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Constitution in the classroom
Kids get a chance to try history teacher, learn
about 14th Amendment
By Megan Kehoe / The Bulletin
Published: September 18. 2013

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When Mountain View High School teacher Mike Huff arrived at his classroom Tuesday morning, he didn't realize that in just a few short hours, his own students would accuse, try and convict him of being a menace to society.

“It was a surprise — I didn't know I was going to be part of the trial until third period today," Huff said. “But it helps students get that real-world flavor in the classroom. It gives them an authentic experience."

Tuesday was Constitution Day, a national day commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

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Bend lawyer ‘meets no strangers’
Angie Lee's compassion is well-known in legal circles 

By Cindy Powers / The Bulletin  

Published: August 11, 2007 

 

photography Dean Guernsey / The Bulletin

1Attorney and part-time city of Bend Municipal Court Judge Angie Lee flashes her trademark smile while talking with a client at her office in downtown Bend on Thursday morning.

Angela Lee
Age: 39
Education: Undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Law Degree from the University of Oregon.

Work experience:  Substitute teacher, more than eight years as a public defender in Bend. Now working in private practice and serving part time as a Bend municipal court judge.
Family: Single but lives with her dog, Tippy.  

Angie Lee has never met someone she didn’t consider a potential friend. 

The 39-year-old Bend lawyer considers judges, public officials, convicted criminals, cops and struggling addicts part of her peer group. 

Lee is known within the legal community as a compassionate lawyer who goes above and beyond. She worked for years as a public defender and was hired last year to serve as a part-time municipal court judge. She does that in addition to working as a lawyer for a private law firm. 

“Angie fits into any situation and she meets no strangers,” said her uncle Joe Lee, Alabama State University president. “She is, of course, African-American, but she is at home in any community.” 

“I marvel at her ability to fit in with any culture.” 

Angie Lee credits her mom and dad with teaching her to be comfortable in her own skin. 

“My parents taught me that color doesn’t matter, you are who you are and you’re going to be judged by your actions,” Lee said. “And that’s the way it’s been. People have judged me on my actions.”

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Bend man gets more prison time
Additional year added for assaulting deputies
 
By Scott Hammers / The Bulletin 

Published: February 09, 2011

 

Caleb Goodpasture, of Bend, was in court Aug. 17 to enter guilty pleas after holding four people at knifepoint when he got into a scuffle with three sheriff’s deputies.

 

calebGA Bend man headed to prison for holding his estranged wife, their son, and two females at knifepoint for several hours last spring will serve an additional year for assaulting deputies in a Deschutes County courtroom in August.

Caleb Goodpasture, 20, was in court Aug. 17 to enter guilty pleas to the charges stemming from the May 22 incident when he got into a scuffle with three sheriff’s deputies.

As deputies attempted to escort him from the courtroom after his hearing, Goodpasture told the deputies he wanted to speak to his family before going back to jail.

 

He struggled with deputies, and attempted to run for the door of the courtroom.

Tuesday, Judge Stephen Tiktin sentenced Goodpasture to 30 months in prison, 18 months of which will be served concurrently with his prior sentence.

In a statement to Tiktin, Goodpasture’s attorney, Angela Lee, acknowledged that her client has had multiple run-ins with the law, but said he was getting his life together prior to the events last spring.

Goodpasture had not intended to injure the three deputies involved, Lee said.

She attributed what happened to a miscommunication between Goodpasture and the deputies, and the extreme stress of the situation.

“He got caught up in the reality of ‘I’m going to walk out this door and go to prison for 90 months, and I’m 19 years old,’ ” Lee said.

Goodpasture apologized to the court and said he is taking responsibility for his actions, but insisted he’d had no intention of assaulting the deputies.

Scott Hammers can be reached at 541-383-0387 or shammers@bendbulletin .com

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Leonard Franklin Ross

A wooden cross stands Monday near the site of the two-vehicle crash that killed Metolius resident Leonard Franklin Ross on Nov. 21. The crash happened at the intersection of Southwest Culver Highway and Southwest Highland Lane.
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin

 

Charges against Orozco unclear Grand jury still considering charges in fatal Nov. 21 collision 

 

By Erik Hidle / The Bulletin 

Published: February 08, 2011

Prosecutors expect it will take a grand jury until the end of the month to determine whether a Madras woman with a long record of driving offenses will face criminal charges for a deadly crash she allegedly caused last fall. 

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is remaining quiet on what charges are being discussed against 28-year-old Andrea Orozco for the Nov. 21 accident. But Orozco’s attorney, Angela Lee, said she believes the jury may be considering charges not related to the death of Metolius resident Leonard Franklin Ross. 

Ultimately, though, “It’s basically up to the grand jury” to decide whether to bring criminal charges in Ross’ death or “in any injuries to the passengers or anything of that nature,” said Lee. 

Meanwhile, Ross’ daughter, Susan Steele, said her family is waiting anxiously. 

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Grandparents' visitation
Advocates struggle with courts that favor parents' decisions 

 

ByAlandra Johnson / The Bulletin 

Last modified: September 10, 2010  

Susan Hoffman thinks about her grandson, Jacob, every day. But the California grandmother hasn't seen the boy in years. That's because the boy's mother has denied Hoffman access and the boy's father — Hoffman's son — gave up his parental rights, Hoffman said.

Not long after her separation from Jacob, when he was 5, Hoffman started a support group, Advocates for Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, in 2005, to deal with the intense emotions and grief she felt. It started off as a handful of grandparents meeting each month to discuss similar issues. Now the group is a nonprofit that has fielded thousands of calls and e-mails from grandparents across the country. Hoffman also has penned the book “Grand Wishes” on the topic.

Hoffman believes the issue of grandparent visitation rights is becoming more and more prominent. “It is a growing social problem,” she said. “The courts are getting busy with these.”

Bend family law lawyer Angela Lee agrees. “It's a huge issue nationally, and it is an issue in Central Oregon.”

She hears from about one family a month going through some issue involving grandparents.

“I've seen grandparents get left out so often, and they've done nothing wrong,” said Lee.

On the other side, moms and dads are fighting for their rights to parent their children as they wish, which means determining who gets to see them.

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Prominent volunteer offers pleas
in thefts from elderly

 

By Patrick Cliff / The Bulletin 

Published: March 29, 2008 

A La Pine man once so renowned for his volunteer work that he was named Central Or- egon Volunteer of the Year pleaded to 32 counts of theft on Friday. Oliver Lee Trussell volunteered for decades across a range of services, including helping victims of crime understand the justice system. 

But the charges against Trussell, 59, stem from his work as a court-appointed conservator helping elderly and handicapped people with their finances. He was accused of stealing more than $100,000 from 32 people.

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Obscure law keeps Bend father from challenging adoption

 

By Sheila G. Miller / The Bulletin 

Published: January 06, 2008

Editor’s note: Most adoption-related cases aren’t open to the public. But Bryce Carkhuff waived his rights to privacy and allowed his lawyers and others to speak about the case. Esther Jones and her father, Dylane Jones, also agreed to speak with The Bulletin, as did Jones’ lawyer. Their interviews, court records and a partial audio transcript of the trial were used for this story.

On Sept. 6, Bryce Carkhuff became a father. He just didn’t know it.

When he discovered his former girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl, he relished the chance to watch her grow. But before he could change the first diaper, the child already had been adopted.

Now, after a trial to determine the child’s custody and a half-dozen, court-ordered visits, Carkhuff is left with only a picture album and a diaper bag.

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Madras man gets 20 years in killing, possibly of wrong person 

 

By Lauren Dake / The Bulletin 

Published: December 14, 2007

 

Senen Ortiz-Huerta, 42, admitted to shooting 19-year-old Jesus Gonzales-Esquivel in 2006, though prosecutors believe he thought the victim was someone else.

 

ortizMADRAS — A Madras man who admitted killing a 19-year-old in what may have been a case of mistaken identity was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday.

Senen Ortiz-Huerta, 42, sat shackled and wearing a bulletproof vest, as the family of Jesus Gonzales-Esquivel told the judge how the murder had destroyed their family.

“He took my nephew’s life, and that tore apart my soul,” said the victim’s aunt, Elodia Tapia, whose Spanish was translated by an interpreter.

 


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Redmond mother ordered to
undergo drug treatment  

 

By Cindy Powers

Published: June 02, 2005

A Redmond mother sentenced to five years' probation in May for causing her baby to ingest methamphetamine through breast milk admitted in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Wednesday that she continued to use the drug after she was sentenced. 

She has now been ordered to undergo inpatient drug treatment at a facility where she will be allowed to have her 1-year-old daughter.

Kristy Mealoha Davis, 30, was living with her baby and the father of the child, who recently pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, at the time of her sentencing on May 11.

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Mom gets probation for meth
Baby lives with mother, father, who also faces drug charges

ByCindy Powers

Published: May 12, 2005

A Redmond mother was sentenced to five years' probation in Deschutes County Circuit
Court Wednesday for causing her baby to ingest methamphetamine through breast milk.
 

The baby continues to live with her mother and father, according to Deputy District Attorney Victoria Roe. The father is facing drug charges of his own.

Kristy Meialoha Davis, 30, admitted in March that she breast-fed her baby between June 2004 and December 2004, causing the child to ingest methamphetamine.

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Man pleads guilty to criminal mistreatment of stepdaughter

ByBulletin Staff Report

Published: February 08, 2005

A Bend man pleaded guilty to one count of criminal mistreatment on Tuesday after allowing
an alleged sex offender to care for his stepdaughter.
 

Brian Neil Harrison of Bend, 20, has been charged with 42 counts of sodomy, 32 counts of sex abuse, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration and one count of attempted sex abuse in connection with the molestation of the man's stepdaughter and one other alleged victim.

According to the stepfather's defense attorney, Angela Lee, her client thought his stepdaughter would be safe with Harrison, who is his brother. "With hindsight being 20-20, he knows now that he made a bad decision, but it's family, and you want to trust family," Lee said.

Judge Michael C. Sullivan set the matter for sentencing on March 4.

Harrison's case is scheduled for trial on April 19, according to the Oregon Judicial
Information Network.

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La Pine man sentenced in sex abuse case 

 
By Lily Raff 

Published: March 20, 2004 

LA PINE - A La Pine man, formerly a special education assistant at La Pine Elementary School, was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in a state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sodomy. 

Brian James McFarlane, 38, was charged by a Deschutes County prosecutor on Jan. 8 with six counts of sodomy in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object in the first degree. All of those crimes are felonies. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sodomy on Feb. 24.

"I'm not trying to make an excuse, your honor," McFarlane said of his crimes to Judge Alta Brady, who presided over the sentencing hearing in Deschutes County Circuit Court. "My choices were just that, they were choices."

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Bend teenager sentenced to prison
for stabbing

Teen will likely spend his 7-1/2 year term in the
Oregon Youth Authority system

 

By Tom Peterson 

Published: August 23, 2002 

A Bend teenager was sentenced Thursday to 7-1/2 years in prison for stabbing a man in the chest at a party in October. 

Thomas Henry Busche, 16, was convicted of second-degree assault in July after a three-day trial. He was sentenced by Deschutes County Circuit Court Judge Alta Brady

Joe Campbell, 21, of Bend testified in July that Busche stabbed him when he knelt down to talk with him before he left a party on Parrell Road in southeast Bend at about 4 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2001.

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Delinquency began at young age,
close to home

Editor's note: Details reported in the following story came from police and court records including the testimony of Luke Sandburg's neighbors. Those neighbors declined to comment about the thefts for this story. Jan and Kirk Sandburg spoke to The Bulletin

 
By Tom Peterson 

Published: August 11, 2002 

Luke Sandburg began stealing from the neighbors in his upscale southwest Bend subdivision at age 14. 

At first, he was caught stealing smaller items - baseball cards, a gas can. The victims did not call police. Instead, they talked with Luke's parents, who protected him and worked out deals for Luke to pay them back.

Later, Luke stole motorcycles, expensive ski gear and more than $60,000 worth of jewelry, some of which he sold at a pawn shop after his parents drove him there.

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Business mentors give kids an edge
 
By Beth Britton 

Published: August 29, 2000 

Sixteen year-old Qristy Smith wrote her business plan more than a year ago. 

The Mountain View High School junior is two years away from high school graduation and another four years away from realizing her dream of graduating from New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology.

Even so, she is well on her way to accomplishing her goal of opening a fashion boutique and design studio in Bend.

Part of Smith's game plan revolves around her participation in the Community Mentoring Program, a joint effort of the School-to-Career Alliance and the Bend Chamber of Commerce's Business and Education Council.

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