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Reserve Deputies Sworn In 07/03/2020
Sheriff Clay Myers gave oaths of office to graduates of this year's Reserve Academy
Sheriff's Statement on Face Covering order 06/25/2020
Sheriff Clay Myers addresses the statewide Face Covering order
ARREST IN CLE ELUM AREA ARSON 06/20/2020
Investigation identifies man who burned trailer and residence on Sunday 6/14
Murder Suspect Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez Arrested in Teanaway Area 06/14/2020
Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputies safely arrested Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez around 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon, 6/14/20, concluding a manhunt that has been active for 23 days, since May 23. Alcantara was arrested on a warrant for the murder of Ian Eckles, the 41 year old hunter from Kent who disappeared near the town of Liberty on or around May 17, and for numerous other crimes, including multiple burglaries, thefts, and possession of stolen vehicles. Alcantara was known to be armed and dangerous and was intimately familiar with the environment in which he was hiding. Nearby residents were warned about the situation and extra patrols were conducted around the clock in the surrounding areas.
Arrest in Arson 06/14/2020
Suspect arrested in connection with Arson, Burglary, and Theft
Suspicious vehicle leads to arrest 06/14/2020
Suspicious vehicle in the Upper Green Canyon Road area leads to multiple arrests
Manhunt continues: US Marshals join hunt for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez 06/09/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the largest manhunt in county history for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez, the man suspected of killing Kent hunter Ian Eckles on or around May 17. Evidence and intelligence gathered during our investigation, including tips and information from the public, continue to produce new directions and focus to the search. The related closures of US Forest Service and Teanaway Community Forest lands remain in effect and residents in the area should remain alert and cautious.
Public Land Closures expanded; manhunt continues 06/04/2020
At the request of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources have issued orders for the temporary closure of new and expanded areas of concern in the ongoing manhunt for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez.
Crews searching for missing Redmond man 06/01/2020
On Saturday 5/30/20 at around 7:48 PM, Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of an overdue hiker in the area of Peoh Point off Forest Service Road 3350, south of Cle Elum, WA. Marcus Carroll, 24, from Redmond, was hiking alone out to the viewpoint and was last heard from at around 5:00 P.M. His truck was recovered on the access road into the viewpoint.
Body of missing fire fighter located 06/01/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office has concluded the search for Marcus Carroll, a Snohomish County Fire Fighter. His body was located shortly before dark on the cliff-face on the west side of Peoh Point.
Murder Warrant Issued for fugative Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez in the case of missing Kent man, Ian Eckles.Search area to remain closed. 05/29/2020
Kittitas County Sheriff's Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez, the subject of the extensive manhunt in the Mineral Springs area of Kittitas County. Alcantara-Gonzalez is charged with the suspected killing of missing 41-year old Kent man, Ian Eckles, along with possession of two stolen vehicles and numerous other thefts and burglaries in Kittitas County, including the theft of firearms.
ALERT: B.O.L.O 05/27/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in the ongoing manhunt in the US 97-Blewett Pass-Mineral Springs area.
Search continues for fugitive in the Mineral Springs area 05/26/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for the subject of this weekend’s manhunt in the US 97-Blewett Pass area. The suspect fled from law enforcement on Saturday, May 23 when two stolen vehicles were discovered in the Mineral Springs area. He is considered potentially armed and dangerous.
BOLO-SPECIAL ATTENTION to the SR 97, Blewett Pass, Mineral Springs area. 05/24/2020
Law Enforcement is conducting an active manhunt for a wanted and potentially armed suspect. Please stay out of the area.
Child Assault 05/11/2020
Arrest made in child assault case
Murder Investigation results in 2 arrests 04/29/2020
Wednesday April 29th Kittitas County Sheriff's Detectives followed leads in the death investigation of 20 year old Leroy Scott, which brought them to Pierce County.

The body of Mr. Scott had been found Saturday April 25th along Smithson Road, North of Ellensburg.
Kittitas County Sheriff's Update 03/17/2020
As we learn more about COVID-19 and the implications of it's spread among us, we are all obligated to do the very best we can to support the recommendations of our Public Health Officials.
Message from the Sheriff 03/13/2020
As it is with all emergencies and disasters, we begin with more questions than answers. One of the key questions is, how will this affect our local government services.

Kittitas County Government remains open for business, but we have made some adjustments in how our services are provided.
Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help on suspicious subject near Cle Elum school 03/06/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged child assault on Thursday afternoon, March 5th, in or near the parking lot at Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary School.
SRT Call Out 03/06/2020
Special Response Team Responds to incident near Ellensburg