sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that four lost hikers were located this morning near Edwards Peak approximately 7 miles southwest of Leavenworth. The hikers were attempting to hike through the Enchantments but got off trail and became lost. They were identified as Brian Keeley (26) of Grand Rapids, MI; Anthony McAllister (27) of Grand Rapids, MI; Mary Keeley (25) of Austin, TX; and Joseph Smith (28) of San Antonio, TX.

At 7:49pm on Thursday RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from one of the hikers stating that they were lost. RIVERCOM was able to get cell phone coordinates from the 911 call that plotted just west of Edwards Peak. The hikers stated that they were cold and wet but were not injured. They did not have any overnight gear with them but were able to find some shelter for the night. They were advised to stay put and rescuers would be en route in the morning.

This morning at 6:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (Air 30) responded to the area and located the hikers. Air 30 inserted a deputy into the area and he escorted the hikers to a safe landing zone near Toketie Lake. They were flown to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery where they were met by a family member.

wsdot logoHYAK – The Washington State Department of Transportation is in the middle of one of the busiest construction seasons on I-90 with close to a dozen work zones from the summit of Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage. Due to a number of events taking place in eastern Washington this weekend, drivers are encouraged to either get to their destinations early, wait to go later or use an alternate route.

Starting Thursday, June 23 through Friday, June 24 drivers will see delays in both directions near the Cle Elum area (mileposts 84 to 93) due to a paving project. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route via US 97 to SR 10.

The Vantage Bridge is still down to a single lane eastbound due to a painting project. Drivers headed east will experience heavy congestion and stop and go traffic between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and should consider taking an alternate route via US 97, I-82 or SR 24.

Rock blasting is scheduled to close I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass in both directions from mileposts 56 to 62 for an hour at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23.

For information regarding delays east of Snoqualmie Pass follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east, @snoqualmiepass, tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM or 530 AM or check the Travel Alerts Web page.

douglascountysheriff148On 06/14/16 at approximately 5:04 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint at the 500 Blk. of West 1st Ave in Waterville.  The female complainant reported that she had befriended a subject identified as 24 year old Ashley M. Knight of Chelan. 

Knight told the victim she was homeless and asked the complainant if she could stay with her for a while.  The complaint consented.  She then went out for the evening.  When the complainant returned home at approximately 4:30 AM, there was an unknown black Durango parked in the driveway. 

When the complainant entered the house, Knight and an unknown Hispanic male were rummaging through her belongings.  When the complainant confront Knight and the Hispanic male, Knight struck her in the jaw with the hammer.  Knight and the Hispanic male then fled in the black Durango.  The victim refused medical attention and said she would take herself to the doctor. 

Chelan County Deputies later located Knight in Wenatchee and turned her over to Douglas County Detectives.  She was  booked into jail for Assault 2nd degree and Burglary 1st degree.

I appreciate the great investigation done by our team and the assistance by our partners in Chelan County.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

douglascountysheriff148On 06/15/16 at approximately 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a subject who reported a burglar was at her residence and had shot one of her family members.  Deputies responded to the scene which was in the 2600 Blk. of 10th St. NE near East Wenatchee.  Units from the East Wenatchee Police Department and Washington State Patrol also arrived to assist.  They found two injured males at the location.  One appeared to have gunshot wounds.  The other appeared to have been stabbed and may also have had a gunshot wound.  Both were transported to Confluence Hospital.  At the time of this release, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies, crime scene team members, and detectives are at the scene of the incident and at the hospital working on the investigation.  The condition of the two wounded persons is not known.  No further information can be released at this time.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available. 

UPDATE:

Thus far, the investigation indicates that on 06/15/16 at 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a female who reported that her house was being burglarized and that her father had been shot.  When Deputies arrived they found the suspect, later identified as 35 year old Seth Williams of East Wenatchee, and the male homeowner facing each other in the street in front of the residence.   The Deputies could see both parties were injured.  Williams was subdued.  Both men were transported to Confluence Hospital.   Williams passed away at about 12:15 AM while in surgery.  The victim was released to go home on Thursday morning.

Physical evidence, interviews with the victim, and interviews with witnesses revealed that at approximately 8:10 PM the homeowner at the residence noticed a red pickup pull in his driveway.  He recognized the driver as Seth Williams.  The two had known each other as fellow veterans for about five months.  As the victim approached the truck, Williams produced a rifle from inside the vehicle and shot at the victim.  The round grazed the front of his chest.  The victim, who was armed with a 9 mm pistol, chose to retreat towards the road.  The rifle used by Williams had jammed with the first shot.  Williams came after the victim carrying a knife and swinging a set of binoculars by the strap.  The victim was able to deflect the binoculars, but Williams was able to stab him in the leg with the knife.  The  victim drew his pistol and shot Williams several times.  At this point, law enforcement officials arrived and took custody of Williams and requested medical aid for both men. 

A related case occurred at 1800 hours that same day when the victim reported a burglary at the residence.  Family members spotted a male leaving the a shop area carrying a duffle bag.   The male fled in a red pickup.  Investigators found a shop window had been broken to gain entry.  Williams is suspected to have been the intruder.  Additional details are being gathered by investigators.

No clear motive has been identified, but Williams may have been struggling with emotional issues.  An autopsy has been ordered and additional investigation is being completed.  The evidence available suggests the this was a case of self-defense by the victim.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

manson schoolManson's class of 2016 has proven that numbers aren't everything. This small class of graduates showed their stuff at both Senior Awards night and in the commencement exercises this past week.   

Thirty-one students took in more than 1 million dollars in scholarships and financial awards. Valedictorian Delacey Machus received State honors ranking in the top 10% of all Washington graduates. Jared Lamar was honored to receive Manson's prestigious Mel Steele award. The class was treated with a visit by Congressman Dave Reichert who spoke at graduation.

Manson High School would like to thank parents, community, and businesses for all of their fantastic support of this year’s class. Together we said goodbye and good luck to a great group of seniors.

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