News Briefs for Nov. 21, 2019

Santa Fly-in set; Washougal man injured in struggle with burglars

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Man injured in struggle with burglars

A Washougal man was injured Nov. 12 when he confronted a burglar, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).

At approximately 9:09 p.m., the SCSO received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a disturbance at an address on Highland Road. The caller said that he could hear a vehicle’s engine, people screaming and gun shots, according to a news release issued by SCSO.

A second 911 call was then received from Edward Matheson, who reported that he interrupted a burglary at his residence and was injured while confronting the suspects. SCSO dputies and Skamania County emergency medical service providers were dispatched to the scene.

“The initial information received was Matheson was upstairs in his residence watching television and later came down to use his computer. He the noticed his computer missing and walked outside, only to be confronted by an armed, masked man. A struggle ensued, and it was reported the suspect was joined by at least two other subjects,” the news release stated.

Matheson sustained injuries to his head and arm, requiring transport to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver for treatment. He reported discharging a shotgun toward the suspects as he fled the area in what was described as a newer, dark colored, Toyota Tacoma or Tundra pickup, according to the news release. An area search was conducted, but the suspects weren’t located.

Santa Fly-In to be held Dec. 7

A “Santa Fly-In” event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grove Field airport.

At the event, put on by the Camas-Washougal Aviation Association, children and adults can see Santa Claus arrive by airplane, meet and take photos with Santa Claus, see airplanes on display and talk with flight instructors and airplane builders.

Civil Air Patrol officers will also present information about their emergency service, aerospace education and cadet programs.