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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm
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THREAT WITH KNIFE

• Centralia police called about 6:40 p.m. yesterday regarding an individual who allegedly charged two people with a knife in his hand and threatened to stab them at the 800 block of West Pine Street. Officers subsequently arrested  Larry R. Lamson, 49, of Centralia, for two counts of first-degree assault and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

STUDENT ASSAULT

• Centralia police called to the 900 block of Johnson Road at about 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday are referring a case to prosecutors for second-degree assault involving a 14-year-old boy and another student.

VEHICLE THEFT

•  A maroon Honda Accord with a green left fender was stolen sometime during the night from the 1400 block of Lewis Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 7:10 a.m. today. It has a license plate reading AEZ 0901, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 5 o’clock this morning to take a report of a red Honda Civic hatchback stolen from the 100 block of Virginia Drive sometime after 2 a.m. The car has a bright yellow smiley face sticker on the back window.

• A stolen vehicle was located abandoned at the 1600 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia at about 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

CAR PROWL

• A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle at the 500 block of Courtland Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:20 a.m. today.

• Centralia police were called to the 200 block of South Cedar Street about 7:35 p.m. yesterday where a a wallet and flashlight were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police were called to the 1600 block of South Gold Street about 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday where a display mattress had been stolen from a parking lot.

• Centralia police were called to the 1300 block of South Gold Street at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to take a report that an unknown male attempted to cash a stolen check at a bank.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Centralia police were called about 7:15 a.m. yesterday when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Mellen Street failed to negotiate the left hand corner and left the roadway, striking a parked car, shoving it into two other parked cars. There was minor damage to the front porch of a residence as well, according to the Centralia Police Department. Speed and inattention may have been factors and the driver was issued an infraction, according to police.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for drugs, obstructing, warrants, harassment, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 336 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 48-hour period ending about 7 a.m.

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Commissioners, volunteers clash at Onalaska fire department

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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Lewis County Fire District 1 Commissioners, left to right, Jeff Lee, Chair Rich Bainbridge and Bill Kassel

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A contentious emergency meeting of Onalaska fire department leaders after the firing of their chief saw roughly one-third of the volunteers quit days earlier ended with a two-to-one vote to appoint a new person interim chief.

Lewis County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners Chair Rich Bainbridge opened the Tuesday evening gathering inside the garage of the station by telling those in attendance of the need to fill a personnel gap and reassure the public the level of service isn’t diminished.

“Is this going to affect our staff here?” Bainbridge said. “Yes, it is going to be more work. We have qualified staff here to carry on.”

The chair of the three-member board said that just the night before at a meeting of fire commissioners from around the county, other fire districts expressed their support and willingness to help out. He reminded the crowd of existing mutual aid agreements.

Not everyone was as optimistic as Bainbridge.

Now-former Capt. Randy Tobler called out: “You have zero firefighters right now, you know that?”

The all-volunteer district that protects the area around Onalaska did have 24 members, according to district secretary Linda Patraca.

Last Thursday night when the commissioners voted after an executive session to dismiss volunteer Chief Andrew Martin, six other volunteers either turned in their gear or submitted letters of resignation, Patraca said.

Midway through Tuesday evening’s meeting, Assistant Chief Rhonda Volk stood and took the side of her former chief, opposing two of the commissioners.

“I will not compromise my values, until these two are removed or resign, I will not respond to any more calls,” Volk said.

There were other calls for Bainbridge and Commissioner Bill Kassel to step down, calls for them to reconsider and work to get along and demands for them to explain the chief’s termination.

As Martin described in a lengthy letter to local news media and spoke of to the gathering, he refused to further punish a member who had brought to his attention a misdeed by another member, who is a relative of Commissioner Kassel. Volk called it an attempt at retaliation.

Kassel saw it differently, and Bainbridge stood with him.

“One, he’s supposed to take direction from us,” Kassel said. “He refused to talk to us about projects, harassment charges.”

Commissioner Jeff Lee who voted no to appoint Adam Myer as interim chief, and who voted no about dismissing Martin said it’s hard to be a commissioner in Onalaska.

“I think we failed,” Lee said. “We never as a group asked him, we did it as individual commissioners.”

Myer is a former firefighter and fire investigator from the Chehalis Fire Department.

The conversation veered at times to disagreement about a new building, about deteriorating equipment, about a plan for keeping a fast-response vehicle parked at a volunteer’s house and even a past board of commissioners giving away “a chunk of the district to Salkum.”

Accusations that two of the commissioners violated the state open meetings rules by making decisions without Commissioner Lee led to a proposal for a five-member commission.

“We have no way to trust the two of you lifelong friends not talking business when you go hunting together,” community member Kathy Jackson said.

Martin has warned the loss of so many volunteers means citizens can expect a delay of twenty or more minutes if an out of district unit has to be called to handle an emergency.

Tobler spoke passionately about his concerns of a department down to 16 members.

He noted a one-person response on Monday to a rollover crash then a half an hour for a response to a 911 call about chest pain.

“When’s the last time any of the old members heard of a 30-minute response time?” Tobler asked.

Onalaska resident Pat Patterson, 74, stood and told of his worries about his and his wife’s well-being.

“I don’t want to wait for somebody from Salkum to come get me,” he said. “I don’t want my house to burn down.”

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Community members demand answers, suggest solutions at Lewis County Fire District 1 special meeting

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Rhonda Volk, far left, and Andrew Martin, second in from right, listen from back of room

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm
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Updated at 3:16 p.m.

VEHICLE THEFT

• A deputy was called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to take a report from the 3000 block of Ives Road in Centralia that a black 1991 Nissan pickup had been stolen sometime since Saturday. It has a license plate of C12685F, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Police arrested a 26-year-old Centralia man yesterday after he was identified as a suspect who was allegedly in possession of a stolen vehicle on Sunday. Suspected drugs were located on his person when he was detained, according to the Centralia Police Department. Zachary J. Meikle was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A traffic stop early yesterday morning at the Cedar Village IGA parking lot in Winlock ended with the arrest of three people. The driver, Reina I. Martinez, 18, of Centralia, told police she had borrowed the green 1995 Toyota Camry from a friend in Olympia, but it turned out to have been stolen from a mall in Olympia, according to charging documents. One of the passengers, Bismar F. Andres, 23, formerly of Chehalis, allegedly had suspected methamphetamine in his pocket, the documents relate. The other passenger was also arrested but prosecutors yesterday declined to file any charge. Martinez was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle. Andres was booked for possession of methamphetamine. The officer observed the key in the vehicle appeared to be worn or possibly shaved down, according to charging documents.

FRAUD

• Chehalis police are investigating after a resident from the 200 block of Southwest Sixth Street reported yesterday he had applied for a bank card, was away for awhile and when he returned home the card was not there; however, he learned of numerous local charges made on the card totaling almost $200.

FAKE FIFTY

• Chehalis police were called about 3:40 p.m. yesterday to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue after two teenage girls attempted to purchase merchandise with what turned out to be a counterfeit $50 bill. One of the girls said she had gotten the money from her father who had gotten it from a bank, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The bad bill was taken by police.

THEFT

• An individual reported just after 8 p.m. yesterday the theft of money from his room at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police were called just before 10 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Oak Street in Centralia to take a report of the theft of a car tire that occurred over night.

AND, FROM MORTON

• Morton police report they were called on Friday night to the 700 block of Main Avenue about a dispute over a fishing spot. “The reporting party stated that the other fisherman started yelling at him, pushed him twice, broke his pole and threw his fishing gear in the river,” the Morton Police Department wrote in a brief summary of the incident. The reporting party was advised to call the police as soon as he sees the male subject again.

FIRE CENTRALIA

• Nobody was injured but a woman was taken in for evaluation at Providence Centralia Hospital after a fire broke out at a residence on the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue yesterday. Crews called about 11:40 a.m. found smoke coming from all the windows of the single-wide mobile home and learned the lone occupant had exited before they arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The main body of fire was found burning in the back bedroom and caused extensive damage there as well as heat and smoke damage throughout the residence, Fire Capt. Scott Weinert stated. Centralia police  indicate they began investigating an intentionally set fire.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving with suspended license, third-degree theft, fourth-degree domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor assault, 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.

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Parents in Centralia child neglect case see judge on bail jumping charge

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:48 am
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Anthony and Mary Foxworth, in green and white striped jail garb, wait to be returned to the jail after hearing. Her attorney Jacob Clark sits in the foreground.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Mary G. and Anthony S. Foxworth Sr. were returned to Lewis County last week and brought before a judge this morning where they pleaded not guilty to bail jumping.

The Centralia parents failed to appear for their sentencing earlier this month for first-degree criminal mistreatment involving severe neglect of their teenage son. They were tracked down and located in South Carolina.

The couple face prison terms of between 51 months to 68 months for the original case and now also a maximum of five years for the new charge.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke advised them since they’ve already been convicted and because they violated conditions of their release, they no longer have a right to bail.

They are being held in the Lewis County Jail, where they were booked last Thursday night.

Centralia police began investigating in January of last year, after couple took their 16-year-old son to the doctor, and he was hospitalized with severe malnutrition, weighing just 54 pounds. Police found he had not seen a doctor since 2007, was not enrolled in school and could not read or write.

Anthony Foxworth Sr., 45, and Mary Foxworth, 43, pleaded guilty in October to avoid the possibility of being convicted in a trial of potentially more serious charges.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said the couple will come back to court on Dec. 21 to schedule a date for sentencing in the original case. He said he doesn’t want that hearing to be held until after their bail jumping cases conclude.
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For background, read “Foxworths: Local law enforcement to go pick up parents of boy in neglect case” from Thursday November 16, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm
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WHEEL CHAIR ASSAULT

• A nursing home resident who allegedly used his wheel chair to pin an employee between a wall and a desk, grabbed her wrist and threatened to sexually assault her was arrested yesterday morning by Centralia police. Officers called to Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on the 1300 block of Alexander Street about 10:20 a.m. were told 51-year-old Robert C. Neal had said he was going to kill each staff member one by one and began to name them, according to court documents. While there, an officer spoke to one of them who recounted events from the previous day after she had wheeled Neal back indoors. She said they paused while Neal spoke with a nurse and when she stretched and yawned, he asked what she was doing; when she explained, he allegedly told her he would teach her some respect and began wheeling towards her, charging documents relate. Neal was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged yesterday afternoon with third-degree assault with sexual motivation. Defense attorney Rachael Tiller noted Neal had no felony history and wanted to very much to return to the nursing home, but his bail was set at $50,000.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called to the 500 block of Northwest Ohio Avenue about 3:40 p.m. yesterday where an individual reported items missing from a residence.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 10 p.m. yesterday by an individual who reported her purple 1997 Honda Accord was stolen from a parking lot at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue earlier in the evening. It has a license plate reading AEB 2624, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Articles of clothing and a set of keys were stolen in a vehicle prowl at the 100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:20 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl that occurred at the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue while the victim was at the residence.

• Centralia police were called about 11:35 a.m. yesterday regarding a drone and a screw gun stolen from a vehicle at the 1200 block of Bayne Street.

FUNNY MONEY

• Centralia police were called to a restaurant at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue about 3:35 p.m. yesterday to take a report a counterfeit $20 bill was passed there.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 16-year-old boy was cited for hit and run and driving without a license after he allegedly crashed his vehicle through a chain-link fence at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia and fled the scene, at about 7:40 a.m. today.

• A 20-year-old Centralia woman was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated after a single-vehicle collision on the 400 block of Lincoln Creek Road yesterday morning. Deputies called about 8:50 a.m. found the 2018 Toyota Camry had been traveling eastbound when its tires went off the side of the road causing the car to roll at least twice, and come to rest on its top, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the driver appeared to have no major injuries.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving with suspended license, third-degree domestic malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more among 162 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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Nominations due for LCSO Shop With A Cop

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The deadline is tomorrow to submit nominations of Lewis County children to participate in the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office annual Shop With A Cop event.

The sheriff’s office partners with the United Way of Lewis County to find youngsters in need of a positive experience with law enforcement as well as in need of financial assistance.

Counselors, neighbors, social workers, church leaders, parents, teachers and other community members are encouraged to nominate children they feel would benefit from the program.

“Shop with a Cop is an event our employees look forward to every year,” Sheriff Rob Snaza stated in a press release yesterday. “The excitement of the children shopping for their family members is amazing and contagious. It’s a very positive experience for all involved.”

The program is open to kids 8 to 18, who reside in Lewis County. (If they are 18, but still in school, they will be considered.)

Those selected to shop will be notified the week of December 4, and shopping will occur on December 14.

Applications to make nominations are available from United Way of Lewis County.

• At their office at 450 NW Pacific Avenue, Chehalis

• By calling their office at 360-748-8100

• At their web site at www.lewiscountyuw.com

• Applications are also available at the front counter of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, on the first floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice building in Chehalis.

Shop with a Cop is funded through sheriff’s office employee donations, public donations, and grants coordinated through the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Association. Donations to sustain the program are greatly appreciated and can be sent to the Sheriff’s Office Association at: LCSOA, 345 W. Main Street, Chehalis, WA 98532.

Note: Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 22. They can be returned through the United Way mail slot if the office is closed. They can also be turned in at the front counter of the sheriff’s office up until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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Updated at 6:15 p.m.

ASSAULT

• A 54-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree assault after a female acquaintance said he choked her at a residence at the 300 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis on Friday. Officers called about 4:25 p.m. booked William B. Pickett into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

INDECENT LIBERTIES

• A 59-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested yesterday after an acquaintance reported an incident she said happened several days earlier in which he allegedly showed up drunk at her Lewis County home, was allowed to stay over to sleep it off and she awoke to him naked on top of her. She yelled and shoved him away and he apologized, got dressed and left, charging documents allege. Barry R. Engeseth was booked into the Lewis County Jail and then charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with indecent liberties. He was allowed release with a $25,000 signature bond.

AUTO THEFT

• A blue 1990 Honda Civic was reported stolen about 6:40 a.m. today from the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia. The four-door car has a cracked windshield and a license plate reading BCS 7060, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• When Centralia police attempted a traffic stop on a stolen Honda about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, the male driver stopped in the middle of the roadway near the 300 block of N Street and ran off on foot. A K-9 track led to a nearby house, but when officers searched inside, the suspect had already left, according to the Centralia Police Department. The investigation continues, according to police.

• A stolen Honda car was located about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday at the 1000 block of Long Road in Centralia. It was returned to its owner, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 1996 Honda Accord that had been reported stolen in Napavine was recovered about 5:50 a.m. on Sunday at the 300 block of North Oak Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called about 8:35 a.m. on Saturday to take a report regarding the overnight theft of a red 1994 Toyota truck from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street. It has a license plate reading C59115C, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer on patrol about 11:55 p.m. on Friday along the 600 block of Northwest Middle Street in Chehalis spotted a parked car that was stolen and contacted two individuals inside of it, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The gray 1996 Honda Accord was missing from Pierce County and Daniel D. Karl, a 32-year-old Rochester resident was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Prosecutors today declined to file the felony charge.

• Chehalis police were called at 9:45 p.m. on Friday and told a stolen car belonging to a co-worker was going through the drive-through of a fast food restaurant at the 1700 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue. It was described as a gray Toyota Camry and wasn’t located by police until the following day in Centralia, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 28-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and attempt to elude following an attempted traffic stop that began just after 9 p.m. on Friday near Pennsylvania Avenue and Middle Street in Chehalis. It began because a headlight was out and the driver got onto Interstate 5 heading south, but a Chehalis police officer stopped the 1991 Acura Intergra using a PIT maneuver near milepost 71, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Zachary J. Maurer told police he had been asked by someone else to drive the car to Cowlitz County, according to police. Maurer was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• When Centralia police responded to an approximately 5:30 p.m. call on Friday of two males stealing items from a store on the 1300 block of Lum Road, and located the suspect’s vehicle, the driver provided identification but then fled when it turned out the car was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car was later located in Thurston County, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 4:25 p.m. on Friday to take a report that a  2000 Honda Civic had been stolen from the 200 block of North Pearl Street. Its license plate reads BDA 4036, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• At 9:10 a.m. Friday, police were called about the theft of a 1991 Toyota Camry from the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia. It has an Oregon license plate reading UHF140, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A blue 1991 Honda Accord was reported stolen about 8:35 a.m. on Friday from the 700 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia. Its license plate reads 691 ZCS, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 8 a.m. on Friday about the theft overnight of a Honda CRV from the 400 block of Ash Street. It was later located in the area of Centralia-Alpha Road, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called at 7:10 a.m. on Friday about a Honda stolen during the night from the 300 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia. It was recovered two hours later near Edison Elementary School,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

STOLEN GUNS

• A 77-year-old Onalaska man contacted law enforcement yesterday to report that while he was moving out of his residence at the 400 block of Gore Road, he discovered two handguns were missing. He had several individuals helping him with the move and deputies are investigating, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday to take a report that during the night, someone disconnected and stole a battery from a travel trailer at the 700 block of J Street.

• Police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1300 block of View Avenue in Centralia.

• A firearm was stolen from a vehicle at the 300 block of South Diamond Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:35 p.m. on Friday.

• An iPad and sport equipment were stolen from a vehicle at the 900 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 4 p.m. on Friday.

• Centralia police were called about 3:45 p.m. on Friday regarding a diaper bag and its contents stolen from a locked vehicle at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue.

DRUGS

• A 33-year-old Olympia man arriving to the Lewis County Jail on a relay from Thurston County yesterday told officers there might be drug items in his backpack, and there were, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher C. Mercer was additionally booked for possession of methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

•  A BB hole was found in a store window at the 1500 block of South Gold Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 4:10 p.m. on Friday.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, no contact order violation, fourth-degree domestic assault; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, shoplifting, vandalism, harassment, hit and run, vehicle collision, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 489 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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Gang ‘overtones’: Stolen pair of headphones leads to robbery charges

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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Bryce Friedley, 17, faces a judge in Lewis County Superior Court as co-defendant Brandon Caley, in red, awaits his turn.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The armed encounter involving a a group of high school students on foot and four males in a car near Penny Playground earlier this week related to a dispute between a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old over a girl, according to authorities.

Chehalis police didn’t know it happened until the following day and began investigating. It happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday near Southwest 13th Street and William Avenue.

On Thursday, police began looking for four male suspects and one of them, a 17-year-old suspect was located by the Centralia Police Department in Safeway in Centralia. Members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office tracked down a 20-year-old suspect in Winlock.

Two men in their 20s are still outstanding.

Charging documents in the case, based on police interviews with the unspecified number of students from W.F. West High School indicate the 17-year-old and the 14-year-old had a disagreement regarding the female and had been texting each other, and the older boy allegedly said he was going to kill the younger boy.

The younger boy and a group of friends were walking near the playground on Wednesday when a vehicle ran up onto the curb and four people exited, looking for the 14-year-old, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello wrote in charging documents.

The 14-year-old however had run off and hid in the bed of a passing truck, Masiello wrote.

The students told police 20-year-old Brandon L. Caley of Winlock and one of the unknown male suspects were armed and that Caley brandished his firearm, at first.

The 17-year-old suspect didn’t have a gun, but allegedly approached one of the boys – an 18-year-old – asked him what was in his pockets and hit him in the face and took headphones from his pocket.

Yesterday, both Caley and Bryce A. Friedley, 17, of Chehalis, were charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree robbery.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher told the judge that Friedley, because of his age and the nature of the charge was automatically charged as an adult.

The maximum penalty, if convicted, is life in prison.

Meagher asked for and the judge granted bail to be set at $100,000 for Caley and $50,000 for Friedley, noting the affidavit of probable cause for the 17-year-old included some gang overtones. The higher amount for the older suspect was requested because of previous criminal convictions.

The two suspects are brothers and Friedley was the victim of a stabbing last month in the parking lot at Wal-Mart, according to court documents in two other recent Lewis County cases.

The charging documents in the current case say that in an interview with Chehalis detective Jason Roberts, Friedley denied knowing what the detective was talking about when asked about the park incident and the headphones.

Friedley allegedly stated “they” would pay and “they” should know better and stated:

“They better all stay in their houses and keep their doors locked, that’s all I’m saying about that.”

The documents in the current case give no indication if the disagreement was related to the stabbing, and make no mention of the stabbing.

The two suspect’s arraignments are scheduled for Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court.
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For background, read “News brief: Chehalis police seek info on incident with gun near park” from Friday November 17, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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Updated at 6:40 p.m.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police were called just after 7 o’clock this morning to take a report that a Honda Civic had been stolen during the night from the 300 block of South Buckner Street. License plate is AUX 5262, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Two people were arrested after a trooper pulled over a stolen vehicle, which the driver said she had purchased from someone named Donny. When the vehicle was searched, a loaded syringe with suspected methamphetamine was found as well as a key which did not operate any of the door locks, according to court documents. Destiny T. Runyan, 28, of rural Chehalis, and Kevin C. Huey, 27, from Centralia, were booked into the Lewis County Jail. Charging documents in the case do not reveal the type of vehicle recovered, nor do they indicate where in Lewis County the traffic stop took place; only that it occurred on today’s date. Runyan was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. Huey was charged with only possession of a controlled substance.

• An abandoned stolen vehicle was located in a parking lot at Rock Street and Centralia College Boulevard about 12:50 a.m. today, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A bronze colored 1992 Honda Accord EX stolen on Wednesday from the 1000 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia was found abandoned in a parking lot just before midnight at Locust Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. It was returned to its owner, but the the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

• A deputy was called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a 1994 Honda Accord from the 3000 block of Ives Road in Centralia. It was last seen by its owner on Wednesday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A silver 1997 Honda Accord was reported stolen just after 4 p.m. yesterday from Pear Street and Washington Avenue in Centralia. Its license plate reads ADV 0932, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A red 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from King Street and Centralia College Boulevard at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday. It has a license plate reading AVJ 7872, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A 33-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after a woman on the 100 block of Annonen Road outside of Winlock called 911 to say she’d found him in her guesthouse, which is for sale. She also found two bottles of wine in the guest house that came from her barn, according to court documents. Justin S. Cargill was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said some change and a pocket knife were believed to have been taken and the suspect was believed to have also gone into the woman’s home. Cargill has an address in California, but told authorities this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court he has been staying at a homeless shelter in Hazel Dell.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday about the theft of equipment from the 1500 block of North National Avenue.

• Centralia police were called at 8:20 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of money from a residence at the 700 block of G Street.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 10:45 a.m. yesterday to take a report of the theft of a wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A 17-year-old boy arrested for an outstanding warrant about 4:25 p.m. yesterday in Safeway at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue was also allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was wanted by the Chehalis Police Department in connection with an incident near Penny Playground on Wednesday, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police are referring a case for charges of minor in possession of marijuana in connection with the arrest of a 17-year-old boy for an outstanding warrant about 2:50 p.m. yesterday at the 1200 block of Lum Road.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, protection order violation; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, vehicle collision, suspicious circumstances, woman sleeping in the stairwell of an apartment building, person sleeping in the corner of a parking lot … and more among 162 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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News brief: Chehalis police seek info on incident with gun near park

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  Chehalis police report this morning that two suspects have been arrested for first-degree robbery in connection with an encounter near Penny Playground in which a group of high school students on foot were confronted by four individuals in a car.

It happened on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

The subjects pulled up in a gray Honda, were armed with handguns and looking for someone with whom they previously had a disagreement, according to police. One gun was displayed, according to police.

One of the subjects reportedly took an item from the pocket of one of the students, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey. It was a headphone and the victim was an 18-year-old male, according to Bailey.

Nobody was injured during the incident, police stated in a press release. It happened just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday near Southwest 13th Street and William Avenue.

Two of the four suspects have been identified, arrested and booked; they are a 17-year-old Chehalis boy and a 20-year-old Winlock resident, Brandon Caley, according to police. It’s not clear when or where they were arrested.

Police are still looking for two males in their 20s and ask anyone with information to contact the Chehalis Police Department at 360-748-8605 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Jasper: Defendant who won appeal in child’s death stalls for more decision-making time

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS –  The Vader man who won an appeal after getting sentenced to almost 35 years in prison for the abuse and death of a 3-year-old boy wants more time to decide what to do.

Danny A. Wing was granted the opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea and in October was given 30 days to do that by Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee.

His deadline was Monday.

Instead, Wing’s lawyer filed a notice of his request for discretionary review by the Washington State Court of Appeals of Toynbee’s decision, Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh said.

Oral arguments are scheduled to be made by Beigh and Vancouver defense attorney Sean Downs to the court of appeals on Dec. 20.

Wing wants a year to make his mind, Beigh said.

Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer has said if Wing withdrew his plea, prosecutors would take the case to trial. The charges he was convicted of are first-degree manslaughter and third-degree child assault. The original charge included homicide by abuse as an alternative.

His wife Brenda A. Wing got the same sentence as her husband and has won the same opportunity to withdraw her pleas.

Jasper Henderling-Warner died in October 2014.

The Vancouver-area family had been living in Vader about two weeks when the Wings called 911 on Oct. 5, 2014 to say the toddler was unconscious and not breathing. Jasper’s 21-year-old mother had given the couple temporary custody while she was homeless and looked for work out of state. Jasper died at Providence Centralia Hospital.
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For background, read “Jasper: Defendant who won appeal in toddler death has a decision to make” from Saturday October 14, 2017, here

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Foxworths: Local law enforcement to go pick up parents of boy in neglect case

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The couple who skipped out on their court hearing in which they were to be sentenced for the severe neglect of their teenage son will indeed be coming back to Lewis County, but authorities won’t say when, for security reasons.

These things take time, Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer said today.

Anthony S. Foxworth Sr., 45, and Mary G. Foxworth, 43, were located in a motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Nov. 4 and taken into custody there. Centralia police had tracked them using financial and cell phone information, according to Centralia detective Patty Finch.

They had previously pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment and were facing prison terms of about four years but failed to appear in Lewis County Superior Court for sentencing on Nov. 1.

Meyer said he believed they had waived a challenge to extradition and once all the proceedings have been taken care of, transportation will have to be arranged. Law enforcement from here will go to South Carolina and bring the couple back to Chehalis, according to Meyer.

They will be facing additional charges of bail jumping.

Centralia police began investigating in January of last year, after couple took their 16-year-old son to the doctor, and he was hospitalized with severe malnutrition, weighing just 54 pounds. Finch said he had not seen a doctor since 2007, was not enrolled in school and could not read or write.

Since he was taken out of his parents custody, he has gained more than 90 pounds, grown four inches and is attending school full time, according to Finch.
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For background, read “Parents in Centralia child neglect case discovered in South Carolina beach motel” from Sunday November 5, 2017, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:29 am
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Updated at 5:07 p.m.

MUGGED BY TEENS

• Centralia police were called about 6:35 p.m. yesterday when an individual reported he was approached by several teenagers and asked for money at the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, but when he pulled out his wallet to give a small amount a suspect grabbed the cash and ran, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURNED BY TEENS

• Police responded to Centralia High School about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to investigate an incident in which two boys in a shop class allegedly placed heated pieces of metal on two of their fellow students, which caused minor injuries. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for evaluation for possible felony assault charges, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just after 1 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Tower Avenue for a burglary of numerous tools from a job site.

• Chehalis police were called about 12:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1900 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue where it appeared someone had broken into a recreational vehicle.

FRAUD

• A 21-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for forgery and second-degree theft after being contacted by police during a “suspicious circumstances contact” about 5:40 a.m. today associated with the 1800 block of Shamock Drive in Centralia. Police detectives had already been conducting an investigation in which Dakota S. Duel, 21 of Centralia, was a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department. Duel was was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

AUTO THEFT

• A gold 1996 Honda Accord was reported as stolen during the night from the 900 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before 7 o’clock this morning. Its license plate is APH 8559, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just before 7 a.m. today to take a report that a a gray 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup, was stolen during the night from the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road. Its license plate reads C59008C, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A deputy was called just after 10 p.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia where a bronze colored 1992 Honda Accord EX had been stolen sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The car had been left unlocked with the keys inside, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The license plate is 444 ZMO, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A red 1990 Honda Civic was stolen from the 1700 block of Northeast Kresky Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 9:40 p.m. yesterday. License plate is BDN 4963, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called just after 11 a.m. yesterday regarding a brown and beige 1988 Ford pickup stolen from the parking lot of a business at the 300 block of East Van Buren Street. It has a license plate reading B42052R, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TIRES, WHEELS REMOVED

• Centralia police were called by three victims yesterday morning who reported sets of wheels and tires had been stolen off their parked vehicles, at the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue, the 600 block of K Street and the 300 block of North Iron Street. Police have no suspect information this morning but officers are investigating, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday to take a report that several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle while it was parked at the 1000 block of E Street.

• Centralia police were called to the 1100 block of F Street about 11:30 a.m. yesterday for an overnight vehicle prowl.

• Chehalis police were called for a vehicle prowl about 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the 300 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 43-year-old driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a rollover wreck yesterday afternoon on the 900 block of Bunker Creek Road. Deputies called to the scene about 2:30 p.m. report she was driving a 2000 Ford Expedition, had no passengers and suffered a head injury, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said the woman is from Selah.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, vehicle collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more among 164 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m.