Okanogan County, WA Crime & Safety

Firefighters stop fire from spreading to homes outside Carlton

Multiple firefighting agencies worked to protect homes threatened by a 30-acre wildfire Tuesday north of Carlton. Okanogan County Fire District 6 said the Vintin Road Fire was reported about 3 p.m. and spread quickly, threatening at least two homes and leading to the evacuation of several others. The district said...
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Man who escaped from Okanogan County Jail in 2021 sentenced to 5 years in prison

OKANOGAN — A man who escaped with another inmate from the Okanogan County Jail last year has been sentenced to five years in prison. Christian White, a 54-year-old Rock Island man, pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to second-degree escape. He was sentenced the same day to 60 months behind bars, according to court records. White, in an unrelated drug case, also received a 24-months prison sentence.
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Omak Teen Races With Deputies on Tuesday

An Omak teen was trying to outrun Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on Sep. 20. At 5:11 p.m., a deputy saw a white car cross over into the opposite lane while going southbound Old Highway 97 through Malott. When spotted, the 19-year-old driver Clement Joseph slowed down to try...

Sheriff: Omak teen intentionally rams patrol vehicle while leading deputies on intense chase through Okanogan County

MALOTT - 19-year-old Clement Joseph of Omak is likely reeling behind bars after leading deputies on a wild chase through Okanogan County on Tuesday. At 5:11 p.m., sheriff’s officials say a deputy caught a vehicle going 10 mph the 35-mph speed limit while going south on Old Highway 97 through Malott. The deputy initiated a traffic stop near milepost 13, after catching up with the car. That’s when the driver began swerving and traversed over the centerline into oncoming traffic, twice.

Two Jailed for Attempted Murder in Omak

Two people are in jail on charges of attempted murder in Okanogan County. Omak Police Chief, Daniel Christensen, says officers responded to a report of multiple shots fired at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Shumway Road on Sunday evening. “They determined through recovery of shell casings that...

Firefighters battle stubborn haystack fires

Okanogan County firefighters spent about seven hours Saturday morning extinguishing stubborn haystack fires. Okanogan County Fire District 6 said they responded about 5:15 a.m. to a haystack fire in the Balky Hill area northeast of Twisp and found several haystacks fully involved with a larger stack about 80 feet away.

Theft suspects crash after pursuit through Tonasket

A man and two women were arrested Monday evening after alleged thefts from a store that led to a high-speed pursuit through Tonasket that ended with the suspects crashing into fruit bins, then the driver jumping into the Okanogan River. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said deputies attempted to stop...

Tonasket theft suspects crash during pursuit Monday evening

TONASKET — Three suspects in recent thefts in Tonasket were arrested Monday after a pursuit that ended in a crash and one suspect attempting to flee in the Okanogan River. Okanogan County deputies attempted to stop a Ford F-250 pickup truck Monday evening reportedly involved in thefts from Beyers Market. Deputies say the driver of the pickup truck refused to stop before reaching a dead end and turning around.

Local trooper gets big response to his "legal or not' question

“Legal or not legal? Let’s have some fun, go!”. That’s was the message posted on Twitter Tuesday morning by Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeremy Weber. Those words were accompanied by a picture of a truck pulling a fifth-wheeler with a trailer behind that. Weber is public information officer...