SCHOOL BUS DRIVER QUITS AFTER ALCOHOL TEST
• Police were called after a Chehalis school bus driver finished her morning route reportedly smelling of alcohol last week. The driver, identified as a 58-year-old woman who has been driving a school bus for more than 20 years, resigned rather than be fired, Chehalis School District Superintendent Ed Rothlin said today. While she lost her job, she’s not likely to be arrested for driving under the influence because there was quite a time delay in the reporting, according to the Chehalis Police Department. Two employees reported to the transportation supervisor the driver smelled of alcohol about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and the driver was taken for a blood alcohol test in which she tested somewhere between .04 and .08, according to police and the school district. Rothlin didn’t divulge what the level was but said the drug and alcohol policy is strictly enforced and anything above .04 is grounds for discipline. Police weren’t called until about 11 a.m., after the driver had been tested and allowed to go home, according to Deputy Chief Randy Kaut. The school board held a special meeting on Friday to accept her resignation, Rothlin said.
• A scuffle in a parking lot about 2 o’clock this morning on the 1000 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia ended with two reportedly intoxicated individuals arrested, a man for assaulting his girlfriend and the girlfriend for grabbing the officer to get the officer off her boyfriend, according to police. Police were called at about 2:10 a.m. when witnesses observed 27-year-old Darrell S. Maxfield assault a woman, according to the Centralia Police Department. Maxfield refused to comply with orders and was taken to the ground and the female repeated came at the officer, according to police. The un-named woman was booked for third-degree assault and Maxfield was booked for fourth-degree assault, according to Centralia Police Department.
• A 47-year-old Packwood man reportedly “squared off” with police and wound up getting taken to the ground and Tased yesterday evening on the 500 block of North Pearl Street, according to Centralia Police Department. Charles A. Park was booked into the Lewis County Jail after the approximately 5 p.m. incident that involved a warrant arrest, according to police.
• A woman arrested for possession of marijuana after trying to pick a fight on the 400 block of West Third Street in Centralia last night was subsequently also arrested for second-degree malicious mischief when she used the backseat of a patrol car for a toilet, according to police. Lisa A. Palmer, 46, of Oakville, was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Centralia Police Department. The patrol car was taken out of service so it could be sanitized, according to police. She was released without charging.
RESTAURANT CASH AND CHECKS STOLEN
• Police were called yesterday evening after two purses containing thousands of dollars in cash as well as customers checks were stolen from a restaurant on the 600 block of North National Avenue in Chehalis. A group of people had come in to the Ocean Sky inquiring about banquet facilities and it seems it they could have been intentionally distracting the employee while the purses were snagged, according to Chehalis police.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE: MOSSY STORE BURGLARIES SOLVED
• Four teenage boys are facing arrest for two August break-ins at a Mossyrock-area store in which cash, boxes of candy, cans of Monster energy drinks were stolen, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning. Deputies followed up on local rumors and found a 14-year-old and three 15-year-olds who admitted to the burglaries at the Mossyrock Park store and cafe on the 200 block of Ajlune Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated to as much as $2,500, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. The case is being referred for possible charges, Brown said.
FRIEND EMPTIES, THEN REFILLS MAN’S BANK ACCOUNT
• A 35-year-old Centralia man was arrested for 13 counts of forgery following a report taken Monday from a longtime friend and former roommate on West Roanoke Street that his checking account had been emptied. The victim thought the checks had been stolen sometime since Nov. 1, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. When Beau J. Armstrong was arrested, a deputy learned he had just deposited $3,225 into the account, possibly to cover up what he had done, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said. Armstrong was booked into the Lewis County Jail, Brown said.
SISTER TAKES WOMAN’S CHECKS
• Tracy L. McPherson, 41, was arrested Thursday for second-degree theft after allegedly stealing a checkbook from her sister’s Onalaska home and writing some two dozen checks at grocery stores and Home Depot, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday. She said she was paying off debts, according to Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown.
• Centralia police on Friday took a report of a missing bank deposit bag containing more than $1,000. A business from out of the area contacted police about the possible theft after the money was not deposited into a Centralia bank, police said. The case is under investigation.
• Unspecified household items were stolen in a burglary at the 1100 block of Mellen Street in Centralia which was reported about 11:30 a.m. yesterday.
• A 1991 Ford Ranger was reported stolen sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday from the 900 block of state Route 7 outside Morton, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The truck has a license plates reading B744058, according to the sheriff’s office.
• A 2003 Ford F350 pickup stolen from the 300 block of Newaukum Valley Road outside Chehalis was found stuck in a creek off the same road on Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A Chehalis man called the sheriff’s office on Friday when he spotted his stolen utility trailer being pulled behind a pickup at the Rock Shop in Ethel and the truck was subsequently stopped on the 800 block of Gish Road in Onalaska, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. David Shive, 51, of Toledo, told the deputy he’d borrowed in from a friend on Tucker Road but the friend said he didn’t know anything about that, according to the sheriff’s office. Shive was booked into the Lewis County Jail for possession of stolen property, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning.
• Three surveillance cameras were reported stolen from a business and apartment building on the 500 block of North Tower Avenue in Centralia on Sunday afternoon, according to police.
• Police were called about 5:20 p.m. yesterday to a car prowl on the 500 block of West Third Street in Centralia.
• Keys and a knife were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 100 block of Jalyn Street in Centralia on Friday afternoon.
• A 25-year-old Centralia woman was arrested about 8:30 p.m. yesterday for possession of methamphetamine, according to Centralia Police Department. Ericka D. Romero was booked into jail following her contact with police at Mellen and Alder streets, according to police.
• A 53-year-old Centralia man was arrested for possession of methadone and unspecified prescription pills following a traffic stop on the 500 block of South Rock Street in Centralia yesterday evening. Anthony L. Pender was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Centralia Police Department.
• A 24-year-old Rochester woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Saturday night in Centralia, according to police. Shanna M. Rogers was booked into the Lewis County Jail following her contact with an officer on the 100 block of North Pearl Street, according to Centralia Police Department.
• A 44-year-old Centralia woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Friday morning after contact with an officer at the 1300 block of Bayne Street in Centralia, according to police. Sara M. DeSalvo was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to Centralia Police Department.
• Eight individuals were arrested when deputies broke up a Friday night underage drinking party at a rock pit off Evans Road near Toledo, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Several people took off on foot but others, ages 17 to 20, were issued citations for being minors in possession of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office.
JEWELRY STORE LOSS ABOUT $40,000
• Some $40,000 in jewelry was stolen from the antique store in Centralia that was burglarized last week, according to Centralia police. A witness who heard the alarm about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday on the 100 block of South Tower Avenue saw two males carrying items out of the shop and putting them in a silver sport utility vehicle, according to Centralia police. A police pursuit on northbound Interstate 5 reached speeds of more than 100 mph and continued north. The license plate of the suspect SUV turned out to have been stolen several blocks away from the jewelry store, according to Sgt. Kurt Reichert.