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Report for Washington State and Oregon State patrols

WASHINGTON

STATE PATROL

A Carson woman was injured in a two vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 42. The accident occurred on Aug. 21, 2007, at approximately 6:45 p.m.

A 2005 GMC pickup driven by Robert W. Farris, 31, Stevenson, was traveling eastbound on SR 14, as was a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Diane J. West, 55, Carson.

According to the report, West slowed her vehicle for traffic in front of her. Farris was following too close and was unable to stop. His vehicle's front end struck the rear end of her vehicle.

Both vehicles pulled to the right shoulder and the roadway was not blocked.

West suffered a sore neck in the accident and was transported to Hood River Hospital. Farris was not injured. Annitra D. Ferderer, 30, Carson, and a passenger in West's vehicle, was not injured.

Farris was cited for following too close.

A Vancouver man suffered injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Aug. 25, 2007, at approximately 4:35 p.m. the accident occurred on SR 14 at milepost 79, two miles east of Lyle.

According to the report, Timothy J. Smith, 39, Vancouver, was driving his 2002 Honda motorcycle westbound on SR 14. A 2007 Subaru driven by Ward H. Jagels, 58, The Dalles, pulled onto SR 14 from a parking lot, failing to yield. Smith veered his motorcycle into the eastbound lane to avoid the Subaru. Smith then attempted to re-enter the parking lot, striking the motorcycle in the eastbound lane. Smith was ejected from the motorcycle, which slid into the parking lot and struck an unoccupied 1993 Ford van.

Smith was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with minor chest and back injuries. Jagels was not injured.

Jagels with cited for negligent driving.

A 14-year-old was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, in the BZ Grocery parking lot on SR 141 at milepost 12. The accident occurred at approximately 12:17 p.m.

According to the report, the 14-year-old was driving a 1982 dirt bike southbound in the BZ Grocery parking lot. A 1993 Ford van, driven by Francisco P. Cortes, 60, White Salmon, was westbound in the parking lot. The 14-year-old was traveling at a high rate and struck the van broadside.

The 14-year-old was transported to Hood River hospital by ambulance with head and neck injuries. Cortes was not injured.

The accident is still under investigation.

OREGON

STATE PATROL

At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, an OSP Trooper was dispatched to the area of Wahclella Falls regarding a report of suspicious activity involving several subjects who were driving in a Blue Toyota Supra. The OSP Trooper also notified Multnomah County Sheriff's Office personnel in the area regarding the vehicle and subjects' description. The vehicle was spotted about 10 minutes later by an MCSO deputy who stopped the subjects at MP 20 westbound on I-84.

A subsequent search revealed a rodent glue trap, a 5-foot metal strap with rodent glue on it, a can of "Goof Off," a center punch, a screw driver and a metal window punch in the suspect vehicle. Also, discovered was $120 in cash, much of which had rodent glue residue on it.

The investigation conducted by OSP Troopers and the MCSO deputies revealed that these suspects were stealing cash from the fee boxes located at trail head parking lots in the Columbia River Gorge. They were using a method called "fishing" in which the rodent trap glue is placed on the metal strap and lowered into the box in an effort to pull out the fee envelopes.

Over the past three months MCSO and OSP personnel assigned to the Gorge districts have been observing the sticky rodent glue on fee boxes at both Oregon State Parks and US Forest Service recreation sites. Employees for both Oregon Parks and US Forest Service also have noted the sticky substance.

It is suspected that these subjects were involved in this type of theft on at least five other occasions. Their method included approaching the boxes at non-peak hours (often at night) and using lookouts who would signal the "fisher" if anyone was coming.

The other tools found in their possession are commonly used to pop locks or break out car windows in performing what is called a "smash and grab."

In May of this year, MCSO detectives arrested a suspect for similar type theft, but using a different method. The suspect, however, also had the same type of tools as the subjects in this case.

The MCSO and OSP ask that patrons to the Gorge be observant in recognizing this type of suspicious behavior and to contact 911 right away when they do. Do not approach the subjects yourself.

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