Two traffic crashes on SW Black Butte Blvd

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Feb 242018

One head on crash and another crash, possibly vehicle off the road on southwest Black Butte Blvd, Redmond. Law enforcement is shutting down a section that is very slick.

More snow on the way…

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Feb 242018

Redmond City Hall
More snow on the way…

Issue Date:11:08 PM Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Expiration:4:00 PM Sat, Feb 24, 2018


A pair of disturbances will move through the area tonight and
Saturday. These systems will bring varying amounts of snow to
much of the area. A second, stronger wave will arrive Saturday.


Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total
snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

Bend, Madras, Prineville, and Redmond.

through 4 PM Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities at

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Young boy on bicycle hit by car on 15th in front of Obsidian Middle School

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Feb 232018

Redmond Fire and Police on scene of car vs. boy on a bicycle, 15th near Obsidian.

Redmond Police say a young boy riding his bicycle on 15th in front of Obsidian Middle School was hit by a slow moving car. The impact thrust the boy to the pavement causing a nasty wound on his right arm.

The vehicle that hit him immediately pulled over to the curb. Other motorists stopped and ran to the boy’s aid. They moved him over onto the sidewalk.

Moments later Redmond Police arrived and consoled the boy who was standing, holding his right arm as he cried.

A Redmond Fire-Rescue Ambulance pulled up and loaded him inside to check him out.

The early darkness of winter is slowing fading away and more kids are on our streets, grateful to be out of the house and back into the great outdoors. Drivers, therefore, should be more alert to the presence of children on foot or riding their bikes – especially around schools and parks.

DA John Hummel and Mayor Casey Roats praise those who may have prevented another Parkland

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Feb 232018

John Hummel
District Attorney

Statement from District Attorney John Hummel:

I could not be more proud of our community’s response to the threats made by a local teenager to shoot students at Bend High. The student who became aware of the threats quickly called 911. Bend Police immediately investigated the report and arrested the suspect. Our students are safe because of this swift and certain response.

The suspect is being held in the Deschutes County juvenile detention facility and your District Attorney’s Office will work with the court to ensure that he is held in a secure facility as long as is necessary to keep our community safe.

“If you see something – say something” is the culture that has been infused in our local schools. Kudos to all of our parents and school administrators who helped instill this credo, and many thanks to the student who acted on his concern by calling the police.

Your community leaders will remain ever vigilant in our mission of keeping our children safe so they can thrive and prosper.

Casey Roats
Mayor of Bend
City photo

Statement of Bend City Mayor Casey Roat

Last week the nation was horrified to hear of yet another tragic school shooting. This week, a local teenager was taken into custody after allegedly making threats about his desire to shoot students at a high school. These are events that touch us all.

I wanted to say how grateful I am to Bend Police for quickly investigating the tip that they received, deeming the threat credible and taking the youth into custody in a matter of a few hours. I am also grateful that Bend-La Pine Schools foster a culture where students are encouraged to say something when they see something.

We have a wonderful partnership between Police and Schools that provide School Resource Officers in the schools. Following tips from students and parents, Bend Police and School Resource Officers have investigated three threats against our schools in the last 10 days. It gives me hope to know that this teamwork helps to address safety concerns.

It is my hope that our entire community follow the lead of local students and take a zero-tolerance approach to threats of violence. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, please speak up. Call our non-emergency line at 541-693-6911 at any time, day or night. Also, there’s a local community tip line called Safe Oregon on, which is on the iPads of local students in grades 6 through 12. First Step is made possible thanks to collaboration between the Bend Police Department, Bend-La Pine Schools and other community partners.

I am grateful to be the Mayor of a beautiful community that values safety and security and to have public safety employees that work and train tirelessly to protect and support our residents. There are good people throughout our community who also share this goal. It’s one thing that can bring us all together with a shared focus.

I hope that you will join me in a personal pledge to ensure the safety and security of our community by reporting any threats of violence to the non-emergency line. As you’ve seen, these reports are taken very seriously and can result in lives saved.


Mayor Casey Roats

Raymond Crutchley: 1st Black American Circuit Court Judge east of the Cascades

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Feb 232018

Deschutes County Courthouse, Bend

Raymond Crutchley
Soon to be new Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge

Governor Brown Appoints Raymond Crutchley to Deschutes County Circuit Court
Salem — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Raymond Crutchley, a prosecutor in Bend, to the Deschutes County Circuit Court. Mr. Crutchley will fill the vacancy created by Judge Alta Brady’s retirement, effective immediately. He is the first African American to serve as a judge east of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.

“Ray Crutchley is a person of unbounded talent, energy, and passion, who embodies the very essence of the American dream,” Governor Brown said. “His diverse life experiences and commitment to justice will serve him well on the bench, allowing him to connect with a wide range of litigants who appear in his courtroom.”

Born and raised in Jamaica, in a home without indoor plumbing, Mr. Crutchley immigrated to New York at age eleven with his single mother. He joined the military during college, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Mr. Crutchley returned to school and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in 1995. He then moved to Portland, earning his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1999.

After a judicial clerkship with Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Bagley, Jr., Mr. Crutchley practiced in Northeast Portland and Hillsboro for more than a decade, representing underserved clients in criminal defense and civil matters. Since 2015, he has prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Deschutes County.

Redmond High School Baseball Coach in Jail for Rape/Sex Abuse

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Feb 232018

Jack Branham, 25
Rape/Sexual Abuse
DCJ photo

A Bend man, who coaches baseball at Redmond’s Ridgeview High School, has been jailed on rape and sexual abuses charges stemming from incidents nearly a year ago with a 23 year old woman.

Jake Branham, 25, remains in a cell at the Deschutes County Jail awaiting formal arraignment on the charges that stemmed from an undisclosed source. But whatever the information was or from whom, it prompted authorities to drive to his Bend residence and arrest him. All arrest warrants carry with them a requirement that there be “probable cause” to take someone in to custody.

Authorities emphasize that Branham’s alleged offenses did not occur on Ridgeview High property or involve any students.

Redmond Police prove how versatile they are…

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Feb 222018

Baby Joshua was ushered into the world by an armed escort!

Usually Redmond police officers are known to “deliver” criminal suspects to the county jail. But this morning two Redmond Officers “delivered” something as innocent as innocent can be.

Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received an emergency call this morning from an expectant mother. She told dispatchers she was in labor and was at her residence in the 2300 block of SW Volcano Ave. Redmond Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the location, as was Redmond Police.

Officers Joe Casper and Michael Maloney arrived well before medics and observed there would be no-stopping the little bundle of joy from joining the world this snowy morning. Officers were able to assist the mother and guided the child out. Officers tied off the umbilical cord, wrapped the little boy in a towel, and handed him to his very happy mother.

Redmond Fire & Rescue medics arrived after their response was delayed due to the snow and icy conditions, and transported mother and child to the hospital in Redmond. Later, Officer Casper and Officer Maloney met up with the mother and her new son.

Born today at 10:08 AM, to mother Alba Cerda, was Joshua at 5 lbs 6 oz and measured 19 inches long.

Search continues for Sara Gomez

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Feb 222018

Sara Gomez, 24
Went missing around Monday

Throughout the day on February 21st and into the early morning hours of February 22nd, Bend Police Officers and Detectives continued the search for Sara Gomez.

Brian Penner, a former boyfriend of Gomez, has been identified as a person of interest into Gomez’s disappearance. Detectives executed a search warrant at Penner’s residence on February 21st. Penner’s residence is located in an apartment complex in the 1800 block of NE Purcell. During the warrant execution, evidence was located that is believed to be linked to the disappearance of Gomez.

Penner was taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Kidnap II, Theft II and Restraining Order Violation (Gomez had an active Restraining Order on Penner).

This investigation is ongoing and further searches are planned. We are continuing to ask for the community’s help in locating Sara Gomez.