• Centralia police arrested a Portland man yesterday for unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly refused to let his passenger out of the vehicle as they were traveling in through Centralia. Officers were called just before noon to the area of South Gold and Floral streets about a couple walking down the street arguing, according to the Centralia Police Department. They were in town shopping and began to argue and at one point, he locked the vehicle’s door, Officer John Panco said. “Finally when he slowed almost to a stop, she was able to jump out,” Panco said. The man, 38-year-old Derek Gannon, parked and followed her, according to Panco. Gannon was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.
• A 27-year-old Toledo man who called 911 to say during an argument after he told his girlfriend to leave, she began knocking things over in the home, was subsequently arrested for second-degree assault. Deputies responding about 1 p.m. on Tuesday to the 200 block of Kangas Road however were told he slapped the 19-year-old, dragged her by her hair knocking items off the counter, choked her and even broke down a bathroom door when she locked herself in, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Her injuries and other evidence suggested Marcello Ruiz-Zueger was the primary aggressor, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• A 33-year-old Chehalis area man was arrested for second-degree assault following the events that transpired after his girlfriend told him to move out, including him allegedly putting her in a chokehold as well as wrapping her in a mattress and jumping on it as hard as he could. The pair are both mixed martial arts fighters, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy called on Tuesday to the 29-year-old woman’s father’s home where she went for help learned there were children in the house when it happened and the woman was able to get them outside and into a car, according to the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Brown Stacy Brown said the deputy was told that Joseph R. Whearty at one point laid down on the ground behind her car tires, and as she managed to maneuver around him, he jumped on the car and punched its windshield, cracking it. Whearty was contacted and booked into the Lewis County Jail Brown said.
PURSE SNATCHING FOILED
• A 48-year-old Seattle man was arrested after he allegedly tried to steal an employee’s purse from a downtown Chehalis restaurant and pushed the cook who confronted him as he went out the back door. Officers called about 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday to the Royal Buffet on the 500 block of North Market had help from a police dog who tracked a suspect to an area off Prindle Street where he was hiding in or under a piece of equipment, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Shelton L. Hayes was booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree robbery, according to police.
BURGLARY AND THEFT
• Centralia police yesterday said they were investigating a report of a burglary at the 3200 block of Galvin Road in which cash, a debit card and gaming system were taken.
• Centralia police were called just before 11 a.m. yesterday to the 1000 block of Swanson Drive regarding fraud on an individual’s bank account, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Police took a report of the theft of a door mat from the 1200 block of Mellen Street in Centralia on Tuesday morning.
• Someone smashed a vehicle’s window and stole a CD while it was parked at Steck Clinic on the 1200 block of Bishop Road in Chehalis sometime shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Someone threw an egg at a vehicle parked on the 600 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police last night.
• Chehalis police said yesterday they couldn’t place a value on a homemade lighted SeaHawks sign that someone smashed when they came onto a porch on Southwest Fifth Street the day before.
• An individual detained for shoplifting merchandise – including a cell phone cover and tweezers – from Wal-Mart overnight was arrested for possession of drugs. An officer responding about 1:50 a.m. to the 1600 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue found suspected heroin, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Jeremy W. Schrader, 36, of Centralia, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.
• An officer was called to the 1800 block of Taylor Street yesterday about the theft of three pills, narcotics, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• A traffic stop on U.S. Highway 12 in Glenoma for expired tabs on a camping trailer led to the seizure of 14 marijuana plants yesterday afternoon, and the vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers and deputies observed the potted plants, ranging in size from one to two feet tall and were granted a search warrant, according to the state patrol. Patrol spokesperson Trooper Will Finn said the driver, Shawn Adam Dickinson, 33, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for felony possession of marijuana and intent to manufacture marijuana after the approximately 2:40 p.m. stop. An individual with the same name was released from the jail a couple of hours later, according to online jail roster. Under the state’s ever changing laws, recreational pot users may not grow their own, according to Finn. At the same time, a qualified medical marijuana patient may grow a limited amount for medicinal use, under certain conditions, according to Finn. Those patients may grow up to 15 plants and possess up to 24 ounces of medical marijuana, Finn says.
• Chehalis police were called about midnight on Tuesday to Southwest Newaukum Avenue to a report of a hysterical naked woman who ran through someone’s yard. Officers and a police dog that was brought out to help search the area could not locate the woman, according to the Chehalis Police Department. They were able to get a pretty good idea of where she may belong, but their knock on the door of that residence went unanswered, according to police.
• A 40-year-old motorist was hospitalized with minor injuries after she took out a steel gate, clipped a garage and came to rest in the front yard of a residence at one of the 90 degree turns on Rice Road outside of Chehalis yesterday morning. Deputies and a police dog responded after the approximately 4:15 a.m. wreck, as the woman said she was driving fast because she’d just discovered there were two males behind her inside her vehicle, but they ran off, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. She said she was headed from home to get gas at Interstate Avenue and when she exited the freeway, she saw two bald heads behind her, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman was unable to provide more of a description and said they didn’t say anything to her the entire time, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. A search of the area, an examination of the rear of her BMW sport utility vehicle and a track by the K-9 turned up nothing to indicate there had been any passengers, Brown said. The deputy found inconsistencies in the situation that led to calling off the search. The Chehalis woman was cited for wheels off the roadway, according to Brown.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespass, shoplifting, driving under the influence; responses for alarm, misdemeanor theft, unruly bar patron, suspicious circumstances, collision on city street, collision on county road … and more.