Brent DeWalt of Klickitat was released on his own recognizance on June 1 after pleading not guilty in Klickitat County Superior Court to charges that he threatened two Vancouver teens near his home in the Klickitat River canyon.
DeWalt was arrested on May 16 and subsequently released on $10,000 bail. The arrest resulted from a call made to the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office by the two juveniles, according to Sheriff Chris Mace.
The teens said they were taking photos of cows in the canyon for a high school senior class project, and alleged that DeWalt threatened them with a shotgun.
KCSO Deputy Ken McDonald and two other deputies responded, and arrested DeWalt at his home seven miles north of Lyle. De Walt was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and harassment, according to court documents.
DeWalt's land adjoins the Klickitat Rail-Trail, long a subject of controversy between trail advocates and local landowners, some of whom object to the public access the trail affords.
"We've responded to other incidences of harassment and threats," involving DeWalt, Mace said.
Goldendale attorney Ross Rakow is representing DeWalt.
"Hew is not guilty and we intend to prove it," Rakow said.