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Last updated 6/25/2018 at 11:09am

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, June 11: Old Coulee Road between Douglas and Bagdad roads was closed “until further notice,” the county Public Works Department reported.

Responding to a residence on Starkel Road, Almira ambulance personnel transported a woman to the hospital.

Dispatchers expressed their feeling that seven false 911 calls since the beginning of the year from a small child living near Harrington “was a bit much.” A responding deputy found family members asleep, except the child who was holding a phone in her hand.

A Wilbur motel attendant requested a welfare check on a woman who “wasn’t making any sense” after checking into a unit overnight.

A Davenport woman driving a vehicle involved in a collision on U.S. 2 near the county transfer station west of Davenport was not injured.

A Davenport mother reported continued harassment against her son as he walked home from school. She was advised to request an anti-harassment order from the court.

A deputy checking out a report of a 4-wheeler being driven on Davenport city streets was told by the two operators that “a few of the local deputies told them they would be fine riding around town.”

A deputy responded to a report of a verbal altercation between two men in the 300 block of East Walnut in Sprague.

Odessa Police responded to a report of a man hitting a dog inside a vehicle parked on Fourth Street near the tennis courts.

Tuesday, June 12: A large amount of black smoke was enough to have Sprague firefighters check what turned out to be a controlled burn on property adjacent to Miller Ranch Road that had not been reported to the sheriff’s office.

Firefighters from Almira and Wilbur battled a field fire in the vicinity of Monson and Govan roads.

Reardan firefighters joined Avista personnel in dealing with a gas leak in the 200 block of East Broadway.

A county jail inmate was instructed to clean out trash from a lunch tray that had been dumped into a cell toilet, potentially causing a clog if flushing would have been attempted.

Creston firefighters extinguished a fire involving the trailer of a semi-truck parked in front of the Corner Café in Creston.

Dispatchers took a call from a Wilbur man asking if it was okay to slap his daughter across the face for talking back to her parents, noting that the girl’s mother thought so, but he wasn’t so sure. A responding deputy found no signs of child abuse in the household.

Lincoln Hospital personnel expressed concern about a patient’s “aggressive” response to staff concerning the level of care he had received. A deputy advised he would keep an eye out in case the patient tried to disrupt workers at the hospital in Davenport or the Wilbur clinic.

A caller’s report of seeing a cougar walking down Anderson and Foster streets in Creston was referred to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Reardan Police intervened in a property dispute between neighbors in the 400 block of North Laurel Street.

Wednesday, June 13: A Harrington area caller shared her concern about Facebook posts from a local resident.

Local firefighters battled a second fire that fully engulfed the trailer of a semi-truck parked in front of the Corner Café in Creston. They had been there the day before.

A Sprague caller reported that people were continually driving over CRP ground adjacent to Lake Road East, possibly jeopardizing future payments.

An Edwall woman may have left her parked car running in front of Reardan’s Hwy Café after she left there with a friend in another vehicle on a trip to Spokane. Dispatchers contacted her husband who agreed to come and shut off the vehicle.

A man told dispatchers that someone stole his wallet from him while he slept inside a truck at the U.S. 2 Telford rest area. The wallet, minus a couple of credit cards, was found near the trash cans.

Thursday, June 14: Deputies checked out a man’s report that someone tried to steal a swather from the vicinity of Sprinkle Road and Old Sunset Highway after a neighbor noticed a truck was being hooked up to it.

A caller reported a collision with an eagle while traveling west on U.S. 2 near Wilbur, resulting in a shattered windshield. A responding deputy located the bird and determined it was a hawk instead of an eagle.

An Almira caller reported someone phoned her, claimed to be a granddaughter who just got into an accident, and asked for money.

A caller advised dispatchers of a dog on top of a roof in the 800 block of Marshall Street in Davenport.

Odessa Police investigated a report of illegal dumping in the 500 block of East 2nd Avenue.

Friday, June 15: BNSF Railroad personnel dealt with a malfunctioning crossing arm that was described as continuously going up and down at Division Street in Wilbur.

A man’s foot slipped off the clutch, sending the pickup truck he was driving into the brick wall of the 8 Bar B Motel in Wilbur.

A resident on Miles Road reported an unauthorized $143 transaction on her debit card took place after she sent someone with the card to a nearby store to purchase beer.

A deputy worked two alleged city code violations in the 800 block of Maxwell Street in Davenport.

After investigating an incident north of Davenport, a deputy issued a citation for minor in possession of marijuana.

A T-bone collision involving two jet skis was reported on the Spokane River near the Two Rivers bridge. One person initially couldn’t move his leg and was experiencing back and hip pain.

A Davenport caller reported a dog had been barking non-stop for 45 minutes in the 1400 block of Sinclair Street.

Bales were reported in the roadway on SR 25 and Teel Hill Road north of Davenport.

Saturday, June 16: A dead deer blocked the eastbound lane of U.S. 2 at Roby Road west of Creston.

National Park Service personnel requested assistance from deputies with occupants of a Spring Canyon campsite who refused to quiet down and reduce the volume of their music.

Three deputies responded to a residence on Sterling Valley Road after receiving a call from a man believing a boat and other property, including tools and a toolbox, were in the process of being stolen and that a gun had been pointed at his face when he arrived on the scene.

A caller told dispatchers about several kids riding dirt bikes, doing wheelies and donuts and “having a free-for-all” on Hart Road north of Davenport. A responding deputy warned the suspects they were trespassing.

A caller requested assistance with removing unwanted individuals from property adjacent to Reinbold Road north of Davenport.

An Odessa caller reported someone had used a tractor and other equipment to tear up the roadway on Irby Road North.

A Davenport Safeway employee said someone took her phone from the store’s break room.

An Odessa man told local police that over a three-day period, “suspicious smelling dirt” had been showing up on property in the 200 block of East 4th Avenue.

Odessa Police checked out a report that a woman’s hair had been pulled by someone who refused to leave a residence on East May Avenue.

Sunday, June 17: A resident on Hawk Creek Road reported that a group of guys shooting at a nearby garage was preventing him from sleeping. A responding deputy located the group and noted they had settled down for the night.

After responding to an assault incident in the 100 block of NW Lincoln in Wilbur, deputies placed a suspect in custody, transported him to a local hospital and to the Spokane County Jail on a warrant for robbery and assault. A resident of the house in Wilbur claimed he was pushed into a TV.

An Almira woman reported four individuals appeared to be racing around town, playing tag or hide and seek with their vehicles, one of which bottomed out while racing through an old mechanic shop, sustaining a broken oil pan and making it easier for responding deputies to trace.

A boat struck a Montana man in the back of the head while on the water near the Keller Ferry boat launch. The patient, in his mid-60s and weighing about 300 pounds, was transported to a Spokane hospital by LifeFlight aerial ambulance personnel.

Deputies responded to a chemical leak from a container on a cart at Crop Production Services at Twelfth and Jefferson streets in Davenport.


June 11: Jacob Richard Sherman, 29, Davenport, serving a 10-day court commitment for reckless driving.

June 12: Tom Lee Breer, 47, Reardan, arrested by Reardan Police for driving while license suspended.

June 14: Timothy Albert Evenson, 31, Spokane, arrested by Reardan Police for second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

June 15: Gerald Edward Meehl, 59, Moses Lake, arrested by Washington State Patrol for driving under the influence.

June 16: Kenneth Earl Burda, 66, Almira, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for driving under the influence (two counts).

June 17: Mary Victoria Snedker, 29, Odessa, arrested by Odessa Police for two counts of failing to appear in court for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

From June 11 to 17, six individuals were detained in the Lincoln County Jail under contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections and one under contract with Cheney Police Department.

Court Report


John F. Strohmaier, Judge

Criminal Sentencings

Mitchell Duayne Lumpkins, 57, Spokane, who was found guilty May 23 by jury of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, was sentenced June 5 to serve two months in jail and pay $800 court costs. The charge involved a Dec. 16, 2016, incident, during which individuals were shooting firearms on private property near Sprague. Jurors spent about an hour deliberating at the conclusion of the one-day trial.

Civil Judgments

Eric Merlin Baarstad, doing business as EBC & EBI, must return $672.85 in overpaid benefits to the Washington State Department of Employment Security.

A request by Grange Insurance for summary judgment was granted by visiting Judge Steve Dixon on June 12. He ruled that the company’s policies provide no coverage for potential liability and it has no duty to defend or indemnify the respondent, Mielke Brothers, Inc.

Juvenile Offender Disposition

A 13-year-old boy whose parents live in Mohler and Wilbur changed his plea to guilty to a charge of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and, according to terms of a deferred disposition, must complete 25 hours community service, pay $500 restitution, complete required counseling, not possess or use alcohol or non-prescribed drugs (monitored by random testing) and abide by curfew, geographical and associational restrictions in order to avoid two days confinement in juvenile detention.

New Criminal Case

Samanta Michele Brigman, 25, Fruitland, entered a guilty plea June 12 to a charge of residential burglary in connection with a break-in and the taking of a firearm and other items from a residence on Egypt Loop Road between March 5 and 19. Sentencing will take place Oct. 16 in connection with a related case involving burglary and theft activity at a residence on Hart Road north of Davenport between March 12 and 14.

New Civil Case

In an alleged credit account debt matter, LVNV Funding LLC seeks a default judgment of $997.72 and $315.60 in court costs against Jason Evans, of Harrington.


Estate of Edwin Saltz, of Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, who died Dec. 27, 2017.


Dan B. Johnson, Judge

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

Johnny R. Craig, Nespelem, Wash., probation violation (fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief), 15 days jail (1 credited as served), $120 court assessments.

Philip J. Van de Veer, Visiting Judge

Linda Christine Jones, Spokane, driving under the influence, dismissed at prosecutor’s request for insufficient evidence.

In a civil matter, an anti-harassment protection order requested by Judy Mielke against Nathan Mielke was denied by the court on June 12 after the respondent “proved by a preponderance of the evidence that he will not resume harassment of the petitioner” when the temporary protection order expired. Both parties are Davenport area residents.


Lincoln County Auditor’s Office

Wayde Edward Badgley, 34, and Stephanie Marie Dunn, 28, both of Airway Heights.


Lincoln County Clerk’s Office

New filings: 35 involving persons living outside Lincoln County.

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

Property Transactions

Lincoln County Treasurer’s Office

Wade W. Magers, as Lincoln County Sheriff, Davenport, to Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, West Palm Beach, Fla. – property at 708 Ninth Street, Davenport (Lots 6 and 7, Blk. 21, Timmon’s Second Addition to Town of Davenport), $917,000.

Lynken Investments LLC, Davenport, to Kenneth D. and Myra Lynee Carpenter, Davenport – south half of southwest and southeast quarters of Sec. 12, T25N, R37E, $0.

Conny Greenwalt and Ricky Eugene Shaw, Odessa, to Ricky Eugene Shaw, Ephrata – property at 206 North Alder Street, Odessa (north half of Lots 10-12, Blk. 9, Original Town of Odessa), $0.

Ben Fischen LLC, Battle Ground, Wash., to Casey M. Finley, Edwall – property at 603 Lincoln Street, Davenport (Lots 3-5, Blk. 114, Columbia Addition to Town of Davenport) and 1996 28x44 mobile home, $85,000.

Joy Sateren, Lynnwood, Wash., to Eric Sateren, Seattle – property at 27738 Bachelor Prairie Road East, Creston (portion of southeast quarter of Sec. 3, T26N, R35E east of Copenhaver Road North and southwest of Bachelor Prairie Road East), $0.

Gail Johnson, Walla Walla, Wash., to Janis Dirk, Empress, Alberta, Canada – property in northwest quarter of Sec. 33, T21N, R37E, $0.

Douglas S. and Janice R. Marich, Spokane, to Jessica M. Friedland and Ian Riley, Spokane – property at 42023 Fawn Lane North, Deer Meadows (Lot 48, Deer Meadows Tracts, Plat No. 2), $170,000.

William Wesley Robertson, Wilbur, to Gregory L. Robertson, Wilbur – property at 607 SE Mitchum, Wilbur (Lots 1 and 2, Blk. 11, Younts Addition to Town of Wilbur), $0.

Wayne W. Wolvert, Davenport, to Shay E. Wolvert, Davenport – property at 37762 Miles Creston Road North, Davenport (portion of east half of northeast quarter, Sec. 30, T27N, R36E) and 2002 mobile home, $185,000.

William R. and Shelly C. Johnson, Wilbur, to Silver Creek Systems LLC, Wilbur – property at 116 SE Main Avenue, Wilbur (Lots 3 and 4, Blk. 15, Resurvey and Homestead Addition to Town of Wilbur), $50,000.

Lars R. and Hannah E. Hendrickson, Davenport, to Travis J. and Brenda K. Massie, Davenport – property at 20565 Coal Springs Road North, Davenport (portion of Sec. 23, T24N, R36E), $55,000.

Heirs and Devisees of estate of Rosalee Ressel, Sprague, to Jeremiah C. and Marissa L. Koeller, Davenport – property at 914 Merriam Street, Davenport (portion of Lot 8 and all of Lot 9, Blk. 20, Timmons Second Addition to Town of Davenport), $175,000.

Steven W. and Melinda F. Walker, Sandpoint, Idaho, to Luke R. Fiedler, Shelton, Wash. – property at 48315 Cougar Ridge East, Ford (portion of southwest quarter, Sec. 30, T27N, R39E), $55,000.


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