Bremmer's Pit burglary under investigation
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 02/21/18 at approximately 1300 hrs. Douglas County Deputies responded to Bremmer’s Pit located at SE Vantage Drive in Rock Island.
Unknown persons had broken into a steel work box and stolen over $6,000 in tools. The thieves left footprints and there was surveillance video footage which is being examined by investigators.
Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
A reward is available. Mention C#18D-00927.
Douglas County Sheriff updates 2-19-18
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
On 02/18/18 at approximately 1:00 AM Douglas County Deputies were called to a report of a trespass at an apartment complex located at the 1200 Blk. of Fairview in Bridgeport, WA. Deputies arrived and were pointed to a laundry room used by tenants. They observed a ladder leading up to a crawl space where they could hear talking. The Deputies ordered the persons out, and after a short time they complied. The suspects were identified as 31 year old Antonio Infante of Brewster. The second person was identified as 21 year old Erin Phillips of Tonasket. They were not tenants and did not have permission to be on the property. Both were arrested for Trespass 1st degree, but were released at the scene with a criminal citation.
On 02/16/18 at approximately 12:30 AM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Hwy. at the 1100 Blk. He observed a vehicle cross over the centerline then jerk back in within the lane. The Deputy turned on his emergency lights. The vehicle pulled to the side of the road. As the Deputy prepared to contact the driver, she inadvertently popped the trunk open. The female driver smelled of alcoholic beverages and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. The driver, a 26 year old East Wenatchee resident, was arrested for DUI and transported to the Chelan County Jail without incident.
On 02/18/18 at approximately 8:00 AM Douglas County Deputies and Brewster Police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of the 1200 Blk of Douglas. A Deputy was searching the area on foot when he heard the engine of a vehicle being revved. He waved the vehicle down and contacted the driver, 29 year old Francisco Lorenzano-Basurto of Bridgeport. The Deputy spotted a Smith and Wesson 9mm lying in the seat. The slide was locked back and the magazine was empty. The serial number had been altered. Lorenzano-Basurto was placed under arrest and a second empty magazine was found in his coat pocket. The suspect said the gun was not his but could not recall the name of the owner. The subject was also found to be DUI. He was arrested and booked at the Okanogan County Jail for DUI. The case was forwarded to the prosecutor for consideration of weapons charges.
On 02/18/18 at approximately 9:30 PM Douglas County Deputies went to a residence at the 700 Blk. of Fairview to search for a wanted person, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak. A female at the residence stated she had not seen him in hours, but when a Deputy called out his name, he appeared from a back room. He was arrested without incident for a DOC warrant for escape from community custody. Charley was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked on the warrant.
Buckner Orchard Membership Drive 2018
- Written by Herb Sargo
We need you more than ever!
As reported in our Annual Report for 2017 we were able to do many, many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering. If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue.
It's still unknown what impact proposed federal budget cuts will have on the work at the Orchard. There will likely be a loss of time and/or resources available to the National Park Service this year, making our work all the more important. The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need our support more than ever!
Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support the Foundation's work at the Homestead and Orchard.
RENEWAL - Your check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. As a renewal, we will have your information on file. Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner. And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.
NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (Membership Form) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831.
Again, be sure to include your e-mail address.
Individual - $25.00
Business - $75.00
Benefactor - $250.00
Sustainer - $1,000.00
Family - $50.00
Patron - $100.00
Steward - $500.00
Donation - $ ___________
DONATIONS - Another form of support for the Homestead and Orchard is a donation. Monetary donations may be for a specific purpose or as a non-specific donation to the Foundation.
Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive and successful future for the Buckner Homestead. (Not sure how your contribution will be used? Then, review our 2017 Financial Summary at the end of the Annual Report.) All Foundation work and administration is entirely by volunteers.
2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monday, May 7 Annual Meeting
Reclamation District Office
Thursday, June 14 Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, July 14 Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
Saturday, August 4 Square Dance at the Orchard
Old Packing Shed 7 PM,
HARVEST FEST 2018
Friday, October 5
Orchard Work Party
Buckner Orchard, 9 AM
Valley Music Program
Stehekin School, 7 PM
Saturday, October 6 Harvest Fest
Buckner Orchard, Stehekin
10 AM, picking and pressing
1 PM potluck and music
Sunday, October 7 Poetry Night
7 PM, Bakery Cabin #1,
Web site: bucknerhomestead.org
Technology helping move freight in Washington faster, more efficiently
- Written by Barbara LaBoe, WSDOT
Truck drivers have new option to bypass weigh stations
OLYMPIA – Commercial truck drivers now have another option for bypassing state weigh stations – by opting into a system that saves time and money.
A new agreement allows drivers in Washington to use the PrePass weigh station transponder, doing away with having to carry several transponders for in- and out-of-state travel. The Washington State Department of Transportation and HELP, Inc., – a nonprofit public/private trucking industry partnership that provides PrePass transponders – reached the agreement in December. Drivers can now register PrePass transponders for Washington weigh stations.
Transponders allow trucks to bypass weigh stations by electronically verifying a truck’s legal weight, safety rating and credentials as the truck travels at freeway speeds. Based on the transponder, and scales embedded in the freeway, drivers receive either a green light to continue driving or a red light indicating they must report to the weigh station for closer inspection. Transponder usage keeps safe and legal trucks on the road and reduces travel time.
Use of the WSDOT’s in-state transponder system saved the industry approximately 111,000 hours of travel time and $12.8 million in 2016. Washington is the second most trade-dependent state in the nation per capita and one of WSDOT’s roles is to support economic vitality, including the efficient movement of freight.
Previously, truck drivers in Washington purchased a transponder from WSDOT that also worked in several other jurisdictions. The WSDOT transponders could be added to the PrePass system – if requested by the driver – but general PrePass transponders could not communicate with WSDOT weigh stations, meaning some drivers had to carry two transponders. The new agreement means drivers can just carry one transponder if they choose. WSDOT will continue to sell transponders.
“The goal is one transponder that will work everywhere,” said Anne Ford, WSDOT’s commercial vehicle services administrator. “We are pleased our partnership with HELP, Inc. helps achieve that goal.”
“We are excited to be entering into this partnership with Washington and look forward to working with WSDOT through this mutual agreement,” said Karen Rasmussen, president and CEO of HELP, Inc. “Safe fleets and drivers appreciate the time and fuel savings of PrePass as well as opportunities for interoperability of their transponders.”
To use PrePass transponders in Washington, carriers should contact the
PUD payment phone scam circulating
- Written by Kelly A. Soltwisch, Chief Civil Deputy Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports from Bridgeport area businesses that they are being contacted by persons claiming to represent the Douglas County Public Utility District (PUD) requesting payment over the phone for overdue account balances.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed with the PUD that these calls are not legitimate and it is not a standard PUD practice to ask customers for sensitive financial information over the phone.
If you receive a similar call or any call you feel is suspicious in nature, do not give out your personal financial information.
Please report any suspicious calls to law enforcement by calling: (509)663-9911.
Douglas County Sheriff updates 2-10-18
- Written by Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal
Case # 18D00457 – On 01-22-18 at approximately 8:00 pm a Douglas County Deputy arrested Michelle Casarez, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, on an arrest warrant outside of an apartment in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport. The arrested subject requested to leave her blanket and retrieve her cell phone from one of the apartments. While at the apartments, the Deputy made observations leading to attaining a search warrant of the apartment for stolen property. While serving the search warrant, Deputies recovered a large amount of stolen property from burglaries, which had occurred in Douglas County, Okanogan County and Chelan County. The property recovered, included items such as, coins, tools, electronics, firearms, and silencers. As a result of the investigation Deputies arrested Francisco Leyva-Saucedo, a 29 yoa male of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property in the 1st degree, Possession of a stolen firearm, and unlawfull possession of a firearm 1st degree. Douglas County deputies also arrested Crystal M. Sanabria, a 28 yoa female of Bridgeport, for Possession of stolen property 1st degree and Possession of a stolen firearm. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.
Case # 18D00662 - On 02-03-18 at approximately 8:15 pm a Douglas County Deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal, in Bridgeport. The Deputy contacted the driver, Rebecca N. Norton, a 28 yoa female of Coulee Dam and the passenger Daniel J. Marsden, a 27 yoa male of Omak. While speaking with them the deputy observed a gun case in the back seat. After some questioning, the deputy cited and released the driver for infractions. Based on observations and information gathered at the stop, Douglas County Deputies re-contacted and seized the vehicle to apply for a search warrant. After the search warrant was attained deputies located two rifles, one stolen pistol, stolen ammunition and narcotics. Deputies then re-located and arrested Rebecca Norton for possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Daniel Marsden was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, possession of stolen firearm, carry firearms loaded in a vehicle, loaded rifle in a vehicle, and possession of stolen property in the third degree. Both subjects were booked into Okanogan County Jail.
2017 Manson graduate competing in 2018 Olympic games
- Written by Janice Stewart
Jeffrey Webb a 2017 Manson High School Graduate will be competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He is participating in the Alpine Skiing events slalom and giant Slalom and will be representing the country of Malaysia – his mother’s birth home.
The Manson High School student body sent him a good luck video. “Go for the Gold Jeffrey”
Manson teacher recognized by UW music department
- Written by Janice Stewart
Matt Brown, Manson High School’s music teacher has been awarded the “Terry Stombaugh Logo “W” Award” from the University of Washington’s Husky Marching Band.
This award is presented in the memory of former Husky band member Terry Stombaugh who conceived the idea for the “W” entrance drill.
This award is given annually to current or former music education major from the Husky Marching Band whose music education impacts and exemplifies dedication to the advancement of music.
Mr. Brown was presented with a “W” plaque along with a $500 honorarium to help assist his music program in the Manson School District. Congratulations Mr. Brown!
Skiing fatality at Mission Ridge
- Written by Rich Magnussen, CCSO
Updated - 2/8/18
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the victim from yesterday’s ski accident at Mission Ridge has been identified as 25-year-old Brian A. Scott of Kirkland, WA.
Original Release – 2/7/18
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that a 25-year-old male from Kirkland, Wa was fatally injured in a skiing accident at Mission Ridge Ski Resort on Wednesday afternoon.
According to witnesses, at approximately 12:05pm the male lost control while skiing on the “Lip Lip” run. He traveled off the right side of the run and collided with a tree. Mission Ridge Ski Patrollers responded to the area immediately and began treating the victim who was unconscious and unresponsive.
The victim was transported to the medical room at the base of the ski resort where medics from Lifeline Ambulance continued treating the victim. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he died from his injuries.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Regular Meeting 2-14-18
- Written by Carol A. Kibler, CFR
Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA
Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
* Revenue and Expenditure Report: December 2017
* Payroll: $148,184.44 January 1-31, 2018 Paid 02-05-2018
* Vouchers for January General Account: Vouchers #17764 through #17774 for $8,853.10; Voucher #17775 through #17791 for $8,922.19; Voucher #17792 through #17805 for $13,730.88; Vouchers #17806 through #17817 for $14,778.39.
* Vouchers for January Capital Account: Vouchers #17035 and 17036 for $1,631.62; Voucher #17037 and 17038 for $538.56.
* Minutes: January 10, 2018
Fire Chief Report:
* 2018 Budget
* Emergency Response Report
* Operations / Fire Prevention / Public Education – DC Donnell
◦ Career Staff
* Volunteer Services – AC Asher
◦ Volunteer Staff
◦ Explores/Junior Firefighters
* Volunteer Training
Firefighters Association Report:
* Citizens Task Force Report
* Annexation Proposals Up-Date
* LCCH EMS Interlocal Agreement
Executive Session: None
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