• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning someone forced open a back door to get into a home on the 2800 block of Centralia-Alpha Road in Onalaska and stole valuables belonging to the 63-year-old resident. The report made on Wednesday indicated it happened sometime since April 19, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim will be compiling a list of what is missing, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Someone stole an 18-foot long flatbed car-hauling trailer and a 2006 John Deere riding lawnmower from the 2300 block of state Route 505 near Toledo. The 50-year-old victim who reported it yesterday said he had them parked beside his shop, and they disappeared sometime between 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. The loss is estimated at $6,500.
• A deputy took a report yesterday afternoon of copper wire stolen from an outbuilding on property at the 2900 block of Sawall Avenue in Centralia. It was taken sometime between 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 12:30 p.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A 56-year-old Vader woman reported yesterday she received a late notice in the mail for a student loan that someone else took out in her name, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The loan was from 2010 for a student at Lower Columbia Community College and the case is under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.
RUNAWAY DRIVER FOUND, BOOKED FOR WARRANT
• A chase began with Chehalis Tribal Police yesterday and ended in a crash near U.S. Highway 12 in Malone resulted in the later arrest of a 31-year-old Lacey man wanted for outstanding warrants, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was occupied by an 18-year-old Oakville woman and a 24-year-old Tacoma man; he was arrested for providing a false identity to law enforcement officers. The car will be searched today, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate.
• A light blue 1994 Honda Accord vanished from the parking lot at the Twin City Town Center yesterday, even though it had been locked and the victim had the keys. An officer called about 5:50 p.m. to the area near the Pet Sense store was told by its driver she parked it there in the morning at the beginning of her shift, according to the Chehalis Police Department. A 2000 Honda stolen from Longview turned up in front of the same business, brought to the attention of an officer at about 9:40 p.m., according to police. It’s owner arrived and took it home, police department spokesperson Linda Bailey said. Bailey said she didn’t have any information if the two incident might be related. The missing car has a license plate of AEP 5984, she said.
• Centralia were called about 10:40 p.m. yesterday regarding two inflatable rafts stolen from the bed of a pickup truck while their owner was inside a business on the 900 block of Harrison Avenue.
• Someone stole a small amount of change from a vehicle at the 600 block of North Pearl Street in Centralia during the night, according to a report made to police yesterday morning.
• Centralia police took a report yesterday from an individual about an assault that reportedly occurred two weeks earlier.
• Chehalis police were contacted yesterday after an individual tried to deposit a $20 bill at the bank they had received from a local business and learned it was counterfeit.
• A 2005 Mini Cooper was totaled and a 61-year-old Chehalis woman ended up with facial injuries when a Jeep Cherokee ran a stop sign at Bishop and Rush roads south of Chehalis just after 7 a.m. yesterday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The 35-year-old Chehalis resident driving the Jeep was cited for second-degree negligent driving and not having insurance, according to the sheriff’s office. His vehicle sustained only minor damage, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Two outbuildings next to Interstate 5 near Winlock went up in flames last night, but nobody was hurt and the primary loss was an inoperable car. Firefighters from four departments responded to the calls that came in just after 7 p.m., many of them from passing motorists, according to Lewis County Fire District 15. “The first engine in saw a garage-type building fully involved in flames, and it had spread to other building,” Chief Russ Larson said. The second structure was a larger, older possibly former poultry house, but both had cedar shake roofs, according to Larson. “So they went up real fast,” he said. The fire was knocked down before it migrated through the brush to the freeway or spread to the adjacent house. The property sits on Anterim Road, about a mile south of the U.S. Highway 12 and Avery Road interchange. Larson said he had no idea what caused it. Twenty-nine-year-old Elliot Dodrill said he and his friend were inside playing Xbox and had no idea what was going on until fire engines came rolling up the driveway. A fire investigator went out and was to return this morning.
• Two cats were rescued but two others perished in a fire that destroyed a two-story home southwest of Littlerock on Wednesday. Eight fire departments responded to the 4:30 p.m. blaze along the 7600 block of Bordeaux Road Southwest, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority. The owner was just arriving home from work and and tried to clear cats from inside but the residence was filled with hot smoke and flames were taking over, spokesperson Lt. Lanette Dyer said. Nobody was injured but the family’s house and its contents are a total loss, she said. The cause is being investigated.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for driving with suspended license; responses for alarms, dispute, suspicious circumstances, hit and run, collision on city streets … and more.
CORRECTION: This has been updated to reflect the correct location from which a flatbed trailer and riding mower were stolen in Toledo.
The remains of an 1,800-square-foot home on Bordeaux Road. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority