sheriffsmCHELAN COUNTY- The National Weather Service is forecasting warmer temperatures and possible rain next week – weather conditions that may lead to the formation of hazardous ice jams and flooding along the county’s rivers and streams.

Ice jams are formed as a result of long cold spells that cause portions of rivers and streams to freeze. Fluctuations in temperatures or water levels can break the ice into chunks, which then can jam at obstructions, including bridges or culverts, as they move downstream. Such jams dam water flows, potentially resulting in flooding upstream. If a jam releases suddenly, it then may cause a surge of flooding downstream.

After several weeks of below-freezing temperatures, some areas of Chelan County are expected next week to see temperatures as high as 40 degrees as well as rain showers. Chelan County officials warn residents living close to rivers and streams to have an emergency plan in place in case of potential flooding. In flooding situations, people may become isolated or have to evacuate their homes quickly.

Citizens are asked to consider the following list of dos and don’ts:

DO:

  •    Be prepared before a flood. Have on hand extra food and water as well as an emergency kit that includes a battery-powered radio, flashlight, candles and waterproof matches.
  •    Monitor your property near your home to determine if water accumulations are rising.
  •    If you use a private bridge to access your property, watch for debris and ice buildup at the bridge. If you own a private bridge, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of that structure.
  •    Have a copy of your flood insurance policy handy (if applicable) in case you need to contact your insurance company.
  •    Call your local officials with any questions or to notify them of any hazards you observe. Chelan County Public Works can be reached at 667-6415. In an emergency situation, call 911.

DON’T:

  •    Do NOT walk or attempt to drive through a flooded area. Water and ice levels may be misleading due to snow accumulations. Follow the rule: Turn Around! Don’t Drown!
  •    Take precautions to protect your home but do NOT try to remove ice from the river or alter river or stream flows. Attempting to alter water flows may inadvertently damage neighboring homes and property downstream.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that on Friday (12/16/2016) at 10:14am RIVERCOM dispatch received a call reference a vehicle which had just been stolen from a residence in the 3600 block of Ridgeview Blvd in the Sunnyslope area of Chelan County.

The victim stated her nephew - who has been visiting from out of state - suddenly took her silver Jeep Liberty without permission as she was preparing to leave the residence to run errands. The victim’s purse and dog were in the vehicle at the time it was taken. The victim never gave her nephew permission to drive the vehicle and did not know where he would be heading.

Local law enforcement agencies began actively searching for the vehicle. At 10:36am a Department of Transportation employee driving on Highway 97-A observed the stolen Jeep Liberty parked on the shoulder of the highway facing northbound. He notified State Patrol dispatch who relayed the information to RIVERCOM. The WDOT employee then observed the vehicle begin traveling northbound behind him on the highway toward Chelan. North county deputies responded and eventually encountered the vehicle near milepost 222 about six miles north of Entiat.

As the deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver made a u-turn and began traveling back southbound. The driver failed to yield for several miles after the two pursuing deputies had activated lights and sirens. Eventually, the driver pulled to the right shoulder of the highway at the Earthquake Point turnout (milepost 118). Anthony Guentzel (26yoa) of Hibbing, Minnesota then refused to exit the vehicle or cooperate with deputies. While resisting the efforts of deputies attempting to take him into custody, Guentzel was tased. At that point, he was handcuffed and eventually transported to the Chelan County Regional Jail for booking on charges of: Theft of a Motor Vehicle; Attempted Eluding of a Pursuing Police Vehicle; Resisting Arrest; and No Valid Operator’s License.

The victim’s dog and purse were located in the Jeep Liberty. The dog is fine and was released the owner.

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sheriffsmWENATCHEE, 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. 10th 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

 

Registration deadline is December 9th. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and must sign them out at the conclusion of the class. For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 667-6508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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sheriffsmOn November 18, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. a Cashmere resident reported the theft of his 2010 Ford pickup. A Chelan County Deputy located the stolen truck near the intersection of Hay Canyon Road and U.S. Highway 2. The male driver fled the pickup, crossed Highway 2 and ran toward the Wenatchee River bank. Deputies located the male hiding near the edge of the river. The male ignored deputies commands and jumped into the Wenatchee River. Deputies tried to convince the man to swim back to shore but he refused, and was last seen near the middle of the river.

Swiftwater Rescue personnel from Leavenworth Fire, Cascade Ambulance, and CCSO Volunteer Services along with personnel from the Cashmere Fire Department, Ballard Ambulance, and CCSO were unable to locate the male. The initial search was suspended at 9:00 p.m. due to darkness.

Searchers located the male on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. The male has been identified as 30 year old Daniel Posey of Wenatchee. Mr. Posey was deceased.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on the night of 10/20/2016 a shooting occurred at a commercial marijuana operation in the 400 block of Grubb Road near Malaga after an employee confronted two Hispanic males attempting to steal marijuana. When confronted by the employee the suspects were carrying plastic totes full of marijuana buds.

One of the suspects engaged the employee by firing a 9mm handgun. The employee who was armed returned fire. The suspects fled and the employee was not injured.

CCSO Deputies and WSP Troopers responded and searched the area. No blood was located and the suspects were not located. CCSO Detectives have taken over the investigation and are working to identify the suspects.

Any person with information is encouraged to call our office at 509-667-6851, or online by using our Submit a Tip form. http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/17/2016 a Chelan area resident reported the burglary of his home located on Sunset Ridge Lane near Chelan. The burglary included the theft of numerous items of personal property including several firearms. Subsequent investigation led detectives to contact Chelan area resident Robert Bell, who was arrested for the burglary and theft.

Detectives located Mr. Bell and a female at a mini-storage unit near the Chelan airport. A search warrant was later served at the mini-storage and property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell was recovered.

On 10/07/2016 the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a search warrant in the 2200 block of Wapato Lake Road near Mason. CCSO Detectives searched the property and located a firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary. Chelan County Detectives executed another Search Warrant in the Chelan area on 10/07/2016 and located more property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell.

Detectives along with Yakima County law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a residence near Grainger, Washington on Tuesday October 11, 2016. A firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary was recovered.

Chelan County Detectives are currently working to identify owners of the recovered property. The investigation has identified several victims in the Chelan, Manson, and Orondo areas, successfully clearing multiple burglary investigations.

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On Friday September 16th the body of climber Adam Ochshorn was successfully recovered from below the west buttress of Colchuck Peak. The remains are in the possession of the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff’ Brian Burnett stated, “We hope this brings some final closure to the family and friends of Adam. I appreciate all of the hard work by the deputies, pilots and many mountain rescue volunteers involved in this search and recovery”.

Ochshorn’s family in New York state and friends in Portland, Oregon have been notified of the recovery.

The task of recovering Ochshorn’s body was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and Chelan County Fire District #1. During the planning phase of the mission, coordinators realized the most practical and safe method to remove the remains from its position on the steep 7,100ft slope of Colchuck Peak would be to use the fire district’s UH-1 Huey aircraft using a long line technique. This is in lieu of the much smaller Sheriff’s Office OH-58 Jet Ranger helicopter. Fire Chief Mike Burnett authorized the flight of his agency’s helicopter in support of the recovery mission. The larger aircraft allowed for less total flight time and the capability to insert all ground personnel near the body position in one mission. The Sheriff’s Office and Fire District #1 hope to continue a partnership in using the UH-1 Huey for specific search and rescue missions in the future. Hoist equipped helicopters from other counties within the state are not as readily available for rescue and recovery missions as they have been during the past several years. This is primarily due to other counties seeing budget cuts and other funding sources decline during the past two years. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will share costs on any rescue missions in which the Fire District #1 aircraft is used.

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Earlier Story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the body of missing climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) was located this weekend below the northwest buttress adjacent to Colchuck Peak in the Alpine Wilderness. A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) personnel located the remains shortly after 12:00pm on Saturday. The team deployed early Saturday morning on a mission in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. He has been missing since November 29th, 2015 when friends from Oregon reported Ochshorn overdue returning from a solo climb of the north couloir route of Colchuck Peak. Attempts to locate Ochshorn last fall were unsuccessful and severely hampered by weather.

On Tuesday (09/6/2016) a Sheriff’s Office helicopter flying an unrelated mission to assist two stranded climbers on Dragontail Peak, took some time to fly the west side of the northwest buttress area. A crewmember in the helicopter spotted a faded orange object in the rocks on a steep slope at around the 6,500ft elevation level. On Thursday, a small team of CCMR personnel hiked and climbed to the location of the object and confirmed it was Ochshorn’s climbing pack. A search of the immediate area by that team did not locate Ochshorn’s remains.

On Saturday, a team of nine CCMR personnel deployed to an area well above the location the climbing pack had been found. The body of Ochshorn was located above 7,000 feet.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently working through a plan to remove the remains from the steep slope consisting of loose rock and boulders.

Ochshorn’s family was notified over the weekend and expressed their sincere appreciation to the mountain rescue team members that volunteered their time to find Adam’s remains.   Questions regarding this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson.

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UPDATE - December 1st, 2015

The search for hiker Adam Ochshorn who was reported overdue on Sunday 11/29, has been suspended. The current and predicted weather, and the safety of Search and Rescue personnel were considerations in making this decision.

Search and Rescue personnel conducted ground and aerial searches Monday and Tuesday, but were unable to locate Mr. Ochshorn. As previously reported, Mr. Ochshorn’s campsite was located Monday along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied.

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ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE - November 30th, 2016

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office initiated an active search for an overdue climber in the area of Colchuck Peak Monday morning. The climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) of Portland, Oregon had planned on hiking to the Colchuck Lake area on Friday, camping overnight and then climbing a couloir route to reach Colchuck Peak on Saturday. He was expected out by late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. Ochshorn’s vehicle was located near the Bridge Creek campground. He is described as an experienced and technical climber who had hiked in the Colchuck area this past summer.

Search coordinators and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel worked together throughout Monday in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. One team of Mountain Rescue members had hiked into Colchuck Lake on Sunday evening. Deputies and other Mountain Rescue members joined in the search Monday morning. Ochshorn’s tent was eventually located along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied. Searchers are focusing on a north couloir route which Ochshorn mentioned to friends would be his ascending route to the Colchuck Peak summit.

Due to a weather inversion layer of low clouds in Chelan County, a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct an aerial search Monday. (The elevation of the search area is above the inversion layer). Searchers had clear skies throughout Monday’s operational period but have yet to locate Ochshorn. The search will continue Tuesday morning

 

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/08/2016 members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, the Chelan County Regional SWAT team, the Washington State Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant in the Stemilt Basin area. The area was being used for the illicit manufacture of marijuana.

Two subjects were taken into custody and over 4,000 mature marijuana plants with an estimated conservative value of over $1,000,000.00 were seized. Chelan County Public Works assisted law enforcement with the disposal of the marijuana.

CRDTF Detectives learned one of the subjects arrested was wanted in connection with a Grant County Incident where he was charged with First Degree Assault, and over 5 pounds of Methamphetamine was seized from his home.

Investigation into the two subjects arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force is ongoing.

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sheriffsm***UPDATE September 4, 2016 1:00PM***

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has released the name of the officer involved in Saturday morning’s shooting as Officer Kaiti Wilkins. She has been with the East Wenatchee Police Department since June 2016. Officer Wilkins has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the investigation is being completed.

SIU’s investigation remains ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.

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***UPDATE September 3, 2016 1:00PM***

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has identified the suspect who was shot early this morning as Cameron S. Ayers, a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Washington.

At approximately 2:05 a.m., the East Wenatchee police officer contacted a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW. While contacting the vehicle, the officer became aware that Ayers, who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody. While the officer was attempting to detain Ayers, three shots were fired by the officer. Two knives were located when Ayers was removed from the vehicle.

SIU’s investigation is ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.

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***Original Release September 3, 2016***

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, an officer with the East Wenatchee Police Department was involved in an officer involved shooting.

At approximately 2:05 a.m., the officer contacted a vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW in Douglas County, Wa. The officer was contacting a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle when the shooting occurred.

The victim has been identified as a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Wa. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he later died.

The officer was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave which is normal procedure while the investigation is being completed.

The investigation has been turned over to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU team is comprised of investigators from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening. A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. He immediately notified the RIVERCOM Regional Dispatch Center for swift water rescue response.

It was determined that a group of four subjects had placed two small rafts in the Wenatchee River below the Tumwater Dam along US Highway 2 at about 7:30pm. Two subjects entered each raft and they began floating the river without knowledge of the hazardous white water conditions downriver near mileposts 98 to 99 just west of Leavenworth. At one point, the raft carrying Charles Beedle Sr. 68yoa (Bremerton, WA) and his daughter-in-law, Heather Mjelde (also of Bremerton) began having difficulty navigating the swift water. Both subjects ended up in the river and were swept a significant distance through the rough water and boulders. Mjelde was eventually able to work her way to the north side of the river and hold onto a rock until she was located and rescued by emergency responders. The two subjects in the second raft, Charles F. Beedle Jr (43yoa – Port Orchard, WA) and his 12-year old son self-rescued to the north side of the river and were unharmed. None of the four subjects involved were wearing personal floatation devices.

An extensive search was conducted by the Chelan County Swift Water Rescue Team, CCSO Deputies, Fire District #3 personnel, Cascade Ambulance medics, and State Troopers in an attempt to locate Charles Beedle Sr. Saturday evening. The search was suspended with negative results just after midnight.

On Sunday morning at 7:00am the search resumed using trained swift water personnel and deputies.   Family members checking an area of the river in the 9200 block of Icicle Road located the body of Charles Beedle Sr. at about 7:40am. He had been swept up onto a low lying boulder in the middle of the river. Swift water personnel recovered the body without incident by 8:40am. The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has possession of the body.

 The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone planning a recreational rafting trip take notice of the following recommendations:

  • Always wear personal floatation devices (life vests)
  • Have knowledge of the entire waterway and especially downstream hazards prior to beginning the trip. The Tumwater Canyon is NOT a recommended area for recreational rafting due to hazardous swift water and rapids.
  • Have at least one person with rafting experience in the group and bring along extra paddles, extra floatation devices, throw ropes, and a cell phone.

 

Inquiries reference this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

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