burnett face300In a letter addressed to Governor Jay Inslee and staff, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett expressed his concerns for the economic health of our county balanced against the low number of COVID-19 patients the area has experienced.  Burnett recommends moving to Phase 2 of the plan immediately.

Here is his statement:


Governor Inslee and Staff:

I am respectfully requesting that you support the Chelan County Commissioner’s request for Chelan County to immediately move to Phase 2 of the Washington’s Phased Approach for Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distancing Measures.

I whole-heartedly believe that both Chelan and Douglas Counties, along with the Cities and private businesses have worked diligently and self sacrificially to do their part from the very beginning of the declared COVID-19 emergency status.

I believe it is critical for all of our citizens that we expedite the four-phase plan for Chelan County in order to save personal businesses and livelihoods in North Central Washington.  As Confluence Health and others health districts around our region have made massive adjustments to our regional health facilities in order to prepare for what was predicted to be a much greater impact and spread of an infectious disease, those numbers just haven’t been produced in Chelan County or our region.  As I write this letter, there are only 2 COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized within Confluence Hospital in Wenatchee, which is a regional facility, providing services for Chelan, Douglas, Grant and at times Okanogan and Kittitas Counties.

I believe it is imperative to our local economy and the livelihoods of our citizens that we expedite reopening our economy to include the social, financial and health impacts to our region.

I know that you will find widespread support for this request within our region, to include elected officials from the counties, cities, state representatives, private business owners (both large and small), public utility districts, medical professionals, faith based organizations and many more.  I believe we the people who live, work and recreate here in North Central Washington know what is best for our region.  I am confident in the knowledge and competence of our citizens and business owners to implement an accelerated phase program to jumpstart our economy while doing it in a way that is safe for everyone involved, by safeguarding everyone’s wellbeing while utilizing appropriate social distancing standards in the process.

Again, I urge you to grant this request on the date of this request to re-open our community and economy for the sake of the citizens of Chelan County and North Central Washington.  I truly believe it is the right thing to do and failing to do so will prove to be much more detrimental to our local area than the health implications of COVID-19 itself.

Respectfully,

Sheriff Brian Burnett


 You can see the statement in PDF format HERE.

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Update August 7th, 2018

The autopsy for Mr. James Rothwell who fell while climbing Buck Mountain in Chelan County was completed today.  He died as a result of Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Trunk. Manner of death has been ruled an accident.

He was wearing a helmet but the force to his head from the fall was too much for the helmet to absorb the energy and he had severe trauma to his brain.

Update August 6th, 2018 2020 hours

The two remaining hikers have made their way out of the mountains. After speaking with them it was determined they were traversing a steep face when the victim lost his footing. He fell approximately 50 feet. They hiked down to him and rendered aid. He survived for a short period of time before he succumbed to his injuries. The victim has now been identified as a 44 year old male from the Seattle area. Initially it was believed he was from New York but he has lived in the Seattle area for several years. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Original Story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on August 4th, 2018 at 2:34 PM CCSO was advised of an emergency beacon activation in the area of Buck Mountain, a remote area approximately 17 miles north of Lake Wenatchee. After obtaining the coordinates from AFRCC (Armed Forces Rescue Coordination Center) it was determined the beacon was staying in one location. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office AIR10 helicopter was deployed and located a group of three near the coordinates at approximately 6:45 PM. They were at about 6750 feet in elevation. One of the three subjects was laying down and wrapped in an emergency blanket. There was no suitable landing zone nearby so a request was made through state emergency management for a hoist capable helicopter.

King County Sheriff’s Office accepted the misson. They arrived on scene at approximately 10:00 PM but had to abort the mission due to weather. A call was plced back into state emergency management requesting a helicopter from NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy crew accepted the mission and arrived in the area at approximately 12:40 AM on August 5th. They were able to hoist the patient, a 44 year old male out of New York on board the helicopter. He was deceased due to unknown injuries. Due to low fuel in the helicopter he was transported to Boeing Field in Seattle.

The remaining two hikers were uninjured and remained on scene to hike out in day light. At this time it is unknown how the injuries were caused.

sheriffsmChelan County Sheriff’s Deputy’s arrest an 18 year old Everett man for drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm 1st degree.

On 5-23-14 at 5:30 pm several resident in the 11000 block of Entiat River Road reported an early 1980’s, maroon Chevrolet passenger car fired multiple shots as it drove eastbound on Entiat River Road. One reporting party stated his residence was hit by one of the rounds. The reporting party’s were able to provide a vehicle description and timeframe for the vehicle leaving the area. Responding Chelan County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle near mile post 7 on Entiat River Road. Based on the seriousness of the reported incident, Deputies conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and detained four occupants.

Through their investigation Deputies learned an 18 year old passenger used a small caliber pistol to fire rounds from the vehicle as it traveled down the roadway. One round struck an occupied residence and narrowly missed the homeowner as the bullet passed through the residence. The fired bullet was recovered from the homeowner’s residence.

Deputies seized the vehicle in preparation for a search warrant and booked the 18 year old male on their charges and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.