Valley residents of Douglas County have been the victims of a string of burglaries during the past week. 

douglascountysheriff148On 06/02/17 a resident in the 100 Blk. of 20th St. NE found someone had forced their way in through a back door.  The burglars stole liquor, collectable swords and knives, an i-phone, and two i-pads.  They also vandalized the inside of the house causing thousands of dollars in damage.    

A second nearby residence was also broken into.  Three guns, ammunition, and an i-pad were stolen. 

On 06/09/17 a third burglary occurred in the 2000 Blk. of Ashland where the intruders stole a rifle from an unsecured garage.  

A fourth burglary occurred from an unsecured garage in the 100 Blk. of Wilshire.  The burglars stole medication, carbon fiber motorcycle gloves, and an i-phone charger. 

A fifth burglary occurred on 06/14/17 at Lisa Bee’s fruit stand at the 13000 Blk. of Hwy. 2.  Three cash registers, $1,250 in cash, a Mac laptop computer, and an i-phone 6S were stolen.  There was substantial vandalism inside the business.  A neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area.  It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust. 

A sixth incident occurred on 06/09/17 at the Grant Missionary Church at the 100 Blk. of S. Kentucky.  A contractor working inside the church saw a grey Z71 pickup backed up to a storage building.  There were two white males near the truck.  When they saw they were being observed they ran to the pickup and fled. 

This spike in burglaries is not usual in Douglas County.  I encourage everyone to be security conscious.  Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.  Try to provide detailed descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicle’s. 

If anyone had information about any of these or other crimes, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941 or, after hours, RiverCom dispatch at 663-9911.

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douglascountysheriff148C#17D-02718:  On 05/26/17 at approximately 8:00 PM Douglas County Deputies heard what they believed was a gunshot in the area of 11th St. and Columbia Ave. in Bridgeport.  They quickly responded to the scene and spotted several people running away from the area.  One person was identified as a possible witness.  He said he observed a male fire a gun into the air.  The person gave a description of subject.  Deputies searched the area and detained one person for a short time.  There was not enough information to link that person to the incident at that time and he was released.  The were no injuries or property damage.  The investigation is continuing. 

C#17D-02754:  On 05/28/17 at 7:00 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint at a business located in the 1100 Blk. of Columbia St. in Bridgeport, WA.  The victim said she was paying for some food when another person in the store started and argument with her.  The antagonist shoved the victim and hit her hard on the side of the head.  The victim’s right ear was red and swollen.  The suspect then left the store.  An eye witness gave the same account of the incident.  The suspect, was positively identified by the victim and the witness.  The Deputy located that suspect,  23 year old Iris Marroquin of Bridgeport, a short distance away.  Marroquin denied any involvement or even being in the store.  She was arrested for Assault 4th degree and transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident. 

C#17D-02772:  On 05/29/17 at 5:45 PM the Douglas County Deputy received a report from Seattle Air Traffic Control of an incident involving a drone.  The reporting party stated that they were tracking a plane flying at 10,500 feet in the area between Rimrock Meadows and Waterville.  The pilot reported a drone, described as 4 feet long and black, had come so close to his aircraft that he had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.  There was no  information of who was operating the drone when the incident occurred.  There were no injuries or property damage. 

The deputies were extremely busy during Memorial Day weekend and the following week.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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The Historic Downtown Chelan Association is excited to announce the kick off to our final fundraising efforts for the Woodin Avenue Landing. The Woodin Avenue Landing is a park that will be located between Campbell’s Resort and the Old Bridge leading down to the public dock in downtown Chelan. Because this area has never been inviting, many locals do not even realize it is public space. Chelan has a limited number of public lake access points, and creating the Woodin Avenue Landing will allow us to take advantage of one that already exists. Downtown Chelan is the heart of our community, and beautifying this space will help create a stronger, more cohesive community.

There is currently $107,000 committed to help make this happen, but some of the committed funding is contingent upon completing the project in 2017. The HDCA must raise $30,000 by August 1st in order to break ground on September 5th and finish the park in 2017. HDCA is a non-profit and all contributions are recognized by the IRS as tax-deductible. All donors will be recognized on a donor plaque located within the park. If you’d like to leave a legacy with a donation to the Woodin Avenue Landing, please call or email HDCA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 682-4322.

HDCA would like to thank the City of Chelan and Lake Chelan Rotary for their partnership on this project.

Woodin Avenue Landing is the first phase in a multiple phase project called the Gateway Park Project. Any additional money raised during this fundraising campaign will be rolled into the second phase of the Gateway Park Project, which is the area in between B.C. MacDonald’s and Campbell’s Resort Park Room. For more information on Woodin Avenue Landing and HDCA’s other projects, please go to historicchelan.org.

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douglascountysheriff148On 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.

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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.

Lake Chelan Winery will again host an auction to raise funds for the fireworks show. The 4th annual fundraiser will take place June 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. Tax deductible donations of items such as art, sports memorabilia, hotel stays and gift baskets can be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets for the event will go on sale soon and usually sell out, so guests are encouraged to RSVP quickly.

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 ).

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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.

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douglascountysheriff148On 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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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."

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