Stabbing in Bridgeport leaves suspect at large
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 09/24/17 at approximately 3:30 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster because a male had been admitted with a knife wound.
Investigators believe a fight had occurred at a residence in the 800 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport. During the altercation, the male, 21 year old Victor A. Valdovinos-Vazquez, was stabbed.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence where the suspect was believed to be hiding. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team attempted to call the suspect out, but there was no response from inside.
Tear gas was deployed inside, but when the team made entry, the suspect was gone.
Valdovinos was flown to Confluence Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen. His condition is unknown.
Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation Harvest Fest Raffle 2017
- Written by Herb Sargo
As the poster below indicates, this year's Harvest Fest Raffle will bigger and better than ever thanks to the generosity of a number of people!
Tickets can be purchased Saturday, October 7 at the Orchard, or beforehand from Herb, if you can catch him!
Tickets are priced as follows: $20 - 20 tickets, $10 - 8 tickets, $5 - 3 tickets, $2 - 1 ticket
Woodin Avenue Landing Moving Forward
9-20-2017 - The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is excited to announce they quickly surpassed their fundraising goal and will move forward with the Woodin Avenue Landing project in Downtown Chelan. “The support from the community has been overwhelming. It was encouraging to see the excitement around this project,” said HDCA Executive Director Jessie Simmons. In addition to financial support, a number of groups have also stepped forward to provide non-monetary support. The Lake Chelan Rotary and Morfin Landscape and Masonry will be helping with the landscaping and Lake Chelan Building Supply has offered to help provide supplies at cost.
The project was originally scheduled to break ground on Sept. 5th. However, upon final inspection, it was determined that the current wall cannot support the new viewing platform. Simmons said this discovery led to last-minute additional survey needs in order to make the wall structurally sound. This will delay the project until early spring, but the group still expects the park to be complete before the arrival of warm weather next year.
The Historic Downtown Chelan Association would like to thank the many donors and volunteers who have helped keep this project moving. The organization is looking forward to completing this beautification project and then moving on to the next downtown park, which is planned in the space between BC MacDonald’s and Campbell’s Park Room.
Injury Accident at Spokane St. and S. Mission St. in Wenatchee
At about 9:14 am on Thursday, 09/14/17, Wenatchee Police Officers, Chelan County Fire Department and Ballard Ambulance were dispatched to a two-vehicle serious injury collision in the 400 block of S. Mission Street. Upon arrival, a red 2008 Chevrolet Impala and a light blue 2013 Dodge Avenger were located about 150 feet north of Spokane Street on S. Mission Street with vehicle pieces and debris spread across the three lanes of the street.
Officers interviewed witnesses and conducted an on-scene investigation. From interviews and investigation, it appears the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling north bound on S. Mission Street and the Dodge Avenger had been traveling west bound on Spokane Street. Spokane Street is controlled by stop signs at the intersection of Spokane Street and S. Mission Street. The Dodge Avenger attempted to cross S. Mission Street and was struck by the Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses said the Chevrolet Impala had been traveling recklessly with speeds estimated to be between 50 and 70 mph in the 30-mph speed zone. Both vehicles appear to be total losses and were towed from the scene. S. Mission Street was closed for about two hours for the collision investigation.
The driver of the Dodge Avenger, a 33-year-old male Wenatchee resident, was transported by ambulance to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. The male was later admitted to the hospital with internal injuries and broken bones.
The driver of the Chevrolet Impala, Wenatchee resident 21-year-old Jonathan J. Fleming-Goforth was arrested at the collision scene for suspicion of vehicular assault. While in route to the Chelan County Regional Jail, Fleming-Goforth requested to be taken to the emergency room. Fleming-Goforth was transported by a police officer to the Central Washington Hospital Emergency Room where he was treated and released to the custody of the police. Fleming-Goforth was then booked in the Chelan County Regional Jail for suspicion of Vehicular Assault.
Officers also suspected the driver of the Dodge Avenger to be under the influence of alcohol. A search warrant was applied for to test the driver’s blood. The driver was issued a criminal traffic citation for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (Alcohol) and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked – 1st Degree.
Death Investigation at Chelan County Regional Justice Center
On 9/12/17 at 2:33 PM Rivercom received a 911 call from the Chelan County Regional Justice Center requesting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for an inmate who wasn’t breathing and CPR was initiated by jail staff.
At 2:36 PM EMS arrived at the jail and provided further resuscitative measures which were unsuccessful.
The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Lavender a 31 year old male of Okanogan, WA. Family members have been notified of the death. The deceased was turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s Office and is pending an autopsy.
The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is investigating the death. Wenatchee Police Department is the lead agency.
Driver ends up in Columbia River while attempting to elude arrest
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Just after midnight on 09/03/17 a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol on Hwy. 2 at MP 135 when he detected a vehicle on his RADAR traveling 83 MPH in a 60 MPH zone.
The Deputy caught up to the vehicle and activated his lights and siren. The vehicle slowed to about 45 MPH but did not stop. The Deputy could see driver throwing things out the window. The driver finally pulled over near Lincoln Rock. When the Deputy approached the window, the driver abruptly reached down beside his seat. Fearing the driver was reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed his arm. The driver struggled with the Deputy and was able to escape by putting his car in gear and driving away. The Deputy pursued.
The suspect vehicle turned into Lincoln Rock State park traveling 50 MPH in a 15 MPH zone. It continued to the boat launch area and collided with the dock hand rail. The vehicle went airborne and landed in about two feet of water.
At first the driver tried to swim away, but the Deputy convinced him to return to shore. During his contact with the suspect, he exhibited obvious signs of impairment. He was arrested without injury or further incident and transported to the Chelan County Jail.
Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to ensure there was no petroleum product released into the River. It was minimal and did not present a hazard.
The suspect was identified as 35 year old Michael Kalmakoff of Tonasket. He was booked for DUI and Felony Eluding, and obstructing.
Car Break-ins Solved with Surveilence Cameras and Good Police Work
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On the night of August 27th, 2017 the Fancher Heights area of Douglas County was hit with a series of Vehicle Prowls.
A total of 18 vehicle were broken into or entered through unlocked doors. Stolen items included computers, checks, i-pads, walkie talkies, a rifle, binoculars, and a ballistic vest.
At approximately 2:51 AM Deputies got a break when one of the victims was able to produce a surveillance video of two thieves trying to enter his car. An East Wenatchee Police Officer who had come to the area to assist located one of the suspects on Inglewood Drive. The Deputy was able to identify him based on the surveillance video and he was arrested.
A picture of the second suspect was transmitted to the mobile data terminals of patrol cars in the area. A Deputy located the second suspect at the Circle K on Grant Rd. He was also arrested.
The suspects were identified as 26 year old Michael Sheppard of Moses Lake and 24 year old William Young of Yakima.
Some of the stolen property has been returned to their owners. Search warrants are being sought to enter containers being carried by the suspects.
Anyone who was a victim of a vehicle prowl in that area and who has not made a report is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or RiverCom dispatch to make a report.
I could not be more proud of the deputies and EWPD officer who worked together to bring these thieves to justice. It is also an excellent example of how technology has become such a vital tool for law enforcement.
Argument Becomes a Hit and Run
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On August 10th, 2017 at 6:53 PM deputies responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle/pedestrian accident at the 10 Blk. of Akron Ave. in Rock Island, WA.
The reporting party stated that the suspect had fled the scene. When deputies arrived a male was being treated by firefighters.
The investigation revealed that two males had gotten into an argument over accusations of theft. One male got into a car. The second male approached the vehicle and punched him in the face. The driver backed up violently. One of the tires caught the second male’s leg. He fell down and was run over. The driver fled the scene.
The injured male was transported the Confluence Hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
The driver was identified as 46 year old Gordon McVay of East Wenatchee. McVay contacted the Sheriff’s Office the next day and agreed to give a statement. He was subsequently arrested for Hit and Run. He was booked into the Chelan County Jail without incident.
Sip & Stroll Downtown Chelan Sept 23rd
Photo by GoLakeChelan.Com
The Historic Downtown Chelan Association will host their 5th annual Sip & Stroll in downtown Chelan on September 23rd from 3pm-6pm. The annual Sip & Stroll is an opportunity to visit Historic Downtown Chelan on a beautiful fall day and stroll through local shops while enjoying locals tastes. This year, the event will host 9 local wineries, a local brewery and a local cider house. Sip & Stroll, which sold out last year, is the HDCA’s largest fundraising effort of the year and proceeds will help increase holiday lighting in downtown Chelan for 2017.
Tickets to the event cost $35 and include a souvenir wine glass. They are now available for purchase under Chelan events on Brownpapertickets.com or by calling HDCA at 509-682-4322.
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