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Sheriff Boat during rescue
Sheriff Boat during rescue
(added photo of rescue) Cowlitz Sheriff rescues two man who flipped boat and were clinging to a log (Photo) - 05/23/16
Longview, Wash - (Monday May 23rd at about 1:00 p.m.) Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputies responded with their boat to a report of two men who had flipped their boat in the Columbia River Slough and were clinging to a log; their boat upside down in the water nearby. Sergeant Corey Huffine responded and was able to yell at the men and told them to hang on and that the Sheriff Boat was on it's way. Fortunately both men were wearing life vests when the accident happened. One of the men said that he could not swim.

Deputies Nate Hockett and Rob Stump were able to get the Sheriff's boat to the scene (in about 50 minutes) and rescue the two men off the log. After dropping the men off on shore they returned and towed the overturned boat to the boat launch so it could be recovered.

We do not have the names of the men at this time nor do we have the details surrounding the reason the boat overturned. The men were not injured in the event.

"Sgt. Huffine stress that this is a good reminder for people of the importance of wearing a life vest while in a boat because if an accident happens you will not have time to put one on".

It may be until tomorrow before the rest of the details are available.
Attached Media Files: Sheriff Boat during rescue
Cowlitz Sheriff arrests armed man who pistol whipped girlfriend. - 05/16/16
Cowlitz County: Last night about 3am Erin Cochran, 32yrs of Vancouver, called Cowlitz 911 and reported that her ex-boyfriend, Brent Luyster, 36yrs, of Longview, had pistol whipped her and that she was bleeding from the head and did not know where she was. 911 dispatchers were able to use GPS to locate her locations near Luyster's house at 123 Solo View Driver (Longview). She was bleeding from the head and was taken to the hospital for treatment of her head injuries. (We do not know the status of her medical condition or the extent of her injuries, they are not believed to be life threatening).

Cochran said she was asleep on the couch at Luysters house when she awoke to Luyster hitting her in the head and face with a pistol and to being grabbed by the hair and drug down a hall. She had no idea what caused Luyster to assault her.

Luyster and Cochran have a child in common but do not live together at Luyster's house at 123 Solo View Longview, Wa. Cochran lives at an undisclosed address in Vancouver.

When Deputies approached Lusters house, gun fire come from the woods near the house. The deputies believe Luyster was shooting at them, the deputies were not injured. Deputies eventually talked Luyster to surrendering. They found a .223 semiautomatic rife, a 12ga shotgun, and a 40 caliber Glock pistol in the woods where Luyster had been shooting. They booked him (no bail)in to the Cowlitz County jail for:

Assault 2nd degree (Felony)
Unlawful Possession of firearms 9 counts (Felony)
Reckless Endangerment (Felony)

Questions about Lusters appearance in court are referred to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.

Questions about Cochran's injuries/or medical status are referred to St John Hospital.
Sheriff's Office seeking Reserve Applicants - 05/11/16
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Unit is currently accepting applications. The Sheriff's Reserve is a volunteer extension of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office whose primary mission is to assist the Sheriff's Office in routine duties such as patrol, special events, times of disaster and search and rescue.

All interested applicants must be 21 years old, have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or GED, pass a basic physical test and written test, pass an in depth background investigation, psychological exam, and polygraph exam before being accepted into the Reserve Unit.

Applications may be picked up only at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. For additional details contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at or call the Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092.
Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force Search Warrant and Arrest - 05/03/16
Kelso, WA-An investigation into long-term drug trafficking resulted in arrests in east Kelso on Tuesday. See the attached Release.
Attached Media Files: press_release_05-03-2016.doc
Cowlitz Sheriff announces public meetings in coming weeks. (Photo) - 05/03/16
Cowlitz County:

The public is encouraged to attend one of several of the community meetings that Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson is hosting over the next several weeks. Sheriff Nelson will give an update on activities happening at the Sheriff's Office and he will also take questions from the public.

There are several attachments to this release that cover the details of the meetings such as the date/time/location.