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Pacific County Sheriff’s Office introduces K-9 Ciko, handler Deputy Justin Kangas

“We believe that K-9 Ciko will be a very positive deterrent and will complement our Search and Rescue bloodhound, K-9 Diesel very well” - Sheriff Scott Johnson

South Bend, WA.- On December 30th 2013, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office took possession of its newest K-9 partner, “Ciko”, a one year old German Shepard. K-9 Ciko was born in Slovakia and was imported to the United States by Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville Pennsylvania. The Sheriff’s Office has selected Deputy Justin Kangas…

2014 Brings Change to Pacific County Sheriff’s Office

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff’s Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment.  In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013.  Sheriff Johnson expressed…

Pacific County Saddened by the Death of Former Sheriff

South Bend, Washington – Late yesterday afternoon the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office learned of the death of former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion and wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to John’s wife, children, and grandchildren at this sad time.

After a successful career as an NFL linebacker, John and his family settled in Pacific County where John served as Sheriff from 1998-2010. John was a key supporter of the Naselle Youth Camp for at-risk youth over the years.  “He worked to keep that facility open when they faced state budget challenges” Sheriff Johnson noted. 

According to Sheriff Johnson, former Sheriff Didion began his career with Pacific County as a road deputy and was later assigned as the D.A.R.E. officer.  Didion also served as the Washington State D.A.R.E. coordinator.  He worked to modernize the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office during his years of service.  In 2009-2010 Didion served as the President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. 

“John did a lot for our community and for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office where he served as Sheriff for 12 years.  He will be missed by many,” said Sheriff Scott Johnson.  

State Patrol looking for victims after ID thieves found with several names

SHELTON, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol is warning merchants in Pacific County that after taking a male and female into custody on identity theft charges, they found numerous checks, a check printer and several identifications in different names. Checks listing addresses in multiple states and multiple cities were discovered. Several checks listing addresses in Astoria Oregon, Warrenton Oregon and Seaview Washington were also recovered.
The State Patrol reports at this time it is unknown whether the subjects were successful in obtaining, cash, goods or services in these areas. Checks may have been prepared using several different names to include the last names Godwin, Thompson, Brown, Dove, Smith, Brawdy, McDonald, Olive, Thompson and Allison.
If you believe you are a victim of fraud related to these individuals within Pacific County, please call your local police department or the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
300 Memorial Street
South Bend, WA 98586
Non-emergencies: 360-875-9395

Brake/gas confusion drives couple off landing in Pacific County, killing passenger

DOTY, Wash. - Confusing the gas for the brake sent a couple over a landing in Pacific County, killing the passenger. The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us the driver, a 70 year old man had to be extricated, and was life-flighted from the scene, a female passenger did not survive the accident. Lieutenant Jim Bergstrom tells us the 2013 Ford F150 appears to have rolled several times before striking a tree over 1500 feet from the road.

On November 11th, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven off the end of a landing. The first report indicated the accident may have occurred in Lewis County. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location and determined the accident had occurred in Pacific County. 

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department tells us Raymond aid and Lewis County volunteer Fire/Aid responded to the scene. The driver, age 70, had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was life-flighted from the scene. A female passenger did not survive the accident and was later removed by members of the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State DNR Officers and Washington State Patrol Officers.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s investigation shows that the driver had driven down to the end of a landing, had attempted to hit the brake, however hit the accelerator driving off the end of the landing. The vehicle appears ho have rolled several times before striking a tree and coming to a stop. The distance the vehicle travelled after leaving the roadway was estimated to be in excess of 1500 feet before it came to a stop.

The vehicle a 2013 Ford F-150 was determined to be a total loss. The driver is recovering from the incident in a hospital, he is expected to survive.

Kelso man suspected of strangling stepfather, allegedly over beer argument

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz County sheriff’s office says a Kelso man confessed to strangling his 82-year-old stepfather in an argument over beer.

The sheriff’s office says 56-year-old Bruce W. Albee was arrested Wednesday night in Pacific County where he told deputies he had left Charles Marion Rees dead at their home in Kelso.

Deputies went to the home and found a body.

Albee told investigators he and Rees got into an argument over beer and it turned into a fight that ended with Rees strangled.

Raymond woman arrested for delivery and possession of methamphetamine

RAYMOND, Wash. – On September 12th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 1100 block of Howard Street in the Riverdale neighborhood. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond Police Department. A 55 year old woman was arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant. 

The search warrant was granted as a result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the alleged facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by the suspect. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located suspected methamphetamine and drug related paraphernalia. 

The woman was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine, several counts of delivery of methamphetamine and for using a building for drug purposes. Bail has been set at 200,000.00.

Raymond man arrested for possessing and selling methamphetamine

RAYMOND, Wash. – Detectives with the Pacific and Grays Harbor County Drug Task Forces seized a substantial amount of cash, and meth from a home North of Raymond Friday morning.

Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us the search warrant was a result of a lengthy investigation into the sales of methamphetamine from the residence. 

During the search of the residence and property, detectives located a substantial amount of methamphetamine, digital weigh scales and other narcotics related paraphernalia. Detectives also located a substantial amount of cash believed to be proceeds from methamphetamine dealing. The suspected dealer, Michael L Pedrazzetti, age 43, was arrested at the scene for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. An additional subject identified as Patricia L. Clifford, age 31, was also arrested at the scene for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.