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Sheriff's report


Last updated 9/1/2019 at 3:06pm


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. Sheriff’s dispatchers handled 237 calls for service during the period covered here.

Monday, Aug. 19: Damage to at least two fences and crops was blamed on cows that were loose along Mill Canyon Road near Davenport.

At the Reardan Police chief’s request, a deputy helped unlock a vehicle parked at Dean’s Drive-In. Another person locked keys inside his vehicle that was parked outside the Davenport Safeway store.

Damage was reported to soap and paper towel dispensers, the floor drain and brick wall inside a restroom at Davenport’s Pioneer Plaza.

Deputies investigated a long letter found under a rock in front of Christ Lutheran Church in Egypt that included comments about the government, serving God, the news media, World War II and military camps.

A resident of the 700 block of 2nd Street in Sprague told dispatchers she believes someone is going in and out of her house when she isn’t there, goes through her stuff and opens suitcases. She said she felt like a prisoner in her own home.

Deputies checked out a report that about $3,000 worth of collectable coins had been stolen from a Davenport residence.

A Grand Coulee resident reported his dog missing – and perhaps stolen – from property on West Wind Drive North.

Harrington firefighters responded to an alarm that went off inside the local school.

An Odessa resident took a check she received randomly in the mail to a local bank to be cashed, but was advised the check was fraudulent.

Noticing a man was coughing up blood inside a pickup parked in a disabled stall at the Davenport Safeway store, a caller requested assistance even after the man told him he was fine.

An abandoned vehicle with broken windows and “lots of stuff” inside was reported near the intersection of First and Linden streets in Harrington. A responding deputy discovered that the firm from which the vehicle was being purchased locked it via satellite when payments stopped. Subsequently, the windows were broken out, the vehicle trashed and abandoned.

A caller told dispatchers she was being forced to move from her house near Harrington into a truck with her husband and allowing a relative with mental illness to take over the house – then hung up.

A resident of the 100 block of West 4th Avenue in Odessa reported a dog was stalking the house.

Tuesday, Aug. 20: Reardan firefighters responded to a possible structure fire in a hay field near the county line at Devils Gap.

Deputies investigated a possible incident of abuse in the Wilbur area.

Twenty cows got loose in the vicinity of Lessor and Black Rock roads near Odessa.

Wednesday, Aug. 21: A caller advised she and her dog were attacked by a pit bull dog they encountered on Porcupine Bay Road north of Davenport.

A collision involving two vehicles, including a large truck pulling a trailer carrying a track hoe, took place at the intersection of Hawk Creek and Hawk Creek Ranch roads. The driver of the vehicle told deputies he had been forced off the road by the truck, which he said had been going well over the speed limit.

Responding to the 400 block of West Main Street, Almira ambulance personnel assisted a 66-year-old woman who was vomiting and experiencing general weakness.

Reporting a trespassing incident, Avista Utilities personnel described two individuals fishing on an island in the middle of the river just below the gates on Long Lake Dam who refused to leave when asked.

To avoid hitting a deer, a driver told dispatchers she put her car in the ditch along Jurgensen Road East near Wilbur.

National Park Service personnel assisted occupants of a stranded boat in the Seven Bays vicinity.

A caller advised dispatchers of horses loose on his property adjacent to Cougar Ridge Road in the Ford area, that this is a recurring issue, and that he was “most likely going to shoot them.” His wife had already shot over the horses’ backs in an attempt to scare them off the land.

Local firefighters responded to a field fire off Teel Hill Road North in the Davenport area.

Thursday, Aug. 22: An incident on SR 174 of possible driving while under the influence initially handled by Grand Coulee Police raised the issue of jurisdiction between the local police agency, Lincoln County and the Washington State Patrol. After being contacted by WSP, the Grand Coulee officer chased down two fleeing occupants of the vehicle after it was stopped. A few months before, Lincoln County advised Grand Coulee that the town’s tickets would not be accepted by the county courts. The vehicle’s occupants, carrying between $2,000 and $3,000 between them, were being prepared for a trip to jail in Davenport, where a WSP sergeant would meet them. After arriving, it was decided not to jail either of the occupants and one was cited for negligent driving before being released.

Damage to a vehicle occurred as a result of a collision with a deer on SR 23 near Sprague.

After responding to a report of a “suspicious” man walking around in a field near Farwell and Oehlschlaeger roads in the Reardan area, deputies initially helped ambulance personnel take him to Lincoln Hospital in Davenport and, upon his release, arrested him for trespassing and vehicle prowling.

Davenport Family Foods personnel expressed concern about a man they saw rummaging through the store’s garbage over the previous three days while explaining that he was “gathering flies to fish and take to another planet.” Two days later, he was observed walking along SR 25 about five miles north of Davenport.

A Wilbur area caller reported unwanted individuals inside a structure on property adjacent to Haden Road East who “come in, throw stuff around and leave it a mess.”

An Almira woman reported a dog ate her chicken after getting loose in the 300 block of West Alder Street.

Smoke coming from a semi-truck in the vicinity of SR 23 and Armstrong Road near Harrington was attributed to a possible brake lockup.

An individual was cited for illegal burning after a caller reported flames from 3½ to 6 feet in height from property adjacent to Sterrett Road North near Davenport. A responding deputy determined that the fire district’s burn ban had been violated.

Friday, Aug. 23: Emergency personnel responded to the 40 block of Park Street in Davenport, where a 49-year-old man was showing signs of having a stroke.

Responding to the Davenport Safeway store, deputies and Davenport ambulance personnel transported a woman found unconscious on the floor of a break room to Lincoln Hospital.

Responding to the 100 block of West Oak Street, Almira ambulance personnel transported a 35-year-old woman with severe abdominal pain to Coulee Community Hospital.

Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to Vista Manor in Wilbur, where two elderly women apparently got into a fight, injuring one who was taken to Lincoln Hospital in Davenport.

A 10-year-old Sprague boy was transported from the 200 block of West 3rd Street to a Spokane hospital after suffering multiple bites from a pit bull dog.

A collision involving a vehicle and deer took place on SR 28 south of Davenport.

After being hospitalized for pneumonia and then released, an 88-year-old Reardan man lost consciousness in the 400 block of North Lake Street and was taken by ambulance to Lincoln Hospital in Davenport.

Saturday, Aug. 24: A woman was arrested after a caller reported someone had entered a residence in the 800 block of Main Street in Davenport.

A responding deputy located an unofficial campsite on property in the vicinity of SR 25 and Jantz Road north of Davenport.

Deputies attempted to locate the owner of a vehicle found in a gully adjacent to Plum Point Road in the Grand Coulee area.

A caller reported a BNSF train was blocking the crossings in Edwall.

A Creston woman requested assistance with an unwanted intoxicated individual at a residence in the 100 block of South C Street.

A collision involving a motorcycle and deer took place at the intersection of U.S.2 and SR 231 west of Reardan. Two on the motorcycle were examined at a Spokane hospital.

An ambulance crew was sent to a mobile home park in Grand Coulee, the location of an ongoing domestic situation. A man was taken to Coulee Community Hospital and later arrested on suspicion of assault.

A resident of the Miles Road area north of Davenport asked a deputy to speak with her “mouthy” 38-year-old son who “bothers” her and causes her “stress.”

A Creston caller requested a deputy’s involvement to deal with people she says have harassed her over a long period of time.

The driver of a pickup truck told dispatchers that she was rear-ended by another vehicle that immediately left the scene on U.S. 2 east of Davenport. A passenger in the truck was examined at Lincoln Hospital.

A Sprague woman phoned in her concerns about a neighbor videotaping them over the 6-foot fence that separates their properties in the 500 block of South C Street.

A deputy made contact with individuals having an illegal campfire on the beach at Hawk Creek.

Emergency personnel from Reardan and Davenport assisted a 47-year-old woman who fell in a yard in the 200 block of South Green Street in Reardan.

Davenport ambulance personnel transported a 42-year-old woman from where she fell outside the Washington State Department of Transportation facility adjacent to the county fairgrounds to Lincoln Hospital.

National Park Service officers responded to a report of three or four men cleaning fish on the closed docks at the Seven Bays Marina.

An apparently intoxicated vendor at the Lincoln County Fair was warned to stop harassing fairgoers or face a disorderly conduct charge.

Spokane County authorities pursued a suspect vehicle on U.S. 2 from Fairchild Air Force Base into Lincoln County, where deputies joined the chase. They proceeded to the vicinity of Bisson and Tramm roads near Reardan, where the vehicle was abandoned, still running, in the middle of the roadway in an apparently attempt to catch it on fire. The incident drifted into Sunday morning, when dispatchers took a call from a woman who reported someone had been inside a nearby barn.

Sunday, Aug. 25: Two men were injured while working on a 4-wheeler at the Bell Street RV Park in Creston, requiring the involvement of local ambulance personnel. An elderly man suffered a knee injury and his 47-year-old son suffered road rash and a back injury. The vehicle started and its throttle was stuck wide open.

Deputies attempted to locate the owner of an abandoned jet ski found on a beach in the Seven Bays area.

Odessa Police responded to a report that a loose dog bit the caller’s dog in the 10 block of East 5th Avenue.

National Park Service personnel assisted a boater who ran out of gas and was stranded in the middle of the lake in front of the Seven Bays Marina.

Sprague firefighters were notified of a fire in a woodpile at the Barr-Tech facility.

An Odessa woman went to jail after local police responded to a domestic assault report from the 100 block of West 6th Avenue.

Four motorcycles were observed being operated in a reckless manner on U.S. 2 near Oehlwein Road east of Davenport.

Mental health personnel were advised after a 76-year-old woman walked away from a vehicle parked at U.S. 2 and Fictenberg Road west of Davenport and refused to return. She was taken to Lincoln Hospital.

In the 16000 block of Jones Road East, a large dog attacked a Wilbur man, leaving him with bites on the hand and hip.

Someone drove through a fence on Hume Road just west of SR 25 north of Davenport, allowing a black cow to get loose.

A family member requested a welfare check after a Sprague man said he planned to take pills and the caller “wouldn’t hear from him again.” A deputy took the older man to Lincoln Hospital, where they were met by mental health personnel.

A collision involving a vehicle and deer was reported on U.S. 2 near Fictenberg Road west of Davenport.


Aug. 20: Timothy John Bodi, 57, no address listed, arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for second-degree assault.

Wade Brent Cummings, 32, Ford, arrested on two counts of driving while license suspended and held under contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Aug. 22 Michael Gene Edmonson, 55, Spokane, arrested by LCSO for second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree vehicle prowling.

Aug. 23: Samuel E. Richardson, 41, Harrington, held under contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Aug. 24: Jeanie Johnson, 73, Cheney, arrested by LCSO for residential burglary and second-degree theft.

Robert Richard Valentine, 45, Grand Coulee, arrested by LCSO for fourth-degree assault.

Aug. 25: Joy Lee Puglisi, 73, Odessa, arrested by Odessa Police for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

An additional seven individuals were held in the Lincoln County Jail under contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections.


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