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.

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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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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports that the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Snohomish County Air Support Unit rescued an injured climber from the 8,200 foot level of Mount Stuart on Tuesday. Peter Prosch-Jensen (27 years of age) from Kirkland, Wa was injured when he fell approximately 200 feet during a climb.

On Tuesday July 26, 2016 at approximately 3:55pm, RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from one of Jensen’s climbing partners advising of the accident. The subject said they were climbing the southwest side of Mount Stuart near “Long John Tower” when Jensen lost his footing and fell. The caller stated that they were trying to get down to Jensen and that he was face down in the snow and not moving.

Search and rescue coordinators immediately requested a hoist capable helicopter from the Washington State Emergency Management Division to assist with the rescue due to Jensen’s location on the mountain and condition.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit “SnowHawk10” responded to the scene and at 8:15pm the crew successfully hoisted Jensen off the mountain. Snowhawk10 flew Jensen to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery where he was transferred to a waiting Life Flight helicopter and flown to Central Washington Hospital (CWH) in Wenatchee. Jensen is in stable condition this morning at CWH.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on 07/24 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Rivercom received a report of a`stabbing near Club Crow in downtown Cashmere. The victim later identified as 30 year old Allen Taylor suffered a significant cut to his chin after being involved in an altercation with another adult male. The suspect has been described as approximately 6’03” tall, thin, with scruffy facial hair. No suspect clothing description was given. The suspect fled the scene.

Mr. Taylor was transported to Central Washington Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

If anyone has information regarding the identity of the suspect in this assault please call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6851 or Rivercom.

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July 21, 2016 Update:

On July 20, 2016 Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Detectives assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies executed a search warrant in the 900 block of Maple Street in Bridgeport, Washington after identifying a suspect in the July 16, 2016 hit and run fatality collision on Apple Acres Road in Chelan County.

The suspected driver of the involved pickup has been identified as 21 year old Jovany Lopez-Maciel of Bridgeport. Mr. Lopez-Maciel is approximately 5’05” tall and weighs approximately 140 lbs. Mr. Lopez-Maciel has brown eyes and black hair, and has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Mr. Lopez-Maciel was not home during the execution of the search warrant and his current whereabouts is unknown. Mr. Lopez-Maciel may be in the company of his father Arturo Lopez-Pacheco. Mr. Lopez-Pacheco is 42 years of age, 6’00” tall and weighs approximately 165 lbs.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has probable cause for the arrest of Mr. Lopez-Maciel, for the crimes of Vehicular Homicide, and Hit and Run resulting in a death. We are asking anyone with information related to the collision or Mr. Lopez-Maciel’s current location to call law enforcement.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 15, 2016 shortly after 8 pm, Rivercom Dispatch received a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident with a car striking a tree. The caller was reporting the accident having occurred in the 1500 block of Bear Mountain Road in Chelan. The reporting party advised the male driver, still behind the wheel, was not responding and that another male passenger and small female passenger had been ejected.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and determined the driver, identified as 23 year old, Eduardo Rodriguez Uvalle of Chelan, was deceased. Next of Kin have been notified.

The male passenger, 28 year old Alberto Uvalle-Verdin Jr., had been ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Central Washington Hospital by ambulance. He sustained a broken ankle and cuts and bruises. The 2 year old girl was also ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital and then to Seattle with serious to critical injuries. The girl is the daughter of the driver. It is unknown at this time if any of the passengers were wearing seat belts or if the child was in a car seat.

The cause of the accident was due in part to excessive speed. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved. The accident is still under investigation and more information will be released as permitted.

As of July 18, 2016 we have not received updated injury reports on the two surviving vehicle occupants. This collision is still being investigated.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports on July 16, 2016 at about 8:22 PM, Rivercom Dispatch received a call of a vehicle vs. motorcycle accident 2.5 mile up Apple Acres Road from the Chelan Airport. It was soon discovered, it was actually a bicyclist and the reporting party stated the male was deceased. The vehicle that struck the bicyclist fled the scene and was described as possibly being a red truck with extensive damage to the front end and possibly a broken windshield. The bicyclist was identified as 50 year old, Gary Knowlton of Brewster. His next of Kin have been notified. While riding his bike at this location, the suspect vehicle, also going the same direction, struck Knowlton from behind.

The investigation is pending further information regarding the suspect who fled the scene. If you have any information on persons or vehicles possibly associated with the collision, please call Rivercom at 663-9911 or the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6850.

July 18, 2016 Update:

Late yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 17th) with assistance from Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office the suspect vehicle was located unoccupied and abandoned in an orchard. Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene. The vehicle was secured, impounded, and transported to a secure location in Wenatchee for further analysis. Detectives are actively working this investigation.       

As previously stated, anyone who witnessed this vehicle in the area of the airport or has any information about the driver of this vehicle is encouraged to call RiverCom at 663-9911 or the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office at 667-6850.

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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.

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sheriffsmSheriff Brian Burnett reports Chelan County Search & Rescue coordinators worked with Kittitas County and King County rescue units to remove an injured female from the wilderness on Saturday evening (07/16/2016). The initial 911 call for help came into the KITTCOM dispatch center in Ellensburg from the injured subject’s husband at around 5:00pm. Lauren Larimer of Selah advised that his wife had been injured as they were attempting to lead their horses across a creek crossing on the Fourth Creek Trail in the wilderness near the Chelan County and Kittitas County line – northeast of Iron Peak. Larimer reported his wife suffered a severe lower left leg fracture when her horse startled and ran over her. Larimer had to hike about one-half mile to obtain cellular service to call for assistance.

Due to the location of the incident, a Chelan County SAR coordinator worked with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office to deploy a ground team to the scene along the Beverly Creek Trail. At the same time, Chelan County requested a hoist equipped helicopter from State Emergency Management to respond. The King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit responded with their Guardian II aircraft to conduct the hoist extraction of the patient. Angela Larimer (46yoa – Selah, WA) was rescued by 8:45pm and transported directly to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The ground SAR team assisted Lauren Larimer in hiking the two horses out to the trailhead.

Angela Larimer is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center receiving treatment for a left lower leg compound fracture and a fractured right ankle.

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