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COCC Accepting Housing Applications

BEND, OR -- Amid the ongoing rental housing shortage in Bend, Central Oregon Community College is now accepting applications for its residence hall. COCC Director of Student Life Andrew Davis says with increasing rental rates around town, some students find it’s cheaper to live on campus, "For our students that live all year in a double year, they’re going to pay - depending on meal plan - somewhere between $10,000 -12,000. And to be able to do that for nine months of the year is pretty reasonable." That's much less than the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Bend. 

Applications for Wickiup Hall for the fall opened earlier this month, "We actually have taken in almost 100 apps in the first two weeks, which is really exciting," says Davis, "I think people are eager to get in and get the process done. It’s a multi-step process. We have to help people make sure they understand all the details that go with that: what it’s going to cost them, the policies and expectations, what kind of room they’re looking for, match them with roommates."

He tells KBND News, "In most years, we end up taking in somewhere around 500 applications for 300 beds. Most of the time, we can accommodate. There’s people who apply and then decide to go somewhere else. We encourage anyone who reaches out to us to apply early so you can get all those details ironed out. It’s one less thing to worry about when you get to September." 

Davis says help is also available through the nonprofit Thrive Central Oregon, "If students are struggling finding housing, they can make an appointment with Thrive. And they can do that just by emailing Thrive@COCC.edu."

It’s not unusual for a student to stay in the dorm for several years, especially given the shortage of rental housing around Bend, "As long as a student is enrolled in at least 12 credits, no matter how long their educational path is," says Davis, "If they’re earning multiple credentials and they want to keep living with us, we keep them."

 


Golf Cart Fleet Focus Of Early Campaign For Deschutes Co. Sheriff

BEND, OR -- The purchase of a fleet of golf carts has taken center stage in the campaign for Deschutes County Sheriff.

Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp talked with the Redmond Kiwanis earlier this month about what he considers runaway spending, "Golf carts have been a hot topic at my office for the last six months. I don’t have an explanation as to what we’re doing with five golf carts." He went on to say, "I know that we use one at the fair. All five of them are now sitting in a container in a lot somewhere. I don’t know why we bought those." Answering questions about the agency's budget, he told the group, "You turn around and buy five golf carts and slurpee machine with taxpayer money, I can’t justify - I can’t explain that. The big thing is going to be getting our spending back in line. We need to stop spending because we see shiny things." Click HERE to watch Vander Kamp's full presentation. 

Captain William Bailey tells KBND News he didn’t order the golf carts, but believes they’re a reasonable investment for the agency now in charge of security at the fairgrounds, "The fair is growing; the fairgrounds and the use of the fair is growing. Not only do we have the fair, we have the music festival this past summer. There was another festival that was there this last summer. It’s getting bigger. They’re going to be adding more events, more people."

DCSO borrowed two golf carts its first year of fair security, in 2022. But Bailey says they didn’t work very well, so the agency bought two of its own for ‘23. "Having a tool to get around in 100-degree heat with a little bit of sunbreak. It was important to give the deputies the tools they needed. And the deputies were very appreciative that they had those tools to patrol the fairgrounds." He says they've since been used at the Sisters Quilt Show and La Pine Frontier Days. 

Three more are on their way to expand the fleet for 2024, due to the growing fairgrounds and increased number of events, according to Bailey. All five were purchased used by the Automotive section, which Bailey does not oversee; he says he did not have any involvement in securing the fleet. The cost of the second batch of three carts is about half the cost of the first two and Bailey hopes the retrofitting for deputy-use will also be less expensive. He says those final three have not yet been delivered. 

Sgt. Vander Kamp also took issue with an industrial slushie machine, which Bailey says is used at local events and to reward student achievement, "The most requested reward is slushies with the deputy sheriffs. And that’s awesome. That’s what we should want from our law enforcement. We should want them engaged and connected with the community." As Captain of the Patrol Division, Bailey says he approved that purchase after another deputy proposed the idea as a way to engage with the community. "It’s unfortunate that a slushie machine and a golf cart has become the center of an election for Sheriff," says Bailey, "But in some point, I respect that the community has questions about the tools that we’re utilizing to do our job because it is their money that we’re spending."

Both candidates take part in their first joint forum Monday, in Sunriver. 

Image: (left) Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp speaks to the Redmond Kiwanis Club on Feb. 7, 2024. (right) Capt. William Bailey on patrol during the 2023 Deschutes County Fair, courtesy DCSO's Instagram.


BLS Mulls Levy For May Election

BEND, OR -- Bend-La Pine Schools is considering a five-year local option levy for the May ballot. “It would bring in approximately $23-million in its first year to support the programs that our community says that they want,” School Board chair Melissa Barnes - Dholakia says a survey taken last year identified issues the community wants addressed. “They want to see more investment in career and technical education. Other things include maintaining class sizes, support for our struggling students, and then they also want to have robust course offerings,” she tells KBND News the proposed tax is $1 per thousand dollars of assessed value, “This has really been a board directed investigation and exercise. And I think what we're finding from our public is that the public is supportive at that rate.”

The board and administration have researched the levy for a year. “Really in Bend- La Pine schools, what we've heard is that our community wants more from its schools and unfortunately the state doesn't fund it,” she says, adding they’re optimistic the levy, which is separate from the current bond paying for building construction and maintenance, will pass, “Our public is really invested in making sure that all of our students leave our schools with a pathway for their future.”  The board could decide at their February 27th meeting to put the levy on this May’s ballot.

 


New Deschutes Co. Landfill Location In Homestretch

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County is still zeroing in on a location for a new landfill as Knott Landfill is expected to reach capacity in five years. The two final potential locations will be discussed at a meeting Tuesday, February 20th.

“Both have pluses and minuses still at this point,” Solid Waste Director Tim Brownell says both sites east of Bend present challenges and opportunities, “What we're looking at is over the next three years, there are land use review processes as well as a state permitting process with the Department of Environmental Quality. So, it's not a fast process and there will be many public hearings.”.

After an 18-month search, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee is near the finish line to select a location. “We're going to do an in-depth review at that meeting of all the different elements that were researched on the two sites. Then in the March meeting, we'll go into a lot of conversation answering questions both from the public and the SWAC members. We wanted to move through this committee by the end of April and then it'll take two months or so for the board of county commissioners to do their review, hold their public hearings and for them to make a selection, ideally by the end of June.” He tells KBND News one site would be cheaper to build but more expensive to operate, and the other, vice versa.

Estimates put the cost between $36-million and $64-million to develop, and another $8-million to $9-million to maintain.

 

Photo: Knott Landfill


DCSO Locates Missing Man

LA PINE, OR -- A 41-year-old man hasn't been seen since February 15th and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help tracking him down. Kenneth Seymour left a home on Highway 31 in La Pine on Thursday in his white 2020 Ford F150 pickup. The truck has Oregon plates 061-PKZ

Seymour is described as a white male, 5'8", about 250 pounds with green eyes and blond hair. He may be wearing a gray Carhartt sweathshirt and black Muck boots or Hey Dude shoes. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact DCSO through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

 

UPDATE: Seymour was located Monday morning. He's safe and in good condition. 


Accused Lego Thief Arrested Twice In One Week

BEND, OR -- A 30-year-old Bend man was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing Legos from Target, for the second time in a week.

While monitoring social media for criminal activity, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team saw a post from Wyatt Froome, offering to sell hundreds of dollars worth of new Lego sets at deep discounts. Detectives posed as potential customers and met up with the suspect at the Bend Outlet Mall, where he was taken into custody by Bend Police.

Froome was also arrested Tuesday during a drug bust in the Home Depot Parking lot. Detectives say he had $750 in stolen Lego sets at that time. As of Saturday, he remains in the Deschutes County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges. 

Investigators believe Froome pre-sells the Lego sets online. Once an interested person contacts him, he fulfills the order by stealing the set from a local store.


Sisters Offers Civic Leadership Academy

SISTERS, OR -- Sisters will offer its first ever Civic Leadership Academy this spring, through a partnership with Portland State University and Citizens4Community. It’s open to anyone age 16 and older who lives inside the Sisters School District boundary or Camp Sherman.

PSU’s National Policy Consensus Center will lead workshop sessions at City Hall, once a week. The group will meet Monday evenings, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., beginning April 15. At the end of six weeks, participants will present ideas to the City Council.

Applications are due by March 15th. Click HERE to apply. Up to 12 people will be selected. Priority is given to those new to civic leadership and who live inside the Sisters city limits. 


OSU-Cascades Asks Legislature For $24M

BEND, OR -- OSU-Cascades says it needs more state funding to develop more of the Bend campus. "Right now, we’re working on preparing land for our future Innovation District, so we’re working on remediation and reclamation for that," says OSU's Jarrod Pentilla, "Also, looking at remediating and reclaiming another section of our campus, preparing more land."

Pentilla oversees development projects at the Bend campus. He recently told KBND News, "The site where we’re at is the Deschutes County construction and demolition landfill. And part of expanding the campus is remediating that landfill, so it’s a great opportunity to develop land right in the center of Bend." Remediation makes the land developable, "The waste that was there, we’re separating that into the waste and the reusable soil. And that waste we’re re-landfilling, using modern practices, in one corner. And we’re taking that reclaimed soil from the landfill and using that to build up the lower elevations of what was previously the pumice mine, here on campus. All of that will end up being part of the long-term view of the campus." Pentilla adds, "Where the waste will be in the long-term will end up being recreation fields; that’s a safe thing we can build on top of waste. And also where the pumice mine was will end up being structural fill that we can build buildings on top of."

OSU-Cascades is located on 128 acres in Bend; 118 of which are on top of the former landfill and mine. HB-5201 would send $24 million to the school to expedite the remediation of 24 more acres. Officials say that's enough space for up to seven more buildings. "As our campus grows, we’re seeing our freshman class increase, and actually starting to run out of housing in the next 3-5 years," says Pentilla, "So, we’re looking at where we’ll put the next residence hall for students on campus."

The head of OSU-Cascades, Chancellor Sherm Bloomer, testifies in Salem Friday in support of the bill. 

 


Redmond Airport Gets $7 Million Federal Grant

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Airport is getting more federal grant money. Airport Director Zach Bass tells KBND News funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-Airport Terminals Program will help with the terminal building expansion project, “We've been planning for the last four or five years for this expansion. And as we can tell by this grant of $7-million we're reaching out to get financing in any way possible. It's a small portion, but it's important. It does give us the opportunity to do some things we might not have been able to do without it.”

The project will double the terminal’s size over five phases. “Right now, the project is estimated to cost about $150-million or so. We are going to be moving forward with the expansion late this summer, or early fall. The project will have jet bridges, a new concourse expanded capabilities for baggage systems. And all the money that we receive helps kind of get us to the finish line,” Bass says, adding the airport continues to look for more funding. “We are in the process of putting in a $10 million grant with the state and we keep talking with the Feds about some other opportunities over the next few years. So, we always have grants somewhere in the pipeline, either in the application or in the review period.”

 


Historic Locomotive Moved From Prineville To Portland

PORTLAND, OR -- The 100-year-old logging locomotive Mount Emily Shay is now at its new home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. For more than 60 years, it was in the care of the Oregon Historical Society. Since 1994, the city of Prineville Railway has served as caretaker and operator. In 2021, the city requested it be relieved of that duty, and in 2022, the Historical Society selected the Rail Heritage Foundation to become the new owner.

Previous coverage: Historic Logging Engine Headed To Portland

The Mount Emily Shay traveled by BNSF Railroad flatcar to its new home in Portland, arriving early Thursday. The center plans to use the Mount Emily Shay to educate and entertain Oregonians of all ages.


Accused Fentanyl Trafficker Arrested East Of Bend

BEND, OR -- A Valentine's Day drug bust east of Bend led to the arrest of a 54-year-old Bend man, concluding a long-term investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit.

Detectives say Jeffrey Cluff brought fentanyl into the area from Portland, and was a primary source of the drug for local distribution. They believe he was the head of a local drug trafficking organization.

During a traffic stop Wednesday, DCSO seized powder fentanyl, counterfeit Oxy pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.

As of Friday morning, Cluff remains in the Deschutes County Jail. He's due in court February 22nd.


Uber Driver Accused Of Kidnapping 19-Year-Old Rider

BEND, OR -- A local Uber driver is accused of taking a customer on a ride she didn’t agree to. According to Bend Police, the 19-year-old victim ordered a ride Tuesday evening, just before 6:30 p.m. "The driver picked her up to drive her to her home, which is about five minutes away," says Bend PD's Sheila Miller, "The driver, about three minutes into the ride, canceled the ride, and then drove her around the city of Bend for about 25-30 minutes, despite her requests that he take her home." Miller tells KBND News, "He did drop her off at her home after about a half an hour."

The victim called police at about 9 p.m. and they found the car two hours later, along with the driver, identified as 48-year-old Rocky Heath, of La Pine. "Our officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving downtown. Our officers arrested him and took him to jail on suspicion of second degree kidnapping, as well as suspicion of second degree disorderly conduct." Heath was ordered not to drive for a rideshare service while he’s out on bail. He’s due back in court in a month.

Heath doesn’t have a criminal history and it’s unknown if there are other victims, "This particular incident remains under investigation. And if other people have had similar experiences, they’re encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch."

Miller says there are a few safety steps every rideshare user should take, "It’s always important to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Verify the driver, verify the vehicle when you get in. Not that there’s any indication that this woman did not do that, but that’s a step that you can always take. If you can ride with more than one person, that’s always a good idea." She adds, "This is one of those services that a lot of us use on a regular basis, and it does require a level of trust in the business and the people who are involved in the business."

It's unclear how long Heath has driven for Uber. KBND News reached out to the company for comment, and received this statement: “What’s been reported by the rider is unsettling and unacceptable. We removed the driver’s access to the Uber platform as we investigate and have reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance.” The company says it takes reports of this nature very seriously and urges riders to call or text 911 in an emergency. Uber can record audio of rides, to be accessed if a safety incident is reported. Learn more HERE. It's unclear if that audio exists in this incident. 

 


Sisters Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

SISTERS, OR -- A home under construction northeast of Sisters went up in flames early Thursday. Firefighters from Sisters, Black Butte Ranch and Cloverdale responded to Old Barn Court at about 2 a.m. and found the home fully involved.

With no fire hydrants nearby, crews relied on water tenders from as far away as Bend. The home is considered a total loss, with damages estimated at $2.5 million. It was being remodeled and was vacant at the time. One firefighter suffered minory injuries due to a slip on the ice. They were treated and released by paramedics. 

The cause is under investigation. "On arrival we found defensive fire conditions, meaning that the fire had progressed throughout the structure and it was unsafe for firefighters to enter," Tim Craid, Deputy Chief for Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, said in a statement, "Part of the roof had already collapsed prior to our arrival, and remaining portions of the home collapsed shortly after we got there." 


Redmond Safe Parking Looks To Extend Co. Lease

REDMOND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners will consider extending the lease for a Safe Parking site at the county-owned lot in Southeast Redmond, off Highway 126 for another two years.

Rick Russell from Mountain View Community Development told commissioners Wednesday 96 people live in 28 RV-parking spaces around the city, “We have staff who are visiting sites, I wouldn't say every site every day, but multiple times per week. And with volunteers there, there's an on-site presence, pretty much every day. And then it's to not just provide a place for people to be, but to provide a path out.”

The county owned property has five spaces occupied. “We saw no increased calls to law enforcement... We just went through a pretty significant weather and ice event. Everybody was fine. There was a real concern about that property and how we'll be accessible in snow, you know, 12 inches of snow and, everybody was able to access it, it was safe,” Russell said.

The program has an 85% success rate in finding more-permanent housing. “Heather” talked to County Commissioners about her successful transition from safe parking into permanent housing, “With safe parking, having a case manager and having someone to go to for the resources and to help you with a hand up instead of a hand out to move forward was the best thing for us. We're very grateful and thankful for safe parking. I still help out as much as I can with volunteering at the church or anything I can do with safe parking.”

Commissioners were also asked to consider helping to identify additional property to add 12 new Safe Parking spaces.

The proposed lease extension will be made official at an upcoming meeting.

Photo: Mountain View Community Development file


Redmond Voters To Decide On Council Term Limits

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond voters will decide in May whether to change who can be elected to City Council and for how long. 

Mayor Ed Fitch says a ballot question asking to prohibit members of the same household from serving at the same time is in response to former Mayor George Endicott and his wife, former Councilor Krisanna Clark-Endicott, "They were both duly elected; not a problem. But people did perceive it as something of an issue as not having seven independent people."

Another ballot question would limit Councilors and the Mayor to no more than two terms at a time. "They can run in the next election, but there would be about a two-year break." Currently, Redmond doesn’t have term limits for elected office. "The President has term limits, Governor has term limits," says Fitch, "So it’s not a new idea. It’s one that just gets fresh blood in there every now and then. But eight years is a long time to serve on a Council. It just is."

Fitch tells KBND News Council the two-term limit is just one of two issues in the measure, "I think that’s a healthy process of people getting off the council, getting back involved in the community without that title. If they want to run again, they certainly can. The other one is: in 2026, the Mayor term would go to four years instead of two." He says extending the Mayor's term to match Councilors gives the position more time to follow through on campaign promises, "When you’re trying to lead a community and have certain agenda things that you want to get done, it’s not going to happen in two years. It takes longer time to pursue the goals that you ran to be in the office in the first place."

City Council this week unanimously approved sending the questions to the May ballot. 

 


Animal Abuse Bill Is Response To Prineville Case

SALEM, OR -- Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee holds a work session Thursday on a bill making it illegal to make, possess or sell materials depicting animal abuse. State Rep. David Gomberg (D-Lincoln Co.) is the chief sponsor and spoke at a recent public hearing. "The bill before you was a response to a recent federal indictment of a Prineville resident, who was engaging in an online animal torturing ring." He told the committee the man is accused of, "Encouraging the creation and distribution of violent and cruel images and videos, in which monkeys were tortured, mutilated and murdered on camera, for profit."

But Gomberg notes the suspect in the "animal crushing" case is not charged with any state crimes, "While federal law is clear that the creation and distribution of these materials is illegal, federal law requires interstate or foreign commerce to prosecute. No such law exists here at the state level." He added, "It’s unlawful to intentionally torture animals in Oregon. It is not against our law and take pictures of these illegal acts and sell them." There are exceptions in the bill for educational materials and other legitimate uses.

Aaron Knott, with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, helped write an amendment addressing potential Free Speech concerns. "It’s not enough to say, ‘you just inflicted serious physical injury on an animal.’ Hunting does that. Bullfighting does that. Veterinary practices do that." He believes the bill passes the First Amendment test, "As an action that’s been taken for the primary purpose of inflicting pain, so there is no legitimate reason."

Knott says while this issue should be taken seriously, there is not an epidemic of this behavior. There is no organized opposition to the bill. 

"It’s horrific, it really happens, and it really happens here," says Gomberg. 

 


Stolen Diaper Bag Reunited With Owner After RPD Facebook Post

REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond Police Facebook post about a diaper bag got a lot of traction this week, and led to a car prowl investigation. The bag was found Tuesday at Hayden Park and turned in by a Good Samaritan.

Samantha Kazak says it must’ve been taken from her parked car over the weekend. "Saturday, I went out with some friends and the baby. I got home and I left it in the car. Didn’t get into the car at all and then on Monday, when I went to run some errands, the car was unlocked, which made me realize I forgot to lock it; and the diaper bag wasn’t in there." She tells KBND News, "I thought my fiance moved it. I called him and he said he didn’t. So then we figured it was stolen but nothing was broken or anything, so I didn’t make a police report." 

Instead, she posted to Reddit, warning others not to leave valuables in their car, "Someone had replied to the post, saying the Redmond PD had found a diaper bag. So I clicked on the link and I was like, ‘Oh my God! That’s my diaper bag.’" Kazak is surprised but grateful to get it back, "I’m from Seattle and I never would’ve seen that bag again. I wrote it off."

Thieves also got the emergency $5 bill she keeps in the car. But overall, she considers herself lucky, "I mean, it’s just a bag full of baby stuff. We were joking that if somebody did break into my car, because that had to be what happened, it’s the least successful car break-in ever. They got $5 and some diapers and wipes."

They also took a winter coat; Kazak says someone else obviously needed it more than she did. But she's more interested in what they didn’t take, "My fiance works for a hemp company and they’re doing medicinal mushroom research, and there was a medicinal mushroom chocolate bar next to the $5. They left that."

While she’s glad to get back her five-month-old daughter’s blankets and custom carseat cover, Kazak says it’s a good reminder not to leave valuables in the car. And always lock up. 

 


Bend Mayor Testifies In Support Of Shelter Funding Bill

SALEM, OR -- A key piece of Governor Tina Kotek's homelessness reduction plan is moving forward in the Legislature. Two bills would spend $425 million to reduce homelessness.  

Bend Mayor Melanie Kebler says funding for permanent shelters is critical. "With the help of one-time funds we've been able to stand up that shelter and upgrade it to a navigation center, the first to open in the state. At that center we've provided over 100,000 meals, provided over 34,000 bed nights, and moved over 230 people into more permanent housing in the first year." She told lawmakers this week, "Without the funding in this bill we are at risk of closing shelters, including our navigation center, in 2025." Kebler added, "Our gap in Bend is $3.6 million. And again, without this funding we will see hundreds of people living back on the streets and lose that precious progress that we've made."

Caleb Yant, deputy director of Oregon Housing and Community Development, told legislators funding will run out later in the year, "OHCS identified 86 shelters statewide representing 3,669 beds that were at imminent risk of closure. It's important to note that this does not represent the funding gaps generally, but rather sites that would close their doors without immediate support."

The bills include $65 million for shelters, $100 million for shovel-ready affordable housing projects, $18 million to house people in addiction recovery and $10 million to convert existing buildings into affordable housing.

There's also $40 million for rental assistance programs. Jimmy Jones, executive director of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action, says those programs help stop homelessness from growing, "The need is so extraordinary and without this assistance we're going to have a much larger homeless population than we do right now." He says during the pandemic, homelessness grew 22%; it rose another 12% last year, "Almost all of that is being driven by the affordable housing crisis, the inflation we see in Oregon, the extraordinary housing costs across the spectrum. Almost everybody's first step into homelessness is a result of economic conditions. There are certainly things that go along after that.  It is a very critical need in our communities to make sure this rental assistance continues to be available."

There's also $75 million in loans for cities to finance affordable housing projects.

 


Winterfest Returns To Old Mill District This Weekend

BEND, OR -- Winterfest returns this weekend, and after two years in Redmond, it’s back in Bend at the Old Mill District.

“The Old Mill has always been our home and, you know, during the pandemic and with the construction down there, we had to make a shift to the fairgrounds and they were a great host. It was great being out there. But, you know, the vibe down in the Old Mill is just a little bit closer to what we want for that event,” Aaron Switzer, president of event organizer Lay It Out Events says, adding feedback for the location has been positive, “There's a lot of enthusiasm about our return to the Old Mill, and a lot of people who couldn't or wouldn't make the trip out to Redmond to the fairgrounds. We're expecting some pretty robust crowds down there over the course of the weekend, we'll probably see 25 to 30,000 people through the venue.”

Switzer tells KBND News there is one big change, “We are on the amphitheater stage this year. So, the concerts are going to be in the amphitheater. Before we were, as people will remember, in the gravel lot next door to that, creating our own party. But this will be in the amphitheater. That'll be new.”

Along with the live music, there are carnival rides, art exhibits, and fun runs. The event runs Friday through Sunday.

 


Two Arrested In CODE Bust

BEND, OR -- Two Bend transients face criminal charges, following an investigation by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team. Detectives say 54-year-old Timothy Henkel was trafficking fentanyl.

During a surveillance operation Tuesday afternoon, authorities say Henkel sold drugs to two people in a car parked at the Bend Home Depot. Detectives approached the group and the vehicle took off. A passenger, later identified as Henry Duran ran from the scene and has not been located. 

Officers arrested Henkel and his passenger, 30-year-old Wyatt Froome. They searched Henkel's car and say they found commercial quantities of fentanyl pills and meth, as well as $750 in Lego sets allegedly stolen from the nearby Target store and intended for online sale.

Henkel is charged with having a commercial quantity of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine, as well as Theft II. Froome is accused of theft.

CODE Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Duran.


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