February 22, 2017

Police: No one injured when bullet shot through walls "bounces" off Redmond resident's head

From Redmond Police:

On Monday evening, February 20th, at approximately 9:45 pm, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call from the 2400 block of SW Wickiup Court, Redmond, where it was reported a bullet had come into a house, and “bounced” off the head of one of the residents inside, while seated watching television.  Redmond Police Officers responded to investigate.  Officers confirmed there was no injuries and located a bullet on the floor, where it came to rest after “bouncing” off the head of the resident.  An initial investigation at this house confirmed the bullet entered the house from the outside, going through a fence, the exterior wall of the house, and a picture frame, before hitting the resident in the head.

Other Officers were searching the area and located an apparent bullet hole on the exterior of a house at 2486 SW Wickiup Ave, directly to the south of the victim residence.  Officers contacted the adult resident, detaining him.  During the investigation, a 9mm firearm was found inside a bedroom, along with a spent 9mm casing.

Redmond Police arrested Mr. Ryan Pine, 24 years of age, and a Redmond resident, for several crimes (listed below).  The exact circumstance regarding how or why the firearm was discharged will not be released.  However, Redmond Police believes the discharge of the firearm was not intended to harm any other person.  Drug and alcohol impairment appear to be contributing factors in this incident.

Assault in the Third Degree
Reckless Endangering Another Person x 5
Child Neglect in the Second Degree x 2
Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
Outstanding in-state arrest warrant

The walls and fences of our homes provide a false sense of protection when comes to high-velocity projectiles, such as a bullet from a firearm.  The Redmond Police Department would like to remind all people it is a crime to discharge any firearm within a city limit.  Cities have a high population density. Therefore there is an increased risk of unintentional injuries or property damage when a firearm is discharged within a city. 

We would also like to remind everyone of the four cardinal rules of firearm safety:

1.      Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
2.      Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
3.      Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4.      Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

February 21, 2017

February 15, 2017 Obituaries

Mary Jo Montagner, of RedmondJune 17, 1936 - Feb. 7, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: Celebration of life to be held at a later date.Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care. Cards and flowers can be sent to Autumn Funerals, 485 NW Larch Ave., Redmond, OR 97756.

Eleanor Alice Simonsen, of SistersApril 1, 1928 - Feb. 4, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Saturday February 11, 2017 a Memorial service was held at 10:00 am at The Episcopal Church of The Transfiguration, 68825 Brooks Camp Rd. in Sisters. Reception to follow in the community hall.

Charles Clement, of RedmondFeb. 23, 1920 - Feb. 6, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com; 541.548.3219.Services: A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.Contributions may be made to: Redmond Community Concert Assoc., PO Box 91, Redmond, OR 97756.

Sylvia Winifred Cummings, of BendJuly 22, 1925 - Feb. 8, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219.Services: A Celebration of Life will be at Redmond Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th Street, Redmond, Oregon on Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM.

Peggy Joyce Marshall, of SistersApril 8, 1930 - Jan. 26, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Memorial Service on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy., Sisters.

Sandra Lee Brendle, of Metolius, ORJan. 3, 1946 - Feb. 1, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend is honored to serve the family. 541-318-0842www.autumnfunerals.netServices: Celebration of Life on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Metolius Community Friends Church, 575 Hood Ave., Metolius, OR.

Charles Duane Hutton, of RedmondFeb. 5, 1933 - Feb. 10, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel www.redmondmemorial.com ; 541.548.3219Services: Funeral Service, Friday, February 17, 2017, 11AM Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond.

Linda Faye Frilot, of RedmondMar. 9, 1940 - Feb. 5, 2017Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. 541-548-3219.Services: Services were held Friday, February 10 at 4:00 PM, at Powell Butte Christian Church.

Brian Wallace Harwood Jr., of Crooked River RanchAug. 23, 1965 - Feb. 6, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: To be held in the summertime.

Brian Edward Parks, of BendDec. 10, 1964 - Feb. 4, 2017Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485Services: None at this time.

Robert Allen NeedhamDec. 8, 1939 - Feb. 1, 2017Robert Allen Needham was born December 8, 1939, in Eugene, Oregon, to Paul and Nina Needham. He passed away at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon, from heart failure on February 1, 2017; he was 77.A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., at the Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama Ave., Redmond, Oregon.
A reception potluck will follow the service; guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
For those who cannot attend, the service will be live streamed on Facebook. Call (541) 688-7036 for more details on where to login.

February 20, 2017

Buzz around with local Beekeepers

From Central Oregon Beekeeping Association

Central Oregon Beekeeping Association hosts Annual
February 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

   This year the Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) Bee School will be held at the Central Oregon Community College and will feature a Beekeeping 101 class as well as lectures from regional COBKA mentors on topics including but not limited to:
  •  Equipment (Hive types, Bee Suits, Tools, and more)
  •  Setting up a hive
  • Hive managemen
  • “Reading the frame
  •  Pest control options
   This event is structured to provide attendees with all the information needed to begin beekeeping in Central Oregon. The event booklet will include the information discussed during the event as well as handy local supplier contacts, advice on local plant varieties to encourage pollinators and much more. Registration is $35 for non-members (which includes a one year membership to COBKA) and $15 for members.

   With more and more concern about honey bee populations and pollinators, this class is perfect for anyone that wants to get into beekeeping as a hobby, as a serious enthusiast, or as an educated consumer who simply wants to learn more about where honey comes from. While serious beekeepers spend years learning their craft, the COBKA bee school is a great chance to learn a lot of information in a short period of time. This is also a good chance to network and meet others who are interested in honey bees.

About COBKA:
We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with hundreds of hives to hobbyists involved in backyard beekeeping. Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of Apis mellifera. The Mission of the Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) is to promote effective, economic and successful regional beekeeping through education, collaboration, communication and research in the spirit of friendship.

Website: www.cobeekeeping.org Facebook: Facebook.com/cobeekeeping/

February 14, 2017

Check out our photos of new Redmond City Hall!

The Feb. 15 Spokesman features a story on Redmond's new City Hall, located in the former Evergreen Elementary School building. A ribbon cutting is planned for 10 a.m. Feb. 21. Here are more photos from our recent tour of the building:

 Mayor George Endicott stands at what will be the council dais.

 Council members left their name and hand prints on the new City Hall floor last year.

 The main hallway will feature photos from the building's history as a school.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, stands in a plaza in front of the new city hall building. He said the area looks like a college campus.

 The information technology room at new City Hall.

 A ribbon cutting for the $12 million city hall is planned for Feb. 21.

 The view from the dais of the council chamber.

 A skylight in the second floor City Hall hallway.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, said one surprise in renovating the former school came when the city learned that a rear addition the the building was only two bricks deep, compared to three elsewhere.

 The city logo that is at the center of a plaza in front of City Hall.
Two former Evergreen Elementary chalkboards were salvaged and will be used at new City Hall. The frame of a third will now go around a dry-erase board.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, shows an area where the exterior wall at City Hall was intentionally made to look worn.

 The new employee break room at City Hall.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, walks in the new community development area at City Hall.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, looks out a restored window to the plaza area in front of City Hall.  The city plans to redevelop the area across Ninth Street as a connection between City Hall and Centennial Park.

 Jason Neff, Redmond's deputy director of central services, shows off an upstairs City Hall meeting room. it is planned to be the site of open house meetings.

 City Manager Keith Witcosky's office features his favorite color, red.

 Workers apply finishing touches to the entrance to the city manager's suite at new City Hall.

 A worker paints in the city manager's suite at new City Hall.

 The entrance to new City Hall was intended to keep the building's character.

 Blinds in the council chamber can be raised and lowered with the push of a button if a video presentation is being made.

 Mayor George Endicott leads Jason Neff through an archway at new City Hall.

 The historic stairwells at new City Hall maintain old oak handrails, but also include new ADA-accessible rails.

 The new City Hall executive conference room means the public will no longer have to leave the chamber when the council goes to closed session.

The rear of the new Redmond City Hall.