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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.

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Deputy Chief Ray Coble (EWPD), Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal (DCSO), Chief Randy Harrison (EWPD) Chief Steve Crown (WPD), Captain Edgar Reinfeld (WPD), and Captain Rob Huss (WSP) along with one of our junior runners.

 

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 The crowd gathering just before the run.

 

On August 26th, 2017 area law enforcement agencies sponsored a “Run With the Cops” event to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. 

Law enforcement officers ran with the athletes, their families, and supporters.  Adults ran a 5K and kids had an option of a 2K course.  The event was well attended and it was a great opportunity for deputies, officers and troopers to have positive interaction with the public. 

I tip my hat to the officers who actually ran in their gun belts.  Mine tips the scales at 24 pounds, so I opted for traffic control.  The organizers, which included many volunteers, did an excellent job managing the event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal