• 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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  • Naselle man arrested for attempted murder after making threats to roomates

    NASELLE, Wash. – A Pacific County man was arrested early yesterday morning after making threats to his roomates about shooting them, and the police if they responded.
    On July 16th Deputies investigated the report of a man having fired a firearm at two subjects in the 300 block of Knappton road, in Naselle. The Sheriff’s department reports the victims had fled the scene and were contacted by deputies. They reported that the male had been arguing with them throughout the night, and at some point made threats to harm them and to shoot the police if they came to the house.
    Deputies responded to the area, close neighbors were evacuated, it was believe the suspect was still inside the residence. Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson requested outside assistance from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and other local police agencies.
    The residence was entered and cleared the male suspect was not found. Early on the morning of July 17th, 2013 Sheriff Scott Johnson arrested the suspect, not to far from the residence. The suspect surrendered without incident.
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