Sheriff's Report, July 20, 2023


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

July 10 — 8:57 a.m. A caller was concerned that a delivery driver was drunk after observing that he was shaky, smelled of beer, and could not do simple math. A deputy responded. The individual had problems with one of the field sobriety tests, but his preliminary breath test was 0.00 percent. 8:58 a.m. A caller said she was being harassed and threatened by a resident on West Valley Road. She was advised to contact authorities in her county to request a protection order. 12:28 p.m. A caller suspected that her mother was verbally, physically, and financially abusing her father. She said a report was filed with Adult Protective Services. A deputy spoke with the individual, who said that she witnessed the behavior two months earlier and that it may have occurred because of mental health issues. 12:51 p.m. A resident in Marina Estates said that a neighbor was trespassing on his property while building a fence. He said he told the neighbor twice that day to stay off his property. It was determined to be a civil issue. 2:01 p.m. A caller reported a distressed and possibly pregnant motorist on SR 4 in the Nassa Point area. A deputy responded and later reported that the driver had a flat tire, a ride was on the way, and a tow was called. 4:02 p.m. A Deep River resident said a neighbor shot at his fence with a slingshot. Deputies responded and spoke to the suspect who said he used a sling shot to scare away a cat and accidentally struck the fence. 5:34 p.m. A Cathlamet resident said a neighbor had a possible illegal fire going. 7:40 p.m. A phone was found. A deputy attempted contact. The owner called the sheriff’s office and said he would have someone pick up the phone.

July 11 — 4 p.m. A caller reported a suspicious woman with a suitcase sitting on the steps in front of the community center in Cathlamet. She believed the woman was homeless and said she had been there all day. A deputy responded and spoke to the woman. She had food, water, and sufficient clothing, and was waiting for a ride to Port Angeles. 4:40 p.m. A caller said two people were parked in a car in Cathlamet, that the vehicle was full of garbage and had expired tags. A deputy said the subjects would wait for a licensed driver and that King County would not confirm a warrant on one of the individuals. 5:39 p.m. A caller said he was doing a job for Columbia Land Trust in case anyone called in a trespasser at a property along Foster and Risk Roads. 7:16 p.m. A motorist said she was behind a possible drunk driver heading west on SR 4 from County Line Park. A deputy stopped the vehicle in Cathlamet and conducted field sobriety tests. A person was arrested. 9:37 p.m. A Puget Island resident said that cows were loose and in his front field. Dispatch attempted to contact the owner. A deputy went to East Birnie Slough Road and put out road flares to alert drivers and made another attempt to contact the owner.

July 12 — 12:54 p.m. A suspicious woman was seen hanging around the funeral home. The caller was concerned that the person was accessing the building. Deputies advised the individual to leave the area. 2:25 p.m. A caller said that someone who was contracted to paint was harassing a person in the home. The caller was advised about a protection order. 2:58 p.m. A Cathlamet resident reported that tools and ladders were stolen from his property. 6:19 p.m. A caller reported that someone was siphoning gas near the Puget Island Fire hall. 7:38 p.m. A caller reported that a driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing six cars at a time on SR 4. 9:25 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported an ongoing issue with a cow in her yard and said she was going to shoot it. When asked if it was charging people, she said no. A deputy responded.

July 13 — 3:30 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident complaining of chest pain. 7:38 a.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. Dispatch attempted to call back three times and left a message. 7:53 a.m. A caller reported that a car was stopped in the westbound lane of SR 4 on a corner with their flashers on. 11:34 p.m. A caller reported that the bathrooms and fixtures in the pavilion at Erickson Park were vandalized. 5:09 p.m. A caller reported suspicious people on a Skamokawa Road. 7:10 p.m. A caller said that two juveniles were playing cards in the middle of Columbia Street in the Rosedale area. 10:11 p.m. A one vehicle accident was reported in Skamokawa. A deputy responded.

July 14 — 7:48 a.m. A caller said a man and woman were walking on Beaver Creek Road, and the woman was screaming, asking for someone to help her. Deputies responded. 2:22 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported that her computer and financial accounts had been hacked and someone was telling her to buy gift cards. The caller was advised. 5:05 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver on SR 4 west of County Line Park. 5:12 p.m. A woman was seen removing items from a neighbors Rosedale home. She said she was given permission to do so, but a responsible party said she was not given permission. The woman returned the items. 5:27 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver heading west on SR 4. The driver was given a warning for lane travel. 5:31 p.m. A person involved in an earlier call said she was threatened by three neighbors in Rosedale.

July 15 — 8:29 a.m. An inmate at the county jail was found with unauthorized medications. A deputy reviewed the matter and determined there was no criminal activity. 9:21 p.m. A tree fell across SR 4 near County Line Park, blocking both lanes. State patrol was notified. 12:06 p.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. 12:53 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported an unwanted subject, who was described to be an aggressive person panhandling for a ride. 1:06 p.m. A caller said someone walked around a barricade and onto a closed section of a trail at Strong Park. 3:16 p.m. Power outages were reported on the east side of the county. The PUD was notified. 3:21 p.m. A caller said a tree was down and blocking the westbound lane of SR 4 near Flandersville. Deputies and the PUD responded, as it was related to the last call. The PUD advised they would be turning off power for a larger area. 5:38 p.m. Emergency medical services responded to a Rosedale home to aid a person choking on food. 8:03 p.m. A caller reported that an unknown vehicle was parked on his Puget Island property. 9:44 p.m. A driver was arrested following a vehicle stop in Cathlamet. 10:35 p.m. A caller said she was approached by a man asking for a ride home. She said she called his mom, but she didn’t answer. 10:49 p.m. An individual with a boat moored at the marina reported an altercation with a man living nearby. He said the man came to his boat and started screaming and cussing at him before punching him. The caller said he pushed the man, who fell into another boat, got up, and then threw a rock at the caller before leaving. The caller said there were two young girls on his boat, but they got scared and left.

July 16 — 3:58 a.m. A caller reported a domestic disturbance at Vista Park. A kid was heard screaming from a bathroom. The caller said a woman walked by and told her she wanted to leave but her husband was drunk with his cousin and he wouldn’t give her the keys. A deputy responded. 7:28 a.m. A juvenile reported ongoing harassment following a sleepover at a friend’s home, including profanity, derogatory comments, and the egging of her family’s home. 7:57 a.m. A caller reported that a fawn was caught in a barbed wire fence. They were able to free the fawn but its leg was severely damaged. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified, but no one was available, so the sheriff’s office was asked to respond. 11:05 p.m. A driver was arrested following a vehicle stop on Puget Island. 2:03 p.m. A fire alarm was activated at a Puget Island address. The monitoring company canceled the alarm. 3:20 p.m. A caller had information about firearms.


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