On 11-01-22, Matthew D. Hendricks, a 29 year old resident of East Wenatchee, was observed by CRDTF Detectives in Rock Island, WA. Hendricks had a DOC Escape warrant out for his arrest at the time. CRDTF Detectives had gathered intelligence from numerous sources that Hendricks was dealing Fentanyl pills. Hendricks drove his motorcycle from Rock Island to a body shop in the 400 block of Rock Island Road. He was contacted by Detectives once he arrived at the location. When contacted, Hendricks fled into the nearby body shop and hid behind a vehicle inside the shop. Hendricks was arrested and found in possession of nearly 1000 Fentanyl pills and close to an ounce of methamphetamine. Hendricks had over $2500 cash on his person. Hendricks was arrested and a search warrant on his phone was served which revealed evidence of drug dealing. Hendricks’ cash and motorcycle were seized. Hendricks was arrested for possession with intent to deliver Methamphetamine and Fentanyl as well as Resisting Arrest.
On 11-09-22, CRDTF Detectives had been surveilling Casey C. McKinstry, a 32 year old resident of Rock Island, due to information gathered that McKinstry was dealing Fentanyl. Detectives interrupted a drug deal after seeing a hand to hand transaction at the Evergreen Smoke Shop parking lot. McKinstry was arrested for possession with intent to deliver Fentanyl, Heroin and Methamphetamine. The buyer, Christopher R. Dexter, a 30 year old resident of East Wenatchee, was also arrested for leaving two young children unattended in his running vehicle while he was purchasing drugs from McKinstry. Child Protective Services was called and notified of the situation and the children were placed in temporary protective custody. Both subjects admitted a drug deal was occurring when the CRDTF Detectives contacted them. McKinstry had approximately $4800 cash, approximately 400 fentanyl pills, about a gram of heroin, and about gram of methamphetamine in his possession. The cash and McKinstry’s vehicle were seized. McKinstry was out on bail at the time of his arrest and has a pending case out of Douglas County for firearms possession and possession w/intent. McKinstry was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. It should be noted that under the current state law for drug possession that CRDTF Detectives only course of action is to issue Dexter a drug referral for his part in the drug transaction.
Both subjects are currently housed at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
The Columbia River Drug Task Force is committed to targeting Fentanyl drug dealers in the Wenatchee Valley. There have been too many lives lost and countless lives affected by this poison being distributed in our community. CRDTF is committed to working with our Federal partners as well as the Chelan and Douglas Prosecutor’s office to hold these drug dealers accountable to the highest extent of the law.
Sheriff Burnett reports that at approximately 6:30 AM on Saturday, October 22nd, a Leavenworth resident was outside of her home in the 300 block of Commercial Street walking her dog when a bear attacked her.
The female reported the bear attacked her from behind. The female fought back and punched the bear several times during the 10 to 15 second attack. The female received significant injuries and has received medical treatment.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene.
A public alert was sent out to local media and information was posted to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office social media asking all residents and visitors to avoid the area until further notice.
Working with the City of Leavenworth, the Enchantment Park area was closed. As a precautionary measure, the City of Leavenworth continued to keep the Enchanted Park area closed until Sunday, October 23rd.
Officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife brought in two tracking dogs in an attempt to locate the bear that was responsible for the attack.
On October 19th, 2022 Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives located Danielle Reyes, a 28-year-old resident of East Wenatchee, while she was driving a motor vehicle in Wenatchee. Reyes had numerous misdemeanor warrants for her arrest, and had been involved in eluding incidents with patrol officers in both Wenatchee and East Wenatchee in the recent past.
CRDTF Detectives coordinated with Wenatchee Police Officers to stop Reyes, but she fled from the uniformed police officers in marked patrol vehicles two different times in the course of a few minutes. Reyes was located again in East Wenatchee, and an East Wenatchee Officer initiated a traffic stop from which, Reyes fled again. The East Wenatchee Officer attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (P.I.T.) maneuver to prevent Reyes from fleeing the traffic stop. Reyes slammed on the brakes, and put the vehicle in reverse slamming into the front of a CRDTF vehicle, causing the air bags to deploy and causing extensive damage to both vehicles. Reyes resisted arrest and attempted to drive away, while she was being taken into custody.
The CRDTF Detective was driven to Central Washington Hospital as a precautionary measure. The CRDTF Detective has been discharged from CWH with minor injuries.
Initial charges for Reyes include Assault 2nd degree, 2 counts of Felony Eluding, Resisting Arrest, and Driving Under the Influence. The Wenatchee Police Department is handling the investigation on the criminal charges stemming from the events today.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision.
On October 18 th , 2022 Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives observed Victor Dominguez, a 33-year-old resident from East Wenatchee, in the 400 block of South Kentucky in East Wenatchee.
Dominguez had a warrant for a Felony DV Court Order Violation. Dominguez also had a felony warrant for Assault in the 3 rd degree stemming from an incident on October 5 th 2022 where Dominguez assaulted a Washington State Patrol Trooper, while on a traffic stop before fleeing the scene. Chelan County Sheriff’s Office also had probable cause to arrest Dominguez for an eluding incident that occurred on October 11 th , 2022, where he refused to stop and fled from Chelan County Deputies.
CRDTF Detectives as well as Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers surrounded the residence where Dominguez was last seen. Dominguez initially refused to come out when given lawful orders to do so, but he eventually did surrender and was booked for his Felony warrants, Felony Eluding, and driving with a suspended license in the 3rd degree.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Monday October 10th, 2022, Ben Delahunty, a 28 year old Montana man, was rescued from the Lake Viviane area south of Leavenworth. His hiking partner called RiverCom dispatch at approximately 9:30 am to report his friend was trapped under a large boulder in the area of Lake Viviane. A CCSO Search and Rescue coordinator was able to communicate with him by phone. He said his friend’s wrist was pinned by the boulder and it was also across his legs. They were unable to move the boulder as it was approximately the size of a refrigerator.
The Location of the Mr. Delahunty was several hours hike from the trailhead and the scenario presented a unique challenge of getting equipment capable of moving a boulder as well as rescuers on scene in a timely manner. A call was made to State Emergency Management to request a hoist capable helicopter. Local fire agencies were also contacted for equipment to move the boulder.
The Wenatchee Valley Department has air bladders capable of lifting the boulder and they could be inflated with air cylinders. They also offered the use of their helicopter 1MR to assist in getting rescuers and equipment to the scene. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Rescue Team also responded on SnoHawk10, a hoist capable helicopter. SnoHawk10 was able to insert the first paramedics via hoist to the patient at approximately 12:20. 1MR began shuttling rescuers and equipment to the scene while SnoHawk10 was inserting the medics. Rescuers from Cascade Ambulance, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, Wenatchee Valley Fire Department, and Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team were all inserted to complete the rescue. Additional equipment was provided by Chelan County Fire District 3.
The crews that were inserted immediately found this rescue had additional challenges. Mr. Delahunty’s location was in an area that needed ropes to safely access and there was a risk of a fall while working on the boulder. Using the air bladders, they were able to free him from the boulder at approximately 2:50 pm.
By the time Mr. Delahunty was freed from the boulder, winds had picked making the first attempt to hoist him from his position and an attempt to pick him up from a nearby landing zone unsuccessful. Additional volunteers from Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded on the ground in case they had to bring him out in a wheeled litter. At 4:45 pm there was enough of a break in the weather to allow Snohomish County to attempt another hoist operation. They were successful and transported Mr. Delahunty to Central Washington Hospital. He has significant injuries to his leg but is expected to recover.
The rescuers on scene hiked out over the next several hours making it to the trailhead at approximately 11:00 pm.
This rescue presented challenges not seen very often and could not have been accomplished without the partnerships established with local and out-of-area agencies.
Sheriff Burnett reports on 10/8/2022, Deputies were dispatched to a report of a body in the Columbia River at Rock Island Dam. Detectives were called to the scene and recovered a deceased male from the water.
Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris currently has custody of the body and will be working with Detectives to positively identify the deceased.
At this time, there is no evidence of foul play and detectives do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on Saturday September 24th, 41-year-old Swaminathan Sundaram of Redmond died while hiking Aasgard Pass south of Leavenworth, WA.
At approximately 10:00 am RiverCom Dispatch was advised of multiple InReach activations in the area of Aasgard Pass. The activations indicated there was a medical emergency and they needed help.
Through various messages it was determined the group had been performing CPR since about 9:40 am. It was confirmed through radio communications after a USFS trail rangers arrived on scene that CPR was still underway. The USFS Trail Rangers assisted throughout the remainder of the operation.
Due to the remote location and the urgency, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office SAR Deputies requested a hoist capable helicopter through State Emergency Management. Snohomish County Sheriff’s office accepted the mission as they were in the air already for training. The Snohomish County Helicopter arrived on scene at approximately 11:30 am and inserted a medical crew. The helicopter returned a short time later to pick up the patient along with the crew.
Life saving efforts continued for a short time in the air but they were unsuccessful.
The patient was transported to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery landing pad where he was transferred to CCSO Deputies and the Chelan County Coroner’s Office.
It was determined Mr. Sundaram died of natural causes.
Aasgard Pass is a challenging and heavily travelled trail hikers use to access the Enchantments from the Stuart Lake Trailhead.
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on September 24th, 2022 at approximately 11PM, Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 100 Block of Aplets Way in Cashmere for a single victim with gunshot wounds resulting in a fatality.
At approximately 0600 hrs. with the assistance of the East Cascade Regional SWAT Team and Columbia River Drug Task Force, suspects were taken into custody without incident.
The Sheriff’s Office does not believe there is any threat to the public.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating and cannot release additional details at this time.
CCSO Detectives will continue to investigate with the Coroner’s Office and will release additional details as we can.
On Saturday, August 6, 2022 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary that took place at a storage unit on McKittrick street in Wenatchee, WA. It was reported that over $10,000 of property was taken from the storage unit, to include the ashes of the victim’s mother.
On August 11, 2022 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force conducted an operation to recover the stolen items, after a Facebook Marketplace post was discovered of someone attempting to sell the stolen items. Detectives arranged to meet the suspect at a public location in Wenatchee, WA and purchase some of the stolen items. The Columbia River Drug Task Force Detectives conducted surveillance on the suspect’s residence and observed him loading the stolen items into his vehicle. During this surveillance, Detective’s observed the suspect meet at a separate location and conduct a drug deal with another subject. It is suspected that this transaction involved the drug Fentanyl. After the suspect conducted the drug deal, he proceeded to the arranged location in Wenatchee, WA and was subsequently arrested for Trafficking stolen property- 1st degree, Possession of stolen property-2nd degree, and Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in East Wenatchee, WA and recovered a majority of the stolen items from the burglary. The victim’s mother’s ashes were also recovered. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges for the suspect are pending.
This operation would not have been successful without the great collaboration between the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Columbia River Drug Task Force.
Sheriff Brian Burnett is excited to announce that the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office will be taking its Conceal Pistol License application process to an online format with the implementation of Permitium’s online services.
Shifting to this online service option provides the residents of Chelan County the convenience and ease to apply from anywhere in the county. There are no additional fees being expended by the county to move over to the online option. We will still be offering the in-person application process to those who prefer this to the online submittal.
Starting Wednesday, August 10 th, 2022, Chelan County residents will have the option to access a direct link from our website (https://chelanwa.permitium.com/ccw/start) where they can complete an application from home to apply for their new, renewal, or late renewal of their Washington State Conceal Pistol License, as well as pay online with a credit or debit card. A nominal credit card transaction fee will be charged to the applicant and charges will be viewable prior to transaction completion.
All New CPL applicants are still required to have their fingerprints taken. Applicants will have 30 days, from the date that their application is submitted, to complete the required fingerprints. Fingerprints will be taken at the main Wenatchee office located at 401 Washington St.; Level 1. Fingerprinting is available Monday thru Thursday between the hours of 9:00am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. We do not fingerprint on Fridays. No appointment is necessary.
For best results, we do suggest that you apply using a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The application is not optimized for smartphones and you may encounter technical difficulties.