Oktoberfest Means Lederhosen, Fun, and Responsibility
- Written by Chief John R. Batiste, WSP
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Our goal this year is to prevent serious injury or fatal collisions from occurring during the three weekend event in Leavenworth. We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to prevent these tragic collisions from occurring during the festival and stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and drinking responsibly. The WSP will have additional officers out during the three weekends of Oktoberfest 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!
Update on Wenatchee Police Officer Involved Shooting
- Written by John Wisemore, Undersheriff, CCSO
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Update as of October 8, 2013 at 8;45 A.M.
Investigators are releasing the name of the suspect in Saturday’s shooting. He is identified as 24 year old Jeffery A. Sutherland of Wenatchee. No further information into the investigation is available at this time, but we will make updates as the investigation allows.
Update as of October 7, 2013 at 3:00 P.M.
Investigators in the Officer involved shooting are still not releasing the names of either the suspect or the Officer’s involved. The original Felony warrant on the suspect was out of King County Sheriff’s Office and was for Theft of a Firearm. The firearm used by the suspect was a .380 Semi-automatic and was not the firearm associated with the theft. Additional information will be provided as appropriate so as not to hinder the investigation. It is confirmed that only one Officer returned fire during the shooting. To clarify in the original media release, when stated that “Officers returned fire……” it was simply to advise there was in fact a return of fire from Police. It was unclear at the time whether one or both Officers actually returned fire, but now we know, only one returned fire.
Wenatchee Police Department
Officer Involved Shooting
On Saturday, October 05, 2013 at about 2:00 P.M., Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a residence in the 800 Block of Kittitas Street to arrest a 24 year old male with a felony warrant. Officers were at the home a short time earlier on a medical assist and had left the residence when they were informed of the warrant. When Officers contacted the male inside the residence to take him into custody, he fired a gun at the Officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The Officers began administering medical assistance on the suspect immediately and requested an ambulance. Paramedics arrived a short time later, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful and the suspect died at the scene. Neither of the two Officers were injured during the shooting. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are investigating the shooting. The investigation is still in its preliminary stage and there will be more information after the investigation is complete. Names are not being released at this time.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Meeting Agenda 10-9-13
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, Chelan Fire and Rescue
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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order at 4:00 P.M.
* Flag Salute
* Revenue Report and Expenditure Report: August 2013
* Payroll: September 2013 $121,898.09
* Vouchers for General Account: Voucher #871 through #881 for $25,372.57; Voucher #9001 through #9012 for $9,111.85; Voucher #9013 through #9027 for $6,960.94; Voucher #9028 through #9037 for $5,317.98.
* Vouchers for Capital Account: Voucher #9101-9102 for $5,400.77; Vouchers #9103-9104 for $1,921.57.
* Minutes: September 11 and 19, 2013
Fire Chief Report
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention Activities (AC Stamps)
* Public Education/PSA (AC Stamps)
* Training (Capt. Moore)
Firefighters Association Report
* Update - Station 75
* LRP 2014
* New Maps and Tables
* 2014 Budget
* RCW 42.30.140 for the purpose of Collective Bargaining
* RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) for the purpose of evaluating the performance of a public employee
Board for Volunteer Fire Fighters: Nothing to report
Washington celebrates Walk to School Day Oct. 9
- Written by Ann Briggs, WSDOT
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OLYMPIA – An estimated 20,000 students, parents, teachers and community leaders from cities across the state will participate in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9. Walk to school events taking place this week and throughout the month encourage students to explore walking and biking to school rather than driving or being driven.
The Washington State Department of Transportation supports these efforts as part of Safe Routes to School, an ongoing program that encourages walking and bicycling throughout the year. Safe Routes to School provides state and federal funds for technical assistance and resources to cities, counties, schools, school districts and state agencies.
WSDOT’s Safe Routes to Schools grant program has awarded $55 million for 140 projects across the state since 2005. The program funds projects that improve safety for children walking and bicycling to school. The program has also provided safety education and training to approximately 25 school districts and more than 10,000 children in fifth through eighth grades.
In a show of support, Kathleen Davis, WSDOT Highways & Local Programs director, will participate in Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School’s Walk to School Day event in Tumwater. Other Washington schools have events planned to draw attention to the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school.
“These types of events provide an opportunity to demonstrate safe walking and biking while promoting physical activity,” said Davis. “We’re investing in sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian islands and other safety features that make walking safer and more convenient for children to get to and from school.”
Some 3,200 schools from all 50 states are expected to participate in International Walk to School Month. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world. The U.S. participated in its first Walk to School celebration in 1997 to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness about walkable communities.
Those interested in walking with their child or in a Safe Routes to School Program can follow the links below or contact their school for more information.
• International Walk to School in the USA - http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
• National Center for Safe Routes to School - www.saferoutesinfo.org
• International Walk to School - www.iwalktoschool.org
Rock blasting to close Snoqualmie Pass two days this week for an hour or more
- Written by Meagan McFadden, WSDOT Communications
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UPDATE: The rock blasting closure planned for Monday, Oct 7 at 6 p.m. is cancelled. Crews will close the pass for blasting Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. both nights. Drivers will also experience minor delays during the day and at night between milepost 56 to 60 due to single lanes until Wednesday, Oct. 9.
HYAK – Drivers need to be prepared for rock blasting closures on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 9 and 10).
The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews plan to close I-90 in both directions for an hour or more starting at 6 p.m. each night. The pass will be closed eastbound at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound at Price Creek (milepost 61). A reopening time depends on the amount of debris that comes down and repairs needed to the highway. Drivers are encouraged to use exits before the closure points to access services. During the closures, there are no services eastbound past milepost 53 and westbound past milepost 70.
Starting Sunday, Oct. 6, drivers will experience delays during the week an weekend due to single lane closures near Ellensburg. Starting Friday, Oct. 11, drivers may want to consider alternate routes between Cle Elum and Ellensburg via SR 970 / US 97 or SR 10.
WSDOT provides a number of ways to help plan your trip over I-90:
- Visit the What’s Happening on I-90 Web page for up-to-date information on construction projects, traffic impacts, travel graphs and to sign up for email updates
- Visit the Snoqualmie Mountain Pass Web page for real-time travel information and to view traffic cameras
- Check the weekly Construction Updates Web page and Traffic Web page for region-wide updates
- Tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM and 530 AM
- Call the I-90 construction hotline at 888-535-0738 or 511