wsdot-logoHYAK – Drivers traveling across Snoqualmie Pass may want to add some time to their commute next week due to delays associated with lane closures and rolling slowdowns.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4 and Wednesday, Nov. 5 crews will be reducing Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction between mileposts 56 to 61 during the day. Nighttime single lane closures are planned Monday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Nov. 7. Drivers will also experience minor delays due to rolling slowdowns during the day all week.

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

waspSuspect arrested minutes after issuance of Wireless Emergency Alert

Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public involvement that proved crucial to the child’s safe recovery.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office initiated the AMBER Alert for 18-month old Mason A. Wilhelm, which was issued at 10:23 a.m.  The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system was then activated, which was sent at 10:41 a.m.  An alert motorist, receiving the WEA on their phone, called 9-1-1 at 10:42 a.m., reporting they were following the vehicle.  Deputies then stopped the suspect vehicle at 10:49 a.m. and the child was safety recovered.

The AMBER Alert program is a critical tool that has aided in the safe recovery of over 700 abducted children nationwide since its inception.  “The public may often be our best resource in locating these abducted children and the quick dissemination of this critical information using the WEA system enhances getting these alerts out to the public.  As demonstrated with this morning’s quick and safe recovery, a mere 8 minutes passed from the WEA being seen by a motorist and the child’s safe recovery,” said Lieutenant Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol.  “The system works and this recovery demonstrates the value of the AMBER Alert program and the invaluable role of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system in alerting the public”, added Mead.

Additional information on the circumstances surrounding the child’s abduction and recovery are available from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional information on the AMBER Alert program can be found at http://www.missingkids.com/AMBER or the Washington State AMBER Alert plan at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/amber.htm

Additional information on the Wireless Emergency Alert system can be found at http://www.fema.gov/wireless-emergency-alerts

wsdot-logoOLYMPIA – The end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 2, signals more than turning back of the clocks; it’s also a time to use extra caution on our state’s roadways. Between October and January is when nearly half of Washington’s 60 bicycle and pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2013.

With fewer hours of daylight, increased fog and rainy weather, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists that these conditions can make visibility a challenge.

WSDOT offers these safety tips to help reduce the risk of collisions:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists

  • Be seen – Wear bright or reflective outerwear, carry a flashlight, add lights to your bike or helmet and cross at lighted intersections when possible.
  • Make eye contact – Know that the driver is aware of your presence so keep hats, hoods and umbrellas clear of your vision.
  • Walk and bike where it’s safest – Use sidewalks and bike lanes when they are available, and if not, walk at the edge of the road facing traffic, and ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Cross the roadway at intersections – Crossing in mid-block, or jaywalking, is a contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions. This applies in parking lots and garages.

Drivers

  • Stop for pedestrians – It’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk. It is also illegal to pass another vehicle stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Failure to yield to pedestrians is the leading motorist-contributing circumstance in pedestrian collisions.
  • Put the phone down – Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers and may result in a $124 fine for first offense.
  • Watch for pedestrians near schools, community centers, and recreation areas – Children aged 1 through 19 are most “at risk” to be involved in a pedestrian fatality. Senior adults (age 71 or more) make up the other high at-risk age group.
  • Drive the posted speed limit – If a driver hits a cyclist or pedestrian at 20 mph or less, there is an estimated 95 percent survival rate compared with much lower rates if the cyclist or pedestrian is struck by vehicles traveling at higher speeds. The extra minutes saved by speeding could cost a life.

WSDOT is working to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by strengthening and elevating bicycle and pedestrian planning, coordination and design solutions across all levels of the agency. 

sheriffsmOn October 28 at about 11:40 AM, Chelan County Deputies responded to a report of an assault in progress in the 14000 block of 97A in Entiat which involved a baseball bat and a hatchet. The victim told Rivercom Dispatch the suspects, 30 year old Elias Manjares of Rock Island and 22 year old Aaron Daniel of Chelan had assaulted him with the hatchet, left for a short time and then returned and entered his home and assaulted him with a baseball bat.

When Deputies and EMS arrived, they discovered the victim had a split upper lip and abrasions across his back from being struck with a baseball bat. He was treated at the scene by medical personnel. The victim stated he was awakened by the two subjects hitting the outside of his trailer, Manjares was using a hatchet. He yelled at Manjares to stop, but he refused. The victim exited his home and was able to take control of the hatchet, but Manjares punched the victim in the mouth, splitting his upper lit. The victim was able to retreat back into his residence and the suspects left.

A short time later, the suspects returned to the victim’s residence armed with a baseball bat and entered his home without permission. The victim and Manjares physically struggled and more punches were exchanged as Daniel repeatedly struck the victim in the back with the baseball bat four to five times.

The victim was able to subdue Manjares to the floor with one hand and take the baseball bat from Daniel with the other. Once the victim had the baseball bat, Manjares and Daniel fled the home to a neighboring residence, where they were later contacted and arrested. All subjects knew each other, but it is unclear as to what preceded the incident to cause the assault.

Manjares was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree. Daniel was booked for Burglary 1st Degree.

wsdot-logoDrivers should plan for delays due to 24 hour lane closures next week

HYAK – Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 will be happy to hear rock blasting-related closures on Snoqualmie Pass are finished for the year. However, drivers still need to plan for added travel time next week due to lane closures.

Starting Monday morning, Oct. 27 through Saturday morning, Nov. 1 contractor crews close a lane in each direction on I-90 between mileposts 56 to 61. These lane closures will be in effect 24 hours a day. Drivers may also experience delays due to daytime rolling slowdowns through the same location.

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