Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Woman accidentally run over by boyfriend dies. Cowlitz Sheriff investigating - 02/18/14
Woodland, Wa - Monday, 2-17-14 8pm, Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of a woman who died after being accidentally run over by her boyfriend as they were loading firewood from one truck to the other.
Jered Pickner, 28 years, Woodland, was moving firewood from one truck to another truck with girlfriend Barbra Delgrosso, 43 years (Brush Prairie) along with a friend Todd Lemon on Pandora Road out of Woodland. The firewood was in a pickup that was not operational and the three of them were going to transfer the firewood into another pickup. Pickner and Delgrosso were standing on the flatbed of the broken down pickup tossing the firewood to Todd in the "operational" pickup. Todd told Pickner to move the truck closer so it would be easier to transfer the wood. Pickner jumped in the pickup and started to move the truck. At this point Lemon was in the back of the working truck and Degrosso was in the bed of the broken down truck. As Pickner was backing the truck, he pushed on the brakes but the truck did not stop. The two trucks collided and the collision caused the truck Delgrosso was in to travel down the hill. It is unknown how at this point but Delgrosso either fell out of the truck or she jumped out of the truck. Lemon yelled to Pickner telling him the other truck was moving. Pickner thought the truck he was driving had come to a stop so he exited the vehicle to assist. When he exited the vehicle he was yelled for her to just let the truck go. He was then hit by the door he just exited as the truck he was driving continued to roll downhill. He jumped back into the pickup and got the truck stopped as soon as he could. When he exited the vehicle again he observed Delgrosso on the ground underneath the pickup he was driving. He pulled Delgrosso out from underneath the vehicle and placed her into the truck and drove towards Woodland to get help. At this time Delgrosso was talking and was telling him to calm down as everything was going to be ok. They drove to Green Mountain and Shirely-Gordan Road where they met up with an ambulance from AMR. Unfortunately Delgrosso died while in the ambulance.
Mr. Pickner lives at 81 Pandora Road, but it has not been confirmed if this happened on land that Mr. Pickner owned.
The investigation is on-going. At this point there are no indication drugs or alcohol played a role in Ms. Degrosso's death. There is also no indication there is any foul play involved. Mr. Pickner has been cooperative with deputies during this investigation.
Questions regarding the official cause and manner of death should be referred to the coroner office at 360-577-3079.
Sheriff Presents Agency Awards - 02/14/14
Kelso, WA-Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson presented agency awards to several deputys on Thursday afternoon. Sheriff Nelson stated "We don't do a great job of recognizing the great work done by these folks because it's what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn't make it right, so we're recognizing these people now." The following are recipients for 2013:
Deputy Riley McNeal - Deputy McNeal received an agency Challenge Coin for his role in an investigation where he spent an evening out in the rain searching for stolen property from a burglary. The property was recovered and the suspects arrested.
Deputy Riley McNeal - Deputy McNeal received his second Challenge Coin for his dogged determination on foot, following an ATV rider who was attempting to avoid contact. The rider finally saw that McNeal wasn't going to stop, so he quit and gave up.
Deputy Craig Shelton - Deputy Shelton received an agency Challenge Coin for his investigation of a burglary where numerous firearms were stolen. He continued to search for the suspects throughout the night and eventually stopped a car and observed evidence from the burglary. The suspects were arrested and the property, including the firearms, was recovered.
Deputy Todd McDaniel - The Sheriff's Office recognizes employees who volunteer their time in the community outside of work. Deputy McDaniel was awarded the Community Service award pin and certificate for his time as a Kelso City Councilperson, youth baseball and youth football.
Deputy Brent Harris - Deputy McDaniel was awarded the Community Service award pin and certificate for his time volunteering with Kelso Girls Softball.
Deputy Nate Hockett - Deputy Hockett received the Military Deployment award pin and certificate for serving with the United States Marine Corps in Kuwait in 2002, while employed as a deputy sheriff.
Deputy Jeremy Tonissen - Deputy Tonissen received the Military Deployment award pin and certificate for serving with the United States Air Force in Qatar in 2013, while employed as a deputy sheriff.
Deputy Danny O'Neill - Deputy O'Neill received the Duty Combat award pin and certificate for his involvement in an armed conflict in 2013.
Sergeant Ryan Cruser - Sgt. Cruser received the Duty Combat award pin (1 star)and certificate for his involvement in and armed conflict in 2013.
DEPUTY TODD McDANIEL - Sheriff Mark Nelson selected Deputy Todd McDaniel to receive the 1st annual Sheriff's "Sheriff Les Nelson Spirit Award". This award was purchased by the Nelson family in named after the late Sheriff Les Nelson. The intent of the award is to recognize an agency employee who is exceptional in the way they treat people, and their attitude towards public service. Sheriff Mark Nelson presented this award for the first time to Deputy McDaniel, who has, as Sheriff Nelson stated, "Proven himself as the consumate public servant many times over in our community. I'm incredibly proud to work with him." Nelson said.
All of the award applications were submitted by the selected employee's peers and went through a committee for recommendation before going to the Sheriff for final approval. The exception to that process is the Sheriff's Spirit Award, which is presented at the discretion of the Sheriff.
Use Your Head and Watch Out for the Other Guy - 02/06/14
KELSO, WA-There's something about snow that makes people happy. It's pretty, it's fluffy, it's slippery and cold. It's also dangerous along with it, so I felt it prudent that we talk briefly about those things.
In spite of how pretty is it, we've got people preparing for their commute that are unaware of how dangerous the driving conditions are out here. We're very accustomed to driving in all sorts of moisture, but the moisture around here doesn't freeze very often.
The safest thing you can do for yourself and those around you is stay home. However, if you must drive, DECREASE YOUR SPEED, INCREASE YOUR FOLLOWING DISTANCE, and WATCH OUT FOR THE GUY WHO ISN'T.
Trust me, there are plenty of opportunities out there for people to do dumb things while driving in a normal day; I've made a career out of that. Couple that with hazardous road conditions and it's an ugly situation.
So, settle down, slow down, and watch out for some other clown.
Sheriff Mark Nelson