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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:21 am
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State Route 508, about five miles east of Interstate 5. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 1

WOMAN AIRLIFTED AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH ON SR 508

• A 51-year-old Onalaska woman is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at a Seattle hospital after a single-vehicle wreck on state Route 508 yesterday evening. Troopers and aid called about 5:40 p.m. to the scene near Gish Road found Donna Marker had been ejected from her car, a 2014 Ford Fusion that was described as totaled. She had been the only occupant in the vehicle, according to Lewis County Fire District 1. According to the Washington State Patrol, Marker was traveling eastbound when her car drifted into the opposite ditch, struck a power pole and rolled. Assistant Fire Chief Rhonda Volk said she understood the patient landed about 30 feet from the vehicle. Life flight was summoned because of suspected internal injuries, according to Volk. Marker was flown to Harbor Medical Center. The state patrol suspects alcohol or drugs were involved, according to the investigating trooper.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Someone broke into Balmelli Trucking just west of Chehalis and stole keys to all the vehicles as well as various tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  It happened sometime between Monday and Tuesday at the 100 block of Heden Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown reports.

HIT AND RUN

• A deputy was called yesterday to the 100 block of River Heights Road northwest of Centralia where a vehicle appeared to have missed a corner and drove into a fence, trees and brush before turning around in a field and hitting more of the fence and then driving away. Damaged was approximately 40 feet of  wood rail fence, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A two-toned blue pickup truck was seen leaving the area, the sheriff’s office reports.

• Centralia police responded to a 1 p.m. call yesterday at the 1100 block of South Gold Street where a vehicle was said to have run into a business’s shrubbery and then drove away. It was described as a maroon colored Chevrolet Blazer, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A case involving a 17-year-old Chehalis boy is being referred to prosecutors for consideration of charges after his grandmother discovered suspected marijuana and pipes in his bedroom and called police yesterday morning.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, failure to transfer vehicle title, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, windows broken, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

AUTO THEFT

• Reported stolen about 6:45 a.m. today from the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia was a silver 2001 Honda Civic. The victim stated the keys were in the car and it was unlocked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a break-in to a residence on the 100 block of Crescent Beach Drive in Packwood that took place between Nov. 15 and last Tuesday in which various tools and a riding mower were stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1400 block of Lum Road regarding a burglary to a garage. Various tools were missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report about 8:50 a.m. yesterday of a gas-powered scooter stolen from the 1100 block of F Street.

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue regarding more than $1,200 charges made on a credit card that shouldn’t have been made.

GUN OFFENSES

• Spencer R. Barney, 26, of Centralia, was arrested about 8:25 p.m. yesterday for an outstanding warrant and being a felon in possession of  firearm, according to the Centralia Police Department. Barney was contacted along the 200 block of East Summa Street and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 31-year-old Olympia resident was arrested about 2 o’clock this morning at the 1800 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia for driving under the influence and possession of a stolen gun. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Byron T. Bullard, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was released without charges pending further investigation.

ENGINE FIRE

• A fire that started in the engine compartment of a car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday evening is believed to have begun in the electrical system, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Firefighters called about 5:30 p.m. to the 900 block of South Schueber Road extinguished the flames that were confined to the 1994 Ford Thunderbird, according to Capt. Erik Olson. The car’s owner was present and said she’d had some electrical problems, according to Olson.

DRIVING OFFENSES

• Police say a 24-year-old Centralia man fled from them on a motorcycle yesterday traveling through yards and on the railroad tracks to evade capture. It happened around 1:20 p.m. in the area of Downing Road in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Ronald A. Yeager Jr., is wanted for felony eluding, according to police.

• A 29-year-old Kelso man was injured when his car left the roadway off Interstate 5 this morning near Napavine, crossing the offramp at Rush Road and coming to rest in a grassy field. Chad R. Fredricks was traveling southbound and attempting a lane change when he wrecked, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers responding  about 6:24 a.m. describe his Subaru Legacy as totaled. The investigating trooper blamed inattention and reports Fredricks was to be cited for second-degree negligent driving. He was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disorderly person, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, request for an officer to remove a house guest who’s worn out his welcome,  request for an officer to get an ex-girlfriend to stop calling … and more.

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Flood warning issued for Randle, and downstream

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

Updated

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Cowlitz River at Randle, and at least one other river on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

Heavy rain overnight and today will drive the river over its banks this afternoon and the water will continue to rise until about 10 o’clock tonight, according to the weather service’s current forecast.

Moderate flooding is expected.

The area in Randle and downstream through Riffe Lake can expect to see many farmlands and even U.S. Highway 12 inundated with water, according to the weather service.

The weather service advises the public to be alert for rapid changes and monitor developments by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or other local media.

Flood stage at Randle is 18 feet, and the river is forecast to crest at 21.5 feet.

Sheriff Steve Mansfield cautions that water at that level would affect Highway 131, Skinner Road, Peters Road and could even cross Highway 12 in downtown Randle.

The sheriff’s office, emergency management and the Randle Fire Department are monitoring the situation, according to Mansfield.

At about 10 a.m. today, when the flood warning was issued, the level was measured at just under 10 feet.

Mansfield notes that large flooding events in the Randle area in the past were in excess of 22 feet; the flood of record in 2006 recorded at 25.2 feet.

A flood warning is also in place for the Nisqually River near National, with minor flooding expected.

Early this afternoon, authorities advised all visitors on the west side of Mount Rainier National Park to leave, as heavy rains at higher elevations caused dangerous conditions. The Nisqually entrance was temporarily closed because of flooding in the Kautz Creek area.

“This ‘rain on snow’ event is similar to conditions that were present when the historic flood occurred in November 2006,” Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Tracy Swartout stated in a news release just after the lunch hour.

The sheriff suggested it is a good time for members of the public to review their emergency action plans. He urges people to not drive through flooded areas, as that is the number cause of deaths related to floods in Washington.

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Check for weather alerts here and follow river levels here. (These same links can always be found on the right hand sidebar of this news site, under the heading, “Other useful web links”)

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News brief: No arrests in weekend drive-by shooting

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The family whose house and vehicle were hit by gunfire over the weekend in Centralia tell police they don’t know why they would have been targeted.

They have no idea, Centralia Police Department detective Pat Beall said this morning.

It happened early on Sunday morning at the the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue but wasn’t discovered until that afternoon.

“We know somewhere around 5 o’clock a vehicle, we think a vehicle, drove by and fired four shots,” Beall said.

Nobody was hurt.

One round struck the rain gutter and lodged into the wood portion of the home, a second ricocheted off the windshield of their truck and hit the gutter, according to Beall. Two others struck the truck, he said.

It’s a family who lives there, with children, according to Beall.

Officers responded about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and detectives are investigating the case.

Beall said they also know one person was in the area on foot, but didn’t elaborate.

Police are not releasing what type of bullets they found, or what kind of gun they would have come from.

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For background, read “News brief: House, vehicle fired upon in north Centralia” from Monday November 24, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

CHILD ASSAULT

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was charged today with third-degree assault of a child, for allegedly shoving his 6-year-old daughter’s head into a wall, angry because she and her four siblings were talking and not just eating dinner quietly. When a police detective interviewed Aaron R.J. Zucati at his Centralia home, Zucati contended the hole in the wall next to the bench in the kitchen where he said his children ate their meals came from the child’s elbow when she was climbing off the table, according to charging documents. Court documents indicate the ongoing investigation by the Centralia Police Department began on Nov. 8, but place the date of the incident as sometime between Jan. 1, 2013 and Nov. 8, 2014. The documents note a parallel investigation is underway in Thurston County in which the same little girl received burns to her hand when Zucati’s current spouse allegedly forced it onto a hot stove, in his presence. Zucati was released from the Lewis County Jail on bail of $50,000 over the weekend. It’s not clear what day he was arrested. Lewis County Superior Court Judge RIchard Brosey decided this afternoon Zucati’s bail should remain at $50,000, and ordered he have no contact with his daughter. The judge told Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh it concerned him the initial report came from the lawyer representing Zucati’s ex-wife and suggested her office should look closely at the file in the current family court case involving the Zucatis. Zucati appeared with in court this afternoon with his lawyer, S. Tye Menser, of Olympia. His arraignment was scheduled for Dec. 4.

VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called at 8 a.m. yesterday about a van stolen by someone known to its owner from the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue. The green 2001 Chrysler has a license plate reading 568 XYS, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Police took a report from a Chehalis woman on Friday after she received notification her account at a credit union was overdrawn, a financial institution where she has no accounts. It appears someone used her name, her social security and her date of birth to open the account in Federal Way, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A Chehalis officer was forwarding the case to the law enforcement agency there, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were contacted on Friday afternoon about a bag of suspected marijuana that was discovered in the lobby of the DSHS office in the Lewis County Mall.

• A 57-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested on Saturday morning after she allegedly ran into two parked vehicles on the 300 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue in Chehalis. Diana M. Aldrich admitted she had taken prescription medication and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence, according to the Chehalis Police Department. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with those two offenses and bail set at $10,000.

• A 24-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was picked up on a warrant  on Friday. Cruz D. Chamberlain was contacted about 9 p.m. as he walking in the middle of the road at the 1400 block of Salzer Valley Road, wearing all black, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Material found in small vial with him field tested positive for meth, according to the sheriff’s office. Chamberlain was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Chamberlain was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with possession and his bail set at $15,000.

WRECK

• A motorist was airlifted from Winlock High School after a single-vehicle collision on Saturday night along the 800 block of Nevil Road. Firefighters called just after 10 p.m. found bystanders had put out a small engine fire and the driver was out and standing on the side of the road, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said because of possible head or internal injuries, they decided the man should be transported to a hospital with a more advanced level of care. Jacobson said he believed the helicopter took the patient to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, in Vancouver.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, hit and run, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on county road, lewd behavior at a bus stop… and more.

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News brief: House, vehicle fired upon in north Centralia

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Centralia police are investigating a drive-by shooting at the north end of town.

Initial information from police indicates it happened early yesterday morning, but was not discovered until yesterday afternoon. There is no report of anyone being hit or injured.

Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Windsor Avenue when the resident discovered his truck and home had been shot, according to the Centralia Police Department.

The victim told police he had heard four or five shots in the early morning hours, Sgt. Brian Warren stated in a brief summary released to the news media.

The investigation is ongoing. Further details were not readily available.

More to come when available.

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Morton “shaken baby” case resolved with plea deal

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office has concluded it could only prove, if it went to trial, that now-23-year-old Kyle Davison negligently caused injury to a 4-month-old baby when it began choking while in his care.

The child, now 17 months old, has shown slight improvement, but has severe brain damage, according to Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.

“She can’t talk, we don’t think she can see, we’re not sure about her hearing,” Halstead said. “She has a lot of other medical issues she had prior.”

The baby, identified in court documents as A.F.J.L., was airlifted to Marybridge Children’s Hospital and placed on life support after the incident in early October of last year. She’s back home with her mother since August, Halstead said.

Davison was arrested and charged in Lewis County Superior Court at that time, and remains held in the Lewis County Jail.

Doctors disagreed about what caused the injury.

A doctor at the hospital told police that tests indicated inter-cranial hemorrhage, consistent with shaken baby syndrome, according to charging documents.

A second doctor concluded the symptoms were indicative of previous problems, and what happened when the baby started choking, according to Davison’s lawyer, Sam Groberg.

Davison and the baby’s mother, Llacye Faye Link, told police he was watching her when she began choking and stopped breathing and he tried to revive the infant – by patting her back, and then he got scared and shook her – then carried her to a neighboring apartment to get help, according to court documents.

Link and her daughter had been visiting Davison, her former boyfriend, at his home in Mineral, then went to dinner and back to her Morton apartment. Link said she stepped out to buy a bag of pot.

Prosecutors initially charged Davison with first-degree assault of a child, alleging  that Davison intentionally hurt the child, inflicting great bodily harm.

When Davison took the infant next door, it either wasn’t breathing, or wasn’t breathing the way he thought it should be, depending on which of the two lawyers you ask.

A deal made last week resulted in Davison making a so-called Alford plea on Thursday morning to third-degree assault of a child. The two sides stipulated the baby was more seriously injured than what would normally accompany that level of assault.

Halstead said he doesn’t have any proof Davison picked up the baby and shook it violently trying to hurt it. The mom doesn’t want to see anything happen to Davison, he said.

Third-degree assault of a child is related to negligence, Groberg said.

“Here, if you’re trying to help, a reasonable person would have done something different,” Groberg said “But he didn’t do it out of maliciousness.”

While the two sides now agree on what would be the proper charge, they disagree about the penalty.

When he is sentenced, Halstead will be asking for the maximum of five years in prison.

The standard sentencing range for the offense is four to 12 months. Groberg said he will recommend his client be sentenced to time served, about a year.

“He feels horrible,” Groberg said. “He probably will always feel horrible.

“He feels like he didn’t do things right; like maybe if he had learned CPR, things would have turned out differently.”

Groberg said the case offers a lesson, for anyone.

“Don’t shake a baby. At all. Under any circumstances,” he said. “Learn CPR.”

Davison will appear in court again on Wednesday to get a hearing scheduled for sentencing.

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For background, read “Lawyer seeks second opinion on brain trauma in Morton child assault case” from Monday April 14, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Updated

BAR FIGHT

• Two women were arrested for fighting in public about 2 o’clock this morning at a tavern on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Issued their citations and then released were Lena A. Castillo, 25, of Centralia, and Mayra Cruz Garcia, 31, of Chehalis, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CART-FULL OF LIQUOR

• Centralia police responded just after 4 p.m. on Friday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue after a male reportedly walked out of the store with a cart full of liquor. No arrest was made, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 29-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant at the 700 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia last night. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Amber N. Phelps, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BB GUN VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 1 o’clock yesterday morning to the 1700 block of North Tower Avenue where someone had shot BBs at a front door, breaking the glass.

WRECK

• Firefighters say a motorist was uninjured after he sideswiped a utility pole about 4:30 this morning at the 2400 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia. The pole was sheered off and left suspended by wires and the vehicle continued on making a soft landing in blackberry bushes, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The street was closed for awhile, according to Firefighter Chris Layton. Booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence was Shawn A. Harper, 39, from Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, making false statement to police, failing to transfer vehicle registration, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for collision on city street … and more.

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News brief: Wedding rings whisked out door by “customer”

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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Security images of suspect from jewelry theft

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The owners of a Chehalis business are hoping for the public’s help, after their store in Lacey was hit by a jewelry thief earlier this week.

Tom Taylor and his wife Chris would like someday to retire and become RVer’s, but a chunk of their profits walking out the door of Tony’s Master Jewelers in Lacey on Wednesday could delay that dream.

A supposed customer was looking at a $10,000 wedding ring set a little after 2 p.m. that day, Taylor said.

“As soon as he got the merchandise in his hand, he ran to the door,” Taylor said.

Taylor said a getaway car, with a driver, was ready and waiting, and off they went.

The Taylors have had the store on Sleater-Kinny Road Southeast for several years.

He operates their Goin Postal business in the Fairway Shopping Center on South Gold Street. His wife has worked at the jewelry store since she was 16 years old, and is shook up, he said.

The Lacey Police Department dusted for fingerprints and took witness statements. Taylor thinks maybe someone may recognize the security images of the man who stole their items.

“We’re just trying to find every avenue we can find right now,” he said.

Employees estimate the thief is about 5-feet 6-inches tall. They only could say his partner, the driver of the late 1990s model blue Oldsmobile, was a white male, he said.

Taylor asks that anyone who has information to please contact the Lacey Police Department, or Tony’s Master Jewelers.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Updated at 5:55 p.m.

FIVE STUDENTS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING DRUG SHARING AT SCHOOL

• Several students were hospitalized today from Onalaska High School, apparently in connection with prescription drugs. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports they suspect a 16-year-old girl brought the meds to school and passed them out to four of her girl friends and took some herself. There was also  possibly alcohol involved, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The issue began to come to light when one student went to the office, dizzy and not feeling right, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner. The participants’ parents have been notified, according to Brown. All five girls were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital for observation just after 12:30 p.m. today, according to Brown. An investigation is underway for possible charges of delivery of a controlled substance. Brown indicated what the particular pills were has not yet been confirmed.

FRAUD AT BANK

• A 28-year-old Seattle woman was arrested yesterday at the Bank of American in Centralia when she attempted to deposit what reportedly was a faked payroll check for more than $2,200, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers were called just before 4 p.m. to the 100 block of South Pearl Street learned the account was previously flagged by the bank as suspicious, according to police. Randesha R. Brown was pretending to be the account holder, but wasn’t Sgt. Kurt Reichert said.  Brown was booked into the Lewis County Jail for forgery, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of South Rock Street about 10:20 p.m. yesterday regarding someone damaging a vehicle trying to break into it.

BIKE SPIRITED OFF BACK PORCH

• Chehalis police were called just before 4 p.m. yesterday after a female discovered a bicycle had been stolen from the back porch area of her apartment on the 600 block of Southeast Dobson Court. It is a blue girls Schwinn bike, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police were called just before 1 p.m. yesterday after a passerby stopped a moving car in the area area of Northeast Kresky Avenue and Hampe Way with an unconscious driver behind the wheel. The individual put the car in park; it came to rest on the east side of Kresky against a bank, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The 28-year-old Centralia man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. The officer found drug paraphernalia in the car and is forwarding the case to prosecutors with a referral for an arrest for possession of heroin, Bailey said.

REYNOLDS ROAD ACCIDENT

• A 51-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for obstructing after refusing to give her information to a police officer after allegedly going around a road block at an accident scene about 8 o’clock yesterday morning at Lum Road and Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Judy A. Creel was issued her citation and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A witness traveling behind the teenager who wrecked on  Reynolds Avenue in Centralia in yesterday morning told deputies the boy lost control of his pickup as he attempted to pass another driver. When the truck moved into the oncoming lane and began to speed up, the tires spun on the wet pavement and the back end began to sway back and forth, a deputy was told. The 1983 Dodge pickup hit the ditch on the south side of the road and rolled at least two times, leaving the 17-year-old hanging out the driver’s window, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. “The boy had head injuries and stated he could not feel his legs,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. Aid responded to the approximately 7:20 a.m. incident and the Centralia resident was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on county road … and more.

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Single-vehicle wreck on Reynolds Avenue, Centralia on Thursday morning. / Courtesy photo by Riverside Fire Authority

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Train strikes vehicle stuck on tracks in Napavine

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

Updated at 12:56 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A pickup truck pulling a trailer that stalled on the railroad tracks in Napavine last night met up with the lead locomotive of a freight train.

Nobody was hurt, and the husband, wife and their dogs were out the vehicle before the train arrived, according to Napavine Police Chief Chris Salyers.

Responders said the truck was knocked to one side of the tracks and trailer loaded with a small tractor was thrown upside down into  ditch on the other side. It happened on Washington Avenue near the fire station.

Firefighters responded around 5:30 p.m., when they saw what was happening, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

“We heard the vehicle spinning their wheels, we ran toward that, we could hear the train coming,” fire department spokesperson Lt. Laura Hanson said.

Hanson said there was a handful of people trying to get the rig unstuck, and firefighters got them to move back out of the way. She could already see the headlights of the train coming down the tracks, Hanson said. They asked dispatch to notify personnel on the train to try to stop, she said.

“It all happened rather quickly,” Hanson said.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas indicated there was some damage to the locomotive. Salyers said he is continuing his investigation this morning.

What caused the Napavine area couple to be stopped on the tracks he did not know yet, Salyers said.

The tracks and road were closed for awhile, Salyers said. Firefighters remained on the scene helping clear debris until nearly 10:30 p.m., according to Hanson.

Firefighters were relieved nobody got hurt, Hanson said.

It’s something she hopes doesn’t happen again, but offers this advice for anyone whose vehicle gets stuck on train tracks:

The first call should be to 911, Hanson said.

“The quicker that call goes out, the quicker the railroad is called,” she said. “And they can attempt to get the train stopped.”

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Former Yard Birds manager gets year in jail, says he’s sorry for stealing

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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David Briscoe, right, and his lawyer David Brown listen to the judge during Briscoe’s sentencing hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The now-former manager at Yard Birds who admitted to police he pocketed thousands of dollars on the job saying he’d gone bankrupt and was behind in his medical bills offered his regret in open court yesterday for stealing.

“I know I made a big mistake, I’d like to apologize to Darris and his family,” David E. Briscoe told the judge. “I know there’s nothing I can do to take it back.”

Darris McDaniel, owner of the expansive Chehalis business on North National Avenue that holds a grocery store, a swap meet area and numerous vendors, wasn’t present. But McDaniel outlined in a letter to the judge the effects the ongoing theft had on employees and himself.

“Mr. McDaniel in his letter talks about the people having to forego the possibility of bonuses,” Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey said. “He had to put money of his own into Yardbirds to keep it going.”

Briscoe was arrested this past spring and charged with first-degree theft. He’s been for the past six months or so saving up money to begin to repay the debt, according to his lawyer. He pleaded guilty as charged in August, in a deal that gave him time to come up with cash.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain told the court yesterday the amount stolen is nearly $42,000.

Briscoe’s lawyer David Brown said his client had $10,000 to hand over before his sentence was decided. Brown has indicated Briscoe and his father either sold or were working on selling property.

The Centralia man worked at Yard Birds-Shop ‘n Kart for several years, and was responsible for managing the swap meet area, vendors, storage units and recreational vehicle spaces, according to police.

He admitted to the court previously that he  collected rent payments and kept them, and that it went on for three years.

McClain told the court that a check for $5,000 now and another for $5,000 next week wasn’t all that persuasive.

“My recommendation throughout is Mr. Briscoe should serve a year and a day (in prison),” McClain said.

Defense attorney David Brown told the judge his client still has other property for sale, and has been working in a trailer park in exchange for free rent and a couple hundred dollars each month.

“The people were very good to him, and he betrayed that trust,” Brown said. “He really wants and hopes the court will issue a standard sentence.”

The standard range under the law for Briscoe would be zero to 90 days in jail. The crime, with the major economic offense enhancement, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Judge Brosey said the crime didn’t call for a sentence within the standard range.

When someone violates a position of trust within a small business, it often results in irreparable harm, the judge said.

“Frankly, this goes on way too much,” Brosey said.

Brosey ordered Briscoe to serve 12 months, in the county jail. He didn’t say explicitly, but alluded to the fact he couldn’t earn as much good time there toward a possible early release as he might in state prison.

Brosey ordered Briscoe to deliver a $5,000 check by noon, and the second $5,000 before he checks into the jail on Tuesday.

He said if he qualified for work release, he could do that. He declined to impose jail costs, saying any money Briscoe has should go to restitution.

The judge also ordered ongoing restitution payments of no less than $100 each month.
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For background, read “Former Yard Bird manager pleads guilty as charged in theft from business” from Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

SHORT POLICE PURSUIT IN CHEHALIS

• A 26-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday after an officer spotted her driving a stolen car in Chehalis at about 1:15 p.m. The officer contacted the woman at a stop sign and told the occupants to get out, but she took off, according to the Chehalis Police Department. For whatever reason, she pulled over after about a block, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. It happened in the area of Southwest McFadden Avenue and Fourth Street, according to police. The passenger was let go, but Jessica A. Schroeder was arrested for eluding, possession of stolen property and other offenses, Wilson said. The 1995 Nissan Sentra had been reported missing about noon, apparently taken during the night from where it was parked on the 400 block of West Magnolia Street in Centralia, according to police. Schroeder was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

BREAK-IN PACKWOOD

• A door was found kicked in yesterday at a house on the 100 block of Crescent Beach Drive in Packwood, but nothing seemed to be missing, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened sometime during the previous nine days while the owner was gone, according to the sheriff’s office.

ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 2:15 p.m. yesterday to an apartment complex on the 300 block of West Pine Street where someone had attempted to steal a van. Someone had broken the steering column, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of the theft of a wallet from the 1800 block of Cooks Hill Road.

CAR PROWL

• Police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday of a break-in to a vehicle at the 200 block of North Rock Street in Centralia. Keys and other unspecified property were taken.

VANDALISM

• A number of fences and garages were found to be tagged with gang graffiti yesterday morning in the area of the 500 block of South Rock Street in Centralia.

DRUGS

• A wrong-way driver on Kresky Avenue in Centralia yesterday evening was arrested for having a suspended license and also for possession of methamphetamine. It happened about 7:15 p.m. near Summa Street and an officer found suspected meth residue in a pen tube in the driver’s pocket, according to the Centralia Police Department. Daniel T. Roundy, 26 of Killdeer, North Dakota, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

COLLISION CENTRALIA

• A teenage driver was injured this morning when his truck wrecked at the 600 block of Reynolds Avenue in Centralia. Responders called about 7:20 a.m. found the vehicle on its side suspended over the ditch, with the sole occupant outside the vehicle. The male patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, to meet airlift so he could be flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle because of his injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for suspicious circumstances, protection order violation … and more.

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Authorities: ‘Dumb’ bomb threat brings class B felony charge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Twenty-four-year-old Marcus T. Dantinne got to go home from jail yesterday evening, but he still faces a felony charge for allegedly threatening to blow up a Morton lumber mill.

Alta Forest Products was evacuated on Monday morning after an anonymous phone call that warned a bomb there would go off in 10 minutes. Within hours, police traced the call to Dantinne who reportedly took the phone apart so he wouldn’t be discovered.

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher didn’t request very high bail for Dantinne, suggesting he’s not a terrorist, just somebody doing dumb and stupid stuff.

“It looks like he was helping somebody skip work,” Meagher said after a short bail hearing yesterday afternoon.

Lewis County Superior Court Judge Richard Brosey allowed Dantinne to be released from jail, on an unsecured $10,000 bond, co-signed by his mother, pending trial.

Dantinne lives with his mother in Morton.

According to charging documents, Dantinne told Police Chief Dan Mortensen at first that he’d lost the phone the previous night at the gym. But then he allegedly confessed: He wanted to get his friend Jordan Gillispie out of work, so they could hang out together.

The two had talked very early that morning, according to Dantinne’s mother who told the chief she overheard the call, charging documents state.

Some 60 workers were cleared out of the mill into its parking lot, following the approximately 7:45 a.m. call on Monday.

A bomb squad with the Washington State Patrol checked the property and found no explosive. Authorities evacuated Alta’s Shelton mill as well.

Employees were sent home for the day, although the swing shift was scheduled to start as usual, since a suspect was located by about noon.

Dantinne was charged with threat to bomb property, an offense with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and/or a $20,000 fine.

Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke was in favor of the bail arrangement.

“He’s young, he’s 24 and has absolutely no criminal history,” O’Rourke said.

Dantinne has a stable residence, with his mother, and has been receiving supplemental social security income since he was young, she said. She understood from him it was related to mental health issues, she said.

“He’s clearly very inexperienced with the system,” O’Rourke said,.

Dantinne was appointed a lawyer, Shane O’Rourke, and is expected to return to court for his arraignment next Wednesday.
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For background, read “Police: Morton man tried to get friends out of work with bomb threat” from Tuesday November 18, 2014, here

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

THEFT, THEFT, ATTEMPTED THEFT

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after allegedly heading out the back emergency exit at Rite Aid with merchandise including two notebook computers and then selling one of them to a neighbor. Police called at 7:30 p.m. to the business on the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue recognized the suspect on surveillance images and headed to the nearby trailer park where he lives, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said they found Darren G. Waggoner and then located his girlfriend Jamie R. Wiscarson with some of the goods in another trailer home. Waggoner was booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft, trafficking in stolen property and also burglary, as he he had previously been trespassed from Rite Aid, according to police. Waggoner, 35, also from Centralia, was booked as well and facing possible charges as an accomplice, according to police. Also shoplifted were “food stuffs” such as candy, chips and ice, police said.

• A deputy took a report yesterday of a break in at the 1600 block of state Route 506 in Vader in which nearly $1,200 worth of property was stolen. Sometime since last Wednesday someone got inside a shop building and took a Craftsman standup toolbox, a battery charger, assorted tools and a motion light, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Chehalis police were called by a resident yesterday who said she got a phone call from something like a collection agency and a threat a warrant would be issued for her arrest if she didn’t pay up. The call was believed to be from someone trying to scam money, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting of pet apparel; responses for disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, report of possible child molestation, collision on city street; complaint of “panhandlers” littering at freeway exits … and more.

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Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Updated at 7:25 p.m.

ZOOM, ZOOM

• A 16-year-old driver was arrested last night after he passed an unmarked police car on Interstate 5 in Centralia traveling more than 100 mph. Detective Sgt. Pat Fitzgerald was southbound at about 70 mph when a Honda car flew by him just after 8:30 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. Fitzgerald got his Chevrolet Impala beyond 110 mph and still couldn’t catch up to the Honda, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The Honda had to slow for traffic as it approached the Harrison Avenue exit and pulled over after the officer turned on his lights and sirens, Reichert said. The teenage boy, from Centralia, was arrested for reckless driving and then released pending a court date, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report about 6:20 p.m. yesterday of a burglary at the 500 block of West Pear Street. Someone got in through an unlocked door at the house and left with a bottle of oxycodone pills, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday that someone forced their way through the backdoor of a vacant rental house on the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The only item missing was a piece of carpet, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT THROUGH DEBIT CARD

• A Chehalis resident reported yesterday she discovered someone else used her bank card to make a purchase at an area business.  Police will be reviewing surveillance video to see what they can find; the case remains under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 9:45 a.m. yesterday of several businesses spray painted with graffiti on the 400 block of North Tower Avenue. it happened during the night, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIRE BUSINESS PARK

• Firefighters responding about 1:55 p.m. yesterday to a fire in the Chehalis Industrial Park found workers had already activated their fire hose system. The fire at Conrad Industries on the 100 block of Melhart Road was confined to a bin containing shredded rubber tires and a conveyor system in an open-air building, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Fire Chief Tim Kinder indicated employees were removed for their safety and crews finished extinguishing the fire. Damage appeared to be minimal, Firefighter Matt Foley said. Kinder credited the employees for their quick response in attacking the fire as well as the quickly activating the 911 system. The cause remains under investigation, according to the chief.

FIRE HAY SHED

• A family that lost their barn to a fire about a year ago yesterday lost their their large shed they built to cover up their hay. Firefighters called about 5 p.m. to the 800 block of Gore Road in Salkum found the roughly 20 foot by 30 foot structure and its contents burning, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. They were on the scene until nearly 8 p.m., Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said.

FIRE CHIMNEY

• Firefighters were called to a house on the 100 block of Woodard Road in Napavine  about 2 p.m. yesterday when two women there noticed the pipe to the wood stove getting hot. Flames escaped the failed chimney pipe into the home, but the arriving crew was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. Damage was minimal, Firefighter Brad Bozarth said.

BRUSH FIRE ALONG FREEWAY

• It’s unknown what sparked three grass fires along Interstate 5 yesterday afternoon near Napavine. Firefighters responding to the southbound lanes between mileposts 71 and 72 were able to quickly extinguish the flames, according to Lewis County Fire District 5.

TRUCK FIRE ALONG FREEWAY

• Firefighters were called about 12:45 p.m. today to a report of a semi truck burning near the Interstate 5 northbound offramp to state Route 508. The cab was fully involved in flames and a portion of the refrigerated trailer as well, according to Lewis County Fire District 5. The driver was unhurt, according to Firefighter Brad Bozarth. The blaze was extinguished and the ramp closed for about 30 minutes, Bozarth said. The driver had said he noticed his truck was on fire and he pulled to the shoulder, he said. Both the truck and its empty trailer were a total loss, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, possible suicidal person, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Tia Smith

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Northbound Interstate 5 near exit 72 interchange. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

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Police: Morton man tried to get friends out of work with bomb threat

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 24-year-old Morton resident arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up a lumber mill yesterday may have been trying to get his buddies a day off from work, according to police.

Police were called to Alta Forest Products at the north end of town about 8 a.m. following a phone call that prompted authorities to evacuate the premises and send employees home for the day.

Alta’s mill in Shelton was also vacated because they didn’t know if the threat was site specific, Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen said this morning.

A bomb squad with the Washington State Patrol checked the property and found no explosive, Mortensen said.

Meanwhile, the chief traced the call back to a cell phone belonging to Marcus T. Dantinne, 24, of Morton. He was contacted at his residence on Collar Avenue at about noon, Mortensen said.

Dantinne doesn’t work at the lumber mill, nor was he a dissatisfied customer, according to Mortensen.

“It appeared he might have made the call because he wanted to hang out with some of his friends, and they had to work,” Mortensen said.

Dantinne was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for making a bomb threat, a felony.

Alta, located on the 300 block of state Route 7, manufactures Western Red Cedar fence boards.

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For background, read “News brief: Threat of bomb clears Morton lumber mill” from Monday November 17, 2014, here