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UPDATE 06/25/2018

The name of the climber who died after a fall near the top of Mount Stuart Sunday morning is Varun Sadavarte 32-years of age from Seattle, WA. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has had contact with Sadavarte’s family.

Original story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday. The 32-year old male Seattle resident was eventually pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.

Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management. Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded. The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased. The body was hoisted from the scene and transported to SAR staging at the fish hatchery in Leavenworth. The Navy crew returned to the mountain to hoist out the climbing partner of the victim who stated he was not comfortable descending the mountain after witnessing the accident.

The climbing partner informed SAR coordinators that his friend had successfully summitted Mount Stuart earlier in the morning and descended to the false summit before noon. Just as they began to descend toward the Cascadian Couloir, the victim lost his footing and slid several hundred feet down a steep slope landing in rocks. Other climbers in the area eventually scrambled down to the area of the fallen climber advising he was unresponsive.

The name of the deceased climber is being withheld at this time pending notification to next of kin out of state.

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sheriffsmJune 18th, 2018 4:40 PM

The suspect on the fatal collision on June 17th, 2018 in Manson has been identified as Giovanni Reyes of Manson. Mr. Reyes had initially returned to the scene prior to law enforcement arrival to check on the victim, identified as Andrew Murphy of Seattle. Mr. Reyes told Deputies on scene he had been driving through the area when he found Mr. Murphy on the roadway so he stopped to help. Mr. Reyes’ vehicle did not have visible damage on the front end. It had sustained damage underneath during the collision. Parts were located on the roadway from the undercarriage of the suspect vehicle. Mr. Reyes did not tell responders he was the driver who struck the Mr. Murphy and was allowed to leave the scene after speaking with Deputies.

Detectives were able to locate him and his vehicle Sunday afternoon due to the parts at the collision scene. The parts had identifying numbers that led to the vehicle model and approximate model year. RiverCom assisted in tracking down local owners of similar vehicles and Deputies and Detectives started contacting them. They were able to locate Mr. Reyes and the vehicle which had damage underneath consistent with the collision. Mr. Reyes was interviewed and placed under arrest for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.

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Update June, 17th, 2018 7:08 PM.

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports during the afternoon of June 17th, 2018, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to locate the vehicle and driver from the fatal collision earlier this morning in Manson, WA.

Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man. He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death. Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.

ORIGINAL STORY

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, 2018 at approximately 0249 hours an injured male subject was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd. Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 0300 hours.

Deputies who arrived on scene located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. There were no witness to the collision and the vehicle was no longer on scene.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 2004 to 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with an unknown color. The vehicle most likely has significant damage on the front left.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol Detectives are continuing the investigation of this incident. If you have information on the vehicle, please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at approximately 0559 hours an injury accident was reported on Malaga Alcoa Highway at approximately milepost 8.

A full-size pickup was travelling northbound towards Wenatchee carrying six 18–20 year old passengers. Four of the occupants were in the cab of the pickup and two were in the bed. The vehicle left the roadway, drove down an embankment, and struck two orchard trees. The occupants in the bed of the pickup were thrown from the vehicle and sustained injuries.

A 19 year old East Wenatchee female was transported by ambulance to the CWH emergency room with a possible arm injury. An 18 year old East Wenatchee male was transported to CWH with serious injuries. His current medical status is unknown. The other vehicle occupants were not transported and did not sustain anything more than minor injuries.

A Deputy who responded to the scene contacted the driver. The driver showed no signs of drug or alcohol impairment. It is believed this group was returning to the valley from a senior camp out in the Colockum area.

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Update May 11th, 2018 12:03 PM. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on May 11th, 2018 Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris has informed the Sheriff’s Office Anthony Wilson has passed away. Mr. Wilson was the rider of the motorcycle from the June 7th collision in the Colockum Road area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to Mr. Wilson’s family. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.


Original Story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at approximately 0619 hours an injury accident was reported on Colockum Road at approximately milepost 18. It was reported an 18 year old Wenatchee male crashed a motorcycle off the roadway and had a serious head injury. Shortly after the initial report, they advised CPR was in progress. This area is in Kittitas County however access is much quicker from Chelan County. Emergency services responded from Chelan County.

 

When a Chelan County Deputy advised he arrived on scene, he reported CPR was still in progress. Eventually the patient began breathing on his own and CPR was no longer needed. Chelan County Fire crews arrived shortly after the Deputy. Due to the severity of the injuries and remote location, Lifeflight was requested. The patient was transported to the emergency room at CWH by helicopter. As of Thursday afternoon, he is in the ICU at CWH.

It is unknown if the motorcycle rider was with a group that camped out overnight in the area or if he arrived sometime in the morning.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at approximately 3:45 AM a stabbing was reported in the 100 block of Boodry Street in Wenatchee. The victim, a 61 year old male resident said he was stabbed in the stomach and the suspect fled.

As Deputies responded to the area, they were flagged down in the 70 block by a male claiming to be a stabbing victim. The 21 year old male, later identified as Alexander Alhammadi said he was on his porch when a man wearing dark clothing approached and stabbed him with a knife. He had a knife wound to his hand. Mr. Alhammadi was transported to the emergency room at CWH.

Deputies also contacted the 61 year old male in the 100 block of Boodry Street. He said he confronted a male wearing a mask and dark clothing on his front porch. During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a sword and stabbed him in the abdomen and fled leaving the sword behind. The victim was transported to the emergency room at CWH. The severity of his injuries is unknown.

Through investigation by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, it was determined Mr. Alhammadi was the suspect with the sword. It is unknown how he sustained the injury to his hand. After being released medically, he was booked into CCRJC for Assault 1st Degree. CCSO detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and investigate both scenes.

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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management reports that 95% of the Phase 1 repairs have been completed by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District as of Thursday evening (May 17th).

The Phase 1 repairs at the dam involved creating a new 55 foot wide spillway at the site which is in addition to the previously existing 13 foot spillway. These repairs have greatly reduced the risk of a potential failure of Eightmile Lake Dam. Also, on Thursday, the Washington State Department of Ecology successfully installed the lake level monitoring equipment. The equipment has been calibrated and is currently transmitting data to the National Weather Service in Spokane.

The Weather Service will monitor the lake level data 24 hours day – 7 days a week, and will alert Chelan County Emergency Management if there is any significant change in the lake water levels. Public alerting would take place if a dramatic change in lake level is reported.

Additional monitoring equipment will be installed during the next week.

Precipitation amounts forecasted through today are in the range of .25 to .50 inches over the Eightmile Lake drainage. These precipitation amounts do not currently raise concern, nor does it raise the alert status for the dam (Level 2).

There are currently no evacuation orders in affect for Icicle River residents.

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LEAVENWORTH, WA – Chelan County Emergency Management is hosting a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 14th at Fire District #3 (228 Chumstick Road in Leavenworth) - to address the current situation at Eightmile Lake Dam.

The dam is located in the Alpine Lake Wilderness and operated by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District. It is nearly 100 years old and in a deteriorating condition. Because the area was significantly burned in the Jack Creek wildfire in 2017, Eightmile Lake is more vulnerable to erosion and flash flooding, which could overwhelm the dam. A breach of the dam could cause a significant wave of water to flow down Eightmile Creek into Icicle Creek near Eightmile Campground and quickly raise the level of Icicle Creek.

There is an increasing level of concern about the dam and we want to share information for impacted residents, landowners, and visitors. Currently, there are no actual evacuation notifications in place for Icicle River residents, but we ask residents within the affected area to be prepared to evacuate as conditions change. (Click for inundation map #1 and inundation map #2).

Chelan County Emergency Management is working with the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District and the Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office to monitor conditions at the dam while developing a plan to reduce the risk of a dam failure. We are also working with the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the land at the dam site.

To see a map of the potentially impacted downstream area, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CCSOEM.

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sheriffsmUpdated - 2/8/18

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s ski accident at Mission Ridge has been identified as 25-year-old Brian A. Scott of Kirkland, WA.

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Original Release – 2/7/18

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 25-year-old male from Kirkland, Wa was fatally injured in a skiing accident at Mission Ridge Ski Resort on Wednesday afternoon.

According to witnesses, at approximately 12:05pm the male lost control while skiing on the “Lip Lip” run. He traveled off the right side of the run and collided with a tree. Mission Ridge Ski Patrollers responded to the area immediately and began treating the victim who was unconscious and unresponsive.

The victim was transported to the medical room at the base of the ski resort where medics from Lifeline Ambulance continued treating the victim. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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wenpolOn January 29, 2018 at approximately 11:22 PM, Wenatchee Police Officers received a call of a suicide threat in the 1100 Block of Westwood Ave in the City of Wenatchee. The person threatening suicide was identified as Ernesto Figueroa, 30 years old, of Wenatchee. Figueroa’s family members called 911. WPD Officers arrived and made contact with family members. The family members were in contact with Figueroa and advised the officers they were going to try and resolve the issue themselves. Figueroa had not been threatening harm to anyone other than himself, and officers cleared the scene when Figueroa refused assistance from law enforcement and mental health services.

At 3:50 AM Ernesto Figueroa called Rivercom 911 and requested that his mother leave his residence. Figueroa locked himself in a bathroom and stated that he was armed with a gun and planned to harm himself. Wenatchee Police Officers arrived and were able to get the family members to leave the residence. Rivercom 911 stayed on the phone with Figueroa until a Wenatchee Police Officer talked with him on the phone. During this time an adjacent residence was evacuated and the area was secured by law enforcement officers. During the conversation with the Wenatchee Police Officer, Figueroa agreed to come out of the apartment to talk. Ultimately, he did not come out of the apartment. Behavioral Health Professionals were called to the scene and made phone contact with Figueroa who refused their assistance. Behavioral Health signed an order to detain Figueroa for an evaluation. At this time Wenatchee Police Officers were talking with Figueroa through his front door. During the conversation Figueroa tried to run upstairs before the officers could detain him. The officers struggled with Figueroa when he grabbed a handgun he had left on the stairs. During the struggle Figueroa pointed the handgun at his own head and then pointed it at an officer. Figueroa and the officers fought over control of the handgun which discharged and struck one officer in the hand. Figueroa was handcuffed after the shot was fired.

Wenatchee Police Sergeant Mark Huson, a 29 year law enforcement veteran, suffered a gunshot wound to his hand and was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. Figueroa was also transported to Central Washington Hospital for a behavioral health evaluation. Figueroa was released from the hospital and was booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail for Attempted Murder Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree.

The investigation into this incident is being handled by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol.

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