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Cowlitz Sheriff arrests Corrections Officer for Custodial Sexual Misconduct and Introducing Contraband in to the jail - 03/08/18

Kelso, Wash -- The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office arrested Kelly Burgin yesterday afternoon for Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana, Introducing Contraband (in to the Cowlitz County Jail), and Custodial Sexual Misconduct in the 2nd degree. Burgin, 50 years old, of Castle Rock was a Cowlitz County Corrections Officer. The arrest is a result an investigation that began with allegations that Burgin, on one occasion, gave a female inmate a very small amount of marijuana edibles and also had sexual contact with this inmate. Burgin was a Cowlitz Corrections Officer for a little over 3 months. He was terminated yesterday.

The jail staff immediately reported the case to the Sheriff's Office. The victim has been cooperative and remains in custody. We are not disclosing her identity, nor other facts about her that would be used to try to ID her. Burgin was booked in Clark County Jail and will be arraigned today in Cowlitz County. Questions about court appearances should be referred to the Cowlitz Superior Court.

CCD Rosenzweig

Update#1: Cowlitz Sheriff arrest 15 year old reference to last weeks threat to shoot Toutle School. Follow up. - 03/05/18

UPDATE#1: 3-5-18 5:00 p.m.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office has booked the 15 year old young man (From last weeks case listed below) in to Juvenile Detention. It is important to note this is not a result of new threats, but rather a result of additional interviews that have taken place over recent days where additional details have been learned about the previous threats. The arrest should not in itself cause more people to be alarmed.

It is also important to know that the young man voluntarily turned himself in and that his father has been very cooperative in working with the deputies on the case. We do not believe that the young man has any access to firearms.

The Sheriff's Office has been in touch daily with Toutle School Officials and they have been very helpful in getting us in touch with people who they have learned had information relating to the case.

The School has sent out notices to parents and they advise they will continue to do so as appropriate.

(We are not releasing additional details on the verbage of the threats). We cannot release a photo of the young man.

Parents who have questions regarding school safety are being referred to Toutle School District.

Questions regarding court appearances should be referred to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.

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Toutle Wash - Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies took a 15 year old male student to the hospital yesterday afternoon for a mental health evaluation after he was overheard making statements that he wanted to shoot up the (Toutle) school.

A deputy interviewed the student at the Toutle High School with school officials present and the student said he was just joking about shooting up the school.

The other students who overheard the threats were cooperative with school officials, who in turn were quick to contact the sheriff's office so the matter could be investigated.

It is also important to know that we do not see any indication that the student took any overt steps to carry out the threat, other than to make the verbal threats.

The Toutle School Officials and the Sheriff's Office take these threats seriously and will do all we can to keep students safe.

We cannot comment on the students medical or mental health status. The case will be sent to the prosecutor to review.

For questions relating to the students school status, please contact the Toutle School District Office.

Free Boater Education Class - 03/02/18

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division, will be hosting a free Adventures in Boating certification course. Classes are open to any individual who needs to obtain a Washington State Boaters Education Card. The next available class will be held on Saturday, March 31st 2018. The class will run from 8am-3:00pm at the Cowlitz County Search and Rescue Building, 1800 Western Lane in Kelso.

To Register: Contact Deputy Jordan Spencer via email at . This one day class will certify you to operate a vessel in the state of Washington. Registrations fill up fast.

Reminder: All vessel operators age 59 and younger must have a Washington Boaters Education Card to operate a vessel in Washington State. For additional information and resources, check out