waspLaw enforcement officials in 15 states conducting enhanced traffic enforcement Aug. 1-4

(Olympia)-- Motorists will notice an extra law enforcement presence when driving on two of the country’s most highly traveled interstates during a four-day enforcement campaign in early August.

The Washington State Patrol and law enforcement officials in 14 other states are joining together with a goal of zero deaths on Interstates 90 and 94 between Washington state and New York Aug. 1-4. That’s more than 5,600 miles of road.
 
This combined effort is known as the “I-90/94 Challenge.” It’s not a competition between states, but a challenge to drivers to stay safe on one of the country’s busiest highways.

“We will have zero tolerance for the violations we know cause the most deaths and injuries,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “Speed, DUI and the failure to wear seat belts continue to cause preventable tragedies and rip families apart.”

Batiste urged drivers to answer the challenge by tweeting “#9094challenge” when they’ve arrived safely at a destination.

Coordinated by the Minnesota State Patrol, the challenge will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to save lives and remind all motorists to drive safely and obey important traffic laws.

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people each year in the United States. Local, state and national traffic safety officials agree too many of those fatalities are happening on I-90 and I-94.

In Washington, regularly scheduled troopers will focus their work time on I-90. A few additional troopers are being brought on specifically for the emphasis patrol. I-90 splits into two highways, 90 and 94, in Montana. I-94 does not exist by that name in Washington State.  

“The first weekend in August is the mid-point between two other driving holidays- Independence Day and Labor Day,” Batiste said. “We’ll use this emphasis patrol to help drivers maintain good driving habits.”
 
I-90/94 Challenge is intended to help the International Association of Chiefs of Police reach its goal this year of reducing U.S. traffic fatalities by 15 percent.

More information on is available at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or follow the hashtag #9094challenge.

MTViewConcertSeriesLogoFive of the eleven concerts at Leffler Field (next to Mountain View Lodge) in Manson are in the history books. The event has been a wonderful experience for those in attendance but we are concerned about the lack of local participation.
 
There are several reasons Sundays were picked for our concerts. First we hope to have folks stay over one extra day, which means more hotels, more food and more wine. Also we didn’t want to be in competition with local businesses and their events. And we wanted to offer our locals something to do on Sundays, usually a dead day.
 
We have also offered local non-profits and community groups the opportunity to make money for their organization. We call these groups “Partners” and they can make some serious money for their cause. For each ticket our Partner sells they receive $4, half the ticket price. So if you have an organization than would like to raise money please contact us 509-293-0225. So far we have had the Manson High School Class of 2015, Chelan Valley Hope and this week North Shore Bible Church.
 
We have a great show for Sunday, July 20th starting at 7:00.
 
Our Opening Act is Tim Snider and Caio AndreattaSnug - Unbridled energy, intensity, and musical eclecticism! Tim Snider plays and loops the electric violin, guitar, cajon, and vocals creating aural landscapes that are forceful, confessional, and raw. Coming from Reno, Nevada, Tim picked up the violin when he was just three years old. Over the years, exposure to rock music, songwriters, like Ben Harper and Paul Simon, inspired him to play the guitar. His sojourns in Spain and Cuba introduced flamenco, salsa, and Afro-Cuban rhythms into his repertoire. His music can be described as a world-folk-rock hybrid that is aimed at the heart, the brain, and the feet.
 
Snug Harbor, our headliner is a 9 piece funk-soul revival group, tucked away in the corner of the Northwest in the city of Bellingham, WA. From original compositions to classic covers, Snug Harbor is raw,high-energy soul musicand each live show contains elements ofimprovisation over heavy funk grooves. After six years of recording, performing, and touring this band has really hit its stride. In 2014, with the addition of three new members, Snug Harbor has been regarded as a top performer in the contemporary funk and soul market. Follow them online to find out more information on music related releases and tour dates.
 
Besides all the great music you can park for free at Leffler Field. Tickets are only $8 and remember $4 goes back to our community. You can enjoy our beer and wine gardens and each week we have different food, hamburgers, subs, etc. Also snow cones and popcorn are available. And there is more!!!!! We have a drawing each week for some pretty neat prizes.
 
So please join us and support your community. Tickets can be purchase at many local businesses including the Chelan Chamber of Commerce. You can purchase tickets online or at the gate.
 
More information visit our website or call Norm Manly 509-293-0225.
MTViewConcertSeriesLogoWhether you live in the Chelan Valley or on the west side of the mountain this post is for you. Concert #1 of theMountain View Summer Music Series will be on Sunday - June 15 from 7:00 to 10:00. This is a new event for Manson and it is shaping up to be a super fun time. I now have tickets, only $8 for 13 and over and free for 12 and younger.

Opening band for the June 15 concert is Sammy Witness & the Reassignment with the feature band Cody Beebe & the Crooks.
There will eleven concerts this summer and you can learn more or purchase tickets atMountain View Summer Music Series.

waspA 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.

sheriffsmChelan 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.

waspThe 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 trojans logoApril 29, 2014

MANSON VS Lake Roosevelt

Score: 0-20

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.

wasp(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.

waspSuspect 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.

Barnard250The 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.