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Colvin Fire UPDATE: Cowlitz Sheriff Arrest 3 men for starting the fire: Cowlitz Sheriff and DNR. Asking for public's help - 07/25/15
Update #1: Saturday July 25th 1am: Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Gladson has arrested 3 Vancouver men for starting the Colvin Fire off of Frederickson Road, East of Woodland, which began last Sunday, July 19th.

1) Michael J. Estrada-Cardenas, 22 Years of Vancouver.
2) Nathan C. Taylor, 21 years of Vancouver
3) Adrian D. Taylor, 23 years of Vancouver

All three have been booked in the Cowlitz County Jail for Reckless Burning in the 1st degree, which is a class "C" felony. They are being held without bail.

Cowlitz Sheriff Deputy Lorenzo Gladson and Senior Fire Investigator Albert Kassel of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked together to solve the cause of the fire and apprehended the suspects. The case was solved by a combination of analyzing evidence found at the scene and information from interviews of several people they were able to identify the 3 men. We are not going to go in to further details about the investigation at this time.

The fire was started when the suspects shot four 16 ounce propane bottles with firearms, a .223 calibre A/R rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol. (Deputy Gladson seized the .223 rifle as evidence. )

The suspects told Sheriff Investigators that they brought the propane bottles from Vancouver up to the woods off of Frederickson road to shoot them. They said that when they shot the bottles of propane the fire started. They said they put the flames out and left even though there were small burning embers still on the ground.

We are not releasing any pictures at this time. Questions regarding the suspect's court appearance are being directed to the Superior Court. Questions regarding the value of the fire, or the efforts to seek restitution of the cost of the fire are being directed to Washington State DNR.


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Woodland, Wash - 7-24-15, The investigation in to the cause of the Colvin fire east of Woodland is being conducted by the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office along with fire investigators with the Washington State (DNR) Department of Natural Resources'. The fire began in the early morning hours last Sunday on State owned land and burned well over 100 acres.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by people and not natural causes like lighting. Whether the fire was caused accidentally or intentionally is one of the aspects that is being considered by investigators.

Anyone who has any information about the cause of this fire, or names of people who were believed to be in the Colvin Creek area on Saturday night or Sunday morning, can contact the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office by either:

1) Texting tips by downloading the TIP411 "App" by searching for CCSOTIP from their cell phones. Or by texting their tip to 847411 and beginning the message by CCSOTip (cap specific).

2) They can call the Sheriff's office and leave a message for Deputy Lorenzo Gladson, at (360) 577-3092.

3) Call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206 where callers may remain anonymous.

Media questions regarding the status of the fire containment and suppression efforts are being directed to the Washington State DNR.

Media questions regarding the investigation of the cause of the fire are being directed to Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig.
Cowlitz Sheriff on fire PNG format
Cowlitz Sheriff on fire PNG format
Update #4: Caldwell book on Fugitive status: Agg ATT Murder PC out of Oregon: Suspect Caldwell is 40 yrs not 23: Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies arrests man after pursuit who was shot by Oregon Officer. Suspect in hospital (Photo) - 07/20/15
Update: #4 Caldwell is now being held on a "Fugitive" status due to Oregon State Police getting a warrant of arrest signed for charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Felony Assault. He will go before the Superior Court in Cowlitz County tomorrow to face these new charges along with the local charges listed previously.

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Update#3: Mon - July 20th. Eric Caldwell has been released from St. John Hospital in Longview and booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on Felony Eluding and Reckless driving. No bail. His first appearance will be tomorrow. We do not know if it will be in person or by video. Questions regarding his court appearance should be directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.

There will be more charges forthcoming out of Oregon soon. Questions regarding the events and charges out of Oregon should be directed to the Oregon State Police.

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Update#2: Attached is a photo taken at the time the Cowlitz Deputies arrested Eric Caldwell last night. The photo shows (left to right) Eric Caldwell in custody of Cowlitz deputies James Hanberry, and Ness Aguilar (arresting Deputy), (? officer?) and Deputy Geary Enbody (jumping out of burning patrol SUV). The SUV on fire was actually Deputy Aguilar's. Deputy Enbody had briefly jumped in the SUV as he noticed a small fire under it and tried to move it away from the grass fire. Other deputies and officers in the area put the fire out with their fire extinguishers. Enbody received a small minor burn on his arm, no one else was injured. The SUV is at the county fleet shop being checked by mechanics. It appears that the fire was started by tall grass under the SUV touching the exhaust catalytic converter.

(I will attach the photo in a jpeg and PNG format. We have no other pictures and in no other formats. )


Update: Caldwell is 40 years of age, not 23 as previously report: He is still in St John hospital under guard by Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies. We do not know when he will be released from their care.

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Cowlitz County, Wash - Columbia County Sheriff Deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was being driven by a man who had hit a Scappoose Officer with the stolen car as they attempted to stop it. Another Scappoose Officer shot the driver during the incident. The driver and a female passenger fled north through Rainier and the vehicle was spotted by Cowlitz County Deputies as it came into Washington across the Longview Rainier bridge. Deputies and officers from other Washington law enforcement agencies pursued the vehicle to I-5 where it went across the median near Mile Post 32. The suspect stopped and was taken in to custody. The female passenger was taken in to custody for questioning and released.

The suspect was transported to St. John Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gun shot wound to the chest and arm.

The suspect is Eric A Caldwell of Portland, 23yrs. Caldwell is under 24 hour watch by Cowlitz Deputies and will be booked in to Cowlitz jail when he is released by the hospital. Oregon State Police will be the lead agency handling the investigation that occurred in Oregon.

A Cowlitz County Sheriff's patrol car sustained minor damage when it caught on fire briefly during the stop on the freeway.

All media questions regarding the incident in Oregon should be directed to the Oregon agencies.

We will not be describing the suspects medical condition further.

We will send an update when the suspect is booked.

We will not be taking calls tonight. I will be available for calls tomorrow after 8:00 a.m.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Chief Criminal Deputy
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
Cowlitz jail inmate death investigation: No foul play suspected. - 07/19/15
Kelso, Wa. Cowlitz County Sheriff detectives are investigating a death of a 55 year old Longview man at the Cowlitz County Jail. At the initial stage of this investigation there are no signs of foul play or any other indication of what caused the death. The person was in the medical unit with several other inmates when they noticed he was not breathing. He appeared fine just minutes prior. The jail staff was called and they attempted to revive the man with CPR and an AED. Ambulance and aid units were called and assisted in life saving measures as well. They were unable to revive the man.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until the coroner has notified his family. The name of the decease will come from the Cowlitz County Coroner (not the Sheriff's Office) after the family has been notified.

The coroner will be conducting further tests to determine the cause and manner of death.

The Sheriff's Office will not be releasing further information about the inmates prior medical condition at this time due to privacy laws.

There will not be further media releases tonight.

Charlie Rosenzweig
Cowlitz County Sheriff Recruiting for Reserve Deputies - 07/08/15
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 including criminal history 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