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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Breaking: Cops Arrest Teen Suspect After School Shooting Threat

16 year old Bend High student arrested

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Bend Police say they've arrested a teenager in connection with alleged threats made toward Bend High School.



According  to a release from Bend PD today, officers arrested 16-year-old Zachariah James Mello Johnson Wednesday, after an investigation in which officers say Johnson had been contemplating a shooting at Bend High. 
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During the investigation, officers say they found "the means to complete the shooting" during a search of Johnson's home—though cops say Johnson did not have access to those items. Officers say Johnson made threats over a "popular social media platform." After a mental health evaluation at St. Charles Medical Center, cops say Johnson was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department on charges of Disorderly Conduct.

Of the three threats Bend PD has investigated regarding schools in Bend in the past nine days, officers say this is the first they've deemed credible. This one was separate from another alleged threat this past weekend against Bend High, police say.

Since the investigation is ongoing, Bend PD encourage anyone with information to call Bend PD at 541-693-6911.

In response to the arrest, Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools Shay Mikalson had this to say today: "To say that I am concerned and deeply troubled by this youth's alleged behavior would be an incredible understatement. However, I am incredibly grateful for the efforts of the Bend-La Pine Schools' staff, our proactive safety measures, Bend Police, and most for our culture of safety that emphasizes to all, 'When you see something, say something.'"

As a reminder, students and the wider community can report tips via safeoregon.com —a tool Mikalson said was critical over the past nine days.


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News Update: New Speed Zones

Speed limits lowered in Bend.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 3:01 PM

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Pay attention to new reduced speeds this month.


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regon’s roads are on average slower than most states, but not the slowest.

Speed limits travel a wide spectrum. As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and this extends to speed limits which cap at 85 mph. Alaska has the slowest, with a top speed of 55 mph, according to USA Today.

This month be cautious of the new reduced speeds in Bend put in place by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Following a community input analysis this last summer, speed limits have been lowered in these areas:

• Second Street between Wilson Avenue and the northbound parkway—from 35 to 30 mph

• Colorado Avenue from the northbound Parkway ramp to Industrial Way—from 35 to 25 mph

• Arizona Avenue from Industrial Way to Colorado Avenue—from 35 to 25 mph

• Reed Market Road between 15th Street and 27th Street—from 40 to 35 mph



With the arrival or winter (finally), it is especially important to pay attention to speed. The reduced speed zones will be clearly marked with orange warning flags on top to call attention to the changes. So, take an extra moment to look for the warning signs, while singing to the radio.



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Fire Safety Grants Available

Visit bendruralfire.com to find out what the DRFPD No.2 can do for your rural neighborhood

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 2:57 PM

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If last fire season caused rural residents of Bend any anxiety, the Deschutes Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 is trying to help.
Residents in DRFPD 2 can apply for grants aimed at improving the fire safety of neighborhoods and homes. Although the grant cycle is ongoing, the fire department said now is a good time for residents to consider how they can mitigate fuels and make their properties less vulnerable to fire.
The grants are available at bendruralfire.com. Click on the Public Info & Programs tab, then Grant Application. Download the PDF file to fill out. Directions for where to mail the grant are on the form.
Examples of what the grants can be used for are: Disposal and hauling fees and dumpsters; volunteer expenses such as food and drinks, transportation and food; fuels modification and mailing or advertising expenses to "get the word out."
District 2 consists of approximately 220 square miles of suburban and forested land surrounding Bend, and represents approximately 20,000 residents.


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