Here it comes…

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Nov 122014
 
Drake Park after a light snow...

Drake Park after a light snow…

4:40pm
WARNING WINTER STORM

The National Weather Service has issued a number of warnings and watches for Oregon as a Winter storm shapes up with significant effects on travel quite possible. Here’s the latest…

* A Blizzard Warning is up for the western Columbia River Gorge where heavy snow, blowing snow and freezing rain is expected from 6:00am Thursday through 4:00am Friday. Snow accumulations could reach 5-10 inches followed by freezing rain as thick as a quarter inch. Add in wind chills around zero aided by strong east winds gusting to 65-70 mph.
* A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Portland Metro area, McMinnville, Salem and all other communities in the northern and central Willamette Valley now through 2:00am Thursday. Snow accumulations from 1-3 inches and up to a quarter inch of ice build-up from freezing rain can be expected. The southern cutoff for this Watch is just north of Albany and Corvallis.
* A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the Cascades where 10-14 inches of snow is expected on Thursday into Friday along with wind chills of 0F.
* A Winter Storm Warning is up for all of Eastern Oregon, with up to a foot of snow possible.
* A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6:00am on Thursday for the Gorge, Portland Metro, and the northern and central Willamette Valley.
* Although the Coast Range from Salem to Eugene does not have an official advisory, 1-4 inches of snow is forecast for Wednesday night, followed by freezing rain and then warming to all rain tomorrow.
* There are currently no warnings, watches or advisories for the Central Coast. Winds should stay under 40 mph and precipitation is expected to be cold rain instead of a Wintery mix as temperatures remain above freezing.

For Bend:

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Former Bend resident booked for child sexual corruption and encouraging child sexual abuse

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Nov 112014
 
Micah Kennedy Sexual coercion, Encouraging child abuse

Micah Kennedy
Sexual corruption, Encouraging child sexual abuse

A former Bend area resident has been arrested in suburban Seattle on charges of sexual corruption of a child, luring a minor and encouraging child sexual abuse.

The investigation began 10/14/14 when detectives learned that Micah Kennedy had been texting and using various social media sites to contact and pursue minor children for sexual purposes. 

Kennedy was arrested on 10/16/14 for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and Luring a Minor. He is being held on $250,000 security in this case. 

Following his arrest, a search warrant was executed that revealed the defendant was in possession of multiple images of child pornography. As a result, he was also charged with 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse and is being held on an additional $100,000 security in this case.



The Bend Police Department asks anyone with information regarding this case please call Detective Chris Morin at 541-312-7956. 

This investigation is ongoing.

Bend City Hall declares a temporary housing emergency

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Nov 112014
 
Bend City Hall

Bend City Hall

Emergency declared for additional shelter capacity

Posted Date: 11/10/2014

Based on a recommendation from Bend Fire and Rescue, City Manager Eric King has declared an emergency beginning on November 10, 2014. Severe weather conditions may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, threatening life and/or property, and creating a need for temporary housing facilities within the City.

The declaration is valid when overnight temperatures are expected to be 25 degrees Fahrenheit or below and area shelters have reached capacity. The declaration expires on February 28, 2015.

Wickiup Reservoir safe to swim/ski in again…

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Nov 102014
 
Wickiup Reservoir Now safe to swim in again

Wickiup Reservoir
Now safe to swim in again

Health advisory lifted November 10 for Wickiup Reservoir

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir, located off South Century Drive in Deschutes County, about 40 miles southwest of the city of Bend.
Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Forest Service Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400.

For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select “Algae Bloom Advisories.”

Kitzhaber looks ahead: Tax reform, the kicker, education funding, rural funding problems, and Cylvia…

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Nov 102014
 
Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term...

Governor Kitzhaber launches his 4th term…

Governor John Kitzhaber is launching his fourth term as governor with some definite challenges ahead of him. The big one is trying to find money to make good on his promise for all day kindergarten for kids starting in the fall of next year. Kitzhaber will also have to figure something out to restore law enforcement in southwestern Oregon counties. A plan to cut more O & C timber for county revenue enhancements has yet to be worked out by sponsor Senator Ron Wyden. Kitzhaber will also have to contend with an impending tax kicker which will cause a reverse flow of revenue to the state. And there’s ethics issues with First Lady Cylvia Hayes who got torpedoed hard during the campaign.

Lots for Mr. Kitzhaber to wade through over the next four years. More from the Oregonian. Click here.

Police interrupt burglary in progress in Redmond

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Nov 082014
 
Alsonso Mendez Burglary

Alsonso Mendez
Burglary

Shortly after midnight Friday Bend Police Officers, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Officers, and a Redmond Police Officer responded to 21027 Carl St. #1 regarding a burglary and theft in progress.

The investigation revealed property was removed from inside the residence at 21027 Carl St. #1 while the residence was occupied. The suspect also had entered two different vehicles at the location and was in one of the vehicles when a resident returned home. When this burglary occurred there were family members in the residence sleeping.

The suspect fled on foot from the residence. Redmond K-9 “Breck” was deployed to the last known area where the suspect was seen. The suspect was located by “Breck” about a half mile from the residence in an undeveloped rocky area.

Property from inside the residence was recovered near one of the vehicles in front 21027 Carl St. #1. A set of keys to one of the vehicles was removed from inside the residence and they were in the ignition of one of the victims parked vehicles. Property from 21027 Carl St. #1 was recovered in the area where Mendez was located.

The suspect was identified as Alonso Mendez. He was transported to the Deschutes County Jail and lodged on charges of Burglary I, Theft II, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle X2, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass I.

SE Bend: Lots of smoke in the Greenmont Drive area

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Nov 082014
 

5:20pm
Firefighters are enroute to the Greenmont Drive area of southeast Bend on a report of a lot of smoke in the area.

There have been a rash of calls about smoke in various areas of Bend – all of them turning out to be permitted control burns. This could be another one of those false alarms.

Furnace Fire: 20434 Ahha Lane – fire in furnace of large home

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Nov 082014
 

11:02am
Firefighters are enroute to 20434 Ahha Lane on a report of a furnace fire that is filling a large home with smoke. Occupants used a fire extinguisher on the furnace and then evacuated the home. It is a rood structure, with a shake roof. Occupants say they saw no other flames than the ones inside the furnace.

11:06am
Fire units on scene. No flames. No fire engine water needed. One fire unit remaining on scene. All others returning to base.

11:19am
Fire investigator is being called to the scene.

11:28am
House is cleared.