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.
“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
The Sheriff’s Office has selected Deputy Justin Kangas as K-9 Ciko’s new partner and handler. Both Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko are currently attending a ten week, 400 plus hour K-9 training academy located in Pierce County. The ten week K-9 training is very intensive and covers several areas of learning discipline. Upon successful completion of the training, Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will have met state law requirements and standards to be a certified apprehension and tracking team.
Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “We believe that having an apprehension and tracking dog within our agency will definitely be a positive asset to the citizens and other law enforcement agencies within our county. We have long had the need to be able to track criminals fleeing active burglaries and vehicle prowls while on foot. We have also experienced increased reports of prowlers in different neighborhoods around the county during all hours of the day and night”
“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 Johnson also lauded the Pacific County Commissioners for their support of the program and their unwavering commitment to help improve the protecting of property and public safety as well as the many organizations that have donated funds to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. Johnson stated, “We anticipate that Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will be ready to hit the road sometime in March”.
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 his appreciation of Allison’s years of service and work ethic, stating that he values her attitude and principles, always treating issues as if they were her personal responsibility with the intent to work in the interest of the taxpayer and citizen safety.
With the retirement of Deputy Allison, Sheriff Johnson has appointed Denise Rowlett as Chief Deputy, with responsibility for civil, financial, and administration operations within the office. Rowlett has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for over 14 years serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 2008.
Sheriff Johnson has appointed Scott McDougall to fill the position of Deputy Director of Emergency Management. McDougall joins the office with previous experience in the fire service as well as Pacific County Fair Manager.
The Sheriff added that he wishes Allison the best in her retirement, and is looking forward to leading the command staff team with those in new roles as we approach 2014.
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.
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.
On 09-18-13 at about 5:00 pm, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a complaint regarding a suspicious person and vehicle in the area of the 2600 block of Willows road. An alert and concerned citizen that resided nearby reported the incident.
Deputies arrived at the scene of the complaint and contacted a male subject whom they identified as Bruce W. Albee, age 56. Albee was with a vehicle at the time. Deputies noticed several inconsistencies with Albee’s story as they spoke with them. Albee told deputies that the vehicle he was with was stolen. Deputies investigated further and found that the vehicle belonged to a person identified as Charles Rees with a Kelso address. Deputies then detained Albee pursuant there investigation and requested that the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office check to see if the vehicle had been reported stolen. Deputies also requested that Cowlitz County attempt to check with the registered owner, Rees, to see if Albee had permission to have the vehicle.
During this sequence of events Albee told deputies that he believed that he had killed his stepfather, Charles Rees, and left him at Rees’s residence in the Kelso area. Albee told deputies that he took Rees’s vehicle and left afterwards. Cowlitz County deputies responded to Rees’s residence and discovered a body. Albee was placed under arrest by Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of homicide and vehicle theft. Albee was transferred to Cowlitz County authorities.
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.
Detectives were assisted with the service of the warrant by deputies and officers from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, the Raymond Police Department, the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.