sheriffsmOn April 16, 2015 at 3:00pm Sheriff Burnett reports an arrest has been made in the Blue Star pallet fire in Cashmere.  Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives, who worked in conjunction with Cashmere Fire Officials and Blue Star investigators, arrested a 17 year old Dryden resident today for Arson.  The arson, which caused approximately $70,000 in damage, burned or damage in excess of 7000 pallets at a pallet yard owned by Blue Star.

sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on April 13 at about 4:30 P.M., Deputies assisted the Washington State Patrol on Highway 97 in the area of the Highway 2 Junction in Peshastin. A State Trooper was contacted at this location by a female victim of a Domestic Violence situation. The victim told Deputies she had been assaulted several times over the past few days by her boyfriend who was later arrested and identified as 47 year old Douglas S. Port of Leavenworth. She told Deputies that Port had refused to let her leave the home after assaulting her. When he left that day to go to the store, she exited the second story window and onto the roof where she was able to drop to the ground and go to get help.

When Deputies arrived at the residence in the 3000 block of Allen Lane in Valley-Hi a short time later, they were unable to locate Port. They observed external locks on the outside of the doors, which would prevent the victim from leaving the residence. The victim told Deputies she unsuccessfully attempted to kick the door open to escape at one point during the six day period she was held against her will. Deputies attempted to locate Port and arrest him for Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence, but were unable to find him.

The following day, Deputies attempted to locate Port at the residence and were contacted outside by the victim who told Deputies that Port was in the shower. Port was taken into custody without incident. The victim told Deputies, Port told her if she tried to leave, he would take his crossbow and “shoot her in the temple with it and she would be dead.” Deputies located a crossbow sitting on the microwave oven, loaded and ready to shoot a large nail. The victim told Deputies Port had a bomb in his room which Port planned to ignite in a neighbor’s yard later that night. Port supposedly had an ongoing dispute with this neighbor. Port described the bomb to her as being able to “blow up the whole block and then some.” He described to her how they would be able to set the bomb and be able to escape. The victim said she was afraid Port would assault her if she didn’t participate, but told him she didn’t want to.

Once aware of the bomb, Deputies secured the residence and the area, and requested the Army EOD from Yakima to respond. After Deputies secured a search warrant, EOD removed the bomb from the residence and disarmed it a short distance away. The bomb was described in size of that of a coffee cup. EOD took samples of the device for testing.

The victim told Deputies of many other incidents involving Port’s abuse to both her and her dog. At the end of the investigation, Port was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment D.V., Assault 4th D.V., 2 Counts of Harassment - Threats to Kill D.V., 4 counts of Rape D.V., Animal Cruelty 2nd Degree D.V. , Assault 2nd Degree D.V., Reckless Endangerment D.V., and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree D.V. Pending positive identification of the bomb, additional charges would be added. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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L-R Aylee Neff and Jana Russell

You’re Hired!

On March 25, Manson FFA members Jana Russell and Aylee Neff competed in the Job Interview FFA career development event at Wenatchee High School.

Prior to the even they submitted a cover letter and resume for a job they would later interview for. They also created a job description and collected letters of recommendation. At the event they filled out a general job application and then interviewed for the position they applied for. Jana interviewed for an internship position at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Aylee interviewed to fill the position of Chelan County Fair Ambassador.

After finishing their interviews they wrote a formal business letter; thanking the interviewer for their time, and reiterating their interest in the job. Jana and Aylee came out first and second from the personal interviews. Aylee finished third and Jana finished first in the district. They will compete again in job interview at the FFA State Convention in May, in Pullman.


wsdot logoHYAK – Drivers traveling on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass next week should plan for minor delays due to rolling slowdowns and lane closures.

On Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17 the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close the shoulders in both directions during the day on I-90 from mileposts 47 to 55. Crews will also be conducting rolling slowdowns during the day and close a single lane eastbound at night from mileposts 56 to 61. 

Drivers will also experience minor delays due lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16 at mileposts 88 to 93 and at milepost 79.  

WSDOT provides a variety of tools to help plan your trip over Snoqualmie Pass:

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SNOQUALMIE PASS – Although it feels like spring in lower elevations, it will definitely feel like winter this weekend along several mountain passes.

Forecasters are predicting more than a foot of snow to fall along the west slopes of the North Central Cascades including Snoqualmie, Chinook, White and Stevens passes and the North Cascades Highway by Sunday.

If drivers plan to travel over the mountains this weekend, they are encouraged to know before they go by:

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