Summary The Oregon Department of Administrative Services said Monday that Sharon Sweet got $310,000. Sweet said the DA created a hostile work environment for employees who exercised their right to protected speech. The Bend Bulletin reports that since 2005 the department has paid about $1.7 million in claims on employment-related lawsuits filed against all Oregon district attorneys.
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Summary A man who robbed a Bend bank in June will serve 2-1/2 years in prison, the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office announced today. Gary Kent Peterson, 46, of Mitchell, robbed the Columbia Bank branch on NE Third Street on June 16.
Summary Last week, former Deschutes County sheriff Les Stiles was sworn in as the new interim chief. Stiles told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday that the department is still recovering from recent turmoil. "There's been a lot of pressure and stress. Being named in a lawsuit is tough. There's a lot of things going on," Stiles said.
Summary A suspected telephone scammer is impersonating employees of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the sheriff's office said in a news release today. On Tuesday, a local resident called the sheriff's office to report a call from a "Lt. Jerry Gamble," who told the resident a warrant had been issued for their arrest for missing jury duty.
Summary SALEM -- When Deschutes County Sheriff's officials asked the federal government for free, military-grade equipment, they said it would be a fiscally responsible way to get the gear they know people in Central Oregon already own and have wide access to. Capt. Erik Utter of the sheriff's office said Wednesday the equipment from a federal program that sends free gear to agencies across the country "provides our deputies with the equipment that they need to have to be prepared for the (danger) that they may have to confront."
Summary Deschutes County home prices continued to increase in value in the second quarter, rising 19 percent quarter over quarter, according to federal housing data released today. The increase gave the Bend-Redmond Metropolitan Statistical Area, which comprises all of Deschutes County, the eighth-highest rate of home-price appreciation out of 276 MSAs nationwide, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's All-transactions House Price Index.
Summary Deschutes County's rising home prices ranked it once again among the nation's housing markets with the greatest price appreciation in the second quarter, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Statewide, the number of eligible homeowners dropped 77 percent during the same time period. The program's popularity accounts for some of the drop in numbers.
Summary The annual performance management review of the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office revealed a growing caseload and difficulties with record storage. Early next year, the office will present its funding requests to the Legislature as a new session gets underway. The presenters acknowledged the breadth of the changes the office would like to make.
Summary One of five defendants convicted in the 2001 murder of Redmond resident Barbara Thomas is awaiting a resentencing hearing in Deschutes County Circuit Court. Although Link did receive a life sentence without parole, he had other options during initial sentencing, according to Mike Dugan, who was Deschutes County district attorney from 1987 to 2010. Link could have been found guilty of first-degree murder, which could have resulted in a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years, or guilty of aggravated murder and given a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years.
Summary Deschutes County DA-elect John Hummel is pursuing an ambitious goal. "He's not contacted me since the election." Flaherty said that he's been working with his team of deputy DAs to prepare memos, a PowerPoint presentation and a flowchart to outline the responsibilities and what he describes as the "breadth" of the responsibilities of the district attorney.