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On June 9, 2002, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office located a large alcohol party occurring in Glenwood area involving an estimated 150-200 people. The party was in Yakima County approximately 3 miles north of the Klickitat County line.

As deputies arrived numerous subjects ran from the bonfire that was at the location. With the assistance from Klickitat County Corrections Officers, deputies detained 22 individuals on charges of minor in possession/consumption of alcohol. Twelve of the 22 individuals were under the age of 18. Parents of the juveniles were contacted prior to being released.

Two kegs of beer were seized at the scene. Charges are being forwarded through the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorneys Office in regards to the underage alcohol consumption as well as the furnishing liquor to minors.

Klickitat County Sheriff Chris Mace continues to support a zero tolerance policy for underage alcohol consumption. The sheriff's office hopes to avoid a repeat of the tragic deaths of Kyle Coyne and Tessa Mayell last August. Coyne and Mayell were killed in an automobile accident on the Glenwood Highway as they were coming home from an alcohol party.

Klickitat County's involvement in the Glenwood area party was made possible through a letter of mutual aid with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office received on June 8, 2002.

This is the third juvenile alcohol party handled by the Klickitat county Sheriff's Office in the last month. The two preceding parties netted the arrest of 12 subjects.

On June 11, 2002, deputy sheriff's initiated a traffic stop in Goldendale. The driver, Joe E. Mason, 37, from Klickitat was arrested for criminal traffic offense.

During the search of the vehicle, a Dodge van, a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine was discovered.

Subsequently Catherine L. Wynn, 40, also from Klickitat, was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office seized the van along with over $800 in cash.

Both suspects were booked into the Klickitat County Jail.



Skamania County Sheriff deputies were notified Saturday evening of two subjects who had gone over a waterfall near Mt. St. Helens.

Deputies responded to the area of Lava Canyon on the southeast side of the mountain to discover a 5-year-old male, Stacy James Young Jr., and a 31-year-old male, Stacy James Young Sr., both of Bremerton, had fallen over the waterfall and died.

Early reports are that the boy fell in the water and the father jumped in after his son and both were swept over the 80-100 foot waterfall.

Rescue personnel from the Volcano Rescue Team, based in Yacolt, responded to the scene to assist in the recovery effort.

"This area has been a popular spot since it was developed after the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens," said Dave Brown, chief deputy. "This incident marks the third time in the past seven years that people have fallen into the river and been swept over the falls resulting in five deaths."

Lava Canyon is a popular destination spot within the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument with thousands of people visiting the site each year. The trail at Lava Canyon follows closely the muddy river as it makes it way through a well carved out gorge.

The Skamania County Sheriff's dispatch center was notified Saturday afternoon of a body which had been found near Bonneville Dam. Sheriff's deputies responded and met with Corps of Engineer personnel who located the body.

The body was identified as a young female possibly late teens. The body was spotted in a debris pile on the upstream side of Powerhouse #1.

Skamania County sheriff's detective have been investigating the disappearance of 18-year-old Lee Ann McCray, missing since June 2. McCray was last seen near the edge of the Columbia River with her pet cat. Sheriff's divers and personnel from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, along with equipment from the USGS, had spent the past two weeks searching for McCray.

"Due to the condition of the body, it is premature to say that the body recovered today is that of McCray," said chief deputy Brown. "An autopsy will be performed in the next couple of days and we hope to have a positive identification by that time."

"The temperature of the water and physical condition of a person, as well as stomach content, are all factors in determining whether or not a person who has drowned will resurface. We have worked to investigate every lead in this case in hopes of locating Lee Ann. If it is determined that this is Lee Ann McCray, it would be unfortunate," Brown concluded.


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