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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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued from the Dragontail Peak area of the Alpine Wilderness Sunday afternoon.

RIVERCOM Dispatch Center received a call from the injured subject’s climbing partner just prior to 11:00am stating that his friend fell while descending the mountain and likely broke his lower left leg. The incident occurred at approximately 7:00am. The climbing partner had to hike out to receive cellular service. The patient, David Wade (51yoa) from Portland, Oregon was positioned on the northwest aspect of Dragontail Peak above Asgaard Pass.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter inserted one rescuer, Deputy Mike McLeod, to the area of Wade on the mountain. The deputy made his way to Wade’s location and splinted the broken leg. A hoist equipped helicopter was requested through the State Emergency Management Division. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “SnoHawk-10” helicopter crew accepted the mission and responded.

Wade was extracted from his position on the mountain by 3:30pm and flown to the SAR staging at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery helipad. He was transferred to a Cascade Ambulance and taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment. Wade is in stable condition.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 75 year old male motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon while riding on the Mad River Trail approximately 17 miles north of Leavenworth.

At approximately 4:10pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a report of a motorcycle accident on the Mad River Trail approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The reporting party stated that the motorcyclist had failed to negotiate a curve and went over an embankment at a bridge crossing. He said the subject had a possible neck injury.

Chelan County Search and Rescue personnel and a medic from Cascade Medical Center responded to the scene.

At 6:28pm the first group of rescuers and the medic reached the victim. He was identified as Marvin H. Muir of Everett, Wa. Due to the nature of his injuries a Life Flight helicopter was requested but was later canceled when a safe landing area could not be located. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinators made a request for a hoist capable helicopter through State Emergency Management.

At 9:10pm when a hoist capable helicopter had still not been located, rescuers made the decision to transport the patient out on a wheeled litter. With the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue members, the patient was transported 1.5 miles back to the trailhead. He was then transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Snohomish County Air Support Unit rescued an injured climber from the 8,200 foot level of Mount Stuart on Tuesday. Peter Prosch-Jensen (27 years of age) from Kirkland, Wa was injured when he fell approximately 200 feet during a climb.

On Tuesday July 26, 2016 at approximately 3:55pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from one of Jensen’s climbing partners advising of the accident. The subject said they were climbing the southwest side of Mount Stuart near “Long John Tower” when Jensen lost his footing and fell. The caller stated that they were trying to get down to Jensen and that he was face down in the snow and not moving.

Search and rescue coordinators immediately requested a hoist capable helicopter from the Washington State Emergency Management Division to assist with the rescue due to Jensen’s location on the mountain and condition.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit “SnowHawk10” responded to the scene and at 8:15pm the crew successfully hoisted Jensen off the mountain. Snowhawk10 flew Jensen to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery where he was transferred to a waiting Life Flight helicopter and flown to Central Washington Hospital (CWH) in Wenatchee. Jensen is in stable condition this morning at CWH.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 07/24 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Rivercom received a report of a`stabbing near Club Crow in downtown Cashmere. The victim later identified as 30 year old Allen Taylor suffered a significant cut to his chin after being involved in an altercation with another adult male. The suspect has been described as approximately 6’03” tall, thin, with scruffy facial hair. No suspect clothing description was given. The suspect fled the scene.

Mr. Taylor was transported to Central Washington Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

If anyone has information regarding the identity of the suspect in this assault please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6851 or Rivercom.

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July 21, 2016 Update:

On July 20, 2016 Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies executed a search warrant in the 900 block of Maple Street in Bridgeport, Washington after identifying a suspect in the July 16, 2016 hit and run fatality collision on Apple Acres Road in Chelan County.

The suspected driver of the involved pickup has been identified as 21 year old Jovany Lopez-Maciel of Bridgeport. Mr. Lopez-Maciel is approximately 5’05” tall and weighs approximately 140 lbs. Mr. Lopez-Maciel has brown eyes and black hair, and has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Mr. Lopez-Maciel was not home during the execution of the search warrant and his current whereabouts is unknown. Mr. Lopez-Maciel may be in the company of his father Arturo Lopez-Pacheco. Mr. Lopez-Pacheco is 42 years of age, 6’00” tall and weighs approximately 165 lbs.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has probable cause for the arrest of Mr. Lopez-Maciel, for the crimes of Vehicular Homicide, and Hit and Run resulting in a death. We are asking anyone with information related to the collision or Mr. Lopez-Maciel’s current location to call law enforcement.

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