sheriffsmOn July 14, 2021 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a Monitor, WA residence that was believed to be the origin of the Red Apple Fire.

During the investigation it was determined that the fire did not originate at this location and investigators were lead to an adjacent propertyapproximately 50’ from the residence.

Investigators have determined that the fire was man-caused, but it is unknown how the fire started.

This investigation was conducted by investigators from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, BLM, and DNR and continues to be an ongoing investigation.

sheriffOn July 13, 2021, at 6:55 pm, Rivercom dispatch center received a report of a grass/brush fire in the area of the 3300 Block of Red Apple Road, located between Monitor and Cashmere, WA.

With the fire quickly spreading, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies assisted with traffic control and emergency evacuation notifications.

The Chelan County Fire Marshall responded to investigate, in order to determine the origin and the cause of the fire.

UPDATE : 7-14-2021 – With approximately 7000 acres burned and 1500 homes under evacuation notifications, Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives assisted the Chelan County Fire Marshall and BLM Fire Investigators in writing and executing a search warrant at a nearby residence believed to be the origin of the fire.

At the time of this report, detectives and other investigators are actively investigating the case. Information will be updated as soon as possible and as the case investigation allows.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports On June 29th, 2021 an arrest was made in the homicide case involving Hannia “Paulina” Mosqueda-Rodriguez. Julius Ceballos, a 21 year old Wenatchee man was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Murder 1st Degree.

Paulina was reported missing in November of 2019 to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Her body was discovered over an embankment on the dirt portion of Horselake Road on March 17th, 2020. Detectives from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Wenatchee Police Department investigated this case for the past fifteen months and were able to develop probable cause to make an arrest recently.

Although this case may have appeared to stall, the team of Detectives worked on leads and tips in order to make this arrest. A total of 21 search warrants have been served throughout the investigation.
Even with the arrest of Ceballos, this case is still under investigation. The team of detectives are continuing to seek information relating to this incident. If you have any information related to this case, please call 509-667-6845 to leave a message for a detective.

The operation today was carried out by members of the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force out of Yakima, Chelan County Regional SWAT Team, Douglas County Special Response Team, Columbia River Drug Task Force, and members of Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Sheriff’s Detective units.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports On May 25th, 2021 a burglary was reported in the 3200 block of Rivers Edge Place in Wenatchee. The reporting party stated they believed their home was broken into sometime prior to noon that day. Several items were taken from the residence including a laptop, tablet, clothing, and firearm. The suspect also left behind articles of wet clothing.

Early on May 26th, the burglary victim reported receiving pings from their stolen tablet in the north Wenatchee area. As Detectives investigated this, they began to link the burglary to a subject who had fled on foot the day prior after a fire started near a homeless encampment along the Wenatchee River. This was in the vicinity of the burglary. The wet clothing left at the burglary matched what the subject was wearing when contacted by law enforcement.

Through interviews, they were able to determine he was associated with a Red Jeep Cherokee. CCSO Deputies and Detectives followed up on several Pings throughout the morning and eventually located the red Jeep parked on North Wenatchee Avenue near Walnut Avenue. Along with Wenatchee Police Department, they took the suspect, a 32 year old Wenatchee man into custody at approximately 11:00 am today. He was located with some of the stolen property from the burglary.

After interviews with Wenatchee Police Officers who transported him, the suspect was booked into CCRJC for Burglary 1st Degree, Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 42-year-old male from Leavenworth was fatally injured in a parasailing accident Sunday morning approximately 5 miles northeast of Leavenworth.

On March 14, 2021 at approximately 10:16am, RIVERCOM dispatch received a 911 call from another parasailer reporting the accident. The caller advised that the accident had occurred approximately 1000 feet above Eagle Creek Rd near milepost 4. The accident location was very difficult to access and required responders from multiple agencies. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies, Chelan County Fire District #3, Chelan County Fire District #1 and Cascade Medical Center responded to the area.

CPR was administered by fellow parasailers until medics from Cascade Medical Center arrived on scene. Unfortunately, lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries. The victim was later transported out of the area by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

The identity of the victim is being withheld to allow time for family members to be notified.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 23rd, 2021 a 19 year old East Wenatchee male was taken into custody by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for multiple domestic violence crimes against his 20 year old ex-girlfriend in Chelan County. The crimes included Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Kidnapping 1st Degree, and Harassment – Threats to Kill.

The crimes were believed to have been committed throughout the evening of January 21st into the morning of January 22nd, 2021. It is believed the victim was held against her will and was assaulted multiple times in the Wenatchee area and during a drive to and from Ellensburg.

This incident is still under investigation by Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office does not release the names of suspects until they have been formally charged.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on January 13th, 2021 the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force out of Yakima and Spokane with assistance from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia River Drug Task Force, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife apprehended the second Okanogan County escapee, Christopher Lee Whitman.

U.S. Marshals received information Mr. Whitman was staying in an abandoned trailer off of Tarpiscan road south of Malaga. Further investigation led the Task Force to believe the trailer was approximately 1.5 miles south of the end of the pavement on Tarpiscan road. They were able to conduct surveillance on the trailer and a plan was developed to place resources in the area. WDFW Officers transported a team to the area by boat on the Columbia River and a team went in on the ground as well with CCSO K9 Asa.

At approximately 2:30 PM Mr. Whitman was seen walking away from his trailer. The ground team was positioned to where they were able to intercept him and take him into custody. He has been booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. 

The other escapee, Christian White was apprehended in the Portland area on Tuesday.

CC sheriff logo 2018Updated 12/31/2020

A detailed examination was performed by the coroner's office on the evening of Tuesday, 12/29/20. The subject's fingerprints were obtained to assist in positive identification. On Wednesday, 12/30/20, Coroner Wayne Harris learned the fingerprints belonged to 60 year old Terry Lee Ray of Wenatchee, WA. Coroner Harris learned that Mr. Ray moved out of the Christopher House in mid-November, stating he was going to live in Cashmere. His body had been in the water for an estimated 2 weeks and autopsy results show cause of death as fresh water drowning. At this time there is no evidence of foul play.

Original story 12/30/2020

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on December 27th, 2020 at approximately 3:30PM residents of Monitor, WA were walking in the area of the Monitor County Park day use area. Their attention was drawn to something laying on a rock bar approximately 150 feet offshore from the day use area river bank. Upon closer inspection they discovered a human body and contacted Rivercom.

Detectives and Coroner Wayne Harris responded along with specially trained water rescue/recovery deputies. The body was brought to shore and briefly examined. The person was a male who does not fit the description of any current missing subjects from Chelan County.

A detailed examination will be performed by the coroner's office. More details will be released at that time in order to gain the publics’ assistance in identifying the man.

CC sheriff logo 2018On Sunday, 12/27/20, at aprx 1530 hours, residents of Monitor, WA were walking in the area of the Monitor County Park day use area. Their attention was drawn to large birds feeding on something laying on a rock bar aprx 150 feet offshore from the day use area river bank.

Upon closer inspection, they discovered the birds were feeding from a human body so they called Rivercom. Deputies soon arrived and confirmed it was human.

Detectives and Coroner Wayne Harris responded along with specially trained water rescue/recovery deputies. The body was brought to shore and briefly examined. The person was a male who does not fit the description of any current missing subject from Chelan County.

A detailed examination will be performed by the coroner's office. More details will be released at that time in order to gain the publics' assistance in identifying the man.

CC sheriff logo 2018Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on November 21st, 2020 at approximately 6:45 am an injury collision was reported on Malaga Alcoa highway at the Appleyard.

Deputies responded along with Chelan County Fire District 1 and Ballard Ambulance. When responding units arrived they found the collision involved four total vehicles. The driver of a 2008 Subaru Impreza, a 26 year old Wenatchee male was in need of extrication and had serious injuries. Unfortunately, he died at the scene.

The collision is still under investigation with the assistance from Washington State Patrol, but according to witness statements it appears the Subaru Impreza was travelling north on Malaga Alcoa Highway. The vehicle travelled across the centerline and had a minor impact with a southbound Subaru Legacy wagon. The Impreza started to spin and impacted another southbound vehicle, a Nissan Murano. This impact was on the driver’s side door of the Subaru Impreza.

The driver of the Nissan Murano was transported to CWH with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth vehicle, a Honda Element was southbound behind the Nissan Murano and had a minor impact with one of the other vehicles while trying to avoid the collision. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured.

The identity of the 26 year old Wenatchee male is being withheld to allow time for the family to be notified.