Dedicated citizens help catch impaired driver
- Written by Trooper Darren Wright, WSP
A potential tragedy was avoided when two motorists teamed up and helped get an impaired driver off the road. On May 15, Kathy Cruz was driving along I-90, when she observed what she thought was an impaired driver. She watched as the suspected impaired driver swerved across all three lanes from shoulder to shoulder as he ascended Snoqualmie Pass from Highway 18. Kathy called 911 to report the vehicle and stayed behind the vehicle while Troopers responded to contact the vehicle. Kathy used her emergency flashers to warn other motorists of the dangerous impaired driver in front of her. This got the attention of David McDaniel, an off duty fire department Battalion Chief. He also called 911 and joined Kathy in warning other vehicles. The pair stayed behind the erratic vehicle, providing updates on location to responding Troopers. With the help of Kathy and David the impaired driver was arrested and removed from the highway just prior to the vehicle reaching an active construction work zone. Their actions that date helped make the roads of Washington safe for all to travel.
If you see erratic driving and you believe it is an impaired driver, it is an emergency, and 911 is appropriate.
Drive-By Shooting on Entiat River Road
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy’s arrest an 18 year old Everett man for drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm 1st degree.
On 5-23-14 at 5:30 pm several resident in the 11000 block of Entiat River Road reported an early 1980’s, maroon Chevrolet passenger car fired multiple shots as it drove eastbound on Entiat River Road. One reporting party stated his residence was hit by one of the rounds. The reporting party’s were able to provide a vehicle description and timeframe for the vehicle leaving the area. Responding Chelan County Deputies were able to locate the vehicle near mile post 7 on Entiat River Road. Based on the seriousness of the reported incident, Deputies conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and detained four occupants.
Through their investigation Deputies learned an 18 year old passenger used a small caliber pistol to fire rounds from the vehicle as it traveled down the roadway. One round struck an occupied residence and narrowly missed the homeowner as the bullet passed through the residence. The fired bullet was recovered from the homeowner’s residence.
Deputies seized the vehicle in preparation for a search warrant and booked the 18 year old male on their charges and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.
Memorial Day weekend will bring extra patrols
- Written by Trooper Darren Wright, WSP
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) welcomes visitors and locals alike to the start of Summer in Chelan County. Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the summer kickoff. The WSP would like to remind everyone to have fun, but to consume alcohol responsibly and use a designated sober driver or public transportation.
Our goal this year is to prevent serious injury or fatal collisions from occurring during the long weekend. We will continue to be proactive in our efforts to prevent these tragic collisions from occurring during this weekend and throughout the summer, and stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and drinking responsibly. The WSP and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers out during Memorial Day weekend along with the Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU).
The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motor home that travels across the state in support of all law enforcement efforts during Driving Under the Influence emphasis’s. The MIDU is equipped with three breath test instruments and two holding cells to effectively and efficiently process impaired drivers in a faster manner which subsequently gets the patrol officer back on the road in minutes.
We recommend the following:
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation, so you are sure to get home safely.
- If you’re not sure whether you are impaired, make the safe choice and find a sober driver or ride.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911 and report that driver.
- If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
- Always buckle up! Wearing your seatbelt is the best defense against an impaired driver.
Drive Sober or get pulled over!
Manson Girls Softball vs Lake Roosevelt 4-29-14
- Written by Eric Sivertson, Director of Operations/Athletics
April 29, 2014
MANSON VS Lake Roosevelt
The Lady’s Trojans traveled to Lake Roosevelt on April 29 for a single header. Kendra Ellsworth got the start at the mound. She gave up 8 hits against 16 batters with one strikeout and 12 base on balls. The offense was unable to get the bats going with only two hits from Brittany Serafini and Ally Page to try to put a dent in the 17 run deficit.
The Lady Trojans tried to stay in the game but with some defense errors in the second inning made it difficult to hold off the Raiders. The game ended in three innings with Lake Roosevelt taking the win 20-0.
Next home game is Thursday, May 2, in a double header against Pateros beginning at 3:30p.m. at Singleton Park in Manson.
WSP Chief Does Not Order Crackdown on Dangerous Motorcycle Behavior
- Written by Sergeant Jason Hicks, WSP
(Olympia)-- This just in….
Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste did not issue a warning today about an increase in motorcycle crashes with the coming good weather. Batiste did not order troopers to crack down on dangerous riding behavior. He did not exhort them to greater effort in preventing the kind of riding behavior that frequently results in tragedy.
Each spring with the arrival of good weather the State Patrol sees a jump in rider fatalities. Why would Batiste not tell his troopers to get busy?
“What order could I give that would be more powerful than their own experience investigating these completely preventable tragedies?” Batiste asked. “Troopers see these crashes first-hand. They help load injured riders in ambulances, and frequently have to make death notifications to stunned families.”
In other words, you can bet troopers will be cracking down on irresponsible riding behavior.
“I just don’t need to issue an order,” Batiste said. “Our troopers have their own personal and sometimes heartbreaking reasons for taking strong action.”
In 2013, 73 riders were killed in motorcycle collisions. In the majority of motorcycle fatalities, the rider is the causing driver. In about half, there’s not even another vehicle involved.
“This isn’t about clueless drivers pulling out of their driveways in front of motorcycles. Riders themselves have the power to change this horrible statistic,” Batiste said.
Just as with autos, speed and impaired driving are the biggest causes of death for riders. In particular, the desire to swoop through corners at high speed leads to riders losing control and leaving the roadway.
Inexperience is often significant contributing factor. Younger riders on sport bikes, and older first-time riders on big cruising bikes seem to be most at risk for losing control and crashing.
Suspect Arrested In Child Porn Investigation - WSP
- Written by Lieutenant Ron Mead, WSP
Suspect a long time police officer for the city of Lynden
(Whatcom County) – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) arrested a former Lynden police officer today on child pornography charges.
Donald Glunt, 57, of Lynden, was taken into custody without incident. Glunt had very recently resigned his position with the Lynden Police Department.
The investigation originated after officials with Lynden PD discovered images on Glunt’s city owned cell phone while conducting an internal administrative investigation. On Wednesday, Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster asked WSP to conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.
The investigation was assigned to detectives from MECTF. They reviewed digital evidence and interviewed the suspect, which led to his arrest today. The investigation revealed the suspect was trading images with a 16 year-old girl in Texas. Law enforcement authorities in Texas assisted detectives by interviewing the underage victim. Additional forensic review of various digital media devices seized as evidence is ongoing.
Glunt was booked into the Skagit County Jail on charges of Dealing and Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and Viewing of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. Additional charges are possible pending the forensic analysis of the digital media devices.
WSP seeks assistance in locating suspect charged with 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
The Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct involving two young females.
On April 11, the Pine County Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Barnard. The charges result from a multi-year investigation by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office into Barnard’s behavior while he was ministering to a religious group in Northern Pine County.
Later that same day, the Pine County Sheriff issued a nationwide warrant for Barnard, who was last known to be in the Spokane, Wash. area. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the State of Washington and Homeland Security for the apprehension of Barnard.
Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Victor Barnard, please call WSP Detective Ryan Spangler at (509) 227-6644 or the Pine County SO tip line at (320) 629-8342.
Commissioners Consider Updating Targets Used to Keep PUD Finances on Sustainable Path
- Written by Kimberlee Craig, CCPUD
Staff proposes revised measurements now that initial targets have been met
WENATCHEE – Now that Chelan County PUD has achieved the financial targets set during strategic planning in 2010, commissioners are looking ahead to future measurements to make sure District finances remain sound through 2019 and beyond.
Chief Financial/Risk Officer Kelly Boyd, Treasurer Debbie Litchfield and Mark O’Bryan, strategic financial planning director, talked with PUD commissioners Tuesday about revised targets for the key financial measurements of liquidity, rate of return, debt ratio and debt coverage.
Reducing long-term debt remains a high priority, both for PUD customer-owners and because it improves three of the four financial measurements, Litchfield said, while maintaining strong reserves.
“Debt reduction benefits current customers by helping to maintain low electric rates,” she said, adding that the value of a $1 million drop in interest costs is roughly equal to a 2-percent rate impact.
The District accelerated debt reduction in 2013 by paying off $27 million more than the $41 million that was budgeted. Plans are to reduce long-term debt by about $80 million this year.
Litchfield said the District’s strong reserves (measured as “liquidity”) offer the continued opportunity to pay down debt ahead of forecasts in the next five years and beyond. Benefits of this approach include helping to maintain low electric rates, while offering flexibility in paying for ongoing operation costs, she said.
O’Bryan said discussions on the proposed changes to the financial policies are scheduled to continue at the April 21 board meeting. Plans are to ask commissioners to set revised measurements at the May 19 meeting.
In other business Tuesday commissioners:
- Received an update from General Manager Steve Wright on the Salmon Passage Forum hosted with Grant County PUD on Monday. Representatives from 15 state, federal and Canadian agencies and tribes came to see the work being done to make sure there is safe passage for the record number of adults expected to migrate up the Columbia River this spring despite the impacts on river levels from the spillway fracture at Wanapum Dam. Attendees toured Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams and heard their plans to trap spring Chinook at Priest Rapids and truck them upriver while modifications are made to the fish ladders at Wanapum Dam. They also toured Chelan PUD’s Rock Island Dam to see the work being done to extend three fish ladder entrances to make them accessible during varying water levels and flows. A roundtable discussion to share information and concerns followed the tours. Wright said the forum was valuable in “building relationships with people we will be working with extensively over the next few months.” There is a need for great communication, he added, which will be aided by the relationships forged Monday. “In that regard, the day was really a great success,” Wright said.
- Heard from Commissioner Norm Gutzwiler that he will not seek re-election for a third, six-year term on the PUD board. Gutzwiler joined the board in 2003 and was re-elected to represent District 1 in 2008. He will complete his current term by serving through the end of the year. (Commissioner Gutzwiler’s picture is available in the PUD’s online photo gallery.)
Good to Know Video: Trooper Cadet Taser Training
- Written by Sergeant Jason Hicks, WSP
(Olympia)— On any given day, in any given situation, any Washington State trooper may be confronted with an aggressive subject. Verbal de-escalation is always the goal, but is not always successful. This is why troopers are given a number of other tools to defend themselves should the need arise. One of those tools is the Taser.
In the latest edition of our “Good to Know” series, Sergeant Shannon Bendiksen and Corporal Paul Cagle briefly describe the Taser’s function and show you some of the training trooper cadets have to endure.
“The short time that they’re incapacitated is just what’s needed to apply the ‘cuffs, and at that point most suspects stop fighting,” Bendiksen said.
The Washington State Patrol video can be viewed here.
Trooper cadets are exposed to the effects of the Taser for three main reasons. It builds confidence in their equipment, allows them to realize the strengths and limitations of the device, and gives them practice handcuffing a subject after the Taser was fired.
Any display or actual use of the Taser by a WSP trooper must be reported to their supervisor for review.
WSP: Seatbelt emphasis yields positive results
- Written by Gregory Kennedy
Troopers conducted seatbelt emphases throughout District 6 during the month of March. As a result of the emphases, 220 citations were issued to those who were not wearing a seatbelt, or failed to wear a seatbelt properly. During the month of March, there were no fatalities involving unrestrained motorists in District 6, which is a trend the State Patrol hopes continues. Troopers will continue to be watching for motorists that fail to properly wear a seatbelt in an effort to prevent any further tragedies.
To be considered properly worn, the belt must be fastened and adjusted across the body as designed. Wearing a seatbelt fastened, but moved under the arm or behind the back, is considered improperly worn, and in addition to being unsafe, is subject to a $124 citation. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all children are properly restrained in a car seat, booster seat or seatbelt appropriate to the child. Drivers are also asked to remind all passengers in their vehicle to buckle up, before moving the vehicle.
A properly worn vehicle restraint gives motorists the best chance to survive a collision. Please Buckle Up!