ncw crime unit logoOn 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.

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douglascountysheriff148Just 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.

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douglascountysheriff148On 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.

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douglascountysheriff148On 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.

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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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douglascountysheriff148On 08/07/17 at approximately 9:00 AM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault call in Orondo. 

A Deputy located  the suspect in a fruit warehouse.  He fled as the Deputy attempted to talk to him and ran into a nearby house.  Another Deputy attempted speak to the suspect through a window.  The suspect put his fist through the window and sprayed the Deputy with shards of glass.  He then went to a door and kicked it hard enough that it broke the door frame. 

Deputies de-escalated the suspect and he finally came out.  He was arrested for malicious mischief.  The victim of the assault was not injured and declined to cooperate with charging.  The Deputy was treated for minor injuries to his face.

Between Friday the 4th and Monday the 7th,  Douglas County had five fires.  The Hayes fire, two wheat field fires, near Waterville, a small brush fire near LMoine, and a structure fire that destroyed a small bunk house near the Hayes fire.  There were no injuries.  Please be careful during this extreme heat.

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smoke 8 4 17 450Wildfires from Canada are bringing smoke into Washington State and a high concentration into Central Washington.

Yesterday Manson reached unhealthy levels of PM2.5, Particulate Matter with a size less than 2.5 microns, and the trend of unhealthy levels of smoke are expected to continue throughout next week.

Residents are urged to stay inside and limit outdoor activity.  The reading at the Woodin Avenue air quality monitoring station read 175 ppm (parts per million) at 7 AM Saturday morning. A reading above 150 is considered unhealthy.

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douglascountysheriff148Friday, August 4, 2017 6:40 PM

The fire has gone to state mobilization.  That means that assets from around the state can be brought in to fight the fire.

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Friday, August 4 - Update-1815 hrs.

The fire has split with one leg moving south towards Hwy. 172 and is currently at about Rd. 18 NE.  The other leg is moving east.  My information is that the fire burning on the north side of Hwy. 17 has been largely contained with firefighters keeping a close eye to make sure is does not jump the road.  There have been no more level III evacuations.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has moved its mobile command post north to help facilitate a unified incident command.  The command post allows for better communications in remote areas.  Douglas County has also dispatched a grader to help cut fire lines.

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Update:

The Red Cross is setting up shelter at Bridgeport High School.  It will take approximately three hours for them to be fully operational.

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Update:

Level III evacuation notices are being issued for homes east of Rd. "K" NE and south of Hwy. 17. The fire is still being pushed by strong wind.

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Today at 1:00 PM a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a brush fire burning on both sides of Hwy. 17 Between Hays Rd. and Rd. “K” NE.  He reported the fire was being pushed by strong winds.  A level I evacuation notice has been issued for a three mile radius around the fire.  I have no additional details at this time.  More to follow.

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