Police investigate unattended death
OMAK — An unattended death at Shove House is being investigated by the Omak Police Department.
The Omak Police Department is investigating the April 19 death of Tanya Hayner, 25, at the residential drug treatment facility. She “most likely” died of a drug overdose, Detective Rusty Tallant said.
Clients of the facility, 1007 Koala Drive, apparently are free to come and go, he said, adding that the facility is not under investigation.
Hayner apparently had left the facility within the 24 hours before her death, Tallant said.
Skip Rosenthal, CEO of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare, which oversees Shove House, could not be reached for comment.
Hayner, the daughter of John and Laura Hayner of Okanogan, was a 2007 graduate of Okanogan High School. She was an orthopedic coordinator at Caribou Trail Orthopedics and a barista.
A memorial service was Saturday at Dawson Gym in Okanogan.
Highway clearing remains on track
MAZAMA – The state Department of Transportation is on track to re-open North Cascades Highway in mid-May, but spokesman Jeff Adamson said an exact date has yet to be pinpointed.
About three to four inches of snow fell last Thursday, triggering some slides from avalanche chutes from Cutthroat to Washington Pass, Adamson said. More snow was forecast for Friday afternoon and throughout the night.
By the end of last week, the highway on the east side of the pass was cleared through Liberty Bell avalanche chute No. 3, around milepost 163. The crew made some headway from there up through the Blue Lake Trailhead, 161.5.
On the west side, the highway has been cleared up to milepost 156 near Rainy Pass, where snow is still about five feet deep, Adamson said.
Woman sentenced in dog rescue case
OKANOGAN – A Carlton woman was sentenced to community service and must pay a fine for obstructing a law enforcement officer when she took a dog she believed to be mistreated in December.
Judy Brezina Camp was ordered in Okanogan County Superior Court on April 11 to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $768 fine.
Camp was found not guilty in a jury trial last month of stealing a pet and making false or misleading statements to a public servant.
Camp admitted to taking the dog, a 7-year-old blue heeler named Tank, on a cold December night from a junkyard near Twisp. She said his water bowl was frozen and didn’t think he had adequate shelter. The dog was owned by the Magruder family of Carlton, and the family pressed charges upon finding the dog was missing.
She bought Tank from the family the day she was arrested.
Overturned crane snarls traffic
BREWSTER – Traffic was restricted for about three hours last Thursday morning when a crane overturned on U.S. Highway 97 two miles north of town.
The driver of the crane, owned by Gebbers Farms, was not injured, Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright said.
According to an incident report, the driver was over on the shoulder slightly at milepost 262 when the crane dipped into a soft spot. The driver overcorrected and the crane overturned, Wright said.
The crash, reported shortly after 8:30 a.m., blocked the southbound lane. The highway was cleared by 11:25 a.m.
Hospital committee to meet today
OKANOGAN – The first hospital committee meeting is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. today at the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.
The committee is comprised of officials from Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster and North Valley Hospital in Tonasket; as well as other area health care professionals and Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy.
Agenda items include identifying objectives, setting meeting dates and gathering members’ contact information.
Members have been asked to bring any studies that might exist concerning hospital consolidation.