East Wenatchee Man Arrested for Firing at Passing Cars
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Hits: 27
On 07/23/17 at approximately 1:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a male firing a shotgun toward the reporting party’s home and passing cars in the 10 Blk of N Nevada Ave near East Wenatchee, WA.
Douglas County Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers responded and surrounded the residence. While waiting for additional personnel and the Sheriff’s Office armored car to arrive, the suspect came out the front door unarmed and surrendered.
He was identified as 35 year old Salvador Garcia Martinez, who lived at the residence. Investigation revealed that Martinez had fired at several parked and moving cars. Four cars were damaged and a 19 year old East Wenatchee man received a minor injury when a shotgun pellet became imbedded in his cheek.
The state crime scene team was invited to help process the scene. Shotgun pellets and plastic shotgun shell wadding was found in neighbors yards and even in some yard sale items that had been displayed in a front yard.
Martinez was booked for four counts of Assault 2nd Degree and three counts of Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.
Shooting in Bridgeport 7-21-17
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
- Hits: 21
On 07/21/17 at approximately 11:05 PM Okanogan County Dispatch received a call of a shooting victim that had been admitted to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster.
The shooting had occurred in Bridgeport so Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to the scene.
The victim was an adult male who suffered from a single gunshot wound. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA. The victim was flown to Confluence Hospital and is reported to be stable.
The case is under investigation and no additional details are being released at this time.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch immediately.
State, federal grants awarded to improve public transportation across state
- Written by Jef Lucero, WSDOT Communications
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OLYMPIA – Approximately $230 million in newly awarded state and federal grants will help more than 80 public-transportation agencies provide better connectivity, sustained service, new buses and other mobility improvements to people in every county of Washington state.
Once the Legislature passed the 2017–2019 budget, the Washington State Department of Transportation notified the grant recipients that they could begin utilizing their funds. These grant programs allow public-transportation providers to improve services to people with special needs, seniors, veterans and the general public in their communities.
“It is so important that all citizens have the opportunity to remain active and connect with their communities. No matter their age, income or physical ability, access to reliable transportation makes that possible,” said WSDOT Public Transportation Division Director Brian Lagerberg. “These grants give local providers the ability to serve the people who need transportation options the most.”
A wide range of transportation providers received funding for a variety of projects and services. Some of the grant recipients from around the state:
- San Juan County: $120,000 to offer transportation vouchers for people with special needs.
- Central Transit: $464,529 to expand services to the general public in Ellensburg.
- Grays Harbor Transit: $2,085,120 to replace some of its fleet of 35-foot-long buses.
- Lummi Nation: $586,945 to sustain transit operations between the Lummi reservation and Ferndale.
- People for People: $2,509,918 to sustain services for persons with special needs and the general public in rural communities in Yakima County.
- Intercity Transit: $885,000 to replace 40 vanpool vehicles.
- King County Metro: $1,626,587 to increase service between Renton and Seattle.
- Spokane Transit: $3,925,000 for high-performance transit improvements and park and ride construction.
WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division administers state and federal grant awards for transit agencies and other service providers across the state. These grants improve public transportation within and between rural communities, provide transportation services between cities, purchase new buses and other equipment, and provide public-transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Sergio Valdez Arrested in Phoenix
- Written by Jason Mathews, Undersheriff, CCSO
- Hits: 25
On July 18, 2017 Sheriff Brian Burnett reports Sergio I. Valdes was located and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona.
On May 29, 2017, Valdes was involved in a physical altercation at Slide Waters in Chelan, Washington. When Valdes left the scene he took his two young children, a 6-month old and an 18-month old, and fled the area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office notified our local community and sent out a nationwide alert attempting to locate Valdes and the two children. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit also worked with the National Center for missing and exploited children and Washington’s Most Wanted to try to locate Valdes and the children. All involved agencies were working diligently to locate Valdes.
On July 17, 2017 the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office developed a possible location for Valdes in Phoenix, Arizona. Our Detective Unit notified the U.S. Marshal’s Service, specifically the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The Pacific Northwest Offender Task Force than worked with another Marshal’s Task Force in Phoenix and were able to successfully locate and arrest Valdes. Both children were located in good health and were taken into protective custody. Our local Child Protective Services is working with the children’s mother and Phoenix agencies for the children’s safe return.
Arrangements are being made to transport Valdes back to Chelan County when he will be charged with Custodial Interference 1st degree, a felony, and other crimes. Valdes is also awaiting his sentencing in Douglas County for crimes he was convicted of prior to fleeing the Slide Waters incident.
Entiat Fatality - Driver Crossed Centerline
- Written by Sgt. Jason Reinfeld, CCSO
- Hits: 110
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 12th, 2017 at approximately 1604 hours, Chelan County Deputies responded to an injury collision at approximately milepost 4.5 on Entiat River Road in Entiat, WA. A vehicle driven by 29 year old Walter J Wilson of Entiat was travelling northbound and crossed over the centerline. It collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 48 year old Deborah Augustus of Entiat.
Ms. Augustus sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Wilson was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Vehicular Homicide