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Report for Skamania County, Oregon State Patrol



Searchers located Sonn Souv, 93, about .3 miles east of the search base on Oct. 21, 2010, just after midnight, near Mount Adams in eastern Skamania County on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The Newberg, Ore., woman had been reported missing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, by family members who were out picking mushrooms near the Salt Creek Trailhead on the Forest Service Road 8031, northwest of Trout Lake.

Search efforts intensified during the evening of Oct. 20 as searchers began a tight grid search radiating out from the point last seen near the trailhead. When she was located, Souv had covered herself with brush and bark to keep warm. She was in very thick underbrush and timber in the area.

Over 40 serchers, including aircraft from the US Coast Guard, K-9 units and horse units were involved in the search efforts.

"I truly believe the extraordinary efforts of everyone involved with this search provided the opportunity to have this remarkable conclusion," said Undersheriff Dave Cox. "We have absolutely remarkable Search and Rescue resources that continue to serve the citizens of Washington State: governmental, military, and volunteers, and we are very thankful for their devoted service and expertise. The governmental agencies and the employers that allow their employees to participate as these vital resources are to be commended."

Souv was taken by ambulance to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon for precautionary treatment. She suffered some minor injuries, but none appeared as life threatening.



Two 18-year old males were arrested Tuesday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers with the help of Hood River police after they stole a charity jar with over $103 cash from a pizza business in The Dalles.

All the money, which is being collected for a local skate park project, was recovered by officers and will be returned for the project.

On Oct. 19, 2010, at approximately 3:18 p.m. OSP troopers were asked to be on the lookout for a white Honda Accord four-door displaying Washington plates with occupants suspected of stealing a charity jar from the counter of Papa Murphy's Pizza in The Dalles on West 6th Street. The car was last seen westbound on West 6th Street.

At 3:25 p.m. OSP trooper Brent Ochesky and senior trooper Gavin McIlvenna were eastbound on I-84 near milepost 74 when they saw the suspect vehicle westbound. Hood River police were notified as at 3:37 p.m. an officer stopped the car at the Marina Chevron station at Exit 64. The two OSP troopers arrived shortly after the stop.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver and right front passenger for theft in the second degree.

Driver Wyatt Allen New, 18, from Lyle, and passenger Riley Michael Brennan, 18, The Dalles, were lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).

Brennan allegedly stole the charity jar, kept the $103.08 in cash and change, and dumped the jar as they drove west toward Hood River. New allegedly was aware of the crime and drove the get-away vehicle from the scene.

Two female passengers, ages 29 and 27, were not arrested. The car was towed and impounded by Hood River police.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from The Dalles area command office are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash in The Dalles area related to the death of an adult male pedestrian struck by a commercial vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84. According to OSP Trooper Mark Jubitz, on Oct. 20, 2010, at approximately 5:25 a.m. a group of commercial trucks were traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 83 when they came upon a male in the dark staggering down the middle of the two lanes. A couple of the trucks slowed and moved toward the shoulder to get around the man. A commercial truck driven by Mark L. Gosson, 52, from Wasco, Ore., slowed to approximately 25 mph into the left lane to avoid the man but as he passed, the man fell underneath the truck and was run over.

George Elmo Balzer, 67, The Dalles, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He resided about six blocks from the freeway and OSP troopers, with the help of the Wasco County Medical Examiner, are looking into a medical condition that may have been a factor affecting his behavior.

Gosson was not injured. He was transporting garbage in a trailer for Walsh Trucking Company.

Wasco County Sheriff's Office, The Dalles Police Department, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The eastbound lanes were closed about 2.5 hours with a detour established for traffic.


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