Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Sheriff's Report, August 18, 2022

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including:

August 7 — 8:33 a.m. A tender and operator were requested to assist with the brush fire at Cape Horn. A firefighter responded to the Puget Island Fire Hall. Two District 4 Fire Department tenders were requested for the morning. 8:35 a.m. A deputy provided assistance when the Cathlamet ambulance responded to a Cathlamet home where a medical pendant was activated. 9:38 p.m. A caller reported that a woman had been in the Dollar General bathroom for an hour and that she had been running in and out of the store. A few minutes later, the caller said she was in a large red sedan with another woman. A deputy responded.

August 8 — 12:24 a.m. A caller reported that someone was setting off fireworks in the Skamokawa area. A deputy responded and said the area was clear to Mullen Road. 7:46 a.m. An East Sunny Sands resident reported a car prowl during the night. The caller said nothing was taken. 8:05 a.m. A Grays River resident said that her neighbor’s cows were constantly on her property, causing damage. She said she was unable to contact the neighbor. A deputy responded and the cows were secured in a fenced area nearby. The owner was not on scene. The deputy found cow pies in the caller’s yard and a visible trail. 8:53 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an Elochoman Valley resident with abdominal issues. 12:56 p.m. A caller reported that someone was camping near a tide gate along Brooks Slough. 5:22 p.m. A Rosedale resident reported that his bank account had been accessed fraudulently. 8:58 p.m. A caller said that people threw things at his vehicle when he drove past a Beaver Creek home.

August 9 — 3:48 a.m. A burglary alarm was activated at the post office in Cathlamet. Dispatch attempted to contact a responsible party. A deputy responded. 7:31 a.m. State patrol was notified when a caller reported an erratic driver heading east on SR 4 near Nassa Point. 10:55 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident with a dislocated hip. 12:47 p.m. A vehicle was disabled after it struck a deer on SR 4 near County Line Park. A deputy and state patrol responded. 3:37 p.m. A caller said that someone in a tractor was taking rock from the shoulder of Beaver Creek Road. A representative of the county road department notified the sheriff’s department that the rock was not being stolen; a property owner was moving it to clear access to his driveway. 5:22 p.m. A caller reported that a sail boat was possibly stuck off the north side of Cooper Island. Dispatch notified authorities in Columbia County, which contacted the Coast Guard. 6:27 p.m. A caller said she had an annual camping weekend in a cabin on Coffee Pot Island this weekend, but someone was already in the cabin and would not leave. She said she had contacted the port, but they were not interested, so her next step was to call law enforcement. A deputy told her it was a public area and could not be reserved. She was told she was free to collect her property. When she asked for a deputy to stand by while she collected her property, she was instructed to go to the courts to request a civil standby. The deputy attempted to contact the other party. 7:07 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Middle Valley resident after she had a seizure. 7:23 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious man hanging around an Elochoman Valley address, picking flowers off trees. 9:02 p.m. A caller reported a speeding westbound vehicle with blue headlights passing in no passing zones on SR 4. State patrol was notified and a deputy responded.

August 10 — 12:32 a.m. A burglar alarm was activated at the Cathlamet post office. A deputy responded. 7:29 a.m. A caller reported that a tree was down and blocking an Elochoman Valley road. 7:31 a.m. A caller asked for assistance after locking his keys in his vehicle. 11 a.m. A caller complained of voter fraud. 12:43 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check on an individual in Cathlamet who had not picked up prescriptions or shown up for medical appointments. A deputy found the person at home. 4:05 p.m. A caller said she had been bitten by a dog while riding a bicycle on West Deep River Road. The caller said the owner of the dog had apologized. She said there was one deep puncture wound in her left calf. She called back later concerned about whether or not the dog was up to date on vaccinations. 5:47 p.m. The owner of a Cathlamet business said she was threatened after she asked someone to move his truck which was parked in front of her business. An hour later she found damage to the rear bumper of her car. 7:53 p.m. The body of a missing swimmer was recovered in the Altoona area.

August 11 — 6:26 a.m. Search and Rescue continued the recovery mission for the second missing swimmer. A body was found at 10:32 a.m. 10:14 a.m. A West Birnie Slough resident reported that someone had set off a firecracker in his mailbox. 3:22 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a woman who was sick at Vista Park. 4:41 p.m. A caller reported that 10 cows were on the walking trail at the refuge. A possible owner said he would check to see if they were his the following morning. 6:58 p.m. A caller reported that someone was camping at the sheriff’s office shooting range. 7:11 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported a forgery. 7:15 p.m. A Deep River resident reported that someone had fired several shots and his house had been struck. A deputy responded and found minimal damage to the home. He looked around the nearby trails and was unable to locate anyone. 8:03 p.m. A Puget Island resident said that the neighbor’s cows were in his driveway. He said he contacted the owner, who didn’t seem concerned.

August 12 — 1:27 a.m. A driver was cited for driving with a suspended license. 8:01 a.m. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle on a Rosburg property. 12:20 p.m. A caller reported that a motorcyclist was traveling up and down West Deep River Road speeding and popping wheelies. 3:21 p.m. A two car accident was reported on a Cathlamet street. No injuries were reported. 3:47 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported that a family member had stolen a vehicle. State patrol and Cowlitz County authorities were notified. 5:36 p.m. A caller said that someone had walked up the steps of the saloon and was now walking on River Street towards Main Street. 11:04 p.m. State patrol requested assistance when a driver with a preliminary breath test of 0.101 was taken into custody.

August 13 — 8:20 a.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 10:26 a.m. A caller reported that the Cape Horn brush fire had flared up. The District 4 Fire Department responded and dispatch was informed that there was no smoldering or escapement from the fire line. The Department of Natural Resources was advised. 2:53 p.m. A caller asked to speak to a deputy about a person staying in her home. 4:38 p.m. A deputy spoke to a caller about a person staying in her home and learned that the person owed the caller $60 and had stolen $140. 4:42 p.m. A caller had found the door of his neighbor’s trailer in the Elochoman Valley open two days in a row and was concerned that it had been broken into while the owner was out of town. 4:48 p.m. A Skamokawa resident reported that someone had tied a boat to his dock without permission. He said that he put up no trespassing signs but someone kept taking them down. A deputy tried to make contact with the vessel’s owner, but it was unoccupied. 6:07 p.m. A caller reported that a deer was still alive after being struck on Beaver Creek Road. A deputy euthanized the deer.

August 14 — 12:37 a.m. The back door to the multipurpose room at the elementary school in Cathlamet was found open. 2:37 p.m. An alarm was activated at a home at the refuge. Staff at the refuge were notified. 5:40 p.m. The Grays River ambulance and a deputy responded to a Deep River home to aid a resident with chest pain. 7:52 p.m. A driver failed to yield and ammunition was found in his vehicle. Later, the driver got into a second vehicle and someone was seen pointing something out of the back window. An individual was arrested at 10:03 p.m. 10:13 p.m. An Alger Creek resident reported a deer was injured and in his driveway. A deputy euthanized the deer.


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