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Two Redmond Men Arrested for Auto Theft and Chase by Officers

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Dec 102017

Dean Morkert, 46
Vehicle Theft

Two Redmond men were arrested Sunday for auto theft and a woman cited and released. Police say a Sheriff’s Deputy tried to pull over a Nissan for a traffic violation. The Nissan took off and was found abandoned a short ways away down an alley near NW Birch and NW 4th. The suspect was spotted walking away from it. The deputy gave chase. The driver took off running through and across numerous yards. By then officers learned the car that was pulled over was stolen from the Portland area. They also connected another pedestrian associated with the stolen car, Amber Higbee, 48, of Redmond. She revealed she lived a short ways a way.

Officers brought in a police dog with a mean bark and surrounded Higbee’s residence. They ordered everybody to come out. One male emerged, identified as Garrett Leeper, 25. Leeper was wanted for parole violation from a different auto theft. Then they yelled at who they now knew was Dean Morkert, 46, inside Higbee’s residence. When he failed to come out officers got their dog to make some rather loud, malicious noises. Morkert appeared at the door and surrendered.

Garrett Leeper, 25
Probation Violation on separate vehicle theft

Morkert was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was charged with vehicle theft. Leeper was jailed on his parole violation connected with a different vehicle theft.

NeighborImpact Empowers Prineville Church

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Dec 102017

Eastside Church, Prineville

NeighborImpact and Eastside Church Provides
Supplemental Food Program in Prineville

Redmond, OR – Eastside Church in Prineville is the newest agency to partner with the NeighborImpact Food Bank to provide supplemental food to those in need. The Brown Bag program offers fresh produce, dairy products and other perishable food and grocery items through the grocery store food recovery program at NeighborImpact. Individuals can select food in a shopping-style manner for their households. Eastside Church hosts this program while staff and volunteers sort, display and assist in the distribution.

“We were looking for practical ways to help and support our community,” says Bonnie Allen, Women’s Pastor for Eastside Church and Food Coordinator for the Brown Bag program. “We heard what NeighborImpact was doing in our area and surrounding communities and we’re excited to be able to partner with them and help bring food to those in need.”

The program kicked off in Prineville on Monday, November 13th and organizers announced it was a success. “The first distribution help feed 80 people and everyone was so appreciative and grateful,” continues Allen. “Our volunteers were so thankful to be a part of such a great program. It is all about community and it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.”

The Brown Bag Program at Eastside Church is located at 3174 NE 3rd Street in Prineville, OR. Distribution takes place on the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:00 PM. No ID or proof of income is required and the sign in process is a lottery system.

For more information on NeighborImpact’s Food Program, visit the website at www.neighborimpact.org/services/food or call 541-548-2380.

About NeighborImpact’s Food Bank: NeighborImpact’s Food Bank is the regional affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank. The Food Bank collects and distributes over 2.8 million pounds of food to 46 local agencies in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties and at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Emergency food sites help over 22,000 individuals every month.


Dec 102017

For the sixth year, members of the Kiwanis Club of Redmond are selling See’s Candies as a fundraiser for its youth projects. Sales will continue until Dec. 22 at Sears, 224 SW Sixth St., and SELCO Credit Union, 825 S.W. 17th St. from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Cindy Trainor at 541-410-2610 or Dottie McMenamy at 541-548-0322.

House Fire East of Culver – 4845 SW Highway 97

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Dec 102017

Report of a house fire east of Culver off Highway 97. Smoke pouring out from under the roof at 4845 SW Highway 97. Occupant in a wheelchair managed to get herself out in time.

United Way Needs Volunteers to Help Those Who Have Difficulty With Tax Forms

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Dec 092017

To Help Those in Need Receive Their Rightful Tax Refunds

Imagine helping return millions of tax dollars to Central Oregonians in need.

United Way of Deschutes County is seeking community members to assist low and moderate income taxpayers and seniors file their taxes for free through the Tax-Aide program, which is also supported by AARP and CASH Oregon. Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation services, which saves preparer fees, helps taxpayers avoid high-interest “fast refund” loans, offers access to tax credits, and returns millions of dollars to the hands of Central Oregonians.

Volunteers do not need any prior experience. CASH Oregon and AARP have developed a robust program to give volunteers the tools they need to provide volunteer tax assistance for our community. This year’s Tax Preparer Training will be offered for free at Central Oregon Community College December 18 – 22 from 9 am – 5 pm. Trained volunteers will provide Tax-Aide preparation services February – April of 2018.

This program depends entirely on volunteers to provide free tax assistance for members of our community. Last year, each volunteer placed an average of $48,000 back in the hands of low and moderate income seniors, families, and individuals. In Central Oregon, 2,200 returns were prepared for free through Tax-Aide, resulting in $2.1 million in refunds. Accessing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, the refunds average $1,000 and make a big difference to those helped, many of whom have average incomes of less than $25,000.

United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local Board of Directors, community leaders, and volunteers. Established in 1952, the agency has been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in programs and services that support the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

To learn more about becoming a Tax-Aide volunteer, call United Way at 541.389.6507 or visit http://www.deschutesunitedway.org/News/united-way-seeks-tax-aide-volunteers or go to “Our Programs” and click on “Tax-Aide.”

Saturday morning: Car into a building at 6th and Greenwood – driver to the hospital

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Dec 092017

Redmond Fire-Rescue removes crash victim from car into building at 5th and Greenwood.
Reader photo

Driver loses control of small sedan headed south at 6th and Greenwood – hits power pole and building.

It appeared to police that she was having a medical issue at the time. Transported to St. Charles Redmond. The building and the power pole looked to be okay despite taking a direct hit. Guy wire will be replaced.

“Ring Ring! You’re under arrest!”

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Dec 082017


Throughout the day today Redmond Police have received reports from residents saying they’ve gotten phone calls from a male caller claiming to be “Sergeant Cook” from the Redmond Police Department or the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. The caller claims the resident has a warrant out for their arrest and to turn themselves into the Redmond Police Department. In some cases, the male caller asks for money. Residents have also reported the male caller, when questioned further about the “warrant,” becomes frustrated and insults the would-be victim.

The Redmond Police Department and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office want everyone to know it is not normal procedure for authorities to make a request for money in lieu of an arrest warrant. If you receive one of these phone calls DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OR MONEY. Hang up and call the police.

In November 2017, three Southeast U.S. residents were charged by federal authorities for conducting a similar scam. An investigation into these phone calls is just beginning, and it’s too early to tell if these new calls to Redmond residents are related to the same scam.

Convicted sex-offending former Director of Redmond RPA arrested again on more charges

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Dec 082017

Michael Bremont
Former RPA Director
10 counts of Sexual Abuse and Parole Violation

In 2012, the Redmond Police Department received information Michael Bremont had engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor female, while he was the director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA), a Central Oregon charter school based in Redmond. The victim was a student at RPA at the time. As a result of the investigation in 2012, Bremont was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. It was suspected at the time there may have been additional victims, but grounds did not exist to make any additional charges against him.

In July of this year a victim came forward and contacted the Redmond Police Department to disclose her sexual relationship with Bremont, while she was under the age of eighteen and a student at RPA. The relationship also continued after the victim turned eighteen years of age. Since July, a Detective has been investigating and developed probable cause to believe Bremont committed additional sex crimes while he was the director of RPA with this victim. On Friday, December 8, Bremont was arrested when he checked in with his probation officer in Bend for ten counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

The Redmond Police Department does not identify victims of sex-related crimes.

The Redmond Police Department, the State of Oregon, and sexual assault victim advocates recognize being a sexual assault victim can be a traumatizing incident and victims may choose not to report or disclose the incident until a later time. Young victims of a sexual-related offense may not realize they are being taken advantage of, until much later in life. For these reasons, the State of Oregon recently lengthened the statute of limitations for some sex offenses.

In Central Oregon, Saving Grace is an excellent resource for those who have or are currently trying to survive a sexual assault. Services are available in the form of support groups, an emergency shelter, court advocacy, respite child care, and a 24-hour hotline. The hotline phone number is 541-389-7021.

Anyone with additional information about Bremont and sexual contact with minors is encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department.

Rollover accident 64560 Old Bend-Redmond Highway

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Dec 072017

Report of a single vehicle rollover on Old Bend-Redmond Highway near Rodeo Drive…very close to the Tumalo Turnoff. Driver is out of the vehicle and appears to be NOT injured.