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Kidnap/ Assault Fugitive arrested in yacolt - 08/04/19

Members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshall’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force and the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team combined to arrest Jacob E. Cater, DOB 10/13/82 from a residence in Yacolt today during the service of a search warrant.  Cater was wanted on a felony warrant for charges including Kidnapping 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a firearm.  The charges stem from a domestic violence incident that occurred in rural Clark County on or about August 1, 2019.

This investigation is on-going and no further information is available at this time.

Woman killed in collision with tree **Update 8/1/2019 - driver identified** - 08/01/19

The deceased driver in this collision has been identified as CHRISTENSEN, Kaylene N., age 22.  Christensen was a Washougal resident.


On 7/31/2019 at 10:32 pm CCSO Deputies and EMS units were dispatched to a single vehicle collision at NE 14th Street and NE 249th Avenue.  The 911 caller reported a car had collided with a large tree at this location.  Upon arrival, EMS located the vehicle and its driver, who was deceased inside the vehicle.  The CCSO Traffic Unit responded and is investigating.  The vehicle is an older model BMW sedan, and the deceased driver is an adult female.  The driver has been identified but her name is being withheld pending notification of relatives. 

It is apparent that excessive speed is a causing factor in this collision.

Man with gun confronts deputies and arrested - 08/01/19

On 07/31/19 at approximately 10 PM, two deputies responded to the area of 49th Street and St. Johns Road for a disturbance heard in the area.  The caller reported hearing a male and female yelling in the area.  At about 1015 PM, two deputies entered an apartment complex in the 3500 block of NE 49th Street.  As they approached an apartment, they encountered a man holding a handgun, who pointed it at them.  Deputies retreated and summoned assistance.  The man went inside his residence.  Numerous deputies from the Clark County Sheriff's Office and officers from Vancouver Police Department responded to the scene.  After a short standoff, the man emerged from his residence, discarded a loaded handgun on the driveway, and was taken into custody without any further incident.  The 43 year old man appeared to be having a mental breakdown and was suicidal.  He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation then booked into the Clark County Jail for 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree, for pointing the handgun at deputies.  Names are not being released at this time. 

Two car crash injures Battle Ground Teen **Updated information, 7/31/2019** (Photo) - 07/31/19

The drivers of the involved vehicles are identified as follows:

Driver of orange Mazda 6: KOHLMAN, Tania M.  age 53, Brush Prairie resident

Driver of blue VW Golf: MARCHENKO, Dennis I, age 17, Battle Ground resident

Additional details:  The first responding deputy to arrive at the collision witnessed Kohlman attempting to leave the scene and detained her.  Kohlman did not cooperate with the deputy's initial investigation, and the deputy observed signs of possible impairment on the part of Kohlman.  Kohlman was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, and for observation due to the significant crash forces.  A warrant was authored for a sample of her blood for examination by the State Toxicology Lab.  She was released at the hospital, and no formal charges were filed, pending the completion of the collision investigation and lab analysis.



On 7/29/2019 at 6:43am, Fire, EMS and Clark County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the intersection of NE 199th Street and NE 167th Avenue in Battle Ground.  CRESA 911 received calls that there was a serious two-car collision at this location with injuries.  Upon arrival, EMS personnel administered aid to a 17 year old male driver, who was unconscious and suffering from severe injuries.  A second driver, a 53-year old female, was conscious and alert.

Witness interviews and scene evidence indicated that an orange Mazda sedan, driven by the female, was traveling eastbound on NE 199th Street and failed to stop for the posted stop sign at the intersection.  The Mazda collided with a blue Volkswagen sedan that was southbound and in the intersection.  The 17 year old male was driving the blue VW.  Severe damage to the vehicles indicates that the Mazda was traveling at a sustained speed at the time of the collision.

This intersection is located in a rural area of Clark County, just outside of the Battle Ground city limits.  It is controlled from four directions by stop signs and red flashing lights.

Both drivers of the vehicles were transported to an area hospital.  The CCSO Traffic Unit is investigating the collision.  While the occupants have been identified, their identities are being withheld at this time pending notification of relatives.

NE 199th Street at NE 167th Avenue remains closed during this investigation.

Attached Media Files: 167-199st_Crash.JPG
Clark County Sheriff's Office Hiring Workshop - 07/31/19

Come to our hiring workshop and learn how you can start your Criminal Justice Career!

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has immediate openings for positions in Corrections, Enforcement and Sheriff’s Support roles.

The Sheriff's Office is hosting a free informational workshop for those interested in pursuing a career with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Listen to presentations from current Clark County Deputies, Sheriff's Human Resources staff and the Chief Civil Service Examiner about the application process from the initial testing to date of hire. Have all your recruitment questions ready. This is your opportunity to talk with the subject matter experts.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Clark County Public Works Conference Center
(new location from previous workshops)
4700 NE 78th Street
Vancouver, Washington

For more information, call Sheriff's Recruitment at 360.397.2176 or email

Testing for Corrections and Enforcement Deputy Positions will be held in Vancouver, Washington - Sunday, August 25th, 2019. Register for deputy testing at Public Safety Testing .com

Fraudulent phone calls - 07/26/19

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has recently received numerous reports of fraudulent phone calls being derived from the telephone number of or similar to 360-397-2211.  Although this phone number is associated with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the caller(s) are telling the recipients that they have a warrant or other fines associated with their names.  The caller commonly advises the recipient that they must pay money via gift cards to prevent arrest or further legal action.  The callers often will not allow the recipient to hang up, and want to maintain telephone contact the entire time, while requesting the recipients of the phone call travel to obtain the gift cards and then provide the information over the phone to the caller, who is impersonating a deputy, detective, or other law enforcement officer. 


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office does not collect any fines, fees or funds associated with legal matters via the telephone or online.  We would like to encourage those receiving these calls from a deputy or officer advising of a warrant or other legal matter to validate the caller by contacting 311 or in person at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office located at 707 W 13th Street, Vancouver WA 98660.   

Clark County Jail and Columbia River Mental Health partner to be first in state as a licensed Opiod Treatment Provider - 07/25/19

On 07/25/2019, the Clark County Jail, in partnership with Columbia River Mental Health Services, announced their application to become the first jail in the State of Washington licensed as an Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP).  In support of the OTP application process, Sheriff Atkins said, “Providing inmates a full range of opioid use disorder treatments strengthens our public safety mission and improves community livability.”  An addiction study in Washington State found the risk of death from drug overdose was 129 times higher in the first 2 weeks after release from incarceration compared to the general population. The benefits of becoming an OTP branch site would allow for augmented Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services, expanded connection to community partners, increased patient capacity, and expansion of the work the Clark County Jail is already doing to reduce Opioid addiction and overdose deaths.


Body Recovered in the Washougal River - 07/23/19

On 07/22/19 at approx. 7:00pm, Clark County deputies responded to the 38700 block of Washougal River Road (Mile Post 7) on the report of a body in the Washougal River.  With the assistance of Fire District 6 technical rescue team, the body was recovered.  The Clark County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy and positively identify the individual and the notification of the next of kin