Bend man arrested on drug, weapons charges after 3-hour standoff

A Bend man wanted on weapons charges surrendered peacefully Saturday after a three-hour standoff with officers.

The incident started just after noon on Saturday when officers received information that a suspect in several recent cases involving a firearm was inside a home on NW Colorado Avenue – across the street from Market of Choice.

Lt. Clint Burleigh said 36-year-old Mackenzie Burton Now was suspected of being in possession of a stolen handgun, which was found last week with more than 26 grams of suspected heroin.

The information led officers to the home on Colorado where the Central Oregon Emergency Response team was activated due to the nature of the investigation and presence of firearms, Burleigh said.

Oregon State Police troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene.

Several local streets were blocked and neighbors were asked to stay inside during the incident.

Crisis negotiators were able to make contact with Now and he agreed to come out of the home around 3:15, Burleigh said.

Now was jailed on several charges including first-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree burglary, and possession of a controlled substance.


Suspect named in Madras homicide; woman believed to be armed, heading to Mexico

Central Oregon authorities are looking for a 21-year-old Prineville woman suspected in a fatal shooting Wednesday night in Madras.

The woman, Jenna R. Campbell, is believed to be armed and possibly leaving Oregon for Mexico in a newer gray or silver Ford F150 truck.

Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche described Campbell as white, 5’5″ and 110-120 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.

Leriche said if you run across Campbell, avoid contact and call 911.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team is investigating the shooting, which happened around 9:20 Wednesday night during a fight.

Leriche said law enforcement responded to a home in Madras where the gunshot victim was found.

Officers started immediate life-saving efforts and the victim was taken to St. Charles in Madras but did not survive.

No other details have been released, but Leriche said anyone with information should call Detective Steve Webb at the Madras Police Department, 541-475-2424.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team includes personnel from the Bend, Redmond, Madras and Warm Springs police departments and the Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook County sheriff’s offices.

The Oregon State Police Crime Lab also responded to help with the investigation.

DCSO: Dispute leads to Bend man shooting his adult son at homeless camp

A Bend man was arrested Friday morning after allegedly shooting his adult son during an argument at a homeless camp, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Jayson Janes said deputies responded to a camp off China Hat Road after a reported shooting around 11 a.m.

The caller said 57-year-old Dwanye Dittmer shot his adult son.

Deputies responded to the area and talked to the people involved, Janes said.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to St. Charles in Bend with non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives ended up serving a search warrant on the trailer where the alleged shooting took place, Janes said.

Based on statements made by the victim, witnesses, and evidence seized at the location, Dittmer was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with felon in possession of a firearm and negligently wounding another.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, and Bend Fire and Rescue.

This is still an active investigation.

▶️ Deschutes Co. DA tossing low-level drug crimes ahead of Measure 110 implementation


Earlier this month, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 110 to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs such as cocaine, oxycodone, and methamphetamine.

Anyone found with the illegal drugs will receive violations instead of criminal charges and be directed to drug treatment programs.

The changes aren’t scheduled to begin until February 1st next year, but here in Deschutes County, the District Attorney is treating low-level drug offenses as though the law is already in effect.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says there’s no meaningful distinction between people who commit low-level drug possession offenses the next two months and when the law takes effect in February, so he won’t treat them differently.

“Why should I punish someone more harshly who commits their offense in January then they would be punished if they committed their offense in February? If I can’t determine a valid basis for treating them differently, I’m not going to,” Hummel said.

Hummel says the manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs will remain “big-time” felonies.

What’s changing is how individuals who are arrested in possession of small amounts of drugs for their personal use, will be issued violations–the equivalent of a traffic ticket–instead of misdemeanors which sends them into the criminal justice system.

“By lowering the penalty from a misdemeanor to a violation and referring somebody to a drug treatment; by having more treatment available and more affordable and having that treatment more evidence-based on effective methods, I’m confident people are going to get help for their addictions,” Hummel said. “That’s going to help them and their family and that’s going to result in less crime being committed in our community.”

But the heat’s not off yet.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is operating by the letter of the law and will continue citing individuals for misdemeanor drug offenses through January.

“Right now, these amounts of illegal substances are still a crime in Oregon,” aid Sgt. Jayson Janes, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office public information officer. “We will continue to treat them as a crime in Oregon until they no longer are.”

Hummel said for the past three years, the DA’s office, in partnership with the medical community, has been running a model for how to handle drug cases in the criminal justice system.

“I’ve diverted cases out of criminal justice into La Pine Health Center and Mosaic Medical. In essence, I’ve been doing what measure 110 is going to do statewide for 3 years. It’s not much new here,” he said.

Hummel says about 500 drug cases are presented annually to the District Attorney’s office.

He expects the number of drug cases to decrease as more offenders are directed to drug treatment instead of treated as criminals.

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 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.

* $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: (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.