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Law Enforcement Wrap-Up


In the City

Eleven residents on the east side of Goldendale between East Court and East Main streets were victims of vandalism which occurred sometime from Friday night to Saturday morning, according to police. Sheds, fences and vehicles were sprayed with paint causing an estimated $1500 to $2000 in damages. Any information about the crime should be relayed to the Goldendale Police.

A business in Goldendale fell victim to thieves who stole an estimated $4000 worth of electric tools. Anyone who is approached with the sale of tools under suspicious circumstances should contact the police.

Officer Mike Smith arrested Joseph Hampton, of Goldendale, late Sunday night after a routine stop of a vehicle for a defective tail light. Hampton was found to be wanted for two misdemeanor warrants, one for DUI and the other for drug paraphernalia. Upon searching Hampton, Officer Smith found a substance later confirmed to be methamphetamine and Hampton was charged for possession.

Three dogs were impounded for biting a smaller dog and harassing the dog’s owners last Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred in the 800 block of Glover. Action has been taken to have the dogs declared dangerous. The owners have the right to appeal or take action to retain the dogs and comply with city ordinance.

Police were also able to reunite a wandering three-year old who was found near Sterling Bank on Saturday afternoon. The child wandered from home while grandma was doing chores. She was reunited with her grandmother when a missing girl report came in.

Around the County

Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and Klickitat County Search and Rescue were involved in the rescue of a fisherman on the Klickitat River, last Thursday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Terry D. Lewis, 55 of White Swan fell from a fishing stand and became tangled in saftey lines. Lewis was pulled back onto the stand by family and friends, but was unresponsive. CPR was performed while they awaited rescuers. Lyle and High Prairie Fire Departments responded and a two-hour technical rescue was required to remove Lewis to an ambulance. Lewis was transported to MCMC where he was stablized and later transferred to another, undisclosed hospital.

Another burglary occurred in the county last week, this time from a recreational vehicle at Columbia Hills RV Park in Dallesport. Cash and prescription drugs were reported stolen sometime on Oct. 28.

Deputies also responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Box Canyon Road area on Oct. 26. Two men were found, one, Ashley L.F. Jordan, of Bingen was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Skamania County.


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