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Merry Christmas from all of us at the Central Oregonian to each of our readers and their families. May you spend time with those you hold dear, and celebrate the season for what it is meant to be.

The Central Oregonian held an Our Town Christmas Giveaway this year, and we drew and notified the winners on Friday. I want to take this time to thank each of the businesses who participated and to the readers who turned entry forms in at those businesses.

The winners of the Christmas Cash to spend at participating businesses were, Lucy Wood (entered at Cross Street Station) and Patti Gossett (entered at Subway), each receiving $100. The winning entry drawn to receive the $300 went to Mary Sawyer (entered at The Quilt Shack).

A total of 25 gift cards from participating businesses were also drawn from entries at those particular businesses and the winners are listed below.

There are 42 children in Crook County who have been appointed to the CASA program. Unfortunately, only 17 of them have been given a CASA advocate, leaving 25 children that need someone to watch over their cases, so they do not get lost in the overburdened legal system or social services, and languish in foster care.

This is where you can help. As a volunteer, you will stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

If you would like to be the eyes and ears of a child in foster care, now is the time to step forward as there will be a training course for Crook and Jefferson counties beginning Saturday, Jan. 11, and concluding on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

If you would like more information about the training, please contact Gaylynn Kerns, Prineville Program Coordinator, at 541-447-7220. To learn more about CASA of Central Oregon, you can visit www.casaofcentraloregon.org. All applications must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 6, for this training session.

Prineville Perk will not be held this week, due to the Christmas holiday.

Hanes Chiropractic Wellness Center will be holding a four-week detoxification class starting Jan. 9. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Dr. Coby L. Hanes at 541-447-7230.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) periodically receives complaints regarding telephone calls from individuals claiming to be OSP troopers or representatives seeking money in association with dropping criminal charges, clearing arrest warrants, or threats of arrest if demands are not met. Reports from some other law enforcement agencies also indicate similar scam tactics for which citizens statewide are warned not to fall prey.

Recently, male callers with foreign accents are calling citizens in Oregon, identifying themselves as members of the Oregon State Police, instructing an intended victim to call within a certain period of time to arrange monetary payment to clear an arrest warrant or to cancel a pending court appearance. This scam is not an activity undertaken by the OSP or any other legitimate law enforcement agency or officer.

OSP does not call individuals and demand money from citizens under any circumstances. These calls reported to OSP during the past week are consistent with other scams of the same nature that have been reported across the United States.

OSP and Oregon Department of Justice reminds you to be aware that:

OSP or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call citizens seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations.

OSP does not call individuals and demand money from citizens under any circumstances.

Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

The Oregon Judicial Department advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation:

Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged unpaid traffic citation. They should have the court case number, date of ticket, vehicle license, location of violation, etc.

If the call receiver wants additional detail about the debt or to verify what the caller is telling them, they can call the OJD collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828.

OJD courts now has an online electronic payment service that allows you to pay for many types of court cases, including most traffic citations and many criminal and civil cases. (For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/cmywx8c).

Intended victims are also encouraged to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline, 1-877-877-9392, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an online Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Town Christmas Cash gift certificate winners:

Above & Beyond Sleep Headquarters – Lynn Egbert

Bella Boutique, LLC – Suzie Flack

Central Oregon Eyecare – Bill Cunningham

Central Oregon Eyecare – Glenda Janssen

Central Oregonian – Dawn Frazier

Central Oregonian – Karen Baensch

Chamber of Commerce – Susan Lee

Cross Street Station – Ashley Luna

Ericksons Thriftway – Lacey Burdick

Fair Feed & Supply - Marjorie Henry

Goody's of Prineville - Jodie Smith

Les Schwab Tire Center – Ray Lee

Les Schwab Tire Center – Joyce Grasle

Meadow Lakes – Don Baker

Pack, Ship and More – Patsy Housley

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake –Kylee Clack

Posie Shoppe – Corine McPherson

Prineville Body and Paint (GC to – Diana White

Prineville Men's Wear – Mary Hanes

Prineville Men's Wear – Dan Apperson

The Quilt Shack – Donna Hammond

Solstice – Sharon Gannon

Subway – Darlene Harpster

Taco Time – Thresia Moore

Terry's Jewelry & Gifts – Barbara Coffelt



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