Man arrested in suspected arson: A Madras man was arrested on suspicion of arson related to a Dec. 2 fire at his ex-wife’s house, according to The Bulletin. The fire caused a total loss to the house, according to a Crooked River Ranch Fire news release. The home 8120 SW High Cone Drive was valued at $50,250, with content inside valued at another $10,000, officials said. James Winterholer III, who was at the scene of the fire, was booked Dec. 2 into the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of first-degree arson, The Bulletin reported.
Head-on crash leaves four injured: A Eugene man sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in a Dec. 5 collision on East Highway 126 at SE Lake Road in Redmond, according to a Redmond Police news release. Shan Dieringer, 39, of Eugene, was driving a Dodge Neon west at 10:15 a.m. on Highway 126 and came upon a stopped vehicle waiting to turn left onto SE Lake Road, police said. Dieringer attempted to stop, but went into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with an eastbound Chevrolet pickup, driven by Diego Corona-Cabrera, 19, from Central Oregon, police said. Dieringer sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Corona-Cabrera and his two passengers sustained minor injuries and were evaluated at the scene by medics. The road was closed for 11⁄2 hours after the crash, while Deschutes County Sheriff’s officers assisted in the investigation. No citations were issued at the time, but police said speed, following distance and failing to maintain a lane of travel appear to be contributing factors in the crash. Redmond Police thanked the sheriff’s office because Redmond officers were at the scene of a fatal crash that happened just over an hour earlier on South Highway 97, just south of the SW Yew Avenue and SW Airport Way exit.
Redmond students among Inventerprize Contest winners: Some Redmond students were among the recently announced winners of Lonza’s 27th Annual Inventerprise Science Contest, sponsored by Bend Research, now a part of Lonza Pharma & Biotech. A total of 1,443 students from Central Oregon schools, from elementary school through community college, took part and 163 received awards. This year the competition problem statement was “European lions and Javan tigers and giant short-faced bears, oh my! These are just a few examples of species that have become extinct. Invent something to preserve Earth’s life forms.” Ben Allard, Karlie Bunting and Isaac Rojo, of Ridgeview High School, received a third prize of $300 for “Rhino Ranch,” a novel they developed to combat poaching of rhino herds via healthy horn harvesting practices. Additional prize winners included Alex Pineda, first grade, St. Thomas Academy; Torrin Contreras, Gianna Cermak and Kaylee Valasquez, second grade, St. Thomas Academy; Cecilia Fosbury, Gabriel Beaune-Hirata, Vianna Kyllo, Ryan Click, Peyton Adams, Colby Leffler, Addison Threet and Benjamin Raitz, third grade, Tom McCall Elementary School; Ryder Faulhaber, fourth grade, St. Thomas Academy; Colton Andrews, Nathan Liddell, Wyatt Horner and Mia Lynch, fifth grade, Tom McCall Elementary School.
Redmond Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet and Meeting: The chamber will recognize the work and accomplishments of individuals, businesses, volunteers and sponsors and announce the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards at their annual awards banquet 5:30-9 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Eagle Crest Convention Center, 1522 Cline Falls Rd. The cost is $39 per person and those attending should register by Jan. 15 at bit.ly/2UdgbeE.