Updated at 3:11 p.m.
ON THE ROAD
• Two teenagers were uninjured but their pickup truck was totaled when it rear-ended a van in Onalaska yesterday morning which was carrying six children. The 62-year-old Onalaska woman driving the 2006 Honda Odyssey van was the only person hurt, taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with severe neck pain, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She had stopped at the intersection at Leonard Road and state Route 508 when her van was hit from behind, according to the sheriff’s office. A deputy called just before 8 a.m. found that all the youngsters, from ages 2 to age 16, were buckled in, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. The 19-year-old driver of the 1987 Nissan pickup was cited for defective tires, no insurance and speed too fast for conditions, Brown said. The van was drivable, with about $3,000 worth of damage, Brown said.
• A 21-year-old motorist was reportedly not seriously hurt but was arrested for driving under the influence after his pickup truck landed in China Creek in Centralia overnight. Officers responding just before 1 a.m. to the area near the 1100 block of West Pear Street found Kody J. Foster had scratches from climbing out of the area, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail.
• A 22-year-old woman was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital after a car in which she was a passenger car hit a fence and came to rest in a ditch along the 2300 block of Little Hanaford Road outside Centralia lat night. Firefighters called at 11:50 p.m. report she was to be evaluated for possible shoulder and back injuries, according to Riverside Fire Authority.
• Police were called to an apartment complex on the 1600 block of Johnson Road in Centralia just after 11 o’clock yesterday morning where they were told by a 57-year-old woman that after an argument with a 56-year-old man, he took her cell phone away from her. Police located the suspect, Ricky M Langley, and booked him into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to the Centralia Police Department. Prosecutors declined to file that charge.
• An officer was called about 9:50 a.m. yesterday to the 2900 block of Mount Vista Road in Centralia following the discovery by a resident that someone forced open his apartment’s front door. Nothing appeared to be missing though, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a woman living at the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia that someone forced their way through her back door on Saturday and stole a tupperware container holding her medications. Taken between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. that day were 45 Valium, 45, morphine and 80 oxycodone tablets, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is about $75, according to the sheriff’s office.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that someone walked in to an Ethel man’s motor home on Saturday and left with an Xbox 360, more than 20 games and a tablet, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. while he was at his mother’s house some 50 feet away, according to the sheriff’s office. It happened at the 100 block of Oyler Road, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. He had left his door open, she said.
• Police were called just before 3 o’clock this morning after a man thought he saw someone trying to break in to a car along Southwest Chehalis Avenue in Chehalis. The individual said he heard a car door handle then saw a male looking into a vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. When they both looked at each other, the possible prowler ran off, and rode away on a bicycle, police said. A responding officer didn’t locate anyone.
• Someone painted the viaduct and also the tailgate belonging to a person living near there at the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to report made to police yesterday afternoon.
FIRE ON PORCH
• Discarded smoking materials are suspected of causing a porch fire in Centralia yesterday afternoon. Firefighters called at 3 p.m. to the 1300 block of Harrison Avenue found individuals extinguishing the flames with a garden hose, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The residents were not at home, Fire Capt. Scott Weinert indicated. Firefighters removed decking materials from the porch to ensure the fire had not spread beneath the home, according to Weinert. The damage is estimated at about $5,000.
FIRE IN GARAGE
• The sheriff’s office is investigating to find out who was burning inside a detached garage of a vacant property in foreclosure in Centralia. A deputy was requested by the fire department yesterday afternoon to respond to the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared to have been started using garbage cardboard and tin cans sometime during the previous three days and extinguished already, according to the sheriff’s office. Neighbors said they’d seen transients in the area of the house, although not in the last week, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A door had been forced open several times in the past, Brown said. The damage to the sheetrock, framing and exterior paint is estimated to be several thousand dollars, Brown said.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, protection order violation, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license; responses for alarm, dispute, harassment, runaway teenager, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street … and more.