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Male found dead inside missing teen’s car in Chehalis

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:50 am
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The missing person flyer showing Cole Burbank and associated Honda Accord.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Authorities say a car associated with a 16-year-old Camas boy missing more than a week was found yesterday in a Chehalis shopping center parking lot, with a body inside.

Police responded about 5:30 p.m. yesterday to the Twin City Town Center on Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased young adult male inside the vehicle,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey wrote in a brief message to news media late last night.

Cole Burbank, 16, of Camas, was last seen at Camas High School at about 7:45 am. on April 13 and was reported missing by his parents the same day, according to the Camas Police Department.

He left driving a black 2010 Honda Accord and was likely in the vicinity of Clark College where he attended Running Start classes, but never showed up there, according to police. Camas police issued a missing person report to the public the following day, noting “this type of behavior is not common for Cole and his family is very concerned for his welfare.”

The Chehalis Fire Department and AMR medics were called to the shopping center early yesterday evening, basically to confirm the occupant was dead and helped secure the scene.

Firefighter Braxton Traylor said the black Honda was parked east of an auto parts store and closer to Security State Bank, with no other vehicles parked immediately adjacent to it, but a person was visible through its windows.

“He had a real low profile in the vehicle,” Traylor said. “If you were just driving by, you may not have seen him.”

Bailey’s message stated an investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it becomes available. Nobody was available this morning from the Chehalis Police Department to answer questions.

Camas police stated in a press release the body was released to to the Lewis County Coroner’s Office for positive identification.

Camas police thanked the public for tips and search efforts, as well as assisting agencies they said included the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

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Citizens keep rounding up small dogs dumped east of Onalaska, as shelter fills up

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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Five of the rescued chihuahuas being held at the Lewis County Animal Shelter

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – They started getting brought in on Saturday, batches of chihuahuas found abandoned in East Lewis County.

The Lewis County Animal Shelter has been clipping, grooming and preparing for spaying and neutering of little dogs all week.

Yesterday afternoon the animals being temporarily housed at the facility on Centralia-Alpha Road huddled in small groups in five separate kennel areas.

Eighteen chihuahuas, all appearing to be pure bred, are or will be available for adoption.

“My gut feeling is they’re all from the same place,” Shelter Manager Amy Hanson said.

Three times so far, people have found some of the dogs and delivered them to the shelter, Hanson said yesterday afternoon.

Lindsey Dean lives in Cinebar but her daughter goes to school in Morton, so she drives that remote stretch along state Route 508 at least four times a day.

“It was Monday morning, I came around the corner and they were piled in the road,” Dean said. “They were hungry, I had a banana and they were eating dirt to get to the rest of the banana.”

They smelled terrible, their nails were long and they were afraid of people, she said.

On Tuesday after work, animal technician Robin Williams, drove out to the same area just over the Bear Canyon Bridge to see if she could locate any more. With help from Dean, Dean’s teenage son and her friend Missy Baier, they rounded up eight.

“If the first ones hadn’t gone out into the road, I don’t think anyone would have found them, cause they were back in the woods,” Williams said.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Dusty Breen says it’s a neglect issue that could be pursued criminally.

Lewis County Code Compliance Supervisor Bill Teitzel today said his office is seriously looking at the situation.

Teitzel said over the past six to eight months, the same type of dogs have been dumped in a similar fashion in similar locations, although never this many.

“They seem to coincide with things we’re doing at this office,” he said.

The county’s humane officer conducts inspections for people who want to apply for kennel permits, he said.

“My office doesn’t investigate crime, but if we find crime we will turn it over to the sheriff’s office,” Teitzel said.

Animals must be fixed before the shelter can release them to new homes. That requirement over the years has led to lower numbers of strays kept there.

At any given time, nowadays, they may have only two to three dogs available for adoption, according to Hanson.

This week almost 100 dogs are inhabiting the kennels and cages in the building.

On Monday, Lewis County seized dozens of dogs, mostly chihuahua-mix, from a man who lives on the 1600 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia.

They undertook a similar action three years ago at the same place and the owner, Jimmie R. Jemison, was charged with a violation of state law related to dog breeding and standards of cleanliness, care and protection.

The case however was dismissed in December the following year because Jemison was found not competent to stand trial due to mental illness, according to documents filed in Lewis County Superior Court.

Soon after, the county filed for a declaratory judgement to “abate” the situation, as it believed he continued to breed dogs in the same poor conditions. The court signed a warrant of abatement earlier this month.

Hanson said when they went to the property Monday to impound Jemison’s dogs, the conditions were maybe even worse than before.

Some were living in the motor home with him and others were kept in outbuildings, she said.

They collected five litters of puppies, about two weeks old, she said, plus 47 dogs at least four months old and older.

Those animals are being cared for at the shelter, and will become available for adoption later.

Hanson said she doesn’t have any reason to think Jemison’s operation was related to the animals found off state Route 508.

Dean said she learned today, a man with a tree farm off state Route 508 found more chihuahuas but could only catch one.

“He said there were three more, maybe five miles down by a small bridge,” she said.

As many as four other chihuahuas have been discovered in the area and not turned into the shelter, she said.

She’ll keep going back to look for others, she said.

“Me and my friend Missy, we’re just heartbroken,” she said. “Because it’s obvious, they’re scared.”
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For background, read “Centralia man pleads not guilty to dog breeding violation” from Saturday May 31, 2014, here

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Six chihuahuas were picked up Monday morning off of state Route 508 near milepost 22. / Courtesy photo by Lindsey Dean

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:57 am
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault after his significant other reported that during an argument he struck her in the face and put his hands around her throat so tightly she could not breathe. She told a deputy that when she regained consciousness she gathered up her child and left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Following an investigation, Tristan R. Durland was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 10:35 a.m. yesterday regarding a burglary to a shed on the 1100 block of E Street.

• Chehalis police are investigating after  business on the 800 block of Northwest State Avenue reported yesterday morning the discovery of unauthorized charges on one of their accounts.

• An officer was called just before 9 a.m. yesterday to the 1300 block of Alexander Street in Centralia about the theft of a number of vehicle titles, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, hit and run, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, shoplifting, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 145 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:36 am
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Updated at 5:33 p.m.

THREAT WITH FIREARM LANDS MAN IN JAIL

• A 41-year-old rural Centralia man who allegedly confronted a neighbor during a parking dispute by pointing a pistol at the neighbor’s face was jailed yesterday. Deputies called about 12:45 p.m. to the 400 block of Reinke Road were told the issue was about a property line easement and the alleged victim had parked blocking the driveway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Corey L. Moran allegedly came out of his residence, pulled a 40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and aimed it at his 40-year-old neighbor, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Moran was arrested for first-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Kimsey said.

KIRBY VACUUM REPO GOES VIOLENT

• A woman who attempted to retrieve a Kirby vacuum from a Chehalis resident who was behind on his payments called 911 yesterday evening to report the customer pushed her down, began to hit and kick her and then choked her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers responding just before 6 p.m. to the 600 block of Northeast Franklin Avenue arrested Jason R. Ferris, 32, for second-degree assault and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MOTORIST PULLED FROM VEHICLE PARKED ON TRACKS

• Centralia police say a 32-year-old motorist from Rochester stopped his vehicle on a set of railroad tracks in Centralia and then refused to exit the vehicle when ordered to do so by officers last night. Officers responding about 12:20 a.m. to the area near Reynolds Avenue and Blair Road had to break the window and drag him out, according to the Centralia Police Department. They arrested Steven R. Stacy for obstructing and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

THEFT

• Police were called just before 7 o’clock this morning to the 1300 block of West Main Street in Centralia when a woman saw someone by her shed with her tool box. The individual fled towards the freeway and a search with a police dog did not turn up their suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of Shannon Lane west of Chehalis following the discovery of a break-in to a shop building next to a home in which a propane heater, a tool box, two machetes and other items were stolen. The victim said it occurred sometime during the previous two weeks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 42-year-old man from Woodland was booked into the Lewis County Jail yesterday in connection with a Vader burglary early last month in which more than $40,000 worth of property was stolen. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning deputies began following up immediately on the incident at the 1000 block of state Route 506 which was reported on March 9. Among the valuables missing were two vehicles, 13 guns and more than 50 antique model cars, Chief Deputy Bruce Kimsey said. Kimsey said deputies were assisted in locating a suspect on Saturday by the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the Kelso Police Department and the Longview Street Crimes Unit. Dustin I. Wynn, one of the suspects, was arrested for multiple felonies including first-degree burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 15-year-old boy from yesterday morning at the 800 block of Eshom Road in Centralia was referred to the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Juvenile Division for possession of marijuana, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 16-year-old Centralia boy was charged as an adult yesterday with second-degree rape in a case police began investigating at the end of February. Centralia police were told by a 16-year-old girl it happened while she was at a friend’s home in Centralia with six others. The girl said she had rebuffed his advances but he came into the guest room where she was sleeping and forced himself on her, according to charging documents. At the end of March, she picked the 16-year-old boy from a photo montage and he was initially charged in juvenile court, according to authorities. Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said a judge agreed the teen’s case could be moved to Lewis County Superior Court. His bail was set yesterday afternoon at $50,000.

CENTRALIA RESIDENTS AWAKEN TO FIRE

• Firefighters called about 6:10 a.m. today to the 2300 block of Rosewood Lane in Centralia found heavy smoke coming from the attic of a home but then located the fire in a storage room in the garage. It was quickly extinguished and there was no damage to the living portion of the residence, according to Riverside Fire Authority.  The occupants had woken up to smell of smoke, gone outside and called 911, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan. Nobody was inured, Ternan stated. The cause is under investigation.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, civil issue, misdemeanor assault, vehicle collision, third-degree theft, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 155 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:59 am
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Updated at 12:28 p.m.

STRANGER DETAINED FOR GIVING TRINKETS TO KIDS

• Chehalis police were called at 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Northwest Prindle Street where they were told a stranger was in the neighborhood shaking children’s’ hands and giving out tokens. Parents spoke to him and had asked him to leave, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. “We found he could be arrested for unwanted touching,” Bailey said. James P. Sauter, 54, of Chehalis, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FAUX IRS AGENT VICTIMIZES CHEHALIS RESIDENT

• A 43-year-old Chehalis man was tricked out of $2,750 after he was contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS who said he owed back taxes and needed to make the payment in the form of gift cards. “Unfortunately the victim did provide what they were asking for and then they asked for more,” Chehalis Police Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The man called police yesterday evening to report what had occurred and was told it was a scam, Bailey said. The police don’t have anything they can follow up on in the case, she said. “No phone numbers, name, nothing,” she said. The real Internal Revenue Service does not operate in that manner, Bailey said.

BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon about a break-in to a cabin at the 100 block of Timberline Drive in Packwood in which at least $1,000 worth of property was stolen. Among the missing items a Yamaha guitar, a pair of women’s snowboard boots and bindings as well as a 30-inch flat screen television, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 3 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. yesterday, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:50 a.m. yesterday to a business at the 100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia where sometime during the night someone had cut the fence to the compound and stole a cash register and scale, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called about 7:45 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street in Centralia where a victim reported someone broke into his detached garage and stole tools, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• A 26-year-old Winlock woman was arrested yesterday after residents of the 300 block of Newaukum Valley Drive arrived home and discovered a person in their house who locked them out, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies dispatched just before 3:35 p.m. entered the residence, contacted the woman and took her into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. Shila K. Brennan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. The suspect is unrelated to the victims, he said.

• Someone broke into a storage unit at the 300 block of Kirkland Road south of Chehalis and stole a box spring-mattress set, three samurai swords and movie prop swords, according to a report made yesterday afternoon to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported the items were there when he left at 2:30 p.m. on Friday but when he returned at 8 a.m. Saturday the lock was gone and the property missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY WINLOCK

• A deputy was called yesterday afternoon to the 200 block of Winlock Waters Drive south of Winlock where someone had pried a sliding glass door from its rails and broken it, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The woman who owns the property isn’t yet sure if anything was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY MOSSYROCK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a residence on the 200 block of Blankenship Road near Mossyrock was broken into by someone who caused significant damage inside and stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables including 10 firearms. A deputy responding on Monday learned it happened sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. Among the items stolen are a coin collection in a tackle box, a Gibson Epiphone guitar, a Carvin 30-watt amplifier, two gaming consoles and games, more than 20 knives and the guns which included rifles, shotguns and a revolver, according to Chief Deputy Dusty Breen. Five doors, two televisions a computer and other belongings were damaged, Breen said.

DRUGS AT SCHOOL

• Police were called about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to Chehalis Middle School on the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street on a report of three juveniles possessing a green leafy substance. The case is being investigated, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• An individual reported about 2:10 a.m. today that an unknown person smashed out several windows of his vehicle at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, ignition interlock device violation; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, vehicle collision, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 151 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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Updated at 5:24 p.m.

THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN WIRING MISSING

• A deputy was called about 8:20 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of Winston Creek Road where sometime over the weekend someone stole 400 feet of power cable valued at about $10,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Locks were found broken and the wire’s protective casing was left behind, according to the sheriff’s office. The theft occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 7 o’clock yesterday morning, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said. A complete list of stolen items is being compiled, according to Breen.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Centralia police were told someone cut a hole in the side of a detached garage at the 700 block of North Tower Avenue to get inside and steal items. Among the property reported missing are jewelry, documents and tools, according to a report made to police about 8:20 a.m. yesterday.

HARASSMENT

• Chehalis police were called about 10:40 a.m. yesterday to a restaurant on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue to take a report that a customer threatened an employee. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FRAUD

• Morton police said yesterday they are investigating an allegation a bank account was hacked and money stolen. The issue was reported last Wednesday, according to the Morton Police Department.

SEX CRIME ALLEGED

• A 23-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday after a 15-year-old girl reportedly admitted to her mother she had consensual sex with a family friend in February. A deputy responded last night to talk with the mother and the girl in East Lewis County and got copies of Facebook messages between the two that talked about him coming over as soon as no one was at her home, according to court documents. Michael J. Barnett was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today with third-degree rape of a child and also communication with a minor for immoral purposes in Lewis County Superior Court. Both are class C felonies with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. His bail was set at $10,000 and his arraignment scheduled for May 27.

CHICKEN HOUSE LOST, DOGS SAVED

• A woman sustained minor burns rescuing dogs from kennels inside her barn when an adjacent chicken coop caught fire in the Boistfort Valley yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the property on the 2300 block of Wildwood Road found the poultry house engulfed in flames and were able to get it put out before it burned down the barn, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. The barn ended up with a charred wall and some damage to its roof however, Fire Chief Gwen Turner said. No animals were lost, Turner said. The chicken coop had been vacant. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be treated and has been released, according to Turner. The cause of the fire will be investigated, she said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, probation violation, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, providing false information to police officer, trip permit violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, suspicious circumstances … and more among 147 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:23 am
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Updated at 1:51 p.m.

LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT STOLEN

• An unknown person or persons did extensive damage to a pole barn when they burglarized the structure at the 400 block of Short Road near Morton sometime during the past approximately three weeks. A deputy responding on Friday afternoon found all the electronics had been removed from an Airstream motor home and various heavy lawn and garden equipment missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the stolen property was a DR brush mower, a DR snow blower, a log splitter and a Yamaha mower, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss for the owner, a 64-year-old Olympia resident, is currently estimated at $50,000, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said this morning. The case is under investigation, Breen said.

THEFT OF KARAOKE EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police were contacted at 6:25 p.m. on Friday to take a report of the theft of karaoke and DJ equipment from the 1200 block of Alder Street. An investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A vehicle found abandoned at the 1200 block of West Plum Street in Centralia about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday turned out to be a rental car stolen in California, according to the Centralia Police Department. A second abandoned rental car from California found about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at the 200 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia had also been stolen, according to police.

ASSAULT

• Chehalis police were called at 3:28 p.m. on Friday to a report of a third-degree assault from Lewis County District Court on West Main Street. Further details were unavailable.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called just before 10 a.m. on Saturday to take a report that a house and vehicle had been egged on West Main Street.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding vandalism to a house on Southeast Magnolia Drive in Chehalis during the night.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A child sustained a leg injury due to their car seat not being properly secured during a two-vehicle collision at Johnson Road and Reynolds Avenue just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Members of two fire departments responded yesterday just after noon to a two-vehicle collision on state Route 6 near Chilvers Road. Two patients were treated at the scene and then release, but three others were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Department spokesperson DJ Hammer said the injuries appeared to be minor.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor domestic assault, trespassing, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, hit and run, third-degree theft, protection order violation, loud neighbor party, suicidal person, suspicious circumstances … and more among 440 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Second person accused in Salkum area indoor pot growing operation

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11:07 am
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J. Natividad Acevedo, middle, faces a judge along with his lawyer and a Spanish-English translator.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The owner of a Salkum-area farmhouse that was found to have a marijuana grow inside after it caught fire on Christmas Eve Day has pleaded not guilty to manufacture of marijuana.

J. Natividad Acevedo was summonsed to appear in Lewis County Superior Court and did so on Wednesday afternoon, with his lawyer. He returned Thursday for his arraignment.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher recommended Acevedo be allowed to remain free pending trial on a $$5,000 unsecured bond. Judge Andrew Toynbee agreed.

Acevedo, 40, who has an Onalaska address listed in court documents, is represented by Centralia attorney Jakob McGhie.

Prosecutors wrote in charging documents that a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy got a search warrant for the property on the 200 block of Fuller Road and seized plants and growing equipment from the rear section of the house as well as inside a room on an attached carport.

Firefighters had passed along information about what they saw inside to the sheriff’s office.

Timothy A. Neal, 48, was contacted by the deputy and said he stayed there and tended the plants for his landlord, while the landlord was out of town, according to charging documents. Neal was arrested last week for the same charge and allowed an unsecured $10,000 bond.

Charging documents allege that Neal told the deputy Acevedo had more than one marijuana grow in the area and that Neal had helped set up some of them. He reportedly said Acevedo would sell one pound increments to people in California and in Lewis County.

When Lewis County prosecutors filed the charge against Acevedo on March 28, it included only the one count of manufacture of marijuana.

Acevedo’s trial was scheduled for the week of June 26 in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – CHARGES FILED RE: MARIJUANA PLANTS DISCOVERED AFTER HOUSE FIRE” from Thursday April 6, 2017, here