sheriffsmOn July 11, 2016, The Board of Chelan County Commissioners designated, based on recommendations from the Fire Advisory Board, that road travel and activity restrictions in unincorporated Chelan County be raised to “High”. This action was taken to prevent occurrences of fires which might be caused by recreational, residential, commercial, industrial and other activities in unincorporated Chelan County.

High Fire Hazard Travel and Activity Restrictions are as follows:

1.      Travel Restrictions:

A.   No operation of any motor vehicle off the roadway

B.    Restricts travel on county roads, except for the following:

a.     Bona fide residents;

b.     Landowners and leaseholders to access land to perform work to protect property;

c.     Authorized and official business only;

d.     Access to open public lands for legitimate purpose/use.

2.     Area activity restrictions include:

A.   No fireworks

B.    No outdoor fires. No person shall build, ignite, or maintain any outdoor fire of any kind or character or for any purpose whatsoever, in any High fire hazard area, except by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency. No permit will be required for outdoor fires within habited premises or designated campsites where such fires may be built in a permanent barbeque, portable barbeque, outdoor fireplace, incinerator, or grill. Such a permit shall incorporate such terms and conditions to reasonably safeguard public safety and property.

C.   Restricted open flame devices: No person shall operate or use any device liable to start or cause fire in or upon any high fire hazard area, except for the approved open flame devices listed below or by the authority of a written permit from the appropriate fire protection agency.

a.    Approved open flame devices. Liquid gas stoves or fires, including:

i.         Pressurized gas camp stoves, catalytic heaters, and white gas camp stoves and lanterns.

ii.         Commercially made barbeque devices.

iii.         Stove or fireplace fires completely contained within a home or residence.

iv.         Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices with a shield and base.

v.         An enclosed solid fuel fire that utilizes a wick to distribute the flame.

If anyone has questions about the current restrictions, contact your local fire protection district.

douglascountysheriff148On 07/02/16 at 1:50 AM Douglas County Deputies were on routine patrol in 2500 Blk. of Foster Creek in Bridgeport.  They observed a vehicle being driven by a male they suspected to have a suspended driver’s license.  They ran the vehicle and discovered it was listed as stolen.  The vehicle pulled into a minimart.  The driver and one passenger exited the vehicle and went inside the store.  The Deputies followed and located the subjects inside the store. 

Upon questioning, the driver, 29 year old Leonardo Lopez of Bridgeport, said the vehicle belonged to his cousin and he had permission to drive it.  He was not certain what his cousin’s name was. Lopez’s driver’s license was suspended.  The passenger was identified as 20 year old Victor Valdovinos of Bridgeport was found to be in possession of 13.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine.  He was also minor in consumption of alcohol.

Lopez was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license.  He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

Valdovinos was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and minor in possession/consumption of alcohol.  He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

The Deputies used great observation skills and quick action to bring these suspects to justice.  I appreciate their good work.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

sheriffsmUpdate 07/02/2016 at 4:00pm

On Saturday July 2, 2016 at approximately 8:45am, a team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) members located the body of Qi He (24yoa) under the snowpack on what is known as Aasgard Pass above Colchuck Lake in the Enchantment Wilderness. Qi He disappeared into a hole in the snow on June 5th while glissading down Aasgard Pass with co-workers. The hole in the snow was created by a waterfall and then became a creek running down the mountain side under the deep snowpack. Initial attempts to locate him were unsuccessful due to the deepness of the hardened snow. A team of CCMR members, and one Sheriff’s Office SAR deputy had pre-planned a recovery search for this morning. The body is in the care of the Chelan County Coroner’s Office pending an autopsy next week. Family members have been notified.

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Update 6/8/16 at 1015 hours

     Sheriff Burnett has identified the missing Aasgard hiker as 24 year old Qi He. Mr. He is a Chinese citizen who was living and working as a Student/Intern in the Seattle area. With assistance from local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, the Chinese Embassy and Mr. He’s employer, his family was notified of the incident.

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Update 6/7/16 at 1100 hours

     The active search for the missing hiker on Aasgard Pass has been suspended for now. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit will monitor the weather conditions and snowpack levels with the intention to resume an organized recovery effort in the future.

     The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing hiker as a 24 year old male from the Seattle area. The release of his name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

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Update 6/6/16 at 1300 hours

     As of 1:00 p.m. today Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has suspended their search efforts to locate the missing hiker. Ground units located the waterfall hole were the missing hiker entered. Search crews entered approximately 40 feet into the hole, but the missing hiker was not located. The area searched is filled with fast moving water and is covered by several feet of snow and ice. Search crews could not check beyond the 40 feet because of the hazardous conditions and safety concerns. Ground crews believe the hiker was swept a lengthy distance downstream from the location he entered. The stream ultimately enters into Colchuck Lake.    

   Chelan County Search and Rescue crews and Chelan County Detectives are still trying to identify the missing hiker. We currently do not have any updated information on his identity.

Original Media Release June 6, 2016

   On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Aasgard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.

   The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.

   “Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.

   Additional information will be released as it is gathered.

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Update July 1, 2016 at 0900 hours

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s shooting has been identified as Manson resident Anna Sanchez.   Preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was accidental. All known involved individuals were interviewed and no arrests were made. The shooting occurred in a bedroom in a mobile home in the Lakeview Trailer Park on SR 150 in Manson.

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Original story 6-30-16

On June 30, 2016 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports an early morning shooting in Manson, Washington. Shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning, Chelan County Deputies responded to a residence in Manson for a reported gunshot wound. The victim, a 23 year old female, appeared to have a single gunshot wound to the head and was airlifted to an out of the area hospital. At this point in the investigation the name of the victim is not being released.

Chelan County Detectives are still on scene investigating the incident. It’s early in the investigation and more information will be released as it is gathered.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports the Board of County Commissioners has enacted a prohibition on the discharge of fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Chelan County effective June 27, 2016, and until further notice.

Sheriff Burnett supports the decision of the Board, based on the severity of fires in recent years, and in order to protect life and property. Although it was a difficult decision for all involved, Sheriff Burnett is hoping the outcome will ensure a safe and happy Fourth of July Weekend for all Chelan County residents and visitors.

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