Archive for the ‘News briefs’ Category

News brief: Chehalis teen hospitalized after running in front of truck

Monday, August 31st, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A teenager hit by a truck on a county road in Adna after dark on Saturday night was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe injuries.

Firefighters called about 9:25 p.m. to the 600 block of Twin Oaks Road learned the girl had run out in front of a pickup truck traveling about 55 mph, according to the Chehalis Fire Department.

The 14-year-old Chehalis girl and her friends had been waiting at the end of a driveway for a taxi to take them to Chehalis, according to authorities.

As the taxi stopped, she ran behind it and into the lane of travel, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the 61-year-old man from Pe Ell tried to stop, but wasn’t able to.

The girl was knocked forward probably 90 feet, but not run over, according to Fire Capt. Derrick Paul.

Responders treated her for head trauma , lacerations and internal injuries, Paul said. The fire captain said the impact left significant damage to the hood and grill of the Ford F250 pickup.

The patient was transported to the airport, where she was airlifted to the Seattle hospital, he said.

News brief: Rain slows forest fire burning near Mineral

Monday, August 31st, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Alder Lake fire at the border of north Central Lewis County continues to smolder and held at 275 acres acres over the weekend.

Minimal fire behavior has been observed due to the precipitation over the incident, according to a report from incident commanders this morning.

The forest fire is 15 percent contained.

It is being managed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the state Department of Natural Resources.

The lightning caused fire was first reported August 11, burning just south of Alder Lake. It is approximately four miles west of Elbe, five miles from Mineral and seven miles south of Eatonville.

About 150 personnel are assigned to battle the fire. Crews continue to work on hand lines on the south side of the fire. Minimal fire growth is expected for the next 24 hours.

A level one evacuation notice issued last Wednesday for people living on or near the Pleasant Valley Road remains in place.

Forest Road 74 and 7409 remain closed to protect public and firefighter safety.

For background, read “Fire evacuation alerts issued for residents west of Mineral” from Wednesday August 26, 2015, here

News brief: Centralia officer target of woman wielding broken wooden handle

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A woman who’d locked herself in a bathroom and allegedly tried to stab an arriving police officer was hospitalized and then jailed last night.

Centralia police were called about 2:50 p.m. yesterday for a disorderly person at the 300 block of North Gold Street, according to the Centralia Police Department.

When she was contacted, police said, she tried to stab the officer with the sharp end of a broken wooden handle. Rebecca L Higgins, no age or hometown immediately available, was then physically subdued, according to police.

She was transported to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital to be evaluated for possible mental health, medical and/or drug overdose issues, according to police.

Higgins was treated and has been booked into the Lewis County Jail for second-degree assault, according to police.

News brief: Pipe bomb found laying on Centralia roadside

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Law enforcement parks near Haliday and Little Hanaford roads in Centralia. / Courtesy photo by Jason Brown

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A bomb squad retrieved a pipe bomb in north Centralia yesterday that was found on the side of the road by someone walking in the area.

The explosive device was discovered on Lundberg Road just after 11:30 a.m. and deputies secured the area until specialists with the Washington State Patrol could arrive, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The pipe bomb was detonated – rendered safe – where it was found at about 2:30 p.m., Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Then it was disposed of, Brown said.


Improvised explosive device. / Courtesy photo by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

News brief: Two hurt in Jackson Highway crash

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A Chehalis couple were seriously injured when their vehicle wrecked along the 3100 block of Jackson Highway yesterday, rolling onto its top and coming to rest against a utility pole.

Deputies and aid responding to the 1:20 p.m. call to the scene south of Chehalis found the 78-year-old driver with a severe chest injury and his wife with a possible broken neck, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said the husband may have fallen asleep, before the Dodge Ram pickup hit the ditch and came out rolling. The truck was totaled, Brown said.

Both patients were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue Firefighter Maria Kennedy.

Brown said the man had been wearing his seat belt, but his 76-year-old passenger could not remember if she was or not.

News brief: Chehalis police seeking information on missing teen

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Police have put out an alert for a 17-year-old Chehalis girl, missing for more than a week.


Miranda R. Goble

Miranda R. Goble is from Chehalis but was last seen in Tumwater on Aug. 17, according to the Chehalis Police Department.

They ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them at 360-748-8605 or after hours, at 360-740-1105.

When last seen, she was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and large double gold hoop earrings, according to police. She has blond hair and hazel eyes and is 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds, according to police.

The teen’s photo and information have also been listed with the Washington State Patrol Missing Persons Unit.

News brief: Centralia mill catches fire

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

A fire broke out at a Centralia wood mill this morning, extending through the roof before it was extinguished.

Crews called at 5:30 a.m. to to the 3300 block of Galvin Road, just west of Harrison Avenue, found the building’s sprinklers had activated, keeping it under control, according to Riverside Fire Authority.

It didn’t take long before it was put out, according to Fire Capt. Terry Ternan.

It happened at Northwest Hardwoods. Nobody was injured.

The cause is under investigation. No estimate of the dollar amount of the damage is yet  available, Ternan indicated.

News brief: Sheriff’s Office: Alcohol maybe involved in Napavine area wreck

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Updated at 5:23 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning alcohol impairment and speed may have led to the crash early yesterday that sent two Chehalis residents to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Based on a conversation with the driver, Brandon A. Davis, 18, deputies believe he and his 20-year-old passenger had been at Walupt Lake before the 1996 Honda Accord wrecked into a tree at the 200 block of Kirkland Road, northeast of Napavine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Davis was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered broken bones and possible internal injuries, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said this morning. His passenger was seat belted but had a head injury as well as an injury to his foot, Brown said. Both men are from Chehalis, she said.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology test results but are referring the case to prosecutors for a possible charge of vehicular assault, according to Brown.

Responders found the men trapped in the wreckage, freed them, treated them and put them in a helicopter for transport to the hospital, according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue.

Davis was listed in satisfactory condition this afternoon, according to a hospital spokesperson. No information was released about his passenger.

For background, read “News brief: Car versus tree collision sends two to Harborview” from Sunday August 23, 2015, here

News brief: Car versus tree collision sends two to Harborview

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Updated at 1:02 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Two young men were injured when their car ran into a tree off the 200 block of Kirkland Road, northeast of Napavine overnight.

Firefighters from three departments responded to the approximately 3:10 a.m. call, which required “heavy extrication,” according to Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue.

Firefighter Brad Bozarth said that meant they had to use their power tools to got into the car.

“The first fire units arrived on-scene to find two male patients trapped in the vehicle,” Firefighter Maria Kenndey said in a news release.

The patients were stabilized on scene and then airlifted from Bethel church’s parking lot to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the fire department.

Both are listed as critical, Kennedy indicated just after noontime today

News brief: Wind bringing smoke our way

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Skies over south Chehalis at mid-afternoon today.

Updated at 5:11 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lewis County’s Department of Emergency Management wants the public to know the smoke being seen around the area today is traveling from the large wildfires on the eastern side of the mountains.

“There are no fires at this time in Lewis County,” DEM Manager Steve Mansfield said.

Lewis County 911 and the fire departments are getting lots of calls from people asking what’s burning, Mansfield said.

The state Department of Natural Resources and weather people are confirming it’s coming from the east, Mansfield said. And perhaps a little bit from the Alder Lake fire, he said.

South Lewis County is experiencing it to the degree that in places you can’t see the blue sky and smoke is sitting in low valleys, Mansfield said.

However, if anyone sees flames, or sees a column of smoke, they do need to call 911, Mansfield said.

Mansfield said he talked with Lewis County Fire District 8 Chief Duran McDaniel today and was told the Gore Road fire in Onalaska is maybe putting off little wisps of smoke.

And people are keeping an eye on the other places where there have been large fires locally, such as Gish Road and Centralia-Alpha Road, he said.

The Tenino Fire Department says their phone has been ringing off the hook this afternoon with callers wanting to know what is burning as well. They’ve verified with their central dispatch in Olympia the haze is coming from the east.

News brief: Brush fire in East Lewis County getting “mop up”

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Tammy Sizemore snapped this photo along Falls Road about 6:30 p.m. / Courtesy photo

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

About a dozen members of two fire departments responded yesterday evening to a wildfire south of U.S. Highway 12 in between Randle and Glenoma.

“It was nothing too big, compared with what else was going on,” Lewis County Fire DIstrict 14 Chief Jeff Jaques said this morning. “One and half acres, unknown cause at this point, on DNR-protected land.”

It was near milepost four off Falls Road, on property that had been logged a year or maybe two years ago, Jaques said.

The fire was under control fairly quickly and a crew stayed on till about 9:30 doing “mop up,” the chief said.

They also kept someone on fire watch there during the night, and will be back this morning to finish up, he said.

“And then we’ll continue to monitor it,” Jaques said.

News brief: Toledo home burns

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Smoke rises from Toledo residence. / Courtesy photo by Stormie McKenzie

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Firefighters called yesterday afternoon to a house fire in Toledo spent about four hours extinguishing it, according to Lewis County Fire District 2 Chief Dave Germain.

“It was a lot of fire, it was a real stubborn fire,” Germain said.

One teenage boy was home at the time but got out safely, and nobody was injured, he said.

Germain said the lower level of the residence on the 500 block of Washington Street was pretty much saved, albeit with a lot of water damage.

“The upper story is pretty well gone,” he said.

A fire investigator was looking into its cause, he said.

News brief: Logs spill at Grand Mound intersection

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Looking south from U.S. Highway 12 in Grand Mound. / Courtesy photo by Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Southbound Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound is blocked this morning after a log truck lost its load in front of the AM/PM.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office tweeted at about about 7:50 a.m. there were no injuries in the rollover accident, just south of U.S. Highway 12.