Through continued investigation, investigators learned on April 17, 2023, Erik Farias-Reyes, a 31-year-old male out of East Wenatchee, WA fired a 10mm handgun at a vehicle occupied by two individuals. The incident occurred at a residence in the 10-block of South Union Avenue in East Wenatchee, WA. Elias Mora-Ontiveros, a 23-year-old male out of Rock Island, WA, the passenger in the vehicle, was shot in his upper back and died because of the wounds. The driver in the vehicle was not injured.
After the gun shot, the vehicle fled the scene where a Douglas County Deputy was flagged down in the 200 block of Grant Road.
Farias-Reyes and his girlfriend, Sabrina McCubbin, a 24-year-old female of East Wenatchee, WA were driven away from the incident location by Juan Carlos Vasquez-Hernandez, a 35-year-old male of Quincy, WA.
Detectives obtained a nationwide felony extradition warrant on Farias-Reyes for Murder in the 2nd Degree regarding the death of Mora-Ontiveros, Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree for the second vehicle occupant, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd Degree.
Detectives obtained a nationwide felony extradition warrant on Vasquez-Hernandez for Complicity Homicide-Murder in the 2nd Degree (intentional and felony murder), and Complicity Homicide-Murder in the 2nd Degree (intentional murder).
On April 19, 2023, with the assistance of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, East Cascades SWAT, Wenatchee Police Department, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Ballard Ambulance, RiverCom Dispatch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives executed a search warrant in a room at Lyle’s Motel, 924 N. Wenatchee Avenue. Farias-Reyes and McCubbin were located inside.
Farias-Reyes was subsequently booked into CCRJC for Murder in the 2nd Degree, Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 2nd Degree and an outstanding warrant.
McCubbin was subsequently booked into CCRJC for Rendering Criminal Assistance-First Degree and Making False and Misleading Statements.
Vasquez-Hernandez’s current location is unknown. Law enforcement is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Vasquez-Hernandez, pictured above
Anyone with information should contact Douglas County Detective Taylor Melton at (509) 888-6822.
Statewide litter prevention initiative encourages residents to take action to prevent litter on roads
OLYMPIA – April is Earth Month, and the Washington Department of Ecology is marking the occasion with an emphasis on keeping Washington litter free. Roadside litter affects road safety, the environment and the wellbeing of local communities. More than 75% of Washington residents do not litter, but despite this, an estimated 26 million pounds of material still litter Washington’s roads every year.
Results from Ecology’s 2022 statewide litter study show there are 73,580 separate pieces of litter – or 1,579 pounds of trash – per mile per year on Washington’s interstate highways. Even on local roads, you can find 18,051 pieces of litter – 143 pounds – per mile per year. Common materials include plastic film packaging, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and beverage containers, all of which are not biodegradable and can leach harmful chemicals into the environment.
Why do people do it? Ecology’s research identified “not having a trash bag in the car” as a top reason why people litter.
Each year, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Ecology spend more than $12 million combined to fund cleanup efforts. Pickup crews and volunteers collected more than 1,641 tons of garbage off state highways in 2022 alone, and that’s only a small fraction of waste that is tossed or blown out of a vehicle on to the road. Millions of pounds of litter are left behind.
Litter isn’t just unsightly, it can be dangerous and cause collisions. That’s why the Washington State Patrol educates and enforces litter laws, with fines ranging from $103 to $5,000. The largest fines are for “lit debris” — primarily cigarettes — and items that can lead to collisions.
“Everyone has a role to play in protecting and preserving the natural beauty of Washington,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Litter impacts our environment, wildlife, and public health and safety. Something as simple as throwing your trash away properly can make a big difference.”
Ecology’s “Simple As That” campaign is designed to reduce littering by changing the behaviors that cause it. The campaign gives people simple tips to avoid littering and motivates them to talk to their friends and family about living litter free. It encourages Washingtonians to:
As a part of the Earth Month campaign, Ecology is running statewide advertising in English and Spanish, distributing a Litter Prevention Toolkit to allied government agencies, jurisdictions, and nonprofit organizations, and partnering with Fred Meyer stores to give away free car litter bags to shoppers across the state.
Ecology also has a partnership with the Refugee Artisan Initiative to give away upcycled litter bags made from vinyl banners that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. These litter bags are made by refugee and immigrant women earning a living wage through the organization. Giveaways to local residents for the upcycled litter bags will take place at community events in the Spokane area in the last two weeks of April.
“This Earth Month, we want everyone to be part of the solution to keep Washington litter free by taking simple actions like holding on to trash until you see a bin or keeping a litter bag in your car,” said Laura Watson, Ecology’s director. “When you do your part, you set a good example for everyone else to do theirs.”
On 4/17/2023 at approximately 1:18 AM, a Douglas County Deputy was flagged down by a private vehicle in the 200 block of Grant Road, East Wenatchee, WA.
When the deputy contacted the vehicle they found the male passenger, Elias A. Mora-Ontiveros, a 23-year-old Rock Island, WA resident, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his torso. Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Department Officers provided medical care to Elias. Elias was subsequently transported, by ambulance, to Central Washington Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned the shooting, which stemmed from an apparent verbal argument, occurred in the 10-block of South Union Avenue East Wenatchee, WA. Detectives are still contacting witnesses and processing the crime scene with the assistance of the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team. Detectives believe this is an isolated incident, and there does not appear to be any risk to the public.
Anyone with information can contact Douglas County Detective Taylor Melton at (509) 888-6822. Reference case #23D01722.
LINHUI YAN AGE 60
YAN YANG AGE 44
During the course of the investigation detectives were able to contact some of the victims of human trafficking in the case. They were offered and given any available resources they were willing to accept.
As of this day, the suspects Linhui Yan and Yan Yang have not been arrested, and their current location is unknown. There are still warrants for their arrest. Please contact the Columbia River Drug Task Force if you have any information on the location of the suspects.
There are no additional suspect or charges being considered at this time.
03-01-2023 Press Release
The Columbia River Drug Task Force reports a long-term human trafficking investigation that has resulted in the service of five search warrants at various locations across the state. In 2022, CRDTF detectives were made aware of two local massage parlors which were a front for prostitution. Over the course of the investigation, two suspects were identified as a part of this human trafficking organization and warrants were issued for their arrest. The charges include: leading organized crime, promoting prostitution, and money laundering. These individuals have been identified as 60-year-old Linhui Yan and 43-year-old Yan Yang out of Tacoma.
On 03-01-2023, CRDTF detectives led a joint operation involving the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Kennewick Police Department, South Sound Gang Task Force, Department of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security.
Search warrants were served at the following locations: 400 block of North Mission Street in Wenatchee, 300 block of North Chelan Ave in Wenatchee, 6200 block of Clearwater in Kennewick, 3600 block of Tyler Street in Tacoma, and 2000 block of 1022nd Street in Tacoma.
This is an ongoing investigation, additional details will be released when available.
*** UPDATE February 22nd, 2023 1530 ***
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on February 22nd no rescuers were sent in to the avalanche scene near Colchuck Peak. Two avalanche experts from Northwest Avalanche Center deployed to the Colchuck area to assess the current avalanche hazard. The bodies of the climbers killed in the avalanche remain at the scene.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the avalanche victims as:
• Seong Cho, a 54-year-old male Korean National residing in West Hartford Connecticut
• Jeannie Lee, a 60-year-old female from Bayside New York
• Yun Park, a 66-year-old male from Palisades Park New Jersey
Recovery efforts from this point forward will be based on avalanche and weather conditions as well as overall rescuer safety.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on February 20th, 2023 Deputies were contacted at the CCSO Leavenworth substation about an avalanche that occurred near Colchuck Lake the previous day. The reporting party, a 53-year-old Maryland man reported the group he was with had attempted to climb Colchuck Peak on Sunday February 19th. There were six climbers in that group and the reporting party had stayed at their base camp that day.
The lead climber triggered an avalanche while attempting to climb the Northeast Couloir of Colchuck Peak. Four of the climbers were swept down the couloir approximately 500 feet. Three of the climbers died as a result of trauma sustained in the fall. They were a 60-year-old female from New York, a 66-year-old male from New Jersey, and a 53-year-old male from Connecticut. The fourth climber, a 56 year old male form New York sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was able to hike back to base camp with the remaining two. They were a 50-year-old male from New York and a 36-year-old male from New Jersey. When they arrived at camp, they sent the reporting party for help.
When Deputies took the report, A SAR coordinator started gathering resources. A total of 22 rescuers responded to the trailhead to assist with this effort. They were from Chelan County Mounty Rescue, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue and ORV unit, Seattle Mountain Rescue, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, and Yakima Mountain Rescue. A group of four from Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded to the lake driven part of the way by the CCVSAR ORV unit. They reached the base camp at approximately 1:30 pm. They were able to determine avalanche conditions were too hazardous to continue to the deceased climbers. They escorted the surviving climbers back to the trailhead.
Rescuers were not sent back in to the scene today due to hazardous conditions. CCSO continues to work with Northwest Avalanche Center to assist in a recover plan.
Colchuck Peak sits at the South end of Colchuck Lake approximately 8 miles South of Leavenworth, WA.
Virtual meeting takes place Feb. 15 and 16.
OLYMPIA – The Feb. 15 and 16 meeting of the Washington State Transportation Commission will include a discussion about autonomous vehicle developments, both on road and in the water, as well as programs for Washington’s clean transportation future.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. both Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16. The meeting will be virtual using Zoom. Those interested in attending can register on the commission’s website. TVW will broadcast the meeting live.
Transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. During the Feb. 15, Wednesday morning meeting, the commission will hear from officials from the state departments of Ecology, Commerce and Transportation about programs underway to ensure a clean transportation future for Washington state.
On Wednesday, the commission also will hear several updates about autonomous vehicles. Commissioners will hear about collaborative efforts by the cities of Seattle and Bellevue to advance autonomous vehicle testing, and from the ACES Network about approaches to connecting vehicles to transportation infrastructure to increase safety and real-time communications. The commission also will be briefed about the Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster, a Kitsap County-based effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle innovations in the marine sector.
Other highlights of the commission’s two-day meeting include:
The commission will take public comment at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. 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 to
On 11/26/22 2 reports were received by our office in regards to local area victims receiving phone calls from subjects claiming to be Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies from the Warrants Department. These calls were an attempt to solicit money in the form of gift cards to avoid an arrest. The caller also attempted to solicit personal information. This is a scam.
We continue to ask citizens to be aware of all the various types of telephone scams which are currently in circulation and do not disclose your personal information, or pay money to anyone you do not know. Please continue to report all scam related incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.