Followuo to our story from Febuary 2, 2024 - READ THAT STORY HERE
On February 19th, 2024 at approximately 12:04 PM, Douglas County Detectives were assisted by East Cascade SWAT, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol personnel to contact and arrest a male subject in the 10 block of Deep Powder Lane in Leavenworth, WA. Travis E. Collins, a 34-year-old Leavenworth, WA resident, was arrested without incident in connection to the ongoing February 1st, 2024 Rock Island Road homicide investigation of 35-year-old Julio C. Garcia-Ramirez.
Mr. Collins was subsequently transported and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Murder-Second Degree.
Manson Community Council
February 20, 2024 Meeting Agenda | Manson Parks Department @ 6 pm
MEETING ID: 814 8919 1838
• CALL TO ORDER Kari Sorensen | Cindy Smith | Chris Willoughby | Pam Calhoun | Michael Kirk
• FLAG SALUTE
• TREASURER’S REPORT
• APPROVAL OF MINUTES January 2024
1. COMMUNITY SURVEY. Revisiting from last month – what questions would we like to ask on the proposed Community Survey? What is the specific goal/purpose of the Survey? Any further thoughts on how to distribute it or pay for it? What priority is it to MCC?
2. MANSON GRANGE UPDATES – Phyllis Coleman
3. UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE - PARKING DOWNTOWN MANSON & ONE WAY STREETS Chelan County Community Development holding a community meeting on Thursday, February 29, 2024 @ 7 pm at the Manson Grange, located at 157 E. Wapato Way. Director/County Engineer Eric Pierson will share some parking and street options with the community including potential one-way traffic on Pedoi Street and/or S. Harris Street. Commissioner Tiffany Gering and the Manson Park & Recreation District will also be in attendance at this meeting.
4. CHELAN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BOB GOEDDE has been appointed by the Chelan City Council (CCC) to act as official liaison between CCC & MCC. Update on the new 12 Tribes Casino & Hotel. Other Chelan news.
5. BRIAN PATTERSON Outcome summary of Hearing Examiner decision for proposed Bluewater Terrace development.
6. Currently NEW WINERIES, CIDERIES & DISTILLERIES are allowed in residentially zoned neighborhoods. A) Should Manson CC petition the County NOT to allow these in residential neighborhoods inside Manson UGA and/or the County? B) Should the County limit the number of these licenses in Manson UGA and/or County? Community input desired.
7. PUBLIC COMMENT
NEXT MEETING: March 19, 2024 @ 6:00 PM @ Manson Parks Department
Chelan County Sheriff Mike Morrison reports, on 2/5/24, at approximately 12:46 pm, Deputies were advised of a stolen vehicle being followed by the registered owner’s friend. The stolen vehicle was reported as driving eastbound on US Hwy 2 entering the City of Cashmere.
Deputies responded to Cashmere and located the vehicle by the Home Town Market. When Deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, it fled from them at high speed. Deputies did not pursue the vehicle due to current Washington State Laws.
However, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle down a dead end road which Deputies discovered and found the suspect had exited and ran on foot attempting to avoid capture. The suspect was later located, thanks to the help of multiple citizens, who directed them to his location.
The suspect, Michael D. McGuire, a 33 year old male from Wenatchee, WA. was arrested. McGuire was booked into the regional jail for charges of, Eluding, Driving while License Suspended 3rd degree, Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
Though state laws attempt to stifle effective law enforcement, Chelan County Deputies will continue to be persistent in locating and arresting those who commit crimes within our community.
Chelan County Sheriff Mike Morrison reports, on 2/4/24, at approximately 4:21 pm, Deputies took a report from a citizen at the Jerry’s Auto Supply in Chelan, WA. The citizen advised that they loaned their car to a friend and it had not been returned. The vehicle was confirmed to have been taken and driven by another subject.
A short time after receiving this information another deputy located that vehicle in Entiat, WA and attempted a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and fled from the Deputy. The Deputy did not pursue due to current Washington State laws.
Through investigation, Deputies learned the suspect who was driving the vehicle and fled from the Deputy was identified as Joey Reyes, a 47 year old male from Quincy,WA.
On 2/5/24, at approximately 1136 hours, a CCSO Deputy located the vehicle and suspect in the 300 block of E. Wapato Ave in Chelan, WA. Reyes was taken into custody and charged with Eluding and Driving with a License Suspended 3rd degree. Reyes also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Though state laws attempt to suppress effective law enforcement, Chelan County Deputies will continue to investigate, locate and arrest subjects who commit crimes within our communities.
Virtual meeting takes place Feb. 14-15
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will hear about a wide range of developments in transportation electrification at its Feb. 14-15 virtual meeting, including a presentation on a pilot program for an in-road, wireless inductive charging system, an update on electric vehicle charging infrastructure and work to reduce the freight sector’s carbon footprint.
The public is invited to attend the virtual meeting, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, on Zoom. Those wishing to attend the meeting virtually may register for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions on the commission’s website. The meeting will also be streamed live on TVW. Public comment is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Some of the topics to be covered at the February meeting include:
The commission will offer online viewing accommodation at its office building at 2404 Chandler Court SW, Olympia, WA, 98502, for those unable to attend the meeting virtually. Free, temporary internet access is available to those who do not have broadband service in locations throughout the state by finding the nearest Drive-In WiFi Hotspot.
For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit the commission’s website: wstc.wa.gov.
Regular Board Meeting
February 8, 2024, 4:10pm
Bumgarner Meeting Room, 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA 98831
1. Call to Order
2. Flag Salute
3. Commissioner #4 appointment (oath of office)
4. Agenda Additions and Deletions
5. Public Comment
6. Review and Approval of Minutes
a. January 11, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes
7. Financial Review
a. Review of Monthly Financial Report
b. Review and approval of Monthly Voucher
8. New Business
a. PDC reminder
b. Special Election preparation
i. Explanatory Statement
ii. Ballot measure Pro and Con Committees
c. Proposed Commissioner Attendance Policy
9. Old Business
a. Grant project updates:
i. Old Swim Hole development
ii. Leffler Field soil remediation planning
iii. Leffler Field acquisition
iv. Singleton & Willow Point Park access planning
1. Request for qualifications
v. Singleton parking lot resurfacing
b. 2024 Goals
c. Director’s Report
Next Regular Meeting: 4:10pm on March 14, 2024 at 142 Pedoi Street, Manson WA, 98831 unless otherwise posted.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 2/1/2024 at approximately 6:13 am Chelan Area Deputies received a report of a vehicle prowl in progress in the area of Beebe Bridge Rd in Chelan Falls. The reporting party said he could see someone on his surveillance camera attempting to take his vehicle. Deputies responded to the area.
As the first deputy arrived, he did not see anyone in the vehicle in question. However, he noticed the door of a nearby office building was wide open. Shortly after, the deputy observed a male standing inside the office. He contacted the male, ordered him out of the office and took him into custody.
The male was identified as Gabreal A Easterly. Further investigation throughout the day by the deputies, confirmed Gabreal made entry into the office building located at 105 Beebe Bridge Rd unlawfully, using a metal rod on the front door. He was able to pry the door open, breaking the locking mechanism on the door. This action was seen on security footage by the owners of the building and a deputy. Once inside, Gabreal went through the office and ultimately found a new knife still in the package in the office. Gabreal opened the package, taking the knife and would ultimately be in possession of the knife once he was placed into custody. Additionally, Gabreal entered a jeep at the location and again can be seen on camera driving the jeep at the location. The jeep was driven to his personal vehicle (approximately 1/2 mile away) and used as a transport vehicle for some of the stolen items later recovered in his truck via search warrant. A second burglary was reported by ReRuns Variety Store later in the day and the items stolen were also recovered from the suspect's vehicle. Two separate vehicles were entered at the 105 Beebe Bridge location, although nothing was reportedly missing from either vehicle. Finally, while Gabreal was being searched incident to arrest, a glass smoking device with visible crystalline substance both new and burnt was observed, as well as a small bag containing a crystalline substance was located in the vehicle.
As a result, Gabreal Easterly was booked in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree, Theft 3rd Degree, Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On 01/29/24 at around 8:05 pm, the Washington State Patrol requested the East Cascade SWAT team respond to Hwy 97 near mile post 218, to assist with the arrest of 38 year old Kamil Jelonek an East Wenatchee resident.
Jelonek had an outstanding felony warrant for escape from community custody. He was wanted by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s for a domestic violence court order violation and he had been involved in a lengthy pursuit involving multiple agencies, which culminated on Hwy 97 at mile post 218, in Douglas County.
When the pursuit ended Jolenek armed himself with a knife and he barricaded himself in his vehicle. Initial de-escalation techniques proved unsuccessful and the East Cascade Crisis Negotiation team responded with the East Cascade SWAT team. During the standoff, an approximately 4-mile section of HWY 97 near milepost 218 was shut down to all traffic.
At around 10:46 pm, members of the East Cascade SWAT team used a less lethal 40 mm launcher to knock the knife from Jelonek’s hand. Additional less lethal tools were utilized and at 10:53 pm Jelonek was taken into custody. Jelonek was medically evaluated and turned over to the Washington State Patrol.
On February 1st, 2024 at approximately 12:13 AM, Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to a report of an unresponsive male lying near a vehicle, in the 1700 block of Rock Island Road, in East Wenatchee WA.
Deputies arrived and found a 35-year-old male, an East Wenatchee resident, who was deceased. The male had injuries consistent with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The area around Rock Island Road and South Kentucky Avenue was closed for several hours while Detectives with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol processed the scene.
Detectives are continuing to work on this active homicide investigation. Any information related to this shooting should be provided to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detective Taylor Melton at (509) 888-6822.
Project stretches nearly 10 miles, seeks to reduce rockfall onto the highway
SOAP LAKE – It’s unclear if it’s part of their New Year’s resolution, but the slopes along State Route 17 from mileposts 76 to 85 in Grant County will start to look trimmer this year.
To make travel from Soap Lake to Coulee City safer for locals and visitors, a contractor for the Washington State Department of Transportation will remove rock from the slopes along the highway and install netting to help stabilize the terrain. This will reduce the likelihood of rockfall on SR 17, which is damaging the roadway and creating a hazardous condition for drivers.
Eight slopes within a 10-mile stretch will be included in this project, which is scheduled to start in mid-February and last until October.
The project will involve closing the full highway four times for up to 10 hours each. These closures have yet to be scheduled but will occur on weekdays and will allow large cranes to stand on the highway and hang the netting over the slopes.
Travelers may choose to use alternate routes, but the project will not have a designated detour.
Further closures expected
During the first phase of the project SR 17 between mileposts 76 and 85 will be open for only 15 minutes at the start of every hour between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The highway will be closed from 15 minutes after the hour until the start of the next hour.
The first phase of the project is expected to last about 35 working days.
During the rest of the project, travelers should expect single-lane closures throughout the 10-mile stretch. People should expect wait times of 20 minutes or more.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will provide updated information, including travel advisories and up-to-date road information once the closures begin. Real-time travel information is available from the WSDOT mobile app , the WSDOT Travel Center Map or by signing up for WSDOT's email updates .