Five homicides kept Sheriff’s Office busy in 2013

Okanogan County deputies continue to investigate one unsolved killing

— The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office investigated five homicides, five stabbings, six robberies and 14 rapes during 2013.

Year-end statistics show the Sheriff’s Office responded to 8,498 calls, including 2,278 crimes against persons, 1,457 property crimes, 1,243 traffic incidents, 642 animal calls, 1,164 non-criminal calls and 1,713 non-classified other types of calls.

The five homicides were the most of any year in the past 10 years. In four of the past 10 years, there were no homicides in the county. The previous recent high was four in 2011; since 2003, the office has investigated 19 homicides.

One of last year’s homicide investigations remains open, with no arrest and few solid leads.

Leonard K. Miller, 88, was found dead in his rural Omak home Feb. 9. The manner in which he died has not been made public.

Sheriff Frank Rogers said his office has been chasing leads since Miller’s body was found by his daughter, but so far has nothing concrete.

In the others:

• Ronald Eugene Moore, 31, is accused of first-degree murder in the March 21 shooting death of his father, Raymond E. Moore, 62, at their home near Okanogan. His trial is set for March 4, 2014 in Okanogan County Superior Court.

• Don Arthur Moore, 65, was charged April 24 with first-degree murder in the April 20 shooting and stabbing death of Bruce R. Molony at Molony’s home on Foggy River Loop Road near Riverside. His trial is set for Feb. 4.

• Tony J. Halford, 47, of Malott, and William T. Bordua, 65, of Okanogan, were pronounced dead at 1481 Old Highway 97 at about 12:30 p.m. July 1. Rogers called the shooting a “murder-suicide.”

Bordua, who was Halford’s landlord, was killed when he tried to evict Halford. Halford then turned the gun on himself.

• John Wayne Jennings, 57, and his son, Adam Shaun Jennings, 27, of Pontiac Ridge east of Oroville, were charged with first-degree murder Nov. 18 in the Labor Day shooting death of Hoquiam hunter Michael Ray Carrigan, 52.

Their trial is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The most frequently reported crime against a person involved domestic disputes, with 318 calls. Assault followed closely, with 280 calls.

Trespassing was next on the list, at 251, and 911 abuse came in fourth at 174.

Among property crimes, sheriff’s deputies responded to 457 thefts.

There were twice as many thefts reported as the next-closest property crime, burglary at 228 calls.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to 166 malicious mischief calls and 145 reports of fraud.

Despite a rash of Christmas-time credit and debit card fraud reports, Rogers said the number of fraud reports was about normal for his office. The fraud category covers a variety of situations.

Among traffic incidents, deputies handled 222 cases of someone caught driving with a suspended license. The next-most-frequent traffic call type was for non-injury vehicle crashes, at 205, followed by disabled vehicles, 134, and traffic hazards, 132.

There were 69 drunken driving arrests, 76 injury vehicle crashes, 55 hit-and-run crashes, five traffic fatalities and five incidents of road rage.

In the “other” category, deputies responded to 653 suspicious circumstances complaints and assisted other agencies 487 times. They also made 256 warrant arrests.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center handled more than 27,000 calls during 2013, an average of about 75 per day.

The center dispatches law enforcement, fire and emergency services agencies county-wide.

More than a third of the calls, 9,284, were for traffic incidents, with miscellaneous traffic stops accounting for 6,298 calls.

By category, there were 3,952 crimes against persons, 3,656 property crimes, 9,284 traffic incidents, 1,119 animal calls, 3,265 non-criminal calls and 6,124 “other” reports ranging from fires to medical calls.

For agencies other than the Sheriff’s Office, there were 1,673 crimes against persons, 1,199 property crimes, 8,041 traffic incidents, 477 animal calls, 2,101 non-criminal calls and 4,411 “other” calls.

Rogers said agreements with other agencies prevent him from giving a breakdown by agency.


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