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Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 74, one mile west of Lyle. The accident occurred on Feb. 17, 2009 at approximately 6:32 p.m.

According to the report, Paula J. Burrows, 56, Klickitat, was driving a 2007 Dodge westbound on SR 14. The vehicle left the roadway to the north. The right front of the vehicle then struck a rock wall, coming to rest facing east against the rock wall.

Burrows was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with hip, shoulder and internal injuries.

Chad Hall, 34, a passenger in Burrows' vehicle, suffered head injuries and was transported to MCMC. He was then taken by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

According to the report, drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, which is still under investigation. Charges are pending.


A multi-agency investigation involving the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) and Canby Police Department led to the seizure of suspected methamphetamine-related chemicals and materials at a rural Wasco County home that would yield approximately $2.7 million of methamphetamine.

The eight month investigation led detectives from MINT, Canby Police Department and Oregon State Police on Feb. 4, 2009, to serve a search warrant at 365 NW 4th Street in Dufur.

The investigation reportedly involved individuals from the Canby area and eastern Oregon.

Detectives seized approximately 18 gallons of suspected P2P, a chemical used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, which could yield about 150 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $2.7 million.

Confirmation of the chemicals is being done by the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division.

A suspect has been identified but no arrest made related to this ongoing investigation.

The case will be referred to the Wasco County District Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.

P2P (Phenyl-2-propanone) is used in the methamphetamine cooking process. P2P style labs are very dangerous and considered rare because of the difficulty in obtaining the chemicals to complete the lab due to purchasing restrictions. Specially trained OSP detectives were brought in to assist with executing the search warrant.

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ( MINT ) is comprised of detectives from Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department, Hood River Police Department, Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, and The Oregon State Police.



The Skamania County Sheriff's Office has obtained arrest warrants for the two subjects believed to be responsible for the beating of Washougal resident Robert Tracey on Monday, Feb. 9.

Michael David Collins, 33, and Teven David Collins, 16, both from the Vancouver area, are being sought in connection with the attempted murder and robbery of Tracey in a remote area of Skamania County.

The father and son pair is believed to be in the southwestern U.S. at this time. The 1998 Ford Explorer that belongs to Tracey, and was stolen on the day of the assault, has not been located.

Investigators allege the pair used a wooden club to severely beat Tracey in and around his head and torso. Investigators further allege the father and son pair, possibly believing Tracey was dead, dragged his unconscious body into the brush where he laid for an undetermined amount of time.

Acting on phone tips and witness statements, detectives pieced together a timeline and developed information that ultimately led them to identify Michael and Teven Collins as suspects in the case.

Detectives believe Collins and his son had been camping in the area in the days prior to the assault and after spending several days in the cold and snow, they were seeking a way to leave the area. When Tracey arrived in the area on Feb. 9, they took advantage of the opportunity to obtain transportation out of the area.

Skamania County authorities are working closely with the United States Marshals Service and authorities in the southwest U.S. in an attempt to locate the pair.

Michael Collins is a sex offender and is required to be registered. There is an outstanding arrest warrant for Michael Collins for failing to meet his requirements to register as a sex offender.

Skamania County Sheriff's detectives assisted by the Vancouver Police Department executed two arrest warrants on Feb. 19 in Vancouver.

The warrants were for Dania M. Whalen, 18, and Nathan W. Davis, 18, both of Vancouver.

Both subjects are being held in the Skamania County Jail and bail has been set at $500,000.

Skamania County authorities believe both individuals have information that is relevant to this attempted murder and robbery of Robert Tracey on Feb. 9, in the Dougan Falls area of Skamania County

"These individuals have been arrested and will be held as material witnesses in this case. Due to the information we believe they have concerning the facts of this case, it is a high probability that they may be a flight risk."

Authorities do not believe either individual participated or was present when Michael and Teven Collins brutally beat Tracey.


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