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Bend/Central-Eastern Oregon News Releases for Mon. Jul. 15 - 3:04 pm
Mon. 07/15/19
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Bend Police Dept. - 07/15/19 2:11 PM

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Oregon Heritage Commission to meet July 28-29 in Baker City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/19 8:00 AM

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Baker City July 28-29.  

On July 28, Commissioners will gather at 1:00 p.m. to tour heritage sites surrounding the historic downtown.

On July 29 a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Geiser Grand Hotel at 1996 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814. The agenda includes reports on 2018 grant and MentorCorps programs, long-term planning, approval of Cultural Trust partner funds, and reports by commissioners. 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

For more information and accessibility needs, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov.

Train vs pedestrian accident
Bend Police Dept. - 07/15/19 6:49 AM

Victim- BNSF Railway   240 SE Raiload St, Bend, OR

Suspect- Houser, Kyle Justin           23 year old Bend resident

Charges:  Criminal Trespass I


On 7-14-19 at about 1530 hours, Bend Police and Fire were dispatched to the BNSF Depot for a report of a train versus pedestrian accident.  Bend Police arrived on scene and determined Houser had been struck by a train, just east of the Depot.

Further investigation determined that Houser was walking on the tracks, northwest bound towards the Depot. He was listening to music with headphones covering his ears. A train approached the Depot from the southeast, also traveling northwest bound.

As the train came up behind Houser it continued to use its blow horn to worn Houser, who had his back to the train. Houser did not hear the train and was struck on the shoulder area of his body and thrown from the tracks. The train was eventually able to stop.

Houser was transported to St Charles via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Sun. 07/14/19
Fatal Crash Highway 30 -- Baker County -- Corrected Date
Oregon State Police - 07/14/19 6:50 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning’s single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 30 in Baker County. 

On July 14, 2019 at about 2:30 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 30 near milepost 45.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Jesse Butler, age 30, from Baker City, was traveling eastbound on Highway 30.  The Chevrolet Malibu failed to negotiate a left curve and crashed through the guardrail causing extensive damage to the guardrail. The Chevrolet Malibu rolled several times and traveled approximately 200 feet and struck a utility pole. 

Butler was ejected and died from injuries at the scene.  A passenger, Travis Culbertson, age 36, from Baker City, also died from injuries sustained in the crash. 

Highway 30 was closed for several hours during the investigation.  

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Baker Fire, Haines Fire and Oregon Trail Electric Co-op. 

No photographs for release. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Sat. 07/13/19
Injury Motor Vehicle Crash
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/13/19 5:50 PM

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash

Date:  07/13/19

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy


Vehicle 1:  Green 1999 Subaru Forester


Driver 1:     Male Juvenile, Bend, OR


Vehicle 2:   White 2019 Toyota Sequoia


Driver 2:      Ceniga, Gloria 68 years of age  Bend, OR


Vehicle 3:    White 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe


Driver 3:       DuPont Gayosso, Anna Laura 28 years of age, Bend, OR


On 07/13/19 at approximately 1453 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an unknown injury motor vehicle crash on Deschutes Market Road and View Lane.  It was reported that three vehicles were involved, and they were blocking one lane of travel.


Upon arrival, Deputies found the south bound lane blocked by the Subaru and the Toyota.  One lane remained open during the investigation.  The Bend Fire Department was also dispatched, and transported the male juvenile and Ceniga to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries.


The investigation showed that DuPont-Gayosso, who was driving the Hyundai, had stopped in the south bound lane of Deschutes Market Road to make a left hand turn on to View Lane.  Ceniga stopped her Toyota behind the Hyundai waiting for them to turn.  The male juvenile driving the Subaru then rear ended the Toyota pushing it into the rear of the Hyundai.  Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.  Deschutes Market was reduced to one lane with temporary full road closures to allow emergency vehicles and tow trucks in and out of the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department.


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Insight School of Oregon - Painted Hills | Board of Directors Meeting | Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 4:00pm
Insight School of Ore. - Painted Hills - 07/13/19 3:15 PM

The ISOR-PH board will hold a regular board meeting on Thursday, August 8 at 4:00pm.

Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Board Members are hereby notified that the Meeting of the Board will be held on: Thursday, August 8 at 4:00pm..


1.Via Teleconference:

Conference Call Number: 1-888-824-5783

Conference Code Number: 54433245#




2. Via Web Conference



The Public has been invited to the Board Meeting with notices posted at the following locations:


A. FlashNet Newswire



B. Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Office

603 NW 3rd Street

Prineville, OR 97754

Missing / overdue subject
Bend Police Dept. - 07/13/19 11:51 AM

On 7-13-19 at about 0933 hours, a citizen located Jerome Jewett on the citizen's back porch in the 600 block of NW Broken Arrow Rd. Mr. Jewett was not injured and was returned to his home.

Missing / overdue subject (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 07/13/19 8:06 AM
Jerome Jewett
Jerome Jewett

The Bend Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating Jerome Jewett. Jewett is a 91 year old male with a history of walking away from his residence and getting lost.  He was last seen in the 1200 block of NW Hartford Ave at about 2030 hours on 7-12-19. He was reported as missing by his family on 7-13-19 at about 0130 hours. Jewett has been known to cover a substantial distance and has previously been found in the northwest area of Bend. He is described as 6 feet tall with a thin build. He has gray hair and a gray beard. His hair and beard were recently cut and are much shorter than the attached picture.  He was last seen wearing a checkered long sleeve western style shirt that is possibly blue, and unknown color of jeans.  Please call Deschutes County 911 dispatch at (541) 693-6911 with any information.

Attached Media Files: Jerome Jewett

Fri. 07/12/19
Parole Fugitive Captured in Tumalo after 4 Hour Manhunt (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/19 8:14 PM
Arrest Photo from Drone
Arrest Photo from Drone

Contact: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp (kentv@deschutes.org) 541-388-6655

July 12, 2019 – For Immediate Release

Bend, Oregon – On July 12, 2019 at approximately 4:45PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisting Bend Police Officers with a traffic stop in the Tumalo area. During the traffic investigation, DCSO Deputies received information that Ryan Nathaniel Fischer-Salt, age 38, of Redmond, Oregon was inside a nearby Tumalo bar. Fischer-Salt was known to have an outstanding state-wide felony parole violation warrant after he fled from an unrelated traffic stop the night before.  

Deputies converged around the Tumalo Tavern and found that Fischer-Salt fled the bar just prior to their arrival. DCSO K9 Ezel and his partner began tracking Fischer-Salt around the southern Tumalo area as private citizens called 911 to report his movement.  DCSO Deputies and Detectives, Bend Police Officers and Oregon State Troopers contained the area. Cascade Academy’s Summer Camp was briefly placed on lock-down as law enforcement moved through the area.

Deschutes County 911 also deployed the Deschutes Alert System to alert nearby Tumalo residents about the on-going manhunt. The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to register their cellular or VoiP phone numbers on the Deschutes County 911 website if you would like to be included in the important and valuable service.

DCSO Deputies believed Fischer-Salt remained the area and that law enforcement had him contained in the Tumalo area.

Weather conditions were hot, and K9 Brolo was called in to assist and allow the other K9 team to cool down and rest. Around 530PM, Fischer-Salt was spotted crossing Highway 20 near Old-Bend Redmond Highway.

DCSO Deputies surrounded the area while K9 Ezel and K9 Brolo, with their handlers, worked in concert to converge on Fischer-Salt with the help of a DCSO Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone. As the K9 teams began to merge, Fischer-Salt emerged from the hillside and surrendered to K9 Brolo and DCSO Deputies on the opposite side of the river.

Fischer-Salt walked across the Deschutes River to awaiting DCSO Deputies. He was taken into custody without further incident. He was later taken to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail and lodged on his outstanding parole board Warrant.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Attached Media Files: Arrest Photo from Drone , Mug Shot

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce to meet July 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/12/19 12:26 PM

July 12, 2019

Media contact: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce to meet July 19 in Portland

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce.

Agenda: Welcome, taskforce purpose and outcomes, agenda review, introductions, background on formation of the Taskforce, principles for guidelines, key components for inclusion in the guidelines, next steps and summary.

When: July 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building (PSOB), 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland Oregon Room 1A. The public can also call into a listen-only conference line: 1-888-278-0296 access code: 843163

Program Contact: Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us

For more information, please visit the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force website.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, 711 TTY, or ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail Adds Body Scanner to Combat Contraband (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/19 11:29 AM
body scanner
body scanner

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 12, 2019


Over the past several months, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail has been training and implementing the use of a body scanner into the jail to combat the illegal introduction of drugs and contraband.  Individuals that are booked into the jail at times will attempt to bring items into the jail that are either illegal, dangerous, or not permitted into our facility. Whether it’s tobacco, drugs, or weapons, inmates will do whatever it takes to get something in if they have an agenda to do so. Much of this contraband comes in during the booking process, by inmates attempting to hide it in their mouth, clothing, stomach, and body cavities. It makes it very difficult for our correctional professionals to find it with normal pat searches and unclothed searches. 

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson has spent the last three years working with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) to bring body scanners to Sheriff’s Offices across the State of Oregon.  The OSSA understands that contraband is a serious issue and they wanted to take immediate action to find a solution to this important safety issue.  Their hard work and dedication has allowed OSSA to negotiate a reduced price on the latest technology in body scanners from Smiths Detection.  Negotiations have not only reduced the price significantly, the cost of training, shipping, installation and support has been included with the purchase of this product.  Other jails that have also purchased body scanners under this opportunity include Lincoln and Yamhill counties, as well as NORCOR, or Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility.  NORCOR serves Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties.

Drugs and contraband inside our correctional facility threatens the safety of the inmates, as well as the deputies supervising them. Drugs reach inmates in numerous ways – and correctional professionals are finding more illegal contraband coming into the jail with the inmates in light of the opioid epidemic. For the safety of our inmates and correctional professionals, we are bringing this new technology in our jail to help combat the problem.  For more information about the body scanner being used visit: https://www.smithsdetection.com/products/b-scan/

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Attached Media Files: body scanner

Missing Oregon State Hospital patient has been found
Oregon Health Authority - 07/12/19 10:29 AM

July 12, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141,ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Missing Oregon State Hospital patient has been found

The Eugene Police Department has located the patient reported missing yesterday by Oregon State Hospital. Please reference OSP Case Number SP19-246525.

On July 11 at 9:25 p.m., a Eugene police officer took the patient into custody. The patient is currently awaiting transport back to the hospital in Junction City.

Fatal Crash Highway 228 near Brownsville -- Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/12/19 8:57 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 228 near Brownsville. 

On July 11, 2019 at about 1:40 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of an injury crash on Hwy 228 near milepost 2.5.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that a Jeep Cherokee operated by, Michael McDaniel, age 69, from Brownsville, was traveling westbound on HWY 228 near milepost 2.   For unknown reasons the Jeep Cherokee drifted over the center line and struck an eastbound fully loaded Kenworth log truck, operated by Bradley Crowson, age 48, from Springfield.

McDaniel died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  Crowson received only minor injuries.

Highway 228 was closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by local fire/ems, ODOT and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 

Photograph provided by OSP. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/126046/Highway_228.jpg

Director Ray selected as Henry Toll Fellow for 2019
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/12/19 8:10 AM

Department of Revenue Director Nia Ray has been named a 2019 Henry Toll Fellow. Each year, The Council of State Governments (CSG) names 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government as fellows.

The Henry Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the fellowship gathers state leaders to strengthen their leadership and create a strong national network.

Fellowship alum Representative Janelle Bynum says this about Nia: “Oregon is investing in growing its bench of high-quality leaders and Director Ray fits the bill. Her testimonies before committees and interactions with the Legislature have garnered her an immense amount of respect among members and professional staff.”

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Katy Coba said, “Ms. Ray has come to be known as a leader who can advance important initiatives and move organizations forward. Part of this is attributed to her ability to engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, as well as to balance interests while seeking resolution to complex issues.”

Department of Revenue Deputy Director Satish Upadhyay said, “This is a huge testimony to Nia’s leadership and contributions to Oregon State Government. It’s a tremendous honor.”

Director Ray joins an elite group of past Oregon officials to receive this fellowship including judges, state legislators from both chambers, and Governor Kate Brown.

The program runs August 23–27 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Thu. 07/11/19
Fatal Crash Highway 211 near Molalla -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/19 8:36 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 211 near Molalla. 

On July 11, 2019 at about 3:20 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 211 near South Mackburg Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Saturn Ion, operated by Tyler Bracken, age 18 and passeger Eric Santos, age 18, both from Beaverton, were traveling southbound on Highway 211. Bracken attempted to pass several vehicles in the northbound lane on a blind corner.  A Ford F250 pickup, operated by Craig Buche, age 53, from Molalla, was approaching in the northbound lane of travel.  Bracken veered to the right, applied his brakes, overcorrected and lost control.  The Saturn Ion travelled onto a soft shoulder and began sliding across both lanes of travel and was struck by the Ford F250 pickup. 

Bracken was transported by air-ambulance to Oregon Health Science University for life threatening injuries and Santos was pronounced deceased at the scene after life saving measures were perfomed.  Buche did not sustain any injuries during the crash. 

Highway 211 was closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation. 

OSP was asssited by Clackamas County SO, ODOT, Molalla Fire District and Molalla PD.

The investigation is continuing

Picture courtesy of OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/126041/20190711_165601.jpg

Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/11/19 4:42 PM
Troy Irick
Troy Irick

July 11, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient

A 35-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Troy Irick, was reported missing Thursday. Anyone seeing Irick should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888. Please reference OSP Case Number SP19-246525.

Irick is not considered to be an imminent danger to himself or others. He is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Irick should not be approached.

Irick was admitted from Coos County to the Junction City campus of Oregon State Hospital Sept. 9, 2017. Irick was found guilty except for insanity on the charges of unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

He was last seen at approximately 1:45 p.m., on the grounds of the Laurel Hill Center, 2145 Centennial Plaza, Eugene, where he was attending a group activity. Irick asked to use the restroom and left the immediate area.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Irick as a male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 156 pounds, with short brown hair, a brown beard and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing gray sweat pants and a hooded sweat shirt.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.


Attached Media Files: Troy Irick , Troy Irick

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 07/11/19 3:35 PM

June 12, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 18 in Salem

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.

When: July 18,1-5 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital Callan Conference Room, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem. The public can also attend via toll-free conference line at 888-278-0296, access code 4294893.

Agenda: After the public comment period, topics will include a legislative update, a hospital capacity update, employment opportunities for patients, diabetic care at OSH and listing OSH policies on its website.

Details:The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

Program Contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us

For more information, please visit the board's website.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, 711 TTY, or jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Enhanced Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
Bend Police Dept. - 07/11/19 2:46 PM

During the Enhanced Pedestrian Safety Enforcement detail today, July 11, 2019, at NE Revere Ave/NE 6th St and NW Newport/NW Drake Rd that was from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Bend Police officers issued a total of 19 citations and 14 warnings.  The focus of the enhanced enforcement detail were violations releated to pedestrian safety.  Violations included failing to stop for pedestrians, cell phone use while driving, speeding and suspended licenses.  The Bend Police Department received positive feedback from several citizens during the detail.  


The Bend Police Department continues to ask motorists to slow down, follow all of the traffic laws and drive safely. 


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey






Date and time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm

The Bend Police will be conducting an enhanced pedestrian safety enforcement at two locations within the City of Bend. The locations will be NW Newport Avenue at NW Drake Road and NE Revere Avenue at NE 6th Street.  Officers will also be looking for other traffic violations such as distracted driving and speed.  The Bend Police would like to remind drivers to obey all traffic laws and drive safe. 

Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey


Ninth Circuit Denies Emergency Relief from Domestic Gag Rule
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 07/11/19 1:58 PM

An en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today refused to block the Trump-Pence administration from enforcing the dangerous Title X gag rule.

Title X is the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, which serves nearly 50,000 Oregonians each year. Trump’s gag rule makes it illegal for healthcare providers in the Title X program to refer patients for abortion, and it blocks access to care through the program at Planned Parenthood by imposing cost-prohibitive and unnecessary “physical separation” requirements. Planned Parenthood will continue its efforts to restore the nationwide preliminary injunction and fight to protect health care for nearly 4 million patients across the country.

Providers that serve nearly half of the patients who get care through Title X have made it clear that the rule would force them out of program. Title X helps millions of people struggling to make ends meet — the majority of whom are people of color, Hispanic or Latino. 

Statement from Lisa Gardner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, and Anne Udall, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette:

“This is devastating news for the millions of people who rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and other critical primary and preventive care. While we are incredibly concerned the panel did not recognize the harm of the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule, we will not stop fighting for the thousands across the state in need of care. Planned Parenthood will keep fighting to block this dangerous rule that allows the government to censor our doctors and nurses from doing their jobs. Our health centers are open and are continuing to offer our full range of expert care, as always.”

Four district court judges had previously blocked the rule, with two judges blocking it nationwide. On June 20, the 9th Circuit granted the request from the Trump-Pence administration to stay the preliminary injunctions in Oregon, Washington and California, which allowed the gag rule to be enforced. The 9th Circuit agreed to rehear the administration’s request for a stay on July 3. Today’s order makes clear that while the court is rehearing the request for the stay, the stay remains in place, jeopardizing the care of millions of people who access birth control and other reproductive health services through Title X.

In June, the House of Representatives passed a spending package including strong language blocking the Trump-Pence administration’s Title X gag rule from being implemented. Now, the Senate must push for a spending bill that includes protective language to make sure millions of people can continue to access health care through Title X.

It is still unclear when the U.S. Health Department will begin officially enforcing the rule, and Planned Parenthood is monitoring the situation closely. More background and information on the gag rule and the litigation can be found here.

The medical community, public health experts and the general public are against this rule. In addition to the American Medical Association, the gag rule has been opposed by major medical associations, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physicians, as well as 110 public health organizations and public health experts such as former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. A group of 19 different medical organizations, mayors, state lawmakers, more than 200 members of Congress, newly elected Democratic governors and several other governors have opposed this legislation as well.

Life Flight Network Announces Partnership with WhidbeyHealth to Add Air Ambulance Service to the Growing Region (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 07/11/19 1:25 PM
Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.
Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.

Aurora, Ore., July 11, 2019— Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is partnering with WhidbeyHealth Medical Center to open a new base in Island County, Washington. The base will be operational in late summer 2019. The 24/7 air medical helicopter, pilot and medical crew will be based on location at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, serving not only Coupeville and nearby communities, but also the broader Puget Sound Region including the San Juan Islands.

“We’re proud to partner with the exceptional providers at WhidbeyHealth and to work alongside local emergency responders in serving the health care needs of Island County residents,” said Life Flight

Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “At the core of our expansion in Washington is our mission to provide ICU- level transportation in a safe, compassionate, efficient and expeditious manner. With 41 years serving the state of Washington, we’re honored to add this new base and partnership to our service area.”

This second northwest Washington location expands capacity for Life Flight Network’s Port Angeles base, where demand is growing and the relationship with the local EMS community is strong. The two service areas will support each other when the demand for timely response for air medical transport is high.

“Our partnership with Life Flight Network will further enhance local services available for our patients and communities and allow us to provide access to even more specialized care,” said Ron Telles, WhidbeyHealth CEO. “We’re proud to be their partner, and we welcome Life Flight Network to Whidbey Island.”

In addition to serving Island County and neighboring rural communities, the new base will strengthen emergency medical response for the state’s population center. Seattle is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation this decade, growing by nearly 19 percent and adding more than 114,000 people since 2010. The broader Puget Sound region, including Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties, is expected to gain at least 1.9 million people by 2050, for a total of nearly 6 million residents.

“Partnering with Life Flight Network to provide locally-based air medical transport is an unequivocal advantage to both WhidbeyHealth EMS and our community,” said Sean LaVine, Assistant Manager of WhidbeyHealth EMS. “Life Flight Network’s exemplary history of providing safe and compassionate care is consistent with the WhidbeyHealth mission. We welcome Life Flight Network and look forward to working with them.”

The Whidbey Island base brings the total of helicopters serving the region from three to four. By comparison, the Phoenix, AZ metro area – a comparable-sized urban area with more than 4 million residents today – has eight helicopter bases serving its two-county landlocked region (Maricopa and Pinal counties).

“Helicopter air ambulance response is an essential health care service for a fast-growing urban area with traffic congestion among the worst in the country in addition to some of the most challenging landscapes due to large bodies of water,” said Dr. Jim Bryan, Life Flight Network Medical Director.

“During a medical emergency, every second counts. Helicopters are uniquely suited to respond to emergencies over bodies of water and during peak traffic times, when gridlock challenges ground ambulances to move quickly and safely.”

Life Flight Network will station an Agusta-Westland AW109E helicopter at its Whidbey Island base. The AW109E is an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capable aircraft, allowing safe operation in a range of weather conditions. The AW109E is one of the fastest light helicopters available and can cruise at 172 miles per hour. Each Life Flight Network helicopter is equipped with the medical equipment necessary to act as a mobile intensive care unit, with the ability to perform a multitude of highly skilled medical functions during transport, including video laryngoscopes, ICU level ventilators, and blood products for emergency transfusions.

Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air ambulance service and membership program with almost 600 employees. The new base will create nearly 20 new jobs on Whidbey Island. The aircraft will be staffed 24/7 with an ICU-level nurse, experienced paramedic, and a highly skilled pilot. In addition to the medical staff based in Coupeville, Life Flight Network employs a full time dedicated medical director and associate medical directors to oversee the high level of quality medical care provided across its service region. Life Flight Network serves the western United States, including Alaska, from bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.

Life Flight Network offers memberships for a $65 annual fee. Members incur no out-of-pocket expense if flown for medically necessary emergent conditions by Life Flight Network or one of its reciprocal partners. To request more information about the membership program, or if organizations would like an in-person presentation, contact the Life Flight Network membership office at 800-982-9299.


Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network is the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States. Its service area covers the western United States, including Alaska. Life Flight Network is headquartered in Aurora, Oregon. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

Attached Media Files: Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II Opens at the Oregon Historical Society July 12
Oregon Historical Society - 07/11/19 12:17 PM

PHOTOS & PRESS KIT: http://bit.ly/fftrtfpresskit

Portland, OR – On Friday, July 12, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to open a new special exhibit called Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II. Produced by The National WWII Museum, the exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and oral histories that highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the Home Front.

In the years before World War II, African Americans in many parts of the country were treated as second-class citizens. The government condoned discriminatory practices and denied African Americans many rights and liberties through laws that kept them in positions of inferiority. Due to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision in 1896, the United States was a nation where “separate but equal” was law in many states. In addition, many military leaders declared African Americans unfit to serve in combat. However, once the war began, thousands rushed to enlist, determined to fight for freedom, while still being denied equality at home.

On display through January 12, 2020, Fighting for the Right to Fight illustrates how hopes for securing equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

“The Oregon Historical Society is very proud to work with The National WWII Museum to ensure that this important and compelling exhibit could be seen and experienced in the Pacific Northwest,” said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Through myriad interactive experiences, visitors will discover the wartime stories of individual service members who took part in this journey of extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names, including Alex Haley (US Coast Guard); Sammy Davis Jr. (US Army); Benjamin Davis Jr. (US Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (US Army); and more.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original eight-minute video about the famed 332nd Fighter Group (better known as the Tuskegee Airmen), who in many ways became the public focus of African American participation during the war. Television personality Robin Roberts narrates the piece, whose own father flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during the war.

Including personal accounts from members of the 332nd Fighter Group, the video provides an overview of how their success in battle became a great symbol of bravery, helping refute notions that African Americans were inferior performers in the military, especially in roles requiring advanced training. Lieutenant Colonel William Holloman III recalls his leader Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.’s encouragement: “He said, ‘America’s watching you.’ He instilled in us a pride that I don’t think was there before we went in the service.”

Additionally, Fighting for the Right to Fight will feature two medals representing the seven African Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997, the bittersweet result of a long investigation by the US military on discriminatory policies in the awarding of combat medals. The exhibit will also provide in-depth coverage of lesser-known events and service, such as that of the USS Mason, the first American ship to have a predominately African American crew.

A national advisory committee, including the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price of Rutgers University, helped frame the exhibition. The committee, led by cochairs Dr. John Morrow of the University of Georgia and Claudine Brown of the Smithsonian Institution, helped advise on the exhibition’s narrative arc and content. To view artifacts and images from the exhibit, and to access educator resources and lesson plans, visit righttofightexhibit.org.

Fighting for the Right to Fight will be on exhibit July 12, 2019 through January 12, 2020. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


About The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom, and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.


Lake Oswego Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl From China Leading to Overdose Death
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/11/19 12:01 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Joseph Richard Caruso, 34, a prolific darknet narcotics vendor residing in Lake Oswego, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for illegally distributing fentanyl that was linked to a 2017 fatal overdose in Wisconsin.

“A highly-coordinated effort by four law enforcement agencies led to Mr. Caruso’s arrest less than two days after his most recent inbound fentanyl package was discovered. It’s this sort of nimble and decisive law enforcement work that’s required to keep synthetic opioids off of our streets and prevent additional overdoses,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “I applaud the tremendous work of everyone involved in this case.”

“This sentence is a significant step forward in eliminating deadly drugs from our community,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Seattle. “Fentanyl is an extremely deadly substance. Blatant disregard for the safety of those who could have come into contact with it will not be tolerated. This case is a testament to the hard work HSI, and our law enforcement partners, do every day to combat these drugs from making it to our streets.”

According to court documents, on November 19, 2017, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspector discovered a suspicious package addressed to Caruso at the U.S. Postal Service Portland Air Cargo Center. The package was transported to the Portland Police Bureau’s Drugs and Vice Division for further examination in a safe environment. Wearing a ventilated hood for protection, a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Taskforce opened the heat-sealed package and found a clear Ziploc baggie containing a fine powdery substance. A test conducted the following day at the Oregon State Police Laboratory confirmed the substance was cyclopropylfentanyl, a power opioid and Schedule I controlled substance.

Investigators removed the cyclopropylfentanyl from the package and replaced it with an inert powder similar in appearance. On November 21, 2017, they conducted a controlled delivery of the package with the inert powder to Caruso’s residence in Lake Oswego. Shortly thereafter, Caruso was observed retrieving the package from his apartment postal box. HSI agents and other task force officers confronted Caruso and placed him under arrest.

On April 3, 2019, Caruso pleaded guilty to one count of distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. At sentencing, he was ordered to forfeit more than $764,000 and a 2013 Audi A4 sedan.

This case was investigated by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Taskforce, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division. It was prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin and Julia E. Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

The Oregon HIDTA program was established by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in June of 1999. In 2015 the program expanded into Idaho and was renamed the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA consists of 14 counties and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Counties in the HIDTA include Oregon’s Clackamas, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Umatilla and Washington counties, and Idaho’s Ada, Bannock and Canyon counties.

Drug abuse affects communities across the nation, and opioid abuse continues to be particularly devastating. The CDC reports that from 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdoses. In 2016, 66% of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. In Oregon, the total number of deaths related to drug use increased 11 percent between from 2013 to 2017, with 546 known drug related deaths in 2017.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Happy Valley Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl and Possessing a Machine Gun
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/11/19 10:09 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Johnell Lee Cleveland, 37, of Happy Valley, Oregon, was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for distributing cyclopropyl fentanyl, possessing a machine gun and money laundering.

According to court documents, in March 2018, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), FBI, and IRS executed a series of search warrants on Cleveland’s residence in Happy Valley, his storage unit in Clackamas, Oregon and a stash house in Vancouver, Washington as part of an ongoing investigation of Cleveland, a suspected distributor of oxycodone pills in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

During the search of Cleveland’s home in Happy Valley, investigators seized $27,372 in cash, seven firearms, a ballistic vest, and more than 300 suspected oxycodone pills wrapped in two plastic baggies. One of the firearms seized was a fully-automatic machine gun with a drum magazine. In Cleveland’s garage, investigators found a white Mercedes-Benz with exterior bullet holes believed to be involved in a December 2017 downtown Portland shooting that left one man critically injured.

In searches of Cleveland’s storage unit and the Vancouver stash house, investigators found an additional $124,040 in cash, more than 900 additional suspected oxycodone pills and more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and Rolex watches. Laboratory tests revealed that the suspected oxycodone were in fact counterfeit pills made with cyclopropyl fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

On March 22, 2019, Cleveland pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cyclopropyl-fentanyl, one count of possessing a machine gun and two counts of money laundering. As part of his plea, Cleveland agreed to abandon any interest in the seized firearms and forfeit all criminally-derived proceeds as identified by the government.

Cleveland is currently awaiting trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court for attempted murder with a firearm related to the December 2017 shooting in Portland.

This case was investigated by PPB, FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Peter Sax and Benjamin Tolkoff, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

DCSO Street Crimes Detectives Serve Search Warrant in SW Redmond (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/19 10:03 AM

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  July 11, 2019

Location:  1626 SW 27th Street, Redmond



Kane, Nicole R.  45 year old female  Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine

Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin

Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine 1000’ feet of a School

Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin 1000’ feet of a School

Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule III


Hinkle, Tina M.  50 year old female Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used


Lopez, Cydnie  R.  21 year female Redmond, OR

Probation Violation


Wines, Edward  47 year old male  Redmond, OR

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used


Miller, Ethan S.  34 year old male  Redmond, OR

Probation Violation

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used


Marcoulier, Mason C.  33 year old male  Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used


Bauldree, Tanner M.  22 year old male  Redmond, OR

Probation Violation

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used


On July 10, 2019 at approximately 12:36pm, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1626 SW 27th Street in Redmond.  The Street Crimes Unit (SCU) had received information that occupants at this location were involved in illegal drug activity, specifically the ongoing sales of narcotics from the residence.  The SCU initiated an investigation into the illegal drug activity and through various investigative techniques, acquired enough evidence to apply for and obtain a search warrant for the residence.  Evidence of drug sales and user amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were seized during the search warrant.  The seven subjects listed above were arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail as a result of this investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.  The DCSO Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Redmond Police Department Street Crimes Unit.  (As of July 1, the City of Redmond has now instituted a full time Street Crimes Unit that will be working with other public safety partners to address quality of life issues in their community.)

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Attached Media Files: Photo , Nicole Kane , Tina Hinkle , Cyndie Lopez , Edward Wines , Ethan Miller , Mason Marcoulier , Tanner Bauldree

Wed. 07/10/19
Quality Measurement Council meets July 17
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/10/19 6:44 PM

(Wilsonville, Ore.) – The Quality Measurement Council will hold a meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Training Rooms 1 and 2 at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 9140 S.W. Pioneer Court, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070.  

The Quality Measurement Council was formed with the passage of House Bill 3359 in 2017. The council meeting is open to the public. Agenda items will include a discussion on collecting and reporting metrics.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Those who are unable to attend in person, may join by calling toll-free phone number, 1-888-363-4735, and using Conference ID #3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Mapes at 1-541-735-0058 or ebecca.Mapes@state.or.us">Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Mapes at (541) 735-0058 or ebecca.Mapes@state.or.us">Rebecca.Mapes@state.or.us.

About the Quality Measurement Council

The council was established to create and maintain a system through which community-based, long-term care facilities report reliable and meaningful data that will make possible a system for measuring a facility’s performance compared with other long-term care providers in the state.

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Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Josephine County **Deceased Identified**
Oregon State Police - 07/10/19 5:50 PM



The male has been identified as Michael D. Kerrigan, age 61, mainly from Los Angles, California.



On Saturday, June 29, 2019 at approximately 10:24 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers received multiple calls regarding  a subject walking on Interstate 5 in both northbound and southbound travel lanes. Troopers were actively looking for the subject when a passing motorist advised them a vehicle had struck a pedestrian near milepost 58.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Toyota Camry, operated by Shannon Baldwin (51) of Central Point, was  southbound on I5 when he struck the unidentified male subject in the travel lane.

The unidentified male subject sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Baldwin and his passenger, Hope Sakrison (55) of Central Point, were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

I5 southbound was closed briefly and then reduced to one lane of travel for approximately 2 1/2 hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by ODOT, Grants Pass DPS, Grants Pass Fire, and AMR.

Darknet Drug Dealer Sentenced to 86 Months in Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/10/19 4:29 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Skylaar Daylan Ford, 24, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced today to 86 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for using the darknet to sell ecstasy to customers across the U.S.

According to court documents, in June 2017, Ford was on post-prison supervision after a previous conviction for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in Lane County Circuit Court. During a June 9, 2017 visit to and search of Ford’s Northeast Portland home, a Multnomah County Probation and Parole Officer found more than 100 grams of heroin. Upon discovery of the heroin, the probation and parole officer contacted the Portland Police Bureau for assistance. PPB officers and a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent responded.

When the officers and agent arrived, they placed Ford under arrest and received consent to search his residence. During the search, the HSI agent located an unopened parcel addressed to Ford and his dog “Orbit.” The package was opened and found to contain nearly 500 grams of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) also known as “ecstasy” or “molly.” Ford admitted to purchasing the ecstasy from a vendor in the Netherlands and reselling on AlphaBay, a darknet marketplace. Investigators were later able to confirm that Ford had been an AlphaBay vendor since November 2016 and had completed more than 500 confirmed sales of ecstasy.

On January 9, 2019, Ford pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute MDMA, a Schedule I controlled substance. As part of his plea agreement, Ford agreed to forfeit any property used to facilitate his crimes as identified by the government.

This case was investigated by HSI and the Portland Police Bureau. It was prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-07/6325/125998/SENTENCING-Ford-Final.pdf

Last original Oregon Air National Guardsman has passed (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/10/19 2:19 PM

PORTLAND, Oregon – The 142nd Fighter Wing is deeply saddened by the loss of Fred Parish, the last remaining original member of the Oregon Air National Guard, who passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in La Grande, Oregon. 

Tech. Sgt. Fred Parish enlisted into the newly formed 123rd Observation Squadron in April, 1941, along with 117 other Oregonians to form Oregon’s first military aviation unit. The 123rd Observation Squadron later became the 123rd Fighter Squadron, which now operates Portland’s F-15 Eagle fighter jets. 

During World War II, Parish served in Oregon and Washington before deploying to the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater as a medic. He was in the military until 1945 when he separated at the rank of Technical Sergeant after the war had ended. 

Fred would have celebrated his 99th birthday this September. 

“The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941, and Fred was at the cutting edge of that success,” said Brig. Gen. Donna Prigmore, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard. “He was a brave and motivated man who helped pave the way for our future, and for that, we will always be grateful.”

B-roll of the original Oregon Air National Guard members and a soundbite from Fred can be found at this link: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/695825/fred-parish-soundbite-with-123rd-observation-squadron-b-roll 


Photo caption

190710-Z-IW846-0003 The original members of the 123rd Observation Squadron as they pose for a group photo. Fred Parish, the last remaining original member, passed away Sunday, 7 July, 2019. 

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/962/125996/190710-Z-IW846-0001.jpg , 2019-07/962/125996/190710-Z-IW846-0002.jpg , 2019-07/962/125996/190710-Z-IW846-0003.jpg

Toxic Free Kids Program Rules Advisory Committee extends meeting schedule through August 30
Oregon Health Authority - 07/10/19 1:32 PM

July 10, 2019

What: The Toxic Free Kids Program Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting series has been extended to two additional meeting days: Aug. 9 and Aug. 30. The RAC is holding public meetings to implement requirements set forth by SB 478 of the 2015 legislative session.

Agenda: Provide background information and purpose of RAC; review the rulemaking process; review draft rule language; request input and feedback, discuss next steps.

When: Remaining meeting dates, all 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays, are July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 30.

Where: Portland State Office Building Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Interested persons can call in to the meetings via conference line at 888-363-4735, access code 102-7039.

Who: The Toxic Free Kids Rules Advisory Committee includes representation of these key stakeholder categories: Oregon Environmental Council, The Toy Association, Oregon Business and Industry, American Chemistry Council, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Multnomah County Department of Health, Metro Regional Government, Washington Department of Ecology.

Program contact: Justin Waltz, 971-673-1217, justin.waltz@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Justin Waltz, 971-673-1217, 711 TTY, or justin.waltz@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Focused patrols on Saturday evening in the Downtown area
Bend Police Dept. - 07/10/19 1:13 PM

The Bend Police Department will be assigning multiple additional officers to focused patrols on Saturday evening, July 13, 2019, in the Downtown area.  With Summer Fest and other festivities in the area we want to continue to keep Downtown safe from any criminal activity and impaired driving. 

Tobacco in Oregon: Cheap, sweet, plentiful and sold at kids' eye level
Oregon Health Authority - 07/10/19 10:25 AM

July 10, 2019

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Tobacco in Oregon: Cheap, sweet, plentiful and sold at kids’ eye level

New report shines light on tobacco industry marketing across Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new statewide assessment of Oregon retailers that carry tobacco shows the reach of tobacco industry marketing. The report highlights ads and products designed to appeal to youth, as well as heavy marketing to communities of color and people living with lower incomes.

Oregon Health Authority worked with county health department staff, tribes, community partners and volunteers across the state to conduct the assessment of nearly 2,000 Oregon tobacco retailers. This week it released a report of the findings, along with recommended strategies to make retail outlets healthier for all Oregonians.

"The tobacco industry spends more than $100 million per year to market its products in Oregon communities," said Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division. "It pours most of this money into convenience stores, grocery stores and other retailers where people shop daily. They know that kids who see tobacco marketing are more likely to start smoking and that tobacco ads trigger cravings for people trying to quit."

Read the full statewide Tobacco Retail Assessment Report as well as specific results for each county.

The assessment report included these key findings:

  • Statewide, nine out of 10 tobacco retailers sold fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes or cigarillos. These included e-cigarette flavors such as "Pebbles Donuts" and "Tropical Fusion." Flavored tobacco products appeal to kids and mask the natural harshness of tobacco. Four out of five Oregon youth who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.
  • Menthol is also a flavor, and 96 percent of retailers carried menthol products. The tobacco industry markets menthol products heavily in African American communities. Partly as a result, 60 percent of African American youth prefer Newport (menthol) cigarettes compared to 22 percent of white youth.
  • Statewide, 64 percent of retailers used coupons and other discounts to make tobacco more affordable.
  • Tobacco advertising appeared on the outside of nearly 50 percent of stores in the assessment. Inside the stores, 20 percent of retailers placed tobacco products next to candy and toys. Large tobacco displays at the checkout counter, called "power walls," have been shown to encourage impulse tobacco buys among people trying to quit.

The report comes at a time when communities are increasingly concerned about flavored tobacco use among youth, especially e-cigarette products like Juul. In 2018 Oregon began enforcing a new tobacco minimum legal sales age of 21. Initial results of the law show it may reduce the number of youth who start smoking. The new retail assessment report illustrates that more work remains to be done.

Some cities and counties, like Klamath Falls and Multnomah County, are using tobacco retail licensure to track the sale of tobacco products, ensure retailers comply with the new sales age, and keep tobacco products out of the hands of kids. Clatsop County is considering a similar proposal.

"Clatsop County school officials and public health staff have reported students using e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery devices at alarming rates," said Julia Hesse, Clatsop County health promotion specialist. "It seems inconceivable that we need a license to sell Christmas trees and own dogs in Oregon, but not to sell tobacco or nicotine products. We need a better way to hold retailers accountable if they illegally sell to youth."

Tue. 07/09/19
Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/19 10:45 PM


Injury Motor Vehicle Crash


Released by:          K. Dizney

Release Date:        7/9/19                        


Driver #1:                Lara, Rose M            Age:  18         Terrebonne, OR

Passenger #1:       10 year old male juvenile. 

Vehicle #1:              2005 Chrysler BTM passenger car 4D white

Arrest charges:     DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault 3, and MIP Alcohol by Consumption.



On Tuesday, 070919, at approximately 6:02 PM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported Injury Motor Vehicle Accident in the 8000 block of NW 19th Street in Terrebonne, Oregon.  Deschutes County 911 received a report a vehicle had crashed into a yard at this location and information received was that there were potential life threatening injuries to a 10 year old passenger.  Life Flight air ambulance was launched and landed nearby to transport the juvenile to SCMC in Bend.

Upon arrival, deputies began an investigation and determined a 2005 white Chrysler BTM passenger car was traveling southbound on NW 19th Street when the driver, identified as Rose Lara, failed to negotiate corners in the area and drove off the roadway on the west side of the roadway.  The vehicle clipped a power pole before driving through a pole fence into a field and through the same fence at the corner of a field and coming to rest in a residential yard at this location.  Both Lara and the juvenile male passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The juvenile was transported to SCMC in Bend via air ambulance and Lara was transported to SCMC in Redmond.  An investigation determined Lara was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested after a search warrant for her blood was obtained. 

The power pole did not require replacement.  Speed and alcohol are believed to be to be related to this crash. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5227/125975/IMG_1951.JPG

DCSO Searching for Missing Sisters Area Man
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/19 7:36 PM

Updated by Sgt. William Bailey at 7:35pm

Elwin "Gale" Larson has been located with his vehicle in the area of Goverment Camp.  A motorist stopping at a gas station had seen the recent KTVZ alert on Facebook regarding Larson being missing.  As the motorist walked into the station, she saw Larson and immediately thought she recognized him from the alert.  After checking her phone to confirm it was him, she notified law enforcement.

Larson’s family is on their way to his location now to be reunited.  We would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance at Goverment Camp.  We would also like to recognize and give a special thank you to the observant motorist that found Larson and immediately reported it to law enforcement.

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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 9, 2019


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Sisters area man, last seen at 11:45am this morning at his residence in the 16000 block of Cattle Drive Road in Sisters.

Elwin “Gale” Larson, age 86, is believed to have left his residence on Cattle Drive in his tan 2008 Toyota Tacoma with lumber rack, bearing Oregon registration plate SL67632, sometime after 11:45am today.  His whereabouts are unknown and investigators have learned Larson has difficulty hearing and suffers from memory loss.  Larson is described as a white male, 5’11”, 165 lbs, with light colored hair and blue eyes.  Larson is possibly wearing a green and blue striped pullover shirt and blue jeans.

Larson does not have a phone with him and has difficulty walking, so he may be sitting inside or near his vehicle.  He is familiar with the areas of Three Creeks Lake, Squaw Creek Canyon, and Tollgate.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or that has seen Elwin “Gale” Larson or his vehicle since noon today to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

A photo of Larson and a photo of a vehicle similar to his is attached to this release for reference.  (The truck photo is not his actual truck, only similar.)

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Injury Motor Vehicle Crash NE 27th/NE Micks Drive
Bend Police Dept. - 07/09/19 3:18 PM

Location: NE 27th St/NE Micks Drive

Date and time: 7/9/19 1:20PM


At fault driver: Grant Younce, 35 years old, Bend resident

Victim driver: Carolyn Baughman, 71 years old, Bend resident


The Bend Police Department responded to a reported head on collision with injuries at the intersection of NE 27th Street and NE Micks Drive. Once the officers arrived, witnesses described Grant Younces’ tan Ford Escort north bound on NE 27th Street in the left lane and he ran the red light colliding with Carolyn Baughman who was traveling south bound in her blue Subaru Forester attempting to turn left onto NE Micks Drive, with a green arrow.   Grant Younce was not wearing his seat belt and he was thrown into the passenger seat of his Escort from the collision.  He was transported by Bend Fire Medics to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries.


Grant Younce was issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device (running the red light) and failure to use his seat belt.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Workplace safety, health training grants available
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/09/19 2:38 PM

(Salem) – If you have a dazzling idea for a workplace safety or health training program, Oregon OSHA wants to hear your pitch.

The agency is accepting grant applications for the creation of innovative on-the-job safety and health training programs. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Oregon OSHA encourages unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high-hazard Oregon industry, such as construction or agriculture, or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any employer, labor group, school affiliated with a labor group, or nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may request up to $40,000 per grant project.

Employers are not allowed to use grants to pay for training for their employees. Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. Many of the materials are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available for use by the public. Some materials are available electronically.

Some examples of past grant projects include:

  • Spanish-language flip charts designed to help prevent heat-related illness among forest workers
  • Creation of safe design guidelines for anchoring systems used as part of logging operations
  • An educational program for nurses to prevent ergonomic-related injuries

The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA’s Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, a group with members from business, labor, and government.

Grant application information is available at http://osha.oregon.gov/edu/grants/Pages/default.aspx. For more information, contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or i.a.watson@oregon.gov">teri.a.watson@oregon.gov.


Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.


Reminder: Seasonal health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 07/09/19 2:29 PM

July 9, 2019

Reminder: Seasonal health advisory in effect for Lake Billy Chinook

Precautionary recreational use advisory issued June 11; OHA not aware of algal blooms in lake

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority is reminding the public that a precautionary recreational use health advisory for the 2019 cyanobacterial (harmful algal) bloom season remains in effect for Lake Billy Chinook due to cyanobacterial blooms that routinely develop in the lake.

Oregon Health Authority is not aware of any cyanobacterial blooms in the lake at this time. However, blooms can develop throughout the season and in areas that are not visually monitored by Jefferson County, Oregon State Parks or the U.S. Forest Service.

Lake Billy Chinook is located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County. The advisory will remain in effect through Nov. 1.

Tests done at Lake Billy Chinook since 2015 show that blooms in the lake consistently produce cyanotoxins over OHA’s recreational use health guideline values for people and pets. In the past, OHA would issue and lift advisories on the lake as data were made available. Testing is costly, making it difficult for local water body managers to regularly test the lake during times when blooms occur. This makes it challenging to determine when cyanotoxins are being produced and if an advisory is needed.

As a result, OHA and local partners determined that a 2019 seasonal advisory for the lake is appropriate. The OHA Public Health Division is reminding the public of the steps to take to reduce exposure to cyanobacterial blooms and the cyanotoxins that may be present throughout the season. OHA staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this advisory at the end of the 2019 season.

Activities to avoid in areas affected by cyanobacterial blooms

In areas of the lake where cyanobacterial blooms have been identified or where you believe water is affected by a bloom, avoid swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities. Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Do not use lake water for drinking, as camping-style filters and boiling do not remove the toxins.

Enjoy non-water-related activities at Lake Billy Chinook

In affected areas of the lake when there is a bloom, non-water-related activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird-watching can be enjoyed with very little possibility of exposure to cyanotoxins. Certain water-related activities can be safe. These include canoeing, fishing and boating, if boating speeds are kept low to avoid kicking up spray that could be inhaled.

What to look for

Cyanobacterial blooms are not unique to lakes in Oregon. Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to any water body to always be alert to signs of cyanobacterial blooms because only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are tested by state, federal and local agencies.

Certain water body conditions can help people identify when a bloom may be present. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, a thick mat is present, or when bright green cells can be seen suspended in the water column, making the water a brighter shade of green. In areas where blooms are found, people should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets made during high-speed water activities, such as water-skiing or power-boating. A good rule of thumb when encountering something in the water that doesn’t look familiar: "When in doubt, stay out."


Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the affected area. Children are most vulnerable to exposure and illness due to their size and level of activity. If you or someone in your family develops any of these symptoms after your visit to an Oregon lake or waterway, contact OHA at 971-673-0440 for health information or to report the illness.

Pets are at risk, too

Over the past several years OHA has received many reports of dog illnesses and even deaths due to exposure to bloom-affected waters in Oregon. It’s important to know that dogs are susceptible to cyanotoxins at extremely low levels. Exposure to these toxins can also occur when dogs lick cyanobacteria off rocks and off their fur, eat the scum, or drink affected water. Symptoms of exposure range from lethargy, no appetite and vomiting, to drooling, twitching, inability to stand or walk, convulsions and paralysis. Symptoms develop within the first hour or two after exposure and can be deadly. If a pet develops any symptoms, it should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. OHA also takes pet illness reports; call 971-673-0440 for more information.

Other concerns

Drinking water directly from areas of Lake Billy Chinook affected by a cyanobacterial bloom is especially dangerous when toxins are present. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Drinking water at campgrounds and day use areas should not be affected, but if you have any questions or concerns, contact campground management or the local health department.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website that is also available by phone. OHA will update information for Lake Billy Chinook when new data are available. To learn what water bodies are being sampled for the season and whether an advisory has been issued or lifted, visit the Cyanobacteria Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "current cyanobacteria advisories" or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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PacificSource Community Solutions Notified by OHA of Intent to Award Four CCOs
PacificSource Health Plans - 07/09/19 12:21 PM

Lane, Marion, Polk, Gorge and Central Oregon CCOs expected to be awarded

(Springfield, Ore.) July 9, 2019— PacificSource Community Solutions, a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), has been notified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) of the intent to award the regions of Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge, as well as Lane, Marion, and Polk Counties to the organization, where it will provide CCO services for each beginning in 2020. Trillium Community Health Plan will also provide CCO services for members in Lane County.

“We are pleased that the OHA has entrusted us to serve and support the health care needs of the communities in these regions,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource. “We look forward to building on the solid foundation of community governance we’ve established in the Gorge and Central Oregon over the past seven years, and thank our provider partners and the regional health councils for all the great work they’ve done to help make that possible.”

PacificSource Community Solutions has served as the Columbia Gorge’s and Central Oregon’s CCO since 2012. The two CCOs, in conjunction with each region’s respective Health Councils, contract with nearly every healthcare provider in Hood River and Wasco Counties, as well as most health care providers in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Northern Klamath Counties. Together the CCOs serve approximately 60,000 Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members.

“We appreciate the OHA’s trust in us in continuing our work in the Gorge and Central Oregon, and are excited to work collaboratively with Trillium Community Health Plan and our new CCO partners, the Willamette Health Council and the Lane Community Health Council,” said Lindsey Hopper, vice president of Medicaid Programs for PacificSource.

PacificSource will host a series of free public community forums over the summer in each CCO’s region. These forums will offer the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how the CCO will operate in the local community. To learn the dates and times for these events, please visit pacificsource.com/newsroom

About PacificSource:

PacificSource Community Solutions is part of the PacificSource family of companies. PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield, Oregon, with local offices in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1000 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

OHA announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts
Oregon Health Authority - 07/09/19 12:18 PM

Reporters: Director Patrick Allen is available for media interviews from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

July 9, 2019

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced its intent to award 15 organizations contracts to serve as coordinated care organizations (CCOs) for the Oregon Health Plan’s nearly 1 million members. Eleven of the organizations are approved to receive five-year contracts, and four organizations are approved to receive one-year contracts. Awardees will now be evaluated for their readiness to deliver the services promised in their applications. Successful awardees will sign their contracts, totaling more than $6 billion for the 2020 contract year, in the fall. The new CCO contract services start January 1, 2020.

“We look forward to working together with CCOs and communities to build on the gains of the first six years of health transformation and address gaps and challenges that persist in the state’s health care system,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “We set a high bar to ensure these CCOs will be ready to advance the goals of reducing costs, improving access to mental health services, rewarding providers for improving health outcomes, and addressing issues outside the doctor’s office that impact health.”

This next phase of health care transformation is known as “CCO 2.0.”

In October 2018, at the request of Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Policy Board approved a comprehensive set of policies to improve the health of Oregon Health Plan members, address health disparities, control program costs, and continue to transform health care delivery in our state. These priorities were affirmed during an extensive public engagement process that involved more than 2,500 Oregonians who participated in public meetings held across the state as well as phone and online surveys.

Organizations receiving one-year contracts will be placed on remediation plans and have up to one year to show they can meet the higher expectations of CCO 2.0, with technical support from OHA. OHA will extend those contracts beyond one year for CCOs that show they can meet the goals of CCO 2.0. Nearly 87 percent of Oregon’s 1 million OHP members are enrolled in CCOs. Based on the awards, Oregon Health Plan members in every county in Oregon will have at least one CCO to coordinate their health care. Members in all or part of Clackamas, Jackson (partial), Lane, Multnomah, Polk (partial) and Washington counties will have changes to their CCO choices. Willamette Valley Community Health (WVCH), which serves OHP members in Marion and Polk counties and parts of Benton, Clackamas, Linn, and Yamhill counties, did not seek a new contract. WVCH’s contract will end December 31, 2019, and members will transfer to a new CCO.

The applicant evaluation reports are available on OHA’s website. Applications were evaluated in the following areas:

  • Care coordination and integration: Ability to coordinate with outside entities (including public and community-based organizations), between levels of care, for special populations of members and to integrate behavioral and oral health services.
  • Delivery system transformation: Innovating to improve care delivery and quality (including primary care), access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care, measurement of value and efficiency of services.
  • Community engagement: Strength of the Community Engagement Plan and of community engagement in developing the application.
  • Clinical and service delivery: Utilization monitoring, ensuring appropriate access to services, clinical review and prior authorization, and approach to addressing complaints and grievances.
  • Business administration: CCO business processes, member engagement and outreach, adoption of electronic health records, data systems, and supporting members during transition.
  • Finance: Applicant solvency, ownership and affiliations, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) reporting, arrangements with pharmacy benefit managers, plans for increasing value-based payments, tracking and reporting of social determinants of health investments and outcomes, managing within the global budget, and cost containment.

CCO 2.0 Contract Awardees

Awardee Contract Length Service Area
AllCare CCO, Inc. 1 year Josephine, Jackson, Curry and partial Douglas
Cascade Health Alliance 1 year Partial Klamath County
Columbia Pacific CCO, LLC 5 years Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook
Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization LLC 5 years Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler, Grant, Baker, Lake, Harney, and Malheur
Health Share of Oregon 5 years Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington
InterCommunity Health Network dba InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization 5 years Lincoln, Benton, and Linn
Jackson County CCO, LLC, dba Jackson Care Connect 5 years Jackson County
PacificSource Community Solutions - Central Oregon 5 years Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and partial Klamath Counties
PacificSource Community Solutions - Columbia Gorge 5 years Hood River and Wasco
PacificSource Community Solutions - Lane 5 years Lane County
PacificSource Community Solutions - Marion Polk 5 years Marion and Polk
Trillium Community Health Plan Inc. (Trillium) 5 years Lane, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington; partial Linn and Douglas
Umpqua Health Alliance, LLC 1 year Partial Douglas
Western Oregon Advanced Health, LLC abn Advanced Health 5 years Coos and Curry
Yamhill County Care Organization 1 year Yamhill, partial Polk and Washington

PrimaryHealth was the only current CCO whose application was denied, due to concerns reported in the organization’s financial review. Three new applicants were also denied contracts.

About coordinated care organizations: Oregon first established CCOs in 2012 to transform health care delivery in the state. CCOs bring together physical, behavioral, and oral health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan. They improve health and reduce costs by providing more coordinated, flexible and innovative services. CCOs are rewarded for achieving specific health outcomes and quality measures.

Additional resources: The CCO 2.0 Contract Selection page on the OHA website has more details about the CCO awardees, including:

  • Evaluation reports.
  • Summary of award decisions.
  • Map of new service areas.
  • Updated draft CCO contract terms.

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Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/09/19 12:09 PM
Richard Benson
Richard Benson

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Richard Benson, died the afternoon of July 8, 2019. Benson was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Benson entered DOC custody on December 19, 2017, from Josephine County, with an earliest release date of May 10, 2020. Benson was 73 years old. Next of kin has been notified.                                                                             

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 individuals. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.




Attached Media Files: Richard Benson

The PGE Foundation Announces Creative Expression Grants (Photo)
PGE - 07/09/19 11:29 AM
Imlay Elementary School students study plant and animal habitats through stop motion animation with Right Brain teaching artist David Loitz. Photo by Juanita Martus.
Imlay Elementary School students study plant and animal habitats through stop motion animation with Right Brain teaching artist David Loitz. Photo by Juanita Martus.

The PGE Foundation Announces Creative Expression Grants

Regional Arts and Culture Council’s The Right Brain Initiative Receives Multi-Year Funding

PORTLAND, Ore. — The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, announces its creative expression grant awards to 27 arts and culture organizations totaling more than $250,000. The grants focus on three impact areas: sequential arts learning, creative youth development and arts integration.

“Creative experiences are critical to a well-rounded education because they help students build the socio-emotional skills they need to navigate the ever-changing world of work,” said Kregg Arntson, executive director of the PGE Foundation. “We know students who have creative experiences are more inclined to actively engage in classroom discussions, offer their own thoughts and appreciate the ideas of others.”

The PGE Foundation made a four-year commitment totaling $100,000 to the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s The Right Brain Initiative to help change the way kids learn, bringing discovery, collaboration and creativity into the classroom. The program improves educational outcomes for K-8 students by teaching them to be more adaptable, creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers. This year alone, nearly 29,000 students in 70 Portland metro schools in eight different school districts were part of The Right Brain Initiative. The program also engages the entire community in creating long-term, lasting school system change. The PGE Foundation has been a proud supporter of The Right Brain Initiative since the beginning.

“The PGE Foundation’s continued investment in The Right Brain Initiative has helped us in more than tripling our reach over our 10-year history and allowed us to be innovative along the way in finding the best approach to serving students and their teachers,” said Marna Stalcup, director of Arts Education at the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

For more than 20 years, the PGE Foundation has supported long-established arts and culture organizations, but is also intentional about partnering with newer organizations, culturally-specific organizations and programs serving rural communities, including: 

  • Cascade School of Music programs for students in Central Oregon.
  • Oregon East Symphony fourth and fifth grade string classes in the Pendleton School District.
  • Outside the Frame filmmaking workshops for homeless youth in Portland. 
  • Salem Art Association’s art programming for K-5 students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
  • World Stage Theatre’s Black History Festival program for students in Multnomah and East Multnomah County.
  • Yamhill Enrichment Society sequential music instruction for K-2 students in Yamhill County.

Click here for the complete list of the 2019 creative expression grants.

Editor’s note: Photo for use with caption


The PGE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Portland General Electric. Founded in 1997, the foundation was created through an endowment with the expressed purpose of improving the quality of life for Oregonians. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $22 million to community organizations across the state. We champion values that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. Working together with community members, partners and friends, we are committed to using our time and resources to help eliminate disparities and create an equitable society where all people can reach their full potential. To learn more, please visit pgefoundation.org.


Attached Media Files: Imlay Elementary School students study plant and animal habitats through stop motion animation with Right Brain teaching artist David Loitz. Photo by Juanita Martus.

Minor Injuries from Plane Crash near Newport (Photo)** Updated Release***
Oregon State Police - 07/09/19 10:35 AM

Update #2

This is the complete release and no other releases are anticipated.


On July 8, 2019 at 5:10 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a plane crash, on the beach, north of the Jetty in Newport.

The preliminary investigation determined the plane was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk II and was flown by Dean Sawyer, age 66, from Newport. Sawyer had two passengers, on the four seater plane, and they were identified as Deborah Reasoner, age 61, from Molalla and a seven year old juvenile also from Molalla ( the relationship between the juvenile and Reasoner is unknown).

Sawyer departed from the Newport airport approximately 4:30 PM and flew around the Depoe Bay area. Near Newport, Sawyer started to notice there was a mechanical problem with the plane and attempted to return to the Newport airport. Sawyer realized the plane did not have enough altitude to fly to the airport so he planned for an emergency landing on the beach. Sawyer was able to land the plane on the beach just north of the Jetty.

All three occupants were transported to the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. Both Sawyer and the juvenile received minor injuries and were released from the hospital. Reasoner sustained serious injuries and was Lifeflighted to a Portland hospital.

Sawyer is the current Mayor of Newport and has had a pilot's license for 40 years. Sawyer has been flying, the plane that crash, for over 30 years.



Update #1

The location of the crash is on the North side of the Jetty in Newport near the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.



On July 8, 2019 at 5:10 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a plane crash on the beach near South Beach State Park. The pilot and his two passengers were transported to the local hospital with minor injuries. 

The Oregon State Police is continuing with the investigation and more information will be released as soon as possible. 



Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/125938/IMG_2397.jpeg

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Travel Scams (Part 2) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 07/09/19 10:00 AM
TT - Vacation Scams - Part 2 - GRAPHIC - July 9, 2019
TT - Vacation Scams - Part 2 - GRAPHIC - July 9, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against travel troubles.

Last week we talked about how to avoid travel scams when planning your summer vacation. Now that you have booked your trip and packed your bags - you are in the clear, right? Unfortunately, that is what scammers want us to think.

While vacationing, we often connect to public Wi-Fi, post pictures on social media, use our credit card, and carry around our passport. These things often put us at a higher risk of identity theft. Luckily, our friends at the Federal Trade Commission have tips on how to avoid scams and maintain our security while we enjoy our summer vacation.

  • These days, many airports, restaurants, and hotels offer “free Wi-Fi.” Don’t assume that a free Wi-Fi hotspot is secure. In fact, hackers can often access your personal information through these wireless hotspots. If you must use one, avoid sending personal information, logging into bank accounts, or doing any online shopping when using free Wi-Fi.
  • If you do need to surf the web after surfing the waves, consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN allows you to securely connect to the internet by creating an encrypted connection between your device and the VPN provider’s network.
  • Keep your phone other device’s software up to date to ensure you are protected against the latest threats. You can set your device to update its software automatically.  
  • Before travelling, check the location services in your phone’s settings. Many apps have a default setting that will tag your location when you post pictures or comments. If you do not want to share where you are, turn off location services on both your phone and in the individual apps.
  • Act quickly if information – such as a credit card, passport, or driver’s license –  gets stolen or lost. When travelling, always bring photo copies of your passport and driver’s license in case of emergencies.

If you have been a victim of an online scam, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complain Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Attached Media Files: TT - Vacation Scams - Part 2 - AUDIO - July 9, 2019 , TT - Vacation Scams - Part 2 - GRAPHIC - July 9, 2019

Fatal Motorcycle Crash near Hermiston
Oregon State Police - 07/09/19 9:53 AM

On Monday, July 8, 2019 at approximately 4:21 PM, Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command and emergency personnel responded to the report of a ,single fatal, multiple vehicle crash on SR-207 near MP 4.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a grey  2013 Dodge pickup, operated by David Wayne Morgan, age 75, of Hermiston, OR was traveling north bound on SR-207 when he made a left turn onto the premises of the Short Stop convenience store.   A red 1984 Yamaha XT2 motorcycle, operated by Nathaniel John Bloomer, age 56, of Hermiston, OR was traveling south bound on SR-207 and collided into the side of a 1987 Charm horse trailer being towed by Morgan.  Mr. Nathaniel John Bloomer suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

SR-207 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, the Umatilla County Fire Distict #1 and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.

Alcohol is being investgated as a contributing factor of the crash.

No photos are available for this crash.


DPSST Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/09/19 8:16 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

July 3, 2019

Contact:                Staci Yutzie

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel for Phase 2 will hold a regular meeting on July 18, 2019 from 10:00a-2:00p.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Agenda Items:

1.  Welcome

2.  Review Learning Principles

3.  Sub-Group Discussions: Traffic/DUII and Basic Investigations

4.  Conclusion

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.