Culver woman charged with murder after body found in fridge

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Culver woman on Thursday in connection with the death of a person whose body was found in Madras, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, a body was found in a refrigerator at the corner of SW Bear Drive and Highway 361 on May 7.

After a month-long investigation, 36-year-old Charina Jeanette Owen was arrested for second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree abuse of a corpse, Adkins said.

Owen is expected to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court Friday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m.



Trash Truck Catches Fire at Madras Transfer Station

A truck full of trash caught fire at the Madras Transfer station early Thursday morning.

The Jefferson County Fire Chief tells Central Oregon Daily the trailer was loaded and ready to leave, when employees noticed smoke and flames at about 12:40 a.m.

After initial attempts to put out the flames, a wrecking yard brought in an excavator to unload the trailer and spread out the trash so fire crews could make sure it was all the way out.

The cause is under investigation to determine whether it was accidental or intentionally set.

Pilot Forced to Make Emergency Landing on Madras Road

A pilot Saturday was forced to make a wheels-up landing on a Madras road after the engine quit on him shortly after take-off.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot was able to make a safe, controlled landing of his single-engine plane on NW Elm Lane, about seven miles north of Madras.

Sheriff’s deputies, the fire department and airport personnel responded to the scene, as did nearby farmers who used their haying equipment to lift the plan so the landing gear could be lowered. The airplane was towed back to the Madras Airport.

The pilot, a 55-year-old man from Sandy, had just attended the Airshow of the Cascades as a spectator. He was not injured.

UPDATE: Rail Traffic Resumes After Derailment Near Madras

Freight trains were once again rumbling through the High Desert on Wednesday, two days after a derailment near Madras closed the tracks.

BNSF Spokesman Gus Melonas said crews worked overnight laying new track, with the first train coming through the area at 11:54 a.m.

Five locomotives and one rail car derailed about 2:30 a.m. Monday after hitting a couple of large boulders that fell onto the tracks. A punctured fuel tank in one of the locomotives led to at 4,000-gallon fuel leak. The 80-car train remained upright throughout the incident.

DEQ and EPA concluded on-site spill response activities last night after crews removed about 275 yards of contaminated soil and collected soil samples to assess the extent of remaining contamination in the surrounding area.

Melonas said the soil impacted by the fuel spill was collected and will be sent to a special landfill. Geo-techs were keeping an eye on the rocks around the surrounding bluffs to avoid a repeat of the rock slide Monday.

DEQ expects soil sample results next week, and will monitor and coordinate ongoing cleanup activities at the site if needed. Find information about ongoing activities in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information database:

DEQ, EPA and BNSF coordinated with representatives from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Water Resources Department, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management on the spill response and cleanup.

Madras Man Killed in Rollover Crash

A 26-year-old Madras man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-car crash near Highway 26.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, the crash happened just after 3 p.m. five miles north of Madras and a half mile west of Highway 26.

Adkins said Jose Torres Ramos, 26, of Madras was driving a 2001 Subaru wagon eastbound on Elm Lane at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the car drifted onto the right shoulder of Elm Lane before Ramos overcorrected, causing the car to veer left off the north side of Elm Lane and rolling several times in an alfalfa field.

An ambulance crew and fire department were first on the scene and provided care to the Ramos, who was alone in the car.

Officials say Ramos was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle. Air Life was called to the scene, but Ramos died before being taken to the hospital.

Photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins


Madras Kicker Overcomes Condition and Looks to the Future

In November we introduced you to 17-year-old Kaegan Prevett, the kicker for the Madras High School football team, who has overcome incredible odds and put in the work to get where he is today. Prevett’s story inspired Kevin Boss, former NFL player and owner of Boss Sports Performance in Bend.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom checks back in with Kaegan and talks with Boss to see how Prevett is preparing for his future after Madras High School.

Madras Teenager Overcomes Condition to Become Kicker for Football Team

If you watch 17-year-old Kaegan Prevett kick field goals for the Madras High School football team, you would never know that he has been battling a condition called Treacher Collins Syndrome since he was born.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spoke with Kaegan, his parents and his coach to hear more of his inspiring story.

Madras Shelter Takes in Animals Seized from Crooked River Ranch

Three Rivers Humane Society has taken in animals that were seized from a Crooked River Ranch property last week by Jefferson County Sheriff‘s deputies. The 6 dogs, 4 kittens, 2 snakes, 4 mice and 38 fish are now all under the care of the Humane Society in Madras. They animals will remain in the care of the Humane Society pending an on-going investigation.
Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has more.

“Sunblock”: a Documentary on Central Oregon Eclipse

It’s been one year to the day since a total solar eclipse swept across the United States, including right here in Central Oregon.

More than 25,000 people from all over Oregon and 39 different countries gathered in Madras after NASA declared that the Central Oregon city was one of the best places in the U.S. to see a total solar eclipse. However, while most of us were looking toward the sky, one documentary filmmaker was more focused on the human reactions to this once in a lifetime event.

That filmmaker, Grant Bentley, has put that story into a documentary called “Sunblock,” which was entered into the Sundance Film Festival. The 16-minute short got such great feedback that Bentley hopes to enter it in more film festival this year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a preview of the film, which features some familiar faces.