douglascountysheriff148C#18D-01866: On 04/10/18 at approximately 1:50 PM an anonymous citizen contacted Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal to report that a person with a known warrant was hiding in a house on the Bridgeport Bar with permission of the owner. The person was able to give a description of the residence. A Deputy went to the house and contacted the owner. At first she denied the wanted person was at the house. Later she brought him to the door and he was arrested without injury or incident. The suspect was identified as 37 year old Alberto Lopez Flores of Bridgeport. He was booked into the Okanogan Jail for a felony warrant for Escape from Community Custody.

C#18D-01852: On 04/09/18 a Deputy on routine patrol in the 1000 Blk. of Columbia Ave in Bridgeport, WA spotted a person standing in the back yard who he recognized as having a warrant for his arrest. The suspect went in the house. Another Deputy was called to watch a second exit. The suspect 24 year old Omar Medina-Hermengildo of Bridgeport was arrested without injury or incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.

C#18D-01850: On 04/09/18 at approximately 7:00 PM a Deputy responded to a malicious mischief report in the 400 Blk of Kentucky. Two residents in the trailer park reported their vehicle tires had been punctured, one that day and one several weeks earlier.   A screwdriver was found sticking of the vehicle tire that had been damaged during the day. There was no suspect information.

C#18D-01823: On 04/08/18 at approximately 7:19 PM a Deputy on routine patrol in the Orondo area spotted a maroon Jeep at the mini mart gas pumps. He ran the license plate and found the plates actually belonged to a Saturn, a common ploy by car thieves. The Deputy contacted the driver and asked him his name. There was no record of the name he gave on file. The person told the Deputy he got the Jeep from a friend but could not remember his name. The person also could not recall his own address. A RiverCom dispatcher was able to cross check the switched license plate with a person who had the same DOB as the suspect. The suspect was finally identified by an alias he used. It was also found he had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. A search of the suspect’s clothing uncovered three bindles of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested without incident or injury. He was booked at the Chelan County Jail for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, making false statements, and no valid operator’s license without ID.

C18D-01814: On 04/08/18 at 11:30 AM a Deputy responded to a burglary report in the 3600 Blk. of NW Cascade. Unknown person(s) had broken into a shed. The thieves stole camping equipment, power tools, and a Minnkota trolling motor. The total loss was over $2,000.00.

douglascountysheriff148Case# 18D01768 – On 4-6-18 at 5:45 am the Douglas County Special Response Team (SRT) along with the Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) and members of the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a high-risk search warrant in the 2000 block of S.E. Legacy Place, without incident.

Once the residence was secure and safe, the CRDTF conducted a thorough search and recovered illegal narcotics, parts of a meth lab and a 9mm handgun with the serial numbers ground off.

The department of Ecology was called to clean and dispose of the meth lab.

As a result of the investigation, 33 yoa Michael C. Cooper of East Wenatchee was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Jail for 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Felon in possession of a firearm and Possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

This operation is another example of the boundless working relationship we all appreciate in our Law Enforcement community.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/25/18 a Deputy on routine patrol was flagged down by a citizen who wanted to report a child sex abuse incident. 

After taking an initial statement, the case was turned over to detectives.  Further investigation revealed that 18 year old Elijah D. Rieve of East Wenatchee, a level 2 sex offender, had been in contact with four juvenile males, ages 11, 12, and 13.  Over the course of approximately three days he committed six counts of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, one count of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count of Indecent Exposure. 

Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and gathered evidence which substantiated allegations made by the victims.  

Investigators acted quickly identifying victims and arresting the suspect.  He is being held without bail at the Okanogan County Jail.  Additional charges are pending.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/26/18 at approximately 6:46 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 400 Blk. of 16th in Bridgeport when he spotted a male he believed to have a felony warrant from Department of Corrections. 

The suspect ran into an apartment and hid.  A female at the apartment said the male had left.  The deputies had seen no one leave.  The woman then told the deputies the person they’d seen run inside was her daughter.  Clearly it was not.  She finally consented to let the deputies inside.  They found the suspect hiding under a box spring.  

The suspect, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak, was arrested without incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.  The female, 28 year old Michelle Olvera-Cruz was arrested for Rendering Criminal Assistance and transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

douglascountysheriff148On 03/16/18 Douglas County Deputies received a report of a child abuse incident in Rock Island. 

The child’s mother reported her children had been staying at a separate residence with their father.  She received a call that the children’s father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. 

She found two of her sons, 6 and 8 yoa, had bruises on their face and back. 

Detectives identified the father as 37 year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island.  He was located and arrested without incident on 03/21/18. 

Strickland was booked at the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault of a Child 3rd degree.  A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized.