Updated at 5:32 p.m.
CRITICAL CRASH IN CENTRALIA
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 58-year-old Centralia man remains in critical condition following a motorcycle crash at the 100 block of Joppish Road outside Centralia yesterday morning. A deputy arriving just before 7:30 a.m. yesterday found the 2008 Harley Davidson was totaled and its operator had suffered internal injuries after colliding with a road sign, according to the sheriff’s office. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Cmdr. Dusty Breen said. He had been wearing a helmet. Breen said it appeared speed was involved as the motorcycle rider had been northbound and failed to negotiate a curve.
• A 42-year-old man angry because someone stole his Lunchable allegedly used a large piece of lumber to strike a tent that was occupied last night in a wooded area off the 1700 block of Airport Road outside Centralia. A deputy responding about 10:15 p.m. learned the victim, a 54-year-old Centralia woman, sustained a large lump on her left cheekbone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Douglas M. Martin, also from Centralia, was arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Police called about 1:20 p.m. yesterday when a 2006 Saturn was discovered missing from the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Chehalis. The keys had been left inside the unlocked car, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Not long afterward, an officer driving through the parking lot at Twin City Town Center, also on Northwest Louisiana Avenue, spotted the unoccupied car, which still had a purse in it, although a cell phone and medications were missing, according to police.
• Centralia police were called just before 12:30 p.m. yesterday when a block 1995 Honda Accord was discovered missing from the 100 block of West High Street.
• Chehalis police were called just before 8:30 a.m. yesterday when a 1997 Honda Accord was discovered missing from the 1000 block of Southwest 20th Street. The car was located about 3 p.m. at the Chehalis reservation and the owner notified to come and retrieve it, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Centralia police were called about 4:15 p.m. yesterday to a residence on the 1000 block of Centralia Avenue where they were told that checks and household items had been stolen during the previous several weeks.
TOOLS TAKEN CHEHALIS
• A deputy responded yesterday to a report that a family member was suspected of taking a floor jack and some tools from the 100 block of Kennicott Road outside Chehalis. Bradley J. Economou, 26, of Chehalis, who wasn’t supposed to be at the residence, was contacted and subsequently arrested for residential burglary and then booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was released today when prosecutors declined to file the felony charge.
YARD THEFT CENTRALIA
• An officer was called to the 1400 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia yesterday to take a report that sometime during the night someone stole a lighthouse cross ornament from their yard.
• An officer was called just before 10 a.m. yesterday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue to take a report that groceries had been stolen and alcohol was stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• An 18-year-old Centralia resident was arrested yesterday in connection with a $775 cell phone stolen while its owner’s son had it while swimming at the Adna trestle the day before. Mikel J. Herren was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree theft and possession of stolen property, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• An individual contacted Centralia police yesterday from the 1000 block of Swanson Drive to report that someone in California had opened a credit card account using their name.
• An officer was called yesterday to Providence Centralia Hospital to take a report that someone had used a false identity when they received care. A victim was billed for services, according to the Centralia Police Department. The case is under investigation, according to police.
• A jewelry box was stolen from a vehicle parked at the 700 block of Ham Hill Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 3:45 p.m. yesterday.
FROM THE COURTHOUSE
• A 20-year-old Chehalis resident was charged today for allegedly beating a person she suspected was a confidential police informant, punching the person in the face at least 10 times while her companion tore up and cut up the person’s clothing with a small knife. Charging documents say only it occurred in Lewis County sometime after Jan.1 of this year. Stevi L. Taylor was booked into the Lewis County Jail on Sunday night for what appears from the facility’s online roster to be a warrant for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor theft case. Taylor has no felony convictions in her past but is now charged with intimidating a witness, an offense with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Charging documents state the incident occurred when drug detectives set up a controlled buy operation for an informant to purchase heroin from Taylor and her companion, and someone present saw a message on the person’s phone from a local drug detective. Her bail was set at $10,000. Her arraignment is tomorrow in Lewis County Superior Court.
• And, as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, third-degree theft, misdemeanor assault, probation violation, driving with no license; responses for alarm, dispute, disorderly person, collision on city street, someone spotted going to bathroom in bushes behind park and ride … and more among 163 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 7 a.m. today.