Fast moving brushfire on Hwy 28
There is a fast moving brush fire on Highway 28 near milepost 21.
Level 3 evacuations have been issued for Mansfield Road and Level 2 evacuations have been issued for all of Cresent Bar.
AlertSense notifications have been activated. Please avoid the area due to fire danger, evacuations, and emergency vehicles.
Information on Red Cross shelter for effected residents will be available soon.
New interim sheriff for Douglas County
The Douglas County Commissioners have appointed Undersheriff Kevin Morris as acting Sheriff following Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal’s early retirement.
After over 11 years of outstanding service, Sheriff Gjesdal has chosen not to complete the remainder of his third term in office. Effective 12:01 pm on July 1, 2018, Undersheriff Morris will serve as acting Sheriff pending the appointment of a Sheriff by the Commissioners.
As required by state law, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee nominates candidates for appointment to the Commissioners. The Republican Central Committee held interviews with interested persons on June 23, 2018.
The Douglas County Commissioners are expected to make a selection to fill the remainder Sheriff Gjesdal’s unexpired term by resolution on Monday, July 9th at 9:00am after they receive nominations from the Republican Central Committee.
Man stabbed while intervening in fight
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/23/18 at approximately 11:07 PM Douglas County Deputies were dispatched to Lake Chelan Hospital to investigate a stabbing.
The victim, a 20 year old Orondo man was being treated for a stab wound to his pelvis.
The investigation revealed that at approximately 8:00 PM that evening, the victim was at a worker’s cabin in the 30 block of Nollmmeyer Rd. near Orondo. He observed the suspect, 31 year old Ismael Gonzalez-Diaz of Orondo, fighting with several other males. When the victim tried to intervene, Gonzalez-Diaz stabbed him in the pelvis, then left the scene. A witness confirmed the victim’s account of the assault.
The suspect was located in an orchard approximately 1/2 mile from the scene of the attack. It appeared he was very intoxicated. The knife used in the attack and a fraudulent social security card was found in the vehicle.
Gonzalez-Diaz was arrested without incident and booked into the Chelan County jail for assault 1st degree.
Paranoid driver gets himself caught
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 06/21/18 at 8:29 PM, a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol E/B on Hwy. 28 at about mile post 4 when he observed an approaching vehicle failing to dim his headlights. He turned around to stop the vehicle, but another W/B vehicle had gotten in between the violator and the deputy’s patrol car.
Rather than pull over for the patrol car, which now had its lights and siren activated, the second vehicle, a green 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, sped up. It turned onto S. Mary Ave. Deputy made the decision to stop the Pathfinder for the more serious violation of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH. The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island. He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window.
He was identified as 33 year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere. He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree.
He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident. He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.
The deputies did a very good job managing this incident and capturing the suspect without injury.
Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - 4th of July Pirate Fun Run
- Written by Buck N. Ear
Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year
Chelan, WA - The Pirates are coming to Lake Chelan again. This 4th of July kicks off the 2018 Lake Chelan Pirate Fest, an annual family friendly community event started in 2012, the 200 year Anniversary of the arrival of Captain Chelan and the Lake Chelan Pirates.
“Two hundred years ago, a Scotsmen, born in Fort Augustus, took a treasure chest from the Fort where his father was a soldier, and it was assumed that the chest was filled with gold and other riches, and set out to sea on a long journey. However its true contents were discovered by the Captain and crew during a mysterious and violent storm off the coast of Washington in 1812. Somehow the ship was transported to what is now known as Lake Chelan. (Excerpts from “Lake Chelan Pirates”)
That was the beginning of the legend. Two hundred years later, just as legend had it, the Pirates and Captain Chelan returned to Lake Chelan. Now the Lake Chelan Pirates return every year.”
This year there are Pirate activities throughout the summer. The second Annual 4th of July Pirate Fun Run starts the fun. On the morning of 4th of July, Runners starting at the Chelan Senior Center at 534 E Trow Ave., Chelan, will have the choice of two courses: either 2 or 4 Kilometers. Runners will receive Pirate T-shirts and upon completion will get Pirate Treasure, a Pirate Medal. Water and snacks will be available to Runners. Prizes for Best Dressed Pirate Runners.
The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest - Pirate Fun Run is sponsored by Swire Coca-Cola, Safeway of Chelan, Deepwater Amphitheater, Mill Bay Casino, Confluence Health, Lake Chelan Online Network, LakeChelanMap.com, Lake Chelan Pie Company, Subway of Chelan, Liberty Orchards, Treetop and Crunch Pak.
This Pirate Fest is produced by the Lake Chelan Tourist Center, a Washington State non-profit. Event proceeds Support Lake Chelan Community Events and Student Programs throughout the year. The Lake Chelan Pirate Fest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, The 1st Seafair Community Event outside of the Puget Sound Area in its 69 year history. Additional pirate activities throughout the summer are listed at www.LakeChelanPirateFest.com.
Admission: Adults: $35, Kids: (18 & Under) $25 (Includes T-shirts & Medals / while supplies last)
New Law and Justice Center underway for Douglas County
Current Justice Building - Google Maps
Douglas County is moving forward with the construction of a new Law and Justice Facility to house the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Court, Juvenile Probation, IT infrastructure, and future Coroner. This 17,898 square foot facility will be located north of the evidence storage building, directly adjacent to the Public Services Building on 19th Street in East Wenatchee. Construction is estimated to be completed by late spring of 2019. Establishing a campus environment for County services will be convenient for citizens while establishing a more coordinated effort between departments. To ensure public interfacing services are reliable and to enhance stability, Douglas County Information Services infrastructure will be housed in the new Law and Justice Facility.
Extensive repairs are necessary in the current facility on 2nd Street, such as replacement of the roof, HVAC system, and carpeting, as well as employee safety upgrades. Anticipated cost for repairs, upgrades, and remodel exceed one million dollars.
Douglas County will be able to finance the Law and Justice Facility project through existing revenue streams. Douglas County’s conservative budget management practices and use of cash reserves will pay for half of the estimated 8 million dollar project. Current Expense Funds have been earmarked for the Law and Justice Facility and will not affect funding for other projects. Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) revenue, along with money previously spent to rent evidence storage space, will also be used. The County will bond for the remaining balance. The current building on 2nd Street will be sold following completion of the Law and Justice Facility. The proceeds will then be used to buy down the bonds for an early call to save on interest cost.
The new Law and Justice Facility will serve to create a collaborative, cooperative, and effective campus for both the public and employees of Douglas County. In relocating and by taking steps towards streamlining, modernizing, and enhancing operations, Douglas County will ensure it is able to provide citizens with the highest quality service for the next 50 years.
Injuy accident at Bray's Landing Road
- Written by Kevin Morris, Undersheriff, DCSO
On 06/12/18 at approximately 6:31 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to Brays Landing Road and Nollmeyer Road, near Orondo for a report of an injury accident.
When the deputies arrived they learned there was a single vehicle driven by, Jesus Severiano-Soto a 25 year old Orondo man. Jesus was unconscious and receiving aid. The investigation established speed as the contributing cause of the collision and alcohol was involved.
Jesus was transported to Central Washington Hospital, where he was cited for DUI.
Harmony Meadows offering USTA PNW/RecTennis programs
Photo credit RecTennis/USTA PNW
USTA PNW/RecTennis is excited to be offering programming in Manson in partnership with Harmony Meadows. Friends and Family evening classes are great for the whole family or groups of friends.
To register for any program, folks can visit https://rectennis.com/locate-a-program/. Enter our 98831 zip code and the Harmony Meadows programs will appear.
Harmony Meadows Tennis & Events Center
Friends and Family: The perfect unique activity for your next date night, family game night, or happy hour with your friends. RecTennis provides the necessary tennis equipment and offers groups a chance to learn and play tennis in a fun, engaging atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 6+ and adults! Cost is $25 for up to four people for 1.5 hours.
Summer Camps: Summer camps are a great way for kids to smash summer boredom and stay active. RecTennis summer camps teach basic tennis skills and also help kids develop life lessons and skills they can use off the court. Select camps include other activities such as frisbee, other sports and arts + crafts. Summer camps are offered in Manson from June 18 to August 24. Ages 5-14 can participate. Cost is $39 dollars per week for 1.5 hour camps and $99 dollars per week for 4 hour camps.
About RecTennis: As part of USTA PNW, RecTennis has made tennis and life skills programs accessible for communities across the Pacific Northwest regardless of age, skill level, and socio-economic background. Our 300 community partnerships, spanning public parks, parks and rec departments, and other community outlets, provide the space. RecTennis provides the rest: USTA-approved tennis activities, educational curricula that meets state and federal standards, and free equipment.
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