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Update #3:Boy is in critical condition at Emmanual: Cowlitz Sheriff reports near drowning on Cowlitz River near Castle Rock: one rescued, one transported by Life Flight (Photo) - 06/18/15
Update #3: The boy that was rescued from the river, Eric B. J. Maggard, is in critical condition at Emmanual Hospital.

Neither the boy or girl was wearing a P.F.D. (Life Vest) at the time of the event. The girl is 11 year of age.

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Update #2.

Mr. House resides in Vancouver (Add not known) and Ms. Howes resides in Washougal (address not known).

Update from Sheriff Nelson:

Sheriff Nelson states "I am grateful for the efforts of the citizens, Sheriff Deputies, Castle Rock Police and Fire, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and Life Flight. A word of advice and caution for the public to remember that float tubes are not (Qualified) P.F.D. Everyone needs to watch children closely when near uncontrolled waters".

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Castle Rock, Wa 6-18-15 5:00pm. Caller to Cowlitz 911 reports there is a young boy who slipped off his inner tube in the Cowlitz River just downstream from Castle Rock and is screaming for help . Fire,and Sheriff units responded. While in route the report was updated to include that there were actually two children in the water in trouble, an 11 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. Their mother was screaming for help. Emergency units were on scene in minutes. They located the girl clinging to a stump in the river but the boy had drifted about ?1/2 mile downstream.

Cowlitz Dive and Rescue diver Sack Eatherton showed up and geared up and jumped in the river and rescued the young girl. He was assisted by Cowlitz Deputy Ryan Plank and Kelly Lincoln who were able to pull Eatherton, and the girl back to the bank of the river to safety; she was transported by ambulance with a possible risk of some hypothermia, she is expected to be fine. The girl, Gretchen T. Goodrich is 1years of age. She is residing with her mother, Casey "Shantel" Fredrick 28 years currently at the Community House in Longview.

The photo, taken by Rosenzweig is of Rescue Diver Eatherton and the girl.

The boy, Eric B.J. Maggard, 5 yrs old, was found by Scott Van House and Kelli Howes who were recreating on the shore in the area. They jumped in the river pulled the boy to a sandbar in the middle of the river and started CPR. Cowlitz Sheriff Detective Robert Stumph waded out to them and took over chest compression from Mr. Van House while Ms. Howes did breaths.
Diver Eatherton got out to the sandbar and carried the boy back to the bank where CPR was resumed. Life Flight Helicopter arrived and transported the child to Emmanual hospital.

The boy and girl had been playing on an inner tube in the Cowlitz River when the boy slipped off the tube and got in trouble quickly. The mother, who was there was unable to help her son due to medial issues.

Emergency responders included Cowlitz Dive Rescue, Castle Rock Police, Castle Rock Fire, Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Boat Team.

CCD Rosenzweig states: "With one drowning on the Lewis River, and one other near drowning of a child on Silver Lake in recent weeks this near drowning is another reminder that everyone plays a role in getting the word out that swimming in rivers and lake can be very dangerous. The water this time of year is very cold and can quickly take the breath and strength out of people".
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Sheriff asks for information on Missing Silver Lake Man (Photo) **UPDATE** - 06/13/15
**UPDATE** June 13, 2015 @ 9:40 a.m.

As nearly 20 volunteer searchers were combing his property, Mr. Mooney walked out of the woods on his property and to his house.

Mr. Mooney was interviewed by SAR coordinator Deputy Jordan Spencer who determined that he was in appropriate physical and mental health.Mr. Mooney stated that he had been walking and staying in the woods near his home and that he was fine. He declined to elaborate any further.

The searchers were trained volunteers from Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, which included a search dog team.

"These selfless individuals left their homes and families to help look for this gentleman." said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. "The fact that he walked out on his own is a bonus. We were growing more and more concerned that that may not be case." Sheriff Nelson said. "A big thank you again to Cowlitz SAR for their commitment and invaluable service to our community.We're happy for the Mooney family that this turned out the way it did." Nelson said.

Cowlitz County SAR is a volunteer, non-profit organization operated solely on financial donations by the community. In 2014, they saved the county well over $100,000.00 due to their volunteer contribution with search and rescue.

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Silver Lake, WA-Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson is asking for help from the public in locating 49 year old Kevin Mooney of Silver Lake. Mr. Mooney was last seen on Wednesday, June 10 at about 5 p.m. getting his mail.

Deputies were made aware of his absence when his wife called. She has been out of town at a family wedding and last heard from him several days ago. A family friend went to the residence and checked for Mr. Mooney, finding his car, wallet and cell phone, but Mr. Mooney was not there. There has been no activity on his phone or bank account. His employer said that he has been absent from work which is highly uncharacteristic of him.

Mr. Mooney is a white male, 49 years of age, approximately 6' tall and 250#. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. It is unknown what he may be wearing.

"If anyone knows or has seen Mr. Mooney, please give us a call." asked Sheriff Mark Nelson. "We need to know he's alright, and if he's in any distress, we want to do everything we can to help him and his family."

A initial search of the area did not reveal any clues. A more thorough search of the area using Cowlitz Search and Rescue personnel is planned for early Saturday.

If you have information, please call Sergeant Dave Handy at 360-577-3092, or Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206,or you can text an anonymous tip to 847411 and begin your text with the words CCSO TIPS. You can also download the CCSO Tips 411 app for your Android or Apple phone from the Play Store or Apple Store.
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Update: Child doing OK: Cowlitz Sheriff: Near drowning of 3 year old who is in critical condition at Emmanual (Photo) - 06/11/15
June 11th 1830 hours. Mr. Vest reports to the Sheriff's Office that his son is being kept sedated and while it is too early to tell exactly how he will come out of this near drowning event, the doctors are telling the family that their son appears to be strong and they are advising their son is doing better than many children who have experienced similar events. Mr. Vest also wanted to clarify some of the aspect that were not accurate in the first reports. Mr. Vest said that he is grateful for Mr. Sewell's help. Mr. Vest said that after Mr. Sewell pushed on his sons stomach to get some water out, it was Mr. Vest who climbed on board Mr. Sewell's boat is the one who performed CPR on his son while Mr. Sewell drove the boat to shore. While on Shore Mr. Vest continued to do chest compressions on his son while other first responders provided help with breaths.

I asked Mr. Vest if he would be willing to tell his story directly to the media and he said that he was not up to doing that and that he wanted to focus his attention to supporting his so at this time.

Charlie Rosenzweig

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June 10th 12:00 p.m. Silver Lake Washington: Cowlitz Sheriff reports the investigation of a near drowning of a 3 year old boy who fell out of a small fishing boat that capsized on Silver Lake. The child WAS wearing an appropriate PFD.

Father: Michael R. Vest 28 years,
Victim: Patrick N. Vest 3 years,

Father and son were the only ones on the boat. The boat was a rental from the Silver Lake Resort. Michael was operating the boat. He shut the motor off when he arrived at his desired location. The boat was underway so he stepped back to operate the boat outboard. He stepped on the gunwale causing the boat to list. Both Michael and Patrick went into the water. Patrick had a PFD on but went into the water face down and was unable to turn over. Michael stated he was tangled in the lily pads. Michael stated Patrick was face down in the water for about 2 minutes. A boater who was nearby, John Sewell, (Retired Kelso Police Lieutenant) observed the incident and rescued Patrick and Michael from the water. Lt. Sewell performed CPR on Patrick and took Patrick and Michael to shore in his boat where Patrick was picked up by ambulance which then met transfer Patrick to the Life flight helicopter at the I-5 overpass at and the to Emanuel where he is in ICU, as of 1500 hours.

CCD Rosenzweig states, "There is no indication this is anything other than a tragic boating accident". Michael did the right thing in making sure that had Patrick had on a PFD. We hope Patrick makes a full recovery and that this would serve as a reminder to everyone to be prepared and extra cautious when around cold waters this time of year as accidents can happen to anyone."

The picture is of the Life Flight Helicopter as Patrick was being loaded in to it. (Taken by C. Rosenzweig).

We will NOT being providing updates on Patrick's Medical status.

We will not be providing phone number or address for Mr. Sewell.

Charlie Rosenzweig
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Cowlitz Sheriff: Kidnapping suspect out of Montana captured after chase. Victim take to hospital. - 06/11/15
On 6/10/2015 at 1914 hours, Cowlitz County 911 received a 911 call from 112 Burma Rd. (2 miles North of Castle Rock, WA) reference a possible kidnapping. The reporting party and victim, Amber Smelt, was hysterical and out of breath. A wants check of Smelt showed that she was listed as a Missing/Endangered out of Flathead County, MT, listed as possibly being kidnapped by her boyfriend, Joseph M. Crowell 35years. Smelt advised that she had been kidnapped in Montana the day before. Smelt was driving the vehicle when she made her escape, pulling over on the side of the freeway, striking the passenger door against the guardrail so Crowell couldn't exit the vehicle and chase her. Smelt fled from the car, crossing over both lanes of Interstate 5 to seek help.

Cowlitz Deputy Brady Spaulding located the vehicle on I-5 near Kalama and stopped the car. The driver was Joseph Crowell. Crowell immediately accelerated at a high rate westbound on W. Kalama River Rd. from Officer Cody Traub, Deputies Fred Taylor and Landen Jones (one vehicle) and Deputy Spaulding all in fully marked patrol vehicles.

Once at the dead end of W. Kalama River Rd. at the Port of Kalama gates, Crowell left the roadway and attempted to drive back eastbound. Crowell accelerate his vehicle at Deputy Jones' and Taylor's patrol vehicle, striking and ramming their patrol vehicle head on, causing both vehicles to sustain substantial damage. Officer Traub and Deputy Spaulding continued to pursue Crowell's vehicle eastbound on Kalama River Rd. Crowell accelerated his vehicle to attempt escape, ramming Officer Traub's marked patrol vehicle head on. When Deputy Spaulding approached Crowell's vehicle his foot was still on the accelerator with the engine at a high RPM. Crowell was eventually taken into custody without further incident.

As a result of Crowell's 2 collisions with Deputy Jones' and Officer Traub's patrol vehicle, those 2 patrol vehicles were taken out of service due to sustained damages. Cowlitz County Records advised that after Crowell was taken into custody, Flathead County Sheriff's Office had entered the Subaru driven by Crowell as Stolen. The registered owner, Linda Ravicher, was reported to have been severely beaten and assaulted by Crowell prior to the kidnapping of Smelt at her Montana home.

During an interview with Detective Rob Stumph, Smelt told him that Crowell had dragged her to the vehicle in Montana after he had assaulted her and her Aunt, Linda Ravicher. Smelt had visible injuries on her body. Along the way, Crowell told her that 'her mom was gone; you need to be gone too'. Linda is Smelt's Aunt, but Smelt was raised by Linda and Smelt calls Linda "mom". Smelt said that Crowell had assaulted her with a beer bottle prior to her escape and felt that she was not free to leave at any time. Smelt said that she had driven from Idaho on into Washington, stating that her only concern was to get Crowell as far away from Linda and Smelt's 3 year old son as possible, as she was confident he would kill them if he got another chance.


Further questions regarding what happened in Montana need to be directed to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office in Montana.

We will not be describing the victim's injuries or medical status with any detail other to say that she suffered non-life threatening injuries and received treatment at St. John Hospital in Longview.
We are not releasing any photos at this time.
Questions regarding Mr. Crowell's court appearance are being directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.
Mr. Crowell was booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on NO BAIL for:
Kidnapping, first degree, Assault 2nd degree Felony, (3 counts), Malicious Mischief 2nd degree, (2 Counts) Felony Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, DUI, Obstructing, DWLS 2nd degree.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Cowlitz Sheriff: Armed man who carjacked a truck captured after two-county pursuit - 06/10/15
Cowlitz County Sheriff: June 10th at 11:20 a.m. Deputies were advised a man armed with a gun stolen a pickup from the I-5 Toyota Dealership in Chehalis. A Lewis Sheriff Deputy and WSP located the vehicle and pursued the truck as it headed southbound on I-5. The vehicle exited the freeway at MP. 57 and went south on Barnes drive. The pursuit continued southbound in to Castle Rock where the vehicle went southbound on I-5 until exiting the freeway at M.P. 42 and went northbound on the Old Hwy. Sgt. Reiss and Deputy Kelly Pattison assisted in the pursuit. The suspect driver threw a firearm out the window of the stolen truck, but some construction workers who were nearby saw the gun fly out the window of the truck and they called 911 and kept the gun safe until it could be recovered. The driver crashed the truck threw a fence on Washburn road off Pleasant Hill Road and took off on foot. He fled in to a house in the 3700 block of Pleasant Hill and the owner who was home at the time called 911 reporting there was a man in her house out of breath and asking for water. The suspect asked for the sunglasses of a person at the house and put those on shortly before Deputy Ness Aguilar and Kelly Lincoln arrived finding the suspect hiding under a porch. He tried to tell the deputies that he was "with" the man at that house working for the owner, but of course that was not true and he was arrested
Deputy Brent Harris and K-9 Fritz were called to the scene and the dog tracked from the truck, through the woods straight to the house where the suspect had been found.
The suspect was turned over to the Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy and transported back to Lewis County to be booked in to the Lewis County Jail.
All media questions regarding the incident in Lewis County need to be made with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Out of respect for the privacy of the people's home who the suspect entered, we are not releasing their name or address either.
Deputies will be considering various chargers on the suspect such as Felony eluding and First Degree Trespass, etc.
The suspect is: Juarez-Vasques, Huber 22yrs, of 1007 North Kelso, Washington.
Update: Victim found deceased in Lewis River: Corrections on locaitons: Cowlitz Sheriff report SAR for missing and presumed drowned teenage boy: Lewis River Woodland. - 06/07/15
Update: Search and Rescue Divers have located the 17 year old boy who was previously reported as missing and presumed drowned. His body was found near where he was last seen before telling his friends he was having trouble swimming and went under the water and did not resurface.

The name of the victim will not be released until his family can be contacted. The official cause and manner of death, as well as the victim's name will be released by the Cowlitz County Coroner.

There is no reason to suspect any criminal action was involved; it appears that the boy drowned after experiencing trouble while trying to swim across the river with his friends.

The recovery was made by members of the Skamania County Sheriff's Office Dive rescue team who responded after divers from the Cowlitz County Dive Rescue had dove for several hours and needed further help.

The search was coordinated with support from Clark Fire and Rescue, Woodland Police, Woodland Fire and Rescue and the Cowlitz County Dive Rescue Team.

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Corrections: This SAR is located near 1300 South Pekin Road, Woodland, not 1300 Dike Road as Previously reported:

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Woodland, Wash - Cowlitz 911 received a call about 2:00 p.m. of a teenage boy who had disappeared while trying to swim across the Lewis River near Woodland. After over an hour of searching, divers and other emergency services personnel have not located the boy.

The boy, whose name is not being released at this time, was with two other boys who were attempting to swim across the Lewis River near the 1300 block of Dike Road in Woodland when the boy told his friends that he was getting very cold and having trouble swimming. A short time later the boy went under the water. The other two boys, whose names are also not being released, attempted to find their friend and help him, but they could not find him.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies, Cowlitz Dive Rescue, Woodland Fire, Clark Fire and Woodland Police all responded.

The Coast Guard has also been requested to respond with a helicopter to aid in the search. The Clark Fire boat is equipped with sonar and is being used to try to locate the missing youth.

The Search and Rescue is being led by Cowlitz Deputy Brady Spaulding who is a certified Search and Rescue Coordinator. He has made request through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management in Olympia for more divers to respond to help with the search.

Cowlitz Sheriff Mark Nelson send a media release just late last week cautioning recreational swimmers to be very careful in the water this time of year because it is still dangerously cold.

This release is being sent out on Sunday June 7th 2105 at about 4:00 p.m. I will put out another update when the boy is located, or the search is completed.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Chief Criminal Deputy
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.