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Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on July 28, 2011, at approximately 7:35 p.m. The accident occurred on State Route 97 at milepost 10.5, two miles south of Goldendale.

According to the report, a 2005 Honda Civic driven by Maria R. Perez, 39, Sunnyside was heading southbound on SR 97 and stopped for traffic turning left. Richard G. MacNab, 61, Wasco, Ore., was driving his 2002 Volkswagen Beetle and failed to yield for the stopped traffic, rear ending the Honda.

Perez suffered neck and back pain and was transported by aid car to Klickitat Valley Hospital. Victor M. Machuca, 42, Sunnyside, a passenger in the Honda, had back pain but was not transported to a medical facility. MacNab had no injuries.

MacNab was cited for failure to yield.

Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of SR 14 and SR 197, The Dalles Bridge junction. The accident occurred on July 29, 2011, at approximately 6:28 p.m.

According to the report, a 1996 Ford pickup driven by James D. Bowen, 71, Wishram, was traveling westbound on SR 14, attempting to make a left turn onto SR 197. A 1994 Ford F150 pickup driven by Jim C. Nelson, 31, Enumclaw was traveling eastbound on SR 14 and collided with Bowen's vehicle.

Bowen suffered right leg, head and neck injuries. He was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. Nelson had facial lacerations and a sore neck and back. He too was transported to MCMC.

Joe Barbosa, 26, Wapato, a passenger in Nelson's vehicle had facial lacerations, a sore neck and back. Silas Barbosa, 6, Wapato, another passenger in Nelson's vehicle, had a sore neck and back. Both were taken to MCMC.

Bowen was charged with failure to yield.



In conjunction with the "Back to School Bash" event on Aug. 6, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Marine Patrol invites all boaters to the Klickitat County Courthouse in Goldendale for a free vessel safety inspection.

Deputies will be on hand to assist with boating questions and provide safety tips to boaters of all ages.

It is a goal of the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office to keep boaters safe. A boat safety inspection off the water will allow KCSO to ensure that all the safety equipment is present and in proper working order before an emergency arises on the water.

Once a safety inspection is completed successfully, the owners will be provided with a 2011 State Parks Vessel Inspection sticker.

Marine patrol deputy Randy Wells reminds all boaters that some of the most important items on a boat are:

a personal flotation device for each person on board.

at least one properly charged fire extinguisher.

a sounding device such as an air horn, bell or whistle.

Every person who is on a vessel while underway is required to have a properly fitting Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) accessible to them. All children under the age of 12 must be wearing a PFD while the vessel is underway, unless the child is within the cabin area of the vessel.

KCSO reminds the boating public that the State of Washington is requiring all boaters under the age of 35 be in possession of a Mandatory Boater's Education Card for the 2011 boating year.



On July 31, 2011, just prior to 8 a.m., the Hood River Sheriff's Office received a call from Aric Essig of Portland, reporting that his girlfriend was missing in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

He said his girlfriend, 28-year-old Pamela Salant, of Portland, was last seen about noon at Bear Lake, located at the base of Mt. Defiance.

Essig and Salant had planned on camping at the lake overnight Saturday. When they arrived at the lake, they had dropped their gear at a campsite. Somehow, the pair were separated at the lake in search of a better overnight spot. That was the last time Salant was seen.

Over 25 personnel from the sheriff's office, Crag Rats, Search I K-9, US Forest Service Law Enforcement and National Guard searched the area in the vicinity of the lake until midnight Sunday. In addition to ground teams, a helicopter, airplane and three canine teams were activated during Sunday's search.

Salant left the campground dressed in dark colored shorts and a dark red or blue tank top. She is described as 5-3 and 125 pounds with blond hair. She had no supplies or communications capabilities with her.

The sheriff's office had two fixed wing aircraft searching the area early Monday morning. Efforts on the ground to locate Salant continue Monday with teams from the Hood River Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and US Forest Service Law Enforcement.

Anyone who may have seen Salant in the area of Bear Lake on Saturday, July 31, are asked to contact the Hood River County Sheriff's Office at 541-386-2711.


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