Nuisance house owner given 6year prison term

first_imgThe owner of a nuisance house situated across the street from Covington Middle School was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for drug, weapon and stolen property possession.William Gregory Rathgeber, 57, of Vancouver pleaded guilty Nov. 28 in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm between two cases.On Nov. 19, 2016, officers with the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit, assisted by Southwest Washington Regional SWAT, served a search warrant at Rathgeber’s house, 6114 N.E. 112th Ave., alleging that the house was being used to distribute methamphetamine.Officers reportedly found two glass pipes, which contained suspected methamphetamine, a plastic cup of the drug, 60 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a wall safe and a digital scale, according to an affidavit of probable cause.They also seized two handguns and seven rifles, one of which was reported stolen, in the living area of a small shed on the property. Witnesses said that Rathgeber purchased the firearms and stored them in the shed because he can’t legally possess them, the affidavit states.last_img read more