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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Sheriff's Office has busy week

Two men stranded for six days in the Rainwater District.


DAYTON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week last week.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of overtime,” said Civil Deputy Tim Quigg speaking at last week’s Citizen’s Academy.

Quigg said there were ten arrests made last week, primarily due to Deputy Foxe’s diligence.

He said all the arrests stemmed from ongoing investigations. Three burglary cases, two motor vehicle theft cases, one criminal trespass, two outstanding warrants, four theft cases, two malicious mischief cases and one drug possession case were cleared, paving the way to clear two more outstanding burglary cases, Quigg said.

Sheriff Joe Helm said two men stranded in a cabin in the Rainwater District for six days were found safe and sound on Friday.

“We were able to locate them, and ensure their safety,” he reported.

On Feb. 28, Michael Hennessey of Kennewick called 911 to report his father, Joseph Hennessey, and another man missing, when they failed to return home from a Feb. 24 trip to the cabin.

Columbia County Search and Rescue was called to look for them and they were located at the cabin on Mar. 1, Helm said.

Helm said that after their truck got stuck in snow at the Rainwater gate, the men hiked three or four miles to the cabin in snow that was waist-high in places.

Helm would like to thank Kyle’s Towing, specifically Jesse Page, and Kyle Anderson, for playing an integral part in the rescue. He also thanked Garfield County community members and the Washington State Patrol for their willingness to assist in the search.


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