On 03/16/18 at approximately 4:00 AM members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, The Chelan County SWAT team, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Police Department served a high risk search warrant at 1127 ½ Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport, WA.

Inside investigators located a handgun with magazines, a little over an ounce of heroine, and an AR15 magazine. The renter of the mobile home, 33 year old Luis (Tony) Orosco of Bridgeport, was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A second subject, 20 year old Morningstar Rai St. Peter, was arrested on a felony DOC warrant for drug charges. This was considered a high risk warrant, but there were no injuries or mishaps. Both suspects were booked at the Okanogan County Jail.

Field deputies working their regular shifts spent months gathering evidence to get the search warrant. This is simply excellent police work and I commend them. This particular residence has caused great community concern due to suspicion drug dealing was going on. Sincere thanks to the other agencies who provided manpower to help take these criminals off the street.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/10/18 at 5:30 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near Rock Island, WA.  He observed a vehicle parked at the end of a dead end road.  There were two persons inside, a male and a female. The Deputy initiated a social contact.  As soon as he approached the car, he could still smell the strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle.  He also noticed what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and a lighter in the female’s hand. 

The Deputy told the occupants that it was illegal to use marijuana in public.  He asked the female for her identification.  She said she had none, but told him a name.  The Deputy also noted she was making attempts to hide her face. The Deputy went back to his car and searched the name given by the female.  Her photo appeared on his patrol car computer,  and he could see the woman in the car was not the person she claimed to be. 

He went back to the car, told the woman he had reason to believe she lied to him, and asked her to step out of the vehicle.  She refused.  He told her several times to exit the vehicle.  She continued to refuse.  The Deputy attempted pull her from the car by her wrist.  She pulled away and began to resist, hitting the Deputy several times in the chest.  He finally pulled her from the vehicle and, after some continued struggle, was able to handcuff her. 

Further investigation identified the suspect as 23 year old Alex Zufall of East Wenatchee.  The Deputy also discovered a white crystalline substance he suspected to be methamphetamine and items which appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s purse.  Finally, the Deputy learned the woman had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.   

There were no injuries in the altercation and the suspect was transported to the Chelan County Jail without further incident.  She was booked for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

This example of police work is a great example of proactive patrol, solid investigation, and proper use of force.  The Deputy also wrote a nearly flawless report, which I appreciate.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

Ben and Ella District Champ

Manson School District held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 22nd.

Our 2018 District Spelling Bee Champion was 6th grade student, Ella England with the winning word "gargoyle". The runner-up was 6th grader Ben Cullison, with the winning word "pastures.”

The District Spelling Bee, held February 22nd, had 13 participants from 4th-8th grade.   The participants were:  Isabella Aburto, McKinly Glasow, Yuli Cesar, Afton Torgesen, Stephen Bercier, Zahyr Sanchez, Carter Lyman, Ella England, Ben Cullison, May Crist, Oashan Sanchez, Caber Boyd and Eli Willard.  

Ella and Ben will be advancing to the NCW Collaborative Spelling Bee in East Wenatchee on March 14th.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/21/18 at approximately 1300 hrs. Douglas County Deputies responded to Bremmer’s Pit located at SE Vantage Drive in Rock Island. 

Unknown persons had broken into a steel work box and stolen over $6,000 in tools.  The thieves left footprints and there was surveillance video footage which is being examined by investigators. 

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

A reward is available.  Mention C#18D-00927.

douglascountysheriff148On 02/18/18 at approximately 1:00 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to a report of a trespass at an apartment complex located at the 1200 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA.  Deputies arrived and were pointed to a laundry room used by tenants.  They observed a ladder leading up to a crawl space where they could hear talking.  The Deputies ordered the persons out, and after a short time they complied.  The suspects were identified as 31 year old Antonio Infante of Brewster.  The second person was identified as 21 year old Erin Phillips of Tonasket.  They were not tenants and did not have permission to be on the property.  Both were arrested for Trespass 1st degree, but were released at the scene with a criminal citation.

On 02/16/18 at approximately 12:30 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Hwy. at the 1100 Blk.  He observed a vehicle cross over the centerline then jerk back in within the lane.  The Deputy turned on his emergency lights.  The vehicle pulled to the side of the road.  As the Deputy prepared to contact the driver, she inadvertently popped the trunk open.  The female driver smelled of alcoholic beverages and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests.  The driver, a 26 year old East Wenatchee resident, was arrested for DUI and transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 8:00 AM Douglas County Deputies and Brewster Police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of the 1200 Blk of Douglas.  A Deputy was searching the area on foot when he heard the engine of a vehicle being revved.  He waved the vehicle down and contacted the driver, 29 year old Francisco Lorenzano-Basurto of Bridgeport.  The Deputy spotted a Smith and Wesson 9mm lying in the seat.  The slide was locked back and the magazine was empty. The serial number had been altered.   Lorenzano-Basurto was placed under arrest and a second empty magazine was found in his coat pocket.  The suspect said the gun was not his but could not recall the name of the owner.  The subject was also found to be DUI.  He was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for DUI.  The case was forwarded to the prosecutor for consideration of weapons charges.

On 02/18/18 at approximately 9:30 PM Douglas County Deputies went to a residence at the 700 Blk. of Fairview to search for a wanted person, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak.  A female at the residence stated she had not seen him in hours, but when a Deputy called out his name, he appeared from a back room.  He was arrested without incident for a DOC warrant for escape from community custody.  Charley was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked on the warrant.