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A Trout Lake female was injured Monday, March 12, 2012, in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 141 at milepost 18, 16 miles north of White Salmon. The accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m.

According to the report, Rocio A. Romero, 24, Trout Lake, was driving her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer southbound on SR 141. The vehicle started to lose traction and the driver braked. The vehicle then crossed the northbound lane and went off the roadway to the left. The vehicle rolled one and a half times, coming to rest on the driver's side.

Romero suffered a sore neck and was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.

She was charged with negligent driving.



At 10:45 A.M., Skamania County Deputies responded to 391 Harder Road in Washougal after being notified of shooting noise in the area and the resident owner locating a bullet on a bedroom floor.

Deputies subsequently located a bullet hole through the bedroom wall just above the headboard of the bed. The trajectory appears to be from a ricochet off the ground outside, through the outside wall of the residence and hitting an opposite inside bedroom wall near the ceiling. The bullet was recovered off the floor of the bedroom.

There were no reported injuries.

"At this time we have no reason to believe that this was intentional in nature in any way," said Undersheriff Dave Cox. "We will be continuing with the investigation to determine a possible explanation as to why the bullet found its way to this residence."

If anyone has any information on this incident, they are requested to contact the Skamania County Sheriff's Office at 427-9490.



A Florida man was arrested Monday afternoon by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper after he was found in possession of approximately 1/2 pound of marijuana while hitchhiking along Interstate 84 west of Cascade Locks.

On March 5, 2012, at approximately 12 noon an OSP trooper working overtime enforcement in a highway construction work zone along I-84 contacted a man hitchhiking near milepost 33. During the contact the trooper discovered the man, identified as Jerod Leanor Walker, 32, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. was in possession of over seven ounces of marijuana.

Walker was arrested and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail for felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance -- marijuana.

A Las Vegas, Nev., man may have gotten the message to slow down Wednesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped him along Interstate 84 west of The Dalles. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered the man had been stopped and cited by two other police officers within the last hour for similar high speed traffic violations.

On March 7, 2012, at approximately 8:12 a.m. OSP Trooper Brent Ocheskey stopped a rented 2012 Nissan Altima displaying Washington license plates westbound on I-84 near milepost 76 for traveling 92 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. Ocheskey was looking for the vehicle following a report from Sherman County Sheriff's Office that a deputy stopped the vehicle westbound near milepost 110 and cited the driver for going 98 mph. During the traffic stop, Ocheskey learned the driver was stopped a third time within the last hour and cited by a Gilliam County Sheriff's Office deputy for going 105 mph.

The car's driver, Jose Romero-Valenzuela, 34, from Las Vegas, Nev., told Ocheskey he was enroute to Oregon City for a scheduled appearance in Clackamas County Circuit Court. OSP confirmed he had a 3 p.m. preliminary hearing for a drug-related charge.

The three citations totaled over $2,000 in possible fines and other penalties, including a mandatory minimum 30 -– 90 day suspension if convicted related to the citation issued for speeding in excess of 100 mph.

A second OSP trooper set up west of Hood River in case Romero-Valenzuela didn't get the message to slow down. When spotted near milepost 66, the car was driving the posted 65 mph speed limit.


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