are two bombs, one’s in the courthouse and good luck finding the other one.”

Less than an hour later, with Allen again present, Cameron called 911 a second time to repeat his threat. Allen later threw one of the phones used into a canal to avoid being caught.

The incident closed downtown streets near the courthouse for hours and required the Oregon State Police bomb squad to be called in from Eugene.

The two men were arrested just a few days later last year after being contacted by police during a traffic stop.

Search warrants were executed on the men and the Dodge van they were driving, according to Bend Police. Evidence was obtained and both suspects were arrested and jailed.

On August 7, 2019, Allen and Cameron were charged with conspiring to make a threat regarding explosive materials and conveying false information and hoaxes.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel on Friday thanked law enforcement and Williams for their work on the investigation and prosecution.

“Jonathan Allen sought to shut down the justice system in Deschutes County, and he failed.  While me and the team in the District Attorney’s office evacuated our offices after the bomb threat was made, we never stopped working to ensure justice was done,” Hummel said in a statement. “It was heartening to see my team working their cases on cell phones, laptops in the parking lot, and offices they commandeered throughout the Deschutes County government campus.”

Allen faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

He will be sentenced on September 6, 2020, before U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend Allen be sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Cameron made his first appearance in federal court on August 21, 2019. He entered a not guilty plea and was detained pending trial. Judge McShane continued the detention order pending sentencing.

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