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Wal-Mart stabbing case ends with plea deal on lesser charge

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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Jose F. Chagolla Flores and his lawyer face a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Eighteen-year-old Jose F. Chagolla Flores of Onalaska is off to prison today, with an 18-month sentence for stabbing another teenager who punched him in the face in the Chehalis Wal-Mart’s parking lot.

Instead of going to trial, charged with first-degree assault, Chagolla Flores entered into a plea deal with prosecutors.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told the judge the reason: It was a case of possible self defense.

“There is evidence the victim was the aggressor,” Halstead said.

Halstead’s comments came on Tuesday morning in Lewis County Superior Court in front of Judge Andrew Toynbee.

Exactly what a group of young people were doing there the night of Oct. 5 is uncertain. Chehalis police were called about two males fighting but when officers arrived they were gone.

Seventeen-year-old Bryce Friedley of Chehalis turned up at Providence Centralia Hospital and was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Chagolla Flores pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Nov. 30, a felony with a standard sentencing range of three to nine months. But he pleaded guilty to the committing the crime with a deadly weapon, which means 12 more months.

Defense attorney Chris Baum told the judge it was a tough case in many ways, one in which everyone could acknowledge there was “bad blood.”

The victim’s mother tearfully addressed the court, her voice breaking as she described the trip to the trauma center in Seattle and the hours-long wait before she finally saw her son, on life support.

She addressed the defendant, telling him choices have consequences.

“You chose to use that knife as self defense,” she said. “That choice could have cost you my son’s life. I pray you learn to do better.”

Judge Toynbee pointed out that if Chagolla Flores had gone to trial and been convicted as originally charged he would have been facing a possible sentence of nine years plus nine months.

“Now we’re looking at 15 to 20 months,” he said.

“The injury to Mr. Friedley was so significant,” Toynbee said. “But I can’t isolate that from the facts of this case.”

Judge Toynbee chose the middle of the standard sentencing range, six months, plus an additional 12 months for the weapon enhancement.

Chagolla Flores will be subject to 18 months of community custody after his release. And the judge ordered no contact with the victim for 10 years.

The Oct. 5 episode was followed a week later with several of the victim’s family and friends arrested for allegedly taking baseball bats to Chagolla Flores’s 19-year-old friend in Adna. Then in mid-November, Friedley and his brother were arrested for allegedly being two of four males who initiated an armed encounter with other teenagers near Penny Playground in Chehalis.

Prosecutors have suggested there are gang overtones to the cases.
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For background read, “Chehalis Wal-Mart stabbing suspect says teen hit him first” from Tuesday October 10, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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DATE LEADS TO LOSS OF WALLET

• Centralia police were called about 3:25 a.m. today when a woman reported her wallet and cell phone were stolen when she met up with a male at a motel on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road, who she had met the online dating service, Plenty of Fish. She only knew his first name, but at least one bank card and cash were taken as well, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT GREEN HILL SCHOOL

• Chehalis police were called to Green Hill School yesterday afternoon to take a report of an incident from two weeks earlier in which a student-inmate allegedly kicked a staff member. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a wallet stolen from an unlocked vehicle at the 400 block of South Rock Street.

DRUGS

• A 54-year-old Toledo man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a “glass smoking device” was discovered after he was detained for third-degree driving with a suspended license at about 10:45 p.m. yesterday in the 200 block of St. Helens Way in Winlock. Shane S. Speers was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 35-year-old driver and his 28-year-old passenger were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday after he lost control of his pickup truck on an icy corner at the 1200 block of Pe Ell-McDonald Road west of Chehalis. Deputies called about 4 p.m. to the scene found the Chevrolet K20 had rolled and landed on its side in the eastbound lane, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck sustained major damage and the driver suffered possible broken bones, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A 66-year-old man was in serious condition yesterday after a vehicle collision at Yew and Main streets in Centralia involving a medical emergency in which a bystander performed CPR before the fire department arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The Centralia Police Department reports an officer was dispatched to a two-vehicle collision with no injuries at that location at 2:47 p.m. The victim was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and later transferred to St Peters Hospital in Olympia, according to the fire department. RFA tweeted it was called at 2:45 p.m. to that location for a one-car collision.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, third-degree malicious mischief, fourth-degree domestic assault, driving with suspended license, operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances; complaint of individual playing guitar in front of a business while companion asked people for money … and more among 157 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Centralia: Three dogs, four parrots without food, water while owner in jail

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 47-year-old Centralia man was summonsed to Lewis County Superior Court yesterday, charged with animal cruelty in a case that was discovered by a neighbor this summer.

A Centralia animal control officer was dispatched to a home on South Buckner Street, where a woman said her neighbor had not been around for days, his dogs had been barking for hours and when she checked, she found they were without food or water, according to court papers.

Four exotic birds in cages at the front window inside the home had only empty water dishes and empty shells in their food dishes. One, an African Gray parrot, was laying face down and deceased the documents relate.

The owner, Llewellyn A. Roy, was located at the Lewis County Jail, where he been booked after an arrest more than three days earlier.

Charging documents state a necropsy showed the parrot had died of dehydration and starvation.

The neighbor described a bull dog which seemed in better condition than two very thin Mastiff’s with eye infections, one of them in an kennel with a floor compacted with feces, and open sores on its legs, according to the allegations.

Animal Control Officer Jennifer Krueger reported the shape the animals were in would have taken weeks to develop.

Roy is charged with first-degree animal cruelty and second-degree animal cruelty.

When he arrived to the courtroom yesterday afternoon, he used a walker.

Temporary defense attorney Kevin Nelson told the judge Roy owns his home and makes about $2,000 a month, but medical and living expenses take up all of it. He was assigned a court-appointed lawyer.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked that  Roy be allowed release on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Judge Joely O’Rourke agreed.

After the brief court hearing, outside the courtroom, Roy said he didn’t want to comment on his case, but said there was “more” to it.

Charging documents indicate the call to animal control came on July 19, a Wednesday at mid-morning. Centralia police had arrested for Roy for driving under the influence on Plum Street just before midnight on Saturday, July 15, and booked him into jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Animal Control Officer Krueger reported that after she first spoke to the neighbor, and learned the dogs had been given water, she contacted Roy at the jail asking permission to go into his home to care for the animals, according to charging documents.

He told her he wanted his parents to take care of them, but when she contacted the parents, they wanted nothing to do with it, the documents relate.

Krueger stated in her report that when she and another officer entered the home, she was hit with the stench of dirty dog, cigarettes, urine and feces. She observed garbage all over the floor and a small table in front of a chair that was covered with prescription bottles and beer cans.

The bird cages had not been cleaned in a long time, which contributed to the smell in the house, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote in the court documents.

The animals were taken so they could be cared for, according to Masiello.

Roy’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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GUN CRIME

• A 19-year-old Toledo resident who allegedly was suffering from mental health conditions and pointed a gun at two family members last night was arrested for first-degree assault, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 8 p.m. to the 500 block of Evans Road in Toledo were eventually able to contact Nicholas W. Nichols and book him into the Lewis County Jail, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

RANDLE BURGLARY SUSPECTS BOOKED

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports that yesterday they arrested two suspects in a Nov. 21 break-in to a home in the 100 block of Beryl Road in Randle in which numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary was Jennifer A. Rasmussen, 18 and for second-degree burglary was Jason A. Rowland, 27, according to the sheriff’s office. Both are Randle residents.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday to take a report from an individual who said he was being extorted for money by someone he met on Facebook.

DRUGS

• A 53-year-old homeless man taken into custody for outstanding warrants just after 2 p.m. yesterday at Buckner and Locust streets in Centralia was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Timothy L. Baxter was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called just after 3 p.m. yesterday to take a report of windows damaged with a BB gun at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 143 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Vehicle, money stolen by armed suspects in Centralia

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:36 am

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An individual was robbed of his wallet, money and car after being struck over the head with a pistol yesterday in Centralia and five suspects are at large, according to the Centralia Police Department.

Centralia police called just after noon yesterday to a motel on the 700 block of Harrison Avenue were told a male fled in the victim’s black 1995 Suburban, while three females and another male left in separate vehicle, according to police.

The suspects are described as in their late teens to early 20s.

The missing Suburban has a Washington license plate reading BIA4104, according to police.

The victim, a man in his 30s, sustained a non-life threatening injury to his head and was treated at the scene, according to Sgt. Dave Clary.

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CORRECTION: This news item has been updated to correct the number of suspects police are looking for.

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Mediation scheduled over Hank the dog

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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Jason Estimo and his son Buddy play with Hank on the floor. / Courtesy photo by Jan Propp-Estimo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers involved in the case of Hank the Centralia dog are meeting for mediation on the matter this week.

Lewis County Civil Deputy Prosecutor David Fine said yesterday that he, attorney John Justice and animal attorney Adam Karp will meet with a mediator on Friday afternoon in Olympia.

A preliminary injunction was issued on Oct. 18, allowing the pit bull terrier to be freed while the case continued in the courts.

Hank the dog went home to his Centralia family that day.

Jann Propp-Estimo adopted the animal from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in January, but the county impounded him in May, after discovering Hank was actually a dog named Tank which the county had previously designated a dangerous dog because he was implicated with his mother in the killing of two goats in Winlock last year, and was destined to be put down.

Propp-Estimo and her lawyer have been fighting in court since then to prevent the dog from being euthanized.

She says he is doing well.

“He’s very happy,” Propp-Estimo said today. “He came away a little bit needy from the shelter, but we just keep working on that.”

Fine declined to discuss further the planned mediation.

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Hank on his way home the day he was sprung from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in October. / Courtesy photo by Jan Propp-Estimo

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Tinney wins Lewis County clerk race, barely

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Appointed Lewis County Clerk Scott Tinney won the tight race for election, according to a recount of votes conducted yesterday.

He will be sworn in at 3 p.m. today.

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Scott Tinney

Tinney and Deputy Clerk Carla Shannon, both Republicans, both ran for the office in the November election, to fill out the term of Lewis County Clerk Kathy Brack who vacated the position last year. Tinney has been in the role since then, appointed by the Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners.

The election was certified last week, with Tinney ahead by just 38 votes, prompting yesterday’s machine recount by the elections division in the Lewis County Auditors Office.

The process turned up one more vote for Tinney, Chief Deputy Auditor Tom Stanton said.

More than 14,000 votes were cast in the race, and Tinny secured 49.63 percent of them, while Shannon garnered 49.37 percent of them. One percent of the votes (148) were write-in candidates.

Tinney will be sworn in this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court by Judge James Lawler.

The position will again be on the ballot in November 2018 for a normal four-year term.
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For background, read “County clerk election: Too close to call without a recount” from Tuesday November 28, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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DOMESTIC THREAT

• Police were called about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to take a report from a female that her ex-boyfriend had threatened to kill her, in a case associated with the 800 block of West Pine Street in Centralia. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BREAK-IN

• Centralia police were called about 3 p.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a business at the 200 block of East Third Street. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

RESIDENTIAL BREAK-IN

• A deputy responded yesterday afternoon to the 100 block of Enchanted Lane in Vader to take a report of the theft of a John Deere riding lawnmower and an amplifier sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 27.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police were called to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue at noon yesterday to take a report about a possibly forged prescription.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning by an individual who reported someone tried to steal his vehicle from the 1000 block of North Scheuber Road. The owner discovered the car was broken into an an attempt was made to punch the ignition, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A miter saw was reported stolen out of the back of a pickup truck parked at the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia just after 3 p.m. yesterday.

• Centralia police were called at 12:30 p.m. yesterday for a vehicle prowl at the 1200 block of Johnson Road. Nothing was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AIR SCARE

• The Chehalis Fire Department headed for the airport yesterday after a 911 call from a pilot coming from the north, with an engine out, who said he did not think he could make it to the airport. Acting Capt. Kevin Reynolds said deputies from Lewis and Thurston counties as well as personnel from Riverside Fire Authority went out looking for the plane, but it was not found and never showed up. A firefighter went up in a private plane from the airport to act as a spotter, but nothing was located, he said.The last they knew, a phone call came in to the airport in Olympia, by a person who said he was the pilot, that he had landed in a field and he was fine, but would not identify himself, Reynolds said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, resisting arrest, protection order violation, fourth-degree domestic assault, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 136 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Poaching charges: Video of family outing shows dogs kill injured bob cat

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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Aaron Hendricks and David McLeskey, seated, face a judge in Lewis County Superior Court

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 35-year-old man, his father-in-law and a companion are charged with first-degree animal cruelty and other offenses for allegedly hunting bobcats with dogs in East Lewis County and allowing the canines at least once to maul their wounded target.

The evidence in the case comes from videos on a JVC camcorder seized from the Woodland home of Aaron B. Hendricks earlier this year and an interview with his now-11-year-old daughter who accompanied them on the outings, according to the allegations in court documents.

It was the huge poaching investigation that began in the Dalles, Oregon last year and resulted in numerous defendants charged in Skamania County that yielded evidence that led to the three men, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said today.

Hendricks and David R. McLeskey, 58, both of Woodland, went before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

They had been summonsed to appear.

Meagher told the judge both defendants have no criminal history and asked they be allowed release conditions with $5,000 unsecured bonds.

They are charged with first-degree animal cruelty – a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison – with unlawful hunting black bear, cougar, bobcat or lynx with dogs, and with second-degree unlawful hunting of wild animals.

None were properly licensed to hunt wildlife, specifically bobcats or bobcats using dogs, according to charging documents.

Hendricks and McLeskey pleaded not guilty.

Yakima lawyer Richard Smith, representing Hendricks, told the judge  that since the search warrant was served in March at his client’s home, he contacted every law enforcement officer in the other case to let them know they were available for questioning.

“Ultimately seven people were charged, we weren’t,” Smith said.

He said he reached out to Meagher to get his client’s case taken care of.

Judge Joely O’Rourke ordered the two men to get finger printed and photographed at the Lewis County Jail before Jan. 1.

She imposed no travel restrictions as they both work across state lines and granted Meagher’s request not to impose standard firearms prohibitions while their cases are pending.

The men waived their speedy trial rights to allow for the schedule of one of their lawyers. They were ordered to return to court on Feb. 8 to set their trial dates.

The two defense lawyers outside the courtroom didn’t want to answer reporters’ questions, but before the elevator doors finished closing, one of them stated: “We’re not connected to all that other stuff.”

McLeskey’s attorney is Stephen Hormel, out of Spokane.

Charging papers in the case describe how digital evidence in the original Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife case identified several additional suspects and co-conspirators in those unlawful hunts, including Hendricks and his father-in-law McLeskey.

The videos found at Hendricks residence in March were examined and showed the two men as well as Aaron C. Hanson, 38, of Kelso, participating in two bob cat hunts in Lewis County, according to the documents. Also present were Hendricks 9-year-old daughter and 10-year-old stepson, the documents relate.

The two unlawful hunts allegedly occurred on Nov. 27, 2015, near National Forest Service Roads 85 and 84, north of the Randle area.

“The video of the first hunt shows Hendricks walking on a snow covered logging road in snow early in the morning holding the camcorder,” Meagher wrote in the affidavit regarding probable cause.

Meagher writes that several dogs can be heard barking and the defendant pans the camcorder to a GPS device to record their location.

Subsequent video shows a bob cat up a tree with numerous barking dogs at the base, then Hanson posing with the dead wild cat, according to Meagher.

The second video is similar, showing a bob cat shot twice, pushed out the tree and immediately surrounded by dogs, Meagher states.

“(T)he video shows the bob cat attempting to defend itself, but the dogs begin to bite, pull, and crush the bobcat to death with undue suffering,” Meagher wrote.

In May, when Hendricks’ daughter was interviewed by law enforcement at her mother’s home in Longview, the videos were played for her and she was asked to identify those who were present.

She points out her dad, her grandfather and her dad’s friend, according to Meagher.

The friend, Hanson from Kelso, is expected to appear before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court tomorrow afternoon.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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Updated at 12:27 p.m.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Jason W. Olson, 43, of Chehalis was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail this morning for attempted burglary after he was allegedly captured on surveillance video attempting to break into a closed business in a case associated with the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called to the 600 block of Grove Street in Centralia early this morning where someone had broken into a shop building and stolen a bench top belt sander sometime between Saturday and 1 a.m. today, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared the intruder may have “staged” other items to get later, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A refrigerator and a parlor stove were reported stolen out of a vacant house at the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after noon yesterday.

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday for a break-in to a shed at the 1200 block of South Scheuber Road. Missing is a Stihl MS391 chainsaw, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• A deputy was called about 11 a.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Wapiti Trail in Packwood where a woman reported an individual made death threats to her as well as forced his way into her outbuilding and stole a Stihl chainsaw. A suspect was located and arrested for felony harassment and for burglary as well as an outstanding warrant, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The chainsaw was recovered and Robert P. Werth, 51, from Packwood, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday by an individual who said he discovered the day before that someone had broken into his vacant house on the 300 block of Northeast Adams Avenue. A window was broken but nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 10:20 p.m. yesterday by a 41-year-old Puyallup man at the 1300 block of Northwest State Avenue who said he had asked someone to drive him home in his car, but they ran into a sign and when they stopped so he could make a phone call, they took off with his vehicle. The car was later found abandoned, with front end damage, on Interstate 5 near milepost 65, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called for a vehicle prowl about 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the 200 block of Northeast Adams Avenue. A diaper bag had been removed from the unlocked vehicle but it was subsequently located in a neighbor’s driveway with nothing missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAKE BILL

• An officer was called about 1:10 p.m. yesterday to a convenience store at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia where a counterfeit $20 bill had been passed.

DISCONCERTING MESSAGE

• Chehalis police were contacted just before 10 a.m. yesterday by an employee at a collection agency on the 700 block of South Market Boulevard who reported they had received an email from an individual saying he was going to “commit some murders”. An officer reviewed it and spoke to the sender and determined no crime was committed, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, unlawful transit conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute,  harassment, hit and run, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Tune in this evening for documentary on 2007 flood

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A documentary premiering tonight examines the catastrophic Chehalis River flood of December 2007 and the controversial plans to address a devastating cycle, according to TVW.

The TVW program looks back at the event that slammed Lewis County, causing millions of dollars in damages and lost revenue when Pacific storms pummeled the region with record amounts of rainfall, according to a press release from the Board of (Lewis) County Commissioners.

It starts at 7 p.m. on TVW and is about 30 minutes long.

Promos for the documentary – High Water – Ten Years Later
– say it explores the the efforts since to find a solution to flooding in the Chehalis River basin while preserving salmon.

The non-profit organization TVW was founded in the 1990s offering unedited coverage of Washington state government, politics and public policy and also produces nonpartisan reporting on current public policy topics.

TVW can be found on local Comcast channel 23, according to the BOCC.

In addition to this evening’s television premiere, “High Water” also will stream online at https://www.tvw.org/tvchannels/air/ as well as on TVW’s Roku channel, according to Mike McClanahan, host of the TVW show The Impact.

You will also be able find it later on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgMWaZmlvmU&feature=youtu.be

High Water” will air again at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 on TVW.

Find TVW using channel locator.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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FREEWAY HIT AND RUN

• Centralia police were called about 5:30 p.m. yesterday following a collision on the freeway’s collector-distributor lane near Harrison Avenue when the suspect vehicle followed the victim vehicle toward a parking lot but then fled.

CAR DOWN EMBANKMENT

• A 68-year-old motorist was injured when his car traveled down a 20-foot embankment and came to rest against trees along the 900 block of Lincoln Creek Road outside Centralia yesterday. Deputies responding about 8:15 a.m. indicate the Toppenish man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for treatment related to neck, back and head pain. His 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier was totaled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WRONG WAY DRIVER HITS COP CAR

• A 25-year-old motorist who allegedly drove the wrong way on North Gold Street in Centralia and collided with a Centralia police car was arrested early yesterday for driving under the influence plus hit and run, according to the Centralia Police Department. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. and both vehicles were damaged but nobody was hurt, according to police. Dillon S. Lindsey, 25, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

POLICE PURSUIT

• A 48-year-old Tacoma woman was arrested for attempt to elude after an episode about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday in Centralia in which she allegedly sped away from an officer when the officer tried to stop her for traveling the wrong way on the road, according to the Centralia Police Department. The chase was associated with Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue, according to police. Sophia M. Roses was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT SUSPECT WRECKS

• Workers with the state Department of Transportation followed a pickup truck where the driver was suspected of stealing a cattle gate on Thursday afternoon until it crashed on state Route 7 near milepost 9, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect fled on foot and was not located but a meth pipe was found on the floorboard of the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect has been identified as a 48-year-old Aberdeen resident and the case will be forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation of charges of third-degree theft and a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

• A 53-year-old Centralia woman who allegedly bit her boyfriend was arrested for fourth-degree assault after police were called about 12:15 a.m. yesterday to the 600 block of H Street in Centralia. Kim D. Elliott was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police called to Providence Centralia Hospital arrested a 51-year-old man who allegedly threw an item at an employee and arrested him for fourth-degree assault at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday. Darren L. Fullerton, 51, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

INTRUDER

• Centralia police were called to the 2700 block of Russell Road when an individual arrived home to find someone else inside about 6:25 p.m. on Friday. The resident had discovered an interior door locked which should not have been locked and heard a male and a female voice in the home, according to the Centralia Police Department. The intruder(s) fled out the back door, according to police.

FIREARMS MISSING

• Deputies are investigating an estimated $20,000 worth of firearms reported stolen from the trunk of a vehicle at the 2700 block of Graf Road in Centralia yesterday. The 21-year-old Centralia man said he was transporting them for his grandfather and there were seven to nine guns taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just before noon on Saturday to take a report of the overnight theft of a white 2014 Chevrolet Malibu from the 500 block of West Center Street. The car was later located in Grays Harbor County abandoned, after it left the roadway and drove off an embankment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MORE THEFT

• A 40-year-old Winlock woman arrested for suspected shoplifting at Wal-Mart was subsequently arrested also for identity theft after police discovered she had given someone else’s name as her own yesterday afternoon. Sophea M Delavergne was was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A black 26-inch Schwinn bicycle was reported stolen at the 100 block of South Oak Street in Centralia about 9:40 p.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police took a report from the 700 block of North Washington Avenue about 6:35 p.m. on Friday regarding the unauthorized use of a debit card over the previous several weeks.

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. on Friday by a woman who left her purse at a business at the Twin City Town Center and when she returned, it was gone.

• A purse that was left on a driveway at the 2600 block of Seward Avenue in Centralia was reported stolen about 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

CAR PROWL

• A computer and an iPad were stolen from a vehicle at the 1000 block of J Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:30 a.m. today.

• Chehalis police were called about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday to the 600 block of Northwest Hawthorne Place where someone had gotten into a vehicle and stole bank cards and cash.

• Police were called for a car prowl about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday at the 700 block of Allen Street in Centralia. Its window was broken and a red/tan Coach purse was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Police called about 3 p.m. on Friday to the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia arrested a 17-year-old boy for alleged possession of marijuana at the school, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND, FROM MORTON

• Police responded to the 800 block of Main Avenue in Morton at about 2:40 a.m. last Thursday to assist the fire department regarding a male that had fallen into the Tilton River. The officer located the individual and escorted him back to the other responders, according to the Morton Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly broke an apartment window and climbed inside at the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Street at about 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Matthew E. Eastman reportedly was confused, said this was not his place and it was not, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief and first-degree trespassing, according to police.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE

• Firefighters were called on Saturday evening for a fire at a mobile home off of state Route 507 behind DJs market and then another fire in a mobile home on Sunday afternoon on Vantine Road, according to South Thurston Fire and EMS. Administrative Chief Tina Vanderhoof said she didn’t think anyone was injured in either fire and was not certain about the extent of damage.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, warrants, trespassing, hit and run, probation violation, fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, harassment, shoplifting, civil issue, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, disorderly person … and more among 409 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Centralia resident found not guilty of rape

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 22-year-old Centralia man arrested this summer for alleged events at a party two years ago has been found not guilty of rape.

Edgar Ramirez-Dado was acquitted of second-degree rape and third-degree rape by a jury in Lewis County Superior Court following a three-day trial.

Ramirez-Dado was arrested on June 5 outside the Apex market on the 400 block of West Main Street in Centralia for allegedly planning to sell a little baggie of weed to two boys, ages 16 and 14, according to court documents. He was taken into custody also for an outstanding warrant issued late last year when a charge of second-degree rape was filed in a case investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Charging documents indicated a sheriff’s deputy met with a 26-year-old woman in mid-December 2015 when she described a party the night before with a lot of people in which she and her friend consumed a large amount of alcohol.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm wrote in charging documents the alleged victim recalled Ramirez-Dado pulling her panties off from beneath her dress and her telling him no and to stop, but she was too weak and drunk to push him away, and that she was raped.

Ramirez-Dado was initially held on $100,000 and $50,000 bail for the two cases, but court documents show his conditions of release were later lowered to an unsecured bond.

The rape trial began on Nov. 6, a Monday, and ended two days later. An amended information filed corrected the alleged victim’s age at the time of the incident to 17.

The jury deliberated a little more than two hours before reaching a verdict of not guilty.

His other case has not concluded. In that case, he was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and involving a minor in drug dealing.

That arrest came about when a school resource officer alerted a Centralia drug detective about an arrangement  to buy $10 worth of marijuana made through a messaging app on a Centralia Middle School-issued iPad. Detectives followed a boy to the convenience store, where they found Ramirez-Dado.

Ramirez-Dado has pleaded not guilty.
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For background, read “Chehalis man picked up on $100,000 warrant for alleged sexual assault” from Tuesday June 6, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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ASSAULT

• A 47-year-old Centralia woman who allegedly punched a stranger yesterday was arrested for fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers called at 1 p.m. to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue arrested Michelle D. Henning, and then released her pending court, according to police. The victim was reportedly uninjured.

• Chehalis police were called at about noon yesterday to Green Hill School to take a report of an alleged custodial assault occurring on Nov. 10.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called this morning to the 100 block of Southwest 12th Street where an individual reported that sometime between 2 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., someone entered the enclosed porch of her home and stole a telescope.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 200 block of North Ash Street where a vehicle was broken into during the night and an LED light was stolen.

• Police were called about 9:20 a.m. yesterday to the 2600 block of Cooks Hill Road in Centralia where someone broke into someone else’s vehicle and stole two Mexico passports and the registration.

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of North Ash Street about 8:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of a vehicle being broken into. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Two people arrested yesterday afternoon for shoplifting at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia were also arrested for having drugs on them, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers were called about 4:40 p.m. and ended up booking  into the Lewis County Jail Duane L. Pines, 31, of Renton, for possession of methamphetamine and  Johnny R. George II, 31, of Federal Way, for possession of meth and heroin, according to police.

• Police called about 1:55 p.m. yesterday to the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia arrested two high school students for alleged possession and consumption of marijuana at the school, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, shoplifting, civil issue, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances, telephone harassment … and more among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.