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Violent Offender who almost ran over Deputy arrested - 06/22/17

Last night Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies located and arrested 26 year old Paul Ira Harris in a garage in the 3200 block of Olympia Way in Longview. He was found hiding in the attic area of a detached garage at that location. Harris had unsuccessfully attempted to conceal his identity by poorly bleaching his hair yellow. Harris was booked at the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of Felony Eluding, Reckless Endangerment, and Violation of Community Custody; four misdemeanors including suspicion of Resisting Arrest, making False Statement, Driving while License Suspended, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. He was also served two misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear in court. Located with Harris was 31 year old Ryan Thomas Hamer who was also arrested and booked on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear in Court.

The Sheriff's Office thanks all those that provided tips on the location of Harris.

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Cowlitz Sheriff investigating case of partial human remains found on Columbia River shore: Woodland (Photo) - 06/19/17

Woodland, Wa: The Cowlitz County Sheriff Office is investigating a case where partial human remains washed ashore on Saturday evening on the banks of the Columbia River in the Woodland area.

The body was in advanced stages of decomposition and appears to have been in the water for months and possibly for years. There is no obvious signs of foul play, but it is too early to say for certain what the cause or manner of death is.

The victim was wearing Levi blue jeans model "521" slim tapered fit. Size 29w x 32i. There was also one Nike shoe that is a size 8 (not sure if woman or mans at this time.)

The Cowlitz Coroner is working with Nike to determine the time this shoe was manufactured and sold, and whether it was designed as a woman's or man's shoe.

The Coroner has also been in touch with a forensic anthropologist in King County who will be assisting on the case.

Detectives will be working closely with the Coroner's Office; talking with other law enforcement agencies who have missing persons that may be related.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092.

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Paul I Harris - WANTED
Paul I Harris - WANTED
Cowlitz Sheriff seeking public help on locating violent offender who almost ran over deputy (Photo) - 06/15/17

Cowlitz County: Earlier today at about 8:00 a.m. Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies were called to the 100 block of Lone Oak Road due to the report of suspicious person at a vacant lot. They contacted Paul I Harris who gave a false name to the deputies who were investigating the incident. As the deputies attempted to arrest Mr. Harris for providing a false name he sped away and almost ran in to a Deputy Sheriff who was standing nearby. The deputy was not injured.

Harris is 26 years old, 6' 1", 185 lbs with short brown hair. The picture attached to this release is an accurate depiction of how Harris looked today. He is a transient who frequents the Longview area.

Harris has a history of violence and should not be approached. There is a felony warrant for Harris issued by the department of corrections that is active. He is also wanted for Making False Statements, Felony Eluding, Resisting Arrest .

Anyone who has any information about Mr. Harris location can call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use their smartphones and text the message using the TIP411 APP by making the text attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

Task Force Arrests Two (Photo) - 06/06/17

On Thursday, June 1st agents of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force in a joint investigation with Longview Street Crimes disrupted a Drug Trafficking Organization with direct ties to Mexico.
Arrested were ABDALA ROSAS, FAHRI YASSER 29 years of age and ROSAS-GUZMAN, NEFTALY 23 years of age.
A search warrant was executed at 1636 Minor Road in Kelso where 256 grams of Methamphetamine and 5.5 pounds of Heroin were seized; having a street value close to a quarter of a million dollars. Agents also seized $4751.00 in cash and two vehicles.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Attached photograph is about 4.5 pounds of the heroin seized.
1355 hours: Date corrected to June 1st.

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