waspA potential tragedy was avoided when two motorists teamed up and helped get an impaired driver off the road. On May 15, Kathy Cruz was driving along I-90, when she observed what she thought was an impaired driver. She watched as the suspected impaired driver swerved across all three lanes from shoulder to shoulder as he ascended Snoqualmie Pass from Highway 18. Kathy called 911 to report the vehicle and stayed behind the vehicle while Troopers responded to contact the vehicle. Kathy used her emergency flashers to warn other motorists of the dangerous impaired driver in front of her. This got the attention of David McDaniel, an off duty fire department Battalion Chief. He also called 911 and joined Kathy in warning other vehicles. The pair stayed behind the erratic vehicle, providing updates on location to responding Troopers. With the help of Kathy and David the impaired driver was arrested and removed from the highway just prior to the vehicle reaching an active construction work zone. Their actions that date helped make the roads of Washington safe for all to travel.

If you see erratic driving and you believe it is an impaired driver, it is an emergency, and 911 is appropriate.

sheriffsmChelan County Sheriff’s Deputy’s arrest an 18 year old Everett man for drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm 1st degree.

On 5-23-14 at 5:30 pm several resident in the 11000 block of Entiat River Road reported an early 1980’s, maroon Chevrolet passenger car fired multiple shots as it drove eastbound on Entiat River Road. One reporting party stated his residence was hit by one of the rounds. The reporting party’s were able to provide a vehicle description and timeframe for the vehicle leaving the area. Responding Chelan County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle near mile post 7 on Entiat River Road. Based on the seriousness of the reported incident, Deputies conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and detained four occupants.

Through their investigation Deputies learned an 18 year old passenger used a small caliber pistol to fire rounds from the vehicle as it traveled down the roadway. One round struck an occupied residence and narrowly missed the homeowner as the bullet passed through the residence. The fired bullet was recovered from the homeowner’s residence.

Deputies seized the vehicle in preparation for a search warrant and booked the 18 year old male on their charges and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

waspThe Washington State Patrol (WSP) welcomes visitors and locals alike to the start of Summer in Chelan County. Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the summer kickoff. The WSP would like to remind everyone to have fun, but to consume alcohol responsibly and use a designated sober driver or public transportation.

Our goal this year is to prevent serious injury or fatal collisions from occurring during the long weekend. We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to prevent these tragic collisions from occurring during this weekend and throughout the summer, and stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and drinking responsibly. The WSP and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers out during Memorial Day weekend along with the Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU).

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motor home that travels across the state in support of all law enforcement efforts during Driving Under the Influence emphasis’s. The MIDU is equipped with three breath test instruments and two holding cells to effectively and efficiently process impaired drivers in a faster manner which subsequently gets the patrol officer back on the road in minutes.

We recommend the following:

  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation, so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you’re not sure whether you are impaired, make the safe choice and find a sober driver or ride.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911 and report that driver.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • Always buckle up! Wearing your seatbelt is the best defense against an impaired driver.

Drive Sober or get pulled over!

manson trojans logoApril 29, 2014

MANSON VS Lake Roosevelt

Score: 0-20

The Lady’s Trojans traveled to Lake Roosevelt on April 29 for a single header. Kendra Ellsworth got the start at the mound. She gave up 8 hits against 16 batters with one strikeout and 12 base on balls. The offense was unable to get the bats going with only two hits from Brittany Serafini and Ally Page to try to put a dent in the 17 run deficit.

The Lady Trojans tried to stay in the game but with some defense errors in the second inning made it difficult to hold off the Raiders. The game ended in three innings with Lake Roosevelt taking the win 20-0.

Next home game is Thursday, May 2, in a double header against Pateros beginning at 3:30p.m. at Singleton Park in Manson.

wasp(Olympia)-- This just in….

Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste did not issue a warning today about an increase in motorcycle crashes with the coming good weather. Batiste did not order troopers to crack down on dangerous riding behavior. He did not exhort them to greater effort in preventing the kind of riding behavior that frequently results in tragedy.

Each spring with the arrival of good weather the State Patrol sees a jump in rider fatalities. Why would Batiste not tell his troopers to get busy?

“What order could I give that would be more powerful than their own experience investigating these completely preventable tragedies?” Batiste asked. “Troopers see these crashes first-hand. They help load injured riders in ambulances, and frequently have to make death notifications to stunned families.”

In other words, you can bet troopers will be cracking down on irresponsible riding behavior.

“I just don’t need to issue an order,” Batiste said. “Our troopers have their own personal and sometimes heartbreaking reasons for taking strong action.”

In 2013, 73 riders were killed in motorcycle collisions.  In the majority of motorcycle fatalities, the rider is the causing driver. In about half, there’s not even another vehicle involved.

“This isn’t about clueless drivers pulling out of their driveways in front of motorcycles. Riders themselves have the power to change this horrible statistic,” Batiste said.

Just as with autos, speed and impaired driving are the biggest causes of death for riders. In particular, the desire to swoop through corners at high speed leads to riders losing control and leaving the roadway.

Inexperience is often significant contributing factor. Younger riders on sport bikes, and older first-time riders on big cruising bikes seem to be most at risk for losing control and crashing.