(Pictured left to right: Sheriff Scott Johnson, Deputy Zimmerman and Undersheriff Ron Clark)
DEPUTY NICK ZIMMERMAN GRADUATES FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING COMMISSION LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY
On August 23rd, the Pacific County Sheriff's Office welcomed back Deputy Nick Zimmerman to our patrol division after graduating from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Deputy Zimmerman completed over 720 hours of very challenging law enforcement training to become certified as a peace officer in our state. Deputy Zimmerman is currently paired with a field training officer and is excited to be protecting and serving the citizens of Pacific County.
(Pictured left to right: Sheriff Scott Johnson, Deputy Zimmerman and Undersheriff Ron Clark)
Lake Stevens Man swept away In the Ocean near Washaway Beach in the North Cove Area Presumed Drowned
North Cove, WA. – On June 11th at approximately 6:53 pm, the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a swimmer in distress in the ocean off of Washaway Beach. The caller advised that the area of the incident was near Willows Lane. A deputy was in the area of the reported incident and arrived just minutes later. The United States Coast Guard was also notified and they deployed a rescue vessel and a helicopter. Washington State Parks Officers also responded to the scene.
Upon arriving, the deputy visually observed the distressed swimmer in the ocean approximately 150 yards away. The deputy spoke with friends of the swimmer in distress and they advised that they had all went for a swim in the ocean. They advised the deputy that they struggled to get back to shore but their friend in distress was too far out and was unable to make it back, possibly due to rip currents. The friends told the deputy that they had tried to help him but were unsuccessful. The deputy maintained a visual observation of the distressed swimmer for approximately 20 minutes before witnessing the swimmer go out of sight under the water.
The Coast Guard vessel and helicopter arrived at approximately 7:40 pm and began to search for the swimmer. The deputy was in radio contact with the helicopter and was advised that the helicopter crew had a visual on the swimmer and he appeared to be unresponsive and under water. The rescue vessel attempted to recover the swimmer but was unsuccessful due to the ocean tide and currents as they swept the swimmer further beneath the ocean. The recovery search of the victim continued till 9:52 pm. Due to lighting conditions, the recovery search was discontinued.
The distressed swimmer, identified as Connor K. Le, age 20, is presumed as having drowned. Le was in the area with his friends at a vacation cabin for the weekend near the location of the incident. Le’s body has not yet been recovered. Mr. Le’s family has been notified of the incident.
Ocean Park, WA. - Early this morning at around 1250 AM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a report of a residential burglary alarm that had been activated at a residence located in the 18900 block of Sandridge road. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene and arrived shortly after the report.
Upon arriving at the scene, the deputies approached the scene and noticed movement within the residence. Deputies also noticed that the front door to the residence appeared to have been forced open. Deputies saw that the dead bold was missing and the door jamb was damaged. Officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded as well to assist with the containment and search of the residence.
As the deputies were getting ready to enter the residence, a male suspect exited the residence and attempted to flee. The deputies pursued the suspect on foot and found him attempting to conceal himself in some tall shrubbery. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Deputies identified the suspect as Caleb J. Sheaffer, age 31 of Ocean Park. Sheaffer was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on a charge of Burglary in the Second Degree. Sheaffer’s bail was set at 50,000.00.
Bay Center, WA. - On November 6th at about 10:30 PM, a Pacific County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting foot patrol in the area of 1st and Main streets in Bay Center. The deputy noticed a person standing directly near the back door of a residence that the deputy knew to be vacant. The deputy noticed that the person appeared to be attempting entry into the residence. The person was dressed in dark clothing and displayed a dark colored garment wrapped around their face and neck.
The suspicious activity compelled the deputy to contact the subject. The deputy announced his presence and the suspect began to speak with him. The deputy recognized the voice of the suspect and was able to identify the suspect as Marshall N. Disney, age 26 of Bay Center. The suspect also identified himself as Disney. The deputy had knowledge that Disney had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The deputy advised Disney that he was under arrest and attempted to take Disney into custody. Disney began to comply but then fled on foot in an attempt to get away. The deputy chased Disney on foot, giving several verbal commands for him to stop. As the deputy was chasing Disney, the deputy observed Disney reach into the front of his waistband and obtain an object. The deputy watched Disney discard the object as he ran.
Shortly after, the deputy deployed his issued Taser device upon Disney and Disney was placed under arrest. While searching Disney for any weapons, the deputy located syringes that appeared to have been used to inject narcotics. The deputy also located an empty pistol holster in the front waistband of Disney’s jeans.
Deputies searched the route that the foot chase followed and located a 25 caliber pistol in the yard of a residence directly near where the pursuing deputy observed Disney discard the object produced from his front waistband. The pistol was found to be in good condition and loaded. The pistol was later matched to the holster found in Disney’s front waistband and it fit the holster.
Disney was booked into the Pacific County Jail for Residential Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Escape and for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant. Disney’s bail was set at $ 100,000.00.
Three Arrested for POSSESSION of Stolen Property and Possession of Methamphetamine in Connection to Ocean Park Burglary
Chinook, WA. – In early October of this year, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary of a residence located in the 27200 block of X lane in the Ocean Park area. The victim of the crime reported that several articles of jewelry had been stolen, among other items. The victim was able to provide detailed descriptions of the stolen jewelry. Deputies processed the scene of the burglary and began to gather information and leads regarding the incident.
Through investigative efforts, deputies were able to develop information regarding suspects who may had been involved with committing the burglary or possessing some of the stolen property. Deputies had information that some necklaces that had been stolen during the burglary in Ocean Park were hanging from the rear view mirror of a vehicle known to be driven by one of the suspects developed through investigative efforts regarding this case. Deputies went to a residence located in the 800 block of Bussone Lane in the Chinook area to speak with one of the suspects, identified as Kandiss Wardell, age 23. Deputies could see necklaces hanging from the rear view mirror of Wardell’s vehicle in the driveway. The necklaces were taken as evidence and shown to the victim of the burglary. The victim positively identified them.
The investigation then led deputies to a residence located in the 4100 block of 180th place in Long Beach. Deputies made contact with a female at the residence identified as Tracy L. Webb, age 45 in an attempt to recover more of the stolen property. An alert deputy noticed a ring on Webb’s finger that matched the description of one of the articles of jewelry stolen from the victim of the Ocean Park burglary. The ring was taken as evidence.
On October 29th, deputies served two search warrants in connection to the burglary. The first search warrant was served at the Bussone Lane address in Chinook. Deputies once again contacted Kandiss Wardell at that residence. Deputies seized another stolen ring from the burglary directly from Wardell’s finger. Deputies also located other stolen items from the burglary in Wardell’s residence that were identified by the victim. Deputies also located several articles of drug paraphernalia including suspected methamphetamine smoking devices and digital weight scales commonly used to weigh narcotics. They also located a small amount of methamphetamine. During the search warrant at the Chinook residence, deputies also contacted a male person identified as Darrin P. Nichols, age 25. Nichols was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
The second search warrant was served at the residence located in the 4100 block of 180th Place in Long Beach. Deputies again contacted Tracy L. Webb at the residence. Deputies located suspected methamphetamine and several articles of drug paraphernalia at Webb’s residence. No other stolen items were located.
Kandiss Wardell was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree and Possession of Methamphetamine and was booked into the Pacific County Jail. Darrin P. Nichols was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and booked into the Pacific County Jail. Tracy L. Webb was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree and for Possession of Methamphetamine. Webb was also booked into the Pacific County Jail.
The investigation of the Ocean Park burglary is still ongoing and deputies continue to follow up on leads regarding the incident.
Sheriff Scott Johnson lauded the investigative efforts and tenacity of the deputies conducting the investigation. Johnson stated, “Even though our patrol division remains critically understaffed, I am very proud of the commitment and professionalism that our deputies displayed while investigating this incident” “Our staff’s commitment to our citizens and community remain paramount and we will continue to provide our very best service to the public”.
Ocean Park, WA. - At 9:47pm on Tuesday, October 27th, deputies from the Pacific County Sheriff's Office responded to a stabbing at a residence off 224th in the Ocean Park area. The victim, a 49 year old male from Auburn, Washington was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, WA. with multiple severe stab wounds. Two people, including the suspect, fled the residence and were located a short time later by an assisting officer from Long Beach Police Dept.
A 32 year old male, Jonathan D. Smith of Vancouver, Washington was arrested for 2nd degree Attempted Murder and booked into the Pacific County Jail in South Bend. At this time, it appears the suspect and victim did not know each other and the attack was unprovoked. Deputies are still on scene this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Multiple agencies, including Long Beach Police, South Bend Police, and Raymond Police have been providing assistance. The Sheriff's Office was deluged with multiple calls at the time, including a theft call, a suicidal subject, an assault, a suspicious vehicle, and a reported trespassing. 911 staff also handled several simultaneous medical calls. The Sheriff's Office Patrol Division remains critically understaffed and appreciates the assistance rendered by the other agencies involved. More information may be forthcoming as the investigation progresses. Refer to case 15-6209.
Long Beach, WA. – On September 25th, the Pacific County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the Long Beach Police Department culminated a month long investigation into the illicit sales of heroin in the Long Beach area. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 23 year old Benjamin Campbell.
Through investigative efforts and controlled purchases of Heroin from Campbell, the Pacific County Drug Task Force was able to develop probable cause to arrest Campbell and obtain a narcotics related search warrant for Campbell’s residence. The controlled purchases of Heroin from Campbell all occurred within 1000 feet of a school bus stop zone.
Campbell was arrested without incident by officers with the Long Beach Police Department during a related traffic stop. Drug Task Force members served the narcotics related search warrant upon Campbell’s residence located in the 1600 block of Oregon Street North. Assistance with the service of the warrant was provided by the Long Beach Police, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During the search of Campbell’s residence, officers located several articles of drug paraphernalia and packaging material consistent with the act of narcotics sales. Digital weight scales, small plastic baggies for packaging and several plastic baggies of a powdery substance believed to be a cutting agent were located in the residence. Officers located a small marijuana grow that was illegal in nature. Searching officers also located a loaded SKS assault style rifle and a loaded 20 gauge shotgun in the residence. Officers also seized almost 1,800.00 in cash from Campbell that he had in his pocket during the time of his arrest that they believed to be proceeds from narcotics sales. A small amount of suspected Heroin was also seized from Campbell’s person. Campbell was also carrying “brass knuckles” in his pocket that are considered a dangerous weapon.
Campbell was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on charges of three counts of Delivery of Heroin, Manufacturing Marijuana. Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Campbell is being held on 75,000.00 bail.
South Bend, WA. – Today at approximately 1110 AM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a report from a concerned citizen that observed what they believed to be a boat in distress on the Willapa River. The concerned citizen reported observing a person knee deep in the water attempting to push the boat off of the mud. The citizen reported that the boat was across from the Port of Willapa in Raymond.
Deputies deployed the Sheriff’s Office patrol vessel to lend assistance to the stranded boat and its occupants. Upon arriving, deputies observed the occupants attempting to restart the vessel. Deputies also recognized one of the occupants of the vessel whom they identified as Eric V. Trent, age 47 of South Bend. Deputies discovered that Trent had an outstanding Felony warrant for his arrest.
The stranded boat was able to restart the motor and fled up river. Deputies followed the boat at a safe distance and were able to catch up to the boat approximately three miles up the Willapa River. Several other officers driving along the river assisted the deputies in the patrol vessel updating the fleeing boats whereabouts.
Upon contacting the boat, deputies observed that Trent had fled the boat to land leaving the boat with his female companion. The Pacific County Sheriff’s apprehension K-9 and his handler were called to the scene to start a track on the suspect. After a short time, the K-9 handler gave verbal commands to the general area that the suspect was last observed, notifying the suspect that a police K-9 was going to be deployed. The suspect, Trent, surrendered without incident. Trent was transported to the Pacific County Jail for booking. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Raymond Police Department.
Sheriff Scott Johnson praised everyone in the inter-agency response, and noted the value of the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and K-9 units. Sheriff Johnson noted that Pacific County is comprised of over 225 square miles of water, and our patrol vessel has proven valuable in a number of rescues and apprehensions since we re-established the unit in 2012. Johnson said, “The suspect in this case is very well known for fleeing from law enforcement, however he clearly gave up without incident due in large part to his realization that our K-9 would not have allowed him to get very far”.
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