Eightmile Lake Dam Spillway Improvements Underway
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
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.
Public Meeting to Address Eightmile Lake Dam Situation
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
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.
Skiing fatality at Mission Ridge
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Updated - 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.
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.
Officer shot by suicidal man
- Written by Captain Jim West, Wenatchee Police Department
On 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.
Stemilt Basin Snowmobile SAR
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two lost snowmobilers were located after they became lost during white out conditions Saturday afternoon. The snowmobilers, George M. Batterman (75 yoa) of East Wenatchee and Cory C. Heston (34 yoa) of Duvall called family members to report that they were lost and one of their snowmobiles was stuck.
At approximately 1340 hrs, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the spouse of one of the snowmobilers reporting that her husband and grandfather were snowmobiling somewhere in the Stemilt Basin and had called reporting that they were lost and requested help.
RIVERCOM was able to make phone contact with one of the subjects, they stated that one of their snowmobiles was stuck and due to the high winds and white out conditions they had become lost. RIVERCOM was able to obtain GPS coordinates from the 911 call. The phone coordinates plotted near the intersection of Jump Off Rd and Schaller Rd.
At approximately 1645 hrs, two Chelan County Deputies and three volunteers with Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue deployed into the area on snowmobiles. At 1719 hrs, the subjects were located near the intersection of Jump Off Rd and Schaller Rd. The subjects were very well prepared and were able to build a shelter and start a fire to stay warm.
Searchers lead the subjects back to the sno park where they were re-united with family members.
Two arrested for robbery of Cole's Corner coffee stand
- Written by Chief Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at approximately 12:42 PM a barista at the Little Red’s coffee stand near Cole’s Corner reported a robbery. She said a suspicious male subject walked by the coffee stand window. She locked the door and watched him walk to a tan GMC Yukon with no front license plate. The driver of the Yukon appeared to be a female but had a hoodie sweatshirt tightened to where she could only see her eyes.
The barista started to text a co-worker about the situation when she heard a knock on the window. The male was back at the window wearing a black bandana. He said he had a gun and demanded the money from the till. She gave him the bills from the till totaling approximately $150 to $200 and then ran into the office to call 911.
Soon after the incident was reported, a Washington State Department of Transportation employee reported seeing the vehicle westbound from Cole’s Corner. The suspect vehicle was stopped just west of the Steven’s Pass Summit by a Chelan County Deputy and a King County Deputy who were working in the area.
The female driver, a 25 year old Langley resident and the male passenger, a 29 year old Everett resident were both taken into custody and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was served on it December 27th. A firearm was not located on either suspect or in the vehicle. Clothing matching the suspect description was located in the vehicle and $220 cash was found in a hiding spot in the vehicle.
Free Snowmobile Safety Course
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
WENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.
The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.
The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:
- Basic snowmobile maintenance.
- Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
- The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
- Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
- Properly preparing for a ride.
- Riding skills test
Two arrested on heroin possession/distribution charges
- Written by Sgt. Chris Foreman
The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports on October 19th, 2017 the Columbia River Drug Task Force completed an investigation that led to the arrest of Emmanuel Sanchez-Cerros for 2 counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Heroin.
Cassandra Morgan was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, Heroin.
Sanchez-Cerros recently pled guilty to charges stemming from a previous Columbia River Drug Task Force case from February, 2017 and was awaiting sentencing. A search warrant was served on that date and both heroin and methamphetamine were located in the residence as well as a large amount of cash. During the search warrant, Child Protective Services were called and two children were removed from the residence.
On October 19th, 2017 a controlled drug buy was completed. After the controlled drug buy was completed uniformed patrol officers along with members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force arrested Sanchez-Cerros and Morgan.
It was determined children were present and nearby when the controlled drug buy occurred. CPS was called immediately and the children were placed into emergency custody. Sanchez-Cerros and Morgan were both booked into jail.
Morgan is still pending charges from her arrest in February, 2017 and Sanchez-Cerros was scheduled to be sentenced for the February charges he pled guilty to in December 2017.
Their vehicle was seized for a search warrant and more charges could be filed.
Final report on Albertsons shooting released
- Written by Jason Mathews, Undersheriff, CCSO
The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit was called upon to investigate the Officer involved shooting that occurred July 27, 2017 at Albertsons in Wenatchee. Over the next several weeks, the SIU conducted a complete and independent investigation of the incident including interviews of all identified witnesses, review of all known video, and collection of physical evidence. At the conclusion of the active investigation the case was turned over to the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office.
Doug Shae, the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney, has released his review of the investigation, which is included below. The SIU concurs with the finding by the Prosecutor and now considers the investigation into the incident closed.
Dryden Shooting Suspects in Custody
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
On October 3, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports both suspects from the September 27th Dryden shooting incident are in custody.
On Wednesday, September 27 shortly before 2:00pm Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported disturbance on Josephine Avenue, Dryden. The reporting party stated someone was beaten with a bat and then shot in the leg. The victim and witness described the two suspects as Michael Hernandez a 34 year old East Wenatchee resident and Modesto Gonzalez a 42 year old Wenatchee resident. Both suspects were described as leaving in a white passenger vehicle prior to Law Enforcement arrival.
On Thursday, September 28 Chelan County Deputies and Detectives located the suspect vehicle abandoned in South Wenatchee. The vehicle was seized by Detectives in preparation for a search warrant. On Friday, September 29 Chelan County Detectives and the Washington State Crime Lab Response Team executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Evidence results from the search warrant are still pending.
On Sunday, October 1 Chelan County Deputies, through proactive investigation, learned of a possible location for Michael Hernandez. Deputies performed surveillance on a Palisades residence and were able to positively identify Hernandez. Deputies waited for Hernandez to leave in a vehicle at which time they performed a high risk stop on the vehicle and took Hernandez into custody without incident. That vehicle was also seized in preparation for a search warrant. The results from that warrant are still pending.
On Tuesday, October 3, again through proactive investigation, Chelan County Deputies learned of a possible location for Modesto Gonzalez. Deputies performed surveillance on an East Wenatchee residence and observed Gonzalez leave the location in a vehicle. Deputies performed a second high risk traffic stop on the vehicle and successfully took Gonzalez into custody without incident.
Both Hernandez and Gonzalez have been booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the following crimes:
- 1st degree Burglary
- Assault 1st degree
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Intimidating a witness
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