CC sheriff logo 2018On Saturday, August 6, 2022 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary that took place at a storage unit on McKittrick street in Wenatchee, WA. It was reported that over $10,000 of property was taken from the storage unit, to include the ashes of the victim’s mother.

On August 11, 2022 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force conducted an operation to recover the stolen items, after a Facebook Marketplace post was discovered of someone attempting to sell the stolen items. Detectives arranged to meet the suspect at a public location in Wenatchee, WA and purchase some of the stolen items. The Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives conducted surveillance on the suspect’s residence and observed him loading the stolen items into his vehicle. During this surveillance, Detective’s observed the suspect meet at a separate location and conduct a drug deal with another subject. It is suspected that this transaction involved the drug Fentanyl. After the suspect conducted the drug deal, he proceeded to the arranged location in Wenatchee, WA and was subsequently arrested for Trafficking stolen property- 1st degree, Possession of stolen property-2nd degree, and Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in East Wenatchee, WA and recovered a majority of the stolen items from the burglary. The victim’s mother’s ashes were also recovered. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges for the suspect are pending.

This operation would not have been successful without the great collaboration between the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force.

sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett is excited to announce that the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will be taking its Conceal Pistol License application process to an online format with the implementation of Permitium’s online services.

Shifting to this online service option provides the residents of Chelan County the convenience and ease to apply from anywhere in the county. There are no additional fees being expended by the county to move over to the online option. We will still be offering the in-person application process to those who prefer this to the online submittal.

Starting Wednesday, August 10 th, 2022, Chelan County residents will have the option to access a direct link from our website ( where they can complete an application from home to apply for their new, renewal, or late renewal of their Washington State Conceal Pistol License, as well as pay online with a credit or debit card. A nominal credit card transaction fee will be charged to the applicant and charges will be viewable prior to transaction completion.

All New CPL applicants are still required to have their fingerprints taken. Applicants will have 30 days, from the date that their application is submitted, to complete the required fingerprints. Fingerprints will be taken at the main Wenatchee office located at 401 Washington St.; Level 1. Fingerprinting is available Monday thru Thursday between the hours of 9:00am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. We do not fingerprint on Fridays. No appointment is necessary.

For best results, we do suggest that you apply using a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The application is not optimized for smartphones and you may encounter technical difficulties.


August 10, 2022- UPDATE:
After further investigation, it was determined the victim was not kayaking, but had been swimming near the KOA when
he was caught in some rapids and became submerged.


Sheriff Burnett reports that on August 7, 2022, a 25-year-old man from Redmond, WA drowned in the Wenatchee River near the Leavenworth KOA. It was reported that a kayaker, whom was not wearing a life jacket, was seen going underwater and had not surfaced.

Numerous swimmers in the area began searching for the male and eventually were able to bring him to shore.

Emergency personnel began CPR and the male was transported to Central Washington Hospital. Unfortunately, he did not survive and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The man’s name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would again like to remind you, that the waters are colder and more swift than usual. Please remember to wear a life jacket.

sheriffSheriff Burnett reports that on July 30th, 2022, a 60yearold Walla Walla, WA. man drowned in the Wenatchee River.

group of approximately 6 friends and family were floating the Wenatchee River near Dryden, WA. As the group approached the rapids known as “Rock and Roll”, the man was flipped from his tube and began struggling to get to shore. The group encountered a second set of rapids and most of the party was separated by this time. One of the relatives located the man floating face down in the water. He was dragged to shore and out of the water. A commercial raft was floating by and helped load the man onto the raft and ferried him to EMS on the opposite shore. After approximately an hour of CPR, he was pronounced dead.

The group was not wearing life jackets and were not familiar with the river. All bodies of water in Chelan County and around the state are flowing at a higher level than usual due to the late summer heat. Recreationalist should be aware that the waters are colder and more swift than usual.

Please remember to wear a life jacket, scout the entire section of river you plan to float for hazardsand know where to take out.

sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 22nd, 2022 the body of missing kayaker William Henniger was recovered.He was last seen on the morning of June 25th kayaking on the Little Wenatchee River.

Mr. Henniger and a partner put their kayaks in the water approximately 6 miles up the Little Wenatchee. Soon after entering the water, they encountered extremely rough water. Mr. Henniger’s partner was able to exit the water but Mr. Henniger was not seen again after going over a waterfall.

On July 22nd, it was determined the water level had receded enough to search the area more thoroughly with less hazard to the searchers. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Swift Water Rescue Team, volunteers, and personnel from Chelan County Fire District 9 were able locate him at approximately 4:00 pm. He was about a half mile downstream from where he was last seen. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was used to lift Mr. Henniger’s body out of the river gorge. The area has steep embankments and thick trees and brush making it difficult to maneuver from the river to the road.

sheriffThe Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, was awarded $175,503.74 from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to fund two full-time embedded mental health professionals/case managers. These positions will work directly under the established Behavioral Health Unit Program (BHU) at Chelan County. Currently, the Behavioral Health Unit is comprised of a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Mental Health Professional and an Outreach Case Manager who are centralized to work in opposing areas to increase service coverage and embedded with law enforcement. The additional positions would expand evening and weekend coverage to all said agencies.

The Chelan County Behavioral Health Unit is an embedded co-response team, that gives law enforcement access to mental health professionals. The goals and objectives of the Behavioral Health Unit are to respond to calls for individuals in a behavioral health crisis or at risk for crisis, and refer them to appropriate social services/treatment; Prioritize cases involving individuals who are a danger to the community or self, pose a threat to officer safety, are high utilizers of emergency services, and or have escalated.

The Behavioral Health Unit facilitates access to resources and treatment providers, while also improving communication between law enforcement and service providers. The BHU will assist officers with information on the referred person(s) prior medical and behavioral health history, mental health and substance use presentation, and information about community resources.

Along with Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology or Social Work, the Behavioral Health Unit staff members are also trained in crisis management, triage, de-escalation, vehicle safety protocols, situational awareness, mental health first aid, motivational interviewing, and suicide risk assessment, management and treatment. The BHU staff attends in-service training on law enforcement expectations, policies, and procedures. The BHU staff is also trained to treat individuals with Narcan, Basic CPR, and Combat First Aid.

Sheriff Burnett would like to specifically acknowledge Ana Johnson, the Chelan County Mental Health Program Coordinator, and Chief of Patrol Adam Musgrove for their work on this project, which made it possible to receive the grant.

Kevin M. Waters
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating numerous burglaries to vacation cabins, residences, and businesses, including the Leavenworth Ski Hill. Several of the burglaries occurred in the Lake Wenatchee area and involved summer cabins. The suspect(s) stole large volumes of property including firearms from various locations, exceeding $50,000 in value.
Chelan County Detectives have identified 33 year old Kevin M Waters, as the primary suspect. Waters currently has an arrest warrant out of Chelan County Superior Court for Possession of Stolen Property 1st degree and Trafficking Stolen Property 2nd degree. Waters is a white male, 5’11, 185lbs with blue eyes and blond hair. Waters may have changed his hair color and is said to wear heavy eye liner. He has also been seen in public carrying a handgun on his hip.

Deputies and Detectives have obtained several search warrants for different locations and vehicles. This has resulted in the recovery of stolen property from several burglaries. On June 21st 2022, Waters was spotted in the Lake Wenatchee area by a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. In an attempt to take Waters into custody, the Deputy initiated a traffic stop. Waters failed to yield and fled the area in his blue 1997 Subaru Legacy with primer grey front fenders and stickers in the rear window. The Deputy followed current Washington state law and did not pursue Waters. Waters is known to drive this vehicle on a regular basis.

This investigation is still ongoing and Detectives anticipate forwarding additional felony charges against Waters to the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office in the near future. Waters has been recently living in various camps in the Lake Wenatchee and Fish Lake area. His whereabouts are currently unknown. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with locating Waters. If you have any information about Water’s location, please call Rivercom dispatch: 509-663-9911.

If you are a property owner in the Lake Wenatchee Area and have not visited your property this year, we recommend checking on it. Please contact Rivercom if you discover your property has been burglarized.

sheriffSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 4th, 2022 a 44-year-old Vancouver, Washington man was killed in a climbing accident on the Icicle Buttress south of Leavenworth. The mans climbing partner flagged down a USFS Officer who happened to be in the area to report the accident.

Chelan County Sheriffs Office Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found the male deceased from what appeared to be injuries sustained from the fall. With the assistance of Chelan County Fire District 3 personnel, the climber was brought to the roadway.

The female told rescuers the two were climbing on the Buttress when a heavy rain storm moved in. She was lowered to the bottom of the pitch and the male climber was to follow. As she was descending the trail, she heard a noise and saw him fall. It is estimated he fell approximately 100 feet.

The name of the climber is not being released pending family notification.

ncw crime unit logoThe North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU) was activated On June 4th, 2022 at the request of the Wenatchee Police Department.  The Unit responded to the 200 Block of South Western Avenue in Wenatchee, Washington to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting.  Wenatchee Police department was the involved agency in the shooting.

At approximately 3:45 pm Wenatchee Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Castle View Place in Wenatchee for a burglary in progress.  The subject fled on foot prior to the Officer’s arrival.  A subject matching the description was reported in the 200 block of South Western soon after.  Officers made contact with the subject, ultimately resulting in the application of deadly force.  Medical aid was performed by officers but the subject was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the early stages of the investigation, it was determined a male subject was armed with a knife when officers contacted him. Two different less lethal options were deployed prior to the application of deadly force.

To help further the investigation, the SIU is requesting citizens who have video of the incident or events that led up to it contact investigators through the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Tip Line. The tip line is at 509-667-6845. Please leave a message and an NCW SIU investigator will contact you.

The name of the subject will be withheld until next of kin can be notified.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Sunday May 22nd at approximately 4:15 pm RiverCom dispatch advised CCSO Deputies of a water rescue at the Lake Creek campground. Lake Creek campground is approximately 28 miles up Entiat River Road. The caller reported a 14-year-old Wenatchee girl had been washed away in the river. It was also reported a 20-year-old East Wenatchee male was stranded in the middle of the river on a rock.

The call triggered a massive response of searchers and rescue swimmers from Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chelan County Fire Districts 1, 7, and 8, Douglas County Fire District 4, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and Ballard Ambulance. Approximately 40 rescuers responded.

Chelan County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit also responded to the area to search for the missing girl from a helicopter. The helicopter crew located the missing girl in fast moving water downstream from where the male was stranded on the rock. Water Rescue personnel and other rescuers used a rope system and ladders to access the girl. Unfortunately, she was deceased.

As the recovery of the missing girl was in progress, a hoist capable helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene to hoist the male to safety. He was transferred to Ballard Ambulance. The recovery of both the girl and the male were at approximately 8:00 pm.

Names of the involved people are not being released at this time to protect the privacy of the family.