ChelanFireRescueLogo200AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute:
PUBLIC HEARING:
2018 Budget
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: September 2017
* Payroll: $193,932.36 October 1-31, 2017 Paid 11-05-2017
* Vouchers for October General Account: Vouchers #1122 through #1131 for $5,751.94; Voucher #1218 through #1233 for $12,157.14; Voucher #1261 through #1269 for $2,216.15; Vouchers #1276 through #1285 for $7,386.09.
* Vouchers for October Capital Account: Vouchers #1132 for $2,153.18; Voucher #1270 for $16,554.60; Vouchers #1286 through #1282 for $17,635.21.
* Minutes: October 11, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Training
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* Citizens Task Force
* 2018 Budget
* 2017- 05 Resolution 2018 Levy & Certificate
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* FEMA SAFER Grant for Volunteer Coordinator for four years
New Business:
* Apparatus Committee - Specifications for pickup & Engine
Special Event:
* 11/11/17: Veteran’s Day parade and luncheon
* 11/24/17: Tree Lighting Ceremony
* 12/12/17: Annual District Holiday Social
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.
Adjournment:

sheriffsmThe 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. 

manson schoolA great opportunity to work with students in the area of VEX Robotics awaits that special individual with the skill and knowledge to help further students in their quest to make ideas a reality.

Coach duties and responsibilities will include some of the following

  • Organize and monitor the 2017-2018 high school VEX Robotics team. The team meets weekly September to March from 1 to 2 days a week after school. Meetings vary based on the activities needed to ensure preparedness for all upcoming on/off-season events. There are roughly 8 Saturday competitions.
  • Assist in the organization of the high school team mentoring the middle school team and/or elementary team
  • Communicate with your sponsoring organization including: expectations to parents and students about what is expected of them in terms of their commitment to the team, coordinating help, maintaining equipment, purchasing supplies, registering for competitions, creating schedules and team building
  • Display kindness, patience, and professionalism

Desired Qualifications: - Enthusiasm and a love of learning with kids is of the highest importance. Experience in one or more of the following technical areas is also desirable, but absolutely not necessary: Technical Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Industrial Fabrication.

For a more detailed list of job responsibilities and qualifications, please contact the district office at 687-3140. $3,000 stipend.

wenpolThe 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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Enjoy our winter wonderland - January 12-21
 
LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 25, 2017) - The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce will again host Lake Chelan Winterfest, January 12-21, 2018. Winterfest is a two week-long festival of snowy fun and kicks off Martin Luther King weekend in downtown Chelan, with downtown Manson as the main locale for the final weekend.
 
Set among the snow-capped buttes and glacier fed waters of Lake Chelan, Winterfest plays host to Washington’s most exciting winter festival. Glide over the snow in a horse-drawn carriage, be amazed at the incredible live ice sculpting or vote for your favorite Lake Chelan bloody mary!
 
New this year!
 
  • Take advantage of the new Grand Wine Walk, held in participating stores in downtown Chelan on Saturday, January 13th! Sip and savor delicious reserve wines, poured directly by the winemaker.
  • What was formally “Wine Walk” is now known as the Tasting Tent! Enjoy your favorite Lake Chelan wines in the comfort of a large, heated tent!
  • You also won’t want to miss the new Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night, held Friday, January 19th in downtown Manson! Let’s celebrate the local brewers, cider makers and distillers who call North Central Washington home!
 Weekend highlights include:
 January 12-14
  • Find Tsilly
  • Horse Carriage Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Ice Bar & Live Music
  • Grand Wine Walk & Tasting Tent
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • SoupFest
  • Grand Procession & Fireworks
  • Polar Bear Splash & Beach Bonfire
  • Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch
 January 19-21
  • Find Tsilly
  • Apple Bin Train Rides
  • Kids Activities
  • Lake Chelan Brewers and Distillers Night
  • Alefest & Bottle Shop
  • Alex Zerbe PAC Show
  • Live Ice Carvings
  • Battle of the Bloody Mary
Tickets will be live November 1 - and they will go quickly!
 
The Winterfest Button is your all-access pass to enjoying most festivities. With your button, enjoy all kids activities, access to the Ice Bar, horse carriage rides, apple bin train rides and incredible offers at shops, restaurants and wineries all around the lake.
 
Winterfest attendees are also encouraged to plan ahead. Activities such as the Grand Wine Walk, Tasting Tent, Bubble Bar, Battle of the Bloody Mary and Alefest are known to sell out in advance.

bicycle 400OLYMPIA – Pedal power is still strong in Washington as the League of American Bicyclists once again ranks the state as No. 1 “Bicycle Friendly State in America.” Washington has been a leader in the nation for every year since 2008 when the League began its program.

“Our efforts to support bicycling in Washington through our policies and investments is clearly paying off,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “As a state we have invested in Safe Routes to School for a healthier next generation and in a transportation system that supports safer biking and walking mobility options for Washingtonians. I appreciate the work of our Bicycle Friendly communities, businesses and universities that have all contributed to building active, healthy transportation options.”

Each state is ranked based on its score in five categories: Infrastructure and Funding; Education and Encouragement; Legislation and Enforcement; Policies and Programs; Evaluation and Planning; and, Discretionary Scoring.

“It’s great to once again lead the nation in recognizing that bicycling is an important part of a multimodal transportation system,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “We’re committed to providing transportation choices for all users of the system – including people who bike and walk. We have more work to do, but this ranking affirms that we’re on the right path.”

The League credited Washington for passage of its 16-year Connecting Washington funding package, including more than $20 million per year for bicycling and walking projects. It also noted Washington State Department of Transportation’s creation of the new, statewide Active Transportation Division as another reason why the state has retained its spot as a national leader in improving conditions for people who bike and walk.

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Western Aerospace Scholars watch with anticipation as one of their model rockets is about to be launched.

Nov. 3 is student deadline for Museum's Western Aerospace Scholars programs

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2017--The deadline for high school students to apply for one of the Museum's premiere residency education programs is Nov. 3. The Western Aerospace Scholars program is a distance-learning and summer residency program for Montana, Oregon and Washington state high school juniors. The STEM-based program focuses on space exploration, and has online components and residencies allowing students to learn from industry professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

The top performing Washington scholars will be invited to participate in a six-day Summer Residency at the Museum in summer 2018, while Oregon and Montana scholars will attend residencies in those states during summer 2018. Both programs are part of the Museum's Boeing Academy for STEM Learning. Complete information is online, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tour the Virtual Museum of Flight

ChelanFireRescueLogo200SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Call to order at 9:00 A.M.
* Flag Salute

New Business:
* 2018 Budget Review & Discussion

Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(f) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment:

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OLYMPIA – With snow already falling on some mountain passes, it’s never too early to get ready for winter ice and snow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks drivers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.

To check conditions and prepare for snow or ice:

“Our crews work hard to keep roads clear of snow and ice for drivers, but last year’s severe winter certainly highlighted the importance of being equipped for winter conditions,” said James Morin, WSDOT’s snow and ice program manager. “We need the public’s help by driving for conditions and obeying chain-up notices. Often it’s just one unprepared driver spinning out that forces a pass closure.”

Alternatives to chains

Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain vehicle models. The Washington State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state chains and traction tires requirements.

Studded tires

By law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states. WSDOT can approve studded tires earlier in extraordinary conditions, but at this time the date remains Nov. 1. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about stud-free traction tires that are legal for year-round use and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in damage, combined, to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year.  More information about studded-tired restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/17/17 at approximately 8:43 PM a Douglas County Deputy learned that a vehicle he had observed had an associated warrant out of LaSalle County, Illinois.  The warrant was for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. 

The Deputy followed the vehicle to a residence and was able to contact the driver and person named on the arrest warrant, 35 year old Victor Guerrero of East Wenatchee.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Jail.

Good work by an observant and tenacious Deputy.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS!

It was a beautiful weekend in the Stehekin Valley, and, despite an 80% chance of rain, we avoided any notable precipitation!  It was also a record-setting weekend, with all three events having a great number of attendees.  Most importantly, there was a tremendous amount of good times!!

Valley Music Across the Generations, featuring many fine Stehekin Valley musicians, hosted over 180 people at the Stehekin School Friday evening.  Many thanks to JoAnne Reiter (coordinator) and all those who shared their musical talents with a packed house!  Our sincere thanks to the Stehekin School and students for the use of their building and for setting up!

Picking, Pressing, and Potluck welcomed more than 260 people to the Historic Buckner Orchard on Saturday, finding trees with an abundance of common delicious, Rome beauties, and Johnathon's.  Many thanks, again, to Agnes on Fire for providing a great set of tunes for those enjoying the chili, cider, and all the potluck goodies.

Saturday's Harvest Fest activities can be viewed in slideshow form by clicking on the photo above.  Select the first photo once in, then click on the triangle button in the lower left corner to view the slideshow.  No downloading needed!

This year's Harvest Fest Raffle raised more than $1,300 to support the work of the Foundation at the Orchard.  If your name is Jeff Parsons, you were the big winner for the day, winning three times, including the helicopter flight!   Many thanks to all who supported the Orchard in this fashion!

Our very sincere appreciation to those who donated the raffle prizes, including:

Helicopter Flight-Lake Chelan Helicopters

(Winner-Jeff Parsons)

Custom-knit socks/mittens—Bob Nielsen 
(Winner-Colleen Sargo)

Custom-knit stocking cap—Nancy Barnhart  
(Winner-Bucky Gans)

Quilted wall hanging—Christy of Little Sisters Quilts  
(Winner-Nathan Thomas)

The Stehekin We Remember—The Buckner Sisters
(Winners-Trapper Robbins, Jeff Parsons, Patty Schrag)

Buckner Orchard Apple Wine—Dick Bingham
(Winners-Jeff Parsons, Larry M, Dana Barton, Wendy Garfoot)

Individual or Family Portrait Session—Barnhart Photography
(Patty Schrag)

One-hour Message—Stehekin Massage, Wendy Garfoot
(Winner-Danita Breeze)

Holden Village Gift Basket - Holden Village
(Winner-Fritz Griffith)

 Poetry Night culminated a very well-attended weekend with 32 folks reading, reciting, or just enjoying listening to a variety of pieces selected by those in attendance.

 Harvest Fest by the Numbers

  • 182 -Valley Music Night attendees  (previous high 162)
  • 266 - Harvest Fest attendees (220)
  • 32 - Poetry Night attendees (19)
  • 0 - amount of rainfall on Saturday!
  • $1,300 - raised by the raffle
  • 3 - number of raffle prizes won by Jeff Parsons, (book, wine, and helicopter ride)
  • $110 - donations
  • 13 - people at Friday Work party
  • 36 - number of total volunteer hours on Friday

Thanks!

The work of many individuals make Harvest Fest the event it is.  Additional thanks also goes to The Stehekin Pastry Company, The Stehekin Landing Resort, Stehekin Valley Ranch, Jim's Pumping Service, Lake Chelan Boat Company, Mountain Barge Services, and the National Park Service for their support, as well.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/16/17 at approximately 6:51 PM Douglas County Deputies received a report of a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.  

The victim, a 57 year old Rock Island woman, was walking her dogs on the sidewalk near the intersection of Saunders and N. Garden Ave.  She said the suspect  vehicle came through the intersection and up onto the sidewalk striking her.  The woman rolled up on the hood and off the passenger side.  She saw the vehicle pull into a small trailer park and was able to give deputies a good description of the vehicle and driver. 

Deputies were able to locate the driver and contact him.  He appeared to be intoxicated.  The driver, 63 year old Miguel R. Isidro of Rock Island, was arrested for hit and run and DUI.  He was booked at the Chelan County Jail without incident. 

The victim was taken to Confluence Hospital.  Her condition is unknown but it is believed her injuries were not life threatening.

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Manson High School Ag/shop program held their semi-annual cardboard boat races recently at Manson Bay Park. Every few years’ students in Kevin Amsden shop class spend about two weeks creating a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. Before they begin to construct their boat, they must first learn the science, physics and buoyance in creating their card board boats.

A few of the key principals they learn are: center of buoyance, center of gravity, displacement, draft, hydrodynamics, keel, and design process. They begin by make small prototypes of their boat and floating them in a small pool as they add golf balls to simulate weight. They also learn the positive and negative design features of each boat. They then go full scale, which culminates in races at Manson Bay.

A big thank you goes out to lifeguard, Vickie Downey, who is always on hand for the races, Chelan County EMS and the Manson Parks Department, who allow us to use the park for our races.

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Manson School Board Member, Aurora Flores was certified as the next Washington State School Directors Association’s (WSSDA) board president-elect.

Flores has been a school board director for 20 years in the Manson School District, over half of which she has served as her board’s legislative representative. Flores is currently vice president of WSSDA’s board and is a governor-appointed member of the Professional Educators Standards Board.

“I strongly believe that public schools with local control are still our best public education option and this is why I’ve dedicated so many years to serving my local school district,” said Flores. “But I am humbled at being confirmed as president-elect on the board of the largest group of elected officials in the state of Washington.”

As president-elect, Flores will be a member of the WSSDA board’s executive committee, which is composed of the board officers (president, president-elect, vice president, past president) plus one additional WSSDA board member selected by the board.

Fellow Manson Board Member Jama England commented, “Aurora is a dedicated educator. She relies on life experiences to help formulate her "out of the box" thinking. She is an asset to Manson Schools as well as all the other districts she serves.”

Superintendent Matt Charlton added, “Manson is really fortunate to have Aurora as a long serving school board director. Her dedication to our community and to the success of every student in our state is commendable. Congratulations Aurora!”

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, October 12th, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. September 14, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
1. Pacific Engineering
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. 2018 Budget
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: November 9th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

WSDTlogo450OLYMPIA – Tolling topics and plans for a Road Usage Charge pilot project are on the agenda for the State Transportation Commission’s meeting next week in Olympia. The commission also plans to name a section of State Route 507 in honor of an Iraqi war veteran who died in action.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. both Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, the commission will hear a progress report for the Road Usage Charge pilot project that will launch early in 2018. A road usage charge is a per-mile charge drivers would pay for the use of the roads. It is under consideration as a potential replacement for the gas tax drivers now pay on a gallon of gasoline. In light of growing fuel efficiency of new vehicles, which consume less gas and therefor raise less revenue, it would provide a more sustainable funding source for investments in transportation infrastructure. The pilot project will engage 2,000 volunteers from across the state to test the concept and shape how it might work.

With detailed planning for the pilot project operations well underway, the commission will learn more about current public attitudes toward road usage charging, and progress with volunteer recruitment. Additional discussions will focus on reporting options, activities of other partners in the pilot project, and the draft evaluation plan.

Other briefings on Tuesday include transportation recommendations from the Resilient Washington subcabinet, a proposal to accommodate autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, and transit agency perspectives on tolling.

In addition, the commission will take action on a proposal initiated by the city of Rainier to name the portion of SR 507 within the community for Sgt. Justin D. Norton. A graduate of Rainier High School, Sgt. Norton was killed in action in 2006 while on patrol in Baghdad.

On Wednesday morning, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Toll Division will report on FY 2017 traffic and revenue for each tolled facility, as well as progress toward meeting legislative benchmarks for toll operations and efficiency.

The meeting will conclude with an update by a commission workgroup formed to assess options for providing long-term, toll-payer relief for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The legislature has asked that the commission deliver its prioritized policy solutions to the legislature by December 2017.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/

douglascountysheriff148On 10/08/17 at approximately 1:50 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near the intersection of Sunset Hwy. and Hwy. 2 when he observed a silver 2009 Ford Taurus traveling at a very high rate of speed. 

He caught up with the vehicle on the Eastmont extension and paced it at 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.  The Deputy gave chase with his emergency equipment on and followed the vehicle up a dead end road.  The suspect vehicle turned around to come back the way he came and nearly hit the Deputy.  The suspect turned from Eastmont onto Baker and collided with a guard rail. 

The Deputy saw multiple suspects exit the vehicle, jump the guard rail, and flee on foot.  One juvenile male suspect was found hiding in some bushes near a private residence.  He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

Vehicle was found to have been stolen from Entiat several hours earlier.  At approximately 1:00 PM the driver of the stolen vehicle turned himself in at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  He was also booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.

The driver was a 16 year old male.  There were three passengers: a 14 year old male and two 15 year old males.  All were from East Wenatchee.  The case is still under investigation.

douglascountysheriff148On 10/03/17 at approximately 9:58 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of an injury accident which had occurred at a residence in the 2800 Blk. of NW Empire near East Wenatchee. The accident involved a pickup and a 19 month old child.

Investigation revealed that the father of the boy was parked in his pickup in the driveway of the residence while the mother was loading boxes into another vehicle.   Unbeknownst to either parent, their 19 month old child had gotten out of the house. As the father started to back out, the child ran behind the pickup and was run over. The parents drove the boy to Confluence Health Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There is no evidence the incident was nothing more than a very tragic accident.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices offers its deepest condolences to the child’s family and their friends.

AGENDA
ChelanFireRescueLogo200Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Introduction: of Bob Merrett and Citizen Task Force Members
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: August 2017
* Payroll: $158,599.07 September 1-30, 2017 Paid 10-05-2017
* Vouchers for September General Account: Vouchers #1019 through #1025 for $3,873.78; Voucher #1039 through #1049 for $3,235.08; Voucher #1051 through #1064 for $5,071.62; Vouchers #1090 through #1100 for $7,025.19; vouchers #1102 through # 1108 for $5,179.09.
* Vouchers for September Capital Account: Vouchers #1026 for $10,458.07; Voucher #1065 for $477.17; Vouchers #1109 for $568.07.
* Minutes: September 13, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Training
* Public Education
* Fire Prevention
Firefighters Association Report:
Unfinished Business:
* 2018 Draft Budget
* Marine / Water Rescue Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
New Business:
* FEMS SAFER Grant for Volunteer Coordinator for four years.
Special Event:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Adjournment:

sheriffsmOn 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:

  1. 1st degree Burglary
  2. Assault 1st degree
  3. Unlawful possession of a firearm
  4. Intimidating a witness

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September 27, 2017 - The Port of Chelan County is launching www.ChooseChelanCounty.com today, putting access to powerful business decision information only a mouse-click away. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research and analyze. Now, a comprehensive database of available Chelan County Commercial and Industrial properties is available instantly, along with dynamic demographic data, industry breakdowns, and community profiles.

Over 97% of site selection screening is done online. ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers use to make investment decisions. The information provided goes beyond available sites and buildings and includes layers of data from educational attainment, consumer expenditures by category, to labor force.

Companies searching for a site can set their criteria such as minimum lot size, building ceiling height, price and other criteria to find a list of available real estate in Chelan County, increasing the opportunity to locate new or expanding businesses within the county.

According to Commission President Donn Etherington, “ChooseChelanCounty.com gathers economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information often sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a consolidated, user-friendly business portal. It allows users, including the Port of Chelan County, to find available properties with the data that supports locating in Chelan County.”

To add your Commercial or Industrial property to the system at no cost or get more information on ChooseChelanCounty.com, contact Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port of Chelan County (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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September 27, 2017 - Destination San Francisco Bay Area, the Air Service Investment Program to secure a direct flight from Wenatchee’s Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay area, has reached its $400,000 goal of regional support. “Support has been strong across the region from many businesses, local governments, nonprofits and individuals excited to see new air service,” stated Commission President Donn Etherington.

Support has come from over 100 pledgers and supporters from all four counties in north central Washington, as well as several compnies in central California. The fundraising target was “topped off” with a $43,000 pledge from Microsoft, which operates a data center located in Quincy, Washington. “We very much appreciate Microsoft’s support for this regional economic development project. Microsoft is making a huge investment in Quincy and now a huge investment into our region,” continued Etherington.

The Air Service Investment Program shares the financial risk of new service with the airline and demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service. An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. “Airlines that see broad support are willing to invest in new air service,” stated Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Destination San Francisco is one in many steps to gain new air service at Pangborn Memorial Airport. “The Ports of Chelan County and Douglas County have been working toward new air service for many years. Critical was the completion of the Runway Extension Project. Service to San Francisco Bay area will improve the vitailty of our economic region for business and leisure travel alike,” stated Commissioner JC Baldwin. “This is a great opportunity for our region and we’re thrilled that so many businesses, organizations and individuals have pledged their financial support.”

douglascountysheriff148On 09/24/17 at approximately 3:30 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster because a male had been admitted with a knife wound. 

Investigators believe a fight had occurred at a residence in the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport.  During the altercation, the male, 21 year old Victor A. Valdovinos-Vazquez, was stabbed. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence where the suspect was believed to be hiding.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team attempted to call the suspect out, but there was no response from inside. 

Tear gas was deployed inside, but when the team made entry, the suspect was gone. 

Valdovinos was flown to Confluence Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen.  His condition is unknown.

manson schoolThe Manson School District will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, September 28 at Manson High School beginning at 4pm.

Scott Renick, Business Manager-Manson School District and Dave Arp, Executive Director of Administrative Services/Finances with the North Central ESD will give a presentation on school budget lasting approximately 30 minutes.

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

This meeting is open to the public.

As the poster below indicates, this year's Harvest Fest Raffle will bigger and better than ever thanks to the generosity of a number of people!

Tickets can be purchased Saturday, October 7 at the Orchard, or beforehand from Herb, if you can catch him!

Tickets are priced as follows: $20 - 20 tickets, $10 - 8 tickets, $5 - 3 tickets, $2 - 1 ticket

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wsdot logoWSDOT seeking input on 20-year plan by Nov. 6

  • OLYMPIA – Washingtonians have an opportunity to provide input into the future of the state’s transportation system through the Washington Transportation Plan, Phase 2 – Implementation. The plan establishes how the state can prepare itself for an uncertain future in the face of climate change and advances in technology.
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on the plan from now through Nov. 6, 2017.

The plan builds on WTP Phase 1, which established a 20-year vision for the statewide multimodal transportation system. Phase 1 highlighted emerging trends and challenges facing the state’s transportation system and developed recommendations for meeting those challenges.

WTP Phase 2 implements recommendations from Phase 1 through four focus areas and 11 action items to achieve the 20-year vision established in Phase 1. It also establishes how the state can prepare itself for four plausible, but uncertain futures regarding climate change and technology and their potential impacts on the statewide transportation system. Through its proposed recommendations, Phase 2 will guide decision makers on major issues facing the statewide transportation system.

How to comment on the plan

The comment period closes on Nov. 6, 2017. Copies of the plan and a comment form for submitting feedback are available:

  • Online: https://washtransplan.com/
  • By telephone request: 206-464-1261
  • By written request:Washington State Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning Division, 401 Second Ave., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104. 

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9-20-2017 - The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is excited to announce they quickly surpassed their fundraising goal and will move forward with the Woodin Avenue Landing project in Downtown Chelan. “The support from the community has been overwhelming. It was encouraging to see the excitement around this project,” said HDCA Executive Director Jessie Simmons. In addition to financial support, a number of groups have also stepped forward to provide non-monetary support. The Lake Chelan Rotary and Morfin Landscape and Masonry will be helping with the landscaping and Lake Chelan Building Supply has offered to help provide supplies at cost.

 The project was originally scheduled to break ground on Sept. 5th. However, upon final inspection, it was determined that the current wall cannot support the new viewing platform. Simmons said this discovery led to last-minute additional survey needs in order to make the wall structurally sound. This will delay the project until early spring, but the group still expects the park to be complete before the arrival of warm weather next year.  

 The Historic Downtown Chelan Association would like to thank the many donors and volunteers who have helped keep this project moving. The organization is looking forward to completing this beautification project and then moving on to the next downtown park, which is planned in the space between BC MacDonald’s and Campbell’s Park Room.

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At about 9:14 am on Thursday, 09/14/17, Wenatchee Police Officers, Chelan County Fire Department and Ballard Ambulance were dispatched to a two-vehicle serious injury collision in the 400 block of S. Mission Street. Upon arrival, a red 2008 Chevrolet Impala and a light blue 2013 Dodge Avenger were located about 150 feet north of Spokane Street on S. Mission Street with vehicle pieces and debris spread across the three lanes of the street.

Officers interviewed witnesses and conducted an on-scene investigation. From interviews and investigation, it appears the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling north bound on S. Mission Street and the Dodge Avenger had been traveling west bound on Spokane Street. Spokane Street is controlled by stop signs at the intersection of Spokane Street and S. Mission Street. The Dodge Avenger attempted to cross S. Mission Street and was struck by the Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling recklessly with speeds estimated to be between 50 and 70 mph in the 30-mph speed zone. Both vehicles appear to be total losses and were towed from the scene. S. Mission Street was closed for about two hours for the collision investigation.

The driver of the Dodge Avenger, a 33-year-old male Wenatchee resident, was transported by ambulance to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. The male was later admitted to the hospital with internal injuries and broken bones.

The driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Wenatchee resident 21-year-old Jonathan J. Fleming-Goforth was arrested at the collision scene for suspicion of vehicular assault. While in route to the Chelan County Regional Jail, Fleming-Goforth requested to be taken to the emergency room. Fleming-Goforth was transported by a police officer to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released to the custody of the police. Fleming-Goforth was then booked in the Chelan County Regional Jail for suspicion of Vehicular Assault.

Officers also suspected the driver of the Dodge Avenger to be under the influence of alcohol. A search warrant was applied for to test the driver’s blood. The driver was issued a criminal traffic citation for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (Alcohol) and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked – 1st Degree.

ncw crime unit logoOn 9/12/17 at 2:33 PM Rivercom received a 911 call from the Chelan County Regional Justice Center requesting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for an inmate who wasn’t breathing and CPR was initiated by jail staff.

At 2:36 PM EMS arrived at the jail and provided further resuscitative measures which were unsuccessful.

The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Lavender a 31 year old male of Okanogan, WA. Family members have been notified of the death. The deceased was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and is pending an autopsy.

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is investigating the death. Wenatchee Police Department is the lead agency.

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On October 16, 2016, the Manson Parks Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to name the swim area at Manson Bay Park.

The name chosen was “Gary Knowlton Memorial Swim Area” in honor of lifeguard Gary Knowlton, who passed away suddenly on July 16, 2016.

Local artist Mark Strain (Strain’s Customs) accepted the task of creating a plaque to appropriately memorialize Gary. It was unveiled at the Lake Chelan Swim on September 9th, 2017 after a heart-felt speech given by Mr. Clyde Ballard. The plaque perfectly represents Gary’s energy and love of life. It is on display alongside a painting of Gary, which was made by local artist Phil Thomas.

We invite anyone whose life was touched by Gary to stop by and see the memorial.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, September 14th, 2017, 4:10pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 10, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
1. Pacific Engineering Contract
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. Resolution 2017-02
b. Wapato Lake Campground brochure
IX. Executive Session: Performance of a public employee
X. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: September 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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Manson Parks has just announced that registration is now open for this year’s AAU soccer season.

This program is for Pre - K through 6th grade.

Forms can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.

The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE September 13, 2017.

The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 13th to accommodate working parents.

The total cost to play is $29.00.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: July 2017
* Payroll: $135,649.82 August 2017 Paid 09-05-2017
* Vouchers for August General Account: Vouchers #929 through #937 for $4,096.75; Voucher #945 through #956 for $7,347.18; Voucher #979 through #995 for $4,368.89; Vouchers #1005 through #1014 for $35,449.95.
* Vouchers for July Capital Account: Vouchers #938 for $852.75 Voucher #957 for $398.31; Vouchers #996 for $405.10; vouchers #1015 for $3,559.51.
* Minutes: August 9 and 23, 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:
Unfinished Business:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals
* 2017-2021 LRP
New Business:
* 2018 Draft Budget
* 2017-04 Resolution – Cancelled Warrants
Special Event:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Adjournment:

douglascountysheriff148Just after midnight on 09/03/17 a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol on Hwy. 2 at MP 135 when he detected a vehicle on his RADAR traveling 83 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. 

The Deputy caught up to the vehicle and activated his lights and siren.  The vehicle slowed to about 45 MPH but did not stop.  The Deputy could see driver throwing things out the window.  The driver finally pulled over near Lincoln Rock.  When the Deputy approached the window, the driver abruptly reached down beside his seat.  Fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed his arm.  The driver struggled with the Deputy and was able to escape by putting his car in gear and driving away.  The Deputy pursued. 

The suspect vehicle turned into Lincoln Rock State park traveling 50 MPH in a 15 MPH zone.  It continued to the boat launch area and collided with the dock hand rail.  The vehicle went airborne and landed in about two feet of water. 

At first the driver tried to swim away, but the Deputy convinced him to return to shore.   During his contact with the suspect, he exhibited obvious signs of impairment.   He was arrested without injury or further incident and transported to the Chelan County Jail.   

Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to ensure there was no petroleum product released into the River.  It was minimal and did not present a hazard.

The suspect was identified as 35 year old Michael Kalmakoff of Tonasket.  He was booked for DUI and Felony Eluding, and obstructing.

ncw crime unit logoAs of September 5, 2017 the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit has announced that it has nearly completed its investigation of the July 27, 2017 Officer Involved shooting at Albertson’s. The following is a timeline of events during the incident on July 27:

On July 27, 2017 at 22:05:47 hours, a reporting party called 911 to report that there was, “a guy screaming and yelling walking around with a knife” in the parking lot of the Albertson’s grocery store at 1128 N. Miller Street in Wenatchee.   The reporting party was a truck driver who was making a delivery to the nearby Starbucks store.      

At 22:06:43 hours, Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez and other Wenatchee Police Officers responded toward Albertson’s.

At 22:08:29 hours, Officer Gonzalez entered the Albertson’s parking lot. He was the first officer on scene. As Officer Gonzalez drove west through the Albertson’s parking lot, his in-car camera captured the suspect walking in front of the patrol car toward the west Albertson’s entrance.

At 22:08:39 hours Officer Gonzalez parked his patrol car near the Albertson’s west entrance. The suspect had already reached the Albertson’s west entry doors and was approximately twenty feet from Officer Gonzalez’s driver’s side door. Officer Gonzalez was driving a fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated, and he was wearing a Wenatchee Police Department uniform. As Officer Gonzalez got out of his patrol car, surveillance video and eyewitness statements showed that the suspect moved aggressively toward him.

At 22:08:42 hours, Officer Gonzalez loudly and clearly gave the commands, “Get on the ground, get on the ground, get on the ground!” in rapid succession.   Immediately following these commands, Officer Gonzalez fired three shots from his 9mm pistol. The suspect fell to the ground in close proximity to the open driver’s side patrol car door. Several Wenatchee Police Officers arrived to assist Officer Gonzalez after the shots were fired. Shortly after their arrival first aid was administered. A tactical folding knife with a 3-inch blade was found on the ground next to Folden’s upper body. The suspect was identified as 31 year-old Matthew L. Folden of Wenatchee.

Folden was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2320 hours. Preliminary examination showed that he had gunshot wounds to the lower right abdomen, the lower right chest, and the right shoulder. During autopsy, three bullets were recovered from Folden’s body.  

Officer Gonzalez provided a detailed statement to investigators. It stated upon contact with Folden, Officer Gonzalez observed a knife in Folden’s right hand. Folden was holding the knife close to the center of his chest. Folden immediately aggressed toward Officer Gonzalez and extended the knife with his right arm toward Officer Gonzalez. Officer Gonzalez said Folden was not responsive to any commands. After firing three shots at Folden, Folden fell to the ground. Folden was still in possession of the knife, but dropped it after Officer Gonzalez gave him the command to “drop the knife”. Folden complied and released the knife. Four independent eyewitnesses and video from Albertson’s corroborated Officer Gonzalez’s statement that Folden was the aggressor.

The investigation is pending a small amount of documentation and lab results to include toxicology and autopsy reports. Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is Capt. Jim West WPD * Undersheriff Jason Mathews CCSO * Chief Steve Groseclose DCSO * Capt. Edgar Reinfeld WPD

           

sheriffsmSep 1, 2017 - Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two climbers were rescued today on Dragontail Peak approximately 11 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

On Thursday afternoon, James Templeton (50 yoa) of Seattle and Petr Praus (28 yoa) of Seattle were attempting to climb Dragontail Peak via the “Serpentine Arete” route. The climbers got off route and reached a spot where they couldn’t climb any higher and were unable to descend safely and activated their emergency beacons.

At 8:38pm on Thursday, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) advising that two emergency beacons had been activated near Aasgard Pass. A Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinator requested a hoist capable helicopter through WA State Emergency Management but none were available.

This morning at 5:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (AIR30) responded to the area and located the climbers on a small ledge approximately 100 feet below the summit of Dragontail Peak. AIR 30 inserted a Chelan County deputy, two members of Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and a medic from Lake Chelan Community Hospital into the area. At approximately 8:30am the rescuers were able to reach the climbers, who were not injured, and guide them safely off the mountain.

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Four members of Manson FFA, (L-R) Brynna Harris, Celina Mendoza, Bryce La Mar and Kayla Gosvener, traveled to the NCW Fair in Waterville on Friday Aug 25 to compete in the Career Development Events. (CDE).

The first CDE of the day was Gardening Judging where the participants had to place 5 classes, which included potatoes, carrots, peppers, raspberries and tomatoes.

After the contest was over Manson placed 3rd overall as a team with Celina placing 7th overall.

The second contest of the day was Livestock Evaluation consisting of market steers, lambs, goats and pigs along with breeding sheep and pigs to be judged.

In individual placing we had the 23rd highest individual with that honor going to Bryanna Harris out of 87 individual judges.

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Manson Parks is very excited to announce that the new Willow Point Park restrooms are now open!

The restrooms were designed by Hibbard Architecture and built by Allen Construction.

We are so happy with how they turned out and would like to invite everyone to stop by to see them!

sheriffsmUPDATE: Wednesday - August 30th, 2017

The identity of the individual involved in the fatal kayaking incident on Tuesday afternoon has now been authorized for release. Michael R. Lawrance (61-yoa) of Hollywood, Florida was located at the bottom of the Wenatchee River near Plain, WA by a swift water team member. Lawrance had been seen in the water attempting to catch up to the kayak shortly before he disappeared. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has made contact with Lawrance’s next of kin out of state.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a kayaking incident on the Wenatchee River near Plain, WA has claimed the life of a 61-year old man Tuesday afternoon.

The initial 911 call to RIVERCOM dispatch was made at 1:23pm from a witness on the east bank of the river who had noticed an empty kayak floating in the middle of the river with a male subject in the water behind it. The witness stated the subject appeared to be trying to catch up to the kayak as they floated down the river. The subject in the water was described as wearing shorts with no personal floatation vest. After making the 911 call, the witness said she could no longer see the person in the river, and the kayak was still floating downriver unoccupied.

Personnel from Chelan County Fire District #9, Cascade EMS, and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the area in an attempt to locate the missing subject. The kayak was located and secured. At 2:39pm a member of the swift water rescue response team using a float board observed the missing male at the bottom of the river in approximately 5 feet of water. The subject was removed from the river to the west shoreline and CPR was initiated. He did not survive the incident.

It was confirmed that the subject was not wearing a personal floatation device. At this time, it is not known how the subject was initially separated from the kayak. Friends of the subject eventually contacted Sheriff’s deputies at the scene when they realized he was well overdue floating from the old bridge on Chapel Road in Plain to a property along Meachum Road which is about 2 miles downstream.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time as the Sheriff’s Office and Chelan County Coroner attempt to locate next of kin out of state.

douglascountysheriff148On the night of August 27th, 2017 the Fancher Heights area of Douglas County was hit with a series of Vehicle Prowls. 

A total of 18 vehicle were broken into or entered through unlocked doors.  Stolen items included computers, checks, i-pads, walkie talkies, a rifle, binoculars, and a ballistic vest. 

At approximately 2:51 AM Deputies got a break when one of the victims was able to produce a surveillance video of two thieves trying to enter his car.  An East Wenatchee Police Officer who had come to the area to assist located one of the suspects on Inglewood Drive.  The Deputy was able to identify him based on the surveillance video and he was arrested.   

A picture of the second suspect was transmitted to the mobile data terminals of patrol cars in the area.  A Deputy located the second suspect at the Circle K on Grant Rd.  He was also arrested.  

The suspects were identified as 26 year old Michael Sheppard of Moses Lake and  24 year old William Young of Yakima. 

Some of the stolen property has been returned to their owners.  Search warrants are being sought to enter containers being carried by the suspects. 

Anyone who was a victim of a vehicle prowl in that area and who has not made a report is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch to make a report.

I could not be more proud of the deputies and EWPD officer who worked together to bring these thieves to justice.  It is also an excellent example of how technology has become such a vital tool for law enforcement.