East Wenatchee Man Arrested for Firing at Passing Cars
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Hits: 27
On 07/23/17 at approximately 1:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a male firing a shotgun toward the reporting party’s home and passing cars in the 10 Blk of N Nevada Ave near East Wenatchee, WA.
Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded and surrounded the residence. While waiting for additional personnel and the Sheriff’s Office armored car to arrive, the suspect came out the front door unarmed and surrendered.
He was identified as 35 year old Salvador Garcia Martinez, who lived at the residence. Investigation revealed that Martinez had fired at several parked and moving cars. Four cars were damaged and a 19 year old East Wenatchee man received a minor injury when a shotgun pellet became imbedded in his cheek.
The state crime scene team was invited to help process the scene. Shotgun pellets and plastic shotgun shell wadding was found in neighbors yards and even in some yard sale items that had been displayed in a front yard.
Martinez was booked for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree and three counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.
Shooting in Bridgeport 7-21-17
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Hits: 21
On 07/21/17 at approximately 11:05 PM Okanogan County Dispatch received a call of a shooting victim that had been admitted to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster.
The shooting had occurred in Bridgeport so Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to the scene.
The victim was an adult male who suffered from a single gunshot wound. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA. The victim was flown to Confluence Hospital and is reported to be stable.
The case is under investigation and no additional details are being released at this time.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch immediately.
State, federal grants awarded to improve public transportation across state
- Written by Jef Lucero, WSDOT Communications
- Hits: 72
OLYMPIA – Approximately $230 million in newly awarded state and federal grants will help more than 80 public-transportation agencies provide better connectivity, sustained service, new buses and other mobility improvements to people in every county of Washington state.
Once the Legislature passed the 2017–2019 budget, the Washington State Department of Transportation notified the grant recipients that they could begin utilizing their funds. These grant programs allow public-transportation providers to improve services to people with special needs, seniors, veterans and the general public in their communities.
“It is so important that all citizens have the opportunity to remain active and connect with their communities. No matter their age, income or physical ability, access to reliable transportation makes that possible,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “These grants give local providers the ability to serve the people who need transportation options the most.”
A wide range of transportation providers received funding for a variety of projects and services. Some of the grant recipients from around the state:
- San Juan County: $120,000 to offer transportation vouchers for people with special needs.
- Central Transit: $464,529 to expand services to the general public in Ellensburg.
- Grays Harbor Transit: $2,085,120 to replace some of its fleet of 35-foot-long buses.
- Lummi Nation: $586,945 to sustain transit operations between the Lummi reservation and Ferndale.
- People for People: $2,509,918 to sustain services for persons with special needs and the general public in rural communities in Yakima County.
- Intercity Transit: $885,000 to replace 40 vanpool vehicles.
- King County Metro: $1,626,587 to increase service between Renton and Seattle.
- Spokane Transit: $3,925,000 for high-performance transit improvements and park and ride construction.
WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division administers state and federal grant awards for transit agencies and other service providers across the state. These grants improve public transportation within and between rural communities, provide transportation services between cities, purchase new buses and other equipment, and provide public-transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Sergio Valdez Arrested in Phoenix
- Written by Jason Mathews, Undersheriff, CCSO
- Hits: 25
On July 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Sergio I. Valdes was located and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona.
On May 29, 2017, Valdes was involved in a physical altercation at Slide Waters in Chelan, Washington. When Valdes left the scene he took his two young children, a 6-month old and an 18-month old, and fled the area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office notified our local community and sent out a nationwide alert attempting to locate Valdes and the two children. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit also worked with the National Center for missing and exploited children and Washington’s Most Wanted to try to locate Valdes and the children. All involved agencies were working diligently to locate Valdes.
On July 17, 2017 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office developed a possible location for Valdes in Phoenix, Arizona. Our Detective Unit notified the U.S. Marshal’s Service, specifically the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The Pacific Northwest Offender Task Force than worked with another Marshal’s Task Force in Phoenix and were able to successfully locate and arrest Valdes. Both children were located in good health and were taken into protective custody. Our local Child Protective Services is working with the children’s mother and Phoenix agencies for the children’s safe return.
Arrangements are being made to transport Valdes back to Chelan County when he will be charged with Custodial Interference 1st degree, a felony, and other crimes. Valdes is also awaiting his sentencing in Douglas County for crimes he was convicted of prior to fleeing the Slide Waters incident.
Entiat Fatality - Driver Crossed Centerline
- Written by Sgt. Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
- Hits: 110
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 12th, 2017 at approximately 1604 hours, Chelan County Deputies responded to an injury collision at approximately milepost 4.5 on Entiat River Road in Entiat, WA. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Walter J Wilson of Entiat was travelling northbound and crossed over the centerline. It collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 48 year old Deborah Augustus of Entiat.
Ms. Augustus sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Wilson was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Vehicular Homicide
PAC meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan - July 20
- Written by Bobbie Chatriand, Administrative Assistant, Pangborn Memorial Airport
- Hits: 93
The fourth Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan (Plan) will be held on July 20, 2017. The Plan serves as a roadmap for identifying the orderly development of Airport facility, equipment, and service needs necessary to meet existing and future Airport demands. The Plan will identify 20-year capital improvements as envisioned by the Airport, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance and that complement community interests.
PAC Meeting #4 will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Wild Rivers Inn / Sports Bar and Grill (560 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA). PAC Meeting #4 will focus on Airport Alternatives and the initial Project Implementation Plan.
Presentation information from PAC Meeting #4 will be posted to the Airport’s Master Plan web page following the meeting (https://www.flywenatchee.com/master-plan/). The Master Plan web page also includes links to the prior Plan documentation, including ‘draft’ working paper materials, announcements, and other information on how to provide public input.
Thousands of riders on the road for STP bike ride, July 15 and 16
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
- Hits: 88
OLYMPIA – Drivers should plan for extra travel time Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, as 10,000 cyclists ride western Washington’s state highways and local roads for the 2017 Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
WSDOT asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and prepare for travel delays during the popular fundraiser ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver’s guide and the driving among bicyclists section.
The STP route follows state highways and local roads in these areas:
- State Route 181 – West Valley Highway in Kent
- Puyallup area county roads and city streets
- SR 7 - near Spanaway
- SR 507 – Roy to Centralia
- SR 507 and 3rd Street – Yelm
- SR 507 and Mossman Street – Yelm
- Centralia and Chehalis city streets
- County roads from Napavine to Winlock to Vader
- SR 506 – Vader area
- Westside Highway (becomes SR 411) Vader to Castle Rock area
- SR 411 (also known as Westside Highway) - Castle Rock to Longview
- SR 432 - Longview Industrial area
- SR 433 - Crossing Lewis and Clark Bridge into Oregon
Based on previous STP rides, congestion and delays are expected:
- Early morning Saturday, July 15, on SR 7 in Pierce County
- Midmorning to afternoon, Saturday, July 15, on SR 507 in Thurston and Lewis counties
- Early Sunday, July 16, on SR 411 from Castle Rock to Kelso
- All day Sunday, July 16, near the SR 432 and SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon
To aid cyclists and drivers, STP organizers, WSDOT and law enforcement have worked together to direct traffic at the following locations:
Saturday, July 15
- SR 507 between Roy and Yelm (roving Washington State Patrol trooper)
- SR 507/ Third Street in Yelm (police officers directing traffic)
- SR 507/Mossman Street in Yelm (police officer directing traffic)
- SR 507/Tenino Trail crossing (police officers or certified flaggers directing traffic)
Sunday, July 16
- SR 411/Castle Rock area (flagger directing traffic at SR 411/ Public Highway 10)
- SR 411 between Castle Rock and Longview (roving WSP trooper)
- SR 411/Lexington/Riverside County Park area (police officers directing traffic at SR 411 and Riverside County Park)
- SR 432/433 in Longview at the Lewis and Clark Bridge (WSP, flaggers and motorcycle escort)
Drivers on SR 432 can expect delays of up to 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16. WSP and flaggers will stop southbound drivers on SR 433 so STP riders can cross the Lewis and Clark Bridge, escorted by Gold Wing motorcycle club members. Riders crossing the bridge on Saturday will not have a bridge escort and are expected to ride with traffic.
Major bicycle events like the STP are part of Washington’s outdoor recreation economy. A 2014 study found that bicycling contributes over $3.1 billion per year in direct expenditures in Washington state. In 2016, Congress passed a law to track outdoor recreation as a specific element of GDP, reflecting its role in the national economy.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Regular Meeting 7-12-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
- Hits: 90
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
Call to Order Regular Meeting:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: May 2017
* Payroll: $143,619.01 June 2017 Paid 07-05-2017
* Vouchers for June General Account:
Vouchers #706 through #727 for $10,098.94;
Voucher #658 through #664 for $1,853.73;
Voucher #676 through #689 for $3,017.40;
Voucher #740 through #753 for $10,625.28;
Vouchers #755 through #761 for $2,128.53.
* Vouchers for June Capital Account:
Vouchers #627 for $6,071.03;
Voucher #665 for $8,370.98;
Vouchers #762 through #757 for $3,885.33.
* Minutes: June 14, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Long Range Planning / Fire Levy
* Consultant – District Evaluation
* Marine 71 Surplus
* District Computer System
* Chelan Co FD 7 Post 57 – Bank Account
* Evaporation cooler for Station 74
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Board for Volunteers:
* Accident Injury Report
Body of Missing Swimmer Recovered from Lake Chelan
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
- Hits: 117
July 5, 2017 - At approximately 12:45pm a body believed to be that of 23-year-old Donghoon Lee of Seattle was recovered from Lake Chelan.
A boater in the area observed the body and called 911. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Chelan County Fire District #7 personnel responded to the area and recovered the body.
The body has been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office.
The South Korean Consulate has notified Lee’s family.
Lee disappeared on June 20th while swimming with friends in Lake Chelan.
Ultralight Aircraft Downed Near Windsor Hill
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Hits: 143
UPDATE: The pilots were found deceased at the scene of the crash. They were identified as 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett, WA and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, OR. Next of kin have been notified. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
On 07/01/17 at 1930 hours the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan airport at 0630 hrs. It was thought the aircraft, with two occupants on board, was heading towards north Douglas County or Okanogan County.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deployed it’s helicopter to search for the aircraft with no success. CCSO renewed its search on 07/02/17 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. At approximately 1030 hrs. CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County.
At the time of this report, Douglas County deputies are attempting to reach the wreckage, but the terrain is extremely treacherous. The aircraft is a Northwing ultra-light tandem (two seat) model with a 80 hp engine (northwing.com).
The Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices are working closely to get to the scene to determine the fate of the pilots. The names of the pilots are not being disclosed at this time.