Owner Confronts Vehicle Theft Suspect
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 05/26/17 at approximately 3:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a vehicle prowl which had just occurred in the 500 Blk of 18th Street in Bridgeport, WA. The complainant reported that at approximately 2:30 AM his wife awakened him to say she could see someone inside his pickup. The complainant put his clothes on and went out to confront the subject. The complainant recognized the person and tried to grab him. The subject a male resisted and ran. He got into a vehicle and started to drive away. The complainant jumped in through an open window and attempted to turn off the vehicle and pull out the keys. He lost his grip and fell out of the vehicle after a short distance. He was not injured. The suspect made off with a stereo subwoofer worth about $800.00. The identified suspect is still at large and the investigation is continuing.
While I greatly admire this man’s courage and willingness to draw a line in the sand against criminals, it would have been much safer for him to call 9-1-1 right away. Mere things are not worth one’s life.
This weekend we will have extra marine patrols on the river at the north and south end of Douglas County. I encourage all boaters to make sure you have all required equipment on board and that your vessel is in good working order. The legal standard for Boating Under the Influence is the same as that for DUI (.08% BAC). As a matter of public safety, we don’t give warnings for BUI. Enjoy the holiday, but don’t take chances with your safety and the safety of others.
38th Annual Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks fundraising has begun
- Written by Lake Chelan Valley Fireworks Show Committee
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The Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks, which is organized completely by volunteers from the community, will return for 2017 above the Manson Bay on Lake Chelan. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)
The Lake Chelan community will produce one of the largest fireworks shows in Washington state on July 4, 2017. The annual event is coordinated by community members, some of whom have already begun the planning process for the show which will feature some new details for locals and visitors who flock to Lake Chelan for the show each year.
The Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks take place in the Manson Bay in downtown Manson each year. The fireworks are staged from a barge on Lake Chelan so viewers can enjoy the views while waiting for the show at nightfall.
A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/MansonBayFireworks) has been set up to accept ongoing donations for the show. The goal for the campaign is $2,500 which is just a portion of the funds that volunteers need to produce the show.
Overall, $30,000 is raised each year through sponsorships and donations bins which are placed throughout town. Any funds not utilized for the event are rolled over to the next year’s fireworks show so the team does not have to start from scratch financially. All funds raised from the event are designated solely to produce the annual fireworks spectacular.
The fireworks show got its start when guests at Wapato Point Resort produced their own small show. Since then, the community has taken the reigns to build the show into the crowd-pleaser that it is today.
Event sponsors such as Wapato Point Resort and Washington’s Playground have been vital in ensuring the high quality that the show has become known for. Additionally, Town Toyota Center of Wenatchee has graciously committed as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. The group would also like to recognize media partners GoLakeChelan.com and KOZI Radio for their generous support of the event.
To learn more about the Lake Chelan Valley 4th of July Fireworks show and all that it takes to make it happen, visit the event Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/LakeChelanFireworks ).
Swim the whole family to Omak Performing Arts Center for OVOC’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid
- Written by Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus
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Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a stage musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale most remember from the 1987 animated film, is currently being presented by Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus (OVOC) with remaining shows on May 12, 13, and 14 at the Omak Performing Arts Center.
To accommodate families with young children the show times have been set earlier than usual with curtain at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Some special events have also been planned such as a costume contest.
OVOC has been producing large Broadway style musicals on the Omak stage since the Performing Arts Center was build 27 years ago. The group of dedicated artists is made up completely of community members from around the Okanogan and Chelan Valleys.
The 2017 production tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who is unsatisfied with her life in the sea. Ariel longs to find adventure and love in the world above. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl," and "Part of Your World."
Emily Larsen, a senior at Pateros High School plays Ariel. Larsen is an OVOC musical veteran having participated in many productions. Ariel’s father, King Triton, is played by Zachary Van Brunt, whose first role with OVOC was in 1995 as a young revolutionary in Fiddler on the Roof. The love interest, Prince Eric, is portrayed by Derek Nansen and the evil sea witch aunt, Ursula, is performed by CaraMia Stearns Vance (Omak).
Rounding out the cast as Flounder is Hayden Swartsel (Okanogan) and Sebastian the Crab portrayed by Matthew Sonneman (Brewster).
The show is directed and designed by Judy Johnston (Brewster) and produced by James Craddock and Kim Harriman with music direction by Jonathan McBride (Chelan) and Matt Brown (Chelan).
This production takes a fresh look at the design elements of the classic tail, utilizing a steam-punk theme brought to life by costumer Susan Graves and designer Johnston. Steam punk refers to a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction and the steam-power era.
To include the audience in the steam punk fun, there will be a costume contest during the show on May 12th with prizes.
Tickets for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are $10 for children and $20 for adults. Details about the production and events as well as special group ticket pricing can be found by visiting www.ovocmusic.org.
Two Men Stabbed at Douglas Creek Party
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
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On 04/30/17 at I:34 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint which occurred at the Douglas Creek camp area about 8 miles south of Hwy. 2.
It was reported that two individuals had been stabbed. They had transported themselves to the hospital, but the suspect was still at the scene.
The investigation revealed that there was a large party at the camp area and there was alcohol involved. A person at the party suspected another male party goer had inappropriately touched his wife. The person, identified as 36 year old Bobby McCurdy of Soap Lake, reportedly stabbed the other male and a second male who had tried to break up the fight.
The two injured men took a private vehicle to Confluence Hospital. One subject was treated and released for a minor stab wound. The second had to have surgery because the blade had penetrated this abdominal wall.
McCurdy was booked into the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault 1st degree.
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