sheriffsmOn January 28, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports at approximately 0900 hours a local Wenatchee resident, while boating on the Columbia River, located a human body in the shallow water near the shoreline adjacent to BNSF Appleyard. The Chelan County Detective Unit, Chelan County Coroner’s Office and Chelan County Marine Patrol Unit responded to recover the deceased.

The Chelan County Coroner’s Office, Chief Deputy Coroner Earl Crowe, identified the body as 32-year old Rudy Hernandez from Monitor. Hernandez’s family was notified by the Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office as soon as the identification was made. On January 29, 2017 an autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled a suicide by drowning.

Hernandez was originally reported as missing in November, 2016. The Sheriff’s Office launched a search that included flying the Wenatchee River by helicopter, the Swift Water Rescue team was deployed and checked a portion of the Wenatchee River to the Sleepy Hollow bridge, a ground search along the banks of the river, and Chelan County Detectives wrote search warrants for social media websites trying to gain any information they could on Hernandez.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/26/16 at 11:14 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of found explosives at the 300 Blk. of Higgins Loop Rd. near Orondo.  The owners of the orchard had been cleaning a shop area when they located a spool of detonation cord, 30 sticks of high explosive dynamite, and a box of electric blasting caps.  The Washington State Patrol Bomb squad was called to the scene and safely disposed of the explosives.

The owners were unaware the explosives were in their shop.  The items had probably been placed there a generation ago by a past family member.  This is not uncommon in agricultural communities.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/25/17 at approximately 1549 hrs. Douglas County Deputies were asked by DOC community corrections officers to assist them in locating a person with a felony warrant.  They had information the subject was hiding in a house at the 400 Blk. of Rock Island Rd.  He was suspected to be armed. 

Deputies went to the residence and knocked on the door.  There was no answer.   The owner of the residence arrived and gave the deputies permission to search her house for the suspect.  She said there may be persons in her house with arrest warrants. 

While inside the house, Deputies encountered several locked doors, which were easily opened.  Four persons were located hiding in various places throughout the house.  All were confrontational and uncooperative. 

Two subjects were arrested for warrants, 29 year old Jose Garcia-Guizar of East Wenatchee (malicious mischief) and 39 year old Preston Norgar of East Wenatchee (making a false statement to a law enforcement officer).  Both were transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident or injury. 

Heroin was located inside the house and its ownership is still under investigation. A small amount of heroin was found inside the house, and it’s ownership is still under investigation.

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Manson High School FBLA attended the North Central Region FBLA Winter Leadership Conference in Wenatchee on January 21, 2017. The students have been preparing for individual and team competitions in a variety of business events. The conference also offered business workshops. The following students placed at the conference and will compete at the Washington State FBLA Leadership Conference in April. There are 25 FBLA members and 19 competed at the conference.   Of those 19 students 12 are headed to state they are as follows:

  • Alyssa La Mar – Agribusiness 2nd place
  • Megan Clausen – FBLA Principles and Procedures 5th place
  • Ty Charlton – Introduction to Business 1st place
  • Jasmine Pascasio and Karina Mendoza – Marketing 2nd place
  • Bo Charlton, Joe Strecker, Spencer Ward - Sports & Entertainment Management 2nd place
  • Alyssa La Mar and Megan Clausen – Website Design 3rd place
  • Alyssa La Mar – Emerging Business Issues 4th place
  • Analexis Manjares – Client Service 4th place
  • Daicy Leyva – Client Service 2nd place
  • Damon Smith – Job Interview 5th place
  • Bo Charlton, Ty Charlton and Joe Strecker – Business Ethics 4th place

On 01/23/17  at approximately 11:48 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on McNeil Canyon Rd. at MP 4 near Chelan.   A fully loaded fuel truck was driving down the steep grade in icy conditions.  The driver lost control in the ice and snow and sideways into the ditch.  There were no injuries and no fuel spills.  A second tank truck had to be called to empty the stuck vehicle before it could be towed out.  McNeil Canyon Rd. was blocked for several hours.

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On January 19, 2017 Sheriff Burnett reports the fourth at large Othello robbery suspect turned himself into Adams County Jail. The fourth suspect has been identified as 38 year-old Samuel Draper of Entiat, Washington.

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On January 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the arrest of three Chelan County residents who were suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in Othello, Washington.

On January 2, 2017 a home invasion robbery was reported in Othello. The suspects allegedly threatened the occupants of the home with a firearm and physically assaulted one or more of the occupants.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office investigators identified four suspects, all of whom were from the Chelan & Douglas County area.

One suspect, 29 year-old Zane Grissom, was arrested near Entiat on January 6, 2017 by members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, Wenatchee Police Department, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Arrest warrants were issued by Adams County Superior Court for the remaining three suspects on January 11, 2017. The same day, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received information that two of the remaining suspects, 37 year-old Kevin Bradley and 29 year-old Jennifer Ramsey, had been staying in Leavenworth area motels. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating Bradley and Ramsey’s whereabouts.

On January 14, detectives received information that Bradley and Ramsey were in Cashmere. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies located both suspects in Cashmere and arrested them without incident. Ramsey also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest issued by the Washington Department of Corrections. The fourth suspect remains at large.

This is a great example of multiple agencies working in collaboration to investigate a crime, aggressively pursue the suspects, and make the arrests without incident.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/15/17 at approximately 6:18PM a Douglas County Deputy responded to a report a one car injury accident on Rd. 4 NE near Coulee City. 

When the Deputy arrived, he learned that a female passenger in the vehicle had already been transported to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.  It appeared the vehicle, a 2006 Toyota Avalon, had crossed the centerline and onto the opposite shoulder of the road.  The wheels got caught in heavy snow and the vehicle rolled over. 

Investigation revealed that the male driver, 28 year old Michael Landin, of Coulee City was showing clear signs of intoxication.  He was arrested for Vehicular Assault and transported to the Okanogan County Jail. 

The passenger had lacerations on her head that did not appear to be life threatening.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Today, Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Amy Scarton as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division.

She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including, guiding the ferries management team and all ferries employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals; and collaborating effectively with community and labor partners as well as other WSDOT divisions.

“I am very pleased Amy will be leading our strong team at Washington State Ferries,” said Secretary of Transportation Millar.  “Amy’s national experience managing programs and projects across all transportation modes, combined with the top-notch crews, will help ensure the ferry division remains on course.”

Scarton currently serves as the WSDOT assistant secretary for Community and Economic Development. She is replacing Lynne Griffith, who is retiring on Jan., 31. Amy has worked in the transportation industry both in Washington State and Washington DC.  Highlights of her background include: senior roles in both the Obama and Bush administrations at U.S. Department of Transportation; legal counsel to former Chairman James Oberstar of the U.S. House of Representatives Highway and Transit Subcommittee; and managing the WSDOT offices that support the agencies’ rail, freight, aviation, local programs, planning, and public transportation activities.

“I’m excited to join the crew of Washington State Ferries,” said Scarton. “First, I want to acknowledge Lynne Griffith and all WSF crewmembers. They have done remarkable work, from reducing missed sailings to saving the lives of dozens of people every year.  I know there will be challenges ahead, and we will keep our focus on maintaining our strong safety record and improving service reliability.”

“As a lifelong user of our iconic ferry system, I know how critical it is to keep the vessels running on time and the challenges of maintaining the fleet,” said Governor Inslee. “I thank Lynne for her capable leadership and helping lead important improvements at WSF, and I am pleased someone with Amy Scarton’s experience can take the helm at ferries and build on the team’s recent successes.”

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through the most majestic scenery in the world.

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

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

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

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

DO:

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

DON’T:

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

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On 01/10/17 at 11:46 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to Badger Mtn. Rd. approximately 3 miles north of Fancher Hts. to investigate an injury accident.   Fire and EMS were also dispatched.  Investigation revealed that the driver of a N/B 2008 Nissan pickup crossed the center line and hit a S/B 1992 Ford pickup head on.  Both drivers were injured and transported to Confluence Hospital.  Their condition is unknown.  Traffic was blocked for about an hour until a county snow plow arrived and cleared a shoulder so vehicles could pass.

Douglas County has about 1,600 miles of county roads and 6 state highways.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to use care and stay alert for danger as they travel our roadways.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal