Sheriff's Report, May 18, 2023


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

May 8 — 12:27 a.m. A deputy stopped and spoke with an individual who was out for a walk along SR 4 in the Cathlamet area. The person said he was grappling with a family member’s illness. 1:30 a.m. A deputy stopped a vehicle with smoke billowing from its undercarriage on East Valley Road. 8:41 a.m. A Puget Island resident reported that a pistol was missing. 1:44 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver heading west on SR 4. The driver was stopped by a deputy. 2:24 p.m. A caller reported an assault after eighth graders got into a fight at the grade school in Cathlamet. 5:29 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle on Altoona/Pillar Rock Road. 7:21 p.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 9:41 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an individual who stopped by the Cathlamet Fire Department and asked to be checked out. 10:55 p.m. A deputy conducted a Terry Stop, or a stop and frisk, on a suspicious person in a vehicle at a Rosedale business.

May 9 — 8:20 a.m. An alarm was activated at a Puget Island address. 9:41 a.m. A medical alarm pendant was activated at a Puget Island home. The Cathlamet ambulance responded. 3:11 p.m. Extra patrols at night were requested along Beaver Creek Road after a resident witnessed suspicious activity at a nearby address. 3:35 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver on SR 409. 7:04 p.m. A caller complained about multiple barking dogs at an Elochoman Valley address, adding that it had been going on for over a year. A deputy responded, waiting at a distance to hear the dogs barking before speaking to the owner, who said a litter of puppies might be contributing to the noise. The dogs appeared to have water and were at a healthy weight. 8:37 p.m. The Grays River ambulance and a deputy responded when a medical alarm belonging to a resident on Altoona/Pillar Rock Road was activated. It turned out that the resident was okay and was no longer in possession of the alarm, as it had been returned to the company.

May 10 — 12:14 a.m. The Grays River ambulance and a deputy aided a Grays River resident complaining of chest pain. 12:04 p.m. A caller became concerned after finding a bicycle at a home in Rosburg and every door open. The home had been vacant since the owner died, the caller said. 2:41 p.m. A Rosedale resident reported that the owner of a vehicle currently parked on his property refused to move it. 5:23 p.m. Several motorists complained about an erratic westbound motorcyclist in a blue helmet who almost caused an accident on SR 4. 7:54 p.m. A driver was given a warning for driving with a suspended license. His vehicle was in a ditch along Beaver Creek Road.

May 11 — 9:55 a.m. A caller said he was armed and made a threat to the high school. A deputy and state patrol responded. They conducted an entire sweep of the campus and determined there was no threat. 11:25 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance transported a clinic patient who believed she was having a heart attack to the hospital. 12:42 a.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. Dispatch attempted to call back, but voice mail had not been set up and the line disconnected. 2:28 p.m. A third party reported an assault involving a person staying at the marina and another person in Skamokawa, concerned that it might happen again. 4:31 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious man in a white truck watching their home in Skamokawa. The man spoke to the caller’s boyfriend and her little sister about their dog. 6 p.m. A caller said that a motorcycle was speeding up and down SR 4 near the 45 mph sign. 6:35 p.m. A caller was concerned about a traffic hazard involving the parking lot at a restaurant in Skamokawa after he almost got hit. A deputy said he drove by a little earlier and that it was busy but didn’t appear unsafe. 7 p.m. A caller said that all east county fire departments would be conducting a drill using fake smoke at a Rosedale address. 7:06 p.m. A caller was repeatedly and accidentally calling 911. 7:59 p.m. A caller reported an ongoing issue with a driver in a blue Mustang speeding on SR 4. A deputy later reported hearing the vehicle. 8:40 p.m. A caller requested assistance after getting locked out of a residence. 9 p.m. A caller said a helicopter took off from a Puget Island property and headed west.

May 12 — 1:54 a.m. A caller reported a power outage after a power line came down on SR 4 near Cape Horn. State patrol and the District 4 Fire Department responded. The PUD was notified. 3:43 a.m. A caller said that people were stealing cans from the recycling bins on Puget Island. 8:37 a.m. An alarm was activated at a Puget Island residence. 10:30 a.m. A caller reported a disabled vehicle on SR 4. A deputy responded but was unable to locate the vehicle. 10:46 a.m. A Cathlamet resident said that someone hacked her Facebook account and was attempting extortion. 2:24 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident complaining of abdominal pain. 3:58 p.m. A Skamokawa resident reported a possible runaway after a youth did not return from school. Deputies responded and the juvenile was found and taken to a family member. 4:29 p.m. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance responded to an Elochoman Valley home after a caller reported that a juvenile had become violent. An individual was arrested.

May 13 — 6:36 a.m. A power outage was reported at several homes in the Elochoman Valley and on Beaver Creek Road. The PUD was notified and was able to restore power by 7:22 a.m. 6:47 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an Elochoman Valley resident who had been suffering with a migraine for five days. 8:15 a.m. A walker reported an aggressive dog on a Puget Island road. A deputy spoke to the dog’s owner, who was contrite about the incident and said that the dog was usually kept inside and not a problem. 11:02 a.m. A motorcyclist was involved in an accident on SR 4 near Little Cape Horn. Other motorcyclists attempted to block traffic while a deputy, state patrol, the District 4 Fire Department, and the Cathlamet ambulance responded. 12:44 a.m. A Cathlamet resident reported that a family member entered his home without permission, possibly damaging a door. A deputy responded and spoke to both parties. No further action was taken. 1:16 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an Elochoman Valley resident with respiratory issues. 3:07 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported a recent burglary. 4:09 p.m. A caller said a person was lying down along the south side of SR 4 about a mile west from County Line Park. 5:32 p.m. A Cape Horn resident reported that a man in a dark coat was lying in his driveway. 10:12 p.m. A driver said he would be leaving his vehicle along SR 4 overnight after it overheated.

May 14 — 9:52 a.m. A Puget Island resident complained about the ash coming from the neighbor’s burn pile, fearing possible fire. The caller also believed the neighbor might be burning illegal items. A deputy responded and inspected the fire. The neighbor had a permit and no law enforcement action was taken. 11:23 a.m. A caller reported a driver speeding on Elochoman Valley Road. A second caller reported the vehicle. 11:51 a.m. A caller reported multiple people speeding on dirt bikes on East Valley Road. 2:17 p.m. A caller said that some people in a boat were harassing a nest of osprey in the area of East Sunny Sands Road. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified. 2:53 p.m. A caller reported a verbal argument at a Puget Island home. Deputies responded and spoke to both parties. There were no signs of injury and both denied yelling at each other. No action was taken. 4:59 p.m. A caller asked for assistance regarding a dog that was being fostered. 6:14 p.m. A caller was on his way to Georgia after vacating his recently sold Skamokawa home and realized he may have left a gun behind. 7:30 p.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 8:07 p.m. A caller reported a 10 by 10 burn with a permit in Deep River.


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