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By Brandon Cline
Reporter 

County road signs getting blasted

 


The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information that can lead to the arrest of individuals who have been shooting at road signs throughout the county, and they’re offering to sweeten the pot, too. The department is offering a $500 reward to people who come forward with information that can lead to an arrest.

Sheriff Bob Songer says that people have been shooting at road signs for several years, but that there’s been a recent rash of shootings in the more rural areas of Klickitat County. Songer believes that it has been a group of several people shooting at stop, caution, and speed limit signs among others.

A survey from the Public Works Department shows that these shootings have been occurring all throughout the county, and haven’t been concentrated in a specific area. The targeted road signs are generally located in rural areas, and not within any of the county’s towns.

Songer says that the shootings have resulted in thousands of dollars’ worth of damages and replacements, which hurt wallets of county taxpayers. It also brings about a physical danger to county residents as well, as Songer says the vandals are likely shooting the signs from moving vehicles.

If you have any information that can lead to the arrest of these individuals, call the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency dispatch at (509) 773-4545. You can also call the department’s business line, (509) 773-4455, during office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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