Fire "Got Away" from Camper
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/24/16 at 9:15 PM Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fire on Rock Island Grade approximately 1 mile from Hwy. 28. A Deputy located a man watching the fire. He admitted he had accidently started the fire. He said he had been camping in a wide spot in the road. He was preparing to leave and was attempting to burn a bag of trash and an old sleeping bag. The fire got away from him and caught the brush on fire.
The subject was identified as a 61 year old Wenatchee man. The case was sent to the Douglas County Prosecutor for consideration of charges. Douglas County Fire District 2 was the initial response. The incident was turned over to BLM firefighters today.
I can’t urge people enough to be careful with fire.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Lost Edwards Peak Hikers Located
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that four lost hikers were located this morning near Edwards Peak approximately 7 miles southwest of Leavenworth. The hikers were attempting to hike through the Enchantments but got off trail and became lost. They were identified as Brian Keeley (26) of Grand Rapids, MI; Anthony McAllister (27) of Grand Rapids, MI; Mary Keeley (25) of Austin, TX; and Joseph Smith (28) of San Antonio, TX.
At 7:49pm on Thursday RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from one of the hikers stating that they were lost. RIVERCOM was able to get cell phone coordinates from the 911 call that plotted just west of Edwards Peak. The hikers stated that they were cold and wet but were not injured. They did not have any overnight gear with them but were able to find some shelter for the night. They were advised to stay put and rescuers would be en route in the morning.
This morning at 6:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (Air 30) responded to the area and located the hikers. Air 30 inserted a deputy into the area and he escorted the hikers to a safe landing zone near Toketie Lake. They were flown to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery where they were met by a family member.
Construction and increased traffic equals delays this weekend on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass
- Written by Meagan Lott, WSDOT
HYAK – The Washington State Department of Transportation is in the middle of one of the busiest construction seasons on I-90 with close to a dozen work zones from the summit of Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage. Due to a number of events taking place in eastern Washington this weekend, drivers are encouraged to either get to their destinations early, wait to go later or use an alternate route.
Starting Thursday, June 23 through Friday, June 24 drivers will see delays in both directions near the Cle Elum area (mileposts 84 to 93) due to a paving project. Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route via US 97 to SR 10.
The Vantage Bridge is still down to a single lane eastbound due to a painting project. Drivers headed east will experience heavy congestion and stop and go traffic between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and should consider taking an alternate route via US 97, I-82 or SR 24.
Rock blasting is scheduled to close I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass in both directions from mileposts 56 to 62 for an hour at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 23.
For information regarding delays east of Snoqualmie Pass follow us on Twitter @wsdot_east, @snoqualmiepass, tune into the Highway Advisory Radio at 1610 AM or 530 AM or check the Travel Alerts Web page.
Ashley M. Knight of Chelan Arrested for Assault
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/14/16 at approximately 5:04 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint at the 500 Blk. of West 1st Ave in Waterville. The female complainant reported that she had befriended a subject identified as 24 year old Ashley M. Knight of Chelan.
Knight told the victim she was homeless and asked the complainant if she could stay with her for a while. The complaint consented. She then went out for the evening. When the complainant returned home at approximately 4:30 AM, there was an unknown black Durango parked in the driveway.
When the complainant entered the house, Knight and an unknown Hispanic male were rummaging through her belongings. When the complainant confront Knight and the Hispanic male, Knight struck her in the jaw with the hammer. Knight and the Hispanic male then fled in the black Durango. The victim refused medical attention and said she would take herself to the doctor.
Chelan County Deputies later located Knight in Wenatchee and turned her over to Douglas County Detectives. She was booked into jail for Assault 2nd degree and Burglary 1st degree.
I appreciate the great investigation done by our team and the assistance by our partners in Chelan County.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Self-Defense Shooting In East Wenatchee 6-15-16
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/15/16 at approximately 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a subject who reported a burglar was at her residence and had shot one of her family members. Deputies responded to the scene which was in the 2600 Blk. of 10th St. NE near East Wenatchee. Units from the East Wenatchee Police Department and Washington State Patrol also arrived to assist. They found two injured males at the location. One appeared to have gunshot wounds. The other appeared to have been stabbed and may also have had a gunshot wound. Both were transported to Confluence Hospital. At the time of this release, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies, crime scene team members, and detectives are at the scene of the incident and at the hospital working on the investigation. The condition of the two wounded persons is not known. No further information can be released at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Thus far, the investigation indicates that on 06/15/16 at 8:15 PM RiverCom dispatch received a call from a female who reported that her house was being burglarized and that her father had been shot. When Deputies arrived they found the suspect, later identified as 35 year old Seth Williams of East Wenatchee, and the male homeowner facing each other in the street in front of the residence. The Deputies could see both parties were injured. Williams was subdued. Both men were transported to Confluence Hospital. Williams passed away at about 12:15 AM while in surgery. The victim was released to go home on Thursday morning.
Physical evidence, interviews with the victim, and interviews with witnesses revealed that at approximately 8:10 PM the homeowner at the residence noticed a red pickup pull in his driveway. He recognized the driver as Seth Williams. The two had known each other as fellow veterans for about five months. As the victim approached the truck, Williams produced a rifle from inside the vehicle and shot at the victim. The round grazed the front of his chest. The victim, who was armed with a 9 mm pistol, chose to retreat towards the road. The rifle used by Williams had jammed with the first shot. Williams came after the victim carrying a knife and swinging a set of binoculars by the strap. The victim was able to deflect the binoculars, but Williams was able to stab him in the leg with the knife. The victim drew his pistol and shot Williams several times. At this point, law enforcement officials arrived and took custody of Williams and requested medical aid for both men.
A related case occurred at 1800 hours that same day when the victim reported a burglary at the residence. Family members spotted a male leaving the a shop area carrying a duffle bag. The male fled in a red pickup. Investigators found a shop window had been broken to gain entry. Williams is suspected to have been the intruder. Additional details are being gathered by investigators.
No clear motive has been identified, but Williams may have been struggling with emotional issues. An autopsy has been ordered and additional investigation is being completed. The evidence available suggests the this was a case of self-defense by the victim.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Congratulations Manson High Class of 2016
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson's class of 2016 has proven that numbers aren't everything. This small class of graduates showed their stuff at both Senior Awards night and in the commencement exercises this past week.
Thirty-one students took in more than 1 million dollars in scholarships and financial awards. Valedictorian Delacey Machus received State honors ranking in the top 10% of all Washington graduates. Jared Lamar was honored to receive Manson's prestigious Mel Steele award. The class was treated with a visit by Congressman Dave Reichert who spoke at graduation.
Manson High School would like to thank parents, community, and businesses for all of their fantastic support of this year’s class. Together we said goodbye and good luck to a great group of seniors.
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 6-9-16
- Written by Wai Peterson
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, June 9th, 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 May 12th, 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 Master Plan
ii. Willow Point
iii. Project Priorities
VIII. New Business
a. Old Mill and Manson Bay Street/Parking Lights
b. Conference Room Policy
c. Snow Cone at Manson Bay
d. Right of Way Parks
e. Marina Policy
Next Regular Meeting: July 14th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
New App Delivers County-Wide Alerts
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett is proud to announce the release of a new mobile app, MyAlerts, powered by AlertSense, the county’s new emergency alerting service. Chelan County residents and visitors can now receive life-saving emergency alerts and advance warning of severe weather directly on their Android or Apple iOS phone or tablet. You can download the free MyAlerts app from the Google Play Store or the App Store. Below is a list of the type of alerts you can choose to receive.
Severe Weather Alerts
Receive advanced warning of severe weather when you or one of your locations is in the direct path of a storm. AlertSense automatically interprets the geographic area affected, and delivers targeted alerts immediately to app users when one of their locations falls within the impacted area.
Public Safety Alerts
Receive emergency alerts from public safety alerting authorities, notifying you of situations that threaten the safety of yourself or those that you care about. Public safety alerts include events such as crime, active shooter, imminent danger, hazardous materials, wildfire, floods and the need for immediate evacuation.
You can also choose to receive notifications of events in your community that, while not life-threatening emergencies, still impact your daily life and commute, such as road closures and power outages.
This program is strictly voluntary. These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.
State loans, grants available for freight rail improvement projects
- Written by Chris Herman, WSDOT freight systems
$12M available for two programs; applications due to WSDOT July 15
OLYMPIA – Applications are now being accepted for state-funded grants and loans for projects that improve freight rail services in Washington. Funds will be available in July 2017.
Railroads, port districts, rail districts, private companies and local governments are eligible to apply for part of $12.04 million in grants and loans available through two programs administered through the Washington State Department of Transportation. The programs help freight rail systems that create family-wage jobs as well as improve overall freight mobility.The Freight Rail Investment Bank provides loans to small public projects. The investment bank has $5 million available in loans. Meanwhile, the Freight Rail Assistance Program provides grants to both public and private projects, specifically projects strategically important to local communities and the state. This program has $7.04 million available for grants, a portion of which comes from the Connecting Washington revenue package passed by the state Legislature. Projects selected for funding will best demonstrate how freight rail shipping eases congestion on busy highways, reduces wear and tear on state roads, strengthens the state’s economy through domestic and international trade, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.Applications for both programs are due Friday, July 15.
Subject Lost Under Glacial Waterflow
- Written by Undersheriff Jason Mathews
Update 6/8/16 at 1015 hours
Sheriff Burnett has identified the missing Aasgard hiker as 24 year old Qi He. Mr. He is a Chinese citizen who was living and working as a Student/Intern in the Seattle area. With assistance from local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, the Chinese Embassy and Mr. He’s employer, his family was notified of the incident.
Update 6/7/16 at 1100 hours
The active search for the missing hiker on Aasgard Pass has been suspended for now. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit will monitor the weather conditions and snowpack levels with the intention to resume an organized recovery effort in the future.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing hiker as a 24 year old male from the Seattle area. The release of his name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Update 6/6/16 at 1300 hours
As of 1:00 p.m. today Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit has suspended their search efforts to locate the missing hiker. Ground units located the waterfall hole were the missing hiker entered. Search crews entered approximately 40 feet into the hole, but the missing hiker was not located. The area searched is filled with fast moving water and is covered by several feet of snow and ice. Search crews could not check beyond the 40 feet because of the hazardous conditions and safety concerns. Ground crews believe the hiker was swept a lengthy distance downstream from the location he entered. The stream ultimately enters into Colchuck Lake.
Chelan County Search and Rescue crews and Chelan County Detectives are still trying to identify the missing hiker. We currently do not have any updated information on his identity.
On June 5 shortly before 10:00pm Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a group of individuals were glissading down the snow on Asgaard Pass. One of the subjects, who was in front of the others, slid over the edge of a waterfall hole and into rushing water. The current water flow is heavy and leads underneath the snow. The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Navy, who provide a helicopter with FLIR capabilities to search for the individual. The Navy searched without success and then returned to their base. The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit is currently inserting ground rescue members in an attempt to locate the individual.
The Sheriff’s Office only has a first name of the missing subject, which has not been verified. The only confirmed information we currently have is the missing subject is a male and approximately 24 years of age. The group had just met each other the previous day.
“Glissading” is described as sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe.
Additional information will be released as it is gathered.