Law Enforcement

[8/19/19] Facial Recognition in Dispute

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Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, which has generated concerns from privacy advocates. Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear. Officials say the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a delay on police use of the […]

[8/13/19] Jury Duty Scam Alert

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The Chelan County Clerk’s office is warning county residents of a scam involving jury duty. Scammers are calling people claiming to be from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office or Chelan County Clerk or Jury Administrator’s Office advising you that you failed to report for Jury Duty, there is a warrant for your arrest and a […]

[8/13/19] Mill Bay Casino Theft Puts Officer on Leave

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An East Wenatchee police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following accusations of theft at Mill Bay Casino. Officer Josh Virnig was cited July 26 after Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies were able to identify him on casino surveillance footage. Virnig is accused of allegedly trying to steal a woman’s wallet at the casino […]

[8/8/19] Death Ruled Homicide

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The Chelan County Coroner ruled a Montana woman died of complications from multiple gunshot wounds and classified the death a homicide. Coroner Wayne Harris made the ruling Tuesday in the death of 52-year-old Julie Blanchard. Blanchard was one of four people shot in two separate attacks in Missoula March 14. Officials say Julie Blanchard died […]

[8/6/19] Bridgeport Man Drowns at Rufus Woods Lake

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says a Bridgeport man drowned Sunday evening. Deputies were dispatched to Rufus Woods Lake above the Chief Joseph Dam around 7. They found 26-year-old Manuel De Jesus Galarza-Martinez of Bridgeport lying on the shore unresponsive. Deputies attempted life saving measures, but were unsuccessful. Deputies said Martinez had been swimming with […]

[7/27/19] Slidewaters Theft Results in Arrests

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Crime doesn’t take a vacation. A beach bag was stolen from a woman at Slidewaters in Chelan, says Chelan County Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Foreman. 072519 SGT CHRIS FOREMAN By tracking her cell phone inside the stolen beach bag, the woman and police found its location near Emerson and Woodin Avenues in downtown Chelan. Deputies found […]

[7/24/19] Wenatchee Murder/Suicide

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Wenatchee Police Detectives continued their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting on Highland Drive Sunday evening. Detectives were able to complete several more witness interviews and conducted a subsequent search of the residence for additional evidence. Based on the investigation, detectives believe this incident was a homicide/suicide, which left 54-year-old Edgar L. Rodrigue and […]

[7/24/19] Youth will be Tried as an Adult

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An Eastern Washington judge ruled that a youth charged with shooting four classmates at a high school in 2017 will be tried as an adult. Spokane County Superior Judge Michael Price made his decision yesterday in the case of 17-year-old Caleb Sharpe. Sharpe is accused of opening fire Sept. 13, 2017, in a hallway of […]

[7/17/19] Freeman High Shooter Hearing Begins

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A long-delayed hearing has started to determine if the youth charged with shooting four classmates at Freeman High School will be tried as an adult. The hearing for Caleb Sharpe began Monday in Spokane. He is accused of opening fire in a hallway in 2017, killing student Sam Strahan and wounding three others. The 17-year-old […]

[7/17/19] Major Drug Bust in Moses Lake

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Two federal agents were injured during a major drug bust in Moses Lake. The two agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were injured early yesterday morning during a raid targeting a methamphetamine and heroin drug trafficking organization in eastern Washington. It was a continuation of a December 2017 operation against drug […]