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Feb 212018


Another snow-laden winter storm will bring areas of snow to the east slopes of the Oregon Cascades and to Central Oregon on Thursday. Snow will continue through Thursday morning then taper off by afternoon.

* WHAT…Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions,
including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow
accumulations 2 to 3 inches are expected with the heaviest
accumulations near Bend.

* WHERE…Bend, Prineville, and Redmond.

* WHEN…Through noon Thursday.

Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The latest road conditions are available by calling 5-1-1.

Drive slower than normal with both hands on the wheel. Give lots of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If you start to slide, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid. And don’t forget to use your seat belt.

Bend Police Searching for Missing Woman –

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Feb 212018


On Tuesday,February 20th, a concerned friend of Sara Gomez contacted the Redmond Police Department to report that Gomez had not returned home for a few days. Redmond Police forwarded the information to us, as Gomez is a Bend resident.

Bend Police Officers and Detectives are currently trying to locate Gomez to check on her welfare. We have attached a recent photograph of Gomez to help locate her.

If anyone has seen Gomez or know the whereabouts of Gomez, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911 or contact us through direct messages on our social media platforms.



Sheriff’s Deputy nabs a wanted man – tries to flee – next day another arrested

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Feb 202018

Getaway vehicle rolls as fugitive tries to flee.
Near 8th and Salmon

Deputies find contraband in the vehicle along with a pistol.

Randy Cooper

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Detectives were working Monday afternoon in the 2200 block of SW 19th Street in Redmond, attempting to locate Randy Lee Cooper of Redmond. Cooper was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant issued by the Oregon State Parole Board for Parole Violation. While conducting surveillance on a vehicle associated with Cooper, they observed a white 2000 Ford Explorer arrive in the area.

Detectives observed Cooper on foot a short time later and attempted to contact and detain him. Cooper saw the plain clothes detectives approaching him and ran back to the Ford Explorer. Cooper got into the driver’s seat, put the Explorer into reverse, and began to quickly back out of the area to avoid apprehension.

After backing approximately 50 feet, Cooper abruptly jerked the wheel and struck a curb, causing the Explorer to rollover onto its top. Cooper then exited the vehicle through a broken passenger window and ran eastbound on foot. As Cooper attempted to climb over a residential fence, a detective caught up to him and took him into custody. During a subsequent search of the Explorer, a loaded .22 caliber revolver was located.

Cooper was taken to St. Charles Medical Center – Redmond for evaluation due to minor injuries he received during the rollover crash. He was then transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was booked on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Reckless Endangering, Attempt to Elude, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief and Parole Violation Warrant.

Brandon Berrett

Then Tuesday morning Redmond Police Officers were dispatched to the Ridgemont Apartments, 2210 SW Canyon Drive, after receiving a report of suspicious activity by two people in the parking lot. The day before, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Street Crimes Team was involved in an incident where a vehicle attempted to flee, rolled, and the driver was arrested after a brief foot chase. It was determined today’s arrest was related to the incident the day before.

Upon arrival, Officers detained the male and female as an investigation into an attempted Unauthorized entry to a Motor Vehicle. It was quickly determined the male was providing a fake name to law enforcement. Using available resources, the male was identified as Brandon Berrett, 32-years old and a Redmond area resident. He was arrested for an outstanding Parole Violation warrant. During the search, a user amount of methamphetamine was found, as well as a digital scale, several clean baggies commonly used to package controlled substances, $200 cash, and a collapsible baton. The possession of the baton is a crime due to Berrett being a convicted felon.

Before today’s arrest, Mr. Berrett was also wanted for several Attempt to Elude incidents where Berrett sped away from DCSO Deputies attempting to perform a traffic stop. One of the most recent incidents occurred on February 2nd, on Fry Rear Road near Sisters. The pursuit was terminated by DCSO Deputies due to unsafe speeds and the poor driving by Berrett. It is anticipated the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will review all their recent pursuits and make additional arrests of Berrett very soon.

Redmond Lottery Winner Bags a Quick, Cool 100-Grand…

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Feb 182018

Two Central Oregon Lottery retailers sold $200,000 in jackpot winning Scratch-its within two days.

In Redmond, the Redmond Chevron gas station sold a $100,000, $10 Extreme Cash Scratch-it. That prize was claimed by Jeremy Gilbertson of Redmond.

“I scratched the ticket, I looked at this, and I thought, ‘This just doesn’t happen to me.'” Gilbertson said. “All I could say was ahhhhh. I won $100,000 and I couldn’t believe it.”

Gilbertson usually plays $2 or $3 Scratch-its, but when he wins on those, he uses the winnings to purchase higher-value tickets. “I don’t normally play the $10 Scratch-its,” he said.

Gilbertson said his two-year wedding anniversary is coming up and he is going to take her on a trip. He also said the couple was going to pay off some bills.

“This is great,” he said.

The US Market #150 in Bend had a $100,000, $10 Cash Club Scratch-it win by Carl Osterkamp of Bend. Osterkamp said that he had never purchased a $10 Scratch-it before and decided to give it a try. His first $10 was the big winner.

“No flipping way!” Carl said when he got his check. “My girlfriend’s sister, who was with me, wouldn’t believe me.”
Carl ended up taking the ticket back to the store and scanning it to prove that he actually won.

“I just about dropped to my knees when it came up as $100,000,” he said. Carl is using his winnings to move himself and his girlfriend to a new place.
In 2017 the Bend and Redmond area retailers sold $55,000 worth of winning Scratch-its of more than $601. This year they have already sold $202,500 in winning tickets. Last year more than $4.2 million in Lottery prizes of more than $601 were won in Bend and Redmond across all games.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Deschutes County, where both the Bend and Redmond Lottery retailers are located, more than $28.9 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Redmond: Attic fire at 2613 SW 50th

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Feb 182018

Report of an attic fire at a home at 2613 SW 50th. Occupants smelled smoke and found burning embers in the attic. They were able to the fire out pretty quickly. Redmond Firefighters are still headed to the scene to make sure the fire is dead out.

Higher Learning = Higher Earning!

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Feb 182018

COCC Redmond Campus
COCC photo

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is offering an upcoming “Getting Started” presentation in Redmond for prospective students:

4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Redmond campus’s Technology Education Center, Room 218.

This is an opportunity for prospective students—seeking a degree or to take a few classes—to meet with a COCC admissions representative for guidance through time-sensitive steps for enrollment, federal funding, choosing appropriate courses and the use of academic support services. Redmond RSVP: 541-504-2900.

Rock climber plunges 40 feet off a cliff – Lives to tell the tale

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Feb 172018

Deschutes Co. S&R lifts fallen hiker back up to the ridge top at Smith Rock State Park.
DCSO S&R photo

A Bend rock climber suffered injuries in a 40 foot fall at Smith Rock State Park Saturday evening. Sam Bedell was out with his wife and fellow climbers when they decided to take a short cut back to the park’s north parking lot.

Authorities say Bedell was looking for a ladder when he apparently lost his footing and fell down a vertical cliff injuring himself so that he couldn’t climb back up the cliff on his own.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue responded to the scene and constructed a lift line system that hoisted Bedell back up to the ridge top. From there he was transported in a litter to an awaiting ambulance that transported him to St. Charles Bend. His injuries were said to be non-life threatening.