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By Jess Macinko
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Police Log


April 12, 2017


On April 3 at 11 a.m., Goldendale Police Officer Steljes responded to a reported assault. The victim said she was asleep at her home in the 500 block of West Burgen Street when her boyfriend, Ricky Contreras, showed up outside her residence. Contreras was allegedly intoxicated and speaking loudly. The victim told Contreras to come inside and lower his voice. Angered at being told what to do, Contreras allegedly pushed the victim to the floor and started to choke her. The victim described being placed in a choke-hold and being unable to breath. She also reported being struck by Contreras’s chain necklace, which came off in the struggle. Contreras allegedly told the victim he would harm her if she tried to call the police or leave the room, then locked the door to the bedroom they were in.

While interviewing the victim, Steljes noted a welt on her arm and a red mark on her neck. Contreras also had scratches and marks on him, though he denied that any altercation took place. Contreras, 24, was arrested on a charge of second degree felony assault, domestic violence. The Goldendale Police Department is also submitting charges of unlawful imprisonment.


On April 7 at approximately 4:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to Market Fresh for a reported shoplifting. The on-duty manager reported a woman in a gray sweatshirt had walked out with a bottle of liquor without paying for it. The manager suspected the woman to be Cynthia Campbell. Officers contacted Campbell at her apartment in the 500 block of East Main Street. Campbell, 19, admitted to taking a $21.99 bottle of Early Times Kentucky Whiskey sans payment. She was arrested on charges of third degree theft and minor in possession.

Disorderly conduct

On April 9 at 8:20 a.m., Officer Steljes responded to the 1000 block of South Mill Street on a report of disorderly conduct. The victim claimed his stepson, Dwayne Phillips, was acting in an aggressive manner and threatening to harm him. Phillips allegedly lunged at the victim and brought his fist forward as though to hit him, then stopped short. He also reportedly started arguments with bystanders while Steljes was at the scene. Phillips, 33, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.


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