Kittitas County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Kittitas County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 307 W Umptanum RD, Ellensburg, 98926 WA
  • Chief:
Phone: 509-962-7525
Fax: 509-962-7599

Kittitas County Sheriff's Office is located at 307 W Umptanum RD, Ellensburg, 98926 WA. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office phone number is 509-962-7525.

Kittitas County Sheriff's Office News

Kittitas County Community Development Services Public Service Announcement Winter Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal Kittitas County, WA - 11/06/2018 - Winter and Holiday Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal: Home Heating The temperature is beginning drop outside and Kittitas County families spend more time indoors to keep warm. What you may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires. Fires from home heating can be reduced by taking some simple precautions and using equipment properly. The Fire Marshal recommends some simple home heating safety tips that can help keep your family and community safe and warm this winter. • Space heaters need just that, space. Keep all objects that can burn, at least 3 feet away from the heater. This includes furniture, paper, and bedding. • Turn portable heaters off when you go to sleep or leave the room. • Plug power cords only into electrical outlets rated at the capacity of what the heater draws. NEVER use an extension cord. • Inspect for damaged, cracked, or frayed plugs and loose connections. Replace before using. • Have your chimney inspected each year and swept if necessary. • Use a sturdy fire place screen. • Allow ashes to cool before disposing and dispose in a metal container, not a plastic bucket. • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Some smoke alarms can be inter-connected so that they all alert if one activates. Test each monthly. • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping are and near gas appliances. • Never use an oven or barbeque to heat your home. Candle Safety Having candles in your home or as part of your emergency preparedness kit is a wise decision so that you have a light source if the power goes out. Some people enjoy burning candles on a regular basis for multiple reasons, including scented candles for the aroma. I would like share some information from the National Fire Protection Association’s “Candle With Care” program: • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid using in areas where people may fall asleep. • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn. • Use candle holders on a sturdy and uncluttered surface. • Light candles carefully. Keep hair and loose clothing away from the flame. • Don’t’ burn a candle all the way down – put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container. • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home. • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting available and ready to use. • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach of children or in a locked cabinet. Some facts about candles: • December is the peak time of the year for home candle fires. • Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom. • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. Christmas tree Safety One out of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are likely to be serious. A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of the fires. Here are some Christmas tree tips: • Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off with touched. Placing the tree: • Before placing the tree in a tree stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk. • Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from any heat sources, including space heaters, radiators, candles, heat vents, or fireplaces. • Be sure that tree is not blocking an exit. • Check the water level in the tree stand daily, adding water as needed. Lighting: • Only use lights that have a label from a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are intended only for outdoor or indoor use. • Discard any lights that have broken or worn cords. • Read the manufacturer’s instructions to see if “daisy chaining” or connecting multiple strings is allowed. • Fix any loose bulbs. • Never use candles to decorate the tree. • Turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. After the holidays: • Dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a potential fuel source for fire and should not be left in the home, garage, or against the house outside. • After the holidays check with your community to determine if there is a recycling program available or a drop-off location to recycle trees. • Remove outdoor Christmas lights and decorations and bring them inside to prevent hazards and lengthen the life of them. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Ellensburg man fatally struck by vehicle on University Way Kittitas County, WA - 10/29/2018 - On October 28, 2018, at approximately 11:40pm, Ellensburg resident James McCurdy was struck by a vehicle while walking on University Way near the intersection of Reecer Creek Rd. 39 year old James McCurdy was walking eastbound on University Way when he was struck by a passenger car. Mr. McCurdy was last seen inside of the Wild Goose Casino where he had been refused service due to intoxication. Ellensburg Police officers were first on scene and started CPR. Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue arrived and began life-saving measures, however, they were unsuccessful. The driver of the passenger car was 19 year old CWU student, Ricardo Abarca. Mr. Abarca was assessed by law enforcement and it was determined he showed no signs of impairment. The Washington State Patrol is assisting the Sheriff's Office with the investigation. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ####

Kittitas County Press Release Public Health Plenty of Free Flu Vaccine Still Available Kittitas County, WA - 10/19/2018 - As of 12:00 pm, the Kittitas County Public Health Department has 89 free adult vaccines available. All kids flu vaccine is free and a limited amount of free adult vaccine (89 left) is at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village until 4:00 pm today. “Providing this service is a significant team effort,” says Health Officer Mark Larson. “Kittitas Valley Healthcare provides volunteers and potentially additional vaccines, if needed. Central Washington University paramedicine students work with volunteer nurses to get hands-on experience. And, our local Search and Rescue folks provide traffic control.” Get vaccinated for the flu today without even getting out of your car. The vaccine is free and medical staff is here until 4pm to provide the best protection against influenza. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at

Kittitas County Press Release Public Health For Immediate Release Flu Shots – It’s Happening Right Now! Kittitas County, WA - 10/19/2018 - The annual drive-thru flu clinic is happening right now! Free flu vaccines are available at the drive-thru clinic at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village from 7 am to 4pm. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting the flu and now you can protect yourself without even getting out of your car. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu shot every year. It is especially important for certain groups of people to be vaccinated every year including: • Children aged six months up to their sixth birthday, but especially children younger than two years old, • Pregnant women, • People 65 years of age or older, • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu. Trained medical staff is available and waiting for folks to drive up! Vaccines are free and you never have to leave the car! For questions, call the Kittitas County Public Health Department. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Lost Pacific Trail Hiker Found Near North Bend Kittitas County, WA - 10/15/2018 - On Sunday evening 10/14/2018 at around 6:30 P.M. Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers were dispatched to a report of a missing hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail in the area between Windy Pass and Mirror Lake in the area of Snoqualmie Pass. 30 year old Bellevue resident Evan Phillips got separated from his family at around 11:00 AM on Sunday. Evan was in light clothing with minimal supplies for a planned day hike. He found shelter in a portable toilet overnight but walked a significant distance during daylight hours and eventually went into the Seattle Public Utilities Cedar Creek Watershed in the North Bend area. He was located walking on a remote access road by an SPU employee at around 9:00 AM on Monday morning. He was picked up and transported back to be reunited with his family. He was cold and tired but not injured. “Hikers should always consider carrying a compass, water, snacks, extra clothing and supplies that will help them be prepared if they need to spend the night in the woods.” Sheriff Gene Dana Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Correction Officers Graduate Kittitas County, WA - 10/10/2018 - On October 4, 2018 Kittitas County Correction Officers Wesley Stults, Elliot Reed and Anthony Rivera graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in the Corrections Academy. (Pictured from left to right along with Commander Paula Hoctor) If you are interested in becoming a Corrections Officer please visit Public Safety Testing at, select a test date/location, and choose Kittitas County as an employer of interest. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Kittitas County lifts burn ban Kittitas County, WA - 10/01/2018 - Kittitas County is lifting the burn ban effective October 1, 2018. Fire District #1 will be maintaining the burn ban in their district. Please use caution when burning or having campfires. Never leave a fire unattended, keep fires small and manageable, clear area around campfires and watch the embers, do not burn in windy conditions, make sure your campfire is 100% out before leaving, soak the fire pit area thoroughly with water, stir and repeat until the fire is cold. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Iron East Fire Update 9-12-18 Cle Elum, WA – Total acres for the Iron East Fire is approximately 150 acres. Ensuring public safety and the safety of firefighters is the utmost priority as firefighters work to contain the fire. The fire is burning primarily in dry, dead and downed woody debris. These fuels retain the fire’s heat longer than twigs and grasses. Bees also continue to be an issue for firefighters in the forest. The western portion of the fire is 16 acres and has line around the perimeter. Mop up of this fire is expected to finish by Friday. The wind rapidly expanded the eastern fire earlier in the week indicated by its long narrow footprint. On Tuesday night, crews removed fuels by ignition in the northeast corner of the fire to bolster protection of structures to the north and reduce the likeliness of spread. Crews will take the controlled burning down the hill on Thursday and Friday to strengthen the firelines. The eastern portion of the fire is approximately 130 acres. A cool and showery weather pattern is expected through at least Saturday as low pressure remains in place over the fire area. The maximum temperatures will be in the low 60s. This weather will allow crews to make progress on fully containing these fires. Air resources are being used to cool both fires. Videos of aircraft in action can be seen on Iron East’s Inciweb page. Level 2 Evacuations continue to be in effect for structures 1/2 mile to the northeast of the fire. Highway 97 remains closed until Friday morning to allow the installation of culverts. Old Blewett Pass is closed due to fire activity, we thank the public and recreationalists for their cooperation in avoiding the area. More information on this fire can be found on

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Iron East Fire Update 9/11/18

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Suspicious vehicle call results in sexual assault arrest. Kittitas County, WA - 09/08/2018 - Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy’s investigation of a disabled vehicle Saturday morning led to the arrest of 43 year old Cle Elum resident for sexual assault. On 9/8/2018 around 10:17 AM the Deputy responded to a report of a juvenile male and adult female in a passenger car in the area of Game Bird Loop off of Game Farm Road. The Deputy made contact with a 14 year old male from Ellensburg and a 43 year old female from Cle Elum. Both stated they had been parked in the area talking and when they tried to leave they discovered the car broke down. While giving the juvenile male a courtesy ride home, Deputy Romero became concerned with his demeanor and some of his comments. While asking for some clarification, he disclosed to her that he and the adult female owner of the car were having a sexual relationship. Deputy Romero notified Detectives who initiated an investigation which led to the arrest of Jennifer Richter for six counts of Rape of a Child 3rd Degree. Mrs. Richter has been booked into the Kittitas County Jail and is awaiting her first appearance. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Iron East & West Fires Update

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff For Immediate Release Friday's lightening starts fires in Kittitas County Kittitas County, WA - 09/09/2018 - The lightening storm that pass through Kittitas County Friday evening started two fires on U.S. Forest Service lands near Blewett Pass. The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with a mobilized Type 3 Incident Management Team that has now been set up at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg for the Iron East and Iron West wild land fires burning in a remote area near Blewett Pass. The east fire is currently approximately 18 to 20 acres in size and the west fire is approximately 5 acres in size and it is believed both fires were started by lightning strikes on Friday evening. The management team will begin using around 170 firefighters tomorrow morning for the operation. There are currently several structures in Chelan County that could potentially be threatened depending on the movement of the fire.

Reminder: Blewett Pass will be closed September 9th - 14th. Please plan accordingly.

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Pursuit ends with a crash Kittitas County, WA - 08/31/2018 - On August 30, 2018, around 11:00pm, Kittitas County Deputies attempt to stop a vehicle traveling southbound on Canyon Road for not having their lights on. The vehicle sped away from the deputy when he activated his emergency lights. The vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Yaris with Idaho plates, took off southbound on Canyon Road and then turned east on Thrall Road. The vehicle was traveling between 80 and 90 miles per hour. The vehicle took a left turn onto No. 6 Road from Thrall and traveled north. On No. 6 road the rear passenger threw numerous objects at the pursuing deputies' vehicles, including camping gear, clothes, blankets and a suitcase. The Toyota drove through the stop signs at No. 6 road and Tjossem and at the intersection of No. 6 road and Kittitas Hwy. The vehicle then took a left turn onto Vantage Hwy and started heading into Ellensburg. Due to heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic near the Fairgrounds, deputies backed off the pursuit in hopes the vehicle would slow down. The Toyota lost control near the Starbucks on University Way and struck a tree. Two of the three occupants ran from the vehicle. The driver ran south across University Way away from Starbucks and was later apprehended behind the old bowling alley. The driver, identified as Kyle E. Campbell of Spokane, was placed under arrest and was transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital to be cleared by a doctor and later booked into the Kittitas County Corrections Center. Mr. Campbell had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for Robbery 2nd degree. A female passenger, later identified as the registered owner, Molly Sunrise Matt of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, was able to avoid apprehension and a warrant will be issued for her. The third passenger, Eddie J. Hackett of Pierce County, was questioned and released. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Kittitas County Press Release Sheriff Puget Sound Energy Foundation donates to Kittitas County Search and Rescue Kittitas County, WA - 08/28/2018 - Kittitas County Search and Rescue recently received and $18,000 donation from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation designated for replacement snowmobiles used for winter backcountry search and rescue operations. The PSE Foundation has been a strong supporter of Search and Rescue for at least the last 5 years and has repeatedly donated towards specific operational needs and training. Jim Nale, Chairman of Kittitas County Search and Rescue, says "We are thankful for the recent donation from Puget Sound Energy Foundation in support of additional equipment capacity for snowmobile rescue missions. This equipment will improve our ability to respond safely. With this support from Puget Sound Energy Foundation we are able to carry out our mission stated goals." (Photo attached, taken on 08/23/18 in Ellensburg, shows left to right Undersheriff Clay Myers, PSE Foundation member Adam Crawford, and KCSR Chairman Jim Nale). Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###

Kittitas County Sheriff Public Service Announcement The Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo is on schedule Kittitas County, WA - 08/27/2018 - On behalf of the Kittitas County Sheriff, Fair Board, Rodeo Board and the Event Center, we would like to inform the Public that the Annual Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo is on schedule. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of all the information we see and hear, especially with today's technology. Even the clearest messages can get lost in the shadow of the most recent tweet or post. The work being done by the county to address potential air quality impacts on events in the community is just part of the ongoing process to insure we have plans in place to address all hazard types, so we are not caught off guard in the event of an emergency. The publication of this planning process was not intended to imply, in any way, that the Fair or Rodeo is being canceled due to smoke. In fact, if you noticed, it is a bright clear day and the forecast through Labor Day is the same, warm and clear. So take comfort in knowing the County Officials are working with the Fair and Rodeo Boards to insure that, if we are faced with disasters or emergencies, we have a plan to facilitate our events and protect public safety. So keep exercising those first amendment rights and we hope to see you and your family at the Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo. Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at ###