Traffic crash Hwy 380, milepost 10

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Nov 162017

Traffic Crash on Highway 380, Paulina Highway, milepost 10. Driver complaining of back pain. Conscious and breathing normally.

Highway is reported to be NOT blocked.

FBI looking for child sex trade suspect – Likely in the Pacific Northwest

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Nov 152017

Kamau Curnal, Wanted by FBI for sex trafficking a child.

The FBI’s Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facecbook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

Out of state firewood poses dangerous threat to Oregon forests, home and business landscaping.

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Nov 152017

Firewood being split
Wikipedia photo

From Oregon Department of Agriculture –

Firewood is a great way for invasive species to slip into Oregon. As winter approaches, many Oregonians are in the market for something to put into the fireplace. The same advice used for firewood in campgrounds holds true for firewood used in homes– buy it where you burn it. Oregon’s nearly five-year old firewood law is beginning to make a difference for those who buy it and those who sell it.

“Firewood is still one of the most common ways for accidentally transporting diseases and insects from one state to the next,” says Helmuth Rogg, director of ODA’s Plant Protection and Conservation programs. “Buy your firewood locally and burn it where you buy it. That way, you reduce the risk of bringing in invasive species. You also support a local industry.”

Rogg remembers a call he received a couple of years ago from a counterpart at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A border station stopped a vehicle that openly displayed firewood. The driver was from Ohio but had traveled through Oregon into California, reportedly stopping at campgrounds along the way. An inspection of the firewood uncovered live emerald ash borer larvae and adults. Emerald ash borer is a devastating insect that has ravaged much of the east and parts of the south and midwest. Rogg was unable to find out where the camper may have stopped in Oregon, but thankfully and fortunately, none of the harmful bug were found.

“We’ve been lucky,” says Rogg. “As more people move to and through Oregon, the risk increases– especially when they bring firewood with them.”

It may not seem economical to bring firewood great distances into Oregon, but it happens. Even the firewood being sold locally may not be homegrown. ODA has conducted informal surveys in the past of firewood offered for sale at some large retail outlets in Salem and Portland. Inspectors have found firewood from numerous states outside the Pacific Northwest and even from other countries. It still happens, but the state law enacted in January 2013 provides some assurance that hitchhiking pests and diseases don’t come along for the ride.

“The last couple of years, we’ve seen some improvement,” says Rogg. “When we go to these stores now, the firewood is mostly from the Pacific Northwest.”

The rules associated with Oregon’s law prohibit firewood from outside of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to be sold unless it has been treated at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour, which kills all the pests inside that wood.

As a result of the law, Oregon consumers can look for two types of firewood available for sale.

“There is wood that is cut in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho that is allowed without heat treatment,” says Rogg. “That is the best firewood. If it harbors insects, those insects are likely to be native to Oregon or already present. They are not a threat to our forests. The other kind available to consumers is firewood coming from outside the Pacific Northwest which will be heat treated. It should have a label stating that it pest free. A good rule of thumb is if you know it’s local firewood, great. If it’s not local and doesn’t have a label on it, avoid it.”

Even though local firewood is not required to be labeled, commercial sellers can choose to do so anyway. A product label is allowed to claim an approved Pacific Northwest firewood. A pest free label, however, will require the same heat treatment needed for firewood originating from outside Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

States with invasive species problems like emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, or sudden oak death have plenty of dying trees that are cut for firewood and then moved. These trees die in the first place because of the insect or disease, which can then show up hundreds of miles from any local infestation as people take the wood with them or sell it far from the source. It has happened in other parts of the country, there is no reason it can’t happen in Oregon.

Emerald ash borer, which has become a poster child for how firewood can be a vector for invasive species, has killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and parts of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Ontario. The insect has been found in several other states. Even though Oregon is about 2,000 miles away from the main activity, the pest could easily show up on firewood. Other unwanted pests can be readily transported on firewood. Even though California has regulations prohibiting the transportation of firewood from quarantined areas for sudden oak death, nobody can guarantee firewood will not cross the Oregon border. Oregon has its own sudden oak death quarantine in Curry County. Asian longhorned beetle has been found in the Midwest and New York, and represents a major threat to Oregon’s native trees.

“These are not local bugs,” says Rogg. “They are a threat to our forests and natural resources.”

With the camping season at an end, the attention now shifts to homeowners who heat with wood or simply enjoy a crackling fire as the weather gets colder. They’ll be looking for a source of wood for fuel. Oregonians now can help do the right thing by buying local.

Deschutes County phone scammer turns out to be a prison inmate in Georgia

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Nov 152017

Jay Wright
S.C. State Prison Inmate
and part time phone scammer calling out from a Georgia prison

Barbara Clayton
Outside help with scamming.

Christin Wright
Outside help with scamming.

From late 2015 through early 2017, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating reports of various telephone scams targeting Deschutes County citizens. Since then, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives followed many investigative leads around the country and presented their findings to the United States Attorney’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, the United States Attorney’s Office and a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detective obtained a Federal Criminal Indictment charging:

Jay Baron Wright, Sr., 42, an inmate at the Calhoun State Prison (GA)
Christina Wright, 24, of Windsor, South Carolina
Barbara Lynn Clayton, 43 of Windsor, South Carolina

With Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1349).

It is believed that Jay Baron Wright, Sr., and possibly another Georgia prison inmates allegedly used contraband cellular telephones from inside Jimmy Autry State Prison (Pelham, GA) to access Internet websites to identify the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of potential fraud victims. Using the cellular telephones, the inmates called the victims. During these calls, the they made certain false representations to the victims, including: (a) that he was a Deschutes County law enforcement official; (b) that the potential victims had unlawfully failed to appear for jury duty; (c) that because the potential victims had failed to appear for jury duty, warrants had been issued for the victims’ arrest; and (d) that the potential victims had a choice of being arrested on the warrants or pay fines to have the arrest warrants dismissed. To make the calls seem real, the inmates created fictitious voicemail greetings on their contraband cellular telephones, identifying themselves as members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Unfortunately, several of our Deschutes County citizens made payment believing it would be used to pay the fine for failing to appear for jury duty and would result in the dismissal of the arrest warrant. For those victims who chose the “fine”, the inmates instructed them to purchase pre-paid cash cards and provide the account number of the cash card.

After a victim provided an inmate with the account number of the pre-paid cash card, the inmates then used their contraband cellular telephones to contact the co-conspirators (Christina Wright and Barbara Clayton), who were not incarcerated, to have them transfer the money from the cash card purchased by the victims to a pre-paid debit card possessed by the co-conspirators. Next, the co-conspirators withdrew the victim’s money, which had been transferred to the pre-paid debit card they controlled, via an automated teller machine or at a retail store. Typically, the co-conspirators then laundered the stolen money by purchasing a new cash card so that the victims’ funds could be transferred back to the inmates.

During our investigation, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives located additional victims in Colorado, Kentucky and Virginia.

The Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office to advise a citizen they have a warrant over the phone. In most cases a citizen with a warrant will be contacted in person, and the Deputy will have proper credentials when serving the warrant.

Sheriff Nelson said, “I am so proud of Sgt. Vander Kamp and everyone else who worked on this case. These types of cases can be time intensive and extremely difficult to investigate. Scams come in many different forms and being able to follow the leads and get this indictment is outstanding. Because of hard work and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, these scammers will be held accountable.”

Redmond: Smoldering cigarette causes fire that damaged 7th Street home

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Nov 152017

Redmond Firefighters finish knocking down a porch and house fire at 625 NW 7th Wednesday.

Firefighters chase down the last flames on the porch.

Firefighters then turn their hoses on the fire that had worked its way to the roof and inside the living room.

Firefighters had to tear out the underside of the porch awning and in the front wall of the home.

Firefighters made sure the fire didn’t make it too far into the roof. The home was saved.

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Redmond firefighters rushed to the scene Wednesday on a report of a front porch house fire at 625 NW 7th, near Greenwood. Firefighters pulled up to find that the residents, with some help from a neighbor, had knocked down part of the blaze but by then fire had worked its way up into the porch over-hang, into the roof and into a bedroom in the home.

Firefighters quickly pursued the fire up and into the roof area tearing out pieces of wood that had been seared by the blaze. On the north side of the house firefighters were tearing out pieces of the outside north wall, and getting heat readings from inside the attic.

After a thorough going-over, firefighters said they had the fire out, but that they’d have to check for small ember extensions by poking holes in the interior ceilings to take further heat readings.

Resident Travis Leroue and his family were expected to take the Red Cross up on their offer to give them a local motel room for a few days while fast emergency repairs are done to the home. Leroue said they lost a lot of clothing, some furnishings and irreplaceable family photos to the blaze.

Fighters say a smoldering cigarette butt in a front porch planter box appears to have been the cause.

Redmond Firefighters finish knocking down a porch and house fire at 625 NW 7th Wednesday.

Deschutes Co. Search & Rescue needs more volunteers!

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Nov 152017

Water Rescue
DC Search & Rescue
DCSR photo

Mountain Rescue
DC Search & Rescue
DCSR photo

DC Search & Rescue
Wilderness Rescue
DCSR photo

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2016, DCSO SAR completed over 400 missions and training’s. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and if selected, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. This year’s academy will begin on April 2nd, with Volunteers graduating on May 10th. Generally, training occurs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises.

Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a “pack test”, which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy.

Applications can be found online at and must be submitted by January 19th, 2018 at 5 PM.

Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include a flexible schedule allowing for SAR training and missions, the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy.

Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to and

Bill in Congress takes aim at graduate students in college

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Nov 152017

University of Oregon
Business School
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A bill in the Congress is taking aim at graduate students in colleges across the country. The bill would put a heavy tax on graduate student grants or stipends to allow them to spend full time on their studies and to graduate and join the labor force ASAP.

But the GOP leadership in the Congress is under fire for pushing a tax reform bill that all but guarantees skyrocketing federal deficits as a result of their “updates” to our nation’s tax code. And they’re trying to find “savings” in the federal budget wherever they can. If passed, the reform bill would still further increase already large tax deductions for the increasingly wealthy top 1% of income earners.

Here’s more on this confusing issue from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Mount Bachelor is opening early…

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Nov 142017

Mt. Bachelor Tuesday
Courtesy photo

From Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort:

We’re Opening Saturday!

Exciting news – Mt. Bachelor is opening for the 2017-18 winter ski/snowboard season this Saturday at 9:00 am! Conditions permitting, three lifts – Pine Marten, Skyliner and Sunshine Accelerator – will be in operation from 9:00am to 4:00pm, providing access to terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, although we recommend skiing/riding only on the groomed runs until the snow base deepens.

All 2017-2018 Full Season, 12 Day and 4 Day Passes will be valid for use beginning Saturday. And great news for Midweek Pass holders, you’re welcome to join us opening weekend as well! Your passes will be valid both Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19. For those who don’t have a season pass, single-day lifts tickets will offered at reduced prices: $63 for adults, $52 for teens/seniors and $36 for youth/70+. And thanks to our new partner YETI, the first 50 customers to load the Pine Marten lift Saturday morning will receive a free Ramber 20 oz. Tumbler!

More information will be available about this weekend’s opening in the coming days. In the meantime, get ready to ride… starting Saturday!

Downtown Redmond now officially registered as “Historic Place”

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Nov 142017

Redmond officially an
“Historic Place”

Redmond’s Downtown Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Redmond Downtown Historic District in Deschutes County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Redmond Downtown Historic District embraces the historic commercial core of Redmond, including 43 downtown buildings located primarily along SW 6th Street roughly between SW Forest Avenue and SW Cascade Avenue. The historic district reflects the period of economic and commercial growth in Redmond between 1910 and 1960, beginning with the years shortly after the founding of the city, when the earliest remaining downtown buildings were constructed, up through the end of major expansion in the post-World War II era. During this period, the population of Redmond expanded from 216 in 1910 to 3,340 in 1960. Architecturally, the district demonstrates the continuity of dominant design styles during the pre-war period of the twentieth century, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamlined Moderne styles, and extending to the early post-war architectural styles, in particular, the International Style.

Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district’s nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Redmond Downtown Historic District is now one of six listings in the National Register, and the second historic district in the city to be listed. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at (click on “National Register” at left of page).