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Fraud — A Ryderwood woman told Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies Monday that she a received a call from someone who said her social security number had been used to rent a car which was found near the Mexican border “full of drugs and blood.” She paid someone claiming to be a DEA agent $1,000 in Google Play gift cards before realizing it was a scam.

Drugs — Longview police Monday arrested Dustin Kerry Bragg, 39, of Kalama on suspicion of a felony drug offense, third-degree possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, extortion and carrying a concealed weapon.

Hit and Run — Longview police Monday arrested Travis James Castaneda, 40, of Longview on suspicion of a felony hit and run with injury.

Fugitive — Kelso police Monday arrested Melissa Leeann Gibson, 43, of Longview on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice.

Theft — Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday arrested Buddy Lester Goebel, 50, of Castle Rock on suspicion of first-degree theft, taking a vehicle without permission, first-degree trafficking stolen property, forgery, violation of a protection order, filing a false document and seven misdemeanor warrants, including two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Drugs — Kelso police Monday arrested Monte Sebastian Tefft, 24, of Kelso on suspicion of disorderly conduct and a felony drug offense.

Drugs — Longview police Monday arrested Ronald Charles White, 53, of Longview on suspicion of a felony drug offense and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.


  • 900 block of Ash Street, Kelso. Monday. Man in an orange jacket seen taking a small tree. Property was eventually returned.
  • 600 block of 32nd Avenue, Longview. Monday. Package off a porch.
  • 2100 block of Grove Street, Longview. Monday. Stolen pressure washer and power saw from shed.


  • 2900 block of Ocean Beach Highway, Longview. Monday. Damage to attached garage and trash left in backyard but nothing stolen.
  • 200 block of Buckeye Street, Woodland. Monday. Subjects broke into house through sliding glass window and took clothing, which they stashed in nearby bushes. Police found bike tracks coming out from the bushes.


  • 700 block of Ocean Beach Highway, Longview. Monday. Woman in bright green hat was seen checking car doors in the parking lot.

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