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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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Riverside Fire Authority extends its ladder into a tree to bring down both a cat and the neighbor who attempted to rescue it. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority

MAN, CAT RESCUED FROM TREE

• Firefighters responded to Grand Mound with their ladder truck last night to rescue a man and a cat from a tree. The 20-year-old had climbed about 40 feet up a cedar tree and was too tired from the position he was in to get himself back down, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The black and white long-haired feline was perched about five feet above his head, Acting Capt. Jesse Berry said. “It wasn’t even his cat, I think he was trying to get it for a neighbor,” Berry said. The Centralia firefighters responded about 8 o’clock to 186th Lane Southwest near Nutmeg Street where they joined a crew from West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. With the ladder extended, they were able to reach both, although the cat was a bit apprehensive about letting go of its hold, according to Berry. The human had been stuck for about an hour, the pet for as long as five days, he said.

BURGLARY

• Police were called just before 9 p.m. yesterday regarding the theft of an unspecified item from a locked bedroom at the 2300 block of Sirkka Avenue in Centralia.

• Centralia police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary at the 100 block of Haliday Road in which a video game system disappeared sometime during the previous several days.

• A deputy was called about 5 p.m. yesterday to the 2900 block of Yahtahay Lane outside Centralia regarding a break-in to a shed behind the home in which a dishwasher was stolen. Also missing sometime since January 13 were shovels and other tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $800, according to the sheriff’s office.

OTHER THEFT

• An officer was called yesterday about possible fraud on a checking account in connection with the 2400 block of Borst Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports both driver’s escaped without injury but a 2014 Kia Forte was totaled when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Bishop and Rush roads south of Chehalis yesterday afternoon. A deputy called about 4 p.m. learned Samantha Johnson, 25, from Centralia, was east bound on Bishop in her Jeep Grand Cherokee and Douglas Lawson, 50, of Glenoma, was headed north, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for shoplifting, breaking husband’s cell phone during dispute, drugs in which no information was readily available; responses for misdemeanor theft, minor collision on city street, non-injury accident on county road, graffiti scratched into a shop window … and more.

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

ROAD RAGE ALLEGED

• A 33-year-old Tenino man who allegedly tried to ram another vehicle while he had two young children inside his own ended up getting subdued by a Taser and arrested yesterday afternoon. Officers responded to a witness’s report of road rage rage incident that began on Kresky Avenue and ended near West Third Street on Tower Avenue, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police were told Stephan J. Hanna attempted to engage a silver Ford, but Hanna denied any involvement, according to the Centralia Police Department. Hanna was booked into the Lewis County Jail for reckless driving, resisting arrest and two counts of reckless endangerment, according to police. The victim vehicle was not located.

PARENT RAGE

• A 40-year-old Morton woman was arrested last night after police were called because she allegedly was dragging her 12-year-old son by the neck through the house and threatened him. Officers responding about 9:45 p.m. to the 200 block of First Street in Morton found Kristine M. Hiatt out of control, for some reason or other, Morton Police Chief Dan Mortensen said. Mortensen said officers ended up taking her to the floor and booking her into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree child assault. It happened at her parent’s home where she has been staying and where her son resides, he said. He didn’t know what she was angry about, Mortensen said.

MISSING GUN, OTHER VALUABLES

• Chehalis police were called yesterday to the 500 block of Northeast Jefferson Avenue when an individual realized he’d been burglarized. There was no apparent forced entry but his .22 caliber rifle he had last seen about three weeks earlier was gone, as was a diamond bracelet and at least one iPod, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

TRUCK STOLEN

• Sometime between Thursday and yesterday, someone stole a white 1975 Ford box van and numerous tools from the 800 block of Adams Avenue in Morton. Among the missing items are a 900-pound winch, a receiver hitch and pulley blocks, according to the Morton Police Department. The loss is estimated at more than $1,000, according to police.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police were called about 7:30 p.m. yesterday to the parking lot at Wa-Mart after an individual came out and discovered someone had “punched” the locks on his truck and stolen a man’s Adidas tennis shoes and a pink case containing about $1,000 worth of CDs, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday about several vehicles getting egged in the 600 block of St. Helen’s Avenue in Chehalis.

CHIMNEY FIRE

• Firefighters were called about 7:45 p.m. to a chimney fire at the 1000 block of J Street in Centralia. Responders extinguished the burning in the “fire box”, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Capt. Scott Weinert said they found no obvious signs of damage to the chimney but it will have to be inspected by a contractor.

WRECK

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reports a 20-year-old Napavine man was uninjured but his 2001 Ford Escape sustained major damage when he lost control and collided with a power pole about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday at the 700 block of Koontz Road south of Chehalis. Tristan J. McNeill was cited for speed too fast for conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, rear-end collision, disorderly person, suspicious circumstances, child custody dispute, damage to a mail box, damage to a car, possible violation of protection order, inquiry about the daily booms that sound like artillery; complaints of neighbor singing loudly, nasty picture received on teenage daughter’s cell phone … and more.

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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Car lands on its top on North Tower Avenue. / Courtesy photo by Tyson Willis

A.M. ACCIDENT ENDS WITH ARREST

• Police and aid responded about 7 o’clock this morning to the 900 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia for a single-vehicle rollover accident. The driver declined aid and was left in the hands of officers, according to Riverside Fire Authority. Police cited Thomas E. Nelson, 36, of Centralia, for second-degree negligent driving and arrested him for possession of heroin, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN KNIFE INCIDENT

• Police are investigating an incident in which a person reported being threatened by an individual with a knife at the 100 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia at about 7:40 p.m. on Friday. The victim knows the suspect who is being sought for first-degree assault, according to the Centralia Police Department.

UNDERAGE AND UNRULY

• A 20-year-old Rochester resident was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol and resisting arrest about 3:30 a.m. after officers were called to a dispute at the 500 block of South Rock Street in Centralia. Shane D. Fontenot was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

BREAK-IN

• Officers were called about 9:40 p.m. yesterday to a burglary from a garage on the 300 block of Hickory Street in Centralia.

THEFT FROM BUSINESS

• A bank bag containing checks and approximately $100 cash was reported missing from a business on the 200 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia late Friday afternoon, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LOST AND FOUND

• Centralia police began investigating on Friday a bicycle stolen from the 200 block of East Chestnut Street that turned up at a second-hand dealer. Its owner found it and officers have a suspect, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Police were called about 6:30 p.m. on Friday to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia when a driver reported she came out of a store to discover someone had broken the rear window.

HIT AND RUN

• A pedestrian suffered minor injuries when hit by a car just before 7 p.m. Friday at the 800 block of West First Street in Centralia. Police said the driver of a four-door gold hatchback left without rendering aid or exchanging information.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, trespassing … and more.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

DRUGS

• A traffic stop in Chehalis yesterday ended with an arrest when the driver got out, and a glass pipe fell to the ground. He stomped on it, but a field test came up positive so the 45-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It happened about 1:40 p.m. on Northeast Adams Avenue, according to police. Kurt E. Selbig, from Port Orchard, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

BREAK-IN CENTRALIA

• Centralia police were called about 4 p.m. yesterday about a burglary to a home at the 3400 block of Fords Prairie Avenue. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

FUEL THEFT

• Centralia police responded about 9 a.m. yesterday to a report that someone stole gas from about five vehicles at the 300 block of South Pearl Street. In some cases it was siphoned and in others fuel lines were cut, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SPECIAL (UN)DELIVERY

• Someone stole a UPS package from the front step of the 200 block of L Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 1 p.m. yesterday.

CAR TABS TAKEN

• Centralia police took a report yesterday that the tabs were stolen from a vehicle at the 1400 block of Harrison Avenue.

FENDER BENDER

• The damage was minimal and nobody was injured but a Lewis County sheriff’s detective was given a ticket early yesterday morning when his unmarked car struck a pickup truck in the intersection of Center Street and Northwest State Avenue in Chehalis. Detective Tom Callas was making a left turn onto State and didn’t see the southbound vehicle, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The front passenger corner of his Chevrolet Impala struck the driver’s side of the truck, Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, shoplifting; responses for alarms, protection order violation, non-injury collision … and more.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

STOVETOP MISHAPS SCARE APARTMENT DWELLERS

• A building in downtown Chehalis was evacuated yesterday morning when an egg carton left on a stovetop caught fire. Firefighters responding about 8:30 a.m. to the 200 block of Northwest Chehalis Avenue found a lot of smoke and sent about 20 inhabitants outside, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The ground floor of the two-story structure is occupied by two restaurants and other tenants such as the Lewis County Gospel Mission while the upper floor has numerous apartments, according to Firefighter Kevin Reynolds. A woman had made breakfast and left for work, he said, and the residual heat from the turned off appliance ignited the carton. The damage was minimal, he said.

• Residents of an apartment building on the 300 block of Southwest Third Street in Chehalis were evacuated last night when a crock pot caught fire at dinner time, according to the Chehalis Fire Department. The pot was on the stovetop and the woman inadvertently turned on the stove instead of the crockpot, Firefighter Kevin Reynolds said.

FALSE ALARM

• Fire trucks and police responded to Cascade Mental Health in Centralia yesterday after a 64-year-old woman reportedly pulled the fire alarm in hopes of getting better service. Officers responding about 1:30 p.m. to the 2400 block of West Reynolds Avenue arrested Sherry L. Palmer for tampering with an alarm, according to the Centralia Police Department. The Chehalis woman was then released, according to police.

VANDALISM

• Centralia police began investigating yesterday afternoon a report of multiple tires being slashed at a home on the 800 block of Wayne Drive.

FRAUD

• A woman in her early 60s called police yesterday from the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia to report someone had attempted to file a tax return in her name. She got a letter from the Internal Revenue Service saying her claim had been turned down because she hadn’t paid in enough money, Centralia Police Department Sgt. Stacy Denham said. The woman hadn’t actually field a tax return, Denham said. The case is under investigation, he said.

COLLISION

• A 46-year-old driver who missed a 90 degree turn at the 100 block of Jeffries Road west of Chehalis last night was reportedly uninjured but was arrested for driving under the influence. Deputies responding about 7:30 p.m. noted the 2005 Ford Ranger sustained major damage. Kelly L. Olson, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, vandalism, disorderly conduct; responses for alarms, misdemeanor assault, disorderly person … and more.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

VADER WRECK FOLLOW UP

• It’s still unclear what caused the fatal wreck yesterday in Vader that left a 70-year-old driver from Oregon dead. Responders said the car coming down Winlock-Vader Road failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed state Route 506 and crashed into a concrete wall. The name of the man, from Cottage Grove, has not yet been released, as the coroner is still waiting to make positive identification. A 12-year-old cocker spaniel who was with him survived, and was taken to a veterinary hospital. The dog was traveling in a crate, but it was soft sided, according to Lewis County Animal Shelter Manager Amy Hanson. Hanson said unfortunately he has severe spinal injuries, serious enough that even with treatment from a specialist, his quality of life would be extremely poor. “We were able to get in touch with the gentleman’s ex-wife, and she’s not able to provide that care,” she said.

THEFT

• Centralia police were called to a burglary to a home on the 1800 block of Collison Street at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. The case is under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• An officer was called about 3:50 p.m. yesterday to a burglary at the 2200 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department. Police are investigating.

• Someone stole a purse from a vehicle parked at the 500 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, according to a report made to police at about 1 p.m. yesterday.

FIRES

• Members of four fire departments responded just after 11 o’clock this morning to a report of a fire in a home on Second and Alder streets in Toledo. Fire Chief Grant Wiltbank said he wasn’t there but it sounded as though it was put under control fairly quickly. It was confined mainly to the laundry room and attic but did extensive damage, Wiltbank said. “There was a lot of property that was saved, they also managed to save three dogs,” he said. An investigator is expected this afternoon.

• Firefighters called about 7 p.m. yesterday to Ninth Street in Chehalis extinguished the flames in a chimney fire. The family will need a new chimney, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

• Firefighters were called about 9 a.m. yesterday to a chimney fire at a house on Pacific Road near state Route 505 in Toledo. There was buildup of creosote, according to Lewis County Fire District 2. It was contained to the chimney.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for protection order violation, misdemeanor theft; complaints of noisy neighbors … and more.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

VEHICLE THEFT

• A resident at the 600 block of Northwest Center Street in Chehalis called 911 about 8 o’clock on Sunday morning to report his white 1998 Mazda pickup truck was stolen in the night.

• Chehalis police were called about 8:10 a.m. on Sunday to the 400 block of Northeast Adams Avenue in Chehalis where a 1991 blue Ford Ranger pickup had disappeared.

BARN THEFT ARREST

• A 40-year-old Napavine woman has been arrested in connection with an  early December theft of metal from a barn on the 800 block of Jackson Highway South near Toledo. Deputies following up on tips and vehicle information gleaned from a “trail camera” contacted Alicia J.  Gullickson in the Winlock area a week ago and then on Friday booked her into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree burglary, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

ARREST IN ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN

• A 62-year-old Centralia man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with an incident a week earlier in which he allegedly tried to break through the back door of a home on the 100 block of Union Avenue in Centralia. Deputies responding about 4:30 a.m. on that day were told the resident was in his kitchen when it occurred and yelled, causing the subject to flee, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s office. Sgt. Rob Snaza said he believes the two were neighbors but didn’t know a motive. Billy J. Martin was booked into the Lewis County Jail for malicious mischief, trespass and attempted residential burglary, Snaza said.

SEX CRIME

• A 20-year-old Centralia area resident was arrested on Friday night in connection with alleged incidents two weeks ago regarding a 14-year-old female acquaintance. Jonathon R. Nickols was booked into the Lewis County Jail for five counts of third-degree child rape, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

COLLISIONS

• Deputies were called about 6:30 a.m. today when a log truck struck a horse near milepost nine on Bunker Creek Road west of Centralia. The horse was in the roadway and did not survive,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• An un-named motorist was cited after a van collided with a man in a motorized wheelchair yesterday afternoon in Centralia, an incident that sent the victim to Providence Centralia Hospital. Police and aid were called about 4:10 p.m. to the area on South Washington Avenue at Centralia College Boulevard where the victim had been crossing the street in a crosswalk, according to the Centralia Police Department. The man suffered a significant laceration to his foot and may have a broken ankle as well, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor theft, driving under the influence; responses for alarms, parking lot hit and run, merchant receiving counterfeit bills; complaints of loud neighbor, barking dog … and more.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

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POLICE: TWO BARGE INTO HOME

• Two individuals were arrested after they allegedly forced their way into a Centralia apartment to confront tenants during a dispute last night. Police responding about 11:35 p.m. to the 1000 block of Centralia College Boulevard took into custody Jesse S. Johnson, 25, of Centralia, and Brandon J. Pina, 30, of Toledo, according to the Centralia Police Department. They were booked into the Lewis County Jail for burglary, according to police.

CONFRONTATION ON TOWER AVENUE LEADS TO ARREST

• A 24-year-old Centralia man is jailed after he allegedly punched two police officers during a struggle as he was being taken into custody at the 300 block of North Tower Avenue on Friday night. Wellington M. Waggener had been told by police not to come back to the business but when he returned a short time later officers responded and when advised he was under arrest, Waggener fought, according to the Centralia Police Department. He was subdued by four officers and a Taser, according to police, and then booked into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree burglary.

JEEP STOLEN

• Centralia police responded about 6 o’clock this morning to a report of a stolen vehicle from the 1300 block of Alexander Street. Missing is a silver 2006 Jeep Wrangler with a black soft top, according to the Centralia Police Department.

THEFT OF FUEL

• Someone stole gas from several vehicles parked at the 1000 block of South Gold Street during the night, according to a report made to police on Saturday morning.

CAR PROWL

• Police were called to the 200 block of North Oak Street in Centralia yesterday for an overnight vehicle prowl. Nothing appeared to be missing, according to the Centralia Police Department.

LIVESTOCK AT LARGE CITATION

• Numerous complaints of horse getting loose from the 800 block of Yakima Street in Centralia led to a citation on Saturday morning to the 59-year-old owner.

EXPLOSIVE FOUND ON SIDEWALK

• A bomb technician with the Washington State Patrol was called to the area of South Oak and West Plum streets in Centralia yesterday to take possession of a homemade explosive device found on a public sidewalk. Officers responding about 11 a.m. report someone had tried to light it but it failed to detonate.

REWARD FOR INFO ON ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

• Lewis County Crime Stoppers is looking for tips regarding the attempted car jacking in Chehalis late last month behind the library. It was about 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 when a male acting as though he had a firearm confronted a motorist who was sitting in his car looking at his phone at Northeast Washington Avenue. The would-be robber demanded the vehicle but the 22-year-old victim pulled a pistol from his hip and the subject fled. The wanted person is described as a white male, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, with long dark hair and wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans. 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 misdemeanor assault, driving with suspended license; responses for violation of protection order, misdemeanor theft … and more.

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CORRECTION: A news item regarding the incident on North Tower Avenue has been updated to correct the first name of the arrested person and the day it occurred.

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

MAN INJURED IN CENTRALIA TRAILER FIRE

• A man using a heat gun for warmth in a travel trailer is hospitalized after he woke up to fire this morning in Centralia. Firefighters responding about 7:20 a.m. to the blaze in the 400 block of Madison Street found the approximately 16-foot trailer fully engulfed in flames and threatening an adjacent two-story house, according to Riverside Fire Authority. The individual is very fortunate he made it out, Assistant Chief Rick Mack said. He had fallen back asleep but woke up to thick, black, choking smoke and flames, according to Mack. The victim managed to exit the trailer, but sustained minor burns on his hands and his head, Mack said. He was transported by aid to Providence Centralia Hospital. “He also inhaled quite a bit of smoke so he’ll be in there till they can ascertain the extent of his injuries,” he said. The trailer was destroyed and the house sustained damage to its exterior side, according to Riverside. The loss is estimated at $14,000. Mack said the heat gun was a hand held device typically used in construction.  He said he believed the victim was in his 30s or 40s.

ASSAULT

• A 44-year-old Centralia man was arrested this morning for second-degree assault for allegedly striking an individual in the head with a metal object. Officers responding about 7:30 a.m. to the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue booked Glenn D. Williams into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police began looking for a 28-year-old Tumwater man following an assault reported about 12:20 p.m. yesterday at the 1100 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia. Adam P. Chapman is wanted for second-degree assault in connection with an incident involving his brother, according to the Centralia Police Department.

TRAIN HOPPING

• A 46-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested about 11 a.m. yesterday for criminal trespass after allegedly climbing onto a train while it was stopped near East Maple Street in Centralia. Apolicarpio Mares-Maldujano was 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 … and more.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

DRUGS

• A 31-year-old Glenoma man was arrested yesterday allegedly with about eight grams of methamphetamine on him. Deputies in the area of the 8000 block of U.S. Highway 12 at about 2 p.m. spotted Jesse Bailey, who was wanted on numerous warrants,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He ran but subsequently was contacted and searched, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. Bailey was booked for the warrants, for possession of meth and for resisting arrest, according to Snaza.

• A 22-year-old Mossyrock resident was arrested for possession of synthetic drugs yesterday morning after police were alerted he had a warrant and was near the Lewis County Mall. A search of Adam I. McGowan turned up what appeared to be bindles containing a white substance in his wallet, according to the Chehalis Police Department. McGowan was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police.

RUM RUN

• A 20-year-old homeless person who was caught allegedly trying to hide a bottle of Bacardi rum and Solo plastic cups in his coat at Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon was arrested for misdemeanor theft. Tucker W. Bethune reportedly told an officer he was only trying to make some money, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was booked into the Lewis County Jail also for minor in possession of an intoxicating beverage.

STOLEN GUN

• Centralia police arrested a 17-year-old boy yesterday afternoon in connection the 300 block of West Pine Street, related to theft of a firearm and first-degree burglary. Further details were not readily available.

FRAUD ALERT

• U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan joined federal law enforcement partners this week warning about a growing problem of identity theft related to tax refund fraud. Scammers across the country are using other people’s personal information to try to claim income tax refunds, according to Durkan, of the Western District of Washington. People may not know they are a victim until they try to file their tax return and it is rejected because someone using their Social Security Number has already filed and claimed a refund, she states in a news release. “Protecting your personal information has never been more critical,” Durkan states. “Always mail your tax documents from a secure mailbox, or file electronically on a secure network. Using a trusted tax professional and filing early can also protect you from being a victim.”  The problem last year affected about 700 residents of the state. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) have resources for victims of identity theft. Find them at www.ftc.gov and www.wccva.org

WRECKS

• A 19-year-old Centralia woman was cited for second-degree negligent driving when she diverted her attention while looking for an item and drove into a tree yesterday morning on the 1600 block of Seminary Hill. A deputy responding about 8 a.m. noted Rachel Geringer was not injured,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• An 18-year-old Cinebar resident was hospitalized after a two-vehicle wreck this afternoon on state Route 122, about four miles west of Mossyrock. A trooper responding about 3:30 p.m. found that Olivia M. Yates’ Kia Sportage was westbound when it crossed the centerline and ran into an eastbound Pontiac, according to the Washington State Patrol. Yates was transported to Morton General Hospital, according to the state patrol. The 30-year-old woman in the other vehcile was reportedly uninjured. Both vehicles were described as totaled.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, domestic misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, minor collision on city street; complaint a customer was smoking meth in fast food drive through … and more.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Updated at 6:50 p.m.

BREAK-IN NEAR NAPAVINE

• An individual who was gone from their home on the 100 block of Vernon Road northwest of Napavine for just an hour last night returned to find someone had stolen four firearms and a dozen bottles of prescription medicine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It occurred between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Missing are an Olympic Arms AR15, an Interarms 243, a Ruger 10/22 rifle and a a Rossi 20/22 “over-under”, according to the sheriff’s office.

STOLEN CAR

• Someone stole a red 1991 Toyota Corolla from where it was parked at the 600 block of Meskill Road west of Chehalis sometime between 2 o’clock yesterday morning and noon,  according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. It has a license plate of 097 YTY, according to the sheriff’s office.

BEWARE OF CALLER WHO WANTS TO FIX YOUR COMPUTER

• Centralia police responded to a call from the 600 block of Scott Drive in which the resident was receiving phone calls from someone with a heavy foreign accent who claimed they could fix a windows-based problem on the individual’s computer. An officer advised it would have been a scam in which the caller was attempting to gain personal information, according to the Centralia Police Department. Sgt. Stacy Denham said one of the things officers recommend is for a person to make an attempt to independently verify the incoming phone number, and they will likely find it is not legitimate.

DRUGS

• A 39-year-old Centralia resident was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver after suspected drugs were located in a motel room with him overnight, according to the Centralia Police Department. Officers were looking for someone else when they went to the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue around 2 o’clock this morning, according to police. Travis J. Holman was booked into the lewis County Jail, according to Sgt. Stacy Denham. Also arrested and booked for possession of meth was Sean D. Cheever, Denham said.

• A former Lewis County man was arrested yesterday at the AM/PM store in Centralia for allegedly selling a quarter ounce of methamphetamine. Eugene L. Kolb, 40, Bremerton, was charged today in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of delivery of methamphetamine in connection with an alleged deal conducted in the parking lot at Safeway last month. At his bail hearing this afternoon, defense attorney Bob Schroeter told the judge the information Kolb related about his financial situation may be an illusion, as he suffered a brain injury in Iraq. His income consists of veteran’s disability payments, and as part of that, his work at IMF Bangor at Bremerton, according to Schroeter. Kolb said he earned $5,000 per month, but Schroeter thought he likely actually qualified for a court appointed attorney. Kolb has lived in Bremerton for five years, but went to high school locally and has family in Mossyrock and Morton, Schroeter said. He was released pending trial on a $10,000 unsecured bond, co-signed by a friend. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 30. His girlfriend Lisa M. Balkwill, 44, Tacoma, was charged with delivery and possession, as, according to charging documents, she was with Kolb in the Safeway parking lot and then yesterday when she was arrested, police found a small amount of methamphetamine. Her bail was set at $5,000.

VEHICLE PROWL

• Police took a report just before 8 a.m. today of a car prowl at the 1000 block of Eckerson Road in Centralia. It occurred sometime during the past two days, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VEHICLE VERSUS BICYCLE

• A man on a bicycle and a van collided about 6:15 p.m. yesterday on the 2000 block of Jackson Highway in Chehalis. The victim, in his mid-40s and from Chehalis, ended up with a small abrasion on his head and leg pain, according to police. He had been traveling northbound on the west side of the roadway when the van turned into a church parking lot, police said.

TUMBLING PICKUP LANDS ON FUEL TANKER

• A 19-year-old Oakville resident escaped injury along U.S. Highway 12 near Aberdeen today when his brakes failed, he swerved and struck a curb causing his pickup to roll, landing between a semi tanker and its tanker trailer. It happened about 1 p.m. four miles east of town at Solki Road, in the parking lot of a 7-11, according to the Washington State Patrol. Neither Wyatt R. Carter, 19, from Oakville, nor the truck driver, William C. Watkins, 47, of Gig Harbor, were hurt, the state patrol reports. Trooper Russ Winger says the tanker was for fuel, and its driver was just finishing paperwork. The investigating trooper reports Carter was eastbound with traffic slowing in front of him when he couldn’t stop because of the defective brakes; his 1992 Ford Ranger landed wheels down.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, minor collision on city street, noisy neighbor music … and more.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Updated at 5:51 p.m.

BURGLARY

• An individual who left their Centralia home for about 20 minutes yesterday returned to discover someone had broken in and stolen jewelry. An officer was called to the residence on the 2700 block of Eureka Avenue at about 3 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Chehalis police responded yesterday about 3 p.m. to a possible burglary at an apartment on Southeast Washington Avenue but nothing appeared to be missing. A door may have been left unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

FIST FIGHT

• A Chehalis police officer took a report at Green Hill School for boys yesterday regarding a fist fight between a pair of student-inmates in which an employee trying to break it up ended up getting hit. An 18-year-old is in trouble for punching a 17-year, who is in trouble for punching the staff member in the face, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police were called about 1:15 p.m. yesterday to a parking lot at the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia when an individual found someone had taken a purse from an unlocked vehicle. They didn’t actually observe him take it, but a possible suspect is a male in his mid-20s wearing a green hoody who had been standing near the vehicle and then took off southbound, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Police responding yesterday to a vehicle prowl at the 800 block of Southwest 21st Street in Chehalis learned someone stole power tools from the back of a pickup truck sometime between 10 p.m. the night before and 8 o’clock that morning, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The loss is about $1,500, according to police.

DISORDERLINESS

• A 42-year-old Centralia man was arrested yesterday after he was contacted walking up the middle of Maple Street apparently intoxicated and refused to talk with an arriving officer. Police Sgt. Stacy Denham said Paul L. Ramirez was heading towards Tower Avenue. “Not on the side, or on the shoulder, but right down the centerline,” Denham said. Ramirez was belligerent and wouldn’t identify himself so he  was booked into the Lewis County Jail for obstruction, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Chehalis police are investigating the possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana by a 14-year-old student at Chehalis Middle School, following a call yesterday afternoon.

COLLISIONS

• A 64-year-old driver escaped injury when he swerved to miss a herd of elk last night in Packwood and slammed into a tree. A deputy called about 10:30 p.m. to mile marker one on  Cannon Road noted major front end damage to the man’s 2014 Honda Pilot, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• The roadway was closed only briefly on U.S. Highway 12 east of Rochester yesterday after a log truck driver apparently lost consciousness and his loaded vehicle left the roadway, rolling onto its side. Aid responding to the approximately 12:10 p.m. accident near Hilt Street extricated the 57-year-old man from Randle and transported him to Providence St. Peter Hospital as a precautionary measure, according to responders. “We’re just very thankful he went to the right and not to the left into the oncoming lane,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said. The truck hit a guard rail and ran into the embankment for the railroad tracks and trees, leaving it with substantial damage, Gill said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrant, misdemeanor  assault, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, minor collision on city street, rear-end collision on county road, parking lot hit and run … and more.

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U.S. Highway 12 near Hilt Street in Rochester. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol Trooper

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 32-year-old Toledo man was arrested yesterday after a deputy responding to a dispute learned the argument came about because he allegedly had put some prescription medication into his wife’s drink earlier. It was an anti-anxiety medication, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The couple had been drinking, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Following the approximately 4:30 p.m. call to the 800 block of Spencer Road, the man was booked into the Lewis County Jail for delivery of a controlled substance, according to Snaza. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office however, declined to file the felony charge and he is scheduled to be released.

MISSING VEHICLE FOUND

• A vehicle stolen from Lakewood turned up at the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia yesterday morning, according to the Centralia Police Department. It was returned to its owner, according to police.

BOWS STOLEN

• A deputy responded about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to a report of a burglary to a shop building at the 100 block of Allman Road near Winlock. The 49-year-old victim said someone got inside and stole two compound bows, one a Matthews brand and the other a Reflex brand, sometime since 4:30 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at $700, according to the sheriff’s office.

“PUBLIC ASSIST”

• Chehalis police responded about 11:35 a.m. yesterday to a convenience store on the 600 block of West Main Street about a woman drinking beer in the parking lot. It was the fifth call during the shift about the individual who has been hallucinating and not making any sense, according to police. The 41-year-old woman from Olympia had previously declined an offer to be taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation but this time she was told she could go voluntarily or the officer could make her go, police said. She agreed and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital, Officer Linda Bailey said.

COLLISION

• A 25-year-old Winlock resident was booked into the Lewis County Jail last night for driving under the influence after she wrecked her car along the 600 block of Shorey Road outside Chehalis. A deputy learned that about 5 p.m., a Chevrolet Lumina had traveled from Wal-Mart, along Louisiana Avenue toward Newaukum Drive and at one point drove through a yard and at another point nearly struck vehicle head on, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Carly Ridley’s car was described as totaled after it went off the road, and she sustained minor cuts to her head, according to the sheriff’s office. She was treated at Providence Centralia and then taken to the jail, Sg. Rob Snaza said.

CHEHALIS OVERPASS REPAIRS WILL CLOSE NORTHBOUND I-5 AGAIN

• Nighttime drivers will encounter a third and final full closure of northbound Interstate 5 at 13th Street in Chehalis on Friday, as crews return to remove concrete forms and complete touchup work on the damaged overpass. The repair work follows a Dec. 31 incident in which part of an oversized load struck the bridge where it crosses over the freeway. Drivers will be re-routed using the on and off ramps between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, possibly misdemeanor theft, possible violation of protection order, collision on city street, car into a ditch on a county road … and more.

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Updated at 8:37 p.m.

ADULT SON SUSPECTED OF DIPPING INTO BANK ACCOUNT

• A 51-year-old Morton resident was arrested for allegedly taking more than $8,000 from his father’s bank account. Police last week investigating the case involving the forgery of checks and Sterling Savings Bank in Morton on Friday booked Darryl D. DeVore into the Lewis County Jail for first-degree theft, according to the Morton Police Department.

ARGUMENT BETWEEN NEIGHBORS GETS UGLY

• A 28-year-old man is jailed after a fight which reportedly began when he showed up to the alley behind his Centralia neighbor’s house holding a knife and yelling for an acquaintance to come out. When the female’s boyfriend confronted Anthony E. F. Spencer, Spencer allegedly advanced toward him and was punched in the face, according to charging documents.  Police responding about 11:20 p.m. on Friday to the 1400 block of Oxford Avenue arrested Spencer for second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. Eighteen Oxycodone pills were found in his pants pocket, charging documents state. He was charged today with those two offenses and bail was set at $25,000.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY

• A Centralia resident called 911 about 4:30 a.m. yesterday after hearing someone trying to break through his back door. Deputies responding to the 100 block of Union Avenue learned the 57-year-old was in his kitchen and yelled, prompting the subject to flee, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement checked the area but didn’t find anyone, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

HOT WHEELS

• Chehalis police responding about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 1400 block of Northwest Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis where a passenger in a car said he took the keys because the driver was driving crazy ended up arresting the driver for possession of a stolen vehicle. Curtis L. Pappan, 42, from Moclips, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Aberdeen, police said. A search of the car turned up items such as green leafy material, drug paraphernalia and pills in side a case, Officer Linda Bailey said.

NOT HOT WHEELS

• Centralia police were called about 10:30 p.m. on Friday regarding a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid car stolen from the 1800 block of North Pearl Street, However, by morning, officers learned an apartment manager there had the car impounded and towed away, according to the Centralia Police Department.

‘I HEARD AN EXPLOSION IN CHEHALIS’

• The sound of an explosion in Chehalis on Saturday night brought police to the area of Southwest Salsbury Avenue and 22nd Street where a melted plastic Pepsi bottle was collected for examination. It happened about 11 p.m., according to the Chehalis Police Department.

BURGLARY NEAR PE ELL

• A deputy was called yesterday to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Mauerman Road North west of Chehalis in which binoculars, cameras and fishing gear were among the valuables stolen. It happened sometime during the previous week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loss is estimated at more than $800, according to the sheriff’s office.

BURGLARY NEAR CHEHALIS

• A deputy responded about 11 a.m. on Saturday to the 100 block of Terra Bonita Drive outside Chehalis following the discovery of a residential burglary in which approximately $2,000 worth of valuables were stolen. Among the items taken sometime after 1 o’clock that morning were a smoker, a Blu-ray system and several knives, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

BURGLARY NEAR ROCHESTER

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that several toy cannons were taken from a shop building at the 1200 block of Lincoln Creek Road west of Centralia sometime between Wednesday and Friday. The loss is listed at about $1,000, according to the sheriff’ office.

BURGLARY NEAR CHEHALIS

• Sometime between Friday and Saturday, someone entered a detached shop at the 1600 block of Rice Road in Chehalis and removed a radiator belonging to a 1972 Chevrolet Blazer, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR STOLEN FIREARMS

• Centralia police reported yesterday that a 16-year-old boy was arrested during an investigation into two stolen pistols that began late Friday night at the 1100 block of Long Road in Centralia. The teen relative of the victim was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• A 27-year-old Centralia resident was arrested about 9 a.m. on Friday at the 500 block of Hunt Street in Centralia for possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Christian D. Brown, who was also wanted for numerous warrants, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department. A 17-year-old boy who was with Christian was also arrested for a warrant, according to police. The investigation was still continuing, police reported on Saturday.

VANDALISM

• Chehalis police took a report on Friday afternoon from the 800 block of Northwest Hood Place regarding the discovery of the driver’s side window broken out of a pickup parked in a carport.

FROM THE COURTHOUSE: SEX CRIME

• A former Adna area resident was brought before a judge today to face allegations he molested a younger relative when they lived together following the December 2007 flood. Edward J. Guenther, now 23, was extradited from Virginia where he is is serving in the U.S. Navy. The girl, now 14 who has moved away, described instances in which Guenther fondled her and once raped her, according to charging documents. Guenther who was jailed on Friday is on indefinite leave from the service, defense attorney Bob Schroeter told a judge this afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court. The girl told a detective it began when he was 17 and she was 9 and occurred over a two-year period, according to charging documents. Charges were filed in December of one count of first-degree child molestation and one count of first-degree child rape. His bail was set at $50,000. Guenther’s arraignment was set for Thursday.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, violation of protection order; responses for alarms, disorderly person, shoplifting and other misdemeanor theft, minor collision on city street, parking lot hit and run, something spray painted on a bus stop shelter, stolen BMX bicycle, found BMX bicycle … and more.

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Friday, January 10th, 2014

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

CHEHALIS BURGLARY SUSPECT FOUND IN CENTRALIA

• A 26-year-old Chehalis man was arrested yesterday evening not long after a burglary on the 1900 block of South Schueber Road outside Chehalis. The 72-year-old resident discovered the break-in about 4 p.m. and found that someone had not only stolen jewelry, a laptop computer and a drill, but her 2003 Ford F150 pickup was gone, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. While deputies were investigating, a family member spotted the vehicle parked in a driveway on the 1800 block of Military Road in Centralia, according to the sheriff’s office. Arriving law enforcement officers asked who it belonged to and someone pointed out Brandon D. Woody, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Woody was booked into the Lewis County Jail and subsequently charged with theft of a motor vehicle and residential burglary. The items were all recovered, Snaza said. Bail was set at $25,000 for the unemployed former Kelso resident pending trial.

NO PRIZE FOR CENTRALIA RESIDENT

• Centralia police took a report yesterday from the 2400 block of Leisure Lane regarding an individual who was tricked into sending money – supposedly for the taxes – to claim a car they were told they won. It started with a phone call to the victim, according to the Centralia Police Department.

SHOPLIFT TURNS INTO FELONY

• A pair of 43-year-olds from Winlock were arrested at Wal-Mart last night after they allegedly took a Rug Doctor from the store, put it in a cart and presented it to customer service for a refund. An officer called about 7:25 p.m. to the retailer on the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue in Chehalis learned the couple was given a gift card, instead of cash, and booked Tamrick A. Torres and Donna L. Volk into the Lewis County Jail for unlawful factoring of a transaction, a class C felony, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The amount is listed at $398. They were each charged with the same offense and released on $5,000 signature bonds pending trial.

SEX CRIME

• A local contractor who bought The Curtis Store after the devastating flood of 2007 was arrested yesterday for an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Benjamin E. Hearn, 35, was arrested after an investigation that began on Tuesday about alleged events that began in 2012, according to charges filed today in Lewis County Superior Court. He is charged with third-degree rape of a child, a class C felony. When he went before a judge this afternoon, his bail was set at a $25,000 signature bond co-signed by a relative. Judge Richard Brosey forbade Hearn to do any “Facebooking” about the alleged victim, and said if he sees any denigrating of her by anyone in Hearn’s family, Hearn may find himself back in custody. His arraignment was set for Jan. 23.

COLLISION

• A pedestrian was struck by the front passenger corner of a pickup truck turning left onto South Market Boulevard in Chehalis yesterday evening when she stepped off the curb to cross the street. Police and aid called to the scene at Sixth Street about 5:45 p.m. said it was dark and the driver didn’t see her. The 56-year-old Chehalis woman was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a brain contusion, according to responders. It was a fairly low speed impact, according to the fire department. The 31-year-old driver from Chehalis had a green light and she had “walk” signal, according to the Chehalis Police Department. He was cited, police said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, non-injury collisions … and more.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Updated at 6:26 p.m.

300 POUND NUDE DUDE GETS AWAY

• It was the middle of the night in Morton when two officers pulled over an erratically driven vehicle. As the driver began to get out of his car, Deputy Susan Shannon noticed he was entirely nude. He said, he just wanted to stop and say hello, and that he had to go home now. An attempt to get him to stick around with a Taser failed to connect. The man got back in the vehicle, put it in gear and drove off, blowing through a stop sign at 40 mph and then heading east on U.S. Highway 12. With emergency lights flashing, both in marked patrol cars, Shannon and Morton Police Officer Perry Royale pursued the naked motorist at speeds up to 80 mph toward White Pass, but finally gave up for safety reasons. Since they knew he lived in Yakima, they figured he was probably headed home. So say the charging documents that were filed after the August 17th event. The man believed to be the unclothed driver appeared in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday, where his lawyer asked for a continuance. Sam Groberg told the judge he finally got a chance to sit down and discuss the case, and some of its odd facts, with his client earlier in the day. “I think it would be beneficial for him to talk to someone, such as Dr. Trowbridge,” Groberg said, referencing a state psychiatrist. “You mean, you’re wondering about his mental state, at the time this allegedly occurred?” the judge asked. Yes, was the response. Joshua L. Hunter, who is free on bail, is charged with one count of attempting to elude. The 40-year-old Yakima resident, whose information lists him at 6-feet 5-inches tall and 300 pounds, was identified by the deputy through his vehicle registration and a photo on his driver’s license. Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Eisenberg had no objection to postponing the trial. “It’s apparent this is a plausible defense,” he said. The matter was rescheduled for April.

CAR PROWL BIG AND SMALL

• Someone broke into a vehicle on the 800 block of Hillburger Road west of Chehalis and stole a tool valued at more than $18,000, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The item, a locator used to identify utility lines in construction areas, was taken sometime between 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. yesterday, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A deputy was called about 4 p.m. yesterday to the 900 block of Shorey Road west of Chehalis where about $300 worth of tools including a Dewalt drill were stolen from a vehicle.

• Someone entered an unlocked vehicle and took a small amount of change and cigarettes at the 1100 block of Creekside Court in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday.

EMPLOYEE THEFT

• An officer was called to a business on the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue about 2 p.m. yesterday regarding suspected theft by an employee involving falsified transactions of more than $2,500, according to the Chehalis Police Department. The case was referred to prosecutors to consider a charge of second-degree theft, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

PHONE THEFTS

• Centralia police responded about 7:30 a.m. today to the ATT store on the 1200 block of Lum Road to a report two males had smashed a window and stole several several cell phones on display. The case is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• Yesterday afternoon, an officer took a report of two cell phones stolen from a business on the 1100 block of Johnson Road in Centralia.

OTHER THEFT

• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday morning about a steam cleaner stolen from inside a gated area on the 500 block of West Main Street.

• Someone stole a portable propane tank from the 400 block of Centralia College Boulevard sometime between 6:30 a.m. yesterday and about 2 p.m., according to the Centralia Police Department.

ARREST FOR GIVING FALSE NAME

• A 23-year-old Centralia man was jailed following a stop for a traffic violation yesterday afternoon on Mellen Street when an officer concluded the documents he identified himself with were falsified, according to police. Centralia police say Ricardo Perez-Ramirez had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant. The photo was of him, but he said the name on the documents belonged to his uncle in Mexico, Sgt. Stacy Denham said. Perez-Ramirez was booked into the Lewis County Jail for identity theft, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DOMESTIC INCIDENT

• A 23-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for misdemeanor assault after a woman called 911 last night to report her son pushed her against the wall, trying to “get the demons out of her,” according to police. An officer subsequently contacted Drake A. Lorber and booked him into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, violation of anti-harassment or protection orders, underage drinking; responses for alarms, suspicious vehicle, misdemeanor theft, minor injury collision, prescription medication that could be stolen or just misplaced, possibly stolen computer equipment, a homeless person camping out with a sleeping bag and suitcases, female either passed out or sleeping in a parking lot … and more.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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The overpass at 13th Street in Chehalis over Interstate 5 after it was struck by a log loader on a trailer. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Patrol

CHEHALIS OVERPASS REPAIRS WILL CLOSE NORTHBOUND I-5

• A portion of northbound Interstate 5 at Chehalis will be closed overnight this weekend while repairs are made to the 13th Street bridge which was damaged by a too-tall load last week. Drivers will be re-routed using the on and off ramps between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. On the morning of Dec. 31, the driver of a Chehalis-based truck pulling a trailer carrying a log loader was cited after the loader struck a portion of the overpass snapping steel tension cables and knocking concrete onto the freeway, according to the Washington State Patrol. A state patrol spokespersons said the company was permitted for a load no taller than 14-feet 6-inches but inspectors subsequently measured the load at 14-feet 7-inches. Trooper Will Finn said the overpass measures at 15 feet. DOT says it has a vertical clearance of 14-feet 8-inches. The truck was escorted by front and rear pilot cars and the overhead detector about a mile to the south – which sets off both audible and visual alarms – was found to be operational, according to authorities. Truck restrictions on the overpass currently in place will be lifted after the weekend work, according to DOT. The bridge is 56 years old.

DRUGS

• Deputies ended up arresting three people early yesterday morning after a suspicious vehicle pulled into a Chehalis area driveway and then sped off when confronted. It happened about 5:20 a.m. at the 300 block of Yates Road and when the suspect vehicle was located near Jackson Highway and Logan Hill Road, it was occupied by three Yelm residents, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Adam G. Jones, 34, had a suspended license and subsequently he and passenger, Kassandra M. Anderson, 22, were booked for possession of methamphetamine, according to the sherif’s office. Forty-two-year-old David R. Perez was also booked into the Lewis County Jail for a warrant, Sgt. Rob Snaza said.

CAR PROWL

• Chehalis police responded to a vehicle prowl at the 700 block of Northwest Liberty Place just before midnight, in which someone rifled through a truck containing various tools. A window was found broken  on the driver’s side and the door unlocked, according to the Chehalis Police Department. It wasn’t immediately clear what may have been taken, police said.

FRAUD

• Centralia police were contacted yesterday afternoon regarding a cell phone account opened fraudulently under the victim’s name, in connection with a location at the 600 block of North Tower Avenue.

SEX CRIME

• A 34-year-old Centralia area man turned himself yesterday in connection with an investigation that began last week of alleged sexual abuse of a young relative. A deputy was first contacted on Friday by a mother who said her teenage daughter disclosed incidents that occurred during the year that ended in September of 2012, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was unsuccessful in its attempts to contact Rodney J. Teitzel Jr. but he turned himself in to the Lewis County Jail late last night where he was booked for second-degree child rape and molestation, according to the sheriff’s office. His bail was set at $150,000.

WRECK

• A 34-year-old Chehalis woman was taken to the hospital with neck pain following a two-car accident last night at Jackson Highway and North Fork Road south of Chehalis. Deputies responding about 8:30 p.m. concluded a Ford Escort pulled onto the roadway heading south when it was struck by the northbound Toyota Corolla. Both vehicles sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license, violation of anti-harassment order, misdemeanor assault; responses for alarms; complaint of a woman outside for hours bugging patrons … and more.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

THEFT AND BURGLARY

• Sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. yesterday, someone got inside a shop building on the 100 block of Mable’s Court Drive outside Chehalis and made off with an air compressor, a battery charger, a chainsaw and other tools, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are looking for a person seen in the area described as tall wearing a dark jacket and hoodie, according to the sheriff’s office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported today it appears someone attempted to steal items from a barn at the 1600 block of Rice Road outside Chehalis on Saturday. Five cow feeder dividers were missing but later found outside the barn as though someone may have intended to come back for them, Sgt. Rob Snaza said. Snaza said he wasn’t sure but thought perhaps they were wanted for their scrap value.

• Centralia police took a report about 10 p.m. last night regarding the theft of medications from the 600 block of North Tower Avenue. The case involves a possible suspect known to the victim, according to the Centralia Police Department.

DISORDERLINESS

• A 33-year-old Kelso woman was arrested about 3 o’clock this morning for obstructing a public servant after contact with an officer at the 400 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia. Meagan M. Hayward-Rice was booked into the Lewis County Jail,  according to the Centralia Police Department.

DRUGS

• Centralia police report they arrested a 36-year-old man at the 400 block of East Park Street in Napavine about 8 a.m. yesterday for possession of heroin. Ian D. Angelo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

WRECK

• An 18-year-old Chehalis woman escaped injury when her car slid in gravel into a ditch at a sharp turn at the 100 block of Stearns Road west of Chehalis at about 9 p.m. yesterday. Her car sustained major damage, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as responses for misdemeanor theft, two-vehicle collision with no injuries, possibly a found potato gun; complaints of ongoing noise from across the street; fire departments responding to “a couple of medical calls”, “some aid calls” and “all aid calls yesterday”… and more.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

ASSAULT

• An officer was called to Green Hill School for boys in Chehalis on Saturday after an 18-year-old student-inmate allegedly punched a 17-year-old in the mouth, causing loose teeth. A charge of second-degree assault was recommended in the case, although the resident of the state juvenile detention facility simply stayed in custody there, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

• A 41-year-old Centralia woman was arrested at a residence on the 100 block of Southwest 11th Street in Chehalis on Friday evening when police arrived looking for an individual who allegedly stole beer from Safeway about two hours earlier. The suspect male was arrested for third-degree theft, according to police, but the woman who was wanted for a warrant was reportedly hostile and resisted attempts to detain her. She was booked into the Lewis County Jail for third-degree assault, but prosecutors declined to file that charge.

• A 23-year-old Winlock man was arrested for allegedly choking or attempting to choke his wife on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies called about 10 a.m. following the incident subsequently booked Joshua T. Strobel into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

HARASSMENT

• Jason A. Green, 24, of Randle, was arrested on Saturday for felony harassment, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Further information was not readily available.

BURGLARY AND THEFT

• A 36-year-old Chehalis area man returned home about 4:30 p.m. on Friday to find someone had kicked in his door and stolen approximately $1,000 worth of jewelry, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary occurred sometime after 7:30 a.m. at the residence on the 100 block of Valley Meadow Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

• A 59-year-old Morton woman was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for allegedly taking items from the receiving area at Jan’s Lost and Found in Morton yesterday. Prosecutors declined to file charges. She was scheduled to be released this afternoon.

• Police were called about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to a report a battery was stolen out of a recreational vehicle on Southeast Aust Manor Drive in Chehalis.

VANDALISM

• Someone broke a window on a vehicle at the 1400 block of Johnson Road in Centralia, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.

DRUGS

• A 46-year-old Rochester man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when he was contacted regarding a warrant and a violation of a protection order in connection with the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia yesterday afternoon. Bruce A. Nelson was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

POST OFFICE MYSTERY

• Morton police reported this morning they are investigating an incident in which on New Year’s Day, blood was found smeared and strewn about at the post office. Officers responding just before 11 a.m. to the building at the 100 block of Second Street found it smeared on the front windows, on the sliding doors in the front, the glass doors leading to the lobby area and also droplets on the floor, according to Chief Dan Mortensen. The post office was closed until it could be removed, according to the chief.

WRECKS

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning an 18-year-old Centralia resident totaled his car but escaped injury when he lost control of his Mazda Protege on Friday evening at a ditch along the 1900 block of South Schueber Road outside Chehalis. A deputy responding about 8 p.m. issued a citation for talking on a cell phone to Jonathan A. Robles, according to the sheriff’s office.

• Morton police responded about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday to a one car rollover accident at the intersection of Second Street and Adams Avenue in which the driver sustained minor injuries. The driver said he wasn’t feeling well and passed out, according to the Morton Police Department. He was taken to Morton General Hospital, according to Mortensen.

• A 22-year-old Chehalis resident was arrested for alleged hit and run in connection with a car running into a power pole on the 800 block of Bunker Creek Road outside Chehalis around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. Brandon W. Bowen was also cited for speeds too fast for conditions, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning that three teens and 26-year-old driver were hospitalized with minor injuries when a car skidded through an intersection at North Military and Koontz roads on Saturday night and ran into an embankment. A deputy responding about 10 p.m issued citations to Ryan Colby, of Toledo, for speed too fast for conditions and failing to stop at a stop sign, according to the sheriff’s office. Transported also to Providence Centralia Hospital were a 19-year-old man from Toledo and two 17-year-old girls, one from Toledo and the other from Chehalis, according to Sgt. Rob Snaza. The 2000 Saturn sustained major front end damage, Snaza said.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants; responses for alarms, female staggering in the street, possibly suicidal person, parking lot collision, misdemeanor theft, suspicious circumstances, defiant 13-year-old, inquiry about child custody issues, request for help finding a homeless shelter, unwelcome naughty phone calls; complaints of vehicle egged in the night, person smoking inside a bus stop shelter  … and more.

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

COLLISIONS

• Wrecks due to black ice sent at least two people to hospitals yesterday evening and night. “It was extremely icy,” Riverside Fire Authority Casey McCarthy said this morning. Crews responded about 5:45 p.m. to the 1400 block of Bunker Creek Road where an airbag deployed after a car ran into a ditch, according to McCarthy. The driver was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated, McCarthy said. A rollover accident around 8 p.m. drew members of Lewis County Fire District 6 toward Centralia-Alpha Road near Beck Road, but they were cancelled before they arrived because there was no injury, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie. And about 9 p.m., a 28-year-old Rainier man sustained minor injuries when he struck a power pole on state Route 507 just north of Centralia, responders said. The Washington State Patrol reports Joseph S. Biggerstaff was northbound and lost traction on an icy roadway at a corner. He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, according to the state patrol. At mid-morning today, a driver southbound on Interstate 5 near Maytown escaped serious injury when his truck rolled and landed on its top, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The patient declined to go to the hospital. Weather forecasters this afternoon say tonight should be mostly clear, with temperatures falling into the 20s in many areas and fog towards morning in the south and central interior.

THEFT

• Police took a report from the 1100 block of Grand Avenue in Centralia on Friday regarding batteries stolen from a vehicle sometime during the previous two days.

DRUGS

• Centralia police reported yesterday they arrested an individual at the 700 block of Koontz Road south of Chehalis for possession of methamphetamine. Chris S. Haegen, 38, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving without license, trespass; responses for two-vehicle, non injury collisions  … and more.

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES TURNS UP RUNAWAY TEEN

• A 24-year-old Centralia man was arrested early yesterday morning for possession of methamphetamine and allegedly harboring a minor. A deputy responding about 5:45 a.m. to a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of the 100 block of Pleasant Hill Road west of Chehalis contacted Garrett M. Hadeen-Speer who was in the company of a 14-year-old runaway and subsequently booked Hadeen-Speer into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

POLICE: TALL TALE DOESN’T FLY

• A 30-year-old motorist from Glenoma contacted by police for unknown reasons near Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis yesterday found herself in jail after she allegedly misled an officer, saying she was rushing her passenger to the hospital. The passenger who was bent over as though in severe pain turned out to have an outstanding warrant, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Destiny C. Lloyd, 23, from Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for her warrant and making a false statement, according to police. The driver, Nadine A. Lopez, was booked as well, for rendering criminal assistance, driving with a suspended license and also identity theft, according to Officer Linda Bailey. Both cases were declined by prosecutors to municipal court.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, suspicious circumstances, house egged, two-vehicle non-injury collision on Rush Road; request for help finding a daughter living on the streets; complaint following an argument with a bus driver … and more.

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CORRECTION: This has been updated to reflect the correct age of the runaway found yesterday morning with a Centralia man.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

RIVER CLAIMS TRUCK, BOAT TRAILER

• A 66-year-old Winlock man preparing to launch his new boat acted quickly when his GMC Suburban rolled backwards into the Cowlitz River near Vader on Tuesday. It happened at the Mandy Road boat launch, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. He swam into the water and released his boat which floated free but the truck and boat trailer sank, according to the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Rob Snaza said this morning efforts are underway to recover them.

BREAK-INS AND THEFT

• Deputies were called about 10 p.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of Palmer Road outside Chehalis after a woman checking on a neighbor’s residence found a door open, heard footsteps inside and then what sounded like a motorbike departing. An arriving deputy found a broken window but it’s not clear if anything was stolen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A track was conducted with a police dog without success after  woman caught someone in her shop on Monday night at the 400 block of Yates Road outside Chehalis. A deputy called about 8:30 p.m. was told the woman walked out her back door, saw lights on in the shop and then heard someone running away, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

• A Playstation was reported stolen from an unlocked apartment at the 200 block of North Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police on Tuesday afternoon.

• A deputy was called on Monday when pry marks were discovered on a garage door at the 12,000 block of U.S. Highway 12 in Packwood.

• Police were called about 3 p.m. on Tuesday regarding a $300 camera missing from a home on Southwest William Avenue in Chehalis.

DRUGS

• Police arrested an allegedly disorderly person at Providence Centralia Hospital for possession of methamphetamine at about 11:50 p.m. yesterday. Nashaun T. Hammond, 37, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

• A 45-year-old woman from Pe Ell was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a warrant at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday at North Pearl and West Fifth streets in Centralia. Melinda S. Barber was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to the Centralia Police Department.

OOPS

• Police responded about 4:30 a.m. yesterday to a hit and run collision in which the suspect vehicle was left at the scene at the 200 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia.

LOST AND FOUND

• A purse – containing two smoking devices – was found in the apparel department at Wal-Mart on Tuesday. It’s owner can get it back by contacting the Chehalis Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, misdemeanor assault, shoplifting; responses for alarms, disputes, disorderliness; complaints of gunshots or M80s going off, 16-year-old driver unhurt when he swerved for a dog and rolled his vehicle onto its top … and more.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

ARMED VICTIM FOILS CARJACKING

• A Chehalis man thwarted an attempted car jacking yesterday evening by pulling a pistol from his hip, scaring the would-be robber away. Police said the 22-year-old was parked behind the library on Northeast Washington Avenue looking at his phone when just after 6 p.m., a male pretending to have a weapon in his jacket, reached through the partially open window of the Jeep Cherokee and said “Surprise n*****, give me your car,” according to police. The subject saw the weapon come up and ran, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Officers checked the area but did not find their suspect, Officer Linda Bailey said. He is described as about 5-feet 8-inches tall, with dark hair wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans, according to Bailey. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police or Lewis County Crime Stoppers, Bailey said.

CAR PROWL

• Centralia police took a report yesterday of a vehicle prowl from the 3200 block of Galvin Road in which a bag containing an iPad was taken. The vehicle had been unlocked, according to the Centralia Police Department.

VANDALISM

• Someone slashed two tires on a vehicle parked outside a residence on the 400 block of North Ash Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police just after 8 p.m. yesterday.

COLLISION

• A stretch of roadway in Centralia was closed this morning after a motorist ran onto a fire hydrant at about 6:30 a.m. Police and aid called to the area where West Main Street turns into Harrison Avenue found the Chehalis man was not injured but the “leaking” flooded the street for a period of time, according to the Centralia Police Department.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants;
responses for alarm, shoplifting, violation of no contact order, trespassing, inquiry about a protection order, subject digging through a dumpster … and more.

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Monday, December 30th, 2013
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The driver escaped before his car went up in smoke. / Courtesy image by Carl Weiks

DRIVER ESCAPES CAR FIRE

• A column of smoke rising from Interstate 5 north of Centralia yesterday was a burning passenger car. Firefighters called about 3:30 p.m. to the southbound shoulder near the Lewis-Thurston county line extinguished the fire, according to Riverside Fire Authority. “From what I understand, the operator was just driving along, noticed smoke coming from under the hood and pulled over,” Capt. Greg Schwartz said. The driver began to remove some of his belongings from the vehicle and had to be checked by medics, but was okay, Schwartz said. An electrical issue was suspected, the car was destroyed, he said.

BURGLARY

• Chehalis police were called about 9:30 p.m. yesterday about medication stolen from the 1100 block of Southeast Washington Avenue from an unlocked residence.

AND MORE

• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, driving under the influence, driving with suspended license, shoplifting; responses for alarm, disputes, suspicious circumstances, runaway teen, series of loud booms, individual threatening suicide, child playing on phone and dialing 911, delusional neighbor without medicine, suspected theft of a can of “chew” that subsequently turned up, intoxicated guy pounding on the door of a residence with his pants around his ankles … and more.