Car crash

A Redmond woman was seriously injured after failing to make a turn on a curvy road in the Redmond area, resulting in her SUV flipping multiple times and throwing her from the vehicle early Sunday morning.

Food Bank extends hours

Due to increased volume of clients seeking food assistance in Redmond and the surrounding area, the Redmond St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is expanding its hours on Wednesdays, beginning Dec. 2.

Hours are expanding from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. to 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Thursday hours will remain 10 a.m. — 2p.m. The Food Bank is located at 651 SW Veterans Way, Redmond.

Pedestrian killed in suspected hit and run

A 90-year-old Redmond man died Friday evening after being hit by two vehicles while crossing NW Sixth Street near NW Kingwood Avenue, according to a press release from the Redmond Police Department.

Leroy Hall was crossing the street at approximately 6:07 p.m., not in a crosswalk and wearing dark clothing, police said, when he was hit by a maroon 2018 GMC Yukon and then hit again by another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle stayed at the scene, but police said the driver of the Yukon, later identified as 19-year-old Redmond resident Anthony Vasquez, fled the scene and was found by officers at 6:16 p.m. in the area of SW 15th Street and SW Metolius.

Vasquez was arrested, charged with manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide, felony hit and run, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangering and was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. The case is still under investigation by Redmond police and they request anyone who witnessed or who has information regarding the incident to contact police at 541-693-6911.

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind people to do the following if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian: Stay at the scene of the accident, call 911 if someone is hurt, call the non-emergency number (541-693-6911) if no one is hurt, get everyone in a safe location until police arrive and if possible render aide to anyone who is hurt.

The Redmond police also want to remind people to stay safe while walking near roadways at night. This includes wearing bright and reflective clothing, using a light generating device, using marked crosswalks when crossing roadways, and ensuring it is safe to cross before entering the roadway.

Single-vehicle crash results in serious injuries

A vehicle struck a power pole in the 3000 block of SW Helmholtz Way at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, causing the pole to break off and fall into the roadway, according to a press release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, 33-year-old Alyssa R. Van Alstine of Redmond, was thrown from the vehicle and received life threatening injuries, said deputies. A nearby resident heard the crash and called 911. Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and gave life saving care until Redmond Fire and Rescue arrived.

Van Alstine was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment. According to deputies’ initial investigation, Van Alstine was southbound on SW Helmholtz Way and left the roadway when she failed to negotiate a curve. Her vehicle, a white 2004 GMC Yukon, rolled several times, throwing Van Alstine from the vehicle. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash, said deputies, and investigators said they do not believe she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

SW Helmholtz Way was closed or reduced to one lane of travel for nearly 8 hours, while the pole and cable line were cleared from the roadway. Deputies were also assisted by Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Road Department.

Upcoming event

Preserve @ Home online class offered by OSU Extension: Oregon State University Extension Service is offering a self-paced online course in safe food preservation, with a weekly Zoom chat session with instructors and other participants. The registration deadline is Jan. 11 and the first class of the six-week course will be available Jan. 14. The first Zoom chat will be 1-1:45 p.m. Jan. 21. Class topics will include causes and prevention of foodborne illness, spoilage and canning basics, canning high acid foods, canning low acid foods, freezing and drying. Cost of the course is $45 plus the cost of required supplemental materials. For more information or to register visit, or contact Glenda Hyde at or 541-548-6088, option 4.


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