douglascountysheriff148On 08/04/16 at approximately 2:30 PM Douglas County fire units and deputies responded to a brush fire east side of Highway 97 at mile post 228.  There are fire units from Douglas County, Chelan County, and BLM.  There are also two fixed wing and two helicopter assets fighting the fire. 

The fire is moving S/SE and had burned about 500 acres.  The Sheriff’s Deputies have given out 8 level I and II in  the Browns Canyon area.

The Sheriff’s Office also used the AlertSense system to send out warnings to people in the area.  There have no reports of damage or injuries.

douglascountysheriff148After weeks of surveillance by our investigations team, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SRT raided this illegal marijuana grow on Badger Mountain at approximately 6:00 AM this morning.  The location was near the end of Redfield Rd. approximately four miles from Badger Mountain Rd. 

There were about 646 plants with a street value of approximately $840,000.

The suspects had been living in a shack with filthy conditions. They were not at the scene when the Deputies arrived. The team also located a flatbed truck used to haul water to the plants, generators for lights, a bulldozer used to clear the land, and a .40 cal pistol.  

The property was seized as items used to facilitate an illegal drug grow/trade. The owners may come forward to claim the property and request a hearing to have it returned.

I am extremely proud of my team for their work on this case. A large scene like this means the deputies and evidence techs worked long hours in the heat to ensure a proper investigation. They did outstanding work.  I also appreciate the assistance from the DEA and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis board.

douglascountysheriff148On 07/02/16 at approximately 11:30 AM. the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Brewster Police Department to arrest a subject who was wanted for domestic violence assault. 

Deputies accompanied the Brewster Police Chief to an address in the 500 Blk. of West Cliff in Brewster, WA.  The mother of the suspect gave the Chief and Deputies permission to enter the residence to locate her son, 22 year old Salvador Saucedo-Torres.  Once inside, they found that Saucedo-Torres was in a room at the back of the house.  As the Brewster Chief tried to talk to him, he became highly aggressive and punched her in the face.  As the Deputies tried to pull him back, the suspect abruptly turned and hit one Deputy in the face creating a cut above his eye.  The suspect also punched a Sheriff’s Office sergeant several times. 

Saucedo-Torres was subdued and taken into custody.  He was booked for two counts of Assault 2nd degree for his attack on the Brewster Chief and the Deputy, one count of Assault 3rd degree for assaulting the sergeant, and one count of Assault 4th degree (domestic violence) as part of Brewster PD’s earlier investigation.  The suspect was not injured.

Domestic violence situations are very dangerous for law enforcement.  I am grateful no one was hurt more seriously.

Very Respectfully,

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal

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douglascountysheriff148On 07/15/16 at approximately 3:07 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to an assault complaint on Old Ferry Rd. near Orondo.  One Deputy contacted the victim at the scene, but the suspect had fled up Pine Canyon on Hwy. 2.  He was located and detained by a second Deputy who was responding from Waterville. 

The victim and witnesses reported the suspect, 56 year old Miguel Garcia-Berrera of Waterville came to a residence located near the intersection of Orondo Loop Rd. and Old Ferry Rd. where the victim was helping a friend work on a car.  The victim and Garcia had a history of not getting along and an argument started.  Garcia pulled out a knife and told the victim he was going to kill him and his family.  The victim ran into an orchard, pursued by Garcia.  During the chase, Garcia threw his knife, a rock, and a metal pipe at the victim.  The victim was able to escape and call 9-1-1. 

Garcia was arrested for attempted assault and felony harassment (threats to kill).  He was transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident.  There were no injuries.