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By Lou Marzeles
Editor 

The strange last crime of Edwin Charge

 

CON WITH A LOT OF PROS: Edwin Charge, who died last week fleeing police, was remembered fondly by his friends.

A beloved friend to some, a family man, an adept in his chosen field who brought his name to the top of police most wanted lists-Goldendale resident Edwin Charge last week swiped some cheap item in the Hood River Walmart, then took off as police closed in, finally dashing over a guard rail and over a cliff to rocks below. In a heartbeat, his 21-year-old life ended in an inglorious footnote: it's a story picked up by AP and carried nationwide because its irony. "Look at that," many readers likely told themselves. "This kid died because of shoplifting from Walmart!" Charge easily divided people into fans and foes. The disparity was sharply reflected on Facebook, fast and so furious that the...



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