Wednesday, March 19, 2003
On Feb. 17, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office received a call from Hack's Auto Station regarding a burglary and motor vehicle theft.
A sheriff's deputy conducted an initial investigation and there were no suspects at the time.
On March 2, the stolen vehicle was located in a gravel pit to the south of Hack's Auto Station. All indications at the scene showed that the vehicle had been abandoned just prior to discovery.
With information supplied by a local citizen, deputies identified three suspects in the burglary and theft.
On March 11, Deputy Liening arrested a 17-year-old juvenile from Goldendale for burglary second degree, malicious mischief first degree, and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
Charges are being submitted to the prosecuting attorney's office for two other juveniles that were involved with the incident.
On Saturday, March 15, 2003, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Beaverton Police Department took a report of an overdue family in the Souixon Falls area on the Clark/Skamania line.
A Clark County sergeant located the vehicle at the trailhead and requested Skamania County to assist.
Search and rescue deputies, along with search and rescue volunteers from Clark and Skamania counties responded.
On Sunday, March 16, at approximately 11 a.m., ground searchers from the North County E.M.S. located the subjects several miles from the trailhead.
David W. Bacon and his four sons -- Andrew, 15, Garrett, 11, Kort, 10, and Liam, 8 -- of Beaverton, Ore., were cold, wet and tired but in good condition. Searchers escorted the family to the trailhead.
The father reported they were planning on going for a day hike so his children could earn their 10-mile merit badge for their scout group. Several miles in, the five lost the trail due to snow and darkness. The family stuck together until found by searchers.