- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
You’ve probably heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It is an annual event in honor of Saint Fermin. It is a practice involving a group of brave souls running in front a six charging bulls though a sectioned of set of streets. Apparently, two Douglas County bulls had been watching the Travel Channel and fancied themselves as local El Toro, because they tried to recreate their own Running of the bulls on the loop trail about a half mile south of Rocky Reach Dam yesterday afternoon.
RiverCom dispatch received several complaints that two bulls were on the trail chasing pedestrians and cyclists. Deputies and humane society officers quickly responded to scene. No one was injured, but the bulls had made good their escape.
Deputies reported that there were several orchards into which the animals could have disappeared. Maybe they just got tired and went home having fulfilled their dream. They were last seen heading toward East Wenatchee.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 09/08/16 at 11:40 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol on Hwy. 28 five miles east of East Wenatchee attempted to stop a vehicle travelling 73 MPH in a 60 MPH zone. When the Deputy turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle abruptly sped up to approximately 100 MPH. Traffic was light, and the Deputy pursued the vehicle to SE 3rd where it turned right. It continued at a high speed and failed to stop at the stop sign at SE 4th and Kentucky. The vehicle lost control and went off the road near Clovis School damaging some fencing. The driver, 27 year old Armondo Torres of Kent, WA, was taken into custody without further incident. He was found to be in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine. He also had multiple warrants for his arrest and had a suspended driver’s license.
The Deputies and the assisting East Wenatchee Police officers did a very good job effectively managing this case and bringing the criminal to justice.
- Written by Daniela Bremmer, WSDOT
OLYMPIA – Bridges owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation, as of June 2016, met an annual performance goal of having at least 90 percent of deck area in fair or better condition, despite a slight decrease from one year ago.
In its 62nd edition of the “Gray Notebook” (pdf 4.2mb) quarterly performance report, WSDOT examines the reasons 92.1 percent of WSDOT-owned bridges by deck area were in fair or better condition in 2015 and notes why they declined to 91.2 percent in 2016.
This edition also analyzes the conditions of WSDOT ferry vessels and ferry terminals; looks at traffic fatalities and serious injuries to determine the root causes; reviews the amount of freight being moved through Washington; and sheds light on the agency’s progress in removing fish passage barriers.
Highlights from this edition of the “Gray Notebook” include:
- The percent of WSDOT ferries vessel systems overdue for replacement increased from 9 percent in fiscal year 2015 to 11 percent in FY 2016. WSDOT had 87 percent of its ferry terminal systems in fair or better condition in 2015, a 1.6 percentage point decrease from 2014 (Gray Notebook, p. 23).
- Washington had 567 roadway fatalities in 2015, a 22.7 percent increase from the 462 in 2014. During the same period, there was a 3.6 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled in Washington from 2014 to 2015 that potentially resulted from an improving economy and lower fuel prices (Gray Notebook, p. 10).
- WSDOT corrected 10 fish passage barriers in 2015, improving fish access to 46 miles of potential upstream habitat (Gray Notebook, p. 35).
- Written by Chief Dave Helvey, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on 09/08/2016 members of the Columbia River Drug Task Force, the Chelan County Regional SWAT team, the Washington State Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant in the Stemilt Basin area. The area was being used for the illicit manufacture of marijuana.
Two subjects were taken into custody and over 4,000 mature marijuana plants with an estimated conservative value of over $1,000,000.00 were seized. Chelan County Public Works assisted law enforcement with the disposal of the marijuana.
CRDTF Detectives learned one of the subjects arrested was wanted in connection with a Grant County Incident where he was charged with First Degree Assault, and over 5 pounds of Methamphetamine was seized from his home.
Investigation into the two subjects arrested by the Columbia River Drug Task Force is ongoing.
- Written by Wai Peterson
Regular Board Meeting
142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building, September 8th, 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 August 11th, 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
ii. Willow Point
iii. Project Priorities (Park & Ride, Right of Way Parks, Singleton Old Mill Trail, Old Mill Day Use Parking)
c. Old Mill and Manson Bay Street/Parking Lights
VIII. New Business
Next Regular Meeting: October 13th, 2016 at 4:00pm, 142 Pedoi St., Bumgarner Building
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
***UPDATE September 4, 2016 1:00PM***
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has released the name of the officer involved in Saturday morning’s shooting as Officer Kaiti Wilkins. She has been with the East Wenatchee Police Department since June 2016. Officer Wilkins has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the investigation is being completed.
SIU’s investigation remains ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.
***UPDATE September 3, 2016 1:00PM***
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has identified the suspect who was shot early this morning as Cameron S. Ayers, a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Washington.
At approximately 2:05 a.m., the East Wenatchee police officer contacted a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW. While contacting the vehicle, the officer became aware that Ayers, who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody. While the officer was attempting to detain Ayers, three shots were fired by the officer. Two knives were located when Ayers was removed from the vehicle.
SIU’s investigation is ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available. No additional information will be released today.
***Original Release September 3, 2016***
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, an officer with the East Wenatchee Police Department was involved in an officer involved shooting.
At approximately 2:05 a.m., the officer contacted a vehicle in the 200 block of Bellevue St NW in Douglas County, Wa. The officer was contacting a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle when the shooting occurred.
The victim has been identified as a 25 year old male from East Wenatchee, Wa. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he later died.
The officer was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave which is normal procedure while the investigation is being completed.
The investigation has been turned over to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). The SIU team is comprised of investigators from Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.
- Written by Jef lucero, WSDOT
Statewide partnership preparing for annual count Sept. 27-29
OLYMPIA – Volunteer registration is now open for anyone who wants to help count the number of people who walk or ride bicycles to their destinations during a three-day survey starting Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Volunteer support is vital to the success of this project, and about 400 people are needed for the count. In 2015, volunteers tallied more than 74,000 bicyclists and pedestrians in communities across Washington.
For this ninth annual survey, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Cascade Bicycle Club are partnering with FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise to help count the number of people bicycling and walking Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 29.
“The data from this survey helps communities in many ways,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar. “Volunteers are a key piece of the collection process – we couldn’t do this work without them.”
Data collected in the count is used by state and local agencies to estimate demand; measure the benefit of bicycle and pedestrian project investments; and improve policies, project designs and funding opportunities. As an example, the city of Bellingham used count data to monitor bicycle and pedestrian transportation trends for its award-winning Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvement project.
WSDOT and the Cascade Bicycle Club are asking volunteers from across the state to perform the counts in nearly 60 communities including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Battle Ground, Bayview, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Bremerton, Burien, Burlington, Concrete Ellensburg, Everett, Federal Way, Ferndale, Gig Harbor, Issaquah, Kelso, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, La Conner, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Longview, Lyman, Lynden, Mercer Island, Milton, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Orting, Parkland, Pasco, Pullman, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, Shoreline, Skagit County, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sumner, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, Vancouver, Vashon Island, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Yakima.
WSDOT’s count is part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. The count will also help measure WSDOT’s progress toward the goal of increasing bicycling and walking to reduce the number of vehicle miles driven.
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 08/17/16 at 3:34 PM the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT and the Chelan County SWAT teams worked together to serve a high risk search warrant at the 1800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.
Residents in town may have noticed armored cars or heard loud reports made by the diversionary devices used by the teams during the raid. Several roads were also temporarily blocked to keep people out of the area and to provide security for law enforcement at the scene.
Detectives from the NCW Drug Task Force searched the residence with the help of drug dogs. They located approximately 3.9 ounces of heroin and suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia. No one was arrested at the residence, but charges are pending.
I appreciate the cooperation between the Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices, the Brewster Police Department, and the NCWDTF.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Written by Sergeant Kent Sisson, CCSO
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports one person died and another had to be rescued after a raft overturned in the Tumwater Canyon portion of the Wenatchee River just west of Leavenworth Saturday evening. A Washington State Patrol Trooper was originally flagged down and notified of incident at approximately 9:11pm. He immediately notified the RIVERCOM Regional Dispatch Center for swift water rescue response.
It was determined that a group of four subjects had placed two small rafts in the Wenatchee River below the Tumwater Dam along US Highway 2 at about 7:30pm. Two subjects entered each raft and they began floating the river without knowledge of the hazardous white water conditions downriver near mileposts 98 to 99 just west of Leavenworth. At one point, the raft carrying Charles Beedle Sr. 68yoa (Bremerton, WA) and his daughter-in-law, Heather Mjelde (also of Bremerton) began having difficulty navigating the swift water. Both subjects ended up in the river and were swept a significant distance through the rough water and boulders. Mjelde was eventually able to work her way to the north side of the river and hold onto a rock until she was located and rescued by emergency responders. The two subjects in the second raft, Charles F. Beedle Jr (43yoa – Port Orchard, WA) and his 12-year old son self-rescued to the north side of the river and were unharmed. None of the four subjects involved were wearing personal floatation devices.
An extensive search was conducted by the Chelan County Swift Water Rescue Team, CCSO Deputies, Fire District #3 personnel, Cascade Ambulance medics, and State Troopers in an attempt to locate Charles Beedle Sr. Saturday evening. The search was suspended with negative results just after midnight.
On Sunday morning at 7:00am the search resumed using trained swift water personnel and deputies. Family members checking an area of the river in the 9200 block of Icicle Road located the body of Charles Beedle Sr. at about 7:40am. He had been swept up onto a low lying boulder in the middle of the river. Swift water personnel recovered the body without incident by 8:40am. The Chelan County Coroner’s Office has possession of the body.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone planning a recreational rafting trip take notice of the following recommendations:
- Always wear personal floatation devices (life vests)
- Have knowledge of the entire waterway and especially downstream hazards prior to beginning the trip. The Tumwater Canyon is NOT a recommended area for recreational rafting due to hazardous swift water and rapids.
- Have at least one person with rafting experience in the group and bring along extra paddles, extra floatation devices, throw ropes, and a cell phone.
Inquiries reference this media release may be directed to Sergeant Kent Sisson with the Sheriff’s Office.