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Free Boating Education Card - 03/18/15
Need Your Boaters Card? The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will be 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 class will be on Saturday, April 11th. The class will run from 8am-3:30pm 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 at 360-577-3092 or email at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us . The deadline to register is Wed, April 8th. This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington.

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 www.boatered.org.
Cowlitz Sheriff K-9 used to catch suspect in Oregon after he crashed two stolen vehicles after pursuit - 03/17/15
March 14th 2015. Columbia County Oregon called Cowlitz Sheriff in Washington asking for a K9 to track a suspect who crashed two separate stolen vehicles. Cowlitz Sheriff K9 Handler Brent Harris and his K9 "Fritz" responded to the scene. "Fritz" led Deputy Harris on a track over a mile before he caught up to the suspect. The suspect refused orders to stop, and kept running. Fritz caught up to STAFFORD and bit him on the buttock. STAFFORD was taken in to custody. He was treated for one bite wound and booked on the following charges.

Location: Alston Mayger & Dalena Mayger area.

Suspect: Travis J. Stafford, 24 years of age.

Suspect Address: Transient but from the Clatsop County Area

Charges: Felony warrant of Clatsop County
2 counts of PSP 1st degree (stolen vehicles) One stolen out of Kelso Washington
1 count of theft 1st degree
1 count of felony eluding in a vehicle
2 counts of felony eluding on foot
1 count of felony drugs
1 count of hit & run property damage

Deputy Harris describes the track: "I arrived and began the track from the stolen truck. We tracked through a small wooded area and into a very large pasture. The continued through the pasture and to a residence near Morans Nursery. The track went behind the residence and down a small valley. The track crossed a small creek and back up the small valley. As K9 Fritz was approaching the top of the valley and Alston Mayger Road. The suspect who had been hiding behind a tree jumped up and started to run away. He was ordered to stop, but continued to run away. K9 Fritz caught up to the suspect and bit the suspect on the buttocks. The suspect was treated at the scene. The deputy that first observed the male that fled from both stolen vehicles identified the male as the suspect as the suspect that K9 Fritz captured. The track was successful because of the containment set by Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Rainer Police Department which forced the suspect to go to ground and stop running...."

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Cowlitz Sheriff Update #2: investigates intruder who enter mans home while he slept and assaults him severely - 03/13/15
Update 3-13-15 4pm. Cowlitz Sheriff Detectives are actively continuing their investigation in to the assault on Bruce E. Taylor. They were able to briefly speak to Mr. Taylor. The nature of that discussion, nor his medical condition is being made public. Since the suspect is not in custody, we are also not identifying which hospital Mr. Taylor is in.

Detectives also took several items of evidence down to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and met with the Lab supervisor to discuss the testing for suspect DNA on the items.

Detectives also were back on scene today working with volunteers with the Cowlitz and King County Search and Rescue teams. They did a follow up search that was in addition to the search that was conducted the night of the assault. The results of that search is not be released.

Detectives are very hopeful that someone who has information about this case will call Det. Todd McDaniel at (360)577-3092. People who wish to remain anonymous should call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

We have no idea why someone would have assaulted Mr. Taylor. It still appears as though nothing of value is missing from the house, hence we do not believe robbery was a motive. While people, including the media have asked if we thought this was possibly a case where someone mistook Mr. Taylor as someone else who happens to have the same name, we cannot rule this is in or out.

Charlie Rosenzweig
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UPDATE: 3-11-14 3pm. The victim in this morning's assault is Bruce Edward Taylor, 58. He lives alone at the house on Eufaula Heights Road in Longview (specific address withheld out of respect to victim) and was alone in the house sleeping when unknown suspect(s) entered his house and assaulted him. (details about the method of entry omitted intentionally) We have no update on his medical condition. We are not describing his injuries other than he has serious injuries to his head.

Detectives are still on scene and they are being assisted by members of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab Response Team in processing the house. They are expected to conclude examination and collection of evidence at the scene later today.

At this point, there are no leads on the suspect(s) or motives of the person or people who did this attack.

It does not appear to investigators to be a random act at least in such a way that people living in the area should be overly concerned for their safety. It appears to investigators someone entered the house with intent to conduct this assault. There does not appear to be anything missing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Todd McDaniel at 3690-577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

We will not release any more information today. There will be an update if the investigation warrants.

There are no photos being released at this time.
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Cowlitz County Sheriff investigates a case where an intruder enters a man's home shortly before 3:00 a.m. and assaulted him while he slept. The man was critically injured and was transported to SW Medical Center in Vancouver by ambulance. No one else was in the home

We have very little details at this early stage of the investigation. We are not releasing the name of the victim until family can be contacted. The assault took place in a home on Eufaula Heights road west of Longview. (Address not being released for the same reasons).

We do not have any leads on the suspect(s)or the motive for the assault at this time.

I will not be available by phone nor will there be any further media releases until 2:00 p.m.
Cowlitz County looking for Reserve Deputies - 03/10/15
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications to join the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Unit. In order to apply to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or G.E.D., and pass a basic physical and written test as well as an in-depth background investigation and oral interview process. Applications must be completed and submitted by Oct 1, 2015.

Applications can be picked up in person at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. For additional information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at spencerj@co.cowlitz.wa.us
Update: Names and more details: Cowlitz Sheriff: Teenage boy killed in motorcross accident at Riverdale Raceway - Toutle Washington - 03/08/15
Toutle, Wa: Updated 3-8-15 10:30 a.m.

Boy who died was: Dylan L. Bunnell 17 yoa, of Mulino, Oregon. Parents were on scene.

Other boy riding next to and with Bunnell, Anthony M. Hamilton Jr. 14 yoa,of Dundee, OR Transported by Castle Rock fire to St Johns for minor injuries. Parents were on scene.

LOCATION: Riverdale Raceway 250 Rodale Drive Toutle, WA 98649

SUMMARY: On 030715, at about 1445 hrs, 17 year Dylan Bunnell and 14 year old
Anthony Hamilton were operating off road motorcycles on the moto-
cross track at Riverdale Raceway. The raceway is located 3 miles east of Toutle and was open this weekend for practice. The boys entered the moto-cross track, unaware that the track was under a temporary closure for routine watering to keep the dust down. A large water truck was operating on the track when Bunnell and Hamilton rounded a curve and approached a large hill/jump. The water truck was approaching from the opposite direction, and due to the large hill, the boys did not see the truck. As they climbed the hill and went airborne, both boys struck the approaching water truck head on, landing on the grille and hood. Bunnell was pronounced dead at the scene and Hamilton was transported to St John's Medical center for treatment of cuts and bruises. Both boys were wearing helmets and moto-cross protective attire at the time of the accident. The parents and family members were on scene when the incident occurred. The operator of the water truck was unhurt.

There are no charges anticipated as a result of this event.
C. Rosenzweig


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Toutle Wash: A 17 year old boy was killed on his motorcycle at the Riverdale motor-cross track east of Toutle Washington. The track was temporarily closed at the time so the track could be watered down. For reason that are not clear at this time, the 17 year old boy was on the track riding next to another teenage boy when they both ran in to the water truck. The 17 year old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other boy was not as seriously injured but details about the other boy are not available at this time. (such as how seriously he was injured or if he was transported or where he was transported.)

The full report has not been completed yet, so other details are not known.

More information will be released tomorrow.