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Monday, September 1st, 2014

HALF DOZEN CITED FOR FIGHT

• Six people were arrested when officers responded about 6:25 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia. Arrested for fighting in public and then released were Centralia residents Lori A. Romero, 32, Miguel V. Martinez, 18, Cornelia T. Delarosa, 21, Sabrina L. Towne, 21, Ricky L. Blay, 19, as well as a girl whose name was not not released because she is a juvenile, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of North Tower Avenue where three pool cues were stolen from a business after the owners left them briefly unattended. The loss is estimated at $1,000, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BRUSH FIRE

• Firefighters called yesterday afternoon to a brush fire on near the Burger Claim on Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound extinguished it before it got bigger than about 20 feet by 20 feet. It appeared someone had burning a garbage pile and it got away from them, according to Wes Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence; response for collision in parking lot … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

DEPUTY INJURED DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE CALL

• A 21-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly attacking a deputy in Rochester, leaving him with a broken hand and scratches on his face. Law enforcement had been called about 4:30 p.m. regarding a disturbance between a husband and wife at their home on the 3900 block of 183rd Avenue Southwest, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. They were told she picked up a shovel and threatened her husband with it, according to Lt. Cliff Ziesemer. An arriving deputy made contact with Nicole J. Duff who was sitting on the porch, the shovel nearby, according to the sheriff’s office. When the deputy attempted to detain her, she began kicking, biting, punching and scratching at him, according to Ziesemer. Duff was Tased and taken into custody with the help of her husband, Ziesemer said. Duff had just been released from jail in Lewis County for punching an officer, Ziesemer said. She was booked into the Thurston County Jail for second-degree assault.

TWO CAMPERS FALL INTO FIRE

• Firefighters and paramedics were called early yesterday to an area off the 1900 block of Spencer Road near Salkum where they were told a man and a woman fell into a fire pit. Both were burned, the woman more seriously with injuries on her abdomen and over more than 20 percent of her body, according to Lewis County Fire District 8. It happened about 1:30 a.m. at Cowlitz Timber Trails, an association of lot owners along the river, Chief Duran McDaniel said. Others at the scene brought the couple to the gate and they were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, McDaniel said. “I don’t know her status, but I’m sure she got shipped out to another facility,” McDaniel said today.

KNIFE THREAT

• A 43-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault after allegedly pulling out a knife and threatening an individual after an argument at Maple Street and Tower Avenue in Centralia. Officers responding about 2 p.m. booked Steven L. Baker into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Further details were not readily available.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot at the 100 block of West High Street of a green 1998 Honda Civic stolen from its owner by a relative. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FOUR-VEHICLE COLLISION

• A 42-year-old Olympia woman was arrested for driving under the influence after she slammed into the rear of a car stopped for heavy traffic on northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday, sending three of its occupants to the hospital and totaling their Hyundai Sonata, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 11:45 a.m. to the scene near milepost 72 found the Sonata was shoved into a another vehicle, which was pushed into the vehicle in front of it. Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were Heather L. Bittle, 35, of Olympia, and two 16-year-old boys, according to the state patrol. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Suzanne M. Mansker, of Olympia, the investigating trooper reports.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, trespass, driving with suspended license; responses for domestic dispute, collision on city street … and more.

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Four-vehicle chain reaction collision on northbound Interstate 5 south of Chehalis. / Courtesy photo by Stevie Roberts

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old man was arrested for delivery of methamphetamine and other offenses following a search of his bedroom on the 100 block of Northeast Division Street in Chehalis by Centralia’s special Anti-Crime Team, in which they reportedly found a stolen air conditioning machine, a spoon with heroin residue and a plastic baggie with meth residue. Galen J. Jorden was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Thursday and charged in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday. Charging papers allege that sometime during the month of August Jorden sold an unspecified amount of meth to an un-named person working under the supervision of a Centralia police detective. The detective was told the air conditioner, worth as much as $4,500, was stolen from a Shell station on Ellsburg Road and Jorden had had it for some time, the documents state. He was charged with second-degree possession of stolen property, delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin. Bail was set at $25,000 and his arraignment set for this coming Thursday.

• A 22-year-old woman with a business as a painter and no previous criminal history was charged with allegedly twice selling heroin and once selling meth in recent weeks to an un-named person or persons working under the supervision of a Chehalis police detective. Stephanie Nelson was allowed to be released yesterday on a $10,000 unsecured bond after appearing before a judge in Lewis County Superior Court. According to charging documents, the first transaction occurred with 1,000 feet of a school zone in Chehalis. Nelson and 27-year-old Brett A. Economou were both arrested on Thursday in Chehalis by a detective who stopped their vehicle, according to court documents. Economou was charged with delivery of meth as well, as he allegedly was a passenger in Nelson’s vehicle during one transaction and was the one who the confidential informant handed the money to and he handed drugs back to the informant. Charging documents in his case allege when he was booked into jail, some amount of a substance that field tested positive for heroin was found in his under-clothing, so he was also charged with possession. The judge was told he was anticipating starting work next week at a lumber mill in Chehalis. Economou was allowed to be released from jail on the same conditions as Nelson. Their arraignments are scheduled for this coming Thursday.

MISSING MOTORCYCLE

• Centralia police responded about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to a report from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road regarding the theft of a black and white Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle. Police have a suspect in mind and the investigation is ongoing,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

ALLEGED SEX CRIME

• A 76-year-old lifelong Centralia resident was arrested in connection with recent allegations that about three years ago he inappropriately touched the 6-year-old granddaughter of a neighbor while they were in the backseat of a vehicle on their way to look at Christmas lights at Fort Borst Park. George R. Smith was charged yesterday with two counts of first-degree child molestation in Lewis County Superior Court. Charging documents indicate the child’s mother contacted police in April, the girl was interviewed in June and Centralia police detectives on Tuesday recorded a phone conversation in which the mother called Smith. The girl told a detective Smith put his hand under her shorts, more than once, according to the documents. A judge yesterday allowed Smith to be released pending trial on a $25,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, possible Internet scam … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Updated at 3:48 p.m.

WALL INSIDE CENTRALIA RESIDENCE CATCHES FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 7:20 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1000 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia where a fire broke out, burning a wall of a room used as an office. “The residents, they attempted to extinguish it, which they did a pretty good job,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said. “We put more water on it and opened up the wall.” McCarthy said the residents had grabbed a bowl of water with rice they were cooking to douse the flames. The fire appeared to have been caused from a malfunction of a piece of electronic equipment, like a printer, he said.

MISSING MEDS

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia regarding the theft of pain medication. The victim had a suspect in mind,  and the case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POSSIBLE PROWLER

• Centralia police were called about 8:10 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of West Center Street where they an individual told them someone pried open his neighbor’s garage door. It wasn’t immediately known if anything was missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called yesterday morning regarding a nighttime vehicle prowl on the 1100 block of Brotherson Road.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday morning of graffiti spray painted onto a building on the 100 block of South Silver Street during the night.

• Someone threw a rock through the window of a vehicle parked on the 700 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

DISAGREEMENT WITH A GUN

• Chehalis police were called about 12:40 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue in connection with a dispute involving a vehicle reportedly speeding through the neighborhood. “It looks like there was a confrontation, some allegations of a gun being displayed, although not pointed at anyone,” Chehalis Police Department Deputy Chief Randy Kaut said. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests were made, according to Kaut.

HIT AND RUN FROM ACROSS CENTER LINE

• Deputies are looking for a dark blue two-car car with driver’s side damage that crossed the center line on the 3000 block of Jackson Highway early yesterday evening, striking an oncoming vehicle. Deputies arriving about 6:55 p.m. shortly after it happened were told by the 44-year-old Centralia man he was northbound and tried to get his Nissan Sentra onto the shoulder but couldn’t avoid the  collision, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect vehicle was possibly a Mitsubishi, the sheriff’s office said. The Sentra sustained major damage and the victim said he had minor back pain but declined aid, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOTIVE FOR ROAD RAGE A MYSTERY

• A man accused of ramming another motorist on the freeway, more than once and causing it to spin out into the concrete center barrier will get his opportunity to make his plea next week in Lewis County Superior Court. Troopers responding to the incident on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis saw a plume of dust consistent with an accident and then followed a trail of smoke off exit 71 at Napavine and came upon a slow-moving sport utility vehicle that pulled to the side of the roadway and then went nose first into the ditch, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver, a 36-year-old software engineer from Redmond, was arrested and then charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and second-degree assault, according to authorities. It happened in the southbound lanes about 3:30 p.m. on Monday and Tony C. Chiang was allowed the following day to be released on a $25,000 signature bond. The two individuals in the other car were not hurt, and didn’t know what prompted it, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Neil Weaver said. “They were shocked and surprised by it,” Weaver said. They said they saw the red SUV coming up fast in the rear view mirror, he said. The driver came alongside them and stared at the car’s occupants, before turning his vehicle into theirs striking its side, charging documents relate. He then allegedly got behind the car and struck its back end and continued pushing it until it spun out, according to charging documents. Weaver said troopers didn’t learn from Chiang why he was upset. “We don’t know, because he didn’t want to talk to us,” Weaver said. Chiang’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, hit and run … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Updated at 1:23 p.m.

DIGGING FOR COPPER

• The Lewis County Public Works department is getting an estimate for dollar value of the loss of as much as a mile of underground street light wiring. Someone knocked over concrete junction boxes along the 1600 block of Rush Road south of Chehalis and removed the insulated and non-insulated copper wiring, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. It happened sometime between Friday and Monday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

SUSPICIOUS PRIZE

• An individual at the 300 block of N Street in Centralia reported yesterday they received a message over the Internet that requested they send money in order to receive cash winnings from a contest, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report from the 500 block of Hemlock Street on Tuesday about a possible identity theft that occurred sometime during the past year.

• Centralia police were called on Tuesday afternoon regarding a forged prescription for pain medications at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police responded on Tuesday morning to a report of a vehicle prowl on the 600 block of Southwest Pacific Avenue and later in the day to another prowl on the 300 block of the same street.

• Police took a report of a vehicle prowl at the 1000 block of Woodland Avenue in Centralia on Tuesday.

• Someone broke into a vehicle at the 400 block of South Buckner Street in Centralia and stole a backpack, according to a report made to police on Tuesday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday to the 700 block of G Street where sometime during the night someone damaged a vehicle by slashing a tired and cutting a seat.

• Several buildings in the area of the 200 block of South Pearl Street were tagged with gang-style graffiti between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department. Spray paint was used leaving some type of moniker, according to police.

DRUGS

• Two woman were arrested overnight following a traffic stop in which both were wanted on warrants from the state Department of Corrections and police found in the vehicle a set of digital scales and two baggies of suspected methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It happened on the 600 block of West Main Street about 12:15 a.m., according to police. Detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said the driver, Nichole A. Bryant, 25, from Chehalis, was booked for possession and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. A suspected meth pipe on the passenger, Deonna A. Williams, 27, of Centralia, got her booked for possession of meth, Wilson said.

GRASS FIRE ONALASKA

• Firefighters called to the 100 block of Leonard Road in Onalaska about 5:30 p.m. yesterday found a grass fire that apparently had begun from the neighboring church, where an individual earlier had done some weed burning along the fence line. It grew to about 30 feet by 30 feet but was knocked down quickly, Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner said.

GRASS FIRE TENINO

• Firefighters spent nearly four hours on Tuesday dealing with a brush fire that covered about six acres of mostly pastureland west of Tenino. Thurston County Fire District 12 Battalion Chief James Flower said it started beneath a pair of old growth fir trees but its cause was not obvious. They created a wet perimeter to keep the fire away from three homes on Goddard Road Southwest off Tilley Road, he said. Thee horses in the area were moved to a nearby barn as a precaution, according to Fowler.

DUIS

• Chehalis city council member Robert J. Spahr was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol last night in Centralia. He was pulled over about 11 p.m. near the area of Johnson Road and Borst Avenue for not using a turn signal and the officer smelled the odor of intoxicants, according to Centralia Police Department Officer Patty Finch. Spahr was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• A 58-year-old Centralia man was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on the 800 block of North Fork Road outside Chehalis on Tuesday night. Deputies responding just after 9 p.m. found aid personnel extricating the driver from the totaled van, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber described Stephen C. Connon’s injuries as minor. Connon was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, according to Seiber.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for  alarms, disputes, counterfeiting, shoplifting  and other misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, hit and run to mailbox; complaint about group of pre-teenish boys at a park skateboarding on the toys and using inappropriate language … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Updated at 3:43 p.m.

UNWELCOME VISITOR

• Chehalis police were called about 12:20 a.m. today to the Chehalis Avenue Apartments where a porcupine wandered up a stairwell. An officer used a broom to nudge the animal away from the buildings so it could return to where ever it came from, according to police. “We don’t handle those, we don’t pick them up,” detective Sgt. Gary WIlson said. “We just try and get them to move on their way.”

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Someone stole a backpack from a garage on the 400 block of West Pine Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Police were called to the 600 block of South Tower Avenue at 5 p.m. yesterday because an 18-pack of beer was stolen.

FRAUD CENTRALIA

• Police took a report from the 1100 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia yesterday regarding an individual receiving a  fraudulent check in the mail which was part of a scam.

VEHICLE PROWL

• A woman called Chehalis police yesterday after discovering her wallet was missing from the glovebox of her vehicle. She believed it was taken the day before while parked at the 500 block of West Main Street, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report from the 500 block of West Main Street yesterday of spray paint on a building and a vehicle that was scratched during the night.

DRUGS

• A 21-year-old Chehalis resident on a bicycle contacted by an officer about 1:40 a.m. today near Southwest 12th Street and McFadden Avenue was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Lewis County Jail. Reid N. Conrad was also wanted by Centralia police for an incident there, according to police. Conrad was charged in Lewis County Superior Court today with drug possession and also second-degree robbery in connection with a wallet snatched from the hand of an individual about 8 p.m. on Saturday at the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia. He was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

GRASS, DUCK BLINDS BURN

• It might have been a spark from a piece of equipment or something similar that ignited a grass fire yesterday just west of Intestate 5 in Chehalis, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. Firefighters called about 3 p.m. to the 900 block of Northwest Airport Road found a lot of smoke and football-sized field mostly already burned, according to Fire Capt. Casey Beck. Someone had been tilling the ground, he said. The area was surrounded by a dirt field, so it wasn’t threatening any structures, he said. Except, three duck hunting blinds made from vegetation were burnt up, according to Beck.

AUTO THEFT

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle stolen from the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue just before 3 o’clock this morning. It turned up later south of Chehalis after being involved in a collision, without any driver, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ZOOM ZOOM

• A 25-year-old Winlock man was arrested overnight after a deputy spotted him speeding then run a stop sign at North Military and Anterim Roads north of Winlock. Despite the deputy’s lights and sirens, the vehicle sped about 300 yards to the east end of Anterim Road into a driveway, where the driver hopped out and took off running, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened about 11:30 p.m. Containment was set up by arriving officers, and a police dog was called but a deputy took the suspect into custody when he was spotted walking in the area, according to the sheriff’s office. Nicolas Dodrill was booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant and the sheriff’s office will recommend he be charged also with attempted eluding, Chief Criminal Deputy Gene Seiber said.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER NIGHTTIME PURSUIT

• A pursuit of a stolen car that left Tumwater at speeds of up to about 100 mph ended more than 30 miles later almost to Curtis over the weekend when the driver who had been turning his headlights on and off rolled the 1996 Honda Civic and crashed, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan M. Dice was hospitalized with possible neck, back and internal injuries, according to a deputy’s report. It began about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday and the chase included Tumwater police and Thurston deputies heading down back roads until Rochester where they continued onto Interstate 5 and a state patrol aircraft followed from above, according to the report. The car headed over Curtis Hill Road and crashed near Scholes Drive, responders said. Deputies planned to book Dice on possession of stolen property, attempting to elude. He was driving with a suspended license and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

BUY A LOTTERY TICKET

• A driver on his way to work escaped injury overnight when a semi truck drifted into his lane, sending his pickup truck over the concrete center barrier of Interstate 5 into the oncoming lanes where it landed wheels down and rolled to the far shoulder, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. It happened about 2:45 a.m. starting in the northbound lanes just prior to the exit 77 interchange in Chehalis. “He said he didn’t roll or flip, just went airborne,” Fire Capt. Casey Beck said. “There were a lot of things going right for him, for this not to have caused a double or triple fatality.” The man was not injured at all, Beck said, although his transmission was scraped as it didn’t clear the barrier entirely.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, of “Unknown, won’t give name” for obstructing; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, unlawful issuance of bad checks, discovery of a counterfeit $10 bill, collision on city street … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 25th, 2014

SUPER DISORDERLY SUBJECT

• A 52-year-old Centralia man who reportedly was yelling and screaming at people and threatening to kill them yesterday at the 700 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia was arrested for harassment. Kenneth R. Meyers was booked into the Lewis County Jail following the approximately 11:20 a.m. incident, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ARREST FOR HAVING GUNS

• A 38-year-old Salkum man was arrested when deputies were called to a family dispute at the 100 block of Rebel Lane; as deputies learned he was a convicted felon but had in his home three rifles and two pistols. It happened on Friday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Troy Keene was booked into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful possession of firearms following the issuance of a search warrant and a look around the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

MANDOLIN MISSING

• A deputy took a report about 2:30 yesterday afternoon of a just-discovered burglary at a home on the 100 block of Kiser Road in Ethel in which a mandolin and a wheelbarrow were among the items taken, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STORAGE UNIT BURGLED

• Diving and fishing equipment were among the property stolen when someone forced their way into a storage locker on the 2500 block of Jackson Highway outside Chehalis. A deputy called to the facility on Friday concluded the break-in occurred sometime since  Aug. 13, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• Morton police were called after the discovery someone broke a window out of a vehicle inside a garage at the 100 block of Collar Avenue last Tuesday afternoon.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of graffiti found on the side of a business at the 900 block of West Main Street.

CAR PROWL

• Someone prowled a vehicle parked at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about noon yesterday.

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a car prowl on the 400 block of South Diamond Street that occurred a week ago.

• An individual reported a vehicle prowl about 12:30 p.m. yesterday from a parking lot on Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis.

• Chehalis police were called about a vehicle prowl on Northwest State Avenue on Friday morning.

HOME CATCHES FIRE

• A house fire in Grand Mound may have started in the kitchen area but worked its way up into the attic space on Saturday afternoon, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Crews were called just after 4:30 p.m. to the 18200 block of Guava Street, Chief Robert Scott said. Nobody was injured, according to the chief.

JUST THE CABLE GUY

• Morton police were called about 9 p.m. on Thursday regarding a suspicious person in a vehicle the area of Airport Way. Officers made contact with the person who identified himself as a subcontractor for the cable company, according to the Morton Police Department.

ZOOM ZOOM

• A driver traveling more than 100 mph down Interstate 5 lost control, struck a semi truck parked in the Maytown Rest Area and caught fire yesterday afternoon. The driver was able to get out and was transported to the hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 2003 Mercedes Benz was consumed by flames.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, 18-year-old reportedly punching holes in the walls of parent’s home; responses for alarms, disputes, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, loud neighbor music … and more.

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A 2003 Mercedes Benz is extinguished after it ran into a parked truck and caught fire at the Maytown Rest Area. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Flames rise from a house and surrounding brush in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Cheyenne Bishop

CENTRALIA HOUSE CATCHES FIRE

• A vacant house at the end of Brotherson Road in Centralia was destroyed by fire overnight, drawing 11 firefighters from Riverside Fire Authority and the Chehalis Fire Department. Crews called about 2:20 a.m. found the single-story home fully involved in flames and the vegetation around it burning, according to Capt. Erik Olson. The residence had been unoccupied for some time and is in the area just east of Interstate 5 slated for a large commercial development project, according to the fire department. Nobody was injured. The fire investigator was able to find where the fire started but figuring out its exact cause will be difficult because of the amount of damage, according to Olson.

BICYCLE BANDIT

• Officers responded about 8 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia where a male in his 20s reportedly snatched a wallet from its owner’s hand and fled on a bicycle.

MEDS MISSING

• Police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of prescription medications from a home on the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took reports on Friday morning of several buildings in the downtown area hit with graffiti, including on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for misdemeanor theft, protection order violation, counterfeit bill … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Updated at 6:42 p.m.

DRUGS

• A 30-year-old woman from Texas arrested at Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon for reportedly taking food from the deli and eating it in the McDonald’s seating area with her companion was booked into the Lewis County Jail when a search of her purse turned up a variety of pills without proper prescription documentation, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said Kimberly R. Lawson and John C. Vaughn were being watched by security staff and threw away the packaging of the product, valued at just over $20. Both were arrested for third-degree theft and jailed, Bailey said.

MISSING HONDA CAR

• Centralia police were called about 11:20 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a white 1993 Honda Accord from a parking lot at the 200 block of North Pearl Street.

POLICE: HAM HILL BURGLARY SOLVED

• A 35-year-old Bucoda man was arrested yesterday for allegedly driving another male to a home on the 1100 block of Ham Hill Road last month for a burglary. On July 18, the resident returned home to find a window pried open, some of his belongings outside in the grass and tire tracks in the yard, according to police. A laptop computer for which he had a serial number for was missing and its information entered into a law enforcement database, charging documents state. A Centralia police detective yesterday was summoned to a Bucoda home by a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office detective who was there on another matter and found the stolen computer, according to the court documents. Curtis W. Hoffman who resides there with his mother and her caregiver, told Centralia detective Pat Beall what he had done, according to charging documents. Hoffman was booked into the Lewis County Jail and charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with residential burglary. His bail was set at $25,000.

COLLISION

• A bicyclist suffered minor injuries in a collision with a vehicle late yesterday afternoon at the 1200 block of North Pearl Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, burglary, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street, telephone harassment via texting, suspicious circumstances … and more.

 

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Updated at 7:46 p.m.

POLICE: SHOPLIFT GOES PHYSICAL

• Centralia police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to a grocery store on the 500 block of South Tower Avenue where they were told a 45-year-old man fought with loss prevention officers after stealing a raspberry beer. James C. Weatherford was arrested for second-degree robbery and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Lewis County prosecutors declined to file that charge.

COLLISIONS

• Police responded to the 1200 block of Kresky Avenue in Centralia about 5:10 p.m. yesterday where they found a vehicle had driven off the roadway into a field, and the driver left. Phillip A. Pinotti, 22, of Centralia, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• One of four possible patients was taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision on the 2100 block of North Pearl Street yesterday evening involving a car and a pickup truck. Police  called about 7:30 p.m. said one pulled out in front of the other. A girl was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

FIFE POLICE SEARCH MORTON RESIDENCE FOR WANTED PERSONS

• Officers from the Fife Police Department yesterday were joined by local sheriff’s deputies in looking for a pair of wanted subjects suspected to be hiding at a home in the Morton area. Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Steve Aust said they were searching for a man and a woman from a shooting incident in the north Pierce County town back on Aug. 11. About a half dozen officers went to the residence on the 800 block of Davis Lake Road yesterday afternoon but did not find them, Aust said. Fife police have been looking for the pair following a contact with an officer about 1:05 a.m. a week ago Monday in which an officer responding to a call about a near robbery encountered a dark blue Ford Explorer driven by a female and engaged in a struggle with her but got trapped in the vehicle’s open door as she put it in reverse, reportedly dragging the officer briefly, according to the Fife Police Department. The officer fired into the vehicle, which fled south toward Tacoma, and at one point on Interstate 5, someone from the vehicle may have fired through the back window at a pursuing patrol car, according to police. Fife police reported the suspect vehicle was later located unoccupied in Spanaway; it had been struck by gunfire and appeared the occupants may have sustained injuries. Aust said he didn’t know why the couple would have been in Lewis County.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A former Adna area resident extradited from Virginia where he was serving in the U.S. Navy was sentenced yesterday for molesting a young relative when they lived together following the December 2007 flood. The girl told a detective it began when he was 17 and she was 9 and occurred over a two-year period, according to charging documents. Edward J. Guenther, 23, pleaded guilty as charged in Lewis County Superior Court to one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of first-degree child rape. Judge James Lawler yesterday morning agreed with the recommendations of of both attorneys that Guenther be given what is called a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative. “I’m satisfied this is appropriate, I think both Mr. Guenther and society will benefit from this,” Lawler said. “Given the evaluation, I find he is amenable to treatment.” Under the agreement, Guenther must spend one year in jail and successfully complete a five-year long psychosexual treatment program. If he fails, he has an 11-year prison sentence waiting for him, defense attorney David Arcuri said. He will be monitored by the state Department of Corrections during that time and for the rest of his life, and must register as a sex offender, Arcuri said. Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told the judge the victim was not opposed to the deal. One of the requirements for a defendant is they must be willing to admit what they did, Arcuri said. “This is not a guy who hangs out in parks, snatches girls and throws them in the bushes,” Arcuri said. “Those guys can’t do SSOSAs.” Guenther was charged last December, and has been held in the Lewis County Jail since mid-January.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, disputes, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Updated at 4:21 p.m.

STOLEN FIREARM FOUND

• A 19-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday at the 300 block of M Street in connection with a shotgun stolen from the 200 block of L Street. The gun was taken last Wednesday and reported missing Monday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Jonathan C. Siler was recognized by the victim, when surveillance images were viewed, according to police. The firearm was retrieved yesterday in Winlock, Officer Patty Finch said. Siler was booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary and trafficking in stolen property, according to Finch.

MISSING TV RECOVERED

• Centralia police recovered a 60-inch plasma television yesterday for the Rent-A-Center which had been rented and then sold to someone else, according to the Centralia Police Department. The $1,560 item was found at the 1200 block of Centralia Avenue, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from Southeast Winchester Hill Drive that someone had rummaged through a pickup truck in the previous few days. It didn’t appear anything was taken, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A plea deal was put together in which an Onalaska man admitted to no wrong doing, but pleaded guilty today to offenses which could result in a sentence of life in prison, with the potential to be released after about three and a half years in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of a teenage relative. Richard L. Crumbliss, 44, was arrested in April and has remained held in the Lewis County Jail. Lewis County prosecutors changed the charges to the more serious counts of second-degree assault with sexual motivation related to an incident reported during spring break of this year and second-degree child molestation related to the girl’s other recent disclosure that when she was 12 and and she traveled with him in his semi truck, he gave her strawberry vodka and engaged in sexual activity with her, according to Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain. Crumbliss made his so-called Alford plea to Lewis County Superior Court Judge James Lawler this morning. The former volunteer firefighter and part time substitute bus driver was represented by attorney David Arcuri. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 1, after an evaluation is conducted by the Department of Corrections so the state agency may offer its recommendation of how much time he should get.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, obstructing, resisting arrest, misdemeanor assault, violation of no contact order; responses for alarm, disputes, drunken teenager, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, failure to return rented home furnishings, collision on city street, jogger bit by golden lab; complaint of loud neighbor music … and more.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

CHILD PORN COMPLAINT

• Chehalis police were called to the Holiday Inn Express on Northwest Liberty Place yesterday evening following the discovery a man was using the hotel’s business center to look at what was described by the reporting person as child pornography. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the individual left the area and the incident is under investigation. It remains to be seen if material was downloaded and was illegal, according to Wilson, and nobody knows if it was a hotel guest or a trespasser.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• A deputy was called to a home on the 1800 block of Salzer Valley Road outside Centralia yesterday where a 55-year-old man reported someone broke the front door glass and stole about $1,100 worth of valuables, including binoculars and a coin collection as well as bank statements and checkbooks. It happened sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• Centralia police were called yesterday about 12:40 p.m. regarding a firearm stolen from a residence on the 200 block of L Street.

• Someone got into a shed at the 100 block of Alexander Street in Centralia and stole a bug zapper and a shop vac, according to a report made to police yesterday.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a $500 pickup truck belonging to the county was stolen from near the orange gate at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds between 11 p.m. Sunday and 9 o’clock yesterday morning. The white Chevrolet S10 had a broken out back window, a county logo on its door and an exempt license plate reading 40954C, according to the sheriff’s office.

MAILBOX PILFERING

• Centralia police were called to the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street about 8 o’clock yesterday morning about the theft of checks from a mailbox.

STUMBLING DRUNK

• Chehalis police were called twice yesterday afternoon about a very drunk pedestrian, first when he fell onto his face on a sidewalk near Northwest Prindle Street and then less than an hour later because he was laying next to the railroad tracks. Both times he refused any help and this morning was out and about upright, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license, violation of no contact order; responses for alarms, disputes, small grass fires, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, violation of no contact order, failure to return rented home furnishings, collisions on city streets, including Twin Transit bus hitting parked vehicle … and more.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

ATTACK LANDS ONE IN JAIL

• A 25-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree assault after he allegedly got upset and grabbed a female by the throat during a small gathering at an apartment on Friday night at the 1700 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis. Another individual broke them apart and when police arrived about midnight, Christian M. Mann was uncooperative and was zapped with a Taser, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Mann was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for harassment, police said. There was drinking going on, according to police.

IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION

• A 31-year-old Centralia area man already in the jail was arrested in connection with a search of a red Chevrolet Tahoe conducted after a brief police pursuit in late July that turned up drugs, checks and stolen identification related to several cases in Thurston County, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Nobody was in the sport utility vehicle when it was found parked in Chehalis, but Michael E. Helgeson is suspected to be involved, according to police.

BURGLARY RANDLE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a  42-inch flat screen television was stolen from the 1300 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle sometime between 12 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday while the resident was away.

THEFT PACKWOOD

• A riding lawn mower and a push mower disappeared from where they were stored outside at the 100 block of Thompson Road in Packwood sometime in the two weeks before Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The owner’s shed was also broken into, but nothing taken, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report last night regarding medication stolen from the 1000 block of G Street.

THEFT MORTON

• Someone went into a greenhouse in a backyard at the 300 block of Temple Avenue in Morton and stole $60 worth of plants, according to a report made to police on Saturday morning.

STOLEN AUTOMOBILE

• Chehalis police were called to the 300 block of Northeast Adams Avenue about 7:25 a.m. yesterday regarding the theft of a red 1999 Honda Civic. The car has a license plate of AME 4238, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SHOPLIFTING ARREST

• A Wal-Mart security person contacted a 32-year-old Yelm resident who allegedly tried to push out almost $500 worth of merchandise from the store on the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue at about 6:20 p.m. on Friday. Police say the suspected shoplifter began to fight and subsequently was seen by medics because of a rapid heartbeat. Christopher W. Buhl was arrested for third-degree theft and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• A Winlock woman boating with friends on Saturday discovered her purse had been stolen from where it was locked in the truck of her car parked near the north boat launch on Taidnapam Drive sometime between 4:10 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Among the missing items were her concealed weapon permit, cash and credit cards, according to the sheriff’s office. Her bank card was used at Wal-Mart in Spanaway and an attempt to use it was also made at Fred Meyer in Tacoma, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Clothing was also missing, Brown said.

• Chehalis police were called to parking lot at Wal-Mart about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday when a Rochester woman who had been gone for about an hour discovered someone broke the passenger side window of her vehicle and stole her purse. Her debit card was used at the nearby Airport Depot store and also in Seattle, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A backpack and games were among the items stolen when someone prowled a vehicle on Southwest First Street near Market Boulevard in Chehalis, according to a report made to police about 11 a.m. on Friday.

• Morton police took a report about 7:20 p.m. on Thursday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Division Avenue. Someone got into the unlocked vehicle but took nothing, according to police.

DRUGS

• Centralia police responded about 8 p.m. on Friday to the 1100 block of Long Road where they took a male into custody for alleged trespassing and subsequently found suspected methamphetamine on him. His identity is in question, but he was was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail under the name he provided, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called to the 1100 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia just before 11 a.m. yesterday when an apartment resident discovered someone filled her door’s lock and deadbolt with glue.

POULTRY ATTACK

• Chehalis police were called about 10:30 a.m. on Friday to Southeast Magnolia Street where they were told a resident caught a dog killing his chickens. The incident is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SKINNY DIPPER CAUGHT

• A 43-year-old Tacoma man was arrested for breach of public peace after a Morton police officer driving across the Tilton River bridge spotted him exiting a swimming hole without any clothing on. It happened just before 10 a.m. last Monday and Jerry DeShazo told the officer he didn’t think anyone could see him, according to the Morton Police Department.

VEHICLE FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 3:40 p.m. yesterday when a fire broke out in the engine of  pickup truck just after an individual parked at the Centralia Outlets off Lum Road. Someone tried to use a fire extinguisher on it and an arriving crew put the flames out, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

COLLISION

• A 22-year-old Chehalis resident admitted he was going way too fast when he wrecked his 1992 Honda Accord on the 2400 block of Wildwood Road in Curtis early Saturday morning. When deputies arrived just before 1 a.m., the driver was not there but it appeared the car had gone into a skid and rolled at least once, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was totaled and so it was towed, Chief Ciivl Deputy Stacy Brown said. The driver was subsequently found at his home and suffered bumps and bruises, Brown said. He was ticketed, according to Brown.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, loud music, misdemeanor theft, violation of no contact order, collisions on city streets, dogs left in parked vehicles … and more.

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

ANOTHER FIRE ON ABANDONED MILL PROPERTY

• Firefighters called about 2:10 p.m. yesterday to a possible structure fire at the 1800 block of Central Boulevard in north Centralia found a pile of wood and other materials burning inside a large abandoned mill building. The fire was on the same property where a week earlier crews spent hours putting out  burning brush, trees and old equipment. The materials yesterday consisted of a mound of wood and garbage approximately 20 feet by 10 feet, according to Riverside Fire Authority. It was quickly extinguished, and there was no damage to the metal building, Fire Capt. Erik Olson reports. The fire marshal and Centralia police are investigating the cause.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for bad checks written to a business … and more.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

MOTORBIKE MISSING

• A 2001 Yamaha YZ125 dirt bike, riding gear, several fuel cans and a trailer jack were stolen from an outbuilding on property at the 100 block of Elma Drive North outside Centralia with the value estimated at $3,355, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy who took a report last night noted it took place sometime between Wednesday morning and 6:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the sheriff’s office.

HANDBAGS SNATCHED

• Centralia police were called to the Coach store at the Centralia Outlets on Lum Road about 1:45 p.m. yesterday to a report a woman grabbed four purses and ran out with them. The loss is more than $1,200, according to the Centralia Police Department. The woman, described only as black with a partially shaved eyebrow was wearing a red sweater and had her hair in a bun, according to police. She was seen getting into a gray Ford Taurus, police said.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called about 6:40 a.m. today regarding a purse stolen from a vehicle at the 2400 block of Fords Prairie Avenue in Centralia.

• Chehalis police were called about 10 a.m. yesterday about a vehicle prowled at the 300 block of Southeast Park Hill Drive.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday about someone breaking into a car on the 200 block of Northeast Washington Avenue in Chehalis.

PARKING LOT DISPUTE

• Centralia police called about 9 p.m. last night regarding someone slashing two tires in the parking lot on the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue near Starbucks subsequently pulled over a suspect vehicle nearby and found its 20-year-old driver was intoxicated. Ramon Garcia-Simpson was arrested for  driving under the influence and Jorge A. Romero, 35, was arrested for furnishing liquor to a minor, according to the Centralia Police Department. Both Centralia residents were booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. There had been a dispute between them and the Rochester man whose tires were damaged, but it didn’t appear they knew each other, police said.

COLLISIONS

• A 51-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol about 7:30 a.m. yesterday after a deputy responded to a report a sport utility vehicle struck the wall in the drive through at McDonalds on the 100 block of Kirkland Road in Napavine. Valerie K. Gleason acknowledged she had been drinking, but said it was many, many hours earlier, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 28-year-old man from Rock Springs, Wyoming, was arrested for driving under the influence as well as hit and run after his vehicle reportedly struck a fence along the roadway on the 700 block of Howe Road outside Toledo last night. A deputy responding about 8:45 p.m. located Anthony C. Nichols a short distance away and booked him into the  Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for disputes, suicide attempt, collisions on city streets, suspicious circumstances… and more.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

SUSPECT FROM DOMESTIC DISPUTE ARRESTED

• A 23-year-old man was arrested overnight for an incident on Saturday night when he allegedly took $20 from his girlfriend while they were driving between Rochester and Centralia and then threatened to leave her in the woods out past Big Hanaford Road east of Centralia. Police say Marcus L. Deal assaulted her to get the money he said was his and wouldn’t let her away for a period of time. She was able to calm him down and he took her to his home in Centralia; then she went to a relative’s home to call 911, according to Officer Patty Finch. The victim’s injury was minor, Finch said. Deal was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree robbery second-degree and kidnapping, according to Finch.

POLICE: FORGERY FOR EXTRA MEDS

• A 35-year-old from Rainier was arrested yesterday morning at a Centralia pharmacy for forgery after allegedly altering a prescription for narcotics. An officer called about 9:30 a.m. to Rite Aid at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue was able to contact the doctor and learn it should have been for 100 pills, not 200 pills, according to the Centralia Police Department. Aron D. Shelley was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

FUEL THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED, WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

• A 43-year-old Centralia man was arrested early yesterday after he was caught allegedly stealing fuel at an auto dealership on the 1900 block of Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis. Uhlmann’s I-5 Toyota has reported thefts of gasoline and asked for extra patrols in the area, according to the Chehalis Police Department, and about 2 o’clock yesterday morning, an officer observed a van, a gas can and a person in the car lot. The individual fled and was located by a police dog about 75 yards away, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Jeffery L. Tanner was  booked into the Lewis County Jail, Bailey said. The 2002 Ford Econo Van with him turned out to be stolen from Colville or Yakima County, Bailey said.

OUTBUILDING BURGLED

• A deputy took a report last night from the 400 block of Ingalls Road west of Centralia regarding the theft of two Stihl chainsaws from a shop building sometime after July 15 and before Monday. The loss is estimated at $600, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 7:20 a.m. today regarding a vehicle prowl on Southeast Winchester Hill Drive.

COLLISION

• A 68-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after she was involved in a minor traffic accident at Main and Saxon streets in Centralia last night. Marcia K. Main was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

GLENOMA RESIDENCE DESTROYED BY FIRE

• Firefighters from three districts were called just before 2 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Glenoma where a single-wide mobile home had caught fire. The structure was fully involved in flames when they arrived and it turned out nobody was living there, incident commander Jeff Jaques said. Jaques, chief of Randle’s fire department said the woman who did, passed away about a week ago. They put out some burning trees and kept the fire from spreading, he said. “I don’t know the cause, I don’t know there was enough left for them to determine the cause,” Jaques said.

CRANE STREET FIRE CREWS WRAPPING UP

• Members of Thurston County Fire District 12 who have been assisting the state Department of Natural Resources at the site of a brush fire on unimproved property off Crane Street since Sunday may get a break tomorrow. District 12 Battalion Chief Jim Fowler said he expects they will finish work there today. A DNR level three incident management team set up at Tenino Middle School has been overseeing it and two other fires this week, the three of them dubbed the Tenino Complex Fire. They are the Johnson Creek Fire about a mile to the east on land owned by Weyerhaeuser, which threatened no structures and another near Roy, according to a DNR spokesperson. Earlier this week, those efforts drew a team from as far away as Nevada. The Crane Street fire on Bluemauer Hill – which was stopped at roughly 13 acres on Sunday night – was the scene of an outdoor party which went into Saturday night, according to Fowler.  Two vehicles and a shack were burned, and workers have found remains that resembled tents, according to Fowler. A DNR investigator was told a barbecue may have tipped over, Fowler said this morning.

FREEWAY SPEED CHANGE

• The speed limit returns to 60 mph today on Interstate 5 through Centralia after months of a 50 mph limit for construction, according to the state Department of Transportation. Work continues however in the zone between Mellen Street and Blakeslee Junction to the north and speed reductions may be put into place again when traffic is shifted while crews retrofit and paint the bridges over the Skookumchuck River, according to DOT. This is the last phase of an eight-year-long, $168 million effort to improve safety and congestion on I-5 in Lewis and south Thurston counties. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2015.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, disorderly conduct, a man who shoplifted bandaids, a woman who shoplifted personal hygiene products; responses for alarm, collisions on city streets, suspicious circumstances, fire response for over-cooked muffin … and more.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Updated at 3:40 p.m.

BUTTER KNIFE ATTACK

• A 46-year-old woman was arrested last night after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a butter knife at the 1200 block of Long Road in Centralia. Deputies called about 11:40 p.m. found the 38-year-old victim had a wound near his collarbone, but he didn’t want any aid, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They learned he threw lighter that hit her in the arm and she stuck him with the piece of flatware, according to the sheriff’s office. Angela M. Reed was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BANK CARD STOLEN AND USED

• Police took a report from a 61-year-old Centralia man yesterday morning after he discovered that while he was in jail someone used his debit card and drained his account. The card was left at the motel where he was staying on the 1000 block of Eckerson Road when he was arrested, the victim told police . And when he got out after about four months, he went to the bank to make a withdrawal and found he was nearly $5,000 in the red, some of that being attributed to overdraft fees, Officer Patty Finch said. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Deputies responded about 5 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 100 block of Tri-Mountain Lane outside Centralia in which an estimated $500 worth of jewelry was missing from a home. It happened between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the suspect may have been driving a red  four-door passenger car, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

FELONY SHOPLIFTING

• Chehalis police responded to Wal-Mart about 10 p.m. yesterday after a security person detained one of two females who reportedly left without paying, pushing a shopping cart loaded up with nearly $300 worth of diapers, blankets, clothing and cleaning supplies. One fled on foot but the other reportedly said she was going to sell the items to others, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Arrianna K. Davis, 18, of Kelso, was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for theft with intent to resell, department spokesperson Linda Bailey said.

COLLISION

• An 18-year-old driver was hospitalized yesterday after her car ran off U.S. Highway 12 about a dozen miles east of Packwood and struck a rock embankment. Troopers called just before 11 a.m. report the Toyota Tercel was totaled. Melissa A. Watkins, from Tieton, was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, a man who shoplifted a plum; responses for alarm, disputes, collisions on city streets, car versus deer on state route, suspicious circumstances … and more.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Updated at 6:49 p.m.

RESCUE IN THE MOUNTAINS

• A backpacker who got sick in the Goat Rocks Wilderness area over the weekend was rescued yesterday by a search and rescue team member, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 37-year-old woman from Tualatin, Ore. with three companions walked into the Snowgrass Flats at the Chambers Lake outside of Packwood to camp on Saturday, but the following day she was suffering from vertigo, vomiting and couldn’t stand up, according to the sheriff’s office. They called for help and rescuers drove partway in, and one of them hiked to the camp reaching it around midnight, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The area is at an elevation of approximately 5,600 feet, Brown said. The search and rescue team member stayed the night and helped hydrate the woman, so they could walk out yesterday morning, according to Brown. The Oregon woman said she hadn’t had an episode for years, but the elevation may have brought it on, Brown said.

THEFT AT CENTRALIA MILL

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 a.m. yesterday to Northwest Hardwoods at the 3000 block of Galvin Road about the theft of about $6,000 worth of sander bearings. Each of the missing square brass bearings weighs five to seven pounds, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eleven or 12 of them disappeared from a rack sometime during the previous week, according to police. There is no suspect information, Officer Patty Finch said.

THEFT OF CASH

• Centralia police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue regarding the theft of money. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WINLOCK THEFT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone stole about $1,000 worth of various equipment such as a pressure washer and tools from outside a home on the 200 block of Winter Road near Winlock between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. last Thursday.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that nearly $2,000 worth of carpentry tools were stolen from a residence at the 400 block of Hart Road in Winlock between Thursday and Friday.

CHEHALIS THEFT

• More than $8,000 worth of valuables were missing when a 37-year-old woman returned home to find the residence ransacked at the 600 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday. She left at 11 a.m. and got back at 4 p.m. and discovered someone had forced their way through a door at the garage and left with jewelry, an Xbox and other items such as clothing including Lewis County Sheriff’s Office uniform pants, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Also taken was a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s notebook, Brown said. Brown indicated that she did not know if it was a deputy’s home that was burglarized.

• A Lawn Chief deck lawn mower and a disassembled 12.5 hp engine were taken from a garage at the 100 block of Lake Creek Road outside Chehalis, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday. The owner said it happened sometime between 5 p.m. last Thursday and 11 p.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday they are investigating a case in which $2,200 cash went missing from where it was stored under a mattress. The victim, a 68-year-old Chehalis woman, said she always keeps her doors locked and didn’t believe anyone knew it was there, according to the sheriff’s office. She noticed it on Friday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MISSING MOTORHOME

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a the owner of a 1998 Thor Regency class A motorhome discovered on Friday it was missing from the gated storage area at the Thousand Trails Campground where he had parked it a month earlier. The green and white RV is valued at $27,500, according to the sheriff’s office. Staff at the site on the 2200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road said sometimes guests leave the gate open, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

FAKE BIG BILLS

• Centralia police took a report about 1:30 p.m. yesterday of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at the Centralia Outlet stores.

DRUGS

• A 47-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last night after a pipe with residue was located on his person at South Tower Avenue near the viaduct in Centralia, according to police. James A. Nix was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was to be released with charges filed pending further investigation.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were called yesterday morning about a vehicle prowl at the 3300 block of Northeast Adams Avenue. The victim said he found his missing tackle box in the garbage near his apartment, but other property was still missing, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• The vehicle was locked but windows partially down and when its owner returned to the store’s parking lot, several items from inside it including pain medication were gone. Chehalis police were called about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of South Market Boulevard took a report.

SHOPPER LEAVES DOG IN CAR

• A 40-year-old Tacoma resident was cited for animal cruelty after he allegedly left his dog inside his vehicle for more than an hour in 90 degree weather yesterday, while parked at the Centralia Outlets. An officer called about 1:30 p.m. to the 100 block of High Street found the Pit Bull laying across the seats, panting heavily and the windows slightly down. Vatsana Phaisan showed up about the time the officer did and said he didn’t think it had been long, that time got away from him, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ASSAULT

• A 36-year-old Vancouver man who reportedly fled after assaulting a woman outside a store on the 2900 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis was picked up at his home by law enforcement from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Lewis County Jail. A deputy called on Sunday night was told a citizen intervened after the man choked the woman he was dating, hit her in the face several times, threw her to the ground and broke her phone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 48-year-old Chehalis woman said it began with an argument and she then thought he was going to kill her, according to the sheriff’s office. Jagwinder Singh was arrested for second-degree assault, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

MOTORCYCLE INCIDENT

• A male was cited after he lost control of his motorcycle yesterday afternoon at the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia. Centralia police say he dropped his bike and was not not wearing a helmet, nor did he have a motorcycle endorsement. Spencer Baumgartner then walked back to work, Officer Patty Finch said.

COLLISIONS

• A driver was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck in Tenino on Saturday night, in which his car left the roadway at a corner and traveled down an approximately 20-foot embankment. Firefighters were called about 11 p.m. to the scene, on Bluemauer Road, just west of Crane Street, according to Thurston County Fire District 12. He was transported by paramedics to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to District 12.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday a 23-year-old Chehalis resident sustained a head injury when he reached for his cell phone and ran into a ditch and culvert at the 400 block of Avery Road East on Sunday. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and cited for wheels off the roadway, according to the sheriff’S office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, dog inside hot vehicle; complaint of barking dog … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Updated

ROADSIDE UN-ASSISTANCE

• An Elma man who left his tent trailer on the side of Interstate 5 with a flat tire returned the following morning to find it had vanished, but followed drag marks for roughly 10 miles to a driveway in Winlock. The tent trailer was recovered, and deputies who spoke with individuals at the 100 block of Lane Drive have a suspect, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The incident from Saturday remains under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

FOOD FIGHT LANDS ONE IN JAIL

• A 38-year-old Centralia man was arrested for misdemeanor assault after throwing mashed potatoes on another customer at the 600 block of West Main Street in Centralia yesterday afternoon. Officers responded about 4:50 p.m. and booked Mitchell L. Galster, into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police called to Kentucky Fried Chicken for a disorderly person, found Galster had walked outside, and then was  confronted by a male coming through the drive through who got out of his vehicle, according to police. Officer Patty Finch said Galster reportedly flung the food onto the male and his vehicle. The officer noted Galster smelled highly of alcohol, Finch said.

LIVESTOCK SET FREE

• Centralia police took a report about 11 a.m. yesterday in which an individual at the 1900 block of Van Wormer Street said someone cut his fence and allowed his cows to escape.

AUTO THEFT MORTON

• Morton police took a report on Saturday from an individual who said his 1998 Subaru Legacy vanished sometime after midnight while he camped at Gust Backstrom Park. The loss is estimated at $5,000, according to the Morton Police Department.

BURGLARY CHEHALIS

• Chehalis police were called to the 2100 block of North National Avenue on Friday morning regarding the theft of various items from vendors during the night.

YOGI WANNABES

• Morton police were called about 2:40 a.m. on Friday to Gust Backstrom Park where a camper had chased what they thought were two teenagers going through their coolers. Nothing was missing, according to the Morton Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Chehalis police were called about 2 o’clock this morning regarding a car prowl on Northeast Washington Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called to Southwest Lewis Street early Saturday morning regarding a car prowl.

COLLISIONS

• A 64-year-old Packwood man was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 12 today four miles east of Randle. Troopers called about 2:50 p.m. found Larry M. Henricksen was traveling eastbound when his Ford F350 pickup left the road to the right and rolled onto its top. The vehicle was totaled and impounded, according to the Washington State Patrol. The cause of the crash is under investigation, the state patrol reports. Henricksen was transported to Morton General Hospital.

• A 73-year-old Seattle woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle yesterday after the sport utility vehicle she was driving was hit by an oncoming car on state Route 123 about 10 miles east of Packwood. The Toyota Highlander spun around and went down an embankment, according to the Washington State Patrol. Her 84-year-old passenger, Dee J. McGonigle, also from Seattle, was injured and taken to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. Troopers called about 1:20 p.m. to milepost three concluded a Honda Civic driven northbound by a 26-year-old Renton resident crossed over the centerline and hit the SUV in the driver’s side front end, according to the state patrol. The Renton man, Andrew J. Wilkerson, was also transported to the Morton Hospital, the investigating trooper reports. Both vehicles were described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, bark fires, possible fraud, eggs thrown, loud nighttime music from a bar, collisions on city streets,  … and more.