sheriffsmOn October 3, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports both suspects from the September 27th Dryden shooting incident are in custody.

On Wednesday, September 27 shortly before 2:00pm Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported disturbance on Josephine Avenue, Dryden. The reporting party stated someone was beaten with a bat and then shot in the leg. The victim and witness described the two suspects as Michael Hernandez a 34 year old East Wenatchee resident and Modesto Gonzalez a 42 year old Wenatchee resident. Both suspects were described as leaving in a white passenger vehicle prior to Law Enforcement arrival.

On Thursday, September 28 Chelan County Deputies and Detectives located the suspect vehicle abandoned in South Wenatchee. The vehicle was seized by Detectives in preparation for a search warrant. On Friday, September 29 Chelan County Detectives and the Washington State Crime Lab Response Team executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Evidence results from the search warrant are still pending.

On Sunday, October 1 Chelan County Deputies, through proactive investigation, learned of a possible location for Michael Hernandez. Deputies performed surveillance on a Palisades residence and were able to positively identify Hernandez. Deputies waited for Hernandez to leave in a vehicle at which time they performed a high risk stop on the vehicle and took Hernandez into custody without incident. That vehicle was also seized in preparation for a search warrant. The results from that warrant are still pending.

On Tuesday, October 3, again through proactive investigation, Chelan County Deputies learned of a possible location for Modesto Gonzalez. Deputies performed surveillance on an East Wenatchee residence and observed Gonzalez leave the location in a vehicle. Deputies performed a second high risk traffic stop on the vehicle and successfully took Gonzalez into custody without incident.

Both Hernandez and Gonzalez have been booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the following crimes:

  1. 1st degree Burglary
  2. Assault 1st degree
  3. Unlawful possession of a firearm
  4. Intimidating a witness

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September 27, 2017 - The Port of Chelan County is launching www.ChooseChelanCounty.com today, putting access to powerful business decision information only a mouse-click away. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research and analyze. Now, a comprehensive database of available Chelan County Commercial and Industrial properties is available instantly, along with dynamic demographic data, industry breakdowns, and community profiles.

Over 97% of site selection screening is done online. ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers use to make investment decisions. The information provided goes beyond available sites and buildings and includes layers of data from educational attainment, consumer expenditures by category, to labor force.

Companies searching for a site can set their criteria such as minimum lot size, building ceiling height, price and other criteria to find a list of available real estate in Chelan County, increasing the opportunity to locate new or expanding businesses within the county.

According to Commission President Donn Etherington, “ChooseChelanCounty.com gathers economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information often sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a consolidated, user-friendly business portal. It allows users, including the Port of Chelan County, to find available properties with the data that supports locating in Chelan County.”

To add your Commercial or Industrial property to the system at no cost or get more information on ChooseChelanCounty.com, contact Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port of Chelan County (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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September 27, 2017 - Destination San Francisco Bay Area, the Air Service Investment Program to secure a direct flight from Wenatchee’s Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay area, has reached its $400,000 goal of regional support. “Support has been strong across the region from many businesses, local governments, nonprofits and individuals excited to see new air service,” stated Commission President Donn Etherington.

Support has come from over 100 pledgers and supporters from all four counties in north central Washington, as well as several compnies in central California. The fundraising target was “topped off” with a $43,000 pledge from Microsoft, which operates a data center located in Quincy, Washington. “We very much appreciate Microsoft’s support for this regional economic development project. Microsoft is making a huge investment in Quincy and now a huge investment into our region,” continued Etherington.

The Air Service Investment Program shares the financial risk of new service with the airline and demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service. An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. “Airlines that see broad support are willing to invest in new air service,” stated Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Destination San Francisco is one in many steps to gain new air service at Pangborn Memorial Airport. “The Ports of Chelan County and Douglas County have been working toward new air service for many years. Critical was the completion of the Runway Extension Project. Service to San Francisco Bay area will improve the vitailty of our economic region for business and leisure travel alike,” stated Commissioner JC Baldwin. “This is a great opportunity for our region and we’re thrilled that so many businesses, organizations and individuals have pledged their financial support.”

douglascountysheriff148On 09/24/17 at approximately 3:30 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster because a male had been admitted with a knife wound. 

Investigators believe a fight had occurred at a residence in the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport.  During the altercation, the male, 21 year old Victor A. Valdovinos-Vazquez, was stabbed. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence where the suspect was believed to be hiding.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team attempted to call the suspect out, but there was no response from inside. 

Tear gas was deployed inside, but when the team made entry, the suspect was gone. 

Valdovinos was flown to Confluence Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen.  His condition is unknown.

manson schoolThe Manson School District will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, September 28 at Manson High School beginning at 4pm.

Scott Renick, Business Manager-Manson School District and Dave Arp, Executive Director of Administrative Services/Finances with the North Central ESD will give a presentation on school budget lasting approximately 30 minutes.

There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

This meeting is open to the public.