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Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports, "Our fire fighters had a very busy night last evening when this residence at the 3600 Blk. of Penn in Rock Island caught fire. Fire fighters from Douglas and Chelan County are still at the scene [at the time of reporting] . Fortunately no injuries were reported. Deputies were on scene to assist if needed."

douglascountysheriff148On 05/02/17 at 3:30 PM RiverCom dispatch received a report of a sex offense that had just occurred on the Bridgeport Bar approximately 5 miles north of Bridgeport.

Deputies assisted by WSP troopers, and Brewster police responded to the scene.

The suspect, 27 year old Jose F. Torres Solorzano from the Bridgeport Bar area, was located at a mobile home near the victim’s residence. Detectives interviewed the female victim who stated the suspect forcibly held her down and forced her to manipulate his genitals. He then left the residence.

The suspect was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for Forcible Indecent Liberties (RCW 9A.44.100) which is a Class A Felony.

The suspect claimed to be from California, but so far detectives have not been able to positively identify him. Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/28/17 at approximately 8:54 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to 6608 Batterman Rd. to investigate an injury traffic accident.  They found a single vehicle (2015 GMC Sierra) approximately 20 feet off off the road. 

Investigation revealed the vehicle appeared to be traveling towards Rock Island on Batterman Rd.  It crossed the centerline, went off the road, and struck and embankment.  There was a single male driver. 

Deputies started CPR and deployed their department issued AED.  EMS and firefighters arrived and continued rescue efforts, but the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver was identified as 70 year old Kenneth R. Manke of East Wenatchee. 

It is not known why the vehicle went off the road and the investigation is continuing. 

The deceased was a loved and respected retired Wenatchee police officer.  He will be missed and we send deepest condolences to his friends and family.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/14/17 Douglas County Deputies responded to two calls of gas thefts which occurred overnight. 

One theft occurred at U-Haul located at 423 Rock Island Rd.  The second occurred at the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board office located at 430 Rock Island Rd. 

It is unknown how much gas was lost, but repairs for the damaged vehicles could be over $1,000.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is sharing information with the Wenatchee Police Department to determine if the thefts in the two jurisdictions might be related.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call 9-1-1.  Anyone with information is asked to call RiverCom dispatch on their non-emergency line:  663-9911.

douglascountysheriff148On 04/11/17 at approximately 5:30 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to a burglary report at the Lone Pine Market located at 23041 Hwy. 97. 

Unknown suspects had entered the store and stole a cash register containing $250 in cash.  They also took a box which held $150 in nickels.  In addition, the thieves entered an outbuilding and stole another cash register. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.