• Pacific County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Report Showing Early Learning Prevents Crime, Increases Success in School

    Joined by preschool children at the South Bend School District Early Learning Center, Pacific County’s top cops will discuss a report that shows how high-quality early learning lays the foundation for greater success in school and leads to a less crime. The report highlights significant research documenting the impact of quality early childhood programs on […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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
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  • One arrested after man stabbed in Ocean Park

    OCEAN PARK, Wash. – The Pacific County Sheriff’s office this week arrested a man at the scene of a severe stabbing incident this week. Sheriff Scott Johnson tells us just before 9 Tuesday night, officers arrested Burton L. Rosgen at the scene of a stabbing, in the 25000 block of Vernon Avenue in Ocean Park. Rosgen allegedly stabbed a 29 year old transient male, who was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital with a severe knife wound to the stomach. Rosgen remains in the Pacific County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Assault. 

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  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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