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Longview Man Injured by Laser Shining Suspect - 10/17/14
Longview, WA - On Thursday, October 16, at approximately 9:55 p.m., 43 year old Steven Toney and his wife were at home in the 4600 Block of Ohio St. watching television. Mr. Toney noticed a laser light shining on his wife's face. The light was coming from outside of their home.

Mr. Toney went outside and confronted a male and a female who had been standing on the Toney's porch, but fled to the street when Mr. Toney exited the house. Mr. Toney and the male suspect exchanged words. While the male suspect continued to shine the laser light in Mr. Toney's eyes, a scuffle broke out between Mr. Toney and the male. During the fight, the male suspect struck Mr. Toney in the face with an object, believed to be a knife, cutting Mr. Toney's face and through his eyelid. The female did not participate in the assault.

After the suspect and the female fled, Mr. Toney and his wife drove to St. John Hospital. Deputies were called to the emergency room to investigate the incident. Mr. Toney was then transported to OHSU for a laceration to left eyelid but otherwise, non-life threatening injuries, but has since been released.

The suspect is described as a White Male, 20's, 5'11 150 pounds, Dark Brown or Black hair, scruffy facial hair, last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt with white lettering accompanied with blue jeans. He would likely have marks around neck region.

The female, who was not part of the assault, is described as a White Female, 20's, with blonde hair with darker roots, 5'4, average build, wearing black rimmed glasses.

Security footage from the area and witness contacts are underway. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Riley McNeal or Detective Cory Robinson the Sheriff's Office at (360)577-3092, or Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.
Level III Sex Offender community notification - 10/07/14
We are releasing this attached document to the media as allowed by RCW 4.24.550. Mr. Garner is registered as a transient and as of today, October 7th 2014, Mr. Garner is compliant with his conditions to check in with our office once a week. He is not wanted at this time.
Ring on hand
Ring on hand
Update#1: Ring returned: Cowlitz Sheriff Looking for two men in connection with a stolen wedding ring (Photo) - 09/23/14
Update 9-23-14 The wedding ring that was stolen has been returned by a person who wishes to remain anonymous. The ring was brought to the house of the mother of the victim. The mother, Billie Jo Perry, works at the local school and is well respected by the people in the Toutle community. The mother is willing to talk with the media. She can be reached at home at 360-274-8523 after 3pm or on her cell at 360-749-2750 during the day.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff is asking for the public's help in locating two men, as one of them is in believed to be in possession of a stolen wedding ring.

The ring was stolen by Raila J. Walker, 35yrs, of Longview. Walker was arrested on 9-21-14 for Vehicle Prowl 2nd, Theft 1st, Theft 2nd, Trafficking in Stolen Property, Possessions of Stolen Property 2nd degree (Four Counts), Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree and False or Misleading Statements for a public servant.

Search Warrant was conducted on Raila's residence in Longview where CCSO Deputies recovered stolen property belonging to the victim in this case.

Raila admitted selling the wedding ring to either Jamey, or Jody Withers, who may not have known the ring was stolen. Deputies do not consider either of the Withers a suspect, but they do want to talk with them.

Deputies are looking for Jamey Withers 24 yrs, and Jody Withers 27 yrs, who are brothers and are believed to be living somewhere in the Toutle area. Both are about 6'-1" to 6'-2" of slim to medium build.

The victim, Megan Schleb of Toutle is hoping that someone will help get her wedding ring back.

If you have any information about this case, or know where Jamey or Jody Withers is, or where the ring is located we are asking that you contacted Deputy Troy Lee with the Cowlitz Sheriff's Office at 360-577-3092.

Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.