Update on Wenatchee Albertson's Officer Involved Shooting of July 27, 2017
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As 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
Two Climbers Rescued from Dragontail Peak
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
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Sep 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.
Manson FFA Attends NCW Fair in Waterville and Comes Away with a Banner
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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.
New Restrooms at Willow Point Park
- Written by Robin Pittman
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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!
Fatal Kayak Incident Near Plain, WA
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
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UPDATE: 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.
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.
Car Break-ins Solved with Surveilence Cameras and Good Police Work
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 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.
“Run With the Cops” raises money for Special Olympics
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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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.|
|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.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Plan ahead now for Labor Day travel
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
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Travelers on I-90 should plan for significant congestion Friday and Monday
OLYMPIA – Heading out for one last summer holiday weekend? Planning ahead could be the key to smooth sailing whether on land or sea.
Travelers can use the Washington State Department of Transportation’s traffic volume charts this holiday weekend to “know before they go” and help time their travel on key routes. In particular, this year, holiday congestion is expected on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass – especially westbound traffic.
Bridge deck repairs in the westbound lanes of I-90 between the summit of Snoqualmie Pass (milepost 52) and North Bend (milepost 34) will not be complete by Labor Day as initially hoped. This means only two of three lanes will be open for drivers heading westbound. The lane closures are needed because portions of the bridge decks have been removed and traffic can’t be shifted back on those decks until new concrete is placed and cured. Drivers will also encounter lane closures and traffic shifts through the Cle Elum area (milepost 86) due to work to replace old pavement with new concrete lanes.
During the holiday weekend:
- Eastbound travelers will experience delays on Friday, Sept. 1, and should consider traveling early in the day or late in the evening.
- Westbound travelers should expect major delays Monday, Sept. 4, near the detour. If possible, travelers may want to leave early or possibly extend their return trip into Tuesday, Sept. 5.
- The WSDOT I-90 travel charts do not reflect this construction work, but they can still be used as an overall guide to the times when the most congestion is expected.
Navigating congested areas
- Slow down: Please obey posted speed limits. Speed is reduced for everyone’s safety.
- Stay alert: Be especially aware of other vehicles and prepare for any sudden stops.
- Allow extra travel time: Drivers delayed by congestion sometimes try to compensate by driving faster once the congestion clears. Instead, allow extra travel time or consider adjusting travel schedules if possible.
Know before you go
- Check WSDOT’s mobile app, Twitterand Facebook accounts, and online tools for traffic information and ferry schedules.
- Call the 511 travel information For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).
- Pre-program vehicle radios to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend starting Friday, Sept. 1. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, the State Route 520 bridge toll will be on holiday rates, while the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers.
Washington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands; Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.
- Reservations can be made onlineor by calling 888-808-7977.
- Visit the schedules and best travel timeswebsite for more details.
Travelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling via train, personal aircraft or transit also should factor the holiday into their plans:
- Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book nowor call 800–USA–RAIL for details.
- Aviators can get updates on state-operated airportsor by calling 800-552-0666.
- Most public transit systemswill follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays.
Argument Becomes a Hit and Run
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On August 10th, 2017 at 6:53 PM deputies responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle/pedestrian accident at the 10 Blk. of Akron Ave. in Rock Island, WA.
The reporting party stated that the suspect had fled the scene. When deputies arrived a male was being treated by firefighters.
The investigation revealed that two males had gotten into an argument over accusations of theft. One male got into a car. The second male approached the vehicle and punched him in the face. The driver backed up violently. One of the tires caught the second male’s leg. He fell down and was run over. The driver fled the scene.
The injured male was transported the Confluence Hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
The driver was identified as 46 year old Gordon McVay of East Wenatchee. McVay contacted the Sheriff’s Office the next day and agreed to give a statement. He was subsequently arrested for Hit and Run. He was booked into the Chelan County Jail without incident.
Help wanted: State seeks volunteers to count people who bike and walk
- Written by Ann Briggs, WSDOT
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Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 26-28
OLYMPIA – The number of people who choose to walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation is increasing in Washington each year. Just how many? Here is an opportunity to help the state find out. Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2016, volunteers tallied more than 78,000 people biking and walking in communities across Washington.
For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 26, through Thursday, Sept. 28.
“Data from this survey help state and local governments plan and evaluate improved connections for Washingtonians who walk and bike, in a similar way we plan for other modes of travel,” said Active Transportation Division Director Barb Chamberlain. “Volunteers make the collection process possible – we couldn’t do this work without them.”
This volunteer effort makes sure that people who bike and walk are counted as essential users of the transportation system. Data collected during the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities.
In addition to the annual count, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, and local agencies are partnering to install permanent counters at locations around the state. To see data from both data collection programs, visit the WSDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal.
To sign-up to volunteer, visit bikepedcount.wsdot.wa.gov
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete, Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
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