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K-9 Catches Crook in Crawlspace - 05/27/15
Kelso, WA - On January 19, 2015, Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery call in the 7300 block of Old Pacific Highway North in Castle Rock.

The victims stated that they had been menaced and robbed at knife-point by three subjects who stole money and medical marijuana.

An immediate search of the area for the suspects failed to locate them.

The following day, deputies checked video surveillance from a nearby store and through investigation were able to identify one of the suspects.

On May 26, 2015 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sheriff's Detective Rob Stumph located the identified suspect, Jose Travis Allen Sanchez, age 34, at 804 N. 8th Ave, Kelso Tuesday afternoon. Sanchez also had a confirmed warrant for Burglary. Sanchez fled when he was seen by Det. Stumph, and other deputies and Kelso Police responded to assist. Dep. Harris and K-9 Fritz were called in to assist. Sanchez was located hiding in the crawlspace under the house.

When Sanchez refused to surrender, the K-9 was deployed. Sanchez twice kicked K-9 Fritz in the face, causing a minor cut to the K-9's nose. Harris and Stumph attempted to take Sanchez into custody but he resisted arrest until Harris was able to deploy his Taser.

Sanchez was booked on his warrant, PC for Robbery 1st, and a new charge of Resisting Arrest.

K-9 Fritz did not require any veterinary treatment.

Mr. Sanchez stated that he did not like the dog, or the Taser.

The investigation to locate the other two suspects is on-going.

Sheriff Mark Nelson
Cowlitz County Sheriff Investigates Shooting - 05/23/15
Toutle, WA-At approximately 7:50 a.m., 67 year old Donald Donais called Cowlitz 911 to report that he had been shot. As Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies and aid personnel were responding, Donais told 911 that he had gotten in an argument with the suspect, his 52 year old male roommate, Stanley Bartkowiak. The victim, suspect, and the suspect's ex-wife had been staying at the residence in the 9800 block of Spirit Lake Highway.
Bartkowiak had been asked to move out and he became very upset. He allegedly went outside and flattened the tires on a vehicle, then came in the house and armed himself with a .38 caliber handgun. The suspect then went into the bedroom where the victim was and a fight ensued. During the altercation Bartkowiak allegedly held Donais down and shot him in the head, grazing the victim's forehead. At some point, the victim was shot a second time. The victim fled the residence and ran to a neighboring home where he called 911.
When deputies arrived on-scene, Bartkowiak refused to exit the residence, but eventually surrendered to deputies. He was transported to St. John hospital pending jail booking. Bartkowiak did not appear to be injured, but was transported for evaluation.
Donais was transported by Life-flight to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, where he has been treated and released for superficial gunshot wounds.
"I pray this is not the weekend law-enforcement forecast." Said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. "Let's celebrate this Memorial Day weekend with caring hearts, and for the right reasons." Sheriff Nelson said.
Deputies were assisted by Castle Rock Police.
The investigation is continuing, and an update will be issued if additional information comes available.
Sheriff Mark Nelson

It should be noted that there is no cellular service, so Sheriff Nelson will not be available for phone contact for several hours. You may leave a message at 360-751-8101 and he will get back to you at his earliest opportunity.
Sheriff's Office to conduct courtesy boat inspections - 05/12/15
The start of the summer boating season is fast approaching. The weather will start to get nice and the local rivers and lakes will soon be booming with sport and recreational boats. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is offering complimentary marine safety inspections for all interested boat owners. Inspections will be offered at the Willow Grove Boat Launch and Kalama Marina on May 31st between the hours of 11AM and 3PM. Inspections can be conducted on the water or on shore for trailered boats.

Each vessel that passes inspection will receive a 2015 Marine Safety Decal. Additional boating information will also be available.

For additional information contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092 or email at
Sheriff Snags Suspects - 05/05/15
Longview, WA- Tuesday morning at approximately 6:40 a.m., a woman living in the 100 block of Haryu Road in west Longview, reported that she had heard someone possibly trying to open a window to her residence. When she looked outside, she saw a male subject in her yard. The victim and a neighbor both reported seeing the man get into a green car leaving the area immediately after. They gave a partial license number.
Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson heard the call over the radio and responded to the area. While responding he observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle travelling eastbound on Pacific Way in about the 5300 block, so he turned to follow the vehicle.
When the vehicle saw Nelson's patrol car turn, it began to flee. The Sheriff estimated the speed of the fleeing vehicle to be in excess of 70 mph in the posted 35 mph zone, which is generally heavily travelled at that time of day and has kids waiting for their school bus.
He lost sight of the vehicle around a corner. Nelson then saw the taillights on a side-road, but then disappear. As he began checking the area, he observed a male subject crossing Pacific Terrace south on foot, into the yard in the 5000 block of Pacific Terrace.
Nelson contacted the individual, whose clothes were all wet and covered with brush and grass debris, in the residence of the yard. The home owner there told Nelson he had no idea who the person was. Nelson noted that he generally fit the description of the suspects from Haryu Road. He told Nelson that he was cutting through the yard on his way to his girlfriend's house. He identified himself as Laurence S. Poynor, 083080, Longview.
Moments later, dispatch reported that a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle had just crashed in a driveway in the 5000 block of Pacific Way and the driver had fled. Deputies responded to the crash.
Having turned Poyner over a deputy, Nelson began checking the area of the collision. Just east of Clark Creek Rd, Nelson saw a male walking eastbound on Pacific Way. When Nelson exited his patrol car, the subject asked if he had gotten the call about his car being stolen. I asked him what kind of a car he had. He said he was unsure, but that he thought it was a Saturn, the same as the crashed suspect vehicle. He was identified as Kyle Wolf, 040886, Kelso. No call had been made regarding a stolen vehicle.
He said that he had been looking for an old girlfriend somewhere nearby (unknown address) but found she didn't live there anymore, so he walked to the store, though he could not clearly describe what store, or where it was. He said that when he got back from the store, his car was gone.
Both subjects were subsequently identified by the victim and witness on Haryu Rd. Further investigation revealed that a burglary had occurred and a small television stolen. The TV was located in the vehicle.
Both subjects were booked into the county jail in lieu of charges and bail.