Sheriff's Report, June 15, 2023
June 15, 2023
Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including:
June 4 — 10:45 p.m. A caller reported a possible vehicle accident in the Elochoman Valley near Foster Road. A second caller said someone who sounded inebriated was yelling and walking away from the scene. A deputy responded and found an unoccupied vehicle off the roadway. 11:52 p.m. A driver was detained following a vehicle stop in Cathlamet and cited for driving with a suspended license.
June 5 — 12:52 a.m. A restraining order was violated. 5:12 p.m. A caller reported a speeding vehicle going back and forth on a Deep River road. 7:34 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver heading west on SR 4 on Abe Creek Hill. State patrol was notified. 7:36 p.m. A caller reported a driver reported speeding on a Deep River road. 9:38 p.m. A caller reported a fire west of Alger Creek Station. A person from the Cathlamet Fire Department responded and advised that it was a brush pile and it was attended. All other units were told to stand down.
June 6 — 7:22 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident who was feeling dizzy. 9:32 a.m. A caller said a boat moored to the boat launch on Puget Island was preventing other people from using the ramp. He said the boat had been there since dawn and that the tide was starting to go out, causing the boat to list to one side. An owner was located and en route. A boat was removed but another ran aground. A responsible party said it would be moved when the tide came in. 11:54 p.m. A crisis team in Longview requested a welfare check on a person in a Cathlamet home. 12:29 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cathlamet resident with a dislocated hip. 12:36 p.m. A deputy was flagged down by someone with vehicle issues who wanted transport to Cathlamet. 1:11 p.m. A Rosedale resident was concerned about a possible break in a water line. Public Works responded. 3:27 p.m. A disturbance was reported at a Puget Island home. A deputy responded. No law enforcement action was taken at that time. 6:20 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a young Elochoman Valley resident who stepped on a fence and injured her foot. 8:34 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle at a Altoona/Pillar Rock Road property.
June 7 — 7:09 a.m. Authorities in Cowlitz County asked the sheriff’s office to be on the lookout for a woman driving a black Ford F150 who was suicidal and believed to be heading to Clatsop County. She was armed and threatening to shoot herself if pulled over. 11:44 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a clinic patient complaining of chest pain. 2:51 p.m. A caller reported that six to eight cows were loose in the Grays River area. An attempt was made to contact the owner, but there was no answer. 4:04 p.m. A vehicle with three people went over an embankment along Salmon Creek Road. A deputy, state patrol, and Naselle emergency services responded. A fatality was reported and one person was transported by Life Flight to a hospital in Vancouver. 6:11 p.m. A caller reported that a vehicle had gone off the road near the intersection of SR 4 and Steamboat Slough and was on its side.There was one person in the vehicle. A deputy responded and found trees down, blocking Steamboat Slough Road, which the county road department later cleared. The driver was arrested with a blood alcohol content of 0.218. The Cathlamet ambulance responded and a tow was called. 7:34 p.m. A caller reported that someone was driving on the shoulder of SR 4 with their hazard lights on. 9:12 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a diabetic motorcyclist with a flat tire. A deputy responded and learned the man had enough medication and was on the phone with the tow company. 11:32 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident complaining of chest pain.
June 8 — 12:18 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a person in Cathlamet complaining of high blood pressure, a headache, numb fingers, and a dizziness. 5:01 p.m. A cell phone was found. 6:23 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a person who lost consciousness at Wahkiakum middle school. 7:46 p.m. A traffic accident was reported on Columbia Street in Cathlamet. There were no injuries reported. State patrol was asked to investigate. 8:08 p.m. A caller reported a speeding vehicle on a Deep River road. 11:15 p.m. A deputy requested a wash down for a fire pit that was blowing embers. Someone from the District 4 Fire Department responded.
June 9 — 1:58 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported a power outage. The PUD responded and power was restored at 3:10 a.m. 7:24 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an ailing Rosedale resident. 12:33 p.m. A Puget Island resident was burning illegal items in a fire that was reported to be larger than permitted. A deputy and the Puget Island Fire Department responded. 2:16 p.m. A caller said that a tent trailer with a kayak attached was parked on River Street and needed to be moved as a dumpster was going to be delivered to that location. 5:47 p.m. A caller said they accidentally set off a fire alarm at a Cathlamet address. 6:56 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident heard several shots fired.
June 10 — 5:10 a.m. A caller reported that a tree was blocking both lanes of SR 4 about a mile west of County Line Park. 11:10 a.m. A caller requested a welfare check on her estranged husband. She was advised to call the Longview Police Department. 12:43 p.m. A caller reported an erratic westbound driver on SR 4 near Flandersville. A deputy followed the vehicle for about four miles and saw no signs of impairment or distraction. 1:56 p.m. A caller was concerned about dogs at an Elochoman Valley residence. A deputy responded and checked on the dogs. They were not barking or in distress. He contacted the complainant who said they had been barking since the last time they called. They deputy also contacted the owner. 3:19 p.m. A Cathlamet resident said a car swerved off the road and into a ditch in front of his residence. A deputy responded. A tow was called. 4:21 p.m. A caller reported that someone was speeding on a Deep River road. The caller said the driver was hanging out his window cussing and flipping the caller off. He later returned with three males in the bed of the truck, pulled up to the callers home and threw a can into the caller’s yard. 11:19 p.m. A caller said that someone was inside the recycling bins on Puget Island stealing cans. A deputy responded. A man and woman were there. They said they lost keys while dumping cans in the bin. The deputy saw their vehicle was full of cans and warned them that taking cans from the recycling bin was considered theft. They were also given a warning about having expired tabs.
June 11 — 7:36 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a person passed out in a vehicle parked on SR 4 just east of Flandersville. 7:43 a.m. A caller reported that someone was speeding on a Deep River road. 7:46 am. A caller said a tree was blocking East Valley Road near the Skamokawa Fire Station. A deputy responded and said a good samaritan helped him clear the road. 9:18 a.m. A caller reported two speeding vehicles on a Deep River Road. The caller said they were both honking. 9:20 a.m. A deputy contacted the person reporting the speeding vehicles on a Deep River road. 9:27 a.m. A caller said a tree was down and blocking one side of Beaver Creek Road. The county road department responded. 11:32 a.m. A caller said a deer jumped into the creek under the walking bridge near the museum in Cathlamet. He said the deer appeared uninjured but he was concerned it might be trapped. A deputy responded. He was unable to locate the deer. 11:35 a.m. A caller reported an injured baby otter along the Elochoman River. A deputy responded and found the animal in the water and foraging despite being partially blind. 3:17 p.m. A caller said a girl drove by and and yelled profanities at his daughter when they visited a Rosedale business. He also said when they left they found an unknown white substance dumped on their vehicle. He said it was an ongoing issue. The caller was advised of anti-harassment options. 5:01 p.m. A caller said a fishing lure was stolen from a boat moored at the Elochoman Slough Marina or earlier from his truck at a nearby gas station. 6:15 p.m. A caller reported an altercation on SR 4 east of the Duck Inn involving two motorcyclists and someone in a red Honda Accord. They didn’t know if the fight between the three men had gotten physical. A deputy responded and determined that a collision prior to the argument did not meet the threshold for damage. All parties exchanged information. 7:31 p.m. A caller reported a domestic disturbance at a Rosedale home. 7:50 p.m. A caller reported that sewage was coming up and into his garage. Public Works responded to determine if it was a city or homeowner issue. 8:40 p.m. A caller reported that two bulls were walking on East Birnie Slough Road. Attempts were made to contact the owner. A deputy responded and was unable to locate the bulls.