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One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 30, 14 miles west of Stevenson. The accident occurred on May 16, 2009, at approximately 6:22 p.m.

According to the report, Patrick S. Connolly, 63, Washougal, was driving his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup westbound on SR 14. He slowed for a vehicle making a left turn. Cathleen R. Alvarado, 38, Vancouver, was following Connolly, driving her 2002 Suzuki motorcycle. She was following too closely and did not stop in time, hitting the rear of the pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane.

Connolly was not injured, but Alvarado suffered a possible broken leg and was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

She was cited for following too closely.



On the afternoon of Saturday, May 16, Klickitat County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joe Riggers was called to investigate a report of power theft at a residence in the 100 block of Snowden Road, north of White Salmon.

Sgt. Riggers subsequently obtained a search warrant for the property, discovering that the stolen power led to a nearby marijuana growing operation.

Sgt. Riggers was assisted by KCSO deputies Melissa Wykes, Andrew Gonzalez, Jason Ritoch, Frank Randall and Mike Kallio in dismantling the operation and further searching the premises.

A total of 111 marijuana plants were seized, along with various equipment used in the grow operation.

Arrested at the time was 50-year-old Terry Dean Offutt of Sunnyside, who was booked at the Klickitat County Jail on an unrelated arrest warrant.

The investigation is continuing.



At approximately 4 Monday afternoon, May 18, the Skamania County Sheriff's 911 center received a call of a man who had fallen into the Wind River in the area of Shipherd Falls, a popular fishing area near Carson.

Dustin Ferguson, 27, was last seen in the river, downstream from the falls, in a very rapid moving section of the river. Witnesses on shore stated they observed Ferguson being swept downstream by the current.

Skamania County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area and began a search from the banks of the river. Additional search resources were called in including a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard out of Astoria. Ground searchers from Wind River Search and Rescue and divers from the Skamania County Dive Rescue were also on scene assisting in the search effort.

Recent warm weather has led to an increase in the flow of water through the wind river canyon making it difficult for divers to effectively enter the water and conduct an underwater search.

Several fishermen were contacted downstream of the location where Ferguson was last seen and none of them reported seeing Ferguson in the water in their location.

Search efforts continued until approximately 10 p.m. The search was to resume Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. with the focus being the area of the river below Shipherd falls and upstream of the mouth.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office does not suspect any foul play in this case and it is still considered a search operation at this time.


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