douglascountysheriff148C#18D-01866: On 04/10/18 at approximately 1:50 PM an anonymous citizen contacted Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal to report that a person with a known warrant was hiding in a house on the Bridgeport Bar with permission of the owner. The person was able to give a description of the residence. A Deputy went to the house and contacted the owner. At first she denied the wanted person was at the house. Later she brought him to the door and he was arrested without injury or incident. The suspect was identified as 37 year old Alberto Lopez Flores of Bridgeport. He was booked into the Okanogan Jail for a felony warrant for Escape from Community Custody.

C#18D-01852: On 04/09/18 a Deputy on routine patrol in the 1000 Blk. of Columbia Ave in Bridgeport, WA spotted a person standing in the back yard who he recognized as having a warrant for his arrest. The suspect went in the house. Another Deputy was called to watch a second exit. The suspect 24 year old Omar Medina-Hermengildo of Bridgeport was arrested without injury or incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.

C#18D-01850: On 04/09/18 at approximately 7:00 PM a Deputy responded to a malicious mischief report in the 400 Blk of Kentucky. Two residents in the trailer park reported their vehicle tires had been punctured, one that day and one several weeks earlier.   A screwdriver was found sticking of the vehicle tire that had been damaged during the day. There was no suspect information.

C#18D-01823: On 04/08/18 at approximately 7:19 PM a Deputy on routine patrol in the Orondo area spotted a maroon Jeep at the mini mart gas pumps. He ran the license plate and found the plates actually belonged to a Saturn, a common ploy by car thieves. The Deputy contacted the driver and asked him his name. There was no record of the name he gave on file. The person told the Deputy he got the Jeep from a friend but could not remember his name. The person also could not recall his own address. A RiverCom dispatcher was able to cross check the switched license plate with a person who had the same DOB as the suspect. The suspect was finally identified by an alias he used. It was also found he had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of methamphetamine. A search of the suspect’s clothing uncovered three bindles of methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested without incident or injury. He was booked at the Chelan County Jail for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, making false statements, and no valid operator’s license without ID.

C18D-01814: On 04/08/18 at 11:30 AM a Deputy responded to a burglary report in the 3600 Blk. of NW Cascade. Unknown person(s) had broken into a shed. The thieves stole camping equipment, power tools, and a Minnkota trolling motor. The total loss was over $2,000.00.

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winejazz200Chelan, Washington: The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival will take jazz enthusiasts on a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during this first of its kind event in Chelan. The event offers wine and jazz enthusiasts the opportunity to taste wines that characterize the Chelan AVA, and take in the stunning views of majestic Lake Chelan. This four-day festival will showcase internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrate the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival features national and regional artists like Kobe Watkins, Gretta Matassa, Pearl Django, Gail Pettis, Doctor Funk, and many more. Nine venues, 4 days, and 15 jazz bands including student jazz bands will be featured. All music venues will offer wines from Lake Chelan Wineries and many will offer food pairings. Festival ticket holders will receive a SWAG bag of goodies and special offers.

This is a one of a kind opportunity for wine and jazz fans to sip and listen while you take in the amazing beauty of estate vineyards and breathtaking lake views. The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival takes place in Spring 2018 from May 17-20th, Tickets are on sale now online at www.chelanwinejazz.com. Full Festival Pass is $75 in advance / $85 at the door. A Saturday Day Pass is also available for $60 in advance / $70 at the door. Sunday shows at the outdoor Riverwalk Pavilion are free.A VIP shuttle ticket will be available for purchase for $30. Media passes are available for the press when you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Barrel Tasting weekend also takes place in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley during wine and jazz festival when winemakers open their doors to the public to taste straight from the barrel. Visitors to Chelan can dine at a variety of eateries and wineries around the lake and shop in the downtown historic district of Chelan. The area can be explored by water, boat, or limo. A variety of local hotels, vacation rentals, and camping options are available.

The Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival Foundation is a non-profit program under the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to support and promote jazz appreciation, music education, and the Lake Chelan Wine Valley for our residents and visitors. Foundation net proceeds are directed to the Boys and Girls Club of America. 

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douglascountysheriff148Case# 18D01768 – On 4-6-18 at 5:45 am the Douglas County Special Response Team (SRT) along with the Columbia River Drug Task Force (CRDTF) and members of the Chelan County Regional SWAT team served a high-risk search warrant in the 2000 block of S.E. Legacy Place, without incident.

Once the residence was secure and safe, the CRDTF conducted a thorough search and recovered illegal narcotics, parts of a meth lab and a 9mm handgun with the serial numbers ground off.

The department of Ecology was called to clean and dispose of the meth lab.

As a result of the investigation, 33 yoa Michael C. Cooper of East Wenatchee was arrested and booked into Chelan County Regional Jail for 2 counts of Unlawful Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines), Felon in possession of a firearm and Possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

This operation is another example of the boundless working relationship we all appreciate in our Law Enforcement community.

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douglascountysheriff148On 03/25/18 a Deputy on routine patrol was flagged down by a citizen who wanted to report a child sex abuse incident. 

After taking an initial statement, the case was turned over to detectives.  Further investigation revealed that 18 year old Elijah D. Rieve of East Wenatchee, a level 2 sex offender, had been in contact with four juvenile males, ages 11, 12, and 13.  Over the course of approximately three days he committed six counts of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, one count of Unlawful Imprisonment, one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, one count of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count of Indecent Exposure. 

Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and gathered evidence which substantiated allegations made by the victims.  

Investigators acted quickly identifying victims and arresting the suspect.  He is being held without bail at the Okanogan County Jail.  Additional charges are pending.

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douglascountysheriff148On 03/26/18 at approximately 6:46 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol in the 400 Blk. of 16th in Bridgeport when he spotted a male he believed to have a felony warrant from Department of Corrections. 

The suspect ran into an apartment and hid.  A female at the apartment said the male had left.  The deputies had seen no one leave.  The woman then told the deputies the person they’d seen run inside was her daughter.  Clearly it was not.  She finally consented to let the deputies inside.  They found the suspect hiding under a box spring.  

The suspect, 24 year old Derrick Charley of Omak, was arrested without incident and transported to the Okanogan County Jail.  The female, 28 year old Michelle Olvera-Cruz was arrested for Rendering Criminal Assistance and transported to the Okanogan County Jail without incident.

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Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that on March 21st around 1500 hours, a Deputy Impounded a vehicle in the Wenatchee area. Later, during a search of the vehicle over 18 pounds of Methamphetamine was located.

The investigation is ongoing.

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wsdot logoRemove studded tires by deadline to avoid fines, prevent road damage

OLYMPIA – Spring is here but the potential of some late season snow means the deadline to remove studded tires in Washington has been extended for two weeks. The removal deadline is now by the end of the day, Sunday, April 15.

State law allows the Washington State Department of Transportation to extend the deadline into April if current or predicted conditions could make for difficult travel. The decision to extend is made in consultation with meteorologists and maintenance supervisors. The deadline was last extended in 2012.

This year’s decision was based on long-range forecasts that show the potential for significant weather, including snow that could affect cross-state travel into April.

With the extension, all studded tires need to be removed no later than the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) Sunday, April 15. Starting Monday, April 16, drivers with studded tires on their vehicles face a $136 traffic infraction. Removal services can be crowded as the deadline approaches, so please plan accordingly.

Studded tires damage pavement each year – costing an estimated $29 million annually in additional wear and tear on state roads alone. Long-term, WSDOT continues to urge drivers to investigate alternatives such as studless winter tires, which are not subject to removal deadlines.

Washington and Oregon generally share the same studded tire removal deadline and the Oregon Department of Transportation is extending their removal deadline to April 15. Other states may have later tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all vehicles in the state, even those visiting from elsewhere. There are no personal exemptions or waivers beyond the extension date.

WSDOT crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts and work to clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go,” whatever the season. Check road conditions before heading out and stay up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s mobile app and social media and email alert tools, or by calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.

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douglascountysheriff148On 03/16/18 Douglas County Deputies received a report of a child abuse incident in Rock Island. 

The child’s mother reported her children had been staying at a separate residence with their father.  She received a call that the children’s father was hitting them and that she needed to pick them up. 

She found two of her sons, 6 and 8 yoa, had bruises on their face and back. 

Detectives identified the father as 37 year old John W. Strickland of Rock Island.  He was located and arrested without incident on 03/21/18. 

Strickland was booked at the Chelan County Jail for two counts of Assault of a Child 3rd degree.  A search warrant for the suspect’s trailer was obtained and evidence was seized. 

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On 03/16/18 at approximately 4:00 AM members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, The Chelan County SWAT team, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Police Department served a high risk search warrant at 1127 ½ Fairview Avenue in Bridgeport, WA.

Inside investigators located a handgun with magazines, a little over an ounce of heroine, and an AR15 magazine. The renter of the mobile home, 33 year old Luis (Tony) Orosco of Bridgeport, was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. A second subject, 20 year old Morningstar Rai St. Peter, was arrested on a felony DOC warrant for drug charges. This was considered a high risk warrant, but there were no injuries or mishaps. Both suspects were booked at the Okanogan County Jail.

Field deputies working their regular shifts spent months gathering evidence to get the search warrant. This is simply excellent police work and I commend them. This particular residence has caused great community concern due to suspicion drug dealing was going on. Sincere thanks to the other agencies who provided manpower to help take these criminals off the street.

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