Archives for August 2017

Man Drowns On Wenatchee River

A man drowned Tuesday as he was kayaking on the Wenatchee River.

Police say they received reports of an empty kayak on the river near Plain with a man behind it who looked like he was trying to catch up to it.

A diver found the unidentified man’s body in about five feet of water and attempts to revive him were unsucessful.

According to authorities the man was not wearing a life jacket and it’s not clear what led up to him being separated from the kayak.

Charges Upgraded Against Sundberg Murder Suspects

Two of the three people accused in the December death of a Quincy woman are now facing more severe charges in the case.

According to court papers the first degree murder charges against Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez and Julio Cesar Albarran Varano have been elevated to include aggravated circumstances.

Tapia Rodriguez faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The body of Jill Sundberg was found on Old Vantage Highway near Quincy and investigators say she had been kidnapped then shot multiple times.

First Case Of Deadly Deer Disease Confirmed In WA

A deadly deer infection has been confirmed for the first time in Washington State.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says a deer in Klickitat County tested positive for adenovirus hemorrhagic disease, or AHD.

Authorities say there were several reports of dead fawns over the last two months and that prompted the testing for the fatal disease.

Fish and Wildlife officials say the disease does not pose a risk to humans, pets or livestock.

Labor Day Weekend Traffic Expected To Be Heavy Even With High Gas Prices

Even though gas prices have spiked recently as the result of Tropical Storm Harvey traffic is still expected to be very heavy for the Labor Day weekend.

According to the state Department of Transportation beginning on Friday one of the busiest spots will be I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass as people west of the Cascades head east for a final summer getaway.

One issue impacting traffic will be the the ongoing daytime closure of Chinook Pass due to the Norse Peak wildfire.

Level 3 Evacuations Ordered Near Jolly Mountain Fire

As the Jolly Mountain Fire continues to grow west of Cle Elum Level 3 evacuations were ordered on Wednesday for over 150 residents.

The fire started Aug. 11 as the result of a lightning strike and as of Wednesday consumed over 8,000 acres.

Authorities say nearly 400 firefighters are battling the blaze and are getting help from four helicopters.

Newhouse Receives “Spirit of Enterprise” Award

Congressman Dan Newhouse have received the “Spirit of Enterprise” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

According to the Chamber the award recognizes those members of Congress who have done what’s right for those running businesses across the country.

In accepting the award Newhouse said creating jobs, growing the economy, and boosting trade opportunities for Washington state exporters are hispriorities in Congress and he will continue to support policies that encourage American entrepreneurship.

WSU Student Arrested In Stimson Hall Bomb Threats

Police have arrested an 18-year-old Washington State University student in connection with recent bomb threats made against Stimson Hall.

The two threats were made last week and according to authorities the suspect worked as a resident adviser at Stimson Hall.

Investigators say the student’s computer connected them to the bomb threats and there was no evidence they had the ability to make good on the two events.

Missing Mount Adams Hiker Found Safe

Rescue crews found a man who was reported missing Monday while hiking Mount Adams.

According to authorities the report came in late in the afternoon and the unidentified man was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated for dehydration.

There’s been no word on how long the hiker had been missing before the call came in to police.

Man Arrested For Stealing Electrical Panel Had Outstanding Warrant

A traffic stop in Lind on Tuesday leads to the arrest of a man for taking a solar panel power box from a home.

Police say they were called about a suspicious vehicle on the Lind-Ralston Rd. and officers stopped Larry Bronson where a search found the power box inside of his vehicle.

A check of Bronson’s ID found he had a suspended driver license along with an active Department of Corrections warrant.

Bronson was booked into jail on multiple charges.

Road Work Planned For Thursday On I-90

Plan for some extra time on Thursday if you need to take I-90 near the Broadway exit in Moses Lake.

The state DOT says workers will be replacing overpass signs in both directions near the West Broadway exit and also near the State Patrol Office.

Speeds will be reduced through the area while the work is underway and and traffic will be limited to a single lane.