Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Emergency Messages as of 4:03 am, Fri. Aug. 18
No information currently posted. Operating as usual.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office. Please use any browser other than Internet Explorer.
Primary email address for a new account:

Emergency Alerts News Releases  

Manage my existing Subscription

News Releases
Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy seizes $20k of Meth and Heroin after traffic stop of trespassers on BNSF land. (Photo) - 08/17/17

Cowlitz County, Wash -- Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Justin Taylor found two people trespassing on BNSF railroad land and stopped their car. The car was driving by Natasha R Bickar 27 Years. The passenger was Maurcio E. Bazan, 18 years of Longview. Bazan refused to identify himself and was arrested for the trespass. Bazan also had a DOC warrant for his arrest. A DOC officers responded to the scene and searched the car and found a small amount of meth. They turned it over to Deputy Taylor who then obtained a search warrant to search the rest of the car. During the follow up search of the car, Deputy Taylor found another bag that contained almost a half a pound of crystalline methamphetamine, and a bag of about 16grams of what is believed to be Heroin. The drugs are worth about $20,000.00 on the street. Bazan said the drugs were his and that Bickar "had nothing to do" with the drugs. The field test kit showed positive for the meth and the heroin will be tested by the state crime lab.

The arrest took place on Fisherman Loop Road north of Kalama on August 14th. The search warrant was served the following day on the 15th.

Bazan was booked for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to sell. No Bail. Bickar was not arrested but may face charges for trespassing in the future.

There are pictures of both the Meth and the Heroin (taken by Deputy Taylor) attached to this media release.

(Note to media: Washington State Law does not allow us to release booking photos)

Attached Media Files: Meth , Heroin
suspect 3
suspect 3
Cowlitz Sheriff releases photos of theft suspects, seeks public help in ID (Photo) - 08/16/17

Cowlitz Sheriff:

Case Number: A17-2469 Date: August 15, 2017

Cowlitz County: I am seeking assistance in identifying the above pictured individuals related to a theft case. Probable cause does not exist at this time. Callers are encouraged to call Deputy Stumph at the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use their smart phones and text a tip using the TIP411 APP with the message ATTN to the Cowlitz Sheriff's Office.

Copies of 3 suspects attached to this release.

Attached Media Files: Release doc , suspect 3 , Suspect 2 , Suspect 1
Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy O'Neill retiring after 46 years of service (Photo) - 08/03/17

Cowlitz County: August 2nd 2017

Attached to this release is a notice of Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Danny O'Neill whose last shift is Sunday. He has served 46 years in law enforcement. Photo attached as well.

Attached Media Files: Sheriff Announcement , Oneill_best.jpg
O'Neill rescuing man
O'Neill rescuing man
Waverunner operator rescues drowning man on Cowlitz River; saves his life (Photo) - 08/01/17

Cowlitz County Wash - A 911 call came in at about 5:30 p.m. reporting a man was in the Cowlitz River about 3 miles north of Kelso and was drowning.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Derek Baker was immediately in the area. He is a certified boat operator and had rescue equipment with him. Deputy Baker took his "throw rope" to the river and threw it to the man just as a resident. Also at the same time there was a local resident who was on a waverunner who showed up at the same time. The victim who was literally going under the surface of the water was rescued just in time. The man on the waverunner turned out to be Eric O'Neill, the brother of Cowlitz Deputy Danny O'Neill.

The photograph attached to this release show the rope Deputy Baker threw to the man and Mr. O'Neill on his wave runner grabbing a hold of the man holding him from slipping down in to the river. The victim was exhausted and could not move.

The other photo is of Deputy Baker and members of Cowlitz Fire District #2 and members of Cowlitz Dive Rescue carry the victim to an awaiting ambulance.

The name of the victim, or his condition is unknown, but he did not appear to have any other obvious injuries other than total exhaustion.

It is not clear why the man was in the river when he did not know how to swim.

We do not have the name of the person who called in, but we believe it was someone on the riverbank in the area at the time who saw the man in distress.

Cowlitz Sheriff and Castle Rock Police Partner on North County National Night Out - 07/28/17

The Cowlitz County Sheriff and Castle Rock Police are partnering up to host the North County National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The event will be held at the Castle Rock Elementary School beginning at 5:30.

There will be free hot dogs, games, and three brand new bicycles (Donated by Sheriff Nelson and several deputies) will be given away (free drawing)throughout the evening.

Other agencies involved are: Castle Rock Care Coalition, Pathways 2020, BACA, Youth Prevention Squad, Department of Emergency Management, Family Health Center, What if Cowlitz County, and Cowlitz 6 Fire and Recue.

Come show your community support for all north Cowlitz County.

Sheriff Mark Nelson

Woman hit and killed while laying down on a highway near Castle Rock Washington - 07/28/17

Castle Rock, Wa - Cowlitz Deputies were dispatched to the 7300 block of Westside Highway last night at about 12:30 a.m. to the report of a woman who had been struck by a motorist.

When Deputies arrived on scene they found the woman that had been struck by a truck was deceased.

The driver of the truck, a 19 year old Castle Rock man, was northbound on when he saw what he thought was a piece black plastic in the middle of the road. His pickup truck has high clearance so he he positioned the truck to straddle what he thought was a plastic bag. When he drove over the plastic, he felt the undercarriage of his truck hit something more solid than a empty plastic bag so he stopped and returned and found the woman's body. Another vehicle had just arrived and he had them call 911. Due to the significant injuries of the impact, first aid and life saving measures were not successful.

The victim was wearing a black "puffy" style jacket and lying in the middle of the road with her head pointing southbound, and the vehicle was travelling northbound, which explains why the driver only saw what he described as black plastic.

Sheriff detectives were called to the scene and based on the evidence and the information that the driver provided, there are no charges pending. The driver was very cooperative with detectives throughout the investigation. We are not releasing his name at this time.

It is important to note that the cause and manner of death of the woman has not been determined. It is possible she was deceased before the collision occurred. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner and he will release those later.

The ID of the woman is pending, and will be released by the Coroner.

K9 Fritz Poster
K9 Fritz Poster
Cowlitz Sheriff invites public to honor fallen K9 "Fritz". Procession on Thursday 27th at 3: 30 p.m. (Photo) - 07/25/17

Cowlitz County, WA. Sheriff Mark Nelson announces the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office memorial recognition of K9 "Fritz" by procession. Deputy K9 Fritz ashes will be transported to a brief law enforcement memorial by his handler, Deputy Brent Harris this Thursday, July 27th . The small procession of marked Sheriff's Office patrol cars will begin in the Vancouver area and travel north on I-5 to Tennant way, then North on 3rd Avenue. The procession will travel past the Hall of Justice main entrance at approximately 3:30 p.m. (on the river side of the building) before ending at its destination in Kelso. The public is invited to the Hall of Justice, located at 312 SW 1st Ave, in Kelso to observe the procession and pay their respects. People who wish to see the procession should stand on the sidewalk on the river side of the Hall of Justice as the procession will drive along the roadway next to the building or observe the procession anywhere along 3rd avenue between Tennant way and the Hall of Justice. There is public parking on the South, North and East sides of the Hall of Justice. The Sheriff's Office will recognize Fritz's service at a short ceremony later in the day that is open to local Law Enforcement Officers.

Previous Media release below ---------------------

Cowlitz County: Please see the Media Release and picture/poster about the unexpected passing of K9 Fritz. Fritz was a very active K9 but became ill over the past 3 days and the decision had to be made to put him down. Please help us share this loss with our community.

Attached Media Files: K9 Fritz BIO , K9 Fritz Poster