Injury Accident at Spokane St. and S. Mission St. in Wenatchee
- Written by Sergeant Tim Lykken, Wenatchee Police Department
At about 9:14 am on Thursday, 09/14/17, Wenatchee Police Officers, Chelan County Fire Department and Ballard Ambulance were dispatched to a two-vehicle serious injury collision in the 400 block of S. Mission Street. Upon arrival, a red 2008 Chevrolet Impala and a light blue 2013 Dodge Avenger were located about 150 feet north of Spokane Street on S. Mission Street with vehicle pieces and debris spread across the three lanes of the street.
Officers interviewed witnesses and conducted an on-scene investigation. From interviews and investigation, it appears the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling north bound on S. Mission Street and the Dodge Avenger had been traveling west bound on Spokane Street. Spokane Street is controlled by stop signs at the intersection of Spokane Street and S. Mission Street. The Dodge Avenger attempted to cross S. Mission Street and was struck by the Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling recklessly with speeds estimated to be between 50 and 70 mph in the 30-mph speed zone. Both vehicles appear to be total losses and were towed from the scene. S. Mission Street was closed for about two hours for the collision investigation.
The driver of the Dodge Avenger, a 33-year-old male Wenatchee resident, was transported by ambulance to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. The male was later admitted to the hospital with internal injuries and broken bones.
The driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Wenatchee resident 21-year-old Jonathan J. Fleming-Goforth was arrested at the collision scene for suspicion of vehicular assault. While in route to the Chelan County Regional Jail, Fleming-Goforth requested to be taken to the emergency room. Fleming-Goforth was transported by a police officer to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released to the custody of the police. Fleming-Goforth was then booked in the Chelan County Regional Jail for suspicion of Vehicular Assault.
Officers also suspected the driver of the Dodge Avenger to be under the influence of alcohol. A search warrant was applied for to test the driver’s blood. The driver was issued a criminal traffic citation for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (Alcohol) and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked – 1st Degree.
Death Investigation at Chelan County Regional Justice Center
- Written by Captain Jim West, Wenatchee Police Department
On 9/12/17 at 2:33 PM Rivercom received a 911 call from the Chelan County Regional Justice Center requesting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for an inmate who wasn’t breathing and CPR was initiated by jail staff.
At 2:36 PM EMS arrived at the jail and provided further resuscitative measures which were unsuccessful.
The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Lavender a 31 year old male of Okanogan, WA. Family members have been notified of the death. The deceased was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and is pending an autopsy.
The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is investigating the death. Wenatchee Police Department is the lead agency.
Gary Knowlton Memorial unveiled at Manson Bay
- Written by Robin Pittman
On October 16, 2016, the Manson Parks Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to name the swim area at Manson Bay Park.
The name chosen was “Gary Knowlton Memorial Swim Area” in honor of lifeguard Gary Knowlton, who passed away suddenly on July 16, 2016.
Local artist Mark Strain (Strain’s Customs) accepted the task of creating a plaque to appropriately memorialize Gary. It was unveiled at the Lake Chelan Swim on September 9th, 2017 after a heart-felt speech given by Mr. Clyde Ballard. The plaque perfectly represents Gary’s energy and love of life. It is on display alongside a painting of Gary, which was made by local artist Phil Thomas.
We invite anyone whose life was touched by Gary to stop by and see the memorial.
Buckner Orchard Harvest Fest 2017 - Oct 6-8
- Written by Herb Sargo
Manson Parks Regular Board Meeting 10-14-17
- Written by Robin Pittman
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, September 14th, 2017, 4:10pm
I. Call to Order
II. Flag Salute
III. Agenda Additions & Deletions
IV. Public Comment/Questions
V. Approval of Minutes
a. August 10, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes
VI. Financial Review
a. Review Monthly Financial Reports
b. Review and Approve Monthly Voucher
VII. Old Business
a. Park Improvements
i. Manson Bay Waterfront Revitalization Project
1. Pacific Engineering Contract
b. Comprehensive Plan update
c. Director’s report
VIII. New Business
a. Resolution 2017-02
b. Wapato Lake Campground brochure
IX. Executive Session: Performance of a public employee
Next Regular Meeting: September 14th, 2017 at 4:10pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
AAU Soccer Season registration ends Sept 13
- Written by Robin Pittman
Manson Parks has just announced that registration is now open for this year’s AAU soccer season.
This program is for Pre - K through 6th grade.
Forms can be completed at the Parks Office (142 Pedoi St.) or ONLINE (at mansonparks.com).
Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 4pm.
The LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS WILL BE September 13, 2017.
The office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on the 13th to accommodate working parents.
The total cost to play is $29.00.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Commissioners Regular Meeting 10-13-17
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Call to order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: July 2017
* Payroll: $135,649.82 August 2017 Paid 09-05-2017
* Vouchers for August General Account: Vouchers #929 through #937 for $4,096.75; Voucher #945 through #956 for $7,347.18; Voucher #979 through #995 for $4,368.89; Vouchers #1005 through #1014 for $35,449.95.
* Vouchers for July Capital Account: Vouchers #938 for $852.75 Voucher #957 for $398.31; Vouchers #996 for $405.10; vouchers #1015 for $3,559.51.
* Minutes: August 9 and 23, 2017
Fire Chief Report:
* 2017 Budget Expense Report
* 2017 Goal and Objectives
* Personnel (Career/Volunteer)
* Facilities/Apparatus and Equipment
* Emergency Response Report
* Fire Prevention
* Training – Chief Mark Donnell
* Public Education
Firefighters Association Report:
* Marine Fire Response Up-date
* Annexation Proposals
* 2017-2021 LRP
* 2018 Draft Budget
* 2017-04 Resolution – Cancelled Warrants
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.140 Collective Bargaining, Grievances, and/or Negotiations.
Driver ends up in Columbia River while attempting to elude arrest
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Just after midnight on 09/03/17 a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol on Hwy. 2 at MP 135 when he detected a vehicle on his RADAR traveling 83 MPH in a 60 MPH zone.
The Deputy caught up to the vehicle and activated his lights and siren. The vehicle slowed to about 45 MPH but did not stop. The Deputy could see driver throwing things out the window. The driver finally pulled over near Lincoln Rock. When the Deputy approached the window, the driver abruptly reached down beside his seat. Fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed his arm. The driver struggled with the Deputy and was able to escape by putting his car in gear and driving away. The Deputy pursued.
The suspect vehicle turned into Lincoln Rock State park traveling 50 MPH in a 15 MPH zone. It continued to the boat launch area and collided with the dock hand rail. The vehicle went airborne and landed in about two feet of water.
At first the driver tried to swim away, but the Deputy convinced him to return to shore. During his contact with the suspect, he exhibited obvious signs of impairment. He was arrested without injury or further incident and transported to the Chelan County Jail.
Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to ensure there was no petroleum product released into the River. It was minimal and did not present a hazard.
The suspect was identified as 35 year old Michael Kalmakoff of Tonasket. He was booked for DUI and Felony Eluding, and obstructing.
Update on Wenatchee Albertson's Officer Involved Shooting of July 27, 2017
- Written by North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit
As of September 5, 2017 the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit has announced that it has nearly completed its investigation of the July 27, 2017 Officer Involved shooting at Albertson’s. The following is a timeline of events during the incident on July 27:
On July 27, 2017 at 22:05:47 hours, a reporting party called 911 to report that there was, “a guy screaming and yelling walking around with a knife” in the parking lot of the Albertson’s grocery store at 1128 N. Miller Street in Wenatchee. The reporting party was a truck driver who was making a delivery to the nearby Starbucks store.
At 22:06:43 hours, Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez and other Wenatchee Police Officers responded toward Albertson’s.
At 22:08:29 hours, Officer Gonzalez entered the Albertson’s parking lot. He was the first officer on scene. As Officer Gonzalez drove west through the Albertson’s parking lot, his in-car camera captured the suspect walking in front of the patrol car toward the west Albertson’s entrance.
At 22:08:39 hours Officer Gonzalez parked his patrol car near the Albertson’s west entrance. The suspect had already reached the Albertson’s west entry doors and was approximately twenty feet from Officer Gonzalez’s driver’s side door. Officer Gonzalez was driving a fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated, and he was wearing a Wenatchee Police Department uniform. As Officer Gonzalez got out of his patrol car, surveillance video and eyewitness statements showed that the suspect moved aggressively toward him.
At 22:08:42 hours, Officer Gonzalez loudly and clearly gave the commands, “Get on the ground, get on the ground, get on the ground!” in rapid succession. Immediately following these commands, Officer Gonzalez fired three shots from his 9mm pistol. The suspect fell to the ground in close proximity to the open driver’s side patrol car door. Several Wenatchee Police Officers arrived to assist Officer Gonzalez after the shots were fired. Shortly after their arrival first aid was administered. A tactical folding knife with a 3-inch blade was found on the ground next to Folden’s upper body. The suspect was identified as 31 year-old Matthew L. Folden of Wenatchee.
Folden was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2320 hours. Preliminary examination showed that he had gunshot wounds to the lower right abdomen, the lower right chest, and the right shoulder. During autopsy, three bullets were recovered from Folden’s body.
Officer Gonzalez provided a detailed statement to investigators. It stated upon contact with Folden, Officer Gonzalez observed a knife in Folden’s right hand. Folden was holding the knife close to the center of his chest. Folden immediately aggressed toward Officer Gonzalez and extended the knife with his right arm toward Officer Gonzalez. Officer Gonzalez said Folden was not responsive to any commands. After firing three shots at Folden, Folden fell to the ground. Folden was still in possession of the knife, but dropped it after Officer Gonzalez gave him the command to “drop the knife”. Folden complied and released the knife. Four independent eyewitnesses and video from Albertson’s corroborated Officer Gonzalez’s statement that Folden was the aggressor.
The investigation is pending a small amount of documentation and lab results to include toxicology and autopsy reports. Once the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is Capt. Jim West WPD * Undersheriff Jason Mathews CCSO * Chief Steve Groseclose DCSO * Capt. Edgar Reinfeld WPD
Two Climbers Rescued from Dragontail Peak
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Sep 1, 2017 - Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that two climbers were rescued today on Dragontail Peak approximately 11 miles southwest of Leavenworth.
On Thursday afternoon, James Templeton (50 yoa) of Seattle and Petr Praus (28 yoa) of Seattle were attempting to climb Dragontail Peak via the “Serpentine Arete” route. The climbers got off route and reached a spot where they couldn’t climb any higher and were unable to descend safely and activated their emergency beacons.
At 8:38pm on Thursday, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a call from the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) advising that two emergency beacons had been activated near Aasgard Pass. A Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue coordinator requested a hoist capable helicopter through WA State Emergency Management but none were available.
This morning at 5:45am, a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (AIR30) responded to the area and located the climbers on a small ledge approximately 100 feet below the summit of Dragontail Peak. AIR 30 inserted a Chelan County deputy, two members of Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and a medic from Lake Chelan Community Hospital into the area. At approximately 8:30am the rescuers were able to reach the climbers, who were not injured, and guide them safely off the mountain.