Sheriff's Report, August 31, 2023


August 31, 2023

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

August 21 — 9:22 a.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a running vehicle on Puget Island. The owner called back 10 minutes later to say he was able to gain access. 12:22 p.m. Law enforcement was requested at the courthouse to talk to an unaccompanied minor. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was contacted. 12:31 p.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a vehicle at the high school in Cathlamet. 12:43 p.m. A caller said he would be repossessing a vehicle at an east county home. 1:44 p.m. A person in Grays River said a family member was threatening her. A deputy responded. 3:30 p.m. A caller asked for assistance after getting locked out of a vehicle on Puget Island. 5:01 p.m. A caller said a windsurfer washed up on an Oregon shore. Columbia County authorities were notified. 10:31 p.m. A caller said a sailboat ran aground on Ryan Island. He said all the occupants were safe and on his boat. They planned to return the next morning to recover the boat.

August 22 — No entries.

August 23 — 2:55 a.m. A man walking along SR 4 was shining a flashlight at oncoming vehicles and trying to wave drivers down. 7:25 am. A power outage was reported at a Rosedale home. 8:26 a.m. Perjury was reported. 10:04 a.m. A Puget Island resident said that a carbon monoxide detector had gone off twice in the last 30 minutes. Someone from the Puget Island Fire Department responded and said it was a false alarm. 11:24 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance transported an ailing clinic patient to the hospital. 7:17 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance and a deputy aided a unconscious Rosedale resident.

August 24 — 12:08 a.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported that two people with flashlights were on his property. One turned off his light and both went running into the bushes. The caller said a chain saw was missing from the back of his truck. 11:23 a.m. The Grays River ambulance aided a child in Rosburg who was stung 15 times by bees. Transport to the hospital was refused. 4:07 p.m. A two car accident was reported on SR 4 two miles west of County Line Park. One vehicle was in a ditch. One person was complaining of neck and chest pain and another had back pain and a laceration to a hand. A deputy, the Cathlamet ambulance, the District 4 Fire Department, and Life Flight responded. A tow was called. 4:16 p.m. A burglar alarm was activated at a home east of Cathlamet. It turned out to be a false alarm. 4:51 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a youth in a Skamokawa home. A deputy responded and spoke to the youth, who was fine. 5:16 p.m. A caller said that the driver of a gray Volkswagen Jetta was behind him on SR 4, honking his horn and trying to pass. The caller suspected that the person might possibly be on drugs. 5:45 p.m. A fire alarm was activated at a Rosedale home. It turned out to be a false alarm. 8:58 p.m. A caller said he heard someone screaming from a small car that had gone off the side of SR 4 in the Elochoman Valley area. A deputy responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

August 25 — 1:55 a.m. Pacific County transferred a call regarding two people who were lost in the woods in the Skamokawa area. Deputies responded and the two people were located and okay. 2:37 a.m. A caller complained about dogs barking constantly at an Elochoman Valley address. 7:36 a.m. Power outages were reported at three east county homes. The PUD was notified. 8:40 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance assisted a Cathlamet resident who was weak and unable to get out of bed. 1:08 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported seeing smoke up in the hills by his house. 4:24 p.m. A Rosedale resident asked for assistance with a juvenile that was slamming doors, threatening self harm, yelling profanities, and causing damage to the home. Deputies responded. They advised the youth and provided resources for the guardian. 9:28 p.m. A caller said an ex was calling, intoxicated and threatening self harm. The caller was unsure where the person lived. Authorities in King County were notified and asked to do a welfare check. They reported he was fine. 9:41 p.m. A person camping at Vista Park said it sounded like someone was hitting the outside of her camper.

August 26 — 8:34 am. The Grays River ambulance assisted a Deep River resident complaining of temporary paralysis. 8:38 a.m. A tree came down, crushing a gate and blocking a Grays River roadway. The county road department was notified and the road was reopened at 9:45 a.m. 6:01 p.m. A caller said motorcycles and quads were speeding on East Valley Road. He didn’t believe they were licensed or wearing helmets. Deputies responded but were unable to locate the people. 6:09 p.m. Several power outages were reported on Puget Island. The PUD responded and were able to restore power by 7:08 p.m. 6:38 p.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 7:12 p.m. A dog was found on Altoona/Pillar Rock Road. 8:40 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance provided a lift assist at a Rosedale home. 10:36 p.m. A caller reported an attempted assault at a Cathlamet tavern. A deputy was on the scene and no aid was needed.

August 27 — 12:30 a.m. A person was taken into custody during a vehicle stop. The car was towed. 2:05 a.m. Dispatch received an alert from an iPhone reporting a car crash. A deputy, the Puget Island Fire Department and the Cathlamet ambulance responded but were unable to locate the vehicle. Oregon State Patrol was able to contact the owner of the phone and reported that they were okay. 6:38 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident who was showing signs of internal bleeding. 11:50 a.m. A Puget Island resident was found unconscious. The Cathlamet ambulance, a deputy, and the Cathlamet Fire Department responded. 5:30 p.m. A caller said a person in Deep River had a large fire. The Cathlamet Fire Department responded and said it was a small fire in an approved burn pit. 6:12 p.m. An East Valley resident reported that a neighbor had a daily fire. The caller was advised that recreational fires were approved during the burn ban. 8:14 p.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. Dispatch was unable to contact the person. 8:29 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver on SR 4, passing in no passing zones. Deputies responded and the driver was cited for speed. 9:33 p.m. A caller reported a possible illegal burn at a Puget Island address. The Puget Island Fire Department responded and said it was a legal burn.


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