Fishing License Check On Willamette Turns Up Woman Wanted On Multiple Warrants

As we detailed in the September 2010 issue of Northwest Sportsman, our game wardens sometimes come across some pretty unsavory characters while patrolling Washington’s and Oregon’s woods and waters.

While almost all angler and hunter checks do go smoothly because for the most part we’re upstanding, law-abiding citizens, sometimes the subjects contacted turn out to be convicted felons with guns, people wanted on nationwide extradition warrants, men on the lam from rape and strangulation charges.

So it went yesterday morning during a routine fishing license check on the banks of the Willamette at Sellwood Park.

OSP trooper Matt Fromme asked Kimberly Lynn Staats, 40, and her boyfriend for their angling licenses — neither had one, according to an agency spokeswoman — and ended up arresting Staats for multiple outstanding warrants, including, according to the agency:

 * Fugitive from Justice out of Clark County, Wash., where she was wanted on a felony Forgery warrant.
* Felony warrant for identity theft (five counts) and forgery in the second degree (five counts) out of Multnomah County, Ore.
* Misdemeanor warrant for fail to appear on assault, harassment and attempt to coercion charges out of Washington County, Ore.


An OSP press release says that the Southeast Portland woman was arrested without a problem and put up in the Multnomah County jail.

Staats and her boyfriend were also cited for no nonresident fishing license.

Fish and wildlife enforcement officers point out that while police typically respond to known situations, they often go into situations not knowing who or what they will find.


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