The Odessa Record -

Sheriff's Report


February 21, 2019


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, Feb. 11: Wintry conditions continued to interrupt travel and school schedules throughout Lincoln County. Schools switched from a two-hour late start to canceling classes altogether as weather forecasters predicted 5 to 10 inches of snow was expected in the Spokane area.

An Odessa caller’s report that his mother had gotten stuck in a snowdrift on SR 21 about 15 miles south of Odessa in Adams County was referred to the Washington State Patrol.

A caller complained that “the sheriff’s office is not upholding the new federal law,” described the office as “pretty backward” and expressed the hope that “the feds come and take (your) badges away” before hanging up.

A Cayuse Cove Road resident reported her electrical power was out.

A vehicle got stuck in snow on Leffel Road about a half mile south of Mountain View Cemetery Road near Davenport. Its driver kept the vehicle running because its starter went out and it wouldn’t start again if it was turned off.

A female inmate told corrections deputies she felt dizzy, temporarily lost consciousness and experienced tingles in her arms and legs. She woke up on the floor of her cell and had bruised her wrist. She was taken to Lincoln Hospital for a checkup.

Reardan Police checked out a report from Town Hall of an “extremely upset” woman who was described as “acting extremely violent, making verbal threats and refusing to leave.”

Tuesday, Feb. 12: A caller requested assistance after sliding off Mill Canyon and Ziemantz roads and into a ditch.

Schools in Lincoln County remained closed due to the weather and icy bus routes.

Reardan EMTs assisted a 65-year-old man whose tongue and throat began to swell, possibly as a result of an allergic reaction.

Davenport firefighters and Avista Utilities were advised of a power line down between US Bank and the post office in Davenport.

A snowplow was reported to be stuck in the median on Interstate 90 in Lincoln County.

After a caller said he was concerned that he couldn’t contact his mother by phone in Harrington for a couple of days, she called in and explained to dispatchers that she had lost her phone during that period.

A county jail inmate advised corrections deputies of another inmate who was making “strange sounds” while apparently choking or having trouble breathing. Deputies learned he had COPD and was feeling cold. He was given another blanket and moved to a cell where he could be observed more closely during the night hours.

Odessa Police helped locate a runaway teenage girl and reunite her with her mother.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Davenport ambulance personnel transported a woman who had fallen about 5 feet to Lincoln Hospital.

A 39-year-old woman experiencing seizures and an “extreme” headache managed to call in a request for assistance to Sprague ambulance personnel.

Thursday, Feb. 14: A caller reported receiving 12 phone calls from someone falsely claiming to be with the IRS, getting more aggressive, calling him names and threatening to arrest him if he didn’t send money.

Blowing and drifting snow motivated schools in Reardan, Harrington, Odessa, Wilbur and Davenport to send students home early in the afternoon.

Acknowledging he was a victim of an online scam, a Harrington man told dispatchers he had wired $400 for a puppy, along with $167 for shipping, and received an immediate demand for another $1,800 to cover carrier charges.

A large tie-down strap with a large metal hook was removed from U.S. 2 just west of Davenport after an alert caller told dispatchers of the possible damage it could do to a vehicle using the roadway.

Deputies investigated a possible fraud incident in Sprague after a daughter noticed suspicious transactions involving her late mother’s bank account.

An Odessa caller reported four teenage boys had damaged a younger girl’s teeter-totter, valued at about $1,400, while playing on toys in a backyard in the 300 block of East 1st Avenue.

After coming upon a man walking in the vicinity of Mohler Road and SR 28, a deputy helped him rescue his vehicle that had been “blown into a ditch” along Jenkins Road.

A large delivery truck struck a power pole and ended up in a ditch in the vicinity of SR 28 and Whitestone Road. A responding deputy reported that power lines were across the truck, which was still in gear. Towing was delayed until Inland Power and Light Co. personnel arrived on scene to shut off power.

A white cargo van got stuck along U.S. 2 near Wilbur.

Friday, Feb. 15: Deputies responded to a verbal dispute between a Davenport resident and a city plow driver in the 50 block of Washington Street. The resident faced possible charges of disorderly conduct.

A woman expressed concern about a neighbor’s shooting close to her residence on Sprague Lake Resort Road, with children present. The neighbor explained to a deputy that he felt threatened by the woman’s dog that “runs wild, is aggressive, growls at (him) and defecates all over (his) property” and had fired two warning shots into the ground. The woman promised to keep her dog contained.

A vehicle went into a ditch and struck a fence post in the vicinity of Crescent and Farwell roads near Reardan.

A man was placed into custody after a caller told dispatchers his nephew had been confronted by an older man with a gun in the 40 block of Park Street in Davenport.

A Sterling Valley Road resident reported he received a call from his bank that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to cash a check on his account at a Money Tree location in Spokane.

An employee of Vista Manor in Wilbur didn’t show up for work, prompting concern from a co-worker, who phoned dispatchers. It was later learned that the woman had gotten stuck in a ditch.

A pickup truck was damaged as a result of a collision with a county grader in the vicinity of Gaffney and Ringwood roads near Sprague.

A deputy’s patrol vehicle overheated after he used it to free a man’s vehicle from being stuck in a ditch on U.S. 2 at Roby Road near Wilbur.

An Odessa woman reported her teenage daughter took the family vehicle without permission after coming home in a bad mood. She later returned the car.

A caller reported a snowmobile was traveling through yards in the 1100 block of Adams Street in Davenport.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Responding to a residence on Mule Ranch Road, Davenport ambulance personnel transported a man with a possible medication-related problem to Lincoln Hospital.

Deer guts were reported alongside SR 28 near Tanner Road, but a state wildlife officer was not able to find them.

In separate calls, Sprague ambulance personnel assisted a 39-year-old woman who slipped and fell and was feeling pain in her head and wrist and a man who was swollen and not feeling well.

Davenport firefighters responded to a shop ablaze on property adjacent to SR 25 north of the city.

Dispatchers received a report of vehicle prowling and the discovery that someone had urinated near a car on property adjacent to Miles Creston Road.

An Almira woman was the victim of a scam involving a man who claimed he needed the woman to send $700 to the Spokane airport so that he could clear customs. When advised by airport police not to contact the man again, she went against that advice and received a subsequent threat that he would come to her house and hurt her.

A Davenport caller reported a firearm was missing from a residence in the 1000 block of Washington Street.

A deputy provided delivery service for prescription medication from Davenport Pharmacy to a residence on Quill Drive North, where the patient was snowed in. At one point, the deputy had to leave his patrol vehicle to complete the delivery on foot.

After complaining about her room being cold, a woman allegedly slapped an attendant at the Sprague Motel and earned a trip to the county jail for assault.

Sunday, Feb. 17: A male county jail inmate experienced painful swelling in his face and neck and was transported to Lincoln Hospital.

Responding to a Cottonwood Springs housing unit, Davenport ambulance personnel assisted a man having trouble breathing.

Drifting snow was reported on U.S. 2 between Davenport and Reardan.

A tow truck was sent to free a woman’s vehicle that got stuck in snow on Gunning Road near Tickle Hill Road north of Davenport.

Davenport ambulance personnel assisted a 67-year-old man who was described as weak, dehydrated and suffering from congestive heart problems.

Responding to a report that what appeared to be marijuana smoke came out from a vehicle parked at the Davenport Safeway, a deputy learned that the driver was using a vaping pen with e-juice.

A Harrington caller reported hearing voices and finding footprints around a residence in the 200 block of West Adams Street.

A very intoxicated man was placed into custody after deputies responded to a residence on Stromberger Road near Sprague from which a request for assistance was called in.

No one was reported hurt as a result of a one-vehicle rollover collision on U.S. 2 east of Reardan.

Monday, Feb. 18: A vehicle slid off Interstate 90 in Lincoln County and came to rest in the median.

A Davenport woman told dispatchers someone claiming to be from AT&T called and asked for her Social Security number.

Lincoln Hospital personnel helped a teenage girl who reportedly attempted to harm herself.


Feb. 14: Johnny Ray Craig, 30, Nespelem, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for failing to appear for fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

Gary Michael Lantis, 31, Odessa, arrested by LCSO for failing to appear for driving while license suspended.

Rachel Renee Ramirez, 42, Dayton, Wash., arrested by Washington State Patrol for failing to appear for driving under the influence and while license suspended.

Feb. 15: Keith Henry Browning, 72, Davenport, arrested by LCSO for exhibiting, displaying or carrying a weapon with intent to intimidate.

Timothy Joseph Hillyard, 33, Davenport, arrested by LCSO for obstructing a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Feb. 16: Raymond Jeffery Neal, 46, Spokane, arrested by LCSO for failing to appear for driving while license suspended.

Feb. 17: Jacob M. Anderson, 24, Ritzville, arrested by LCSO for obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Camille L. Doherty, 61, Juliaetta, Idaho, arrested by LCSO for fourth-degree assault.

Austin Justus Proctor, 26, Davenport, arrested by LCSO for second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

From Feb. 13 to 15, three 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 Cheney.


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