Bend woman arrested in dinner-plate assault

A dispute that apparently involved an assault with a dinner plate brought Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies to a home north of Bend Thursday evening, and put one resident in jail on assault charges.

Deputies responded around 5:15 p.m. to a report of an assault that had occurred in the 64000 block of North Highway 97, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Bilyeu. Initial reports indicated the suspect may have been armed with a knife, and the victim was injured on her ear and/or left side of the head, he said.

An investigation determined no traditional weapons were involved, but that the victim, Sandra Kay Monteleone, 57, may have been struck with a dinner plate by the suspect, Debra Jean Williams, 54.

Williams was taken to the county jail on charges of second-degree assault, coercion and interfering with making a police report. Bail was set at $57,500. Monteleone was examined at the scene by Bend Fire & Rescue paramedics, Bilyeu said.

Controlled burn planned Friday near Sunriver

SUNRIVER Prescribed fire specialists plan to take advantage of winds out of the northeast on Friday to complete an 83-acre controlled burn a mile west of the North Golf Course in Sunriver.

Fire specialists plan to use the burn to lessen the intensity, resistance to control and cost of future wildland fires that might occur on the Deschutes National Forest in an area between the Deschutes River and Forest Service Road 41.

The road is a corridor to popular recreation areas along the river where firefighters routinely extinguish nearby human-caused fires. Fire specialists burned two other units in the area last spring.

Weather forecasts show winds will blow smoke away from residential areas. But smoke might settle with cool air in low areas like the Deschutes River on Friday night and Saturday morning. Nearby residents should close windows and doors to keep smoke out of structures.

Forest Service Road 41 motorists are asked to reduce speeds and turn on headlights if smoke drifts onto the road.

‘Inside Deschutes County’ provides TV insight

Inside Deschutes County, a 30-minute newsmagazine produced by Deschutes County, was created to inform residents how County government operates, how tax dollars are spent, and to inform citizens about the many services and programs that are offered by the County and affiliated public agencies. Each month, a new edition of Inside Deschutes County airs on several Central Oregon stations.

The first show aired on Bend Cable, Channel 11 (for Bend, Redmond, Sisters, and Black Butte Ranch residents) Tuesday, March 7, 2000.

Each Inside Deschutes County episode addresses four areas of interest including Public Safety, Community Partners, Community Services, Children and Families, and Transportation.

Past issues of Inside Deschutes County have included the following topics: Winter Traction, Impacts of Destination Resorts, The Bethlehem Inn, Snow Plowing, Tracking Sex Offenders, Pedestrian Crosswalk Stings, Understanding Tax Statements and County Financial Safeguards.

For those who do not have access to cable television, Inside Deschutes County is available on videotape at all Deschutes County public libraries. Copies can also be checked out from the Board of Commissioners’ Office in Bend, and at all Deschutes County middle and high school libraries.

For more information about Inside Deschutes County, please call 330-4640.

Inside Deschutes County Show Times

Station Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
KFXO
Fox 39 _ _ _ _ _ _ 7:00am
Bend Cable
Ch. 11 5:30pm 5:30pm 1:30pm 1:30pm _
ISE TV
Ch. 3, 10
(Sunriver/
La Pine) 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm 6:30am
5:00pm

Napa, Calif. police search for mom, 4-year-old

The Napa, Calif., Police Department is continuing the parental abduction investigation involving suspect Michele Ruth Schauer, 42 years, and her 4-year-old son, Nicholas McDonald.

On Monday, September 27, at about 12:20pm, Nicholas’ father, Michael McDonald, reported to police that he went to pick up his son at a Napa daycare facility. Upon arriving at the daycare facility, he was informed by school authorities that Schauer did not drop-off Nicholas earlier in the day, nor had they heard from Schauer.

Also on Monday at approximately 10:00 am, the Nevada Highway Patrol located an abandoned 1988 Toyota 4-Runner with a Nevada license in the traffic lane of US 395 near Parr Blvd (situated at the north end of Reno PD jurisdiction about 3 miles from Interstate 80). Inside the vehicle authorities located Schauer’s purse, passport, personal identification, boxes of hair dye and luggage inside the vehicle.

The investigation revealed Schauer had purchased the vehicle using the name Susan Henderson, in Reno from a private party for all cash on Sunday, September 26, 2004 at about 7:00 pm. Nicholas was not seen during the sales transaction; however, the seller indicated Schauer was in a hurry to finish the deal and made reference that her child was nearby. Schauer was last seen driving away alone in the Toyota 4-Runner.

Investigators have obtained a surveillance video showing Schauer and her son getting out of a newer, dark Honda at a convenience store located near the off ramp where the Toyota 4-Runner was abandoned on Monday, September 27, 2004. Schauer is seen entering the store carrying a large brown or beige child seat, large floral print carry bag and a white canvas type shoulder bag. Schauer is a wearing a ball cap and it appears her hair is now cut collar length. Schauer does not make a transaction inside the store and is last seen exiting the store with Nicholas.

Later on Monday, September 27, 2004, witnesses report Schauer and her son arriving in a green sedan driven by a white male, 40-50 years, at a RV Park located in Bordertown, Nevada. Bordertown is situated near the California/Nevada border north of Reno on Highway 395. Schauer reportedly approached a park resident and inquired about getting a ride on Highway 395 North. The resident declined to give her a ride and Schauer and her son left on foot to a nearby gas station. Schauer returned to the RV Park shortly afterwards where an older male driving an off-white truck with a camper shell, possibly a Ford Ranger, arrived and picked up Schauer and Nicholas. The truck is further described as having a Nevada license plate and a disabled placard. The truck left in an unknown direction of travel on Hwy 395.

Since then, there have no other verifiable sightings of Schauer and her son, Nicholas.

Investigators believe that Schauer may make attempts to change her appearance and the appearance of her child. Schauer wears prescription glasses and contact lenses. Her weight has been updated to approximately 160 lbs.

Schauer left behind in her abandoned vehicle camping gear, campground maps and road maps.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2004 Napa Police Investigators served a search warrant on Schauer’s chiropractic business in San Francisco. It appears that Schauer walked-away from her business and failed to cancel appointments with clients.

Schauer has exhibited erratic behavior and authorities are concerned for her welfare and the safety of her son.

A felony warrant for Michele Ruth Schauer for Child Stealing has been issued. Bail is set for $50,000.

Michele Schauer is described as a white female, 42 years old, brown hair/brown eyes, 5’3″/160 lbs. Nicholas McDonald is described as a white male, 4 years old, 3’4″/45-50 lbs.

Still outstanding is Schauer’s 1999 Land Rover Discovery, green in color, California license number 4KBL182.

Schauer may be en route to Oregon or Washington States.

Toll-free calling comes to S. Oregon this weekend

SALEM – Southern Oregon residents will ring in toll-free calling this weekend. The change approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission means residents will be able to make unlimited calls throughout Jackson, Josephine and a portion of Douglas counties for a fixed monthly fee. Currently residents pay long distance rates for these calls.

The new region includes 150,762 access lines, 18 southern Oregon exchanges and involves four telephone companies: Qwest, Sprint, Citizens and Verizon.
The scope of the region was recommended to the Commission by a task force of 14-southern Oregon residents chaired by Shayne Maxwell.

“This new service is a positive for everyone – business, government and individuals,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “With expanded telephone service at a lesser-cost, businesses can expand their region of service, consumers have more options to choose from, and families in Southern Oregon can stay connected with their friends and loved-ones without the burden of long-distance phone bills .”
Most of the customers in this area will see their monthly bill increase by less than $1 to make unlimited calls within the region, plus, residents will only have to dial 7 digits for calls within the newly created region.

Customers will have the option of paying just for the time they use, which is known as a measured rate, or pay the fixed monthly Extended Area Service
(EAS) rate for unlimited calling.

Beyer noted that the Southern Oregon legislative delegation was instrumental in moving the region’s creation forward. The Commission also relied heavily on input from the citizens task force. “I think special recognition should go to the region’s lawmakers such as former State Senator Lenn Hannon for his hard work, and of course Shayne Maxwell of Rogue River who never tired in rallying local citizens behind the idea.”

During Open House and Town Hall events residents told the Commission this would save them money due to reduced long distance charges, that it would enhance business prospects, and that the proposal was long overdue.

For residents served by Qwest the increase will be 17 cents a month for unlimited calling except for Grants Pass where rates will go up 92 cents a month. Qwest serves Medford, Central Point, Ashland, Jacksonville, Phoenix/Talent, Gold Hill and Rogue River. Customers who will see the largest change are in outlying areas. These include Prospect, Shady Cove, Butte Falls and White City served by Sprint.

Customers will be allowed to change their EAS option for six-months following implementation of the region without paying a fee to make the change.

The telephone companies affected by the change neither make nor lose money from the switch over to a toll-free region, it merely changes the way they are paid for connecting calls.

Customers will want to reprogram their auto dialers, computers and check their home security system call-in numbers to remove the “1” for calls made in the new region to ensure they go through properly.

Southern Oregon Toll-Free Calling Region

Residential Rate Business Rate

Exchange Current New Current New
Measured

Prospect’ $3.20 $9.00 $5.37 $14.85 6¢
Shady Cove’ $7.35 $9.00 $12.41 $14.85 6¢
Butte Falls’ $6.85 $9.00 $11.55 $14.85 6¢
White City’ $8.45 $9.00 $14.12 $14.85 6¢
Central Point“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05 $3.27

Medford“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05
$3.27 4¢
Phoenix/ Talent“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05
$3.27 4¢
Ashland“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05
$3.27 4¢
Jacksonville“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05 $3.27

Gold Hill“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05
$3.27 4¢
Rogue River“ $2.03 $2.20 $3.05 $3.27

Grants Pass“ $1.28 $2.20 $1.95 $3.27

Murphy/ Provolt“ $5.00 $5.60 $8.00
$8.50 4¢
Selma” $11.08 $11.74 $22.16 $23.48 6¢
Cave Junction” $1.94 $3.37 $3.88 $6.74

O’Brien” $6.71 $8.98 $13.42 $17.96 6¢
Wolf Creek” $9.77 $12.04 $19.45 $24.08 6¢
Glendale” $3.79 $4.36 $7.58
$10.80 6¢

’ These exchanges are served by Sprint. Time-of-day discounts are applicable to Sprint’s measured EAS rate.
” These exchanges are served by Citizens Telecommunications Company.
“ Murphy/ Provolt is served by Verizon. The remainder of these exchanges are served by Qwest. Time-of-day discounts are applicable to Verizon’s and Qwest’s measured EAS rate.

Citizen tip leads to arrest in OSU kidnap attempt

AARON JAMES EVANS a 21 year old Albany resident has been arrested at his residence and charged with Attempted Kidnapping in the Second Degree, Attempted Sexual Abuse in the first Degree, and Menacing. These charges stem from an investigation into an incident that occurred September 29, 2004 at 6:30 AM on the Oregon State University Campus.

This arrest was the result of a citizen tip reporting suspicious behavior at a local grocery store in Corvallis on the evening of September 29th. Evans was contacted and follow-up investigation by the Oregon State Police, the Corvallis Police Department, the Benton County Sheriffs Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to his arrest.
Evans will be lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges.

Footbridge murder suspect gets new attorney

A conflict of interest and resulting switch in attorneys made for a brief arraignment proceeding Thursday for a 21-year-old Bend man, indicted on murder and other charges in the Sept. 20 shooting death of an 18-year-old man on the footbridge between Drake and Harmon Parks.

Brendon Alexander told Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan that he was withdrawing from court-appointed representation of Peter Thomas Phillips because he recently represented Brian Paul Hill, a third man who was at the footbridge that night and witnessed the shooting.

Instead, Redmond attorney Geoffrey Gokey will represent Phillips, who was indicted Tuesday on one count of murder with a firearm and three counts of unlawful use of a firearm in the late-night shooting, and a separate incident about 90 minutes later in which he allegedly fire a gun into the air near the Westside Village Apartments.

Alexander said he’d received a copy of the indictment, and waived formal reading of it, as well as formal advise of rights. Sullivan scheduled another hearing for Phillips on Monday, with his new attorney. He has been held without bail since his arrest.

Search warrant affidavits indicate Hill told police Phillips pulled a 9mm handgun from his waistband and shot him in the head without warning. Phillips, detained at the Westside apartments by residents after allegedly firing a shot in the air, denied any involvement in the killing of his best friend, and told police “the only thing he knew was that he got drunk.” The affidavit indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .20, more than twice Oregon’s legal limit.

A memorial fund has been established at Bank of the Cascades for Carter, whose funeral service was held Wednesday in Redmond. The McMinnville native had recently returned to his hometown, and was a Bend High graduate. He had completed a program for homeless teens in Bend called Living Options for Teens (LOFT) and had been attending culinary school in Portland.

Last week, police searched Carter’s car for evidence of automatic-teller machine and casino slot machine payout cards, as well as a gun. The cards may have been used to steal more than $6,000 from ATMs in Salem and Northern California. Police also searched Hill’s car for trace evidence of Carter’s gunshot wound and some of Phillips’ personal belongings.

Last July, the three young men were in the Mount Shasta, Calif., area, when Carter suddenly left in his car, stranding the other pair without any cash, according to a review of the affidavits by The Bulletin. The paper said the men had driven to Drake Park to meet some girls Carter had talked to earlier in the evening, but they weren’t there. They went back to the middle of the footbridge and smoked cigarettes. As Carter turned to go to a pay phone, Phillips pulled the gun from his waistband and shot him.

The fatal shooting was the second killing to occur in the Drake Park area in six months. Meanwhile, there’s been another 1 ½-month delay in the scheduled trial of a Sisters 18-year-old, accused of fatally beating Curtis Dean Kizer, 42, last April 16 at the bottom of a set of stairs in a secluded area at the north end of Drake Park.

The trial of Stephen Michael Withrow had been scheduled for March 15 of next year, but recently was pushed back to May 3, with a hearing on pre-trial motions set for Feb. 3. Defense lawyer Alana Brenneman said the new delay was due to scheduling issues.

The Book Barn slates October appearances

October 1st from 6:00-8:00 PM

Author Christine Barnes will be at the Book Barn with her new book, Only in Oregon. There will be a slide show from 6:00 to 6:30, with book signing and discussion following. The event is free, but if you wish to attend the slide show, seating is limited, so please call 389-4589 for seat reservations.

October 9th, at 4:00 PM

Dr. Michelle Jackson, a local naturopathic physician, will discuss bioidentical natural female hormone replacement therapy. There are benefits and risks to every therapy, and each woman should be treated with an individual approach. Dr. Jackson will discuss treatment options that might be best for you. This talk is free.

October 16th at 4:00 PM

Dr. Michelle Jackson, a local naturopathic physician, will discuss common ailments, such as fatigue, insomnia, and weight issues, caused by hormonal imbalances from the thyroid and adrenal glands. The discussion will include comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment plans. The talk is free.

October 23rd at 4:00 PM

Dr. Michelle Jackson, naturopathic physician, and Randy Wild, psychotherapist, will discuss the biological effects of stress and consequential anxiety and tension that are so prevalent in our lives. The discussion will include options for diagnostic testing, natural supplementation, neurofeedback and mindfulness/cognitive training, all of which give individuals the resources to restore health and harmony. The talk is free.

Howard Dean to visit U of O, OSU and PSU

PORTLAND – One day after the first presidential debate, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean will make a three-campus swing through Oregon encompassing the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon State University in Corvallis, and Portland State University in Portland.

Dean, the founder of Democracy for America, will address Oregon students on the need for a new direction in our country on key issues such as making college more affordable for students and families, reversing the Bush/Cheney economic policies that have hurt middle-class families, and fighting a stronger, more effective war on terror.

John Kerry offers the only real hope of making our country stronger at home on issues such as jobs, health care, and the economy. He also has the strength, conviction, and command of the facts necessary to rebuilding our alliances around the world and win the war on terror.

According to a September 21 MTV report, in a head-to-head contest, Kerry is leading Bush among young people by 10 points (51-41). The same poll found that younger voters think the country is heading in the wrong direction and that President Bush does not share their priorities. These results came from a new poll of 18-29-year-olds (conducted September 8-13) by CBS News on behalf of MTV and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).

EUGENE

1:00 Rally at the University of Oregon

Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater

East 13th Street and University Street

Eugene, Oregon

1:30 PRESS AVAILABILITY

Rouge Room in EMU

Main Floor (from amphitheater, walk in EMU, pass Subway, go down hall, look left)

CORVALLIS

3:00 Rally at Oregon State University

LaSells Stewart Theater

100 LaSells Stewart Center

(26th St across from Reser Stadium and next door to CH2M Hill Alumni Center)

Corvallis, Oregon

3:35 PRESS AVAILABILITY

LaSells Stewart Center, near where event will be. Room name forthcoming.

PORTLAND

6:00 Rally at Portland State University

Hoffman Hall

(12th & Mill – Nearest cross street)

Portland, Oregon

6:30 PRESS AVAILABILITY

Hoffman Hall. Room name forthcoming.

Outdoor burning opens in Deschutes RFPD No. 2

Outdoor burning within the Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 will open Friday morning, October 1st. Recent cool weather decreased the risk of major wildfires. City of Bend Ordinance requires the burning closure to be extended to November 1st for residents within the city limits.

Lovisco says that residents should be aware that fires can and often do escape during the month of October, therefore residents should make an extra effort to contain their fire by following the fire safety guidelines prescribed within outdoor burning regulations which are available at all Bend fire stations. Once all preventative measures have been taken to keep the fire from escaping, call the Outdoor Burning Information Line at 322-6335 to confirm that burning is allowed for the day. When possible, burning should be conducted between 8:00 am. and 12:00 pm.

As a reminder to all Central Oregon residents, Lovisco advises that regulations may vary between governmental jurisdictions. Please contact your local fire agency for specific requirements and closures.