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.
Rainier Police Department
• A stray Pitbull running at large was given a courtesy transport to the animal shelter.
Two dogs at large attacked another dog in its yard causing injury. The report was referred to animal control.
A welfare check was conducted on a man sleeping at the gazebo.
• An officer went to check on a person who reportedly was not in a great mood, had lost their phone and had injuries to their arms. The person was checked out by medics and transported to a hospital.
• A caller reported a suspicious looking vehicle. The driver was given a warning for a parking violation.
• A business owner reported an unknown trio cut the locks on a gate to gain access to the dumpsters.
• Alexis Sophanthavong, 22, of Rainier, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.
• A weedeater was reported as stolen from a residence
• Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in a parking lot involving four individuals. The disturbance was verbal in nature and peace was restored.
• Multiple callers reported hearing screaming and what sounded like a window in a vehicle being smashed out. The vehicle and subjects were located. The couple had a loud argument. Peace was restored.
• A blind, lost dog was found and returned to his home.
• A reported stolen vehicle ended up being a disagreement between parties as to theirJuly 29 purchase agreement. They were advised that it was a civil issue, not criminal.
• A caller reported hearing some yelling and thumping coming from an apartment. A couple was having a custody dispute. The male half left and the situation was resolved.
• An officer responded to a report of a hit and run in a parking lot. Video surveillance was obtained and posted to the department’s Facebook page. The suspect was later identified. When interviewed, the suspect initially denied hitting the vehicle. The video was then shown to the suspect, who then admitted she was driving and it was her vehicle. She was issued a citation for failure to perform the duties of a driver.
• An employee called in reporting that two men were fighting over cans in the parking lot. Upon interview, the suspect, who brought the cans to the store, had picked them up as a friend had asked him to do so. He apparently did not know that the cans were not the property of his friend. A neighbor of the owner of the cans was the man who confronted the suspect. The ‘friend’ left the area when the confrontation ensued and prior to officer arrival, leaving the suspect holding the bag. The cans were returned to the rightful owner.
• A caller said her former caregiver was in the parking lot causing a disturbance. He had left the area prior to officer arrival.
• A concerned citizen advised they had witnessed what looked like a drug deal in a parking lot. An officer responded to the area and did not observe anything to lead him to the same conclusion.