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News brief: Morton mom stabbed, teen son arrested

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 15-year-old Morton boy is locked up after allegedly stabbing his mother multiple times yesterday.

Police Chief Dan Mortensen said he was called around 3:30 p.m. yesterday to the home where the two live at the 800 block of Overlook Drive.

He didn’t know the condition today of the 35-year-old woman, he said.

“When I saw her, she was in the ER at Morton, getting prepared to be airlifted to Harborview,” he said. “She was conscious and talking.”

The teen was booked into the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center for second-degree assault, he said.

He described the reason for the assault as “family issues, apparently”, but said he is early into the investigation.

Neither name was released.

News brief: Winlock barn burns

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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A Saturday fire in Winlock consumes a large barn. / Courtesy photo by Kalli Dawes

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four fire departments responded to a barn fire in Winlock on Saturday night, a blaze which occurred while its owner was out of town.

The cause is under investigation.

A deputy traveling along the 200 block of Tennessee Road  spotted the fire shortly after 8 p.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewis County Fire DIstrict 15 Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson said the large two-story structure was fully involved in flames and there were exploding propane tanks and a recreational vehicle involved. Anderson wasn’t there, and said an engine arriving from Napavine handled incident command.

According to the sheriff’s office, two individuals who were house sitting for the owner were at the scene, and some chickens perished.

Anderson said he believed Red Cross was was contacted to assist one displaced person, but had no further details.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown described the loss as more than $10,000. It wasn’t immediately clear what the barn contained.

News brief: Four-year-old Chehalis drive-by shooting case revived

Friday, April 11th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A former Chehalis resident serving 160 years in prison for participating in shooting up an inhabited trailer in Yakima County in what was described as a gang-related retaliatory attack is back in Lewis County, to face charges in a 2010 drive-by shooting on Southwest William Street in Chehalis.


Andrew Morales-Loberg

Andrew Morales-Loberg was a 19-year-old wanted but never captured in connection with an incident in which someone in a red Chevrolet Blazer fired a round from a pistol that struck a parked vehicle while people were in the area of a residence.

Authorities described the suspects as LVL members and the shooting as related to a debt owed to somebody called “Candy man”. The alleged target was Rolando Carrillo Cruz, who later got in trouble for firing at individuals who came to his Centralia apartment complex on Ash Street.

A $500,000 arrest warrant was issued for Morales-Loberg in the Chehalis case. He and others were jailed in Yakima County shortly after the March 2011 incident there, convicted and then sentenced in October 2012

It appears he was brought from Clallam Bay Corrections Center today to the Lewis County Jail to go before a judge.

For background, read “Last suspect from summer 2010 drive-by shooting in Chehalis now accounted for” from Wednesday October 3, 2012, here

News brief: Tenino resident booked for grocery holdup

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

An image on surveillance video shared by the news media led to tip this morning to Crime Stoppers resulting in the arrest of a 30-year-old suspect for last week’s armed robbery of a Tenino grocery store.

Deputies at about 10 o’clock today took Gregory E. Corbin into custody, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin reports when detectives located Corbin, they also found evidence connecting him to last Thursday’s hold up at the Whistle Stop, and says he confessed.

Corbin was booked into the Thurston County Jail for first-degree robbery, according to Elwin.

Corbin is expected to appear in court tomorrow, Elwin said.

SWAT response for suicidal man in Centralia home ends peacefully

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The scene along Rhobina Street in Centralia as police work to coax man from house. / Courtesy photo by Brandon Williams

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 911 call yesterday about a suicidal subject in northeast Centralia led to a large police response and the evacuation of nearby homes, but the hours-long incident ended with nobody hurt and the 31-year-old man safe and put into the hands of family and mental health professionals.

Officers dispatched about 2:10 p.m. to the 1200 block of Rhobina Street were initially told the subject was holding a handgun to his head, according to police.

His father had left the residence and police learned there were numerous firearms inside, according to Centralia Police Department Chief Bob Berg.

Berg indicated information was varied as to the man’s danger to himself and propensity for violence. It was because attempts to contact him were unsuccessful and out of an abundance of caution that police decided to ask neighbors to leave, according to Berg.

Officers, joined by members of the Centralia and Lewis County SWAT teams, blocked off the area for security.

After consultations between police, family members and representatives from Cascade Mental Health, a decision was made just before 8 p.m. for police to simply enter the home, which they did, according to the chief.

The man was contacted and then left in the care of family and individuals with the mental health clinic, according to Berg.

Coroner: No cause found for Winlock infant boy’s death

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Lewis County coroner says an examination of the baby who died in Winlock yesterday turned up no signs of trauma or foul play.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were investigating the death after being called yesterday morning to the residence on Nikula Road south of town where the infant was unconscious and unresponsive. He was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital  where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lewis County Coroner Warren McLeod identifies the child as five-month-old Zane Duel, of Winlock.

Although an autopsy was performed, the cause and manner of death won’t be determined for as long as 12 weeks when the results of toxicology tests and other studies are completed, according to McLeod.

Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said yesterday it is not necessarily suspicious at this point, but anytime there is a death of a child, the sheriff’s office gets involved.

News brief: Death of baby in Winlock under investigation

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Updated at 2:27 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Deputies are investigating after an infant was found unconscious at a Winlock area home early this morning.

Aid and the sheriff’s office responded about 6:30 a.m. to the 300 block of Nikula Road south of town where the baby was unresponsive, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 6-month-old boy was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

An investigation is ongoing, Brown said.

Brown said it is not necessarily suspicious at this point, but anytime there is a death of a child, the sheriff’s office gets involved.

Firefighters versus flames versus old house

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The donated home on Sanderson Road south of Chehalis is allowed to burn freely after training is finished. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A two-story house built in 1890 was reduced to cinders and its concrete foundation after firefighters were done having their way with it yesterday in Chehalis.

The structure on Sanderson Road donated by former volunteer Bob Knapp served as a training tool for members of Lewis County Fire District 6, and a trio who joined them from Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia.

The practice went well, despite the drizzly weather, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

“All of our combat firefighters received good live fire training and we got to experiment with our new fire extinguishers,” Goodwillie said. “Most importantly no one got hurt.”


Capt. Scott Snyder observes as two volunteers head into burning room with their hose; left, Erica Lorenzo and Jarrod Fernstrom. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Fire District 6

News brief: Four hurt in Rochester wreck

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Responders at collision on U.S. Highway 12 in between Denmark and Huntington streets east of Rochester. / Courtesy photo by Val Davis

Updated at 12:37 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Four individuals from Rochester and Centralia were hospitalized last night after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 west of Grand Mound.

Troopers called about 8:40 p.m. to the scene near milepost 43 found both vehicles totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The roadway in front of Briarwood Farms in between Denmark and Huntington streets was blocked for more than four hours during the investigation.

Samuel J. Canfield, 22, of Centralia, was traveling westbound and attempted to pass a westbound SUV when his Chevrolet pickup struck the SUV, according to the state patrol.

He and his passenger Brittny S. Canfield, 20, were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to responders. It’s not clear if she had been seat-belted in, according to the investigating trooper.

The SUV involved was wheels down on the side of the highway but the pickup truck came to rest about 200 feet away on its top next to the railroad tracks, according to Riverside Fire Authority who were called to assist.

“They had to shut down the rail lines to take care of a patient next to the vehicle and another inside the vehicle,” Fire Capt. Casey McCarthy said.

Transported to Providence Centralia Hospital were the driver of the GMC Yukon, Heidi A. Antilla, 46, of Rochester, and her passenger Megan A. Antilla, 19, from Federal Way, according to the state patrol. By this morning, they had been treaded and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

The state patrol indicates drugs or alcohol were involved and they are investigating for possible charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence. They blamed the collision on unsafe passing.

News brief: School busses hit, escape fairly unscathed

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two vehicles were left with significant damage after two separate incidents yesterday of motorists running into school busses.

No injuries were reported.

It was just before 1 p.m. when a bus carrying about 15 students was traveling eastbound at the 900 block of Byham Road in Winlock when a 61-year-old resident pulled out of a driveway and the two collided, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Buick LaSabre sustained major damage to its left front corner and the bus’s right front portion,  just minor dents and scratches, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The kids said it felt like a bump,” Chief Civil Deputy Stacy Brown said.

The car’s driver should expect to find an infraction in his mail for failure to yield, according to Brown.

At almost 4 p.m. in Chehalis, a car driven by a 25-year-old woman slammed into the back of a school bus on the 600 block of West Main Street.

“The school bus had stopped at the railroad tracks and the other driver didn’t see it,” Chehalis police Sgt. Gary Wilson said.

Responders said her car was totaled; there were no children on the bus.

WIlson noted that by law whether loaded or not, school busses come to a full stop at railroad tracks, turn on their flashing lights and look both ways before proceeding.

Kayla N. Voie was ticketed for driving with a suspended license, he said.

News brief: One injured at Salkum logging site

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A 69-year-old man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital this morning after he was struck by a large limb at a logging site in Salkum.

Firefighters were called just after 9 a.m. to residential property just north of the 2200 block of U.S. Highway 12 where they found the victim semi-conscious, according to Lewis County Fire District 8.

Fire Chief Duran McDaniel said they think the large dead piece of a maple tree was shaken loose from the vibrations of a piece of logging equipment passing by. Its operator got down, sawed the limb and got it removed from the man, McDaniel said.

The patient was picked up by a helicopter at Salkum’s main station and flown to Harborview Medical Center, McDaniel said.

Read about Chehalis drug dealing suspect jailed again …

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports 42-year-old Randall D. Mauel was ordered held yesterday on $50,000 bail following his arrest in Tenino the day before when drug detectives found nearly $10,000 cash in his wallet, and in a residence, several more hundred dollars along with a little more than an ounce of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin.

Mauel was out on bail following a December drug dealing charge in Lewis County Superior Court after detectives seized pounds of drugs at the 2500 block of Jackson Highway south of Chehalis, arresting he and his younger brother 37-year-old Ryan G. Mauel.

News reporter Jeremy Pawloski writes Mauel went before a judge in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday – along with co-arrestee Jeremy Erwin, 39 – and remains held on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to deliver.

Read more here

News brief: House fire planned south of Chehalis

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Firefighters will be practicing their craft on Saturday with a donated two-story house off Jackson Highway south of Chehalis.

Members of Lewis County Fire District 6 will conduct training at the home on the 200 block of Sanderson Road, finishing the day by burning down the structure, according to Firefighter Mike Goodwillie.

They expect to begin at some point after an 8 a.m. safety meeting and would like to be done by 2 p.m.

Goodwillie said many neighbors have been asking about watching, and because of where the house is situated and all the equipment which will be one scene, the fire department is hoping to find and cordon off a safe area for spectators.

Read about Thurston county man gets three months for threat to deputy …

Friday, March 21st, 2014

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

The Olympian reports a 45-year-old man never before in trouble with the law was sentenced yesterday to three months in jail for felony harassment after he told someone in January he wanted to kill a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy.

Michael Kruegel was under the mistaken impression the deputy fatally shot 26-year-old Keith Miles while Miles was in handcuffs, back in November 2012 in Littlerock, according to news reporter Jeremy Pawloski.

Pawloski writes Kruegel has been locked up awaiting trial since his arrest and is expected to be released from jail on Sunday since the judge gave him credit for time served.

Read more here

Tenino area barn fire under investigation

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A pair of 20 and 30 year old horses lost their home, hay in a fire yesterday afternoon near Tilley Road. / Courtesy photo by West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A barn fire north of Tenino yesterday resulted in the loss of a large amount of household property stored inside during a home renovation as well as a dozen baby chicks.

Crews called about 1:30 p.m. to the scene near Tilley Road and 140th Avenue Southwest found the building fully engulfed in flames and threatening a line of trees, according to West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.

The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke, called 911 and alerted the homeowner, according to Lt. Lanette Dyer.

Dyer said the approximately 1600-square-foot barn normally housed two horses, the chicks and animal feed. The owners had only recently moved in and many of their belongings were still stored there following a remodel, she said in a news release.

“The neighbor and owner then began working to clear animals from the immediate area,” Dyer said. “Entry into the barn, to get the baby chickens were hindered by intense smoke and flames and the owner was unable to gain entry.”

The building and its contents were destroyed, she stated.

Approximately 25 firefighters from five departments battled the blaze; nobody was injured and its cause remains under investigation.