▶️ Sisters welcomes dedicated Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s Office presence

By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has put the final details in place for a dedicated law enforcement presence in Sisters.

Sisters had its own police department until 1998 when it began contracting with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

“Previously, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office had a west district deputy who would serve all of Sisters Country, the west end of Deschutes County and they rotated in and out of the city,” said Cory Misley, Sisters City Manager. “Now we are going to have three deputies and a lieutenant who only work inside the city and they don’t rotate to any part of the county.”

Deputies dedicated to Sisters will provide all the services of a typical police department, in vehicles marked with City of Sisters logos.

Lieutenant Chad Davis will lead the effort as de facto police chief.

“I’ve lived in the community for 25 years,” Davis said. “I have three kids in the school district. My wife is a substitute schoolteacher so we are really vested into the community.”

Davis brings 22 years of experience and worked as a reserve with the Sisters Police Department in the mid-90s, an opportunity he says allowed him to get familiar with the city’s culture.

“We’ll have a lot more time to do proactive patrols, meeting business owners, meeting the citizens out there and establishing relationships which are so important to do law enforcement correctly,” he said. “That cooperation and trust is built by getting out of your car, shaking hands, meeting those people, and establishing relationships so they trust us and will share information with us.”

Davis will attend city council meetings and his deputies will be available to patrol large events such as the Sisters Rodeo and Folk Festival.

This new enhanced contract with DCSO will cost Sisters about $726,000 annually.

Misley says it’s worth it.

“We’ll get to know and build a relationship with these law enforcement officers and that is really taking a big step in terms of community policing here in Sisters,” he said.

Marion County Fugitive Captured Near La Pine

A 19-year-old McMinnville man wanted in Marion County was arrested Sunday afternoon after leading sheriff’s deputies on a short foot chase across Highway 97 near La Pine..

According to a release, at 11:39 am Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on Highway 97 near Rocking Horse Rd.

It was later learned that Aryan Lee Gledhill was a passenger in the vehicle during that traffic stop but, at the time, was not identified.

Deputies later learned Gledhill had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest out of Marion County for aggravated harassment. The vehicle description and identity of the male was provided to other Deschutes County Deputies, who began looking for Gledhill.

At 12:19, a deputy saw Gledhill inside the vehicle traveling south on Highway 97 near La Pine. Patrol deputies coordinated a traffic stop near the 51000 block of Highway 97 to contact and arrest Gledhill.

Gledhill exited the vehicle and ran away, crossing Highway 97 as deputies gave chase.

Deschutes County Deputy Keith Slater deployed his canine partner “Brolo” who, with the help of other deputies, apprehended Gledhill about 30 yards from the traffic stop.

Both north and south bound traffic voluntarily stopped to allow the suspect and pursuing deputies to safely cross Highway 97 while in foot pursuit.

Gledhill was arrested on several charges including the two outstanding felony warrants for aggravated harassment, second-degree escape, attempting to elude, felony possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

He was treated at the scene by La Pine Fire/Paramedics before being taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life-threatening dog bite injuries related to his apprehension.

He was later transported to the Deschutes County Jail.

Bend PD/DCSO Joint Traffic Sting Set for Thursday

Bend Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Target Team on Thursday will run a focused traffic enforcement detail on Highway 97 north of Bend.

The team will focus on the highway between Deschutes Junction and Cooley Road, keeping an eye out for distracted drivers, speeding, following too closely, seat belt violations and careless driving.

Preliminary crash data through 2017 from the Oregon Department of Transportation shows that in this particular area, drivers are driving too fast and following too closely.  These two factors were established as being the primary cause of crashes in this area.

The goal is to help drivers understand the importance of following posted speed signs, while encouraging them to be attentive and safe behind the wheel.

“It’s very busy and we have high volume of crashes in that area and so it’s a good opportunity for us to make sure drivers realize that they need to slow down and they need to pay attention to the road,” said Bend Police Lt. Juli McConkey.

She said police provide advance notice for this type of operation, because it encourages drivers everywhere to obey the rules of the road.

“Even though we advise them ahead of time, there are still folks out there who are violating the law,” she said.

While Bend PD’s traffic division and the Sheriff’s Office Community Action Target Team have conducted similar joint operations in the past, this is the first time for this stretch of highway 97.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon have identified the suspect in yesterday’s fatal shooting as 49-year-old Joanna L. Kasner.
 
Kasner is currently in custody and receiving treatment at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She is being held on one count of murder in the alleged shooting that left 58-year-old Valerie Peterson dead.
 
The Sheriff’s Office has not released any information on why the shooting occurred or if the two women knew each other.
 
Central Oregon Daily will be posting more updates as information becomes available, but for now Anyssa Bohanan has the latest.

Fatal Shooting North of Bend

An investigation into a fatal shooting north of Bend on Wednesday afternoon is ongoing.

Just after 11 a.m. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting near the intersection of McGrath Road and Casa Court. Nearby residents were warned to stay inside their homes and lock their doors as Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, K9 units, drone operator and officers from Oregon State Police, Bend Police and Redmond Police searched the scene.

Officers found a woman lying in the street and life saving efforts were attempted but 58-year-old Valerie A. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 12:40 the Sheriff’s Office reported that they had a suspect in custody and that there was no longer a threat to the community.

As of 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office specified that the person of interest in the shooting was still in custody, but had been taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released any information on what occurred before the shooting, but said that the investigation was ongoing.

Central Oregon Daily will have more information as it becomes available.

Mentorship Program Helps Children with Incarcerated Parents

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has created a program that pairs children with incarcerated parents with adult mentors to establish positive connections and combat some of the anxiety that comes with having a parent in jail. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the program and how you can sign up to help.