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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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

TWO WANTED AFTER GUN PULLED ON WIFE’S BOYFRIEND IN PE ELL

• A 39-year-old woman escaped apparently unharmed when she intervened in an armed dispute involving her estranged husband and her boyfriend last night in Pe Ell. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says the couple arrived to pick up a child at the 500 block of Main Street when an enraged 43-year-old Jeremy J. Smith came walking across the yard carrying a baseball bat, but then produced a handgun which he pointed at her boyfriend who was about 20 feet away. He threatened to blow his “f’ing head off, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman was close enough to Smith she was able to push him to the ground and a brief struggle ensued, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Smith then left the area on foot, according to Brown. Brown said the dispute was regarding something to do with one of the children, and Smith had made a similar threat to the 41-year-old boyfriend earlier during a game at the baseball field in Pe Ell. Deputies called to the west Lewis County town at 8 p.m. weren’t able to find Smith, who is now wanted for two counts of first-degree assault. A deputy was told the weapon at one point during the struggle was pointed at the 39-year-old woman, who expressed she fear she would be shot, Brown said. The sheriff’s office is also looking for Smith’s girlfriend, Melissa A. Nacht, 37, also of Pe Ell, as they believe she hid his gun in a car for him. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Smith or Nacht to contact them, or contact Lewis County Crime Stoppers.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 9:15 a.m. yesterday to the 400 block of Jackson Street for an overnight vehicle prowl in which some change was stolen.

YARD ART THEFT

• A statue was stolen from a yard on the 200 block of Hemlock Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday. This follows two recent thefts from Centralia porches of a stone lion and a ceramic frog.

FIVE-VEHICLE COLLISION

• A 22-year-old Winlock woman was arrested last night after she was allegedly intoxicated and behind the wheel of a co-worker’s vehicle when she slammed into four parked cars at the 900 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Police responding about 7:15 p.m. arrested Ancelma Ramirez-Lamas and booked her into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are recommending numerous charges including driving under the influence, with a suspended license and without a required ignition interlock device.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without a license, misdemeanor assault, trespass; responses for alarms, disputes, possibly drunk drivers; complaint about unmowed lawn … and more.

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

THEFT FROM RELATIVES

• Police called about 8 a.m. yesterday morning to the 1900 block of Van Wormer Street in Centralia concluded that two young men had stolen valuables from a family member, which subsequently were recovered from pawn shops in Centralia and Chehalis. The items included jewelry, video games and a computer tablet, according to the Centralia Police Department. The 21-year-old and 25-year-old were not arrested, but the case is being referred to prosecutors for possible charges of theft as well as trafficking in stolen property, according to police.

THEFT FROM DRIVEWAY

• Chehalis police took a report about 3 p.m. yesterday of a large tool box missing from a driveway on Southwest Fifth Street near Market Boulevard. it had last been seen about 10 p.m. the previous night,  according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PORCH PILFERING

• An officer was called about 11:30 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia following the discovery that a large stone lion was missing from the front porch. The theft followed an earlier instance when a ceramic frog was stolen from the porch of a residence on the 1200 block of Pear Street.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• A 35-year-old Morton man was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault in connection with an incident last month in which he allegedly argued with a woman at a residence in Randle and choked her until she went unconscious. The woman reported she woke up on the floor with a broken chair under her, which caused a puncture wound, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The chair was finally located and the suspect questioned, according to the sheriff’s office. Jeff M. Hill was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOTS OF WARRANTS, AND MORE

• Centralia police arrested four individuals for possession of methamphetamine yesterday, three of them during a warrant “sweep” in which 13 wanted individuals were picked up. Police worked with officers from the state Department of Corrections to arrest people into the evening, going as far north as the 20200 block of Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound.

FLOWERS DISCOVERED BY BOMB TECH

• Centralia police continue to investigate an incident at the 800 block of Hillview Road which drew explosives experts on Tuesday evening; a suspicious package with a derogatory message left in front of a home. Officers called about 6:15 p.m. requested the  Washington State Patrol bomb squad, according to police. “I can’t tell you what the message was, but inside were found cut flowers,” Officer Mike Lowrey said this morning.

COLLISION IN CROSSWALK

• A man in a wheelchair suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car in a crosswalk yesterday in Centralia. Aid and police called about 5:50 p.m. to North Pearl and West Main streets. The patient was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The female driver was issued a citation, police said. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, loud party, barking dog, suicidal person, possible heroin overdose, parking lot hit and run, shoplifting, and more misdemeanor theft, person at a park with a gun, suspected theft of dogs which were returned, request to remove a homeless person drinking coffee at a clinic at the Lewis County Mall … and more.

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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The hay bales which fell from a truck near Ethel are described as something like as much as five feet around and six feet long. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 8

Updated at 6:55 p.m.

TON OF HAY FALLS ON 21-YEAR-OLD NEAR ETHEL

• A 21-year-old was airlifted to a Portland hospital this afternoon after one or two giant round bales of hay fell on him east of Ethel. Lewis County Fire District 8 called about 3:40 p.m. to the property down a long driveway south of U.S. Highway 12 east of Pinkerton Road found the young man on the ground; he’d managed to get himself loose, according to Fire Chief Duran McDaniel. McDaniel said he’s told the big bales weigh 700 to 1500 pounds each, depending upon how tightly they’re packed. They had fallen from a truck, he said. A teenage boy was with him when firefighters arrived, he said. The young man, who is from the Vancouver area described pain from the middle of his chest to his pelvis, but was talking to responders the entire time, McDaniel said. He was transported by ambulance to the main fire station in Salkum and flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

PACKAGE WITH MESSAGE DRAWS EXPLOSIVE EXPERTS

• The bomb squad with the Washington State Patrol was called in to examine a suspicious package with a derogatory message left in front of a home on the 1800 block of Hillview Road in Centralia yesterday evening. Police said no explosives were found inside but the case is under investigation.

DECK CATCHES FIRE

• A fire investigator was called to look into a fire that broke out on the second-story deck of a home on the 600 block of Oakland Avenue in Centralia yesterday evening. Firefighters called about 6:25 p.m. learned the resident smelled smoke, went outside and saw what was happening. He grabbed a hose and had it nearly extinguished when crews arrived, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Fire Capt. It burned a hole clear through, roughly four feet by two feet, Fire Capt. Terry Ternan said. Ternan said there was no barbecue or anything like that on the deck.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police responded about 11:10 a.m. yesterday to a burglary at an apartment on the 700 block of H Street. Because the owner was unavailable, what might have been stolen is undetermined, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BANK ACCOUNT LOOTED WITH FOUND DEBIT CARD

• Chehalis police said yesterday they are investigating after a customer reported he forgot his card in the ATM machine on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard and learned someone used it to withdraw $200 from his account. The 57-year-old Chehalis man reported the incident about 11:45 a.m. on Monday, which occurred at Wells Fargo Bank, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The man cancelled his card but found it was used 38 seconds after he left it, police said.

STEP RIGHT IN HERE, PLEASE

• A 21-year-old Chehalis man was arrested near the Lewis County Jail on Monday evening for possession of a dangerous weapon, a switchblade knife. Booked into the jail was Christopher D. Kruger, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

MANY MISDEMEANOR THEFTS

• A 55-year-old Packwood man told a deputy yesterday he stole three three hanging flower baskets from Four-U Realty on the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in retaliation for a bad experience with the business, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Keith D. Schroeder was identified from security video as taking the flowers back on May 7, according to the sheriff’s office. He was contacted yesterday afternoon, arrested for third-degree theft, the flowers were returned and he was released, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

• Chehalis police said yesterday they referred a case to prosecutors of multiple counts of misdemeanor theft in connection with a 15-year-old student at W.F. West High School and money missing from a locker room. An investigation began on Monday, according to police.

• Chehalis police were called at noon yesterday about a wheel stolen off a vehicle on Southwest James Street.

• Centralia police responded about 1:25 a.m. today when a ceramic frog was stolen from the porch of a home on the 1200 block of Pear Street. Officers learned the suspect was seen running northbound and brought in Chehalis police dog Reign. The K-9 tracked the suspect and located the frog, according to the Centralia Police Department. Aaron D. Malone, 25, of Centralia, was arrested for third-degree theft and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

WRECK

• One car was totaled and another sustained major damage when a 28-year-old Chehalis woman attempted a left turn into a driveway yesterday at the 300 block of Berry Road south of Chehalis. A deputy responding after the approximately 3:30 p.m. collision learned the 7-year-old passenger in her car complained of no injuries but the woman described chest pain, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old Chehalis girl in the Honda Accord which was struck suffered dizziness and abdominal pain, according to the sheriff’s office. The 28-year-old was cited for failure to yield, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, disputes, collision on city street, cup of noodle thrown at someone, dog left inside parked vehicle … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

WRESTLING IN THE ER

• A Centralia police officer was injured yesterday during a confrontation with a suicidal subject who reportedly suddenly became combative in the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital. Officers responded to a 911 asking for help from a 33-year-old Centralia man at Motel 6 on the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue and found him standing outside a room waiting for them, according to police. Because of indications he had mental health issues, the man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. While in the emergency room, Reichert said, Kevin G. Blosser jerked away from the officer before turning as though he was going to head butt the officer. The officer was injured when he wrestled Blosser to the ground, Reichert said. Reichert didn’t know if Blosser was hurt, he said. Blosser was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl about 11:40 a.m. yesterday at the 2400 block of Borst Avenue. A gym bag was taken, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• A 50-year-old Onalaska man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital yesterday following a single-vehicle collision on Gish Road near milepost four. A deputy responding after the approximately 8:05 a.m. wreck determined the man’s car had left the road and traveled an estimated 70 feet through a ditch, striking a culvert and a fence post, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out and because there were various signs he was impaired, a blood sample was taken to be checked for drugs or alcohol, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, May 12th, 2014

SMASH AND GRAB

• Chehalis police responding about 1:35 a.m. on Sunday to an alarm at Radio Shack in the Twin City Town Center found the glass front doors broken and several thousand dollars worth of merchandise missing. Stolen were numerous Dre Beats headsets, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The break-in is under investigation, according to police.

• Chehalis police are investigating following a discovery at Wal-Mart on Friday morning that someone broke into a jewelry case, making off with more than $4,000 worth of rings.

BURGLARY IN RANDLE

• A 61-year-old Randle woman who left for Packwood about 4:50 p.m. yesterday returned home around 6 p.m. to find someone had pried open her backdoor and stolen a cell phone as well as a blue small two-drawer chest containing various papers. Numerous unspecified items were discovered scattered around the living room floor of the residence on the 10,000 block of U.S. Highway 12, which seemingly were dropped by the intruder, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is underway, according to the sheriff’s office.

ASSAULT

• An 18-year-old inmate at Green Hill school for boys was arrested on Saturday night for custodial assault, in connection with an incident involving a staff member. Devin M. Ryan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report about 11:30 a.m. yesterday from the 1400 block of Windsor Avenue regarding someone painting graffiti on a building in the night.

RESCUE FROM THE SWAMP

• A 23-year-old man was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital on Friday night after he was retrieved drunk and shivering uncontrollably from a swampy area about a quarter mile east of Yard Birds along North National Avenue in Chehalis. Police were called about 6:40 p.m. and told he had been lost for the previous three to four hours and had called his father to say he was somewhere in the “water hole” by Yard Birds, according to the Chehalis Police Department. An officer was able to get his attention and have him walk out, but he was very unsteady on his feet, according to police.

YIKES: AMBULANCE STRIKES CAR

• The roadway near Providence Centralia Hospital was partially blocked about an hour around noontime on Friday when an ambulance collided with a car, leaving both vehicles needing a tow. Alicia Steffens, 31, of Grand Mound, said she had just turned eastbound onto Cooks Hill Road near where it changes to Mellen Street when she stopped for a woman to cross the street. The pedestrian had nearly reached the other side when Steffens noticed an alarmed look on her face, and looked in her rearview mirror. She saw an ambulance coming at her, she said. The woman jumped to the curb, she said. “I got hit, it was pretty full speed,” Steffens said. “I had enough time to cover my head and brace for the impact.” Steffens said it shoved her Subaru Outback about two car-lengths forward. Nobody was injured and the AMR rig was occupied only by two medics, no patient, Steffens said. But both bumpers were crushed into their wheels, leaving them unable to drive away, Steffens said. It’s not clear what ticket or tickets might have been issued.

OUTBUILDING BURNS IN WINLOCK

• Firefighters called about 9:45 p.m. on Friday about a fire on the 700 block of Rhoades Road in Winlock found a small, dilapidated old pole barn burning. “It was basically on the ground (already,” Lewis County Fire District 15 Firefighter Patrick Jacobson said. They extinguished it and nobody was hurt, Jacobson said.

BIG CHEHALIS BURGLARY REVEALED

• Nearly $8,000 worth of valuables including five antique Smokey Bear figurines and six boxes of comic books still in their plastic sleeves were stolen in a burglary last month at the 100 block of Kennicott Road south of Chehalis, according to a Lewis County Crime Stoppers announcement today. They and the sheriff’s office are looking for tips regarding the April 17 break-in that took place between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Among the missing items are also hardshell suitcases, various Japanese and US coins, black Americana figurines and 1960s-era flower pins, according to Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information leading to the clearance of crimes. Anonymous calls can be made to 1-800-748-6422 or information may be shared online at www.lewiscountycrimestoppers.org

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, three underage adults with three bottles of hard liquor in their vehicle, a teenage boy who reportedly punched out his mother’s tail light at a truck stop; issuing a ticket for “vehicle off the roadway”; responses for alarms, disputes, counterfeit bill, loud music at 2 a.m., collisions on city streets, wreck on county road, dog on a playground, a report of a drunk woman showing off her breasts in a bar, a report of someone leaving a rat’s head on a Chehalis resident’s front steps … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Updated

MAN KILLED IN COLLISION NEAR TOLEDO

• One person is dead and another was airlifted after a single-vehicle wreck early yesterday morning near the 700 block of Tucker Road north of Toledo. Firefighters and medics responded about 3:25 a.m. after a caller to 911 reported hearing the sound of a collision and screaming, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. Responders found a female sitting on the shoulder of the roadway and a male deceased behind the wheel, Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said. It appeared he lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and struck some trees, Wiltbank said. The passenger was sent to the trauma center at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver to be evaluated, Wiltbank said. The man’s name has not yet been released, as the Lewis County Coroner’s Office is waiting for positive identification and notification to his family, Coroner Warren McLeod said this morning. The driver was a 42-year-old Morton resident. His Toyota Corolla station wagon was described as a total loss.

DRUGS

• A 19-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for being a minor in possession of marijuana early yesterday morning. Eric J. Stevens was booked into the Lewis County Jail following contact with an officer about 5 a.m. at the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police were looking for a white Ford F-150-style pickup truck and a yellow Saturn following a report of a window being broken out of a building on the 200 block of West Maple Street in Centralia just before midnight on Friday.

AND MORE

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