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Bend Police Citizen Academy starts April 3 (Photo) - 03/22/18

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Type of Incident: Bend Police Citizen Academy

Location of Incident: City of Bend

We still have available spots. Sign up today as classes begin in just under two weeks!

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The Bend Police Department Citizens Academy has received recognition as a national and regional model and continues to be a highly popular program in the Bend community.
This class is held in the spring and meets once a week for nine weeks. The goal of the program is to inform and educate participants about the Bend Police Department and the various ways it carries out its mission. Instruction includes Narcotics, Traffic, SWAT, K9's, Officer Survival and more. The classes are taught by officers chosen according to their specific area of expertise in law enforcement.

When students graduate, they are eligible to become Bend Police Department Volunteers. Volunteers work at various assignments such as Abandoned Vehicles, Couriers, Disabled Parking and Special Events.

Held each spring, the Academy can accommodate 35 students per session, and will be held April 3rd-May 29th this year. Classes are held Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. There is no charge for the Academy.

Please complete a Citizens Academy Application if you would like to participate in our next class. Applications can also be obtained at the Police Department's Reception desk, 555 NE 15th Street, Bend Oregon. Please return completed applications to our Community Liaison, Misha Knea, via email, via mail to PO Box 118, Bend Oregon 97701, or drop them off in person at the Department. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Misha at (541) 322-2976.

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Arrest of Burglary Suspects in NW Bend - 03/21/18


Nicole Wildner 34 year old female Bend, Oregon Resident

Nick Lopez 35 year old male Bend, Oregon Resident

On 3/19/18 at around 9:45 PM, Bend PD officers were dispatched to 3094 NW Canyon Springs Pl for a report of a burglary in progress. The caller observed two subjects attempting to gain entry into the residence via surveillance cameras.

Officers arrived and observed at least one subject with a flashlight inside a neighboring residence. The residences in this neighborhood are in various stages of construction. Officers surrounded the residence and announced their presence demanding the subjects exit the residence. Officers were able to observe two subjects running inside the residence once they began announcing themselves.

After multiple announcements at the door of the residence, including announcements specific to the use of utilizing a police K9 to search the building, the subjects failed to comply with officers commands forcing a K9 team to be deployed.

Officer Uballez and his K9 partner "Kim" who were on scene were utilized to search the residence for the suspect(s). K9 Kim located a female, later identified as Nicole Wildner, hiding inside and assisted in capturing her. K9 Kim was able to locate the second subject, Nick Lopez, who was hiding in the crawl space of the residence. Lopez surrendered to officers prior to K9 Kim being utilized to take him into custody.

Both subjects were later taken to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where they were lodged on the listed charges:

Nicole Wildner -- Burglary I, Probation Violation

Nick Lopez -- Burglary I

Bend Police utilizes our K9 resources in situations such as this to minimize the risk to our human officers as well as the suspect(s) we come into contact with. K9 Kim provided officers with the safety of not needing to unnecessarily enter a residence occupied by two burglary suspects.

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Stabbing incident in NE Bend (Photo) - 03/20/18

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Case # 2018-078664

Date and Time of Incident: March 18, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Type of Incident: Stabbing

Location of Incident: 2139 NE 3rd Street


14 year old female Bend resident


Quentin Navarrette 17 year old Bend resident


On March 18th at 7:59 pm, Deschutes County 911 received a report of a stabbing, where the victim went into 2000 NE 3rd Street #100 (McDonald's) to report the incident. Bend Police Officers were dispatched and responded to the location.

When Officers arrived at the McDonald's, they noticed a male in the drive-thru of the location acting very erratically. The male had a knife in his hands and was immediately contacted by officers. Officers were able to de-escalate the situation initially with the male and convinced him to drop the knife from his hands. As the male was being restrained by the officers, he started to fight the officers and stopped listening to commands. Officers were able to gain control of the male and put him into the WRAP restraining device. Bend Fire and Rescue responded to help officers and transported the male to St. Charles Bend.

The male was identified as Quentin Navarette of Bend. It was learned the actual location of the incident was in front of 2139 NE 3rd Street.

The victim was contacted and found to have a non-life threatening injury, due to being stabbed in the leg. The female was transported to St. Charles Bend by Bend Fire and Rescue.

During the investigation, officers learned that Navarette had used "Molly," which is street slang for the drug MDMA or ecstasy.

Navarette was later transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department, where he was lodged on the charges of Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Resisting Arrest.

The restraining device used, the WRAP, has been instrumental in preventing injuries to both officers and offenders since we deployed it in 2015. This piece of equipment is used weekly as we are dealing with highly volatile people within our community. To learn more about the WRAP, visit

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Explosion on NE Weddell (Photo) - 03/20/18

**Re-sending as original did not go to media emails**

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Case # 2018-78572

Date and Time of Incident: March 18, 2018 at 5:31pm

Type of Incident: Marijuana Manufacture Explosion/BHO

Location of Incident: 3058 NE Weddell Road #2

Mentioned Persons:

David Carl Paulsen 32 years of age Bend Resident

Jennifer Rose Paulsen 32 years of age Bend Resident

Female Child 3 years of age Bend Resident


On March 18th at 5:31pm, Bend Police Officers were dispatched to multiple citizen reports of a "loud boom" in the area of NE Weddell Road and NE Hidden Valley Drive. When officers arrived, they determined an explosion had occurred at 3058 NE Weddell Road #2.

Officers found that David Carl Paulsen, Jennifer Rose Paulsen and a three-year-old child were inside of the residence at the time of the explosion. Both David and Jennifer sustained serious burn injuries and were transported to St. Charles Medical Center by Bend Fire and Rescue. The three-year-old child did not sustain any obvious injury, but was later evaluated at St Charles Bend as a precaution.

There was significant damage to the duplex structure due to the explosion inside. The neighboring duplex resident was evacuated until the structure could be safe.

The initial investigation suggested the explosion was due to the unlawful manufacture of butane honey/hash oil. Investigators obtained a search warrant, which was executed at the NE Weddell residence at about midnight. During the execution of the search warrant, investigators were able to locate evidence that showed the cause of the explosion was likely due to butane being used to extract THC for the manufacture of Butane Honey/Hash Oil (BHO). This investigation is still ongoing.

"Hash oil," also known as "honey oil," is derived from marijuana. The "hash" or "honey" is concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. "Hash oil" is manufactured by utilizing highly flammable materials, such as Butane, to refine and concentrate the THC, making a product which can range upwards to 90% THC content. Today's marijuana sold in recreational and medical dispensaries typically have THC content ranging from 15% to 20%, and some as high as 30%. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of marijuana BHO lab explosions in Oregon in recent years.

Bend Fire and Rescue, the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives unit, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE), the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, and the Red Cross are assisting with this investigation.
At the time of this release, there have been no arrests made.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

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Arrest of Car Clout Suspect at Old Mill District - 03/08/18

Date: Thursday, March 08, 2018 Case # 2018-0067587

Date & Time of Incident: 03/08/18 at 01:48 am
Type of Incident: Attempted theft of vehicle, Unauthorized entry into vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Theft
Location of Incident: 300 Blk Scalehouse Court Bend, OR

Victim Information:
Bailye Dellett, Bend resident
Jay Williams, La Pine resident

Suspect Information:
Quinn A. Snider, 29 yr. old Redmond resident

Bend Police Officers responded to the 300 block of Scalehouse Court in Bend just before 2am on March 8, 2018 on a report of an in-progress car clout. The victim reported that the suspect was seen inside the driver seat of his vehicle, attempting to steal it. Upon calling 911, the suspect fled on foot.

Bend Police Officers arrived in the area to find two vehicles that were tampered with. Both vehicles had significant ignition column damage and one vehicle had numerous electronic items stolen.

While conducting an area check, Bend Police Officers observed the suspect running through nearby businesses. The suspect was located and taken into custody without incident. During the investigation, Officers were able to locate evidence linking the suspect to the theft. All items were recovered.

The Bend Police Department wants to remind the community to secure all vehicles and to report any suspicious behavior immediately.

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Attempted, 2 Counts)
Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (2 Counts)
Criminal Mischief II (2 Counts)
Theft II

Trailer thefts from SW Bend (Photo) - 03/06/18

Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Case # 2018-61699

Date & Time of Incident: March 1st at 9:30 am

Type of Incident: Trailer Theft

Location of Incident: 19000 block of SW Porcupine


Dustin Neill Mooney 40 year old Bend resident


The Bend Police Department was recently made aware of a scam that occurred between March 1st and March 2nd. During this scam, at least three Bend residents in the SW area of Bend had their utility trailers stolen.

On March 1st at 9:30 am, a resident in the 19000 block of SW Porcupine was contacted by the suspect, later identified as Dustin Mooney. Mooney told the resident that his son crashed a drone into the resident's back yard. Mooney gained permission to go into the back yard to retrieve the drone. The resident went back into their home and came out a short time later to find their $500 trailer dollar gone.

Mooney did the same thing an hour later from a residence in the 19000 block of SW Hollygrape. This time Mooney left with a $4000 dollar utility trailer belonging to the resident.
Mooney conducted the same scam against a resident in the 63000 block of SW Powers Road on March 2nd. Mooney was able to steal the resident's utility trailer, which is worth $1000 dollars.

Bend Police were notified March 1st just after 11:00 am regarding the trailer theft on SW Hollygrape.

Mooney sold all three of the trailers stolen to other residents in Bend. Only one of the trailers has been recovered at this time. Mooney was issued a citation for Theft I and was cited to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

The suspect in this case took advantage of the trust and kindness of people within our community. We encourage kindness throughout our community, but be aware of your property. Each one of these trailers were available to steal, as not one of them had a hitch lock or wheel lock. Small locks on the hitch or the wheels can prevent people from taking your trailer.

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Bend Police looking for help locating missing Bend woman (Updated Narrative 03/01) (Photo) - 03/01/18

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Case # 2018-050882

Date & Time of Incident: February 19

Type of Incident: Missing Person

Location of Incident: City of Bend


Sara Diana Gomez 24 year old Bend resident


Bryan Michael Penner 31 year old Bend resident

Updated Narrative (March 1st @ 1:00pm):

During the course of this investigation, we have found information that has led detectives to believe there could be evidence related to Sara Gomez's disappearance east of Bend. We are asking residents who live east of Hamby and Ward Roads to check their property for anything suspicious. We are asking to check abandoned structures, open fields, ponds and other water sources. We are asking for residents to check for tire tracks, shoe prints or anything out of the ordinary. If you find anything suspicious, please contact Bend Police Detectives at 541-693-6911.

Updated Narrative (February 24th @ 10:30pm):

The Bend Police Department is seeking assistance in this missing person investigation. If anyone saw the attached vehicle between Sunday February 18th and Wednesday February 21st, please contact Bend Police at 541-693-6911 or through our social media platforms (Facebook or Twitter).

Pictures of this vehicle have been attached to this release. The vehicle is sea foam green 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and it has a Carolina Panthers sticker on it.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Case # 2018-050882

Date & Time of Incident: February 19

Type of Incident: Missing Person


Sara Diana Gomez 24 year old Bend resident


Bryan Michael Penner 31 year old Bend resident

Updated Narrative (February 22, 2018 @11:00am):

Throughout the day on February 21st and into the early morning hours of February 22nd, Bend Police Officers and Detectives continued the investigation into looking for Sara Gomez.

Bryan Penner, a former boyfriend of Gomez, has been identified as a person of interest into Gomez's disappearance. Detectives executed a search warrant at Penner's residence on February 21st. Penner's residence is located in an apartment complex in the 1800 block of NE Purcell. During the warrant execution, evidence was located that is believed to be linked to the disappearance of Gomez.

Penner was taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Kidnap II, Theft II and Restraining Order Violation (Gomez had an active Restraining Order on Penner).

This investigation is ongoing and further searches are planned. We are continuing to ask for the community's help in locating Sara Gomez.

Original Narrative:

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Case # 2018-050882

Date & Time of Incident: February 19

Type of Incident: Missing Person

Location of Incident: City of Bend


Sara Diana Gomez 24 year old Bend resident


On February 20th, a concerned friend of Sara Gomez contacted the Redmond Police Department to report that Gomez had not returned home for a few days. Redmond Police forwarded the information to us, as Gomez is a Bend resident.

Bend Police Officers and Detectives are currently trying to locate Gomez to check on her welfare. We have attached a recent photograph of Gomez to help locate her.

If anyone has seen Gomez or know the whereabouts of Gomez, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911 or contact us through direct messages on our social media platforms.

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Bend Police Department and AT&T Bring Virtual Reality Simulator to Summit High School (Photo) - 02/27/18

We welcome media to Summit High School to watch or participate in this activity. Below is a joint press release from the Bend Police Department and AT&T:

360° Experience Teaches Students the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

BEND, Ore. -- February 28, 2018 -- Today Summit High School joins the Bend Police Department and the AT&T* IT CAN WAIT campaign to talk about the dangers of smartphone distracted driving. Research shows that 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** People are doing much more than texting from behind the wheel.

To drive home the message, the Bend Police Department and AT&T will bring a virtual reality simulator to Summit High School. Students will experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone. Bend Police Department officers will also be available to answer questions about distracted driving best practices and local laws.

We at the Bend Police Department are passionate about distracted driving enforcement. Unfortunately, we have seen the first hand effects of what can happen when members of our community drive distracted. It is our mission to keep community members and visitors safe when traveling on the roadways of Bend.

"No post, glance, email, search or text is worth a life," said George Granger, President of AT&T Oregon. "We're proud to work with the Bend Police Department and Summit High School as we collectively raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and keep people across our state safe."

People can also use their own smartphone to view the 360° experience at home.

IT CAN WAIT is a national movement urging drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones--distracted driving is never OK. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has:

* Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly 90% of audiences surveyed.

* Inspired more than 15 million pledges to not drive distracted.

* Worked with departments of transportation in Texas, Kentucky and other states on research that suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.

* Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.

To learn more, visit

* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here.

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For more information, contact:

Bend Police Department
Clint Burleigh

Kristin MacRostie
Account Manager at Quinn Thomas for AT&T
Phone: (541) 931-6420

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School Threat Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 02/22/18

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Case # 2018-051787

Date & Time of Incident: February 21st at 3:40 pm

Type of Incident: Disorderly Conduct

Location of Incident: 230 NE 6th Street; Bend Senior High School


Zachariah James Mello Johnson 16 year old Bend resident


The Bend Police Department received information from Deschutes County 911 on February 21st at 3:40pm regarding the possibility of a Bend-La Pine Student who was possibly making threats towards Bend Senior High School. Bend Police received information that Zachariah Johnson made statements about his desire to shoot several unspecified students at Bend Senior High School. The threats were made over a popular social media platform.

Bend Police Officers initiated the investigation and the officers obtained enough information to believe Johnson's intent was to harm students at Bend Senior High School. Officers went to Johnson's residence, located in SE area of Bend. Officers arrived at Johnson's address just after 9:30pm.

The investigation found that Johnson has been contemplating a shooting at Bend Senior High School. The investigation also found the means to complete the shooting were in Johnson's home, however, they are not accessible to Johnson.

Johnson was taken into custody and transported to St. Charles Bend, where a mental health evaluation was conducted. Johnson was released and lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Department on the charge of Disorderly Conduct I.

We realize information in events like this can spread through social media quickly. We are asking if anyone has information regarding to this specific case to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

We have investigated three threats against schools in the last nine days, with this being the first deemed credible. This investigation is separate from the reports from this past weekend at Bend Senior High School.

The past week has been emotional and challenging for communities throughout the United States. Our community is not immune. We have worked with Bend-La Pine Schools throughout the past week, following up on any information that indicated any safety concerns to our schools. We are confident that this partnership has given students the confidence they could continue learning in a safe environment.

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