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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

VEHICLE PROWL

• Deputies responded about 6 a.m. yesterday to the 500 block of River Road outside Chehalis where a pair of individuals camping along the river with people unknown to them said belongings were stolen out of their vehicle. Missing were a wallet, a coin purse, a pill box and a medical bag with unspecified supplies, some of which were found in the vehicle belonging to Mark S. Chesler, 33, of Centralia, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He denied he took them, but was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for vehicle prowl and theft, according to the sheriff’s office.

DRUGS

• Police were called about 2:40 p.m. yesterday to a report of stolen prescription medications at the 900 block of F Street in Centralia.

• A 22-year-old Centralia man brought to the Lewis County Jail early yesterday by a Thurston County deputy on a warrant found himself in further trouble when during an intake process, a baggie containing a white substance fell out of his pocket. A deputy responding just after 6 a.m. contacted Cole E. Taylor and found the material field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

VANDALISM

• A deputy took a report yesterday evening that someone entered a shop building on the 1200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road and broke the windshield and rear window from an El Camino.

CITATIONS FOR PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES OF ANIMALS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that a 53-year-old woman was bit by a Pit Bull when she tried to break up a dog fight early Saturday morning at Ike Kinswa Park.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that last Thursday when a 57-year-old Onalaska man was checking his mail, he was bit by a dog that advanced on him, forcing him into a ditch. He was wounded above his knee cap. The pet was a Dalamation-Labrador-Pit Bull mix, according to the sheriff’s office.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported today that a 62-year-old Chehalis woman driving a Buick  Sedan turned in front of a motorcyclist on Sunday near Chehalis, causing the victim to lay down his bike. It happened at the 400 block of Bunker Creek Road and the 71-year-old Aberdeen man suffered abrasions to his left arm and leg, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, failure to register as a sex offender; responses for alarms, dispute, broken windows … and more.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Updated at 7:20 p.m.

TWO CHILDREN RESCUED FROM RIVER

• Two little boys who could not swim and ended up in water over the heads yesterday afternoon in the Skookumchuck River were pulled to safety by a pair of individuals at Rotary Riverside Park in Centralia. Firefighters called to the area about 3:10 p.m. found the children, ages 6 and 7, sitting up and talking but very scared, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Capt Erik Olson said estimates of the length of time they were submerged ranged from 20 seconds to two minutes and if not for the good samaritans, they most likely would have drowned. There were a lot of people enjoying the swimming area and a male and female noticed the little ones struggling and then go under the water, he said. The river is moving quickly enough to drag away an adult, even this time of year, he said. The boys were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out, according to Olson.

SHERIFF: MAN THREATENS TO CUT GIRLFRIEND OPEN

• A 43-year-old Ethel man angry about getting woken up by his live-in girlfriend allegedly kicked their dog and chased her with a pocketknife, telling her he was going to slice her up and put the dog inside of her. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports Jerry D. Armstrong told the 27-year-old woman he would kill her if he caught her on Thursday evening at their home on the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 but she called 911 from a location in Onalaska. She said she had arrived home from shopping and had rattled the locked door, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies contacted the 43-year-old man at his home, he was highly intoxicated, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony harassment but was expected to be seen in Lewis County District Court today where they handle misdemeanors.

SHERIFF: GLENOMA MAN RAMS CAR

• A 62-year-old Glenoma man was arrested at his home on Saturday after a brief standoff during which he reportedly presented himself wearing a large knife on his hip, pulled it from its sheath and threw it into the bed of his truck. Deputies arrived at the residence of Lyle R. West about 3:30 p.m. and tried to call him out using a PA system, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Criminal Deputy Stacy Brown said they went there because around 2 p.m., West had rammed a vehicle in a driveway on the 1000 block of Peters Road in Randle when asked what he was doing there, and knocked a 34-year-old man backward with his fender as he turned to leave. Brown said deputies heard West was trying to get a firearm to confront police and that earlier in the day he had been traveling in excess 100 mph on a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 12 passing cars on the shoulder. Deputies were able to take West into custody and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office. On the way there, in a patrol car, he allegedly repeatedly threatened to kill a deputy, Brown said. He was also booked for felony harassment and hit and run, according to the sheriff’s office.

DISPUTE

• Three Centralia residents were arrested when police responded about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of South Ash Street. Robert P. Alexander, 35, was booked for fourth-degree assault, Aaron J. Alexander, 22, of Centralia, was cited for the same as well as third-degree malicious mischief and then released; and Kayla J. Cambren, 25, of Centralia, was arrested and booked for violation of a no contact order, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BURGLARY CENTRALIA

• Police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the 300 block of West Cherry Street regarding the theft of a lawn mower, a table and other items from a vacant house.

THEFT MOSSYROCK

• A 1992 Kawasaki motorcycle went missing from a covered storage area beside a house on the 200 block of Mossyrock Road West in Mossyrock, Morton police reported today. The $1,700 bike  was reported stolen a week ago, and vanished sometime in the previous two weeks, according to police.

CAMPGROUND BATHROOM PILFERING

• A 58-year-old Vancouver woman woman reported her bag of prescription drugs were taken while she was cleaning up in a busy campground bathroom on Friday, at the 200 block of Ajlune Road outside Mossyrock. The loss is estimated at $80, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 55-year-old Centralia man reported to the sheriff’s office that while he showered at a campground restroom on the 100 block of Beach Road near, someone went through the pockets of his pants he set outside the shower door and took his wallet, containing a driver’s license, bank card, social security card and medical cards, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.

GNOME-BE-GONE

• Morton police today reported a hand-carved wooden gnome went missing from a fenced yard on the 500 block of Division Street sometime before last Monday. The approximate value is listed at $250, according to police.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report of a vehicle prowl in which someone stole a firearm while the victim was inside shopping at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue just before 9 a.m. on Saturday.

• Police were called about 11:35 a.m. on Friday to the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia regarding an overnight vehicle prowl.

DRUGS

• Centralia police say a 40-year-old Centralia man resisted arrest for a warrant on Friday afternoon at the 300 block of South Silver Street and had to be Tased. Richard D. Thoreson reportedly tried to dispose of a bag of methamphetamine but it was found by officers, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

• Jason R. Dunham, 30, of Chehalis, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant after a deputy responded to a report of a no-contact order violation on Friday night at the 1600 block of J Street in Centralia. A deputy found a glass pipe with white residue which field-tested positive for met, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Dunham booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

LOST AND FOUND

• Morton police reported today that officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of Mossyrock Road West at about 5:40 p.m. on Thursday to help locate a missing child.  After searching the area, the child was located sleeping in a tent in the back yard, according to the Morton Police Department.

FIRE DEPARTMENT LEVY QUESTIONS?

• The board of commissioners for the fire department which protects Centralia and its surrounding area will hold one of its regular meetings on Wednesday night at the Lincoln Creek Grange so that afterward they can hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming new levy. The gathering for usual business begins at 5 p.m. and then after adjournment, at 6:30 p.m., the topic will turn to Riverside Fire Authority’s maintenance and operations levy. It’s the first of three public meetings in which the department hopes to impart information and answer questions about its budget and why it is proposing a new tax.

SEMI RUNS INTO CAR

• A 44-year-old Mossyrock man was hospitalized after a semi truck plowed into the back of his Ford Thunderbird when he stopped to make a left turn off U.S. Highway 12 this morning. Troopers called about 10:40 a.m. to the scene eight miles east of Morton report the car was totaled and Johnny O. Jacobson was transported to Morton General Hospital. The 2006 Mack tractor- trailer combination sustained some damage but was able to be driven from the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. Its driver, Jacob V. Hoffman, 25, from Silver Lake, is to be cited for second-degree negligent driving because of inattention, according to the state patrol. He was not injured, the investigating trooper indicated.

SEMI RUNS INTO SEMI

• A 2001 Peterbilt semi was described as totaled after it rear-ended a 2002 International tow truck about 1:30 a.m. today on Interstate 5 roughly four miles north of Toledo. Troopers responding report both big rigs were traveling northbound in the right lane near milepost 65. Bryson T. WIlson, 33, from Portland, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. His International was removed by Carl’s Towing. Daniel J. Cundiff, 50, from Sacramento, was reportedly uninjured. The collision remains under investigation, according to the state patrol.

MOTORCYCLIST RUNS INTO RIDING PARTNER

• A pair of Centralia resident traveling side by side on Harley Davidsons up Interstate 5 south of Chehalis yesterday afternoon collided when the one on the left side went to exit at northbound 72 and struck the one on the right. Troopers called about 3:30 p.m. blamed 47-year-old Matthew A. Hardin for inattention. He was reportedly unhurt but Christiana E. Hardin by taken by ambulance to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. His was a 2006 Harley Davidson XL1020 and her was a 2003 XL883, according to the state patrol. He will be cited for improper lane travel, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana by a minor; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, violation of a restraining order, misdemeanor theft, collision on city street; complaints of noisy fireworks, thirsty dog, howling dog, overheated dogs in vehicles … and more.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Updated at 7:45 p.m.

SHERIFF WON’T LET YOU BAIL OUT IF YOU GET CAUGHT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

• Extra deputies will be on patrol this holiday weekend, looking for impaired drivers since today is traditionally one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Sheriff Steve Mansfield said his office has a zero tolerance policy for those who drink and drive and announced that anyone arrested by a deputy for DUI will be booked in to the jail with no bail allowed until after they are seen by a judge. Mansfield says while death and injury are the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other negative considerations that can affect lives for many years, including loss of drivers license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer fees, court costs, insurance hikes, just to name a few. His advice: If you’re impaired, use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member. If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911.

ASSAULT

• A 39-year-old homeless man was arrested yesterday for second-degree assault following a 3:20 p.m. call to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail was George S. Gonzales, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 500 block of North Tower Avenue regarding someone using someone else’s name to open up an unspecified credit line.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE

• A 41-year-old Lacey man pleaded not guilty yesterday in connection with responding to a Craigslist advertisement soliciting sex with a 22-year-old woman and her 13-year-old sister; an ad placed by a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office detective. Larry R. White, who works as a financial supervisor at Little Creek Casino, was released a week earlier on a $10,000 unsecured bond the day after his arrest in the parking lot of an apartment on the 2300 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. According to charging documents, sheriff’s detective Kevin Engelbertson exchanged emails with White over a two-day period and when the subject arrived on the morning of June 25, he was met by three deputies. White allegedly said told the detective the deal was for $100 but he only brought $75 and hoped not pay any money, according to the charging documents. He also admitted being nervous and knowing it was wrong, charging documents state. He was charged the following day with second-degree attempted child molestation.

SUNSHINE AND GLASS

• The cause of a fire Tuesday on Hopp Road east of Toledo will be listed as undetermined but the fire investigator said he considered the possibility the blazing sun through a window may have reflected off something inside, causing a magnifying glass effect. The evening fire started in a small shed attached to a larger shop-barn building and more than two dozen firefighters fought to extinguish it and prevent it from spreading to the nearby home. The barn building was described as probably a total loss, but much of its contents were believed to be salvageable, according to Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank. Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said this morning he could find no other reason for the fire, with no fireworks being lit in the area and no one having been in the building for awhile.

SPINNING BUMBLEBEE BLAMED FOR FIRE

• Flames reportedly climbed as much as 20 feet beyond the tops of three medium-sized cedar trees that caught fire next to a house for sale in a Centralia neighborhood yesterday, caused by a spinning bumblebee firework a teenager had lit off in the road. “It landed in the debris under the trees,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Casey McCarthy said. Arriving firefighters stopped it from spreading to the residence, which was roughly 15 feet away, he said. Part of a wood fence burned, but nobody was injured, he said. The location of the 4:20 p.m. call was the corner of Plum and Cedar streets.

FOR LATER ON

• The state fire marshal is already offering advice for post-fireworks activities. State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy reminds residents that used fireworks can leave behind a great deal of debris, and its proper cleanup can help reduce the risk of an injury or fire. “If you have unused consumer fireworks, it is best to discharge the remaining fireworks during the legal discharge dates for your community,” Duffy states in a news release. More suggestions: Don’t put used fireworks into any paper or plastic bag, until after they’ve been soaked in a bucket of water for 15 minutes. Then place them into a metal garbage can, he says. And check the area again in the morning, as remaining fireworks debris can easily be overlooked in the dark, he says.

WRECK

• A 59-year-old Mineral resident driving a Ford Crown Victoria southbound on state Route 7 swerved into the oncoming lane striking the side of a Ford F250 pickup truck about noon today sending both drivers to the hospital. Troopers called to the scene about a mile and a half north of Morton report both vehicles were damaged but offered no explanation for why the man swerved. Harold D. Vogel, and Mitchell G. Robinson, 51, from Onalaska, were transported by ambulance to Morton General Hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. No alcohol or drugs were suspected to be involved, according to the investigating trooper.

AND MORE

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

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

SCUFFLE AT STORE

• Centralia police say a suspected shoplifter fought with security and then fled the 500 block of South Tower Avenue yesterday afternoon but was subsequently located inside an apartment a short distance away. Officers called about 4:20 p.m. learned the shopper had tried to steal items by placing them inside a bag of already purchased goods, according to the Centralia Police Department. Genaro M. Rivas Jr., 23 of Chehalis, was arrested for second-degree robbery and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

MANHUNT FOR SHED THEFT SUSPECT

• Deputies spent more than an hour searching a wooded area around the 100 block of Sherwood Avenue Cispus yesterday after a man they were attempting to arrest ran out his back door at about 12:30 p.m. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, surveillance video captured images of 31-year-old Jesse G. Bailey last Wednesday when two gas cans and a saw were stolen from a storage shed on Churchel Road. Deputies stopped looking for Bailey but hid nearby and shortly after 6:15 p.m., heard someone back inside the home and contacted Bailey, according to the sheriff’s office. Some items were returned and others found in an associate’s vehicle the night before, with other property which deputies may be stolen, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was arrested for second-degree burglary and several outstanding warrants and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Brown.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 p.m. yesterday after a resident returned home to the 1000 block of J Street to find she had been burglarized. Missing were a laptop computer and jewelry amounting to about $2,000, according to the Centralia Police Department. It wasn’t immediately obvious how anyone got inside the home, according to police.

FRAUD

• Centralia police took a report from a 69-year-old jail inmate yesterday about his missing debit card which was stolen and used at various locations around town. The Hollywood, Calif. man has been at the Lewis County Jail since early Tuesday morning for allegedly punching an emergency room nurse in the stomach. Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said it’s not clear how much the thief has charged onto the bank card, as the victim was so intoxicated he was having trouble remembering places he himself had used it. They have no suspects yet, Denham said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for dispute, misdemeanor theft, collisions on city street; complaint of fireworks at 11:24 p.m. and can’t sleep … and more.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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Firefighters from three departments save the house but a barn-shop building on Hopp Road is mostly ruined by fire. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 2

FIRE FIGHT IN TOLEDO

• More than two dozen firefighters battled a blaze last night about a mile east of Toledo that started in a small shop attached to a large barn building and threatened a house. “The vinyl siding on the house was melting and the exterior had started to char,” Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Grant Wiltbank said. “It was one of the most aggressive fire fights that we’ve had that I can remember in a few years.” Numerous calls came in to 911 about 8:40 p.m., with smoke seen from as far away as Vader, he said. It happened on the 100 block of Hopp Road. One firefighter was treated at the scene for possible heat exhaustion, according to Wiltbank. The metal roofed wood building was approximately 40 feet by 80- feet and is probably a total loss, but much of the contents of equipment and tools are probably salvageable, he said. The chief estimated another two minutes and the house would have caught on fire. The cause is under investigation.

ALL FOR A POP

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says several thousand dollars in damage was done when someone broke into White Pass High School by breaking a door window and broke into a vending machine to steal several sodas and smashing security cameras while there. A deputy called yesterday morning to the 500 block of Silverbrook Road in Randle found that it occurred about 11 p.m. the night before and the culprits were two teenage boys dressed in dark clothing, according to the sheriff’s office. One of them appeared to have cut himself on the broken vending machine and may have a cut on his hand, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Some evidence was collected at the scene, Brown said.

ASSAULTS

• A 17-year-old boy was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a report of an attempted rape of a girl known to him occurring yesterday at the 1200 block of Alder Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Justice Center, according to police.

• Centralia police are investigating a report about 11:40 p.m. yesterday by a female that her ex-boyfriend hit her in the head and then fled. There is a current protection order between the two, according to police.

THEFT

• Chehalis police were called about 9:30 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl on Northwest North Street.

SMALL FIRE

• Firefighters called just before 10 p.m. yesterday to a home on the 100 block of Joppish Road outside Centralia found an electrical fire in a bathroom ceiling exhaust fan. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was limited to the fan and the fan housing, according to Riverside Fire Authority. There was some light smoke in the residence but there was no extension to the rest of the home or other damage, according to the fire department.

WRECKS

• Centralia police said an officer responded just after 5 p.m. yesterday to a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle at Main and Yew streets. The cyclist was left with minor scrapes and bruises and the driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way as well as no insurance, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A pair of Eugene, Ore. residents were hospitalized yesterday after the big rig they were traveling in rolled onto its side spilling a load of telephone poles across all lanes of southbound Interstate 5 north of Centralia. Troopers called about 10:45 a.m. concluded Nathan A. Taylor, 26, had driven onto the shoulder and then overcorrected causing him to lose control of the Freightliner tractor with a flatbed log trailer. A detour was put into place, but the roadway wasn’t entirely re-opened until 2:30 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol. Both were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and the passenger, Ashley N. Webber, 23, has been released but Taylor was treated and then transferred to another hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving with no license; responses for suspicious circumstances, possible fraud, unruly teenage girl, collisions on city street … and more.

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A traffic camera just south of milepost 88 captures an image of the overturned semi truck and its telephone poles in the southbound lanes.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

ESCAPE BY BOAT

• A get together at Lake Mayfield ended yesterday when a 40-year-old man and other family members including children got into a boat and retreated to the middle of the lake to get away from a drunken, belligerent and threatening relative, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said 51-year-old James P. Sauter, of Chehalis, had been drinking all day and called someone a name. When the 40-year-old stepped in to defend his sister, Sauter became enraged and tried to get him to fight, Brown said. All but Sauter left the residence on the 100 block of Lake Drive and took to the water, according to Brown. Sauter was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for misdemeanor harassment and disorderly conduct, according to the sheriff’s office.

THEFT

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday afternoon of a tow dolly being stolen from a parking lot on North National Avenue.

• Chehalis police were called about 7 p.m. yesterday after someone reportedly stole a tool box from an open garage on Northeast Washington Avenue.

• Centralia police took a report about 10 a.m. yesterday from the 1600 block of South Gold Street regarding fuel stolen from a vehicle.

NURSE PUNCHED BY PATIENT

• Police were called to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital overnight where an assaultive patent allegedly punched a nurse in the stomach. Alvin R. Matuska, 69, described by police as a transient from Hollywood, Calif., was arrested for third-degree assault and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, elderly man on a scooter in traffic, egg throwing adult  … and more.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning a 39-year-old Vader woman was arrested for second-degree assault for allegedly trying to choke her husband on Saturday evening at the 500 block of A. Street in Vader. Tiffanie M. Russo was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown says Russo spit at the deputy and also kicked a rear passenger window out of a patrol car.

THEFT

• Someone broke into a shed on undeveloped vacation property at the end of Churchel Road in Randle and stole two five-gallon cans of gas and a saw, according to a report made to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning.

• A deputy took a report yesterday of three watches valued at $500 missing from a home on the 100 block of Enchanted Valley Drive near Vader and subsequently arrested the 33-year-old boyfriend of a niece who had been staying at the property. Richard N. Woodward turned over the watches and was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

STRANGER IN THE NIGHT

• Deputies were called to the 200 block of Birley Road near Mossyrock about 12:25 a.m. today after a resident who got up to use the bathroom saw a stranger on her back porch. The woman’s husband yelled out the front door and the man fled, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He was described as 6-feet 2-inches tall with shoulder length hair and a light blue shirt, according to the sheriff’s office.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report just after 8 o’clock yesterday morning of a door kicked in at a building on the 300 block of North Tower Avenue.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, driving without a license; responses for alarm, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, disorderly person at hospital … and more.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAN IN BLACK HOLDS UP CENTRALIA STORE

• Police are looking for a skinny white male in his 50s after an armed robbery at a convenience store yesterday evening at the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia. Officers summoned by an alarm learned the man came into the business brandishing a silver handgun and demanded cash, according to police. The 28-year-old clerk gave it to him and was unhurt, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. The subject has a gray mustache and wore dark sunglasses with a black bandana around his neck, according to police. He also wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, police said.

FIGHT AT PEPPERTREE

• A 28-year-old man was punched several times when an acquaintance took his cell phone yesterday morning at the Peppertree Motel and RV Park in Centralia. Officers called about 10:45 a.m. subsequently arrested Gregory S. Schroeder, 28, from Chehalis, for second-degree robbery and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FIGHT AT PEPPERTREE

• A 50-year-old Raymond man was thrown to the ground and struck with something sharp during a dispute at the Peppertree Motel in Centralia on Friday afternoon and police are looking for his assailant in order to arrest him for second-degree assault. Officers responding about 2 p.m. to the 1200 block of Alder Street don’t know if the cut above the eye was caused by a knife or perhaps a piece of glass, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OOPS

• Centralia police were called about 9 p.m. yesterday after a male reportedly stole the product known as Spice from behind the counter at the Shell gas station on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue. Officers are looking for a 28-year-old Centralia man as he left his driver’s license on the counter, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRICKERY

• Centralia police called to Providence Centralia Hospital last night about a DUI because a patient had driven away after being given narcotics learned the individual had been treated under two different names, one of them belonging to a deceased person. The male currently known as John Doe faces possible arrest for forgery, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone broke a window on a porch at the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

• Police took a report about 2:20 a.m. today regarding the back window smashed out of a car at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia.

DO-IT-YOURSELF FIREFIGHTING MISSES THE MARK

• Firefighters were called about 3:15 a.m. today to the 200 block of West Oakview Avenue in Centralia where a fire was smoldering in an attic following a small kitchen fire hours earlier. “He had a grease fire about 10:30 p.m. and had already repainted everything,” Riverside Fire Authority Capt. Tim Adolphsen said. “And he felt there was a problem in the ceiling, and there was.” Adolphsen said the man’s wife came home and pointed out the new paint was turning brown, and they could feel the heat on the sheetrock. Crews tore out the ceiling and discovered the earlier fire must have traveled up the stove vent duct and burned an approximately 10 foot by 10 foot area of the attic space, including blown in insulation, he said. The damage was estimated at about $9,000. “Luckily it all was slow,” Adolphsen said.

AND MORE

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

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

• A Vancouver woman was arrested overnight after she allegedly walked into a Centralia convenience store cracked open a beer and threatened to cut the clerk with a knife when she was told she couldn’t do that, according to police. It happened about 2:40 a.m. at the Chevron on the 1200 block of Mellen Street, according to the Centralia Police Department. The clerk backed off and called 911, and the suspect was found over at the nearby motel, police said. A spilled large container of the malt liquor beverage 4Loko was found in her room, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Michelle M. Milligan was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, he said. Prosecutors declined to file that charge.

• An 18-year-old driver and his 13-year-old relative were both intoxicated when a deputy pulled over a truck after watching it spin out, drive through a grassy area at the exit 72 interchange and speed north onto Interstate 5 into Chehalis overnight, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It was about 3 o’clock this morning. The deputy followed and caught up with the truck that blew the stop sign at the 13th Street exit which finally stopped along the 600 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue, Cmdr. Steve Aust said. Isaac R. Kennedy said he’d been drinking moonshine, Aust said. He was arrested and booked into the Lewis County jail for driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, according to Aust. The girl was taken to the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center and booked for minor in possession or consumption of alcohol.

COMPUTER STOLEN FROM SCHOOL

• Someone broke into a building at the Onalaska school and stole an Apple MacBook laptop computer and two Sony camcorders, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responding to the 500 block of Carlisle Avenue yesterday morning learned it happened around 2:15 a.m., sheriff’s Cmdr. Steve Aust said. The loss is estimated at $1,200.

HEAVY DUTY SHOPLIFTING

• Two individual were arrested for organized retail theft yesterday evening after they were caught allegedly stealing items from multiple stores in the 1300 block of Lum Road in Centralia. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Jade N. Vanauken, 18 of Centralia and Aonoauaalofagia Vagatai, 20 of Hawaii, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Four teenagers were arrested yesterday afternoon after they were discovered allegedly smoking marijuana inside a vehicle at Fort Borst Park in Centralia. The underage individuals, ages 18, 17 and 16, were arrested and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OTHER THEFT

• Police were called about 6:20 p.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue in Centralia regarding parts taken from a vehicle.

VANDALISM

• Two windows were broken out of a business at the 200 block of West Main Street in Centralia, and discovered during the night.

• A window was broken out of a parked car at the 100 block of South Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 6:15 a.m. today.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday of the outside portions of three large double-paned windows being broken at Thorbekes on Southwest Chehalis Avenue. It happened last weekend and  caused $1,600 damage, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

WRECK

• A 23-year-old Oakville resident was injured when he fell asleep while driving along state Route 8 just outside McCleary last night. Troopers called about 8:50 p.m. determined Trenton G. Darnell was westbound and gradually left the roadway, entering a ditch and then striking a fence and a road sign before rolling, according to the Washington State Patrol. The 1989 Oldsmobile Cutless came to rest on its top and was described as totaled. Darnell was transported by aid to Summit Pacific Medical Center, according to the state patrol. He had been seat belted in and no alcohol or drugs are suspected, the state patrol reports.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, violation of protection order, third-degree possession of stolen property, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, shoplifting, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

SCARE AT PET STORE

• A 45-year-old Winlock man was taken into custody yesterday at Lincoln Creek Lumber in Centralia following an incident involving a knife at a nearby business. Police were called about 4 p.m. to the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue where employees at a pet store were holding a door shut because a man who had been hanging around pulled out a pocket-type knife, according to the Centralia Police Department. Several officers responded and the suspect was discovered up the street at the hardware store on the corner of Harrison and Galvin Road, Officer John Panco said. He had reportedly kicked out a door there and was seen exiting the store, Panco said. Brian T. Bircher wasn’t particularly cooperative as far as talking with police, Panco said. He was arrested for first-degree burglary and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. Panco said it wasn’t clear why Bircher was behaving the way he was at the pet store.

THEFT

• Someone took a blue mountain bike from an unlocked shed at the 1100 block of West First Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

BOOM

• An individual on Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis called police yesterday after finding suspicious remnants of something beneath their truck. An overnight explosion and the debris were most likely fireworks, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

‘VERY LUCKY’

• A wrong way driver on the freeway yesterday afternoon was suffering from blood sugar so low it didn’t even register on a testing device. The Washington State Patrol reported it was around 2 p.m. when the Ford Explorer traveled south in the northbound lanes in Centralia but managed to pull to the righthand side of the road without running in to anyone else. The Chehalis Fire Department was called over to the state patrol detachment because troopers didn’t know if the 49-year-old man was suffering from a medical or drug-related issue, Fire Capt. Ted McCarty said. The driver was fairly incoherent, handcuffed and on the ground outside as they’d tried to take him inside to interview him, McCarty said. “He was kind of fighting a little, but that’s because with low blood sugar, you don’t know where you’re at or what you’re doing,” McCarty said. Medics administered treatment and took him to Providence Centralia Hospital, according to responders. The state patrol yesterday indicated it didn’t know if any citation would be issued.

SHERIFF TO DRIVERS: WE’RE WATCHING YOU

• Extra pairs of law enforcement eyes will be watching drivers and crosswalks around the Law and Justice Center on Main Street in Chehalis again. The sheriff’s office announced yesterday deputies would be conducting another emphasis over the next week, a second attempt to make the area safer for pedestrians. They did it in mid-May in response to a request from county employees and other citizens who said the crosswalks in the area were unsafe. Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said the idea wasn’t so much about writing tickets, but about education and encouraging motorists to slow down. Nine warnings were given and five infractions handed out. Deputies witnessed two boys almost get hit in a nearby crosswalk. Mansfield said it was a real eye opener and clearly related to distracted driving and cell phones. “Drivers need to slow down and pay attention, especially in areas in which there is a lot of pedestrian traffic,” Mansfield stated. “If we can prevent serious injury or even death by conducting these emphases we will continue to do so.”

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, resisting arrest, reckless driving, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, harassment, collision on city street … and more.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Updated at 10:16 p.m.

ANTIQUE RIFLE WITH BAYONET STOLEN

• A 37-year-old Chehalis man called police yesterday after he was burglarized for the third time in two months. Police were told that sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. someone stole a WWII rifle with bayonet and also took a jar of coins from the residence on the 600 block of Northwest St. Helens Avenue. He said he’d changed the locks but his girlfriend advised him the back door was unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The rifle has a value of about $250, according to police.

NOT MY DRUGS

• A 40-year-old Centralia woman was arrested yesterday afternoon when she reportedly confessed to a police officer she had someone else’s property in her purse while the officer waited for her to produce her identification. She produced a pipe, which had residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to police. Officer John Panco said an officer driving through the parking lot at the Pepper Tree Motel on Alder Street around 3:45 p.m. saw Traci J. Zollinger-Miller who seemed to be trying to hide behind a bush. When he approached her, she ran and when contacted, told the officer she thought she had a warrant, Panco said. As she got out her identification, the officer observed a syringe in the purse – which she said was someone else’s –  Panco said, and when asked if there was anything else, produced the pipe. Zollinger-Miller was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SLIDING OFF THE ROAD

• A 20-year-old Toledo resident said he was unfamiliar with the area when he left the roadway at a curve, sheering off both a fire hydrant and a utility pole and damaging a fence yesterday. Deputies called about 4:55 p.m. to the 3700 block of Cooks Hill Road noted the 2005 Dodge Ram sustained major damage but nobody was injured, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was issued a citation for speeds too fast, according to the sheriff’s office.

CAR HITS SEMI, SECOND SEMI SCRAPES CAR

• A 42-year-old motorist escaped injury when he slammed into the back of a semi truck which had slowed for traffic early yesterday morning on Interstate 5 in Centralia but his car was totaled and he was to be issued citations for following too closely and not having insurance, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers called about 6:40 a.m. to the sound bound lanes near milepost 82 noted that the big rig pulled to the shoulder and when a second semi truck tried to pass on the left, it scraped the side of the Toyota Camry. “We tried to push the car clear, but it was too damaged to move,” Trooper Torson Iverson said. One lane was closed for about a half an hour, Iverson said. The car belonging to Robert H. Ginter, 42, of Centralia, was towed, according to the state patrol.

OH MY

• A wrong way driver on the freeway in Centralia who was able to pull over safely without any collisions or injuries occurring this afternoon was taken to the hospital and it was discovered the incident was caused by a medical condition, according to the Washington State Patrol. It happened about 2 p.m. on Interstate 5 near milepost 80, south of town, according to the state patrol.The investigating trooper reports Darren M. Lumbert, 49, of Centralia, traveled southbound in the northbound lanes in a Ford Explorer. Whether any citation will be issued is under consideration. Further details were not readily available.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, shoplifting, misdemeanor assault, protection order violation, driving with suspended license, driving with no license, allowing unlicensed person to drive; responses for alarms, trespassing, fraudulent checks … and more.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

LARGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT VANISHES FROM HOME

• A cello and a 12-gauge shotgun are among the nearly $2,000 worth of valuables missing after a burglary at a north Centralia home. A deputy dispatched yesterday to contact the 36-year-old victim learned the man left his home on the 500 block of Haliday Road about 11 a.m. on Saturday and when he returned at midnight, discovered the thefts, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy was able to locate a forced entry point, but the victim also thought it was possible the front doors hadn’t been properly locked, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Also taken were a Toshiba laptop computer and external hard drive, a digital video camera, costume jewelry and other property, according to Brown. The gun is a model 350 Savage, she said.

OUTDOOR THEFT

• Someone stole a U.S. flag from the front porch of a home on the 500 block of West Pine Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday evening. It is described as approximately 4 feet by 5 feet in size, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 30-foot extension ladder was reported missing from a yard on the 200 block of First Street in Morton on Friday morning.

USED GAME WAS STOLEN

• A 23-year-old Centralia man who showed identification when he sold an X-box to a Chehalis game store on Friday was arrested yesterday for trafficking stolen property. Police followed up after learning the item had been stolen in Thurston County. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Nicholas R. Dafoe, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

DRUGS

• A pair of underage Centralia men were arrested about 12:20 a.m. today for possession of marijuana at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia. Trenton J. Hall, 20, and Donald J. Johnson, 19, were cited also for possession of drug paraphernalia and then released, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a broken window on a car that occurred overnight at the 300 block of Centralia College Boulevard.

JUST CALM DOWN

• Morton police responded to a residence in the 700 block of Main Avenue about 8:35 p.m. on Thursday regarding a verbal dispute. After speaking with the parties involved, it was determined that one of them would spend the night at a different location in order to calm down, police report.

CRIME STOPPERS

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for tips regarding a burglary from April 30 at the 2300 block of state Route 505 near Toledo in which witnesses saw a dark colored Nissan or Ford Ranger truck leaving the area with flatbed trailer carrying a John Deere riding lawnmower. The trailer was recovered in Cowlitz County, but the mower is still missing, according to Crime Stoppers. The loss is more than $2,500.  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

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, disputes, suspicious circumstances,   collision in parking lot; complaint a paycheck couldn’t be cashed because of non-sufficient funds… and more.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014

MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN CHEHALIS

• A 33-year-old motorcyclist was airlifted after a collision yesterday on the 1100 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis when he hit the rear of a flatbed tow truck which was backing onto the street. Firefighters called about 2:30 p.m. found the man with broken leg bones, possibly a broken shoulder and not very responsive, Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Casey Beck said. Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said the rider was traveling northbound and the tow truck had been attempting to turn around and its back end was in the street. The Chehalis area man was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then flown to Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, according to responders. He’s currently listed in stable, serious condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Wilson said the wreck remains under investigation.

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR JIM BOB

• Deputies yesterday got a break in a hit and run case from Friday night in Onalaska in which a driver who slowed then stopped for loose pigs in the roadway was struck in the rear end, totaling her Toyota Camry. The 67-year-old woman said it was about 8:30 p.m. at the 300 block of Leonard Road and the white van simply drove around her and continued south, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A similarly described van was later found parked behind an outbuilding off Gore Road and its owner called the sheriff’s office yesterday to say they had brought home a hitchhiker named Jim Bob, who had borrowed the vehicle go buy cigarettes and said he’d run into a ditch, according to the sheriff’s office. The case remains under investigation, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

WINLOCK BURGLARY

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports this morning that a 61-year-old Winlock-area man believes he was either laying down or perhaps was gone to the store when someone came into his residence and stole an HP laptop computer and a digital camera. It happened on then 900 block of Byham Road sometime between 9 a.m. last Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $680.

MISSING XBOX TURNS UP AT GAME STORE

• Chehalis police were called on Friday afternoon to a game shop on the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis when an individual called saying they found their stolen X-box there. The item was taken back to the police department and officers will be working with law enforcement in Thurston County regarding follow up, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Chehalis police detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it appeared someone sold it to the business which would then resell it.

MISSING MEDS

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday from a customer who said she accidentally left her pain meds at a restaurant on Southwest Interstate Avenue and when she returned to retrieve them, they were gone. The case is under investigation, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

• Police are investigating a brush fire that broke out behind the former Chehalis Inn on Friday, prompting 911 calls from motorists on Interstate 5 who reported flames about 10 feet tall along a fence. Firefighters called about 1:10 p.m. to the 100 block of Southwest Interstate Avenue said a maintenance person got out a garden hose and prevented any damage to the wood fence. The burned area was about 10 feet in diameter, Chehalis Fire Department Capt. Kevin Curfman said. The motel is now a Howard Johnson’s.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license,  trespassing; responses for alarms, disputes, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault, collision on city street, german shepherd biting a passing bicyclist, vehicles driving off county roads into yards, unattended backpack in Wal-Mart’s parking lot, an inmate upset about being in jail who smashed a sprinkler head and flooded the floor; complaints of the smell of marijuana in an apartment building, a man at a bar yelling, screaming and dancing around, a large man observed with his jeans around his ankles masturbating on the Lewis County Community Trail off Cabe Road west of Chehalis … and more.

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

NO PARTY FOR CENTRALIA MAN

• A 27-year-old Centralia resident was arrested last night after he allegedly attempted to shoplift food, a half gallon of pineapple rum, a fifth of cotton candy vodka and a pint of regular vodka from Safeway. Police responding about 9:45 p.m. to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue booked Lucas D.C. Bryan into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

MOST OF MISSING CAR FOUND

• A car stolen in April from Centralia turned up last night on a logging road near Curtis; up on blocks and missing three of its wheels, its stereo and several other parts, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The red 1999 Chrysler 300 was recovered around 6 p.m. on the 400 Line off Lost Valley Road, according to the sheriff’s office. It’s value was $500, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

DOG-GONE

• Centralia police were called to Providence Centralia Hospital about 5:30 p.m. yesterday by a man whose 7-month-old Pit bull puppy vanished from his car. The windows had been left down, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WILDFIRE ASSISTANCE

• Three firefighters from Lewis County Fire District 5 returned home yesterday from assisting on the wildfire in Eastern Washington, where they helped with structural containment. Firefighter Maria Kennedy said they headed to Selah on Tuesday night and worked the next day. The Yakima-Herald Republic reports the fire that blackened nearly 9,000 acres outside Selah – believed to have been caused by target shooting in dry grass – was completely contained last night. A group from the Toledo fire department went as well, according to Kennedy.

PRE-FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE FROM THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL

• The state fire marshal is reminding the public that in Washington, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period. The purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy says.

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• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, disputes, graffiti, possible fraud, collision on city street, driver all over the road, a male taking a nap on someone else’s front lawn … and more.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT CENTRALIA MOTEL

• A 23-year-old Chehalis man apparently angry because he thought the mother of his child was texting another man was arrested after police were called to Motel 6 in Centralia last night, where he had allegedly blocked her from leaving and then kicked in a door when she took her phone in the bathroom. Officers responding about 11:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue learned she was able to get out to her car where he broke the glass before he took off running, according to the Centralia Police Department. She thought he was going to kill her and the 5-year-old child was present when it occurred, police said. Subsequently located and booked into the Lewis County Jail was Nicholas L. Gonzalez, for felony harassment, unlawful imprisonment and second-degree malicious mischief, police said.

POLICE: TRIO BARGES INTO WOMAN’S HOME

• A 45-year-old Chehalis woman was hospitalized after a fracas last night at an apartment on the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue. Officers called about 10:40 p.m. were told two heavy set females and a male arrived and beat up the woman, according to the Chehalis Police Department. They apparently were trying to retrieve some property that belonged to someone else, according to police. “I don’t know what property they were after but they just barged in and committed assault, which is burglary,” detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail were Angela M. Johnson, 27, and Don K. Gonzales, 25, both from Chehalis and Saleana A. Valencia, 19, from Olympia, according to Wilson. Prosecutors declined to charge them and they were scheduled to be released today. Wilson said this morning he was still waiting to hear back from the hospital about the woman’s injuries.

UNPLANNED WARRANT SWEEP

• Centralia police ended up arresting three wanted men after a passenger of a vehicle they were watching at the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia jumped out and ran upstairs into a motel room. It happened about 1 p.m. yesterday at Motel 6 and the individual they were originally looking for wasn’t found until later in Bucoda, according to the Centralia Police Department. Dana M. Johnson, 33, a homeless person, was arrested and booked for outstanding warrants and for an earlier investigation of residential burglary, according to police. Sgt. Kurt Reichert said there were three people left in the car, which an officer held at gunpoint and when officers knocked on the motel room, they arrested others there. It appears there were about a half dozen altogether, but Reichert wasn’t certain if the passenger was among those arrested. Booked into the Lewis County Jail were Stephen D. Pierce, 35 of Oakville, for an earlier investigation of burglary; Steven N. Romero, 20 of Centralia, for an earlier investigation of vehicle theft; and Forrest S. McMillian, 27 of Oakville, for several warrants, according to police.

SUSPECT SPEAKING IN TONGUES

• Chehalis police called about a skinny male who seemed to be speaking in tongues at about 12:45 p.m. yesterday arrested a 25-year-old homeless man who allegedly stole a backpack and also was seen on someone’s porch on Southwest Cascade Avenue attempting to take a bicycle which was chained up. Joshua E. Blankenship was arrested for third-degree theft and then released, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

STOLEN LICENSE PLATE

• Centralia police took a report about 5 p.m. yesterday regarding a license plate plate stolen off a vehicle at the 2000 block of Borst Avenue. The Washington state plate reads: B01598M, according to the Centralia Police Department.

ELDERLY PE ELL WOMAN VICTIMIZED BY BURGLAR

• Someone walked through an unlocked front door at a home in Pe Ell and stole a jewelry box from a bathroom in the master bedroom belonging to an 88-year-old woman. A deputy called to the 500 block of North Main Street learned the box contained about $3,000 worth of rings and necklaces, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. It happened between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

DRUGS

• A 38-year-old Chehalis resident wanted on a warrant was arrested after he was seen about 7:30 p.m. near Sixth Street and William Avenue; and a pipe was found with powder in it that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Kelly M. Davies was booked into the Lewis County Jail for the warrant and for possession of meth, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PHONE SCAMMERS

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 200 block of Downing Road from an individual who said they got a phone call from someone saying their power bill was past due and if they didn’t pay $1,200, the electricity would be shut off. It was an attempted scam, according to the Centralia Police Department. The advice from police: If anyone calls you asking for money, you ought to first verify the information independently. “Don’t call them at the phone number they give you, look it up,” Sg. Kurt Reichert said.

• Chehalis police took a report yesterday afternoon from an individual on West Main Street about getting a phone call from someone posing as a representative of the Internal Revenue Service, who wanted money. Sgt. Gary Wilson said there’s not much local police can do in these types of situations, in part because sometimes the scammers are calling from a foreign country. “We just warn people, if the IRS calls you, it’s not the IRS,” he said. They contact people by mail, not over the telephone, he said.

CHEHALIS BUSINESS SETTLES VIOLATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LAW

• The owners of Del’s Feed and Farm Supply Store in Chehalis agreed to pay a fine of $134,400 for failing to report it was storing more than 10,000 pounds of propane at each of five locations, including Chehalis, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “Emergency responders rely on this information for their safety and to help protect nearby residents during an emergency, such as a fire or an earthquake,”  a spokesperson for the EPA said in a news release yesterday. Tractor Supply Company operates 18 Del’s Feed and Farm Supply Store in Washington and once made aware of the violations, quickly took steps to comply, according to EPA spokesperson Hanady Kader. Propane, sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas, or LPG, is highly flammable. Under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, facilities that store threshold quantities of certain hazardous chemicals are required to submit an inventory of each of those chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the local fire department.

WRECK

• Three people were hospitalized after a head-on crash last night in Winlock caused by an intoxicated underage driver that totaled two Honda Civics. A deputy responding about 9:20 p.m. to the 300 block of South Military Road concluded that the car carrying Enrique J. Hernandez, 20, and a 20-year-old passenger was traveling too fast and slid into the oncoming lane, running into a car driven by a 54-year-old man, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. All three are Winlock residents and were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Hernandez was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for driving under the influence, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. He was also cited for not carrying liability insurance, she said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarm, dispute, shoplifting, broken vehicle window, collision on city street, someone taking a motor vehicle without permission, harassing phone calls, harassing texts, someone said they thought they witnessed a drug deal in a parking lot, a shoeless drunk man in a bar yelling and being rude, a drunken individual knocking on doors at an apartment building trying to get someone to put him up for the night … and more.

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

SKETCHY VAN

• Deputies have their eyes out for a dark green Chevrolet Astrovan that was seen seemingly suspicious at an Onalaska home yesterday and also pulling in and out of driveways on Davis Lake Road in Morton. A 28-year-old woman who believes its occupants were looking in her mailbox called 911 last night after she saw two males running from the back of her house and leaving in the van at about 7:15 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. That happened at the 3000 block of state Route 508, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman followed the vehicle to Cinebar Road and took a picture, but then got nervous because her children were with her, and returned home, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, Brown said. The van has black running boards and the two men looked to be about 40 years old, of average height and weight, according to Brown. Anyone who sees it is asked to call the sheriff’s office right away, as deputies would like to speak with the men about their activities, Brown said.

DRUGS

• Centralia police responding about 5 p.m. yesterday to someone trying to break into vehicles in the parking lot at the Outlet mall on the 1300 block of Lum Road arrested a 47-year-old woman from Fife for possession of methamphetamine. A 40-year-old Tacoma man was arrested for a warrant and possession of PCP, but aid was called to evaluate him because he was lethargic. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital to be checked out. Larry B. Robinson was subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to charge the woman and she is to be released.

BIG GUY WITH WARRANT

• Several law enforcement officers congregated in the area near Applebees in Chehalis yesterday afternoon when they learned from Portland police a man who had left the state of Oregon in violation of his probation was there with his wife, and she might be in danger. It was just before 3 p.m. at the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue and the woman said she was fine but 27-year-old Jordan Solomon was taken into custody, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Police said the 6-foot-6-inch tall man smashed his head against the inside of a patrol car window, popping it out. He was booked for his warrant and for third-degree malicious mischief, detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said. Wilson indicated Portland police were able to track the vehicle using its GPS system provider because the woman may have been endangered. He said the large police response was made because Solomon has a bad history with police.

YOUR MONEY’S NO GOOD HERE

• Centralia police arrested a 35-year-old Auburn man for counterfeiting after he allegedly tried to use fake bills to put money on his account at the jail early this morning, after they arrested him for a warrant. Prosecutors declined to file a criminal charge against him.

MOSSYROCK BREAK-IN

• Morton police report they are investigating a burglary discovered at a Mossyrock business about 6:45 a.m. on June 10, in the 100 block of East State Street. A door was kicked open and approximately $100 was missing, according to police.

MESSAGE FROM THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL

• Sales of consumer fireworks begin on June 28 at noon and end on July 5 at 11 p.m. A number of city and counties have restricted or banned the sale and discharge of fireworks. The state fire marshal recommends to always be sure to check with your local jurisdiction before using fireworks.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft such as a book, possible theft of money at a retail business, vehicle hitting mailbox on county road, graffiti in a bathroom at the college, teens on the roof of a school, deer running around on the road, concern about rats by an overflowing dumpster, concern about neighbor dogs without food or water … and more.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Updated at 7:19 p.m.

POLICE: YOUNG MAN THREATENS TO CUT UP FATHER

• Deputies were called about 11 a.m. yesterday to a home in Mineral where a 22-year-old son had allegedly threatened to shoot his father and then himself. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said an argument took place at the parent’s home on the 200 block of Lutkens Road and the son, who is described as transient, reportedly told his 57-year-old father he was going to place duct tape over his mouth, cut him up and then use a gun. The father was able to go inside the residence and lock the doors to get away from his son, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Arriving deputies found Matthew C. Nyman standing on the front porch, arrested him for felony harassment and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to authorities. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello said it wasn’t clear from the reports what Nyman was upset over, but it appeared he may suffer from a mental health disorder. A judge ordered him held on $10,000 bail when he appeared in court this afternoon, charged with felony harassment, domestic violence. The judge also ordered him to have no contact with his father, Masiello said.

TV GONE

• Centralia police were called about 10:20 a.m. yesterday regarding a flat screen television taken from a room at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia.

CHAINSAW GONE

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that someone stole a $900 Stihl chainsaw when they broke a padlock to a shed on the 100 block of Cinebar Road in East Lewis County. The victim said it happened between 3 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

FRAUD

• An individual called Centralia police yesterday from the 800 block of K Street to report he had learned from his bank someone back in 2010 filed taxes in Florida using his personal information, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DENT GETS MAN LOCKED UP

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was booked into jail last night for allegedly kicking a dent into someone’s vehicle. Centralia police called to the 1600 block of North Schueber Road about 9:20 p.m. arrested Ryan A. McCarter for third-degree malicious mischief and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• A citizen turned into the Chehalis Police Department yesterday a small glass bottle of marijuana found on the side of the road at Southwest 11th Street and McFadden Avenue. Don’t bother checking with the lost and found there, police say, it will be destroyed. Detective Sgt. Gary Wilson said it may be legal for individuals to possess small amounts, but the state of the current law doesn’t mean officers can “deliver” marijuana to even its rightful owner.

TOO FAST FOR CORNER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded yesterday to the 1500 block of Bishop Road south of Chehalis where the Kenworth tractor and trailer loaded with lumber tipped onto its side. The 57-year-old driver from Brigham City, Utah was southbound and traveling too fast for a sharp corner, the sheriff’s office said. He was reportedly uninjured. No ticket has yet been issued, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, misdemeanor assault; responses for suspicious circumstances, neighborhood parking issues, possible IRS scam over the telephone, an individual who rented a washer and dryer from a business and did not pay … and more.

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Updated at 6:41 p.m.

RUN, RUN, RUN, RUNAWAY

• A 48-year-old Ethel man was arrested following a brief nighttime police pursuit west of Onalaska which turned into a foot chase and ended when the subject running at full speed collided with a building covered in blackberry bushes. Brian S. Steward was wanted on a warrant and was taken into custody, after the early Saturday morning incident, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It began when a deputy was called to a dispute just after midnight on Friday at the 400 block of Burchett Road but Steward left before the deputy arrived, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies learned Steward was driving with a suspended license and had a warrant from the state Department of Corrections and spotted his car near state Route 508 and Tauscher Road, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Brown said Steward didn’t pull over, instead continued down Jackson Highway to a farm where he left his Chevrolet Impala and took off running. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail for eluding, Brown said.

DOMESTIC UN-TRANQUILITY

• Police arrested a 62-year-old Centralia woman last night after she allegedly pulled a gun on her roommate. Officers called about 9:40 p.m. to the 900 block of Marion Street booked Rita J. Finegan into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault. Prosecutors sent the case to municipal court, which handles misdemeanors.

• A 45-year-old Chehalis woman was arrested this morning after she allegedly entered a home on the 1800 block of Shamrock Avenue in Centralia, illegally, broke several items and assaulted her husband. Tamara L. Twidwell left when police were called about 5:30 a.m. but was located a short time later and booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE: UNRULY NY MAN KICKS OFFICER

• A 64-year-old man from New York who was kicked off a train in Centralia for being disorderly found himself lodged at the Lewis County Jail because he allegedly pushed and then kicked a police officer. Police called about 3:40 p.m. on Friday to the Amtrak station to remove an intoxicated and belligerent passenger from the premises arrested James C. Davis for assault after he pushed an officer, Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. He was taken to the hospital first for a pre-booking screening because of the level of intoxication and as the same officer was placing him back into the patrol car, Davis allegedly caught the side of the officer’s head with his foot, Reichert said. He was booked for two counts of third-degree assault, according to police.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• Jewelry and cash were stolen from a home on the 300 block of Courtland Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police just before noon yesterday. It appears they got in through an unlocked door, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Centralia police were called about 1:35 p.m. on Saturday to the 1800 block of Juneman Street where someone had broken into a home and ransacked several rooms, leaving with a lock box and unspecified documents.

• Someone stole a utility trailer during the night from the 2900 block of Borst Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 5:45 a.m. yesterday.

RIFLE CLEANING ACCIDENT WOUNDS ONE

• A 30-year-old Randle man was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the forearm as he was cleaning a .22 rifle on his back porch. Deputies called about 12:20 p.m. on Friday to the 100 block of Baugh Road learned that he was getting ready to test fire the weapon when something dropped and when he leaned down to pick it up, he bumped the trigger, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

THREE INJURED IN WRECK NEAR MAYFIELD LAKE

• Three people were hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon when a 1966 Ford Mustang hit a ditch on U.S. Highway 12 traveling along about 150 feet before colliding head on with the end of a guard rail. Troopers called about 4:40 p.m. to the scene roughly four miles west of Mossyrock found the car totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The vehicle had been traveling westbound  and was approaching Mayfield Lake bridge when the driver was distracted by something as-yet-unspecified, according to the state patrol. Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were the driver Albert L. Cheney, 52, from Centralia; and passengers Denise R. Salts, 55, of Silver Creek, and 3-year-old Aiden Robbins, according to the investigating trooper. Cheney was treated and released and a hospital spokesperson said no information can be released about children. Salts was transferred to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, in Vancouver, where this afternoon she was listed in serious condition. Salts is the same woman who survived a gunshot wound to her face when her boyfriend and two others were slain almost four years ago inside a Salkum-Onalaska area home on Wings Way.

• A semi truck loaded carrying lumber tipped onto its side on Bishop Road near Labree Road in Chehalis this afternoon, but the driver was uninjured, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. Chief Tim Kinder said crews from fire districts 5 and 6 responded about 1 p.m. and tended to the oil that spilled from the engine. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck, according to Kinder.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, violation of protection order, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, disputes, vandalism, underage drinking, collisions on city streets, misdemeanor theft such as wallet left in shopping cart, shoplift of dog food … and more.

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Bishop Road near Labree Road in Chehalis this afternoon / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup

Friday, June 13th, 2014

TRICKED INTO REVEALING CODE

• A 20-year-old woman called Centralia police yesterday afternoon after she apparently fell for a phone scam that cost her almost $300. The Portland resident who was staying at a local motel had gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be a representative for Western Union and offered her a deal too good to be true, according to the Centralia Police Department. She was told if she wired $299 through Western Union – anywhere, even to herself – they would pay her a $300 bonus, according to police. During the call, she disclosed her transaction number, which allowed the caller to pick up the money she wired, police said. The bonus was supposed to go into her account, but it didn’t Sgt. Kurt Reichert said. Reichert said the case would be turned over to detectives to investigate.

MORTON BURGLARY

• Someone broke into a home and its garage on the 100 block of Temple Road in Morton and stole more than $1,800 worth of valuables including two mini motorcycles, two tool boxes and a 40-inch Sony television, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports. A deputy called there yesterday evening learned it happened sometime since 2 p.m. on Sunday and a lock had been pried off a door, according to the sheriff’s office.

UNWELCOME VISITOR

• A 45-year-old Centralia man was arrested for first-degree trespass after a woman returned home to her apartment in Chehalis just before 6 o’clock this morning and found him and a neighbor sitting on her couch.  An officer responding to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue learned Mitchell W. Sinclair was not allowed to be there and the second male who said he was helping his friend look for his glasses was told to return to his own apartment, according to Chehalis Police Department. The woman’s door had been kicked in, police said. Sinclair was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

EXTRA DISORDERLINESS

• A 33-year-old Centralia man was arrested last night after allegedly entering another person’s motel room and trying to pick fights. Centralia police say that when they were called just before 11 p.m. to the 1000 block of Eckerson Road and arrested Kevin G. Blosser, he threatened officers. Blosser was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary as well as harassment, according to the Centralia Police Department.

REWARD FOR INFO ON MISSING FIREARMS

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for tips regarding a burglary from April 27 near Toledo in which four guns were stolen. Sometime between  8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day, someone entered the residence on the 400 block of Jackson Highway South and left with a Savage 20-gauge shotgun, a Sears 12-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg rifle and a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol, according to Crime Stoppers. The value is more than $1,400.  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

HOUSE FIRE PLANNED IN ONALASKA

• Firefighters will be burning down a house in Onalaska on Sunday, during a training exercise that will take place between approximately 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The home, on the 300 block of Railroad Avenue, was damaged by a fire in December of last year, according to Lewis County Fire District 1 Chief Mark Conner. The plan is to allow it to burn completely at the end of the day, according to Conner.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, collisions on city street, in parking lots, out-of-control teenager, inquiry about how to deal with landlord in a rental home infested with rats … and more.