Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Sheriff's Report, July 13, 2023

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

July 2 — 6:43 p.m. A caller reported that an Elochoman Valley resident was being harassed by a family member. The individual was given a warning for trespassing. 9:46 p.m. A person reported seeing a flare over Whites Island. 9:58 p.m. An illegal burn was reported at a Puget Island address. 10:24 p.m. A caller reported a dispute at a Rosedale business. 10:26 p.m. A subject was stopped by a deputy on Columbia Street. 10:31 p.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. She told dispatch she initially thought there was a fire in a field in the Elochoman Valley, but realized someone was tending it.

July 3 — 12:02 a.m. A caller reported a possible domestic dispute at a Rosedale address. 2:55 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance was called when a Deep River resident complained of a headache, jaw pain, back pain, and pain on the left side of her chest. The Naselle ambulance transported the person to the hospital. 11:10 a.m. A person in the 700 block of Columbia Street reported parking issues. 11:11 a.m. A tree came down, blocking the northbound lane of Elochoman Valley Road near Foster Road. The county road department was notified. 11:16 a.m. A Puget Island resident asked to speak to a deputy about a property line dispute. 3:39 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a Cathlamet resident who had not been seen in four days. A child was found watching his younger siblings. The children told the deputy they had food, water, a shower, and laundry available. They said they spent most of the day prior with their mother. 4:42 p.m. An individual was arrested following a vehicle stop. 5:03 p.m. A caller said a driver passed her in a no passing zone near the school and then immediately turned into a Rosedale business. The deputy had to deal with a more urgent call but knew the subject and said he would speak with him later. 9:48 p.m. A caller reported that a cow was loose on Puget Island. Dispatch attempted to contact the owner. A deputy responded but was unable to locate the animal. 9:53 p.m. Callers reported seeing a lot of smoke. One thought it might be in the Elochoman Valley and another thought it was coming from the Skamokawa area. Deputies responded to both areas. A deputy reported seeing a large amount of smoke just west of the Beaver Creek area. A small brush fire was found. The Cathlamet Fire Department and the District 4 Fire Department responded and the fire was extinguished at 10:18 p.m.

July 4 — 2:46 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported hearing two dogs barking for the last hour. He called again at 4:43 a.m. to say the dogs were still barking non-stop, adding that it was a continuing issue that had gone on for years. The deputy informed the resident that because of a current Wahkiakum County ordinance, there was nothing they could do. 6:56 a.m. An unoccupied boat was seen floating down the Columbia River near Ostervold Road. The Coast Guard was notified. 9:54 a.m. A driver was stopped for hauling an unsecured load. He was given a warning for a horn that didn’t work, the unsecured load, and for not having any identification. 11:19 a.m. A Rosedale resident found a couple bones while digging in his yard. A deputy responded and determined that they were not human. 12:47 p.m. A boat was found aground on West Sunny Sands. USCG later asked the sheriff’s department to take pictures of the boat and determine if any personal effects were present in case a search for a missing person was required. 4:54 p.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. Dispatch attempted to call back. 5:10 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance and the Cathlamet Fire Department provided a lift assist for a Rosedale resident. 8:04 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance and the Cathlamet Fire Department responded to a Puget Island home after a medical alert was activated. The person fell for an unknown reason and his speech was garbled. 9:23 p.m. A caller said vehicles were parked beyond barricades at a public access fishing spot on East Sunny Sands. 11:45 p.m. A caller said she found her vehicle at the ferry landing after it was stolen in Cowlitz County. A deputy said the vehicle was returned to the owner.

July 5 — 7:05 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance responded to a home east of Cathlamet to aid a person complaining of pain in his right arm and chest. 7:28 a.m. A burglary alarm was activated at the marina. A responsible party said everything was okay and no response was needed. 8:22 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident was given an eviction notice and 30 minutes to vacate with three deputies on the scene. 11:49 a.m. A caller reported that a motorist was all over SR 4 east of County Line Park. State patrol was notified. 3:26 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided an east county resident who fell. 3:51 p.m. A caller reported vehicles gunning their engines and speeding up and down a Deep River road. One was honking his horn continuously. 4:33 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported seeing smoke in the area. 4:41 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident said there was smoke in his house. A member of the District 4 Fire Department reported that it was a power issue. 4:52 p.m. A caller reported seeing smoke on Puget Island. 6 p.m. A caller reported a speeding vehicle on a Deep River road. 7:38 p.m. A caller asked for a welfare check on a child in a Puget Island home. A deputy responded and reported that the child was okay.

July 6 — 7:15 a.m. An alarm was activated at a Puget Island home. A deputy spoke with the homeowner. 9:25 a.m. The Grays River ambulance responded to a Deep River home to aid a person who injured a hip in a fall. The Naselle Fire Department responded. 11:42 a.m. A caller said his vehicle was struck while parked on Main Street. Both parties were on scene. 3:09 p.m. A Cathlamet resident said a deer with a broken leg was in his back yard. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified. 6:16 p.m. A young child called 911. Dispatch called back and spoke to an adult. 7:57 p.m. Someone reported that it looked like a semi hit the southeast corner of a building on KM. They said there was a lot of damage to the building and the roof. 8:37 a.m. A caller said a cow was loose on Puget Island. 11:09 p.m. An east county resident reported a suspicious vehicle at a neighboring, frequently vacant home. A deputy and state patrol responded. The vehicle appeared abandoned and was tagged.

July 7 — 3:16 a.m. A vehicle was reported to be on fire at a Puget Island address. A deputy, the Puget Island Fire Department, and the Cathlamet ambulance responded. The Fire was extinguished. 11:15 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance transported a Puget Island resident to the hospital at the advice of the person’s nurse. 11:21 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a person in a Puget Island home complaining of chest pain.

July 8 — 5:43 a.m. Two callers reported a man walking west on SR 4 near Nassa Point. One said he was trying to hitchhike, the other said he appeared to be intoxicated or injured and was going over the fog line into oncoming traffic. A deputy responded and spoke to the person. He was described as having a possible religious ideation or delusion and said he planned to walk to Cathlamet. 6:21 a.m. A caller reported that three goats were loose on a Puget Island road. Attempts were made to contact the owner. 11:26 a.m. A Cathlamet resident complained that she was being harassed by her roommate. She said the roommate was knocking on her door all hours of the night despite being told by a case manager to leave her alone. A deputy spoke with both parties. 11:34 a.m. A caller reported a suspicious person sitting on the steps in front of the community center. A deputy spoke with the woman. She said she was waiting for the bus. 6:42 p.m. A caller reported seeing a lot of smoking coming from the direction of a recent house fire on Puget Island. The Cathlamet Fire Department and a deputy responded. A person was found in a tent burning debris. The person was advised of the burn ban.

July 9 — 3:21 a.m. A caller said that a driver on a Deep River road laid on his horn for a half mile then turned around and did it again. A second vehicle did the same thing. The caller asked to speak to a deputy again about harassment. 9:50 a.m. A child accidentally dialed 911. There were no signs of distress. 12:27 p.m. A caller reported two westbound motorcyclists traveling at a high rate of speed on SR 4 in the Skamokawa area. 4:09 p.m. A kayaker reported that another kayaker was threatening suicide. A deputy spoke with the individual. He said he did not have a plan or any intent for self harm, but was frustrated with his anxiety. The pair had planned to camp on a nearby beach but decided to get a ride home. 6:49 p.m. A caller said a man in a truck swerved at his son while the youth was weed eating in the Rosedale area. A deputy responded and spoke with both parties. The driver said he might have been speeding but denied that he swerved in an effort to hit the child. 8:16 p.m. A caller said she was being harassed by three people via text. She believed that her ex had something to do with it. A deputy spoke with the individual. 10:18 p.m. A driver said he hit a fox on SR 4 near County Line Park. He said it needed to be euthanized. A nearby resident responded and euthanized the animal.


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