- Written by Janice Stewart
The Manson Lady Trojans Volleyball Team ended their regular season on Tuesday, October 25 placing second in the CWB League with a record of 14-1.
The team begins its post-season journey this Friday, October 28 at 3:15 p.m. in the high school gym. They will be competing against Walla Walla Valley Academy.
If the Trojans win on Friday (GO Trojans) they are guaranteed two more district games hosted by Ephrata High School. The first game will be played on Saturday, November 29th at 6:00p.m.
As this is a district family passes and ASB cards will not be accepted at the door. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Please come out and support your Lady Trojans!!!!
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
I just finished a briefing with my investigative team involving this incident. The deaths of 60 year old Kathleen J. Duffy and 29 year old Seath W. L. Metcalfe are being ruled as a murder/suicide.
On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE. When deputies arrived they found Duffy and Metcalfe deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed that Metcalfe was the son of Kathleen Duffy. He come come to stay at Duffy’s home in the 10 Blk of Glendale St. on 10/24/16. Also living at the residence was Duffy’s daughter and her six year old son.
At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/25/16 Duffy’s daughter and a friend left the residence leaving Duffy and Metcalfe alone. At 12:12 PM Metcalfe texted his sister and said he was going to kill his mother and then himself. She called RiverCom dispatch and rushed home and found her mother and brother dead from gunshot wounds to the head.
Witnesses told investigators that Metcalfe struggled with substance abuse and mental illness. Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol assisted with the investigated. Two Chaplains from the NCW Chaplains association were also on scene to help with grief counseling for family and friends.
I am very grateful for the skilled professionalism displayed by everyone to assisted at this tragic event.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 10/25/16 at 12:14 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the 10 Blk of Glendale St. NE. When deputies arrived they found two deceased persons inside. Investigators are still at the scene and no other information is being released at this time. More to follow as the investigation progresses.
- Written by Chief Dave Helvey, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on the night of 10/20/2016 a shooting occurred at a commercial marijuana operation in the 400 block of Grubb Road near Malaga after an employee confronted two Hispanic males attempting to steal marijuana. When confronted by the employee the suspects were carrying plastic totes full of marijuana buds.
One of the suspects engaged the employee by firing a 9mm handgun. The employee who was armed returned fire. The suspects fled and the employee was not injured.
CCSO Deputies and WSP Troopers responded and searched the area. No blood was located and the suspects were not located. CCSO Detectives have taken over the investigation and are working to identify the suspects.
Any person with information is encouraged to call our office at 509-667-6851, or online by using our Submit a Tip form. http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/sheriff/forms/submit-a-tip
- Written by Chief Dave Helvey, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/17/2016 a Chelan area resident reported the burglary of his home located on Sunset Ridge Lane near Chelan. The burglary included the theft of numerous items of personal property including several firearms. Subsequent investigation led detectives to contact Chelan area resident Robert Bell, who was arrested for the burglary and theft.
Detectives located Mr. Bell and a female at a mini-storage unit near the Chelan airport. A search warrant was later served at the mini-storage and property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell was recovered.
On 10/07/2016 the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a search warrant in the 2200 block of Wapato Lake Road near Mason. CCSO Detectives searched the property and located a firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary. Chelan County Detectives executed another Search Warrant in the Chelan area on 10/07/2016 and located more property believed to have been stolen by Mr. Bell.
Detectives along with Yakima County law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a residence near Grainger, Washington on Tuesday October 11, 2016. A firearm stolen during the Sunset Ridge Lane burglary was recovered.
Chelan County Detectives are currently working to identify owners of the recovered property. The investigation has identified several victims in the Chelan, Manson, and Orondo areas, successfully clearing multiple burglary investigations.
- Written by Olivia Plew, LCCC
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
C#16D-05690: Vehicle prowl-On 10/08/16 at 11:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 5800 Blk. of Rock Island Rd. The complainant reported that unknown person stole his single shot 12 ga. Shotgun from the trunk of his girlfriend’s car. There was no suspect information.
C#16D-05709: Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 7:55 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the 200 Blk. of Stull Ct. Unknown persons had entered the victims vehicle, rifled through the inside and stole a flashlight. There was no suspect information.
C#16D-05710: Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:10 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl complaint at the 3100 blk. of NW Cascade. The complainant reported that unknown persons had entered her unlocked vehicle and stole an I-Pod touch, a Gerber Multi-tool, and $10.00 in quarters. There was no suspect information.
C#16D-05711: Vehicle prowl-On 10/09/16 at 12:40 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl report in the 2700 Blk. of Sunset Hwy. The complainant reported that unknown persons entered her unlocked GMC Yukon and stole her wallet. The wallet was located nearby but the cash that had been inside was missing.
Please remember to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock the doors.
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 09/24/16 at approximately 4:25 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the 3100 Blk. of Sunset Hwy. They discovered a male inside the residence who appeared to have stab and slash wounds.
The investigation revealed two males visiting the residence got into a physical fight after one party slighted the other’s girlfriend. The fight broke up, but as one of the males was walking away, the other sprayed him with pepper mace. The fight resumed again, the male who had used the pepper mace pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times.
The suspect was identified as 34 year old Keith L. Hill of East Wenatchee. He was still at the scene when Deputies arrived and was arrested without incident. Hill was transported to the Chelan County Jail and booked for Assault in the 1st degree.
The victim was later found to have two slash wounds to his chest, two puncture wounds to the right side of his rib cage, and one puncture wound to his right forearm. He was treated at Confluence Hospital. It was believed his injuries were not life threatening.
- Written by Janice Stewart
Manson FFA recently attended the Chelan County Fair to show their Livestock and still life projects that they have been working on since last May.
The members attending were Alyssa La Mar, Kayla Gosvener, Abbie Reed, Sadie Batchelor, Cody Amsden, Cody Krumm, Ben Charlton ,Payton Stevens, and Ethan Schoenwald.
On Thursday in Market class all members received blue ribbons for their swine projects. In the still life Exhibit Cody Krumm received both Grand Champion and Reserved Champion for his spray paintings; Cody Amsden received reserve grand champion for his eggs.
On Friday in fitting and showing students were judged on how well they fit and show their animals, again Manson came away with all blue ribbons doing an excellent job with their animals.
In career development events (CDE) Manson placed 4th in poultry, with Alyssa LaMar placing 4th overall. In produce judging Kayla Gosvener was tied for 2nd overall missing out on 1st place by just 2 points with Cody Krumm coming in 4th followed by Cody Amsden in 8th and Alyssa LaMar in 9th and Blake Cochran in 9th, that put the team 1st overall.
In the sweepstakes division, which is how the schools do overall in all in all the Judging contest Manson came home with a 3rd place banner. The barn decorations this year where created by the students with Alyssa LaMar heading them up and bringing home a 2nd place ribbon.
In the barn herdsmanship contest the students are judged on how well they keep their barn area clean and interact with the public during the fair, Manson came home again with a 1st place ribbon.
Manson FFA would like to thank all the parents, past FFA members, and community members for their support at the Chelan County Fair and are looking forward to next year.
- Written by Herb Sargo
The Buckner Homestead and Orchard is a National Park Service site located in Stehekin,Washington,
within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
The Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created specifically to support and preserve the Buckner Homestead and Orchard in Stehekin, Washington,and is registered as such with the State of Washington and the IRS (Tax ID #452913458)
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
On Friday September 16th the body of climber Adam Ochshorn was successfully recovered from below the west buttress of Colchuck Peak. The remains are in the possession of the Chelan County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff’ Brian Burnett stated, “We hope this brings some final closure to the family and friends of Adam. I appreciate all of the hard work by the deputies, pilots and many mountain rescue volunteers involved in this search and recovery”.
Ochshorn’s family in New York state and friends in Portland, Oregon have been notified of the recovery.
The task of recovering Ochshorn’s body was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and Chelan County Fire District #1. During the planning phase of the mission, coordinators realized the most practical and safe method to remove the remains from its position on the steep 7,100ft slope of Colchuck Peak would be to use the fire district’s UH-1 Huey aircraft using a long line technique. This is in lieu of the much smaller Sheriff’s Office OH-58 Jet Ranger helicopter. Fire Chief Mike Burnett authorized the flight of his agency’s helicopter in support of the recovery mission. The larger aircraft allowed for less total flight time and the capability to insert all ground personnel near the body position in one mission. The Sheriff’s Office and Fire District #1 hope to continue a partnership in using the UH-1 Huey for specific search and rescue missions in the future. Hoist equipped helicopters from other counties within the state are not as readily available for rescue and recovery missions as they have been during the past several years. This is primarily due to other counties seeing budget cuts and other funding sources decline during the past two years. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will share costs on any rescue missions in which the Fire District #1 aircraft is used.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the body of missing climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) was located this weekend below the northwest buttress adjacent to Colchuck Peak in the Alpine Wilderness. A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescue (CCMR) personnel located the remains shortly after 12:00pm on Saturday. The team deployed early Saturday morning on a mission in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. He has been missing since November 29th, 2015 when friends from Oregon reported Ochshorn overdue returning from a solo climb of the north couloir route of Colchuck Peak. Attempts to locate Ochshorn last fall were unsuccessful and severely hampered by weather.
On Tuesday (09/6/2016) a Sheriff’s Office helicopter flying an unrelated mission to assist two stranded climbers on Dragontail Peak, took some time to fly the west side of the northwest buttress area. A crewmember in the helicopter spotted a faded orange object in the rocks on a steep slope at around the 6,500ft elevation level. On Thursday, a small team of CCMR personnel hiked and climbed to the location of the object and confirmed it was Ochshorn’s climbing pack. A search of the immediate area by that team did not locate Ochshorn’s remains.
On Saturday, a team of nine CCMR personnel deployed to an area well above the location the climbing pack had been found. The body of Ochshorn was located above 7,000 feet.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently working through a plan to remove the remains from the steep slope consisting of loose rock and boulders.
Ochshorn’s family was notified over the weekend and expressed their sincere appreciation to the mountain rescue team members that volunteered their time to find Adam’s remains. Questions regarding this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson.
UPDATE - December 1st, 2015
The search for hiker Adam Ochshorn who was reported overdue on Sunday 11/29, has been suspended. The current and predicted weather, and the safety of Search and Rescue personnel were considerations in making this decision.
Search and Rescue personnel conducted ground and aerial searches Monday and Tuesday, but were unable to locate Mr. Ochshorn. As previously reported, Mr. Ochshorn’s campsite was located Monday along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied.
ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE - November 30th, 2016
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office initiated an active search for an overdue climber in the area of Colchuck Peak Monday morning. The climber, Adam Ochshorn (33yoa) of Portland, Oregon had planned on hiking to the Colchuck Lake area on Friday, camping overnight and then climbing a couloir route to reach Colchuck Peak on Saturday. He was expected out by late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. Ochshorn’s vehicle was located near the Bridge Creek campground. He is described as an experienced and technical climber who had hiked in the Colchuck area this past summer.
Search coordinators and Chelan County Mountain Rescue personnel worked together throughout Monday in an attempt to locate Ochshorn. One team of Mountain Rescue members had hiked into Colchuck Lake on Sunday evening. Deputies and other Mountain Rescue members joined in the search Monday morning. Ochshorn’s tent was eventually located along the west bank of Colchuck Lake unoccupied. Searchers are focusing on a north couloir route which Ochshorn mentioned to friends would be his ascending route to the Colchuck Peak summit.
Due to a weather inversion layer of low clouds in Chelan County, a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct an aerial search Monday. (The elevation of the search area is above the inversion layer). Searchers had clear skies throughout Monday’s operational period but have yet to locate Ochshorn. The search will continue Tuesday morning