Photo courtesy of the Kittitas County Historical Museum
Hit and run leads to pursuit and arrest
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office reported an incident that started with a hit-and-run collision in a Cle Elum parking lot Tuesday night concluded hours later with the arrest of a 16-year-old Everett male on Thorp Cemetery Road. According to the sheriff’s office, when Cle Elum-Roslyn Police officers responded to the incident and tried to contact the vehicle's driver, a Hyundai, the car drove straight at the officer who had to lunge to get out of the way.
The vehicle sped off on Interstate 90. The Sheriff’s Office and State Patrol coordinated the pursuit. When the vehicle sped through the Elk Heights area toward Thorp, spike strips were deployed. The vehicle’s tires were shredded and eventually, it stopped near Thorp Cemetery Road. The driver and a 15-year-old female passenger fled the car. The girl was quickly captured and shared with officers that the driver had been smoking fentanyl all day and had stolen the vehicle.
A drone-assisted search ensued and the arrest was made after the suspect contacted a Thorp resident, asked to use their phone and admitted to being the cause of the police activity. The resident called 911. Although the boy fled again, he was soon apprehended.
Party to kickoff Caldwell Building project
A party to kick off the Caldwell building restoration project will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 16, The 134-year-old Caldwell Building houses the Kittitas County Historical Museum as well as upstairs apartments. The historical museum secured almost $800,000 in funding to start a multi-phase restoration project in September.
Calling all cowgirls
The Ellensburg Rodeo is sponsoring Cowgirls Night Out, 5 to 8, tonight in downtown Ellensburg. Participating venues may offer music, refreshment and discounts.
Celebrating rodeo with wine
The Ellensburg Rodeo Wine of Fame wine release party is at Gard Vintners from 5 to 9, tonight. It will be an opportunity to taste a limited edition artist series wine from Gard Vintners.
Catch the concert in the park
The Killdeer String Band performs at 6:30 tonight at Alder Street Park as part of the city of Ellensburg’s Music in the Park series. Killdeer is a four-member band known for playing energetic instrumental music.
Get a free snow cone
The city of Ellensburg celebrates 811 Day with free snow cones from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday at City Hall. Homeowners and excavators must call 811 before any digging project.
A chance to dance
The Kiwanis Summer Dance-Hawaiian Luau is 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday at Hal Holmes Community Center. There will be pizza, music, dancing and games at this free, family-friendly event.
Car show Saturday
Kittitas County Fire District 1 hosts its annual car and bike show Saturday at the Thorp Fire Station. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with judging at 11:30 a.m. and awards at 1:30 p.m.
The FISH Open Table lunch is Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and pears. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Ellensburg, and noon to 1 p.m., in Cle Elum. Meal sites are the Ellensburg Open Table and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church. The community lunch for anyone needing a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.
The forecasted high today in Ellensburg is 81 degrees. Sunset is at 8:21 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 57 degrees. Expect gusty winds up to 30 mph in the evening.