WAPATO, Wash. (AP) – The mayor of the central Washington state town of Wapato says someone left a decapitated goat in front of her home last month in an escalating bid to intimidate her.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Mayor Dora Alvarez-Roa recently disclosed the incident in a social media post. Wapato Police Chief Dominic Rizzi tells KIMA-TV that the department is investigating and that the carcass appears to have been left there intentionally.
The city has been in political turmoil in recent months. The Washington State Auditor’s Office found that a former deputy clerk embezzled more than $300,000 from 2011 to 2017. Roa has been criticized after appointing her predecessor as mayor to the newly created, $95,000-a-year position of city administrator.
Roa said that a few months ago people began screeching their tires in front of her house and taking photographs of her granddaughter in the yard. She says she’s worried about the escalation.