CRDTF logoThe Columbia River Drug Task Force reports a joint operation with Homeland Security Investigations, started in March of 2022, has resulted in disrupting and dismantling a drug trafficking organization in the Wenatchee Valley that has ties to Arizona.

Three suspects have been arrested so far in the investigation. Tyson Horner, a 27 year old resident of Wenatchee , Nabiel Akhdary, a 44 year old resident of Phoenix, AZ and Brandon Lux, a 35 year old resident of Yakima have been arrested in connection of seizures of close to 10,000 Fentanyl pills, 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 pistols, and over $16,000 in cash.

At least 3 other suspects involved in the drug trafficking organization are in the process of being tracked down for charges related to possession for illegal narcotics with the intent to deliver.

Horner and Akhdary were Federally indicted in US District Court, Eastern District of Washington in Spokane, WA for Fentanyl distribution charges. Akhdary and Lux were both in possession of a loaded pistol when they were arrested and both subjects are convicted felons.

The Columbia River Drug Task Force works closely with our Federal partners, with Homeland Security Investigations, and both local and federal prosecutors to investigate, arrest, and convict Fentanyl
dealers in the Wenatchee Valley. As Fentanyl overdoses continue to climb both loc ally and nationally, CRDTF, our local prosecutor’s offices, and our local HSI office are committed to holding these drug dealers accountable.

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See our previous story: Largest cache of stolen property ever recovered in our area was found in East Wenatchee (mansontribune.com)

drug force logoThe Columbia River Drug Task Force is still processing items seized from the search warrant that was served in the 100 block of N. Keller on May 20th, 2022. Victims are being identified and stolen property is being returned to the rightful owners. Items we suspect are stolen that still need owners:
* Cabinets
* Appliances-washer, dryer, stove, ovens
* Water heaters
* Electric fireplace
* Toilets
* Concrete finisher
* European oak flooring
* Evoke German flooring
* A lot of high-end alcohol
* Paint sprayers
* Numerous big screen TV’s
* Miter Saws
* Table Saws
* Heat pumps
* A lot of electrical wiring still in packing (receipts and/or proof of purchase needed)
* Assorted lumber/beams
* Motorcycle

Unfortunately, we have not seized small tools, small power tools (nail guns, skill saws, etc...).

The trailers located on the property have been returned to their owners.

What is needed for the CRDTF to release property:
* Case number from a law enforcement agency
* Serial number
* Description of items/s stolen to include identifying marks, photos, and/or receipts.

The public support has been outstanding. We thank you! The CRDTF has been inundated with phone calls and at this time we do not have the capacity to return every call. We hope this release will help clarify what property we do have and can possibly be released.

CRDTF logoThe Columbia River Drug Task Force reports that a search warrant was served on May 20th, 2022 in the 100 block of North Keller in East Wenatchee resulting in the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property from new construction sites in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Franklin Counties. Part of the CRDTF’s expanded mission is to combat emerging crime trends in the Wenatchee Valley. CRDTF learned of widespread theft occurring at construction sites in Chelan, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Rock Island going back as far as January of 2022. Detectives began compiling clues from construction contractors and the deputies and officers that took the initial reports that the suspect vehicle appeared to be a dually style pickup truck.

An attentive citizen contacted a Hispanic male with a dually pickup truck on a job site in the Sunnyslope area off of Easy Street in the early morning hours. The pickup truck was stuck in a ditch and the citizen wrote down the license plate which eventually made it to law enforcement for follow up.

CRDTF began surveillance on the truck and residence on Keller Street and applied for a search warrant. On May 19th, 2022 a Douglas County Deputy on patrol, ran a license plate of a trailer being pulled by the suspect vehicle and the trailer came back stolen out of Quincy, WA. The vehicle was stopped and a suspect was arrested for possession of stolen property. A male passenger was identified and released at the scene. The dually pickup truck was impounded and will be seized since it was used in the commission of a felony.

CRDTF detectives served the search warrant at the residence in the early morning hours of May 20th, 2022 and discovered a large amount of items that had been reported stolen from Sage Homes, Real Homes, Eider Construction, Pinnacle Custom Builders, Carlisle Classic Homes, along with numerous others. At the residence location over 12 Heat Pumps were located, 7 which had been stolen from new construction sites in Rock Island and Sunnyslope in the last month. Thousands of dollars in stolen lumber was recovered as well as flooring, siding, window packages, and numerous appliances. 3 stolen trailers were recovered to include the one being towed during the traffic stop, one of which was stolen out of Franklin County, WA. The amount of property seized took over two days to process with 4-6 detectives working 10-14 hours each day. Some of the property located was processed and returned to the owners. Professional movers were brought in to load up all of the unclaimed property and transported to a temporary site for processing and hopefully will be returned to the rightful owners. At this time it is believed that over 15-20 stolen property cases were closed as a result of this operation. This is believed to be one of the biggest caches of stolen property law enforcement in our area has ever come across.

CRDTF is asking for the communities help in returning other stolen property to its rightful owners. 100’s of unopened bottles of alcohol were also recovered and believed to be stolen as well. If you had a construction site that was burglarized or you know of a large amount of alcohol that was stolen please call 509-664-2310. An appointment time and location will be set up for viewing the property.

CRDTF and its law enforcement partners would like to thank the community for assisting in this investigation. The case wouldn’t have been successful without the help of watchful eyes from the community we serve. CRDTF is grateful and appreciative of the teamwork and support exhibited by Wenatchee Police, East Wenatchee Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office, the Chelan County Prosecutor’s Office and the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

ncw crime unit logoNorth Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU) detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting incident which occurred in front of the Living Hope Community Church located in Wenatchee, WA. The investigation received assistance from the Central Basin Investigative Team and the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team.

NCW SIU detectives have identified the subject killed in the incident as Alexander J. White, a 36 year-old East Wenatchee, WA resident. Detectives have identified the three Wenatchee Police Department (WPD) Officers who discharged their firearms during the incident:
Officer Corey Fuller – 13+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 4 at WPD
Officer Brian Hewitt – 8+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 1 at WPD
Officer Aly Mustain – 4+ Years Law Enforcement Service with more than 1 at WPD

Officer Hewitt was the officer injured during the incident. He was subsequently treated and released for his injures the same day of the incident.
All the involved officers remain on administrative leave which is standard practice following an officer-involved use of force incident.

Investigators continue to examine evidence, conduct follow-up interviews and review officer worn body camera, in-car camera and surrounding surveillance camera footage as part of the investigative process.

Due to the amount of information to review and the importance to maintain a transparent and credible investigation, it is expected to take several weeks to complete the investigative process before the case can be forwarded to the Chelan County Prosecutor.

WSDTlogo450Virtual meeting will be May 17 and 18

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Transportation Commission will begin work to implement free Washington State Ferries passage for people 18 and younger as well as a fall reduction of Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates during its May meetings.

Both of these measures were passed by the state Legislature earlier this year and the commission will now begin the process to implement the changes during its monthly two-day meeting on Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both days. Due to limitations related to COVID-19, this meeting will be virtual using Zoom. People interested in attending can register on the Commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.

Highlights of Tuesday’s presentations include:

  • Tolling Performance and Financial Update. An overview of current traffic and revenue performance of all tolled facilities will be provided.
  • Autonomous Vehicle Workgroup. An update of the workgroup’s upcoming activities for 2022 will be provided, along with an overview of a possible autonomous vehicle pilot proposal to test last-mile and transit connections.
  • Road Usage Charge. An update of current research and an overview of upcoming RUC pilots later this year will be provided.
  • Columbia River I-5 Bridge Replacement Project. A review of the program’s progress to date, including the locally preferred design alternative will be provided.

Highlights of Wednesday’s presentations include:

  • Sen. Marko Liias and Rep. Jake Fey. The chairs of the state Senate and House Transportation committees will discuss the results of the 2022 Legislative Session and their historic Move Ahead Washington funding package.
  • Washington State Ferries 18 and Under Passengers Ride Free Policy. The financial and operational analysis for carrying out this new program will be reviewed. The commission also will discuss next steps and the schedule for implementing it by this fall.
  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Rate Reduction. A review of financial considerations will be provided along with discussing how to apply the toll rate reduction. An overview of next steps and the schedule for the rate adjustment process will also be provided.

The commission will take public comment at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. Those wishing to speak can sign up during the meeting by posting their name in the Q&A box on-screen. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov.

douglas county logoDuring regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved to decline to sign the proposed East Wenatchee Annexation Interlocal Agreement.  The Board, The City of East Wenatchee, and staff from each agency, engaged in this newly created method during the last year in good faith with the intention of exploring a theoretically more streamlined and efficient annexation process that had the potential to serve both the community and each jurisdiction. 

After fully considering all of the public comment in opposition received by the Board throughout the annexation review process, during, and following the joint public hearing, the Board did not feel that it was the right decision for their citizens to move ahead at this time.  This decision was not reached casually and no direction had been decided prior to hearing the comments provided by the public.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners takes seriously their commitment in representing and serving their constituents.  While they are sincerely appreciative of the support and cooperation of the City of East Wenatchee during this time, it was ultimately determined that more direct input of the public is appropriate for this action.  Public involvement is a cornerstone of our government; the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is dedicated to preserving this vital component.

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The Manson Royalty Float from 2012. MVT photo.

Manson Apple Blossom is coming this weekend - May 13-14

This year's theme is "Back in Bloom"

Manson Apple Blossom Facebook page - https://fb.me/e/1keU1JrF2

Schedule of Events

5/13: Apple Blossom Coronation - 6:00 pm at Manson High School

5/14: Apple Blossom Pancake Breakfast - 6:30 am to 10 am at the Manson Grange - https://fb.me/e/1okhLB7wt

5/14: Apple Blossom Fun Run - 8:30am in front of the Manson Business Center

5/14: Apple Blossom Parade - 11:00 am starting at the Lake Chelan Building Supply and ending at Fire Station #5

5/14 Apple Blossom 3 on 3 Basketball Tournement - after the parade to 4:30 pm at Fire Station #5 - https://fb.me/e/1oMjOPDml

 

Check out this BLAST FROM THE PAST - Apple Blosson 2013 - Manson Apple Blossom 2013 Parade Photos (mansontribune.com)

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On May 7th, 2022 at approximately 8:27 AM, Wenatchee Police Department Officers responded to the area of N. Chelan Avenue and Palouse Street, Wenatchee, WA for report of male shooting into the Living Hope Church.  Officers arrived on scene and confronted the suspect. 

During the incident, one Wenatchee Police Department Officer sustained non-life threating injuries, as a result of the shooting. The single suspect was subsequently shot and fatally wounded by officers. 

The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU), which is an independent investigative team, was activated due to this being an officer involved shooting incident.

The NCW SIU is comprised of investigators from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.

In order to maintain an independent investigation, no investigators from the Wenatchee Police Department are involved with this incident.

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On 04/27/22, at approximately 530 AM, a subject shattered the glass door to the Seventh Day Adventist Church; located at 1201 10th Street NE, East Wenatchee. 

The suspect, who is depicted in the photographs, entered the church and spray painted the interior walls.  This does not appear to be gang related, but may be related to other churches in the area who were victims of vandalism. 

If you have any information on the suspect shown in the pictures, please call Sgt. Baker at (509)888-6809.

If you recognize the suspect, please do not contact him, contact Law Enforcement. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.