Updated at 8:55 p.m.
WOODEN SPOON ASSAULT
• A 24-year-old Centralia father was arrested last night for child assault after he allegedly spanked his 5-year-old son with a wooden spoon leaving bruises on the child. Police called about 8:30 p.m. to the 1900 block of Foxglove Lane were told the boy had been chipping paint off the wall, the dad tried to correct him, but he continued doing it, according to the Centralia Police Department. The mother who went into another room to deal with a crying child heard yelling and a scuffle, came out and saw what the father had done, according to police. She gathered up the children and left, Sgt. Stacy Denham said. The suspect admitted he may have hit the boy too hard, Denham said. William S. Joyce was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree child assault. Denham said essentially anything that causes anything more than temporary or transient pain is assault.
• A 59-year-old woman who allegedly pointed a 22 rifle at her roommate and threatened to shoot him on Sunday morning was arrested for first-degree assault. A deputy responding about 12:45 p.m. to the 1100 block of Garrard Creek Road was told by the 54-year-old victim the two were having an argument, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Sherry L. Erickson subsequently left but was located and booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Officers responding to a disturbance at the Washington Hotel in downtown Chehalis on Saturday night found about 50 people on the sidewalk in a heated dispute, encountered a fight on the stairs and upstairs found another group of 50 to 100 people in a corner fighting and throwing chairs, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It was a wedding reception at the 500 block of North Market Boulevard. Aid was called for fainting; the bride was passed out on the floor at the entryway, according to police. An officer had the announcer tell everyone the party was done and everybody needed to go home, Officer Linda Bailey said. Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct; Javier Lopez-Barron, 19, of Royal City; and Juan C. Alcantar, 26, from Hawthorne, Calif., Bailey said.
• An 80-piece set of sterling silverware valued at between $8,000 and $10,000 was reported missing from a residence on the 800 block of state Route 508 southeast of Chehalis. A deputy called on Friday was told it vanished sometime since December, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning.
• Police were called to the 1200 block of Windsor Avenue yesterday evening where someone had stolen numerous pieces of jewelry from a home. It appears they came through an unlocked window sometime since about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department. Among the missing items were about two dozen pairs of earrings and some bracelets, according to police.
• An officer took a report on Sunday evening of a burglary at the 1300 block of Crescent Avenue in Centralia the previous week.
THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE
• Chehalis police were called to Yard Birds Mall about 5:40 p.m. on Friday regarding theft of a Honda trail bike. A male had been seen pushing a kid on it earlier, but left, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A deputy was contacted about 2:30 a.m. yesterday by an individual who reported a burglary to a garage area at the 300 block of Mineral Road South. Among the approximately $900 of valuables missing is a self-propelled lawnmower, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It occurred sometime after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Someone cut a lock to the used car battery cage at Wal-Mart and stole 25 batteries, according to a report made to police on Saturday night. Security video showed a red Toyota Rave, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Waterbed sheets were stolen off a clothes line in the 1100 block of North Washington Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Sunday.
• Centralia police were called about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday about a vehicle prowl at the 400 block of South Washington Avenue. Tools were stolen, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Sometime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, someone broke into a vehicle at the 100 block of Snyder Road in Packwood and stole about $1,500 worth of men’s and women’s clothing and a wallet, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A sheriff’s office response yesterday to a dispute at the 300 block of Big Hanaford Road outside Centralia led to a search warrant and a subsequent arrest of the resident for possession of methamphetamine. Found was suspected meth and pipes, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Booked into the Lewis County Jail was Justin M. Hale, 32, according to the sheriff’s office.
BIG GUN PROMPTS POLICE CALL
• Someone called 911 about 3:10 p.m. on Saturday to report a male in camouflage clothing walking down the 500 block of South Market Boulevard in Chehalis carrying an AR15 gun. The 22-year-old refused to answer questions from an arriving officer, advising their conversation was being recorded with his camera phone and that his second amendment rights allowed him to carry his gun, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He wasn’t pointing the weapon at anyone, according to police.
SALKUM FIRE SPARKED BY WATER HEATER MALFUNCTION
• A thermostat failure on a hot water heater is blamed for a fire that destroyed a Salkum area house the weekend before last. Fire Investigator Ted McCarty said some clothing near the appliance ignited at the two-story house on the 800 block of Gore Road. it happened about 11 a.m. on Aug. 24 and six individuals that included an infant escaped without injury. McCarty said he believed it was the original water heater in the home which was about 20 years old.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, misdemeanor assaults, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, suspicious activity, marital discord and other disputes, collisions, hit and run, stolen bicycle, found purse, neighbors yelling about individual’s guitar playing, numerous instances of people asking police to remove people from various places, female wanting to tell police she smacked someone who got in her face, neighbor vehicle rolling into a house on the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue; complaint of woman who tried to return a puppy hours after purchasing it from a private individual and seller refused to talk with her … and more.