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November 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM
The Wenatchee World
EAST WENATCHEE — A man who ran from police Monday afternoon got away — but probably not for long.
The man dropped his wallet as he bailed out of his car, said Dan Reierson, East Wenatchee’s assistant police chief.
An officer attempted to stop the man’s car for a traffic offense near the 1300 or 1400 block of Grant Road, but the car raced off, Reierson said. The man drove a few blocks before running from the car in the 900 block of First Street Southeast.
Police retrieved the wallet, which contained the man’s identification, and impounded the man’s car, Reierson said.
They expect to find the 36-year-old East Wenatchee man soon.
November 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM
By Jefferson Robbins
The Wenatchee World (MCT)
WENATCHEE — A man suspected of torturing and killing a dog, after goading a 15-year-old boy to assist him, was formally charged with the crime this week.
Jamar W. Stipek, 20, faces a charge of first-degree animal cruelty after police said he and the teen tortured and killed the dog.
The teen’s mother, Sarah L. Keffeler, 37, is charged with three counts of first-degree assault for allegedly firing a .22-caliber rifle toward Stipek and her son after she learned they had killed her dog.
Wenatchee police said they were called to Keffeler’s home in the 700 block of Orondo Avenue about 1:45 a.m. Oct. 17, after Stipek called 911 from an upstairs closet where he was hiding. The 15-year-old jumped out of a second-story window to escape the gunfire. There were five people in the house at the time, including two children.
Stipek and the teenager admitted killing the animal the previous evening because it was a nuisance, according to police. Stipek said he taunted the teen to convince him to carry out the killing. The 15-year-old faces arraignment Nov. 5 on an identical charge to Stipek’s.
Stipek is scheduled for trial Dec. 17, with a possible sentence of one to three months in jail if convicted. He has no prior felony record. Keffeler’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13; she could face seven to 10 years in prison on each count.
November 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM
WENATCHEE (AP) — A woman’s Halloween costume that included a realistic-looking AR-15 toy rifle sent Wenatchee police officers and Chelan County sheriff’s deputies rushing to a school.
A passer-by reported seeing someone walking near Lewis and Clark Elementary with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The school was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Thursday afternoon while the report was checked out.
KHQ-TV reports that dispatchers received another call from someone who said a friend had just walked home wearing a costume that included a replica rifle.
The Wenatchee World reports the woman wearing the costume was in her 20s.
Sgt. Jim West says officers contacted her and told her, “carrying a ‘weapon’ like that was probably not the wisest of ideas.”
October 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM
The Associated Press
WENATCHEE — The Chelan County coroner says the man found dead in a Wenatchee ditch on Thursday drowned accidentally.
Coroner Wayne Harris says it’s unclear how 38-year-old Michael W. Andruss of East Wenatchee ended up in the culvert, but alcohol was a contributing factor.
KPQ reports the body was found by children on their way to school. It was about a block from Foothills Middle School.
October 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM
The Associated Press
WENATCHEE — Children on their way to school Thursday morning found a man’s body in a drainage ditch in Wenatchee.
The Wenatchee World reports the body was about a block away from Foothills Middle School.
Police are investigating.
September 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM
SPOKANE (AP) — A man who police say had $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in a Wenatchee residence has been charged in federal court.
The Wenatchee World reports 31-year-old Hector Vicente Briseno-Medina faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted. He was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, charged possessing 500 grams or more of meth and one kilogram or more of cocaine, both for the purpose of sale.
Briseno-Medina has previously been convicted of immigration violations.
July 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM
WENATCHEE (AP) — Authorities in Central Washington ordered a new round of evacuations Wednesday near a surging wildfire, as firefighters worked to better control the blaze before thunderstorms swept through the region.
The fire danger was expected to remain high in Eastern Washington through Thursday amid the threat of lightning strikes from thunderstorms and gusty winds.
The Colockum Tarps Fire south of Wenatchee was burning across 93 square miles of grass, sagebrush and timber in Chelan and Kittitas counties, and winds from the east were pushing the blaze into timber to the west.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office ordered residents of about 75 homes and cabins to evacuate Wednesday, and several recreation areas were closed, fire officials said.
In addition, a horse and Bible camp with 40 horses and eight children was evacuated, the Ellensburg Daily Record reported.
The fire was about a half mile from the Wild Horse Wind Farm, which was closed to the public.
About 370 firefighters were working to control the blaze, which was 8 percent contained, fire officials said.
Near Goldendale, Klickitat County, firefighters gained ground on a blaze that had closed Highway 97 for days.
The Mile Marker 28 Fire was 60 percent contained. The Washington Department of Transportation reopened the highway Wednesday, with pilot cars leading vehicles through the fire area. Delays of up to one hour were expected.
Fire crews built a fire line around the fire, which burned about 35 square miles near Satus Pass, about 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, fire spokesman Dam Omdal said.
More than 1,300 firefighters were on the line mopping up hot spots and strengthening fire lines.
July 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM
The Associated Press
Fire officials say they are starting to get control over a large wildfire burning near Goldendale on top of Satus Pass.
Spokesman Randy Shepard of the interagency fire management team says the fire has grown to almost 32 square miles, but it is now about 25 percent contained. He says weather conditions are favorable for more progress on Monday.
He says fire officials are confident they will have a line around the fire within the next few days.
The fire covered about 27 square miles on Sunday and has been growing to the east through rough terrain. It’s about 7 miles from the small town of Bickleton, but Shepard says fire officials do not expect the fire to get near the village.
Highway 97 is still closed between Goldendale and Toppenish and will remain closed as long as necessary for safety reasons.
About 1,200 people are fighting the fire. A few more homes have been added to the evacuation notices but no structures have been destroyed. The fire threatens about 144 structures, including about 70 residences.
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Meanwhile, a brush fire burning 20 miles south of Wenatchee has grown to more than 10 square miles.
The wildfire in the Colockum Pass area has burned five houses since breaking out Saturday.
A spokesman for fire managers, Rick Issackson, tells KPQ the five homes lost are in addition to other structures destroyed in the fire.
About 40 homes are threatened in the area residents have been evacuated, and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at a church in the city.
Fire crews continue to fight a third fire near North Bend where an 18-acre wildfire is burning on the south side of Mount Si. No structures are threatened by that fire.
April 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM
WENATCHEE (AP) — Animal control officers in Wenatchee are looking for a vicious Chihuahua or similar small dog that bit a boy Sunday at Lincoln Park and a girl in a nearby yard.
The Wenatchee World reports the 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl were both bitten on the lips and required stitches at Central Washington Hospital.
The dog was running loose.
March 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM
WENATCHEE (AP) — State wildlife biologists are investigating the death of a pregnant cow on a ranch south of Wenatchee — and they got a glimpse of a wolf while they were working.
The Wenatchee World reports it’s the same ranch where pictures of two wolves were captured on a remote camera on Sunday.
State wildlife officials named the wolves the Wenatchee Pack on Tuesday. Later that same day, they were at the Hurd family ranch investigating a dead cow.
Ross Hurd says he doesn’t want to create hysteria about the wolves, but wants people to know the wolves are in the area.
The state agency has not yet determined how the cow died. Meanwhile, the Hurd family plans to have more people patrolling their property and watching over their livestock.
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