Stories by Dee
A jack-knifed semitractor slowed traffic on Highway 2 about five miles west of Leavenworth for about three hours Thursday afternoon.
Two teenage boys were arrested Thursday on suspicion of leaving an incendiary device inside the men’s bathroom at Washington Park at the corner of Washington and Miller streets.
Food left cooking on the stove started a fire Thursday afternoon that heavily damaged a mobile home at 3995 Zager Road.
Want to garden but have no soil at your disposal? For $25, you can rent a spot at a new community garden in East Wenatchee.
Hey, did we skip summer and go directly into winter? This photo from the website for the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort makes it look that way.
WATERVILLE — Rural Douglas County farmers say they continue to be plagued by metal thefts. Farmers spoke at a Douglas County Commission meeting on Monday and asked Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal to schedule more patrols in rural areas in hopes of catching metal thieves in the act.
WENATCHEE — A flammable device was discovered inside the bathrooms at Washington Park about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The device did not ignite and there was no damage to the bathrooms, said Sgt. Jim West with the Wenatchee Police Department. The container with what was suspected to be a flammable liquid was found on the floor.
Chelan County Fire District 1 will celebrate 70 years of service with open houses on June 1 and 2.
WENATCHEE — We don’t need data to tell us it’s wet outside. A look out the window will suffice.
BLEWETT PASS — Fire that swept through the forest late last summer may make it more difficult for investigators to determine the identity of a skull found Thursday near Blewett Pass. The fire may have compromised DNA inside three teeth that were found near the skull, said Wayne Harris, Chelan County coroner. The skull was also partly burned.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Police Department honored its best employees and volunteers at an annual awards ceremony Tuesday at city hall. The ceremony was dedicated to Gerald Komorowski, a VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) volunteer who died May 12. He was to have received a President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is given to those who perform 100 of more hours of service in a year. This would have been the third year that Komorowski received the award. Komorowski, a longtime local disc jockey, was known in radio circles as Jerry Michaels.
Apples on Broadway: Crunch Pak, the fresh, sliced apple specialists based in Cashmere, are headed for a yearlong run on Broadway. Yes, we mean New York. The company has sealed contract that will place Crunch Pak on a 10-foot-by 90-foot screen in Times Square.
A human skull was found Thursday about 10 miles north of the Blewett Pass summit.
Grant County sheriff’s officials who reported a rifle missing Thursday, said today that they mistakenly notified the public about the type of weapon.
Fire damaged the front section of a two-story home at 1540 Easy St. Thursday.
WENATCHEE — Local law enforcement officers were honored Wednesday during the 21st annual Peace Officers Appreciation Luncheon, put on by the Greater Wenatchee Sunrise Lions Club. Those present, who were honored as officers of the year for their departments, were:
Officials at the Wenatchee School District are hoping one or more of their schools will win $1,000 in a video contest sponsored by two Seattle-area organizations.
The Waterville and Orondo school districts will offer Child Find developmental screenings by appointment this month.
A three-day boater education course will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 3, 4, and 5 at Quincy Junior High School, 417 C. St. N.E.
CHELAN — Four Lakes Winery lost its processing and bottling warehouse in a fire Saturday afternoon that started from a runaway tractor lawnmower. The riding lawnmower went off the top of a bluff and rolled down a hill, spewing hot fuel and throwing off the rider about midway down the hill, said Tim Lemon, chief of the Chelan Fire Department.
The state Board of Health has fined a Chelan doctor $5,000 and placed her on probation for three and a half years for unprofessional conduct involving a relationship with a patient.
EPHRATA — Six new cases of whooping cough in Grant County in the past 25 days have prompted health officials to urge people to get immunized. There have been 12 cases of the illness in the county so far this year, said Theresa Adkinson, a Grant County Health District spokeswoman. Ages of those with the illness, also known as pertussis, range from 1 to 18. None have been hospitalized and there have been no deaths this year.
WENATCHEE — If your child is carrying around cold and cough medicine and doesn’t have a cold or a cough, be suspicious, says a Wenatchee mother whose two children have abused such medicine. “I just don’t want to see a child die from this,” says Veniece Ceballos.
WENATCHEE — A 20-year-old woman was in satisfactory condition this morning after falling while running on the back side of Saddle Rock. Gabby Vasquez rolled and slid about 200 feet from where she tripped and fell, said John Wisemore, undersheriff for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. She suffered injuries to her face and ribs.
WENATCHEE — It’s a technicality, but a big one for the Lewis family. When Seattle Children’s Hospital opened a clinic in Wenatchee Feb. 7, the Wenatchee family of seven could apply for financial help, through the Seattle hospital, with their child’s medical appointments.
Firefighters with Chelan County Fire District 1 will be going door-to-door in the area of Squilchuck Road Monday through 20 to collect surveys on a proposed new fire station.
Vandals did about $8,000 damage to a state Department of Ecology gauging station over Chumstick Creek in late April.
Six of the seven motorists killed in NCW collisions so far in 2013 were not wearing seat belts, prompting State Patrol troopers to urge people to use restraints.
WENATCHEE — A three-vehicle crash on the Sen. George Sellar Bridge is blocking westbound lanes this morning. The accident happened about 7:45 a.m. Law enforcement was investigating and was working to clear the accident scene. Further details were not available.
WENATCHEE — Girls On The Run will be in the spotlight May 18 when participants in the self-esteem building program put on 2K and 5K runs on the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail. The event, which is open to the public, will highlight the accomplishments of the 68 girls who are in the program this spring. The girls, in third through fifth grades, are from Morgen Owings Elementary School in Chelan and, in Wenatchee, Mission View, Lincoln and Newbery elementary schools.
MALAGA — Fighting a fire in a bog full of cattails was a big challenge for local firefighters Tuesday afternoon.
EAST WENATCHEE — Motorists out early on Grant Road this morning may have thought they were in the Wild West. Three horses were spotted at Grant Road and Nile about 4:45 a.m., then, about 45 minutes later, they were seen trotting west on Grant Road, according to law enforcement officers from East Wenatchee and the Douglas County Sheriff”s Office.
WENATCHEE — About 250 people came out Monday night for the premiere of anti-bullying videos created this spring by students in Wenatchee and Cashmere schools. “I learned that people have feelings and, when they are bullied, they feel bad,” said Gabby Terrell-Lewis, a fourth-grader at Vale Elementary School in Cashmere. She was an actress in that grade’s video.
WENATCHEE — A fire that destroyed a Wenatchee family’s home late Friday night started in the attic above the bathroom, Fire Chief Stan Smoke said this morning. The cause remained undetermined.
LEAVENWORTH — A school bus driver who drove over a railroad crossing in Dryden Friday morning as warning arms were coming down, has been placed on administrative leave. No one was injured. “However, children may have been frightened and concerned with the warning bar hitting the bus and breaking off as the driver accelerated the bus to quickly get past the tracks,” Cascade School Superintendent Steve McKenna wrote in an email to parents.
WENATCHEE — Nuisance calls to 911 may become illegal if Chelan County commissioners adopt an ordinance proposed by Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. “It’s a now-and-then problem but it ties up deputies and keeps them from doing their jobs,” Burnett said. “We want to have some teeth to tell people ‘You can’t do this.’ ”
Wenatchee native directs festival vending business profits to scholarships
WENATCHEE — Funnel cakes have been a staple of the Apple Blossom Festival for more than 30 years. This year, they’ll be here again, but with a twist.
EAST WENATCHEE — Animal control officials plan to fine an East Wenatchee couple $250 for allowing their pit bull terrier to run at large, resulting in the death of a small dog on April 18 at Kenroy Park. “Our grown son took Marley for an evening walk and they got 10 feet into the park and this dog came charging toward Marley, picked him up by the back and wouldn’t let loose,” said Chuck Truitt of East Wenatchee and the owner of the Lhasa apso that was attacked.
WENATCHEE — A new fire station would be built in the south end of Wenatchee if officials receive grant money to pay for it. Officials with Chelan County Fire District 1 said the station would replace an existing station now at 1836 Squilchuck Road, which is near the Squilchuck Market.
Law enforcement concerns will be up for discussion May 7 at the Malaga fire station, 3760 West Malaga Road.
Days are jam-packed for Apple Blossom Festival Queen Emily Abbott, but she’s found a way to keep her sanity. She takes naps.
WENATCHEE — A policy that bans tobacco use on the entire Central Washington Hospital campus has backfired on Fuller Street residents. Since the policy took place on Feb. 14, smokers who used to be able to puff away 25 feet from doorways and windows are following a pathway from the hospital’s front door and lighting up on Fuller. Hospital officials said they made tobacco off-limits on the whole campus to send a message that smoking is bad for people’s health.
DRYDEN — A Dryden woman says her dog was shot on her property in the 9000 block of Deadman Hill Road Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. The shot, with a pellet gun, perforated the dog’s bowel and nicked its spleen, said Shelly Reynolds. Sassy, a 7-year-old German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix, had surgery and spent two days in the veterinarian’s office before coming home Friday. Reynolds said her vet bill came to $2,700.
EAST WENATCHEE — A 17-year-old East Wenatchee boy was arrested Sunday night after the speeding car he was driving went out of control, raced through two yards and crashed into a garage in the 1700 block of Sixth Street Southeast.
Aging fleet’s replacement fund hit hard by Town Toyota Center problems
WENATCHEE — If there is a big fire in Wenatchee right now, it would take a bit longer than usual for a ladder truck to respond. That’s because the city has two key fire engines, including its ladder truck, in the repair shop and is relying on outlying fire districts for help.
EAST WENATCHEE — A waterline break has blocked traffic at Grant Road and Second Street this morning. Additional details were not immediately available.
David Brickert, the son of former Chelan County Sheriff Mike Brickert, was fatally shot Monday in Phoenix. David Brickert, 37, was a graduate of Cascade High School in Leavenworth, said Chelan County sheriff’s detective Paul Rohrbach.
Showings of student-produced videos on bullying will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at the Performing Arts Center, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.
WENATCHEE — The deer attacked by a wolf up No. 2 Canyon Tuesday morning had a broken leg, possibly from being hit by a car. “The wolf was keying in on very vulnerable prey, which is what they do,” said Madonna Luers, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “It was probably in the process of killing it and was going to eat it.”
WENATCHEE — A wolf took down a deer up No. 2 Canyon this morning near the Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club. Neighbors near the gun club up the canyon reported seeing the wolf go after the deer about 6:15 a.m., said Chelan County Undersheriff John Wisemore.