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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10:39 am
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AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Central Boulevard where a white 1994 Volvo had been stolen.

MISSING PICNIC TABLE

• A picnic table was stolen during the night from the 600 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

MISSING MEDS

• Centralia police took a report from the 1400 block of Johnson Road yesterday regarding stolen medication. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 3 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of Latona Street where someone had broken out the a window on a parked truck and stole unspecified items.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for hit and run, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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DOMESTIC ASSAULT GLENOMA

• A 50-year-old man was arrested last night after allegedly beating his girlfriend and choking her from behind until she nearly passed out. A deputy met with the victim and the suspect yesterday evening at Belcher Road in Glenoma to follow up on a dispute from the night before, and found she had bruises including on her arms and forehead, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Clifford R. Daniel, of Glenoma, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

COMMOTION AT HARDWARE STORE

• Chehalis police were called just after 10 p.m. yesterday by a female who was concerned her father had left home with a handgun and headed to a Chehalis residence on McFadden Avenue after reportedly getting beat up at a bar. Officers eventually located the 46-year-old man – who may have been drinking – at Ace Hardware on South Market Boulevard, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “Police ordered him to the ground, he didn’t comply, so he was tased,” detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. The 46-year-old fell backwards and ended up with a big cut on the back of his head, according to Chehalis Fire Department. Because the Taser had been deployed into his back, the fall pushed the barbs farther in, and they need to be removed at the hospital, Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. Sgt. Wilson said this morning no gun was found, the man was not taken into custody and police are still sorting out what may have occurred earlier regarding an assault.

COMMOTION IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police arrested a 64-year-old man last night at the 1300 block of Rose Street who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Officers say Gerald D. Warner fled into his home and barricaded the door, but was eventually taken into custody, with an additional count of resisting arrest for trying to avoid getting arrested.

COMMOTION AT WAL-MART

• Police responded about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to reports of a man with a rifle slung across his back wandering through the parking lot at Wal-Mart and believed to be looking into vehicles. His reported behavior caused great concern, but it turned out to be nothing criminal, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Arriving officers ordered the man to the ground and once they secured his weapon, and got his side of the story they let him go, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. He was looking for his own vehicle, which someone else had parked, Wilson said. And he had his muzzle loader with him because he’d brought it to Wal-Mart to see about getting it repaired, he said.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning to the 2500 block of Kresky Avenue where someone had broken into the vacant Elks club building. A window was broken and a lot of vandalism done inside including spray painting, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT

• Police were called to the 1300 block of Sunset Way in Centralia late yesterday afternoon regarding the theft of documents.

• Centralia police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday about the theft of mail from the 1900 block of Ahlers Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, protection order violation; responses for alarm, suicide attempt,  suspicious circumstances, car nearly running another motorist off the road … and more.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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BURGLARY PACKWOOD

• Someone ransacked a house at the 200 block of Riverdance Lane in Packwood and stole a television and possibly other property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is making a list, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. The break-in occurred sometime in the five weeks prior to Sunday, according to Brown.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday evening about a possible vehicle prowl from over the weekend at the 2100 block of North National Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• Chehalis police took a report last night of fishing items stolen from the bed of a truck parked in a driveway on Southwest Newaukum Avenue.

WEED IN JAIL

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a corrections officer found marijuana hidden in the mattress of an inmate at the Lewis County Jail. The incident was investigated on Saturday and David C. Ash Jr., 31, was re-booked into jail for possession of a controlled substance by a prisoner, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.

PARKING RAGE

• Chehalis police were called to Wal-Mart following an argument over a parking spot between two drivers in which one of them allegedly grabbed the other by the neck and tried to pull her out of her vehicle. It happened about noon on Saturday and the suspect, a 53-year-old Olympia man, will be getting a citation for fourth-degree assault in the mail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Two hoses and a garden gnome went missing from the 300 block of Third Street in Morton. The police department indicated yesterday they have no suspects in the theft, which was reported on Wednesday night.

• Morton police reported yesterday a warning was given to a pair of individuals whose loud arguing was a nuisance to their neighbors on the 300 block of East State Street in Mossyrock. An officer that responded to the home at about  7:45 p.m. on Friday learned they were fighting over spilled beans, according to the Morton Police Department.

ON THE ROAD

• A 50-year-old man who walked away from a rollover accident that totaled his truck on a forest service road near Randle yesterday was arrested for driving under the influence. A deputy contacted Steven B. Westby from Vancouver following the approximately 7:45 a.m. wreck at milepost 11.5 of Forest Service Road 25, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Westby complained only of leg pain and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 44-year-old Randle man suffered a possible concussion when he swerved to miss a deer and drove his 1980 Chevrolet Corvette over an embankment at milepost 3.7 on Forest Service Road 23 near Randle on Sunday evening, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy who contacted the driver at Morton General Hospital early yesterday morning issued the man a citation for driving without insurance, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 32-year-old man who caught the attention of a deputy yesterday evening when his car spun out in some gravel in a parking lot near a soccer field in Centralia reportedly said it happened because his 7-year-old daughter hit his foot while she was sitting on his lap driving around the park. Robert C. King, of Centralia, was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon based on the brass knuckle the deputy observed in the vehicle,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A trooper also responding to the area near the 100 block of Pioneer Way arrested King for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. King was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, hit and run, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, collision on county road, suspicious circumstances, loud neighbor music, a bit of road rage … and more.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:34 pm
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NAPAVINE AREA HOUSE FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 1:30 p.m. today to a home on Newaukum Valley Road north of Napavine where fire broke out in a kitchen and spread a bit into the attic. “The homeowner, when we arrived, was attacking it with a garden hose and got most of it put out,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter Mike Goodwillie said. Crews from District 6 and District 5 made sure the flames had not spread anywhere else in the two-story house, Goodwillie said. There was smoke damage throughout and significant damage to the kitchen, he said.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF KNOCKS OUT POWER, CAUSES FIRE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office believes someone cut a tree down over the weekend intentionally to cause it take down power lines at milepost 7 on Bunker Creek Road, and did the same thing along the 400 block of Manners Road. Deputies and others responded about 1:40 a.m. on Sunday to the area west of Centralia, where the electricity was knocked out to most of the residents along Bunker Creek Road, according to the sheriff’s office. At Manners Road, the incident caused a fire, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. She’s asking anyone with information to call Lewis County Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-748-6422.

UNRULY WOMAN BOOKED

• A 51-year-old woman being held down by another woman because she was reportedly drunk and out of control allegedly kicked in the chest a police officer who arrived to help. It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at a residence on the 800 block of South Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. Deana Wynerger was arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

ANGRY BOYFRIEND BOOKED

• A 33-year-old man who allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend in the face was arrested for felony harassment yesterday at the Cascade Peaks Campground in Randle. Deputies called about 10:30 a.m. were told he suspected she had cheated on him with someone else in the campground and wanted her to tell him who it was, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was scared because he put a gun in his waistband, according to the sheriff’s office. Christopher B. Dolph, from Ridgefield, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. However, he was released from jail this morning as no charges were filed pending further investigation.

• Chehalis police were called about 5:45 a.m. on Saturday to a report a 21-year-old had slapped and punched his girlfriend in Chehalis. An officer subsequently located the suspect, Soyel L. Reyes, at his residence on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard and arrested him for felony harassment, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A charge of fourth-degree assault is being referred to prosecutors as well, according to police. Reyes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

BURGLARY TO GARAGE

• Mechanic’s tools and a Husqvarna 450 E-series chainsaw were stolen from a garage at the 800 block of Spencer Road north of Toledo, according to a report made the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning. The loss is estimated at $1,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called just after 8 o’clock yesterday morning to the 200 block of Shirlee Avenue where an individual said someone stole their wallet from their vehicle during the night.

DRUGS

• A 33-year-old Ethel resident was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after a “loaded syringe” was found under the passenger’s seat of a vehicle he was in on Friday evening. A deputy had responded to a market at the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Ethel because Jeremy R. Duryea was not supposed to be on the property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said a deputy got permission to search the vehicle. The driver, a 56-year-old Mossyrock man was not arrested, although there was a loaded syringe beneath the driver’s seat as well, according to Brown. Duryea was booked into the Lewis County Jail, however, he was released from jail today as prosecutors declined to file a criminal charge. The case for the driver’s suspected drug violation is being forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation, according to Brown.

VANDALISM

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone damaged a road grader, a gate and a road to the tune of about $15,000. Its owner reported he’d dropped the John Deere piece of equipment off on one day and when he returned, he found it in a ditch, according to the sheriff’s office. The CB radio was missing, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said it happened at the 500 block of Wildwood Road in south Lewis County and at mile marker two of the 600 Road in Curtis.

• Police took a report yesterday of windows getting broken at a vacant building on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:30 a.m. yesterday morning to a church on the 1800 block of Snively Avenue where someone had punched and broken a small window on the door.

• Centralia police took reports on Friday of tires slashed on several vehicles along Windsor Avenue as well as one on Delaware Avenue and another on Crescent Avenue. One vehicle’s paint was damaged by an unknown sharp object, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THE WAL-MART BEAT

• An individual called police about 9:45 p.m. on Friday saying 15 to 20 kids in the parking lot at Wal-Mart – one with a red laser light – surrounded their car. A responding officer was unable to locate the kids, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• An officer was called to the parking lot at Wal-Mart just after 8 p.m. yesterday because an individual heard what sounded like someone screaming or crying from inside a crate in a vehicle. It was a goat, police said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, trespassing, hit and run, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, reckless driving; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, shoplifting, suicidal person, runaway juvenile, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, collision on Interstate 5, suspicious circumstances, two guys shoving a drunk man down, someone at drug treatment center caught with drugs, two clients at a drug treatment center leaving through a window, a driver that nearly hit another motorist, homeless people living on someone else’s property, someone who won’t quit speeding through a neighborhood, open containers of beer spotted inside a parked and unoccupied vehicle, mouthy kids on skateboards in the middle of the road, someone in public who seems to be tripping out on drugs … and more.

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News brief: Chehalis teen hospitalized after running in front of truck

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A teenager hit by a truck on a county road in Adna after dark on Saturday night was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe injuries.

Firefighters called about 9:25 p.m. to the 600 block of Twin Oaks Road learned the girl had run out in front of a pickup truck traveling about 55 mph, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

The 14-year-old Chehalis girl and her friends had been waiting at the end of a driveway for a taxi to take them to Chehalis, according to authorities.

As the taxi stopped, she ran behind it and into the lane of travel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the 61-year-old man from Pe Ell tried to stop, but wasn’t able to.

The girl was knocked forward probably 90 feet, but not run over, according to Fire Capt. Derrick Paul.

Responders treated her for head trauma , lacerations and internal injuries, Paul said. The fire captain said the impact left significant damage to the hood and grill of the Ford F250 pickup.

The patient was transported to the airport, where she was airlifted to the Seattle hospital, he said.

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News brief: Rain slows forest fire burning near Mineral

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:38 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Alder Lake fire at the border of north Central Lewis County continues to smolder and held at 275 acres acres over the weekend.

Minimal fire behavior has been observed due to the precipitation over the incident, according to a report from incident commanders this morning.

The forest fire is 15 percent contained.

It is being managed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the state Department of Natural Resources.

The lightning caused fire was first reported August 11, burning just south of Alder Lake. It is approximately four miles west of Elbe, five miles from Mineral and seven miles south of Eatonville.

About 150 personnel are assigned to battle the fire. Crews continue to work on hand lines on the south side of the fire. Minimal fire growth is expected for the next 24 hours.

A level one evacuation notice issued last Wednesday for people living on or near the Pleasant Valley Road remains in place.

Forest Road 74 and 7409 remain closed to protect public and firefighter safety.
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For background, read “Fire evacuation alerts issued for residents west of Mineral” from Wednesday August 26, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for second-degree assault after deputies responded yesterday morning to Little Hanaford Road and contacted his bruised girlfriend who said he’d punched and choked her during a dispute that had been going on for three days. Jordan M. Twidwell was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

EAGLES RIPPED OFF

• Police were contacted about 6 p.m. yesterday about a burglary at the Eagles club on the 2300 block of North Pearl Street in which liquor and some other property was stolen from the building, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• A 26-year-old homeless woman was arrested yesterday morning for possession of a stolen vehicle. The Centralia Police Department indicates the morning incident associated with the 700 block of West Plum Street involved a vehicle stolen from somewhere out in the county earlier in the day. Alisha A. Holmes was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. The sheriff’s office indicates the truck – with its keys left in it – was taken from a residence on Graf Road outside Centralia.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called yesterday afternoon about suspected theft of narcotics from a residence on Southwest Fair Avenue. Further details were not readily available.

FELONY CANDY THEFT

• Centralia police responding around midnight to the Shell station on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue about a shoplifting incident identified the suspect from security video as a 22-year-old Chehalis woman. Chandra M. Munsey allegedly stole candy, according to the Centralia Police Department. Munsey wasn’t there when officers arrived, according to police. Sgt. Jim Shannon said that because this is the third shoplifting incident in which she has been implicated in less than 180 days, they are referring the case to prosecutors for a charge of organized retail theft.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday to Thorbeckes at Fort Borst Park where someone had stolen a laptop computer from a vehicle.

WILDFIRE

• Managers of the Alder Lake Fire report this morning it has grown about 25 acres since yesterday. The fire’s behavior continues as it has for the past few days, creeping and rolling with occasional torching in the steep rugged terrain. The 253-acre forest fire continues to progress to the southeast, where it threatens residences along Pleasant Valley Road, outside of Mineral. The fire is 10 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire just south of the lake was first reported on Aug. 11.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, drugs, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, disorderly person, runaway juvenile, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, possibly fraudulent check, dog alone in presumably too hot vehicle … and more.

 

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As Lewis County’s fourth large wildfire expands, some still ignoring burn ban

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:46 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Alder Lake fire continues to grow and progress to the southeast, but an expected change to wet and cooler weather in Western Washington could bring some relief.

The National Weather Service indicates that tomorrow through the weekend rain will become locally heavy at times, especially in the mountains. Daytime temperatures are forecast to be lower than normal, with many lowland sites not even reaching 70 degrees, according to the weather service.

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Centralia-Alpha Road, 18 acres, Onalaska Aug. 4, 2015

The conditions could help reduce the size of or even end ongoing fires in the mountains, the forecasters said this morning.

The forest fire northwest of Mineral has now consumed 225 acres and is threatening residences on or near the Pleasant Valley Road, outside of Mineral. Those living there were told yesterday afternoon to start making plans to evacuate.

The firefighting effort is being managed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the state Department of Natural Resources. About 105 personnel remain assigned to the lightning-sparked fire that was discovered 17 days ago just south of Alder Lake.

While the end or break in the hot, dry spell is surely welcome news, Steve Mansfield of Lewis County Department of Emergency Management, cautions the public to remain vigilant about fire danger.

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Gish Road, 102 acres,
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“The Pacific Northwest has reached such a low moisture level, it may take weeks once the rain starts before the danger of fire is reduced,” Mansfield stated in a news release today.

Although outdoor burning is usually prohibited during the driest months of the year in unincorporated Lewis County, officials earlier this month issued a ban on even recreational fires, as did the cities of Chehalis and Centralia.

Besides the Alder Lake fire, Lewis County has seen three other large vegetation fires already this month, each increasingly bigger. Last week a grass fire in Onalaska rolled through 175 acres, decimating a farming operation and consuming 200,000 chickens with their barns.

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Gore Road, 175 acres,
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Still, some fire departments have been running a little ragged, responding to calls that turn out to be illegal burning.

Every time it rains a bit, that picks up, Firefighter Brad Bozarth said.

Bozarth estimated his department, Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue in Napavine, has gone to 30 such calls since the restrictions were put in place.

“Usually its recreational fires, or someone burning trash,” he said.

For a first offense, the firefighters usually just advise the people of the rules, he said.

Earlier this week, Mossyrock’s fire chief was feeling less patient about those who’ve ignored the danger.

Lewis County Fire District 3 Chief Doug Fosburg said his department chased campfires all weekend. The offenders usually claim they didn’t know of the ban, he said.

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Alder Lake, 225 acres,
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“People haven’t gotten the idea they can’t have open flames,” he said.

Each time he and his crews are toned out, they have to react as though it’s a working structure fire, with everyone responding, he said.

In one case, Fosburg said, the resident assumed since they’d watered their yard, it would be fine.

“I explained, you can’t control what goes airborne,” he said.

Both he and Salkum’s fire chief had to stop what they were doing at the Gore Road chicken farm to deal with illegal burns, he said.

Ignoring the outdoor burn ban can be costly even if one doesn’t accidentally burn down their neighbors house.

Acting Lewis County Fire Marshal Lee Napier said it’s a civil infraction which can bring a fine of up to $250.

On the criminal side, the sanction is a gross misdemeanor, with the possibility of a fine up to $10,000 and up to 364 days in jail.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said yesterday morning she wasn’t aware of any such citations issued this year.

Typically, reports of illegal burning are handled by the particular fire department, according to Brown.

“The fire department then goes out and evaluates the situation and typically educates the person,” Brown said. “If the person refuses to put it out or causes a problem, then we respond and use our discretion, as always, to evaluate the situation.”

Chief Fosburg said he doesn’t give people a choice. He  waits and watches the campfire getting put out, and sticks around to make sure it’s entirely extinguished.

“If I have to go back more than once, I will bring law enforcement with me,” he said.

The causes of the first three big fires are unknown, although the sheriff’s office said preliminarily the Gore Road incident was believed to have been sparked by a brush hog operating in a field. DNR is investigating them.

Outdoor burning in unincorporated Lewis County has been prohibited since mid-June, with the increased restrictions put into place within days of the Centralia-Alpha Road fire.

Those in the Mineral area have been advised to continue to monitor their local news media.

The weather service has also noted it it will likely become locally windy on Saturday due to a strong front moving across the area.
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For the details about the specifics:

The Lewis County Board of Commissioner’s resolution allows for enforcement under Lewis County Code 15.05.020.  The code referencing the penalty for violation is under RCW 70.94.430(1).
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For background, read “Fire evacuation alerts issued for residents west of Mineral” from Wednesday August 26, 2015, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm
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GAS EXPLOSION AVERTED AT APARTMENT BUILDING

• A faint odor in a four story Chehalis apartment building yesterday afternoon drew the fire department and a technician who eventually discovered a third-floor apartment filling up with natural gas. Firefighters called just after 4:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Southeast Washington Avenue were told a tenant smelled it in a hallway and the crew detected a slight odor on the first floor, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. An employee of Puget Sound Energy responded with her meter, which led them to a unit where nobody was home, Fire Capt. Kevin Curfman said. They got the manager to let them in and discovered a stove burner turned on but not lit, Curfman said. It was not yet at an explosive level, but it was building up, he said. They shut off the range and aired out the apartment, he said. “It’s a good opportunity to remind people to be very careful with gas appliances,” Curfman said.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday about a possible burglary to a fifth-wheel trailer on Southwest 13th Street.

• Centralia police were called just before noon yesterday about a backpack stolen from a vehicle parked at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. It was blue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl possibly on Southeast Adams Avenue but were not able to reach the reporting party with the phone number they were given.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw a rock through the back window of a car at the 300 block of N Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 8 o’clock yesterday morning.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, making a false statement, allowing unauthorized person to drive, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, concern an individual stumbling around might fall into traffic  … and more.

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News brief: Centralia officer target of woman wielding broken wooden handle

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A woman who’d locked herself in a bathroom and allegedly tried to stab an arriving police officer was hospitalized and then jailed last night.

Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday for a disorderly person at the 300 block of North Gold Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

When she was contacted, police said, she tried to stab the officer with the sharp end of a broken wooden handle. Rebecca L Higgins, no age or hometown immediately available, was then physically subdued, according to police.

She was transported to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated for possible mental health, medical and/or drug overdose issues, according to police.

Higgins was treated and has been booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

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News brief: Pipe bomb found laying on Centralia roadside

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:14 am
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Law enforcement parks near Haliday and Little Hanaford roads in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Jason Brown

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A bomb squad retrieved a pipe bomb in north Centralia yesterday that was found on the side of the road by someone walking in the area.

The explosive device was discovered on Lundberg Road just after 11:30 a.m. and deputies secured the area until specialists with the Washington State Patrol could arrive, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The pipe bomb was detonated – rendered safe – where it was found at about 2:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Then it was disposed of, Brown said.

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Improvised explosive device. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fire evacuation alerts issued for residents west of Mineral

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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Looking south across Alder Lake at mid-day on Tuesday. / Courtesy photo by Raymond Schrader

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A lightning-caused forest fire northwest of Mineral has grown from 60 acres to 173 acres since Friday and is progressing to the southeast, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

More than 200 members of the public attended a community meeting at the Mineral School last night to hear information about the wildfire and this afternoon, a level one evacuation notice was issued for people living on or near the Pleasant Valley Road.

A Code Red notification was sent out by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at about 3:45 p.m. today, to those who have registered their phone numbers with the emergency alert system.

“(Level one) means that danger exists and you should begin making arrangements to evacuate,” the alert stated. “Evacuations at this time are voluntary.”

Pleasant Valley Road is northwest of Mineral.

If the fire advances to necessitate a level two evacuation notice, residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family or friends outside of the affected area, according to the Lewis County Department of Emergency Management. Those who choose to stay should be ready to go at a moments notice.

If a level two evacuation occurs, shelter would be setup in the Morton area, according to the sheriff’s office.

The fire was first reported two weeks ago, burning just south of Alder Lake. It is approximately four miles west of Elbe, five miles from Mineral and seven miles south of Eatonville.

It is being managed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the state Department of Natural Resources.

One hundred and five personnel are assigned to the fire, which is being battled with heavy equipment, fire engines, a helicopter and hand crews.

The fire behavior today was described as moderate, creeping, rolling and occasional torching. It’s burning in steep rugged terrain on a 60 percent slope.

The incident commander’s primary objective is to stop and hold eastward spread of the fire.

Fifteen homes are threatened, as are 20 other structures, all on the Lewis County side of the fire, according to Public Information Officer Kristen Bowles. The fire is only two percent contained. Forest Service Roads 74 and 7409 have been closed.

Alder Lake is at the intersection of Lewis, Thurston and Pierce counties.

A level three evacuation notice, if issued, would mean leave immediately because danger is current or imminent.

The Lewis County Sheriff’ Office indicated in its Code Red alert that people can get additional information from the sheriff’s office website or call the DEM information line at 360-740-1152. Locals may contact Alder Lake Fire Information at 360-623-5525.

Emergency Management recommends people continue to monitor their local news media as well.
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Other Resources:

• Northwest Large Fire Information Summary, here

• InciWeb Incident Information System, here

• The Forest Service-Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Facebook, here

• Sign up for Code Red alerts, here

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The south shore of Alder Lake dips into Lewis County. / Courtesy photo by Raymond Schrader

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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Updated at 1:21 p.m.

PROWLER: CATCH AND RELEASE

• Chehalis police were called about 6:15 a.m. today when a resident found someone rummaging through his vehicle, confronted the would-be thief and held him, until the subject displayed a knife. The truck was parked in an alley way behind the residence at the 300 block of South Market Boulevard, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The 40-year-old Chehalis man let go of the suspect who ran off, according to police. Nobody was hurt and the resident indicated it didn’t seem like the weapon was going to be used for an assault, but only to help the subject escape, police said. Officers are looking for a person of interest, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said this morning.

GRANDMA PUTS OUT FIRE NEAR TOLEDO RESIDENCE

• A 34-year-old Toledo man who allegedly lit a pile of his own belongings on fire and made threats to relatives was arrested yesterday morning. It happened around 8:50 a.m. at the 200 block of Blake Road south of Toledo and by the time deputies arrived at almost 9:30, Christopher B. Holten was gone, but his grandmother had run the well dry extinguishing the fire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The pile was within 20 feet of the residence, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said Holten was apparently upset after an argument with his grandmother and said he didn’t need his belongings. Brown said when his aunt arrived, he made comments such as he would “end everyone” and that he would burn the house down. Holten was located walking along state Route 505 near Hopps Road at about 11:45 a.m. and taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment. A case for second-degree reckless burning is being given to prosecutors for evaluation of charges, according to Brown.

POSSIBLE FORGERY

• A 37-year-old part time Chehalis resident called police yesterday and said he discovered someone had taken $3,000 out of his bank account last year. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MISSING EQUIPMENT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of a generator stolen from Main Street and Washington Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Silver Street. Medication and money were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 24-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for possession of heroin late yesterday afternoon following contact with police at the 100 block of High Street in Centralia. Rosa M. Sanchez-Anderson, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

COLLISION

• Police responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to an incident near the southbound Interstate 5 offramp at Harrison Avenue in which a bicyclist ran into the side of a vehicle. Police say The bicyclist was going the wrong way. The rider sustained minor injuries.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting; responses for alarm, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, loud neighbor music, complaint about feeling bothered because the same individual asks for money whenever caller goes into the bank on North Market Boulevard in Chehalis … and more.