sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 15, 2016 shortly after 8 pm, Rivercom Dispatch received a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident with a car striking a tree. The caller was reporting the accident having occurred in the 1500 block of Bear Mountain Road in Chelan. The reporting party advised the male driver, still behind the wheel, was not responding and that another male passenger and small female passenger had been ejected.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and determined the driver, identified as 23 year old, Eduardo Rodriguez Uvalle of Chelan, was deceased. Next of Kin have been notified.

The male passenger, 28 year old Alberto Uvalle-Verdin Jr., had been ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Central Washington Hospital by ambulance. He sustained a broken ankle and cuts and bruises. The 2 year old girl was also ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital and then to Seattle with serious to critical injuries. The girl is the daughter of the driver. It is unknown at this time if any of the passengers were wearing seat belts or if the child was in a car seat.

The cause of the accident was due in part to excessive speed. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved. The accident is still under investigation and more information will be released as permitted.

As of July 18, 2016 we have not received updated injury reports on the two surviving vehicle occupants. This collision is still being investigated.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 16, 2016 at about 8:22 PM, Rivercom Dispatch received a call of a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident 2.5 mile up Apple Acres Road from the Chelan Airport. It was soon discovered, it was actually a bicyclist and the reporting party stated the male was deceased. The vehicle that struck the bicyclist fled the scene and was described as possibly being a red truck with extensive damage to the front end and possibly a broken windshield. The bicyclist was identified as 50 year old, Gary Knowlton of Brewster. His next of Kin have been notified. While riding his bike at this location, the suspect vehicle, also going the same direction, struck Knowlton from behind.

The investigation is pending further information regarding the suspect who fled the scene. If you have any information on persons or vehicles possibly associated with the collision, please call Rivercom at 663-9911 or the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6850.

July 18, 2016 Update:

Late yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 17th) with assistance from Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office the suspect vehicle was located unoccupied and abandoned in an orchard. Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene. The vehicle was secured, impounded, and transported to a secure location in Wenatchee for further analysis. Detectives are actively working this investigation.       

As previously stated, anyone who witnessed this vehicle in the area of the airport or has any information about the driver of this vehicle is encouraged to call RiverCom at 663-9911 or the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6850.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports Chelan County Search & Rescue coordinators worked with Kittitas County and King County rescue units to remove an injured female from the wilderness on Saturday evening (07/16/2016). The initial 911 call for help came into the KITTCOM dispatch center in Ellensburg from the injured subject’s husband at around 5:00pm. Lauren Larimer of Selah advised that his wife had been injured as they were attempting to lead their horses across a creek crossing on the Fourth Creek Trail in the wilderness near the Chelan County and Kittitas County line – northeast of Iron Peak. Larimer reported his wife suffered a severe lower left leg fracture when her horse startled and ran over her. Larimer had to hike about one-half mile to obtain cellular service to call for assistance.

Due to the location of the incident, a Chelan County SAR coordinator worked with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office to deploy a ground team to the scene along the Beverly Creek Trail. At the same time, Chelan County requested a hoist equipped helicopter from State Emergency Management to respond. The King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit responded with their Guardian II aircraft to conduct the hoist extraction of the patient. Angela Larimer (46yoa – Selah, WA) was rescued by 8:45pm and transported directly to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The ground SAR team assisted Lauren Larimer in hiking the two horses out to the trailhead.

Angela Larimer is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center receiving treatment for a left lower leg compound fracture and a fractured right ankle.

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sheriffsmOn July 16, 2016 at about 8:22 PM, Rivercom Dispatch received a call of a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident 2.5 mile up Apple Acres Road from the Chelan Airport. It was soon discovered, it was actually a bicyclist and the reporting party stated the male was deceased.

The vehicle that struck the bicyclist fled the scene and was described as possibly being a red truck with extensive damage to the front end and possibly a broken windshield.

The bicyclist was identified as 50 year old, Gary Knowlton of Brewster. His next of Kin have been notified.

While riding his bike at this location, the suspect vehicle, also going the same direction, struck Knowlton from behind.

The investigation is pending further information regarding the suspect who fled the scene. If you have any information on persons or vehicles possibly associated with the collision, please call Rivercom at 663-9911 or Undersheriff Mathews at 667-6850

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sheriffsmOn July 13, 2016 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, approximately six feet tall with a muscular build and a medium length blond beard. The same male subject has been described recently in two separate reported incidents, both of which occurred near the downtown corridor of Leavenworth. The first incident is still being actively investigated as a reported assault on a female and the second incident was a suspicious incident involving a male with a similar description hiding in the bushes along a walking trail near the City Shop in Leavenworth. In both incidents Deputies searched the immediate and surrounding areas, but were unsuccessful in locating the described male.

If you have observed someone matching this description please call our tip line at 667-6845.

It also important to remember to be aware of your surroundings in any public setting, if possible walk or exercise in pairs, and report suspicious behavior immediately.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Wednesday, July 13 shortly before 10:30 p.m. Chelan County Deputies responded to a robbery in the parking lot of BeeBee Springs rest area in Chelan Falls, Washington. The victim reported he was hit over the head by a male suspect with an AK47 style rifle and then robbed of his wallet, phone, and vehicle. The suspects were last seen fleeing the scene toward Highway 97 in both the suspect’s and victim’s vehicles. The victim was transported by ambulance to Lake Chelan Community Hospital and treated for his injuries.

While conducting the initial interviews Deputies advised surrounding Police agencies of the incident and suspect’s description, to include vehicle descriptions. A short time later Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office called to notify us they located and detained the female suspect, Amber Hernandez, and her vehicle. Hernandez, a 30 year old female, is a resident of Omak, Washington. Hernandez was interviewed by Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and later booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

A short time later Okanogan County located the second suspect, Jose A. Lara Mendez, a 25 year old male also from Okanogan County, Washington. Mendez was also interviewed by Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and he too was booked in jail for Robbery and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

During the investigation Deputies learned the victim made previous arrangements to meet with Hernandez in Chelan for a date. After two met, the victim got into Hernandez’s vehicle and they drove to BeeBee Springs rest area. While there Hernandez activated the trunk release of her vehicle where Mendez was hiding. Mendez got out of the trunk with the rifle and confronted the victim. The victim was struck in the face with the rifle and then robbed. Both suspects then fled the area toward Okanogan County.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives are still actively working the incident and executing a search warrant to locate the suspected rifle used in the crime. At this point in the investigation we believe all suspects are in custody.

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sheriffsmOn July 11, 2016, The Board of Chelan County Commissioners designated, based on recommendations from the Fire Advisory Board, that road travel and activity restrictions in unincorporated Chelan County be raised to “High”. This action was taken to prevent occurrences of fires which might be caused by recreational, residential, commercial, industrial and other activities in unincorporated Chelan County.

High Fire Hazard Travel and Activity Restrictions are as follows:

1.      Travel Restrictions:

A.   No operation of any motor vehicle off the roadway

B.    Restricts travel on county roads, except for the following:

a.     Bona fide residents;

b.     Landowners and leaseholders to access land to perform work to protect property;

c.     Authorized and official business only;

d.     Access to open public lands for legitimate purpose/use.

2.     Area activity restrictions include:

A.   No fireworks

B.    No outdoor fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character or for any purpose whatsoever, in any High fire hazard area, except by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency. No permit will be required for outdoor fires within habited premises or designated campsites where such fires may be built in a permanent barbeque, portable barbeque, outdoor fireplace, incinerator, or grill. Such a permit shall incorporate such terms and conditions to reasonably safeguard public safety and property.

C.   Restricted open flame devices: No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any high fire hazard area, except for the approved open flame devices listed below or by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency.

a.    Approved open flame devices. Liquid gas stoves or fires, including:

i.         Pressurized gas camp stoves, catalytic heaters, and white gas camp stoves and lanterns.

ii.         Commercially made barbeque devices.

iii.         Stove or fireplace fires completely contained within a home or residence.

iv.         Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices with a shield and base.

v.         An enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute the flame.

If anyone has questions about the current restrictions, contact your local fire protection district.

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sheriffsmUpdate 07/02/2016 at 4:00pm

On Saturday July 2, 2016 at approximately 8:45am, a team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) members located the body of Qi He (24yoa) under the snowpack on what is known as Aasgard Pass above Colchuck Lake in the Enchantment Wilderness. Qi He disappeared into a hole in the snow on June 5th while glissading down Aasgard Pass with co-workers. The hole in the snow was created by a waterfall and then became a creek running down the mountain side under the deep snowpack. Initial attempts to locate him were unsuccessful due to the deepness of the hardened snow. A team of CCMR members, and one Sheriff’s Office SAR deputy had pre-planned a recovery search for this morning. The body is in the care of the Chelan County Coroner’s Office pending an autopsy next week. Family members have been notified.

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Update 6/8/16 at 1015 hours

     Sheriff Burnett has identified the missing Aasgard hiker as 24 year old Qi He. Mr. He is a Chinese citizen who was living and working as a Student/Intern in the Seattle area. With assistance from local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, the Chinese Embassy and Mr. He’s employer, his family was notified of the incident.

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Update 6/7/16 at 1100 hours

     The active search for the missing hiker on Aasgard Pass has been suspended for now. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit will monitor the weather conditions and snowpack levels with the intention to resume an organized recovery effort in the future.

     The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing hiker as a 24 year old male from the Seattle area. The release of his name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

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Update 6/6/16 at 1300 hours

     As of 1:00 p.m. today Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has suspended their search efforts to locate the missing hiker. Ground units located the waterfall hole were the missing hiker entered. Search crews entered approximately 40 feet into the hole, but the missing hiker was not located. The area searched is filled with fast moving water and is covered by several feet of snow and ice. Search crews could not check beyond the 40 feet because of the hazardous conditions and safety concerns. Ground crews believe the hiker was swept a lengthy distance downstream from the location he entered. The stream ultimately enters into Colchuck Lake.    

   Chelan County Search and Rescue crews and Chelan County Detectives are still trying to identify the missing hiker. We currently do not have any updated information on his identity.

Original Media Release June 6, 2016

   On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.

   The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.

   “Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.

   Additional information will be released as it is gathered.

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Update July 1, 2016 at 0900 hours

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s shooting has been identified as Manson resident Anna Sanchez.   Preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was accidental. All known involved individuals were interviewed and no arrests were made. The shooting occurred in a bedroom in a mobile home in the Lakeview Trailer Park on SR 150 in Manson.

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Original story 6-30-16

On June 30, 2016 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an early morning shooting in Manson, Washington. Shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning, Chelan County Deputies responded to a residence in Manson for a reported gunshot wound. The victim, a 23 year old female, appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head and was airlifted to an out of the area hospital. At this point in the investigation the name of the victim is not being released.

Chelan County Detectives are still on scene investigating the incident. It’s early in the investigation and more information will be released as it is gathered.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports the Board of County Commissioners has enacted a prohibition on the discharge of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Chelan County effective June 27, 2016, and until further notice.

Sheriff Burnett supports the decision of the Board, based on the severity of fires in recent years, and in order to protect life and property. Although it was a difficult decision for all involved, Sheriff Burnett is hoping the outcome will ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July Weekend for all Chelan County residents and visitors.

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