November 1, 2011 10:00 AM
During an era of tighter budgets, the two Skamania County Sheriff’s Office K9 teams have definitely been earning their pay. “Rocket”, and his handler Deputy Summer Scheyer, along with fellow K9 “Ezra” and his handler Deputy Russ Hastings, are utilized on a daily basis by Sheriff’s Office personnel. In the past 4 weeks, Rocket and Scheyer have intervened on suspected criminal activity that has resulted with 2 arrests, 2 warrants for arrest, a search warrant that resulted in the recovery of suspected methamphetamine, cash, LSD, marijuana, and stolen property. During an investigation of an accident near the Bridge of the Gods, the pair were instrumental in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, cocaine, packaging equipment and materials, as well as the vehicle.
Ezra and Hastings played a vital role in apprehending a felony suspect from Camas, WA that fled the scene after the stolen vehicle he was driving was stopped by officers using spike strips. The suspect was booked on suspicion of Attempt to Elude, Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
“Having both of these K9 teams within the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office dramatically affects the outcome of cases such as these” stated Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Bond. “They are utilized on a variety of cases and they truly are an asset to our Office and to the citizens of Skamania County”.
Both K9 teams are trained in narcotics investigation. Ezra is also trained in suspect tracking and apprehension.
David L. Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office