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  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|May 30, 2019

    Lots going on around the county, and in the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office as well these days. First and foremost, I am pleased to say that our theft and burglary cases have plummeted the last couple months. Two burglaries and three thefts were reported in the entire county. Zero thefts or burglaries were reported in the Skamokawa area or areas where we have held neighborhood watch meetings or coffee-with-a-cop meetings. In my experience, wherever there are police/community meetings to talk...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|May 9, 2019
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    Just a word regarding the murder of Deputy Justin DeRosier and the effect this incident has on our protocols in patrol moving forward from here. When I spoke to Sheriff Thurman in Cowlitz County the morning of this tragedy, I offered to assist our neighbors in any way we could. Expectedly, the sheriff was beside himself but handling the situation with grace and calm. The Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office was available to handle any calls for service that Longview was unable to handle from Coal Creek to County Line Park. Undersheriff Gary...

  • Sheriff's Corner--National Boating Safety Week

    Sheriff Mark Howie|May 24, 2018

    May 22-25 is National Boating Safety Week this year. This also coincides with another fishing season and loads of people will be on or near the water. This is the time to remind people of things that are necessary to maximize your security on our waterways. Always wear a life jacket. State law requires all vessels including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards have one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person onboard. All children age 12 and under are required to wear one at all times. Bring communication devices. Boaters should...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie, Wahkiakum County Sheriff|Sep 28, 2017

    On September 19, I joined 18 other sheriffs and police chiefs around the state who were invited to meet with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I was among a select number of agency heads, including neighboring sheriffs from Pacific County and Cowlitz County, invited to meet with the nation's top law enforcement officer. The Attorney General kept to his word in meeting with local law enforcement wherever he was able, and he took the time to meet with us after visiting family in Bremerton the...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Apr 27, 2017

    This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sheriff's Office in partnership with Wahkiakum Health and Human Services will be providing a Drug Take Back event at the Wahkiakum County Courthouse. The take back station will be inside the door near the Superior Court Clerk's office. All prescription and over the counter drugs are accepted. Pills and other drugs should be placed in a zip lock bag with all personal identifiers removed from the packaging. No needles are accepted, however you are welcome...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Mar 3, 2016

    We want to thank all of you who were patient with our recent heightened security measures at the courthouse during our jury trial the last two weeks. For a minute of inconvenience, we maximized the safety and security of the visitors and employees of the courthouse. It is a very rare occasion that we would put that level of security into place. It was a group effort that made it go smoothly and we extend our appreciation for your cooperation and understanding. Remember that the public’s safety is a priority in every decision I make. I have r...

  • Watch for scammers after bad weather hits

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Dec 31, 2015

    I hope everyone had a safe and peaceful holiday. I am always grateful when I don’t get that call in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve about a major emergency or incident! As far as I can tell our county fared well through the holiday season. While winter settles in, I want to warn residents about scammers that take advantage during the cold weather season. This is a time when door knockers soliciting for work take advantage of those who would easily pay them to do jobs that they don’t finish or don’t even start. There are ways to preve...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Aug 13, 2015

    Our 6th deputy, Brian Hornback, is now graduated from the academy and on his field training with deputies on various shifts. Deputy Hornback graduated #1 in academics and #1 overall in a class of 30. He was competing against much larger agencies including Seattle PD, Clark County, and Vancouver PD. That is quite an accomplishment. Brian used to work as a corrections officer/dispatcher for the Sheriff’s Office. Now he is a welcomed member of patrol. You may have already noticed we now have deputies working longer hours into the evening and e...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Jun 4, 2015

    Some good news I have to share is that incidents of thefts on Puget Island have plummeted in the past two months. One theft report of a boat motor was taken on East Little Island Road in May. The Sheriff's Office took only one theft report in the Elochoman Valley area and two theft reports of metal and garden tools in the Deep River area. Deputies have been working with neighboring residents to keep a close eye on people wandering in their neighborhoods or acting suspiciously. After the arrest of two known individuals on Puget Island, there...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Sep 11, 2014

    This summer turned out to be a pretty safe one as far as crime is concerned. One particular con that cropped up again however was “theft by fraud” through persons acting as contractors promising services that were not rendered or completed. We had three such cases involving pavers who approached home owners, promising to pave their driveways at a low price. When the job was only half finished or shoddily done, they demanded payment of thousands of dollars over their originally quoted price. Feeling powerless and coerced, the victims paid the...

  • Know risks, consequences of leaving kids in cars

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Jul 16, 2014

    Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting. Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something. Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking "I'll just run into the store for a minute." In either case, it's important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars - especially hot cars. Risks In 10 minutes, a car can...

  • The Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Jun 18, 2014

    Independence Day is in two weeks already. With that in mind I want to remind folks of the state law that provides the guidelines as to when they may be discharged. Last year we had an increase in the number of complaints regarding the types of fireworks discharged as well as the time they continued beyond what state law allows. Here is the law, RCW 70.77.395 in a nutshell when it comes to consumer use: Consumer fireworks may be used or discharged each day between Noon to 11 p.m. on June 28, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 29 through July 3, 9 a.m. to...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|May 7, 2014

    You will be seeing the Sheriff’s Office vehicles flying blue ribbons on the antennae this month. May 11–17 is National Police Week, honoring police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities around the nation. Our Wahkiakum County deputies are a dedicated, hard working group of guys that sacrifice a lot to be protectors, responders, and peacekeepers for the people of our county. Calls at 3 o’clock in the morning take them out of a deep sleep and into the rainy nights to respond to a disturbance or a crit...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Apr 9, 2014

    I want to start by giving my thanks and appreciation to all the Telecommunicators (911 dispatchers) that work for the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office. They do a fantastic job as the important and vital link on the other end of the call you make in emergencies, urgent medical crisis, or basic direction in times of need. They are the life line for you when you need a deputy, fire fighter, or medical personnel. I applaud the job they all do for the community. Unique to our county, all but one of the Sheriff's Office dispatchers are cross...

  • Guard against phone calling scams

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Mar 5, 2014

    Hope the end of winter is finding you safe. I have had some calls recently about the legitimacy of a group called “Law Enforcement Association.” This group solicits donations over the phone and gives the impression that the contributions go to local law enforcement agencies including the local sheriff. This is false. No police or sheriff’s agency will solicit donations over the phone, nor are we associated with this group. If this or any other self proclaimed law enforcement association calls you, ask them to send you information by mail befor...

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Sheriff Mark Howie|Feb 5, 2014

    Greetings from the Sheriff. Here again to share some news and updates from the WCSO. We are happy to say we once again have a deputy at the Johnson Park substation on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. If you need to fill out an accident report, vacation house check form, etc., or want to talk to a deputy in person, this is a good time to stop by. Deputy Mark Hake is our newly assigned School Officer Liaison. The Sheriff's Office is dedicated to having a deputy assigned as a liaison officer for the schools and although he is not assigned full time, will...

  • Sheriff’s office details emergency plans

    Undersheriff Mark Howie|Apr 13, 2011

    Editor's note: Undersheriff Mark Howie asked to respond in depth to recent articles and concerns about the department's emergency planning policies and response to recent tsunami situations. We welcome that information. Recent earthquakes and the subsequent tsunami in Japan have re-ignited interest in the state of emergency planning and response in Wahkiakum County. This announcement is to explain the role of the sheriff's office during local disasters or in the event of a large scale emergency. In a local large scale emergency or disaster the...

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