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Last updated 8/21/2017 at 1:24pm

Sheriff's Report


Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column.

Monday, Aug. 7: A traffic control supervisor for the SR 28 resurfacing project advised dispatchers that a vehicle almost hit her while making an illegal pass in a construction zone.

BNSF personnel were advised that railroad crossing arms at the Mohler elevator were going up and down.

A Seven Bays resident told dispatchers a pistol had been stolen or was missing from property in the 1200 block of Park Avenue.

Davenport firefighters doused a small grass fire in the 600 block of Eleventh Street that was believed to have originated from sparking power lines. Avista Utilities personnel also responded.

A train was determined to be responsible for a high pitch sound that a caller thought might have originated from a chemical plant in Harrington.

Lit cigarettes were being tossed from the driver’s side window of a vehicle traveling on U.S. 2 and SR 231 near Reardan.

National Park Service personnel reported all was well after a boat became disabled in the water two miles downstream from Lincoln and was towed to shore by another boater.

Tuesday, Aug. 8: Odessa firefighters responded to a combine and wheat fire near McCall and Gering roads in Adams County.

Upon returning to an apartment near Sprague, a caller told dispatchers that she heard voices from inside and found the front door open.

Wheat trucks were observed speeding through the Mohler area.

A Harrington caller said she had received a scam call from someone claiming to be representing Avista Utilities. She declined to give any personal information beyond her Avista account number.

A caller reported ornaments had been removed from a grave in the Mondovi Cemetery.

Ten raspberry plants were reported stolen from a garden near the intersection of Scheibner and Sand roads southwest of Wilbur.

A caller, noting they looked like drug users, reported two “suspicious males” near the Reardan Post Office. One was observed on the ground shaking. A responding deputy offered them a courtesy ride to a Davenport residence.

A Davenport woman reported several juveniles in a parking lot near the city park were smoking and drinking.

Wednesday, Aug. 9: BNSF personnel responded to a signal crossing malfunction at the intersection of SR 28 and Birch in Odessa.

Someone shot and killed a caller’s dog in the Govan area southwest of Wilbur.

A driver promised a deputy she would get her speedometer checked after being stopped for speeding and passing multiple vehicles at a time on SR 25 about 14 miles north of Davenport.

A Sprague caller reported a man sitting across from a residence in the 100 block of West 3rd Street was suspiciously watching young children at play.

An elderly man was observed sleeping under a tree in the park near the Davenport pool area. A responding deputy discovered he was waiting for a ride out of town on the People to People bus.

A small grass fire was reported on Cottonwood Creek Road about 1½ miles outside Davenport. It was quickly put out while a deputy checked the area for additional fires.

A Sprague man reported the theft of between $400 and $600 from a checking account.

Deputies were advised of a possible harassment incident involving two teenage boys in Wilbur.

Thursday, Aug. 10: BNSF personnel were advised of a railroad crossing malfunction in Reardan.

Odessa firefighters extinguished a small fire along Rimrock Road west of SR 21.

A caller observed two individuals on a 4-wheeler spotlighting for deer at the entrance from Miles Creston Road to Deer Meadows.

Several inmates in the county jail were disciplined for violating rules regarding keeping food packets and other items without permission.

A Seattle area resident on a scenic bicycling trip near Wilbur called dispatchers, described himself as “paranoid” and said he decided to cut short his trip and seek mental health services after being dropped off at a Wilbur restaurant by state Department of Transportation workers.

About four hours after the incident started, deputies arrested a man they had pursued by vehicle between Wilbur and Keller Ferry and by boat as he tried to escape by swimming across Lake Roosevelt. It started with an attempted traffic stop in downtown Wilbur after the man allegedly drove at high speeds, made illegal passes across double-yellow lines and flipped sudden U-turns to change the direction of travel. Deputies and a Washington State Patrol trooper in pursuit caught up with him as he positioned his vehicle in line for the ferry. The man ran onto the ferry, directed choice language and gestures against his pursuers, leaped into the water and began swimming. The officers used a citizen’s boat and a rope to tow the man to shore, where he finally surrendered and was placed into a patrol vehicle for a trip to jail in Davenport.

A caller told dispatchers he was being harassed while working in his driveway adjacent to Fisher Road north of Reardan.

A Teel Hill Road resident reported finding a male goat with a leash on its neck.

Deputies investigated a report of an assault involving two men in the 1300 block of Logan Street in Davenport.

After vandalism was reported in a restroom at the Audubon Lake wildlife area north of Reardan, a responding deputy found no damage and determined no crime had occurred.

A woman phoned in her concern after her husband was seven hours overdue from a fishing trip to Coffeepot Lake. It turned out that the man had decided to stay on an extra night but had neglected to inform his wife.

Odessa Police responded to a verbal domestic dispute at a residence on May Street.

National Park Service personnel checked out a report of a large group of intoxicated individuals at the Seven Bays Marina behind the houseboats. They had come into the marina in a boat and eight canoes.

Four children ranging in age from 7 to 14 asked for help in locating their parents who were overdue from a boating expedition on Lake Roosevelt. The experience ended well when the missing boat and its occupants returned.

Friday, Aug. 11: Firefighters from Wilbur and Almira handled a field fire adjacent to Sheffels Road.

A break-in at a Stow Away Storage unit in Davenport resulted in damage to a lock and clasp.

Large rocks were reported in the roadway at the intersection of U.S. 2 and SR 25 at Davenport.

A 24-year-old Wilbur man died as a result of an early morning collision involving a passenger vehicle that crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer on U.S. 2 near Sherman Draw Road about two miles east of Wilbur. The truck driver was unhurt, but a large fuel leak developed from his rig. The roadway was blocked for a time and a detour employed while emergency responders from Wilbur, Creston, LifeFlight in Spokane and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation worked the scene.

Calling for the second time that evening, an “extremely agitated” Lincoln resident told dispatchers he would “put demons into (their) bodies” if deputies continued to “harass” him and keep him “under surveillance.”

A passing motorist advised a deputy of a “loud” individual, possibly intoxicated, walking in the vicinity of the Davenport city park. A man and woman were subsequently contacted, but declined the deputy’s offer of assistance as they attempted to make it to the woman’s residence.

A municipal sewer system pump malfunctioned and caused an alarm to sound in the 300 block of South First Street in Odessa.

Saturday, Aug. 12: A brief electrical outage took place in Harrington and Davenport, affecting the sheriff’s office communications center and possibly setting off a general alarm at Davenport High School.

A caller reported a traffic hazard resulted when a train broke down in Edwall.

Hitchhikers were observed sleeping behind Some Like It Hot! espresso on Morgan Street in Davenport.

The operator of a child care facility in Davenport expressed concern about a strong marijuana odor in the vicinity of the 800 block of Sinclair Street.

A caller reported that a 12-year-old girl took $10 and hid inside the railroad museum west of Reardan, where she subsequently flushed the cash down a toilet.

Sunday, Aug. 13: A Davenport woman reported a vehicle was hit while parked overnight in the 200 block of Sinclair Street.

A man was taken into custody after deputies responded to a reported dispute involving two men and possibly alcohol in the 200 block of West 2nd Street in Sprague.

A deputy responded to a caller’s report of hearing a woman continually yell at someone to leave a residence in the 1000 block of Washington Street in Davenport.

A vehicle struck a house at 7 West 6th Avenue in Odessa and became stuck on the concrete porch. Its driver, believed to be intoxicated, was arrested and examined at the local hospital before being taken to jail in Davenport.


Aug. 7: Carlos Plascencia, 31, Spokane, confined five days by the court for driving while license suspended.

Aug. 8: Andrew R. McClure, 26, Odessa, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for second-degree rape of a child and first-degree incest.

Robert L. Hahn, 32, Spokane, arrested by LCSO for failing to appear for driving while license suspended.

Darryl A. Rupp, 26, Spokane, arrested by LCSO for failing to appear for driving while license suspended.

David C. Trieschmann, 34, Spokane, arrested by Washington State Patrol for driving under the influence and while license suspended.

Aug. 10: Justin T. Gentemann, 27, Cheney, arrested by LCSO for attempting to elude law enforcement in pursuit.

Aug. 13: Micheal B. Hawks, 23, Ritzville, arrested by LCSO for driving under the influence.

Donald L. Kerr, 46, Creston, arrested by LCSO for driving while license suspended.

Lionel Zarate, 54, Sprague, arrested by LCSO for disorderly conduct.

Aug. 14: Raymond W. Peone, 32, Wilbur, arrested by LCSO for driving under the influence.

From Aug. 8 to 14, 18 individuals were held in the Lincoln County Jail under contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections and one under contract with the City of Airway Heights.

Court Report


John F. Strohmaier, Judge

Criminal Sentencings

Todd Edwin Miller, 44, of Wilbur, pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to second-degree theft (amended through plea negotiations from first-degree attempted robbery) in connection with an incident last November at the Creston branch of Coulee Dam Credit Union that was followed by a pursuit during which a patrol car occupied by two deputies was rammed by a pickup truck. His sentence includes 12 months and one day in prison and payment of $800 court costs and $500 public defender reimbursement. No restitution was ordered. A co-defendant, Jeremy Lacy Waters, 40, of Creston, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to assault and attempted robbery charges and was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

David Takashi Zeno, Jr., 24, of Granite Falls and/or Pasco, Wash., pleaded guilty Aug. 8 to second-degree burglary and second-degree theft. A charge of second-degree taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission was dismissed. His sentence includes 25 days in jail, completion of 12 months probation and a substance abuse evaluation and recommended treatment, and payment of $800 court costs, $350 public defender reimbursement and restitution to be determined. He is prohibited from possessing and consuming alcohol, non-prescribed drugs and marijuana. The charges involved a March 5, 2016, incident at Buddy Boy Farms near Reardan. A quantity of marijuana and a vehicle owned by a Reardan man were stolen. Originally filed in Adams County, the case was transferred to Lincoln County on July 20.

Civil Judgment

Roy E. Amrine, of Sprague, must return $2,078.16 in overpaid benefits to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

New Criminal Cases

Christopher J. Steinbaugh, 37, address unknown, is charged with five counts of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools in connection with break-ins involving several farm buildings on property adjacent to Waukon Road near Reardan on July 6. The property owner found several locks had been cut. A surveillance camera recorded images of two male suspects and a vehicle that were posted on the sheriff office’s Facebook page and resulted in several tips.


Editor’s note: These reports are based on forms filled out by the presiding judge during court sessions and subsequently reviewed by the newspaper.

Dan B. Johnson, Judge

Darryl Allen Rupp, Spokane, probation violation (driving while license suspended), 5 days jail (1 credited as served).

Philip J. Van de Veer, Visiting Judge

Robert Lawrence Hahn, Omak, Wash., probation violation (driving while license suspended), 3 days jail (all credited as served).


Lincoln County Auditor’s Office

Robert John Gunning, 23, Davenport, and Victoria Lynn Winterroth, 23, Spokane.


Lincoln County Clerk’s Office

New filings: 36 involving persons living outside Lincoln County.

Petitions for legal separation: 2 involving persons living outside Lincoln County.

Property Transactions

Lincoln County Treasurer’s Office

Oren E. Pederson and Renea L. Pedersen, Sundance, Wyo., to Jeremy W. Peckham and Amanda L. Peckham, Davenport – portion of Sec. 1, T26N, R38E, $299,000.

Jeremy W. Peckham and Amanda L. Peckham, Davenport, to Alexander Rex Hart and Sibbina Rose Hart, Davenport – portion of Sec. 23, T26N, R38E, $250,000.

Bank of America, Plano, Texas, to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Oklahoma City, Okla. – Lots 1 and 2, Blk. 8 of Southeastern Addition to Davenport, $80,000.

Staci M. Landt, Davenport, to Jason Churchwell and Wendy Jo Churchwell, Davenport – portion of Sec. 18, T26N, R39E, $230,000.

Charles J. Skipper and Leta R. Skipper, Apache Junction, Ariz., to Jerry E. Wadkins and Helene Wadkins, Reardan – west 10 feet of Lot 4, all of Lots 5 and 6, Blk. 14, Fairweather Addition to the Town of Reardan, and 2002 28x52 mobile home, $167,500.

Nick J. Kostoff and Laurie A. Kostoff, Harrington, to Martin D. Landsverk and Viki-Jo Landsverk, Vancouver, Wash. – portion of Sec. 22, T23N, R336E, $219,000.

Mary Patricia Herman, Wilbur, to Charles R. Wyborney, Hunters – west 10 feet of east 40 feet and east 30 feet of west 40 feet of portion of vacated Knox Street between Blks. 24 and 25, Resurvey and Homestead Addition to the Town of Wilbur and 1969 mobile home, $25,000.

Mary P. Herman, Wilbur, to Charles R. Wyborney, Wilbur – 1969 45x24 mobile home, $0.

Sharon Bonar, personal representative, estate of Viola G. Els (Schrag), Snohomish, Wash., to Odessa School District, Odessa – portion of Sec. 8, T21N, R33E, $25,000.

Carel L. Rogers, Pasco, Wash., to Ryan J. Springer and Ashleigh Meloche, Richland, Wash. – Tracts 138, 147, 149, 150, 151 and 152, Hawk Creek Ranches Segregation Survey Area No. 1, subject to easements, $60,000.

Donald J. Sneyd, Lincoln, to Tracy A. LaMarr and Steven R. LaMarr (trustees, LaMarr Joint Trust), Richland, Wash. – Lot 26, Lakeview Heights Phase 1, $155,000.


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