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CANCEL ATL on Truck: Suspect Vehicle in Arson - sought by Cowlitz County Sheriff (Photo) - 10/19/16

UPDATE:#1 - The Sheriff's Office has contacted the owner/driver of the red Toyota FLATBED truck. They are not considered to be a suspect in the case.

Cowlitz County: 911 received a report of a house on fire at 153 Bunker Hill Road on Sunday October 16th about 5:00 p.m. The house was a total loss, and had not been occupied for several months. A person in the area saw a Red Toyota FLATBED truck leaving the house just before the fire started. (We wish to not ID the witness in case the suspect may seek retribution for reporting the tip).

Detective Sergeant Brad Thurman who is overseeing the Arson, is asking anyone who knows the license plate, or the name of the driver/owner of a Red Toyota FLATBED truck to call him at 360-577-3092. Reference case number A16-3123.

Callers can send anonymous tips using TIP411. Just send a text to 847411 and add CCSOTIP.

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Sheriff and SWAT take Wanted Man into Custody - 10/12/16

Kalama, WA-Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies, Longview and Kelso Police and Lower Columbia SWAT assisted U.S. Marshal's Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in taking a male subject into custody from a residence on Kalama River Road late Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday afternoon, Marshal's advised the Sheriff's Office that a subject by the name of Vincent Carl Woods, 25 years of Kalama, who wanted for Robbery and drug trafficking out of Clark County was at a residence in the 1500 block of Kalama River Road. Because of the suspect's violent history and information that he was armed, Lower Columbia SWAT was activated.
Upon deployment of SWAT, several people at the residence were contacted, questioned and released. Wood refused to respond to voice commands to come out of the residence and a robot was used to clear portions of the residence. When no one responded to any calls or commands to surrender, chemical agents were deployed into the house but the subject failed to respond.
Eventually, SWAT was able to force their way into a bathroom and located Woods who was semi-conscious from a suspected drug overdose. SWAT medical was able to revive him and he was transported to St. John by Cowlitz Fire Dist. 5 ambulance.

Sergeant Brightbill's Patrol Vehicle
Sergeant Brightbill's Patrol Vehicle
Wrong-Way I-5 Stolen Truck Stopped by Sheriff's Sergeant (Photo) - 10/09/16

Kelso, WA- At Approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Deputy Derek Baker was conducting traffic emphasis near Todd Road and Robb Road in Kalama, WA. Deputy Baker observed a Blue Ford truck with no front license plate, as required by law, exit the freeway and head north on the old highway. Deputy Baker attempted to stop the vehicle to discuss the license violation with the driver. The vehicle first appeared to be compliant by pulling into a parking area but then sped off, going back on to the freeway.

As the vehicle continued north on I-5 it reached speeds in excess of 95 mph. As it began to take exit 32 at Kalama River Road, Kalama Police officer Justin Taylor was able to get a spike strip down and successfully spiked two tires. However this did not stop the vehicle which then crossed the freeway and turned onto the northbound offramp, heading north in the southbound lanes of I-5. At speeds upwards of 80 mph, the fleeing vehicle dodged in and out of southbound traffic, nearly causing several collisions, and crossing all lanes.

Even with flattened tires the vehicle continued to flee. Sheriff's sergeant Troy Brightbill was southbound on I-5 weaving across traffic in a rolling slowdown. As he could see the truck coming towards him he sped up to intercept the vehicle. The vehicle abruptly turned towards Sgt. Brightbill in a clear attempt to ram him. Sgt. Brightbill was able to avoid the collision.

Because the truck had slowed some, Deputy Baker performed the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) causing the truck to spin out. Even after spinning out, the vehicle continued to attempt to flee and Sgt. Brightbill used his vehicle to strike the suspect vehicle, fully disabling it. The Ford F-350 pickup had been reported stolen two days earlier from Federal Way.

Taken into custody were the driver, 30 year old Konstantin Y. Voyevodin of Federal Way, WA and the passenger, 24 year old BOZHKO, BOHDAN VALENTINOVICH also of Federal Way, WA. Both were booked into jail on charges of Felony Eluding, Assault 1st Degree, Possession of Stolen Property, VUCSA, and Driving While Suspended. Both are being held in the Cowlitz County jail in lieu of bail.

Sgt. Brightbill was treated and release at St. John Hospital for minor injuries caused by the collision and airbag deployment.

"This is the kind of high-stakes work our officers do every day. Had the deputies allowed these criminals to continue, someone surely would have died. Today, the good guys won, and we're grateful for the assistance from Kalama Police and the Washington State Patrol." Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson

Sheriff's Office will host a free boating certification course - 10/07/16

Need Your Boaters Card? The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division, will begin hosting an Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next available class will be held on Saturday, Oct 22nd. The class will run from 8am-3:00pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso. Cost for the class is FREE.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer via email at . This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington. Registrations fill up fast.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out

sheriff's office looking for reserve deputies - 10/07/16

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Reserve Deputies now through Nov 7th, 2016.

Applicants for the volunteer positions must be at least 21 years old; have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or G.E.D.; pass a physical agility test and an in-depth background investigation.

Applicants who pass the background investigation will be required to participate in the Reserve Academy, which will start in January. Those who pass the Reserve Academy must donate a minimum of 16 hours a month assisting Sheriff's Deputies in their day-to-day duties and attend bimonthly training.

Applications are available at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office in the Hall of Justice on week-days between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 577-3092 or log on to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website.

Cowlitz Sheriff recieves call after home made pipe cannon at park - 09/29/16

Cowlitz County: Willow Grove Maintenance personnel found a small pipe with a burnt fuse coming out of it in a garbage can at Willow Grove Park at about 8:51am today. The Cowlitz County Sheriff called the Portland Bomb Squad who responded and disposed of the device.

This was not a bomb. It was a very short piece of 2 inch pipe that had a burnt fuse in one end. The other end was not capped. These devices while not safe, do not by their nature cause destruction when detonated; rather they make a loud noise like a very small cannon.

There is no reason to believe there was any intention to harm anyone or cause any damage. It appears as though it was simply thrown in to the trash can by someone wanting to dispose of it.

Update #1: H+T driver arrested: Hit and Run to restaurant: Dark colored Nissan SUV, young male driver left scene - 09/28/16

Update: Deputies working on the case were able to locate the driver by using variations of the partial license that was provided by witnesses. Arrested for Hit and Run: Joseph L. Riley, Longview, 45 yrs of age. Riley, who drove a Nissan Pathfinder, said that he got scared and decided to leave without reporting the accident. A witness nearby got a partial plate. Riley could not explain why his car ran in to the building other than to say that it "went forward" after being started and he could not stop it.

There are no pictures or video available at this time.

Longview, Wa: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is investigating a hit and run where a dark colored Nissan SUV ran in to Mary's restaurant, 4503 Ocean Beach Hwy, at 5:30 a.m. and left the scene. The driver is described as a young man. No one in the building was hurt, the restaurant was not open. There is a possibility the license plate is similar to "ANG_66".

Deputies are checking local businesses for video and we will release them here via flashnews if they are available.

No pictures of the scene at this time. Damage is very difficult to estimate at this time until a contractor can examine the building at a later time.

Anyone with tips are encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office or use TIP411 and enter CCSOTIP at 847411.

Cowlitz Deputy arrest man for stolen truck and motorcyle, Trafficking stolen Prop: Poss. Heroin. - 09/28/16

Cowlitz County: Castle Rock: Deputies take a report of a truck and motorcycle that was stolen from a castle rock area residence. Hours later, Deputy Marc Johnson, recognizes the truck and motorcycle at 312 Olson road in Longview. The victim had mentioned that Zach Harris was a possible suspect. Harris had contacted the home owner on Olson road, Davod Loiselle, and tried to sell him the motorcycle. Harris told Loiselle the motorcycle was not stolen.

Heroin, and syringes were found in the stolen truck. Harris admitted he had a drug problem.

Zachariah C Harris, 26 years, of Longview, was booked for possession of stolen vehicle (2x), Possession of Heroin, and Trafficking in stolen property.

Cowlitz Deputies arrest man for rash of hit and run accidents and stolen vehicle - 09/28/16

Cowlitz County: Longview, Wa: Deputies received a call on Monday of several home owners reporting a vehicle driving erratically through their yards knocking down mailboxes, all on a car with a flat tire. The owner of the car, Ryan Bell of Longview said that he had loaned the car to Patrick L. Phillips 34yrs.(longview) This car abandoned in the area.

On 9-27-16 at about 0730 Deputies learned that a 1991 Chev P/U was stolen from Ammons Drive, not far from where Phillips left the first car abandoned. They also were dispatched to a vehicle on Pilgrim road, which is about 5 miles north of Longview that had been driving off in to the brush. Phillip was found walking in the area and was taken in to custody. His phone was found in the stolen truck.

Phillips was booked in jail for: Possession of stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run (X3), driving with a suspended license, and Operating a motor vehicle without a interlock device.

Due to the high volume of investigations we will not be able to provide all victims contact information to the media.