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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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BAD CUSTOMERS

• Police were called about 12:20 p.m. yesterday to the hotel at the 700 block of Northwest Liberty Place where guests from one room took the television, coffee maker and a clothes iron but left behind a “glass smoking device,” according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers are investigating.

MISSING GREENERY

• Centralia police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to take a report that potted plants had been stolen from in front of a building at the 200 block of South Tower Avenue.

FOUND GREENERY

• Chehalis police were called to the school on the 300 block of Southwest 16th Street about 1 p.m. yesterday after personnel found a marijuana cigarette in a 15-year-old boy’s backpack. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for charging, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 11:25 a.m. yesterday of graffiti painted on a fence at the 500 block of West Pine Street. An officer returned after another call at 8:45 p.m. about multiple fences in the same area getting hit with graffiti, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

• A Puyallup resident pleaded not guilty yesterday following allegations of sexual abuse spanning a decade of a female relative who is eight years younger than him, taking place in part in Lewis County. David A. Carosa, now 25, appeared with his lawyer before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office that began in October, about two weeks after the most recent alleged incident. He is charged with first-degree incest as well as rape of a child in the first, second and third degree. Judge James Lawler quashed the $100,000 arrest warrant and allowed his release on a $20,000 unsecured bond. His trial was set for the week of Feb. 27.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, reckless driving, failure to register motor vehicle after sale, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, animal cruelty, suspicious circumstances, collision off city street … and more among 137 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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East Lewis County: Missing, upwards of $20,000 in hundreds

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:13 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 63-year-old woman told a deputy yesterday she lost a satchel filled with thousands of dollars cash and she was certain it disappeared in Randle.

The bag contained $15,000 to $20,000 in U.S. currency, mostly in $100 bills, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said she lives in Wapato but owns rental property on the 600 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle.

She said she recalled it being in the back of her car and the car being left unlocked while there between Oct. 20 and 31, Breen said.

The woman didn’t realize it was gone until a week or so after returning to Eastern Washington and spent a couple more weeks digging around looking for it, Breen said.

Breen said he didn’t know why she had been carrying so much cash with her.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:57 am
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BREAK-IN

• A 41-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday for first-degree burglary in connection with a call just after 8 a.m. to the 1400 block of Lum Road in Centralia. Kimberly R. Iverson, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine as she allegedly entered a shed, even though another person told her nobody was allowed in the shed, only under the carport because it was so cold outside, according to charging documents.

• Police were called about a suspected attempted burglary just after 11 a.m. yesterday at the 700 block of South Gold Street in Centralia. It appears someone attempted to force a lock, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 28-year-old Centralia resident was arrested just after 6 p.m. yesterday at the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue for an outstanding warrant and possession of heroin. Christopher J. Mott was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.  The warrant was for failing to appear when summonsed to Lewis County Superior Court on a charge of first-degree theft for allegedly grabbing $30 cash from the hand of a high school friend when they ran in to each other in downtown Centralia on Aug. 24, according to charging documents.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 12:40 p.m. yesterday for damage to a breaker box at a home on the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarm, dispute, civil issue, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 141 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Fatality on state Route 507 blamed on texting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:59 am
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Roadway is closed at 20200 block of state Route 507 for investigation. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old Chehalis man was texting when his car left the roadway and struck a tree in South Thurston County yesterday evening.

Daniel M. Aker died at the scene, according to the the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers called just before 6 p.m. to state Route 507 about three-quarters of a mile south of Bucoda found Aker’s Honda Civic was totaled, according to the state patrol.

The highway was shut down until just before 10 p.m.

The investigating trooper determined Aker was traveling northbound and texting when his car crossed over the oncoming lane and hit a tree on its driver’s side.

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Centralia: Theft of wallet leads to robbery charge

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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Miguel V. Martinez, in red, confers with temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 20-year-old Centralia resident was ordered held on $250,000 bail for a nighttime incident a week ago in which he allegedly took off with an acquaintance’s wallet containing $300.

The victim told police that just about the time he apprehended the 20-year-old in the parking lot of a bank, a white male who got out of a green Dodge Durango pepper sprayed him in the face and hit him at least once with a handgun.

Miguel V. Martinez, 20, was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree robbery and then also possession of meth and heroin based on what police turned up when he was arrested on Saturday at the Motel 6 in Centralia.

According to the victim, it all began when Martinez called him wanting a ride to Rochester and the two met up at the parking lot of Safeway on Harrison Avenue in Centralia about 11 p.m. on Nov. 28.

The victim told police they sat in the parking lot  talking for some period of time. Charging documents go on to give the victim’s account of events:

At some point, he went inside Safeway to get a drink and when he returned to his car, he set his wallet on the center console. At some point, Martinez allegedly grabbed the wallet, got out of the car and ran off.

The victim, Ryan Olson, grabbed some pepper spray, chased Martinez and tried unsuccessfully to spray him. Olson said he caught Martinez in the Columbia Bank parking lot and they were about to start walking back to the car when a Dodge Durango pulled up.

A white male gets out, approaches them and lifts the front of his shirt exposing what looks to be the handle of a handgun, and says, “Let him go, I have a gun.”

Olson refuses because Martinez still has his wallet and a struggle ensues between the three men.

The victim, Olson, said the unidentified white male hits him with the gun, takes his pepper spray and sprays him.

Martinez and the white male leave in the Durango, which is being driven by a female.

Centralia police responding to the approximately 2:15 a.m. call to Safeway’s gas station on Belmont Avenue find the victim in extreme discomfort and end up interviewing him at the hospital where he was transported for treatment.

Charging documents filed yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court indicate detectives are in the process of identifying the male and female who were involved.

When Martinez was brought before a jude yesterday afternoon, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke attempted to get a lower amount for his bail.

“I’m very familiar with Mr. Martinez and his family who are in court today,” O’Rourke told the judge. “His family assures me they will keep him home and make sure he gets to court.”

Judge James Lawler went with Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Joel DeFazio’s recommendation of $250,000 bail instead.

Martinez’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – ARREST MADE IN PEPPER SPRAY ATTACK” from Monday December 5, 2016, here

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News brief: One month house arrest for unauthorized pot growing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A case in which a 33-year-old man confessed to police he was growing marijuana for a Seattle dispensary inside a Centralia building owned by his mother ended today with a 30-day sentence.

Anh Tuan Hoang Nguyen struck a deal with prosecutors in which they dropped a charge of manufacture of marijuana and he pleaded guilty instead to felony possession of marijuana. The agreement included dismissing the charge against his mother.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said the only difference between the penalties for the two offenses was the opportunity to serve the time on electronic home monitoring.

Charging documents in the case indicate the investigation by detectives with the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team began on April 20, following up on tips from citizens about the  building described only as on Tower Avenue in Centralia – with recently darkened windows.

More than 100 plants were found inside, according to Masiello.

Seattle attorney Andrew Nguyen told the judge his client had been cooperative. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt agreed with the recommendations.

The defendant, who lives in Auburn, was ordered to begin electronic home monitoring by no later than Jan. 3.
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For background, read “Pot in Centralia: A growing underground industry” from Friday July 29, 2016, here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:30 am
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BEVERAGES PICKED FROM PORCH

• Police were called just before 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon to the 700 block of West First Street in Centralia where they were told someone stole a case of Monster energy drinks from the front porch.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of South Silver Street for a car prowl in which a GPS device and charger cords were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OUT OF CONTROL INMATE

• A 17-year-old student-inmate at Green Hill School was contacted by police last night after allegedly spitting on a staff member. An officer called just before 11 p.m. to the state juvenile detention facility on the 300 block of Southwest 11th Street took a report about the alleged custodial assault, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND FROM MORTON

• Officers received a call regarding a raccoon problem in the city limits last week. The individual was wondering if it was legal to shoot them if needed with a firearm and was advised that it is not legal to shoot a firearm in the city limits of Morton, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, third-degree malicious mischief; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, civil issue, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, county road and state highway… and more among 121 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Police Pursuit: Speeding driver speeds up to 118 mph

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:34 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A nearly 50-mile police chase down Interstate 5 ended near Vader this morning; the driver had failed to stop for speeding, according to the Washington State Patrol.

It began about 3:40 a.m. when a trooper tried to pull a vehicle over near milepost 109 in Olympia for going too fast, according to the state patrol.

They didn’t want to stop and a pursuit reaching speeds of 118 mph ensued, Trooper Todd Bartolac said.

Numerous law enforcement officers got involved because when they ran the license plate, they found the suspected driver had quite a bit of history, threatening police, Bartolac said.

Law enforcement used spike strips and flattened one of the tires, he said.

Finally, a PIT maneuver was performed near milepost 60 and the driver was taken into custody, without further incident, Bartolac said. The driver was to be booked into the Thurston County Jail.

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News brief: Thurston deputies begin carrying life-saving overdose medicine

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Deputies in Thurston County are now carrying a medication in their patrol cars that can help save lives when minutes count.

Beginning today, the opioid overdose medication Naloxone is an extra tool available to deputies, in the event that they arrive on the scene of an overdose before the medics.

“This problem appears to be getting worse and more widespread,” Thurston County Undersheriff Timothy Braniff stated in a news release. “We need to be prepared to help anyone who we come in contact with who may have succumbed to this addiction.”

Naloxone is a nasal spray designed to reverse the depressive effects of opioids on the respiratory system and may counteract the effects of a heroin or other opioid overdose, according to the sheriff’s office. Opioids include heroin and many other powerful prescription pain killers.

Thurston County Public Health and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office worked collaboratively to equip patrol deputies with the prescription medicine.

At any given time, there are at least a half dozen patrol deputies on the job around the county, according to Sgt. Kenneth Clark.

“We’ve had cases when a deputy is two blocks away, and it’s five to six minutes for the fire department to arrive,” Clark said. “That could mean the difference between life and death.”

Previously, deputies could start CPR, but now they have this additional way to help, until medics get there and take over, he said.

They are the first law enforcement agency in Thurston County to carry the drug, according to Clark.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office encourages people to call 911 if a friend or loved one may be experiencing an overdose. The symptoms of an opioid overdose can include unresponsiveness, absence of breathing or no pulse, and bluish lips or finger nail beds, according to the sheriff’s office. When suffering from an opioid overdose minutes count if the person’s life is going to be saved, they state.

The sheriff’s office reminds the public that recent changes in the law have provided protection against prosecution for possession of a controlled substance when a person seeks medical assistance for a person who is experiencing a drug-related overdose. The law also provides similar protections from prosecution for the person who may have suffered an overdose, according to the sheriff’s office.

“There’s a lot of people who recognize we have the problem, and this is a way of potentially helping,” Clark said.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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SLOW-MO PURSUIT ENDS AT LAKE

• A 29-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle in Morton, refused to stop for law enforcement that was following him and finally let the vehicle head down a grassy slope nearly into Mayfield Lake on Saturday. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said Shane M. Kaz bailed out, but then jumped into the lake. A deputy was notified just after 10 a.m. of the theft from a man in Morton and the suspect was headed west on U.S. Highway 12, according to Breen. The vehicle was traveling 25 to 30 mph and periodically driving in oncoming lanes, Breen said. He was followed up Winston Creek Road and eventually stopped along Village Road in Mossyrock, Breen said. Kaz, from Vancouver, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding, according to the sheriff’s office.

TAVERN TROUBLES

• Centralia police responded to an approximately 12:40 a.m. call today for a physical dispute involving a half dozen people at a drinking establishment on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. Nobody was arrested but the instigator was told to leave and not come back, according to the Centralia Police Department. A disorderly person had been removed from a drinking establishment in the same block two hours earlier, according to police.

ARREST MADE IN PEPPER SPRAY ATTACK

• A 20-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for first-degree robbery in connection with an incident reported about 2 a.m. last Tuesday in which a male victim said he had been assaulted with pepper spray at the 1000 block of Belmont Avenue. Miguel V. Martinez, was allegedly in possession of both heroin and methamphetamine when he was detained by police and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• A 38-year-old Centralia man was arrested after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s residence at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue and stole her credit cards on Saturday. Officers called about 4:35 p.m. located Tyler J. David, and booked him in to the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Chehalis police were called for a vehicle theft about 5:40 a.m. on Saturday at the 2000 block of Southwest Salsbury Avenue. The owner had gone outside to warm up the car and 20 minutes later discovered the silver 2002 Audi A4 was gone, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man’s construction work tools were inside, according to police.

• Centralia police were called about 1:30 p.m. on Friday to take a report from the 500 block of East Summa Street that a vehicle rented there had not been returned and was considered stolen. Missing is maroon colored 2015 Dodge Ram, with a license plate reading C38035D, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 8:40 p.m. on Saturday to the 2600 block of West Reynolds Avenue where an individual reported someone broke out his vehicle window and stole a bag of groceries.

• Two different victims reported that their vehicle windows were broken out and coats were taken within a 30 minute period just before about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday in the area of Pearl and Magnolia streets in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Christmas ornaments and clothing were stolen from a vehicle parked at the 100 block of West High Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday. A window was broken out, according to the Centralia Police Department. An officer was called back to the same area at 8 p.m. for a similar incident in which a backpack and clothing were stolen.

• Centralia police were called at 6:15 p.m. on Friday to take a report that medication had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

• Someone broke a window of a vehicle parked at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia and stole three frying pans, according to a report made to Centralia police about 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

DRUGS AND CONTRABAND

• A 44-year-old Onalaska man picked up for an outstanding warrant about 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the 700 block of Leonard Road was arrested at booking when approximately seven grams of suspected methamphetamine were discovered, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew W. Wright was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

• A 30-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail was arrested early Saturday morning after the pink smashed fruit and liquid mixture found inside two bottles found there tested positive for alcohol content. A deputy called to the facility about 2:30 a.m. arrested Jacob O. Meyer, from Vancouver, for possession of a controlled substance or intoxicant by a prisoner, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• Syreeta W. Hookano, 38, of Rochester was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence after allegedly being involved in a two-vehicle, minor injury collision at about 10 p.m. on Saturday at North Tower Avenue and First Street in Centralia.

• Centralia police determined the pedestrian was at fault for crossing the street at the 100 block of North Tower Avenue outside of a crosswalk and getting struck by a vehicle. The approximately 6:10 p.m. incident on Saturday resulted in a minor injury, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 20-year-old Centralia man was arrested for hit and run on Friday after allegedly striking two parked vehicles at the 100 block of East Walnut Street in Centralia and leaving the scene. Gabriel Rodriguez-Rodriguez was arrested and then released pending a court date, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called at 7:47 p.m. on Friday about a hit and run to a parked vehicle at Harrison and View avenues. An officer was called at 12:22 a.m. Saturday for a hit and run to a fence on the 600 block of Woodland Avenue and then another parked vehicle struck at 4:28 a.m. at the 300 block of West Fourth Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, loitering, hit and run, protection order violation, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 390 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 72-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Gunshot victim says Serrano Mosso owed him money

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm
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David Serrano Mosso, in red, at first said he didn’t need a Spanish interpreter for court, but changed his mind.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – David Serrano Mosso, 20, of Centralia is facing a maximum penalty of life in prison if he is convicted as charged after his second time in four months being accused of seriously assaulting a person with a gun.

He was arrested this summer after a 37-year-old man said Serrano Mosso pistol whipped him inside his car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital.

Early last week, a 19-year-old Centralia man said it was Serrano Mosso who shot him in the leg outside an apartment complex on Ives Road. It was a grazing wound and the victim drove himself to the hospital.

Serrano Mosso was picked up by police on Wednesday night at a Motel 6 in Tumwater. He is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and drive by shooting. He went before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court on Thursday, who kept his bail at $1 million, the amount of his arrest warrant.

In both cases, the victims said Serrano Mosso owed them money. The 19-year-old opined to police that maybe he was angry because he’d been trying to collect $300 for work he’d done on a vehicle. The 37-year-old said he’d sold Serrano-Mosso some wheels, which Serrano Mosso denied to police.

Both victims, both Centralia residents, said they either hadn’t known Serrano Mosso very long, or didn’t know him very well.

Charging documents in the new case indicate police found one spent 9 mm casing and one live 9 mm round on the ground at the scene of last Tuesday afternoon’s incident.

The documents reveal Serrano Mosso’s girlfriend was driving, with their 11-month-old daughter in the backseat, when Serrano Mosso allegedly shot at the teen. She denied knowing why he shot at the victim, according to court documents.

Claudia Cruz told police once it happened, she began yelling at him for what he had done and after driving a couple hundred yards told him to get out of her vehicle, which he did, according to the documents.

The case was responded to and investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office because it occurred just outside city limits. According to court documents, it was detectives with the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team who tracked down Serrano Mosso in Tumwater.

Detectives followed a car to the motel, learned who had rented the room and subsequently found their suspect, a 24-year-old man, a woman and the woman’s 14-year-old daughter in the room, according to court documents.

Jorge L. Villagomez Barraza, 24, was charged also on Thursday, with first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said he is unemployed but is a life-long Tacoma resident. His bail was set at $50,000.

O’Rourke addressed the question of bail the same afternoon for Serrano Mosso.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead argued for bail to remain at $1 million, because authorities had reason to believe Serrano Mosso was attempting to flee to Mexico.

O’Rourke said he’d lived at the same Centralia address for the past three and a half years with his wife, her family and their child. Information in his case from this summer indicates he lived at an apartment on Russell Road and worked at Tacos El Ray, both in Centralia.

He had no felony criminal convictions previous to this summer’s case and was participating in Centralia Police Department’s 24/7 sobriety program, which relates to driving under the influence or similar offenses.

While the first case initially included a charge of first-degree assault as well as first-degree kidnapping, it didn’t end that way.

The 37-year-old victim was found beaten and bloody the night of July 28. Charging documents in that case describe the victim as meeting Serrano Mosso to get paid for some wheels, and Serrano Mosso plus another male getting into his car, with Serrano Mosso shoving a pistol into his ribs and telling him to drive out to a wooded area; when he pulled into the hospital parking lot instead, he said he was pistol whipped. His nose was broken.

Serrano Mosso was arrested and held on $500,000 bail, but by the end of September, his defense attorney Don Blair and prosecutors struck a deal.  Serrano Mosso made an Alford plea to second-degree assault, was sentenced to even less than the standard sentencing range and then was released from jail.

At the time, Prosecutor Halstead said the deal happened,  because of the “facts in the case.”

Last week, Halstead said it was more specifically, conflicting facts.

Serrano Mosso said there was no other male in the car that night and passed a lie detector test, Halstead said. The 37-year-old victim said there was. Halstead said he can’t very well put someone on a witness stand who’s not telling the truth.

Serrano Mosso’s arraignment for the current case is scheduled for Dec. 8.
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For background, read “News brief: Centralia shooting suspect found in Tumwater” from Thursday December 1, 2016, here

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News brief: Sleepy semi driver okay after spectacular wreck

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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Diesel fuel and sulfuric acid are cleaned up on I-5 near milepost 78 on Thursday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The driver of the semi truck that wrecked on Interstate 5 in Chehalis yesterday was listed in satisfactory condition this morning.

The Washington State Patrol reports they believe the 44-year-old man from Lakewood fell asleep. His northbound truck crashed through the center barrier and landed on its side beneath the West Street bridge.

The southbound lanes were closed for about eight hours while the wreckage and mess was cleaned up after the approximately 6:30 a.m. collision.

The 2016 International tractor and trailer were totaled.

Tanu V. Teloma was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

His is being charged with negligent driving, according to the state patrol.
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For background, read “News brief: One injured, I-5 closed southbound at Chehalis” from Thursday December 1, 2016 at 8:20 a.m., here

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9:28 am
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DRIVE-THRU RAGE

• A 65-year-old was woman apologizing after bumping the vehicle ahead of her at the Centralia KFC drive-thru was attacked and knocked down by the other motorist yesterday. Police called to the 600 block of West Main Street at 5:15 p.m. were told the 65-year-old had gotten out of her car to examine the damage to the pickup truck and say she was sorry. The female in truck reportedly got out, confronted her, assaulted her and then drove off, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 65-year-old was transported to the hospital for possible injuries, according to police. The dark-colored Ford 350 pickup had Oregon license plates, police said.

AT HOME RAGE

• A 26-year-old rural Chehalis man who allegedly threatened to shoot a family member yesterday was arrested for felony harassment. A deputy was called about 1:50 p.m. to the 2000 block of Rice Road and booked Maxx Weston into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors declined to file the felony charge and the case will be handled instead in Lewis County District Court.

PORCH THEFT

• Centralia police were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to the 2300 block of Eureka Avenue where someone had stolen a package from a front porch which had been delivered by the carrier. The individual was able to take the item without being caught on video, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A deputy contacted a pedestrian with a warrant about 4:50 p.m. yesterday walking on the 70 block of Southwest Chehalis Avenue and found he had a glass pipe with suspected meth, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Terry R. Strong, 48, a homeless person, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

SURLY AND DRUNK

• A deputy responded about 10 p.m. yesterday to a convenience store and gas station on the 700 block of Leonard Road where an extremely intoxicated and agitated 24-year-old allegedly broke the glass door, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Charles E. Evans III, of Onalaska, was subsequently located and arrested for second-degree malicious mischief and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

CHILD PORN ARREST

• A 26-year-old man was arrested after a search warrant was served about 7:30 a.m. yesterday at the 100 block of Paradise Lane in Toledo following the November receipt of information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that suggested he had 147 suspect videos, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chriss Grammount, a Toledo resident, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct as well as dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the sheriff’s office. Grammount was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with four counts of the first offense. Charging documents allege he used his phone to download videos from Kik and transfer them to a publicly available Dropbox account in which his user name and associated email address were his own first and last names. His bail was set at $5,000 when he was brought before a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. He works at Wal-Mart and the judge ordered him not be around children but said he would be allowed to go to work.

CHILD MOLESTATION ARREST

• A 55-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged today with first-degree child molestation after a 9-year-old girl said he made her put her hand down his pants and touch him. The case was reported to the Chehalis Police Department in November when the girl’s mother noticed her child freaked out when she learned Eddie J. Martin was going to be coming to their home, according to charging documents. The girl’s step-sister told the mom what had occurred and the mom thought it must have been about two years ago because she had not seen Martin for a long time, charge papers relate. A forensic interview was conducted last week and the child repeated the story, saying he made her move her hand up and down, according to the allegations. Martin, who has a Winlock address according to court records, went before a Lewis County Superior Court judge this afternoon and his bail was set at $50,000.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A driver was injured and her 3-year-old passenger apparently unhurt when a car crashed into two trees off state Route 508 yesterday and was totaled. The driver, Joella M. Leal, 39, from Mossyrock, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and the transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper called at 1 p.m. to the scene near Cinebar found the Dodge Neon had been traveling eastbound when it left the roadway, vaulted across Johnson Road and hit the trees, according to the state patrol. The wreck is under investigation.

• A deputy pulled over a vehicle which almost hit his patrol car on Interstate 5 near milepost 74 south of Chehalis about 5:50 p.m. yesterday and the driver reportedly said she was falling asleep while driving, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Desiree M. Stockert, 49, from Lacey, was found to be driving with a suspended license and a search that followed turned up suspected methamphetamine in her jacket pocket, according to the sheriff’s office. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of meth, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, shoplifting, misdemeanor domestic assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, harassment, third-degree theft, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, runaway returned to parents, collision on city street … and more among 152 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Chehalis woman admits stealing thousands from employer

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 24-year-old former employee of a liquor and wine store at the Twin City Town Center pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from her workplace and was sentenced to jail.

Amberly M. Morehead, from Chehalis, had never been convicted of a crime before.

“She knows she put herself in a poor position,” her lawyer David Brown told the judge. “She knows she stole and it was wrong.”

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm told the judge the standard sentence, because there was no criminal history, was zero to 90 days in jail. Bohm recommended Morehead be locked up for 45 days.

Brown asked if his client could serve her time on electronic home monitoring.

Judge James Lawler said no, during Wednesday’s hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

Morehead was charged in September for the thefts that took place between last December and March. She told police she got behind on her bills, took money from work and intended to pay it back but kept getting further behind.

Morehead pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree theft. Lawler sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

Judge Lawler also ordered her to repay restitution of $24,457 to the Chehalis business’s insurance company, $500 to the business and $1,400 in other legal fees.

She was then taken into custody.
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For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – FROM THE COURTHOUSE” from Tuesday September 20, 2016, here

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Lewis County sheriff secures five-figure pay increase

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Board of Commissioners voted to give Sheriff Rob Snaza a raise of more than $18,000 a year.

The move comes after discussing the issue for as long as he’s been on the board, said BOCC Vice Chair Gary Stamper who was elected two years ago.

Snaza was also elected in November 2014.

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Sheriff Rob Snaza

The salaries of Lewis County’s elected officials are set in a process that involves a citizen panel. The panel establishes the pay for the three county commissioners. It makes recommendations about the wages for the other elected officials which the three-member board of county commissioners may adopt.

The process has been in place since 2001.

The last time the panel convened, in early 2014, they suggested raises of five percent for all the positions. Beginning in January of that year, and still today, the annual salary of $75,108 applies to the assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner and treasurer. Coroner Warren McLeod actually only made half that until he switched from half-time to full-time in 2015.

The panel’s recommendations gave the county commissioners a little more ($82,620), the sheriff even more ($90,644), and the prosecutor even more than that ($141,705).

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Commissioner Edna Fund

A resolution to increase the sheriff’s salary was approved unanimously on Monday by Commissioners Stamper, Edna Fund and Bill Schulte. It was one of eight items on the consent agenda, voted on as a bundle.

The stated reason in the resolution indicates the matter would be “depoliticized” if it were taken out of the hands of the salary commission. Instead, beginning Jan. 1, it states, the sheriff shall be paid a salary five percent greater than the undersheriff.

The resolution indicates other reasons for the change: because the sheriff currently earns less than his subordinate and because he earns less than sheriffs of comparable counties in the state.

Undersheriff Wes Rethwill is paid $101,280 a year, with his pay tied to the pay of other commissioned officers at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies wages are set by a collective bargaining agreement – their union contract – with the undersheriff and other command staff’s salaries set at certain percentages higher.

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Commissioner Bill Schulte

On Jan. 1, Undersheriff Rethwill’s annual salary will rise to $103,812. So Sheriff Snaza’s annual salary of $90,644 will grow to $109,000.

Sheriff Snaza says he’s “just thinking of our office and thought it was the right thing to do.”

He put the resolution before the county commissioners in July, and it got tabled because Commissioner Schulte was out on leave, he said.

“This was two years in the making, because I’ve never asked for a raise before,” Snaza said.

Among the reasons for his proposal, he said, are he’s earning less than his undersheriff, less than some other sheriffs who don’t even run jail facilities and he feels the role of sheriff has changed.

“I just felt like the sheriff is just like the CEO of a company and should be paid at a higher rate,” Snaza said.

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Commissioner Gary Stamper

Snaza spoke of how different his job is from other elected Lewis County officials.

He’s in charge of a much larger organization with more than 100 employees, as well as volunteers and then a jail with an average population of 200 inmates.

“You’re responsible 24-7, 365 days a year,” he said. “If we have a flood, it’s not the auditor that gets up at 3 a.m.”

He said he’s not asking the commissioners to put more money into the sheriff’s office budget for his raise. The sheriff’s office will absorb it, he said.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office annual budget of about $14.2 million this year is expected to be about $14.5 million next year.

He said he has mixed feelings about it, feeling he deserves the raise, but thinks some people might not understand it.

“I know the concerns, people are going to say, ‘he’s an elected, he knew what he was getting into’,” he said.

And he pondered aloud, he wished it didn’t take place the same time as the county is considering cutting back on its support to the senior centers.

It’s something the former sheriff contended with, earning less than some of the people working below him as well. When Snaza was a sergeant, sometimes with overtime his paycheck would be bigger than Mansfield’s, he said.

“I used to always tease Steve Mansfield about it,” Snaza said.

Part of Snaza’s thinking includes how fiscally responsible he feels his office has been.

“I think it’s incumbent on every official to ask, what are we doing to save money, and to bring revenue into the county,” he said.

Last year, the sheriff’s office used $684,000 less than they were budgeted for, and turned that money back into the county general fund, he said.

They also bring in money, by renting out jail beds to other agencies.

In 2015, that amounted to a little over $1.5 million in revenue from the jail, he said. “This year, we’re looking at about $2.1 million,” he said.

The local salary commission’s role has not changed otherwise, by the recent resolution.

Its role remains to set the pay for the assessor, auditor, clerk, coroner, treasurer, commissioners and prosecutor.

When the group evaluated salaries in 2014, its philosophy was an elected official in Lewis County should be paid a comparable rate to an individual doing the same job in a similar county.

The only Lewis County elected officials whose pay is not dealt with by the salary commission are the judges in Lewis County District and Superior Courts. They’re fixed by a state commission on salaries.

And as of Monday, the sheriff’s pay is exempt from that group’s influence as well.

The long name for the citizen group is the Lewis County Independent Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials.

The salary commission only convenes when requested by the Lewis County Board of Commissioners, according to Lewis County Human Resource Director Archie Smith.
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2016 LEWIS COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS ANNUAL SALARIES

Assessor: Dianne Dorey: $75,108

Auditor: Larry E. Grove: $75,108

Clerk: Scott Tinney: $75,108

Coroner: Warren McLeod: $75,108

Treasurer: Arny Davis: $75,108

Commissioner: Bill Schulte: $82,620

Commissioner: Edna Fund: $82,620

Commissioner: Gary Stamper: $82,620

Sheriff: Rob Snaza: $90,644

Prosecutor: Jonathan Meyer: $141,705*
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* The Lewis County prosecutor’s pay is tied to the salary commission but also has state influence, and the state pays more than half of it, according to Lewis County Human Resource Director Archie Smith.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11:44 am
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SMALL ARSON FIRE DOUSED INSIDE SCHOOL

• Investigators are looking into an intentionally set fire at a south Centralia grade school yesterday morning. Nobody was hurt and staff and students had evacuated after a fire alarm, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Crews called at 8:45 a.m. to Washington Elementary School on the 800 block of Field Avenue found smoke coming from the building, located a fire inside the boys bathroom and extinguished it, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan. He described the damage as light. Everyone was kept outside until the smoke was removed from the building, Ternan stated. The fire department is working with a police detective one the case.

BACKYARD THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 12:15 p.m. yesterday to the 700 block of Southeast Adams Avenue about the theft of a Husky air compressor and blue and yellow floor jack stolen from behind a residence. The loss is estimated at $180, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

GARAGE BURGLED

• Centralia police were called to the 500 block of Girard Street yesterday morning where an individual reported a chainsaw, framing hammer and socket set were stolen from his garage sometime over the weekend.

LOST AND FOUND

• Cash was found at the 10 block of Northeast Cascade Avenue yesterday and turned in to the Chehalis Police Department.

ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD

• A 24-year-old Winlock resident was ticketed for driving too fast after his car slid around a corner and struck a building yesterday morning at Northwest Pacific Avenue and Front Street in Chehalis. It appeared there was no major damage to the building, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 16-year-old girl sustained what seemed to be minor injuries after her car rolled several times off of state Route 508 south of Chehalis yesterday evening, according to authorities. Troopers and aid were called just before 6 p.m. to the scene just east of Jackson Highway. The two-door Honda Civic was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. “She was out of the vehicle, had gone to a nearby residence, and the car was up on its side off the road,” Lewis County Fire District 5 Firefighter-EMT Samantha Heldreth said. Hailee A. Wyatt, 16, from Onalaska, had been traveling westbound when her car left the roadway to the right, hit the ditch and then rolled, according to the state patrol. She was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the state patrol.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, trespassing, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more among 124 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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News brief: Centralia shooting suspect found in Tumwater

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

Updated at 11:18 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The suspect in the Tuesday afternoon shooting outside an apartment complex in Centralia has been picked up on a $1 million arrest warrant.

David Serrano Mosso, 20, was located about 9:30 p.m. at a motel in the Tumwater area, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen stated last night that Serrano Mosso would be booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and drive by shooting.

Authorities say the Centralia resident was a passenger in a white sport utility vehicle that pulled up to a 19-year-old man  at the 3100 block of Ives Road and fired one round from a handgun, grazing the victim’s leg.

Law enforcement officers from numerous agencies were involved in last night’s arrest, including Lewis County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team, Homeland Security Investigations and the Tumwater Police Department, according to Breen.

Breen didn’t have all the details, but said he understood an individual who had transported Serrano Mosso and got him a motel room was also arrested

About two hours before Serrano Mosso was arrested, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating that anyone helping Serrano Mosso could be charged with the felony of rendering criminal assistance.

Serrano Mosso is expected to be brought before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court at 4 p.m. today.
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For background, read “Centralia shooting suspect remains at large” from Wednesday November 30, 2016, here

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News brief: One injured, I-5 closed southbound at Chehalis

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:20 am
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Semi overturns onto I-5 at Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol.

Updated at 9:32 a.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Southbound Interstate 5 at Chehalis is shut down while crews work to clean up debris and the wreckage of a semi truck this morning.

Trooper Will Finn states the driver is being airlifted.

Responders called to the scene at 6:30 a.m. beneath the West Street overpass found the semi truck laying on its side across the southbound lanes.

It appeared the northbound truck struck the guard rail and then came back onto the roadway and slammed through the center barrier, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

There is lots of oil and diesel on the road, Firefighter Jay Birley said.

Finn said flying debris damaged two other vehicles, one of which sustained a shattered windshield.

There is no estimated time for reopening the highway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Forty feet of center median jersey barrier needs to be replaced, according to WSDOT.

The scene is just north of the Main Street interchange.

Southbound traffic is being detoured onto Chamber of Commerce Way to Louisiana Avenue to state Route 6 returning to I-5, according to WSDOT. Drivers should expect long delays.

WSDOT advises motorists to use an alternate route or delay travel.

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Former Centralia College basketball team member, cousin accused in burglary

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge set bail with $25,000 signature bonds for the suspects accused of breaking into a Centralia residence while a woman home alone there locked herself in her bedroom.

Reginald D. Ford, 22, and Isaiah M. Kelly, 20, a pair of cousins from Federal Way, are each charged with residential burglary.

Kelly was arrested shortly after the Saturday afternoon incident at the 900 block of West Pear Street.

The three Centralia College basketball team members who reside there, but weren’t home at the time, told police Kelly was on the team with them, until he was released at the start of the school year.

When Ford was brought before a judge yesterday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court, temporary defense attorney Joely O’Rourke told the judge Ford was requesting a court appointed lawyer. He is unemployed, she said.

Charging documents relate the victim heard someone knock, then pound on the front door and then kick it open. She said she was scared because her boyfriend and their roommates were away and she locked herself into her bedroom.

She said she heard the sounds of someone going through things in the house, but didn’t hear any talking and was on the phone with dispatch when her bedroom door was kicked in.

She yelled, they left, according to court documents.

When police followed up, they learned numerous items were missing from the home including two Xboxes, several games and a Bluetooth speaker, according to the documents. A pair of Nike Air Jordans belonging to one of the residents were found near where police located Kelly.

Ford was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Monday. Arraignments for both suspects are scheduled for Dec. 8.
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For background, read “News brief: Victim startles burglars inside Centralia residence” from Sunday November 27, 2016, here

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Rape case: Trial cut short in Lewis County Superior Court

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A judge declared a mistrial yesterday in a rape case in Lewis County Superior Court and it’s not clear if prosecutors will attempt to try again.

A 23-year-old Centralia man was charged late this summer for an incident reported in the spring of 2015 that allegedly occurred a year earlier at a rural Centralia home with a young woman with whom he had somewhat of an intimate relationship.

Jordan T. White was charged with second-degree rape, pleaded not guilty and proceeded to trial. He has been free on an unsecured bond.

Defense attorney Shane O’Rourke said they were most of the way through their first day yesterday, when the sheriff’s deputy sitting with the deputy prosecutor dropped his pen onto the table, at a particular point during a recording being played for the jury.

O’Rourke said he wondered if it was intentional or not and began watching the deputy, and saw him bow his head and put it into the palm of his hand, in a way a person could potentially perceive to mean, “I can’t believe what I’m hearing.”

Finally, when the deputy gestured to the alleged victim while she was on the stand testifying, O’Rourke made an objection and the jurors were sent out of the room.

“I wondered, is he encouraging her to cry, trying to console her,” he said. “Unfortunately, the jurors were watching.”

It’s common for the investigating law enforcement officer to sit at the prosecutor’s table during criminal trials. Officers of the court are not allowed to comment on the evidence during trial, even non-verbally.

O’Rourke asked Judge Nelson Hunt for a dismissal, for government misconduct, saying he believed the deputy’s actions tainted the jury.

Judge Hunt concluded the defendant had been prejudiced, citing intentional and problematic behavior, O’Rourke said. He declared a mistrial.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Bohm declined to comment today if another trial would be held.

Bohm said the attorneys will go before a judge tomorrow, to set a new date for a trial, but she expects the defense will make a motion to dismiss the case entirely.

The case was investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in April 2015. The alleged victim, 19 years old at the time, said she didn’t report it when it happened out of fear, embarrassment and uncertainty about what would happen, according to charging documents.

She told the deputy she and her friends were drinking Fireball, she was heavily intoxicated and realized the next morning she had been anally penetrated, according to the allegations. White told the deputy the two had a history of fooling around, with oral sex, and on the night in question, what they did was her idea, because she wanted to remain a virgin, the documents state.

A brief hearing is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

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Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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KNIFE VERSUS FIREPLACE POKER

• A verbal altercation last night south of Chehalis escalated when one man pulled a knife from his pocket and moved aggressively toward the other, who retrieved a fireplace poker and struck the first man to keep him away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 10 p.m. to the 200 block of Guerrier Road was told the first man threatened to kill the other man, a 44-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office. Corey J. Hickman, 31, was arrested for felony harassment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

OUTBURST BETWEEN GROWN UPS AT SCHOOL EVENT

• Chehalis police were called about 7:15 p.m. yesterday for an argument between adults that turned physical while at a basketball game at R.E. Bennett Elementary School. It started in the gym and moved to the parking lot, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police were told that there was yelling and then a 36-year-old man pushed a 31-year-old man, while the mother of one of them said she was knocked back when she tried to break it up. Eathon A. Wesen, 36, of Chehalis, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and then released pending a court date, according to police. The disagreement between the men, one of whom was previously married to the other’s wife, was related to kids and yelling at the woman, according to police.

UNWANTED VISITOR

• A 32-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday after Centralia police were called to the 1600 block of Eshom Road in Centralia at about 12:25 p.m. because he allegedly entered a residence where he was not supposed to be, because of a court order. Damion E. Robbins was arrested for for residential burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BUSINESS BURGLARY

• Centralia police were called just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday to a business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street where sometime during the night someone broke in and stole money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MISSING CAR FOUND

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday that a Toyota Camry was missing from a home on the 200 block of Downing Road where it was being repaired. A suspect was found in the vehicle by Chehalis Tribal Police and was arrested, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called to the 900 block of South Scheuber Road about 11:45 p.m. yesterday where someone had broken the rear window of a pickup truck and stole keys and cash, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 9:35 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of North Iron Street in Centralia following the discovery an unknown person had rummaged through an unlocked vehicle and taken paperwork, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Someone brought a found purse into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday which turned out to belong to a woman whose vehicle was prowled on Saturday at the 1700 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis.

AND MORE

• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, runaway juvenile, vandalism, third-degree theft, suspicious circumstances, parking lot fender bender  … and more among 131 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.

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Centralia shooting suspect remains at large

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:37 am
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By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Law enforcement is looking for a 20-year-old Centralia resident, suspected to have shot an acquaintance yesterday at the northwest edge of Centralia.

Authorities say David Serrano Mosso was a passenger in a white sport utility vehicle that pulled up near an apartment complex at the 3100 block of Ives Road, off Harrison Avenue.

Serrano Mosso called out to the 19-year-old male victim, and when he approached, Serrano Mosso fired one round from a handgun, grazing the victim’s leg, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies dispatched at 2:42 p.m. learned the 19-year-old Centralia man drove himself to the hospital, Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said.

“The victim and the suspect are acquaintances and have only known each other for a few months,” Breen stated in a news release.

The vehicle and its driver were located last night, but Serrano Mosso remains at large, according to Breen.

The victim had done some automotive work in the past for Serrano Mosso, according to Breen.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Serrano Mosso is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286, or Lewis County Communications at (360) 740-1105.

A Centralia resident with the same name and also 20 years old was recently convicted in a case in which a 37-year-old Centralia man was beaten inside his car in the parking lot at Providence Centralia Hospital this summer. David Serrano Mosso was initially charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree assault but made an Alford plea to second-degree assault and was sentenced the end of September to time served.

He had no criminal convictions prior to that, according to prosecutors.

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For background, read “News brief: Centralia man shot by individual in vehicle, which then flees” from Tuesday November 29, 2016, here

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News brief: Chehalis area garage goes up in flames

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 6:35 am

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A fire investigator is looking into the cause of a blaze that destroyed a large garage and its contents last night in rural Chehalis.

The resident who was home at the 100 block of Sanford Court north of Adna discovered the fire and called 911 about 8:20 p.m., according to Riverside Fire Authority.

An arriving crew found the detached structure fully involved in flames and threatening to spread to the adjacent home, outbuildings and trees, Chief Mike Kytta reports.

They were joined by personnel from Lewis County Fire Districts 6 and 13, and managed to contain it to the building of origin, according to Kytta.

The contents, which included numerous motorcycles and a car, as well as the approximately 30-foot by 36-foot metal-roofed garage are a total loss, according to authorities.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by an investigator from the Chehalis Fire Department.

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News brief: Centralia man shot by individual in vehicle, which then flees

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Updated at 6:20 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene this afternoon of a shooting at the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, via Twitter, indicated just before 4 p.m. they were trying to locate the suspect.

Chief Deputy Dusty Breen said preliminary information is the male victim was outside an apartment complex’s office, off Harrison Avenue, when a vehicle pulled up.

“The individual yells out to him, he turns to see what’s going on and a shot or shots are fired,” Breen said.

The male was struck in the leg, the injury is non-life threatening, Breen said.

Breen said the 19-year-old Centralia man at first didn’t realize he was hit.

“It just kind of grazed him and he drove himself to the hospital,” Breen said.

The victim apparently has known the suspect about a month, having done some automotive work for him, Breen said.

Breen confirmed about 6 p.m. it was just one shot, fired from a handgun.

Deputies are chasing down some leads, looking for a person whose identity they know, he said. A white sport utility vehicle is believed to be involved, he said.