Police catch car theft suspect: A man wanted for allegedly stealing a 2012 Volkswagon EOS was arrested Nov. 12 after police received a tip on the car’s location, according to a Redmond Police news release. After the car, which was reported stolen Nov. 10, was found hidden in branches and trees in the area of SW Obsidian Avenue and SW 63rd Street, just outside the Redmond city limits, police brought charges related to the theft and a subsequent chase against Jeffrey Collins, 37, who was already in Deschutes County jail after being arrested Nov. 11 on unrelated charges related to violating a restraining order, police said. Collins faces charges including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony attempt to elude a police officer and first-degree burglary, police said.
Injured hiker rescued at Smith Rock: A Sutherlin, Oregon, woman was rescued Nov. 15 after falling while hiking on top of Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release. One deputy and 13 sheriff’s search and rescue volunteers responded, helping Jennifer Roth, 48, down the Misery Ridge Trail in a wheeled litter, officials said. Roth, who had non-life-threatening injuries, was handed over to a member of her party at her request and reportedly planned to get further treatment at a local hospital, officials said.
County To donate 40 acres to Redmond for housing Development: Deschutes County agreed to donate 40 acres to the city of Redmond to build a major housing development on the city’s east side. The Deschutes County Commission and the Redmond City Council agreed last week to have city and county staff start writing an agreement that would give the land to Redmond for the Skyline Village planned development. Skyline Village will have 485 housing units, along with parks, trails, a day care facility and more, according to Redmond city staff. Half of those units will be affordable housing, intended for families who earn 80% of Redmond’s average median income or less, according to the city. The development was made possible with the passage of Oregon House Bill 2336, signed by Gov. Kate Brown in April. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, will allow Redmond to build Skyline Village outside its urban growth boundary without having to go through the state’s strictest land-use rules. —The Bulletin
Sen. Knopp to hold Redmond town hall: State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, will play host to three town hall meetings Nov. 25 in his district, including an event from noon-1:30 p.m. at Redmond City Hall, 411 SW 9th St. According to a news release, Knopp will discuss accomplishments from the 2019 legislative session, as well as take questions on state issues.
Neighbor Impact receives $150k state grant for winter shelters: Central Oregon Continuum of Care and NeighborImpact received $150,000 from Oregon Housing and Community Services, designated to assist winter shelters by securing facilities to operate shelter, increasing the number of shelter beds, expanding operating hours, providing extended outreach, funding shelter staff, and purchasing bedding, mats and blankets. The money is from a one-time $5 million allocation made to Housing and Community Services during the 2019 legislative session to address statewide winter shelter capacity.
Jericho Road receives grant to plan homeless shelter: Jericho Road recently received $20,000 from the Central Oregon Health Council, which the agency will use to create a plan for a homeless shelter in Redmond, according to a press release. The social service organization plans to work with other community and service partners to create the plan, which does not include site location, initial funding or sustainability, according to Eleanor Bessonette, chair of the Jericho Road board. “This is a huge first step to replicate the services so positively being met through Bethlehem Inn and others in the Bend area,” said Bessonette. For detailed information about Jericho Road, call 541-699-2099 or visitjerichoroadofredmond.org.
Windermere holds coat and blanket drive: Windermere Real Estate will be collecting new or gently used warm clothing and blankets at their Redmond offices, 821 SW Sixth St. and 538 SW Highland Ave., through Dec. 18. The items will benefit the Family Access Network and Jericho Road of Redmond.