Possible Drowning in "Three Fingers" Area of Lake Chelan
- Written by Jan Brincat, Assistant to Sheriff Brian Burnett, CCSD
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On 6/20/17 at approximately 3:22 pm Chelan County Marine Deputies responded to calls of a possible drowning in the area known as “Three Fingers” on Lake Chelan, within the Chelan City limits. Upon further investigation it was learned that a group had rented a boat and were swimming off the back of the boat towards the middle of the lake in approximately 30-40 feet of water.
While swimming one individual from the group started experiencing difficulties. Others from the group attempted to throw him a personal flotation device but were unsuccessful before the he sank beneath the surface. The group of friends was unable to locate the distressed swimmer.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple vessels along with the aid of rescue swimmers from Chelan Fire, but were unable to locate the missing swimmer who has been identified as 23 year old Donghoon Lee of Seattle. Donghoon was on break from attending the University of Washington on a Student Visa from South Korea. Rescue workers continued to work into the evening but were unsuccessful in locating Donghoon who is presumed to have drowned.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office staff were able to work with staff from the South Korean Consulate and make the emergency notification to Donghoon’ s family.
Search and recovery efforts are scheduled to continue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 21. Equipment and personnel include three vessels from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, two divers from Chelan County, and seven to eight volunteer divers from Steven’s County along with underwater camera equipment from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would use this time as a reminder to stay educated on water safety in order for everyone to have a safe and healthy summer while visiting Chelan County.
SR 520 Bridge toll rates increase, overnight tolling begins July 1
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
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OLYMPIA – Drivers who use the State Route 520 Bridge will see toll rates increase beginning Saturday, July 1. Toll payers will see a 5 percent increase in weekday and weekend toll rates, and nighttime tolling will begin at a flat rate of $1.25 per crossing. Toll revenue is required and on track to generate $1.2 billion to cover a portion of the new bridge’s cost.
These increases were approved by the Washington State Transportation Commission in May 2016, following a public comment period and after public meetings were conducted. The across-the-board 5 percent increase equates to 20 cents for peak period tolls (increasing from $4.10 to $4.30 for Good To Go! pass holders). Overnight travel between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., formerly toll-free, will now cost $1.25 per crossing for those with a Good To Go! pass. The additional $2 per crossing Pay By Mail charge for drivers who do not have a Good To Go! pass has not changed.
The commission, in cooperation with Washington State Department of Transportation leadership, has prioritized keeping toll rates on the SR 520 Bridge as low as possible for all toll payers while still raising the revenue required to help pay for the new bridge.
Douglas County Sees Increase in Burglaries
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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Valley residents of Douglas County have been the victims of a string of burglaries during the past week.
On 06/02/17 a resident in the 100 Blk. of 20th St. NE found someone had forced their way in through a back door. The burglars stole liquor, collectable swords and knives, an i-phone, and two i-pads. They also vandalized the inside of the house causing thousands of dollars in damage.
A second nearby residence was also broken into. Three guns, ammunition, and an i-pad were stolen.
On 06/09/17 a third burglary occurred in the 2000 Blk. of Ashland where the intruders stole a rifle from an unsecured garage.
A fourth burglary occurred from an unsecured garage in the 100 Blk. of Wilshire. The burglars stole medication, carbon fiber motorcycle gloves, and an i-phone charger.
A fifth burglary occurred on 06/14/17 at Lisa Bee’s fruit stand at the 13000 Blk. of Hwy. 2. Three cash registers, $1,250 in cash, a Mac laptop computer, and an i-phone 6S were stolen. There was substantial vandalism inside the business. A neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area. It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust.
A sixth incident occurred on 06/09/17 at the Grant Missionary Church at the 100 Blk. of S. Kentucky. A contractor working inside the church saw a grey Z71 pickup backed up to a storage building. There were two white males near the truck. When they saw they were being observed they ran to the pickup and fled.
This spike in burglaries is not usual in Douglas County. I encourage everyone to be security conscious. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. Try to provide detailed descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicle’s.
If anyone had information about any of these or other crimes, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941 or, after hours, RiverCom dispatch at 663-9911.
Transportation Commission to focus on Wenatchee Valley transportation issues, June 20
- Written by Reema Griffith, WSTC executive director
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Community leaders meet with commissioners in Leavenworth
LEAVENWORTH – Local officials and community leaders from Leavenworth and North Central Washington will meet with the Washington State Transportation Commission next week to share their perspectives on transportation issues, challenges and successes.
The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the Council Chambers, Leavenworth City Hall, 700 US Highway 2. This is a public meeting and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during the public comment period scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
The meeting features a series of short presentations on transportation topics in the region, including how transportation serves tourism, agriculture and economic development. The agenda includes briefings on the transportation needs in Leavenworth, Cashmere and Wenatchee, as well as Chelan and Okanogan counties.
Representatives from the Cascade Loop Association, and the chambers of commerce in Leavenworth, Chelan and the Wenatchee Valley, will describe how transportation is essential to tourism and recreation in North Central Washington. Topics will include congestion, pedestrian safety, passenger train service, and electric charging stations. The commission also will learn about “Revisiting Washington,” an online interactive travel app based on the 1941 Works Progress Administration guidebook that is designed to help promote historic preservation and heritage tourism.
The connections between transportation and economic development begin with the traditional agricultural economy and include new development efforts in the digital economy. Representatives from the agricultural industry, the ports of Chelan and Douglas counties, and the City of Wenatchee will discuss how rail, highway and air transportation are critical to economic vitality.
The Washington State Transportation Commission holds several meetings throughout the state each year to gain insight from local government, industry and citizens about transportation issues that affect their communities and region. This information helps the commission to develop and implement transportation policies and recommendations to the State Legislature and Governor that reflect the priorities of the people and local governments throughout the State of Washington. In 2017, the commission also will meet in Friday Harbor, Kent, and Spokane Valley.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/