A 70-year-old Pullman area rancher who has been in legal trouble for years for not keeping his cows fenced in is in the Whitman County Jail for allowing his stock on a highway.
Marcus Jacobson’s saga began in 2010 when the Washington State Department of Ecology fined him 4,000 dollars for having his cattle penned in where a stream flows into the South Fork of the Palouse River. DOE fined him 24,000 dollars in 2018 for continuing to discharge polluted water from his feedlot into a river tributary South of Pullman.
Local authorities began criminal cases against Jacobson in recent years. He was convicted of misdemeanor cattle at large by a Whitman County District Court Jury. That case stemmed from Jacobson not properly fencing in his cattle on property on Rock Springs Road South of LaCrosse. Jacobson also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stock on a highway for causing a serious injury crash from September of last year. The crash nearly killed a Pullman man who hit one of Jacobson’s bulls on U.S. Highway 195 South of Pullman. The bull had gotten out of his ranch on Kirkendahl Road. Judge John Hart sentenced Jacobson to two days in jail for the stock on highway conviction. He turned himself in this week to serve his sentence.
The day Jacobson reported to the Whitman County Jail in Colfax, deputies responded to another crash that allegedly involves one of his cows. The crash occurred on Kirkendahl Road. The driver wasn’t injured.
The Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office has received another recent report that Jacobson’s cattle are still getting out of the fencing at his Kirkendahl property. If Jacobson is convicted of a probation violation from either his cattle at large or stock on the highway cases he will automatically be sentenced to 3 months in jail. He is currently scheduled to be released from jail today.