sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports Chelan County Search & Rescue coordinators worked with Kittitas County and King County rescue units to remove an injured female from the wilderness on Saturday evening (07/16/2016). The initial 911 call for help came into the KITTCOM dispatch center in Ellensburg from the injured subject’s husband at around 5:00pm. Lauren Larimer of Selah advised that his wife had been injured as they were attempting to lead their horses across a creek crossing on the Fourth Creek Trail in the wilderness near the Chelan County and Kittitas County line – northeast of Iron Peak. Larimer reported his wife suffered a severe lower left leg fracture when her horse startled and ran over her. Larimer had to hike about one-half mile to obtain cellular service to call for assistance.

Due to the location of the incident, a Chelan County SAR coordinator worked with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office to deploy a ground team to the scene along the Beverly Creek Trail. At the same time, Chelan County requested a hoist equipped helicopter from State Emergency Management to respond. The King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit responded with their Guardian II aircraft to conduct the hoist extraction of the patient. Angela Larimer (46yoa – Selah, WA) was rescued by 8:45pm and transported directly to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The ground SAR team assisted Lauren Larimer in hiking the two horses out to the trailhead.

Angela Larimer is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center receiving treatment for a left lower leg compound fracture and a fractured right ankle.

sheriffsmOn July 16, 2016 at about 8:22 PM, Rivercom Dispatch received a call of a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident 2.5 mile up Apple Acres Road from the Chelan Airport. It was soon discovered, it was actually a bicyclist and the reporting party stated the male was deceased.

The vehicle that struck the bicyclist fled the scene and was described as possibly being a red truck with extensive damage to the front end and possibly a broken windshield.

The bicyclist was identified as 50 year old, Gary Knowlton of Brewster. His next of Kin have been notified.

While riding his bike at this location, the suspect vehicle, also going the same direction, struck Knowlton from behind.

The investigation is pending further information regarding the suspect who fled the scene. If you have any information on persons or vehicles possibly associated with the collision, please call Rivercom at 663-9911 or Undersheriff Mathews at 667-6850

sheriffsmOn July 13, 2016 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, approximately six feet tall with a muscular build and a medium length blond beard. The same male subject has been described recently in two separate reported incidents, both of which occurred near the downtown corridor of Leavenworth. The first incident is still being actively investigated as a reported assault on a female and the second incident was a suspicious incident involving a male with a similar description hiding in the bushes along a walking trail near the City Shop in Leavenworth. In both incidents Deputies searched the immediate and surrounding areas, but were unsuccessful in locating the described male.

If you have observed someone matching this description please call our tip line at 667-6845.

It also important to remember to be aware of your surroundings in any public setting, if possible walk or exercise in pairs, and report suspicious behavior immediately.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on Wednesday, July 13 shortly before 10:30 p.m. Chelan County Deputies responded to a robbery in the parking lot of BeeBee Springs rest area in Chelan Falls, Washington. The victim reported he was hit over the head by a male suspect with an AK47 style rifle and then robbed of his wallet, phone, and vehicle. The suspects were last seen fleeing the scene toward Highway 97 in both the suspect’s and victim’s vehicles. The victim was transported by ambulance to Lake Chelan Community Hospital and treated for his injuries.

While conducting the initial interviews Deputies advised surrounding Police agencies of the incident and suspect’s description, to include vehicle descriptions. A short time later Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office called to notify us they located and detained the female suspect, Amber Hernandez, and her vehicle. Hernandez, a 30 year old female, is a resident of Omak, Washington. Hernandez was interviewed by Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and later booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

A short time later Okanogan County located the second suspect, Jose A. Lara Mendez, a 25 year old male also from Okanogan County, Washington. Mendez was also interviewed by Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and he too was booked in jail for Robbery and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

During the investigation Deputies learned the victim made previous arrangements to meet with Hernandez in Chelan for a date. After two met, the victim got into Hernandez’s vehicle and they drove to BeeBee Springs rest area. While there Hernandez activated the trunk release of her vehicle where Mendez was hiding. Mendez got out of the trunk with the rifle and confronted the victim. The victim was struck in the face with the rifle and then robbed. Both suspects then fled the area toward Okanogan County.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives are still actively working the incident and executing a search warrant to locate the suspected rifle used in the crime. At this point in the investigation we believe all suspects are in custody.

wash traf safeOLYMPIA – Emergency rules adopted in March for the Interstate 405 express toll lanes hours of operation will become permanent when the State Transportation Commission takes action at its meeting next week in Olympia. In addition, the commission will hear the results of surveys conducted to assess the performance of Washington State Ferries and attitudes of ferry riders.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m., both Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. This meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during public comment periods at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday and at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Public comment on the I-405 express toll lane changes will be heard at 1 p.m. Tuesday, prior to commission action.

Tuesday’s meeting begins with an overview of toll and rate setting by other agencies in-state and across the country, followed by a presentation on travel trends in the rapidly growing central Puget Sound region.

On Tuesday afternoon, the commission is scheduled to finalize a rule change to open the I-405 express toll lanes to all drivers on evenings and weekends. The express toll lanes, which opened in September 2015, allow drivers to choose a faster and more reliable trip by paying a toll to access the HOV lanes. Toll rates adjust depending on traffic, and drivers pay the rate they see upon entering the lanes. Other tolling topics on Tuesday and Wednesday include reports on overall I-405 express toll lane performance, the State Route 167 HOT Lane extension project, and preliminary work on tolling the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle.

Also Tuesday afternoon, the results of three ferry-related surveys will be presented. Members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) and the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) survey panels  were surveyed earlier this year on: WSF performance during the winter season; statewide attitudes on WSF; and freight movers’ use of WSF. For several years, thecommission has utilized the 24,000 member FROG and the 30,000 member VOWS survey panels; both are voluntary and representative of the population. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand travel behavior, satisfaction with WSF performance on key attributes, and statewide opinions regarding key issues currently facing the state ferry system. Approximately 9,500 people participated in the surveys this year.

On Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation  will present the final draft of the State Aviation Plan, and the Port of Seattle will update the commission on its expansion plans for Sea-Tac International Airport. The nation’s fastest-growing major airport in 2015, Sea-Tac is developing plans to increase capacity, including more gates and terminal space and restructuring passenger pick-up and drop-off.

WSDOT Acting Secretary Roger Millar also will talk about the department’s new emphasis on highway worker safety and the importance of using social media, humor and personal stories as ways to educate drivers to slow down in construction work zones.

For more information about the commission and a complete meeting agenda, visit: www.wstc.wa.gov/