douglascountysheriff148On 12/27/16 at approximately 9:46 AM RiverCom dispatch received a report of an injury accident in the 2800 Blk. of Breckenridge Drive. 

Deputies responded and found a pickup truck upside-down in a swimming pool at a residence.  The investigation revealed that a 16 year old male had been driving the vehicle S/B at the 2900 Blk. of N. Baker when he lost control on the ice.  The vehicle went off the roadway and slid about 100 feet down a side hill.  It then hit a retaining wall which caused it to flip upside down and into the swimming pool of a residence.  The driver managed to escape by removing the head rest of his seat then using the metal bars to break a window. 

The driver was transported to Confluence Hospital for treatment.  His current condition is not known.

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The victim stated her nephew - who has been visiting from out of state - suddenly took her silver Jeep Liberty without permission as she was preparing to leave the residence to run errands. The victim’s purse and dog were in the vehicle at the time it was taken. The victim never gave her nephew permission to drive the vehicle and did not know where he would be heading.

Local law enforcement agencies began actively searching for the vehicle. At 10:36am a Department of Transportation employee driving on Highway 97-A observed the stolen Jeep Liberty parked on the shoulder of the highway facing northbound. He notified State Patrol dispatch who relayed the information to RIVERCOM. The WDOT employee then observed the vehicle begin traveling northbound behind him on the highway toward Chelan. North county deputies responded and eventually encountered the vehicle near milepost 222 about six miles north of Entiat.

As the deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver made a u-turn and began traveling back southbound. The driver failed to yield for several miles after the two pursuing deputies had activated lights and sirens. Eventually, the driver pulled to the right shoulder of the highway at the Earthquake Point turnout (milepost 118). Anthony Guentzel (26yoa) of Hibbing, Minnesota then refused to exit the vehicle or cooperate with deputies. While resisting the efforts of deputies attempting to take him into custody, Guentzel was tased. At that point, he was handcuffed and eventually transported to the Chelan County Regional Jail for booking on charges of: Theft of a Motor Vehicle; Attempted Eluding of a Pursuing Police Vehicle; Resisting Arrest; and No Valid Operator’s License.

The victim’s dog and purse were located in the Jeep Liberty. The dog is fine and was released the owner.

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OLYMPIA – What’s the best present travelers can give to themselves and their families this holiday? Planning ahead to ensure safe, smooth travel whether going across town or across the state.

By following these steps, drivers can be celebrating with family and friends, instead of sitting on a freeway:

  • Check the Washington State Department of Transportation's best times to travel 
  • Get informed about WSDOT's , including mobile apps, traffic cameras and email alerts.
  • Visit  for traffic, weather and ferry schedules.
  • Follow WSDOT's social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.
  • Carry chains and other winter driving essentials. Check current chain and traction requirements on the WSDOT passes website, highway advisory signs or by calling 5-1-1.
  • Leave extra time for holiday and winter travel and drive safe .

Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, Dec. 26 – to ease congestion.

In the mountains, the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), Chinook (State Route 410) and Cayuse (junction of State Routes 123 and 410) passes have closed for the winter. On Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass (elevation 3,022), motorists can now receive texts about any major delays by texting the words “wsdot snoqualmie” to the number 468311.

In the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, Dec. 26, on the State Route 520 bridge and the Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on that day as well.

Travelers making a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:

  • Anticipate heavy ferry traffic for the holiday and plan accordingly. The longest lines are expected westbound Friday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 24, and eastbound Monday, Dec. 26. Check the Washington State Ferries website, , or call toll-free 888-808-7977 for details. Customers can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger, if that is an option.
  • Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations. Visit 
  • For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit 
  • Check with your local public transit agency for any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidays

douglascountysheriff148On 12/13/16 at approximately 10:15 AM RiverCom dispatch received a weapons compliant at Bridgeport High School. 

The information was that there was a male in the parking lot with a pistol.  Deputies arrived and located the suspect vehicle within 11 minutes.  There was a single male occupant.  Deputies immediately spotted a pistol in the center console.  They took custody of it and found it was loaded.  The subject was removed from the vehicle and detained without injury or incident.  

The school had immediately gone into a lockdown.   Investigation revealed that the suspect was 24 year old Armando Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport.  The incident also involved  a 17 year old female and a 17 year old male who attended the high school.  It appeared that the suspect and the female had been in a dating relationship.  The suspect sent the female text messages from his car in the parking indicating he would kill the other male or himself.   She reported the messages to school officials who called 9-1-1. 

Morales-Cervantes was arrested for Felony Harassment (threats to  kill), possessing a firearm on school grounds, and possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.  He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail.  The pistol was a Ruger 9mm and had not been reported stolen.

The Deputies did an excellent job responding to and investigating this incident.  I was also impressed at the effective measures the school took to protect their students and staff.  Their level of cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office was remarkable.

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OLYMPIA – Drivers will have a chance to “test drive” a proposed system that would charge them by the mile, rather than by the gallon of gas for their road usage. The Washington State Transportation Commission today approved a plan to conduct a Road Usage Charge pilot project in fall 2017 that will simulate how this system might work.

 “As the fuel efficiency of vehicles increases, gas consumption decreases and this equates to a reduction in gas tax revenues over time. The gas tax serves as the major source of funding for building and maintaining our state highways and ferries,” said Commission Chairman Jerry Litt.  “Under the direction of the state Legislature, the commission has been assessing a road usage charge as a possible replacement for the gas tax in the future.”

 The commission’s Executive Director Reema Griffith added, “During the commission’s evaluation over the past four-plus years, we’ve determined a road usage charge is feasible and that it could produce the revenue needed for Washington’s roads well into the future.”

 The commission’s next step is to test the concept with the public and see what people think of it based upon actual experience using it. Recruitment will begin in spring 2017, with up to 2,000 volunteers needed from across the state to participate in the year-long test. Individuals who want to learn more about the project and have an interest in participating can visit the Road Use Charge website at www.waroadusagecharge.org

 Pilot project participants will choose different ways to participate and report their vehicle’s mileage. Some options do not involve any technology, such as manually reporting odometer readings; others do involve technology utilizing smartphones or in-vehicle technology. Because this is a simulation, participants will not be charged for any miles driven.

 A 25-member steering committee has guided this work since 2012. The steering committee includes representatives from:  auto and truck manufacturers, ports, environmental groups, trucking industry, cities, public transportation, business community and state agencies. The committee also includes three transportation commissioners and eight legislators.

 A key finding from the work of the steering committee is that the gas tax is becoming more and more inequitable. Under Washington state’s current gas tax system, drivers pay widely different amounts for roadway use, depending on their vehicle’s fuel efficiency; those driving older, less efficient vehicles fill up more often and therefore, pay more in taxes. This inequity is expected to grow each year as vehicle fuel efficiency continues to rise, and as more alternative fuel vehicles that don’t use gas at all come onto the market.  

 Currently, 14 other states are evaluating a shift from the gas-tax revenue model to a road use charge. Funding for this work stems from a $3.8 million Federal Highway Administration competitive grant received earlier this year.

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

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, December 8th, 2016, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the November 10th, 2016 Regular Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront: Design Firm Selection
ii. Willow Point Restrooms
iii. Project Priorities (Park & Ride, Right of Way Parks, Singleton Old Mill Trail, Old Mill Day Use Parking)
c. Singleton Drainage
d. 2017 Budget
VIII. New Business
a. Shoreline Watercraft: Request for additional commercial moorage
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: January 12th, 2017 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

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GIVE A GIFT OF LOVE AND CARING

Adopt-A-Tree  

A Great Way to support the Orchard!

Looking for a stocking stuffer, a special gift to commemorate a memory or loved one, or to create a sense of caring and nurturing in a young person? Consider giving an adopted tree at the Buckner Orchard for 2017.

If the Buckner Orchard is going to continue as the treasure we know it to be, it must have caretakers now, as well as long into the future. What better way to ensure that future than by giving a child a gift of a tree?

The response of children who received trees is touching. They picked out their trees, wanting "to grow up" with a younger tree, pulling weeds, placing mouse guards, and running water to "their tree". They have become attached to "their" tree and now have a wonderful opportunity to care and help nurture a living thing for many years to come.

TREES ARE NOT ONLY FOR CHILDREN!. Maybe you know someone who doesn't get to Stehekin enough, who has a special memory of the Orchard, or you just want to support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Orchard. The adoption of trees also raises awareness of the Orchard and its care.  

Adopt-A-Tree is one way in which you can support the work of the Foundation in caring for the Buckner Orchard.  With your support much can be done to protect and conserve the heritage of this national treasure, and to continue its place as an important part of the Stehekin Community.

Adopt a tree for yourself and be a part of the Buckner Orchard!

Adopt-A-Tree funds are used exclusively to support the care and maintenance of the Buckner Orchard and are tax deductible. 

How to Adopt-A-Tree

Step 1. E-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure a certificate arrives in time, providing the first and last name of the person the gift is being given to, as well as the address to which you would like it sent.  Be sure to include your e-mail address; this saves the Foundation both time and money in getting the receipt to you.

A personal message may be included on the certificate, such as, With love and fond memories, from Grandma Cinda and Uncle Jim.  You choose the one-line wording.

Step  2. Mail a check (@$25.00 per tree) to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation at PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Because some may be given as Christmas gifts, a certificate will be mailed immediately, trusting that the appropriate payment will be forthcoming.

Certificates can also be sent to you in PDF format via e-mail, ready to print from your computer, name of the recipient included.  Let us know your preference.

 Renewals

This is also a great time to renew trees adopted during previous years. Please let us know if a new certificate is needed and follow the directions above.

Adopt-A-Tree is one of three means by which the Foundation raises funds to support the Orchard and Homestead. The other two are memberships and donations. Please help us today and give a gift of love and caring.

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The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS

(Tax ID #452913458)

douglascountysheriff148On 12/0216 at approximately 1:47 AM a Washington State Patrol officer contacted what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 6. The female, a 14 yea ar old juvenile from East Wenatchee, confided in the state officer that she had set her parents’ house at the 2000 Blk. of Valley View Blvd. near East Wenatchee on fire before she left. WSP contacted Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies who rushed to the house and found the suspects parents asleep in their beds. There was no fire at the time but a 12” by 4” section of carpet had been burned. It appeared an unignited trail of lighter fluid, possibly barbeque lighter fluid had been poured up the stairs to the room occupied by the suspect’s mother and father. The door to their room had been blocked by an ottoman from the outside. Accelerant also let to the room of her 4 year old brother.

During an interview with Deputies, the juvenile female suspect admitted she attempted to set her parents’ house on fire, steal their car, and run away. She admitted squirting lighter fluid on carpets, curtains, and windowsills to make sure no one could get out. She created a trail of accelerant from the bedrooms, down the stairway, to the bottom step. There she lit the fire and watched it grow until she thought it was “pretty nice”. She then left.

The suspect had preloaded the vehicle with items she felt she needed for the trip. She planned to escape to Canada, Arizona, or Mexico. The suspect said she expected her entire family to die from smoke inhalation.

The suspected was arrested for three counts of attempted first degree murder, arson in the first degree, and theft of a motor vehicle.

This case is chilling and shocking to the senses. I am grateful to the WSP officer who first contacted the suspect and the Douglas County investigators who did such a thorough job unraveling the facts of this case. I am eternally grateful no one was hurt or killed.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

sheriffsmWENATCHEE, WA – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers in December.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, while respecting wildlife and the environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including avalanche awareness.
  • The proper clothing and equipment for winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.
  • Riding skills test

 

Registration deadline is December 9th. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and must sign them out at the conclusion of the class. For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 667-6508 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

sheriffsmOn November 18, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. a Cashmere resident reported the theft of his 2010 Ford pickup. A Chelan County Deputy located the stolen truck near the intersection of Hay Canyon Road and U.S. Highway 2. The male driver fled the pickup, crossed Highway 2 and ran toward the Wenatchee River bank. Deputies located the male hiding near the edge of the river. The male ignored deputies commands and jumped into the Wenatchee River. Deputies tried to convince the man to swim back to shore but he refused, and was last seen near the middle of the river.

Swiftwater Rescue personnel from Leavenworth Fire, Cascade Ambulance, and CCSO Volunteer Services along with personnel from the Cashmere Fire Department, Ballard Ambulance, and CCSO were unable to locate the male. The initial search was suspended at 9:00 p.m. due to darkness.

Searchers located the male on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. The male has been identified as 30 year old Daniel Posey of Wenatchee. Mr. Posey was deceased.

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Local Veterans attended a breakfast in their honor on Thursday, November 10 in the Manson High school student center.   Students from Mrs. Carlton’s Career Choices Class prepared and served eggs, bacon and pancakes. One student, Everardo Guillen, prepared a beautifully decorated cake for the Veterans which he made while working at Safeway for his internship.

Following breakfast Manson students lined the halls of the high school where our guests walked in tribute and were thanked by student’s for their service to our country!

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  • Harvest Fest Review
  • Work Party
  • Projects Update
  • Adopt-A-Tree is on its way!
 
 
HARVEST FEST
A Little Soggy and Very Successful!
 
In spite of a record rainfall for October, Harvest Fest shines again!
 
By the Numbers
 
Valley Music, Friday evening, Stehekin School  132 attendees
Many thanks to Jo Reiter, Jeannetta Kurth, Steve Saunders and all the many Valley musicians who so willingly shared there talents and love of music with us!
 
Saturday, Picking, Pressing, and Potluck, 205 participants - a rainy day record
New to Harvest Fest, our raffle raised $650 for support of the Homestead and Orchard!  Many thanks to the following for their generosity and support!
  • Chelan Seaplanes - one round trip and two one-way flights between Chelan and Stehekin
  • Adrienne Carpenter - quilted wall hanging of the head of Lake Chelan
  • Dick Bingham - Buckner Orchard apple wine, 8 bottles
  • Buckner Family - two copies of The Stehekin We Remember
  • Susan Burke - four CD's of violin/fiddle music

 

Sunday, Poetry night 19 participants

A quiet evening was shared at Bakery Log Cabin #1, bringing Harvest Fest to a relaxing and enjoyable end.
 
All three events came off like clockwork thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who contribute so much. 
 
Friday Work Party
23 volunteers showed up on a clear and windy day to start winterization of the orchard and to set up for Harvest Fest.  Work included:
  • Removing apples that would feed mice from around trees
  • Raking Leaves
  • Building the band platform
  • Setting up presses and other materials for Harvest Fest
  • Collecting and storing hoses and sprinklers
  • Filling ruts in road to the river
  • Collecting downed limbs and other wood
  • Setting up canopies and tarps
  • Sweeping and cleaning the Buzzard Cabin
  • And, more!
PROJECTS UPDATE
Several additional Foundation and NPS projects were completed or begun during late summer and fall at the Homestead.
 
Irrigation System Repair
The Foundation purchased $4,000 in materials for repair of the historic irrigation system.  Work will be completed at a later date by NPS.
 
Buzzard Cabin Stabilization
This was an immediate and critical need, which the Foundation was able to fund in its entirety, with an allocation of $6,000.
 
The Buzzard Cabin, the oldest and most historic structure at the Buckner Homestead, has begun to list at a rather rapid rate.  Through the work of NPS historic preservation specialists, Dana Barton and Mike Kittelson, the Foundation was able to quickly provide the funding for materials and labor to stabilize the structure until such time a more permanent solution can be found and funded. 
 
In addition to the exterior braces shown in the photo below, an interior stud -only wall was constructed mid-cabin, a substantial support located in the center living area, and reinforcing was added in the attic.
 

Additional Projects

 
Log Benches - In collaboration with NPS, six new log benches were added to the packing shed platform, adding to available seating, as well as to the safety of the site.  All work and materials were provided by the National Park Service.
 
Studebaker Wagon Shed - Also in collaboration with NPS, a new cover was constructed for the historic Studebaker wagon by NPS and WCC personnel. 
 
Viewscape Restoration - Removal of select trees between the Buckner Home and Rainbow Falls to restore the historic viewscape is an on-going project of the Foundation and NPS.  BHHF has allocated $2,000 for this purpose in 2016, with work to be completed in late 2016 and early 2017.
 
Water Diversion Work  -  NPS replaced rotted logs at the irrigation system's Rainbow Creek diversion.
 
 
ADOPT-A-TREE
As the holidays rush up on us, please keep in mind the opportunity to support and share the Orchard through the Foundation's Adopt-A-Tree program.  You will receive a separate e-mail on how to continue our work at the Orchard through Adopt-A-Tree. 
 
 

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The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization
 created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,
and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

 
 
 
 
 
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SEATTLE – Amtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in the Pacific Northwest this Thanksgiving season.
 
During the Thanksgiving period, the Washington State Department of Transportation will offer two additional Amtrak Cascades train trips between Seattle and Portland. The Oregon Department of Transportation will add more buses between Portland and Eugene to supplement train travel, and Oregon’s trains will run on their weekend schedule all five days. Details are available on the Amtrak Cascades website.
 
Two trips have been added between Seattle and Portland in addition to the regular schedule. The two additional trains will depart from Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 12:30 p.m., arriving in Portland at 4:45 p.m. They will leave Portland at 5:45 p.m. both days and arrive in Seattle at 10 p.m.:
 
  TRAIN STATIONS     TRAIN
511   514
11/23/2016 11/27/2016 OPERATING DATES 11/23/2016  11/27/2016
DP 12:30 PM SEATTLE AR 10:00 PM
12:45 PM TUKWILA 9:16 PM
1:25 PM TACOMA 8:46 PM
2:13 PM OLYMPIA-LACEY 7:58 PM
2:35 PM CENTRALIA 7:35 PM
3:21 PM KELSO-LONGVIEW 6:50 PM
4:03 PM VANCOUVER, WA 6:05 PM
 AR 4:45 PM PORTLAND, OR DP 5:45 PM
 DP 5:00 PM PORTLAND, OR (Bus)  
 AR 6:10 PM SALEM (Bus)  
 AR 6:55 PM ALBANY (Bus)  
 AR 7:40 PM EUGENE (Bus)  
 AR 7:50 PM EUGENE – UO (Bus)  
DP = Depart ; AR = Arrive. Read down for Train 511 and from the bottom up for Train 514.
 
Regular one-way adult fares between Seattle and Portland start as low as $26. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations.
 
Amtrak Cascades is working hard to provide a hassle-free travel experience while connecting customers with friends and family. These additional tips will help to ensure a smooth trip:
  • Purchasing Tickets: Tickets sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early for best availability. Travelers may purchase tickets early using AmtrakCascades.com, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
  • Baggage: Amtrak has a generous baggage allowance. Customers can bring two bags (up to 50 pounds each) and two carry-ons (up to 25 pounds each), collectively weighing up to 150 pounds, for free.
  • Avoid the Rush: The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening.
  • Arrive Early: Allow plenty of time at stations prior to departure – at least 45 minutes beforehand if picking up tickets. Arrange for pre-boarding if you need extra time or assistance.
  • All Aboard Pets: Bring Fluffy and Fido to Thanksgiving. Amtrak Cascades welcomes cats and dogs weighing 20 pounds or less for $25 each. Advance pet reservations are required. Some restrictions apply.
  • Bring your Bike: Some places are meant to be explored on two wheels. Make bicycle reservations when booking tickets.
  • Carry Photo ID: Customers are required to show valid photo identification when purchasing tickets. Make sure to carry valid photo ID at all times, as it may be requested aboard trains.
  • Be Safe: Passengers should be aware of their surroundings, stand back from the edge of the platform, never leave bags unattended, and watch their step when boarding or leaving the train or when walking between cars when the train is in motion.
  • More information: Visit the Rider’s Guide for details on baggage, pets reservations and bicycle reservations.
 
Lucky travelers could even be riding on the Amtrak Cascades Seahawks train, which was unveiled in Seattle last month.
 
Amtrak Cascades service is owned and managed by the Washington and Oregon departments of transportation. Visit www.AmtrakCascades.com or call 800–USA–RAIL for reservations and information.
 
Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; and two daily round trips between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

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The Manson Lady Trojans Volleyball Team ended their regular season on Tuesday, October 25 placing second in the CWB League with a record of 14-1.

The team begins its post-season journey this Friday, October 28 at 3:15 p.m. in the high school gym. They will be competing against Walla Walla Valley Academy.

If the Trojans win on Friday (GO Trojans) they are guaranteed two more district games hosted by Ephrata High School. The first game will be played on Saturday, November 29th at 6:00p.m.

As this is a district family passes and ASB cards will not be accepted at the door. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Please come out and support your Lady Trojans!!!!

douglascountysheriff148Good morning,

I just finished a briefing with my investigative team involving this incident.  The deaths of 60 year old Kathleen J. Duffy and 29 year old Seath W. L. Metcalfe are being ruled as a murder/suicide.

On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found Duffy and Metcalfe deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.  The investigation revealed that Metcalfe was the son of Kathleen Duffy.  He come come to stay at Duffy’s home in the 10 Blk of Glendale St. on 10/24/16.  Also living at the residence was Duffy’s daughter and her six year old son. 

At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/25/16 Duffy’s daughter and a friend left the residence leaving Duffy and Metcalfe alone.  At 12:12 PM Metcalfe texted his sister and said he was going to kill his mother and then himself.  She called RiverCom dispatch and rushed home and found her mother and brother dead from gunshot wounds to the head. 

Witnesses told investigators that Metcalfe struggled with substance abuse and mental illness.  Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol assisted with the investigated.  Two Chaplains from the NCW Chaplains association were also on scene to help with grief counseling for family and friends.

I am very grateful for the skilled professionalism displayed by everyone to assisted at this tragic event.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE.  When deputies arrived they found two deceased persons inside.  Investigators are still at the scene and no other information is being released at this time.  More to follow as the investigation progresses.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on the night of 10/20/2016 a shooting occurred at a commercial marijuana operation in the 400 block of Grubb Road near Malaga after an employee confronted two Hispanic males attempting to steal marijuana. When confronted by the employee the suspects were carrying plastic totes full of marijuana buds.

One of the suspects engaged the employee by firing a 9mm handgun. The employee who was armed returned fire. The suspects fled and the employee was not injured.

CCSO Deputies and WSP Troopers responded and searched the area. No blood was located and the suspects were not located. CCSO Detectives have taken over the investigation and are working to identify the suspects.

Any person with information is encouraged to call our office at 509-667-6851, or online by using our Submit a Tip form. http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/17/2016 a Chelan area resident reported the burglary of his home located on Sunset Ridge Lane near Chelan. The burglary included the theft of numerous items of personal property including several firearms. Subsequent investigation led detectives to contact Chelan area resident Robert Bell, who was arrested for the burglary and theft.

Detectives located Mr. Bell and a female at a mini-storage unit near the Chelan airport. A search warrant was later served at the mini-storage and property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell was recovered.

On 10/07/2016 the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a search warrant in the 2200 block of Wapato Lake Road near Mason. CCSO Detectives searched the property and located a firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary. Chelan County Detectives executed another Search Warrant in the Chelan area on 10/07/2016 and located more property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell.

Detectives along with Yakima County law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a residence near Grainger, Washington on Tuesday October 11, 2016. A firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary was recovered.

Chelan County Detectives are currently working to identify owners of the recovered property. The investigation has identified several victims in the Chelan, Manson, and Orondo areas, successfully clearing multiple burglary investigations.

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LAKE CHELAN, WA (October 12, 2016) - The support from our Lake Chelan community is what makes Lake Chelan Winterfest possible. So many people donate services, financial support or volunteer hours.
 
Lake Chelan Winterfest brings 10,000-12,000 guests to the Lake Chelan Valley each year and provides a cornerstone for the economic vitality of the region in the month of January.
 
With the help of local volunteers and dedicated sponsors, as a community, we can ensure our Winterfest guests (locals and visitors alike) have an amazing time and return year after year.
 
Our valued volunteers work 4-hour shifts and receive free festival admission, official volunteer gear and $10 in Chamber Bucks that can be used at any Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce member. 
 
Interested volunteers can start by signing up for a Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Shiftboard account. All volunteer shifts are clearly marked in the online calendar and each individual can handpick their desired shift starting October 24, 2016. For questions and additional information on volunteering, visit http://bit.ly/2e9Vcsj or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
There are many activities for businesses and organizations in which they can participate to elevate exposure during the festival. Winterfest button offers, entering your soup in Soupfest and Find Tsilly are all free for businesses to participate. To find out more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Event sponsorship is another great way to align your business with a fabulous community event and reach a wide demographic of people. Sponsorship benefits far exceed the price of sponsorship and include many opportunities and exciting perks. Sponsorships are still available for Lake Chelan Winterfest 2017. To become a sponsor, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
About the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce: The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1924 and currently has over 500 members. It exists to drive economic growth through leadership, advocacy and promotion that enhances the quality of life in the Lake Chelan Valley. Learn more at LakeChelan.com.

douglascountysheriff148C#16D-05690:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/08/16 at 11:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 5800 Blk.  of Rock Island Rd.  The complainant reported that unknown person stole his single shot 12 ga. Shotgun from the trunk of his girlfriend’s car.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05709:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 7:55 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 200 Blk. of Stull Ct.  Unknown persons had entered the victims vehicle, rifled through the inside and stole a flashlight.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05710:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:10 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl complaint at the 3100 blk. of NW Cascade.  The complainant reported that unknown persons had entered her unlocked vehicle and stole an I-Pod touch, a Gerber Multi-tool, and $10.00 in quarters.  There was no suspect information.

C#16D-05711:  Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:40 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl report in the 2700 Blk. of Sunset Hwy.  The complainant reported that unknown persons entered her unlocked GMC Yukon and stole her wallet.  The wallet was located nearby but the cash that had been inside was missing.

Please remember to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock the doors.

douglascountysheriff148On 09/24/16 at approximately 4:25 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the 3100 Blk. of Sunset Hwy.  They discovered a male inside the residence who appeared to have stab and slash wounds. 

The investigation revealed two males visiting the residence got into a physical fight after one party slighted the other’s girlfriend.  The fight broke up, but as one of the males was walking away, the other sprayed him with pepper mace.  The fight resumed again, the male who had used the pepper mace pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times. 

The suspect was identified as 34 year old Keith L. Hill of East Wenatchee.  He was still at the scene when Deputies arrived and was arrested without incident.  Hill was transported to the Chelan County Jail and booked for Assault in the 1st degree.

The victim was later found to have two slash wounds to his chest, two puncture wounds to the right side of his rib cage, and one puncture wound to his right forearm.  He was treated at Confluence Hospital.  It was believed his injuries were not life threatening.

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Manson FFA recently attended the Chelan County Fair to show their Livestock and still life projects that they have been working on since last May.

The members attending were Alyssa La Mar, Kayla Gosvener, Abbie Reed, Sadie Batchelor, Cody Amsden, Cody Krumm, Ben Charlton ,Payton Stevens, and Ethan Schoenwald.

On Thursday in Market class all members received blue ribbons for their swine projects. In the still life Exhibit Cody Krumm received both Grand Champion and Reserved Champion for his spray paintings; Cody Amsden received reserve grand champion for his eggs.

On Friday in fitting and showing students were judged on how well they fit and show their animals, again Manson came away with all blue ribbons doing an excellent job with their animals.

In career development events (CDE) Manson placed 4th in poultry, with Alyssa LaMar placing 4th overall. In produce judging Kayla Gosvener was tied for 2nd overall missing out on 1st place by just 2 points with Cody Krumm coming in 4th followed by Cody Amsden in 8th and Alyssa LaMar in 9th and Blake Cochran in 9th, that put the team 1st overall.

In the sweepstakes division, which is how the schools do overall in all in all the Judging contest Manson came home with a 3rd place banner. The barn decorations this year where created by the students with Alyssa LaMar heading them up and bringing home a 2nd place ribbon.

In the barn herdsmanship contest the students are judged on how well they keep their barn area clean and interact with the public during the fair, Manson came home again with a 1st place ribbon.

Manson FFA would like to thank all the parents, past FFA members, and community members for their support at the Chelan County Fair and are looking forward to next year.

buckner logoBUCKNER HOMESTEAD HERITAGE FOUNDATION HARVEST FEST 2016
October 7,8, 9
 
EVENTS
Friday evening - Valley Music at the Stehekin School at 7 PM, featuring many great Stehekin Valley musicians and special guests.
 
Saturday - Picking and pressing at the Orchard at 10 AM, with a community-wide potluck at 1 PM.  Chili, plates, cups, utensils, and drinks are provided.  Bring what you can, and don't worry if you're a guest to the Valley with limited cooking facilities.  Live music by Agnes on Fire, our local favorite, will accompany the potluck!
 
Sunday Evening, for those still around, is Poetry Night at the Bakery Log Cabin #1 at 7 PM. Bring favorite poetry to read, poetry you've written, or just come, listen, and enjoy the evening.
 
Raffle - For the first time, a raffle will be a part of the Saturday events - seaplane flights, wine, beautiful quilted wall hangings, CD, books, and more.  Tickets are only $2.00 each  or 3 for $5.00, and the drawing will take place during the potluck on Saturday.  All proceeds go to support the work of the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation at the Homestead and Orchard.
 
 
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
 
GETTING THERE
Chelan Seaplanes is, again, offering special pricing for flights to and from Harvest Fest and have added additional flights.
 
You can book online or call Chelan Seaplanes and use the promo code "harvestfest2016" to get $10 off each way or $20 off round trip per person.
 
Chelan Seaplanes on-line:  http://www.chelanseaplanes.com/ or,by phone, 1.509.682.5555.
 
Lake Chelan Boat Company will be on its fall schedule, offering only daily Lady of the Lake II runs to Stehekin and return.  Be sure to check their departure times, and reservations are advised, especially if returning on Sunday, October 9.
 
Lake Chelan Boat Company on-line:  http://ladyofthelake.com/ or by phone 1.509.682.4584
 
Lake Chelan Helicopters may also provide chartered flights to and from Stehekin.
 
Lake Chelan Helicopters on-line: http://lakechelanhelicopters.com/
Lake Chelan Helicopters by phone:  1.509.860.9058
 
ACCOMODATIONS
Accommodations ins Stehekin are limited, so plan ahead and reserve a place to stay now, if you haven't already done so.  Various accommodations can be found at the Foundation link below.
 
http://bucknerhomestead.org/links-resources/">Stehekin Accommodations and More
 
Don't forget the Bakery and The Garden as you plan for a great weekend in the Valley.
 

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)

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On Friday September 16th the body of climber Adam Ochshorn was successfully recovered from below the west buttress of Colchuck Peak. The remains are in the possession of the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff’ Brian Burnett stated, “We hope this brings some final closure to the family and friends of Adam. I appreciate all of the hard work by the deputies, pilots and many mountain rescue volunteers involved in this search and recovery”.

Ochshorn’s family in New York state and friends in Portland, Oregon have been notified of the recovery.

The task of recovering Ochshorn’s body was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and Chelan County Fire District #1. During the planning phase of the mission, coordinators realized the most practical and safe method to remove the remains from its position on the steep 7,100ft slope of Colchuck Peak would be to use the fire district’s UH-1 Huey aircraft using a long line technique. This is in lieu of the much smaller Sheriff’s Office OH-58 Jet Ranger helicopter. Fire Chief Mike Burnett authorized the flight of his agency’s helicopter in support of the recovery mission. The larger aircraft allowed for less total flight time and the capability to insert all ground personnel near the body position in one mission. The Sheriff’s Office and Fire District #1 hope to continue a partnership in using the UH-1 Huey for specific search and rescue missions in the future. Hoist equipped helicopters from other counties within the state are not as readily available for rescue and recovery missions as they have been during the past several years. This is primarily due to other counties seeing budget cuts and other funding sources decline during the past two years. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will share costs on any rescue missions in which the Fire District #1 aircraft is used.

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Earlier Story

Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the body of missing climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) was located this weekend below the northwest buttress adjacent to Colchuck Peak in the Alpine Wilderness. A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) personnel located the remains shortly after 12:00pm on Saturday. The team deployed early Saturday morning on a mission in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. He has been missing since November 29th, 2015 when friends from Oregon reported Ochshorn overdue returning from a solo climb of the north couloir route of Colchuck Peak. Attempts to locate Ochshorn last fall were unsuccessful and severely hampered by weather.

On Tuesday (09/6/2016) a Sheriff’s Office helicopter flying an unrelated mission to assist two stranded climbers on Dragontail Peak, took some time to fly the west side of the northwest buttress area. A crewmember in the helicopter spotted a faded orange object in the rocks on a steep slope at around the 6,500ft elevation level. On Thursday, a small team of CCMR personnel hiked and climbed to the location of the object and confirmed it was Ochshorn’s climbing pack. A search of the immediate area by that team did not locate Ochshorn’s remains.

On Saturday, a team of nine CCMR personnel deployed to an area well above the location the climbing pack had been found. The body of Ochshorn was located above 7,000 feet.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently working through a plan to remove the remains from the steep slope consisting of loose rock and boulders.

Ochshorn’s family was notified over the weekend and expressed their sincere appreciation to the mountain rescue team members that volunteered their time to find Adam’s remains.   Questions regarding this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson.

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UPDATE - December 1st, 2015

The search for hiker Adam Ochshorn who was reported overdue on Sunday 11/29, has been suspended. The current and predicted weather, and the safety of Search and Rescue personnel were considerations in making this decision.

Search and Rescue personnel conducted ground and aerial searches Monday and Tuesday, but were unable to locate Mr. Ochshorn. As previously reported, Mr. Ochshorn’s campsite was located Monday along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied.

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ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE - November 30th, 2016

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office initiated an active search for an overdue climber in the area of Colchuck Peak Monday morning. The climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) of Portland, Oregon had planned on hiking to the Colchuck Lake area on Friday, camping overnight and then climbing a couloir route to reach Colchuck Peak on Saturday. He was expected out by late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. Ochshorn’s vehicle was located near the Bridge Creek campground. He is described as an experienced and technical climber who had hiked in the Colchuck area this past summer.

Search coordinators and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel worked together throughout Monday in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. One team of Mountain Rescue members had hiked into Colchuck Lake on Sunday evening. Deputies and other Mountain Rescue members joined in the search Monday morning. Ochshorn’s tent was eventually located along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied. Searchers are focusing on a north couloir route which Ochshorn mentioned to friends would be his ascending route to the Colchuck Peak summit.

Due to a weather inversion layer of low clouds in Chelan County, a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct an aerial search Monday. (The elevation of the search area is above the inversion layer). Searchers had clear skies throughout Monday’s operational period but have yet to locate Ochshorn. The search will continue Tuesday morning

 

douglascountysheriff148You’ve probably heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  It is an annual event in honor of Saint Fermin.  It is a practice involving a group of brave souls running in front a six charging bulls though a sectioned of set of streets.  Apparently, two Douglas County bulls had been watching the Travel Channel and fancied themselves as local El Toro, because they tried to recreate their own Running of the bulls on the loop trail about a half mile south of Rocky Reach Dam yesterday afternoon. 

RiverCom dispatch received several complaints that two bulls were on the trail chasing pedestrians and cyclists.  Deputies and humane society officers quickly responded to scene.  No one was injured, but the bulls had made good their escape. 

Deputies reported that there were several orchards into which the animals could have disappeared.  Maybe they just got tired and went home having fulfilled their dream.  They were last seen heading toward East Wenatchee.

Very Respectfully,
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

douglascountysheriff148On 09/08/16 at 11:40 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol on Hwy. 28 five miles east of East Wenatchee attempted to stop a vehicle travelling 73 MPH in a 60 MPH zone.  When the Deputy turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle abruptly sped up to approximately 100 MPH.  Traffic was light, and the Deputy pursued the vehicle to SE 3rd where it turned right.  It continued at a high speed and failed to stop at the stop sign at SE 4th and Kentucky.  The vehicle lost control and went off the road near Clovis School damaging some fencing.  The driver, 27 year old Armondo Torres of Kent, WA, was taken into custody without further incident.  He was found to be in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine.  He also had multiple warrants for his arrest and had a suspended driver’s license. 

The Deputies and the assisting East Wenatchee Police officers did a very good job effectively managing this case and bringing the criminal to justice.

wsdot logoOLYMPIA – Bridges owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation, as of June 2016, met an annual performance goal of having at least 90 percent of deck area in fair or better condition, despite a slight decrease from one year ago.

In its 62nd edition of the “Gray Notebook” (pdf 4.2mb) quarterly performance report, WSDOT examines the reasons 92.1 percent of WSDOT-owned bridges by deck area were in fair or better condition in 2015 and notes why they declined to 91.2 percent in 2016.

This edition also analyzes the conditions of WSDOT ferry vessels and ferry terminals; looks at traffic fatalities and serious injuries to determine the root causes; reviews the amount of freight being moved through Washington; and sheds light on the agency’s progress in removing fish passage barriers.

Highlights from this edition of the “Gray Notebook” include:

  • The percent of WSDOT ferries vessel systems overdue for replacement increased from 9 percent in fiscal year 2015 to 11 percent in FY 2016. WSDOT had 87 percent of its ferry terminal systems in fair or better condition in 2015, a 1.6 percentage point decrease from 2014 (Gray Notebook, p. 23).
  • Washington had 567 roadway fatalities in 2015, a 22.7 percent increase from the 462 in 2014. During the same period, there was a 3.6 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled in Washington from 2014 to 2015 that potentially resulted from an improving economy and lower fuel prices (Gray Notebook, p. 10).
  • WSDOT corrected 10 fish passage barriers in 2015, improving fish access to 46 miles of potential upstream habitat (Gray Notebook, p. 35).

To learn more about WSDOT’s performance or to review “Gray Notebook” 62 or its condensed Lite (1.4 mb) version, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Accountability/.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/08/2016 members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, the Chelan County Regional SWAT team, the Washington State Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant in the Stemilt Basin area. The area was being used for the illicit manufacture of marijuana.

Two subjects were taken into custody and over 4,000 mature marijuana plants with an estimated conservative value of over $1,000,000.00 were seized. Chelan County Public Works assisted law enforcement with the disposal of the marijuana.

CRDTF Detectives learned one of the subjects arrested was wanted in connection with a Grant County Incident where he was charged with First Degree Assault, and over 5 pounds of Methamphetamine was seized from his home.

Investigation into the two subjects arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force is ongoing.

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Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, September 8th, 2016, 4:00pm

I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Deletions and Additions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. Minutes of the August 11th, 2016 Regular Meeting
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Director’s Report
b. Park Improvements
i. Downtown Waterfront
ii. Willow Point
iii. Project Priorities (Park & Ride, Right of Way Parks, Singleton Old Mill Trail, Old Mill Day Use Parking)
c. Old Mill and Manson Bay Street/Parking Lights
VIII. New Business
IX. Adjournment
Next Regular Meeting: October 13th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building

sheriffsm***UPDATE September 4, 2016 1:00PM***

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has released the name of the officer involved in Saturday morning’s shooting as Officer Kaiti Wilkins. She has been with the East Wenatchee Police Department since June 2016. Officer Wilkins has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the investigation is being completed.

SIU’s investigation remains ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.

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***UPDATE September 3, 2016 1:00PM***

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has identified the suspect who was shot early this morning as Cameron S. Ayers, a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Washington.

At approximately 2:05 a.m., the East Wenatchee police officer contacted a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW. While contacting the vehicle, the officer became aware that Ayers, who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody. While the officer was attempting to detain Ayers, three shots were fired by the officer. Two knives were located when Ayers was removed from the vehicle.

SIU’s investigation is ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.

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***Original Release September 3, 2016***

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, an officer with the East Wenatchee Police Department was involved in an officer involved shooting.

At approximately 2:05 a.m., the officer contacted a vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW in Douglas County, Wa. The officer was contacting a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle when the shooting occurred.

The victim has been identified as a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Wa. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he later died.

The officer was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave which is normal procedure while the investigation is being completed.

The investigation has been turned over to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU team is comprised of investigators from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

wsdot logoStatewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 27-29

OLYMPIA – Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2015, volunteers tallied more than 74,000 bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across Washington.

For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 29.

“The data from this survey helps communities in many ways,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Volunteers are a key piece of the collection process – we couldn’t do this work without them.”

Data collected in the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. As an example, the city of Bellingham used count data to monitor bicycle and pedestrian transportation trends for its award-winning Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvement project.

Get involved

To learn more, visit WSDOT’s website, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 206-439-4301.

Participating communities

WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.

WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.

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douglascountysheriff148On 08/17/16 at 3:34 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT and the Chelan County SWAT teams worked together to serve a high risk search warrant at the 1800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  

Residents in town may have noticed armored cars or heard loud reports made by the diversionary devices used by the teams during the raid.  Several roads were also temporarily blocked to keep people out of the area and to provide security for law enforcement at the scene.   

Detectives from the NCW Drug Task Force searched the residence with the help of drug dogs.  They located approximately 3.9 ounces of heroin and suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia.  No one was arrested at the residence, but charges are pending. 

I appreciate the cooperation between the Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices, the Brewster Police Department, and the NCWDTF.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening. A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. He immediately notified the RIVERCOM Regional Dispatch Center for swift water rescue response.

It was determined that a group of four subjects had placed two small rafts in the Wenatchee River below the Tumwater Dam along US Highway 2 at about 7:30pm. Two subjects entered each raft and they began floating the river without knowledge of the hazardous white water conditions downriver near mileposts 98 to 99 just west of Leavenworth. At one point, the raft carrying Charles Beedle Sr. 68yoa (Bremerton, WA) and his daughter-in-law, Heather Mjelde (also of Bremerton) began having difficulty navigating the swift water. Both subjects ended up in the river and were swept a significant distance through the rough water and boulders. Mjelde was eventually able to work her way to the north side of the river and hold onto a rock until she was located and rescued by emergency responders. The two subjects in the second raft, Charles F. Beedle Jr (43yoa – Port Orchard, WA) and his 12-year old son self-rescued to the north side of the river and were unharmed. None of the four subjects involved were wearing personal floatation devices.

An extensive search was conducted by the Chelan County Swift Water Rescue Team, CCSO Deputies, Fire District #3 personnel, Cascade Ambulance medics, and State Troopers in an attempt to locate Charles Beedle Sr. Saturday evening. The search was suspended with negative results just after midnight.

On Sunday morning at 7:00am the search resumed using trained swift water personnel and deputies.   Family members checking an area of the river in the 9200 block of Icicle Road located the body of Charles Beedle Sr. at about 7:40am. He had been swept up onto a low lying boulder in the middle of the river. Swift water personnel recovered the body without incident by 8:40am. The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has possession of the body.

 The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone planning a recreational rafting trip take notice of the following recommendations:

  • Always wear personal floatation devices (life vests)
  • Have knowledge of the entire waterway and especially downstream hazards prior to beginning the trip. The Tumwater Canyon is NOT a recommended area for recreational rafting due to hazardous swift water and rapids.
  • Have at least one person with rafting experience in the group and bring along extra paddles, extra floatation devices, throw ropes, and a cell phone.

 

Inquiries reference this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

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The regular fire commissioner meeting for September has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the fire station located at 232 East Wapato, Chelan. 

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports an injured climber was rescued from the Dragontail Peak area of the Alpine Wilderness Sunday afternoon.

RIVERCOM Dispatch Center received a call from the injured subject’s climbing partner just prior to 11:00am stating that his friend fell while descending the mountain and likely broke his lower left leg. The incident occurred at approximately 7:00am. The climbing partner had to hike out to receive cellular service. The patient, David Wade (51yoa) from Portland, Oregon was positioned on the northwest aspect of Dragontail Peak above Asgaard Pass.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter inserted one rescuer, Deputy Mike McLeod, to the area of Wade on the mountain. The deputy made his way to Wade’s location and splinted the broken leg. A hoist equipped helicopter was requested through the State Emergency Management Division. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “SnoHawk-10” helicopter crew accepted the mission and responded.

Wade was extracted from his position on the mountain by 3:30pm and flown to the SAR staging at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery helipad. He was transferred to a Cascade Ambulance and taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment. Wade is in stable condition.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 75 year old male motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon while riding on the Mad River Trail approximately 17 miles north of Leavenworth.

At approximately 4:10pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a report of a motorcycle accident on the Mad River Trail approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The reporting party stated that the motorcyclist had failed to negotiate a curve and went over an embankment at a bridge crossing. He said the subject had a possible neck injury.

Chelan County Search and Rescue personnel and a medic from Cascade Medical Center responded to the scene.

At 6:28pm the first group of rescuers and the medic reached the victim. He was identified as Marvin H. Muir of Everett, Wa. Due to the nature of his injuries a Life Flight helicopter was requested but was later canceled when a safe landing area could not be located. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinators made a request for a hoist capable helicopter through State Emergency Management.

At 9:10pm when a hoist capable helicopter had still not been located, rescuers made the decision to transport the patient out on a wheeled litter. With the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search & Rescue members, the patient was transported 1.5 miles back to the trailhead. He was then transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

wsdot logoDrivers to encounter delays through multiple construction zones from Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage

HYAK – As the days get shorter, closures on Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass will get earlier so crews have enough daylight to conduct rock blasting operations.  

The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close I-90 at 7:30 p.m. for about an hour each night Monday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11. During rock blasting closures, eastbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound drivers will be stopped at milepost 62 near the Stampede Pass interchange.

Construction related impacts due to lane closures and detours through multiple work zones will cause delays next week from the summit of Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage.

Drivers are encouraged to check our What’s Happening on I-90 Webpage for specific daily impacts and locations or follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east or @snoqualmiepass.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/04/16 at 10:17 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the 400 Blk. of Parkway Drive in Rock Island. 

The victim claimed to have been assaulted by her boyfriend and fled to the residence of a neighbor.  She reported he had a gun. 

Deputies went to the suspect’s residence and asked the male to come out.  He refused.  One Deputy could see what looked to be a rifle stock protruding from some blankets.  When the Deputies went inside to bring the suspect out, he attacked them by punching them in their head and bodies.  He was Tased and subsequently subdued. 

The suspect, 46 year old Shayne Merritt of Rock Island, complained of neck pain.  He was transported to the hospital and was quickly cleared to be moved to the jail.  He was booked for Assault 4th D/V for assaulting his girlfriend.  He was also charged with Assault 3rd degree for attacking the Chief Deputy.  Charges are being considered for his attack on a sergeant who was also at the call.

douglascountysheriff148On 08/04/16 at approximately 2:30 PM Douglas County fire units and deputies responded to a brush fire east side of Highway 97 at mile post 228.  There are fire units from Douglas County, Chelan County, and BLM.  There are also two fixed wing and two helicopter assets fighting the fire. 

The fire is moving S/SE and had burned about 500 acres.  The Sheriff’s Deputies have given out 8 level I and II in  the Browns Canyon area.

The Sheriff’s Office also used the AlertSense system to send out warnings to people in the area.  There have no reports of damage or injuries.

douglascountysheriff148After weeks of surveillance by our investigations team, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT raided this illegal marijuana grow on Badger Mountain at approximately 6:00 AM this morning.  The location was near the end of Redfield Rd. approximately four miles from Badger Mountain Rd. 

There were about 646 plants with a street value of approximately $840,000.

The suspects had been living in a shack with filthy conditions. They were not at the scene when the Deputies arrived. The team also located a flatbed truck used to haul water to the plants, generators for lights, a bulldozer used to clear the land, and a .40 cal pistol.  

The property was seized as items used to facilitate an illegal drug grow/trade. The owners may come forward to claim the property and request a hearing to have it returned.

I am extremely proud of my team for their work on this case. A large scene like this means the deputies and evidence techs worked long hours in the heat to ensure a proper investigation. They did outstanding work.  I also appreciate the assistance from the DEA and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis board.

douglascountysheriff148On 07/02/16 at approximately 11:30 AM. the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Brewster Police Department to arrest a subject who was wanted for domestic violence assault. 

Deputies accompanied the Brewster Police Chief to an address in the 500 Blk. of West Cliff in Brewster, WA.  The mother of the suspect gave the Chief and Deputies permission to enter the residence to locate her son, 22 year old Salvador Saucedo-Torres.  Once inside, they found that Saucedo-Torres was in a room at the back of the house.  As the Brewster Chief tried to talk to him, he became highly aggressive and punched her in the face.  As the Deputies tried to pull him back, the suspect abruptly turned and hit one Deputy in the face creating a cut above his eye.  The suspect also punched a Sheriff’s Office sergeant several times. 

Saucedo-Torres was subdued and taken into custody.  He was booked for two counts of Assault 2nd degree for his attack on the Brewster Chief and the Deputy, one count of Assault 3rd degree for assaulting the sergeant, and one count of Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) as part of Brewster PD’s earlier investigation.  The suspect was not injured.

Domestic violence situations are very dangerous for law enforcement.  I am grateful no one was hurt more seriously.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal