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September 13, 2018 | View PDF

These reports are from the previous four issues of the Daily Bulletin in Colfax. They are reprinted here for the benefit of Gazette readers who reside outside of Colfax. Some accounts have been updated.


Colfax Police Sunday at about 4:30 p.m. investigated a non-injury accident at the intersection of Main Street and Tyler in north Colfax. The report said Carol Larsen, Diamond, had stopped the 2006 Dodge Charger she was driving on Main Street to make a left turn onto Tyler when it was struck from behind by a 2001 Subaru Legacy driven by Aaron Line, 21, Albion.

According to the report, Line told officers he fell asleep while driving the Subaru.


A large brown purse with most of its contents missing was found Monday at about 9:30 a.m. in shrubs at the intersection of W. Wall Street and West Street. The purse. which had a small "Nine West" metal tag on its flap, was turned over to the Colfax Police Department.


Colfax and Albion fire crews responded at 1:54 p.m. Monday to a report of a field fire on Conrad Road south of Colfax. Two spot fires were ignited in a field of garbanzos which was being harvested by John Hinnenkamp along Conrad Road approximately a mile south of Almota Road.


Sajan Singh Sandhu, 23, Pullman, was sentenced to a year in jail with all but two days suspended Friday after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. He was ordered to report to jail to serve the remaining two days Friday.

He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim for one year.

Sandhu had originally been charged with second-degree rape.

The Pullman Police report said the victim was assaulted Feb. 3 when she went to Sandhu's residence at the Chief Joseph Apartments following an extended exchange of correspondence on the internet.


A warrant was ordered Friday in superior court for the arrest of Jennifer Sederstrom, 30, Spokane, after she failed to show up for a first appearance in court, as ordered. Sederstrom is one of two people arrested on probable charges of drug possession last Friday.

She was also arrested on a probable charge of prostitution, but that was not included in the formal charge which was filed in court Friday. She was charged with possession of heroin.

Sederstrom had been allowed pre-trial release on bond and ordered to appear in court for a first appearance Friday.

Bond on the arrest warrant issued Friday was set at $10,000.

Tyson Vandinter, 27, the driver of the vehicle in which Sederstrom was riding, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine. Vandinter pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday and was scheduled for a Nov. 13 trial. He was allowed pretrial release on his own recognizance.

The arrest report said the alleged drug evidence was found in the vehicle when deputies conducted a warrant search. Sederstrom also allegedly admitted she was traveling to Colfax to meet a prostitution client.


Evan Schroeder, 25, Tekoa, was sentenced to 24 months in jail with all but 45 days suspended after he pleaded guilty in superior court Friday to a charge of driving while under the influence. Schroeder was arrested last Oct. 28 after deputies pursued the Ford Expedition he was driving around Tekoa.

Schroeder was initially charged with attempting to elude, driving under the influence and driving with a revoked or suspended license.

Deputies first responded in the early morning hours when a resident at Tekoa reported he heard two gunshots and loud arguing. The Expedition was seen leaving a neighboring residence and was allegedly driven around Tekoa by Schroeder until he was apprehended.

Friday's plea came after rulings were issued on three pre-trial motions which sought to suppress possible evidence in the case because of alleged faults in the arrest procedure. All three decisions in the pre-trial motions were determined in favor of the state.

Schroeder was allowed credit for 14 days served in jail after his arrest. He was also ordered to finish the balance of the jail sentence before Jan. 1.

He will be on probation for the remainder of the 24 months of the suspended sentence. He was also fined $1,245.


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