douglascountysheriff148On 12/0216 at approximately 1:47 AM a Washington State Patrol officer contacted what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 6. The female, a 14 yea ar old juvenile from East Wenatchee, confided in the state officer that she had set her parents’ house at the 2000 Blk. of Valley View Blvd. near East Wenatchee on fire before she left. WSP contacted Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies who rushed to the house and found the suspects parents asleep in their beds. There was no fire at the time but a 12” by 4” section of carpet had been burned. It appeared an unignited trail of lighter fluid, possibly barbeque lighter fluid had been poured up the stairs to the room occupied by the suspect’s mother and father. The door to their room had been blocked by an ottoman from the outside. Accelerant also let to the room of her 4 year old brother.

During an interview with Deputies, the juvenile female suspect admitted she attempted to set her parents’ house on fire, steal their car, and run away. She admitted squirting lighter fluid on carpets, curtains, and windowsills to make sure no one could get out. She created a trail of accelerant from the bedrooms, down the stairway, to the bottom step. There she lit the fire and watched it grow until she thought it was “pretty nice”. She then left.

The suspect had preloaded the vehicle with items she felt she needed for the trip. She planned to escape to Canada, Arizona, or Mexico. The suspect said she expected her entire family to die from smoke inhalation.

The suspected was arrested for three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson in the first degree, and theft of a motor vehicle.

This case is chilling and shocking to the senses. I am grateful to the WSP officer who first contacted the suspect and the Douglas County investigators who did such a thorough job unraveling the facts of this case. I am eternally grateful no one was hurt or killed.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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sheriffsmWENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
  • The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.
  • Riding skills test

 

Registration deadline is December 9th. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and must sign them out at the conclusion of the class. For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 667-6508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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sheriffsmOn November 18, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. a Cashmere resident reported the theft of his 2010 Ford pickup. A Chelan County Deputy located the stolen truck near the intersection of Hay Canyon Road and U.S. Highway 2. The male driver fled the pickup, crossed Highway 2 and ran toward the Wenatchee River bank. Deputies located the male hiding near the edge of the river. The male ignored deputies commands and jumped into the Wenatchee River. Deputies tried to convince the man to swim back to shore but he refused, and was last seen near the middle of the river.

Swiftwater Rescue personnel from Leavenworth Fire, Cascade Ambulance, and CCSO Volunteer Services along with personnel from the Cashmere Fire Department, Ballard Ambulance, and CCSO were unable to locate the male. The initial search was suspended at 9:00 p.m. due to darkness.

Searchers located the male on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. The male has been identified as 30 year old Daniel Posey of Wenatchee. Mr. Posey was deceased.

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Local Veterans attended a breakfast in their honor on Thursday, November 10 in the Manson High school student center.   Students from Mrs. Carlton’s Career Choices Class prepared and served eggs, bacon and pancakes. One student, Everardo Guillen, prepared a beautifully decorated cake for the Veterans which he made while working at Safeway for his internship.

Following breakfast Manson students lined the halls of the high school where our guests walked in tribute and were thanked by student’s for their service to our country!

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buckner logoIN THIS ISSUE

  • Harvest Fest Review
  • Work Party
  • Projects Update
  • Adopt-A-Tree is on its way!
 
 
HARVEST FEST
A Little Soggy and Very Successful!
 
In spite of a record rainfall for October, Harvest Fest shines again!
 
By the Numbers
 
Valley Music, Friday evening, Stehekin School  132 attendees
Many thanks to Jo Reiter, Jeannetta Kurth, Steve Saunders and all the many Valley musicians who so willingly shared there talents and love of music with us!
 
Saturday, Picking, Pressing, and Potluck, 205 participants - a rainy day record
New to Harvest Fest, our raffle raised $650 for support of the Homestead and Orchard!  Many thanks to the following for their generosity and support!
  • Chelan Seaplanes - one round trip and two one-way flights between Chelan and Stehekin
  • Adrienne Carpenter - quilted wall hanging of the head of Lake Chelan
  • Dick Bingham - Buckner Orchard apple wine, 8 bottles
  • Buckner Family - two copies of The Stehekin We Remember
  • Susan Burke - four CD's of violin/fiddle music

 

Sunday, Poetry night 19 participants

A quiet evening was shared at Bakery Log Cabin #1, bringing Harvest Fest to a relaxing and enjoyable end.
 
All three events came off like clockwork thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who contribute so much. 
 
Friday Work Party
23 volunteers showed up on a clear and windy day to start winterization of the orchard and to set up for Harvest Fest.  Work included:
  • Removing apples that would feed mice from around trees
  • Raking Leaves
  • Building the band platform
  • Setting up presses and other materials for Harvest Fest
  • Collecting and storing hoses and sprinklers
  • Filling ruts in road to the river
  • Collecting downed limbs and other wood
  • Setting up canopies and tarps
  • Sweeping and cleaning the Buzzard Cabin
  • And, more!
PROJECTS UPDATE
Several additional Foundation and NPS projects were completed or begun during late summer and fall at the Homestead.
 
Irrigation System Repair
The Foundation purchased $4,000 in materials for repair of the historic irrigation system.  Work will be completed at a later date by NPS.
 
Buzzard Cabin Stabilization
This was an immediate and critical need, which the Foundation was able to fund in its entirety, with an allocation of $6,000.
 
The Buzzard Cabin, the oldest and most historic structure at the Buckner Homestead, has begun to list at a rather rapid rate.  Through the work of NPS historic preservation specialists, Dana Barton and Mike Kittelson, the Foundation was able to quickly provide the funding for materials and labor to stabilize the structure until such time a more permanent solution can be found and funded. 
 
In addition to the exterior braces shown in the photo below, an interior stud -only wall was constructed mid-cabin, a substantial support located in the center living area, and reinforcing was added in the attic.
 

Additional Projects

 
Log Benches - In collaboration with NPS, six new log benches were added to the packing shed platform, adding to available seating, as well as to the safety of the site.  All work and materials were provided by the National Park Service.
 
Studebaker Wagon Shed - Also in collaboration with NPS, a new cover was constructed for the historic Studebaker wagon by NPS and WCC personnel. 
 
Viewscape Restoration - Removal of select trees between the Buckner Home and Rainbow Falls to restore the historic viewscape is an on-going project of the Foundation and NPS.  BHHF has allocated $2,000 for this purpose in 2016, with work to be completed in late 2016 and early 2017.
 
Water Diversion Work  -  NPS replaced rotted logs at the irrigation system's Rainbow Creek diversion.
 
 
ADOPT-A-TREE
As the holidays rush up on us, please keep in mind the opportunity to support and share the Orchard through the Foundation's Adopt-A-Tree program.  You will receive a separate e-mail on how to continue our work at the Orchard through Adopt-A-Tree. 
 
 

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The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization
 created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

 
 
 
 
 

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SEATTLE – Amtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in the Pacific Northwest this Thanksgiving season.
 
During the Thanksgiving period, the Washington State Department of Transportation will offer two additional Amtrak Cascades train trips between Seattle and Portland. The Oregon Department of Transportation will add more buses between Portland and Eugene to supplement train travel, and Oregon’s trains will run on their weekend schedule all five days. Details are available on the Amtrak Cascades website.
 
Two trips have been added between Seattle and Portland in addition to the regular schedule. The two additional trains will depart from Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 12:30 p.m., arriving in Portland at 4:45 p.m. They will leave Portland at 5:45 p.m. both days and arrive in Seattle at 10 p.m.:
 
  TRAIN STATIONS     TRAIN
511   514
11/23/2016 11/27/2016 OPERATING DATES 11/23/2016  11/27/2016
DP 12:30 PM SEATTLE AR 10:00 PM
12:45 PM TUKWILA 9:16 PM
1:25 PM TACOMA 8:46 PM
2:13 PM OLYMPIA-LACEY 7:58 PM
2:35 PM CENTRALIA 7:35 PM
3:21 PM KELSO-LONGVIEW 6:50 PM
4:03 PM VANCOUVER, WA 6:05 PM
 AR 4:45 PM PORTLAND, OR DP 5:45 PM
 DP 5:00 PM PORTLAND, OR (Bus)  
 AR 6:10 PM SALEM (Bus)  
 AR 6:55 PM ALBANY (Bus)  
 AR 7:40 PM EUGENE (Bus)  
 AR 7:50 PM EUGENE – UO (Bus)  
DP = Depart ; AR = Arrive. Read down for Train 511 and from the bottom up for Train 514.
 
Regular one-way adult fares between Seattle and Portland start as low as $26. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations.
 
Amtrak Cascades is working hard to provide a hassle-free travel experience while connecting customers with friends and family. These additional tips will help to ensure a smooth trip:
  • Purchasing Tickets: Tickets sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early for best availability. Travelers may purchase tickets early using AmtrakCascades.com, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
  • Baggage: Amtrak has a generous baggage allowance. Customers can bring two bags (up to 50 pounds each) and two carry-ons (up to 25 pounds each), collectively weighing up to 150 pounds, for free.
  • Avoid the Rush: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening.
  • Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes beforehand if picking up tickets. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance.
  • All Aboard Pets: Bring Fluffy and Fido to Thanksgiving. Amtrak Cascades welcomes cats and dogs weighing 20 pounds or less for $25 each. Advance pet reservations are required. Some restrictions apply.
  • Bring your Bike: Some places are meant to be explored on two wheels. Make bicycle reservations when booking tickets.
  • Carry Photo ID: Customers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.
  • Be Safe: Passengers should be aware of their surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, never leave bags unattended, and watch their step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.
  • More information: Visit the Rider’s Guide for details on baggage, pets reservations and bicycle reservations.
 
Lucky travelers could even be riding on the Amtrak Cascades Seahawks train, which was unveiled in Seattle last month.
 
Amtrak Cascades service is owned and managed by the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation. Visit www.AmtrakCascades.com or call 800–USA–RAIL for reservations and information.
 
Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; and two daily round trips between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

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The Manson Lady Trojans Volleyball Team ended their regular season on Tuesday, October 25 placing second in the CWB League with a record of 14-1.

The team begins its post-season journey this Friday, October 28 at 3:15 p.m. in the high school gym. They will be competing against Walla Walla Valley Academy.

If the Trojans win on Friday (GO Trojans) they are guaranteed two more district games hosted by Ephrata High School. The first game will be played on Saturday, November 29th at 6:00p.m.

As this is a district family passes and ASB cards will not be accepted at the door. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Please come out and support your Lady Trojans!!!!

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douglascountysheriff148Good morning,

I just finished a briefing with my investigative team involving this incident.  The deaths of 60 year old Kathleen J. Duffy and 29 year old Seath W. L. Metcalfe are being ruled as a murder/suicide.

On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found Duffy and Metcalfe deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The investigation revealed that Metcalfe was the son of Kathleen Duffy.  He come come to stay at Duffy’s home in the 10 Blk of Glendale St. on 10/24/16.  Also living at the residence was Duffy’s daughter and her six year old son. 

At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/25/16 Duffy’s daughter and a friend left the residence leaving Duffy and Metcalfe alone.  At 12:12 PM Metcalfe texted his sister and said he was going to kill his mother and then himself.  She called RiverCom dispatch and rushed home and found her mother and brother dead from gunshot wounds to the head. 

Witnesses told investigators that Metcalfe struggled with substance abuse and mental illness.  Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol assisted with the investigated.  Two Chaplains from the NCW Chaplains association were also on scene to help with grief counseling for family and friends.

I am very grateful for the skilled professionalism displayed by everyone to assisted at this tragic event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found two deceased persons inside.  Investigators are still at the scene and no other information is being released at this time.  More to follow as the investigation progresses.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on the night of 10/20/2016 a shooting occurred at a commercial marijuana operation in the 400 block of Grubb Road near Malaga after an employee confronted two Hispanic males attempting to steal marijuana. When confronted by the employee the suspects were carrying plastic totes full of marijuana buds.

One of the suspects engaged the employee by firing a 9mm handgun. The employee who was armed returned fire. The suspects fled and the employee was not injured.

CCSO Deputies and WSP Troopers responded and searched the area. No blood was located and the suspects were not located. CCSO Detectives have taken over the investigation and are working to identify the suspects.

Any person with information is encouraged to call our office at 509-667-6851, or online by using our Submit a Tip form. http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/17/2016 a Chelan area resident reported the burglary of his home located on Sunset Ridge Lane near Chelan. The burglary included the theft of numerous items of personal property including several firearms. Subsequent investigation led detectives to contact Chelan area resident Robert Bell, who was arrested for the burglary and theft.

Detectives located Mr. Bell and a female at a mini-storage unit near the Chelan airport. A search warrant was later served at the mini-storage and property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell was recovered.

On 10/07/2016 the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a search warrant in the 2200 block of Wapato Lake Road near Mason. CCSO Detectives searched the property and located a firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary. Chelan County Detectives executed another Search Warrant in the Chelan area on 10/07/2016 and located more property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell.

Detectives along with Yakima County law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a residence near Grainger, Washington on Tuesday October 11, 2016. A firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary was recovered.

Chelan County Detectives are currently working to identify owners of the recovered property. The investigation has identified several victims in the Chelan, Manson, and Orondo areas, successfully clearing multiple burglary investigations.

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