POINTING GUN AT FAMILY MEMBER
• Deputies are looking for a 40-year-old Chehalis man after he allegedly pulled a gun on his stepfather during an argument yesterday west of Chehalis. Deputies responding about 6:15 p.m. to the 600 block of Curtis Hill Road were told Jason Harding pointed the handgun at the victim but then got in a vehicle and left, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The case against Harding is being sent to prosecutors with a recommendation of a charge of first-degree assault, according to Chief Deputy Stacy Brown.
• A 28-year-old Winlock man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly choked his girlfriend until she nearly passed out when she told him she wanted him out of her house. Police called about 1:20 a.m. on Saturday to the 300 block of Cherry Street in Winlock learned it happened after the two had been fighting most of the evening and when she told him to leave and said she was calling police, according to charging documents. He allegedly threatened to kill her and put his hands over her nose and mouth to quiet her when she screamed for help, the documents state. Officers from Toledo and Napavine responded and contacted the suspect near the 800 block of Byham Road and arrested him according to authorities. Richard C. Bruce Jr. was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today with for second-degree assault and felony harassment. Bail was set at $25,000.
THREATENING TO KILL
• A 48-year-old Chehalis man was arrested on Friday afternoon for felony harassment after police were told he was cussing and yelling at people walking by, and others who were looking in his direction, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer responding to the approximately 4:45 p.m. call to Chehalis Avenue and Prindle Street learned he frightened one woman so much when he said he would kill her, she ran into her house and locked the door, according to police. Timothy R. Foltz was subsequently arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail.
• A 24-year-old Chehalis man was arrested following a police pursuit involving a motorcycle about 8:45 p.m. on Friday along the 500 block of Southwest Newaukum Avenue in Chehalis. Robert P. Hogan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Defense attorney Joely O’Rourke said the allegations of the class C felony seemed to be out of character for the individual with no criminal history when he was charged with the same offense in Lewis County Superior Court today. Judge Richard Brosey said 100 mph in the area was “a bit much” and set his bail with a $10,000 signature bond.
MASS CASH MISSING FROM COLLEGE LOCKER
• A 28-year-old woman was arrested on Friday in connection with a break-in to a locker at the gym at Centralia College in which a purse containing $5,000 cash as well as a laptop computer were missing. The victim reported on July 14 someone had cut the lock on her locker and taken her belongings; she said she’d just cashed some checks and had the money in a bank envelope, according to charging documents. A detective was led to the suspect through images from surveillance video which were placed on wanted posters around the college, the documents state. Shinell N.D. Englund told the detective she was showering at the college because her water was shut off, that she found the items on the floor of the locker room and took them hoping to find their owner, charging documents state. Englund estimated there was $1,800, some of which she gave to her roommate and the rest she spent on herself, the documents allege. She was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree theft and her bail set with a $10,000 signature bond.
• Sometime between Thursday and Sunday someone stole cash, jewelry, pictures and other items from a home on the 400 block of Smokey Valley Road outside Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• Centralia police were called just before 2 p.m. on Saturday about a burglary at the 1400 block of South Gold Street. Police say jars and other unknown items were taken from a building. The investigation continues, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police took a report on Friday morning regarding $100 stolen from a house at the 200 block of North Ash Street.
• Morton police reported this morning they are investigating the theft of a laptop computer and a cell phone from the 200 block of Seventh Street to a reported stolen laptop and cell phone which was reported on Friday afternoon. The loss is estimated at $700, according to the Morton Police Department.
• Someone stole numerous items from the front porch and yard of a Vader home including an ice chest, a camp stove, tools and folding chairs, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. The theft from the 600 block of B Street occurred sometime after 10 p.m. last Wednesday and 8 o’clock the following morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Morton police responded to a 6 p.m. call yesterday regarding an apparent attempted theft theft from a coin machine at the 100 block of Mossyrock Avenue in Mossyrock.
• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s vehicle without permission on Saturday and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charge against Jose L. Hernandez-Martinez and he was released from jail today.
INVESTIGATION IN CHEHALIS
• Chehalis police were called about 6:45 p.m. yesterday to Southwest 14th Street about an individual allegedly lighting stuff in his room. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
FURNITURE DROP LEADS TO JAIL
• A 53-year-old woman was locked up in jail yesterday for allegedly leaving couch cushions by the river at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Police responded to a call just before 8 a.m. from a citizen who reported a suspicious female dumping couch cushions near the 500 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Kristina L. Craighead, from Centralia, was subsequently arrested for illegal dumping and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.
• Chehalis police were called to the 800 block of Southwest William Avenue about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday about numerous items stolen from an unlocked vehicle in a carport. Among the missing property was a motorcycle helmet and a can of chew, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Chehalis police took a report on Saturday night from the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street about a car prowl that occurred a couple of days earlier. Missing from a vehicle which had its window or windows down were itms such as a duffel bag, pocket knives and an iPhone, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Someone took sunglasses and keys from a vehicle at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
• A 25-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine early on Saturday morning after an officer recognized him and tried to contact him along Southwest Pacific Avenue in Chehalis. Police say Jacob D. Holmgren, who has a Winlock address, ran off at about 2:30 a.m. but was apprehended by a police dog. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for a warrant from the state Department of Corrections, according to authorities.
KID IN CAR ALONE
• A 48-year-old Centralia man was arrested after police were called to Wal-Mart from someone who observed a parent or parent leave a little boy alone in a vehicle. The officer responding to the approximately 12:50 p.m. call on Friday to Northwest Louisiana Avenue contacted the 7-year-old child and waited for his parent to come out of the store, according to the Chehalis Police Department. “The dad said he didn’t realize it was illegal,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Robert L. Griffith was issued a citation for leaving a child alone in a motor vehicle, a gross misdemeanor, and then released pending a date with a judge in Chehalis Municipal Court, according to WIlson.
• Centralia police took reports yesterday morning of “tagging on the side of a business on the 600 block of North Tower Avenue and of someone spray painting over a yard sign at the 500 block of West Cherry Street.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, malicious mischief, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence, underage and drunk on vodka at the fair; responses for alarm, dispute, welfare check, hit and run, suicide attempt, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, dog alone in parked vehicle appearing in distress, person living in a vehicle who used a field for a bathroom, a suspicious person walking around outside a business in the middle of the night who turned out to waiting for an employee, concern about a person riding a motorized skateboard up and down a street … and more.
CORRECTION: This has been updated so the item labeled “ZOOM, ZOOM” reflects the correct amount for which bail was set.