douglascountysheriff148The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from Bridgeport area businesses that they are being contacted by persons claiming to represent the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) requesting payment over the phone for overdue account balances. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the PUD that these calls are not legitimate and it is not a standard PUD practice to ask customers for sensitive financial information over the phone.

If you receive a similar call or any call you feel is suspicious in nature, do not give out your personal financial information. 

Please report any suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling: (509)663-9911.

douglascountysheriff148Case # 18D00457 – On 01-22-18 at approximately 8:00 pm a Douglas County Deputy arrested Michelle Casarez, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, on an arrest warrant outside of an apartment in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport. The arrested subject requested to leave her blanket and retrieve her cell phone from one of the apartments. While at the apartments, the Deputy made observations leading to attaining a search warrant of the apartment for stolen property. While serving the search warrant, Deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property from burglaries, which had occurred in Douglas County, Okanogan County and Chelan County. The property recovered, included items such as, coins, tools, electronics, firearms, and silencers. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Francisco Leyva-Saucedo, a 29 yoa male of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property in the 1st degree, Possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawfull possession of a firearm 1st degree. Douglas County deputies also arrested Crystal M. Sanabria, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property 1st degree and Possession of a stolen firearm. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.

Case # 18D00662 - On 02-03-18 at approximately 8:15 pm a Douglas County Deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal, in Bridgeport. The Deputy contacted the driver, Rebecca N. Norton, a 28 yoa female of Coulee Dam and the passenger Daniel J. Marsden, a 27 yoa male of Omak. While speaking with them the deputy observed a gun case in the back seat. After some questioning, the deputy cited and released the driver for infractions. Based on observations and information gathered at the stop, Douglas County Deputies re-contacted and seized the vehicle to apply for a search warrant. After the search warrant was attained deputies located two rifles, one stolen pistol, stolen ammunition and narcotics. Deputies then re-located and arrested Rebecca Norton for possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Daniel Marsden was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle, and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.

douglascountysheriff148On 01/05/17 at approximately 9:43 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Rock Island spotted a vehicle in the BJ’s truck stop.  A vehicle license check revealed that an associated person had warrants.  As the vehicle left the parking lot, the Deputy stopped it and contacted the driver, 28 year old Jason Blomquist of Wenatchee.  He was found to be driving on a suspended license.  He also had a felony DOC warrant.  He was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 3:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a male in the Mansfield School Parking lot.  The Deputy knew the individual to have previous arrests.  He ran the subject’s name and found he had a warrant for his arrest.  The subject, identified as 40 year old Lester Haney of Mansfield, was arrested and booked without incident.

On 01/09/17 at approximately 4:40 AM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Bridgeport, WA stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  The passenger in the car matched a person known to have warrants.  The Deputy confirmed the warrants and attempted to take the person into custody.  The person tried to shed his coat saying it belonged to someone else. He struggled with the Deputy who then handcuffed him.  In the coat pocket he found a baggy filled with a substance he suspected to be methamphetamine.  The subject, 34 year old Olegario Duran of Bridgeport, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor warrant.

On 01/05/18 at approximately 6:33 AM a Douglas County Deputy responded to the 400 Blk. of Hwy 173. Fire units were engaged in fighting a house fire. When the Deputy arrived, he saw the home was fully engulfed in flames.

There had been three residents inside the home. An adult male, Michael (Pat) McFadden, an adult female, Taralee Martin, and her eight year old son. All had escaped.

Ms. Martin told the Deputy she had awakened to rumbling sound in the house. She opened her bedroom door and saw flames in the hallway. She woke up Mr. McFadden. He quickly got up, ran into the eight year old’s room, scooped up the child, and fled down the hallway, through the flames, and out an exterior door. Ms. Martin was able to escape out a window. The Deputy reported the home appeared to be a total loss.

Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy were transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Ms. Martin had singed hair but no apparent injuries. Mr. McFadden and the eight year old boy sustained burns, but their current condition is unknown.

Mr. McFadden is the basketball coach at Bridgeport High School. The community can be proud of this couple’s quick actions in the face of this life threatening event.

douglascountysheriff148On 12/20/17 A Douglas County Deputy and a Chelan County Correctional Officer flew to Los Angeles to pick up 25 year old Armondo Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport from the Los Angeles County Jail. He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail without any incident.

Morales-Cervantes had been arrested at the Bridgeport School on 10/19/17 for making threats to kill and for bringing a firearm onto the school grounds at Bridgeport High School. He had been released and had been on the lam for about four months before being picked up by LAPD officers on a nationwide non-extraditable warrant.