FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2018
Writer/Contact: Pat Matlock, Chief Criminal Deputy
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
(360) 875-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
South Bend, WA. – Effective January 1st 2018, the Sheriff’s Office Support Service’s business hours for both the South Bend and Long Beach locations were reduced and changed due to budgetary restrictions and constraints. The Support Services staff is responsible for the everyday operations of each office during regular business hours which were Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Some of their duties that may affect the public include concealed weapons permits, fingerprinting, harvest permits and paper filings. Please adjust and take note of the new hours listed below.
300 Memorial Drive
South Bend, WA
Monday through Thursday (8 am to 5 pm)
7013 Sandridge road
Long Beach, WA
Monday through Thursday (8 am to 4 pm)
Naselle Man Arrested For Residential Burglary with Sexual Motivation and Criminal Trespassing In the 1st Degree
Naselle, WA. – On December 4th, Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of possible sexual offense that had occurred at a residence located in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road. Upon arriving at the residence, deputies spoke with the reporting party, an adult female. She explained to deputies that a man had knocked on the door to her residence and identified himself by name. She told the deputies that she recognized the man from previous contacts. The man asked if he could use an electrical outlet to charge his cellular phone and she allowed him into her residence.
Once inside, the man plugged in his phone to charge and then asked to use her bathroom. The reporting party advised deputies that the man was in her bathroom for about a half of an hour and then he came out and sat on a chair in her living room. The reporting party stated that she was sitting on a couch next to the chair speaking with the man while he was looking at his phone. The reporting party stated that the man then suddenly exposed his penis from his pants and began to masturbate in front of her. The reporting party then told the man to leave her residence and she immediately called 911. After the man left the residence, the reporting party checked her bathroom and found that a bottle of lotion had been accessed and some of the lotion was on the floor. The reporting party stated that the man appeared to have been on foot with no vehicle.
The responding deputies checked the area extensively for the man as the reporting party had provided a detailed description and name of the suspect. The suspect was identified as Andrew A. Doan age 42, of the Naselle area. As deputies continued to investigate the incident and the possible whereabouts of Doan, they learned that Doan had also attempted to contact and gain entry to at least three other homes in the same neighborhood prior to this incident. Deputies learned that Doan contacted another residence in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road and asked to use the phone. The adult female at that residence allowed Doan to use her phone outside on the front porch and didn’t allow him into the residence. Doan had told that person that his vehicle was broke down nearby.
Deputies learned that Doan then went to yet another residence in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road and opened the back door of that residence and started to enter. The home owner, an adult female, was alerted to the incident by her dog barking. She saw that Doan had opened her door and had his head and one leg inside the threshold of the door looking around. The home owner confronted Doan who identified himself to her as “Drew”. She stated that Doan told her that his vehicle was broken down nearby and he requested to use her phone and to charge his cellular phone. She told him that she couldn’t help him. She shut her door and assumed that Doan had left. She explained that she was getting her belongings together as she was getting ready to leave the residence. She stated that she turned and entered her kitchen to find that Doan had entered her residence without permission through another door. She then backed Doan out of her residence and told him again to leave.
Deputies also learned that Doan went to another residence in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road, presumably before he contacted the other residences. They contacted that residence and learned from the female reporting party that Doan had come to her front door requesting that she give him a ride to the location of his broken down vehicle. This reporting party stated that she knew who Doan was from previous contacts but told him that she couldn’t help him. She didn’t allow Doan into her residence.
Deputies continued to investigate the incidents and followed leads in an attempt to locate Doan. On December 7th, a deputy who was off duty received a tip from a concerned citizen who had heard about the investigation. That tip led the deputy to a residence located in the 600 block of state route 101 in the Chinook area. The deputy, with assistance from officers with the Long Beach Police Department was able to place Doan under arrest.
Doan was transported to the Pacific County Jail and is being held on charges of Residential Burglary with Sexual Motivation and Criminal Trespassing in the First Degree.
On November 28, 2017 at approximately 8:30 am, the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force (GHCDTF), assisted by multiple agencies including the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, oversaw an operation that resulted in numerous search warrants being served throughout Grays Harbor County, as well as related locations in Thurston and King Counties. The search warrants were conducted as a result of suspected illegal marijuana growing operations by Chinese Nationals that were occurring in the respective counties.
During the course of their investigation, the GHCDTF developed information that other illegal marijuana growing operations may exist within Pacific County related to their investigation and they relayed that information to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office. Pacific County Sheriff’s Office investigators began to follow up on the information and identified three residences within Pacific County that were tied into their investigation.
A Pacific County Sheriff’s Detective applied for and received three search warrants related to the illegal manufacturing of marijuana at three separate residences. The residences were located near Menlo, Raymond and Grayland.
On November 29th, search warrants were served on all three residences connected to the investigation. Approximately 2,394 marijuana plants were seized between the three locations. A majority of the plants were mature. An estimated 20 pounds of processed marijuana was seized. Several thousand dollars’ worth of marijuana growing equipment was dismantled and seized. Evidence at all three scenes confirmed that they were all connected and operated by the same group. Two adult male suspects were arrested at the Grayland location during the warrant service at that location. They were identified as Hoa D. Doan age 35, of San Jose California and Linh D. Nguyen age 29, also of San Jose California. Both were transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked for charges of manufacturing marijuana. They are being held on a 50,000.00 bail. The investigation is still ongoing.
With the citizen’s passage of I502, the law enforcement community respects the legal operations of marijuana producers, processors, and retailers in this state. They are required by Washington State Law to be licensed and follow strict guidelines. The search warrants conducted in Pacific County were on marijuana growing operations that were not operating with any proper licenses.
Given the logistics and geographical area, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office sought assistance from other law enforcement agencies to assist with the service of the warrants. Those who assisted included:
The Raymond Police Department, the South Bend Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department, the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “Our Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the assistance that the outside agencies provided and acknowledged that an operation of this magnitude would not have been possible without their support.”
South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Communications (PACCOM) and RapidSOS, an advanced emergency technology company, are working together to provide citizens of Pacific County with enhanced access to emergency services through the SOS Beacon mobile app.
Due to limitations with the current 911 infrastructure, mobile calls to 911 do not always provide 911 Centers with the caller’s precise location. With RapidSOS’ SOS Beacon app installed on citizens’ phones, the best possible location information available directly from the smartphone device can be transmitted to Pacific County Communications when a call to 911 is made within Pacific County. This information is integrated into Pacific County’s existing 911 call-taking software, providing invaluable information seamlessly to call-takers and dispatchers as they work to send callers appropriate help quickly.
“Pacific County Sheriff’s Office is leading the way in Next-Generation-911 technology advancements,” said RapidSOS CEO, Michael Martin. “We are thrilled to partner to give Pacific County call-takers and dispatchers the information they need to get citizens help quickly in an emergency, improving emergency outcomes.”
Pacific County Communications is proud to offer free access to the SOS Beacon app to all citizens and visitors of the County (SOS Beacon is available for download on the App Store and Google Play store). Once SOS Beacon is installed, citizens can forget about it — it activates itself automatically in the background when 911 is called through the phone’s native dialer, transmitting more accurate location to 911 in participating jurisdictions nationwide. SOS Beacon only captures your location during a live 911 call and this data is never transmittable or available to anyone other than 911 professionals in an emergency.
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)
South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning, which replaces a previously issued Fire Weather Watch, for all of Pacific County, which is in effect from 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday September 6 - 11:00 p.m. Thursday September 7, 2017.
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents.
The National Weather Service Portland Office is forecasting abundant lightning. Thunderstorms will be moving rapidly through the area. These storms will move through fast enough to prevent widespread wetting rains. Fuels remain critically dry. An outdoor burn ban is already in effect in all of Pacific County.
As fire conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information. Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2017
Writer/Contact: Pat Matlock, Chief Criminal Deputy
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
(360) 875-9398 or email@example.com
Deputies Investigate a Suspicious Person and Solve a Burglary and Vehicle Theft
Ocean Park, WA. – On July 25th, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 18200 block of Sandridge road. The victim of the burglary advised that she had returned home to find her front door open and her side garage door open.
Deputies investigated and processed the scene and it was clear that several items had been stolen from the residence according to the victim. Several articles of jewelry were stolen as well as a small safe and a pink suitcase. Both the residence and the garage had been tampered with.
On July 26th, deputies noticed a suspicious male subject standing near a vehicle behind a closed business in the Ocean Park area. The deputies contacted the suspicious male and spoke with him. After speaking with the suspicious male he was released. A short time later, the deputies decided to return to the vehicle to see if it had been tampered with. The deputies checked the registration for the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle was listed as stolen out of the Vancouver, Washington area. They also noticed that the ignition to the vehicle appeared to have been manipulated.
One of the deputies then went to re-locate the subject that they had just contacted to further interview him about the vehicle. The other deputy stayed with the vehicle to process it for evidence. The deputy that was processing the vehicle for evidence located a pink suitcase full of jewelry in the trunk of the vehicle. The deputy also located a camera with the recent burglary victim’s name on it. The deputy also recovered a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine from the vehicle along with used syringes.
A short time later, the subject that the deputies had contacted prior was located and detained. The subject was identified as Noel A. Sampson, age 31 of Long Beach. Sampson was found to be wearing a piece of the stolen jewelry around his neck that the burglary victim had described. Upon further interviewing, Sampson admitted to burglarizing the residence and stealing items. Sampson described how he entered the residence as well. Sampson also later led deputies to more stolen property from the residence at a different location.
Sampson also admitted to stealing the recovered vehicle from the Vancouver, Washington area days earlier. Sampson was transported to the Pacific County Jail for booking for several charges relating to burglary, theft and possession of narcotics. His bail has been set at 100,000.00.
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