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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

OH MY

• A police pursuit that began near Alder Street and Long Road in Centralia overnight reached speeds of about 60 mph and ended when the driver continued east on Cherry Street beyond where the street ends for the railroad tracks, according to police. “He apparently didn’t know that, he hit the brakes and slid past the barricade and came to stop on the east side of the tracks,” Officer John Panco said. “Then he took off running.” The reason for the attempted stop was the officer observed the 1997 Toyota Tercel driving erratically, according to the Centralia Police Department. A police dog came out to try to track the driver, but it wasn’t until someone called 911 to say there was a person on their roof that the driver was found, Panco said. Officers took Justus R. Crofton into custody at the 600 block of South Gold Street, he said. The 20-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for eluding and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Panco said he didn’t offer an explanation for why he fled.

BURGLARY AT MOTEL

• Centralia police were called about noon yesterday to the 1200 block of Alder Street after a motel room was broken into. Officers learned two males kicked in the door and stole jewelry and clothing and got suspect names from witnesses, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, police said.

NIGHTTIME DEMOLITION

• Centralia police arrested a 48-year-old Chehalis resident after he was caught allegedly taking metal roofing from an abandoned house on the 1200 block of Brotherson Road last night. A police dog from Chehalis was called in about 9:45 p.m. and helped motivate another person to come out of a building in the same area at the same time, according to police. Kelly J. Teshara was arrested for misdemeanor theft and trespassing and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BOAT SPIRITED AWAY

• A deputy took a report yesterday from the Cascade Peaks RV Park on the 11,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Randle that a 10-foot long white boat was missing. The victim, a 76-year-old Randle resident, said it was taken some time since April 9, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $800.

FRAUD

• A 19-year-old Chehalis area woman called the sheriff’s office yesterday to report she discovered $412 worth of fraudulent transactions on her Twinstar Credit Union checking account. The seven charges originated in Portland, and there is no information as to how the account was compromised, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

WRECK

• A 49-year-old driver ended up with just a bloody lip and a scratch when his steering malfunctioned and he left the roadway struck a fence, crossed a yard and hit a ditch yesterday evening. A deputy responding to Skyhawk Drive north of Toledo after the approximately 6 o’clock wreck learned the Randle man had been traveling north along the 5100 block of Jackson Highway, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was cited for defective steering, according to the sheriff’s office.

TRAIN WRECK SURVIVORS ARRESTED

• Genaveve R. Webb, 40, and Gary L. Bafford, 54, both of Chehalis, were treated and then released from Providence Centralia Hospital after their run in with a passenger train yesterday afternoon on Summa Street in Centralia. Police say Webb drove around a crossing arm after a freight train passed by but then lost much of the front end of her Datsun pickup to an Amtrak headed the other direction. The truck was tossed onto a signal pole, landing on its side, according to witnesses. Webb was arrested for reckless endangerment, according to the Centralia Police Department. Bafford, who left the scene, was arrested shortly after the wreck a few blocks away for outstanding warrants, police said. One was a local misdemeanor warrant and the other and out-of-county felony warrant, Centralia Police Department Officer Patricia Finch said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail. Police and firefighters described their injuries as minor.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, broken windows at a retreat center, shoplift of a pregnancy test kit and other misdemeanor theft … and more.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

Updated at 3:20 p.m.

BUS DRAMA: PART II

• A missing wallet which last week sparked a one-man melee on a Twin Transit bus apparently hasn’t turned up but a fellow passenger was arrested over the weekend for second-degree theft in connection with its disappearance. Chehalis police arrested a 23-year-old rider after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach and spit on another passenger before breaking a bus window with his head last Thursday. Police said Travis P. Bullard had been kicked off a bus and then boarded it again at the stop near Wal-Mart, but didn’t offer a reason for his anger, other than he may have been under the influence of something. Today however, a department spokespersons said an officer reviewing security video over the weekend spotted a 60-year-old man take Bullard’s seat and put a wallet in his pocket, before changing seats. Herbert M. St. Ours, from Chehalis, was interviewed on Saturday and said he didn’t pick up the wallet, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was then arrested, but prosecutors are not filing charges pending further investigation.

THEFT PE ELL

• A deputy was called to Pe Ell yesterday where a 51-year-old woman reported the theft of numerous items from outside a home such as a riding lawn mower, a grass eater and a portable outdoor fireplace. Also among the stolen from the 600 block of East Pe Ell Avenue were a Dell laptop computer and a half tank of fuel from a locked vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim said it happened sometime during the previous week or two, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

THEFT GLENOMA

• A 19-year-old Glenoma woman reported her Sig Sauer pistol and its case were stolen from her home on the 200 block of Sand Creek Lane when someone entered the locked house through an open bedroom window. A deputy called to the home on Friday was told the break-in occurred sometime between 7:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. that day, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An iPad was missing too but other valuables were left untouched, the sheriff’s office said.

THEFT MORTON

• Someone got inside a woman’s camper parked outside a woman’s trailer on the 100 block of Chapman Road near Morton and stole a ruby ring, 20 ceramic figurines, other jewelry and a black leather bag of tools sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at almost $800, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 3:15 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of South Tower Avenue regarding the theft of a red and blue sand rail – an off-road four-wheeler – and two bicycles sometime since Thursday.

TRESPASSING LEADS TO ARREST

• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night because he allegedly went inside a vacant residence on the 700 block of North Pearl Avenue. Police say Brandon R. Goodell broke a window to get in. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Morton police report they responded to two vehicle prowls last Monday, one on the 300 block of Division Avenue where a window was smashed out and a purse taken and the other on the 100 block of Third Street in which a stereo was removed from an unlocked vehicle as well as about $20 worth of gas.

FIRE CAUSES ESTIMATED $75,000 WORTH DAMAGE

• A fire in Grand Mound over the weekend that destroyed a resident’s large outbuilding and virtually all of the contents stored inside was sparked  by a blow torch being used to burn off weeds from the property’s perimeter. Firefighters from four departments responded about 3:45 p.m. to the blaze at the corner of Old Highway 99 and Southwest Loganberry Street and knocked it down probably within the first five minutes, but remained on the scene about four more hours, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Lt. Rob Smith said the wood structure was big enough to house the resident’s recreational vehicle, but the RV was fortunately elsewhere at the time. However, an estimated $35,000 worth of belongings inside were destroyed, Smith said. “The building, probably close to $40,000,” Smith said. “The good news is, no injuries to anybody.” The man had a garden hose, but wasn’t quick enough with it to put out the initial fire, he said.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 47-year-old driver escaped any injury when he missed a curve and slammed into a large fir tree on the 500 block of Burnt Ridge Road in Onalaska on Saturday evening. The 200 Chevrolet S10 pickup was totaled, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The man reportedly had been reaching to untangle his dog leash from something on the floorboard, according to Brown. He was issued a citation for wheels off the roadway, she said. The police report doesn’t indicate if any dog was injured in the wreck.

NOT A WRECK

• An 18-year-old driver and his three teenage passengers were all arrested for drinking alcohol following a traffic stop about 2 a.m. on Saturday in Winlock, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Marcelino Castillo-Barrow, of Chehalis, was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Toledo and Winlock police were at the scene as well at West Walnut Street and Northwest Arden Avenue arresting the others, ages 16 through 19, for minor in possession of alcohol, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, disputes, shoplifting, collision on city street, parking lot fender benders, receipt of possible phony $20 bill, woman asking for help with detoxing from alcohol, dogs left alone in parked vehicle and children left alone in parked vehicle (both Wal-Mart); complaints of eggs thrown at a window, someone using weed eater by someone else’s vehicles, male talking to someone else’s children in a store, a pair of homeless looking people asking for handouts at a fast food drive through … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

BRUSH FIRES SPRING UP

• Firefighters were called to numerous grass and brush fires in Napavine yesterday afternoon, along Interstate 5 and also about a mile north of Sommerville Road along the railroad tracks. Lewis County Fire District 5 Chief Gregg Peterson said the first call came at 2:22 p.m. and the others during the following 25 minutes or so. They had to get train traffic shut down because firefighters had to cross the tracks, Peterson said. Crews from Winlock assisted. The causes are unknown, he said.

THEFT OF TOOLS

• Centralia police were called to the 700 block of West First Street about 1:40 p.m. yesterday regarding an overnight burglary to a trailer in which numerous construction tools were stolen. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BOY ON BIKE HIT

• Centralia police said yesterday an officer was called to the 600 block of H Street about 8:15 a.m. on Friday where an 8-year-old boy had told the school nurse he was hit by a car while riding his bike to school. Further details were no readily available about his injuries.

POLICE: DRIVER NUDGES PATROL CAR, GETS DUI

• A 42-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence just after 1 o’clock this morning after she reportedly backed into a police car which was traveling down the 100 block of South Tower Avenue. There was minor damage to Rhonda J. Baxter’s vehicle and none to the police car but the Centralia woman was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. No injuries were involved, according to police. A somewhat similar incident occurred last weekend, when a Toledo man was pulled over on North National Avenue and didn’t realize his car was in reverse and backed into the police car.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for collisions on city streets … and more.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014

WILD RIDE TO WAL-MART

• A 23-year-old bus rider who allegedly punched a woman in the stomach and spit on another passenger before slamming his own head into a window causing it to shatter yesterday may have been under the influence of something, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers called about 6:30 p.m. were told the man was kicked off the bus from Centralia for using filthy language and getting in the driver’s face, but at the stop near Wal-Mart, boarded a second bus, according to police. He was told to get off and got back on the first bus, where the assaults occurred, police said. Arriving officers took Travis P. Bullard into custody, and arrested him, police said. The Olympia man was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree malicious mischief, as well as two counts of fourth-degree assault, according to department spokesperson Linda Bailey.

OUT-OF-CONTROL IN SILVER CREEK

• A 47-year-old Silver Creek resident was arrested overnight after he allegedly punched his neighbor in the ribs at the neighbor’s home and punched his live-in girlfriend in the arm, after she fled to the neighbor’s trailer to avoid him because they’d been arguing. A deputy responding to the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Silver Creek about 12:20 a.m. today concluded Cleve D. Allison was under the influence of alcohol and possibly something else as well, and had barged in to the 56-year-old neighbor’s home, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Allison was was booked into the Lewis County Jail for two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of first-degree burglary, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

BREAK-IN CHEHALIS

• A 46-year-old Chehalis man was victimized by a burglar yesterday, losing his Xbox 360, his Grand Theft Auto 5 Xbox game, and Airsoft pistol, three iPods, cell phone and a hatchet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called to the home on the 100 block of Kennicott Road yesterday afternoon learned someone got inside through an unlocked garage door sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is more than $1,000.

CAR PROWL

• A debit card and ID were stolen from a parked vehicle at the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 8:40 a.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called about 6 p.m. yesterday by someone in the parking lot at Wal-Mart who witnessed a vehicle prowl. A lunch box was stolen, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

NEW OWNER FINDS RESIDENCE BROKEN INTO

• Someone vandalized a recently purchased home outside Mossyrock, tearing a large section from a mural on the living room wall, breaking a mirror in a bedroom, and leaving dents and holes in walls from throwing coffee mugs at them, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called about 6:30 p.m. yesterday to the 100 block of Madison Drive learned from a 64-year-old Onalaska woman that she planned to move in soon and had been watching the property for about a year, checking on it daily, the sheriff’s office reports. It appeared the intruder came in through a garage window and left a sliding door partially opened, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Someone also had set fire to a pile of real estate business cards left on a granite kitchen counter, Brown said.

INMATE MAY GET EXTENDED STAY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says a 32-year-old inmate did an estimated $772.87 worth of damage when he kicked out the metal ceiling in a cell as he lay on a top bunk. A deputy advised yesterday of the incident arrested Luke U. Hall for second-degree malicious mischief and re-booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT OF LIQUOR

• A bus driver alerting police to a seemingly drunken man waiting at a Chehalis bus stop yesterday morning led to the recovery of a pint of vodka stolen from Safeway. Police called about 7:40 a.m. subsequently arrested 69-year-old Alvin Matuska, of Hollywood, Calif., for third-degree theft and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WOMAN RELOCATED FROM PARK TO CELL

• Centralia police arrested a 34-year-old Centralia woman they found camping in Fort Borst Park at about 1:40 a.m. today, saying she lied about her identity. Mindy M. Ferguson was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstruction and for an outstanding warrant, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances; complaints of too-tall-grass, property unreturned to a rental business … and more.

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Updated

HASH OIL PRODUCING SUSPECT ARRESTED AGAIN

• The man arrested last week for allegedly setting up a hash oil-making operation in the basement of a Centralia home was arrested again yesterday afternoon for allegedly breaking into the police impound yard and into his fifth-wheel trailer which police had seized. Centralia police say Dale R. Brotherton, 52, cut a hole in the chain link fence at the city impound lot on the 2600 block of Reynolds Avenue. “He wanted to get some things, and he was caught,” Officer John Panco said. Brotherton, who was out on bail, was arrested for second-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PRETENDING GETS OAKVILLE MAN IN TROUBLE

• Centralia police responding to a dispute just after 6 p.m. yesterday at the 400 block of South Pearl Street between a male and a female came across the same man they’d arrested four hours earlier for shoplifting at the 500 block of South Tower Avenue and discovered he had used his older brother’s name. He gave his name again but the woman with him told an officer he was lying and he really was Daryl P. McCrory, a 24-year-old Oakville resident. He had two outstanding warrants. McCrory was arrested for criminal impersonation first-degree and booked into the Lewis County Jail. The unemployed and homeless man was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with identity theft second-degree with criminal impersonation. His bail was set at $5,000.

CAR WRECK

• Two people from Elma were hospitalized yesterday after a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma in which the driver fell asleep and left the roadway, striking a ditch or culvert, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 11:30 a.m. to the scene near Mead Hill Road report the 2002 Saturn was towed and transported to Morton General Hospital were the driver Randy M. Krueger, 56, and passenger Sheila K. Krueger, 48 years old. Neither were wearing seat belts, according to the state patrol. Both were treated and he was released but she was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she is listed in serious condition, according to hospital spokespersons.

TODDLER HIT BY CAR

• A 2-year-old child on a tricycle escaped with bumps and bruises when he was struck by a car yesterday evening in Morton. Police called about 7:30 p.m. to the 300 block of Westlake Avenue said the tricycle ended up under the fender and bumper. It was simply an accident, Chief Dan Mortensen said. “The aunt came out and got in the car and was backing up,” he said. “The kid had come out and was on the tricycle behind her, unbeknownst to her and was knocked off the bike.” The toddler was taken to the hospital to be checked out, was treated and has been released, Mortensen said today.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for disputes, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … dogs observed alone in parked cars … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Updated at 6:15 p.m.

FINGER GUN GETS OFFICER’S ATTENTION

• A 33-year-old Centralia man ended up in jail after he was walking along the 1600 block of Kresky Avenue just before 5 o’clock this morning and reportedly pointed his finger at a passing police car and made a trigger-pulling gesture. Officer Ruben Ramirez stopped to speak with the man who at one point tried to walk away and when Ramirez grabbed his arm, the man grabbed Ramirez’s arm and wouldn’t let go according to the Centralia Police Department. Other officers arrived and Jeremy J. Phillips was taken into custody, Officer John Panco said. Nobody was hurt, but Phillips was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, Panco said. He had been drinking, Panco said, although he wasn’t sure how much.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARRESTED

• A student at W.F. West High School in Chehalis was arrested yesterday in connection with an attempt to steal a winch from the school shop and an alleged threat made to a fellow student he was trying to get to help him. Chehalis police were called to Southwest 16th Street where they were advised of the incident and told that 19-year-old Brady A. Jenkins was being expelled, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Jenkins was arrested at his home in Pe Ell and booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment and theft, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

ANGRY CLIENT

• Chehalis police responded to the Lewis County Mall yesterday after a phone caller to the veterans clinic said not to hang up and threatened they would blow the person’s f****** head off, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The line disconnected and there was no way to learn who had called, or why they were upset, police said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called at noon yesterday to a home on the 1400 block of Logan Street about a burglary in which two computers and some jewelry were stolen.

• Centralia police were called about 10:15 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of West Cherry Street in Centralia where someone had kicked in the back door to a home. It’s unknown if anything was missing,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police were told yesterday of a vehicle prowl which had reportedly occurred days earlier at the 1300 block of Louisiana Avenue. A wallet was missing from the vehicle which had been left unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

UNRULY PATIENT

• A 43-year-old woman was cited for fourth-degree assault and then released after an incident when the fire department was called about 7:50 p.m. yesterday to the 400 block of South Pearl Street. Someone there had called 911 for aid because they felt Brenda V. Jones-Gonzalez was in some kind of medical distress and the fire department asked police to come for what was described as an out-of-control female, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police say that for no apparent reason, Jones-Gonzalez grabbed another female there by the throat and hair, Panco said. “She was having some issue of some type,” Panco said.

WRECKS

• A 38-year-old Napavine man was cited for traveling too fast when his log truck trailer tipped onto its side as he was making a left turn to head north on Interstate 5 in Chehalis yesterday. Troopers called at 1 p.m. to the onramp at Main Street noted Jason L. Dunn was uninjured and the onramp was blocked for a time. The loaded trailer was damaged, but the truck was able to be driven from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.

• Troopers concluded an unsafe lane change started the multiple vehicle collision on Interstate 5 in Centralia yesterday that left a sport utility vehicle straddling the concrete center barrier and a minor injury to another motorist who rear-ended a car that stopped short of the scene. Troopers called about 1:20 p.m. said the wreckage just beyond the northbound onramp at Harrison Avenue happened when a vehicle entering the freeway swerved to miss another vehicle and then shoved a GMC Yukon onto the divider. The Washington State Patrol reports four vehicles were involved but only the SUV had to be towed. It was totaled, according to the state patrol. One person with shoulder and knee pain was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Once the SUV was taken away, southbound traffic was stopped for a time while a large front end loader shoved the jersey barrier back where it belonged, according to the fire department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, violation of no contact order; responses for disputes, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collision on city streets, report a child smacked another child in the face, an individual who got a “pop up” on their computer that prevented access to files unless they paid $500 … and more.

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Traffic moved slowly in both directions after four vehicles wrecked on Interstate 5 in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Krystin-Hernandez

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Updated at 8:31 p.m.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SLOW MOVING SERVICE ANIMAL

• Centralia police were called just before 8 p.m. yesterday about a 30-pound pet turtle believed to have been stolen from the 1700 block of Harrison Avenue, just north of Reynolds Avenue. Its owner said he was visiting a friend at work and put the animal outside in the grass about 6:30 p.m. but went back out at 7 o’clock and it was gone, according to police. The 28-year-old Chehalis man said there was no way it could have escaped, Officer John Panco said. It’s actually a Desert Sulcata tortoise, a female, and is a service animal, providing emotional support, according to Panco.

POLICE: TALL TALE LANDS WOMAN IN JAIL

• A woman who reported to police on Sunday night that she was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Rite Aid in Centralia was arrested yesterday for allegedly making up the story when she didn’t have money for rent. Centralia police say Kimberly S. Jones, 47, had gambled away her rent money at the casino. Jones called 911 about 11:20 p.m. on Sunday and an officer interviewed her at her home, according to the Centralia Police Department. She said a male dressed in dark clothing, wearing a hoodie sweatshirt, stole $600 from her, but she wasn’t able to describe the weapon or offer some other details, Officer John Panco said. An officer was able to view some security video of the victim and confronted her about the story, Panco said. Jones was then booked into the Lewis County Jail last night for false reporting, he said.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man was arrested for second-degree assault yesterday after police were called about 6:30 p.m. to a home on Northwest Lafayette Street, where his girlfriend said he’d threatened to kill her, slammed her head against the floor and choked her. They had been arguing, police said. The woman was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and Keith J. Rose was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CROSSWALK RAGE

• Police were called about 9:25 a.m. yesterday to the intersection at the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis after a pedestrian called 911 to say he was crossing the street when a motorist rolled down his window and punched him in the face. It wasn’t clear, or confirmed, if that really happened, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

ARREST FOLLOWS SHOOTING COMPLAINT

• A 41-year-old rural Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday when a neighbor complained he was firing a high-powered rifle from his front porch toward Chilvers Road. A deputy noted he’d been warned about it in the past, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened just after 5 p.m. along the 200 block of Chilvers, according to the sheriff’s office. The 31-year-old neighbor told a deputy he, his wife and small child were in their backyard when Robert A. Brown began firing his gun, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown was arrested for reckless endangerment and booked into the Lewis County Jail, she said.

BAD IDEA

• A Chehalis man was arrested for misdemeanor assault after he allegedly forcibly tried to evict a 26-year-old woman from her apartment on Sunday evening. Police called just before 7 p.m. to the 1300 block of Northwest Airport Road learned the woman lived there with her boyfriend, but returned home to find the locks changed. She had some kids help her get inside and then the boyfriend’s father who said he was the landlord showed up and tried to remove her, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Robert E. Stocking, 64, of Chehalis was arrested for fourth-degree assault and then was released pending a court hearing, according to police.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police took a report about 12:30 p.m. yesterday from the 200 block of Inglenook Drive after a resident returned home to discover someone had forced their way inside and stolen a laptop computer and jewelry. The investigation is ongoing,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

NOT STOLEN AUTO

• Chehalis police were called about 12:45 a.m. today about a car stolen from the 300 block of Southwest Third Street. The car came back by about 3 a.m. and its owner may have forgotten she’d given someone permission to use it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An iPad, a laptop computer and various banking documents were among the belongings stolen from an individual’s vehicle while parked at the Lewis County Mall, according to a report made to police about 5:10 p.m. on Sunday.

• Someone stole assorted tools and a vehicle battery from the bed of a truck on the 1400 block of Southwest Mills Avenue in Chehalis, according to a report made to police on Sunday morning.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report that someone threw a rock through the large front window at the laundry business on the 800 block of South Market Boulevard on Saturday morning.

DRUNK DRIVING

• A 28-year-old Toledo man was arrested for driving under the influence after he was pulled over in part for traveling about 10 mph along North National Avenue in Chehalis and then as an officer went to contact him, didn’t realize his car was in reverse and backed into the police car. It happened about 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the initial breath test for Matias Lopez-Lucas came back more than three times the legal limit and the test at the jail showed he was almost four times over the limit. There was no damage to the patrol vehicle and the damage to the man’s car was minimal, Wilson said.

WRECKS

• An 81-year-old Chehalis motorist said she must have fallen asleep when her car left the roadway, crossed the oncoming lane, went into a yard, striking a power pole and a fire hydrant along the way yesterday afternoon. Deputies called about 3:30 p.m. to the 1800 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis learned the woman had a head and neck injury but declined aid, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Her Toyota Camry sustained some front end damage, the sheriff’s office said.

• The trailer frame broke as a log truck driver was making a left turn off of Harrison Avenue onto Kuper Road about 8:40 a.m. yesterday, causing the load to partially separate and pulling down power lines. Deputies, personnel from Lewis County Public Works and from Lewis County PUD responded to the morning incident in north Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was a 47-year-old Montesano man; damaged was a utility pole and a section of fence, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, suspicious circumstances, collision on city streets, questions about custody issue, complaint of unmowed neighbor’s lawn, a report an inmate spit on staff at Green Hill School, 15-year-old girl taking her mother’s Ford Explorer without permission, a 4-year-old child reported missing who turned up asleep on her bed, a request for help because a stray cat got inside a clothing store, “sprayed everything” and was still hiding … and more.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to reflect the correct age for Kimberly S. Jones. Centralia police provided erroneous information that she was much older than 47.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Updated at 6:56 p.m.

SHOTGUN SHELL POWERED MOLE TRAP MISFIRES

• A man in his early 70s was airlifted after a mishap with a high-powered mole trap today. Deputies and firefighters were called about 4:25 p.m. to the 400 block of Collins Road just outside Toledo where the patient was found with a serious hand injury, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. “He was setting a mole trap utilizing a 12-gauge shotgun shell and it accidentally discharged,” Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said. A woman friend and a retired firefighter from across the street were helping the man when the fire department arrived, Wiltbank said. He was transported by ambulance to the Toledo Airport and was to be flown to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wiltbank said

COMMERCIAL THEFT

• A 36-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday in connection with approximately $100,000 worth of cell phones, clothing and DVDs stolen from the UPS distribution center on Hamilton Road last year. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning said the arrest for first-degree theft came in the ongoing investigation when deputies learned information that William M. Eaton was involved in the thefts that took place between last August and November. Eaton was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. A part-time employee was arrested in December, Roland E. Camps, 40, from Winlock, who was accused of stealing and re-selling thousands of dollars worth of cell phones and other merchandise, according to the sheriff’s office.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY MORTON

• Morton police were called to the 800 block of Overlook Drive about 2:10 a.m. yesterday after a resident arrived home to find at least two rooms were ransacked. it wasn’t readily apparent if anything was stolen, according to the Morton Police Department. The case is under investigation.

TOLEDO BURGLARY

• A 24-year-old Toledo area man reported every room was ransacked at his home on the 400 block of Eadon Road and thousands of dollars worth of cash and rare coins including wheat pennies and silver dollars were missing. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said this morning the burglary occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and that someone had used a credit card to “swipe” the lock to the front door.

CENTRALIA BURGLARY

• Centralia police took a report of a burglary to a trailer at about 6 p.m. on Friday at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. Missing were medications and a small amount of money, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PACKWOOD CARGO TRAILER PROWL

• Sometime between 10 a.m. on Saturday and 7:30 yesterday morning someone stole numerous tools when they broke in to a cargo trailer parked at a construction site described as isolated on the 300 block of Skate Creek Road South near Packwood. Among the missing are two nail guns, two circular saws and a compressor, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss to the 59-year-old Packwood resident is more than $800, according to the sheriff’s office.

CENTRALIA BOAT PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a boat prowling, at the 1300 block of Lakeshore Drive. Someone got onto the the water craft which was tied up to a dock and stole fishing poles, tackle boxes its battery, its motor and some other unspecified items,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

AUTO THEFT

• Police were called about 2:40 a.m. yesterday when a 1998 Honda Civic was stolen from the 100 block of West Maple Street in Centralia. Officers had a suspect in mind regarding the multi-colored hoodless car, according to the Centralia Police Department.

IT’S HASH OIL, SAYS BOY

• A 17-year-old Onalaska boy was returned to his mother but faces a possible drug charge after a traffic stop in which a deputy found two small containers with a black substance which the boy said was hash oil, he’d made himself after reading how in the Internet. The teen was pulled over just before 4 a.m. yesterday at the 1000 block of Long Road, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He didn’t have a driver’s license, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

VANDALISM

• Sometime after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and before the following morning, someone keyed a 36-year-old Adna man’s vehicle in multiple places as it was parked at a friend’s on the 3000 block of Ives Road in Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The damage is estimated at $2,000, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• A 37-year-old Winlock man was arrested after he allegedly used a drill bit to puncture his estranged wife’s tire, with a loss estimated at $650, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Corey Ming was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the sheriff’s office.

BRUSH FIRE

• Firefighters with West Regional Fire Authority joined personnel from the state Department of Natural Resources when a large slash pile caught fire in the Capitol Forest over the weekend. Crews worked yesterday morning assisting and DNR is investigation the incident in the southeast portion of the forest Chief Robert Scott said.

WEEKEND DRILL IMAGINES GUNMAN AT CHURCH

• Law enforcement officers practiced neutralizing threats and fire personnel practiced saving lives at Toledo First Baptist Church on Saturday as they trained together on responding to an “active shooter” situation, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. More than 70 individuals participated, including those role playing victims and eight local agencies, the sheriff’s office reports.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, suspicious circumstances, various vandalism, collision on city street, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, baby left alone in vehicle, dogs left alone in vehicle; complaints of too loud of music, cigarette butts tossed in parking lot … and more.

More tomorrow.

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At Toledo First Baptist Church on Saturday. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Updated

ARSON IN ONALASKA

• A 14-year-old boy was arrested last night after a fire that burned down what was called by some the cashier’s shack at the former garbage transfer station in Onalaska. Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. to the area near Alexander Road and Second streets. The small metal building had been stuffed with mattresses; it’s an area where the fire department trained, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner. A deputy called out about 6:30 p.m. noted the smoldering remains of a service building, which the sheriff’s office described as 10 feet by 10 feet in size. The sheriff’s office says through its investigation they learned the boy had left the Onalaska Community Youth Center with a friend to go look at the graffiti at the transfer station and while there, lit a cardboard box on fire and tossed it into the building. The boy was talked to and then booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center for second-degree arson, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Stacy Brown. Brown says the loss is $1,000.

DUI WRECK

• A 50-year-old Centralia man was arrested for driving under the influence after his mini van ran into a parked vehicle which took out a light pole on the 800 block of North Tower Avenue yesterday afternoon. Two children were traveling with Camilo A. Gomez, according to the police, leading to his arrest for two counts of reckless endangerment as well. Officers responding to the 5:30 p.m. collision discovered Gomez’s license was suspended and he had an outstanding warrant related to driving under the influence, according to the Centralia Police Department. No injuries were reported. Gomez was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to police.

SHERIFF: INMATE SPITS ON COUNSELOR’S FACE

• A Lewis County Jail inmate who reportedly punched a jail guard in the face on Sunday is in more trouble after he allegedly spit in the eye of a mental health worker at the Chehalis facility yesterday. The sheriff’s office said it was about 1 p.m. when the 31-year-old Olympia man who works for Cascade Mental Health attempted to talk with Drake A. Lorber . The 24-year-old Chehalis resident responded by spitting, which caught the man on his mouth as well, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Since he’s already incarcerated, the case will be referred to prosecutors for a possible charge of third-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when a meth pipe was found in his pocket during his arrest last night for allegedly stealing two beers from the 500 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Officers called about 8 p.m. were told Scott D. Robertson was being a problem for security personnel, according to the Centralia Police Department. Robertson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

STOLEN MEDS

• Centralia police were called just after 4 p.m. yesterday to the 500 block of North Buckner Street about the theft of medication.

VANDALISM

• Someone threw two rocks through the windows of a car while it was parked in front of its owner’s house on the 600 block of M Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:15 a.m. today.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, obstruction; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

CLOSE CALL IN COW FIELD

• A 48-year-old Chehalis-area man used one of his cat lives last night when his ATV wrecked into a water-filled drainage ditch while he was riding alone after dark. “He’s very fortunate he didn’t die,” Lewis County Fire District 6 Firefighter-paramedic Matt McCoy said. “The quad was on top of him and it took him 10 to 15 seconds to get it off of himself.” The man was out in a cow pasture off Highway 603 near Tune Road and suffered fairly minor injuries, except he also apparently dislocated his hip, McCoy said. “It took him more than an hour to crawl back to the house,” McCoy said. “As he was getting closer, he was yelling for help.” The 911 call from a housemate came at about 11:30 p.m., McCoy said. The patient was put in an ambulance and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, he said.

UNDERAGE PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS

• A 15-year-old Centralia boy who boarded an out-of-town school bus yesterday evening near the Centralia Middle School was talked to by police and taken away in an aid car because he was so highly intoxicated. Officers responding about 6:35 p.m. to the 2500 block of Pioneer Way also found some suspected marijuana in his pocket,  according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were called about an hour and a half later to Rotary Riverside Park about a male urinating in public and then called an ambulance for the same reason for a 16-year-old there. Neither were passed out unconscious but police describe the reason for the trip to the hospital as possible alcohol poisoning. Both face potential court cases for minor in possession / consumption of alcohol, according to police. Seattlepi.com publishes a report today that initial findings from a study conducted by health officials shows people are making more alcohol related trips to emergency rooms, since broader hard liquor sales went into affect following the 2011 voter initiative closing state run stores. For example, the Associated Press writer notes, during the first 13 months of private-sector spirit sales, people younger than 21 on Medicaid made a third more visits to emergency rooms for alcohol-related reasons.

SPECIAL UN-DELIVERY

• Centralia police were called about 4:35 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Lewis Street regarding the theft of a package that was left on the door step.

VEHICLE PROWL

• An iPod was taken from a vehicle parked at the 1000 block of West Chestnut Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5 p.m. yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called just before 6 o’clock this morning about a car prowl on Southwest Olympic Drive.

VANDALISM

• A 32-year-old Centralia man was arrested late last night after he allegedly broke the windshield out of a vehicle at the 500 block of South Pearl Street. Juan E. Mejia was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree malicious mischief, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, marijuana possession; responses for alarm, dispute, reckless driver, collision on city street, suspicious circumstances including female walking a small horse around a parking lot in the dark … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

POLICE: BOY BULLIED OUT OF HIS CELL PHONE

• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for robbery yesterday after he asked to see a 17-year-old boy’s cell phone in a homeless camp area in Centralia. Police called about 7:40 a.m. to the 2000 block of Borst Avenue found Richard A. Molina hiding in a brushy area, near the dog park where the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers meet,  according to the Centralia Police Department. A K-9 snuck up behind him, and he gave up, officer John Panco said. The teen told police Molina had got in his face as though he were going to assault him, and he feared if he didn’t hand the phone over, he would be hurt, according to Panco. As the two began walking, because Molina wanted the password, the boy told him he was calling for help with another cell phone he had, Panco said. Molina was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to police.

SWITCHED LICENSE PLATES

• Police were called about 3:45 p.m. yesterday to the 600 block of North Pearl Street after a resident discovered her front license plate was missing. When the officer ran a background check on the rear plate, it turned out to belong to a vehicle from Portland,  according to the Centralia Police Department. It’s not clear when the switch could have occurred, police said.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were called to Greenwood Cemetery on the 1800 block of Van Wormer Street yesterday regarding several headstones tipped over and damaged, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Morton police responded to the 200 block of Hazel Street in Mossyrock at about 4 a.m. on Sunday where a resident said his vehicle alarm went off and he found the doors open, and the switch had been turned. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Morton Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, possible sex crime, parking lot fender bender, protection order violation via pedaling bicycle past residence … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Updated at 1:39 p.m.

VADER CHURCH, FLAG TARGETED BY TEENS

• Four teenagers were arrested after a vandalism spree in Vader over the weekend that involved a church and the old city jail, with one of them taking down a flag, tying it in a knot and setting it on fire before running it back up the flag pole. Deputies contacting the pastor at the  Assembly of God Church learned some of the events were captured on security video and took place between 10 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said the youths broke down a door at the jail, cut phone lines at the church across the street, pried open a power box and destroyed security cameras. However, close up views of their faces were found on video images, Brown said. Two lights that shined upon the American flag were stolen as well, Brown said. The teens, all from Vader, ages 14, 15 and 16, were booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center for third-degree malicious mischief, theft and criminal conspiracy, according to the sheriff’s office.

MAN CONCEALS SELF WHILE RESIDENCE BURGLARIZED

• The sheriff’s office is investigating after an overnight break-in the north end of Centralia in which a 29-year-old resident said he hid in a bedroom while his home was burglarized. Deputies responded about 2 a.m. yesterday to the 3000 block of Lowery Lane following a 911 call in which a man was saying help me, help me repeatedly before the phone disconnected, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. There was a language barrier and it’s not clear what was taken or known who the intruder was, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. Evidence was collected from outside a broken bedroom window which will be analyzed, Brown said.

TENT FIRE

• A 28-year-old man from Lakewood is jailed after he allegedly tried to burn down someone’s tent during the night at a Toledo area campground early on Friday following a dispute. No injuries were reported, except the arrestee who suffered from a dog bite which had occurred earlier, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called about 1:15 a.m. on Friday to the Cowlitz Timber Trails Campground on the 1900 block of Spencer Road found friends of the 23-year-old victim, who is from Lynnwood, had detained the suspect who tried to run away and hide beneath a trailer, according to the sheriff’s office. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office didn’t indicate what the disagreement was about, but said that Justin E. Roberts who was unknown to the victim came to the camp site three times earlier and each time was told to leave.  Then later, someone heard the velcro to the tent being opened and saw the same person light it on fire, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Roberts was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be treated for the bite and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree arson, she said. Brown said the sheriff’s office had no information about the dog bite.

GIRL FIGHT GOES BAD

• Centralia police are investigating a nighttime meet-up for a fight between two young women that ended with a cracked eye socket for one and a head concussion for the other. Officers were advised yesterday afternoon by Chehalis police that the incident had taken place around 2 o’clock in the morning. The injured had gone to the hospital on their own, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said the initial investigation indicates the two arranged to meet in the Seminary Hill Natural Area to fight and then six or seven others, both males and females, jumped in. As for the reason for the dispute, Reichert would only say they didn’t like each other. The victims are ages 18 and 19 and both from Chehalis, he said. Someone could be in trouble for second-degree assault, according to police.

OUT-OF-CONTROL GROWN SON

• Deputies arrested a 43-year-old Ethel man on Sunday afternoon after a call to the 100 block of Pinkerton Road where his mother and sister advised he was in the house freaking out and broke a window. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says that during the arrest, Lynn K. Jorgensen injured a deputy’s finger, grabbing it and squeezing it until it “popped.” Jorgensen was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, according to the sheriff’s office.

JAIL ASSAULT

• A 24-year-old inmate at the Lewis County Jail found himself in further trouble when he was queried about a broken broom and responded by punching a corrections officer in the face on Sunday afternoon, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the jail employee was told Drake A. Lorber had busted the tip off the broom handle and wanted to retrieve it for safety reasons. When the guard told Lorber to come out of the shower, Lorber reportedly jumped out flexing his arms, puffing his chest and screaming “insanity”, the sheriff’s office reports. Staff managed to restrain Lorber who now faces a possible charge of custodial assault, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown. The 24-year-old employee suffered soreness to his left cheek, she said. Staff indicated they tried to learn why Lorber acted the way he did, but couldn’t, Brown said.

CAT BURGLAR ENTERS FROM ROOF

• Chehalis police were called about 1:30 p.m. yesterday by the owner of a building on the 1200 block of Northwest Cedar Way after the discovery someone broken in by removing panels from the roof to get inside. Missing are automotive parts; it’s a structure used for storage, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT IN CHEHALIS

• A woman who was in the process of moving called police yesterday after finding while she was gone someone came into the residence near Southwest Seventh Street and Market Boulevard in Chehalis and went through her belongings, taking small items, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THEFT FROM SELF STORAGE BUSINESS

• Padlocks were cut from three customer’s storage units in Randle and multiple items stolen including three ring-type crab pots and a Lincoln wire feed welder sometime between 2 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. A deputy contacted on Saturday afternoon about the burglaries at CVS Storage on the 9400 block of U.S. Highway 12 noted the victims, all Randle residents ages 28, 57 and 80, also lost a rototiller, a Craftsman pressure washer and a chainsaw, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $710.

FIREARMS TAKEN IN BURGLARY

• A deputy was called to a home on the 300 block of Howe Road outside Toledo about 6:20 p.m. on Friday where a 32-year-old man said while he was working out of town, someone broke in and stole a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a Stevens 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUGS

• A traffic stop and a warrant led to an arrest for possession of methamphetamine on Saturday afternoon on South Market and Main Street in Chehalis. When Levi G. Edmonds, 24, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, some suspected drugs were found, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK TAKES OUT TWO POWER POLES

• A 16-year-old driver from Chehalis was reportedly uninjured when she collided with two utility poles on Sunday morning, sheering one off at its base and coming to rest against the second one. A deputy responding just after 8 a.m. to the 500 block of Highway 603 west of Chehalis found the 1997 Ford F150 pickup truck totaled and learned the girl had taken her eyes off the road when she reached for something on the passenger seat, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She was cited for speeds too fast for conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, negligent driving, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, shoplifting groceries; complaints of barking dog, house and cars egged, penis drawn onto a car with a grease pen, young women pulling their pants down in public, tent pitched in gully across from mint factory, an energetic medium-sized dog repeatedly running into a retirement home … and more.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to reflect the correct location for the nighttime break-in at the north end of Centralia in which a resident hid in a bedroom while his home was burglarized. It occurred on the the 3000 block of Lowery Lane.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 26th, 2014

POLICE: WOMAN CHOKED BY BOYFRIEND

• A 30-year-old Centralia man was arrested for second-degree assault after police responded about 9 p.m. yesterday to an incident at the 500 block of Yew Street. Brandon K. Phelps allegedly choked his girlfriend and was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: COP KICKED BY DETAINEE

• A 44-year-old Oakville man reportedly kicked a police officer for no reason after he was handcuffed following a domestic dispute early yesterday morning in Centralia. Alfredo Lopez-Menbreno was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault following the incident about 12:15 a.m. at the 3200 block of Fords Prairie Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SKATE PARK DISPUTE

• A 27-year-old Tenino man was arrested on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly tried to pick a fight with several kids at the skate park in Centralia. Officers booked Anthony W. Wells into the Lewis County Jail for disorderly conduct following the incident at the 700 block of Harrison Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• Centralia police took a report about 10:45 a.m. yesterday where someone tried to kick in the back door of a vacant home on the 1000 block of E Street. They didn’t’ get inside and nothing was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Someone got into a vehicle overnight at East Pine and North Tower Avenue in Centralia and stole “items”, according to a report made to the Centralia Police Department yesterday afternoon.

BONFIRE MISHAP

• A woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after she fell into a fire near Dryad on Saturday night. Firefighters from Lewis County Fire Districts 16 and 11 responded around dinnertime to the incident along state Route 6 near Rainbow Falls State Park. She was transported to Adan High School where she was met by a helicopter, District 11 Chief Michael Krafczyk said. Krafczyk said he understood she suffered second and third-degree burns from the outdoor recreational fire. “How she fell in, I don’t know, or if she’s still at Harborview,” he said this morning.

WSP: SEAT BELTS WORK

• Three people walked away without injuries after a rollover accident involving an elk early yesterday morning on Interstate 5 near Grand Mound. Troopers called just before 5 a.m. learned a northbound semi truck hit the animal which was tossed in front of a car in the far left lane, according to the Washington State Patrol. The dead elk was dragged beneath the car for about 100 feet before the vehicle rolled, Trooper Guy Gill said. The driver and two passengers were all wearing seat belts, Gill said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault, trespass; responses for misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets … and more.

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Car ends up on its top after dragging a dead elk near the exit 88 freeway interchange on Interstate 5 yesterday. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

TEEN LIFE FLIGHTED AFTER RV HITCHING MISHAP

• A 17-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical in Seattle yesterday after he was crushed between a pickup truck and a fifth-wheel travel trailer in Centralia. Police called about 11:15 p.m. to the 800 block of West Pear Street say the owner was trying to hook the two together when the vehicle rolled back too far and caught the teen. Arriving firefighters found someone else had already moved the truck and the boy had only been pinned briefly, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Centralia police say he was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated for possible injuries. Firefighter-paramedic Jennifer Ternan said he was then flown to the regional trauma center, but she didn’t have any information about his condition. The case remains under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT, THEFT, THEFT, THEFT …

• A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested for being in possession of a vehicle stolen out of Port Angeles, which had license tabs on it taken off a different vehicle in Port Angeles and was affixed with a license plate stolen from Centralia. Kelly L. Beckley allegedly left the Ford F-150 pickup truck at Wal-Mart, where he stole a bicycle and pedaled over to K-Mart, where he shoplifted a pair of trousers, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was greeted by an officer after he had changed into the pants in the restroom there, according to police. An employee from Wal-Mart had called 911 about 2:50 p.m. on Thursday to say Beckley was acting suspicious, when he got on the bicycle and rode away, police said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that someone broke into a home on the 3700 block of Russell Road in Centralia. A deputy responding there on Thursday learned that sometime between noon and 3 p.m. entered the residence and left with about $600 worth of valuables, including an HP laptop computer and jewelry, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Centralia police were called about 2 p.m. Thursday about someone stealing a purse from a shopping cart at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue.

DRUGS

• A 23-year-old from Forest Grove, Ore. was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after contact with an officer on Thursday night at the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Alfredo Mendoza-Martinez, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• There will be no trial next month for the 2010 drive-by shooting at on Southwest William Street in Chehalis. Prosecutors in April brought their suspect back to Lewis County to face charges, from prison where he is serving more than 100 years for a gang-related shooting incident in Yakima County. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss the charges, without prejudice, meaning they could be re-filed at a later time. “I think there’s something else going on here we need to investigate in a different way,” McClain told the judge when he made his request. Andrew Morales-Loberg, now 22, will be headed back to prison, with a release date in the year 2165. Prosecutors had issued a material witness warrant for one of the victims in the case, Rolando Carrillo-Cruz, who McClain said is in Mexico. The judge signed an order quashing that warrant on Thursday.

CANDLES ARE CULPRITS IN VADER HOUSE FIRE

• A fire that chased a family from it’s Vader area home on Thursday evening was caused by candles. Members of Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 2 responding about 7 p.m. to the single-story house on the 100 block of Enchanted Valley Drive found smoke billowing out from all the back windows and a resident using a fire extinguisher from outside to get at the flames, according to Chief Richard Underdahl. His son had been working on a computer and noticed flames coming from an unusual interior room inside the residence, according to Underdahl. The father closed that door, made sure everyone was outside and helped contain the fire until crews arrived. The original property owner had built the house around a vintage Airstream-type travel trailer which couldn’t be seen from outside, but when one opened one of the interior doors, they found themselves inside the trailer, according to Underdahl. It’s a room one of the pre-teen-age children and friends had been burning a couple of candles in earlier and they were forgotten about, Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said. It’s interior was burned, but the home and its other contents were mostly saved, Underdahl said. Nobody was injured and some of the roughly 20 firefighters, which included adjacent districts, were on the scene until about 11 p.m., he said.

WRECKS

• A 31-year-old school bus driver was issued a citation after he backed his bus up into an occupied Saturn station wagon on the 100 block of Moon Road west of Chehalis on Thursday afternoon. A deputy responding after the 3:30 p.m. incident found the damage to both vehicles was minor and none of the teenagers on the bus – from Curtis and the Chehalis area – were injured, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday.

• A Tacoma man was injured in a rollover accident overnight on Interstate 5 south of Napavine when he collided with the center barrier causing a rear wheel to come off his car. Troopers responding about 12:40 a.m. to the northbound lanes near Koontz Road found the 1994 Buick four-door was totaled and the detached wheel had traveled to the other side of the freeway where it was was struck by a southbound vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Ernest G. Hartwig, 56, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, the state patrol reports. He was to be cited for wheels off the roadway.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, shoplifting merchandise such as liquor and groceries, stealing landscaping rocks; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city streets, graffiti, someone shooting a BB at a car … and more.

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A 1994 Buick is prepared for towing after it wrecked on Interstate 5 south of Napavine. / Courtesy photo by Kristal Autumn

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Updated at 11:17 a.m.

PUFF PUFF, TAKE THAT

• When a pair of grown brothers who were not getting along called Centralia police to the 1100 block of Cobra Avenue very early this morning, one of them allegedly ripped a cigarette out of his brother’s hand in front of an officer and proceeded to smoke it, prompting his arrest for theft … first-degree, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police say 48-year-old Robeson T. Marvin, from Hoquiam, had earlier been told by police to leave the property and not to return or he would be arrested. However, he went back, confronted his brother and officers responded to a dispute call there at about 2:30 a.m., according to police. Officer John Panco said if one takes something off another person, it is considered theft in the first degree. Unless you use force, then it’s robbery, he said. It’s a a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and / or a $20,000 fine. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.

POLICE PURSUIT CENTRALIA

• Centralia police looking for a person on South Silver Street late yesterday afternoon came across a wanted person who led officers on a short chase around city streets at about 5:30 p.m. Officer John Panco said Jose A. Escamilla is a fugitive with multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants. An officer recognized him in the area and not long after, a pursuit began near South Ash and West Cherry streets, finally being terminated near Summa and Woodland Avenue because of the danger posed to the public, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 19-year-old, also known as Angel, remains at large but now faces a possible charge of eluding, according to police.

TWO SELF STORAGE BUSINESSES HIT WITH THEFT

• A 54-year-old Chehalis man reported yesterday someone got into his unit at Chehalis Mini Storage on the 200 block of Interstate Avenue in Chehalis and stole numerous items, including a compressor, a chainsaw, electric hedge trimmers, a leaf blower and a heater. Forced entry was made and evidence at the scene was collected, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The break-in occurred sometime since last Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called yesterday to Reynolds Avenue where someone had broken into a storage unit and left various valuable property untouched, but made off with paperwork containing financial and personal information. The lock was cut at Centralia Self Storage and no other units were affected, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between 11:30 a.m. on Monday and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

DRUGS

• A 33-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested yesterday evening or possession of methamphetamine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Michael R. Chown was booked into the Lewis County Jail after contact with police at the 1200 block of Alder Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MESSAGE ON CAR DRAWS POLICE

• Chehalis police were called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the parking lot at the Lewis County Mall on Hampe Way regarding a threatening note left on the windshield of a vehicle. The message included the phrase, ” … karma is a bitc*,” according to police. Police have no firm suspect so a report was taken for informational purposes only, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

THREE-FER

• A Rochester resident and two homeless individuals all wanted on various warrants were arrested last night when they were found hiding in a garage on the 1000 block of South Tower Avenue. Booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 9:15 p.m. discovery were Jacob R. Woods, 39, Alyssa E. Taylor, 26, and then Max A. Lyons, 24, from Rochester, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence, resisting arrest; responses for suspicious circumstances, collisions on city streets, to assist a pregnant homeless woman with no place to sleep, to help a pedestrian on a trek long enough there were foot blisters and then a trip to the hospital; complaints of teens smoking pot  … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

HAZARDOUS LITTLE HEIST

• Someone managed to break into a Lewis County PUD-owned electrical junction box in Randle and pilfer parts while the wiring was still hot. Three adaptors stolen from inside the metal box along the 1300 block of Falls Road are believed to have been removed around 3 a.m. on May 11, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown indicated it is not known how the feat was accomplished – or how it only now came to light –  but the culprit may have possessed special tools. The loss is estimated at $500, Brown said.

HOMEMADE BANK NOTES

• Chehalis police were called about noon yesterday to a bank on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard when a customer trying to cash three money orders for $875 each got “a little belligerent” when he was told they didn’t appear real. He wanted them back, the teller said no and he left, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

HANDBAG TAKEN

• Centralia police took a report about 9 a.m. yesterday of a purse stolen from the 1300 block of Alexander Street.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor theft such as tailgate from truck, cell phone; complaints of customers failing to return rented items, chickens wandering loose in their neighbor’s yard, parent late dropping off children to other parent … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAN HEADS OFF OWN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRIME, SORT OF

• A 32-year-old Centralia resident was so angry, he asked a neighbor to call 911 as he argued with his girlfriend yesterday, but then he brought out a knife. Police responding about 7:35 p.m. to the home on the 1900 block of Honeysuckle Lane learned she had confronted him the night before – something regarding a disagreement about her mother, police said – and then late yesterday they fought about it some more. He was intoxicated, Officer John Panco said. At one point he requested that police be summoned, because “he was about to murder her,” police said. Christopher L. Fee reportedly said he gave up and went inside, only to return to the front yard with a large kitchen knife, pulling it on his girlfriend, her daughter and two others, according to Panco. When officers arrived, Fee turned around and threw down the weapon, Panco said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for four counts of second-degree assault, according to police.

FAILED ATTEMPT TO STAY OUT OF JAIL

• A 29-year-old Yelm man with outstanding warrants – and suspected drugs on him – declined to pull over yesterday when a Centralia officer tried to stop him for a defective exhaust and a broken windshield, leading to a short pursuit at the north end of town. It happened around noontime and began near North Pearl Avenue and West Sixth Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. When they got to the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue, the driver bailed out leaving his vehicle to roll and bump into another car, Officer John Panco said. “The officer was able to catch him and found some suspected meth, and also (possibly) heroin,” Panco said. Andrew P. Rasmussen was booked into the Lewis County Jail for attempting to elude and possession of methamphetamine, and his warrants, according to police.

DAYTIME BURGLARY IN CENTRALIA

• The front door was found broken and an office ransacked at a building on the 1700 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia yesterday evening. A responding officer was told it happened between 7:15 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department. It was immediately clear if anything was stolen, Officer John Panco said.

BREAKING GLASS

• Another window to a vehicle was found busted out, this one on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday afternoon.

• Someone shot a BB hole into a window and door of a home on the 1300 block of Rose Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police at noon yesterday.

• Chehalis police were called to a church on the 100 block of South Market Boulevard about 9 o’clock yesterday morning where nearly a dozen second story windows were found shot with BBs. It occurred sometime between Wednesday and Sunday morning, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for disputes, collision on city streets, parking lot hit and run, misdemeanor theft such as lawn rocks, a mini bike; complaints of car egged … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Updated at 9:53 p.m.

MUGGED BY DRINKING BUDDY

• Chehalis police were called about 2:20 a.m. yesterday when a guy who been buying drinks for a 36-year-old Chehalis man reportedly grabbed his wallet and ran away. Police believe it occurred after they left a bar on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard, but the victim was somewhat intoxicated, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said officers learned they were headed to an apartment to continue drinking and the thief asked if he could borrow a few dollars. When the victim got the wallet out, he was robbed of about $1,500, according to Bailey. The incident is under investigation, she said.

VIOLENCE

• Centralia police forced their way into a house and arrested two individuals during a dispute about 4:15 a.m. on Saturday at the 500 block of East Main Street after a 36-year-old man looking for his girlfriend allegedly barged in and threatened to kill two occupants. Responding officers were told someone heard a commotion and mention of a baseball bat, according to police. Officers responding to the scene heard the deadly threat and then a fight, prompting their entry, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police concluded Byron F. Jackson, 36, from Los Angeles has kicked in the door, and that the girlfriend was not inside, according to police. Jackson was booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault and burglary, according to the Centralia Police Department. Also involved and booked was Sean M. Pippin, 21, Centralia, who was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, according to police. Jackson was charged in court today with two counts of second-degree assault, burglary and harassment.

VIOLENCE

• A passing motorist helped a 20-year-old mother who crawled out a bedroom window with her baby after locking herself in a bedroom to get away from her boyfriend on the 3100 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis on Friday evening. Police and deputies called about 5:15 p.m. about the domestic dispute were told the 22-year-old committed misdemeanor assault but then prevented the mother of his child from leaving, at one point holding a rifle to his chin, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. They were arguing over infidelity, according to the sheriff’s office. The motorist helped the woman get her car from the driveway so she could leave, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Deputies could not locate the suspect, so they are asking prosecutors to file charges of unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault, according to Brown.

VIOLENCE

• A 53-year-old Onalaska man who allegedly threatened his roommate if she reported a misdemeanor assault is wanted for felony harassment following an incident on Friday night at a residence on the 400 block of Gore Road. Deputies arriving just after 9 p.m. found the 41-year-old victim with cuts and scratches on her elbow from being shoved against a wall, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When she said she was calling police, he reportedly told her if she did he would kill her after he got released, according to the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement could not find the suspect, so they’ve asked prosecutors to charge him with felony harassment, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.

VIOLENCE

• Chehalis police were called when a pair of boxer dogs chased chickens through their yard on the 1800 block of Southeast Magnolia Drive yesterday and a third dog was caught with a chicken in its mouth. Officers responding about 3:30 p.m. learned a 17-year-old girl was getting their leashes and didn’t realize a door to her home was ajar. One adult bolted and another along with a pup followed, according to Chehalis Police Department. The chickens’ owner has a coop but the poultry was roaming freely in his yard, police said. Department spokesperson Linda Bailey said the girl’s parents arrived and very cooperative and very sorry. The one chicken was severely injured, she said.

VIOLENCE

• Police responding about 3 p.m. on Friday to the 900 block of South Schueber Road in Centralia arrested one person for third-degree assault. Calee F. Anderson, 33, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• About $6,000 worth of different kinds of tools and equipment were stolen from a dwelling under construction at the 100 block of Snodgrass Road near Salkum. A deputy responding yesterday evening learned that sometime since last weekend someone broke a window on ad door to get inside and left with a floor jack, a sander, a nail gun, extension cords and other items, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT

• More than $1,200 worth of items including two Stihl chainsaws were apparently carted off in the victim’s green metal wheelbarrow from vacation property at Teal Lake near Packwood. A deputy responding about 3:30 p.m. on Friday learned two outbuildings were entered in the gated area, sometime after May 4, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THEFT

• Jewelry was reported stolen from an address on the 1700 block of Providence Lane in Centralia on Friday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT

• Storage totes were reported stolen from inside a gated area behind a locked gate at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia yesterday.

DRUGS

• Centralia police responding about 1:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a dispute in a trailer at the 1200 block of Alder Street say they heard something being slammed around inside and ended up arresting the resident for possession of methamphetamine. Officer John Panco said the 39-year-old resident answered his door but when he saw it was police, attempted to shut them out. However, an officer grabbed a hold of him and pulled him outside, Panco said. Benjamin T. Vanderburg  was taken into custody for obstructing and subsequently some suspected meth was found in his pocket, according to police. Vanderburg was booked int to the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Panco didn’t have further information about what may have been going on inside.

• A 48-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for possession of heroin after contact with an officer about 8:15 p.m. on Friday at the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia. Kelley J. Teshara was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

PROWLING THEFT

• Centralia police called about 4 p.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of View Avenue took a report of a vehicle prowl that occurred while the victim was at work.

• An officer took a report about 1 p.m. yesterday from the 100 block of High Street in Centralia regarding a vehicle broken into while parked in the lot at the shopping center.

• A fishing pole, tackle box and a GPS device were missing after a  vehicle prowl on the 900 block of South Schueber Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police called about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 800 block of Long Road about windows getting broken out a vehicle noted there were numerous similar incidents around the city. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office this morning said deputies learned of four cases of windows smashed on cars, occurring between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday along Joppish Road, Blanchard Road, Elma Road and Lemar Lane.

WANTED PE ELL MAN DISCOVERED HIDING IN RESIDENCE

• The 43-year-old Pe Ell man sought after he allegedly pointed a handgun at his estranged wife’s boyfriend last Thursday night was found by a detective the following day hiding in a house on Katula Road east of town, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  Jeremy J. Smith was booked into jail for two counts of first-degree assault but he was charged today instead with two counts of second-degree assault. It happened around 8 p.m. at the 500 block of Main Street in Pe Ell when Corina Smith and Brian West were picking up the West’s daughter at her grandmother’s home, according to authorities. After the 8-year-old got into the car, Jeremy Smith allegedly approached, pulled a snub-nosed .38 revolver from his pocket, aimed it and threatened to blow the boyfriend’s head off. The sheriff’s office initially indicated the estranged wife pushed him over and they wrestled, before Jeremy Smith ran off. Charging documents state she along with a neighbor Jesse Wood shoved him. Corina Smith told a deputy that at some point during her intervention, the gun was aimed at her, according to charging documents. Jeremy Smith’s pistol and shotgun were reportedly found in the back of Wood’s car. Jeremy Smith is also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, as he has a 2005 drug possession conviction. His bail is set at $150,000. The sheriff’s office has said the disagreement began earlier during a game at the baseball field in Pe Ell and was related to the child’s plans for after school the following day. His arraignment is set for Thursday morning.

FIRED OFFICER BACK ON THE JOB

• Fired Centralia police officer Phillip Reynolds returned to work today following the reversal of his termination by an arbitrator. He’ll be limited to office work until he gets recertified, according to the Centralia Police Department. Reynolds was let go two years ago for excessive force involving use of his Taser and various performance issues, after six years with the department.

HOUSE BURNS WEST OF ADNA

• A fire investigator today is looking into the cause of an evening blaze that caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a house west of Adna.  Firefighters called about 5:45 p.m. yesterday to the 1200 block of Ceres Hill Road found flames coming out two windows and were able to knock the worst of it down fairly quickly, Chehalis Fire Department Firefighter Derrick Paul said. They were joined by Lewis County Fire District 6 and got it out within about an hour, he said. The master bedroom, bathroom and closet area burned but the entire home sustained smoke damage, Paul said. The resident was out in the yard planting flowers when she smelled smoke, heard the alarm and then opened the front door to see smoke, according to Paul. One cat perished, he said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, protection order violation; responses for alarms, disputes, erratic vehicle, disorderly patient, collision on city streets, scary-looking person sitting outside a store, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft including liquor and prescription medications; complaints of cars and house egged … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE …

• Firefighters are gathering in the Boistfort Valley this morning to burn down a house. It’s a practice event, with a donated residence on the 100 block of Lost Valley Road, according to Lewis County Fire District 13. Chief Gregg Peterson says they expect to wrap up about 3 o’clock this afternoon.

PARKS, GUNS AND THE LAW

• Chehalis police were called about 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday to Recreation Park about a man with a gun. It turns out the city of Chehalis has a ban on carrying firearms in city parks, but it’s not enforceable. The officer was caught a little of guard, Chehalis Police Department Chief Glenn Schaffer said. When the officer arrived to the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street, a citizen had pulled up the city’s municipal code on their phone and showed it to him, Schaffer said. “We hadn’t dealt with it in so long, we didn’t realize it was still on the books,” he said. There was a time when it was prohibited, he said, but court rulings in a Seattle case a few years back made it clear cities don’t have the authority to ban guns in parks, he said. The chief said he was going to talk with the city attorney right away and get the ordinance repealed. In the past, the offense was a misdemeanor. “They didn’t arrest him, they did the right thing,” Schaffer said. “Just had a conversation.”