Prineville motorcyclist dies in Redmond crash: A Prineville man died Oct. 25 in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of SW Veterans Way and S First Street in Redmond, according to a Redmond Police news release. Early indication in the investigation shows Chad Welsh, 45, riding his motorcycle east at 3:26 p.m. on Veterans Way and colliding with a left turning vehicle emerging from First Street, police said. Welsh reportedly lost consciousness after the crash, but was responsive when medics arrived, police said. Welsh was taken to St. Charles Bend, where he died shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said. A third vehicle was indirectly involved in the crash, police said. All drivers cooperated with police and no determination of fault had been made, police said.
Walden to retire from Congress: U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced Oct. 28 that he will not seek another term in office and is retiring from public life after his term ends in January 2021. Walden, who was first elected in 1998, is the former chairman and now top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The former radio station owner and operator also worked as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. In a statement, Walden said he was confident that he could win another term representing Oregon’s Second District, which stretches from the Columbia River Gorge to Medford to the Idaho border, and that Republicans had a path to regaining the House of Representatives majority, but “the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities.”
Terrebonne teen arrested after shooting relative in leg: A 17-year-old Terrebonne boy is facing charges, including attempted murder, after shooting a relative in the leg during an Oct. 25 argument in a home in the 10000 block of NE Smith Rock Loop, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release. Joshua Ford, 38, got into an argument with the teen inside the home, before the teen got a handgun and went outside, officials said. Ford went out to talk with the teen, whose name was not released, and the argument continued and the teen shot Ford in the lower leg, officials said. After the incident was reported at 4:22 p.m., Ford was taken to St. Charles Redmond and released that night, officials said. The teen was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center and also faces charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and recklessly endangering another person, along with attempted murder, officials said.
Redmond vigil planned for girl who was starved to death: A candlelight vigil in honor of a 5-year-old girl whose parents were convicted of starving her to death is planned for Wednesday evening. Maliyha Hope Garcia, who weighed 24 pounds when she died Dec. 21, 2016, will be remembered at 7 p.m. at Redmond’s Centennial Park, at the corner of SW Seventh Street and SW Evergreen Avenue downtown. According to a news release, the event also seeks to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. Attendees are asked to wear blue for child abuse prevention. They can also bring new or “like new” books and stuffed animals to donate to the KIDS Center of Bend or the Redmond Police and Fire departments. A jury convicted Maliyha’s parents, Estevan Adrian Garcia and Sacora Rose Horn-Garcia, on Oct. 18, 2019, after roughly half a day of deliberation, according to The Bulletin. They were both found guilty of murder by abuse and two counts of criminal mistreatment.
Road Closure: SW Canal Boulevard is scheduled to be closed between SW Quartz Avenue and SW Reindeer Avenue through Nov. 5 for work on water and sewer connections.
Redmond woman appointed to Oregon commission: Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Shenika Cumberbatch, of Redmond, to the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service for a 3-year term, as part of a list of state board and commission nominations submitted to the Oregon Senate for confirmation. The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to consider the nominations Nov. 19.
AmeriCorps Public Land Corps seeks applicants: Heart of Oregon Corps is accepting applications until Nov. 1 from individuals ages 17-24 for a three-month outdoor service program with AmeriCorps Public Land Corps. The program runs Nov. 11-Feb. 21, with Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks off. Crew members earn a weekly stipend as well as a $1,500 AmeriCorps Scholarship. For more information, or to apply, visit: heartoforegon.org