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Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives release photos of credit card fraud suspects (Photo) - 08/27/14
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify the above individuals related to a credit card fraud investigation. The female suspect is wearing a black and green jacket, White hat, and black and white shirt. The male in the white shirt were caught on video surveillance using my victim's credit card. The age, height, and weight of each suspect is not known. They made purchases at a Walmart in Longview and in Chehalis. They may be associated with an older model white station wagon (unknown make or model).

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Cowlitz County Sheriff Detective Rob Stumph at 360-677-3092
Sheriff's Office to conduct FREE boating education class - 08/26/14
Do you need your boaters card? The Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office Marine Division will be hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next class is scheduled for Sept 6th, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The class will be held at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. The cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 360-577-3092. Registration deadline is Thursday Sept 4th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out
update#3:drowning victim located: victim ID:Divers unable to locate victim search continue tomorrow...Cowlitz and Clark Counties conducting Searh and Rescue for Missing Swimmer on Yale Lake - 08/24/14
8-24-14 1:30pm. Divers located the victim from yesterdays drowning shortly before noon. Skamania County Sheriff's Office sent 6 divers and a boat. Clark County Sheriff sent two boats and Cowlitz County Sheriff sent one boat and Cowlitz Dive Rescue sent two divers. The family was notified.

8-23-14 11:30pm. The victim that is missing and presumed drowned is Stephen. W. Rilea. 22 years. Of Vancouver, Wa.


Update 8-23-14 7:30 pm.. divers from Cowlitz Dive were unable to locate the victim after 2 dives spent over an hour under water searching for the victim.

The search will resume tomorrow morning with divers and boats from the Cowlitz Clark and Skamania county dive rescue teams.

We will release the name of the victim in a few hours.


et 11:38 AM this morning, the Cowlitz County 911 center received a call from Beaver Bay Campground that a 22 year old male was seen swimming in Yale Lake near the park entrance and had gone under water about 50 feet from shore and not come up. A Clark County Sheriff's Boat was dispatched along with fire units and Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies and Cowlitz County Dive Rescue. At this time, Search and Rescue operations are still ongoing. The subject's identity is known but is not being released at this time.
Further updates will be published should there be a successful recovery or a suspension of Search and Rescue Operations for the evening.
Update #3:911 audio attached: Cowlitz Sheriff investigating DV shooting: Suspect dead, victim at hospital with non-life threatening injuries - 08/15/14
8-15-14 noon: Detectives interviewed the Milian children today, including the 10 year old daughter who placed the 911 call reporting that her dad shot her mom. The family has asked that even though it is clear which child called 911, they would ask that media not use her name but rather identify her only as the 10 year old daughter. Early reports that the caller was a boy was in error. The children continue to stay with relatives of the family and are doing well.

CCD Rosenzweig states "The child did an excellent job when she called 911. Even though it was a very traumatic event, she stayed calm and was able to provide her address and answer all the 911 dispatcher's questions exceptionally well. She comforted her mom who had just been shot and provide critically important information to the deputies responding to the scene. This underscores the importance of teaching children how to call 911 in an emergency and to know the address where they are at the time. she is a remarkable young girl".

We know Chante Milian continues to remain in the hospital for treatment of her gunshot injury. She was shot once in the back. Detectives had been told that Chante had been shot in the stomach but this is not correct.

Detectives continue to interview family and friends of Milian family and hope to conclude the investigation next week.

We will try to attached the audio of the 911 call to this release. It is quite large. If the audio is not available on the flashnews system, we may need to work out other means for distributing the audio file.

8-14-14 4:30 p.m. In reference to the request for the audio on the 911 call for the shooting at 244 Niemi Road, we will be releasing it as soon as we have a chance to interview the child who made the call. We hope to be able to interview the child tomorrow. We appreciate the media's patience and understanding for how difficult this has been for the Milian family especially the children and we are working with the family in order to cause the least impact to the children's lives as possible. We will release the audio to all media as soon as we can. Charlie Rosenzweig

8-13-14 5:00 p.m. Investigators completed their investigation at the scene around noon today. There was a small caliber handgun found near the suspect. The cause and manner of death will not be released until the coroner has completed an examination of the deceased and that is schedule to be conducted tomorrow.

The victim remains in a Portland hospital for treatment of her gunshot injury. We do not have specific information on her condition at this time.

The children are with other family members and are doing OK in light of the events, they were not injured.
Cowlitz 911 received a call shortly after midnight from a 10 year old child saying that his dad just shot his mom. Deputies responded to the residence at 244 Niemi road just west of Longview. They were able to get the mother and several children out of the house. The mother was transported by ambulance to St. John Hospital where she was treated and then transported to a Portland hospital. She was shot once in the back and is believed to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Lower Columbia SWAT was called to the scene and the suspect was located deceased in a room upstairs at the house. No one else was at the residence.

Investigators will examination of the scene once a search warrant has been signed. They will be working with members of the Cowlitz Coroner's Office who is also on scene.

The case is in the early stages and many details are still not known about the incident such as the cause and manner of death of the suspect. Information has been obtained that the suspect called a friend and reported that he had shot his wife and was going to shoot himself. We are not identifying that person at this time.

The suspect is Miguel Angel Milian, 30 years. He lived at 244 Niemi road, where the shooting occurred. The victim is his estranged wife, Chante Marie Milian, 27 years of Longview.

The children were not injured. They were turned over to a family member. It is not confirmed if there were 3 or 4 children at the house nor what all of their ages, names are at this time.

We ask the media to be patient with us as we begin to investigate the case.
CHILD FOUND: Cowlitz Sheriff asks public help locating Mom hiding 1 year old baby. (Photo) - 08/13/14
8-13-14 2:45 p.m. The child, Diamond Moore, was dropped off at the house of a family friend by an unknown woman. The child is in good health and has been turned over to Child Protective Services.

****Addition of photo of Diamond Moore****

Cowlitz County Sheriff is asking the public to help locate Christina Char Moore, 30 years, of Longview. Ms. Moore has been ordered to turn over her 1 year old baby, Diamond Lily Moore. The court documents list a concern over the child due to alleged drug use by Ms. Moore.

Christina Moore appeared in court yesterday and was severed a court order requiring her to turn over the child to Child Protective Services today. Ms. Moore failed to appear and is believed to be hiding the child from the court and the Child Protective Services. Her whereabouts are unknown.

Ms. Moore is 5'5" and 145 lbs. Light Brown hair and brown eyes. See Photos attached.

Anyone who has any information about Ms. Moore or her child is encouraged to call the Cowlitz Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. Or Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.

There is no vehicle associated with Ms. Brown.

Case is A14-2387.
Cowlitz Search and Rescue spends the night with injured hiker; Coast Guard Helicopter lifts hiker out - 08/11/14
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office got a call last night about 9:45p.m. from Jason Cook of Toutle, reporting that his friend who he had been hiking with had injured his leg and could not hike out. He was in very rugged terrain above Castle Lake, which is about 7 miles southwest of Mt. St. Helen's.

Cowlitz Deputy SAR Coordinator Jordan Spencer responded along with members of Cowlitz Search and Rescue. They found the injured hiker at 3:00 a.m. and confirmed that the hiker's was too badly injured to hike out, and the terrain was too rugged to move him. Due to nightfall it was decided to wait until daylight to extricate the hiker. A request was made through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management for a helicopter with a hoist that could lift the subject out of the steep terrain come daylight.

A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched and lifted the hiker out and transported him to St. John Hospital, in Longview at about 0900 hours.

The hiker's name is Angus Kunz, of Kelso and is believed to be in his 40's.

The Sheriff's Office does not have any further details of Mr. Kunz medical condition at this time.
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Accepting Reserve Deputy Applications - 08/06/14
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Reserve Deputies now thru Oct 1st, 2014.

Applicants for the volunteer positions must be at least 21 years old; have a valid driverÔ?,?(TM)s license, high school diploma or G.E.D.; pass a physical agility test and an in-depth background investiga-tion.

Applicants who pass the background investigation will be required to participate in the Reserve Academy, which will start in January 2015. Those who pass the Reserve Academy must donate a minimum of 16 hours a month assisting Sheriff's Deputies in their day-to-day duties and attend bimonthly training.

Applications are available at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office in the Hall of Justice on week-days between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 577-3092 or log on to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website Completed applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
Longview Man Dies in Silver Lake - 08/04/14
Kelso, WA - Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies, assisted by members of Cowlitz Dive/Rescue, recovered the body of 61 year old David L Amos of Longview out of Silver Lake yesterday afternoon. At approximately 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, Cowlitz 911 received a call of an unoccupied, running boat on the lake shore. After determining to whom the boat was registered, deputies were able to contact family who confirmed that Mr. Amos had gone fishing, and told them the area where he liked to fish.
After a short search, Mr. Amos' body was located about 300 yards from where the boat was found, and about a mile from the launch near off of Streeter's Rd. Mr. Amos was not wearing a life-jacket.
Witnesses, who had seen Mr. Amos around noon, reported that he acted a little out-of-character, and speculated that he may have suffered some medical issue.
Cowlitz Chaplain Tom Haan responded to assist the family. The body was turned over to the Coroner's Office for determination of cause and manner of death.

"We're not sure if this is a drowning or a medical issue." said Sheriff Mark Nelson. "Regardless, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Amos' family, while it appears that we must continue our work to get this message out: "Please wear your life-jacket.""

Nelson said.
Deputies Investigating Nature of Castle Rock Man's Injuries - 08/01/14
Kelso, WA-On August 1, 2014 at 1:36 A.M., Cowlitz 911 received a call of an injured man lying in the driveway in the 200 block of Sandwood Drive, Castle Rock. Castle Rock Fire responded to give aid. 911 staff were told by the patient's daughter was that he had fallen down and was injured. Castle Rock Police and Sheriff's Deputies arrived soon after the aid crew. The patient was identified as Kevin W. Lyon, 61-yoa. The family told deputies that most of the family had gone to bed when Mr. Lyon's son, 27 year old Tyler Lyon went outside and started up a chainsaw to cut brush. Kevin Lyon went outside to address the matter with Tyler. Soon after, they heard Tyler yelling for help. Finding Mr. Lyon injured and bleeding, a daughter called 911 and remained on the line with 911 until the Fire Department arrived. Tyler told investigators that Kevin had fallen, but not all of the injuries were consistent with a fall. Suffering from serious head injury, Kevin Lyon was transported to St. John Medical Center by Castle Rock Fire and later transferred by Life-flight to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. The investigation is continuing.