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.


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


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.

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.