Driver ends up in Columbia River while attempting to elude arrest
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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Just after midnight on 09/03/17 a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol on Hwy. 2 at MP 135 when he detected a vehicle on his RADAR traveling 83 MPH in a 60 MPH zone.
The Deputy caught up to the vehicle and activated his lights and siren. The vehicle slowed to about 45 MPH but did not stop. The Deputy could see driver throwing things out the window. The driver finally pulled over near Lincoln Rock. When the Deputy approached the window, the driver abruptly reached down beside his seat. Fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed his arm. The driver struggled with the Deputy and was able to escape by putting his car in gear and driving away. The Deputy pursued.
The suspect vehicle turned into Lincoln Rock State park traveling 50 MPH in a 15 MPH zone. It continued to the boat launch area and collided with the dock hand rail. The vehicle went airborne and landed in about two feet of water.
At first the driver tried to swim away, but the Deputy convinced him to return to shore. During his contact with the suspect, he exhibited obvious signs of impairment. He was arrested without injury or further incident and transported to the Chelan County Jail.
Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to ensure there was no petroleum product released into the River. It was minimal and did not present a hazard.
The suspect was identified as 35 year old Michael Kalmakoff of Tonasket. He was booked for DUI and Felony Eluding, and obstructing.
Update on Wenatchee Albertson's Officer Involved Shooting of July 27, 2017
- Written by North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit
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As of September 5, 2017 the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit has announced that it has nearly completed its investigation of the July 27, 2017 Officer Involved shooting at Albertson’s. The following is a timeline of events during the incident on July 27:
On July 27, 2017 at 22:05:47 hours, a reporting party called 911 to report that there was, “a guy screaming and yelling walking around with a knife” in the parking lot of the Albertson’s grocery store at 1128 N. Miller Street in Wenatchee. The reporting party was a truck driver who was making a delivery to the nearby Starbucks store.
At 22:06:43 hours, Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez and other Wenatchee Police Officers responded toward Albertson’s.
At 22:08:29 hours, Officer Gonzalez entered the Albertson’s parking lot. He was the first officer on scene. As Officer Gonzalez drove west through the Albertson’s parking lot, his in-car camera captured the suspect walking in front of the patrol car toward the west Albertson’s entrance.
At 22:08:39 hours Officer Gonzalez parked his patrol car near the Albertson’s west entrance. The suspect had already reached the Albertson’s west entry doors and was approximately twenty feet from Officer Gonzalez’s driver’s side door. Officer Gonzalez was driving a fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated, and he was wearing a Wenatchee Police Department uniform. As Officer Gonzalez got out of his patrol car, surveillance video and eyewitness statements showed that the suspect moved aggressively toward him.
At 22:08:42 hours, Officer Gonzalez loudly and clearly gave the commands, “Get on the ground, get on the ground, get on the ground!” in rapid succession. Immediately following these commands, Officer Gonzalez fired three shots from his 9mm pistol. The suspect fell to the ground in close proximity to the open driver’s side patrol car door. Several Wenatchee Police Officers arrived to assist Officer Gonzalez after the shots were fired. Shortly after their arrival first aid was administered. A tactical folding knife with a 3-inch blade was found on the ground next to Folden’s upper body. The suspect was identified as 31 year-old Matthew L. Folden of Wenatchee.
Folden was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2320 hours. Preliminary examination showed that he had gunshot wounds to the lower right abdomen, the lower right chest, and the right shoulder. During autopsy, three bullets were recovered from Folden’s body.
Officer Gonzalez provided a detailed statement to investigators. It stated upon contact with Folden, Officer Gonzalez observed a knife in Folden’s right hand. Folden was holding the knife close to the center of his chest. Folden immediately aggressed toward Officer Gonzalez and extended the knife with his right arm toward Officer Gonzalez. Officer Gonzalez said Folden was not responsive to any commands. After firing three shots at Folden, Folden fell to the ground. Folden was still in possession of the knife, but dropped it after Officer Gonzalez gave him the command to “drop the knife”. Folden complied and released the knife. Four independent eyewitnesses and video from Albertson’s corroborated Officer Gonzalez’s statement that Folden was the aggressor.
The investigation is pending a small amount of documentation and lab results to include toxicology and autopsy reports. Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is Capt. Jim West WPD * Undersheriff Jason Mathews CCSO * Chief Steve Groseclose DCSO * Capt. Edgar Reinfeld WPD
Two Climbers Rescued from Dragontail Peak
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
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Sep 1, 2017 - Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two climbers were rescued today on Dragontail Peak approximately 11 miles southwest of Leavenworth.
On Thursday afternoon, James Templeton (50 yoa) of Seattle and Petr Praus (28 yoa) of Seattle were attempting to climb Dragontail Peak via the “Serpentine Arete” route. The climbers got off route and reached a spot where they couldn’t climb any higher and were unable to descend safely and activated their emergency beacons.
At 8:38pm on Thursday, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) advising that two emergency beacons had been activated near Aasgard Pass. A Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinator requested a hoist capable helicopter through WA State Emergency Management but none were available.
This morning at 5:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (AIR30) responded to the area and located the climbers on a small ledge approximately 100 feet below the summit of Dragontail Peak. AIR 30 inserted a Chelan County deputy, two members of Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and a medic from Lake Chelan Community Hospital into the area. At approximately 8:30am the rescuers were able to reach the climbers, who were not injured, and guide them safely off the mountain.
Manson FFA Attends NCW Fair in Waterville and Comes Away with a Banner
- Written by Manson FFA
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Four members of Manson FFA, (L-R) Brynna Harris, Celina Mendoza, Bryce La Mar and Kayla Gosvener, traveled to the NCW Fair in Waterville on Friday Aug 25 to compete in the Career Development Events. (CDE).
The first CDE of the day was Gardening Judging where the participants had to place 5 classes, which included potatoes, carrots, peppers, raspberries and tomatoes.
After the contest was over Manson placed 3rd overall as a team with Celina placing 7th overall.
The second contest of the day was Livestock Evaluation consisting of market steers, lambs, goats and pigs along with breeding sheep and pigs to be judged.
In individual placing we had the 23rd highest individual with that honor going to Bryanna Harris out of 87 individual judges.
New Restrooms at Willow Point Park
- Written by Robin Pittman
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Manson Parks is very excited to announce that the new Willow Point Park restrooms are now open!
The restrooms were designed by Hibbard Architecture and built by Allen Construction.
We are so happy with how they turned out and would like to invite everyone to stop by to see them!
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