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Couple’s refusal to leave motel leads to drug, trespass arrest


Two people were arrested on drug charges at the Ponderosa Motel after drawing attention of the Goldendale Police with their refusal to leave.

Police were called to the motel on April 1, around 1 p.m. by motel staff complaining that a couple had refused to leave a room after check-out time. Upon arrival, police found the door open and a woman told police they were about to leave, although she was not fully dressed. The woman, Danita Thew, 50, of Goldendale was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass. She cooperated with the arrest and told the police that she had a small amount of marijuana and some oxycontin in her bag.

The other occupant, Sanford Silvernail, 37, of The Dalles, was als...

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