Redmond couple found guilty in starvation murder: A Redmond couple was found guilty Oct. 18 of the starvation murder of their 5-year-old daughter, Maliyha Hope Garcia, who weighed 24 pounds when she died Dec. 21, 2016. The jury returned in the case of Estevan Adrian Garcia and Sacora Rose Horn-Garcia after roughly half a day of deliberation, finding them both guilty of murder by abuse and two counts of criminal mistreatment. A sentencing hearing will be Nov. 18 in Deschutes County Circuit Court. The presumptive sentence they face is life in prison with parole possible after 25 years. The mistreatment charges each carry a presumptive sentence of 5 years, meaning the couple might have to wait 35 years before a shot at release. For nearly a year and a half, as Horn-Garcia experienced several mental breakdowns, the stepmother forced Maliyha to use her words to ask for everything, most notably food, though also to wake, leave her room and to go to bathroom. Horn-Garcia regularly forced Maliyha to miss meals for not using her words, and in summer 2016, the abuse accelerated when the couple pulled Maliyha out of day care, according to trial testimony. — The Bulletin
OSU Nutrition Education Volunteer Program: The OSU Nutrition Education volunteer program is accepting applications for volunteers who will commit to demonstrating six recipes in six months at a local food bank. Applicants should submit their application by Oct. 30 and take a five hour class 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Deschutes County Extension Service office, 3800 SW
Airport Way, Building 4. For more information or to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-548-6088.
Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt: Participating downtown Redmond businesses are displaying scarecrows through Nov. 1 in a contest benefiting the Redmond Senior Center. Individuals may vote for a scarecrow and each voting ticket costs $1. For more information, contact the Redmond Chamber of Commerce at 541-923-5191.
Hotel announces general manager and membership program: The New Hotel Redmond by Soul Community Planet has hired Tobias Colvin as general manager of the newly renovated 49-room historic downtown hotel slated to open in November. Colvin has more than 19 years experience in luxury hospitality management, including a senior leadership position at Black Butte Ranch where he ran “The Central Oregon Shootout” golf tournament. The hotel also announced the SCP Commons membership program, which gives members benefits including hotel discounts and 24/7 access to coworking areas and fitness and wellness centers. Full membership monthly rates start at $100 with discounted rates offered for fitness-only memberships, as well as evening and weekend memberships, and one-time drop-ins. For more information, visit: scphotel.com.
Haunted House: Redmond High School’s Foundations of Theater class presents “Haunted House: Phobia Edition,” 5-9 p.m. Saturday, 675 Rimrock Way. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 general admission and proceeds benefit the theater program. The event is not recommended for children younger than 13.
COCC Summer Dean’s List: The following local students were named to the summer 2019 dean’s list at Central Oregon Community College, an achievement which requires a term grade point average of at least 3.60 and at least 12 credits. From Redmond: Seth Atkinson, Tiffany Brown, Timothy Combs, Kris Desaigoudar, Dominique Gray, Jasmine Guindon, Maxwell Hayes, Lizeth Mendez, Brooke Miller, Austin Neumann, Justin Okezie, Laura Waltosz, Stephen York. From Terrebonne: Michelle Rooks.