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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, July 9: Meeting the patient who had started out for Lincoln Hospital in his own vehicle at a location along SR 25 about six miles north of the city, Davenport ambulance personnel assisted a 60-year-old man with possible heart problems.

An Odessa caller told dispatchers she had been beaten up by her boyfriend, who allegedly choked her and threw her to the ground in the 400 block of South Alder.

After a Wilbur man reported ice cream bars had been stolen from his residence in the 500 block of Armstrong, a responding deputy determined he had eaten them.

A caller reported seeing someone throwing something out the window of a vehicle with a temporary plate in the vicinity of the 1100 block of Logan Street in Davenport.

A property owner on King Ranch Road near Odessa reported someone had driven through a portion of fence, causing about $500 damage.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible domestic violence incident involving two intoxicated household members at a residence on Sprague Lake Resort Road. A man was arrested and transported from Sprague to the county jail in Davenport.

A Mondovi Road resident told dispatchers she was trying to protect her horse from seven coyotes that had come into her yard.

Tuesday, July 10: Smoke from a wildfire in the Vantage area drifted into the Seven Springs Dairy Road area.

A sparking power pole set off a small grass fire in the vicinity of U.S. 2 and Ann Street in Wilbur, which was quickly doused by a Public Works crew.

Odessa ambulance personnel responded to a one-vehicle rollover collision on SR 21, but the lone occupant refused transport to a local hospital.

A deputy helped corral three horses that got loose and were seen running down Rocklyn Road near Harrington Airport Road.

A man was given a warning about illegal burning after a deputy discovered three burning barrels on Earl Road west of Church Road in the Rocklyn area.

Dispatchers were informed about a guest at the Sprague Motel that failed to pay the $299 due for four days and nights occupancy. The case turned into a fraud matter when a responding deputy discovered two different names had been used to secure the room.

Deputies responded to a reported trespassing incident on property adjacent to Skyvista Lane north of Creston.

A caller told dispatchers he was advised by Public Works personnel to throw rocks at semi-trucks traveling too fast after he described an incident involving a truck going 75 mph on Waukon Road near Moos Road that almost ran him off the roadway.

A property owner told deputies that a rental unit on Cottonwood Creek Road near Davenport had been the target of malicious mischief.

The driver of a pickup truck involved in a rollover collision in the vicinity of Jones Bay and Hanson Harbor roads was treated for possible head injuries at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport.

A Wellpinit woman traveling on SR 231 north of Reardan told dispatchers that a semi-truck hauling a manufactured home had caused her vehicle to leave the roadway.

A six-inch branch crashed into a house on South Coal Creek Road, resulting in a loud noise that startled awake an elderly woman inside.

Odessa Police checked out a basement in the 200 block of South Alder after a resident there reported hearing a loud noise from there. The officer found no obvious cause that would explain what she heard.

Wednesday, July 11: Responding to a residence on Davis Road, Odessa ambulance personnel assisted a 50-year-old woman having trouble breathing.

A man’s nose was bloodied during a domestic assault incident at a residence in Lakewood Terrace Mobile Home Park in Grand Coulee. Deputies arrested a man for assault and another on a misdemeanor charge from an adjacent county; both were transported to the county jail in Davenport.

Fuel from an abandoned motorbike leaked into the creek at Seventh and Park streets in Davenport.

A loose dog got into garbage in the 900 block of Fourteenth Street in Davenport and bit a deputy that was trying to catch it. The dog was eventually reunited with its owner.

A vehicle was discovered in a ditch in the vicinity of Hawk Creek and Miles Creston roads.

Deputies investigated a possible child abuse incident that occurred in the Almira area.

Loud music and slamming of doors at a neighbor’s mobile home kept a resident of the 1100 block of Adams Street in Davenport from a good night’s sleep.

Odessa Police found the 500 block of East Marjorie Avenue “all quiet” after responding to a caller’s report of hearing a loud scream from an unknown woman.

Thursday, July 12: Dispatchers were told of a near-collision involving a state Department of Transportation truck and a pickup truck on SR 28 just south of Davenport.

Local law enforcement was included in the information pool after the start of what was dubbed as the Rattlesnake Fire on the Colville Indian Reservation across Lake Roosevelt from Lincoln. Later, county deputies, National Park Service and tribal personnel were involved in the detention of several suspects, along with fireworks and a boat that was seen crossing the river from where the fire started.

Almira ambulance personnel were called in to assist a 30-year-old man after he experienced a “bipolar episode.”

Deputies investigated an underage drinking party and a possible assault at a residence in the Northpoint neighborhood north of Davenport.

Someone broke the back off the men’s toilet and part of the stall at the Wilbur town park during the night.

Someone used a screwdriver in an attempt to break into a cabin adjacent to Ruffed Grouse Drive East.

Deputies were contacted by two Harrington residents who said their $1,200 deposit check to a construction company had been cashed, but the windows that were to be purchased had not been ordered and that work at the home in the 100 block of West Sherlock had not started.

Sprague Chevron personnel requested assistance with a woman and two men in a vehicle who were described as “bothering and panhandling customers.”

A Davenport caller reported noxious weeds on an adjoining lot in the 20 block of Merriem Street were bothering her sinuses and becoming the launch point for several “dangerous” bees she felt threatened by.

Responding to the vicinity of Sixth and Main streets in Davenport after receiving a report of a “screaming” girl, a deputy discovered an argument between a girl and her parents, who had requested she give them her phone and go to bed.

Odessa Police investigated a possible incident of cyber-stalking involving a local resident.

Friday, July 13: BNSF Railroad personnel were advised about a malfunctioning crossing arm on Second Street near the Harrington school.

A resident of the 200 block of Marshall Street in Davenport reported noise from a neighboring rental unit and that between 10 and 15 vehicles associated with it were making it difficult for residents to park in the area.

Receiving advance warning, StockLand Livestock personnel advised dispatchers of an animal rights protest being planned at the Davenport auction on July 16.

Lincoln County personnel assisted Spokane County firefighters with a brush and field fire in the vicinity of Devils Gap and Collier Lane.

An Irby resident reported “no trespassing” signs had been removed without authorization from property adjacent to Wraspir Road East.

Responding to a report of gunshots fired in the 0 block of South 6th Street, Odessa Police determined that leftover fireworks had been set off.

National Park Service personnel dealt with multiple burglary alarms at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area headquarters building in Coulee Dam on July 9, 12 and 13. Responding personnel found everything secure each time.

Saturday, July 14: Despite a call reporting an orange glow near the elevators on Rocklyn Road, a responding deputy wasn’t able to find a fire or other source.

No one was reported injured as a result of a two-vehicle collision in the vicinity of Bluestem and Boyk roads south of Davenport.

After a caller phoned in his concern for a Creston resident who hadn’t been seen or heard from in the past few days, a deputy discovered the 85-year-old man had fallen in the shower. A LifeFlight aerial ambulance transported him from the U.S. 2 Telford rest area to a Spokane hospital.

Residents along Moore Road in the Reardan area were warned about burning, even in an enclosed fire structure, after emergency personnel responded to reports of people burning garbage.

Damage was reported to road closure signs place in the vicinity of Old Coulee and Douglas roads. Barricades and signs on both ends of the closed roadway were described as “completely destroyed” and that the road had been torn up as well.

An illegal bonfire was reported in the vicinity of Mohler Road and SR 23.

After a Davenport woman reported hearing fireworks or gunshots near the school football field, a responding deputy came upon a group of juveniles at the nearby grain elevators and cited one of them for illegally discharging fireworks.

Sunday, July 15: A caller reported his dog locked him out of a still-running pickup truck attached to a boat trailer while parked along Morgan Street across from the Davenport Les Schwab Tires outlet.

Responding to where it was parked along U.S. 2 west of Davenport, local firefighters doused a vehicle that had smoke coming from a blown transmission.

Sprague ambulance personnel joined a deputy at a residence in the 300 block of South D Street, where an intoxicated man with a hernia was described as trying to hurt himself.

A caller reported a strong ammonia odor from the McGregor Co. in Harrington.

Apparently unaware of a burn ban, a deputy encountered individuals roasting hot dogs over a small campfire in a metal-contained ring in the vicinity of 3rd and F streets in Sprague.

A deputy investigated a report of individuals attempting to right a vehicle that had been involved in a rollover collision on Lakeview Ranch Loop near Odessa. The driver refused medical attention.

A domestic dispute that began in Spokane continued once the people involved returned to their residence in the 100 block of NW Lincoln in Wilbur, to which at least three deputies were sent. At one point, the caller told dispatchers, a vase broke after being thrown onto a computer.

An Odessa property owner told local police he found a meth pipe while cleaning out a rental unit in the 200 block of South Division Street.


July 9: David Gene Keener, 62, Sprague, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for fourth-degree assault.

July 10: Richard Joseph Gabriel, 42, Spanaway, Wash., arrested by LCSO for unlawful issuance of bank checks or drafts.

July 11: Christopher L. Lauseng, 29, Grand Coulee, held for Adams County Sheriff’s Office on a misdemeanor charge.

Joseph Wayne Lauseng, 52, Grand Coulee, arrested by LCSO for fourth-degree assault.

Christopher J. Steinbaugh, 38, Spokane Valley, arrested by LCSO for second-degree burglary and possession of (making or having) burglary tools.

July 12: Amanda Lynn Sweowat, 39, Almira, arrested by LCSO on an out-of-county misdemeanor charge.

July 13: Jonathan Joseph Jacobsen, 24, Colville, serving a court commitment for driving while license suspended.

July 14: Luis Gaitan, Jr., 32, Santa Rosa, Calif., arrested by Washington State Patrol for driving under the influence.

From July 9 to 15, 14 individuals were held in the Lincoln County Jail under contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Court Report


John F. Strohmaier, Judge

Civil Judgments

Jacob Erwin, of Davenport, must return $4,085 in overpaid benefits to the Washington State Department of Employment Security.

Gerald W. Pipitone, of Wilbur, must return $912.64 in overpaid benefits to the Washington State Department of Employment Security.

New Criminal Cases

Richard Joseph Gabriel, 41, of Nespelem, is charged with five counts of unlawful issuance of a bank check in connection with incidents from Oct. 23, 2017, to Jan. 12, 2018. The two alleged victims, of Odessa, claim losses of about $6,230 worth of alfalfa purchases that were to be resold, but without licensure or bonding required by state law. The matter also is under investigation by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

William Emil Hughes, 38, of Reardan, is charged with first-degree trafficking in stolen property in connection with the March 5 sale for $300 of a painting that had been stolen from its Reardan area owner.

Andrew B. Crain, 19, of Sprague and/or Cheney, is charged with failing to register as a (Level 1) sex offender (fail to notify of move) after changing residences between April 19, 2017, and April 17, 2018.

New Civil Cases

Seeking $24,332.94 in delinquent property taxes for 2015, Lincoln County filed a claim against the following individuals (and general locations of parcels involved): Kenneth W. Buckingham (Almira), Luke Honkala (Creston), Michael J. Petty (Creston), Darlene C. Dawson (Odessa), Dale J. Harms (Wilbur), Christopher T. Segroves (Euclid Road East), Alex V. and Consuelo B. Collantes (Ruffed Grouse Road), Edwin J. Clark (Hawk Creek Ranches), Willie and Kim Washington (Hawk Creek Ranches), Earl and Jennile Brown Heard (Carp Lake Road East), Nathaniel Smith (north of Reardan), Mark and Jeannie Brushia (Deer Heights) and Flatlander, Inc. (SR 25 near Fort Spokane).

Rory and Terri Wintersteen, of Davenport, seek unspecified compensation from Marge Klostner and Jeffrey Zimmerman and their respective spouses in connection with the total loss of their residence, vehicles, personal property, outbuildings, livestock and hay to an Aug. 21, 2016, fire in the Hart Road area north of Davenport. The petitioners allege negligence, negligent hiring and supervision. Their claim is that Mr. Zimmerman, an employee of the Klostners, despite a Red Flag Warning Day, drove a fuel truck with debris attached that emitted the odor of smoke through a wheat stubble field, causing the fire.

Citing concerns involving its financial management, petitioners Douglas Mielke and Ronald Mielke, as members of C&D Mielke Family LLC, are asking the court to dissolve the LLC. Respondents are Robert Mielke, Judy Mielke and Cheryl Beymer, also members of the LLC.

Odessa Police Department seeks a one-year extreme risk protection order against Drew D. Latham, 28, claiming he “poses a significant danger in the near future of causing personal injury to himself and/or others through the use of firearms.”


Estate of Nancy J. Echelbarger, of Reardan, who died June 25.

Estate of Bonnie J. Maxwell, of Almira, who died June 21.


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.

Morgan Skye Welch, Reardan, probation violation (driving while license suspended), 3 days jail converted to 24 hours community service.

Brianna Lynn Whalawitsa, Spokane, reckless driving, pleaded guilty, 2 days jail, $1,143 court assessments, 12 months supervised probation; driving while license suspended, dismissed.

Dena Michelle Lash, Spokane, driving while license suspended, $243 court assessments, 12 months supervised probation; operating motor vehicle without insurance, $200; wrong way on freeway/cross barrier, $140.

Robert Lynn Palmer, Mead, driving under the influence, amended at prosecutor’s request to first-degree negligent driving, $1,050 court assessments, 12 months supervised and 12 months unsupervised probation, alcohol/drug evaluation and recommended treatment, DUI victims' panel, no possession or consumption of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs (monitored by random testing).

Michael James McBride, Spokane, driving while license suspended, pleaded guilty, $250 court assessments, 12 months supervised probation.

Jason Battiste, Kent, Wash., driving while license suspended, pleaded guilty, $643 court assessments, 12 months supervised probation, deferred sentence (may change plea when court’s conditions are met).

Teresa Annette Whitney, Coulee Dam, driving while license suspended, pleaded guilty, $293 court assessments, 12 months supervised probation, deferred sentence (may change plea when court’s conditions are met).

Donald Lee Heen, Spokane Valley, fourth-degree assault, pleaded guilty, 40 days jail (12 credited as served), $441.40 court assessments, 12 months supervised and 12 months unsupervised probation, no possession or consumption of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs (monitored by random testing).

K C Lee Kimberling, Sprague, making false statement to law enforcement officer, pleaded guilty, $1,493 court assessments (including $1,000 restitution), 12 months supervised probation.

Gregorio J. Cenevazzo, Spokane, probation violation (driving while license suspended), 5 days jail.

Jose M. Lara Chacon, Cheney, probation violation (driving under the influence), 3 days jail converted to 24 hours community service.

Raymond Russell Osborn, Soap Lake, probation violation (fourth-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and reckless endangerment), 30 days jail.

Emily P. Phelps, Spokane, third-degree theft (2 counts), 6 days jail (credited as served), $293 court assessments, no possession or consumption of alcohol, marijuana or illegal drugs (monitored by random testing).


Lincoln County Auditor’s Office

Randy Cole Patrick, 34, and Katie Marie Minium, 40, both of Ford.


Lincoln County Clerk’s Office

New filings – July 5: Michelle M. Slate and Ryan M. Slate, of Ford, married July 7, 2017, at Ford, separated May 29, 2018, no dependent children of the marriage, petitioner requests last name be changed to Tinsley. Also, 58 involving persons living outside Lincoln County.

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

Property Transactions

Lincoln County Treasurer’s Office

Nicholas L. and Christine E. Colbert, Davenport, to Marietta Cremeen, Spokane – property at 305 Marshall Street, Davenport (east half of Lot 2, all of Lot 3 and west 5 feet of Lot 4, Blk. 4, Original Town, now City, of Davenport, and south 20 feet of vacated Marshall Street adjacent to Lots 2 and 3), $155,000.

Dennis J. Hattemer, Kennewick, Wash., to Dennis J. and Carol J. Hattemer (trustees, Hattemer Living Trust), Kennewick – portions of Sec. 8, 9 and 17, T26N, R37E, and portion of Sec. 6 and 7, T26N, R38E, $0.

William Harry Venema and Norma Yvonne Venema (trustees, Venema Living Trust), Vivian M. McClung and Norma Yvonne Venema (separately), Almira, to Harlan and Donna Thrall, Marlin – portions of Sec. 4 and 6, T23N, R31E, $130,000.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to City of Davenport, Davenport – Lots 1-5, Blk. 87, Essig’s Addition to City of Davenport, $1,400.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Gregory Wold, Everett, Wash. – Lot 4 and north 25 feet of Lot 3, Blk. 54, Town of Harrington, $10,200.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to John W.E. Ellis, Leavenworth, Wash. – portion of southeast quarter of Sec. 11, T26N, R34E, $6,250.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Lincoln County, Davenport – portion of Lot 6, Blk. 9, Original Town (now City) of Sprague, $0.

Railroad Add LLC, Almira, to Jenny L. Haden, Wilbur – property at 309 NE Cole Avenue, Wilbur (Lots 6-8, Blk. 6, Railroad Addition to Town of Wilbur), $85,000.

Clayton M. and Nina M. Tapani, Davenport, to Johnny D. and Kayla K. Muonio, Davenport – property at 910 Sinclair Street, Davenport (Lot 10 and portion of Lot 9, Blk. 73, Essig’s Addition to Town of Davenport), $115,000.

Lucas J. Blankenship, Monroe, Wash., to Veronica I. Blankenship, Monroe, Wash. – Lots 24-25, Blk. 1, Airport Addition to Seven Bays, $0.

Phillip L. and Amy J. Faucheux, Spokane Valley, to Veronica I. Blankenship, Monroe, Wash. – property at 125 Blossom Court, Seven Bays (Lots 24-25, Blk. 1, Airport Addition to Seven Bays), $320,000.

Emerald Dreams LLC, Nine Mile Falls, to Scott R. Kahler and Vicki M. Dutton, Spokane – property at 1315 Pike Square, Seven Bays (Lot 15, Blk. 3, Plat 1, Seven Bays, $72,500.

Arthur D. McDonald (personal representative, estate of Helen C. McDonald), Tucson, Ariz., to Dreger Farms, Inc., Creston – northwest quarter of Sec. 5 and northeast quarter and portion of northwest quarter of Sec. 6, all in T27N, R33E, $188,000.

Holly K. Andersen, Creston, to Dean K. Andersen, Creston – portion of Sec. 12, T26N, R34E, $0.

Todd V. and Barbara L. Heaton, Lincoln, to Curtis W. Moorman and Angela J. Lindsay, Kennewick, Wash. – south half of Tract 66, Hawk Creek Ranches Segregation Survey Area No. 1, $5,000.

Richard and Vicki Winn, Wenatchee, to Douglas M. and Linda Rash, Wenatchee – Lot 30A, Division 1-A, Roosevelt Lake Ranch, $0.

Dewey D. and Linda Bray, Wilbur, to Charles Berg and Lori Pierce, Spokane – property at 45288 North Hanson Harbor Road, Wilbur (Lot 46, Hanson Harbor Subdivision), $42,500.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Brett and Angela Bishop, Edwall – portion of southwest quarter of Sec. 33, T23N, R39E, $1,570.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Caroline Annette Cassidy, Leavenworth, Wash. – Lots 11-20, Blk. 12, Resurvey Addition to Town of Moscow, also known as Town of Bluestem, $300.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Carol M. Robinson, Moscow, Idaho – portion of northwest quarter, Sec. 5, T23N, R39E, $450.

Lincoln County, Davenport, to Robert Mielke, Davenport – portion of southwest quarter, Sec. 8, T25N, R33E, $2,750.


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