Sheriff's Report, September 14, 2023
September 14, 2023
Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including:
September 3 — 8:15 p.m. A caller reported that two people were screaming obscenities at each other at the wildlife viewing area along SR 4 in the Elochoman Valley area. A deputy responded and spoke to the woman who was there. She said everything was fine, and no injuries were observed. The pair left the scene.
September 4 — 5:28 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Beaver Creek resident with heart problems. 2:05 p.m. A small dog was seen running around the parking lot of a Rosedale business before heading up a nearby road. 2:39 p.m. An east county resident reported trespassers after seeing two quad riders on his property. 3:41 p.m. A caller reported an abandoned vehicle on a Deep River road. 3:56 p.m. The Grays River ambulance transported a Deep River resident to the hospital. He was complaining of pain in his left foot. 3:58 p.m. A caller was concerned about the mental health of a Rosedale resident who told him she was poking thorns into the bottom of her feet to release blood and was banging on things with a mallet. 4:03 p.m. A caller hung up after dialing 911. 4:18 p.m. A mobile crisis team asked for law enforcement to respond when a person with schizophrenia in a Skamokawa home was having a mental health crisis. Firearms were reported to be in the home. 5:04 p.m. A caller complained about the constant barking of a dog at a nearby Elochoman Valley home. 5:05 p.m. A welfare check was requested for a couple who stopped multiple times while walking up the hill on Columbia Street. 5:30 p.m. A caller was concerned about people staying in a sailboat on Elochoman Slough. He said they were setting up a homestead and that one person displayed aggressive behavior in the past, including an incident with a firearm. 6:22 p.m. A couple climbing the hill on Columbia Street needed assistance getting to their Cathlamet home. 8:01 p.m. Several cows blocked East Valley Road. Dispatch attempted to contact the owner.
September 5 — 8:06 a.m. A caller reported that a vehicle was taking up several spaces in the parking lot of a Rosedale business. He wanted to call the sheriff’s department before calling a tow truck. 8:36 a.m. A mental health crisis team requested assistance from law enforcement. They were responding to an East Valley home to talk to a person with schizophrenia who had not taken his medications for the last three months. The Cathlamet ambulance responded at 9:59 a.m. 8:50 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident with a head injury. 9:17 a.m. A resident on Messinger Hill Road said that someone broke a lock in an attempt to steal a utility trailer. 9:47 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident having a severe reaction to a medication. 11:10 a.m. A caller reported a possible abandoned vehicle in front of their residence on Columbia Street. A deputy said the owner was known and that the sheriff’s office was giving him time to repair and move the vehicle. 1:01 p.m. A caller reported two suspicious men in a older beige Chevy Tahoe on his Puget Island road. He thought they might be casing his property. He said they parked near his barn but left when he came around. He called later to say he learned it was a county vehicle. 4:05 p.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 4:15 p.m. A caller said a woman was falling asleep in a vehicle parked in the post office parking lot. She later left. A deputy responded and was unable to locate the vehicle. 6:06 p.m. A caller accidentally dialed 911. 7:02 p.m. A caller became concerned about a parent when she had not heard from her for several days. She learned her mother was not at home and was trying to locate her. The sheriff’s department was able to provide information. 7:19 p.m. A Skamokawa resident complained after his neighbor’s horses came on his property. A deputy responded and found the horses where they were supposed to be and the neighbor said that her horses weren’t out. The complainant called back to say that the horses caused significant financial damage to his fields.
September 6 — 7:48 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Puget Island resident who was having breathing issues. 10:59 a.m. A caller reported an open fire on the south side of SR 4 a few miles east of Cathlamet. The District 4 Fire Department responded and found a burn in a burn barrel. The owner was contacted. 11:05 a.m. A West Valley resident reported that a boat was abandoned on his property. 2:53 p.m. A caller asked a deputy to speak to a juvenile in a Rosedale home after the youth spoke to a teacher about attempting suicide. 5:21 p.m. Two juveniles were taken into protective custody after sexual assaults were reported. 6:01 p.m. A caller said a juvenile was threatening to kill his family and harm himself. 8:10 p.m. A driver struck a deer on SR 4 in the Grays River area. The deer was still alive and the driver asked for assistance from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
September 7 — 8:03 a.m. A caller reported that a cottonwood tree was down and partially blocking Risk Road. The county road department was notified. 3:33 p.m. A caller said a neighbor’s tree fell on his Elochoman Valley home and caused damage. He later said he was able to work out a verbal agreement for some repairs and the clearing out of dead wood. 7:04 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident said a restraining order was violated.
September 8 — 12:43 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident reported stolen identification. 3:17 p.m. A caller was concerned that a Rosedale resident was being financially exploited. Deputies responded and spoke to the person. She did not agree with the concern.
September 9 — 12:20 a.m. A dog was found in the Skamokawa area. The owner was found later that day. 4:59 a.m. A caller complained about an ongoing problem with a barking dog at an Elochoman Valley home. 6:37 a.m. A caller reported several cows on East Valley Road. Dispatch attempted to contact the owner. 6:49 a.m. A caller said that a driver for Amazon struck the post office building in Cathlamet, causing damage to the gutters and the roof. 9:02 a.m. The sheriff’s department was asked to assist with a death notification. 10:04 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance and the District 4 Fire Department aided a Rosedale resident complaining of high blood pressure and dizziness. 1:02 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance and the Cathlamet Fire Department aided an anemic Rosedale resident who was lightheaded and nearly fell. She was found half in and half out of her vehicle in her driveway. 1:15 p.m. A caller reported that hunters were trespassing on a property along Bjornsgard Road. 1:43 p.m. A caller reported visible flames in a tree line in the 800 block of East Valley Road. East county fire departments responded. The Department of Natural Resources was contacted and a request was made for hand crews. 2:25 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Skamokawa resident complaining of abdominal pain. 2:57 p.m. The Grays River ambulance aided a disoriented Deep River resident. 4:38 p.m. An erratic driver was reported on SR 4 near Nassa Point. A deputy responded and followed the car for three miles and saw no probably cause for a vehicle stop. 5:34 p.m. A West Valley resident reported that checks were stolen from his mailbox. 5:42 p.m. A driver ran into a power pole on SR 4 in the Cathlamet area. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance responded. A tow was requested. 6:59 p.m. A caller reported that a white truck slowly drifted off a Puget Island road into a ditch. The driver did not appear to be injured. A second caller said the driver left in a minivan that had stopped at the scene. The driver then called to say he was headed back on a bicycle. A deputy and the Cathlamet ambulance responded. A tow was called. 7:18 p.m. A caller reported an erratic driver who could not maintain his lane and was passing in no passing zones. 7:41 p.m. A tenant in a Puget Island home said the landlord removed all her belongings without notice. She told a responding deputy that the landlord said he needed his home after he broke up with his girlfriend. She said she was okay with that, but came home from work to find her stuff outside. Some of it was mingled with garbage and some things were broken. She said some of her things were still inside. 8:06 p.m. A caller requested a welfare check for an individual living in a Beaver Creek home after he had trouble getting into his vehicle at a Skamokawa restaurant. A deputy responded and the man said he made it home fine and was able to get out of his car without any trouble. 8:28 p.m. A caller said a car broke down on a blind corner of East Valley Road. A deputy called a tow and attempted to contact the registered owner. 9:50 p.m. A caller reported that children were unsecured in a westbound vehicle traveling on SR 4 east of County Line Park. 10:30 p.m. An Elochoman Valley resident said a neighbor shot off something that sounded like a cannon earlier that day.
September 10 — 6:58 a.m. A deputy was requested for a civil standby at a Puget Island home. 12:48 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Middle Valley resident complaining of back pain. 1:30 p.m. A Grays River resident said a former tenant was taking some things that belonged to him, including a folding wagon and some silverware. 1:32 p.m. A caller said that three men were on North Welcome Slough Road shooting across the slough towards his property. He said he spoke to them and they claimed they were shooting at the bank, but he said the projectiles were coming across the dike onto his property. The other party said they were using a pellet gun to shoot at a log in the slough. He described the neighbor as irate and said he would do what he could to repair the relationship. The complainant was advised and was okay with the outcome. 1:59 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Rosedale resident complaining of chest pain. 2:66 p.m. A Puget Island resident reported a theft after he hired two males to do yard work at his home in exchange for an RV on his property. He said some brass bolts were stolen from his shop. 3:11 p.m. A caller reported that a group of eastbound motorcyclists were speeding on SR 4 just east of Cathlamet. 6:07 p.m. The Cathlamet ambulance aided a Cape Horn resident who was weak and unable to get out of bed. 7:08 p.m. A deputy investigated a possible abandoned vehicle along SR 4 midway up the east side of KM. Keys were in the ignition and a bow and scope were in the vehicle. The driver was believed to be hiding in the woods. A deputy later said the individual was located. 7:32 p.m. A deputy said he was meeting someone at the KM transfer station to return evidence.