Horrendous accident on George Millican Road southwest of Prineville – 3 fatalities , including a child

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Mar 192018

Sunday night, shortly before 8pm, Crook County Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon State Police were dispatched to a report of a triple fatal motor vehicle crash on George Millican, milepost 17, with persons trapped inside the vehicle under a semi-truck and trailers.

When deputies and troopers arrived on the scene they located a Les Schwab sem that had been headed southbound on Millican Road. A passenger car was trapped underneath one of the truck’s trailers. Law enforcement was immediately able to confirm there were two persons in the passenger car that were deceased. Deputies later confirmed there was a third person in the car that was also deceased, a small child who had been in the backseat in a child safety seat. Deputies were able to get a local tow company with a heavy haul wrecker to lift the truck off the passenger car and remove the car and bodies of the victims.

Preliminary investigation indicates the passenger car was northbound on Millican Road and was trying to negotiate a curve when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the rain-wet pavement, ending up in a sideways skid and struck the front of the truck. The driver of the truck was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office has tentatively identified all persons that are deceased, however names are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Millican Road was closed for several hours south of SE Reservoir Road while deputies completed the investigation.

Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Oregon State Police, Crook County Fire & Rescue, Les Schwab Tires, Crook County Road Department, ODOT, and SMAF Environmental.

Authorities will have an update on identification of persons involved as soon as next of kin have been notified and identities of the victims are confirmed.

Redmond High Junior ROTC program excels at state championship

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Mar 192018

Redmond High JROTC

Redmond High MCJROTC program excels at state championship

REDMOND, Ore., March 16, 2018 — The Redmond High School Marines Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) won two state Cascade Mountain League all-service championships on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Salem, Ore.

“It was a total team effort and we won the championship by a significant margin,” retired Lieutenant Colonel Doug Seal said. “I’m proud of our cadets for consistently performing so well at a variety of events.”

The team is led by Seal and retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Mike Trammel, both of the United States Marine Corps.

The championships are a combination of multiple drill team events, two classes of air rifle marksmanship, and a physical training team competition.

There are fourteen teams representing Oregon and Washington in the Cascade Mountain JROTC League. The Redmond High team placed in the top five in every competitive category.

The Redmond High team also won the League’s Sportsmanship Award voted on by the league coaches, instructors, evaluators, scorers and other league officials. The Sportsmanship Award is named after the late Lieutenant Colonel Terry Welch, who is one of the leagues founders.

— Redmond School District —

Fatal Crash on Millican Road south of Prineville and east of Bend

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Mar 182018

Report of a vehicle head-on crash with a semi on George Millican Road, well southwest of Prineville. Millican Road is shut down in both directions. The closures are at Reservoir Road on the north and Highway 20 on the south.

The closure could remain in effect until midnight or beyond.

Redmond Home of a Former German Princess Succumbs to Progress

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Mar 182018

A rich but unsalvageable piece of Redmond’s history was burned to the ground Sunday where it had sat since the turn of the last century. Despite being the former home of an authentic German princess, the dwelling had been built with no foundation and had fallen into severe disrepair over the decades.

Firefighters from Redmond, Crooked River Ranch and others had been undergoing fire training over the past couple of weeks using the abandoned home, setting small fires and putting them out, practicing human rescues and other procedures. Sunday was the grand finale as the 100 year “plus” structure was allowed to burn to the ground.

The old house was once the home of a genuine German princess who took an American name when she came to the U.S. from Germany shortly after the turn of the last century. Her life story was wonderfully celebrated in an article in the Redmond Spokesman newspaper which chronicled her life, ultimate demise and funeral in 1966.

Click here for an absolutely fascinating read!

The site at 404 W. Forest will soon be the new home of a beer and wine pub equipped with specialty food carts and pleasant outdoor seating. Other amenities to the property are planned by Redmond developer and broker Dick Robertson who is obviously well on his way to making Fourth Street anything BUT a dead-end street.

Robertson says construction of his new community gathering place will start soon.

Surprise icy spots take two lives on Highway 97 near Kent

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Mar 172018

Two Arizona residents killed on Hwy 97 in Sherman County

An Arizona couple, possibly driving too fast for road conditions, were killed in a head on crash on Highway 97 near Kent (Sherman County) Friday afternoon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Mercedes station wagon, operated by Masiel Pete, age 58, from Maricopa, Arizona, was traveling southbound when he lost control on a slush covered roadway. Pete’s vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes where he sideswiped a semi that was pulling a cargo trailer, operated by Cary Pickner, age 51, from Eagle Creek.

After sideswiping the commercial motor vehicle, the Pete vehicle was struck broadside by a northbound black Nissan pickup, operated by Anthony De La Paz, age 25, from Moses Lake, Washington. Pete and his right front passenger, identified as Debra Grosbusch, age 50, also of Maricopa, Arizona, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Pickner, De La Paz, and De La Paz’s passenger, identified as Rachel Nicole Tapparo, age 20, from LA Verne, California, were transported via ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed and road conditions are being considered as possible contributing factors of the crash.

Have you seen these young people. They’re missing from OSU Corvallis.

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Mar 172018

Kiara Wick, 23
Missing from OSU Corvallis

Jacob Eveler, 20
Missing from OSU Corvallis

Jacob Eveler wearing hoodie

Law enforcement is looking for a missing female OSU student and her boyfriend. They may be in danger. Their families say they may be both suicidal.

Kiara Wick, 23, and Jacob Eveler, 20, were last seen around 2am Friday morning on the Corvallis Campus of Oregon State University in Tebeau Hall. Later in the day, a vehicle Eveler, was believed to drive, was found at Eveler’s parent’s residence in Philomath. The couple has been known to a drive a second vehicle described as 4-door dark colored sedan in poor condition, but no other information is available about the vehicle. Their direction of travel is unknown but Wick has been known to like the beach and Eveler liked the Burnt Woods area – both locations in Lincoln County.

Wick is 5’8″, 160 pounds with shoulder length brown hair with gray/blue eyes. Wick’s clothing is unknown.

Eveler is 6’0″, 170 pounds with shoulder length curly brown hair and has blue eyes. Eveler was last seen wearing a black “Rockstar” sweatshirt, grey Carhartt beanie.

Anyone who has seen, or may think they have seen, these two individuals are urged to call **Update on Tip Line** The tip line is (541)737-3010 .

Redmond’s RPA Charter School uses lottery to admit new students

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Mar 162018

RPA Middle School
During grand opening last year

Redmond Proficiency Academy will hold an enrollment lottery for 2018-19 school year
Selection process for middle school applicants announced

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced today that it will hold an enrollment lottery for all middle school applicants who applied during open enrollment. The lottery will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the RPA Middle School Campus located at 150 SW 25th Street in Redmond.

During the Open Enrollment period, which ran from March 1 to March 15, RPA received 199 middle school applications. The tuition-free, public charter school currently has 124 middle school openings for the 2018-19 school year.

“We are thrilled that so many families in Redmond, and throughout Central Oregon, are choosing RPA to educate their children,” said Executive Director Jon Bullock. “We wish that we could serve all of the students and families who have applied to our middle school, but this year’s demand was high enough that we must conduct a lottery. RPA offers students a place where they can own their education, and in the process, select from a wide-range of academic, elective enrichment, and co-curricular activities.”

RPA’s enrollment lottery is open to the public. Attendance at the lottery is not required to secure a place. Students will be offered admission for the 2018-19 school year, or placed on the waiting list, based upon the order in which names are drawn. Applicants and their families will be notified about their status by the end of the day on March 21.

Hiker takes a fall on the trail near Mesa Verde Wall – Smith Rock State Park

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Mar 162018

A woman hiking with friends at Smith Rock State Park Friday afternoon took a bad fall on the trail near the Mesa Verde Wall. After the fall the woman was conscious and talking but was otherwise immobilized due to her injuries.

Redmond Fire-Rescue first on scene of a fall on the Mesa Verde Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Woman’s injuries required a full out rescue by Redmond Firefighters and Deschutes Co. S&R

Redmond Fire-Rescue and Deschutes County Search and Rescue parked as close to the trailhead as they could. Redmond Fire-Rescue was on scene first and rafted across the Crooked River to the trail. From there they ascended upward to where the woman was being comforted by her fellow hikers. Soonafter Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers along with Redmond Fire-Rescue loaded the woman up into a litter and walked her back down to the river and when on the other side she was loaded aboard an ambulance for a trip to the hospital to be assessed and treated for her injuries.

Five carriers lifted the woman down the trail to an awaiting Redmond Ambulance.

Search and Rescue and local firefighters are there when we need them!

Double fatal traffic crash on Hwy 97 just south of Kent,

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Mar 162018

Report of a three vehicle crash (one possibly a semi) on Highway 97 milepost 46, about four south miles south of Kent. Initial report from the scene is that there are two fatalities. Road conditions are wet with temperatures in the mid-30s.

Life Flight is enroute to fly a third victim to a trauma unit.