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Report for Washington State Patrol, Klickitat County and Skamania County sheriff's offices



A 70-year-old Soap Lake man suffered injuries when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Sept. 6, 2005.

The accident occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. on State Route 14 near the Maryhill Road.

According to the report, Store Persson was driving his 2001 Volvo tractor and trailer westbound on SR 14. The right tires of the vehicle slipped off the edge of the road and the driver corrected to the left. The vehicle then entered the eastbound lane. The driver then overcorrected to the right, flipping the tractor and trailer onto the driver side and spilling the load of bagged wood pellets. The truck and trailer came to rest blocking the entire roadway, including both ditches for approximately 6 hours.

Persson was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital with a laceration to his head and left elbow.

He was cited for driving with wheels off roadway.

An 18-year-old Vancouver man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Sept. 7, 2005.

The accident occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m. on SR 14 at milepost 25.

According to the report, Bradley K. Zilko, Vancouver, was driving a 1992 Ford Taurus eastbound on SR 14, at Cape Horn. Zilko was talking on his cell phone and drove his vehicle off the roadway to the right, striking the guardrail. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the left guardrail. The vehicle came to rest facing east in the westbound lane.

Zilko was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center with nose and left arm injuries.

He was cited for negligent driving.

His vehicle was totaled.



On Sept. 3, 2005, four hunters walked in to a marijuana grow, east of Rock Creek.

The hunters reported they encountered two to four individuals with guns who appeared to be guarding and working the marijuana grow.

The hunters reported they heard gun shots and believed they were in fact being fired upon. No one was injured. The hunters were able to back out and leave the area and then called the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

Several deputies and members of the Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, along with Washington State Patrol Trooper Bill Clack, responded to the area and contacted the hunters.

The Washington State Patrol dispatched its airplane to fly over and check the area prior to land units moving in. The state patrol pilot and a sergeant from the Sheriff's Office flew the area and were able to locate the marijuana grow in the Quartz Creek Canyon.

Once cleared by the air patrol, deputies and detectives entered the area. A camp was located near the grow, however, the suspects had fled the area and were not located.

The suspects never returned and the sheriff's office eradicated 1,079 growing marijuana plants.



Skeletal remains located in the Steamboat Mountain area of Skamania County late Sunday evening are believed to be those of Mischell Hodges.

Hodges was reported missing July 9. The Skamania County Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive search over five days in July with no success.

The remains were located by two elk hunters in the general area of where she was reported missing.

The remains have been sent to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office to conduct an autopsy.


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