douglascountysheriff148On 08/17/16 at 3:34 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT and the Chelan County SWAT teams worked together to serve a high risk search warrant at the 1800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  

Residents in town may have noticed armored cars or heard loud reports made by the diversionary devices used by the teams during the raid.  Several roads were also temporarily blocked to keep people out of the area and to provide security for law enforcement at the scene.   

Detectives from the NCW Drug Task Force searched the residence with the help of drug dogs.  They located approximately 3.9 ounces of heroin and suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia.  No one was arrested at the residence, but charges are pending. 

I appreciate the cooperation between the Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices, the Brewster Police Department, and the NCWDTF.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening. A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. He immediately notified the RIVERCOM Regional Dispatch Center for swift water rescue response.

It was determined that a group of four subjects had placed two small rafts in the Wenatchee River below the Tumwater Dam along US Highway 2 at about 7:30pm. Two subjects entered each raft and they began floating the river without knowledge of the hazardous white water conditions downriver near mileposts 98 to 99 just west of Leavenworth. At one point, the raft carrying Charles Beedle Sr. 68yoa (Bremerton, WA) and his daughter-in-law, Heather Mjelde (also of Bremerton) began having difficulty navigating the swift water. Both subjects ended up in the river and were swept a significant distance through the rough water and boulders. Mjelde was eventually able to work her way to the north side of the river and hold onto a rock until she was located and rescued by emergency responders. The two subjects in the second raft, Charles F. Beedle Jr (43yoa – Port Orchard, WA) and his 12-year old son self-rescued to the north side of the river and were unharmed. None of the four subjects involved were wearing personal floatation devices.

An extensive search was conducted by the Chelan County Swift Water Rescue Team, CCSO Deputies, Fire District #3 personnel, Cascade Ambulance medics, and State Troopers in an attempt to locate Charles Beedle Sr. Saturday evening. The search was suspended with negative results just after midnight.

On Sunday morning at 7:00am the search resumed using trained swift water personnel and deputies.   Family members checking an area of the river in the 9200 block of Icicle Road located the body of Charles Beedle Sr. at about 7:40am. He had been swept up onto a low lying boulder in the middle of the river. Swift water personnel recovered the body without incident by 8:40am. The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has possession of the body.

 The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone planning a recreational rafting trip take notice of the following recommendations:

  • Always wear personal floatation devices (life vests)
  • Have knowledge of the entire waterway and especially downstream hazards prior to beginning the trip. The Tumwater Canyon is NOT a recommended area for recreational rafting due to hazardous swift water and rapids.
  • Have at least one person with rafting experience in the group and bring along extra paddles, extra floatation devices, throw ropes, and a cell phone.

 

Inquiries reference this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Public Notice:

The regular fire commissioner meeting for September has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato, Chelan. 

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued from the Dragontail Peak area of the Alpine Wilderness Sunday afternoon.

RIVERCOM Dispatch Center received a call from the injured subject’s climbing partner just prior to 11:00am stating that his friend fell while descending the mountain and likely broke his lower left leg. The incident occurred at approximately 7:00am. The climbing partner had to hike out to receive cellular service. The patient, David Wade (51yoa) from Portland, Oregon was positioned on the northwest aspect of Dragontail Peak above Asgaard Pass.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter inserted one rescuer, Deputy Mike McLeod, to the area of Wade on the mountain. The deputy made his way to Wade’s location and splinted the broken leg. A hoist equipped helicopter was requested through the State Emergency Management Division. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “SnoHawk-10” helicopter crew accepted the mission and responded.

Wade was extracted from his position on the mountain by 3:30pm and flown to the SAR staging at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery helipad. He was transferred to a Cascade Ambulance and taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment. Wade is in stable condition.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 75 year old male motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon while riding on the Mad River Trail approximately 17 miles north of Leavenworth.

At approximately 4:10pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a report of a motorcycle accident on the Mad River Trail approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The reporting party stated that the motorcyclist had failed to negotiate a curve and went over an embankment at a bridge crossing. He said the subject had a possible neck injury.

Chelan County Search and Rescue personnel and a medic from Cascade Medical Center responded to the scene.

At 6:28pm the first group of rescuers and the medic reached the victim. He was identified as Marvin H. Muir of Everett, Wa. Due to the nature of his injuries a Life Flight helicopter was requested but was later canceled when a safe landing area could not be located. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinators made a request for a hoist capable helicopter through State Emergency Management.

At 9:10pm when a hoist capable helicopter had still not been located, rescuers made the decision to transport the patient out on a wheeled litter. With the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue members, the patient was transported 1.5 miles back to the trailhead. He was then transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

wsdot logoDrivers to encounter delays through multiple construction zones from Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage

HYAK – As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass will get earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations.  

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 7:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange.

Construction related impacts due to lane closures and detours through multiple work zones will cause delays next week from the summit of Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage.

Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations or follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east or @snoqualmiepass.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/04/16 at 10:17 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the 400 Blk. of Parkway Drive in Rock Island. 

The victim claimed to have been assaulted by her boyfriend and fled to the residence of a neighbor.  She reported he had a gun. 

Deputies went to the suspect’s residence and asked the male to come out.  He refused.  One Deputy could see what looked to be a rifle stock protruding from some blankets.  When the Deputies went inside to bring the suspect out, he attacked them by punching them in their head and bodies.  He was Tased and subsequently subdued. 

The suspect, 46 year old Shayne Merritt of Rock Island, complained of neck pain.  He was transported to the hospital and was quickly cleared to be moved to the jail.  He was booked for Assault 4th D/V for assaulting his girlfriend.  He was also charged with Assault 3rd degree for attacking the Chief Deputy.  Charges are being considered for his attack on a sergeant who was also at the call.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/04/16 at approximately 2:30 PM Douglas County fire units and deputies responded to a brush fire east side of Highway 97 at mile post 228.  There are fire units from Douglas County, Chelan County, and BLM.  There are also two fixed wing and two helicopter assets fighting the fire. 

The fire is moving S/SE and had burned about 500 acres.  The Sheriff’s Deputies have given out 8 level I and II in  the Browns Canyon area.

The Sheriff’s Office also used the AlertSense system to send out warnings to people in the area.  There have no reports of damage or injuries.

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douglascountysheriff148After weeks of surveillance by our investigations team, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT raided this illegal marijuana grow on Badger Mountain at approximately 6:00 AM this morning.  The location was near the end of Redfield Rd. approximately four miles from Badger Mountain Rd. 

There were about 646 plants with a street value of approximately $840,000.

The suspects had been living in a shack with filthy conditions. They were not at the scene when the Deputies arrived. The team also located a flatbed truck used to haul water to the plants, generators for lights, a bulldozer used to clear the land, and a .40 cal pistol.  

The property was seized as items used to facilitate an illegal drug grow/trade. The owners may come forward to claim the property and request a hearing to have it returned.

I am extremely proud of my team for their work on this case. A large scene like this means the deputies and evidence techs worked long hours in the heat to ensure a proper investigation. They did outstanding work.  I also appreciate the assistance from the DEA and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis board.

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douglascountysheriff148On 07/02/16 at approximately 11:30 AM. the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Brewster Police Department to arrest a subject who was wanted for domestic violence assault. 

Deputies accompanied the Brewster Police Chief to an address in the 500 Blk. of West Cliff in Brewster, WA.  The mother of the suspect gave the Chief and Deputies permission to enter the residence to locate her son, 22 year old Salvador Saucedo-Torres.  Once inside, they found that Saucedo-Torres was in a room at the back of the house.  As the Brewster Chief tried to talk to him, he became highly aggressive and punched her in the face.  As the Deputies tried to pull him back, the suspect abruptly turned and hit one Deputy in the face creating a cut above his eye.  The suspect also punched a Sheriff’s Office sergeant several times. 

Saucedo-Torres was subdued and taken into custody.  He was booked for two counts of Assault 2nd degree for his attack on the Brewster Chief and the Deputy, one count of Assault 3rd degree for assaulting the sergeant, and one count of Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) as part of Brewster PD’s earlier investigation.  The suspect was not injured.

Domestic violence situations are very dangerous for law enforcement.  I am grateful no one was hurt more seriously.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal