On April 23, 2012, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office received a report that a citizen had dug up what appeared to be multiple items of an explosive nature in the Timber Valley area of the county.
Deputies responded to the scene and examined the devices and believed them to be explosives.
The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and responded to the scene and confirmed that the devices were explosives.
WSP detonated the devices in place in order to mitigate the hazardous condition of moving and transporting the explosives to another location for detonation.
The professionalism and expertise of the bomb squad personnel were paramount in keeping the citizens of Timber Valley, as well as the deputies safe from the device being accidentally detonated by unnecessary movement.
A Hood River man was injured following a one-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 86, two miles east of Dallesport. The accident occurred on April 25, 2012, at approximately 10:56 p.m.
According to the report, James Michael Kahoe, 22, Hood River, was driving his 2001 Ford Expedition eastbound on SR 14. The vehicle left the road to the north and struck the guard rail. The vehicle then rolled and ended up on its top.
Kahoe suffered multiple lacerations and abrasions. He was transported from the scene by private vehicle to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles and then taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Kahoe was charged with DUI.
A Wyoming man escaped injury when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on April 29, 2012, at approximately 6 p.m. The accident occurred on SR 14 at milepost 23, 5 miles east of Washougal.
According to the report, Kenneth D. Hust, 42, Rock Springs, Wyo., was driving his 2009 Kenworth tractor hauling two flatbed trailers westbound. The driver was speeding too fast for conditions when approaching a curve. His load shifted and the semi tractor blew a tire. The three units then rolled and skidded into the jersey barrier. All three units came to rest on their side blocking the roadway.
Hust was charged with speeding, failure to secure load and defective tires.
Three Clark County residents have been incarcerated in the Skamania County Jail after attempting to steal an ATM machine from the LaCamas Community Credit Union in Stevenson early Tuesday, May 1.
24-year-old Christopher Hewitt of Vancouver, 21-year-old Benjamin Milam of Battle Ground, and 22-year-old Malanyon Giles of Battle Ground, were arrested for malicious mischief in the first degree and attempted theft in the first degree.
At approximately 3:30 am, Skamania County deputies responded to an unknown cellular caller advising three people were attempting to break into the ATM machine located at the LaCamas Community Credit Union on First Street in Stevenson. Deputies noticed the suspect vehicle leaving the area west on SR 14 as they responded to the scene.
A notification was sent to Washougal Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office, and the Washington State Patrol to attempt to locate and stop the vehicle.
Washougal Police officers subsequently stopped the vehicle at the east side of Washougal, just off SR 14 on Gibson Road, and detained the three suspects until Skamania County deputies could arrive.
Bank officials were able to acquire video that positively identified the three suspects attempting to remove the ATM machine.
"We were very fortunate this morning to have one of our citizens concerned enough about their community to call in this incident," said Undersheriff Dave Cox. "Their commitment to their community, the cooperation from Credit Union officials, along with the excellent law enforcement work of Skamania County Deputies Shultz, Manning, Garcia and the officers of the Washougal Police Department has brought a positive conclusion to this case. It was a definite team effort for all involved."
The Umatilla County (Ore.) Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating 26-year-old Melody Kaye Mickel, who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances on Friday April 27, 2012 at 5:30 a.m. Mickel was reported missing by a co-worker after she left her job at Rite Aid in Hermiston, Ore.
Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crimes Team investigators believe 28-year-old Alberto Quiroz Martinez is a suspect in Mickel's disappearance. Investigators believe that Mickel and Martinez have been involved in a domestic relationship.
Martinez is described as a Hispanic male, 5-11, 160 to 180 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.
Mickel is described as a white female, 5-5, 124 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.
Martinez' vehicle is described as a black 2006 Subaru Legacy 4-door.
Investigators would like the public to share this information via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.
Anyone who sees Martinez or Mickel is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about this investigation is asked to call the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Detective Kasey Ward at 541-966-3651.