Hearing set for man in Dayton burglary, weapons case

Eric Vanzandt, jailed since Sunday, faces a variety of charges.

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DAYTON -- A bond hearing for Eric Vanzandt, 28, is scheduled today in Columbia County Superior Court.

Vanzandt was arrested Sunday on a warrant from Walla Walla County after the Sheriff's Office received a report of a stabbing at Vanzandt's residence, 1531¬? S. Second St. in Dayton.

Vanzandt is charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, three counts of theft of a firearm, three counts of possession of a stolen firearm, second-degree theft and second-degree possession of stolen property.

He was booked into Columbia County Jail on Sunday, with bail set at $250,100 pending today's hearing.

The stabbing allegedly occurred during a fight outside Vanzandt's house early Sunday morning. The victim was driven to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla for treatment. The Sheriff's Office learned of the stabbing from the medical center, which is required to report all gunshot or knife wounds to law enforcement, Columbia County prosecutor Rea Culwell said this morning.

A warrant was obtained to search Vanzandt's home for the weapon used in the stabbing. While in the home, deputies observed other weapons.

A burglary in a residence near Vanzandt's home that had occurred late Jan. 28 or early Jan. 29 was reported at noon Sunday, and the items missing included items deputies had noted in Vanzandt's home, so the search warrant was amended, and three guns, several hunting knives and electronic equipment reported taken in the burglary were seized.

The first-degree possession of a firearm counts are due to Vanzandt's having a previous conviction of domestic violence assault. His past record includes arrests and prior convictions in Walla Walla, as far back as 1998, Culwell said.

There is also a fourth-degree assault charge pending against him in Columbia County, and he was previously convicted of a felony in Oregon, according to Culwell.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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