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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Police Blotter


Better safe than sorry

At around 3 p.m. on Feb. 13, Goldendale police received a report of a male carrying a rifle in the 400 block of East Burgen Street, which is near the Goldendale schools. Police located the individual and determined no laws were broken: he was reportedly carrying his rifle home after it was released from the evidence room at the county courthouse.

Goldendale Police Chief Reggie Bartkowski said the report was a false alarm, but given the circumstances, he’s glad the call was made. “Anytime we get a call like that, we take it extremely seriously.” Schools were put on lockdown for approximately 20 minutes.

Disorderly conduct, orderly arrest

On Feb. 13 at about 10:30 a.m., police received a report of a male walking in the middle of the eastbound lane of the 200 block of East Collins Street. Responding to the scene, Officer Hunziker witnessed the suspect obstructing traffic by refusing to move from the middle of the lane, requiring eastbound cars to pass him in the westbound lane.

On seeing Hunziker, the suspect reportedly gave him the middle finger. He then put his hands behind his back and laid down on the pavement before Hunziker got out of his car. Scotty Johnson, age 29, was arrested without further incident on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Vehicle prowler nabbed

Goldendale Police believe they’ve arrested the person responsible for at least one of the nine vehicle prowls that occurred Jan. 20. The suspect is a 16-year-old male whom the department “has dealt with on many occasions in the past.”

On Feb. 11 at about 10:30 p.m., Officer Lucatero responded to a call that someone at 1500 S. Columbus Ave. was “rummaging through a vehicle with a flashlight.” Upon arrival, Lucatero located a suspect fitting the caller’s description. The suspect fled on foot, running through a field behind a nearby trailer park. Lucatero gave chase; both he and the suspect were slowed by a layer of snow and ice covering the field. Eventually the suspect fell down “winded,” according to Lucatero’s report.

The suspect’s backpack was found to contain several “burglary tools,” including a screwdriver, a car window hammer-punch, a prybar, a multitool and several knives. The suspect, who also had an outstanding juvenile warrant in Wasco county, was booked on charges of vehicle prowl and possession of vehicle theft tools. He was transferred to NORCOR, a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles.

Both the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Office and Washington State Police assisted in effort to locate the suspect. Bartkowski says vehicle prowls are a top priority for the department. “We go hard on vehicle prowls. We don’t leave anything unturned.”

Domestic assault

On Feb. 10 at about 2:30 p.m., officers arrested Jeremy Foix, age 42, for fourth degree assault. Foix’s girlfriend told police a dispute about a van led to Foix slapping her arms with his fingertips, yelling at her, throwing cooked eggs at her, taking off her clothes and pushing her to the floor, causing her to hit her head.

The sound of violence

On Feb. 6 at about 5:45 p.m., police received a report from a woman claiming her next-door neighbor assaulted her. The alleged attack stemmed from an ongoing dispute over loud music. The victim reportedly banged on her wall and asked her neighbor to turn the music down. She then began hearing sounds against the outside wall of her residence.

Believing her neighbor was throwing snow and ice at her residence, she went outside, using her phone to video the incident. The suspect allegedly stood on her own porch and yelled at the victim, then pursued her into the victim’s home, knocking her down and pulling her hair. Officers responding to the scene arrested Codie Valdez on a felony charge of first degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of fourth degree assault.


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