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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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