News

Redmond man charged with Christmas day robbery of hemp farm: A Redmond man faces several charges related to an alleged Christmas day attempted robbery of an industrial hemp farm, which he mistakenly thought contained marijuana, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release. Mitchell Bruce Ballard, Jr., 31, of Redmond, and a woman whose identity has not been released, led Oregon State Police in a pursuit just after noon after attempting to steal what they believed was marijuana from a licensed industrial hemp farm on NE O’Neil Way, officials said. The farm owners found the pair trespassing on the property and called police while holding Ballard and the woman at gunpoint after Ballard threatened them with a weapon, officials said. Ballard and the woman then attempted to flee in their pickup truck, officials said. The truck became stuck on rocks and Ballard crashed into the owners’ vehicles, causing significant damage, officials said. An Oregon State Police trooper saw the truck leaving the area and began pursuing the pair, but stopped the pursuit in the interest of public safety. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives then searched the area and found Ballard and the woman on the public lands near Negus Landfill Transfer Station and pursued them on foot. Ballard was arrested and charged with robbery, felony attempt to elude police, reckless endangering, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and failure to perform the duties of a driver, officials said. Police have identified the woman and are continuing to search for her, but are not releasing her name at this time.

Spokesman office closed: The Spokesman’s office on NW Sixth Street in Redmond is closed for repairs. Please call 541-548-2186 or email news@redmondspokesman.com for assistance or to set up an appointment. Call 541-923-1370 for help with subscriptions.

Redmond Police launch online reporting system: Residents may now file non-emergency police reports over the internet at www.ci.redmond.or.us/reportacrime, according to a Redmond Police news release. The reporting system is designed to take reports for property crimes, theft, criminal mischief with damages valued under $10,000, as well as minor auto collisions and vehicle break-ins. When the reporting process is complete, residents receive a case-tracking number and a temporary report that can be printed for their records or for filing insurance claims. An official report is emailed within 5 business days at no cost. “Online reporting allows the public the convenience of reporting non-emergencies quickly and efficiently” said Lieutenant Jesse Petersen. For residents who do not have access to the internet, a self-reporting kiosk is available at the police department, 777 SW Deschutes Ave. To report crimes not listed on the online reporting system, please contact the Redmond Police Department at 541-693-6911. For all crimes in progress, emergency situations or any violent crimes, call 9-1-1.

City Councilor Elect Appointed to Federal Committee: Krisanna Clark-Endicott has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2019 Transportation and Infrastructure Services (TIS) federal advocacy committee, according to a news release from the organization. The committee has responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. “The National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plays a key role identifying community needs and, indeed, nationwide transportation and infrastructure deficiencies and possible solutions,” Redmond Mayor George Endicott, Clark-Endicott’s husband, said in the release. “Redmond is proud to have a council member appointed to such an important body, and be able to represent Redmond, the region, and the state of Oregon.” For more information, visit www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.

NeighborImpact receives DEQ grant: NeighborImpact was awarded $50,000 for a program to distribute food to more than 25,000 residents of Central Oregon each month, preventing 50 tons of food waste, according to a news release from DEQ. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program awarded the grant as part of a $600,000 grant program for organizations which are involved in producing and using materials responsibly throughout the state.

Education

Redmond Library events: The Deschutes Public Library will put on “Know Russia” programs throughout January, including two free programs at the Redmond branch. Explore Russian cuisine with chef Michele Morris at a class 2 p.m. Jan. 5. Visit https://bit.ly/2UNXmz0 to register. on January 16, Olga Volchkova, a Russian-born artist from Eugene, will give a presentation on “The Evolution of Russian Iconography” at noon at the Redmond Library. Registration is not required.

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