At 10 p.m. on Jan. 2, Skamania County Sheriff's Office deputies announce that the missing Stevenson mother, Kelly Ann Hill , and her infant son, David Zachary Barresse, had been located.
The sheriff's Office wishes to thank the friends and family of the missing persons. Both mother and son's welfare has been verified by Law Enforcement Officers.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) responded to a semi-truck accident Tuesday where diesel and engine oil spilled into the Little Klickitat River and onto the river bank off Highway 97, about five miles north of Goldendale.
The spill occurred in the late night hours, but the exact time was unknown at press time. The truck, owned by New Legend Trucking, overturned, but the driver was unharmed.
Responders estimate the size of the spill at 280 gallons. New Legend hired the National Response Corp. (NRC) to conduct the cleanup work. On Tuesday, NRC was using absorbent pads and containing the diesel and oil with absorbent boom as much as possible.
Recovering the overturned truck was expected to take most of Tuesday, according to Ecology's on-scene coordinator, Jeff Lewis. Once it is removed, NRC will be able to more thoroughly clean the river bank.
All oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.
A The Dalles man was not injured when he was involved in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 141 at milepost 8, five miles north of White Salmon. The accident occurred on Dec. 27, 2011, at 9 p.m.
According to the report, a 2006 Kenworth propane truck was in tow southbound on SR 141, approaching Husum. The tow driver, Steve R. Palmer, 59, The Dalles, observed a glow from the engine compartment of the propane truck. Palmer stopped and attempted to contain the fire without success. The entire cab of the propane truck was destroyed but the propane tank was left intact. Approximately 1600 gallons of propane was offloaded by the company.
Palmer's 1988 Kenworth tow truck was not damaged.
The accident is under investigation.
A Springdale driver was not injured when his semi truck was involved in a one-vehicle accident on SR 14 at milepost 32, 5 miles west of North Bonneville. The accident occurred on Dec. 29, 2011, at approximately 8:55 p.m.
According to the report, Richard D. Cooley, 51, was driving his 2002 Kenworth tractor with double flatbeds westbound on SR 14. The driver alleged that a vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lane. Cooley crossed the westbound fogline and shoulder and entered the westbound drainage ditch. The semi impacted with an embankment.
HOOD RIVER COUNTY
On Dec. 26, 2011, just after 3 a.m., deputies stopped a 2011 Mazda Protege displaying Oregon license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 35 near the intersection of Highway 30.
Subsequent investigation during the stop led to the discovery of several grams of heroin. Arrested on scene was a passenger in the vehicle, identified as 29 year old Ronald Steven Matson of West Linn, Ore.
Additionally, it was discovered that Matson had a felony warrant for his arrest, issued by the Oregon Parole Board. Two adult female occupants of the vehicle were released without charges.
Matson was lodged at NORCOR on charges of unlawful possession of heroin, false information to police and the warrant.
On Dec. 17, 2011, at about 1:30 a.m., a deputy stopped a 2010 Ford pickup for a traffic violation near the Charburger Restaurant in Cascade Locks.
Further investigation conducted during the traffic stop revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Tigard, Ore., about ten days earlier.
Arrested at the location was 42 year old Terry Lee Mceuin of Tigard. Mceuin was ultimately lodged at NORCOR.
In addition to several traffic violations, Mceuin was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two counts of false information to police.
Additionally, it was discovered that Mceuin had two outstanding felony warrants issued by Washington County, Ore.
An adult male passenger in the stolen vehicle was released without charges.
A 47-year old transient was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after he was sideswiped by a passing train and injured Friday afternoon along railroad tracks east of Hood River. The man was taken to a Hood River-area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
According to Senior Trooper Scott Rector, on Dec. 30, 2011, at approximately 4:10 p.m. OSP troopers and a Wasco County Sheriff deputy were dispatched to a report that a man was struck by a train between Hood River and Mosier. Following an area search for about 90 minutes a citizen reported seeing a man staggering near the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 just east of Hood River.
Emergency responders located the man, identified as 47-year old Paul Lawayne Loyd, and he was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries including a broken arm.
Investigation indicates Loyd was released Friday morning from the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles and started drinking alcohol as he made his way on foot toward Hood River. Loyd, who is known to travel along the railroad tracks, was walking west when a train operator saw him standing on the tracks and sounded the train's horn. Loyd reportedly lifted up his shirt to show a chest tattoo of the word "Railroad" as the train continued toward him. As Loyd began to move off the tracks he was struck by a ladder on the side of the passing train.
Loyd was cited at the hospital to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court on charges of criminal trespass in the first degree and Disorderly Conduct in the second degree. alcohol is a contributing factor in this incident.