Collisions and Injuries
Vader man injured during target practice
Improper firearm handling led to the injury of a Vader area man Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 53-year-old victim was injured on the 200 block of Telegraph Rd., east of Vader, while reportedly attempting to disassemble a loaded Ruger P94. He stated he was having difficulty removing the slide and the barrel, which investigators attributed to improper gun assembly.
While holding the gun with his left hand, the firearm discharged into his palm, leading to a significant injury requiring that he be airlifted to Vancouver. He is expected to survive, but responders who treated him at the scene stated they were concerned with the level of blood loss.
Also treated was the victim’s 12-year-old’s son, who was in the room at the time of the incident. He suffered minor cuts to his arms and abdomen from shrapnel either from bone fragments from his father’s injury of wood particles from the bullet’s point of impact. The son was treated and released into the care of his mother.
Winlock teen survives rollover collision
A local teenager is uninjured after rolling his car near Winlock Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
The 17-year-old Winlock male had been driving a 1992 Geo Tracker near Mile Marker 8 on King Rd., west of Winlock, when he took a corner too fast and lost control, leaving the roadway. The vehicle rolled off of the road and struck a tree, suffering severe front-end damage, but leaving the driver uninjured.
He was cited for traveling too fast for conditions.
Those with information about ongoing investigations are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (360) 740-1266 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.
Tools stolen from Vader worksite
Tools and a chainsaw were reported stolen from Sierra Pacific property near Vader Feb. 25, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
An employee for the Ethel-based company working on the tree farm said someone had stolen a small toolbox and chainsaw left at their worksite sometime between Feb. 23 and 25 and that the theft was discovered early during the morning of Feb. 25.
Jewelry, generator stolen in Winlock
A household in Winlock was the victim of a burglary sometime last week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies took a report Thursday from a victim on the 500 block of Winlock-Vader Rd. who stated the residence had been burgled sometime during the daylight hours of Feb. 25. Reported stolen were antique jewelry, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and a 200 watt Honda generator from their detached garage.
The estimated loss is $2,300.