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By Andrew Christiansen

Burglaries increase over past month


Burglaries have been on the minds of the public due to the increase of that activity during November, and it shows in the number of calls that have been logged by Goldendale Police and the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.

Burglaries accounted for nearly 19 percent of the city’s calls and 13 percent for the Sheriff’s Office. Both departments indicate much of that activity has stopped coincidentally with the arrest of a Yakima man last month, although several break-ins and vehicle prowls were reported in Goldendale around Thanksgiving.

The relative number of calls in several categories is shown in the chart, above. The Sheriff’s Office logged more calls in most categories with a few exceptions, including thefts and burglaries. The category also includes vehicle prowls and recovery of stolen items. The largest item for Goldendale Police is the category “suspicious.” It amounts to more than 20 percent of the calls and is something that the police encourage. In the absence of more neighborhood watch areas in Goldendale, police rely on people to call when they see someone or something that looks out of place. The same is true of the Sheriff’s Office, but they had fewer calls than the city during November.

Animal calls, which include barking dogs, animal bites and animal neglect were a big item for the county at 10 percent of all calls. Deputies also dealt with many more calls for trespassing and picking up wanted persons.

More violent crimes of assault, threatening and abuse also includes violation of protection orders. The county dealt with 23 such calls in November, while the city responded to 11.

It may be a surprise that alcohol and drug related action represent a relatively small percent of calls for city and county. It should be pointed out that the chart only indicates number of calls and does not represent the amount of time spent on each category.

The two departments also spend a large amount of time on public assistance including stranded motorists and checks on the welfare of people who may be out of contact with family. Those calls were 13 percent and 7.5 percent of the calls for the Sheriff’s Office and Goldendale Police, respectively.

Recent police activity in Goldendale:

A Goldendale man was arrested in the early hours of Monday following a vehicle pursuit around several blocks on the west side of Goldendale. A Goldendale police officer attempted to pull over Jeremy Foix, 38, near Nesbitt and Klickitat streets, knowing Foix was driving on a suspended license. Foix refused to stop and led the officer on a chase around town in which Foix ran over a street sign. The officer was assisted by a Klickitat County Sheriff’s deputy who deployed a spike strip which flattened a front tire on Foix’s vehicle. Foix eventually became stuck on railroad tracks and fled from the car. Two police officers chased down Foix and arrested him. A loaded pistol was found on the floor board of his car. Foix was charged with eluding an officer, hit and run of property and unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

A very public arrest was made last Friday morning on West Main Street. Alerted that a wanted man, Rex Floyd, 36, might be in town, Officer Chris Wyzykowski was about to make a bar check when he noticed a man rise from a sidewalk bench and walk away. Believing the man was Floyd, Wyszkowski called him by name and told him to stop. Floyd complied without incidence. He was found to be in possession of a pipe with residue later confirmed to be methamphetamine, plus a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on the warrant which was issued out of Okanogan County on a methamphetamine conviction.


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