highway 30 crash

The scene of the May 4 morning vehicle crash on Highway 30.

The police blotter relates to the public record of incidents as reported by law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

April 30 – Joshua Bradley, 38, of Deer Island, was arrested after a traffic stop on Chaney Road. Bradley was arrested for driving under the influence and for reckless driving.

May 1 – A traffic stop in the 60500 block of Chimes Crest led to the arrest of Ryan Calhoun, 40, of Columbia City. Calhoun was arrested for luring and display child – sexual misconduct.

May 1 – A domestic disturbance in the 76900 block led to the arrest of Adam Sewald, 37, of Rainier. Sewald was arrested on a warrant.

May 1 – Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 59600 block of Blue Jay Lane.

May 2 – A warrant service at jail led to the arrest of Gabriel Bonwell, 22, of St. Helens.

May 2 – An sassult was reported in the 68600 block of Bedell Road.

May 2 – An injury crash in the 75200 block of Meserve Road led to the arrest of Braeden White, 21, of Rainier. White was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving.  

May 2 – Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 70300 block of Columbia River Highway.

May 2 – A disturbance was reported in the 90 block of Shore Drive.

May 4 – Deputies responded to an unwanted call in the 800 block of Matzen Street.

May 4 – A domestic disturbance was reported in the 700 block of South Columbia River Highway.

May 4 – A traffic stop on Highway 30 and Havlik Drive led to the arrest of Richard Grigsby, 38, of Scappoose. Grigsby was arrested for driving under the influence.   


Columbia River Fire & Rescue

April 30 - At 12:31 p.m. St. Helens firefighters responded to a report of a transformer fire in the area of Fir Street and Firlock Park Street. The fire was out on arrival, Columbia River PUD responded to repair damages.

May 2 - St. Helens Firefighters responded to the area of Townsend Road and Parkdale road for a two-vehicle car crash at 5:47 p.m. The drivers of both vehicles were evaluated on scene by paramedics but were not transported to the hospital.

May 2 – At 4:29 p.m. St. Helens Firefighters extinguished an illegal burn in the area of Salal Street in St. Helens. The fire was not permitted. The owner was educated about safe open burning and the need for a permit.

May 3 - Firefighters responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident near the

intersection of Columbia Blvd and Sykes Road at 6:34 p.m. A bicycle rider was struck by a vehicle at low speeds causing minor injuries to the bike rider. Paramedics evaluated the patient on scene but did not transport to the hospital.

May 4 – At 7:07 a.m. Rainier Firefighters responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 38. Paramedics evaluated the driver of the vehicle on scene but did not transport to the hospital.

May 5 - Fairgrounds firefighters responded to the 31000 block of Cater Road for a riding lawn mower that turned over on its side trapping the operator at 1:34 p.m. The operator was freed from the mower but denied transport to the hospital.

May 5 – At 7:31 a.m. Rainier Firefighters responded to a report of an illegal burn in the 71000 block of Lentz Road. Firefighters extinguished two illegal burn piles at the location. Rainier Police also assisted at the scene.

May 6 - Fairgrounds Firefighters responded to a vehicle into a building crash in the 2000 block of Columbia Boulevard at 2:08 p.m. There was significant damage to the building, which houses a local business. The driver of the vehicle was evaluated on scene by paramedics but denied transport to the hospital.

May 6 – At 3:16 p.m. CRF&R Firefighters assisted Scappoose Fire District with a wild land fire in the 19000 block of Morgan Road in Holbrook. A brush engine with a three person volunteer crew responded to assist with extinguishing the fire.


Scappoose Fire Department

May 4 - A motor vehicle crash was reported on Columbia River Hwy & Johnson Landing Road & Old Portland Road intersection at 8:22 a.m. Two patients were transported from the t-bone accident.

May 6 - A brush fire was reported on Morgan Road at 3:17 p.m. The fire was approximately two acres brush fire. Owners had logged the property last fall and were burning a small pile that quickly spread while cutting firewood. 12 personnel, two water tenders, one engine, one brush truck and three support vehicles extinguished the fire until 9 p.m. 

Scappoose Police Department

April 24 - Police responded to a report of vandalism to some vehicles at a local business. This case is pending further investigation.

April 30 - Contact was made with a male juvenile who was out passed curfew. Following an investigation, the juvenile was cited for minor in possession of marijuana.

May 2 - Police responded to the Scappoose Municipal Court, where Billy Nelson, 34, was taken into custody per the judge’s orders.

May 2 - Gary W. Caldwell, 51, was arrested on several outstanding warrants, following a warrant service request. Mr. Caldwell was transported to and

lodged in the Columbia County Jail without further incident.

May 2 - Following a traffic stop, Robert Cooper, 35, was arrested for several warrants out of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Columbia County Circuit Courts. Cooper was also charged with first-degree forgery, felon in possession of restricted weapon, possession of meth, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, (all misdemeanor levels). This case has been referred to the Columbia County District Attorney’s office for further prosecution.

May 3 - Police were dispatched to the Scappoose High School, where it was reported that a student was in possession of marijuana edibles. This case is being referred to the Columbia County Juvenile Department.

Rainier Police Department

April 26 - Officers responded to a report of a man and woman in a vehicle that were screaming at one another. Peace was restored.

April 26 - A bus driver for Columbia County Rider had a young man throw a rock at the bus. There was no damage to the bus and the young man was given a courtesy transport.

April 26 - An officer checked on two children that were waiting outside of a residence. They were waiting for their dad to come so they could get into the house.  The officer confirmed the father was en route.

April 26 - A caller reported a woman sleeping in a black ‘beater’ vehicle. The vehicle and the woman were gone prior to an officer arriving.

April 26 - Officers checked on a woman that a caller was concerned about as she had been released from a hospital a short time prior. Officers contacted the woman and she seemed to be fine.

April 26 - A man reported some property stolen, but soon after advised that the property had turned up.

April 26 - Brian Hadlock, 23, was taken into custody and lodged at the jail on charges of criminal mischief, interfering with making a report and unlawful possession of cocaine.

April 27 - While on routine patrol, an officer observed a suspicious vehicle. The car was reportedly stolen out of Cowlitz County in December and was subsequently recovered.

April 27 - A woman reported that an unknown person has been leaving flowers on her vehicle. Additional patrol has been requested in the area.

April 29 - A concerned citizen turned in a firearm they found on the shoulder of the highway. A records check found the gun was stolen last month in Columbia County.  The owner was contacted so he could retrieve his property.

April 29 - Officers responded to a report of two men that were having an argument.  One of the parties was trespassed from the premises and peace was restored.

April 30 - A citizen reported a phishing scam where an unknown person was texting the reporting party and requesting personal information related to their bank account. The reporting party did not disclose any information, but wanted law enforcement to be aware.

May 1 - Officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance. The couple had been arguing.  The woman said that her fiancé was intoxicated and was using a sledgehammer and an axe to damage the house. Officers were able to calm the man down and peace was restored.

May 1 - Two dogs were reportedly running at large on East 9th Street. Officers were not able to locate the canines.

May 2 - Donald Andrews, 46, of Dillard, was taken into custody and lodged at the jail on a domestic assault charge.

May 2 - A bag of prescription medications was left at a local business. The medications were returned to the owner.

May 2 - A couple was disturbing customers at a local business asking for money and a ride. Peace was restored.

May 3 - A woman reported being bit twice at an unknown location by a Chihuahua.


CCSO Clatskanie Station

May 1 – Deputies responded to a promiscuous shooting located around Woodson Road.

May 1 – A disturbance was reported in the 25200 block of Alston Road.

May 1 – Deputies responded to a disturbance in the 100 bloc of West A Street.

May 2 – Trespassing was reported on Swedetown Road.

May 2 – A domestic disturbance was reported in the 22400 block of Lindberg Road.

May 3 – Harassment was reported at Clatskanie Soccer Fields.

May 6 – Deputies responded to a violation of a restraining order in the 900 block of southwest Tichenor.

May 6 – A vehicle was reported stolen in the 500 block of southwest Bel Air Drive.


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