Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Sheriff's Report, December 15, 2022

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

December 5 — 4:48 a.m. A worker unloading a truck at a Cathlamet store was threatened by a man from a neighboring residence. 7:39 a.m. An alarm was activated at the marina. The manager said there was no need for a response. 8:55 a.m. A motorist complained that chip trucks were driving too fast behind him on SR 4 in the Cathlamet area. 11:04 a.m. A suspicious person was seen checking mailboxes on Elochoman Valley Road. A deputy spoke with the people in the vehicle and found no evidence of mail theft. 4:15 p.m. A caller said she’d heard that fire departments in Washington provided shelter for homeless people and asked to speak to someone about it. She later told a deputy that a man in a white truck was following her, but when the deputy determined she had been drinking, the people at the emergency warming center were advised there was no longer any need. 5:40 p.m. A caller said a westbound recreational vehicle towing a trailer did not have lights and was losing debris. 10:45 p.m. The Grays River ambulance aided an ailing Grays River resident who was vomiting and having trouble breathing.

December 6 — 2:57 p.m. A white truck was seen speeding on West Deep River Road. Two more calls came in about a speeding white logging company crew truck at 3:48 p.m. and 3:53 p.m. 5:45 p.m. A truck was pulling a trailer full of wood without working lights or caution flags on SR 4.

December 7 — 6:24 a.m. A person was seen going through mailboxes. It turned out to be someone delivering papers. 12:35 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident who suffered a stroke. 12:54 p.m. A caller said a woman was drunk and falling out of her car, which was parked in the driveway of an Elochoman Valley home. A deputy responded and determined that the woman was not drinking but advised her not to drive because of a suspended license. 2:57 p.m. A caller reported that a driver was passing five cars at a time on SR 4 in the Elochoman Valley area. 3:04 p.m. A fire alarm was activated at a Cathlamet home. The Cathlamet Fire Department responded and the monitoring company called back to cancel the alarm. 4:38 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance transported a clinic patient with breathing problems to the hospital.

December 8 — 3:52 a.m. An east county resident reported a suspicious vehicle parked at the top of his driveway. Deputies responded and discovered that the residents had gone to the vehicle with flashlights and found the vehicle occupied. The deputy said there were narcotics in the vehicle. A tow was called. 5:20 a.m. The driver of an eastbound vehicle turned off their lights when they passed a driver heading west of SR 4 near County Line Park. 8:54 a.m. A caller reported multiple white log trucks speeding on West Deep River Road. 11:32 a.m. A caller from an outside agency informed the sheriff’s department that they had probable cause for the arrest of an individual who had threatened to kill a neighbor. His whereabouts were unknown but he was driving a white truck and was possibly armed with an axe. 11:41 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance provided a lift assist to a Cathlamet resident. 12:50 p.m. The tenant of an Elochoman Valley home complained that her landlords were on the property, going through her trash, destroying her things, and threatening to evict her. A deputy responded and found several garbage bags outside the home and more loaded in a truck and trailer. The landlord said he was trying to clean up the property and claimed the tenant had not paid rent since April, and that she dodged his efforts to contact her. He was advised to speak to an attorney to discuss the eviction process. 4:39 p.m. Child abuse was reported at an Elochoman Valley home. 11:50 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who may have suffered a broken hip in a fall.

December 9 — 12 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who was having difficulty breathing. 12:42 a.m. An East Valley resident reported that several teenagers were trespassing on his property and would not leave. He said it was an ongoing problem. 4:13 a.m. A caller reported speeding log and crew trucks on West Deep River Road. 8:08 a.m. A caller reported a speeding utility truck on West Deep River Road. 9:07 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an ailing Cathlamet resident. 9:58 a.m. A rollover accident was reported on SR 4 west of Skamokawa, blocking both lanes. State patrol and deputies responded. The Washington State Department of Transportation was notified and a tow was called. 2:02 p.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a vehicle. 2:40 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident who was having respiratory issues. 7:38 p.m. Skamokawa emergency personnel responded to a Middle Valley home to assist an individual who was confused and had numbness in his left arm. The individual refused transport to the hospital. 8:12 p.m. The driver of an RV got stuck while trying to turn around on Greenwood Road. He claimed to be looking for the marina.

December 10 — 10:49 a.m. A person taking care of a friend’s farm in the Skamokawa area said that several people in a trailer had moved on to the property without permission. 11:18 a.m. A caller reported an erratic driver swerving into oncoming traffic on SR 4. 1:30 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a Cathlamet resident. 6:01 p.m. An airbag deployed when a driver struck a rock on SR 4 near Nassa Point. A second vehicle was involved in the accident. A deputy and the District 4 Fire Department responded. The rock and vehicles were moved off the roadway and a tow was called. 6:51 p.m. A caller reported that a man was screaming in an Elochoman Valley field. The caller was concerned he might hurt himself or others. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance responded. The individual appeared to be heavily intoxicated and in need of medical aid but did not express a desire to hurt himself or anyone else. A crisis responder en route was told to stand down. 9:51 p.m. An erratic driver was reported on SR 409.

December 11 — 6:09 a.m. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked on SR 409 near mailboxes. The vehicle pulled away slowly after she passed it. 12:48 p.m. A deputy, the Cathlamet ambulance, and the District 4 Fire Department aided a Cathlamet resident who was having trouble breathing. Life Flight responded. 6:43 p.m. A person was seen walking against traffic on SR 4 near Nassa Point. 8:56 p.m. A deputy, the Cathlamet ambulance, and the District 4 Fire Department aided a Rosedale resident who was believed to be having a stroke or a seizure. Life Flight responded.


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