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Report for White Salmon-Bingen Police Department and Skamania County Sheriff's Office



On Dec. 3, the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department arrested two juveniles and an adult as part of an ongoing investigation into a residential burglary.

Officer Jay Johnston, the primary officer in the case, responded to a residence in White Salmon that had been burglarized three times in the last few months.

Officer Johnston was able, through investigation, to locate evidence at the scene that led him to the suspects.

With the assistance of Detective Andring and officer Sullivan, the officers were able to locate the suspects and recovered property exceeding $5,000 in value.

Officer Johnston said the evidence recovered indicates the suspects were responsible for all the prior burglaries at the residence.

The adult male Julio Cesar Pelayo-Ruelas was arrested for possession for stolen property. The juveniles were arrested for residential burglary.

Chief Ned Kindler said since September the police department has been at full staffing. The department has been better able to respond and investigate crimes.

He pointed out since the addition of the detective's position, the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department has solved five burglaries and completed several sex and child abuse investigations resulting in arrests and requests for charges.

"This is being accomplished by allowing the uniformed officers to be able to respond and handle the initial call for service and the detective to assist in the investigations as needed," Chief Kindler said. "In addition, the detective's position has allowed for timely investigations that have cleared some cases as being unfounded."

The police department is continuing to follow additional leads from this investigation.



Skamania County Sheriff's deputies are investigating what appears to be a homicide that occurred at 451 Bar J Road in Washougal.

Deputies were called to the home at 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, Dec. 7, after a nearby neighbor requested a welfare check on the occupant of the residence. Deputies arrived to find the body of a deceased male in the apartment.

The victim has been identified at William M. Landrebe, age 38, of that same address. On Monday morning the autopsy was conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office. The medical examiner concluded the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

The investigation led dectectives to Condon, Ore. With the assistance of the Clark County Sheriff's investigators and the Oregon authorities, dectectives located and arrested Charles Andres Stidham, 22, for suspicion of murder.

Stidham was transported to the Norcor Correctional Facility located in The Dalles, where he awaits extradition to Washington.

Anyone with information is asked to call Skamania County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Monty Buettner or Detective Pat Bond at 427-8783 or 427-9490.


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